Sunday, May 19, 2019

Take A Chance On Me

As you all know from my last long post, I've been playing the sims and I made my own ABBA sims.  While I've been playing the Sims 3 for over a year now and have been playing with a lot of custom content and mods, I only recently got into the sims Pose Player by user Cmomoney on ModTheSims and all the amazing poses that people make.  I've been quite amazed by the amount of creativity that goes into making custom sims content, and I was a bit curious as to how to do that on my own.  While I don't yet know how to make custom outfits for the sims (I would love to recreate ABBA's actual costumes in the Sims!), I started dabbling in custom poses and I decided to try as my first project poses from one of my favorite photos:
To create custom poses, I had to follow a long video tutorial and learn how to use Blender, but it was all pretty easy to pick up and this is the end result.
Yes I know Bjorn's hand is a little clipped, lol.
I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.  I wasn't really able to figure out how to get Bjorn and Benny's hands in their pockets without it looking all weird, and I realized that the silicone models at ABBA the museum are made with similar poses to these ones but different for that exact reason.  So I used the silicone models as reference as well.
I'd say I did a really good job, and I look forward to playing around and recreating more of ABBA's lovely photoshoots in the Sims!

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Happy Mother's Day

Shoutout to all the amazing mother's for being such incredible people.  I hope everyone's having a lovely Mother's Day. :)

Friday, May 03, 2019

My Sims

For those of you who don't know, I started playing the Sims 3 just over a year ago, and while the game can be considered a waste of time (especially when playing it for several hours at a time... oops), I quite enjoy the game.  One of the things that I find most exciting is being able to create and customize my own sims.  I get to make my own original story characters and bring them to life, make some of my favorite TV show characters, and I also get to make some of my favorite celebrities. And of course I made ABBA.

While I can't say they're perfect and look 100% like them, I'd say I did a pretty good job.
 For their casual outfits, Agnetha's is inspired by this outfit from 1973, Bjorn's outfit is inspired by this one from 1975, Frida's by this one from 1976, and for Benny's, I had a reference photo but now I can't find it, haha. 

 For their career outfits, I gave them outfits that are inspired by the cat dresses, but of course they're not all that accurate since there isn't much to use among the sims outfits as well as the Custom Content that I have a lot of.
And for their fancy outfits, I gave them these outfits from 1980.  (I know the hair is wrong, but until I get better hair, this is what I have for now.)

And here are some better closeups of their faces.

Did I do a good job recreating ABBA in the Sims 3?  I think I did. :)  Maybe I'll try to get more custom content later to try and get some better hair for them, but I'm still really happy with how they turned out.  Anyways, that's all for now. 

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Happy 74th birthday, Bjorn!

Today we celebrate Bjorn Ulvaeus' 74th birthday!  Happy birthday Bjorn! :D  I hope he has an amazing day spent celebrating with his friends and family. :)

For his birthday, I've drawn this digital drawing of him.  I did draw this picture once before in 2013,being one of my first proper realistic drawings, but it didn't really come out all that great, so I was quite happy to do it again in digital.
here's a nice comparison pic for good measure.
And as usual, here is a speedpaint video for you to enjoy. :)

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

6k Subscribers

(I meant to post this two days ago but I forgot, whoops!)

Two months ago my YouTube channel reached 5,000 subscribers which is absolutely amazing.  Just a couple of days ago, my channel went up to 6,000 (more like 6,052 at this point)!  I am just so surprised, amazed, honored that there are so many people who subscribe to my channel.  I get so many notifications every day because so many people subscribe to me on a daily basis.  It's crazy and I am just so thankful to everyone for subscribing to me.

At the end of all my videos, I never tell anyone to "hit that subscribe button" or "click the notification bell" (not that there is anything wrong with people who do say that) because I don't like telling people what to do and make them do things that they don't have a requirement to do.  My YouTube channel is just something I do in my free time - I make random videos, some that analyze ABBA's songs, some compilations, and also some non-ABBA sings like drawing videos and other singers I'm into, and the fact that people enjoy it and want to see more makes me really happy. 

So thank you so much for subscribing and enjoying my content.  I really appreciate it.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

My Entire Collection

It took me just over a week, but I finally got around to writing this post. :D  As I like to do whenever my blog anniversary comes around, I wanted to share my entire, updated ABBA collection.

Starting off is the great wall of ABBA, aka my bedroom wall with three huge posters pinned to them, haha.  (Also are a bunch of taped up printouts that I've had on my wall for years!)
The Story of ABBA for Young Readers, both cover versions.
And of course let's not forget my book's predecessor, the original Story of ABBA for Young Readers. :P

And here is my only magazine, ABBA Intermezzo from Winter 2014. 

Still can't believe that my book made it into the magazine!

My big book collection, the official photo book, ABBA the Treasures, and ABBA the Scrapbook.
Pop Story and ABBA by Calvero, two amazing books gifted to me by my best friend, Eleonore. :D

My growing CD collection.  The newest addition being Ring Ring, that was given to me for my birthday.

A couple of the miscellaneous things from ABBA the Museum.  The bag, lanyard and VIP tag, as well as the Pop House pencils were given to me by Eleonore.

And my Record Collection.

Since last year, I've gotten two new records, bringing my collection to 5 records.  (Maybe I'll someday be able to get all of ABBA's albums in record format?)

And my most prized possessions, ABBA's autographs.  Still can't believe I actually have all four of their autographs. :O  It amazes me every time I look at them.
And last but certainly not least, my ABBA dolls. :)
Also to make things a little easier for me in the future, I've also created a new page for my collection.  I've wanted to make a collection page since forever, but only got around to creating it now. I'm certainly not trying to brag about my things, and if you want to, go and check it out here. :)

Saturday, April 06, 2019

Happy 45th Anniversary, ABBA!

Today marks 45 years since ABBA won the Eurovision Song Contest with their incredible hit, Waterloo.  It was an absolutely iconic performance and ABBA were launched into immediate fame.

To celebrate, I drew this drawing.  It took quite a long time to get this drawing done as I had decided to try out a new style, but I'm happy with the end result.  I hope you enjoy.
Also, here is a speedpaint drawing I filmed.  Now you can see all the long hours I spent on this drawing go by in just 3 minutes. xD

Friday, April 05, 2019

Happy 69th Birthday, Agnetha!

Today, Agnetha celebrates her 69th birthday, and I hope she has an absolutely incredible day with friends and family.  I drew this digital drawing of Agnetha in honor of her birthday, and I hope you all enjoy. :)

Also, here is a speedpaint video that I filmed and uploaded to my YouTube channel so you can see how I did this drawing.

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

New Blog Theme

I finally got around to taking some new pictures of my collection, and while I haven't gotten around to actually writing up that collection post, I did get around to making a new header and background.
Old theme

New theme
I opted for a very simplistic header this time around, but there's always a possibility that I might go in a try to make it a tiny bit fancier.  Either way, I hope you like my new blog theme. :)

Monday, April 01, 2019

7th Blog Anniversary

So besides being April Fools day, April1st is also the day I created my blog. 7 years ago today, I set up ABBAFan456's blog.  The main purpose of the blog I think was to share drawings, and with Agnetha's birthday coming up just a couple of days after, I wanted to share a drawing I did for a birthday.  But seeing as I had just created my ABBA dolls, I decided to share them as my first ever blog post.

Normally to celebrate my blog anniversary, I switch up my blog theme, and also I wanted to share photos of my collection it has since expanded since the last time I took photos of all my items last year.  Unfortunately, I got hit with a cold which is why I haven't done of any of those things yet.  It doesn't mean I won't, it just means it's being delayed, haha.  Honestly I quite like my current blog theme so I don't necessarily have to change it, just I've been doing it for a long time so I will get around to doing it eventually. 

Anyways, expect a new theme maybe this week or next and hopefully I should be able to take a photo of all my ABBA things soon as well.  Until then, happy 7th anniversary to me. :)

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Doll Makeover

So I did something I never thought I had the courage to do - I remade my ABBA dolls' bodies because I was tired of how floppy and tattered they became over the last 8 years.
I have a detailed blog post about it over on Sew Amazing, and I also have a video for you all that I've uploaded to YouTube. :)

Friday, March 01, 2019

DO NOT HATE on the Ulvaeus Family

I saw a post today that was absolutely disgusting, from someone who was saying horrible and disgusting things to Bjorn's daughter, Anna, on her own instagram page, and terrible things about Anna's mother, Bjorn's wife, Lena.  This person has been repeatedly posting harassing comments on Anna's page, saying how they hate her mother, that Bjorn and Agnetha are forever, etc.  This is an absolutely disgusting and inappropriate thing to do. 

Hating on Bjorn's family, his wife and daughters, because he's not with Agnetha anymore is sickening.  Agnetha and Bjorn broke up 40 years ago.  ABBA wouldn't have been ABBA if not for Agnetha, Bjorn, Benny, and Frida, two couples who fell in love and formed a band that we all love today.  But relationships fall apart and both couples divorced.  Did that stop them from continuing on as a band? No.  Even nowadays, with ABBA together again working on two new songs, it shows that there are no hard feelings.

Agnetha and Bjorn were married for ~8 years, from 1971 to 1979.  Bjorn and Lena have been married
for longer, since 1981, are still happily married today.  Doesn't that say something?

Don't get me wrong, I loved when Agnetha and Bjorn were together, and I'm sad that their relationship didn't work out in the end and they had to divorce.  Lena is not to be blamed for this, nor is Bjorn for marrying her.  Do we hate on Agnetha for having a boyfriend and almost getting married to another man before meeting and falling in love with Bjorn in 1969?  No, and it would be wrong to do that, just as it is wrong to hate on Lena and her two beautiful daughters, Emma and Anna.

Don't insult Bjorn's wife and daughters.  Don't say disgusting things to them.  Just leave them alone.  They've done nothing wrong.

Monday, February 25, 2019

I am an A

Today's my YouTube anniversary. :'D  7 years ago I uploaded my first of many cheesy LEGO animations.

Back then I would never have thought that my YouTube channel would grow so big.  That would never have happened if not for me randomly deciding to make a LEGO animation of this cute song.  While I find the video to be quite cringy, I'm proud of it. :)

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Happy 46th birthday, Linda Ulvaeus!

I meant to post this yesterday as it was her birthday yesterday, but I accidentally forgot so I'll post it today instead. xD

Happy 46th birthday to Bjorn and Agnetha's beautiful daughter, Linda Elin Ulvaeus. :)  I hope she had a great birthday celebration with her family and friends!

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Happy 8th birthday, Frida Dollstad!

Happy 8th birthday to my Frida doll, Anni-Frid Dollstad.  :D  Can't believe it's been 8 years already! 

Friday, February 08, 2019

First Doll Costume of 2019

Wow, I actually made a new costume for my ABBA dolls! :O

This time around I made Agnetha's iconic white dress from 1980.  I have a more detailed post about this on my sewing blog which you can check out here. :)

Thursday, February 07, 2019

5000 subcribers!

I checked my YouTube channel today and saw that I've reached 5,000 subscribers! :O I'm absolutely amazed and honored that so many people have subscribed to my channel and enjoy my work.  It makes me so happy and I really have no idea else to say besides a simple thank you.  Thank you all so much, I feel so honored. :')

Friday, January 25, 2019

Happy 88th birthday Stig!

Today would've been Stig Anderson's 88th birthday.  Happy birthday, Stig. :)

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Bjorn and Benny have recorded vocals for ABBA's new songs!

I've done several posts and videos on YouTube in the past about how important it is to have Bjorn and Benny singing in ABBA's songs.  Bjorn and Benny contribute not just the lyrics and songs, but some incredible harmonies to some of ABBA's well known songs.  I've pointed out that ABBA's Spanish album, Gracias Por La Musica, is lacking sound because the Bs weren't there when they were rerecording the vocals.

Angel Eyes on YouTube shared these two incredible videos where he isolated the harmonies on Super Trouper and Knowing Me, Knowing You where Bjorn and/or Benny can very clearly be heard harmonizing with Agnetha and Frida in the background, and it's amazing.

I posted a while back I think, asking if Bjorn and Benny will be recording any vocals on the new songs, and it turns out I was right.  Ice The Site shared a video on Instagram where Benny was asked the question, and Benny says that he and Bjorn are certainly on "I Still Have Faith In You." This makes me even more excited to know that when the new songs will eventually be released, we won't just be hearing Agnetha and Frida's incredible voices together again, but Bjorn and Benny's voices mixed in as well! 

However long it takes for the new songs to be released, I'll be waiting and when the time comes that we get to hear ABBA's new songs, I know we won't be disappointed. :)

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Happy 8th birthday, Agnetha Dollskog!

8 years ago today, I finished sewing the first doll in my ABBA doll collection.  8 years ago.... Wow!  I still remember when I made Agnetha Dollskog and the other ABBA dolls, and I can't believe that was 8 years ago!  And we're just 2 years away from the dolls' 10 year anniversaries!  Where has time gone?

Anyways, happy 8th birthday, Agnetha Dollskog, and here's to many more. :)

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Do we need an ABBA biopic?

Just to clarify, no there is not an ABBA biopic in the making - this is just another one of my random posts. :)

Bohemian Rhapsody is the name of a recent biopic about the band Queen.  I haven't seen it as I don't personally like Queen, and probably won't ever, but the world seems to really love the film and consequently I have seen a lot about it on the various social medias that I'm on.  So I saw a post on tumblr today where someone said that the actors who played Queen in Bohemian Rhapsody should play ABBA in an ABBA biopic.  Firstly, I should mention, that wouldn't work.  Four guys who don't look a thing like ABBA and certainly don't sing like ABBA cannot possibly play ABBA, am I right?  Also, just because they're two bands from the 70s and 80s, ABBA and Queen have nothing to do with each other, so why are people making that connection?  That's like saying that Blondie should play Journey in a Journey film, or that the Jonas Brothers should play Yellowcard in a Yellowcard biopic.  Now that would be ridiculous.

This isn't what I'm here to talk about though, lol.

My question is, should there be an ABBA biopic in the future?  Would it be necessary?  What would be the point of it?  There have already been two documentaries where ABBA have appeared played by random actors, one of them is the Ted Gardestad movie which was pretty decent in regards to ABBA (though their hairstyles never changed throughout the years in the film, lol), and then there's one that should never be spoken about.  In the latter one, the documentary left out a huge amount of detail, twisted the story to fit an agenda, and simply wasn't accurate.  Biopics and documentaries always seem to leave out details anyway, like an I Love Lucy documentary I saw a couple of years ago which completely twisted the story and made Desi Arnaz do things that only his character Ricky Ricardo did in the show for comic relief (Would Desi Arnaz actually smash up an entire house in frustration?), so if there was an actual ABBA biopic, I fear it would change the story, add drama where it's not needed, and give everyone a fake impression of who the ABBA members are.

Part of me feels like, if the Queen biopic was super successful and has caused the band to gain many more fans, if there was an ABBA biopic, would it do the same?  Would it make ABBA ever more popular in today's day and age?  And if there was to be one someday, would it actually tell a true story without trying to make certain ABBA members or Stig the manager out as a bad guy?

As we all know, I have a problem with Tribute Bands mostly because they never sound right, look right, or get the costumes right.  Could the movie industry actually find actors who actually look like the ABBA members and the rest of the people involved in the ABBA story, and could accurate costumes actually be made without looking like cheap knockoff costumes?

And finally, if there was to be a biopic in the future, would ABBA fans like it?  Would I like it?  I probably wouldn't unless it was "perfect", and if it wasn't, well, then I'd hate it (not as much as I hate the Mamma Mia! movies, but probably close to, haha.)

But what are your thoughts?  Could there be an ABBA biopic in the future?  Will the world appreciate it?  Should it happen?  If you have any comments on it, please feel free to leave them in the comments down below. I'd love to hear. :)