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Dr Frankenstien strikes again!

So I made these cuties

Sorry one is naked- I dont have much that fits her. They are all heads from dolls in the barbie video game hero line, put onto either skipper or stacey bodies. I love the faces of these dolls, but they all have awful bodies. Either they have sculpted on clothes and limited articulation, or they have daft gimmicks, which also result in sculpted clothes and articulation problems.

I put this one on a Stacey body, because I ran out of Skippers. I would have liked them all on one type of body, but I dont think the height variation is so extreme that it looks unnatural. This one is currently nude because I dont have a good stash of Stacey sized clothes like I do with Barbie sized dolls.

This girl is on a Skipper body. The only reason she’s clothed is cos the Skippet was, I dont think it exactly suits her. Ill make her something better.

I found a Barbie outfit to fit this one. I dont have a massive stash of Skipper outfits either, but I found that the top and skirt from an older Barbie fit ok, and then the gilet on top is newer, but still seems to fit ok.  

I plan to make them all new clothes, something suitable cute and fitting for their anime-type faces. So, wheres the frankenstien moment?

These two look ok, even with the obvious skin tone difference. No, heres the frankenstien moment

This body is supposed to have some sort of game, played by buttons on the belt. Lights up and stuff. But the legs literally cant move at all. Im gonna donate my creation, but I certainly wouldnt buy it!

Best charity shop find ever

I had a day out with my mum this week, and as always we dropped in to any charity shop we saw. And I found this girl

I saw her feet poking out on the shelf of childrens toys, and when I pulled her out I couldnt believe it. I looked on the back of her head and yes, its a Gene doll!


I was so excited, and I was sort of whisper-shouting at my mum, because I didnt want to make a scene. She was £3. Ill probably never do that well again. Its sad that I actually dont like her all that much, because Ill probably never own a Gene doll again. I bought her because I just couldnt leave her behind surrounded by cheap kids toys, who knew what would have happened. If a child had bought her and cut off her hair or drawn on her it would have been awful. 

Im planning on selling her on ebay. I hope that that way she’ll find an owner who really appreciates her

I had a bit of a frankenstien moment

One of my regular charity shops has started putting several dolls together in a bag to sell. Theyve done it a few times now. It seems like this is kinda common in american thrift shops, Ive seen it a lot in peoples thrift shopping and haul videos, but it isnt so usual in the UK. Our charity shops are quite small, and its pretty usual to find a shop with only one or two dolls, so they just get put out individually. Anyway, this shop is doing it for some reason. 

So now, I have the thing where you want to buy one specific doll, but it comes with a few others you dont want, so do you spend the extra and then get rid of the others, or you have to find a use for them. Anyways there was a bag with three dolls. One wierd dora the explorer doll (I love those), a strawberry shortcake who is kinda cute, Im sure Ill do something with her. And finally, this other doll. Id never have bought her on her own. Her face is cute, but the body was shaped a bit like a troll dolls. The legs didnt move at all, she couldnt sit down or anything, shoes were molded on, and her arms just pivoted. I should have taken a photo of her but I forgot to do it before Id destroyed her 🙂

See, cute face. The body shape was super wierd though. It would have been hard to make clothes for, it was so thick and the feet were super wide. So I figured seeing as I had her, Id try a body swap. I had no idea if it would work, because her neck was quite thick, so I decided to find a very cheap body donor in case destruction resulted. 

Yeah, it worked ok! The body I found was a budget barbie clone type, for 30p in a charity shop. The kind with just rooting on the hairline, and then the hair tied up to cover the massive bald spot. She had no clothes, but the word Abbie is molded all over her underwear, so I guess thats the brand. Again, I forgot to take before photos of either doll. My bad.

Abbie has joints in her legs, which is cool too. I really like how she turned out. The skin tones dont match, but its not super obvious. If you hold her in your hands you can totally see it, but oh well. 

The neck is too small for the neck hole. I used hot glue to bulk up the neck peg, so now the head stays on in the right place, although it doesnt really move.

Yeah. Doesnt look great up close. Normally when I do body swaps where I end up with a spare head and body I dont want, I combine them and redonate the resulting doll. If Ive done this with two Barbies to get a better articulated body, it totally works, and you end up with a perfectly good doll. This time though it wasnt gonna happen at all. The Abbie head was too small for the neck, and I managed to destroy the other dolls neck completely anyway.

However, I am still happy with her. I reckon the whole project cost me less than £1, so even though she’s not perfect I dont care. I think she looks cute, and kinda different. She’ll be fine sitting on my shelf

Cool doll clothes

So I found this ugly bug in a charity shop recently

He was actually in his box, so I know that he’s from one direction. What I liked about him was his clothes.

His trousers and jumper are a great fit on my action style doll, a get real girl. And I love the jumper!

Even his shoes fit her when she has her socks on. Its great, because she doesnt fit a whole lot of fashion doll stuff, her body is more athletic.

He also had this stripy top under the jumper. I decided to try it on my EAH hunter huntsman who didnt have a top. Its a little tight, not sure its his style, but I was getting a bit of a hipster vibe so I put it with dexters glasses.

Ive already sent the doll back to the charity shop. Hes of no interest to me, but I think his clothes were really nice, especially that lovely jumper. I like that because its something Id find quite tricky to make.

Charity shop excitement- Get Real Girl and Moxie Girlz

Ive had a visitor for the last few days, the same lovely person who got me Dell, and yesterday we went for an adventure. I call most things adventures to be honest, so possibly not everyone would consider our little day out to be an adventure, but I think its all in how you see it. We got a bus to a different area of the city, which had a park, with some animals to see, and also a fair few charity shops. My lovely person has a few things they like to look out for, relating to their hobbies, and obviously I had my eye on the dolls. The first one I found was a floating Mocie Girlz doll. This is how she would have looked new

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That ginormous puffy skirt thing is made of foam of some sort, so she will float upright in a childs bath, for instance. Mine did come with the foam bit, but it was pretty damaged, so I binned it on the way out of the shop so she’d fit better in my bag. Im not taking her for a swim. Apart from that she was in decent condition

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No accessories obviously, but I was pleasantly surprised that she has her feet, given that they are removable, so pretty easy to lose. Her face has a little pen mark

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But her hair is pretty good. All the little bits of her skirt were held together with plastic tags

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Im guessing they were meant to make it sit right, but I was wondering what might happen if they got pulled so i cut them out. It didnt make any visual difference

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And her top is plastic and painted on

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And heres the feet

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She doesnt look like she’s been very heavily played with, all in all. The foam thing was messed up but I dont imagine it would have been very sturdy. Her hair is in plaits on amazon photos and such, so I assume its been messed with a little but it was only in bunches, and not very tangled. Im glad to get her, Ive quite fancied a Moxie girl for a while just sort of casually, I quite like the faces, but Ive had no inclination, or money for that matter, to really get into them.
The other doll I found is a little more special.

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Id love to know how she ended up in a yorkshire charity shop. Its probably not anything exciting really, but I often want to know where charity shop dolls come from. My moxie girl (apparently she’s called sophina but Im not planning to stick with that) isnt very old but this girl has been round a bit longer. Apparently, she’s called Skylar, from Get Real Girl dolls

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They were released in america, in 2000, and only lasted for a little while. They were one of the many attempts at what has often been called ‘anti-barbie’ dolls

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Each girl has a sport, and they all have a reasonably well formed background , it sounds like, though I didnt find much about Skylar in particular. She is asian, one of the aims of the lines being that the dolls will represent a variety of ethnicities, and her sport is snowboarding

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She’s lost most of her belongings, but she still has her jumper, and I think the socks are originally hers too, they fit pretty well

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Under the jumper she has painted in underwear

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Im in two minds about her face

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Im not sure if Ive just been conditioned by a lifetime of fashion dolls, but the eyes and mouth just dont quite work together to me. The eyes are shaped to reflect her asian ethnicity, but the mold of her face has rather larger eye sockets, exaggerating their smallness, and the mouth is quite wide. Its definitely a departure from Barbies pretty overly made up look, but Im not sure that its exactly more realistic per say. Just different.
Her articulation is interesting. Her head tilts back very well

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But not so well forward

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And theres a nice side tilt too

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I dont think the range in her arms is anything exciting, though it would have been a bit more novel 15 years ago

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She’s got larger muscles than any other doll I have, but her wrists dont feel very robust honestly. Might be age though. One hand has a magnet in the palm, presumably so she could hold something in her accessories

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Her torso looks like it has two joints, at the ribcage and waist, but actually the waist one doesnt move at all

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The top one moves forward and back

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As well as side to side

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And it can spin around

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And she can do several movements there at once, so theres a lot of options there compared to my modern Barbie dolls that have a joint there

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My favourite thing to her, and the reason I decided to buy her, is the knees

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Each knee has two joints, giving her double the range of motion effectively

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She can kneel

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As well as striking a few other interesting poses that noone else I have can

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I suspect her hair was never taken out of its original bunches, because the elastic bands were completely knackered, and brok as I took them out. Its probably going to take time or a good boil to get her hair to lie flat

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Its really not that bad though, and I think I like it and her face better when its pulled back

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I think its probably the bulkier limbs but I think she lacks the grace of my other dolls. Here she is with my disney store Mulan

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And here they are striking a pose

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I still like her, but I think Mulan pulls off the dancing-type pose better. I suppose Skylar would look better doing something like heavy lifting or sprinting though. Clothing wise she doesnt have a lot of options in my house. The only things that fit her are my Freaky Freya dresses, and some dresses I crocheted, because crochet has a lot of stretch

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I dont think either of them is really her though. She can wear her jumper, but Ill have to make her some trousers.
My moxie girls proportions reminded me most of my Bratzillas, thoug obviously with less articulation

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Meg does look taller, but the body shapes are fairly close

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Megs waist is a bit more exaggerated, is all I think. And actually, when I put them back to back with their heels at the same level, they are a lot closer in height, so I think its mostly Megs heels

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She can wear the skirt Meg came in, but not the top over her moulded top decoration

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But she can wear Angels dress

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And it even does up all the way up the back

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Other than that she can wear sparkle girlz and Steffi clothes, so presumably Barbie etc too, but they’re kinda loose, and low necklines dont work too well

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It looked like the gold bits were just glued on, so I tried to prise them off after using a bit of nail polish remover, but it turns out they were more inset than they looked

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Im filling the gap in with pva glue, and Ill paint it skin coloured. It’ll be less awkward than the gold bits were.
Im pretty amused by the contrast between these two

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Skylar is more realistic, but Sophinas face has much more detail to it. I feel like if you mixed the two dolls together you’d get the perfect doll