Curvy Girls Dolls Kickstarter Campaign

I know this isn’t what I said I was going to post next, but I didn’t know about this yet when I posted last.

I encountered this Kickstarter campaign yesterday at lunch, I think?  Something like that.  Had to back it right away, because this looks extremely promising incredibly awesome.  They’ve already put a lot of hard work into getting the prototype ready and everything.

Yeah, just jumped right into the prototype image there. 🙂  (Sorry for the huge image size.  The medium was way too small, and when I tried to do a custom size in between, the result looked horrific.  Maybe WordPress’s image scaling software is on the blink?)  I’m not completely sold on that dress as a fashion choice for the doll, but that’s immaterial.  What’s important is the doll herself.  Very nicely sculpted, very pretty face, and a good number of articulation points.

There are four characters, and as you can see, they’re each representing a different ethnicity.  They all have names, personalities and careers, and I won’t bother going into each one (you should check out the campaign page for that), but I will say that I love what I’m seeing in the careers:  law student/activist, mechanic, robotics engineer, and veterinarian specializing in exotic animals.  That’s an awesome lineup of powerful, well-educated careers.

All the images in this post have come from their campaign page, which you really should check out.  Like, even if you don’t think you’re going to back them, please go look at their campaign page and use your social media accounts to spread the word about the campaign, in case anyone you know might want to back it.  Because I don’t have any social media accounts (other than this blog, if that counts at all) so I can’t do much to spread the word, and they have a lot of money they need to raise.  They’re only on the second day out of 30, so they have plenty of time left, but that just makes the need to publicize them now even more important, because it’ll have time to reach more potential backers, y’know?

It’s not just that I really want to add these dolls to my collection.  (Though, let’s be honest, I totally do.)  It’s also that I think these dolls would be great for today’s (and tomorrow’s) children, to give them more and better lessons about themselves and the other people around them.

It’s very rare that a Kickstarted doll makes it big enough to have any kind of market share.  (Lammily is the major exception I’m aware of, and even she isn’t in stores, as far as I know.)  But I’d love to see that change someday.  Maybe this is the line that could do that.  These dolls certainly have the glamour angle covered in a way that Lammily not only doesn’t but really kind of can’t.  (The disadvantage of being designed to be “average” is that you pretty much can’t rise above “average.”  Which is not a bad thing, per se, but it makes it hard to draw attention away from the high glam competition.)

Okay, so that’s all I wanted to say.  Just please check out the campaign and spread the word.

Next time, I really will do that vintage Barbie post I promised last time.

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A couple of recent antique mall finds

Yes, I’m not dead.  I finally finished with graduate school, but my house cleaning has not picked up to take up the slack (this should not, sadly, surprise me) so I’m still short on places to actually, you know, photograph my dolls without ten thousand other dolls in the shot.  If I can just get rid of that couch and put in some shelves, then I’ll have room.  I hope.

But I have a couple of lousy cell phone photos to share in the mean time.  To prove I still exist, if nothing else.

Meet her majesty Queen Victoria, post-1861.  (Actually, from the look of her, probably somewhere around the 1880s or 1890s…)  This, of course, being the Liberty of London version…

Specifically, she’s the early Liberty version with the seam down the front of her face.  I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned that before, but the story there is that when they were making the coronation sets for George VI in 1937 (or was it 1938?), one of the two American importers (I’ve forgotten her name now, it was something like Klug or Krug?) complained about the seam down the center of the face and insisted that they change the design.  And evidently she was buying enough of the dolls that they not only complied, but from that time on never again made their dolls with seams down the center of their faces.  So the ones with the seam in the face are older and more rare.  And I now have two of them. 😀  (I don’t recall if I’ve posted pictures of the other one yet, except in a group shot of the shelf she’s on…)  This one, like the first Liberty doll I got, felt a bit like daylight robbery, because the seller had no idea what or even who she was (seriously, the tag just said “doll,” not even “Queen Victoria doll”) and was only asking $20.  Unlike that one, this one has a bit of smell to her (just sort of musty), so she’s airing out away from my other dolls, or I’d do a group shot of all three.

Anyway, my other antique mall find was more expensive…

Isn’t she a cutie?  I have a bad tendency to fall in love with dolls donated at work and start looking around online and in antique malls for dolls like them, so this doll checked off a major box for me, though she’s not actually the same.  The one donated at work was a Kestner, and this is an Armand Marseille, but they’re both super small baby dolls with sweet bisque faces and composition bodies.  (And, for that matter, they both fit in the category of “German character dolls.”  Also they’re both older than my parents.  So, for that matter, is the Queen Victoria doll…)

Fortunately, the antique mall was having a Memorial Day sale yesterday (which I literally skated into in the last ten minutes) so I got her for 20% off.   Sadly, I didn’t feel like I could afford to buy her and the other two dolls in that case that I really love, or the one in another case that I really like.  Because I’m still bleeding money to Kickstarter, and I need to have blinds put in on two sets of windows, and I need to have siding repaired and a basement door replaced and that sofa hauled away and…so technically I shouldn’t be buying dolls at all, but…I couldn’t resist.  Especially knowing they were having a sale.

Anyway, hopefully I’ll motivate myself to get some work done around here soon, so I can get back to posting regularly.  I have a post I want to do about vintage Barbies, if I can just get the photos taken…

(If I don’t get off my ass and get cleaning soon, maybe I should take the pictures in my chair.  I mean, setting the dolls in the chair.  Like I did with Queen Victoria, only with a better backdrop between the doll and the chair.)

Much delayed post on a new (old) Pullip

Yes, I’m not dead.

How delayed is “much delayed,” you may ask?

Well, she arrived during a big snowstorm on January 11th.

So yeah, much delayed.

I was really surprised when I was browsing Mandarake and found her…

And inside the box…

Yup, 2006’s coveted Nahh-ato! 😀  As you can see, she came with a genie’s lamp and a big cushion to lounge on like a 19th century odalisque painting.

She also came with one of those all-metal early Pullip stands, the ones that are even worse at holding the doll up than the new ones.  Not that the cushion holds her up very well:  there’s actually regular doll stand behind her to hold her up.

See, you can see the stand behind her back in this shot.

And the genie lamp on her lap. 🙂

You may have noticed in the in-box picture above, she came with a decorative chain, which — according to official Groove photos — is supposed to go on her head.  I could totally not get it to work that way, and eventually gave up on it.  She’s wearing her veil because…I liked the way it looked, mostly.  Also because it helps hide the stand.

Anyway, she’s really lovely, isn’t she?  I’m so glad I lucked into finding her!  (And she wasn’t even expensive!)

Hopefully I’ll be able to post again soon, as another new girl arrived recently, and I’m dying to show her off. 😉  But I have to clean off a desk and move a dollhouse onto it before I can do the photo shoot.  (Yeah, don’t ask.)

Oh, and you may notice that these pictures just link to themselves…that’s ’cause I got an e-mail from Google saying that they were deleting free Google+ content, which as far as I could tell from the e-mail is going to include all my photo albums for this blog. 😦  So I have no idea how I’m going to handle picture storage for this blog from now on…

A couple more Kickstarters in need of backers

I know, this is not the post anyone wants to see.  And it’s not what I intended I would next be posting about.  But…these are pretty cool (and one of them is very inexpensive) and this is the only way available to me to spread the word about them.

Okay, so Kickstarter (it turns out) has an automatic embed ability, so let’s see if that works…

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/studioshippy/fursona-toys-paint-your-own-canine/widget/card.html?v=2

Ooh, looks like it does!  Cool beans.

EDIT — Well, it worked in the editor, but as soon as I hit “Publish” it turned into the obnoxiousness you see above. 😦  WordPress doesn’t want to let me use someone else’s embed text, I guess.  Maybe ’cause I’m on the free plan?

Okay, so as you can‘t see (assuming that it actually is working), that one is a Kickstarter to make an anthropomorphic canine.  The person running the campaign doesn’t seem to be calling it an action figure or a doll, but it seems to be about halfway between a highly articulated figure (like Figma) and a BJD.  I think this cutie would fit in nicely with some of the anthropomorphic Hujoo dolls like Freya and Rabi:

Fursona canine
(c) Studio Shippy
Click for link
Hujoo Freya
Hujoo Nano-Rabi via Junky Spot (click for link) ’cause I apparently have never photographed mine. which is borderline criminal

Obviously, a bit less doll-like (especially without having eyes painted on!), but no so much less so as to not fit in, y’know?  And because it’s going to be plastic rather than resin, the backer level for one 6″ figure is $40.  (Uh, with $10 domestic shipping…)  So it’s much cheaper than resin dolls like this one…

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/804561515/chibi-poochbot-pre-order/widget/card.html?v=2

Which is not really a very good project thumbnail.  I ought to suggest a new one, like this image from the campaign page:

Chibi Poochbot
(c) Valentina Ibeh
Click for link

That picture showcases the tier where you get two bodies to go along with the two faceplates (one normal, one cyclopean!), which is naturally a lot more expensive than the single body tier.  And because this is to be cast in resin, even the single body tier is $265… (It is available in pastel mint green, though, which is awesome!)

But, of course, the goal is much lower, only $5,000 (as opposed to the almost $30,000 for the canine figure-doll), so fewer backers are required to reach the goal.  Still, as of this moment (10:45 pm, Jan. 20), they’re both woefully underfunded.  Of course, Chibi Poochbot has until February 15, and FURSONA has until March 5, but the sooner the percentage goes up, the more likely the projects are to attract new backers.  So I wanted to spread the word in the only way I could, in the hopes someone might see this who’s interested in one or the other.

Anyway, hopefully someone out there will see this who wants to back one of these projects.

And hopefully next time I post, it’ll be something more traditional, like my new (old) Pullip I was lucky enough to find on Mandarake…

Glimmer

I’d like you to meet my new girl, Glimmer.

She’s not exactly this one…

…but she’s not exactly this one, either…

Image from the new Netflix show. Image borrowed from a review on someplace called Polygon. Click for link.

It’s more accurate to say that she’s some sort of fusion of the two.

She’s a new Integrity doll I got myself as a belated Christmas present (more of a New Year’s Eve present, really) from Tiny Frock Shop.  Got that top for her in the same order, in fact.  (The jumpsuit underneath and the silver belt also came from Tiny Frock Shop, but in a much earlier order.  A different Integrity girl was wearing those until surrendering them to Glimmer.)

Obviously nothing about her exactly matches either version (even if you assume that the new version is going to lose a whole lot of weight when she finishes growing up), but I think she captures enough of the basic chromatic scheme for it to be kinda sorta appropriate to call her Glimmer. ;P

The scale difference is still off the charts, of course. 😉

But of course new Glimmer doesn’t want to hang out with She-Ra, she wants to hang out with Adora…

Of course, the sole official She-Ra doll released by Mattel since the ’80s ended isn’t yet ready for the prime-time here, either; she needs pants (gawd, does she need pants!) and I have to find an appropriately-sized elastic to put her hair in a ponytail.  But…close enough, yeah?

Two-thirds of the Best Friends Squad are ready for action! 😀  (Glimmer’s boots, btw, are actually She-Ra’s.  Don’t tell Mattel.)

As you can probably guess, I completely love the new She-Ra and the Princesses of Power show on Netflix.  Admittedly, even though I played with the original dolls back in the ’80s, I never watched the original Filmation TV show, but I doubt my reaction would be much different even if I had.  (Though I plan on watching a few episodes now (since it’s also on Netflix) just to see how radically different everything is in characterization.  And writing.  And animation quality…although I already know that, since Filmation always worked on the cheap.)

Since Mattel is being a conglomeration of jerks and not giving us official dolls of the new versions of the characters, I’m probably going to add more dolls to half-assedly round out the cast like this, but only sporadically.  Mostly just when I happen to see a doll that really seems to fit.  Bow will probably be the easiest, given his tame coloration; Integrity probably has dozens of dolls who’d fit that bill.  The real challenge will be finding a doll with enough character to have any hope of being worthy of the show’s true star, Catra.  Also the amazing-surge-from-behind-nearly-stealing-the-show-miracle-character Scorpia; she’ll be especially tough to provide for, between her body type and having, you know, scorpion claws.

Anyhow, if anyone is reading this in the next 70 hours and happens to be into enamel pins, there’s a Kickstarter in its final days doing She-Ra fanart pins, and they’re quite awesome, especially Catra and Scorpia.  (Instead of their usual outfits, they’re the special outfits from that one episode…I won’t say the reason for the outfits, so as not to spoil it for people who haven’t seen it yet, but if you’ve seen the show, I’m sure you can guess the outfits I mean. 😀 )

….

Well, that was short.  Sorry.  I’m still sort of…I don’t even know what I am.  I’ve been buying more stuff lately (omg, so much money bleed), despite having no particular room for it, so I may be going back down into a mental funk. 😦  But once I get over this blasted cold (or whatever it is), I’m going to start swimming again, so hopefully that’ll help me start putting my act together in the rest of my life, which’ll hopefully bleed over into my blogging.

Hopefully.

Anyway, if you’re new here and you missed it, here’s my earlier post about that 12″ She-Ra doll.

Ballerina Odile

Before I get to my post, let me apologize yet again for this blog having gone nearly dead.  It’s just…ugh, things have been bad here.  Not like bad bad, just like really super-aggravating no motivation bad.  If that makes any sense.

A you might have guessed if you’ve followed my blog for a long time, I have problems keeping my place clean, and eventually those problems sort of slammed me into a wall.  I’m tearing down that wall now, but…yeah, it’s kind of rough trying to find my feet again, ’cause I hit it pretty hard.

And that metaphor is now completely overused, so I’ll just move on.  I’ve got a new mostly-dolls shelf, which you can see here…

I apologize for the crappy quality of the picture, but the light in there is awful.  There are two more shelves below these ones, but they’re filled with books. 🙂  There are some dolls on the shelf who merit special attention, but I don’t really have any pictures ready for them.  That purple glow on the bottom shelf next to the ∞ Miku is indeed a lit up bottle; it’s a “potion” bottle that cycles through a rainbow of colors.  Y’know, now that I think of it, I did take a recording of it going through its cycle soon after I got it.  I’ll add that to the gallery for this post if I can.  The only doll of note that I have a photo ready to show you for the contents of this shelf is a pretty crap photo…

This is my second ever Liberty of London doll!  She’s Queen Elizabeth, but she’s also a super-early doll (circa 1937), when they were still doing shaped faces with seams down the center of the face, instead of side seams that don’t show with faces that were primarily painted on.  Her costume, rather than being based on a portrait, appears to be based on some of the stuff worn by Flora Robson in the 1937 film Fire Over England, which is about the 1588 defeat of the Spanish Armada (I think).  IMDB has a photo of her addressing her troops wearing a hat just like this one, so I do think that movie is where her design came from.  And I have no idea if her hands are supposed to look like that, or if something fell off there before I got her.  Probably there were leather hands there, but I can’t be positive.  All the other Liberty of London Elizabeth I dolls I’ve seen picture of online have been based on portraits of the actual queen, so they look nothing like this.  (But we know for a fact that the sisters who made these dolls did base some of their designs on movie stills they saw in magazines; a relation of theirs has a comparison photo of a Robin Hood doll and a publicity shot of Errol Flynn as Robin Hood, and the resemblance is undeniable.)

These are the two stuffed animals that were cut off in that full shelf shot.

I don’t know when I’ll be able to get back to regular blogging; I have to pick up my life and put it back together first.  There’s all sorts of stuff I’d love to share with you, but…I’m just not mentally up to trying right now.  However, I do have one thing to show you now.

So, the folks at My Ballerina Dolls (who seem to have changed their name again?) have put out a 1/6 scale version of Clara-Marie and the Snow Queen, as well as a new version of Marie in the usual 1/3 scale as Odile the black swan from Swan Lake.  I didn’t bother with the new 1/3 scale doll (since it’s just a new outfit on the same doll), but I picked up the 1/6 scale Odile and Snow Queen.  (Haven’t opened the Snow Queen yet, but she looks good, just like her larger version.)

why…?!  Why is she still wearing those pink boots?!

Sorry, that had to be said.

Aaaaaaanyway, footgear aside, her outfit is very pretty, and she came wrapped in protective layers of plastic under that black dress to keep her from staining.  Which, of course, means she doesn’t move very well right now.  Oh, and if you’re thinking “that’s not really the 1/6 scale doll, that’s just the 1/3 scale doll in a different box,” have a look at this:

Odile is utterly dwarfed by Arthur.  (Apologies for the terrible photo, but as I said, the lighting in there is ghastly.  Oh, and someday I will show a proper picture of that dollhouse behind them.  I found it at the same antique mall as the shelf, and it is totally cool.  Though I still have to research how to clean it (there were mouse droppings inside it, yuck!) and then, you know, furnish it…)

In honor of Halloween, a brief skit…

“Welcome, mademoiselle. Care to have your fortune read?”
“Hold your question in your mind. Do not let it go.”
“And here is your answer, mademoiselle…”
“You want to know what the cards mean? Ah, but you’ll have to pay for that, mademoiselle!”

So, as you might have deduced from the photos, the 1/6 scale version has solved the problem the larger dolls have with the wrists not having a full range of motion…but it’s introduced a new problem where the heads don’t have a very full range.  She can turn her head, but not tilt it.  (I’ve noticed that Made-to-Move Barbies have the same problem.)

I haven’t done a full investigation, but the hair issue is a bit more complicated than on her 1/3 scale counterparts.  Her hair is rooted to a thick rubber cap that (in Odile’s case) is a medium brown in color, similar to the color of her hair.  It seemed like the rubber cap is removable, but I don’t want to start experimenting with it unless I have time to fix any problems my experiments might cause, and I don’t have that much time right now.  But I think they are indeed removable, which might or might not give access to her eyes as well (the Snow Queen still has brown eyes, weirdly (along with those blasted pink boots)) and should make it possible to re-wig her, though a bald cap to replace the rooted one would be required to fill out the shape of the head.

In terms of clothing, I think they’ll take just about any 1/6 scale fashion doll clothing:  standard Barbie might hang a little loose, but the more slender Barbie sizes as well as Pullip should fit.  I think.  Like I said, I don’t have a lot of time right now, so I haven’t made any attempt to re-dress (or even undress) her.

Oh, and in case you were wondering, yes, those were actual Tarot cards she was using…

I saw this in a shop and immediately said “I need that for my dolls!”  (Though oddly, I’ve backed a surprisingly large number of tarot decks on Kickstarter in the past few months.  Only one of them has arrived so far, and I haven’t tried any readings with it, but…I’m not sure what sparked this renewed interest in Tarot…possibly those enamel oracle charms I got a while back…)


Anyway, just a few more brief things before I end this post (since, after all, I have no idea when I’ll get around to making the next one).  I wasn’t able to get a photo ready of my Halloween tree (yeah, it’s a black mini feather tree on my dining room table), but I did take a picture of this Halloween Pusheen blind box duplicate I gave to my brother to be a Halloween decoration at his place:

And I wanted to report on something I saw in the toy aisles at Target.  They’re already getting out their Christmas stuff, of course, so they’ve started putting out the child-sized dolls that pretty much only seem to be around at Christmas time.  (I guess they’re high ticket enough that they figure parents aren’t going to shell out for them at any other time?)  And I was annoyed by the comparison between these two Disney dolls…

You can’t really tell in the photo because Moana is closer to the camera, but they have exactly the same body mold.  One of the things I loved about all the normal-sized Moana dolls was that they had unique body molds, not the same ridiculously skinny ones that all the other dolls have.  But this one has the same mold as Rapunzel there.  😦  I mean, I guess I understand why they’d do that, considering how few of these they sell compared to the normal sized, $20 and under dolls, but…*sigh*  In addition to all the other problems, this way makes her head look freakin’ huge.

The Groovy ’70s

Before I start, let me apologize most profusely for my lengthy silence.  My shoulder thing has been (mostly) healed for some time now, but it’s proving strangely hard for me to get back into blogging.  (The heat giving me no patience with taking photos or desire to have my laptop in my lap don’t help, naturally, but I don’t think that’s all it is.)  I won’t promise that I’m going to spontaneously turn that around and become active again, but I am going to try not to be quite so inactive, which will hopefully work its way back into regular activity.

All right, so that over with, let me finally get to the actual post.

Back in February, when I introduced you to my Velvet, I mentioned that I wanted to get her a hand-made new dress to apologize for sending her off to stay at my workplace so soon after her first arrival in my home.  Only since then I’ve entered into a feud with Etsy, and couldn’t order her clothes there.  (It’s stupid:  I just used the “contact us” link to complain about how they redesigned the Favorites menu to make it about a thousand times more inconvenient…only then the “contact us” link was so frustrating that when I was finally allowed to write out my complaint, I basically said “I won’t be shopping on Etsy ever again until you make the Favorites page useful again!”  Only if they had any intention of returning to being user-friendly, they wouldn’t have gone user-aggressive in the first place, so now I can’t shop on Etsy.  At least, not for a good year or two; I don’t want to look weak-willed.)  The reason she needed a new dress, of course, is because her original dress looks like this:

Sure, it’s a cute dress, but that stain on the skirt is hideous.  But without Etsy as a place to find a replacement (and without any ability to sew (or time to learn)) I had to find another source.  I ended up checking Ruby Lane, even though I knew there was the chance of having to overpay for tagged Ideal clothes.

But I got way lucky.  One of the sellers on Ruby Lane, Rewinding the Past, had a real stash of clothes that were both vintage and homemade.  The seller’s description states that they were “made for a home run business in the 1970s that never took off.”  Given the size, they were almost certainly intended for Crissy and/or Velvet dolls at the time, so they have that period vibe I wanted, without it being faked decades later like the modern clothes I’d be able to buy on Etsy.  (Which is not to knock the sellers on Etsy, mind you.  It’s just cool to get vintage consumer-made clothes.)  As of this writing, btw, the seller still had several more packs of assorted clothes from that stash.

Anyway, because there were lots of outfits to choose from, I had to go through a long process of trying on each outfit not only on Velvet, but also on Angel and Crissy.  Oh, yes, but I haven’t even shown you my Crissy at all!  This is her:

And yes, that’s the outfit she was wearing when I got her, but no, there’s no way it’s original or even period:  it fastens with velcro.  It’s a nice dress, though, very fancy and well made, but not very ’70s.  Uh, unless you mean 1870s.  (Though on Crissy it’s not very 1870s either, on account of being so short.)  Before I get into the fashion show of the three of them modeling all those outfits, let me talk about Crissy and Velvet a bit more.

So, Velvet was officially supposed to be Crissy’s younger cousin.  (Not sure why cousin instead of sister, but…)  The Caucasian version of Velvet had pale blonde hair, and was quite generic.  I’ve heard reports that Velvet’s eyes are purple, and Crissy’s…actually, I haven’t seen anyone try to identify her eye color.  Box art seems to show brown.  Anyway, both of my dolls have jet black eyes:

 

I’m not sure if their eyes originally had pupils of some other color and they’ve aged to black, or what.  It’s slightly eerie if you look too closely, though, so let’s move on.

As I’m sure you’re aware, Ideal’s Crissy doll family is a line of hair-growing dolls.  Until I took these photos, though, I had never actually tested their hair-growing mechanism…

 

These are the before shots.  You turn the knob on their backs to wind the hair into the head, and then press the button on their tummies to release the catch, and pull the hair back out again.  They both worked perfectly. 🙂

That being said, I’m afraid to try Crissy’s again.  Something started rattling around inside her during the process of all those clothing changes, and I think something may have fallen out.  *shudder*  I’ll not be rewinding any of that pretty hair back inside her, lest it might not want to come back out again!

Other general comments about these dolls:  as you can see, they have minimal articulation, and (as you probably can’t see) they have the kind of hip joints that mean if you make them sit down they go all splay-legged, which I do not personally find attractive in a doll.  (They also take up much more room that way anyway, so it’s perhaps just as well.)  Their entire bodies are hollow, and the plastic making up their limbs feels pretty thin, enough that I worry I might crush them if I handle them too hard.  (I know I’m not actually strong enough to do that, but the feeling of their hollowness is quite overpowering.)

Oh, and before Velvet came home from the museum, I mistook her size radically, and thought maybe she could share clothes with the Hearts for Hearts Girls, and as I test I picked up Rahel when I found that Target had put the line on clearance.

That’s a terrible photograph.  She’s much prettier than that in person.

There, that one’s better. 🙂  However…

…there was a slight miscalculation of scale. 😛  No way, no how was Velvet gonna fit into those clothes!  But then I found the ones on Ruby Lane, so it all worked out. 😉  BTW, when I posted about Velvet before, I commented on how nice her hands are (and how Ideal dolls often have nice hands) but in looking at her side-by-side with Rahel here, I finally figured out what I like so much about Ideal doll hands:  the fingers are spread apart and slightly posed, unlike many modern dolls, whose fingers are pressed together to make the manufacturing process simpler/cheaper/whatever-their-reason-is.  There are modern dolls that do have separated fingers (Monster High leaps to mind, even though it’s pretty much dead now), but they’re much less common.

Okay, so now we can get to the fashion show!  I didn’t try any dresses or skirts on Angel, though, because I had always wanted her to be wearing pants.  (Even if my initial outfit for her didn’t have them.)

Oh, no, wait, first there’s the old outfit I’d gotten for Angel that didn’t fit!  Here’s Crissy modeling it:

 

I really love the outfit (and that hat!) but the shirt made me very worried about staining.  It’s lined with white on the inside, so I wasn’t worried about her torso, but I felt like it was going to stain her arms where they were touching it on the outside, you know?  I could have her wear it as a vest over a thin white blouse, though.  (The pants didn’t fit either of the other girls, so I don’t have any photos of them wearing this outfit.)

Anyway, until I got the Ruby Lane clothes, I had Crissy wearing this:

Kind of surprising that she can wear Velvet’s dress as a shirt, isn’t it?  For all their height difference, their torso sizes aren’t much different.

Anyway, now we can get on with the fashion show.  Starting first with the dress Crissy came with…

 

And now the outfit Angel’s been wearing all this time…

  

Wow, the different lighting really changes the color of the cloth, doesn’t it?  The photo of Angel was taken at work, in more diffused lighting, some of which was natural, and the other two were taken in my bedroom, in 100% artificial lighting.  (I just don’t have a good place for natural light photography right now…)  I’m not sure what happened to her bracelet between then and now, though.  😦

 

Velvet didn’t try on this jumper because it patently didn’t fit.  I mean, it doesn’t really fit Angel, either, but it’s not quite as bad on her compared to Velvet.

  

I probably should have done a group shot of the three of them at the start of this to show the size difference between Angel and the other two…only just thought of that…

 

For the “leftover hippie” part of the 1970s.  You know, the part that led Mattel to make these guys:

(I’m amazed I found an excuse for that…)

  

I’m not sure if I’m supposed to be thinking Bruce Lee here, or Star Trek…which is kind of an odd statement, now that I look at it…

  

The odd thing with this one is that this blue leafy outfit was one of the ones I was most looking forward to from the seller’s photos, and it’s probably the one I’m least happy with on my dolls.  (Or the yellow one might be…)

  

…nope, got nothing to say here.

  

This outfit may be the unexpected winner of the bunch. ;P

 

This one was sent along as a bonus.  I’m not really a fan of the skirt, but I love the blouse! 😀

So, as you can see, Velvet was the clear winner of the fashion show:  she even made the granny dress look good! 😉  For the moment, they’re wearing these outfits:

  

In Crissy and Velvet’s case, this was literally because those were the last outfits I’d tried on them, and I didn’t feel much like changing their clothes again. 😛

I’m thinking of changing them to these, though:

  

Obviously, Crissy is banned from wearing darker outfits (like anything red) because I don’t want her getting stained.  I don’t think the darker colors of plastic are as likely to take a stain.  Though maybe I’m wrong about that?  (Does anyone know?)

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Hmm, when I got to this point the other day and left it here, I’m positive I had something else I wanted to say on the end and that’s why I stopped instead of posting it, but now I don’t remember what it was. 😦