So, for the last few posts, I’ve mentioned having plans for the blog for the month of June, without ever mentioning what they are.
So now I’m mentioning what they are. 😛
As you may or may not be aware, June is Pride Month. I’m asexual myself, but I’m very supportive of the LGBT community. And in today’s political atmosphere, I feel like it’s very important to voice my support. Or in this case, photograph it. So my posts this month are going to be either rainbow-themed or same-sex romantic (but always safe for work!) photos. You’ll be seeing a lot of Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune. 😉 (But also some other anime, Monster High, possibly Vocaloid if I can figure out the right way to handle it, and anything else I can think of that actually seems appropriate.)
Today, I’m just going to recycle some rainbow-themed photos that have been on the blog previously.
New photos will appear next time I post. (And I’ve already taken several photos of the Uranus and Neptune Figurarts, so I’m almost kinda sorta prepared!)
I thought I would share my adventures(?) in trying to find just the right match between doll and wig. Or “the right match for the moment,” at least.
There’s two size sets being dealt with, tiny (Little Pullip+ and BJD Ai size) and large (1/3 scale and Pullip size), but before I get to the wigs, I think I’ll share Juliet’s new shirt first.
This is her total look with the new shirt and everything. The new shirt’s cute, right? It’s by ttyacom. I just love the owl. 🙂
This picture is the reason I wanted to start with the shirt: I realized that, gorgeous as this wig is, it just doesn’t work on her. Juliet needs bangs. So her wig is in the mix here as well. (I’ve ordered a new one on Etsy, but we’ll just have to wait and see if it looks right on her. Also I’m hoping it won’t clash with her clothes…)
But I’m going to start the swapping with the little size, because it’s a lot faster; only two dolls, with two wigs each.
The Little Byul+ there was originally dressed in a My Melody kigurumi costume, which is naturally why her hair was so crazy short. (You may have recognized her wig as the one Suve is now wearing.) Her new dress is off some Disney doll I found at Tuesday Mornings. Melitta’s stock wig looks much better on Byul than that little pink one, don’t you think? It certainly looks better with that dress than it does with Melitta’s current outfit.
As to Melitta’s new wig, it’s by LalamShop, and it was actually intended for Little Pullip+ rather than BJD Ai, but they wear the same size, so that’s cool. 🙂 It’s an improvement in terms of wig/outfit compatibility, but still not quite meshing. I think I need to find Melitta a new outfit. Maybe if I just got her a skirt to replace the jeans?
For someone who’s supposed to be not blogging in order to save all her words for NaNo, I seem to be posting a lot. 😛
Anyway, just some little stuff. First off, the two Little+ dolls I ordered from JPGroove:
She had shown up on their Sample Sale, but I noticed they also had one in the box, so I decided to go with that one, paying a bit extra in order to ensure that her hat was present and undamaged. Also so she would have a stand. So I now have all the Little+ Alice set other than Pink Alice. (And why would I need two Alices? It’s not like I have any shortage of other Alice dolls. Well, not that you can ever have too many Alices…) But I also ordered one who really was a sample:
Now that I’m comparing her to her promotional pictures, I see that the eyepatch was not necessarily supposed to be over her eye. Oh well. Anyhoo, you’ll note I just sat her down next to Bee Balm…who now has a name! Her name is Melitta.
Also, her other outfit arrived just today.
The dress is by nubanded on Etsy. And as you can see, it doesn’t quite fit her. It was designed for a Hujoo Baby, and I thought they were the same size as BJD Ai, but it seems they vary a bit more than I thought. So now I’m going to have to get a Hujoo Baby to give this dress to. Well, I’ve been wanting one anyway…though I can’t get the one I really want. 😦
Due to their frame set-up, I can’t give you a link to the direct page, but at the Junky Spot, under Hujoo 11-13 cm, if you scroll down forever to get to the actual Hujoo Baby dolls, there are three: Suve, Ted and Is. The one I really want is Suve in “chocolate” but they only have her in “apricot.” The only one they have in “chocolate” is Is, who’s too jowly for my tastes. Ted’s all right, but nowhere near as cute as Suve. And since they only just got in a bunch of Hujoo dolls, I don’t think they’ll be getting any more chocolate Suve dolls any time soon. I checked Hujoo’s own web site, and they had Ted in chocolate as well as Is, but still not Suve. (Obviously, I’m not the only one charmed by her little pursed lips.) So I’m not sure what to do about that. It would be silly to buy a doll I don’t like (Is) but the questions are “am I going to miss out on chocolate-colored dolls altogether if I don’t buy one now?” and “am I going to miss out on Suve altogether if I don’t buy her now?” And I’m not sure how to get an answer to that question. 😦 (I might get a NanoRabi for now, and give her the dress, and worry about the Hujoo Baby later.)
Of course, Melitta still has the problem of her hair not working with her clothes. If I get a Hujoo Baby, and if their heads are the same size, I could give the baby Melitta’s wig, and get her a new wig that won’t be so discordant with the jeans. Because someone is going to keep wearing that wig, as I really like it. (Though it’d be even cooler if it was some wild color, but even so!)
I still have one Etsy order still en route: the Licca head and outfit. It should have arrived last week, but the seller had a bit of a SNAFU and put the wrong labels on two outgoing packages. So I got someone else’s package and they got my Licca head. The seller got everything straightened out, so my order is now on the way, but the extra wait is definitely annoying. (All the more so since I have her body sitting here waiting, headless.)
I’m still trying to figure out what to do about the Cardcaptor Sakura dolls, too. Now that I know Pure Neemo XS will work for everyone’s clothes but Mei-Lin’s, I could go ahead and order one boy body and two female bodies, and then figure out what do to about Mei-Lin after I can try her clothes on the boy body, and on the 21 cm male Obitsu body I’m going to order soon from Junky Spot (to re-body Len) but then there’s the issue of what heads to give them, and where to find them appropriate wigs. And also the issue of where to buy the bodies from. Because it turns out that the one I got on Etsy was a wee bit over-priced. They’d be much cheaper on AmiAmi…if they had them in stock. I found a couple of other sites that have the boy body for about $10 less than what I paid for the girl body, but they don’t have the girl bodies, and they do have nice expensive shipping from Japan. (But so did the Etsy seller.) And I’ve never heard of the other sites, so I don’t know if they’re any good. They certainly look like big stores, but…yeah, it’s always a gamble. Maybe I should wait to initiate the whole process until after AmiAmi has them in stock? (I’m assuming something like that is going to be regularly re-stocked, being a doll part, not a whole doll.)
Anyway, one last thing. Yesterday, when I got home from class and checked my mail, I found one of those “sorry we missed you” cards indicating there was something I had to sign for. Now, I live in a little subdivision, and there’s two routes to my house: the direct route that requires a left turn across a busy road with no traffic light, and the indirect route that requires a left turn across the same busy road with a traffic light, and then makes me drive through half the subdivision. Given that it was a little after lunch time, I had no chance of taking the direct route, and ended up driving through half the subdivision. So I knew the mailman was still in the subdivision, and I could go chase after him to get my package that day, instead of waiting until this morning. (Yes, I actually did that once.) But the slip said it was a large envelope, not a package (there was also a place on the slip for the name of the sender, but I couldn’t read what had been scrawled there), so I assumed it was probably the dress for Melitta, as it was too soon for the Licca head. And the only other thing I was waiting on was a package.
Long story short–“Too late!”–I decided to wait until this morning, since it was just a doll outfit. Then I’m at the post office, waiting as they find my package, and they don’t bring out a little envelope. They bring out a box. And in that box…
Weirdly enough, this is the second time this has happened, and in both cases, it was a Blythe being delivered: Romana‘s “sorry we missed you” slip also indicated an envelope, rather than a package. (But seriously, this was crazy fast shipping! (For $30, it should be, of course!) I think Junie Moon only shipped these on the 12th or 13th, and she arrived here on the 17th, from Japan? Seriously fast shipping.)
Anyway, I’m forcing myself not to de-box her until I’ve made some serious progress on my research paper. (To ensure that I don’t succumb to the temptation, I’m even leaving her box in the plastic protective sleeve.) It’s not easy to wait, though, lemme tell you! Especially because this is a first for me: I’ve gotten a doll right at her release, instead of waiting a year or more and then getting her. (Admittedly, part of that is due to the fact that I’ve only become a seriously crazed collector in the past, I dunno, nine months? Up until then, I was mostly only buying dolls I had access to in person, so mostly Monster High and Barbie and such. My bank account definitely wishes that was still the case.) Okay, technically, this is a “second” for me in that regard, because there’s also “Clara Marie“. (I should never have said “I’m not going to reveal her name until I reveal her new look.” It’s driving me nuts!) But a brand-new doll line like that is a different thing than a new Blythe or Pullip. Especially Blythe, though; they seem to sell out much more quickly than Pullips. (Maybe they’re made in smaller numbers?)
Okay, I’ve wasted way too much time and far too many words on this, so I’m going to dive back into research on Virgil and Augustan propaganda. (Whee!) And if I finish that up, maybe I can figure out how to advance that scene I was stuck on in my novel. (I’ve only written 1582 words today! That’s short of the 1,667 daily goal! (Of course, I hit 50k yesterday, so that’s kind of irrelevant, but still…seeing a blue bar instead of a green bar for my daily word count is painful somehow.))
Some of the dolls in “Skipper’s Halloween Party” have been sitting on my shelf for 15 years. (Specifically, just about anything Barbie has been around that long. Including Skipper herself.) And I don’t dust my dolls very often. (Because, seriously, that would be a week-long task!)
Before I go into the behind the scenes yammering I wanted to do after every picture, let me first talk about my newest BJD Ai, Bee Balm.
I was really surprised to find three BJD Ai boxes at Tuesday Mornings last week! (And then I rushed off to one of the other two locations in my area, only to be disappointed to see that all they had was one Little Byul+, and it was one of the two I already had. When I managed to get to the third location a few days later, all they had was that same Little Byul+! I get that they’re having trouble selling it, but man! How frustrating!) The other two Ais were fully sleeping dolls, specifically Lupinus and Prairie Gentian, if you want to see what they look like. Thing is, I already have a sleeping Ai, Hyacinth, so…I just didn’t feel the need for any more of them. But Bee Balm is at least a little awake — and at $30 it felt like a shame to pass her up.
I love the BJD Ai box, shaped like a big white book, and opened just as easily…except that there are magnets in the box to keep it shut, and that I don’t like. (I never know just how protected electronics are from magnetic interference, and I get sort of paranoid about it, to be honest.) They’re super-easy to get out, being just tied in there with a couple of ribbons.
However, not all was fun and games. See all the stuff in there with her? That’s a large part of her costume. Specifically, the black tights and T-shirt she’s supposed to be wearing under the bee suit, as well as her antennae-headband, shoes and those yellow puffy things for her arms. The headband, shoes and puffy things were no problem.
But the black stuff!
See that tutu she’s wearing? It’s sort of to give the abdomen of the bee suit some shape, I suppose. Whatever it’s for, it can’t go much above or below where it is on her in this picture. It’s not elastic, and it doesn’t have any way to open it; it can only be removed by cutting it off. It wasn’t too much of a problem getting the shirt and tights on around it, but trying to get the bee suit back on…!
I would never have thought it could be that difficult to get clothes on and off a doll this size, especially not clothes specifically manufactured for her. (It was even worse than getting Hyacinth’s clothes back over her open hand.)
And needless to say, I had to suffer through the on-and-off of the bee suit twice, because there was no way I was leaving those black things on her, since they would undoubtedly stain like crazy, and I have no intention of leaving her dressed like a bee. In fact, I’ve already ordered her two outfits from Etsy. One of them was designed for Hujoo Baby BJDs, which are supposed to be about the same size, but I won’t know until it gets here. (Like most of what I’ve ended up ordering so far from Etsy, it’s coming from overseas. Why is it that the stuff I end up ordering is always coming from the other side of the world?) However, the second outfit, from Silly Kitty, arrived on Friday!
The shirt is absolutely adorable on her, but the jeans were a mistake. They’re well-made and super-soft to the touch (they only look like denim) but they don’t match the style of Bee Balm’s frilly wig; I should have gotten a skirt to go with the shirt instead of pants. The other outfit is a dress, so it should look better on her, and then I can hold this outfit in reserve for the Hujoo Baby I want to order from JunkySpot whenever they get her back in stock. (They have that doll in stock in Apricot, but I want the Chocolate one…though I question the decision to name their colors after foods…)
Okay, so now that that’s over with, I have lots I want to say about the party photo shoot, and/or the dolls involved.
The disturbing thing about Skipper’s outfit is that that feather was originally pure white. You should have seen the dust accumulated on the polymer clay rose she was holding. Scary stuff. Anyway, her costume was always intended to be Viola; Twelfth Night was the first Shakespeare play I read (back in the 8th grade!) and it remains my favorite. (I was so ticked off when I saw the movie they made of it, because they completely botched it. 😦 ) Anyway, if you’re wondering where I got the nifty outfit from, the top and hat came on a Barbie clone I showed in my post on clones, and the tights…um…no idea. Presumably they were Teen Skipper tights. 😛 BTW, the reason I said in the post that she was in college was because how else would she have her own space to have a party? Besides, she can be in college and still be a teenager!
The painful thing, to me, about this photo is that when I was picking Skipper up again to move on to the next shot, her boot caught on one of the pieces of furniture, and both the table and the counter from the Diener had everything fall off and go scattering about. (And this was, of course, the first picture I took. So frustrating!)
Ugh, where to start? I sewed those costumes sometime around 1999/2000, and I only had one pair of tights and one pair of socks, so Buttercup ended up with neither, because it seemed like of the three, she was the one who’d be most likely to go without. They were on display on a shelf with my homemade “Barbie Loves Powerpuff Girls” doll (who was wearing a PPG T-shirt made out of a child’s sock) for a number of years, until I got tired of looking at their shabbily homemade nature, and shunted the four of them into an under-the-bed (or under-the-dresser in this case) container of Barbies and Barbie clothes. Hence the disaster that was once Bubbles’ ponytails. (Though to be honest they never really behaved anyway.) If I ever had a ribbon for Blossom’s hair, it got lost in the bracken that is that container. So why did I put them on display for the whole world to see?
I don’t know, really. I just felt like I needed some little kids at the Halloween party, I guess. Besides, it’s nice to have costumes that are actual costumes, rather than “ooh, I’ll have this doll wear that doll’s stock!” (Not to mention a few “well, this doll’s already in costume!”)
Okay, now to explain this. “Watashi wa kirei?”, “Am I pretty?”, is what kuchi-sake onna says to people she stops on the street. Kuchi-sake onna, btw, is a yokai (demon is probably the closest single word translation, but misses a lot of the flavor of it, especially since yokai are sometimes benevolent, or at least not malicious) who looks like a beautiful girl wearing a mask over her nose and mouth, of the kind that is commonly worn in Japan when someone has a cold or minor virus, so they can go out and about without getting other people sick. Anyway, if the victim says “yes” then kuchi-sake onna pulls off the mask and says “Even like this?” with her over-sized mouth. (Her name means “slit-mouthed woman.”) Then, usually, the person screams and runs away, and she chases them down and slices them to death with a scythe or a pair of scissors (don’t run with scissors!) depending on the version of the tale. However, there are a few safe methods to drive her away without being killed, and one of them is to give her candy, or at least sweets. The book in which I read that part (Yokai Attack! The Japanese Monster Survival Guide by Hiroko Yoda and Matt Alt) didn’t specify whether the “traditional Japanese sweets called bekko ame” were candy or something a little less easily portable. If you want to read more about kuchi-sake onna, Alex Hurst did a post about her at Part-Time Monster. (Topped with a really disturbing .gif of her from a modern horror movie. Gives me the shudders, so I didn’t want to send you in without warning. 😛 The post is really good, though.)
Pyrrha’s hat did double duty: for Romana, it took the place of the Doctor’s brown fedora (you ever tried to find one of those in Blythe size?) and for Pyrrha it’s taking the place of the Evil Queen’s cowl. I didn’t have a Blythe-sized crown, however, and didn’t want to try making one, so she’s just crownless. The dress, btw, is off the Disney Store doll, not the Mattel collector’s doll. (I have that doll, but she’s going to stay NRFB.)
Until I was re-dressing all these dolls in these outfits, I didn’t stop to think about just how good those outfits really are. They’re utterly wasted on those ugly little bendy dolls that don’t even look like the characters! I am now on a quest to get new dolls to go with the outfits. Problem is, I have no idea what doll is the right size for them. Stacey is the one the clothes fit the best, but that is so not an option. I’m thinking Obitsu 21cm is probably too big, being Dal/Byul size, but I worry that Pure Neemo XS will also be too big, and that Picco Neemo will be too small. 😦 I need to get my hands on both bodies and check. (I’ve been overspending a bit lately, though, so I’ve ordered a Pure Neemo XS for now, and then I’ll get a Picco Neemo later if it turns out the XS is too big.) Also, I have no idea what kind of heads would go with the Pure Neemo XS and Picco Neemo bodies; Obitsu, I guess? Anyway, I got all the bendy dolls used, so I have no idea what that orange stuff is on Tomoyo-chan’s sock. (Okay, technically, the bendy doll is Sakura-chan, but why have more than one Sakura-chan and no Tomoyo-chan?) Yeolume and Jasmine did not want to cooperate with the photo shoot, btw. Yeolume was supposed to be sitting on the sofa, but wouldn’t stay in position, and I had to use Pyrrha’s chair, and Jasmine’s hair kept making her head tilt backwards.
Okay, I don’t like that I used both halves of the costume swap. But Jasmine’s clothes look so good on Janine that I couldn’t resist! (Janine, btw, was part of a two-pack of reproduction dolls connected to the Ghostbusters animated TV show from the 1980s, which I got on clearance, planning on both re-dressing her and re-painting her hair to some fun color, but when I said so to my brother, he said I was destroying his childhood, so I suddenly felt guilty and merely re-dressed her. 😛 Seeing as the other doll was a pumpkin-headed male doll (sort of Pyro Jack on steroids) I should have figured out where I put him and dragged him out for my Halloween posts, too. (Now that I think about it, I think he’s in one of those storage tubs under my bed. They’re mostly filled with SNES and Genesis cartridges, but there are also a few action figures, so I think I must have stashed him there.) Next year, I guess… Oh, and she never spoke at the party because apparently she had a different personality on the TV show than in the movie, so I had no idea how she should talk or behave.) Anyway, she’s bustier than that little Jasmine doll, so the top won’t fasten; it’s being held in place by her arms. Despite that, she’s one of the ones I’m thinking of leaving in her costume for a while even after Halloween is over. (Since the whole Cardcaptor Sakura crowd is also going to be left in costume for a while, that works.)
So much fail! I had this idea that the photo would be Teresa teaching Bryden how to do the Charleston. Only then Teresa couldn’t do the pose I wanted, either. 😦 I liked the idea much better when at least one of them knew how to do it. Also, Bryden’s dress is too big and keeps slipping down off her chest. (You can see it’s starting to go in the photo…) Aaaaand I didn’t have any other shoes for her to wear, so she’s barefoot. *sigh* Teresa looks good, though, right? (Of course, she actually lives in that outfit. I had found that Roaring Twenties Barbie for cheap enough that I got one to keep in box and one to open, and the one I opened got put in a somewhat art deco-style wedding gown, and her outfit went to Teresa here. Though I should probably have cut her hair at some point…)
I mentioned my attempted Red Dwarf set of dolls back during that clone post, right? Well, these two are, naturally, part of it. I think new Kochanski turned out pretty well…probably because all I had to do was re-dress her and change one part of that coat from pink to black. Rimmer…well, actually, I think he turned out pretty well, too, but time has not been kind to him. His hair got badly messed up at some point (it shouldn’t be ploofing up like that on one side) but I’m still pretty proud of the outfit I sewed for him. (By hand, of course. Though I don’t think I’d have the patience for that anymore…) I had to paint on the details like the insignia, stripe, collar, and so on. (The material was quilted when I got it, however.) But his boots! Oh my god, what happened to them?! Okay, what happened was that those are genuine Mattel-made Ken boots (I think they came off the prince to go with the Rapunzel who was the first playline doll to feature the Mackie face) and they’re made of that faux leather that does not age well. You know, the stuff that turns all horrible and sticky. That stuff. So they’re icky to touch now, and I have no idea what that white stuff is on the side of the one boot. I wanted to pose him so that was hidden, but…he’s so heavy he had to be leaning against the counter, and once I had him upright on his own, I didn’t dare move anything to try and hide his boots, lest he fall over and disrupt everything.
It was tempting to include this shot in the Halloween party, too. Merida looks surprisingly good in the miko outfit! Though not as good as Rena in Merida’s outfit, of course. If only it fit a little better, I might make them swap costumes permanently! (I suppose I could give Rena a new, slightly larger body, but…that seems excessive…) Rena and Merida are also going to be staying in their swapped outfits for a while.
Teen Skipper may be my favorite doll in the Barbie line. (Though I wish I’d gotten more of them in the short time they lasted! I’ve only got maybe half a dozen. No, wait, there’s at least 8. Still…) But having since gotten used to being able to pose Monster High, Pullip and Pyrrha, it’s hard to go back to the limited poseability in Teen Skipper. That’s about as far as her knees would bend. She couldn’t kneel or crouch or anything. This was the best I could do. 😦 Her elbows are jointed, but not her wrists. It’s frustrating to work with. (I know that’s not the point; she’s a play-line doll, and she probably didn’t need anything more than this to be played with, but it’s still frustrating.)
And here’s a big expenditure from this past Friday, one which sprang itself on me suddenly. 😛 (Though it’s not actually that big an expenditure: I’d have spent almost this much at the Groove store if someone else hadn’t bought Elizabeth…) My old 3DS was an original (not even an XL) so it was actually a bit low on processor power, and Super Smash Bros. was impossible to play on it, because everything on screen was so tiny that I couldn’t see what I was doing in the least. I’m amazed I was able to pre-order this less than a week before its release, though! The Majora’s Mask version sold out long before then. Then again, that one got a lot of hype, and this one didn’t, so that may have something to do with it. 😛 I meant to take a comparison shot of the new one with the old one, but I left the old one at my brother’s place (after transferring my data to the new one) so he could have it, since he hasn’t got one. Of course, I hadn’t brought any of my games for the system with me, so it obviously didn’t do him much good until the next day. 😛 (Though of course he could always have downloaded some if he was impatient to play something on it.)
Anyway, I’m excited about the new one, even though I don’t really have time for gaming right now. Not only is the system all cool and decorated, even the box looks cool. 😀
Now, in closing, let me give you two gallery links. This one goes to the gallery for this post, which contains some extra images showing bits and pieces of the set for the party without any dolls in the way. (Well, I wanted to take the pictures anyway, so I can see how I put everything up in case I want to do this again next year, so I can achieve something similar but not identical.) And this one goes to the gallery for the party itself, though there aren’t any pictures in it that aren’t in the post.