When I got a missed package slip in my mailbox on Saturday, I assumed it was the mold for Pyrrha’s eyechips. So I was flabbergasted to be receiving a fairly big box at the post office this morning. I was halfway out to my car when I realized it wasn’t the mold, it was Romana! (AKA, in this case, Country Summer Blythe.) Considering how much later I ordered her than the mold, I’m still amazed that she arrived first.
Obviously, I wanted to go right home and de-box her right away…but I had stuff I had to do, so all I could do was take her home and get her out of the cardboard shipping case, and then wait until after I’d done all my errands and laundry (my dryer’s broken) and stuff. So the lighting in these pictures isn’t very good; it’s mostly artificial, but I just didn’t want to wait!
(As seems to be the case all too often, DropBox is freaking out on me, so I can’t show you any of the full size pictures yet. I’ll add the links when it starts working again.) Her box was very decorative, showing the (imaginary) contents of her picnic basket.
I didn’t know quite where to set her down while I was freeing all her accessories from the box, so I put her on the metal chair that’s usually Pyrrha’s. (Pyrrha’s standing right now, somewhat precariously, due to her new dress anyway. That’ll be explained tomorrow, in the post that I wrote about 90% of a couple of days ago. 😛 This took priority!) I was quite surprised by the texture of her hair; it’s actually a bit oily, almost greasy.
I don’t like the cowboy boots. Romana is not the type of Time Lady to wear cowboy boots, especially not unless actively riding a horse. And even then she’d probably wear something a bit more British. (Rather, we know for a fact that Romana I would wear something more British when riding. Romana II is another issue, but…yeah, I don’t think cowboy boots would ever be her thing.) I’m not altogether a fan of the way the picnic basket looks at present, either, but a little bit of paint to make it look like it’s actually made from wicker should fix that up. (Whenever the heck I can find some spare time!)
If I ever replace any of her eyechips, it’ll be this forward facing pink pair. They’re not quite as startling in the photo as in real life. In real life, they’re definitely a “Yikes!” Something more starfield-like would be more fitting for a Time Lady. (Ooh, or broken clock ones, like the portrait the guy was drawing in City of Death! That would be freakin’ sweet! Admittedly, that was her whole face, not just her eyes, but…yeah, that would be cool.) However, this shot gives you a good idea of her face-up. Her cheeks are quite rosy, but her lips are very subtle, which is nice. I’m not a huge fan of the dark eye shadow, but I think it’ll probably grow on me. Her eye mechanism switches more readily than Pyrrha’s, and her eyelashes are very different, too. But I’ll probably do a whole post later on just comparing them, so I won’t go into too much detail right now. (I am, technically, supposed to be writing a paper right now…)
Since I hated the cowboy boots, I’d already been looking around Etsy with an eye towards getting her some new shoes. (I also finally brushed out her hair before taking this photo; it looks better now than it did right out of the box.) One thing I’d noticed was that a search for “Blythe shoes” often turned up Barbie shoes. So I thought I’d go through my lunchbox of Barbie shoes and see what I could find that would fit and look decent with her stock. Well, a lot more fit than looked good with her clothes. (And I didn’t even have her try on any of the super-jumbo My Scene shoes. I don’t even know why I have so many of those; I’m sure I don’t have that many My Scene Barbies. Some of them must have come with multiple pairs, or maybe there were fashion packs…) Of course, the new shoes have some problems, too.
For one thing, the red in the new shoes does not match the pink on the little cut-out to put on her stand. (The lovely thing about that cut-out, though, is that it matches the colors of Pyrrha’s hair perfectly, so she’ll be able to borrow the stand, with cut-out, whenever I want!)
Just so you can’t miss it, witness the ludicrosity that is high-heeled running shoes. Now, granted, anyone hanging out with the Doctor has to do a lot of running. But the high heels are still probably not a good idea…but it’s not like these are permanent. They’re just a stop-gap measure so she doesn’t have to wear those cowboy boots. I’ll resin cast some new shoes that match or — more likely — buy her some on Etsy.
Anyway, I know this isn’t many pictures (and they’re not very good ones, either), but with dying light and a paper hanging over my head, I couldn’t take many. I have a whole mini-skit planned out for her and my 4th Doctor doll, but I didn’t have time to take the pictures today; I’ll do it next time I have a chance. (Though it would be better if I had a TARDIS set to take the pictures in…)
I need to get her a new pull-ring, too. If the new mold I made off Pyrrha’s pull-ring works out, then I’ll make one for her, and if not, then I’ll buy them both pull-rings. (The first mold was awful. I have photos, but I haven’t had time to get it all assembled into a post yet. Plus I wanted to do another casting run first. Maybe tomorrow after class, or Wednesday…) In Romana’s case, the pull-ring needs to be TARDIS blue, naturally. Possibly with some star-like sparkles. But the TARDIS blue is obviously the important part. 😀
Hopefully, next time I’ll be able to take some decent pictures of her; she’s so much prettier than these pictures make her look. Also hopefully Pyrrha won’t be tormenting her whenever I’m not in the room. But she’s got the Doctor and K-9 with her, so she’ll probably be okay. 😛 (Also, Gooliope is in between them, and she’s pretty big; I doubt Pyrrha would want to mess with her…)
(Now that it’s back up, here’s a link to the DropBox album.)