Continuing to my catch up bit by bit. Today I'm looking at the 2 new sets Bundle Monster released called Around the World and Time Machine Master sets. Each set consists of 5 plates which you can either purchase all together or individually. They have the feel of MoYou London styled thematic landscape plates without the complete cohesive execution of them. At a glance I felt the Around the World Collection was more successful at this undertaking than the Time Machine one, but let's take a closer look.
Around the World features themes from Shanghai (China), India, Europe, Japan, and Egypt (Africa). I couldn't get close up images of these plates because once again Bundle Monster did not offer stills of the individual plates but rather you can zoom in on them on the website. IMO I find this supremely annoying because it's hard for me to discuss the plates with you when you can't see things in great detail unless you visit the site. However I will try...
Shanghai (China) - Novel meets played out. We've seen dragons and pagodas done to death and they continue to be done to death. MYL may have one the best collections on the market when it comes to these images - the Suki Collection. However what I like about what BM did here are the individual elements - the paper crane animals, the tiny monks, and the Great Wall of China. Even the pagoda image is one I haven't seen before though the larger patterns are way to familiar across many different brands of plates.
Delhite (India) - An homage to paisley which several ladies, myself included, cannot get enough of! One of the best executed designs of this entire collection though if you know your plates, and you know I do, there are some repeated elements. The smaller bowing dancers and the chess pieces (which really make no sense to me) as well as one of the Mandala elements are a touch too reminiscent of images I have from the Nail Matinee plates. Still despite that this is my favorite plate in the entire collection.
Egypt (Africa) - Had the potential to be an awesome plate, but from the embarrassing name, which I will not be repeating here, down to the repeated patterns from several other prominent plate makers this plate is a disappointment. I'm not sure why the pharaoh is wearings some kind of leopard skin but it doesn't work in the busy array of patterns and patches that make up his body. Eep!
Paris (Europe) - cute cute cute. This plate isn't horribly unique, but it offers some truly cute and fresh approaches on a Parisian manicure. I love the little cheese skirt and the poodle is to die for. The lines and bows might be played out but in combination with the baguettes and the rest it becomes fresh again. Whimsical and well done BM!
Kyoto (Japan) - welcome to Kyoto in the spring! As typical as I expected while offering some images that pander to the Japanese loving crowd. I love the Kimono even though they snuck a bunch of unnecessary and IMO slightly ugly roses into the bottom. The dragonflies are genius, the obi of dots sweet, and the fan of whales a touch of magic! Well played but what the hell is up with the Nyan cats and the MYL Mother Nature birds and trees? Close to cool but definitely not perfect.
Of this collection despite my critical appraisal I'd buy it hands down. There is enough novelty across all of these plates except Egypt to make this a worthwhile investment especially if you don't have similar plates. I understand not everyone has a collection like mine so I do try to keep that in mind when I'm looking at new plates. Overall I'm pretty pleased with this set of 5.
This Time Machine reads like an ode to the MYL Fairy Tale, Hipster ,and Sci-Fi Collection with a bit of the Time Traveller thrown in for good measure. Looking at these plates I was so disappointed because I definitely expected better from BM than this. The best and most unique plate here is XL136 The Prehistoria since it has the highest number of unique elements and a little cutie elephant face. I'm not really sure about the random shifted triangles or the acorns, but on a whole it is the only plate I'd actually bother to purchase. The rest feel so much like prior MYL plates with a mix of images I've seen from FUN and Marianne Nails that I'm disappointed down to my gills. Rather than pointing all of these dupes out I will just leave it at that. I think its one thing to emulate a successful style of plates but putting your own fresh twist on things is definitely necessary especially when the market is so oversaturated these days and consumers so well informed.
Does anyone own either of these sets yet? What do you think? Did anyone purchase all the Time Traveller plates? I'm really shocked looking at these! Did anyone get the Around The World set? I'd love to hear your opinion about these plates as well. Each set retails for $19.99 or $4.99 per plate. Don't forget Bundle Monster always has some kind of coupon code lying around so you can definitely get these for a reduced discount. PS I saw they also have new scrapers out which look super cute so if you are going to order you might want to take a glance at those as well! Happy hunting and I'll see you next post....