Today I bring you something quite dear to me, perhaps one of my earliest collections ever: my Goth dolls. These came from two brands: the Bleeding Edge Goths (also known as BeGoths), and the Living Dead Dolls. And this all started in a very unexpected way.
My first trip to the UK took place when I was 9. My parents obviously took me sightseeing everywhere possible, and one of the days we ended up down Oxford Street and towards Canary Wharf. Back in the day there used to be a branch of Forbidden Planet near there – an outlet if I remember well! Mum and dad had visited it frequently when they used to live in London, so they took me there to see what they had as we didn’t really have that sort of thing in my home town – this was no ordinary comic store. And there she was: red-headed, goth looking Lillian (With 2 ‘L’ like me!). It was a sign. I took it home with me and, well I guess the rest just started flocking a little later.
I started with the 12″ dolls, then I acquired I few of the 7″ models, and finally perhaps my favourite and most precious item ever…I do appreciate the pics could be better, however, these boxes are bloody difficult to photograph without reflections, because the thing is…These gals have never come out of the box! (And never will as far as I am concerned…).
Onto the Living Dead Dolls now, these are a completely different cattle of fish.
This was probably the biggest surprise ever. This was 3 wise men day present from my parents too which I had not a clue about. This comes from a super rare collection Living Dead Dolls released in the 90s when Bleeding Edge were popular: Living Dead Dolls Fashion Victims. This is Sheena. These were 2 series run up that were heavily criticised because as you can see they attempt to be like, a normal dolls. The dimensions and looks were a riot in the USA. It’s the only attempt to make something like this Living Dead Dolls did. They were out of stock for years when I received mine, I think during my second or third year of uni (so only a few years back). It was just unthinkable. And Sheena did came out of her box, BUT she still had her change of clothes (punk like trousers) and her certificate 🙂
As usual…this is just part of the collection. I have a Princess AI (3 in fact if you count the 7″ ones) from Bleeding Edge, and behind Sheena you can see the box of a Living Dead one, not one of my favourites – unfortunate purchase from someone I used to know in college who went to el Salon del Manga hoping to get me a Seven Deadly sins doll, but couldn’t so he got me well…Friday 13th. As much as I am not a big fan of Jason, the box is cool. I think that, apart from Lillian, which was bought with me present at my request, the rest have all come as gifts from my amazing family. They do know how to keep a collection going 🙂