In my utter failure to keep up with photography and blogging, some new outfits arrived, were worn, and got put away again without any fanfare. Probably a lot of them, in fact. I only have photos of three, one on Yuzu and two for Ivy. I’m going to share them now, if only to break up the monotony a bit.
We’ll start with Yuzu’s ’80s rocker look:
It’s sort of an awkward photo, I know, but that’s because I literally just decided to snap a couple of pics right after I got her changed into it.
Okay, not the most standard greeting, but New Year’s Day is a Monday, and that’s still dedicated to Blind Box Mondays. (No worries; I have a super-special one to post tomorrow. Very festive. 😀 )
Anyway, some of my girls are getting ready for the big moment that we leave this crappy year behind us!
Ivy has this pretty kimono to wear, complete with a matching hairbow! (At least, I assume that was meant to go in her hair, and not around her waist…) I probably have the kimono put on wrong; I’ve never had to try putting one on before that didn’t have, you know, velcro or something. I’m not sure which side is supposed to go on top, left or right; I think there’s a meaning to which one is going under the other, only I didn’t have the Internet turned on when I was dressing the dolls, so I couldn’t check. 😦
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!)
Yes, it finally arrived! Yay! The post office finally found it in whatever limbo it’s been in for the entire month of December, and today they put a “Second Notice” in my mailbox. (Even though the first one was in November.)
Picking it up was weird, though. Like, all the crazy people were out today or something. This older man was hassling the woman behind the counter because she couldn’t do what he wanted her to do because the computers were down. He kept on pushing, like somehow she’d magically be able to do it without the computer system, and when she couldn’t, he started comparing the service to being in a third world country. Then the next people in line wanted a passport, even though that branch had all these big signs saying that they only did parcels and holding mail. Ugh. Why are people so annoying? At least I was in the right place, and was smiling and friendly. (Despite the month-long delay in getting my package.)
Aaaanyway, here’s what was in the package. (Warning, nude, eyeless dolly photos ahead!)
Well, I’ll start with the easiest, and happiest update. Remember this?
Well, now it’s this:
The drilling worked, mostly. (Thanks, BlackKitty!) The broken-off plug is still rattling around in there, but I’ve put a big enough hole in it that I can get the other hands in now. There’s a bit of a gap, but…it’s much better than no hand at all. (And I’m afraid to keep drilling, because I was starting to wreck up the lip that holds the hand in place. The plastic is pretty soft.) She’s not currently wearing her little lilac…thingies…’cause I forgot about them. 😛
Anyway, Yuki Miku has more changes in store in the future; I’m going to give this body to either Sakura or Tomoyo-chan, put this head and outfit on the Licca body, and the regular Miku Licca head and outfit on Len’s old Dal body, once that’s available.
Speaking of that….remember this?
Len was less excited to have me rip his wig off, unscrew his head and remove his body. Especially because when I then tried his clothes on the Obitsu body, it turned out I’d ordered the wrong size. 😦 (I should have tried his clothes on the body before taking him apart!) So now I have this male Obitsu body just lying around uselessly, and Len needs the next size up. On the other hand, there’s that head I wrecked up by trying to sand its mouth off, so I’m going to give that head to this body. (Not sure what I’ll do to remedy the flat chin situation. Possibly a fake beard, in the Egyptian style. I could make a pharaoh. Or, given my limited skill, maybe I should wrap it entirely in bandages and make a mummy…though that would be something of a waste of an Obitsu body…)
Anyway, you may recall that earlier I said Suve’s face-up was finished and just awaited sealing? Well, she’s been sealed, and is now wearing her wig and clothes:
The white shirt really highlights the yellowish tone of her skin, unfortunately. I don’t know why they made a skin tone that looks jaundiced. (I wonder if I could dye her?) Anyway, I think her eyes worked out well, although I didn’t strictly speaking intend to give her a side-glance: the first eye I put in there got nicely positioned that way, and I decided it would be easier to make both of them looking to the side than it would be to try re-positioning that first eye. (Though even so they’re still not quite aligned with each other…)
I’m pretty proud of her eyebrows. (I already knew I was putting a pink wig on her, so I went ahead and made her eyebrows and eyelashes pink to match…though the shade’s not actually the same, unfortunately.) However, her lips make me want to cry. They looked so nice before I sealed them! But apparently the sealer I was using (Testors Dullcote) melts my pastels. 😦 The colored pencils stayed, but not the pastels.
Anyway, before we move on to my other big over-the-break project, I want to give a bit of a further update on the Cardcaptor Sakura dolls. Drawing a large open mouth does seem to work (thanks, Olive!) but I don’t have any pictures to show yet: my first attempts were good enough to show that it’ll do the trick, but not good enough to keep, so I’ve already erased them. I’m going to have to dig out my CCS artbooks and try to reproduce each character’s real smile, if that makes sense. (Not like I’ll be able to come anywhere near reproducing CLAMP artwork, but…I can at least use it as a guide.)
And — quite literally in between those two pictures of Suve — my package from AmiAmi arrived, with the two Pure Neemo XS boy bodies. (Also with a cool statuette of Yosuke. I’ll post pictures later.) It was a struggle, but I’m pleased to say that I was able to get Mei-lin’s clothes on the boy body (unlike the girl body) so while it’s sort of sad that she has to have a boy’s body, at least she will have a body! Yay! 😀 So I’ll have to get on painting those mouths and getting the eye decals in place! 🙂
Okay, so now I can move on to my other major project…
Getting her taken apart wasn’t too difficult (though a few of the inner bits were kind of tricksy), but…I felt like it was a partial waste of time. Why? Because it turned out I didn’t have any glue sticks to get her eye chips out! I was sure I had gotten some, but evidently not. 😦 And I don’t know when the heck I can go and get some, ’cause every place is crazy due to the impending Christmas. (Unless the grocery store would have them. But I somehow doubt that’ll be the case.) I guess it’ll probably be safe by Monday…but that means I won’t be able to do anything to figure out if the eye chips I’ve made look even halfway decent until then. 😦
Anyway, sanding off the shine was pretty easy (though a few bits linger, particularly around her ears) but getting all the color off her lips was nuts. I had to use a teeny tiny jewelry file to get at the color in between the lips, and I think there’s still a trace of pigment remaining even so. *sigh* Once the sanding was done, I figured I’d just put a coat of sealer on as a primer, so the plastic would more readily accept the pigment, particularly the pastels.
By the time I had put the cap back on the can, I noticed bubbles forming on her forehead, and on the plate that’s the back of her head. I’m not sure if that was the sealant having a negative chemical reaction with her plastic, or if I just didn’t shake it up well enough (it’s a new can, which doesn’t help; maybe they changed the formula?) or if they were just air bubbles or what. But I wasn’t about to take any chances, so I wiped it all off. (I should probably also give her another going over with the sandpaper, just to be sure.)
Thus my Junky Spot order took on an emergency nature, and I placed it right away, adding a can of MSC to the new body for Len, and the replacement head. While I was at it, I also ordered a wig for Mei-lin, and a wig for the mystery new guy…which I guess means I’m not making a pharoah or a mummy after all. 😛 (I will still probably go “beard” route to hide the chin problem, though. Or he could be a cowboy with his bandanna over his face like a bank robber. 😛 ) When it was just the head and the body, I was going to wait and see if they had a post-Christmas sale, but when the sealer needed for Pyrrha’s face-up became involved, then it couldn’t wait! (Though, of course, it still won’t come until around the 4th, according to the e-mail, but…it’d surely take even longer if I wanted until after Christmas, right?) This will also let me fix up Suve’s lips, while I’m at it. I ordered the wigs because they’re actually cheaper than most of the wigs that size I found on Etsy. (And Mei-lin has long, straight hair in pigtails, so the only styling I’ll need to do is putting the hair in the twin tails, and I think I can handle that much. The wig comes with bangs, so no cutting is required. That’s the important thing.)
Okay, so that’s all the updates on direct dolly situations. Now I’m going to bore you with accounts of my further experiments in resin casting. 😛 But I’ll start with the eye chips.
At some point earlier, I’m pretty sure I said that I had bought something at Michael’s that might let me paint perfectly round pupils. Well, that thing — I think it was called a “dauber” — was for use with stencils, and turned out to be a dowel with a small sponge on the end. I probably would have been better off with just the dowel, because the sponge would splort out extra paint to the sides and…well, the end result is still a lot more perfectly round than anything I’ve painted free-hand, but it doesn’t look too great, either. And it’s still up to my bad visual centers and poor hand-eye coordination to get the pupil in the center of the eye, so…well, you can see above that while they’re better than my previous attempts to paint an eye, they’re still not great.
(However, I am crushed to report that at some point between starting work on this post yesterday and right now, I have somehow lost one of these eye chips. I had them lying out on top of the table by the chair where I sit in here, and suddenly I looked over this afternoon and only saw three instead of four. (The other two being the pair pictured below.) I had left them out because I wasn’t sure if I needed to maybe seal them or something. But one of them seems to have been knocked off the table. And there’s a lot of stuff in the way of searching the floor. 😦 I’m going to have to move everything all over the place and shine a bright light into the nooks and crannies and hope I can find it. Probably that’ll be tomorrow morning, before I get dressed to go to my parents’ place for Christmas.)
The pupils on these are a bit less centered — and a bit less perfectly round — than the other pair. I can’t begin to imagine how people successfully paint realistic eyes on the backs of eye chips. I mean, seriously, how do they do that? You have to paint the details on first, and then the larger colors on top of them! It’s a little nuts. Anyway, if these don’t look too crappy in place (of course, they do look too crappy), they have the bonus that the white stripes are actually glow-in-the-dark. 😀
Another idea I had was to put beads in the resin to be the pupils. I bought some round ones for that purpose, but they were too wide and too thick. 😦 However, these little hearts are a good size for it! Except with the slight flaw on that one… Anyway, I haven’t decided if I want to paint these, or put them in front of one of those printed sets of eyes. (Probably the thing to do would be to paint them a solid color, or maybe a blotchy color?) The resin on the sides looks scratched in the photos, but I’m pretty sure that’s just a weird angle on the air bubbles giving an optical illusion of a scratch.
This was an idea that would have been really awesome if it had worked. And the “fail” is not because one of them is totally off-center, btw. (Though that doesn’t help.) No, the fail is because those aren’t teeny tiny little mirrors. Let me show a comparison shot with these eye chips and duplicates of what I had placed inside the mold to be pupils:
The focus isn’t as good on this one, but you can see what they are, anyway. If this had worked, it would have been so cool! But the gem-like parts melted. 😦 (In the previous shot, you can actually see the melted bit surrounding the silver backing. Which makes me want to try it with a colored gem-like sticker to see how that would look.) I think the reason I wanted to do this is because I’ve seen some fashion dolls that actually used this kind of thing for the eyes. I had one as a girl — a Barbie-inspired doll, possibly with a fairy theme, which also had wonderful purple hair, but all I have left is her little plastic flower crown — and I’ve seen more recent Disney princess dolls that did that. (Probably from the early 1990s. There’s one in the museum’s collection, but I don’t think they were around at a time when I was actively collecting, so I’m not sure of the date. They’re Mattel made, though; the museum’s catalog had identified the doll (who is clearly Aurora) as Barbie.)
Anyway, I wanted to try and make gem-cut-shaped eye chips, so when I was at Michael’s…last weekend? This past weekend? Ack, I’m going senile? Well, whenever it was, I went there unexpectedly, so I didn’t have an eye chip on me for size comparison, and I had to find something in the store that was labelled as being 14 mm in diameter, and then compare it to beads that had the right cut. My intention was to make a mold off the bead, and then use it to make eye chips, right? Unfortunately, the height difference from the place where it reaches the 14 mm diameter and the top of the gem-cut is about twice the thickness of an eye chip, so that turned out to be a waste. 😦 I still think it’s a good idea, though. I’m going to actually remember to have an eye chip on me next time, and I think I’ll try at Jo Ann’s, too.
So I’ve been making a lot of different eye chips filled with glitter. I’m not sure how any of them are going to look in a Blythe face, though. This was my first experiment.
This experiment was more subtle, and a much better idea, but it unfortunately didn’t work very well. I had placed large snowflake-shaped pieces of glitter (more like sequins without holes, really) in the center of each mold, and then added the glitter-filled resin on top. Unfortunately, in filling in underneath the snowflakes, it rendered them all but invisible. 😦
I did the same thing with these — made in a Mod Podge mold intended for hot glue…? — and as you can see it worked perfectly on the small one on the top, but the larger one has the same basic problem as the eye chips. (I’ve been playing around with these gem-shaped molds a lot, in part just to get rid of excess resin, ’cause you can’t really mix only enough resin to use with the eye chip mold, and it’s a shame to just waste the rest. Though I suppose in a way it’s still a waste, as I have no idea what I’m going to use these for. I’m not going to bore you with all the photos, though. They are in the gallery, however.)
This is jumping ahead a bit, but I tried again with the snowflake pupil eyes. (Because I’m thinking that next factory girl I get, whenever that’ll be, I may want to make each of her sets of eye chips relate to one of the four seasons. That seems like fun, right?) This time, I filled the mold with clear resin, and then just sprinkled glitter on the back. It worked better, but there are still problems, in that the blue glitter wasn’t enough to cover the whole back, and there was so much of the white glitter that it made the resin spill massively over the side on one of them. (Obviously, if I just trim that off, it should be fine, though there’s still a lot of unglittered area.) For all of these, I can probably just use a similar colored metallic paint on the back and it’ll be okay, but it’s still not ideal. I think the thing to do is to put in a small layer of clear resin over the eye chips, let it harden, and then fill the rest of the mold area with the glitter-filled resin.
These were made at the same time as the first snowflake attempt. In this case, I tried to liven up the eye chips by using two different sizes. There’s fine silver, and then a purple and teal mix that’s the same size as the orange and gold mix in that first set. The purple and teal is largely hidden by the silver, though, so you mostly just get a hint of it. (Not sure what else I expected to be the case, mind you. It’s called an experiment for a reason, right?)
TARDIS blue, right? 😛 I have some little gear-shaped charms (beads?) that I’m going to use as pupils and back them with this kind of glitter to make a new pair of eye chips for Romana. (Since there was one of hers I really didn’t like.)
These have a medium-sized glitter. It’s probably the best size for this kind of thing. Assuming, of course, that solid glitter eyes don’t look hideous in place in person. (I’ve seen photos of other people’s all-glitter eye chips, but I won’t know what I think until I see these in Pyrrha’s face, y’know?) Although, obviously, this particular color will not do for Pyrrha, being bright red, since she has pink hair. But I was mixing up red glittery resin for another reason…
That reason being this. The mold was a novelty ice cube tray I got at Target for about $1 a couple of years ago. (I know, weird, right?) But I’m sure you’re wondering what I wanted a red, glittery lightning bolt for, right?
It’s a barrette! For me! (Finally, I’ve made something useful!) I look terrible with my hair pulled all the way back, but I can’t have it just loose, because it would then fall in my face, and I used to wear headbands, but the ends of them conflict painfully with my glasses. So I’ve taken to braiding the sides, and using the braids to pull the hair out of my face. But the best thing to hold them in place is a small barrette, and it’s really hard to find those that are in any way interesting. I’ve mostly been wearing the same barrette over and over and over again, and that gets dull. (I also have some plastic ones that I got cheap at…ack, I forgot the name. Claire’s? Is that it? Jewelry store aimed at the early teen crowd. Whatever it’s called, the plastic ones are in bright colors that only match maybe a third of my shirts.) Anyway, I wanted to make some that would be fun and maybe match some of my clothes, and this was my first attempt. It’s good enough to use, but it still has issues. I used too much resin, so it’s much too thick; there’s too much red, and then there’s too much silver, which makes it hard to open and close the barrette. I have some other fun novelty ice cube trays (all of which I had bought planning to use them for molds with polymer clay) so I’m hoping some of the others are also the right size. (Though why I would need Space Invaders themed barrettes I’m not quite sure…) In any case, since these barrette clips are so small, these could also work as large barrettes for dolls with big heads, like Blythe, Pullip and 1/3 scale dolls, so if I ever decide to start selling things on Etsy, I can sell barrettes, too. 😀 (Though I’d probably want to make something in polymer clay and make a mold off of it, so I wouldn’t be using a professional mold. That’d sort of be, you know, unethical.)
While I was putting the silver-glitter resin on the back of the barrette, I also made some more eye chips with it. The red splotch on the one in the center on the lower register was another experiment: there had been some dribbles on the side of the mold for the red part of the lightning bolt, and I put them in the center of the eye chip mold for these, wanting to see what the result would look like. They moved as the new resin was added, though, so the result is mostly just messy.
Okay, now I want to share a bit of the continuing story of my attempt to make some charms for Blythe pull strings.
First, you may remember this:
I did my best to get him polished up, and now he looks like this:
Not a big improvement. Barely any improvement at all, in fact.
Anyway, I tried again with the TARDIS mold, but it was partially just using up excess glittery resin from the eye chips earlier:
Halloween with the Doctor? I guess? Anyway, the important thing is that it’s got that same residue on it as Mokona. A second attempt at the K-9 charm proved no better, and showed that his tail really didn’t get added into the mold at all.
I found a new mold-making material, and made a new TARDIS mold. The light on top still has a tendency to get ravaged by an air bubble, but if I was going to make a charm, that’s the part that would get drilled for the connector, so that’s okay. And there’s no horrible reside now, so yay! 😀 Of course, I’m not sure what purpose there is in a glittery red TARDIS (Christmas with the Doctor?) but…it was mostly an experiment to see if the new mold worked, and I was partially just using up resin I’d made for that barrette anyway.
So, that’s about where I stand with resin-casting. I need to make the new K-9 mold, and do some more work before I can figure out if any of my non-plain eye chips are going to work. I think the barrettes are pretty promising, at least for my own use if for no other reason. 😛
I’m still hoping to find something I can use to make a gem-cut mold that’s the right size to be gem-cut Blythe eye chips (or Pullip eye chips; that’d work, too, especially since Selina needs new eye chips), but who knows if I’ll find anything. Anyway, as work progresses, I’ll continue to post about Pyrrha’s face-up and new eyes (those’ll come faster than the face-up, what with the delay to wait for the MSC to arrive) and I’ll definitely show the results of the new Obitsu boy, and the CCS dolls (though I haven’t even ordered hair for Sakura, Syaoran and Tomoyo yet (not to mention I still need to order another female body)) and Len’s eventual rebodying, and the Licca Miku rebodies that will accompany that. I also have a post planned called “Wig Swapping,” but I’m waiting on another two wigs that are on their way before I post any photos. (Rather, I don’t wanna have “Wig Swapping, Part 1” and “Wig Swapping, Part 2,” y’know?)
I may or may not still be making some “I shouldn’t be doing this” orders in the coming weeks. I feel like I need to get Ciel Robin to go with Private Tutor Sebastian, and there are a few others that are almost gone that I feel like “ack, I need!” even though technically I know perfectly well I don’t need them in the least. (Ugh. Why is my brain wired like this?) I’ve decided not to get an Isul or a Taeyang to be perpetually redressing dolls, though, because of the difficulty in finding male doll clothes. (Of course, that doesn’t exclude the possibility of getting a particular Taeyang to redress once into a certain mythological figure…)
While I’m waiting for the caffeine to kick in so I can continue revising my paper (first caffeine I’ve had in over a month) and also during my lunch break, I decided to finish up the photos of my Black Friday orders, and get them posted here.
Though there’s actually still one Black Friday order that hasn’t arrived yet, and won’t for some time yet. (Last time I checked my e-mail, it wasn’t even ready to ship yet.) That’s because Makielabs was having a free shipping promotion for Black Friday, and since a Makie was already on my “it’s okay to get these” list for the season, I went ahead and ordered one. I’m not sure when she’ll be ready to ship, or how long the shipping will take, but since it’s shipping from England, I’m assuming I won’t see her until January. (Seriously, how weird is it that an English company was having a Black Friday sale? I saw sites for stores in Japan and the Netherlands that were having them, too. I guess it’s become a world-wide thing now.)
Anyway, on to the Junky Spot order!
So there’s the en masse photo of the whole order. Almost all of it is stuff that was on my “I need to order this stuff soon” list. But let’s start with what was on sale:
I had been wanting to get a Hujoo Baby, but hadn’t been sure if I should wait for them to get more Chocolate ones in, or if I should go ahead just in case the face I like gets discontinued. (Like what’s just happened with JerryBerry: I wanted the sleepy Berry 2011, who has just been discontinued and they’re sold out of her. 😦 The 2016 sleepy Berry just doesn’t have the right Io-chan look…) But the Junky Spot cancelled my hesitation by putting Suve here on sale on Black Friday. Not the biggest sale in the world (she was down to $18.99 from about $24.99) but enough to give me a push and decide to go ahead and get her.
Another long over-due post, with photos I took before my old laptop went down. This time, the post is about dolls in my collection that are in some way unique in my collection; dolls that are the only ones from their series that I own…and probably going to stay that way. (Um, more so with some of these than with others.)
Now, I have a lot of dolls that are “lonely” in the sense that I don’t have any others. Pyrrha’s my only Blythe (clone), but I totally plan to get more (and I have tons of the LPS mini-Blythes), and I only have the one Tangkou, but I might get more, and besides I just posted about her not that long ago. I’ve got a single Nancy Ann Storybook doll, but how much is there to say about that? (Besides, I might do a post at some point about dolls older than I am. That would also cover my solitary Liddle Kiddle, too. Though I would totally snap up more Liddle Kiddles, if I found ones I wanted at prices I was willing to pay.) And I have a few other “unique” dolls whose exact origins I don’t know, or which were hand-made, or whatever. So I thought it was best to limit to more or less recent, and very much established, known dolls. And, of course, this is just a random sampling anyway. 😛
Well, let’s start with the oldest, shall we?
I’ve always written off Galoob’s Golden Girl as basically a She-Ra clone (and yet I forgot to include her in “Send in the Clones!“) and yet she has a copyright date of 1984, the year before She-Ra came out, which I find curious. I ought to put in some research on how that’s possible, but…yeah, too lazy. I found this one at an antique mall some 15 years ago. I had a number of these dolls back in the day, but never this one.
So, the ones I had were Jade, Onyx, Dragon Queen and Wild One. I know this because I still have their die-cast shields. Also their capes and helmets. (Except Wild One’s helmet. I don’t have that one, which is a pity, seeing as it’s all, you know, Viking and stuff.) But look at those fashion packs! (Seriously, follow the link and check out the full-size picture. Awesome stuff there.) Why did I not have any of those?! Seriously, what was wrong with me? I had one She-Ra fashion pack–which I lost along with Perfuma when I moved here, of all the annoying things–but that was a pretty lame fashion pack, unlike most of the fashion packs pictured on this package, which are freakin’ sweet. Man, I can’t believe I didn’t own every single one of those. If I had a time machine….!
Uh, anyway. Sticking with the ’80s theme…and yet also not…
I didn’t much care when they decided to try re-inventing Rainbow Brite a few years back, because I had been just old enough that the original had been too childish for me, so what they were altering was not a treasured part of my childhood. (This does not hold true for the various other 1980s iconic properties that have been re-invented lately. Well, okay, for some of them I don’t care, one because I had bought into social gender norms at the time, and was a little too old for another.) Uh, point is, I didn’t mind the changes that many people slightly younger than myself were horrified by, and thought this doll was sort of cute, so I picked her up when she got cheap.
Okay, past this point it gets harder to say how old the dolls are, so I’m just going to try to put them in roughly the order in which I got them.
I mentioned this girl before, way back when I was talking about Hasbro’s 1972 Leggy line of dolls. She’s from MGA’s similarly long-legged, and similarly short-lived Hi-Glam line, though she’s currently wearing clothes belonging to a PlayHut MystiKats doll. (Part of the outfit she came with is currently being worn by my kuchisake onna Monster High custom doll. Not sure what happened to the rest of it, but it’s around somewhere.) I need to put some shoes on her…
This is Zephyr, my Hestia Isora. Okay, yeah, so maybe Zephyr shouldn’t count, since she’s a Groove doll, and I’ve got oodles of those. But I don’t have any other Hestias! I’ve got Pullips, Dals, Taeyangs, Isuls, Byuls (well, one here, and one in transit, due to arrive by Wednesday), J-dolls, and two BJD Ais, but she’s my only Hestia. (I’ve also only got one Yeolume, but…they only released two of those, so that’s a little different. And oh…man, would I like to get a Blackberry! She’s so cute! Or, actually, I wish they’d done Sailor Chibi-Moon as a Yeolume. I don’t even like Sailor Moon, but that would have been so perfect! Although the Dal version is almost criminally cute already, so maybe they thought a Yeolume version would be lethally cute…) I changed Zephyr out of her original outfit into this high-end Barbie dress because I really didn’t like her stock.
Just a close-up to show you her face better. Because. The head-on shot doesn’t really do her justice. Her eyes are strongly domed, and that gives a heightened illusion of reality to them. (Rather like with J-Dolls, in fact, only a bit more so, since these eyes are bigger.) I came across Zephyr at Tuesday Mornings a number of years ago–the first Groove doll I ever saw (in fact, I hadn’t even heard of Pullip yet)–and after getting her home and out of the box, I raced around to all the other Tuesday Mornings locations in the area, but no one else had any. For some time after that, I watched the stores like a hawk, but after a while of nothing turning up, my attention started to drift, until hearing about the full-size Disney Pullips turning up, at which point I started watching like a hawk again (which paid off in full!) and I’ve been sort of an on-and-off hawk ever since. 😛 They’ve been relatively dry of late, apart from the Little Dal+ White Rabbit about, what, a month or two ago?
So, I bought her on clearance at Toys R Us as an experiment to see if her clothes would fit Monster High dolls. They did, but not terribly well, and it occurred to me, after the fact, that it hardly mattered even if they did, because I didn’t actually like the clothes the other dolls in her line were wearing anyway. Still, her clothes looked pretty good on the Create-a-Monster gorgon girl, so for a long time this girl was wearing Clawdeen’s cast-off swimming cover-up. Eventually, largely due to not being able to think of any other doll to use, I came to the tentative conclusion that I should use her as the daughter of the Dodo for my mad tea party–if I ever get back to working on that–and in taking her back out of the doll storage thingy, I decided I needed to find her something less transparent to wear. But while Monster High dolls can wear her clothes, she can’t wear Monster High clothes. Or Bratz clothes. Or Bratzillaz clothes But she can wear Liv clothes, which is what she’s wearing now…and the pattern on that shirt has me wondering if she should be the daughter of the Caterpillar instead of the Dodo. (Though I was going to use an LPS mini-Blythe for that, all decked out in a caterpillar suit, if I ever managed to make it…I really gotta start working on this thing again…)
And speaking of the mad tea party, here’s the daughter of the Cheshire Cat, my Hujoo Freya. Who I’ve shown before, so I shouldn’t show her again, but I’m showing her anyway, ’cause I want to. Because I like her. 😀 I know I probably ought to give her a face-up, put some color on her nose and in her ears, but…I don’t know, I think she works as is, and I’d only mess her up, you know? Still not sure about the dress, though…
Zeenie Dolls are eco-warriors, which is cool. Made with bio-degradable materials–which is both cool and a little unsettling (I’m not sure I like the idea of dolls that will just decompose if you leave them outside too long)–and with less anorexic proportions than the standard fashion dolls on the market. The eco-conscious materials are kind of a double-edged sword, though; they feel a little strange to the touch, and it turns out that whatever their faces are made from collects dust like nobody’s business; Leena here had more dust on her face than any other doll on the shelf, including ones who had been sitting there two or three times as long. (Yes, I don’t dust clean my house nearly as often as I should. Despite that I’m asthmatic and allergic to dust. My house is a recipe for disaster in all sorts of ways.)
Ability to hold dust not-withstanding, it’s a nice face, though the lips are a bit odd. She has glass eyes, which is something I always like, though I notice that–like many other play-line dolls with inset eyes on the domestic market–her eyes simply stare straight ahead, somewhat soullessly. (Bratzillaz and Novi Stars sometimes avoided this pitfall. Sometimes.) For inset eyes–or really, any doll eyes–a slight angling of the gaze can really help liven the doll up, you know?
This is a BeGoths doll called Greta Vendetta, part of a sub-series called “Silent Scream,” inspired by classic Hollywood. To be honest, I still have no idea how I feel about this doll. I found the doll line on Amazon, in the “people who viewed this item also viewed” bar below some Living Dead Dolls I was looking at, and clicked on it out of curiosity, because it looked like a Bratz head on a Barbie body. When you see the doll in person, she doesn’t look quite so much like that as she does in the photos, but the general idea isn’t as wrong as I might like it to be, either.
Her body proportions are similar to Barbie’s, but she’s thicker all around; Barbie clothes would never fit on this gal. (She and Leena might be able to share clothes, except for the general dissonance of styles, and the fact that her bust is about twice the size of Leena’s.) Her head is about as much larger in comparison to her body as a Bratz head is to a Barbie’s body, but the head itself is much more round in shape than a Bratz head. The face-up is similar to a Bratz face as well, though a bit more refined, and with less gaudy make-up.
Aside from her big, honkin’ boots (with high heels, no less!), her dress would probably say “Morticia Addams” to most people. (It certainly does to me!) But I think we’re supposed to think more along the lines of “Vampira,” given the deathly white skin she’s sporting, not to mention her bat-shaped tattoo:
I like the bat tattoos. That’s fun. 😀 Not fun are the stains on her hand. 😦 They look like bruises, don’t they, as if she’s just been in a big fist-fight. I’m sure there are ways to try to remove them, but since they’re only on her hand, and she’s not exactly the star doll of my collection, I’m not sure it’s worth the effort.
And that’s the last of ’em.
So, in summary, let’s look back over them, and see how many of these dolls I’d like to make less lonely in the future, if I could.
Golden Girl: if I found an opportunity to get more of these, I so would. Especially if they still had their wonderful accessories.
Moonglow: Uh, no, not likely.
Hi-Glam: yeah, if I could find one that wasn’t too expensive, I would definitely get more. I’m very fond of this girl, and I’ve often regretted not getting more of them when they were still around.
Zephyr: if I could get another Hestia without having to pay more than $50, I would, but I don’t think I’d pay more than that. (And yes, I know I couldn’t get one for less than that. But I just don’t like them enough to pay more than that. Well, maybe $60, for one with really good stock.)
Fairy Tale High: nope.
Hujoo Freya: yeah, I’d love to get another Hujoo, though I’m not sure which one. Probably not another anthropomorphic doll, though. I don’t usually like that, but Freya’s special.
Leena: hmm, not sure. Depends on what the next set of Zeenie Dolls looks like, what they’re going for–if I find them on sale, like I did Leena–and so forth. I’m certainly not opposed to the idea.
Greta Vendetta: highly unlikely. Apart from the “Silent Scream” series, most of these dolls aren’t to my taste at all. (Actually, they’re much like the Living Dead Dolls in that respect; the only ones of those in my collection are Frankenstein’s Monster, the Bride, and Dracula. Not sure if I’m going to get the Creature from the Black Lagoon or not. It doesn’t quite have the same charm as the other three Universal licensed dolls.)