Okay, that is my first (and hopefully last) hashtag joke.

(And yes, I am deeply sorry for it.)

Aaaaaaaanyway, let’s just move on to the post.  For the most part, I want the Black History Month posts to move in a thematically chronological order.  (There is one exception that will become clear when the time comes.)

By thematically chronological I mean that I’m including reproductions with the time period of their original, rather than the time period in which they were reproduced.

Which actually means this should have been the first post.  (Well, first after Soul, who went first as more or less of a joke.)  Only I didn’t have photos ready on this one, since it was a reproduction that didn’t actually pass for the original, so I didn’t want to use any photos for work.

This replica Patsy was made by Effanbee in the ’80s, before Effanbee became part of Tonner.  This is not what she came wearing, though.  She came in this:

Oh, and yes, you’re reading her tag correctly.  See?

As I said, it was the ’80s, so no one was yet trying to find less offensive ways to phrase things.   (I keep writing things set in the ’80s, and it’s absolutely maddening.)

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Not quite what I intended…

These didn’t quite work the way I wanted, so they’re being slammed into the same post. 😛  (Don’t worry, the last post of the month will make up for it. 😉 )

Haruka: Well, don’t you look lovely, koneko-chan?
Catra: Mrr? (trans: I’m not familiar with the kind of thing I’m seeing here.)
Michiru: *giggle*

Given that Haruka tends to call girls she’s flirting with “kitten”, how could I resist having her flirt with Catra?  But She-ra dolls don’t pose very well (especially if you want them to not fall over) and writing flirtatious dialog is not a skill I possess.  Still…I like the idea…

The intention here was a post called “Unrequited”…

The idea was that Yuffie was hugging Tifa from behind, with the general message that she didn’t need Tifa to return her love, as long as Tifa understood that she was loved…and that she had an alternative to the spiky-haired jerk.  Not that there’s anything in the game to suggest Yuffie is lesbian or bi, but there really isn’t much in the original game to say that she isn’t, either.  (Dirge of Cerberus, of course, is another story entirely.  And a different Yuffie entirely, having changed from Tezuka’s Dororo to Slayers‘ Amelia.)  In any case, though I generally like the canon (and semi-canon) hetero pairings for these two, I also have a soft spot for pairing them with each other.  (After all, Cloud’s pretty dull apart from his hair.  Tifa can do better.)

Anyway, the problem here is that the original Play Arts figures don’t actually pose very well.  (And although I do have a Play Arts Kai of Yuffie, I don’t have one of Tifa.  And they’re a totally different scale, so I can’t use one of each  Probably wouldn’t help the basic problem that Tifa’s rigid hair was completely and utterly in the way of the pose, in any case.)  So I couldn’t put them in a pose anywhere near what I had visualized.  Different angles helped a little, but not really enough…

This one looks like Yuffie’s offering her a tissue.  (It also makes it very evident that they didn’t scale these properly.  This Yuffie is much too close to Tifa in height.)

This one is awkward, because the eye reads the image as if the hand Tifa’s holding in front of her face is actually Yuffie’s hand.  Also, maybe it’s just me, but something about the profile of Tifa’s breast seems lewd here…

…though that’s nothing compared to the front view of her breasts!  Ugh.  They should have been slightly less faithful to the original character design there.  (They should also have made her skirt longer.  Like with the Sailor Senshi, it’s hard to avoid panty shots.  Only in Tifa’s case they actually are panties, rather than the lower section of leotards.)  As a romantic shot, this one works best, but it looks more mutual than unrequited, so it’s still sort of a failure.

Princess of Power

So I’ve been meaning to get to this post for a while, and I managed to get the photos taken before I started working on the photos for June.  (I’ll explain in my first June post as to why I have a special theme for the month.)  It’s not that I want to show off my She-Ra collection, it’s that I’ve got two big purchases I want to squee about. 🙂

And here’s the first one:




Sadly, there’s only one half of the front door (and it doesn’t actually stay in place, due to broken hinges) and only one window pane, but still!  She-Ra’s Crystal Castle! 😀

And it has pretty much all its interior accessories:


(Though from looking at a list I found online, it turns out the purple fur thing I put on the bed as a comforter is supposed to be a rug.  Oops. 😛 )

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Tiny Frock Shop Black Friday Order

Good grief, it’s taken me a long time to get any Black Friday stuff posted!  Anyway, before I get to the Tiny Frock Shop order, I want to briefly show you my Zeenie dolls Small Business Saturday order.  They were having a “2 for $20” sale, with free shipping, and I couldn’t pass that up!  But the dolls evidently got a good shaking on their way here. 😦

tinyfrockbf-1 tinyfrockbf-2

The one on the left — Zennia — doesn’t look particularly shaken in the photo, but that’s because her headband had already slithered down out of sight.  She’s supposed to look like this:


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Unfair Comparisons: Dream Date Barbie

So, remember a while back I got the collector reproduction of Dream Date Barbie?  Y’know, this one:

Silky 26

Well, I not long ago got the real thing:


Now, at first glance, you’re probably thinking that there’s no comparison, because the original looks awful.  But keep in mind, she’s a doll who was obviously well loved, and she’s more than thirty years old.  So we have to look past the thinning, messy hair, and the fact that I never could figure out the “right” way to arrange her dress over her shoulders.  (It’s more of an attached shawl than a dress, per se.)


The bald spot is definitely a problem.  No question about that.  And the rest of her hair is rather fly-away and messy.  But if I have a chance to calm her hair down, I can probably get it to hide the bald spot.  More important, look at her face.  Isn’t it delicate and sweet?  I really like how subtle the Superstar-era face-ups often were.  (Before the late ’80s when the Rockers aesthetic overpowered them.  Though I’m fond of the Rockers-era stuff, too.  One of my two favorites as a kid was one of the Rockers…)


By contrast, here’s the face on the reproduction.  Cleaner, and the hair’s obviously still perfect, but the face looks soulless to me.  Trading the purple eyes for blue ones was definitely not a good idea.  (I apologize for the pictures of the reproduction in this post.  I forgot I could remove the plastic screen in front of her…but I think they still show my point well enough despite the glare.)

The photo also shows you that her earring is a plain silver stud…or it kind of does, anyway.  This one from the earlier post might make that a little more clear.  Anyway, look at the earrings (and ring!) on the original:


Superstar-era jewelry was the best! 😀  I don’t know what these are supposed to look like (a diamond set in glass?) but I love them regardless.


The contrast that stands out the most, to me, is the difference in fabric.  The original Dream Date has a richer color scheme, and a shimmery fabric, while the reproduction is a matte color that utterly fails when placed side by side with the original.  (I loved it before I saw the two together and realized how pathetic the new one is in comparison.)  I’ll give the reproduction lots of points for its sequins, though:  they’re much better done than the original’s.


So, there you have it, the reproduction Dream Date and the original Dream Date.

This has been the first Unfair Comparison.  The Unfair Comparison gallery is here.

(At least one more is currently planned.  Though there I can only compare dresses, but…of course, first I have to take the freakin’ pictures…)

Aaaaanyway, having just done two Barbie posts in a row, I really need to do something non-Barbie next. 😛  I’ll see if I can get those Figma photos taken at my brother’s place on Monday, maybe.  Or I could try my hand at changing Gen’s eyes to the new ones, or maybe giving him one of each and see how that looks.  But overall it’s probably going to be a slow summer on this blog, ’cause it’s so freakin’ hot in my house that I really can’t get up the energy to take pictures.  😦

(Oh, speaking of Figma, I got charged by Good Smile recently, so one of the Figmas I pre-ordered is on the way from Japan now.  I’d need to check the release dates to see which one, but I think it’s Tomoyo-chan, as I think Link’s a later release.)

Angel Face Barbie

Before I get to my post, let me first apologize for how long it’s been since I’ve posted anything.  As I said in my last post (admittedly a re-blog from my other blog) a mouse died in the wall, and I was temporarily spending a long time out of the house due to the smell.  Problem is, a heat wave started before the smell went away.  And I have a problem with my air conditioner, so I can only run it for short bursts.  (I know what the problem is, and it could be fixed pretty easily, I suspect, if my house wasn’t such a sty.  But it is a sty, so I can’t let repair people in to fix anything.  I’m working on cleaning it up, but it’s a slow process, I’m sorry to say.)  Anyway, that means the house is horribly hot, so I don’t like being in it, and using my laptop is awkward, to say the least.  That’s made for no posts, no new photos (I should take some dolls or figures to my brother’s new house and photograph them there) and no work on dolly projects.  (Tomoyo-chan is waiting for a face-up, Pyrrha’s new eye mechanism has a problem (I think one of her pairs of eye chips is too thick), I need to make a mold for a Jem hand, lots of newly acquired vintage dolls need a good cleaning, and I got two new Obitsus (and a bodyless head) that need face-ups and clothes…and there are probably a lot of other projects that are simply slipping my mind.)

Eventually, I’ll get back to my normal pattern.  (Like, when the weather cools off again.)

In the mean time, I’ve got a few posts’ worth of photos already taken, so I’m trying to get them posted.  And that leads into today’s post.

Among the various vintage dolls I’ve been getting lately (Oh God, why did I allow myself to open the “buying vintage dolls online” door?!) have been a number of purchases that are me attempting to get back my childhood, literally.  One of those was this Angel Face Barbie.

Angel Face 1

She’s missing her shoes, but…actually, I probably have some shoes around here somewhere that would be correct.  I don’t know what’s with the bright pink variant on a late Victorian and/or Edwardian dress, but I’ve always been charmed by it.

Angel Face 2

Like many other Superstar-era, pre-Rockers Barbies, she has a very sedate face-up, and flat, two-tone eyes that send waves of nostalgia over me, but probably leave many non-’80s folks cold.  (Or late ’70s folks.)

Angel Face 4

Her two-tone hair was something that I remembered very vividly.

Angel Face 6

You may have noticed in the first close-up — and even more in this shot — a certain “muddled” aspect where her facial coloring is concerned.  This accessory in her lap is the reason for that…

Angel Face 7

She came with a little compact filled with make-up to put on her!  (Or possibly to put on yourself.  Who knows?)  BTW, this compact didn’t come with this doll:  the doll is a new acquisition, but the compact I’ve had since I was a girl.  I’m guessing that my Angel Face was in much worse condition than this one when I gave her away.  But the important thing is that now I have one again:  a piece of my childhood regained.

(Speaking of which, I recently realized that I still have my Great Shape Barbie after all.  She’s just in a different outfit.  I’ll take a picture of her with the Tokidoki version next time I have a chance.)

So, I’ll hopefully get more posts up sometime soon, but right now if you want to see the gallery for this post, it’s here.  I’ll be putting other shots of Barbies from the 1980s in there later on.

Tuesday x 2

I apologize for the poor picture quality in this post.  I wanted to get this up today — as opposed to next week — but it’s been raining for the last two days, so I had to use the flash to get these pictures.  There are also fewer of them than I meant to take, because the flash eats up my camera’s battery like nobody’s business.

Anyway!  I want to introduce you to another Ideal girl to join my collection, this one from ShopGoodwill.com:

Tuesday 1

She’s from 1975 (same as me!) and her name is Tuesday Taylor.

Yes, I realize that’s a moronic reason to insist on posting about her on a Tuesday.  Hey, I’m still in the weird-sleep mode of trying to recover from final-paper-writing, okay?

Tuesday 2

Moving on, while the influence of the Twist-n-Turn Barbie face is evident here, I think her face is also quite distinctive as its own entity, a bit more realistic than TnT Barbie.  (Don’t get me wrong; I love the TnT Barbie face.)  You can’t see them very well in this shot, but she has short rooted eyelashes as well as the nicely painted on ones.

Tuesday 3

See that line at the base of the scalp?  (It’d be hard to miss!)  It goes all the way around, and there was a shot of it from behind on the auction page, presumably because the seller thought it was a flaw in the doll.  And at first I thought so, too, until I saw someone selling one of these on Etsy, someone who actually knew a thing or two about these dolls…

Tuesday 5

Her scalp turns, so she can go from a blonde to a brunette!

Or, at least, that’s the idea.  But if they really wanted that to be how it works, they shouldn’t have given the blonde half bangs.  It’s theoretically possible that with a different hairstyle, the brown part would not have to hang directly in front of her face like this, but for the moment I’m not taking down the loose braids she arrived with.  (Eventually I probably will, as I don’t think they’re original.)  So for the moment she’s going to remain a half-bleached-blonde. 😛

Tuesday 6

This is a very modern Barbie dress intended for a less busty Barbie, so it’s a bit tight in the chest on Tuesday, but I think it still looks pretty good.  Though maybe I should loosen the velcro a little to keep it from stretching out quite so badly over her bosom…

Tuesday 7

Ideal continues to fascinate me in the way they construct their dolls.  So Misty had a limp vinyl(?) arm that could move any way you wanted, but wouldn’t hold it, right?  Tuesday here has an arm that bends and holds the bend, rather like a bendy-doll.  But her hands are on a regular joint at the end of the arm.  Given the stiff arms on Barbies at this period, this must have been quite the selling point for Tuesday Taylor and her friends.  (And there were definitely “friends”.  I’ve seen another doll in this line on Etsy, and I was tempted to get her since she came with some of her clothes and all.  But I thought I’d wait and see how I liked this one in person first.)

Tuesday 8

As is common, Tuesday has click-knees.  The clicking mechanism is much more sharp than in more recent Barbies.  (Not sure about mid-1970s Barbies…)  But there are obvious problems with the system after a long time.  Note the rectangular bubble on the underside of this bent knee, where some of the skin is just sort of pooching outwards due to the bend in the mechanism.  (Not that I have any idea why it’s doing that.)

Tuesday 9

A more significant problem is on the other knee, the one that looks bent in this picture.  See the round area sticking out from the back of her knee there?  (It’s about the size a baseball would be in Tuesday’s scale.)  I’m not sure exactly what that is, but I suspect it’s due to the fact that the click-knee in that leg no longer works.  You can bend the leg a little due to the flexible nature of the vinyl, but it goes right back again, because whatever it is inside the click-knee to make it hold those few rigid poses, it’s entirely broken.  This is not a big deal, however; it just means she can’t really sit down, unless I want her legs sticking out straight in front of her.  (Like Misty…)

You’ll notice, also, that her feet — while still possessing the ridiculously arched feet for high heel shoes — are not so ludicrously tiny as Barbie’s.  These actually look more or less the right size for her body.

Now, I probably had more to say about Tuesday, but I’ve run out of pictures. 😛  Instead — to justify the “x 2” in the title of the post — I want to share another doll I got recently, though this one came from Etsy.

Tuesday 10

This is Aja from Hasbro’s “Jem and the Holograms” line of dolls from the 1980s.  I never had any of these dolls as a kid, so it’s pretty cool to get my hands on one, and because she’s missing a hand, she was extremely cheap.  (She was only coming along for the ride, however.  The main reason I made this order was for the other doll in it — also 1980s vintage — but I’ll tell you about her next time. 😛  Like I said, camera ran out of battery power.  They’re charging now, though.)

My plan had been to re-body her head onto a Made-to-Move Barbie.

Because, as I said, I’d never had one of these dolls before.  I didn’t know that they were actually significantly larger than Barbie.  Okay, not “significantly,” per se, but enough larger that her head would be way too big on a Barbie body, and that her neck hole is about twice as large as a Barbie’s.

However, it turns out that the missing hand is almost the only thing wrong with her.  (She does have a small pink stain on one shoulder as well, but that’s not a big deal.)  So all I have to do is replace her hand.  I’d just make a mold off her other hand, but she doesn’t want to have two left hands, surely, and I can’t find any other doll in my collection whose hands are quite the same size.  (The closest match I came up with was Deuce Gorgon, but his hands are very obviously masculine, so that wasn’t gonna happen.)  I’m going to have to pick a doll with a similar hand design (either Tuesday or a Bratzilla, whichever has the larger hands) and make a mold off of it, then make a polymer clay hand, and then make another mold off of that.  I’ve noticed that polymer clay versions off of molds of doll parts give a result that’s slightly larger than the original, so hopefully the scaling up will be the right amount to make it more or less match in size.  I’ll never match the color, of course, so I’m thinking a blue-glittery, transparent resin hand:  one that’ll look a bit holographic, since she’s one of the Holograms. 😛

Tuesday 11

Part of the reason I’ve never had a Jem doll before is that I’ve never been a big fan of their faces, but I liked the way this one looked.

Getting her clothing may prove difficult, since she’s so much thicker than a Barbie in every dimension other than bust-line.  I’m going to have to see what I can come up with on Etsy, I guess.

Anyway, the gallery for this post is here.

Before I go, a brief update about Pyrrha.  I finally got her old eye mechanism out, and her new eye mechanism in, and all her eye chips finally decided on.  While I was at it, I washed her hair to try and make her bangs behave.  Then as I was about to put the back of her head back on, I suddenly realized I had forgotten to put her pullstrings back in place.

Well, the one for the sleep eyes was no problem.

But the main pullstring!

I couldn’t get it to go through the hole.

So I put it through a needle and somehow managed to get the needle most of the way through the hole…but the eye was so wide it wouldn’t fit through the hole.  But any smaller eye and the string wouldn’t have gone through!

I had so much trouble getting the eye mechanism in and out.  I really don’t want to have to do it again.  But I’m not sure what else to do.

Maybe if I had some really thin thread I could tie one end of it around the tip of the pullstring, thread the other end through, and then pull the pullstring through that way.


I’m not sure.

But while I dither about the best course of action, poor Pyrrha is still lying here in pieces. 😦  If anyone has any suggestions, I’m all ears…