New Dolly Dresses

So, my first Etsy orders have arrived, except for the eye chip mold.  (Thought earlier that it had arrived, but that turned out to be Romana instead…)

Anyway!  I can at least show you the dresses!

Pyrrha's new dress
Pyrrha’s new dress

Pyrrha’s dress is from BeMyChic.  Though I shouldn’t really call it “Pyrrha’s” dress.  There’s a layer of netting or something (sorry, I’m utterly inept about clothes) inside to give the skirt some body, which gets bent out of shape by having her sit while wearing the dress.  But with Pyrrha’s body, she can’t really stand well, even on a stand.  (Though it might help if I had an actual Blythe stand for her.)  Net result, though it looks cute on her, this dress isn’t really something Pyrrha can wear.  So it’s actually going to be Romana’s dress.  (Fortunately, it’s definitely Romana’s style.)  But Pyrrha’s going to keep wearing it a little while longer, just ’cause.

Arizona's new dress
Arizona’s new dress

The big reason to buy some doll clothes from Etsy, of course, was to get this dress for Arizona.  (Who still needs a new name!)  What with Moxie Girlz Teenz not having lasted very long, there’s a real dearth of clothes for them, even in the hand-made department.  This outfit was made by DollUniverse, and it fits her so snugly that it was actually a bit tricky getting it on her!  (I probably should have put her undies on second instead of first.  That would have helped…)  It looks really great on her, doesn’t it?  I’m glad the outfit was navy and white; she’s been wearing a navy Gene dress with white trim for the last umpty years, so I’ve gotten used to her being in those colors.   Since taking the photos, I managed to find one of the missing pair of MGT shoes hanging around here (they were in the lunchbox with the Barbie shoes, which sort of makes sense and sort of doesn’t) so she’s no longer barefoot, though I’m not entirely pleased with the combination, since the shoes are black, not navy.  I need to get her some navy or white shoes.  (That’s not going to be easy to do, though!)

The important thing, of course, was that now that Arizona’s no longer wearing that Gene dress, it was available for someone else to wear!

Madra's new (for her) dress
Madra’s new (for her) dress

I think it actually looks pretty good on her — better than on the blonde Gene it came on — but I need to find the matching shoes and hat/hair ornament.  I thought I knew where the hat-thing was, but it wasn’t there. 😦  The shoes…I know where they are, I just can’t get at them.  (God, I need to clean my house desperately!)  I really should have removed her lingerie before trying to get the dress on her; it’s a little tight because of the extra layer.  But worse still was trying to get the sleeve on over her right hand; the fingers are spread out a bit and didn’t want to go through the sleeve opening.  I hate when that happens. 😦  But the net result was worth it, because now she’s no longer hiding in her box due to lack of clothing! 😀

Anyway, back to Arizona!  She also has a new little sister.

Arizona and Bryden
Arizona and Bryden

When I was getting those three Bratz Kidz outfits for the Angel Pullips, two of them were “add-on items” which meant I couldn’t actually order them unless my order already came to $25.  (Yet another oddity from Amazon…)  In order to shore up the order, since the MCSquared dolls were on sale, I decided to pick up another one, and I went with Bryden for a couple of reasons, one of them being that I thought she’d look good with Arizona.  (I’ll go into the other in a minute.)  They do look sweet together:

Arizona and Bryden, portrait version
Arizona and Bryden, portrait version

I think this photo answers the questions everyone’s been asking about why MGA gave Bryden blue-green eyes when the actress she’s supposed to resemble has dark eyes:  they wanted to make her match Arizona a bit better.

I was a little worried when Bryden arrived, because there were some paint smudges on the plastic blister of her box, but there wasn’t any sign of anything wrong with the doll herself, thank goodness!  Her joints seem to be less floppy than McKeyla’s, too, which is nice.  I have a major beef about her outfit, though.  I already knew from Amazon reviews that the fairly ugly orange shirt was attached to the white shirt beneath it, but it looked to me like I could just snip it loose.

No such luck.
No such luck.

The only places the two shirts are actually connected is at the velcro.  I’ll have to ruin one of them to get them apart. 😦  Granted, I hate the orange one, so that’s not a huge loss, but I still don’t like the idea of having to destroy part of a doll’s garments!

Anyway, the other reason I picked Bryden over Camren (and her awesome copper-colored hair) is because I saw this review on the ToyBoxPhilosopher that showed how great Bryden looked in the Disney Store Periwinkle outfit, while also pointing out some shedding problems with the outfit itself.  Well, I didn’t wanna mess up my Disney Store Periwinkle’s clothes, but I thought maybe she’d look just as good in a Jakks Pacific Periwinkle outfit!

Bryden in Periwinkle's garb
Bryden in Periwinkle’s garb

Unfortunately, it’s a bit small on her; getting it over her hips was a nightmare. 😦  Looks pretty cute, though.  Pale blue is definitely her color.  (I need to get her a new, pale blue shirt to replace the orange thing.)  I had trouble figuring out how to keep her hair and the wings from fighting, though. :p  But there was a slight problem I discovered in getting her ready for this picture, as you can see above; the places where she had been fastened to the box pressed her tights into her legs hard enough to stain her legs. 😦  (I also found a surprising stain on the back of Periwinkle’s leg, too, as if the wire inside it was staining outwards.  Probably not actually the cause, but I’m not sure where it did come from.)

The really surprising thing about Bryden’s legs was actually her feet.  Specifically, her high-heeled feet:

Bryden's and Elissabat's feet
Bryden’s and Elissabat’s feet

Look at ’em:  they’re almost Monster High feet!  It’s like they just scaled up the Monster High feet about 5-10%.  Of course, the major reason this was surprising was the fact that her adorable winged sneakers are not high-heeled!  The interior just has supremely massive arch support. 😛  That brings up the question of why they’re high-heeled feet instead of flat feet like McKeyla’s, but…I figure there’s not a lot of point in asking a question like that, since it obviously won’t be answered.

Elissabat in Bryden's shoe
Elissabat in Bryden’s shoe

Of course, seeing the similarity in foot shapes and sizes, I had to see if they could wear each others’ shoes.  Well, Monster High can wear MC2 high-heeled shoes, but the reverse is not true.  Elissabat’s foot fit nicely in Bryden’s shoe, as you can see, but Bryden’s foot wouldn’t go into Elissabat’s boot.  (I used the Londoom Elissabat because of the convenient Monster High dolls in here, she seemed the one with the simplest shoes to deal with.  The shoes have been getting pretty fancy lately…)

Bryden's glasses
Bryden’s glasses

While I was at it, I also snapped a shot of Elissabat in Bryden’s glasses.  As the reviewers on Amazon already pointed out, Bryden can’t actually wear her own glasses; they just don’t fit.  But they fit Monster High just fine.  (Though the fit would be better here if Elissabat wasn’t wearing that headband, which collided with the glasses a bit.  I tried earlier on a different doll, and they worked better there.)  Naturally, I couldn’t do anything about the foggy-looking lenses, though. 😦  Sooner or later, I’ll definitely be handing over the glasses, and possibly the shoes, to some Monster High doll or other.  Just need to figure out the right one.  (Neon yellow is a tricky color, all the more so considering the temples are hot pink.  Actually, they’d look awesome on a miniature Gooliope…exactly her colors.)  I might want to put a thin veneer of a dark colored paint over the lenses and turn ’em into sunglasses; that way the foggy lenses wouldn’t be an issue.  (Or if I could find some mirror-causing paint, it really wouldn’t be an issue!  Mirrored sunglasses are fun…but what kind of paint would I use to emulate that?  Silver-colored paint wouldn’t really cut it…)

Anyway, I just made my second resin casting experiment (not that I’ve given my report on the first one yet, lol) and I’m hopeful it will have turned out better, or at least less worse.  In the boredom of the video that was being shown in class today (seriously, everyone in the class is a senior or a grad student; we’re beyond needing videos!) I found myself sketching out a list of charms I wanted to make in polymer clay and then cast in resin, charms primarily for Romana’s pull-ring, but if they work out, I’d like to sell them on Etsy, maybe actually make a teeny tiny bit of money somehow.  (Just looked at my bank account.  Not pretty.  Which is a problem, because PullipStyle got the Black Russian Pang-ju back in, and I don’t want to miss that again…but it’s $50…and I’m broke….argh!!!)  I’m supposed to be working on my paper for Thursday right now — still — but after that’s done with, I should have time to do some sculpting.  Friday should be doable, I think.  Then if it works out, make the mold and the first casting attempt on Saturday, and by Sunday I’d have an idea if there’s any chance…right?

(The link to the DropBox gallery is here.)

Project MCSquared McKeyla McAlister Doll

This impulse purchase is worth a full review.  I just wish I had taken a full photo in the box before I opened her.

This is all I got on that score.
This is all I got on that score.

I don’t know anything about Project MCSquared (well, I can’t do superscript, and MC2 looks stupid!), but I’m assuming it’s a television program.  Or possibly web-based programming?  The packaging does direct you towards YouTube, but I’m not sure if that’s just for clips or what.  Anyway, I’m just going to go off the doll and packaging, on the (hopefully not too naive) assumption that they’re a fair reflection of the product they tie in with.

What we have here is a doll line that encourages girls to be smart, study science and math, and to be proud of their intelligence, all while assuring them that pursuing these intellectual goals will not rob them of the prettiness that society has drilled into their heads that girls “need” to get by.  There’s a word for that:  win.

I mean, for the message alone, we need to support this doll line, you know?  On top of that, this is a really nice doll.

So, let’s start with the first thing you notice when you’re looking at the doll.  There’s a human face on the front of the package.  (I assume that’s the actress who plays the character on the show.)  The dolls have individualized face molds to try to look like their actresses, but…

Likeness comparison
Likeness comparison

…it’s not a very good likeness.  Maybe if they had a different photo of the actress, with a smaller smile, one more like the one on the doll, the likeness would seem stronger–the nose does seem about right–but as it stands, the doll and that photo don’t really match up, facially.  (This may be intentional; if there is no actual resemblance between doll and actress, then the doll’s face mold can be re-used for later doll lines, without the need to compensate the actress for the use of her likeness.)  Of course, the lack of resemblance can only be a problem to fans of the program who are disappointed not to have their favorite character well recreated (or to the actresses themselves), so I’ll move on.

McKeyla McAlister
McKeyla McAlister

This doll is burdened with the unlikely name McKeyla McAlister.  She’s about Barbie height, but of more naturalistic human proportions, below the neck anyway.  Her hips are wider than Barbie’s, and her chest smaller, so she can’t really share any of Barbie’s clothes.  (I tried putting a jumper on her, and it looked awful; it was so tight in the hips that it wouldn’t go down any further past a certain point, and it was bagging out every which way above that, including up, in that the straps weren’t even touching her shoulders.  Though that was a very old jumper; newer clothes might fit her better, depending on which Barbie body shape they were intended for.)  The four dolls in this series come in two versions, a cheap version ($15 at Target) and a less cheap version ($25 at Target) that has extra stuff with it.  The less cheap version has nicer clothes, and is fully jointed, whereas the cheap version does not have joints at the knees and elbows.  In the case of McKeyla’s nicer clothes, the faux leather sleeves worry me; faux leather can age very, very badly.

McKeyla's face
McKeyla’s face

I picked McKeyla over the copper-haired Camryn Coyle because I was charmed by her freckles. 😀  Freckles are sadly rare in dolls these days.  Her face paint is very subtle, without the heavy make-up sported by a certain other MGA doll line…

McKeyla's T-shirt
McKeyla’s T-shirt

The T-shirt under the jacket.  Is that the cutest T-shirt or what?  An owl–symbol of wisdom at least since the 5th century BC–wearing bright red glasses.  (Y’know, I bet she’d get on well with Ghoulia Yelps…)  I love that T-shirt.  What I don’t love is her shorts.  Or rather, those denim underpants.  My god, those things are indecent!  Maybe I’m just an old prude, but they’re so short that I didn’t feel it was right for her to sit in them.  (Fortunately, despite what I said earlier about her not being able to wear Barbie clothes, I was able to find a pair of Barbie slacks that basically fit her.)  Um, getting back on the topic of the doll and moving away from my prudish side, I found her joints to be very loose, particularly in the elbows, but I’m not sure if that’s the case for all of these dolls, or just this one.  (I have no basis of comparison yet.)  Her hands pop off, like on a Monster High doll, to allow you to remove her jacket, but it’s a bit harder to get them back on again.

That ring!
That ring!

Her ring looks like a Scrabble tile with half of the Theory of Relativity on it.  Is there any part of that sentence not to love?  (Though one wonders how you’d play Scrabble with tiles like that…)

Her boots
Her boots

Her boots don’t quite fit properly when she’s wearing her socks, but I love the fact that they’re eminently practical.  No stupid high-heels here.  (As much as I love Monster High, I have to call the high-heeled running shoes and roller skates stupid.  Hilarious, but stupid.)  Also, I like the fact that they went to the effort of making her shoelaces a different color than the rest of the shoes; frequently, they don’t bother painting on any details, and the laces are the same color as the rest of the shoe.  (I wouldn’t be surprised if that was the case on the cheaper version of these dolls, in fact.)  Two things I noticed when I took her boots off were that her “socks” are actually leg warmers, and that her feet are enormous.  I actually had trouble getting them through the legs of some of the pants I tried on from other doll lines.

Her other accessories
Her other accessories

And since we’re on the subject of accessories, let’s look at the other accessories she comes with.  A comb shaped like a beaker, a plastic backpack that doesn’t quite hold the composition notebook that does hold the little red tablet(?) with the show’s logo on it.  There’s also the red DIY lava lamp, for which there are instructions on the back of her box.  (Involving vegetable oil and an “effervescent tablet” which would mean, what, Alka-selzer, I guess?)  The comb is a cute idea, and the backpack and composition notebook should make nice props for photoshoots.  Oh, and I’m sure they’ll be fun for kids to play with.  (Yeah, okay, so I approach toys from an adult mindset.  It’s hard to remember what it was like to be a kid; it was too long ago.)

Now, one of my first thoughts on seeing these dolls was “Wow, they look like Moxie Girlz Teenz!”  So, let’s get some comparison shots up here and see how right or wrong my first thoughts were.

McKeyla and Tristen
McKeyla and Tristen

Well, obviously, I wasn’t wrong.  There’s a lot of influence there.  And although you can’t see the joints because I put her jacket back on and gave her pants to replace those denim undies, the joint structure of the two doll lines is similar, but not identical.  The body shape is not the same, though.  McKeyla’s body shape implies a younger individual–I’m guessing she’s supposed to be maybe fifteen or sixteen at most, though probably younger–and the Moxie Girlz Teenz would seem to be more like eighteen.  So in addition to being larger in scale, the MGT have all around fuller bodies, not just in the breasts, but also in the legs, and even in the arms.  (As you may have noticed in the shots without her jacket, McKeyla has very scrawny arms.)

Facial comparison
Facial comparison

While it’s plain that the MGT face, scaled down, was the starting point when they were making the faces for this new line, the fact that they were trying to create dolls to match (however ineffectively) living people forced them to do something that otherwise seems to be anathema to MGA:  create multiple facial molds for the same doll line.  Each of the four dolls in this line has a unique face, unlike the MGT line, who all have the exact same face.  Could the faces have used more tweaking, to make them more unique?  Yes, definitely.  But they’re still distinct enough that you wouldn’t mistake them for each other, which is a big step up.

Now, to round out the review, let me quote the character’s self-description from the back of the box:

The name’s McKeyla McAlister–writer, hipster, undercover spy, ya know, just like every other teenage girl.

When I’m not journaling, I’m probably reading a Sir Arthur Conan Doyle novel (he’s so boss),  performing magic tricks, or trying to save the world.

I’m SMART–get over it!

While I’m not sure Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would want to be described as “boss” even after he had it explained to him (as a proper Victorian gent, being admired by teenage girls would make him nervous, after all!), anything encouraging teenage girls to read literature instead of Twilight or whatever ought to be seen as a good thing.  This certainly seems like a much better and more interesting message for young girls than Barbie starting yet another rock band.  (Seriously, how many bands has Barbie had?  I mean, there must have been three of them just in the 1980s alone…)

Anyway, now that I’ve reviewed the doll, I want to get out my soapbox for a moment.  What follows is pure opinion, and possibly slightly disjointed; I apologize if I give any offense, because that’s not my intention.  Looking at this line, as it was squeezed into a tiny portion of the aisle that Bratz stole from Monster High (me, bitter? never!), I couldn’t help but feel two things.  One, that the line had been given the space without any particular confidence, just as a favor to MGA in their big moment of the triumphant re-return of Bratz.  And two, that they were really holding themselves back by continually falling back on Bratz.

This line proves that MGA is capable of much bigger and better things than Bratz.  When I saw the new line of Bratz dolls, my only thoughts were “yep, those are Bratz all right” and “nope, no Bratzillaz.”  There was no need to pay attention, because the dolls were the same as they had been before in all key respects.  I’m sure there are changes that Bratz aficionados noticed right away, but for people like myself, with whom Bratz never really clicked, it’s just the same old tired thing it was before; a line of dolls who all have the same face and wear too much make-up.  Once upon a time, Barbies all had the same face, it’s true, but that time is long past, and now if you walk down the Barbie aisle, you see lots of faces.  Monster High characters all have unique faces, and have right from the start.  Mattel’s Disney Princess dolls have their own unique faces, and the Disney Fairy dolls from Jakks Pacific have their own unique faces, too.  Ever After High is afflicted with MGA’s “same face” disease, but other than that, most of MGA’s major competition has moved on into the age of unique faces.

MGA doesn’t need Bratz, financially, I’m sure.  They’ve got Lalaloopsy supporting the company now, and that doesn’t show any signs of slowing down.  Of course, they do have to do whatever the consumers want; that’s what a company’s supposed to do.  So maybe they’ve been getting tons of mail/e-mail/what-have-you, begging for a restoration of Bratz.  And I do understand that for them to totally abandon Bratz would be like Mattel abandoning Barbie, because Bratz was what made MGA in the first place.

But I don’t think this re-relaunch of Bratz is going to last, no matter how big a deal they’ve made of it.  The line has not kept up with the times.  I mean, okay, maybe they’ve tried to update the clothes to keep up with current fashion trends.  (I didn’t pay that close attention.  And I don’t really know anything about current fashion trends anyway.)  But they still all have the same face, and it’s the same face they had back in 1999 or whenever (2000?), when they were first introduced, and I just don’t think that’s still going to fly, not the way it used to.

Keep in mind, the last time Bratz disappeared off the shelves, I’m pretty sure it was because they’d lost their viability in the modern market.  And that wasn’t too long ago.  What’s supposed to have changed so much about this re-launch to have given them new viability?

Instead of wasting time and money on Bratz, MGA should be putting more time and money on really quality lines like MCSquared here, which is not only a better line of dolls, but also has a better message for the children it’s aimed at.  I mean, sure, Bratz standees say “Be you!” but how unique can the dolls really encourage you to be when they all have the same face?  Below that surface claim of individuality, the message of Bratz is just that:  surface.  It’s all about looks, about fashion and make-up and how you look.  But MCSquared is about who you are underneath all that, which is a better message.  (Not, perhaps, a very easily marketed message for a line of fashion dolls, I’ll grant, but a better one none the less.)

Moxie Girls Teens (And Friends)

Okay, so back at this point

Moxie Girls Teens thumb

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.