Vampire Princess Miyu

Okay, so I’ve de-boxed the Vampire Princess Miyu doll, and I want to give you the full report on how the Full Action Doll Series works.

But first!

I want to show off some adorable new dolly accessories.  These are all from Olive‘s Etsy Shop, Olive Loop:

Pyrrha in the Fox Ear Hat
Pyrrha in the Fox Ear Hat

I may need to get her a new outfit that’ll match the hat better.  (I found her some black pants to wear so this shirt/dress wouldn’t be quite so revealing.  No idea where they came from, though.  From the creases, I think they were part of someone’s stock, but I’m not sure whose.)

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Yeolume in the Heart Hat

Semi-random aside:  I think whenever I re-body Yeolume, I may also paint her lips a little.  I like the rest of her face-up, but her mouth sort of melts into her face.  (Um, that sounded nasty.)

Kaiko rocking out in her new scarf.
Kaiko rocking out in her new scarf.

Another thing I noticed in taking these pictures:  Kaiko really needs new eye chips.  These are totally wrong for her; they’re not even blue.  She needs more anime-style chips.  And a slightly more slender body, so her coat will fit.  (A Monster High body would be ideal, if they made them in her skin tone, but they don’t.  Maybe an Ever After High body would work?)

Okay, now that I’ve shared the cuteness, I’ll get on with the full report on the Tsukuda Hobby Full Action Doll Series Vampire Princess Miyu doll.  I checked it out, and the Toy Box Philosopher hasn’t done a review of this line (not surprising, really, since it’s sort of…uh…low profile in the US), so I’m going to try to cover some of the same bases, though I won’t pretend I can match her quality.

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The resin stuff I didn’t get to last night

Yep, that’s one catchy post title, huh? 😛

Well, anyway, this is just me trying to finish last night’s post, so a catchy title is hardly necessary.

Okay, so where I left off, I was still talking about headbands, so I think I’ll finish up with that.  (Yes, there was more.)  Specifically, about the smaller headband size.  Because I’ve started to work on making the replacement headband to go with this outfit.  I made molds off the two wings, and cast them in opaque resin.  One of them was unfortunately ruined by poorly placed air bubbles and will need to be re-cast, but the other is good to go.  While I was doing that, I also tried to make the headband itself.  Because I knew there was a good chance a painted headband would get wrecked up, I wanted to make the resin itself blue.

And it so happens that I now have a lot of resin pigment on hand.  Because the first time I wore one of my homemade resin barrettes in front of my mother, she noticed it (it was a bright red, sparkly lightning bolt; it would have been hard to miss), and asked me about it, and after I explained, she offered to give me all the resin supplies she had left over from when she had tried using resin to make jewelry.  I had no idea she’d ever dabbled in resin, but I wasn’t about to pass up free resin stuff!  The resin itself is different than the stuff I use, and I’m not sure if it’s still good or what, but the colors!  She had to have bought at least twenty colors of pigments, including a bunch of metallic ones.  I am so looking forward to playing with those!

Anyway, I had planned on waiting until I used up my current resin, in case the pigment only works with the same type of resin.  (This was perhaps silly of me.)  But I decided “what the heck” and dug out the blue that seemed the closest in color to the headband’s blue, and after I cast the wings, I mixed some of it into the rest of the white resin to make blue resin.

Unfortunately, the opaque resin has a working time of maybe ten minutes (and more like five) so this was not a good plan.

(My squalid workspace...)
(My squalid workspace…)

As you can see by the disastrous mess on top of the mold, I had trouble getting the resin into the mold because it was already starting to harden.  And this photo was taken hours later, btw.  All that resin still in the cup hardened like that. 😦  I have no idea what to do with it.  It feels like a waste to leave it there, but…among other things, it’s stuck to the cup.  (Not to mention, what am I supposed to do with it, anyway?)  That stick up near the match (which was the one I used in lighting the candle to heat up the glue sticks to remove Pyrrha’s stock eyechips, btw) shows you the color of the actual pigment I put in the resin.  Pretty different from how it turned out!

Resin v. Original
Resin v. Original

As you can see in this picture, the cast headband is almost complete.  There’s just this big ol’ gap there where no resin got in.  I haven’t decided if I’m going to just toss this in the scrap heap (or rather the scrap jar, as I’ve been saving up all my resin scraps in the hopes I’ll come up with a use for them) or what.  In any case, you can also see that the pigment didn’t actually come out being anywhere near the color of the original headband…even though in the jar, the pigment was almost exactly that color.  I guess the natural white color of the resin paled it.  I need to try using the pigment in some clear resin and see how that works.  (The clear might be less likely to stretch, too.)  The wing turned out okay, though!  (I was obviously planning on painting it all along, since it was going to have to be two colors anyway.)

Okay, so that’s about all I have to say about the headbands.  Now I want to show you a couple of experiments before I move on to yet more eyechips for Pyrrha.  (Someday I’m actually going to have to decide on which ones to use…and that’ll probably be the day when I’ll order my next factory girl. 😛  Turns out this whole eyechip-making thing is just tons of fun.)

Experiment 1
Experiment 1

Okay, as is, that may look a little macabre, so I”ll explain.  I was wondering how resin affects paper, and particularly paper with things printed on it.  (Because I thought printing some interesting graphic out and putting it in that rectangular mold shape (the green one in this picture) might be good for future barrettes.)  I didn’t want to specially print out anything new, so I thought I’d just use one of the sets of eyes from the paper eyes I’d gotten for Pyrrha, specifically one of the sets I knew I’d never use, and this set definitely fit the bill.  (The 8-bit heart thing was just a mold I had handy that I wasn’t planning on using any time soon and that was big enough to easily accommodate the paper eyes.)  I handled them both differently, too.  The one with the seal on it I just placed on top of the resin and left alone.  The demon eye, on the other hand, I put some resin in, put in the eye, and then put in more resin.  Though it doesn’t look like it in the photo, due to an angle thing, it worked much better for the demon eye than for the seal eye.  (I don’t get these eyes, though.  Why would Ciel have demon eyes?  Just how badly did the anime screw up the story?  I am so glad I was turned off by the first episode.  I’ll just stick with the manga.)

Experiment 2
Experiment 2

This one really doesn’t look like much, and to be honest it wasn’t really supposed to.  I had made too much clear resin while I was doing the experiment above and making a bunch of eyechips and other things that needed clear resin (the top coats on some of the barrettes for me, and the adhesive coat on the dolly barrettes), so I poured it into this empty gem-shaped mold (which is too small for a barrette, but had proven not to work for those clip-things), and then stuck a small piece of old, glitter-filled resin in it.  I wanted to see how that would react, how it would work out, if the old resin would maintain its cohesion.  What I’ve found (and in both this and the other shot I took of this, it’s hard to see it well) is that the glitter maintained its cohesion quite well, but as the new and old resin bonded, a lot of air bubbles were produced.  (Compare the number of air bubbles here to the ones in the experiment immediately preceding it, after all; they were the same batch of resin, and had the same level of air bubbleage when I poured them into the molds!)  The main reason I wanted to test this is that I have this vague fantasy of somehow, someday managing to create molds to make my own original resin BJD, and I was thinking it might be interesting to make a special, clear one, where the clear resin has been filled with these scraps, making for a…actually, I have no idea how that would look.  But what I now know is that it would mostly look like an air bubble festival. 😛  Not necessarily a bad thing if used in some other context, but not ideal for a doll.  (And, let’s face it, I was never going to be able to model my own doll anyway; my skills are not sufficient for that, not in sculpting or in mold-making.  But it’s a fun dream none the less.)

Anyway, now that that’s finally over with, I can move on to the eyechips!  And some of them are from a brand new mold that’s very different from the old one!

But I’ll start with the ones from the old mold, first.

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Technically, you’ve already seen these chips, just not at this close-up level.  They’re still not perfect, given the air bubbles, but I think they’ll do.

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These, on the other hand, will not.  Pale pink glitter, like white glitter, is too pale to work as the background for an eyechip.  At least, I think so.  (Even if it would work, these particular ones wouldn’t work, because the beads put in to be the pupils are off center.)

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More of the same, really.  Except that the darker pink hearts — which look really nice contrasted against this same pale pink glitter in my barrette — really don’t work as pupils, in addition to the background being too pale.

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I got the big stars in a pack of Mardi Gras confetti I found on clearance at the grocery store (of all places!) for 50¢.  (Unfortunately, there’s a lot in it that I can’t really use.  Unless I want to cut up the ones that say “Mardi Gras” in order to use the individual letters.  But I don’t want letter-shaped pupils in my dolly eyes!)  I went through all my colors of glitter to find the one that most closely matched Pyrrha’s eyes for the background of these eyes.  The color match isn’t great, but it’s not too bad, either, and I like the star-shaped pupils, so these are (tentatively) planned to be one of her keeper sets.

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In this case, the little gold stars that were intended to be the pupils were entirely subsumed by the pink behind them.  You can barely even tell they’re there at all.  😦

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And ditto with the little gold circles in these…

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These green ones are hard to see in front of the blue, but they’re actually mismatched — one is a circle and one is a star.  I was running out of spaces to put pupils in, and decided to get crazy with it. 😛  They’re also very off-center, but at least I finally know why the pupils always go off-center in these things:  my workspace is actually not level.  I had all these pupils in shallow clear resin, and then added the glitter resin after it had dried, right?  Well, every time I looked back at it, I saw that the pupils (particularly the small ones, like these) had drifted away from the center again.  Eventually, I realized that was because it wasn’t level.  So in future I’ll have them drying somewhere else, somewhere that’s actually level.  That’ll have to help.

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The little purple circles are slightly more visible than the little green stars, enough so that I seem not to have added them to my “reject” jar, and have instead put them in my much smaller “acceptable eye chips” container.  (For some reason, all my finished resin projects are now being kept in an assortment of plastic gelato containers.  Some of them are in the hard plastic screw-top jars, and others in the softer plastic pop-off top containers.  I’m not sure exactly how this happened.  I guess it’s just because I had a lot of them sitting around the house, ’cause they seemed too useful to recycle.)

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As with the gold-on-mauve pair, these large purple star-pupiled chips work pretty well, in my opinion.  Pyrrha’s not keeping them — she’s already got a pair of blue glitter eyechips — but they’re not going in the reject bin, either.

And now we finally move on to the new eyechip mold!  Every single one of these is an unfinished chip, because they’re all going to require painting…

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Check it out!  They’re basically shaped like genuine Blythe chips!  I put a little too much resin in all of them, so they have a bit too high and too flat of a surface, but it’s not a big deal.  The pupil area is much wider than on Pyrrha’s original chips, so I was worried they weren’t going to fit, but they did fit just fine.  Looking at them, though, I wonder if they’re actually molded off of Pullip eyechips.  Because the pupil-to-iris ratio looks more Pullip than Blythe to me.  I need to get Selina’s stock eyechips out so I can test these to see if they fit her.  (I’m not sure how to go about that, though.  Is it just the same procedure as for a Blythe?  With the glue sticks and all?)

Anyway, I did several plain ones like these, but I also did a number with the Mardi Gras confetti.  To save time in photography, I decided to show these in mismatched pairs, only showing one of each set.

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In this eyechip shape, the small bits of confetti would only be highlights against the pupil, instead of the pupil itself, so I think the small ones will probably work just fine once I’ve painted the chips.

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On these, the question will be if I want to put black behind the big stars so that these, too, are just highlights, or if I want to make these the actual pupils, and paint behind them in the same color as the iris will be.  Maybe I should color on a piece of paper and hold these over that to see how it looks?  Yeah, that seems like a good idea; I’ll try that first before I do anything rash with the paint brush…

Okay, so that was the last of the eyechips.  But I still have one more eyechip observation.  The “keeper” pair turned out to be too thick, so I’m going to have to sand down the backs when Pyrrha’s new eye mechanism gets here.  (If I ever get around to ordering it…)  But in discovering that, I realized something:

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This cross-bar is the actual part where I have to worry about clearance, and it was probably the chips pushing against this thing that caused the damage in the first place.  And because of the way it’s shaped, some chips that will clear in the front-facing slots will clog up the works in a side-glance slot.  I probably didn’t actually need to tell anyone that, but…I felt like mentioning it.  The important thing, however, is that now that I know that, I can safely and carefully test chips for the new mechanism without risking damaging it.

Now, one last set of photos to share.  These being largely irrelevant, but I thought this was kind of pretty, so I wanted to show it to people.

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This glittery, pink and blue, Yin/Yang-looking thing is the excess resin from that batch of pink and blue backed eyechips.  I loved the way the pink merged (or not) with the blue.  However, just from looking at this, you may not be able to tell what it is…

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So I thought I’d flip the mold over and show you.  It’s my TARDIS mold! 😀  Yup.  I’m gonna have a pink, blue and who-knows-what-else colored, glittery TARDIS.

Not sure why, exactly.  But it seemed a more useful application of the excess resin than making more Space Invaders aliens.

Okay, now I am finally finished with this post!  The gallery for both these posts is here.

This should be the last “testing out eyechips” post, btw, because I promised Pyrrha I wasn’t going to take her apart again until her new eye mechanism arrives.  (This may have been a premature promise, but…yeah, I better order that eye mechanism pronto, huh?)

Dolly Barrettes and Other Resiny Stuff

So, I finally got some pictures taken of my dolls with their homemade barrettes in place.  I’ll start off with the doll who inspired the whole project:

Barbara, beautiful in red
Barbara, beautiful in red

There’s something else to see here, before I get to my barrettes, though.  See?  She’s got new shoes:

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They’re a little bit large for her, being intended for Blythes, but as long as you don’t get this close, they look fine. 😛  They’re by MissBlythe2012 on Etsy.  The important thing is, they match her lovely dress, and they aren’t Barbie pumps, so they’re not going to break.  (Seriously, the white Barbie shoes she was wearing in the earlier shot of her in this dress?  One of them developed a fracture running through it.  All I can think is that they’re not designed to hold up the weight of a Pullip head.)  I don’t have a lot of other red clothes — though they might look nice with Romana’s stock outfit, now that I think about it — but since the red looks so good with the tanned skin tone, I’ll just have to get more red clothes for Barbara and Selina.

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Anyway, here’s the barrette that started this new application of my resin stuff.  Or rather, the barrette whose need started the…well, anyway, the shade of red isn’t quite right, being a bit too dark, but it still looks a lot better than that Monster High barrette did.  And it holds her hair out of her face, which is the important part. :p

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Pyrrha’s eye mechanism

…is still not working. 😦  But before I go into details, I want to share three new sets of eye chips.

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These would look better if they hadn’t gotten mismatched air bubbles under the pupils. 😛  Also if the pupils had remained centered when I added the resin…

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And this time only one of them got an air bubble, while both of them got a bit off center.  *sigh* BTW, I’m testing them in the side-glance slots because that’s where they’re going to live, since the central slots have already been decided on.

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These don’t photograph very well, unfortunately.  They look better than this in person.  And, actually, the’d probably look better photographed from a better angle.  (I hadn’t actually put her head together again, so I was photographing looking down, right under a harsh light, and that’s always awkward.)  Anyway, I’ve decided on these for one of her side-glancing chips.  Just don’t know about the other set yet.

Now I’m going to talk about the way in which her mechanism is no longer working.  This will require photographs of the inside of her head.  Anyone squeamish about dolly innards should leave now. 😛

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Pyrrha update

Well, Pyrrha is finally put back together, for the moment.  Unfortunately, I seem to have damaged her eye mechanism, so I’m going to have to buy a new one. 😦  Anyway, please forgive the lousy picture quality (this room is not good for late night photography) but here’s her current appearance:

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Being taken apart and stored in a box for more than a week did not do her bangs any favors. 😦  Anyway, as to her face-up, I did the black eyeliner for two reasons.  1) I’ve been playing Hatsune Miku Project Mirai DX lately, and that’s how the Vocaloids all look.  2) I was really impressed by how good that looked on Rory.  (Sorry if it feels like I’m copying you, Olive.)  I never did manage to get them to quite match up, though.  Her lips look better at a distance than close-up, and her cheeks aren’t quite evenly matched,  but I think they look acceptable.  Anyway, what you’re seeing right now is just paper eyes with no eyechips in front of them.  These were the chips that were to get the heart-pupil chips, but one of those was a bit too thick, and my attempt to make it thinner proved disastrous, so I need to make new ones.  Well, technically I only need to make one new one, but since the not-ruined one is the one with the damaged bead, making two new ones makes more sense.  In any case, I can’t actually switch her eyes to have other eyes facing out because of the damage I did to the mechanism.  Three of the four sides swap just fine, but this one won’t swap out unless I’m inside her head moving it by hand.  I think that’s because the next set of eyes is this one:

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They look really cool there, right?  And they fit under the eyelids in the front-facing slot, so I was like “Yessss!” and put them in place here, and tried to use them.  Only they didn’t fit so well under the eyelids in a side slot, and consequently I damaged the eye mechanism.  Obviously, I’ve taken these back out again, but the damage is already done. 😦

Anyway, I also gave her sleep eyes and painted her eyelids:

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Plain bronze eyelids seemed a bit over the top, so I added some metallic plum.  I would have liked to do a gradient, but those are for people with skill and/or airbrushes.  So I did a stripe at the base, and then painted a thin layer of plum above that, and wiped most of it off, to leave only an (inconsistent) hint of the additional color.  I probably should have replaced her eyelashes with ones that looked a bit nicer, but…that seemed awfully fiddly.  (Maybe I’ll do it when I have to take her apart again to replace her eye mechanism.)

Anyway, I have to get ready to go to the museum, so I’ll sign off here.  (Ugh, I don’t want to go!  It’s 40 and raining out, and the temperature is going to drop all day, and the rain’s supposed to turn to snow by afternoon.  This is an ideal day not to leave the house, so why am I driving ten+ miles to sit in a basement doing work I’m not being paid for?)

EDIT — I found a trick online while at the museum that may let me fix her eye mechanism.  I’m going to experiment with it later tonight and/or tomorrow, and I’ll let you know how it goes.  (And if it works, I’ll be sure to share it, in case anyone else has the same problem!)  Also, the storm mostly passed us by, so I didn’t get caught in any snow.  (But tomorrow’s still supposed to have a high of 19 degrees Fahrenheit, and I still have to go back down to the museum again.  Bleah.)

2nd EDIT — My first attempt to fix the mechanism failed.  The instructions I found said to use the stick from a cotton swab, but specifically the plastic stick, and the only ones I have are the kind with the cardboard stick, which looks a bit thinner than the plastic one in the photo.  That didn’t work (and I decided it’s way too cold outside to go downtown, plus I was feeling sort of woozy at the time I would have needed to leave, so I’m staying home today where it’s less cold, and can’t get the right kind today) but I’m going to try again whenever I can find some cotton swabs with plastic sticks.  (Assuming I can find some.  I know I’ve bought some like that in the past, but what if they don’t make them anymore?  Then I’ll have to figure out something else that might be the right size.)

Eyechip auditions!

I’ve been testing my various homemade eyechips to see how they look in place lately.  Of course, it’s not completely accurate as a gauge:  Pyrrha’s face is still unpainted (the MSC should come Monday) and I have to hold the eye mechanism in place, but that often leaves it a bit off center.

Anyway, fair warning:  there are a lot of pictures in this post, most of them featuring Pyrrha’s blank face just with different eyechips.  (Though there are also a few non-eyechip resin pictures towards the end.  A few of these eyechips are newly made since the last time I posted about my resin experiments.)

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New Year’s first blather post

Or something like that.  First I want to talk about the preceding two posts, the New Year’s Eve and New Year’s day special posts.

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Barbara’s dress (and shoes) are from the Barbie Look collection.  Neither fits her perfectly, but…they look all right.  (But it’s killing the shoes; the stiletto heels keep bending and warping.)  Ironically, if I had waited until the mail came in (and had checked it before 10 p.m.), I could have put her in her beautiful new red dress from Etsy.  But I didn’t, so she’s still wearing this.  (I’ll show her new dress soon.)

The table came with my sole Ever After High doll, Madeline du Jardin.  (Formerly Madeline Dupres, formerly Maddy Hatter.)  However, I re-painted the roses to be darker, and the table to be sparkly black, so it would look more Monster High.  The food and stuff is totally random, in a variety of scales. *shame*  The cupcakes are Moxie Girls (I think), the stack of cups is Liv (I think), cake slice and the crepe are erasers that I thought might be good for Kaiko (to take the place of KAITO’s signature ice cream bar), the tea pot is Monster High (though I think it might actually be a watering can), and I have no idea where the little pink wine glass came from.

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Yeloume’s dress is Only Hearts Club, but her shoes are…uh…whichever little sister of Barbie those shoes came from.  (Stacie, I think?  Or is her name Courtney?  I know the doll they came with, I just can’t remember her name…)  I think the shoes match the dress better than the shoes that actually came with the dress.  I totally want to re-body Yeolume, btw.  Not only does she have minimal posing ability, but her joints are all quite loose, particularly her hip joints.  I want her to have a body that doesn’t flop around so much, even if it’s not much more posable than the one she’s already got.  (I was thinking a Licca body might be good for her.  I’m going to compare the sizes when I do the body swapping for the Licca Miku duo.)

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No, she did not come in that dress.  She came in a green dress.  (She’s a collector’s doll, as you might guess by the jewelry (which is original to her), the face-up and the eyelashes.)  I found her at Tuesday Mornings cheaply enough that I actually bought two, this one and one to leave in the box.

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I know I’ve previously mentioned that I had bought Pyrrha a new dress, which I had to give a colorfasting treatment before she could wear it, just in case, but somehow I hadn’t actually gotten around to showing it yet.  So here it is.  In an older photo, because Pyrrha is still in pieces, with a blank face. 😦  (But at least I’ve gotten glue sticks, so now her eye chips are also out, and I’ve been able to test the ones I’ve made.  I’ll post photos tomorrow or so.)  The dress is by NinaBella9, who also made her “main” outfit, the whitish two piece with the reddish paisley and the black hat.  (I still don’t know where those shoes came from, though…)  Anyway, the feather boa she was wearing in the New Year’s Eve photo came from Jo-Ann’s…or was it Michael’s?  It’s just an untreated crafting product. 😛  (And may have stained the interior of her kneecap, strangely…)

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I got this little guy at Michael’s.  I know there’s no reason to think of Falcor as flying overhead to herald the new year (even in the book, that never happens), but I’ve been looking for an excuse to do something with him ever since I got him. 😛  (Naturally, the tag called him a “good luck dragon” so they wouldn’t infringe copyright.  But he is so totally Falcor.)

"Akemashite omedito gozaimasu!"
“Akemashite omedito gozaimasu!”

The new Made to Move body is amazing.  (And the $15 price tag is sweet!)  It’s actually better for posing than that Obitsu body I got for Len.  (You know, the one that was too small!)  I’m totally going to get more of these.  Definitely Teresa will be next, but I just had to start with this one, because having her kneel in that kimono was going to look so awesome.  I meant to do something nicer with her hair than the simple ponytail she came with, but…time prevented me from actually doing so.  (Next year, for sure.)

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Since this doll had the same face mold as the Barbie from the New Year’s Eve party, I thought I’d just go with the joke(?) that it was really the same doll.  (The pink hair is not, however, a wig.)  This is my favorite Barbie face mold, btw. 😀  (Oh, and this box is where I got the spelling for the Japanese greeting, so if I got it wrong, I apologize.)

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And this is the reason this Bratz doll is still in the box:  the box is too cool to open. 😛

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Yeah, this one was random.  I had brought the mini Lalaloopsy in to photograph her, then forgot to give her to any of the dolls who could hold her, and…well, Mulan was the next closest I could find to a doll in a kimono.  (If I’d thought about doing this more than a few days before actually doing it, I could have ordered some Pullip, Blythe or Monster High-sized kimonos from Etsy.  But as it is, the one I put on Lea was the only one to spare.)  The reason Mulan’s face looks a slightly different color than her body is that it’s got a color-change treatment on it:  it turns white, so you can give her the half-painted, half-unpainted face like during that one song.  (Yes, this is a doll I bought back at the time the movie came out.)

Okay, so before I finish talking about these posts, the album for the party is here, and the album for New Year’s day is here.  (But the Pyrrha photos aren’t in those albums, only in Pyrrha’s own album.)

Now, other stuff.  I had wanted my last toy purchase of 2015 to be She-Ra related, since it was her 30th anniversary, but since Mattel stubbornly refused to admit that She-Ra was a doll line that had been aimed at girls, all they’re making these days is those hideous action figures that look nothing like the dolls, so I couldn’t buy anything new.  And I hit all the used places around here that reliably carry used/vintage toys on the 30th, but couldn’t find any that I didn’t already have.  (And I didn’t have time to scour the antique malls on the off chance of finding one.)  So I was going to go on Etsy and buy a vintage one there (even though I wouldn’t have gotten her until this year) but the Perfuma I had favorited was “unavailable” when I clicked on her listing, even though it didn’t say “Sold” on my favorites menu. 😦  And I didn’t want to buy one of the wave 2 dolls, since their 30th anniversary would be this year.  (Well, not like there were a lot of them on offer, of course, but I could have gotten an Entrapta…)  Besides, I wanted to recapture a part of my own childhood, not to get a doll I’d never had before.  So I had to content myself with some fan art instead.  Well, “content” is not quite the word, but…it was something I wanted to get, so…yeah.

Moving on, I’m disappointed by the early shots of the new look Mattel is going to give Monster High later this year, but I’ll wait until I see them in person to give a final opinion.  However, this has all the earmarks of executive meddling, by making the dolls simpler, and thus less costly to make, in order to increase the profit margin on each unit.  (Not only was each successive wave getting more elaborate, many of the new characters had entirely new and unique bodies on top of the unique facial sculpts each character had always had.)

Anyway, before I made that Etsy purchase, I let myself into yet another way to drain away my money:  I made my first pledge on Kickstarter.  The project is called Dream Big Friends, for an articulated 10 inch doll called Yuna.  The doll is very cute, and as of about 10:30 this morning, they still needed to raise $100,000 more by January 3rd if the doll was to go into production.  So if you see this before then, check it out and maybe help them out, okay?  (Fortunately, at the moment there don’t seem to be any other doll projects looking for funding, so I may be safe there for the time being…but this morning I already upped my pledge from the “one doll” rewards level to the “two dolls” level, to help out more.)

Anyway, the next few days will hopefully feature a number of posts.  I’ve got a number of photos of Pyrrha’s (unpainted) face “testing out” eye chips, and Mei-lin is nearly finished (once her hair gets here), as is the all-Obitsu male doll.  (Whose name is still uncertain, but I know his epithet already.)  Plus once the other Pullip wig arrives, there’ll be a wig-swapping post.  (Said wig is coming from Quebec, so it shouldn’t take too long.)  Oh, and there’s Hangry’s new outfit (which I actually bought for a different doll) and Barbara’s new dress, so I’ll probably show those in a single post, too.