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Looks Like Disney Figured Out How To Do Doll Knees

So, I got these guys a couple of months ago, I treated myself to a Disney store trip after a medical appointment, but of course Im only just now getting the post up, because life keeps happening

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These two are from the new animated series which is somehow linked to the film Tangled. I dont really know how, I havent seen it, but to be honest I dont care. I just liked the look of the dolls. All of the dolls made to tie in with this series seem to be nicely articulated, regardless of who’s making them, which is nice, and I was particularly impressed with the legs on these dolls. In case anyone isnt familiar with them, these are some typical disney store doll legs

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Its either this, or the bend-and-snap ones, and much as I like dolls with articulation, I honestly think these are worse, because they look terrible, even if they do bend further. Obviously, most Disney princesses wear long skirts, so you cant really see this, but that doesnt help you if you want to change clothes

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Now, look at these! Much straighter, much more looking like normal legs. Im loving the larger feet as well, although its going to make finding shoes difficult, since Rapunzel didnt come with any.

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Double knee joint! I love it. Since the made to move barbies were released, I constantly just wish that all dolls had these joints. They pose so nicely.

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The rest of the body is nicely articulated as well, no double elbows, but enough for pretty much anything Id want to do I think.

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The chest joint is a nice feature, although I rarely find myself using those. Both dolls have identical articulation. The first doll, with the dark hair, is a character I know nothing about. Not even the name

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I love her outfit, she looks like a mercenary or something. The doll also came with gloves, but I took them off once I realised that they were staining her hands. She’s never going to wear them again, but its still a nice touch. As you can probably tell, her hair is just solid with gel

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Predictably, once washed and brushed, all the uneven hairs sprang out, which I’ve tried to trim down a bit. The only other thing with this doll is that in certain angles, I think her face is a bit wonky

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Couldnt get a photo that wasnt blurred. I think that theres just something about the eyes thats off. Im a little tempted to try and touch her up with paint, but Im stopping myself. Once thats done, it cant really be undone. Still, I think she’s cute. I love the faces on these guys, its quite different

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Rapunzel looks pretty much like herself, except that the face is in the style of this cartoon, rather than the film. I actually never thought that the Disney store got her face right anyway.

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Somehow, I dont get that wonk-eyed impression from her. That face is darling!

And, you may notice the fact that her hair seems to have a life of its own. A bit of investigation discovered a stiff wire running down the middle of the ponytail, which is a cute gimmick, but for my purposes, I didnt much like it, so I decided to take a risk and destroy her hair do, in the hopes of removing the wire.

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There it is, partially freed. Once I got to the scalp, I discovered that the wire bit is actually only plastic-tied to her head, not rooted in or anything

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Im not sure how clear that is, but her hair wasnt showing it up well

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Anyway, thats it out now. Ive plaited her hair for now. In the future, Ill sew for them, and probably just give them my own original characteristics, rather than sticking with whoever they’re supposed to be now. I just wanted to share how nice their bodies and articulation are. I strongly recommend them for anyone who likes a poseable doll, although if you cant sew you might have trouble dressing them, since they dont seem to be the same size as any other doll I can bring to mind. Im sure they will fit some Barbie stuff though

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Hello Kitty Club dolls by Famosa

Once again, TKMaxx has proven a goldmine!


I picked this little cutie up a couple of weeks ago. At the time I didnt know anything about her except that she was cute, and Id just got payed after being kinda broke and not able to buy dolls for a bit. That photo is rubbish, even by my standards, because i quickly snapped it on the pavement before ripping into the box. I was on my way somewhere else, and the packaging was super bulky, compared to the contents. I took a quick photo reminder, got rid of all the excess packaging, and then she fitted into my bag nicely. 


She’s cute, if a tad cross-eyed. But then, whilst unboxing her, I discovered her articulation. Its fabulous! I didnt expect anything from such a small doll, and you couldnt see it in the packaging, but she has double knees, and elbows



Girl can touch her face! It was love, and I promptly got on with the repaint I was now certain she needed

Im really pleased with it. I think it suits her really cute look much better

And she poses so nicely! I immediately want to make her a bedroom, with lots of pink and frills 🙂

I wanted more of these dolls, so I went online. The shipping was kinda ridiculous, as well as the range being super limited, but I had the inspiration to look on amazon.es. id looked on the uk amazon with no luck, but not only were there loads on the spanish version, but they were relatively cheap, and I think the shipping was too. I say I think because my spanish is quite rusty. So I interpreted it as that the shipping for quite a few dolls was like €6. Hopefully Ive not goofed and spent way more than I thought! 


Now I can put a direct face comparison. Some faces were better than others. This was one of the better ones, and this

Was definitely the worst. Yes, her irises are that light in real life, and both her lipstick colour and placement really stand out as being particularly bad. Her dress is no great shakes either. Quite a few of the dresses were a bit odd, but thats fine, because I have sewing plans for them. Repainting plans too, though those will have to wait cos Im out of sealant. Im smitten though, these little guys really inspire me to create for some reason

More DC superhero girls

So, yeah, still none of the promised customs for you. Im much better at starting them than finishing them. I’ve finally caved and decided to buy some Mr Super Clear, because the sealant Ive been using was ending up with a sticky finish. They started alright, but then after a week or so the doll ends up with a sticky, shiny face. I was determined not to buy MSC, because I cant believe that the only good sealant is the one I have to spend loads of money shipping from another country, but I found a seller on ebay where its only £10 to ship from belgium, so that’ll have to do. Still cant believe im shipping from blooming belgium, but there you go. Ultimately, I care enough about doing this that its worth doing it properly.

In the mean time, I have had a birthday, and my family bought me DC superhero girls Harley and Ivy. (Since then I actually bought Bumblebee too because I really really like these dolls). I went to visit my parents for a weekend, sadly my brother is working away, and we went out for lunch to a stately home near to where they live, and walked around the gardens as my birthday outing. We had such a good time, just being together as a family, although we all did miss my brother, and Harley and Ivy came along too!

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Ivy really enjoyed the varied plant life

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And of course, she gave a bit of TLC to anything that she felt needed it

Harley mostly saw the plants as being something to climb on, and enjoyed herself thoroughly.

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Here is a brief moment they spent together, talking while Harley rests from all the climbing

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But the Harley was off again, exploring everything she could find, and leaving Ivy to shake her head from the ground level

 

Batgirl in action!

So, its over a month since my last post. Oopsy. To be fair, Ive been busy, as usual. Shortly after my last post I moved house. Was I planning to move house? Well, no. My new place is really nice, luckily, and its cleaner, more space so I can display my dolls etc, it was just a big messy mess of circumstances. That said, I have still managed to work on doll customs in that time, so theres really no excuse. Im planning to share a lot more of my customs in the future, but in the meantime, just to prove Im still here, I’ve got some photos I took of the DC Superhero Girls doll Batgirl in my parents garden.

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She’s a fantastic poser! I tried to get the perspectives so it looks like she’s in a bit of a jungle

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The leaves are a bit big, but I guess they’re giant tropical plants. That mighty tree she’s in is really rather small, but I think its pretty believable

Im not sure that this works so well, I had to make her hook an arm round a plant support to stand which makes for an odd pose.

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I was visiting my family for a BBQ, and whilst they thought I was nuts to whip out a doll and camera and start crawling around on the floor, they’re used to me 🙂 Im lucky that they accept my interests. They dont get it, but they get that I like it, and they try.

I even managed to get my mum and brother to join in a bit, though dad turned his nose up. These last photos are taken with the aid of my brothers super-long arms to get her right into the flower beds

Mum was getting into it with poses. I love doing stuff like that with them, just silly stuff mucking around. I know you cant see her face properly in that last one, but I still really like these photos. They remind me of a fun time with people I love

 

Skipper doll with (marginally) better articulation

Barbie dolls aren’t really my main thing. Although Ive borrowed bodies for my Ever After High gang, I don’t have an actual Barbie doll proper right now. I do, however, have a bit of a soft spot for her sisters. Mainly Skipper and Stacey, I find Chelsea to be a bit small to do much with. I had two excellent Stacey dolls growing up, one that rode a skateboard, and incidentally had some of the best articulation of any of my dolls at the time, and the other one could throw a bowling ball. At the age I was then, I got a lot of enjoyment out of toys with some mechanical function like that. As I got older and my play changed I started to find the ball-throwing arm a bit limiting to other things, but I still loved the look of them both. I broke the skateboarder eventually, and without a friend her own size the second one left with the others when I decided I was too old for dolls. I think she was one of the dolls that helped me develop a passion for well-articulated dolls. I had one Barbie who was meant to do aerobics, and came with a tape and headphones for her and a tape for me, who had waist, elbow and knee articulation, as well as unusually large feet which I adored.

I think the best doll however was a ballerina Barbie, who had ankle and wrist articulation too. I loved her so much that even after her head came off and had to be glued back on with no movement and a visible crack in the neck, she was still the main character in most of my games thanks to her unusual gracefulness.

Currently, I have one each of Barbies younger sisters, who have turned up on this blog in my family portrait. I only really have Chelsea because she came in a set with Skipper, as often seems to happen. Stacey came in a set alone, with a large accessory, so I payed more for her than I would have liked, but again, that is how she often does seem to come. I wish Stacey and Skipper came together more often, but its actually pretty irrelevant, because Id not buy multiple versions of them anyway, unless they looked significantly different, and at the moment all the one they put out look alike in a lot of ways. Fashion packs for them would be nice, and I would buy some of those, at least. Really I think I spend so little money on Barbie products of any kind, my opinion in the matter isn’t really valid anyway.

The point of this rambling? I did buy another Skipper! And another Chelsea, since those two always seem to get paired together.

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She has full arm articulation! Its a pretty lame set otherwise, if you ask me, its not exactly versatile. The only play option it seems designed for is recreating one specific episode of Dreamhouse. All the other sets advertised on the back were bits from the same episode, or loosely based around it, by the look of things. It didnt matter with some of the others, because they could be a more adaptable beach game, but I don’t know what else Id do with hula dancers. For only around £10 though, I was willing to pay to get the actual doll, and redress her in my existing Skippers stuff. I figured Id do a brief one over of the two sets. My original Skipper and Chelsea set was supposed to be at the fairground, and again featured the two dolls in themed outfits with an accessory or two, but the outfits could be for any occasion really, which I like better. Ill start with Chelsea, since Im not very interested in her generally

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This is what I mean about the outfit. Where else could she be wearing a grass skirt and coconut bra? Also, small child in a bra! I know its over a swimming costume, but Im still not mad keen on it. Outfits aside, I planned on picking the doll I liked best, dressing her in the nicer outfit, and giving my second favourite to a friend who wants to have a go at repaints. So, we got them undressed, for a fairer playing field

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So, the body is very similar. I like original Chelsea’s (on the right here) hair better, new Chelsea’s yellow tint isn’t as nice, and her face appears to have makeup on it- again, small child, no need for it! So, original Chelsea gets to stay. The new Chelsea did have one interesting difference to her arm articulation, though I had a hard time photographing it

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My camera wasn’t focussing well on her arm, but you can see a white dot in the middle of her shoulder joint, which is a metal pin, giving her arms the ability to move out to the sides, as well as just backwards and forwards. The one nice thing about her, is that this lets her strike pretty endearing poses with her arms closer together

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But, those pins aren’t too pretty, and the rest of her really isn’t as attractive to me, so off she goes. I already knew I wanted to keep better articulated Skipper, because she doesn’t have as much difference in the rest of appearance, but I figured Id cover them both anyway, mainly because it strikes me as quite odd how very, very similar all the recent Skipper releases seem to be. I think they’re focussing on making Skipper, Stacey and Chelsea pretty much exclusively as portrayed in Dreamhouse and Barbie films, but when Barbie doesn’t have this restriction, and can also just have furniture sets she comes with or be a basic doll, or whatever else, I think it makes the others look limited, and less exciting. Id have found it frustrating as a child not having dolls to be friends to these dolls in the same size, for outfit sharing. Chelsea has them, though Ive seen some recently with painted on outfits which would stop sharing anyway. I remember I lost a lot of interest in my bowling Stacey when she ended up being a different size to every single other doll I owned once her skateboarding friend was gone.

Anyway, here they are

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Apart from the outfit and arms, they pretty much look the same from any distance. If you’re close enough you can see that their fringes sweep in different directions, but that’s it.

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Up close their faces aren’t quite identical, but its close enough that the differences could probably pass for factory variation, instead of intention. The lips are slightly different shades of pink I think.

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Lower bodies, absolutely identical as far as I can tell. Id hoped that the articulation improvement might extend to the knees, since I wasn’t sure when they were covered up in the packaging, but theres no difference.

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Of course, the big difference are the arms. That was the whole point, and theres not a whole lot else to say about it. The joints aren’t very good, they feel quite flimsy, and she only holds some poses, but I don’t really have the interest level to mind. I just don’t think that Skipper or Stacey have been worth much attention to me for a long time. Im sure some people like them as they are now, but Im so underwhelmed that Ill take this articulation and be grateful, even though I know Mattel has done much better jobs with Barbie dolls, now and in the past. Honestly, bigger dolls are more my thing anyway. I just retain this childhood fondness for Barbies younger sisters. I liked Barbie, but she was so far from relatable for me.

Any articulation is fun anyway, so overall Im happy.