Skooter

So yesterday’s mail brought my first Skooter to my house.

[(c) Henson/Disney.  Image from Wikipedia.  Click for source.]
[(c) Henson/Disney. Image from Wikipedia. Click for source.]
No, no, not Scooter!  Skooter!  This girl:

Skooter 2

Skooter is (was?) Skipper’s friend, with an even sillier name than “Skipper.” 😛  (Maybe they sounded more normal back in the ’60s.)  Skooter was a short-lived doll, only made from 1965 to 1968, unlike Skipper, who’s been pretty much omnipresent since her introduction.

Skooter 1

The swimsuit she’s wearing is actually Skipper’s.  (Naturally, just like Barbie and her friends, Skipper and Skooter share the same body, and can thus share their wardrobes.)  Skooter originally came in a red and white two-piece swimsuit, according to the photos on DollReference.com.  (And yes, that is the primary source of my knowledge on Skooter.  I knew her face instantly on seeing it because I’d seen pictures in a Mattel fashion doll book, but I hadn’t done more than glance at those pages of the book, and the shelf the book is on is currently blocked by stuff I’m storing for my brother prior to his move, so I can’t look at it right now.)

Anyway, Skooter here came from shopgoodwill.com, and…well, I’m going to have a lot to say on that subject towards the end of the post, so for right now I’ll just talk about the lot Skooter came in.  Naturally, she was listed as a Skipper, not a Skooter, and she came with a case and some clothes.

Skooter 4

Probably the most common vintage Skipper case on the planet. 😛  The hinge is a little rusty, and the lids cave in a bit, and it’s generally not in the greatest shape, which is probably why the bidding never got too high…in which case the other bidders were not looking at the real treasure of the lot:

Skooter 3

Look at her!  She’s practically perfect!  Her hair isn’t even mussed up!  Clearly, this is a doll that was not played with, but simply sat/stood on a shelf, being admired.  So she’ll already be used to her life here. 😛

Skooter 5

So, moving back to the case, here’s the interior, with some of the clothes inside.  (Please ignore the doll stands I had to use to get it to stay open for the photo. 😛 )  See that black line across the one side of the case?  That’s the string that was holding Skooter in place in transit.  Anyway, there’s a detail I want you to notice here:

Skooter 6

It’s a little dolly closet!  You can hang up all her clothes on hangers inside!  That is completely cool.  Why don’t modern Barbie carrying cases do that?  (Oh, wait, modern playline Barbies want you to buy whole new dolls, rather than new clothes…)

Skooter 7

This is a cute outfit, but the tights ensure it has to be put on the original Skipper/Skooter body only, and can’t be shared with, say, a Blythe or a Licca or a Pullip.

Yeah, you heard me.  See, I was looking at Etsy for new clothes for my girls, and in searching for clothes to put on that late 80s Skipper I got at the local used place (who still kind of smells funny, even after being washed, I’m sorry to say), I saw that some of my search results were showing vintage Skipper clothes on Blythes.  And one of the sellers mentioned how nicely they fit.  That should have just made me irritated that the vintage Skipper collectors were going to have to compete with the Blythe crowd as well as their fellow vintage Skipper collectors to get the vintage clothes…but it actually made me go “ooh, then surely Skippers can wear Blythe clothes!” which meant I had a whole new avenue to look in for clothes to put on the 80s Skipper.  (I’ve decided on a nice outfit for her, but I haven’t actually bought it yet for reasons.)

Anyway, since Blythe and Pullip can swap wardrobes decently, I thought I’d have Barbara and Selina model two of the outfits from this lot.

Skooter 9

This actually looks pretty cute on Barbara, doesn’t it?  She’s going to keep wearing it for a while.

Skooter 10

This one’s actually a Barbie dress, not a Skipper dress, and it seems to be homemade.  Anyway, I thought it matched Selina’s current wig pretty well (though the yellows look more similar in the shot where I didn’t use the flash, but then Selina’s eyes looked all dark and creepy) so I had her wear it for the photo.  Then I put her back in the articulated Silkstone’s little black dress, ’cause this one looks rather awful on her. 😛

Skooter 12

Her hand was hiding this little stain in the previous shot.  Looks like pen, doesn’t it?

(The gallery for this post is here.)

Anyway, so that’s what came yesterday in my first package from the Goodwill auction site.    Emphasis, unfortunately, on “first.”  I got excited looking at all that was available, and made a lot of bids on things that were quite inexpensive, never bidding all that much.  (I think the highest maximum bid I placed was about $40.)

But I forgot to look at the shipping costs.

Some of them are very reasonable.  And some of them are very much not so.  For example, this Tonner doll with a real weight of 1.9 pounds, and a “shipping weight” of 16 pounds.  Which means they charge you for the shipping as if it weighed 16 pounds, instead of 1.9.  Fortunately, on that one, I noticed the shipping cost before placing a bid on her.

Then there’s this Barbie, with a shipping weight of 8 times her actual weight, and a fixed shipping cost of $11.75, despite that she’s in a box that’s already had the crap beaten out of it!  And no, on this one I did not notice the shipping cost in time…and the only other person to bid on it bid just the tiniest amount too little to outbid me. 😦  So, yes, I just paid more in shipping than I did for the doll.  And that’s not the only time that’s happened.

The thing is, the first couple of bids I made were for things that were about to close, and I still got outbid at the last minute.  So I had gone on the assumption that most of the things I bid on would go the same way, that I’d lose in the last half hour.  And so I made a lot of stupid little bids, figuring that the chances of my winning any of the auctions were very slim.  (Especially since in most cases I was bidding less than I felt it was worth on the open market.)  But then on a lot of them I didn’t get outbid.  (The annoying one is the Barbie where I put in a max bid $10.00, and ended up paying $9.20.  If the other person had also bid $10.00, that’d be one thing, but they must have bid $8.20.  Who bids a weird amount like that?)

While I’m definitely annoyed at Goodwill for the crazy shipping costs, I’m mostly just pissed at myself for not noticing them until it was too late.  (Though that Barbie with the $11.75 shipping cost is decidedly the worst offender.  There’s no contest, in fact.  That’s way too much shipping for what’s essentially a loose (modern) doll in mint condition.)

The good thing is that I learned quickly, and I’m not making any more bids except in cases of things I feel like “ooh, I gotta have that or I’m gonna expire of longing!”.  Or for any Blythe or She-ra items.  (Blythe, of course, being unlikely apart from the LPS variety.  But She-ra is much more likely.  In fact, one of the few things I did get outbid on was She-ra’s Crystal Palace.)  Or at least on things with either very reasonable shipping or which are being sold by my local Goodwill, so I can pick ’em up in person.

The bad thing is that despite that it seemed like such a great bargain (and, actually, shipping costs notwithstanding, in most cases it still was) I ended up spending a great deal without meaning to, so many of the Etsy purchases I lined up in my cart are going to have to stay there for a while.  (Especially since I already made some of the purchases…)  That means most of my girls don’t get their new clothes after all. 😦  (I only got Romana’s and Hayley’s ordered.  And if I use the $22 that got added to my Paypal after I made all the Goodwill payments (ugh, timing!) it’s probably going to be to get the outfit for the ’80s Skipper, ’cause that outfit’s sold out before, and I don’t want to miss it again.  So Pyrrha and Rena may have to make do with clothes I already have around here.)

Anyway, going back to the very first line of the post, you may have noticed I said “my first Skooter.”  That’s ’cause one of the other items was also a Skooter — this time a blonde one (who was also listed as a Skipper).  But I only just had to pay for her this morning, so she won’t be here for a while, and I thought it was better to get this up now, instead of waiting for her.  (She’s coming nude, though, so she’ll be getting the red and white outfit with the tights from the case here.)

I’m going to have to go on a serious dolly diet now — especially since I desperately need to go clothes shopping for myself! — but with all those packages headed this way, there should be lots to post about.  :/  And hopefully starting next week I’ll be able to clean up enough around here to let me do more stuff.  I have a project in mind that’s going to require lots of space, but should be awesome if I can get it accomplished.  But I’ll give that its own post. 😉

Those antique mall finds from two weeks ago

The ones I meant to post about last Sunday, but then didn’t because of life interfering.  (Life is so nosy sometimes!)

But, actually, before I get to those finds, I want to share something exciting.  So, April A-to-Z just ended, right?  And on this blog, writing the posts was pretty easy.  But on my main blog, it started getting really hard, because the task was so much more complex, and I was having to do a lot of research for each post (despite that I should have been doing class work).  By the time I hit “X”, I was literally having so much trouble that I almost wanted to throw my hands up in despair and walk away.

So I promised myself a new doll if I managed to finish it.

Not just any doll, but something YO-SD sized, as I’ve been wanting one of those for a while.  (And seeing Olive’s Janus Gato made me want one even more!)

So, I was looking at the Junky Spot’s offerings, and I liked that there was a sale on the new MYOU dolls (when did they start selling those?), but none of the dolls was quite saying “buy me” enough to make me want to shell out their cost.  The price was more “right” on the Hujoo offerings, but I didn’t want the Janus Gato, and all the others were in the same “Apricot” color as Suve, who looks decidedly an unhealthy shade of yellow.  But none of the professional photos ever show the dolls looking that color.  And there was a video review of one of the Hujoo YO-SD dolls linked to from the page, and I clicked on it, and the doll didn’t look jaundiced, and none of the comments below it said anything about the skin color, so I was staring to think that maybe my Suve was from a defective batch of plastic that came out the wrong color.  So I was thinking “well, maybe I can take the risk…”

But then I remembered I’d been directed recently to another BJD site that was far more extensive than the Junky Spot, and that I’d only given it a cursory glance before.  So I was going through it page by page, looking at everything, to see what they had, in case anything affordable caught my eye.  (A lot of things caught my eye that I couldn’t afford, needless to say!)

There were a lot of really great dolls in YO-SD size, including an elephant centaur(!) and several satyrs that were very cute.  But most of them were at least a hair more than I wanted to pay, especially considering the state of this house, and how I don’t feel like I deserve a really expensive doll right now.  (I really need to get the place cleaned up before my fairies arrive in November!)

But then I found one whose cute face really called out to me, and who was on sale.  Now, I should have made my Etsy purchases my “reward for getting through April A-to-Z” and used the doll as my “reward for actually getting that final paper written” but…there was an April sale that included a free pair of eyes (specifically, one you pick yourself, rather than a random pair) and I didn’t want to miss out on that, so…as soon as I finished pre-writing that final A-to-Z post, I went ahead and ordered this cutie:

Only Doll Qian Yu. Photo from Alice's Collections. Click for source
Only Doll Qian Yu. Photo from Alice’s Collections. Click for source.

Isn’t he adorable?  I’ve decided to name him Gen (though that could change).  I did not, however, spring for that fancy outfit he’s wearing in the pictures.  (All the dolls from this line have the most amazing outfits!  I so want to get one with the fullset someday…)  Thanks to the sale event, I get a free face-up, which is good, because the results if I tried doing it myself would be horrifying.

It’s a pity that it wasn’t a girl doll that screamed out “buy me,” though; it’s hard to find many boy clothes.  I looked around on Etsy and found some, but not many.  In fact, I ended up going ahead and ordering him clothes and shoes and a wig at the same time as he himself, since there was a cute outfit I liked and shoes and wigs were cheaper from the store.  (In fact, considering they’d have refunded me the face-up cost of $30, it wouldn’t have been much more expensive to get the fullset option…but if I had that fancy outfit for him, I might not ever put him in anything else, and I have so many dolls who remain eternally stock already…)

So, there’s my exciting news, though I don’t know yet when he’ll be shipped to me.  They have to give him his face-up first, after all, and they said that usually took about 30 days above and beyond the usual time.  (Also, it looks like a more complicated situation than with the Junky Spot…so it may be quite some time before I actually get my hands on him.)

All right, so now I’ll actually get on with the subject of the post! 😛

Right, so it was two weeks ago, and I was hitting an antique mall on the way home from work, and I was seeing some things that I might want, but might not.  You know, the “I’ll think about it and come back later, when I know if I’m buying anything else” type of things.

Then, hidden away in the back of of a booth selling mostly porcelain knickknacks and professional baseball memorabilia, I noticed a lone fashion doll.  Fetching her out, I ended up seeing the tag before I could see her face, and the tag read “Vintage 1970s Barbie”.  Then I turned her around to look at her face…

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Seriously, who in the world would look at that face and think “Barbie”?!  I mean, I showed it to my brother, and he knew that was no Barbie!  Anyway, seeing that she was mislabeled, I was like “okay, so who are you really?” and started looking for her maker’s mark.  And there it was on the back of her head:  “Ideal Toy Corp”.  That was when I was like “yup, I’m getting this one.”  (Though I probably would have done anyway:  she has a sweet face, and she was inexpensive.)  I have no idea to what year she actually dates — her copyright date says 1965, but that doesn’t mean much:  Mattel kept releasing Barbies with 1966 printed on their backs until, what, the early 2000s?  I haven’t had a chance yet to research her, but she’s an interesting doll.  In any case, I think the state and style of her hair probably suggests an earlier rather than a later date for her — closer to the copyright date than to the 1970s date on the label.

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My Friday Haul

Okay, so it would have made more sense if I was posting this on Saturday, but…well, I had to find time to take pictures, and I work on Saturdays, so…

Anyway, the local used everything shop had a big sale over the weekend, which included 33% off all used toys.  Naturally, that meant I was going to hit both locations if I could.  I was only able to hit one on Friday, and I chose (wisely, it turned out) to hit the one that more frequently has used dolls.

Oh. Wow.

They had in so many new dolls that I was carrying a stack of them around with me, and stuff kept falling off!  And, actually, I left behind a whole lot that I was tempted to get.  The one I most regret leaving behind is the My Scene Barbie “Bling” bathing suit girl with translucent, sparkly blue swimming pool.  (For $19.99, pre-discount.)  Yeah, I really should have gone back for her.  It’s just…she was a blonde.  And I already have a My Scene blonde with pretty much that exact hair.  And where would I put a Barbie swimming pool in this overcrowded house?

Not that logic prevents dolly remorse, mind you.  I’m going to be kicking myself over not going back for some time to come.  (But she was probably gone by Saturday night anyway, right?)

Anyhow, I’d like to share the stuff I did buy.

Friday 1

We’re starting here because she’s the first one I spotted.  And I was very excited to see her!  Earlier, I was showing you one of my two Jazzies, and saying how I really was going to have to start looking for more of them.  And then along comes this girl, a Jazzie in body, and with my all-time favorite Barbie face mold!  Obviously, I was thrilled by such a find!  And, bizarrely enough, she’s only missing one piece of clothing:  she was supposed to come with enough clothes to make “5 great looks” (as you can see the front of the box proclaiming) and she’s actually got all her clothes except the blue tank top, but for some reason the person selling her back decided to leave her virtually topless, instead of putting, say, that white shirt on her.  I don’t get it, but I’m not complaining, ’cause if they’d put a shirt on her, her price tag would probably have been a lot higher than $2.99. 😛

Friday 3

I’m showing you the back of the box not to revel in its glorious ’80sness (though it is glorious, isn’t it?) but in order to show you two of the other dolls in the Jazzie line.

Friday 4

Specifically, these two.  We’ll start with her.  Because OMG, I must have her!

You may be wondering why.

I’ll explain with two words:  Melanie Bush.

(c) BBC, image from Wikipedia; click to visit
(c) BBC, image from Wikipedia; click to visit

Seriously, doesn’t that doll look exactly like her?  It’s downright eerie!  And, okay, yeah, Mel’s not exactly my favorite companion.  But…when a doll looks that much like someone from your favorite show, doesn’t that just fill you with the urge to get your hands on the doll?  (Or is that just me?)  Anyway, Mel first appeared on Doctor Who in 1986, and the copyright on that Jazzie box said 1988, so…it may not be coincidental.  (Or it might.  Big hair was kind of an ’80s thing, and big smiles were not unheard of in the Barbie line…)

Of course, I have no idea where to look for Jazzie dolls apart from keeping an eye on used stores and garage sales, but…I am totally going to be on the look-out for that doll from now on.  Though if I find one then I’m going to somehow have to procure a 6th Doctor doll…and I doubt there was such a thing…  (Also I’d have to track down some 1/6 scale carrot juice, but that’s probably easier to find than a 6th Doctor doll.)

Anyway, moving on to “Dude” there….

Friday 5

Is it any wonder he caught my eye? 😀  Looks like Derek got recycled into “Dude”…which meant being downgraded from the main (by this point adult) line into the teenage Jazzie line.  I do wonder if “Dude” too was strung to give a more flexible waist the way Jazzie was.  If I ever see one in person, I may have to get him just to find out.

I don’t remember the order of finding the rest of these dolls (which I think were all but one sold back by the same person, given they’re all opened playline dolls returned to their original boxes) so I’m just going to go with the order in which I photographed them, ’cause that’s easier than trying to remember.  😛

Friday 6

This one may have been even more exciting than Stacie there.  Because this is a Skipper face I didn’t have before.  (Though there’s one with this face sitting in my Etsy shopping cart.  Because I’ve developed a bad habit of putting things in the cart and then just leaving them there for weeks.  There’s like 19 things in there…)  See, while I may talk about my “Skipper collection,” for the most part it’s just my childhood Skipper (early ’80s), one slightly older Skipper I got at the antique mall (I think she’s from ’76), a bunch of Teen Skippers, and a small assortment of more recent ones.  I’ve been wanting to add more to the collection to cover the various older forms of Skipper that I missed between my childhood one and the Teen Skipper of the late 1990s, so…this makes one step in that direction. 😀  (I’d also like to add the vintage Skippers that pre-date my childhood one, but…that’s expensive.  Way, way more so than ones from the 1980s onwards.)

Friday 8

Her hair is so never going to look like that.  Even after I give her a serious dolly spa, it’s just never going to look like that.  In fact, it probably never looked like that anyway.  In any event, sadly she does not have her seahorse comb. 😦  I’d have liked that.  She also doesn’t have her lei.  But I wanted the doll, not her accessories, so who cares? 😛

Friday 10

I really should have removed the price sticker before photographing this one. 😛  Anyway, I have some others from this collection (I should do a post about them at some point) but I had passed on this one at the time because I didn’t feel like it was quite worth the price, since there was only one actual doll in it.  For $10 at 33% off, she was definitely a bargain. 😀

Friday 14

These get the prize for the most surprising things I found there:  two unopened, Japanese Happy Meal toys.  Of course, I had no idea what was in them, and neither, I’m sure, did the people selling them.  (Not that it likely would have changed the price, mind you.)

Friday 18

I like the “100% Fresh Guarantee” on it, as if it contained food. 😛

Friday 19

This shot — in addition to showing how they cutely made the box look like a food crate — explains why I bought these without knowing what the heck they were.  Because I looked at this and thought it said “Monchichi” and immediately was like “oh yeah!”

I was in for a rude awakening when I opened the first one…

Friday 21

I have zero idea who this hungry (screaming?) kid is.  He’s not very cute, whoever he is.

Friday 23

The pineapple monkey in the other crate is cuter, though nowhere near as cute as a Monchichi.  (Yes, I had one of those as a kid, too.  No idea what happened to it…but they’ve come back to the States a few times since then, so I do have a modern one.)

I have to admit to being curious as to what the other flavors were like.  I guess at some point I should try to find out.  Just not right now.

Friday 25

Moving on, we have these…

Friday 30

I identified them at the time — probably correctly — as a kind of a knock-off of MGA’s Hi-Glam line, which was itself a, let’s not call it a knock-off but an homage to Hasbro’s 1972 Leggy line.  Naturally, for that reason I picked up two of the four they had.  My plan was to compare them to my Hi-Glam and if they matched up enough — and were well made enough — to go back for the other two.  They actually seem pretty decently made — those long legs have click-knees — but their legs were shorter and heads smaller, and…well, the other two in the store had the same clothes as these two, and…I decided to use my Saturday time to go check the other store (which was kind of a bust) rather than go back.  (Though in retrospect, I should have gone back to get that My Scene pool…)

So, you may be wondering why I only have in-box shots of these previously de-boxed dolls?  Well, it’s because it’s too soon.

Or rather, because they smell funny.

It’s not cigarette smoke, or anything else I can concretely identify.

To be honest, I call it “old doll smell”.

I’ve had them airing out in my basement since I took these pictures, but they’re still kind of smelly, so tomorrow I’m going to give all of them a bath and wash all their clothes.  Skipper was getting a bath anyway to wash her hair, so…may as well give them all the same washing up, right?  But I didn’t want to let the post wait even longer, so I figured I’d just post without any post-bath pictures.

Anyway, that wasn’t the end of my Friday.  In fact, it was only the beginning.  Because I needed to go to GameStop, as I’d pre-ordered Hyrule Warriors Legends, which came out on Friday.  And while I was there I ended up picking up a couple of Amiibos (one new and one used) as I’ve learned since the Marth disaster that if I pass on one that seems likely to have been produced in limited quantities that I will never, ever see it again.  And a statuette that was on clearance.  Plus a used Vita game.  So that came to all too much (thank goodness the stuff at the used store was on sale and cheap to begin with!) but I didn’t think it necessary to post pictures of any of it.  (Though the Amiibos and statuette will probably show up at some point, as they’d make good “Silent Sundays” fodder.)

And there was one more stop:  the Disney Store.  Because I wanted to buy a certain doll.  And I did, though you won’t be seeing pictures of her until April 30th. 😉  But as soon as I set foot in the store, I saw this:

Tink n Belle 1

I’m amazed I didn’t squee. 😛  I love Tinkerbell, and I’ve loved my little Rapunzel from this line, so how could I possibly have passed her up?

And, since there was a sign saying “Buy one get one half-off”…

Tink n Belle 2

It was hard deciding which one to get for the second one, actually.  I know back when I got Rapunzel I was saying I wanted to get Snow White for her table and stool, but thinking about it, these dolls sit in a most unladylike fashion, so a little stool is not actually a good idea.  (Though I suppose Suve or Melitta could use it.)  I ended up mostly being torn between Belle and Jasmine (because Mulan and Merida and Aurora are not currently on offer in this format) but I felt like Belle got a better facial sculpt, so I went with her.

I gotta say, though, looking at the stuff Belle comes with:  who the heck wants a sparkling pig?!  Seriously, the glitter-covered baby crocodile was hard enough to swallow, but a pig?  No.  Just plain no.  (I mean, it’s not like it’s Miss Piggy or something!  Her sparkling I could get, but this is just a random, ordinary pig!)  Actually, seriously, someone needs to do something about the glitter addiction they’ve got going on at the Disney Store.  I mean, I like glitter as much as the next girl, but this is just too much!  Sparkly sheep and pigs and horses and crocodiles and tigers and…too much already!

Aaaaaanyway, I haven’t actually opened these girls yet.  Because time.  (Also because I’m strangely hooked on Hyrule Warriors Legends, even though I’ve already played the WiiU version.  I just keep wanting to unlock all the new story battles…which does not help the “time” issue.)  Also because glitter.

I’ll probably post about them when I actually do open them.  Though at least — unlike Rapunzel — they won’t require a new wardrobe, as their current attire looks like actual attire, rather than looking like a nightgown.  (They even both have shoes and everything.)

So, that was my Friday craziness.  The gallery (which has lots more box shots, mostly) is here.

Oh, before I forget.  At the end of yesterday’s post, I said I wasn’t sure if I had very exciting weekend plans or not.  It looks like I probably do.  See, there’s a convention in town this weekend.  Among the guests for the convention are both Matt Smith and David Tennant.  I went to this convention a couple of years ago, when Smith was in attendance, along with Karen Gillan (who was there largely for the (then upcoming) release of Guardians of the Galaxy) and a bunch of other, non-Who related exciting people, and afterwards I was like “one Doctor down, eight to go!”  So changing that to “two down” would be awesome.  (Plus he’s so sexy!  And he’d probably be using his real accent for his panels… *swoon*)  There are some other pretty cool guests (including the actress who plays Simmons on Agents of SHIELD) but it’s mostly for the Doctors that I want to go.  And I did get the pain pill prescription I’d need to keep my arm issues enough tamped down that the surge of humanity wouldn’t have me squirming in agony.  So I’m probably going to go.  But it’s not certain yet.  But if I do go, then I’ll likely come back with all sorts of goodies, because this year my father will not be coming to look at my purchases with disgust.  (Yeah, a woman of my age shouldn’t care.  I know.  But I can’t help it.)  Even with him there last year, I ended up with lots of loose Doctor Who figures, and one Little Pullip+.  I’m hoping this year, if I do go, I might get something even more fun and exciting.  (Not that I know what, off-hand.  Just…something.)  But since it’ll be April then, I would only be able to post about it on Sundays.  (Unless it fit one of the letters that are more squishy in my plans.  Though there’s really only two of those, and one of them is “B” so that wouldn’t even be a thing anyway.  And really “B” is only squishy ’cause Target keeps refusing to put those dolls on sale, and I’m being stingy for no good reason.  If they’d have just cooperated and put them on sale, I’d know exactly what I was doing for “B”.  And I could still do that, I’d just have to pay full price.  (Goodness knows, I’ll buy the doll eventually, and when “full price” is $20, that’s not actually a big deal…))

I feel like I had more to say about the potential weekend, but I see it’s 11:00, so I need to start thinking about getting ready for bed.  (Or rather for sitting in bed playing games until my eyes start bleeding and/or I fall asleep mid-battle…)

Petite Barbie (and Skipper (and others))

So, in her report on the new Barbie body types, aikifox85 mentioned the idea of comparing Petite Barbie to Skipper, and once that idea was in my head, I couldn’t shake it; I had to do it.  While I was at it, I added a few other Barbie-family dolls to the mix.

Before I get on with the post, though, let me apologize for the poor quality of the photos.  I wanted to get this post up before tomorrow (I’ll explain my reasons in another post later tonight) so I had to take these pictures last night by artificial light.  And in order to make the large number of dolls stand up easily without messing around with a bunch of stands that wouldn’t fit very well, I decided to lean them against a pillow underneath the comforter on my bed.  So it’s even more amateurish than my usual photography.

Petite 1

Meet Petite Barbie.  I don’t normally name my Barbies (I guess they’re all named Barbie?) but in the cases of Petite and Curvy, I’ve been giving them names and a little bit of background.  So, my Petite is named Esperanza la Mer, and she’s from Casablanca.  And I hate the earrings she came with, because they’re huge and clunky and don’t even match her dress, but Mattel made them non-removable, unlike the Barbie earrings of my childhood.  (Which, admittedly, I frequently lost, which I suppose is the reason these are non-removable.)  This morning, I gave up and cut them off.  (I’ll have to post a picture of her at some point in her new, earring-free state.  Actually, I should find some better earrings to put in the holes.  No, better still, I should make some.)

Anyway, comparison time!

Petite 3

I wanted to put a traditional Barbie body (the body she had from 1966 until the late 1990s/early 2000s) in the mix for comparison’s sake, and I picked the “My Favorite Barbie” line’s “Black Barbie”, a reproduction of a 1980 doll.  (A reproduction that I got two of, btw, one to leave in box and this one that I opened.  I got two for two reasons:  one, this is my favorite Barbie face mold, and two, because I wanted to change her into her wonderfully disco second outfit.)  Beside her is Chelsie of the Generation Girl line.  (And no, I would not remember her name if I hadn’t found one of the Generation Girl booklets in the basement yesterday, still in the protective plastic bag so it wasn’t musty and moldy and disgusting.)  Moving past Chelsie, we have Jazzy, the central doll of a short-lived side-line.  On Jazzy’s other side is a reproduction Francie.  (Yeah, I got two of her as well.)  Then, of course, there’s Petite Barbie, followed by Teen Courtney, one of the friends of Teen Skipper.  Beyond Courtney is a (fairly) recent Skipper from the brief return of the Teen Skipper face.  (Not sure how brief; I only have two of them, and they were both actually the same doll.  Maybe I missed the start of her return, or maybe I passed on some later ones.  Or maybe they only did one.  I’m not sure.)  And on the far end we have the current Skipper.

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After (and Before) the Party

So.  Much. Dust!

Some of the dolls in “Skipper’s Halloween Party” have been sitting on my shelf for 15 years.  (Specifically, just about anything Barbie has been around that long.  Including Skipper herself.)  And I don’t dust my dolls very often.  (Because, seriously, that would be a week-long task!)

Before I go into the behind the scenes yammering I wanted to do after every picture, let me first talk about my newest BJD Ai, Bee Balm.

Bee Balm's Box
Bee Balm’s Box

I was really surprised to find three BJD Ai boxes at Tuesday Mornings last week!  (And then I rushed off to one of the other two locations in my area, only to be disappointed to see that all they had was one Little Byul+, and it was one of the two I already had.  When I managed to get to the third location a few days later, all they had was that same Little Byul+!  I get that they’re having trouble selling it, but man!  How frustrating!)  The other two Ais were fully sleeping dolls, specifically Lupinus and Prairie Gentian, if you want to see what they look like.  Thing is, I already have a sleeping Ai, Hyacinth, so…I just didn’t feel the need for any more of them.  But Bee Balm is at least a little awake — and at $30 it felt like a shame to pass her up.

Inside the box
Inside the box

I love the BJD Ai box, shaped like a big white book, and opened just as easily…except that there are magnets in the box to keep it shut, and that I don’t like.  (I never know just how protected electronics are from magnetic interference, and I get sort of paranoid about it, to be honest.)  They’re super-easy to get out, being just tied in there with a couple of ribbons.

However, not all was fun and games.  See all the stuff in there with her?  That’s a large part of her costume.  Specifically, the black tights and T-shirt she’s supposed to be wearing under the bee suit, as well as her antennae-headband, shoes and those yellow puffy things for her arms.  The headband, shoes and puffy things were no problem.

But the black stuff!

The bane of my/Bee Balm's existencec
The bane of my/Bee Balm’s existence

See that tutu she’s wearing?  It’s sort of to give the abdomen of the bee suit some shape, I suppose.  Whatever it’s for, it can’t go much above or below where it is on her in this picture.  It’s not elastic, and it doesn’t have any way to open it; it can only be removed by cutting it off.  It wasn’t too much of a problem getting the shirt and tights on around it, but trying to get the bee suit back on…!

I would never have thought it could be that difficult to get clothes on and off a doll this size, especially not clothes specifically manufactured for her.  (It was even worse than getting Hyacinth’s clothes back over her open hand.)

And needless to say, I had to suffer through the on-and-off of the bee suit twice, because there was no way I was leaving those black things on her, since they would undoubtedly stain like crazy, and I have no intention of leaving her dressed like a bee.  In fact, I’ve already ordered her two outfits from Etsy.  One of them was designed for Hujoo Baby BJDs, which are supposed to be about the same size, but I won’t know until it gets here.  (Like most of what I’ve ended up ordering so far from Etsy, it’s coming from overseas.  Why is it that the stuff I end up ordering is always coming from the other side of the world?)  However, the second outfit, from Silly Kitty, arrived on Friday!

Bee Balm's casual clothes
Bee Balm’s casual clothes

The shirt is absolutely adorable on her, but the jeans were a mistake.  They’re well-made and super-soft to the touch (they only look like denim) but they don’t match the style of Bee Balm’s frilly wig; I should have gotten a skirt to go with the shirt instead of pants.  The other outfit is a dress, so it should look better on her, and then I can hold this outfit in reserve for the Hujoo Baby I want to order from JunkySpot whenever they get her back in stock.  (They have that doll in stock in Apricot, but I want the Chocolate one…though I question the decision to name their colors after foods…)

Okay, so now that that’s over with, I have lots I want to say about the party photo shoot, and/or the dolls involved.

Halloween 1

The disturbing thing about Skipper’s outfit is that that feather was originally pure white.  You should have seen the dust accumulated on the polymer clay rose she was holding.  Scary stuff.  Anyway, her costume was always intended to be Viola; Twelfth Night was the first Shakespeare play I read (back in the 8th grade!) and it remains my favorite.  (I was so ticked off when I saw the movie they made of it, because they completely botched it. 😦 )  Anyway, if you’re wondering where I got the nifty outfit from, the top and hat came on a Barbie clone I showed in my post on clones, and the tights…um…no idea.  Presumably they were Teen Skipper tights. 😛  BTW, the reason I said in the post that she was in college was because how else would she have her own space to have a party?  Besides, she can be in college and still be a teenager!

The painful thing, to me, about this photo is that when I was picking Skipper up again to move on to the next shot, her boot caught on one of the pieces of furniture, and both the table and the counter from the Diener had everything fall off and go scattering about.  (And this was, of course, the first picture I took.  So frustrating!)

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Ugh, where to start?  I sewed those costumes sometime around 1999/2000, and I only had one pair of tights and one pair of socks, so Buttercup ended up with neither, because it seemed like of the three, she was the one who’d be most likely to go without.  They were on display on a shelf with my homemade “Barbie Loves Powerpuff Girls” doll (who was wearing a PPG T-shirt made out of a child’s sock) for a number of years, until I got tired of looking at their shabbily homemade nature, and shunted the four of them into an under-the-bed (or under-the-dresser in this case) container of Barbies and Barbie clothes.  Hence the disaster that was once Bubbles’ ponytails.  (Though to be honest they never really behaved anyway.)  If I ever had a ribbon for Blossom’s hair, it got lost in the bracken that is that container.  So why did I put them on display for the whole world to see?

Uh….because?

I don’t know, really.  I just felt like I needed some little kids at the Halloween party, I guess.  Besides, it’s nice to have costumes that are actual costumes, rather than “ooh, I’ll have this doll wear that doll’s stock!”  (Not to mention a few “well, this doll’s already in costume!”)

"Watashi-wa kirei?"
“Watashi wa kirei?”

Okay, now to explain this.  “Watashi wa kirei?”, “Am I pretty?”, is what kuchi-sake onna says to people she stops on the street.  Kuchi-sake onna, btw, is a yokai (demon is probably the closest single word translation, but misses a lot of the flavor of it, especially since yokai are sometimes benevolent, or at least not malicious) who looks like a beautiful girl wearing a mask over her nose and mouth, of the kind that is commonly worn in Japan when someone has a cold or minor virus, so they can go out and about without getting other people sick.  Anyway, if the victim says “yes” then kuchi-sake onna pulls off the mask and says “Even like this?” with her over-sized mouth.  (Her name means “slit-mouthed woman.”)  Then, usually, the person screams and runs away, and she chases them down and slices them to death with a scythe or a pair of scissors (don’t run with scissors!) depending on the version of the tale.  However, there are a few safe methods to drive her away without being killed, and one of them is to give her candy, or at least sweets.  The book in which I read that part (Yokai Attack!  The Japanese Monster Survival Guide by Hiroko Yoda and Matt Alt) didn’t specify whether the “traditional Japanese sweets called bekko ame” were candy or something a little less easily portable.  If you want to read more about kuchi-sake onna, Alex Hurst did a post about her at Part-Time Monster.  (Topped with a really disturbing .gif of her from a modern horror movie.  Gives me the shudders, so I didn’t want to send you in without warning. 😛  The post is really good, though.)

Halloween 7

Pyrrha’s hat did double duty:  for Romana, it took the place of the Doctor’s brown fedora (you ever tried to find one of those in Blythe size?) and for Pyrrha it’s taking the place of the Evil Queen’s cowl.  I didn’t have a Blythe-sized crown, however, and didn’t want to try making one, so she’s just crownless.  The dress, btw, is off the Disney Store doll, not the Mattel collector’s doll.  (I have that doll, but she’s going to stay NRFB.)

Halloween 8

Until I was re-dressing all these dolls in these outfits, I didn’t stop to think about just how good those outfits really are.  They’re utterly wasted on those ugly little bendy dolls that don’t even look like the characters!  I am now on a quest to get new dolls to go with the outfits. Problem is, I have no idea what doll is the right size for them.  Stacey is the one the clothes fit the best, but that is so not an option.  I’m thinking Obitsu 21cm is probably too big, being Dal/Byul size, but I worry that Pure Neemo XS will also be too big, and that Picco Neemo will be too small. 😦  I need to get my hands on both bodies and check.  (I’ve been overspending a bit lately, though, so I’ve ordered a Pure Neemo XS for now, and then I’ll get a Picco Neemo later if it turns out the XS is too big.)  Also, I have no idea what kind of heads would go with the Pure Neemo XS and Picco Neemo bodies; Obitsu, I guess?  Anyway, I got all the bendy dolls used, so I have no idea what that orange stuff is on Tomoyo-chan’s sock.  (Okay, technically, the bendy doll is Sakura-chan, but why have more than one Sakura-chan and no Tomoyo-chan?)  Yeolume and Jasmine did not want to cooperate with the photo shoot, btw.  Yeolume was supposed to be sitting on the sofa, but wouldn’t stay in position, and I had to use Pyrrha’s chair, and Jasmine’s hair kept making her head tilt backwards.

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Okay, I don’t like that I used both halves of the costume swap.  But Jasmine’s clothes look so good on Janine that I couldn’t resist!  (Janine, btw, was part of a two-pack of reproduction dolls connected to the Ghostbusters animated TV show from the 1980s, which I got on clearance, planning on both re-dressing her and re-painting her hair to some fun color, but when I said so to my brother, he said I was destroying his childhood, so I suddenly felt guilty and merely re-dressed her. 😛 Seeing as the other doll was a pumpkin-headed male doll (sort of Pyro Jack on steroids) I should have figured out where I put him and dragged him out for my Halloween posts, too.  (Now that I think about it, I think he’s in one of those storage tubs under my bed.  They’re mostly filled with SNES and Genesis cartridges, but there are also a few action figures, so I think I must have stashed him there.)  Next year, I guess…  Oh, and she never spoke at the party because apparently she had a different personality on the TV show than in the movie, so I had no idea how she should talk or behave.)  Anyway, she’s bustier than that little Jasmine doll, so the top won’t fasten; it’s being held in place by her arms.  Despite that, she’s one of the ones I’m thinking of leaving in her costume for a while even after Halloween is over.  (Since the whole Cardcaptor Sakura crowd is also going to be left in costume for a while, that works.)

Halloween 13

So much fail!  I had this idea that the photo would be Teresa teaching Bryden how to do the Charleston.  Only then Teresa couldn’t do the pose I wanted, either. 😦  I liked the idea much better when at least one of them knew how to do it.  Also, Bryden’s dress is too big and keeps slipping down off her chest.  (You can see it’s starting to go in the photo…)  Aaaaand I didn’t have any other shoes for her to wear, so she’s barefoot.   *sigh*   Teresa looks good, though, right?  (Of course, she actually lives in that outfit.  I had found that Roaring Twenties Barbie for cheap enough that I got one to keep in box and one to open, and the one I opened got put in a somewhat art deco-style wedding gown, and her outfit went to Teresa here.  Though I should probably have cut her hair at some point…)

Halloween 14

I mentioned my attempted Red Dwarf set of dolls back during that clone post, right?  Well, these two are, naturally, part of it.  I think new Kochanski turned out pretty well…probably because all I had to do was re-dress her and change one part of that coat from pink to black.  Rimmer…well, actually, I think he turned out pretty well, too, but time has not been kind to him.  His hair got badly messed up at some point (it shouldn’t be ploofing up like that on one side) but I’m still pretty proud of the outfit I sewed for him.  (By hand, of course.  Though I don’t think I’d have the patience for that anymore…)  I had to paint on the details like the insignia, stripe, collar, and so on.  (The material was quilted when I got it, however.)  But his boots!  Oh my god, what happened to them?!  Okay, what happened was that those are genuine Mattel-made Ken boots (I think they came off the prince to go with the Rapunzel who was the first playline doll to feature the Mackie face) and they’re made of that faux leather that does not age well.  You know, the stuff that turns all horrible and sticky.  That stuff.  So they’re icky to touch now, and I have no idea what that white stuff is on the side of the one boot.  I wanted to pose him so that was hidden, but…he’s so heavy he had to be leaning against the counter, and once I had him upright on his own, I didn’t dare move anything to try and hide his boots, lest he fall over and disrupt everything.

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It was tempting to include this shot in the Halloween party, too.  Merida looks surprisingly good in the miko outfit!  Though not as good as Rena in Merida’s outfit, of course.  If only it fit a little better, I might make them swap costumes permanently!  (I suppose I could give Rena a new, slightly larger body, but…that seems excessive…)  Rena and Merida are also going to be staying in their swapped outfits for a while.

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Teen Skipper may be my favorite doll in the Barbie line.  (Though I wish I’d gotten more of them in the short time they lasted!  I’ve only got maybe half a dozen.  No, wait, there’s at least 8.  Still…)  But having since gotten used to being able to pose Monster High, Pullip and Pyrrha, it’s hard to go back to the limited poseability in Teen Skipper.  That’s about as far as her knees would bend.  She couldn’t kneel or crouch or anything.  This was the best I could do. 😦  Her elbows are jointed, but not her wrists.  It’s frustrating to work with.  (I know that’s not the point; she’s a play-line doll, and she probably didn’t need anything more than this to be played with, but it’s still frustrating.)

*opening a big treasure chest fanfare*
*opening a big treasure chest fanfare*

And here’s a big expenditure from this past Friday, one which sprang itself on me suddenly. 😛 (Though it’s not actually that big an expenditure:  I’d have spent almost this much at the Groove store if someone else hadn’t bought Elizabeth…)  My old 3DS was an original (not even an XL) so it was actually a bit low on processor power, and Super Smash Bros. was impossible to play on it, because everything on screen was so tiny that I couldn’t see what I was doing in the least.  I’m amazed I was able to pre-order this less than a week before its release, though!  The Majora’s Mask version sold out long before then.  Then again, that one got a lot of hype, and this one didn’t, so that may have something to do with it. 😛  I meant to take a comparison shot of the new one with the old one, but I left the old one at my brother’s place (after transferring my data to the new one) so he could have it, since he hasn’t got one.  Of course, I hadn’t brought any of my games for the system with me, so it obviously didn’t do him much good until the next day. 😛  (Though of course he could always have downloaded some if he was impatient to play something on it.)

Anyway, I’m excited about the new one, even though I don’t really have time for gaming right now.  Not only is the system all cool and decorated, even the box looks cool. 😀

Now, in closing, let me give you two gallery links.  This one goes to the gallery for this post, which contains some extra images showing bits and pieces of the set for the party without any dolls in the way.  (Well, I wanted to take the pictures anyway, so I can see how I put everything up in case I want to do this again next year, so I can achieve something similar but not identical.)  And this one goes to the gallery for the party itself, though there aren’t any pictures in it that aren’t in the post.

Skipper’s Halloween Party

"Welcome to the party!"
“Welcome to the party!”

Skipper decided to hold a big costume party on Halloween, and invited all her friends — and told them to invite all their friends, too!  She got her apartment all decorated for the occasion, and prepared lots of spooky(-looking) treats.  As the hour of the party approached, she got into her own costume:  that of Viola, the heroine of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.  (Skipper is majoring in English Lit.)

"I hope I'm not late?" "You asked that last time Mistress -- I mean, Master."
“I hope I’m not late?”
“You asked that last time, Mistress — I mean, Master.”

The first to arrive was Romana, dressed up as her companion, the Doctor.  But she was also the last to arrive; she and K-9 had arrived after the party was over, then used the TARDIS to get there right on time!  (What good, after all, is a time machine if you can’t use it to get to parties you missed?)

"We save the day!" "It's what we do." "Duh!" (chorus) "We're the Powerpuff Girls!"
“We save the day!”
“It’s what we do.”
“Duh!”
(chorus) “We’re the Powerpuff Girls!”

The Trick-or-Treat set were the next to arrive, though most of them dashed off again as soon as they got their candy.  Kelly and her friends came as the Powerpuff Girls, in costumes that their older sisters had sewn for them.  (Though perhaps not terribly well…)

"Trick or Treat?"
“Trick or Treat?”

The little princess Rapunzel came dressed as a peacock…or a peacock princess?  No one was entirely sure what her costume was really supposed to be, but everyone agreed that she looked adorable in it.

"Watashi-wa kirei?"
“Watashi wa kirei?”

Licca-chan came dressed as Hatsune Miku, but she couldn’t remember quite what she was supposed to say…and said something very inappropriate indeed!  (Though it could, theoretically, get her pelted with candy in the right circumstances if she said it at home.)

"Away with you, peasant! You shall get no hand-outs from the Queen!...and I'm much prettier than you are!"
“Away with you, peasant! You shall get no hand-outs from the Queen!…and I’m much prettier than you are!”

Unfortunately, Licca-chan was asking for candy from the wrong person, since Pyrrha had come dressed as Snow White‘s Evil Queen, and she was really getting into character…

"Shh, don't speak, Mirror. I already know I'm the fairest in the land."
“Shh, don’t speak, Mirror.  Don’t speak.  I already know I’m the fairest in the land.”
"Trick, Treat or Card-capturing?"
“Trick, Treat or Card-capturing?”

Lottie, Jasmine, Yeolume and Stacey all came dressed up as their favorite characters from Cardcaptor Sakura:  Kinomoto Sakura, Daidoji Tomoyo, Li Shaoran, and Li Mei-lin.

"Release!" "Wait, I don't have my camera!"
“Release!”
“Wait, I don’t have my camera!”
"(chanting a spell)" "Go, Shaoran! You can do it!"
“(chanting a spell)”
“Go, Shaoran! You can do it!”

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It’s a good thing that Princess Jasmine came in costume, because Janine came dressed up as her!  (It was still embarrassing for Jasmine, of course, but not as bad as it might have been!)

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Janine found it very entertaining to watch the three ghouls from Monster High who didn’t quite understand the purpose of the party:  they came dressed up as their friends!  (They also seemed to think that the humans were fooled into thinking that they, too, were human.)

"Wait, I think it's like this!" "Maybe it's this way?"
“Wait, I think it’s like this!”
“Maybe it’s this way?”

Teresa and Bryden both came dressed as flappers, but neither one knew how to do the Charleston!  (Watching them try gave everyone a good laugh…until Bryden demanded that one of them do it instead!  That shut them up pretty quickly.)

"Of course, it's embarrassing to be seen with him, but I'm used to that." "What a smeghead!" "Wait, what exactly am I dressed as, anyway? What's a smeghead?"
“Of course, it’s embarrassing to be seen with him, but I’m used to that.”
“What a smeghead!”
“Wait, what exactly am I dressed as, anyway? What’s a smeghead?”

Barbie came dressed as Navigation Officer Christine Kochanski (from the episode “Duct Soup”) and Ken showed up as Second Technician Arnold Judas Rimmer…though apparently he’d never actually watched any Red Dwarf

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When Rena arrived, her Merida costume was so perfect that everyone thought she really was Merida at first!  (The bright red curly hair helped, of course.)

"Hey, the party's over! Wake up!"
“Hey, the party’s over! Wake up!”

As everyone was leaving, Skipper discovered one little guest all tuckered out under the table.  She moved the table aside, but the little girl in the bee costume didn’t want to get up.

"Go 'way! I'm sleepy. Go 'way or I'll sting you!"
“Go ‘way! I’m sleepy. Go ‘way or I’ll sting you!”
"I hope I'm not late?"
“I hope I’m not late?”
"Romana?! But you just left!"
“Romana?! But you just left!”
"Oh, did I? When did I arrive?"
“Oh, did I? When did I arrive?”
"Um, about three hours ago. But can you help me? This little girl was sleeping under the table, and her parents have gone, and I don't know where she belongs!"
“Um, about three hours ago. But can you help me? This little girl was sleeping under the table, and her parents have gone, and I don’t know where she belongs!”
"Of course. Come here, little one. Let's get you home. And let's hurry, before the Doctor notices his clothes are missing..." "He will wake up from his meditation in precisely four hours, Mistress." "Then we need to hurry, K-9!"
“Of course. Come here, little one, let’s get you home. And let’s hurry, before the Doctor notices his clothes are missing…”
“He will wake up from his meditation in precisely four hours, Mistress.”
“Then we need to hurry, K-9!”

Once Romana and K-9 had left with the little girl, Skipper was finally able to slump off to bed, exhausted but happy.