I know I complain about Triad toys and their QC problems, but I really am glad at last to have a female figure who has a darker skintone. I bought her after looking at some of the photos of her online. Specifically there’s a great one where Etmcneal replaced her hair with molded hair. Nicely done, and made me really look twice at the figure. So I thought, eh, I need one — so I might as well customize her. Besides, how often do I really leave my dolls and action figures alone without tweaking them in some way???
Anyway, the first step was to remove her hair. NO great shakes there. Like with the other alpha, I found it was made easier by using the handy dandy heating pad. Looking at her bald head you really, really have to wonder WTF Triad Toys was thinking when they rooted her?!!?!!!! I mean, really??!
Ok, Now, I’m not being snarky here, but with that rooting pattern….she look a lot like a man suffering some severe male pattern baldness. And this head has gone way, way beyond being a “fiver” I think she is closer to being a “Tenner”
Luckily her previous rooting pattern didn’t make a bit of difference to me!
I’d decided (before I got her actually) that I was going to re-root her with dreadlocks. She is slated to be my artist-in-residence at Quinlan and I’ve really been looking forward to having her interact and get involved in plot lines.
The downside to her having such a hard head (and the fact that I need to keep it soft while rooting it) meant that I’d have to wait to repaint her until I had her dreads in-place. Doesn’t sound like an issue, right? But those tiny fibers can always find their way into paint and can be a bit of a hassle. I ended up wrapping her finished hair in saran-wrap. After removing her default paint her face has become shiny….and will need a matte sealant applied (but not now, it’s too damp here and my 1st attempt clouded up and meant I had to repaint her face a second time…which is good cos she went from being “meh” to someone I really am liking the look of!). Not pleased about the shine, but I’ll cope for now….But yea, it needs to get fixed since it makes photographing her difficult.
Here is how she’s turned out after all that! *as usual click on the white X to see larger images*
I know in the photos her eyes look green but actually they’re brown-ish!
What do you think? Personally, I think she’s much improved over the original version……And she’s already demanding that I get busy finding and making her a funky, eclectic wardrobe to reflect her tastes. I like it when a figure seems to have that spark to them!