Sunday, November 23, 2014

Obsessed

Hello everyone, this post might fall under things that are interesting to just me, but since it's my blog I get to write it and you have to suffer through it (or just read enough to know you don't want to read any more and click the x icon closing the page).

But first a quick update. This past week was a bit of an down then up. I started off in a bad/sad mood partially due to E-bay now charging me for re-listings and me only discovering that after I had renewed them all and are now 15 bucks in the hole. Grrr. But the week did end with me finally getting a doll that I've been really wanting for a slight better than average price. However you don't get to hear about him just yet since he's my Christmas present and will be packed away shortly until the 25th. I "got" him early since I had to check his condition and to see if he was a good fit for my collection. Luckily I like him, so he'll be staying.

Anyway, this post is going to be about shoes. Disney Store flats to be exact (Yes, again). One of my last posts was a list breaking down the shoes (both style and color) that comes with the current Disney Store Classic dolls. After extensive research I have now compiled a list of every color that Disney has produced their flat shoes in, including dolls they no longer make and dolls that no longer come with shoes. Just two quick comments, one I just found out there's two different style of flats, one for the flat foot and one for the heel foot and I didn't make a distinction which is which and my color findings could end up being wrong so please don't take the following list as gospel.

The shoe colors I have found so far are:

Black - Coronation Frozen Dolls (Disney Store and JCPenny), Vanessa
Brown - Classic Merida
Burgundy - Classic Mulan
Clear - Cinderella Princess Pets
Dusky Blue - Classic Cinderella
Gold - Collector Aurora from live action Maleficent movie (Gold Dress Version)
Green - Classic Tiana
Hot Pink - Classic Sleeping Beauty
Ivory - Rapunzel Wedding Dress (Classic and 12" Limited Edition)
Light Blue - Talking Merida Doll 
Light Pink - Ariel Palace Pets
Light Purple - First Issue Rapunzel (Current dolls are shoeless)
Medium Blue - Elsa
Yellow - Classic Belle and Classic Snow White

The dolls in italics are no longer sold by the Disney store and are only available from secondary sources. Also, there might be another variation of blue out there. The blue flats that come with the Sleeping Beauty gift set look to be a richer blue but I have not seen them in detail to feel comfortable giving them their own category.
Out of all the colors listed I currently own clear, dusky blue, light pink, and yellow. I have black and ivory coming in the mail. I bought the Coronation Frozen dolls from JCPenny just to steal their shoes. I found someone on E-bay selling the Rapunzel Wedding dress and snatched it up since the doll goes for twice what I paid easily. I've done searches for the remaining shoes but they're hard to find on second hand sources. What I've been finding are the Mattel versions, are missing their shoes, or are MIB and go for more than what the Disney Store asks for them (specifically Sleeping Beauty, Mulan, and Tiana). However I am confident that I will eventually get them all, or become obsessed with something else and stop spending so much time and money on one type of doll shoes.
Luckily my obsessions burn bright and quickly and I'll soon move on to the next thing.  
(But hopefully after I get a few more colors before that happens!)

Friday, November 7, 2014

Kinda new...ish.... sorta?

As you may remember back in June I was giving a bag of dolls parts. In it was several things I needed including several 70's era bodies, some assembly required. I started working on repairing them as soon as I got them and managed to get two bodied finished before I changed gears and started working on other projects. I already shared with you two dolls that I completed.
However there were still a couple bodies that I hadn't finished that have been languishing on my desk ever since. The other day I bought some more dolls in need of restoration and while I was waiting for them to arrive in the mail I forced myself get back to working on the dolls that still needed work. I was getting two new dolls, so I wanted to get two dolls completed.
The first one I worked on was a Living Barbie body that I needed to reattach the arms. I did finish it, but her head is another project that is waiting to get done so I'm not going to talk about it in this post. 
The other doll I got finished I will be sharing with you now though.

I'm pleased to introduce to you all Walk Lively Miss America. She'll just be going as Miss America from now on since she actually can't "walk lively" anymore.
I got her head in that random bag of parts from the Antique Mall years and years ago. It's the same head that Quick Curl Kelley and Free Movin' P.J. came from. I think with Miss America here I've used up all the heads that came in the bag (that I kept, I did sell some random doll parts that weren't Barbie that I knew I'd never use).
Her head is in really nice shape, uncut hair, beautiful makeup, perfect eyelashes, just a really nice head. The Steffie face mold is still not my favorite head mold that Mattel uses, but I have been adding several examples of it to the collection. Miss America is the first one to join the collection so I have a bit of soft spot for her. This one is my second one in the collection. The first one is on the correct body that I found years ago at the Goodwill in town. I'm pretty sure I have another Miss America head with cut hair. I don't know what it is about me, but I keep finding her!
Anyway, Miss America is now on your standard 70's era Barbie body from Taiwan. It's been so long since I started this project I can't remember everything that I had to repair on her. (Let this be a lesson to me in writing these posts in a more timely manner) Since I can't remember (and got it done the first go around) I assume that her arms and one leg were pretty standard repairs. The reason why she took so long to repair was because of her right leg.
Whenever I get a doll with a broken (and usually melted) limb joints I try and salvage as much of the original limb posts as possible. I take the broken piece out the limb, scrape off the melted plastic from both parts, and glue the post back together. Then I use the glue and rebuild what I just scraped off so I can put the limb back on. However since the parts I got in this lot are not from the same doll I was unable to piece the limbs back together. I did end up just replacing some of the knobs, but was running out of hip posts. I actually only have one left. I didn't want to spend 20 bucks to buy another kit, so I decided to try something new.
Using the nail glue I put layer after layer on the remaining bit of the leg knob that was still attached to the doll's torso. Using another leg knob as a guide I built the one up to the correct height. I also used that knob to determine where I needed to file down the knob so I could snap the leg on. I wasn't sure if this was even going to work, the nail glue might not be strong enough to support this leg. I was actually worried that the new nail glue leg post wasn't going to be strong enough to have the leg snapped on in the first place. But I was able to push it on and have it click into place. However, I had failed to put the nail polish on the leg to create a barrier to avoid the leg melting again, so I had to snap the leg off and redo it all over again. That's one of the reasons why this repair took too long. I didn't want to deal with it again after messing up the first time. The second time I did put the nail polish on, so it gets to stay on.
I put it on about a week ago and so far the leg has been staying on. I have been moving it around some, but I have been gentle with it. It's not a repair I would do for a doll that was going to be played with by a child, but for me it works. I'm not sure how well it will least over time, but it is working for now. And if it doesn't hold I can then get the replacement kit and do it over. At least the first thing I tried is the free one.

Welcome to the collection Miss America! 
(she's my second one, does that make her the runner up?)

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Disney Store Doll Shoes - A List!

As you know if you read the blog post about my new shoes from China that I like the rubbery flat shoes that come with the Disney Princess dolls. However I actually do not own any of these shoes. I did own a pair once, a black pair that came on the Vanessa doll from the Little Mermaid gift set. However she did not stay here since I had to return the set like 3 times to get a Vanessa doll that was riddled with production errors and giving up when it was apparent that was not going to happen. While researching online which doll came with what shoes I compiled a list of what I found. The following doll information was taken from pictures of the 2014 line. I included Anna and Elsa because they are technically "Classic" dolls, but they do not fall under the 2 for 10 dollars each deal like the rest of the dolls. I believe they are 16.95 each?
 
Anna: Black Boots
Ariel: No shoes included
Cinderella: Medium blue flats
Elsa: Medium blue flats
Jasmine: Light blue curled toe flats
Merida:  Medium Brown flats
Sleeping Beauty: Hot Pink Flats
Snow White: Yellow flats
Pocahontas: No shoes included
Rapunzel: No shoes included

How annoying is it when a doll does not get shoes included? I don't care if they don't wear shoes in the movie, they should always be included with the doll. These are toys for children that are meant to be redressed. And it's not like they're going for total movie accuracy, Cinderella has light blue flats on! And for a movie that has her shoes being such a HUGE part they should try to get them somewhat close to the originals.

Anyway, for the following dolls I was able to find some pictures from previous years releases. I can't guarantee these dolls still have the same shoes in the 2014 versions.

Belle: Yellow flats (2012-2013 Classic doll)
Evil Queen: Black high heels (2012-2013 Classic doll)
Maleficent: Black high heels (2012-2013 Classic doll)
Mother Gothel: Plum high heels (2012-2013 Classic doll)
Mulan: Burgundy flats (2012-2013 Classic doll)
Tiana: Green flats (2012-2013 Classic doll)

I've also included the current 12" singing doll.

Singing Dolls:
Tiana: White High Heels
Briar Rose: No Shoes
Ariel: No Shoes (no feet in fact)
Merida: Ice blue flats

If I forgot anyone that's because they were sold out at the Disney Store online and that's the site I used to compile this list.
I will say that I noticed that as I was working on this list a LOT of dolls missing from the Disney Store online site that I know they've made in the past. I'm not sure if they're sold out or no longer in production. I didn't see Gaston, Charlotte, King and Queen from Brave, King Triton, Genie, or the Fairy Godmother. There could be others missing as well, those are just the ones I remember. Basically all they had in stock where the Prince and Princess with a few villains scattered in. Maybe they're streamlining the line and only leaving "main" characters?

Anyway, I hope this list helps anyone looking at the shoes. I was hoping to find someone had black flats, but no dice. I'm still looking for a "unofficial" source for these shoes. I want some, but really don't want to spend 10 dollars for one pair.