Moxie Girls Teens (And Friends)

Okay, so back at this point

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I said I’d eventually do a photo shoot for my Moxie Girls Teens dolls, yeah?  And while I was cat-sitting for my parents and got Emma, I did bring the girls over to my parents’ house to take some pictures, but didn’t get them posted because of my wonderful package distracting me.  But now I’m getting them posted.

Fair warning, the light was terrible, and I didn’t manage to do much in the way of, you know, taking actual photos. 😦  While I was at it, I brought a couple of other girls in a similar size range with me to the photo shoot.  In one case, I had an ulterior motive, and in the other, it was more for a lark/laugh.  (You can see her hair above, btw.  The brown hair, not the red.  Her I didn’t bring.)

Tristen
Tristen

She’s wearing the one outfit I bought for these dolls.  If I’d known they were going to disappear quite that quickly, I might have bought more outfits, but…actually, they didn’t release many outfits.  I would have bought wigs, too, but again, there weren’t many.  (And the pink one is still only about $9 on Amazon, weirdly.  The brown ones are more like $30, but the pink one is cheap?  Weird; that’s the only one I’d want.)  This doll is from the first run, when they still wore wigs.

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Notice the lack of wig-line

This doll’s wig is better made than some of the other Moxie Girl Teens’ wigs; on some of them, the plastic wig cap is painfully obvious.  (Though the same can also be said of most, if not all, other play-line dolls with wigs, especially the Monster High Create-a-Monster line.)

Those eyes!
Those eyes!

I think she may have the nicest glass eyes I’ve ever seen in an inexpensive (or at least relatively so) play-line doll.  That’s probably why she’s the one I ended up getting two of.  (That or maybe she’s just the one who was still left in the stores?  It’s been long enough, I honestly don’t remember what happened when I got the second one.  Then again, I feel like I genuinely have at least one more from the second line around somewhere, but you’d think a doll this large would be hard to misplace, especially while still in her box.  It’s just that I thought I had one of each of them except the male doll, but according to the Internet, there’s one I don’t have…)

A Pirate's Worst Enemy
A Pirate’s Worst Enemy

This was one of the reasons I couldn’t get much photography done.  I had just gotten her all perfectly posed when the cat I was sitting decided her hair looked like a fun toy and batted at it, pulling her off the table and onto the floor, knocking her wig and bandana off.  The wig wasn’t a problem–except that I forgot to bring a brush–but it took me at least ten minutes to get her bandana re-tied. 😦  After that, I had to try and keep hair well away from him to lessen the temptation to play.

Melrose
Melrose

All these girls need new names.  “Melrose” is no name for a pirate.  That’s a name for a California girl.  Or an apartment building.  Or a street.  But not for a pirate.  I’m not sure why I decided to make her into a pirate.  She just looked piratical somehow, y’know?  Also, I needed to cover up the heinous wig cap.  Seriously, her wig cap is awful.  And she’s got some kind of smear on her forehead.  I wonder why the heck I bought her with that thing there?

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Never did get the bandana back on right…

The eyelashes are actually pretty impressive.

Leigh
Leigh

This second line had the gimmick that you could pull a string on the back of their dresses to hike up the front of the dress and make the dress “glamorous” or “sexy” or whatever it was.  I did so on hers for a particular reason I’ll get into in a moment.  (And no, “sexy” did not enter into it. 😛 )

...shadows...
…shadows…

This is why one should not photograph largely by the light of one’s flash.  (Sigh.)  Oh well.  Anyway, this shot is as good as any to note how this second line was rooted, rather than wigged.  Reduces their easy customizability, but must have made them easier to play with.  Though at this size, I don’t think “playing with” was really the idea anyway.

Belle
Belle

A Disney Store Talking (Singing?) Belle from a little while back.  Since she’s a similar scale, she occupies the same basic locale as the Moxie Teens.  First, that was on top of a disused TV in my bedroom, but now it’s on that bench in my back room where I spend all my time.  Anyway, at first, I was worried about putting her too near Leigh, because of similarity of colors and such, but…

Sisters in arms?
Sisters in arms?

…I guess I was worried in vain. 😛

(Seriously, I hadn’t realized how different the scales and the color schemes were until they were side by side like that.  Then I just felt silly for worrying.  Naturally, I had shortened the front of Leigh’s dress to reduce similarity, only to have that prove to be totally unnecessary…)

Tristen says "Hi!"
Tristen says “Hi!”

So, yeah, the second run version now, and I was trying to liven up the poses a little, but it just looks weird.

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…that necklace really doesn’t match her dress…

Maybe I’m just a sucker for purple eyes…

Arizona
Arizona

So then we get to the last of my Moxie Teens, Arizona, wearing Gene Marshall’s…uh, I think it was called Tea for Two?  I’m not sure about that…but I think that’s right.  Well, whatever it was called, Gene’s about the same height as a Moxie Teen, but she’s a bit stockier, particularly in the chest, so the dress is held in place with a lot of safety pins.  Unfortunately, one can’t safety pin shoes, and so they fell off, and I lost them in the bracken that I call my bedroom floor.  I’ll find them someday.  (No, I’m not joking.)  There was also a little hat-like thing, which I think is in a desk drawer somewhere…

It looks so elegant, though...
It looks so elegant, though…

I’ve always liked the way this dress looks on her.  I feel like it lends her an elegant class that the MGA dolls are usually lacking.  (Though the second run of the Moxie Teens are fairly classy, being basically dressed for a nice prom, but…it’s not the same thing as being dressed like a 1940s movie star, y’know?)  However, I have come to face the facts that Arizona–or whatever her name will become–cannot keep this dress much longer. 😦

Becase Madra Lord needs a dress.  And the last doll I brought with me to my parents’ place for this photo shoot was the one of my Gene dolls I hadn’t yet photographed:

Gene Marshall
Gene Marshall

She’s the one who originally came in that blue dress.  Then there was this musical outfits thing with the redhead and the Joan of Arc costume, and for years the navy dress was languishing in a drawer, until Arizona showed up, and I hated the outfit she came in, and tada!  Navy dress had a function again!

Anyway, I didn’t bring Gene just to take her photo.  (Though I did want to take her photo as well.)  I brought her so I could see if she could wear Emma’s dress.  Because while additional clothes for Gene dolls are hard to come by, additional clothes for Tonner dolls aren’t as difficult to find.  (And as Madra Lord is in the Gene line, she has the same proportions as Gene.  As far as I know.)

But, as with the Moxie Teens, Emma’s chest isn’t as large as Gene’s, so her dress didn’t fit Gene.  On the other hand, it did fit Tristen when I tried it on her.  So I’m going to order a new Tonner-sized dress, and put it on Arizona, and play musical Gene dresses until I find a distribution I’m happy with between the three Genes and Madra.  There’s a particular Tonner-sized dress I’m thinking of getting–hand-made, very pretty–once I’m out of my spending moratorium.  (On top of my $300 PullipStyle order that I shouldn’t have made, there’s the fact that my car died about a month ago, and I had to borrow money from my father to buy a new one.  That wasn’t optional, but when I have to pay him back…ouch, is that going to hurt.)

So, that was my photo shoot, such as it was, with my Moxie Girls Teens.  (And yes, I know those were supposed to be “z”s not “s”s.  I just don’t want to do that, you know?  I’d rather give the poor girls some dignity.)  No idea what’s up next, since I’m not supposed to be buying anything new.  I’m thinking either an in depth photo comparison of Angel Pullip and Lil Bratz (seriously, the similarities are off the charts!) or just a photo shoot of my collection of Little Pullip/Dal.  But who knows?

I sure as heck don’t.  I had increase my medication last night, and I’m slightly off my head today.

World Doll Day Exhibit

I spent this weekend setting up a doll display at the museum where I volunteer, to celebrate World Doll Day this coming Saturday.  So, I thought I’d share the display with you all!  Everything in the photos to follow is the property of the Eugene Field House and St. Louis Toy Museum.  (If you’re in the area, please come by and see the exhibit!  At the moment, it’s scheduled to stay up until the end of July.  Though that might change; the dates haven’t been run by the director yet.  I doubt she’ll object, but…one never knows anything for certain.)

The exhibit is exclusively on the first floor, in the two parlors.  The house dates to 1850, and has two parlors because at that time houses for the well-to-do had to have a “gentlemen’s parlor” and a “ladies’ parlor” so that men could visit with the man of the house and women could visit the lady of the house without them having to consort with each other.  (How shocking it would be to have to speak to the opposite sex in public!)  The gentlemen’s parlor faces the street, so I’ll start there, just as a tour of the house would.  (I will not be trying to share the basic tour information, however.  In part because I work down in the basement with the collection, and have only spotty knowledge of the basic tour’s contents.)

The Gentlemen's Parlor
The Gentlemen’s Parlor

I didn’t photograph the sofa in this parlor, because only one of the dolls on it was put out for the display; the rest were already out.  (As the museum is half toy museum, half historic house, there are always some toys on display.  I just like seeing the toys take over like this, the way they always do at Christmas.)  Turning along the same wall the desk is against, we pass by the fireplace and reach the piano:

Eugene Field's piano...with guests.
Eugene Field’s piano…with guests.

Since it’s the gentlemen’s parlor, I thought all the dolls on the piano should be male dolls.  Hopefully Eugene wouldn’t be offended that I put Mortimer Snerd right beneath his photo.  (I think he wouldn’t, though; I think he’d have enjoyed Mortimer Snerd.)  I’ll show close-up photos of the various dolls in a bit, but for now let’s move on to the ladies’ parlor.

The table is set up for a tea party, so I decided to turn into a dolly tea party by putting a Nancy Ann doll at each place setting:

Dolly tea party!
Dolly tea party!

 

There are two sofas in the ladies’ parlor, and I filled both of them with large(ish) dolls:

1st sofa
1st sofa

I’m not sure why the picture came out sort of yellowed like that.  But considering I was having to use a flash (normally not permitted, naturally) I didn’t want to take any more photos than necessary.

2nd sofa
2nd sofa

Opposite the sofas is the piano.  As with the one in the gentlemen’s parlor, I opted for all ladies on the ladies’ piano.  (I don’t think there would have been two pianos in the house in the 19th century, btw.  But what furnishings the museum has was partially dictated by what people donated, you know?  And the one in the gentlemen’s parlor actually belonged to Eugene Field, if I recall correctly.  This one may have some association with the family as well, though I’m not positive.  Like I said, my knowledge of the basic tour information is spotty at best.)

The piano ladies
The piano ladies

Beside the piano is a chair that I filled with a particularly large doll:

Huge doll!
Huge doll!

And this seems like the ideal time to shift from showing the over-all room to showcasing some of the individual dolls.   Continue reading

Random Finds and a small package

I was on my way to a Tuesday Mornings that I don’t usually go to–because it’s too far out of my way–with my brother, because we were in the area for another reason.  He parked the car way far away from the store, for no reason I could see.  (There were spaces in the aisles near the entrance, but he parked four aisles away.)  So we’re walking towards the door, and I’m talking as we walk past this consignment (or second-hand, not sure which) shop I’d never given a second glance because it looked rather tacky.

I don’t remember what I was talking about in the first half, so I’m just subbing in something that seems plausible.  It would have gone something like this:  “So it was only after the myth really got going that–those are Gene dolls!”

Because I had turned my head towards the window and thus had seen the backs of three Gene dolls standing on the counter in the store.  So I had to rush inside and check it out!

Blue Goddess Gene
Blue Goddess Gene

I only ended up buying one of them.  One of the other two was a “Simply Gene” with platinum hair, and since I haven’t found clothes for Madra yet, it seemed silly to buy another dressless doll in the same line!  The other was in a sort of brownish-tan dress that didn’t do much for me.  It was too “ordinary life 1940s” instead of “movie premiere 1940s” like this one.

Dramatic Portrait
Dramatic Portrait

She was marked at $31, but apparently that store marks items down over time, because she was actually a little under $20.  I’m totally going to have to keep an eye on that shop on the rare instances when I’m in the area, because I got some great deals!  In other words, yes, Gene was not the only doll I bought in there.

Winter Princess Barbie
Winter Princess Barbie

This find was particularly amazing because she’s the first in a series, released in 1993…and I have all the other dolls in the series, but this one had always eluded me.  Plus she was super cheap.  On the other hand, there’s a reason that I don’t have a photo of the doll herself to post.  I was going to take one, you know.  I opened the box and set it to stand up, so I could photograph her in the box.  But she fell forward–having been an opened doll–and released a hideous reek of cigarette smoke.

Ugh.  In addition to finding that one of the worst odors ever, I’m also allergic to it.  So, anyway, I had to close her box up again, and now I need to figure the best way to de-stink her.  Usually, I’d put her open in the basement and let her just air out (just airing out in the store is probably why the box doesn’t stink, and most likely why Gene doesn’t, either, as I suspect they all originally came from the same person) but I just had this drain clog issue down there, so my basement currently smells like, uh, to be less indelicate about it, a sewer.  I don’t want a Barbie that smells like sewage any more than I want one that smells like cigarettes.  But the plumber fixed the problem, so once I’ve mucked all the crap off the floor (eew) and it’s gotten less stinky down there, maybe then I can air her out as per usual.  By that time, too, hopefully Dante won’t stink anymore.  (Found him at one of the used stores I visit frequently.  PlayArts Kai of Dante from, uh, Devil May Cry 3? 4?  I dunno; I’ve only played the original.  But he was half price because he was used, and how can you go wrong with a half-off bishie?  Well, by stinking of cigarettes, it turns out.  Plus that plastic apparently really holds in the odors.  He’s been airing out at least three times as long as most things, and he still reeked last time I checked.  Though perhaps now he reeks of something else…)

Jenny in her box
Jenny in her box

Jenny is Takara’s answer to Barbie, and the store had a number of them in their boxes (though it turns out this one–and likely the others as well–has simply been placed back inside the box) but I only bought this one, as the others had rather dull outfits, whereas this one is in a lovely kimono.  Unfortunately, I don’t have any shots of her out of the box, because she, too, stinks inside her box and needs to be aired out.

Back of the box
Back of the box

Based on the image on the back here, I think this doll isn’t actually Jenny herself, but one of her friends.  I could probably look it up if I felt like it, but…yeah, feeling too lazy right now.  (According to the box, this one dates to 1995, if that tells anyone anything.  Yet another reason for me to conclude that Gene probably belonged to the same person, as she’s also from the 1990s.)

Comparison shot
Comparison shot

Another reason I think she might not be Jenny is that her face doesn’t seem quite the same as the other Jenny I have.  But it’s hard to tell when one of them is in the box and the other isn’t.  Once she’s been de-stunk, I’ll take a better comparison shot, and throw in my Miku-cosplay Licca-chan while I’m at it.  It does seem like the new doll’s face is a bit more narrow, but it’s hard to tell for sure.  (The Jenny I already owned is currently wearing a Barbie dress, btw.  Not sure why, or what I did with the clothes she originally came in.)

Now, moving on to the “small package,” or rather the “package of small dolls.”  (Which probably ought to be its own post, but…yeah, don’t care.)

There’s a seller on Amazon Marketplace that sells some of the Groove dolls at a very similar price point to the one Tuesday Mornings does on the rare occasions that they get one in.  (Only some of them, though.  Others are at essentially the standard retail price, and some are in between.)  But they have pretty high shipping, so they don’t move the small dolls very often.  For example, you’ll see a Little Pullip+ going for $14.99 with $7 shipping, or an Angel Pullip for $4.99, again with $7 shipping.  However, looking at their shipping rates, I noticed that most of their shipping costs is a “per shipment” rather than “per item,” so I realized that if I got a number of them, the cost would be spread among them, so the total shipping wouldn’t be much more than $7, even though I’d be getting a number of dolls from them.  I spent a long time deliberating, and eventually went for it, because I wanted to see how Angel Pullips compared to Little Pullips.  Eventually, I decided on an Angel Pullip, an Angel Dal, as well as a Little Pullip+ that I’d had my eye on for a long time.

Mini trio in box
Mini trio in box

I was quite surprised:  I hadn’t really understood the size difference between Angel Pullip and Little Pullip+!  I had picked that blonde one with the thought of giving her to my Peter Pan Pullip to be an appropriately-sized Tinkerbell, but she’s way too big!

I get that the idea with the Angel Pullips was to make a doll for children, rather than adults (hence the 6+ age range listed on the box, instead of 15+ like on the others), but the difference in the face is quite surprising.  I would have expected that they would have just sized-up a little, and not changed the facial sculpt much apart from having painted on eyes.  (This is perhaps revealing naivete/lack-of-understanding about how dolls are made.)  However, the faces are distinctly different from either the full sized or the other mini dolls (though I actually don’t have any of the pre-Angel Littles, so I don’t know how they compare to those) and the body shape is very different, particularly in those forearm-heavy arms! (It’s like Popeye’s arms, y’know?)

After looking at them a while, though, I realized that there was another doll line that the Angel Pullip/Dal dolls reminded me of:

Surprising comparison!
Surprising comparison!

Not so much on the full-size Bratz doll there, but the Bratz Kidz doll?  She’s even got meaty forearms, just like the Angel Pullip!

Closer comparison shot
Closer comparison shot

Look at those arms!  They’re practically identical!  The faces are pretty similar, too, though the lips are wildly different.  But the shape of the eyes is extremely similar, as is the overall shape of the head.  (I also did a profile comparison shot, but it didn’t turn out very well, as I had trouble getting the dolls to stand up, and it turned out the Bratz Kidz doll’s face was turned slightly towards the camera, so I didn’t get a proper profile, only then I couldn’t get them to stand up any more for another shot…)  It would be interesting to see what the dates are on these two doll lines, the Bratz Kidz and the Angel Pullips.  Certainly I know that Bratz itself pre-dates Pullip entirely, but I don’t know off-hand when the Bratz Kidz sub-line was added.  Whether consciously or subconsciously, I think a bit of Bratz was added into the mix when the Angel Pullips were being designed, but with a very different aesthetic as far as clothing, of course.

Candy!!
“Candy!!”

At least the Angel Pullips (well, Angel Dal, in this case) are the right size for the miWorld playsets, unlike the Little Pullips!

However, as you can see, the Angel Dal I got came in a very uninteresting outfit.  But I liked her hair, and at $5, I figured that was more than enough.  Because I thought she’d be able to wear the same clothes as the Little Pullips and LPS mini-Blythes.  Only then she turned out to be so much larger, and I had to assemble a great many other small doll clothes, searching for anything at all that would fit.  And, miraculously, the first thing I tried on her was so perfect that I couldn’t bring myself to take it back off even to test the others.  (The fact that I had trouble getting her huge hands through the sleevelets had something to do with that, too.  I didn’t want to have to do that again!)

Angel Dal's new dress
Angel Dal’s new dress

Doesn’t it suit her perfectly?  I was somewhat indifferent to her before, but I absolutely love her in this dress!  The ironic part is that I only have this dress by chance:  when they put out the new Strawberry Shortcake line, I hated it because it wasn’t even a quarter as cute as the original line (in my opinion), but I eventually bought one either on clearance or at Tuesday Mornings (don’t remember which anymore) so I would always have a visual reminder of just how much less cute the new ones were.  And that doll’s dress was the one that looks so perfect on Angel Dal here.

Of course, now that I know those new Strawberry Shortcake dolls are exactly the same size as Angel Pullips–and that Angel Pullips are actually quite endearing in person–I’m going to have to start paying attention to them to see if there are any of them that have dresses that would look good on other Angel Pullips.  Though that sounds silly now that I come to say it out loud… 😛

Anyway, I’ve been cutting back on my spending lately, so this is the last of my “new acquisition” posts (unless I come up with the right photoshoot for SHF Sakura), so hopefully soon I’ll be able to get to some photography of things already in my collection.  I promised a photo shoot for my Moxie Girls Teens dolls, and I have a photo shoot for my Attack on Titan Figmas that I’ve been wanting to do for a long time now…

Madra Lord

A tall white box standing in the corner of the display, mostly hidden by some Barbie boxes.  Entirely unmarked except for that silver, oval-shaped sticker that had “Gene” written on it in an elegant cursive script.  My heart began to race.  What was in the box?  When I opened it, would I see a fabulous costume, like the Queen of the Nile?

I opened it, and at first all I saw was the tissue paper.  Pushing that aside, I quickly revealed lacy pink undergarments, and my hopes were dashed.  Just a “Simply Gene”.  Admittedly, the line being essentially defunct, even that should be seen as something at least vaguely exciting, but the thing is that then you have to find clothes for her.  And that’s not easy.  What with the doll line being essentially defunct.

I opened the tissue paper further to have a look at her face.  I liked all the bright red curls.  But something about the face seemed a little off.  All the Gene dolls I’d ever seen had had the same face paint, but this one looked totally different.

Still, she didn’t have any clothes, so I put the box back.  The only spare Gene dress I have, after all, is currently gracing one of my Moxie Girls Teens dolls, and as that line is also defunct, finding more clothes for her won’t be easy, either.  (Though, admittedly, I actually do have spare outfits for those, in that I still have the clothes she came in, and one of the others has been re-dressed, so I have her clothes as well, but…it’s not as classy as Gene’s dress!)

The box was still there the next time I went to the store.  I checked the box again at that time, and saw no price sticker.  And I re-assured myself that my memory was not mistaken, and that the face-up was totally different from what I was used to in a Gene doll.  But I still didn’t buy.

The third time, I kept looking at that face and wondering what the heck was up with it.  And I took the box up to the counter and asked how much the doll cost.  The owner of the store (a used and collector’s toy store) wasn’t in, so the clerk on duty had to call him and ask, and returned a price of $34.99.  I’d told myself I’d get her at $35 or less, so I got her.  (I have no idea if that’s the “going rate” for this doll, but I felt it a reasonable price.)

On getting home with her, I was surprised to note that she had a white fur stole (very fake, thankfully) and a card that indicated it came with a very specific Gene; she wasn’t in her own box.  In poking around the Internet for a while, I discovered that after the local FAO Schwarz closed (thus ending my easy access to Gene dolls) the line had branched out and introduced new characters.  One of them being this one, Madra Lord:

Madra Lord
Madra Lord

In the intervening years since I got the two Gene dolls in my possession, they added joints at the elbow and knee, which is nice.

She's glamorous and she knows it!
She’s glamorous and she knows it!

Unfortunately, her head doesn’t turn.  And she can’t quite sit properly; her legs won’t bend that far up.  (Maybe that’s her undergarments interfering?)

Because of the sitting thing, she’s going to have to live on her stand–fortunately, she did have one–once I figure out something for her to wear.  If I could sew, I’d just be like “heck with it” and sew her a dress.  But I can’t, so that’s not an option.  But it seems like the clothes I can find online to buy that would fit her cost almost as much as she did–if not more–which feels a little awkward.  So for the moment, she’s just living in her box.  (Well, I’d feel really weird displaying a doll in her undergarments!)

A striking face
A striking face

(At this point, rather than posting on this doll, I should have posted on the SH Figurarts Sakura, as I pre-ordered her, and she was released on April 29th, so she arrived early in May.  But I haven’t actually taken her out of her package yet.  Because she deserves just the right set-up for an initial photo shoot, and I don’t have a really good place to do that yet.  So Sakura-chan is going to have to be patient.)