Friday, September 13, 2013

My Shinning Black Princes

Completing the first Limbe Dolls pour homme collection was one of my projects this summer.

Since I recently purchased hands for all my Power Team guys from Monkey Depot, they were eager to model their new togs.  While the hands are not the best complexion match, they are much better than the ubiquitous black gloves.  So without further ado I present my shinning black princes!

Simon and Andrew are launching their boat.

"Let's head for that reef," says Andrew.

"Why does he always get to set the course?" Simon wonders as he hauls on his oar.

But Andrew has his eyes fixed on the horizon.

"Do you think your mother would like this?"

"She'll kill me if I forget her birthday again."

Bakari only has eyes for the marchande.

"I really couldn't say," he replies.

Every Friday after prayers at the mosque, Abdul and Dawud repair to their favorite cafe. They play a game to see who can quote the most verses by Islamic poets.

"A stone I died and rose again a plant," challenges Abdul.

"A plant I died and rose an animal," replies Dawud, picking up the next verse of Rumi's famous poem.

"I died an animal and was born a man," Abdul continues.

"Why should I fear?  What have I lost by death?" Dawud concludes.

"Everybody knows that one.  You'll have to do better than that to beat me."

"Hurry up coz!  You know the baby naming ceremony was supposed to start at 3."

"I'll be out in just a minute."

Karim chats with a neighbor while waiting for his cousin.

"How is your mother?'

Awa has grown up a lot since the last time he saw her.

Finally Amadou emerges from the house with his boubou folded over his arm.

It's too hot to walk across town in this thing.

I'll put it on when we get to Auntie's house.

The hopeful young prince has come to petition for princess Abena's hand in marriage.

"What are your prospects, young man?

"I am a hunter with the stealth and strength of the great cat who wore this skin until he met my knife."

"Come, walk with me and we'll discuss the bride price."

Everything looks so good, Semmi finds it hard to choose.

Finally he settles on a hunk of cake.

But the diplomatic corps is burning up the floor.

The dashing Taiwanese consul has swept his partner into a dip.

It's going to be tough to navigate through the throng.

Fortunately the Colombian ambassador has a more sedate style.

Semmi makes it safely to a quiet corner and where he can watch the dancers without dropping his treat.

 It was truly an enchanted evening.  The Brittish ambassador was there with his new wife.

And I, Letty was there with my king man

 who treats me like a queen.

Now if I could just find such a debonair 1:1 scale prince for myself!

À Bientôt


  1. Hello from Spain: Simon and Andrew casting their boat is very real. I like the sea. Beautiful necklaces shop. Impressive work. I like clothes Dawud and Abdul are wearing. Awa is very attractive. The clothes are fabulous. The cakes are very appealing. Your photos are stunning. Awesome History of princes. Keep in touch

    1. Hi Marta, thanks for all your compliments. The boat was a pirate ship from Toys R Us. It was not designed for 1:6 scale figures but I removed the upper deck and it made a great row boat. Awa is a Janay doll from Integrity Toys. For now she is on a Disney Classic Princess Tiana body. The cakes at the diplomatic ball are all erasers. I'm sure they don't taste as good as they look!

  2. Your dolls are so very fabulous! Did you make those outfits yourself? My best childhood friend of over 50 years is named Letty. Your posts are always so much fun!

    1. Hi Grandmommy, I designed and made all the outfits myself. Glad you like them. Also glad the post brought up fond memories of your friend, Letty. My Lett's full name is Laetitia, which is Latin for joy. These Letty people bring joy to everyone around them.

  3. These are very handsome princes indeed and so deserving of their new hands.

    I'd love to find Simon and Andrew, gloved hands or not.


    1. Hi Debbie, in 2006 I found 8 black Power Team guys in Big Lots and jumped on them. They were only $8 back then. Simon and Andrew were in that bunch but they hadn't gotten any camera time because they were wearing the black gloves. Thanks to Monkey Depot I now have a whole stable of leading men.

  4. Applause! Love the short stories, love the photos of your gorgeous Power Team guys and their friends, love the different cultures shown. (Last bit - meant, love how you share different cultures in your story posts.)

    Thanks for sharing your Power Team guys!

    1. Hi D7ana, glad you enjoyed the stories. The sets are supposed to represent my "Africa of the Heart." I still don't know enough about African cultures to make them authentic in every detail but I look forward to learning more soon.

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    1. Gracias Lindaivette. I was only able to do one blog post in July because I spent the whole month sewing but the end result was worth it.

  6. What a great clothing collection! You could be on Dolly Project Runway!

    1. Thanks Muff,

      Fashion Designer is one of my dream jobs so it was fun to play at it for a while.

  7. Very nice post! I LOVE your designs. You did a great job. Have you given them a name yet? Lucky you for getting all of those PT guys.

    P.S. Your picture are very nice and clear.

    1. Hi Georgia Girl,

      Thanks for your compliments. The designs are all based on traditional African dress, primarily from Islamic cultures. Further south around the equator it is hotter so people wear fewer clothes. I didn't want the collection to look like a Tarzan movie so I didn't do any loin clothes. :-)

  8. Very nice! Love your clothing designs. I love Monkey Depot. I have also found hands with various skin tones so I no longer have any action figures with the gloved hands either. So lucky on your Power Team find. I have never seen any Power Team guys at the Big Lots in my area. I wish they had them!

  9. Phenomenal job! Those outfits are gorgeous,and the fact that you produced so many is very admirable. Loved seeing all the princes and hearing their stories.