Friday, June 19, 2015

Say Hello Ladies!

So even though I'm trying to be better about buying new dolls by now whenever you see a new post longer than three sentences it means that I bought something new. 

This is one of those posts. 

Per usual, I will say that I have been better about just buying old any vintage doll because they're a decent price. Even though I can't resist all deals I have become a lot more discriminating in what I will buy and will let some deals pass me by just because I don't need another doll of a certain type. However there are exceptions to every rule. I may be able to pass on Midge, Ken, Skipper, and even Francie, a vintage Barbie doll will always tug at my purse strings. Unless it's a Fashion Queen, I already have several of those and have seemingly no problem passing them by. But the rest of them will always be fair game.

In case you can't see where this is going, I bought a new vintage Barbie doll. 
Two in fact.

I was over on Etsy (my current weakness) checking out the new listings when I saw that someone had listed a number 5 titan ponytail for 45 dollars. Titan ponytails are extremely hard to get since they made them in much smaller numbers than blondes or even brunettes. I do have a titan number 6, but this one was older and too much of a deal to pass up. The only issue was shipping, it was going to cost me 10 bucks to ship the doll! Since I was already paying shipping I decided to look at what else the seller had and found a number 6 ash blonde ponytail on what looked to be a number 4 body.... for 20 bucks! Adding her to the card bumped shipping up to 15. Both dolls had their issues, but for the price I was fine with it. I shelled out 80 dollars for the two dolls including priority shipping.
And then I waited, and waited.... and waited.

This was one of the sellers that delayed shipping the package long enough for me to write a short blog post bemoaning the fact that why should I pay for the expensive shipping for the seller to just hold onto the package for days until they can be bothered to get it into the mail?

It was real touch and go for a while but I did survive waiting for them to arrive. I did complain about the overage in shipping but it turns out that's how much it cost to ship them to me. However the seller used a too large box to ship them and had to pad it out with more packing material, the dolls really shouldn't have cost 15 dollars to ship, priority mail or not.

Either way the two dolls arrived. And now it's time to talk about them!
 I'll talk about the Ash Blonde Ponytail first. 

I was correct, she did arrive on a number four body. I seem to have a real knack for finding number four bodies. This is my second or third doll to come on one of these bodies, however the heads remain elusive. Either way, the body is in decent played with condition. When it arrived the legs from
Seller's Picture
the mid-thigh down was oddly dark. However some time in the sun with acne cream has managed to remove most of the discoloration and it looks pretty good. The neck does have a factory flaw in the back at the top of the neck, a small air bubble. I wish it wasn't there, but these things happen. Mattel had better quality control back then, but it was far from perfect. They were still churning out Barbie as quickly and as cheaply as possible. The body also has an issue to the fingers. It's either scraping or the fingers are aging over time and the plastic is changing? It looks and feels rougher than the rest of the hands. I'm not too sure what is going on there, but it's not too bad. Hopefully it's just play wear and won't get any worse. I'm not really sure what I'm going to do with this body since number 4 heads have been hard for me to find. I did end up giving the ponytail a correct Midge/Barbie body I had so this is now a spare.
So now she is on the right body. I won't talk much about it just that it's in decent shape with minimal play wear. I can't remember where I got it originally. Now onto her head. Like I already mentioned
she's an Ash Blonde number 6. She has the standard blue eyes and has
coral colored lips. Her make up is perfect, no play wear. I was told that she had her original top knot, but I'm pretty sure she still has her original curls at the bottom of her ponytail too. The only thing I've done with her hair is remove the nasty (not original) rubber band and put a clear elastic in it's place. She's actually in really nice shape, one of my better ponytails. She does have green ear, that's her only issue. I haven't started her treatment yet, I'm a little worried about messing up her hair. I'm sure I'll get over my hesitation and she'll be looking killer in no time! She was definitely worth the 20 dollars plus 7.50 shipping she ended up costing me! 

The second doll that I bought (and the main reason I was so tempted by this in the first place) was that Titan Ponytail. Like I already said, she's a number 5, so she has the thinner face and will get a greasy face that I'll have to keep tabs on. She has more play wear than the other doll, but she's still very pretty. Her biggest issue is that her lips have several spots where the paint is gone, she still has
lips though. I see lots of dolls online who are missing all of their lip paint. Her eyebrows might have lightened some, but that could just be how the Titan's eyebrows are painted. Her hair is long and uncut. She seriously has
the longest ponytail of any doll I have. I did have to take a while brushing out her hair. It wasn't as bad as some ponytails I've gotten, but around her hairline it was a bit matted, so I had to be very careful to untangle it working
in sections to make sure I saved as much hair as I could. Her body is in nice shape, she's on the correct Barbie only body. She has some minor discoloration to the back of her legs I still need to deal with. When I got her one of her feet had been chewed pretty badly (by a child, not a cat). I tried easing out the damage by soaking her foot in boiling water, which did help some but it was still deformed. I ended up swapping it out for another leg that I had in my parts bin. They're not a perfect match, but neither was her original leg. Mattel really did not put that much effort in when it came to giving dolls the same sized legs. There's lots of dolls out there with one leg longer than the other (but the same could be said about people). And there you have it, my second Titan ponytail. Most likely not my last, but I am pleased as punch to get a second one when not that long ago I thought I'd never own one! 

1 comment:

  1. Hello Aubrey,
    Great finds! they are lovely doll and seem in overall pretty good condition.
    Big hug,