As usual, this is going to be mostly bears, because I'm not including any of the dolls I've reviewed here.
This adorable warthog is named Windypops. It's a silly, whimsical name thought up by Will, who's part of the husband and wife team behind Charlie Bears.
Windy was supposed to be a second quarter release, meaning April, May or June. The US still does not have him, even though we're finally getting huge shipments that are going to get us mostly caught up. Because he was one of my most wanted from this year's collection, I decided to order him from Amazon UK and I have no regrets. I mean, I hate taking a pre-order away from my stockist, but I've made up for it by adding a couple more. Windy's my second favorite Bearhouse character after Dringle the sloth.
Moulin Roty is an awesome plush company. I have one of their little ragdolls that I got on ebay. The only downside is that their prices are pretty high. I started an ebay search for them a few months ago, after seeing a lot of cute dolls in my ragdoll search. I discovered Lucien the horse on Amazon and had to have him, despite his rather high price tag.
He's an adorable little edgy artsy nerd horse. He's just fabulous.
There's actually one that keeps being relisted on ebay for a very low price if anyone would like their own Lucien.
This vibrant cutie is called Parsnip. He's one of a pair (the other is green and named Sprout) that I've always wanted, but never imported. It was worth waiting, since I got him from a US seller!
I adore orange. It's one of my favorite colors and not because of Halloween! I always liked black, ever since I was a kid, but orange is very much an adult favorite. I can't wear it, but my purses frequently have orange in them somewhere. So I always appreciate the orange bears.
I wasn't sure I was going to be able to get Sparks, because not only is he mohair, which I typically limit myself to only one full-size per year, but he was a Charlie Bears Best Friends Club exclusive. I happened to be up at 5am on his release day and was able to order him. Mostly because CB Direct US has Afterpay, which is seriously a collector's godsend.
Sparks is a stunning phoenix. I love his big smile and his head plumage is on wires, so it's bendable and you can "style" him in different ways.
Firework arrived a bit late for the Fourth of July, but hey, at least he came in July. He was another low-priced ebay find. I've gotten a lot of them lately and it's been awesome.
Firework is one of those that always hovered near the back of my wishlist. I was more smitten with Firecracker, who's black with long hot pink tufts shot throughout her fur. But in person, Firework's fur is gorgeous and he's very nice to cuddle. Better than Firecracker actually!
In July, I got my first new Fairy Hearts since 2008 or 2009 when they came out. I bought all 3 that were at Target!
If anyone sees them in Target or anywhere and you have some spare money, I will happily pay you right back if you pick them up for me. Seriously, I love these things.
Thistle is my first artist bear that's not either Charlie Bears or Kaycee Bears. (I do have a one of a kind mohair bunny made by a lady that was at a local doll show, but I'm strictly speaking about bears here.)
I saw him in the process of being made on Facebook and just fell for him. I love his odd color combination and his adorable face.
The end of July brought another Charlie Bears show to QVC, so of course I bought several.
Lollipop on the left was the most anticipated bear I've seen in a long time, but Cherry Pie on the right actually has caused more of a clamor, because the US still remains the only place that has him!
I love my Cherry Pie, because his fur naturally fell into little devil horns, which I made more prominent with a little arranging. He's my little imp and one of my favorite bears.
Delicate little Lena was from the same QVC show, but arrived in August, so we're starting the month with her.
It's hard to tell in the photo, but she's tiny. I don't even think she's 10 inches tall!
Waffle is another QVC bear.
Ulrika was an unplanned purchase, but seeing her presentation made me want her.
Sienna is one I wasn't going to get, but my mom kept asking "Are you sure?" until I stuck her in my cart...and then she was sold out.
I think I was quite early on the waitlist for her, because I had an order confirmed within a few hours, I think.
Boom Boom joined my Marvel Legends collection.
I have Mr. Sinister from Amazon, but I haven't opened him yet. I should do that.
I ordered 3 Hairdorables Series 3 from Amazon and got extremely lucky! I opened both of the rares! Not the ultra rare, but the regular rares, which in my opinion are harder to find, since they don't have a special background.
This is Late Night Noah and her amusing face mask.
And Sensational Skylar.
These two are both great, but I don't think I would have overpaid to get either, so I'm glad I got them how I did.
My third one from that order was Slumber Sallee.
I bought Night Owl Neila on ebay.
Neila is my favorite.
And I did a trade for Shine Bright Neila, who's my favorite Hairdorable EVER.
Starring Sallee was bought on Facebook.
And Acoustic Harmony (on the left) was from the same trade as Neila.
Kenya was bought on QVC during one of their promotions. She's been on my want list for a while.
And I got Shelby after getting Waffle and liking him. They're the same bear in different colors.
I'm a fan of Killstar's plush, but never ordered any until I got the hydra along with my boots.
Definitely going to get more eventually!
Lani and Zadie got pulled off layaway this month. They're both so soft!
ZigZag was one I didn't pre-order. He's supposed to be an aardvark, but the head just didn't come out right. The body is great, but the ears should have been much longer and the face should be longer and more conical.
But when he got added to QVC, I decided to try him out. What I love about QVC is that it's great for ones you're not sure about, because you can send them back. I pulled Zig out of the box and loved him despite his inaccuracy. He's still not an aardvark in my mind. He's some sort of composite creature. But he's cute no matter what.
Adelaide the fennec fox was one of my pre-orders. I love the Bearhouse line because this is where Charlie experiments with different animals and she normally does a great job.
Adelaide is so sweet!
Glorious Oona arrived with Adelaide. She's one of the four Queen's Beasts in this year's collection. The first, China the bull, never made it to the US until recently, but I have Goliath the lion and now Oona. China will be here with the giant batch I have on pre-order right now. It's going to be a massive layaway!
There was a surprise QVC show no one knew about and Bread 'n' Butter Puddin' was one of the bears added to the site, although he didn't get shown on the show itself!
I love this misfit of a bear. Every single one is very different!
I tried watching Rainbow Butterfly Unicorn Kitty because of this character. This is Miguel. He's an Anubis chihuahua. I love Anubis and I love my two chihuahuas, but that combo gives me a headache. So did the brief bit of the show I watched.
But me pass up any form of Anubis plush? Not gonna happen.
And we end with...more Fairy Hearts! I overpaid for two more on ebay and got two new ones!
Seriously, I will pay you guys to find me more of these.
Now we're caught up! Until the end of the month...