Friday, July 31, 2015

I can't think of any cute Frozen puns for the title....

The other day in order to qualify for free shipping over at Shop Mattel I bought "Seasonal Sweets Cinderella". She was 9.99 before tax. I picked her because she came with a cute snowflake headband that I'm swiping for Charlotte. However I wanted to let people know about her shoes. They are made from a semi translucent blue plastic, the plastic is a little soft which causes the thin heel to warp, but they look good from the front. The shoes have a large snowflake design in front with two smaller snowflakes beside it.The reason why I'm telling you this is because they would work wonderfully for an Elsa doll, especially since Disney loves giving her basic flats. They do have to bend a little in the front, but they be worn by the Disney dolls with the articulated ankles. Like I said I got mine from the Mattel store, but I saw several of them on E-bay for pretty much the same price.

And for the doll, she's okay. Don't love this face mold of Cinderella, but her hair's cute. I'm not keeping her, she'll be donated for the doll donation project. Interesting note, she has the same molded on underwear as most of the newer Barbie dolls, but without the molded in Barbie head pattern, she apparently wears plain underwear!

The dress is awful. Bad color choices, cheap fabric, and a terrible fit. At least the headband's nice.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Familiar Faces in Familiar Places

So despite  my best efforts I once again managed to buy another doll, to the surprise of nobody. I was bored and poking around E-bay under the new listings and found a doll that was simply listed as Barbie. However she wasn't any Barbie. She was the 1979 Italy Dolls of the World Barbie.

Now I already own and have talked about this doll, what makes her special is that she that uses a different head mold that was only used one other time before Mattel stopped using it completely. I already bought one a few years ago but that one is in such great shape I feel bad doing anything with it beyond posing it. This one was a bit more played with so I felt I could enjoy it more. It was listed as a buy it now but with the make an offer option. I made an offer of 20 plus shipping, it was originally 27 plus shipping. My offer was accepted so I paid 26 and change for her in total, so it was like I got free shipping.

After I bought her and paid for her I looked up the completed listings for this doll, either she's come down a lot in price or I've overestimated what she was worth. I saw several dolls in better condition than mine selling for not much more than what I paid for. It's one of those live and learn moment. So if anyone is interested in getting this doll apparently now's the right time to do it since apparently she's not selling for very much.

Since I paid so much for shipping it meant she came priority and also luckily the seller was quick to get her into the mail so I wasn't stuck twiddling my thumbs waiting for her to arrive.

I was pleased to see that she arrived in a large, but not too large box. Now that I've been selling on E-bay boxes of various sizes are like gold to me. The majority of what I sell does fit in padded envelopes but I do have a lot that need to be shipped in boxes and you'll never know when you'll need a box of a certain size so I've been collecting them up whenever I find them.

She didn't come wearing any part of her original outfit. She came wearing the one piece pants and dickie to Wedding Todd's original outfit from the 80's. It's in played with condition, but not too badly. There's some light fraying to the ruffle in front and it does have a spot on the shirt that I'll have to try to get out. I'm hoping that won't be too hard to do. It was missing the closure piece in the back of the neck. I'm not surprised about that, it's literally a plastic ball that once it slips out of place is really easy to lose. I'm hoping to replace it with a snap if I can get it to stay in the vinyl collar. When she arrived the collar was held closed (and prevented a wardrobe malfunction) by a grimy bronze colored safety pin (which will be heading into the trash after I post this blog, I don't need tetanus). Right now my plans for this outfit is to I'm going to try to wash and repair it, then donate it to the doll donation group. I don't have the matching jacket for it, but maybe someone will find something it can work with so a doll can be dressed in it. Or maybe someone will want it and swap another item out for it. All I know is that I don't have a use for it.
Hi, I'm Sammy SafetyPin! Would you like lockjaw?

On to the doll herself. She's in nice played with condition. Her face paint is good shape. The only issue she has is a white line under her right eye. It looks like it happened at the factory after they had finished painting her eyes. It's not a huge issue, but I wish I could cover it up, it's a bit distracting. I know that I'm not skilled enough to do any type of paint touch up, so she will live with it. The biggest issue with her and the one that wasn't disclosed to me was that she's had some of her hair cut. The top layer of hair, the one that's coming from her part is only about an inch and a half long. It's annoying that I wasn't told about this but when she came her hair was a mess so it's not like the seller actively hid this from me. Since she's more for play it's not too big of an issue since it's still long enough too do some hair styles with.

Her body is in really nice shape, the only issues with it are some light scuffing on the right thumb
molding seam (this will be easy to remove) and some light scraping to the torso here and there. This doll really did not get much play. She even came with her original Superstar ring! I will be removing this and putting in the jewelry bag with the rest of my Superstar Jewelry.

As you can see she and her body are no longer together. Shortly after she arrived she got upgraded to a Fashionista Body. Her coloring is a bit odd, she's way too dark for the average Fashionista so I ended up putting her on the first wave Artsy body. Her skin tone has a bit more of a reddish undertone, but it's most likely the best match I'll get. I even have possible plans for her original body. I've been wanting to make a Hawaiian Superstar since I doubt I'll ever get one so I'm hoping this body will be a good base for one. Now I just need to get a Superstar head to dye to the correct color and re-root with black hair.

At least no part of her gets wasted! 

Except for that nasty safety pin....

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Mostly all about ME! (but honestly, when is it not???)

Hello Dear Readers,

Life's been a bit crazy lately. I got a terrible sinus infection late last week that I've been struggling through as well as I could, then on last Monday I got a migraine at work. I was literally helping a customer at the register and kept having to adjust the screen because my eyes were too blurry to see the numbers. I ended up having to go home early. Luckily I did decide to go home because it was a very quick down hill slope from there. When waiting for my ride I almost passed out. Luckily I made it home without doing that and was able to fall asleep for several hours through the worst of it. I felt pretty lousy the next day. Usually after having a migraine the next few days my head is very sore and sensitive. Traditionally I take the next few days easy, but this time I could not, I had to work. I thought about calling out but I dragged myself in. A lousy job is even worse when you're not feeling well.  

Even after two days of full work shifts I couldn't rest. Yesterday I had to go up to Raleigh for some work training. It was a long day (I had to be there by 9 so I had to get up at 5) and at some times very stressful. I did learn a lot, but there are a few things that I was told or that I gleaned that I just don't feel comfortable with from a personal ethics standpoint. I really don't think this job is the best choice for me. I'm sticking it out for now, but pretty soon I think we'll be parting ways.

Luckily I have today off which is great since my room is a total mess. Being busy with work and very sick zapped all energy I had to do anything. I'm hoping today to work on it some and try to get some sort of handle on the situation. I have worked on it a bit already but work goes slow since I'm still sickly and tired. I'm going to do what I can but not push myself since I do need to take it easy so I will get better and not overdo it.

This blog post will not just be an update about me, but also about Artemis. You may remember that I bought some of the first issue Divergent Tris dolls for ten dollars from I bought them because they were almost as articulated as the first wave Fashionista dolls but in a lighter skin tone. I have a few dolls that could use a body like that, most importantly Artemis. I know that I said I was going to give one to my Disney Giselle doll but after getting them I decided that for the amount of time she's on display (she's literally in a box right now) I can wait until later to decide if she really needs articulation. So I ended up just taking one doll out of the box, I bought three, the other ones ended up in the closet as spares. They joined the two Sinatra Barbie dolls and the two Cheerleader Ken dolls. I'm amassing quite the collection of MIB articulated dolls waiting for heads!

The first thing I did after removing the doll from her box was remove her clothes. Surprisingly her pants and top are separate pieces. I wouldn't put it past Mattel to just give her a jumpsuit to make construction slightly cheaper. She also very quickly lost her head. Interesting to note that her head doesn't have glue in it. Meanwhile my collector Audrey Hepburn doll came with a head chock full of the greasy junk ....*grrrr*.

The head and clothes have gotten bagged and are due for Ebay any day now. I quickly trimmed down the posts on the neck knob and put Artemis' head on it, after checking to make sure it was a decent color match. It's not a perfect match, but it's actually closer than the body she was on before. Artemis is a Silkstone so while her face is a light color, it has more of a pink undertone than this new body. However it's close enough for me. When mixing and matching different lines and eras an exact match will be difficult to get. Besides there are plenty of dolls that come out of the factory with different colored heads and bodies since they're made out of different materials.

I like Artemis on this new body. She did have articulated legs before, but this is the first time she's had articulated arms with the wrist joint. I really like wrist joints, it allows a great deal of personality in posing. I did remove the black bird tattoo the body come with on the upper left of the torso. I lightly buffed it off with low grit sand paper. I still need to give it another go, there's still faint black smudges in spots but I just didn't want to be too aggressive with it and damage the doll.

One final things to comment on; the lower legs on these dolls aren't made from hard plastic like the Fashionista's are. It's the same type of plastic that they use for certain Ken arms. It's hard to describe, but it's a type of hard plastic, but doesn't feel as durable as the regular hard plastic. I do worry about this since Ken arms are more prone to scuffing and showing wear. And since I'm letting out all my fears about the legs I will also state that I'm concerned about how they'll age. If dealing with the 70's era dolls has taught me anything it's that two different types of materials touching doesn't always work out in the long run.

But hopefully we'll have lots of fun together before anything like that happens!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Barbie Moonlight Halloween 2015 Doll Review

I almost called this post "Halloween in July", but decided to go for a more straight forward title.

 On Friday I bought the newly released 2015 Halloween Barbie doll off of Amazon. Thanks to Amazon Prime, she arrived in two days, on a Sunday (that Sunday delivery is so cool and so weird). I'll be doing a review of her and her unboxing here on the blog. Not sure if that's going to be of any interest to anyone, but if they prove to be popular I'd be willing to continue for the few new dolls I do buy throughout the year.

Anyway, the play line 2015 Halloween doll is called "Moonlight Halloween". I paid 11.99 for her before tax on Amazon with free prime shipping. Her listing can be found here. I'm sure in time she'll be found in regular retail stores once we get closer to Halloween.

Her box is pretty traditional. She comes in a mostly cardboard box with a clear plastic window so you can see in. This reminds me of the boxes of my childhood compared to the clear plastic boxes with cardboard backers I've been seeing lately. However with this box, the cardboard is a lot flimsier. This feels more like.... knock off Barbie quality. It's just so thin and easily bent. On the front is the image of a white cat with a witch's hat on standing on a ramshackle wooden fence. Oddly enough the fence appears to be put together using screws. Looking at the fence construction (because you really need to know these details) it looks like the boards are inset compared to a traditional fence. How odd that the fence builder put all that effort into making a decent quality fence, but used sub-par boards. Hopefully that isn't an allegory for anything.

The left side of the box features the cat again in closeup. She is now sitting on the
pointed tops of the fence posts. However the stock art was just stuck on top of the fence art so she's just floating on it. There's no way a cat could sit like that on a fence like that. Behind her there is a sparking walkway leading up to a slightly creepy Addam's Family style house. (Don't follow the sparkles Barbie, it's a trap!) The despite it's cliche scary architecture the house looks like it's been kept in good shape. I did just notice that it doesn't have a front door. What kind of  house doesn't have a door? There seems to be a pink mist emanating from the door. Behind the house there's a full moon with some heavily stylized bats flying around. On the right side of the box there's another image of the fence post. I'm not sure if this is a repeat of the one on the other side. The sparking pathway, the house, the moon, and the bats images are all repeated on this side of the box. There's also a large pink vertical Barbie logo covering up most of the pathway. In case you didn't know who this doll was.

On the back of the box we are treated to a maze activity. We are told to help "Blissa" (the white cat apparently) find the house and so she can trick or treat. Interestingly Blissa's name is typed out with one cursive s and one non-cursive s. The majority of images on the back are repeated from elsewhere on the box. We have the same image of the cat from the front, the same image of the house from the sides, the same moon, the same Barbie logo, and the same bats just arranged differently. We now have a pink cobblestone walkway maze and the house now has a spooky tree behind it. The tree is actually bigger than the house! There's also some some tomb stones here and there among the maze. These people's walkways is through a cemetery?!? I don't know about you but no candy is worth traipsing through a cemetery in my opinion. (Unless it's peanut butter cups, then we'll talk). The maze is super easy. I know it's for kids, but there's only 4 pathways and two of them lead to the house, you literally have a 50 percent chance of getting it right by just guessing the way to go.

The box is easy to open. Two pieces of tape on top and a cardboard tab is all
that was in the way of me getting her out of the box. She comes attached to a cardboard liner. The liner once again makes use of the house, pathway, moon, and bats images. The bottom of my liner came pretty warped. It's really not a big deal since it's going to be tossed. The doll is attached to the liner at the head (three plastic tags), hair (by a clear elastic), upper right arm, waist, and one foot (clear plastic t straps). Using scissors she was pretty easy to debox. In good news her dress wasn't stapled down anywhere using those terrible small plastic tags. I hate those and how they damage the clothes no matter how careful you are removing them.

The Barbie doll in this set is pretty basic. She uses the new Barbie face mold and has light blue eyes
and medium pink lips. She has some of the worst blush I've ever seen on a doll. It's faint but it looks like someone just took the brush and plopped it on her cheeks. It's almost like how clowns do their makeup. I'd rather she didn't have any blush than these odd shiny circles the color of watered down blood on her cheeks. Not sure why they even bothered. She was made in Indonesia so I'll bet she has glue in her head, but her head isn't actually as stiff as some other dolls I have gotten. Her hair is straight with a side part. It's mostly blonde with a few purple streaks. Mine came with a few broken strands right out of the box. Her hair is really choppy. The hair in the back from the top of her head is really short, like if I hadn't removed her from the box myself I would have assumed some child had cut it. The majority of her hair reaches above the small of her back, but the shorter parts just reach above the back of her neck. I mean it's in the back so you really can't see it, but this is not very playable hair. If you look at the pictures you can see that my doll has her head pointed upwards. This is permanent. I can't get the doll to look down. I took of her head and she has the solid neck knob Mattel gives their cheaper dolls. I guess Mattel doesn't want Barbie to look any direction other than up. In my opinion that really limits playability.

Barbie's body is very limited. She has the belly button torso with
molded on underwear and has the modern palm to rear arms that just move back and forth. Her legs are hard plastic (do they even make rubber legs any more?) and are on the ball joint at the hips so that they can't move that far apart. The legs are very tight and hard to move. The legs on mine are prone to have the legs crossed with the right leg behind the left leg. You can move the doll's legs out of this position, but very quickly it reverts itself back to it. My doll also came with a gouge to her torso on her left side, near her rib cage. This happened at the factory since the dress and box were both undamaged. This doll reminds me a lot of the beach dolls I bought last year, except that the beach dolls had arms that could pivot. How come a 5 dollar doll has better articulation than a 12 dollar doll?

For Halloween this year Barbie has a cat theme going on. I'm not saying
she's a cat because despite her cat ear headband, her outfit isn't really a cat costume. Made from a shiny synthetic fabric her dress features a sweetheart bodice with pleated tulle shoulder straps. It has a faux fake corset in black with a fake ribbon tie front. The purple fabric that make up the bodice and the skirt has an images of black cats, black cat heads, and black sparkles. I love the cat, it reminds me of Gigi from "Kiki's Delivery Service". The dress closes in the back with Velcro. In typical Mattel fashion only the front is made from the nice fabrics, the back is just plain purple fabric. At least it seems to be the same fabric as the purple in the front, just without the pattern printed on. This dress is so cute, it's the main reason why I bought this doll in the first place. Mine does have a few sewing errors (the worst being the top point of the corset is off center), but I am willing to overlook them. I like how the dress has enough whimsy to be cute, but not so cute it gets too juvenile.

The outfit has three accessories that the doll comes wearing; the headband, the necklace, and the shoes. The headband is adorable. Made of matte black plastic it has little cat ears on it. The band on it is surprisingly thick, but I guess they had to do that to accommodate the cat ears since
they themselves are rather thick. At least like that you know they'll be a little sturdier. The cat ears do fit older dolls with smaller heads, it will just be a little loose on them. It does have a little bit of give to it, so it should also fit dolls with larger heads. I would just be careful about leaving it on them too long in case it warps the plastic. I will say that my pair came with little bit of excess plastic on them on the inside that wasn't trimmed off at the factory and it was sharp. Not sharp enough to cut you, but if you touched it it definitely hurt. I was able to easily trim it off with an Exacto knife, but anyone reading this review is getting this doll for their kids you might want to check the headband first for any issues. Even if you don't have an Exacto knife a nail file would at least work to dull the sharp part. The doll's necklace is also molded in same black plastic. It features a design of two strands of pearls with jewels randomly placed on it with two hanging pieces from the largest jewel. It kind of looks like it's dripping. It has no painted details. It feels really familiar to me so I think I've seen it before on another doll, perhaps in silver? I could be wrong it just feels like I've seen it before. Her shoes are made out of the same type of plastic. They are high heeled, opened toed, slightly platformed, gladiator style shoes. They feature molded in studs on the strap and what appears to be a zipper in the front. They also have no painted details. They have a slit down the back so it's easier to put them on and take them off the doll.   

Other than what she's wearing Barbie came with one accessory, a cardboard broom. Even though
she's clearly a cat, for some reason this doll is getting labeled as a witch. Even the product description refers to her as a witch and specifically mentions her witch's hat, even though there is no hat only the cat ears. The broom is rather disappointing. It's made out of a thicker cardboard than the box, but mine already came bent on the end and in the center straight out of the box. It has a pink handle and pink sparkles on the bristles. It's really nothing special and really should have been omitted. Even if it had come not broken it's not going to stand up to any real play. I am slightly impressed with how tall it is, but it's actually too tall for the doll. It's way too tall for any real broom (without her shoes on it reaches the same height as the doll's eyes) and it's way too long for her when she's riding it. And with the super pink handle it looks like the doll is riding on a pink light saber instead of a broom. This accessory is really a waste of cardboard.

So that's all that came with the Barbie Moonlight Halloween doll. This doll is a bit of a mixed bag in my opinion. I am impressed with her clothes and plastic accessories. The dress is really cute and pretty decently made. It's a nice blend of cute and sassy but still child friendly. It's been a while since I found a Barbie doll that I had to have the dress from, usually I just steal their shoes. I am also impressed by her cat ears. Even though they are cat ears I can see them being fun for other outfits, pretending a doll is an animal or just an accessory for another outfit. The doll itself is where my disappointment lies. Her static body and chopped up hair really doesn't lend itself to getting played with. She's hardly going to be a kid's favorite doll since she's so limited as to what she can do. Yes she does have purple streaks in her hair but that's all she's got going for her. For not much more you could get the Director Barbie and that doll comes with arms that pivot at the shoulders, articulated knees and ankles, a full outfit, sunglasses, and two pairs of shoes. And her hair won't be as hacked up. I'd say that I'd be more comfortable paying 9.99 for this doll, mainly because I love the dress. However I'd much rather have Mattel sold just the outfit and didn't bother with the doll. But that's not how things goes, is it?

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Request of my Readers RE: 2015 Disney Dolls

Hello Dear Readers,

I was just wondering if anyone stumbles across any reviews of the new 2015 Disney classic dolls could you share the info with me? The dolls have been out for a few weeks now and I've been trying to find any reviews of them and haven't been having much luck. Like usual, I'm really just trying to find out what color shoes they have to see if there's any colors I don't have yet. I have heard rumors of there being a 25 percent off sale coming up soon and I'd hate to miss it, but I'd also hate to buy more dolls than I needed to and end up with multiples of the same shoes (I already have two yellow, burgundy, and brown pairs).

I have seen pictures of Belle and I'm pretty sure her shoes are the same yellow tone as the pair I already have so I'm crossing her off the list. I was hoping for a gold tone pair, but no luck. Snow White still has the same yellow shoes (they are the same color as Belle's, btw). I assume Merida, Mulan, and Sleeping Beauty all have the same color shoes as last year too. The new classic Elsa, assuming she now has the rubber legs, most likely will have the same color shoes as the J.C. Penny doll, which I already purchased. However all of these dolls I would like to see pictures of before ruling them out completely. 

That really leaves just Tiana and Cinderella as the two I'm most curious about and most likely to have new shoe colors. Tiana does have a new dress so I'm hoping it'll have a new shoe color as well. Although, blue is the color I have the most of (5), so it could end up being a repeated color. I still want to get her since I really like her dress and tiara. Cinderella is in her classic dress (which I doubt they will ever remove from the classics line) but her shoes have always had the most variation. She could have clear flats or blue flats. I already own the clear flats and the blue flats from last years doll but with her shoes there's a possibility of them giving her a variation.

Pocahontas, Ariel, and Rapunzel don't have shoes so seeing their reviews aren't as much of a top priority. Rapunzel is even off the want list since her promo pictures are prettier than the released doll. And Jasmine has the curled toe shoes which I own a pair of and have yet to use.

Thanks everyone!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

New Shelf!

The other day my father brought home a mantlepiece (you never know what he'll bring home) for one of his projects. It ended up not working out for what he bought it for, so he offered it to me. Since I have been on a doll buying spree for like the past 3 years I accepted it. At this point a second bookcase would be ideal, but I honestly don't have the space so an additional shelf will have to suffice.
I had it for a little bit before I was able to get it up on the wall. My brother and father helped me put it in place. Unfortunately their timing wasn't so great. *sigh* But really, I shouldn't knock free labor. No matter how inconvenient it can be. It beats having to do it on your own.

But it's done, and several dolls have already jumped over from the bookcase to the new shelf. There's a little rhyme and reason to how they are displayed, but I really just grabbed dolls from the second vintage shelf and whoever was cluttering the first vintage shelf. I also grabbed some random dolls that could live on Charlotte's shelf, but there's no room. That Cinderella doll, I've had for probably like over 15 years now. To give you an example of how much I sew for my collection compared to using commercially made pieces, there's a grand total of 6 clothing pieces I didn't make on the entire shelf.

Care to guess which ones they are?

Friday, July 3, 2015

Unintentional Head Hunter

I really have got to stop doing this. When bored (and usually tired from working) I'll give the new listings on E-bay a "quick peek". Of course I tell myself that I won't buy anything since I really shouldn't be spending any money but it doesn't hurt to look, and of course I find something that I wrestle with getting for like 10 seconds and ultimately end up buying.




I really should stop trying to fool myself. 

This time when I was on E-bay checking out the new listings when I found a Barbie head. It was a brunette Ponytail head that was listed with a buy it now price of roughly 40 dollars including shipping. She did have some issues, but they were mostly paint wear. Lately I've been a lot better about passing by the more TLC of dolls. Nose nips are deal breakers, neck splits aren't total deal breakers but most of the time I will pass them by unless the doll is really rare. This doll's biggest issue was that her eyebrows are totally gone. However her lips were perfect, which is weird since I find that lips are more prone to paint wear than the eyebrows. At first I thought she was a number four head, so I bought her. I do have that number 4 body I got recently that I would love to get a head for. However after purchasing her I looked over the pictures again and saw that she had the rough textured bangs, so she was a number 5. I wouldn't normally have paid so much for a number 5 head, but what's done is done.

She arrived on Wednesday, which I luckily had off from work. I spent a few hours cleaning her up.
She mainly needed washing and her hair needed to be brushed out. She does have most of her eyebrows missing (you can see faint traces of them if you look closely at her pictures) and has some paint wear to her left eyelash ridge. Her lips are stunning, very full and very red! It took a while but I got her hair all sorted out. I ended up putting it in a braid for some variety.  I wasn't able to find the longer piece that wraps around the top of the ponytail. She does have two longer pieces, but they're both smaller than usual and not at the correct place to wrap around the ponytail. I have it kind of done right now, but I might take it down eventually to see if I can improve it. The swimsuit she's wearing is a reproduction I stuck on her because sometimes I feel like preserving the doll's modesty.
She didn't end up with the number 4 body. Instead she got what I believe is a transitional 4/5 Barbie body I got ... two years ago (I'm pretty sure I shared it with you all when I got it with a TLC Bubblecut head on it from Craigslist). It is a hollow torso Barbie only body but the arms and legs I believe are made out of the same more malleable plastic the number four's limbs are made out of. They also darken and leech out color like has been happening to my number 4 dolls. (I think they're now starting to lighten with age like the earlier dolls have done). It's really hard to tell, but the hard plastic torso is slightly darker than other Barbie only bodies that I have. The body is in fair shape, but does suffer from some play wear. The worst part is the legs, the right one has some scuffs and gouges. They're also two very different lengths, poor Barbie's legs have like 1/8th of an inch difference between them. I am annoyed that the head wasn't what I thought it was (note to self, look at auctions more in depth) but at least I can use it to complete a doll body that I've had for a while. And while I'd like another number 4, a transitional doll (if she actually is one), is pretty uncommon and a good addition to the collection.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

I have got to stop!

I bought three dolls today, but parts of them won't be staying. 

As of this morning has the first edition Divergent Tris doll on sale for 10 dollars. If you sign up for their free loyalty program (which mines you for information) you also get a free 90 day trial of Shop Your Way Max, which has free shipping on select products. You don't have to put in a credit card to get it, after 90 days you're just dropped off the Max program. I bought the three dolls and got free shipping using Max. Lots of times clearance items don't offer free shipping I guess since I bought three they allowed it.

I just bought this doll for her body. She has the "nostalgic" skin tone with fully articulated arms and the hinge jointed knees (which I actually prefer). She's like the first wave Fashionista dolls, but without the bust joint (and with a chest tattoo that I'm hoping I can buff off). I hope she's a light enough color for Artemis and Giselle to upgrade to (although I am thinking about putting Giselle on a modified Disney store body with the flat feet). If they are a decent color match that would leave me with a spare pale body, that I'll most likely use for the Fashionista with the partially shaved head... whenever I find her. I did hem and haw about buying these dolls, but I do need paler bodies and this beats hunting down the not yet released Asian style doll that has articulated arms but no knee joints and flat feet or importing a Maleficent doll from China with unknown quality (and for roughly the same price as this doll).

Just a heads up, only the first Tris doll has this type of articulation. The newer Tris doll, the one with short hair, does not have articulated arms. She might have the hinged knee, but her arms are the original Belly Button style arms.