Thursday, May 30, 2013

I need to vent!

You all know how I don't like to complain (stop laughing), but I have to get this off my chest.

So I'm waiting for a doll in the mail (I said stop laughing!). It's coming from Maryland. It got into the mail on Tuesday (since Monday was a holiday) and with the tracking stated it was due in today. Everything seemed to be going according to scheduled when it arrived in Greensboro yesterday at 1:40 in the afternoon.




That's when things went awry.

For some reason the 40 minute drive from there to here ended up taking much, much, much longer than it should have, meaning that my package didn't get into town until 10:30 this morning. Which is way too late for it to be sorted and sent out with today's mail. Meaning that my delivery date got pushed back by an entire day.


It's just so frustrating when I was expecting it to be here today. I know it's nothing super important that can't wait one day, but I hate having to wait when I've already waited for it!

I just wish I could go into town and pick it up at the Post Office myself, I mean it's there and it belongs to me!




Update: In some strange turn of events, she was delivered today. I checked the tracking information page this afternoon around four even though I had accepted she wasn't going to get here until tomorrow. While it still said she was going to get here tomorrow, it also said she had been delivered. I quickly went out to the mail box, and sure enough she was here! So I guess the Post Office likes to mess with me... Either way, thank you Postal Service for getting her for me on time!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Now where am I going to put these???

You should all know what this post will be about. With the clothes behind us, now it's time to talk about the dolls from the lot. I've already shared the fact that there were five dolls in this lot. Five dolls that span the era of 1963-1971. I would have thought with a collection of five there would be some repeats, but there's actually quite a variety among the dolls. Only two of them are the same character, and both of those are such different versions they can hardly be the considered a repeat. I think it's interesting that this collection has such a variety. I would have thought that with a large (for the time) collection there would be some extremely similar dolls, but in this lot there just isn't.

Anyway, up first we have a Ken doll. This is your usual painted hair straight leg Ken. He's actually a little different than your standard SL Ken doll, he's a "shortie" doll. Meaning he's about 1/4 of an inch shorter than the regular Kens. You can easily identify a shortie Ken besides the fact that he's so short because of his leg mold. The shortie dolls have extremely defined kneecaps. I already have a shortie Ken in the collection, but I have no problem adding another one. He's actually in better condition than my first one... but that isn't saying much. My first one is in really rough shape, so it wouldn't take much to be in better condition. This new Ken is in fair condition. He's certainly seen his fair share of rough play. Starting from his head and working our way down. Like most painted hair Ken dolls, he does have some damage to his hair, mainly to the center front, but he does have a couple other minor spots of paint loss. His face is in pretty good shape, when I got him I noticed a small red stain on his cheek (a couple dolls have red stains on them) so right now he has some acne cream on it. I'm hoping it will clear up. His torso is in good shape, just the usual play wear that happen. (Check out the picture below, that pile of plastic is what came out of his torso.) His arms are a little bit worse off. They're both extremely swingy. I believe the
material that makes up his arms, head, and legs tends to shrink over time leaving his shoulders, hip, and neck a bit loose. I checked him against my other shortie Ken and he suffers from the same shrinking issues. It's not a major shrinkage, just enough to leave his joints a bit looser than they should be. I ended up putting elastics around his arm joints hoping to fill out the space enough so that he wouldn't be so floppy. They do help, but it's a very minor fix, he's still extremely swingy. I can tell you that the little girl had a cat, or a serious plastic deficiency. Both of his hands have been chewed on. The right one is worse than the left one. They both have some pretty noticeable damage, but it's not too bad. I have several dolls who's hands are just stumps from being chewed on. His hips are a little swingy, but not as bad as his arms were. He does have some damage to his feet. Looks like more chews, but he's got a lot less on his feet than his hands. They're not that bad, but even so, his shoes will easily cover that.
As you can see he's wearing his original swimsuit. It's in okay shape, no tears, rips, or popped stitches. The elastic in the shorts is still stretchy. It is a little dingy, and there's some loose threads at the front of the coverup. I'm not totally sure how to wash it. I believe the cotton and terrycloth are glued together and I'm concerned about them separating if I washed them. Not a huge issue, my dolls rarely wear swimsuits, although I think it's so cool that he came with his original swimsuit. What are the odds that a played with doll with his original outfit would survive 50 years together? Maybe it's only impressive to me. Anyway, not pictured but also included in the lot was one of his original cork sandals. It's in pretty good shape. He's not wearing it because the vinyl strap has hardened and I don't want to break it by forcing it onto his foot. Still cool to have, although I'm getting tired of having so many single vintage shoes. How come I never manage to get full pairs? That was the only shoe that came in the entire lot.   

Moving on from Ken we have another male doll, Ken's friend Allen! Allen is your standard SL
doll. Unlike Ken he is on the regular body. I don't think actually Allen was ever produced on a shortie body (I could be wrong though). Allen is in better shape than Ken. His face paint is in wonderful shape, with some minor paint loss to his hair. His joints are nice and tight, and hold position nicely. He does have some bites to his hands, but there is less than what Ken has, and they're more superficial. He's got a few dings to his feet, but just like his hands less damage than what Ken had. He looks to have a very minor blue spot at the top of his foot, and it looks like he might need another bath. For some reason his feet still look dirty. I guess I'll have to give him another scrubbing. Allen did not come with any of his original outfit. It's funny, back in December I thought about adding another Allen to the collection (I already have two), and now I have both a BL Allen and a SL Allen, his two vintage incarnations!    

And with that, we're done talking about the guys. Now I just have to get around to dressing them.... and the

rest of the pile that's waiting for me to get to them. Right now I stuck both of them in the box with the rest of the dolls waiting to be dressed, who will soon be joined by this next lovely lady once I'm done talking about her. She's a Skipper doll, your usual straight leg doll. Like both Ken and Allen she's in played with condition. I'm going to start with her body description. Her body is in pretty good shape actually. Either Skipper could outrun kitty, or was never left out for Kitty to find because she has a lot less bites than Ken and Allen. It looks like she's only has a few minor bites on one of her feet at the toes. She does have her own body issues... Skipper is covered in red stains. Just like how Ken had a red spot on his cheek, Skipper has red spots all over her thighs (front and back) and her arms and hands. I'm not totally sure what caused this, I do have a couple theories, but it's a bit unusual how some dolls have stains, and others nothing. And for the most part, they're very minor stains except for Skipper, she's got it a lot worse than the other ones. I ended up using the last of my acne cream on her. I'm hoping they'll come out with time. I'll keep you updated. Besides her stains, her arms are a bit swingy. It's minor, and really not that big of a deal. I can easily live with it. Overall she has a very nice condition body... if the stains come out.
Her head is in good shape, she does have some face darkening. All her face paint is in really nice shape, she might
have some loss to her lips, but it's very minor. Her hair is rather heartbreaking. For the most part it's really nice. Except... she's had a hair cut. It's very minor, but it's at the worst place. It's at the top of her head, right where the part line starts. In all honesty, it looks like someone decided she needed extra bangs. I actually wasn't sure if it had been cut when I first got her since it looked a little natural, but it's clear she's had a trim since the part line doesn't cover like it should, and it leaves a bald spot. It's so sad because otherwise her hair is in wonderful shape and because of that minor trim she might end up re-rooted. Why little girl, why??? An interesting thing to note about Skipper is that she has the thickest bangs I've ever seen on a doll. They are so thick they can't lay flat, there's just too much hair rooted there. I've re-rooted three Skipper dolls and each of them had different rooting patterns, and I've never seen one like this one. Just an interesting thing to mention. If I do end up re-rooting her I'd make sure my bangs were able to lay flat. I'm not a fan of the super bushy look she's sporting. But I am still on the fence if I'm going to re-root her. I really don't want to and I have like 8,457,305 other dolls who need to be re-rooted. She may end up waiting for a while for me to make my decision.
Skipper was one of the dolls who came with her original swimsuit (in total three of the five dolls did). Out of all of them, Skipper's swimsuit is in the worst shape. I guess this Skipper did a lot of swimming back in the 60's. It's dirty, torn, the elastic is all shot, the trim is unraveling at the neckline in the back, really this swimsuit is in rough shape. I only have one other Skipper swimsuit, and this one is easily the worse of the two. This one is going to live in the TLC Barbie clothes container for a long, long time. Perhaps even forever.

Moving on from Skipper, we have a Barbie doll. Like I said at the start of this post, there were two repeating doll characters in this lot, both of them Barbie dolls. Up first we have the older of the two, a Bubblecut Barbie. She's one of the later issue Bubblecut dolls on the Midge/Barbie body, but her hair isn't as full as some of the final run dolls, so I'd peg her to be from 1963 or so (I could be wrong). 
This Barbie is in okay shape, she was certainly played with and loved but she's not as destroyed as some dolls I've seen (and bought). When I got her she had a pretty nasty neck split at the front. The woman I bought her from informed me that it could be fixed (I just said okay when she told me that). She had mentioned it in her ad, and it was visible in the pictures so I was already expecting having to deal with it. That was actually one of the first things I dealt with when I got them. She was the first doll of the lot to get washed and that night she also got glued and was left to cure overnight. I was worried about getting the head back on the body (she's on a larger knob body), but with some time under the heating pad I was able to ease her head back onto her body without the neck split reopening. I guess that's pretty decent glue. I did have a problem with some excess glue on the outside of the split. I've been trying to remove that because while the glue dries clear it's also shiny, so the excess glue tends to catch the light. It's being a real pain to get off, which is good and bad. Good because it means it has a good hold, and bad because I can't get it off in certain spots! I know I will eventually, but it's certainly making me put in some effort to get it off.
Besides the neck split the head her head is in decent shape. This bubblecut is a honey blonde bubblecut, and her hair is nice and full, and totally uncut. I've been playing with different ways to style her hair, right now I gelled it down and pulled it close to her face. I think it works best for her (although that could change). Her face paint is in good shape. She has both her eyebrows, they look slightly light in color but I think that's just how they are. They're both the same color. She does have some wear to her eyes. Like usual there's some wear to the eyelash ridge, but she has other wear there too. She appears to be missing her eyeshadow on her right eye, there's some paint loss to the top of her right eyelash ridge, and her left eye seems to have some loss to the white portion of her eye, and some of her eyeliner is missing from that eye. It's really not that bad, just a couple chips here and there. She has the thinnest lips I've seen on a vintage doll. She does have a couple lip rubs, but the general lip shape leads me to believe that she's not missing that much and she originally had very thin lips. They are a pretty pink color, but they're starting to oxidize to white around the edges. She still retains her original nose dots, but those have already turned white.
Her body is in good shape, but she does have some damage there as well. Weirdly, her left side has the majority of the damage. She is missing her pinky on her left hand, her left hand also has some scrapes and minor bites. It also has some of that red staining that Ken and Skipper had (although a lot less than Skipper). Meanwhile her right hand has all it's fingers and is free from bites and scrapes. It is a little swingy, but that's really minor. Her torso is in good shape, with minimal play wear. Her legs are a little unusual. For some reason they feel not as smooth as the usual vintage legs. It's not like they're rough, they're just not as smooth feeling. They're also not very shiny, except down at the feet. The feet are both smooth and shiny. I kind of wonder if someone cleaned the legs with some harsh chemical and stripped off the top layer of plastic? They don't look messed up or anything, they're just not as nice as they typically are. Just like her hands her left foot is more damage than the right one. The right one looks to be in wonderful shape, no bites or marks and still has all the original nail polish. The left one is missing 95 percent of it's nail polish, it also have several bite marks, and a small gash that is pretty noticeable because I think it's got dirt in it. I do plan on giving her another washing, but I'm not sure how much cleaner she will come out. I can at least try.

And finally from this lot, we have another Barbie doll. Per usual I have saved the best for last (at least in my opinion). This one is very different from the Bubblecut because she's practically ten years newer. What we have here is a Standard Barbie, apparently the 1971 version (according to her swimsuit). Standard Barbie's are somewhat uncommon. They're sort of a link that bridges vintage and twist and turn dolls. They are made using the vintage body, but with a TNT face mold. I actually already have a standard doll (and a spare body that my P.J. is on), but this one is a bit different. While they're both brunettes, this one has something that makes her very uncommon, even among standard dolls. She has forward glancing eyes. Typically dolls with the TNT face mold had side glancing eyes. There are few cases with dolls that look forward, and I now own one of them. Which is pretty exciting.
She is also in amazing shape. I really do not think she got played with much, if at all. Her face paint is perfect, her hair is in great shape, and her body is as near mint as can be. The only thing wrong with her, is that her face has discolored a little bit. It's noticeable, but not as bad as some I've seen. And that's not even a play issue, that's a factory flaw. Like I said she came in her original swimsuit and even that is in great shape. Check out that adorable flower decal at the hip. The only thing wrong with the swimsuit is a couple spots of popped stitching, but they're extremely minor. Overall this is an amazing condition Standard doll. A jewel of a collection, and she's mine, all mine!

Can you believe I got all that for 50 dollars?

And with that, I have shared with you the last thing that was the last of the items from that Craigslist lot. Exciting, right? And now let me say, stay tuned for a couple more doll introductions. Yes, there's been a couple new additions but they're just single dolls, so hopefully they'll take less time to write up than posts like these. 

So you have those to look forward to!

Friday, May 17, 2013

I feel like I just did this...

Even though we are talking about a brand new lot, the basic discussion break down will be the same as the last one. Meaning that up first are the hand made clothes. Unlike that last lot, this one actually has a couple of hand made pieces I like and plan on using in some aspect or another. However, like usual, a couple pieces are a bit, shall we say, odd? And those I have no intention of using in the collection.
Up first we have a dress. It's a simple dress made from a really interesting fabric. Sadly the fabric is the best thing it has going for it. And even though I like the fabric, I wouldn't have used it for a dress. This fabric looks like it would have been perfect for a Ken shirt. I don't know about any of you, dear readers, but that fabric just screams men's shirt to me. I actually wouldn't be too shocked to find out that this fabric was actually a leftover piece from making a men's shirt. The dress itself is in pretty good shape for it's age, it looks like the fabric is holding up pretty well, and I didn't see any popped stitching. But it has the weirdest fit. It's huge on Barbie! There's easily an entire inch of extra fabric at the waist. For the most part the fit is off for the majority of the dress, the only place that seems to match up decently is the bust darts. I'm beginning to think, maybe this is for a doll other than Barbie. A doll with an adult body but not as skinny as Barbie. Someone a couple years older than Barbie, someone like... Jill (Just to throw out a name). This dress could have belonged to an older doll, but since it sort of fit Barbie she ended up with it. Just a theory. A weird design thing about this dress, the back is totally open. Unlike most dresses that have a back seam on the skirt, this one closes with four snaps down the back. I mean there's nothing wrong with doing it that way, just different. It does make redressing easier. I really don't have any uses for this dress. I like the fabric, but the weird fit just kills it for me. I don't have anyone who can wear it. Everyone is either too small or way too big.

Moving on, from that we have another handmade Barbie outfit. At least I think it's for Barbie. Unlike the first
outfit, this one does fit her decently, but I'm still not totally sold that it's for Barbie. First off, it looks more like something Skipper would wear, but I already checked and it does not fit Skipper. It's a matching blouse and skirt set. The skirt is made out of "cheater" cloth used mainly for quilting. The shirt is made out of white cotton, but uses bias tape made from the skirt material at the neck and sleeves. It also has some lace at neck. Another reason why I'm not sure if it's for Barbie is because the shirt isn't fitted. Instead of any darts, it gets gathered into the skirt waistband. So while it could be for Barbie, it could fit any doll with similar proportions. It's mostly in good shape, I did see one hole in the back of the shirt, would be an easy fix, but I don't really plan on bothering. I honestly do not have any intention of using this outfit. The white fabric is a little dingy, not too soiled, but a little discolored from play.

After that we move on to something (a little) different. It's home made Ken clothes! At least I think they're for Ken. They too suffer from the too big to fit the vintage dolls they came with. So now I'm thinking that maybe they belong to a male doll that predates Ken, perhaps the boyfriend of the doll that owned that first dress I talked about (wasn't Jeff Jill's boyfriend?). Either way whoever it belonged to, they got an entire suit made for them, including a jacket. I still haven't bit the bullet to make a jacket (although I did try once). It's actually really nice, the jacket is even partially lined. Unfortunately, like I said it's a bit too big for vintage Ken. I had it on an Allen doll, and the poor guy was drowning in it. You want to know how big it was on him? These clothes almost fit Joe... yeah, they're that big. They're a little short on Joe at the sleeves and pant legs, but fit pretty nicely in the torso. I was able to snap the shirt with only a little pulling at the snaps, and almost get the pants to fit. I already have a decent pants pattern for Joe, but this shirt might be helpful in finally making him a button up shirt. I haven't been able to find the pattern that this could have been made from, but is it possible to reverse engineer it to make my own pattern from it. It would be easier to find the original pattern and tweak it that way, but I'll do what I have to in order to get a usable pattern. The jacket is very unusual, the front piece instead of being made from one piece of fabric, is actually made from two pieces. The inside piece (with the button) is actually an overlay that gets top stitched down. I'm probably not explaining it the best, but I've never seen a jacket constructed like that. Has anyone else ever seen it done like that? I'm not sure what I'm going to do with this outfit, it's the nicest of the handmade bunch, but I'm not sure who can wear it. It's too small for Joe, but too big for vintage dolls. I still haven't tried it on the few mod and newer Ken dolls I have, so it might be able to fit them. Not sure if any of them will wear it, but it will at least be nice to have kicking around.

And that was the last of the handmade clothing. Now it's time to talk about the Mattel made clothing. This lot actually had more Mattel made pieces than homemade pieces, which is unusual. Usually when someone was willing to make the clothes for their child, they usually made more than purchased the Mattel produced items.
Up first we have something for Ken. It's the bathrobe that belongs to "Terry Togs". I just have the bathrobe, nothing else from that outfit survived to be included in this lot. I don't even have the waistband for the bathrobe, just the bathrobe itself. The bathrobe is in okay shape. It's free from holes and tears, so that's nice. It is a bit dirty, and the colors have faded extremely. It's supposed to be robin's egg blue, but instead it's like a tan...ish color. The more that I look at it the more stains I see on it. It's got a bunch of orange stains in the front, not sure if those will come out. I'm going to have to wash it and see. I'm curious to know what color it ends up as after I wash it. I wonder if this material would take to dye well? I'd love to have it be a nice blue again. It still has the "K" for Ken "monogrammed" onto the pocket, so I'll have to be careful I don't take any of that off as I wash it. As is, it will end up in the TLC Barbie clothes box I have.

After that we have another Ken clothing item. This is a corduroy Pak jacket, the tan version. I actually own
the green version of this jacket, so I now have both that Mattel sold. The seems to be in pretty good shape, I do see some slight loose stitching at one of the front darts, but that's the only real issue I see with this jacket. I guess either the corduroy stands up really well, or suit jackets aren't that popular with kids. Either way this one will be added to the vintage clothing dresser beside my other one. I'm going to have to invest in a new closet, I keep adding more and more vintage clothes to my collection!

Those were the only Mattel made Ken clothing items from the lot. I usually only find Barbie clothes in lots like these, so getting Ken stuff was a nce change, but Ken wasn't the only Non-Barbie doll to have some clothing in this lot. Believe it or not, Skipper also had a couple things as well. Up first we have the swimsuit for Living Skipper. Living Skipper did not survive childhood to end up in this lot. I hope wherever she is, she's at peace. The swimsuit is in okay shape, some fraying at the unhemmed spots, and a
few places with popped stitching. It's missing the plastic ring that holds the two ties together, but those
usually end up getting lost. My Living Skipper actually came with her swimsuit that still had the plastic ring, so I have at least one. I can't remember exactly, but I think that swimsuit is a little TLC, so I might be able to take that ring for this suit and
have a nice condition, complete one. But wait, there's more! Living Skipper's swimsuit wasn't the only thing in there for Skipper. We also have a skirt, the pink and red tulip skirt from "Dog Show". Like with Ken's bathrobe, only one piece survived from the entire outfit. The skirt is in okay shape, the fabric is a little dingy, and the pleats have flattened out, but nothing too extreme. Those both should be an easy fix. I actully like this outfit, so if I manage to find the top I'd get it. I'm not sure who would end up with it, but I know I'd make some knee socks to go with it, that outfit just screams for knee socks! (But really, most outfits I think could use knee socks, I love them!)

Moving on from Skipper, we get to Barbie. (Not) Shockingly she had the most clothing pieces in the lot. Ken and Skipper had four combined, Barbie had four in total. Up first we have the dress to Loop Scoop from 1970. Somebody really liked this dress. It's got several spots of popped stitching, with a couple places that have been repaired. Most of the problems are in the bodice, in the front so they're highly visible. Again,
like with the jacket and Living Skipper swimsuit, I have this outfit already. The one I have, while in need of repair, is actually in better condition than this new one. I mean, this new one isn't in terrible shape, but just needs some work. I think it will end up in the TLC vintage clothing box until I decide what to do with it. After that we have another Barbie dress. It's the dress to "Silver Sparkle". This dress also got lots of play. Both the silver skirt and silver knit top show some major wear. It's still has the bow however. It's a little stretched out (especially in the back), but still looks okay on a doll. There's some silver thread loss to the top, but it's minor. I do like this dress, but never realized how short it was, that skirt does not cover much! Not sure what to do with this dress, but I am glad to have it.
And finally we have the final two clothing items from the lot, I saved the best for last. Here we have a the top
and skirt that belongs to Color Magic outfit Mix n' Matchers, from 1967. I'm missing the pants, the hat, and I'm not sure if it came with shoes or not. They're both in good shape (maybe the colors are slightly faded). I did notice a small spot on the shirt at one of the underarms that have come undone, but it's very minor. This outfit was one of the reasons why I wanted this lot. These pieces can sell for slightly under ten each, and when you break down this lot each doll cost ten dollars and the clothes were freebies. I'm not totally in love with the silhouette of these two pieces together (I think the pants and top look nicer together), so I'm not planning on using this on a doll. Still plan on keeping it, and am glad I have it though.

Stay tuned for the dolls, they're next!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Just call me "The Greedy"

If anyone knows what movie the title is in reference to, let me know in the comments. 
I'll be most impressed.

As you may remember, I am currently going through an obsession with Craigslist. One that consists of me checking the entire state of North Carolina in the hopes of finding more dolls, because apparently I need more dolls to not sew for around here.
You already heard all about my previous exploits with Craigslist, how I had to be a real sneak in order to get those Ken and Midge dolls, and how I'm still mourning the loss of that other doll (every day it gets a little easier). But despite all my trails and tribulations there, I keep finding myself over there and searching for new Barbie doll listings. For the most part they aren't anything decent, either overpriced collector dolls or mis-categorized modern play line dolls, but sometimes you manage to find something worthwhile. The other day after getting my Midge and Ken I found a very interesting listing, or more accurately re-found it.
Back when I started checking Craigslist, I found this ad. It was a small lot of dolls with some clothes. It was a bit expensive, but if you broke it down for what you're getting it could be a decent buy. The only problem is the ad had been listed days ago, so who knows if it was still available. I contacted the seller, asked them if it was still available, and also asked if they'd be willing to accept an offer of ten dollars less than what they had it listed for. I sent the e-mail from my main account and waited. I never ended up hearing back from them, so I assumed the dolls had been sold and they never took the ad down.

Then they re-listed the ad.

Now the dolls were at the top of the page and taunting me, and I had to have them! The only problem is that I had already contacted them, and since I never heard back from them, I could only assume they had rejected my offer. And I figured that if I contacted them again, they would continue to ignore me, despite the fact that I'd now be willing to pay them the full price they were asking for. So I decided I couldn't use that e-mail again, and one of my other spare e-mails uses practically the same name, so that one was out too. So I ended up using my totally different spare e-mail address to contact them. I sent it (again changing how I typed out things), and waited... and waited... and waited. I waited 24 hours for a reply and got nothing. It was really starting to annoy me how little curtsey I was getting from people on there. I always try to be respectful when contacting people, why where they not even bothering to e-mail me back? Even a simple, "Sorry the dolls have been sold." would have been suffice. But nothing, and the dolls were still listed online.

In a last ditch attempt to hear from them, I contacted them again... from a brand new created for just this purpose e-mail. I've already told you I was crazy, so now I'm just giving you the proof. And this time they e-mailed me back!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It took several hours, but I was shocked to hear anything. The dolls were still available and they would be willing to meet the next day (Saturday) in a parking lot in Raleigh so I could look at them. They actually picked a place that was right off the highway for me which was nice of them, not always are people so considerate.

I was up bright and early the next day and headed out with my father. We found the parking lot they suggested we meet in, but it was a bit of a challenge. It turns out the store that was there, had moved. So the store sign we were looking for to identify the parking lot, just wasn't there anymore. With some on the fly sleuthing, we were able to determine that we were in the right location, so we decided to wait, the problem was that we were there a bit earlier than expected. So we ended up leaving and driving around for a little. After wandering around briefly (and finding nothing of interest) we headed back. This time there was a car waiting for us. We parked, I got out, and briefly chatted with the woman and man who were in the car. They were the people we were meeting, I manly talked with the woman. Apparently I was looking at her childhood dolls. I looked over them briefly, and then decided I wanted them (I had already decided that since I wasn't going to drive 2 hours if I was on the fence). I then paid her the fifty dollars she was asking for them, then we both went on out merry ways.
And then they were mine, five new dolls, and several new pieces of clothing, some Mattel, some hand made. They're in okay shape, most of the dolls have some damage, some I can repair, some I cannot, but when the price breaks down to ten dollars per doll, they ultimately were a good buy.

And now that you've heard all about how they came to live here, in the next couple of posts you'll get to see what my newest lot consists of.

Yay, more dolls to not sew for!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Now Let's Talk Dolls!

Now that we've finally gotten past all the clothes that came in the case (and the case itself), it's time to talk about the dolls that came with it. I'm sure I've said this already, but the dolls are the important part to me the clothes and case were just a bonus (although with most of the clothes they were a pretty slim bonus).

(Heads up, there's no pictures of the first doll since apparently I forgot to take one and I'm too lazy to dig her out and remedy that. I'm sure you've all seen this type of doll, so it's like she's rare or anything.)
Up first we have a Skipper. She's your standard straight leg doll. The majority of my Skipper dolls are straight leg dolls, so she's in pretty good company. She's in pretty decent shape, with some wear. Her face has darkened a little bit, that happens sometimes. Her face paint looks good, She has some wear to her lips, but her eyebrows and eyes look good. But... she's had a haircut. Some kid cut off the bottom of her hair, giving her this awful bob. I've seen this same haircut on Skipper a lot, a really don't like it. I don't think it flatters her at all. I know the kid who cut her hair wasn't thinking about how well it flattered her, but I am. She's actually one of the dolls due for a re-root come this June. I already have a re-rooted regular brunette, so I didn't want another. With her I decided to stick with Brunette, but go for a really dark shade, almost black. I've seen Skipper dolls with that hair color, and I really like it. Also I think with her coloring, it would work nicely. I thought about doing a bright orange/red (another Skipper doll I've seen that I've liked), but with her coloring it didn't seem to work. But I'm sure I'll eventually get a Skipper that needs a re-root. Out of all my straight leg Skipper dolls, two of them still have their original hair, I've found it just doesn't stand up that well over time. So in June (or around then), you'll be seeing her.

After her we have a Barbie doll, a Fashion Queen Barbie. I know, I literally just dressed the one I had (that had been waiting for over a year) then I go and get another one. It's a vicious cycle, but I didn't pick the dolls that came in the lot, I just bought them. In terms of Fashion Queens she is in amazing shape. She is on a Midge/Barbie body that's in great shape. It has all it's fingers and toes, flawless fingernail and toenail polish, and is free from bites, dents, or scratches. The only flaw with her body us that her legs have some red stains on it. Ever since I got her she'd been sitting with acne cream on the stains and they've faded greatly. I still have a couple spot that need more time (and some that I forgot in the first place), but I'm confident in time that all the stains will all come out. And if there's anything this lovely lady has got, it's time since there's a ton of dolls waiting to get dressed before her.
Facially she's in good shape too. She has the most minimal of paint loss to her painted on hair. Her face paint is pretty good too. She doesn't have her nose dots anymore, and has some loss to her lips. I actually caused the lip paint loss. When I got her she had some blue ... paint? Something sticky on her lips that was blue. I was trying to remove it, but also ended up removing part of the paint as well. I stopped when I realized it was happening, but I'm still annoyed with myself for doing it. At least it's not too bad. An interesting thing about this Fashion Queen compared to the three I already have (two complete, one just a TLC head) is the material of her head is made out of. It's hard. The other three I own their head is the standard squishy Barbie head material, on this one her head is totally stiff, and when you tap it, it makes the same sound as a Ken head. I've never seen one like that before, and always assumed they were all squishy. I assume they made some out of the same plastic they used for Ken and Allen. It would make sense since they didn't need to root the doll, so it didn't need to be soft enough to let the rooting needle root in. I asked a Flickr friend about it, and he said that he's seen dolls like that before. I guess it's just a variation among Fashion Queens. I do have a theory that the hard head dolls were sold as complete dolls. There were two versions of Fashion Queen dolls, one as just a head that you had to decapitate one of your old dolls to use and a stand alone complete doll version. I believe that the hard plastic heads are from the stand alone since there would be no way for a child (or adult) to get that head on or off a Barbie body without breaking either the head or the neck knob. It's just a theory, I could be wrong, but it makes sense to me. I'm going to have to invest in a wig for her at some point, that's what helped me get that last Fashion Queen dressed.

And finally we have our entire reason for getting this lot... another Barbie... but she's an American Girl! I believe I mentioned it a while ago, but all this year I've been having the strongest desire to add another American Girl Barbie to the collection. Normally these feelings pass, but with that doll, I kept wanting one. I knew it would be super expensive, but I really, really, really wanted one. For what people pay for one, I usually spend that much on four or five dolls. Luckily I found this lot that was the same price as an AG solo, but came with all these other things to make it more cost effective. I wouldn't have bought the other two dolls solo, but getting three for the price of one did make it a little more reasonable. Also the seller was willing to do a payment plan so I was able to pay for it over time.
Anyway, about the doll. She's a low color Brunette, meaning her lips have faded to the butter cream color. My other one is also a Low Color doll. She has the shorter haircut, and her hair is the rougher type of doll hair. My other doll has the softer style hair, one that's similar to the hair used for the vintage ponytail dolls. I believe that means each one is from a different year. If I had to guess, I'd say the new one is from 1964? She has some slight face darkening, and I know dolls from that year are prone to that.
Anyway, she's mostly in good shape, except for a couple of flaws, which normally wouldn't bug me, but for what I paid for her she should be flawless! I guess I should be happy to have her, she really is a lovely doll, and in all honestly, probably one of the dolls with the better value in my collection. I'm not planning on selling any of them for the time being, but at least my Estate will benefit. Anyway, back to her. Her head is in pretty good shape. Her hair is nice and full, and uncut. Her bob is actually a little uneven. One side is a bit shorter than the other, I think it came like that at the factory, since the rest of her hair doesn't have any of the tell tale signs of being cut. Her face paint is really nice, she has one rub to her eyelash ridge (unlike missing it completely like my other one). I can't tell if her nose dots are still there. Her oxidized lip color is so close to her skin tone that I'm having a hard time determining if they're there or not. She does have a nose pinch. The seller thought it was extra plastic at the tip of her nose, but it's clearly a nip. She still has all of her nose, but it's a little misshapen at the tip. It's really not noticeable unless you're looking at her up close, but it's one of those things that annoy me. It would be one thing if she was a 20 dollar bubblecut, but she was certainly not one of those! At least she doesn't have any neck splits.
Body wise she's in good shape too. She's on a correct BL Barbie body, my first for that (my first AG and BL Midge came both as just heads and got stuck with SL bodies). Her torso is nice, it doesn't have any chips around the arm holes that I know they can get. It looks to have minimal play wear, I did notice a couple minor scratches on the torso, but these are toys after all. Her arms are in good shape, she has all her fingers and full nail polish. They are free from cat bites. Her legs are another story. They're in pretty good shape. Her hips are nice, they're tight and close to the torso (some dolls have legs that are super wobbley at the hips), and her knees both bend and hold position very nicely. I won't say how many clicks since I'm a bit wary of clicking and unclicking her legs. Most of the damage to her legs are from mid-calf down. She has some cat chews to both feet, and a couple minor cuts to her lower legs. She's also missing both big toes on her feet (someone nibbled them off). Most of the damage is minor and the toes will be covered by her shoes. Normally I would be more accepting of the damage, but when you pay soooooo much for a doll you do want her to be perfect. I do like her, just wish she was in slightly better condition.

So that's everything I got from that lot of stuff that I bought. I am happy that I got it (there's no buyers remorse or anything), I especially like the AG, but there's no real "OMG I GOT A GREAT DEAL ON THIS!" feeling. I do like that feeling. I think I'm going to go back to my low-end ways, so don't worry I doubt I'll be spending that much on a doll any time soon.

I'll be the same loveable cheap Aubrey as usual. :)

I have a question for people

Hi Everyone,

Still on my hiatus... things are still where I left them with you last, but I had a question for everyone.

It's a "what would you do in this situation" kind of question.

I am Facebook friends with Mel Odom (the creator of the Gene doll), from what he's said I've deduced that he's planning on being in NC (his birth state) in July. I assume to visit friends and family. Part of me wants to contact Linda (president of the doll club) and mention it to her with the idea of maybe we could send him an invite for some sort of evening get together as a doll club with someone who's very ensconced with the creating/business aspect of the doll industry? The thing is, he hasn't said "I'm going to be in NC in July", I've just put two and two together about it. I'd hate to intrude in his personal life, but when will a chance like that happen again?

So, would it be creepy to mention it to Linda?