Quick Post: Gargoyle Makeover

I’m not really a Monster High collector, I only have a few that I have bought cheap, on sale or at garage sales, but I do appreciate their creativity and artistry. The few that I do have I bought because of non-doll reasons; I love dragons so bought the Chinese dragon, I have Scottish heritage so the Loch Ness Monster was a must – you get the picture. Thanks to a series of books I’ve read, I have a soft spot for gargoyles, so I also bought Rochelle Goyle, daughter of a gargoyle. She didn’t really look much like a gargoyle to me though. Sure, I love her stony looking vinyl, but the hot pink and aqua blue hair and pink facial paint didn’t seem right, so I gave her a makeover.

I figured that if she’d been perched high on a building for any period of time, her hair would be moss and lichen that had grown on her stony head, so I replaced her hair with textured wools that have a mossy look to them and repainted her face in more natural tones. I also thought that perhaps her dress would be made from an old, faded flag, rather than the flashy pink dress she came in. Finally, I renamed her Greer, which means watcher, rather appropriate for a Gargoyle who, perched high, gazes out over the world below.

Sindy – the Late Sixties Kids

Last year I finally bought a doll I’ve been after for years, a gorgeous, 1968 Sindy side part by Pedigree. She’s not perfect, but I love dolls that have been loved and played with, and I really enjoy restoring them. Her hair is still a wee bit frizzy on the ends, so at some point I may try the hair straighteners on her.

The Sindy doll was revamped in 1968, with a new hairstyle – a long side parted flip style in blonde, brunette or red, her body now had a twist waist and she was given rooted eyelashes. She still had the flexible, bendy arms and legs that the previous issues had.  She was sold in several different outfits, but unfortunately mine came nakey. As far as I know, these 1968 dolls were not sold in Australia. I’m aware of a few being found here, in tip shops of all places, so perhaps they travelled with their immigrant owners or were sent by British relatives. I think they are among the prettiest of all the early Sindy dolls, they have such serene expressions and really suit the Mod fashions of the times. They are a little harder to find than the earlier dolls and later 70’s dolls and can be more expensive too, but I think they’re worth it.

Sindy had quite a few new friends in 1967/1968 and some are the hardest dolls to find in the Sindy line (especially here in Australia where they don’t seem to have been sold). I was very lucky a few years ago to find Vicky, one of the new editions to the line and described as ‘Sindy’s new English girl-friend.’ She has an interesting, open smiling face with blonde curly hair and the same body as Sindy. She originally wore a sundress with pink bodice and purple skirt and white shoes, but unfortunately mine came minus this fashion. Still, I never thought I’d find one I could afford, so she’s happy to borrow from Sindy’s wardrobe.

The other new dolls from 1968 are on my wish list and I don’t hold much hope of ever owning them, but you never know! Mitzi was touted as ‘Sindy’s new Continental girl-friend’ and has a fairly serious expression (she’s quite a strange looking doll) with long straight centre parted hair in either blonde or bright red. She originally wore a blue jumper and beret, green skirt and green shoes. Poppet is a Patch sized doll with a closed mouth smile and brunette hair.  She was sold wearing a red jumper, tartan skirt, white socks and black shoes. Betsy – probably the strangest doll in the Sindy line, as she’s a bit out of scale to the others – is a 6 inch tall smiling brunette or blonde haired doll with a red dress and hair band and white shoes and socks. She has a wire armature body, similar to Barbie’s little siblings, Tutti and Todd.

Sindy’s boyfriend Paul got a makeover in 1967 with rooted hair variously described in catalogues and advertising as ‘Right up to the fashion’ and ‘super Italian cut’ but in reality it’s a bit of a basin cut and has the tendency to go very frizzy.  His body is sometimes little different to the earlier Paul’s too, he’s often is a bit smaller and often has very bandy legs. His facial paint is frequently a bit askew, mine has one eye a little smaller than the other, but I think it adds to their appeal. Unfortunately he was discontinued the same year, but in my collection he likes to hang out with Sindy and Vicky.

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Vicky wears ‘Trouser Suit’; Paul wears ‘London Look’; Sindy wears the second issue ‘Leather Looker’ and the jumper from ‘Winter Holiday.’

More about these dolls can be found at Our Sindy Museum – http://www.oursindymuseum.com/

Quick Post: Body Comparisons

I recently bought some new Barbie dolls and they’ve inspired me to do a body comparison photo. Wonder Woman seems to have unique arm and leg moulds.  They are very muscular and while the have M2M elbow and knee joints they lack the upper arm and thigh joints that give the M2M dolls their extra poseability.  Mera seems to have a hybrid of Made 2 Move and pivotal body parts and they both have a new body mould. I’ve included a few poseable bodies from the last several years, and done a comparison of curvy body types too. I love to see evolutions and variations.

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Above dolls are: Jazz Baby, Sweet Tea – body is missing under bust joint of the pivotal, Hunger Games Katniss, Made to Move, Made to Move Curvy Dancer, Mera and Wonder Woman.

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Quick Post: Two Equal One New

I love articulated dolls. I love to pose them realistically and make dioramas, so while I’m excited by the new range of Barbie Fashionistas dolls with their new body types, ethnicities and the new head sculpts in the range, the static bodies deter me from buying them.

I do like the new Barbie Made 2 Move bodies, especially now there’s a curvy option in the range, but it’s disappointing that the variety of head sculpts and vinyl tones is limited. A solution to these problems is head swapping, where possible.

I really wanted the new curvy Made 2 Move dancer body, but already have a doll with that head sculpt, and didn’t really want another. Then I found a Fashionista with a fabulous new head sculpt that luckily used the same colour vinyl as the curvy dancer. So voila. Two dolls become one new one that I love.

 

Once upon a time…

When I was three, I was asked what I would like Santa to bring me for Christmas. I answered, ‘I don’t know?’ I mean, who was this Santa person and why was he giving me a present? ‘Would you like some teenage dolls?’ was the follow up question. Sure, why not? I had no idea what they were either.

On Christmas morning I sat under the Christmas tree and opened the presents Santa had left and there they were, four cheap teenage fashion dolls, some clothes and a little plastic hanging rack with tiny coat hangers to hang them on. I was rapt, they were the best thing I had ever seen. I sat for hours, dressing and re-dressing those dolls, brushing their hair and playing out stories and adventures.

I soon commandeered my sister’s dolls too. She was much older than me and never played with them, so I figured I might as well. My brother’s girlfriend and her sister (again much older) also handed down their dolls to me and now I had quite a little collection which I carried around with me in a little school case.

Then I saw the ad on TV. It was a doll called Barbie, Busy Barbie in fact, and her hands opened and closed so she could hold things. Now I made the most of this Santa guy, writing and asking him to bring me this doll. Sure enough, she appeared under the Christmas tree and that was only the start. Every Christmas I would ask for more dolls and I would scrimp and save every cent of my pocket money to buy dolls, fashions and their accessories.

Of course, once I was in high school, I was too cool for dolls and the huge collection of furniture and dolls laid out on the floor of my brother’s old bedroom were carefully packed away to make room for a stereo and record collection.

I had been out of school and working for quite a long time, when I came across a doll in a toy shop: Stacie, Barbie’s little sister. Since when did Barbie have a sister besides Skipper? Intrigued, I bought her, and then of course had the yearning to reacquaint myself with all my old dolls. Out of storage they came, and I discovered that there were doll collecting clubs. I joined one, my dolls got a display cupboard and the collecting began in earnest.

I have all sorts of dolls twelve inches and under (including those original four), my collection is quite eclectic. I used to have a webpage, back in the early days of the internet which was mainly identification and information. I have written articles for club newsletters, magazines and websites, and have even written a book on the Little Tuppence doll. I feel it’s time to indulge my passion for dolls again, this time with a blog. I will try and post regularly, though it may take a little while to get going. I’ll be writing about all sorts of Teenage Fashion dolls, vintage and new and I hope you’ll enjoy seeing my dolls and hearing my stories.

To start, let me introduce you to the doll in my logo. Her name is Jenjoy and she’s a Makie, a 3D printed doll that is supposed to look (vaguely) like me. As far as I know, the company that produced her is no longer in business, but when it was, a visit to the My Makie website gave you the opportunity to customise the doll’s face, before it would be printed and sent out. The dolls are quite poseable and quite durable too, so I hope they’re back in business soon.

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