Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Making a 1/6 grill


While this whole picture set is adorable, when looking at it I was immediately struck by the mini bbq in the 4th photo.  Seems like that would be pretty easy to re-create for dolls:D

Monday, March 11, 2013

Disney store $10 sale

This week (week of 3-10) the Disney Store (online at least) has their classic 11.5" dolls on sale for $10.  The sale includes villains, men, and wedding versions of dolls I haven't seen for $10 before.  Go look!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

She's a brick house

Always on the search for variety in body types for fashion dolls, I have made my next frankendolly, but I'm not sure about her.  I will post her picture without comment, and then post an in-depth of how I made her when I get a chance.  I want honest feedback, but I don't want to put any thoughts in your heads so I won't give my reservations about her yet.

Friday, February 8, 2013

New, different Barbies in 2013

Have you seen the pics from Toy Fair? 
Scroll down to the "Barbie™ Life in the Dreamhouse Friend Core Assortment"
They look awesome!  I have to have Raquelle.  And I'll probably end up with all of them, who am I kidding.  

Monday, February 4, 2013

Doll profile: Barbie collector Diwali (Festivals of the world)

I am very bad about wanting MOAR MOAR MOAR dolls, and I realized I need to spend a little time appreciating the ones I have.  So I'm going to post pictures of some of my favorites, starting with the doll that started it all, Festivals of the World: Diwali. 

I didn't start collecting Barbies until my daughters started to like them. I didn't realize that I liked them to until my oldest daughter traded one of her dolls with a neighbor and I realized that I didn't want that doll to go (it was princess of Portugal).  Around the same time, I saw a bag of Barbies at a local thrift store which included the Festivals of the World Diwali Barbie.  It was $6.99 for the bag and at first I didn't want to spend the money, so I left it there.  But I thought about that doll all weekend.  First thing Monday morning, I went back to the thrift store and the bag was still there!  This is the doll that had been on my mind all weekend.

She had a few hair chops, but not a bunch, and I eventually put her on an articulated body, but her face is magnificent and she came with all of her original jewelry.
I really don't know how they expected her to do any Diwali dancing on that stiff body, but she could dance up a storm on her new Fashionista body.  Her skin tone was a perfect match for the generic Fashionista and this is a first-run fashionista body.

Interestingly enough, she actually uses a more "ethnic" sculpt than actual "Barbie in India" dolls sold in India (my sister has sent me two).  

Above is Diwali Barbie, sold for an American market.

Here is Barbie in India, sold for the Indian market. Uses a standard "Barbie" mold, just with jet black hair.

I personally prefer the Diwali sculpt but of course love the actual Indian clothes on the BiA doll.  Will post pictures of her another time. 

This is the doll that launched a thousand purchases.  She is still one of my favorites!

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Just whittling down some joints.

After seeing Smidge House's Liv joint surgery, I was inspired to try it for myself.  I've only done one arm on this doll, but much like Smidge says, just a little bit of carving away of the joints makes gives them a better range of motion.
I just carved a way a little bit of her inner elbow here.
And a bit of her inner wrist here.
And here you can see that the arm closest to the camera, the one that has been cut away at the elbow and wrist, can get her hand much closer to her face than the untouched arm further from the camera.  I'm about to have a go at the legs. 

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Introducing Kenya!

Happy New Year everyone! 
I was thrilled to find that the $20 Kenya dolls were on sale for $10 at Family Dollar, so I picked up one on New year's eve, and one on New Year's day.  I have a South African Barbie who was still on an old TNT body, and one of the basic black Model Muse dolls with very dark skin who was still on the stiff MM body, so I was hoping for a match. 
I bought two Kenyas, Beverly Hills and Riviera. I didn't get pictures before, but here they are: 
I actually really like these clothes and accessories.  I like the faces too, but they have the ridiculously large head syndrome.  So there may be shrinking in their future.

Skin comparison: Left to right, Riviera Kenya, Model muse 1.0 Goddess (#4), Beverly Hills Kenya, and Princess of South Africa.

As you can see, even these super-dark Kenyas are not an exact match for the other two dolls, but they are as close as I will ever get for Goddess, so I put her on Beverly Hills, and then put South Africa on Goddess's body.  The MM body is no more posable than the TNT body, but I do prefer it. 

But here's the problem.  These heads are VERY hard to remove.  The heads themselves are very hard, and then they have weak neck pegs and very thick hooks holding the head on.  
It's hard to see because it's so blurry, but there is no knob to speak of--just hooks. I heated both heads with a hairdryer, but they were still very hard to remove.  One of the head joints popped completely off (i replaced it with a spare) and the other almost did, until I got a small screwdriver and shoved it in her neck hole to stretch it.  If you buy these dolls for body swaps, be very careful removing the heads!  If you don't mind sacrificing the heads, I would just cut them off with an exacto knife rather than try to pry them off.  If I had it to do over again, that's what I would have done.  
Although there is a definite difference in tone, it's not as noticeable with clothes on.  Here's Goddess on her new flexible body!
 Here are a few obligatory "how they stack up" photos: 
 Here you can see Swappin Style barbie, Kenya, and Liv sitting.  That is as close together as Kenyas legs will get.  She has hinged knees like the old Fashionistas.
 No abdominal joint and hinged knees mean she leans as far back as a SS Fashionista. 
 Very graceful profile.  You can see that her breasts are larger than Barbie's (and rounder, less pointy) and her butt is smaller. 

And here she is, all dressed and ready to go.  All in all, I do like these bodies, but the difficulty of removing the original head is definitely worth noting.  And as I stated, they were as recently as 2 days ago on sale for $10 at Family Dollar.  I do hope they will sell the TJ doll locally.