You probably didn’t know that in the last 3 month+ that I’ve been home I’ve been trying to be good and avoid all doll-related purchases. None of all that spiffy stuff that’s come out has been bought. Nope.
It’s not that hard since the money we have has to go to the new house and repairs. And basics:towels, food, dishes, you know…I mean, I know we’ve moved, bought a car, repairing/refurbishing a house etc, but sometimes you just have to give in. (I actually got this girl 2 months ago but didn’t do anything aside from leave her in the box until now–when we’ve moved so I could take her out and shoot a pic or two without getting picked on…)
The platinum haired stardoll was my downfall. We kept going to target or wal-mart to look at stuff (or pick up necessities) and I’d check out the dolls and there she’d be. Staring up at me in her box, mentally saying “Please rescue me! Please! I’m part of a doomed product line! Help Meeeee!”
Which of course I ignored.
But it got harder every time.
Now, to be honest the outfit on the doll didn’t do much for me. I thought: “Eh, it’s ok….but just not that great. Not like that other one with the snazzy black capri jeans and grey high boot things!”
But that face kept looking at me.
But I knew, I’d read a couple of reviews…I knew the body was crap. So, how much did I really like that head? Was it worth the 22 bucks they wanted at target? Uh uh. How about the 17 bucks at Wallyworld? again, uh uh.
But then they went down to 14.99 at target. Then the stardoll became a serious temptation.
Let me explain: when I buy a doll or an action figure chances are there was something about it that just grabbed me, or spoke to me. With the stardoll it was the combination of the face mold and the hair. I’ll be honest and admit that I haven’t got a great many barbie heads (or complete dolls) in my collection of characters. There are a few, but not many. I’m not really sure what made this one different for me.
But let me get on with this: I went back to the stores about 10 times (during our various shopping trips and errand runs) and constantly picked the doll up and hemmed and hawed over buying it. I’m on a really tight budget. Could I really afford to blow 15 bucks (16+ when you count in NYS taxes)? Nope.
But………..I did. Eventually.
I figured it this way: if I didn’t get her now, while on “sale” I’d probably end up waiting until they weren’t in the stores any more….which would mean buying her on ebay, and probably paying through the nose for her. Which would end up being even more painful.
So I considered. And re-considered. And Hemmed. And Hawed….
Knowing how crap the body is that she was going to come with I thought about alternatives. I know a lot of people use the barbie pivotal bodies, but since I don’t have any that meant I’d have to find something else. Which meant I could either try using a female action figure body, an obitsu body or a volks body.
This is where I hit the first major stumbling point: the neck hole was too narrow (and the head in general) was too small to fit most of the doll bodies I had on hand, except the obitsu which it just was too petite in my opinion even if her head is smallish.). A lot of folks use the stard doll heads on the pivotal barbie bodies but lacking any of those (and not too happy with the articulation on the fashionistas).
Boooooooooo! There went all hope of using it on a takara CG / TTL or Hot toys fem fig body. I thought that since it was too small for those that surely the volks dolls would be a perfectly good option….. The eb volks bodies were too thick necked, and the volks beauty b was ok but still a tight fit. I didn’t like the way it was working out. Not good. But I was starting to think I’d blown my money and was feeling disgruntled!
But after some thought I dug out a volks neo teen body. Amazingly, it fit both the neckhole AND the size of the head (at least moderately in proportion to it). The skintone isn’t a perfect match…but I can cope I think. Maybe she just wears a darker foundation? LOL But I’m happy with it because the neo is superbly articulated. And it can wear most barbie shoes.
So here she is: (forgive the crap pics, please. I don’t have a comb for her hair and I’m not really set up for taking decent pics…)
She needs her hair trimming and taming. It’s all sorts of fly-away and half curled half-flat/straight.
I’m thinking she might work on the set of the costume drama (Wrenwood Hall). I can see her maybe someone working in the costume department. Not as the head, but maybe one of the junior costume designers or construction folks. I’m not sure if she has anything to do with the university, but I think that she has some interaction with Cass, viv and certainly the Wrenwood Actresses (Giselle, Marissa & Kendall).
Anyway that’s the only doll purchase I’ve made so far…