Sunday, October 12, 2014

Women of Color Re-bodied

 "Any idea why Xenobia asked us to meet her here in the grotto?"

"Not a clue..."

"but here come Carmila and Mircala.  Maybe Xenobia was more forthcoming with them."

"Wow!  Fearsome frocks!  I didn't know this was supposed to be like, an ocasion or anything."

"Why thank you.  Those pink Timberlands are clawsome!"

"Did Xenobia say anything about where she's been lately?"

"Actually we haven't seen her in ages.  We were starting to wonder what she was up to."

"At least we can get in a little moon-bathing while we wait."

"Hey ghoul friends!"

"Well look what the black cat brought in.  Hey Ulalume, did Xenobia give you any details about her plans?"

"Not a whisper.  I guess we're all in the dark."

"Here she is now!"

"Is that really you, Xenobia?" 

"Thank you all for coming.  I know I've been out of pocket and I figured I owed my BFFs an explanation."

"One night I met this guy in the club.  I pegged him for a deep sea diver -- you know the kind that can touch the bottom even in the wildest storm so we went back to my place.  He suggests I draw a bath so I start filling it up and splash in my special scented oils... Next thing you know he's dragging me under like he wants to drown me.  Only it turns out he's a merman.  He took me through the bath water to his undersea realm in the Bermuda Triangle so I could meet his mother, the queen of the mermaids.  The whole family treated me so kindly, and Queen Sirena gave me gills and this tail so I can live with Triton under the sea.  It's the first time I've ever felt like I belong somewhere.  We're getting married next month in Nassau and you're all invited!

This post features the Kid Connection Scary Dolls I bought last year, 

and the fashions from this Kid Connection poseable fashion doll.  

Both sets came from Walmart.
I had a lot of fun with the Scary Dolls in my "Freaky Friday" post but I didn't think I would ever find upgrade bodies for blue, green, pink, and orange women of color.  Then trolling eBay gave me some ideas. Vertrice upgraded to a Wizard of Oz Wicked Witch of the West body.

While it's not an exact match for her complexion, the articulated arms are a plus.

Tituba is preserving her modesty with the scarf from the Halloween Star fashion she was wearing.

Uptown Chic Barbie's poser body was a perfect match for her caramel complexion.

Mircala upgraded to a pearlescent pink Barbie Fairytopia Sparkle Fairy body.

Unfortunately her glittery bodice is painted on.

Carmila got a lavender Sparkle Fairy body.  At least her painted-on bodice does not have shoulder straps.  I always felt that the Scary Fashion doll pack should have had one purple doll instead of two pink ones.

Maybe I can figure out a way to stain Carmila's face lavender to match.

Fortunately there was a blue Sparkle Fairy as well so Ulalume also got an upgrade.

Although her face is a little more gray than her new body, I think it suits her.

To my knowledge Mattel has not made any orange Barbies.  I always though Xenobia looked like she had spent too much time in the tanning bed so I would have consigned her to the spare parts bin if I hadn't run across some cheap mermaids in Dollar Tree.  The orange mermaid tail was a perfect match for Xenobia's torso.  I put the pink and blue Sparkle Fairies heads on the pink and blue Scary Fashion Doll torsos and then attached the Dollar Tree mermaid tails in place of legs.

They can serve as ladies in waiting when Xenobia marries her mer king and becomes queen of the sea.

A bientôt!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

If any interesting clone faces came out last year, I missed them while I was in Senegal.  This year, however, I have been pleased to find several new clone face molds.  This lady is a Lovely Patsy Fashion Stylist:

Family Dollar was well-supplied with African American Fashion Stylist dolls but I already had dolls with that face so I opted for the smoldering Latina:

The doll came with several animal print outfits plus there were some $5 fashion packs with several more. 

My tiger lady is a Kid Connection doll from Walmart.

She came in a pack of six princesses.  There were no black princesses in the bunch but you seldom see a brown-eyed brunette doll and the princess in the harem pants on the left has an ethnic look.

In 2012 Kid Connection did release a six pack of ethnic princesses.  I reviewed them in "Proletarian Princesses."  Unfortunately those dolls were still suffering from the effects of the Recession.  Their bodies looked emaciated and they were made of cheap, hollow plastic. 

 (the 2012 princess is on the left, the 2014 princess is on the right)

This newer batch of Kid Connection princesses has vinyl legs with click knees and a sturdy body equivalent to a Mattel bellybutton Barbie.

 (bellybutton Barbie is on the left, the Kid Connection princess is on the right)

Walmart is also selling Kid Connection dolls that come with a wardrobe.  I thought this Goth rocker was the most interesting:

I plan to review her outfits later so she donned a Lovely Patsy frock for this post:

Her dark hair and strong features give her a very distinctive look.

"Oh my!" I thought when I first saw this leopard print coat in the Lovely Patsy Fashion Stylist packs.  While it is lined, I was disappointed to find that the construction quality is poor and the fabric feels more like a bathrobe than a luxurious fur.


Still the ethnic princess from the Kid Connection princess pack is working it!

 A bientôt!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Retail Therapy

I was homesick every day while I was in Senegal.  One of the things I missed the most was shopping in big box retail outlets where prices are clearly marked and you can touch the merchandise without committing to buy anything.  Thus when I had the opportunity to do some Christmas shopping in Dakar last November, I jumped at the chance. 

The first place I went was Casino, a French supermarket chain that has stores in Senegal.  I was eager to replenish my supply of organic products since there was no place to buy them in Saint Louis.  I was even more pleased to see the store decked out for Christmas even though the population of Senegal is about 95% Muslim.  Naturally I convinced Santa I had been such a good girl that I deserved a few toys.  :-)

Ginni is a European Barbie clone.  I purchased this one at Casino in Dakar's Sea Plaza Mall.  

I bought this vanity at Orca, the biggest department store in Dakar.  It was like Target stacked up 7 stories high with no escalator.  There was an elevator but it started on the 4th floor.

This wardrobe came with the vanity.  I think they will both be very handsome when I get a chance to paint them some other color besides pink.

I got this brunette Ginni at Orca.  Spinmaster must have licensed the Liv body molds to Ginni because this body is un-mistakably a Liv body.  It originally belonged to the blonde Ginni but I made her give it to her sister, Regina.

Regina's boyfriend was the groom in a bridal set I bought at the Hypermarché Exclusif in Dakar.  His blow-molded body was so cheap, a child in one of my workshops dislocated his hip when I had my back turned for 3 seconds.  I like this face mold, however, so I brought the head home and found him a better body in the spare parts bin.

The dining room set came with the blonde Ginni.

Looks like Regina and her beau are ready for dessert.

Orca had a wide selection of dolls and play sets during the Christmas season.  There was a blue translucent horse pulling this carriage.  If you pressed a button, its body lit up and it emitted neighing sounds but I didn't have room for it in my luggage so I have substituted with a Sparkle Girlz horse.

The princess who came with this set was a big busted blonde with spindly legs.  She became the angel at the top of our Christmas tree.

 While this gown is made of such cheap fabric it feels like paper, Regina carries it well.

With her fully articulated Liv body, Regina can just squeeze inside the carriage when she is naked.  I don't think she can manage in the dress:

Still ladies in the late 18th century often rode to balls in contorted positions because their wigs were so high and their panier skirts were so wide.

The second carriage also came from Orca.

While it came with a full-sized 1/6 scale horse, there is no way a 1/6 scale princess could sit inside.

I haven't seen this design anywhere in the States, however, so I sacrificed some books to make room for it in my bag.

Fortunately I didn't miss out on new dolls that were released in the States over the past year because I could shop on line and have them shipped to my brother's house.  When I got home, there were so many packages waiting for me I had Christmas in July for about two weeks!   Now that I have filed everything I am ready to post to this blog again.  My time in Senegal was a powerful personal growth experience but I am extremely grateful to be back in the USA!

A bientôt!