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.)
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…
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.