Sometimes you will look at a new doll, make a sound of indifference and continue browsing. You may see it around different places and hardly notice it. Then one day, like turning on the lights, you see the doll in all its glory and realise that it has become a grail, a muse, a must-have.
I’m sure we’ve all been through this – if not, you have a lovely, yet painful experience waiting for you. I’ve had plenty of cases of seeing a doll and really liking it and deciding that it should be part of my collection one day. Lati Yellow Coco was one of those dolls – I knew I’d own her in tan one day. And along came the Aladdin release, and she became mine. She didn’t have the pointy ears I longed for or the magic of the elusive Lati “winter tan”, but it didn’t matter much, because she was (and is) perfect. She’s my favorite.
But recently I was hit by lightning while browsing Flickr. I follow all sorts of photographers, whether they’re really awesome or still learning, and I love it. I learn so much and I feel slightly blessed sometimes when seeing a particularly beautiful or thought-out photo. One of those really awesome photographers is my friend Sue/Fragile Existence. This woman is talented and has such a unique way of processing her pictures. You can tell from a mile away that a picture is Sue’s work.
And one day Pocky popped up – Sue’s grey Lati Sophie. Needless to say my jaw dropped, and an obsession quickly developed. Within a few days I was frantically searching for a grey Lati Sophie of my own. I’ve even applied the extraordinary luck of my friend Anne, who boasts about her superpower when it comes to getting wishlist dolls. I’ve put up WTBs on both DoA and Flickr, and at this point there’s nothing to do but wait and hope. Preferably for someone who has a grey Lati Sophie within Europe and who would absolutely love to trade for my Lati Yellow Laches.
But in the meantime, this obsession is quite painful. I know I’m not the only one suffering: A friend of mine almost cries when she thinks too hard of how badly she wants a doll from Enaibi and how impossible those are to obtain. When she tells about that, I almost feel blessed – Sophie will be easy to find compared to one of Enaibi’s dolls!
Have you ever had a doll turn your world upside-down with “WANT!”?