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As much as I find Original Effect's Army Attractive line aggressively banal and unimaginative, I must confess that I admire their dedication to realizing comic-book proportions in 1:6 scale. All their dolls so far top out at 13.5 inches. Some of the height comes from the platform heels they all wear, but most derives from the fact that their legs are at least an inch longer than those of the standard 1:6 scale figure. So many people object to the size of these dolls, claiming that they are not really 1:6 scale, but what the detractors ignore is that the OEs are indeed 1:6 scale in all proportions except for the legs. As far as I am concerned, they are thus 1:6 scale with really long legs.

So what I'm thinking is that the OE body needs to get together with Playtoy's recently released XL body so we can have a truly comic-book set of proportions with exceedingly long legs and exceedingly large breasts. I doubt this will happen, however, so I will just have to get an OE body and enhance its rack myself.
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This 29cm figure amazes me. Look at this Youtube review to see what she can do! If got her, I would keep her naked all the time and make her a robot to hang out with my fairies. She's a lovely mixture of form and function. Did I mention that she has articulated eyelids?

I would love to have her, but, given ~$300.00 to spend on a single doll, I choose instead to get a highly poseable 1:6 scale ball-jointed cat -- Muggins. Even though we have a real cat, I apparently need a 1:6 scale one. ^_^
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There's an interesting discussion currently on Figurvore about the above subject. Seneschal, the initial poster, asked why people don't erase/hide/edit out the articulation in their doll photos. He finds it a distracting problem that's easy to fix.

My response below:

When we engage with fictional realms, we agree to suspend our disbelief. I assume that, in most cases, when people see pictures of dolls, they agree to suspend their disbelief and therefore consider the dolls as representations of actual people. People can suspend their disbelief about pretty much anything if the story and characters interest them enough, so I operate under the assumption that my stories are cool enough to make visible joints pretty easy to ignore. People don't read my stuff to watch for obvious joints, so we [author and readers] are all in agreement that we are going to focus on other aspects. In conclusion, I think about articulation a lot because it facilitates realistic posing and body language, but I don't worry about visible joints.

In fact, I find erased joints very distracting. We all know we're playing with visibly articulated dolls, so we're all expecting [on some level] to see some obvious jointing. For me, erased joints call blatant attention to themselves. I end up getting pulled out of the fictional world and back into this one as I attempt to analyze the photographer's Photoshopping skillz.

People play with dolls for different reasons and wish to accomplish different things with their photos.

Shorter: Because some people think it's a feature, not a bug.
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Most of the time, there are just a few people on my bookshelf beside my chair: Janvier Jett, Submit, Araminthe and Sardonix.

They were recently joined by Zombieville denizens in various stages of completion: Béatrice, Chaz, Theophany, Novella and Absinthe, who is not an Zombieville citizen, but is hanging around because she is beautiful.

Because Me and My Muses is on hiatus and because I need the desk space for projects, I temporarily relocated the Me and My Muses people to this shelf as well, leaving only the fairies [Flower, Ginevra and Mellifer] and Jareth on my desk.

Here's a shot of the tiny hordes. I swear -- they multiply when I'm not looking. :p
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Mt. BJD!

Nov. 18th, 2012 01:35 pm
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I store dolls on my desk when I'm not using it as a creation area. However, when I need to make something or take photos, everyone has to move. They go sit on my bed. Yesterday I stacked a bunch of dolls and stuff so that I could transport them quickly from desk to bed. Later I realized that I had arranged them all in a shrine-like pyramid. Janna called it Mt. BJD! :pRead more... )
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I gotta say...I never see these types of "Fuck off and stop judging me!" comments on MWD. If I see someone's custom that's not to my taste in the world of 1:6 scale action figs, I, like pretty much all the other fanatics, either comment about some aspect that I do like or just avoid it. In over a decade in online 1:6 scale action fig communities, I have never seen there such critical sniping as I've seen on DOA.

The 1:6 scale action fig world has its own nasty aspects. For example, there's the pointless, recursive hostility toward likeness figs, as detailed in my discussion about the upcoming Hot Toys Selina Kyle. There's also the Cult of Triad, a group that remains determinedly hostile toward any legit criticism of the company. And, of course, there's the everpresent, inescapable, insidious objectification and misogyny. No sniping though, unless you're trying to bash some sniper from some army in some war with correct, in-scale camo and little bullets in his little gun and zzzzzzzzzzzz... 1:6 scale military crapola doesn't interest me at all, except insofar as I can exploit it for my kinky civilian ends. I am not, however, about to say that my mismatched, pink-haired suburbanites are more creative and therefore better than historically accurate soldier dudes.

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In light of several impending 1:6 scale BJDs [Novella, Theophany, possibly Soom Asis], I'm again examining my list of 1:6ers in storage to see if I can detach from a few. I have listed 3 that might go: AJ Regular [as opposed to Steampink AJ], Michaela, Tituba and Sarah.

AJ Regular [last photo] and Tituba [the one with the bonnet] are hanging around mostly because I love the CG02 headsculpt best of all. I also have a sentimental attachment to AJ specifically, as she was my first Cy Girl, and she reminds me of Sarah from Labyrinth. I already have another AJ, Steampink, so I could let AJ Regular go, but then I wouldn't have AJ in a form reminiscent of the one that inspires such nostalgia. Sigh. I guess AJ Regular is staying after all.

As for Tituba, she's also a CG02, but not AJ. She's a Destiny [light tan headsculpt and short hair, as opposed to slightly darker tan and long red hair a la Blaze] on a modded articulated Barbie body. Bye bye!

And Sarah...she's such a cutie [I use this phrase so much that it has probably been evacuated of meaning], and I really enjoyed making her and sticking her in LHF. I do not, however, have as much of an attachment to her as to other members of the Pink Squad [LHFers with pink hair]. Bye, Sarah.

As for Michaela [on the right], she just bugs me. I keep her because she was important in an earlier iteration of LHF, but I liked that version better. Her current head has a washed-out faceup, and she's on an irritatingly floppy Volks Dollfie Plus body. Bye, Michaela.
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I've been a dollmaker for years already. I just haven't made any in a while.

I've actually scratch-built a doll summer, 1998. Frustrated with the lack of figures of Frank from Rocky Horror, I decided to make a 1:6 scale version of my own.

I made the head and neck out of peach Super Sculpey, sculpted on top of a dowel for the spine. Of course I sculpted a smirk! I colored the head with ballpoint pen [!] and glued curly black doll hair on it with regular white glue [!].

I created a simple wire armature for the arms and legs, probably gluing them in the appropriate positions on the spine. I think I somehow stuck polyfill onto the armature, then cut body shapes out of pantyhose [!!] and glued them over the stuffing to create skin. I used mitten-shaped sandwiches of peach felt with finger demarcations drawn on in ballpoint pen [!] for hands.

I distinctly remember cutting up an old magenta bathing suit of mine for his outfit. Some sort of black material made his underwear and shoes [which had cardboard soles], and there was black tulle for his fishnets. I procured little plastic pearl beads for his necklace and some cheap expandable rings for his anklet. Finally, I noted the date of his creation and stuck a label on the bottom of his shoe.

The end result did not accord with my grandiose, movie-accurate visions. I created a microcephalic, flat-faced doll with disturbingly thick, tubular limbs and, despite the wire armature, negligible articulation. Glue featured prominently in his overall look. Come to think of it, I constructed him primarily of glue and swear words.

Nevertheless, I was so damn proud of that doll. I displayed him on my shelf for a while, and he appeared on my RHPS site in the fan art category. And I still have him, after all these years. I'll have to dig up a picture or two of him.

Kinda surprised that my first doll wasn't a Jareth. Then again, in my mind, Jareth and Frank are two aspects of the same character, so it's all the same.

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While I was poking around online, trying to settle the Mask Question, I thoroughly examined Sideshow Toy's sales site and their official fan message board, Sideshow Freaks. I found the main discussion thread about Hot Toys' Selina Kyle and searched it for information on said Mask Question.

I did not find any information. I did, however, find a 250-page thread with scores of posts pissing and moaning about all aspects of the Mask Question, including those I'd never even considered.

Her mask should come off because [reasons].

Her mask shouldn't come off because [reasons].

There should be a separate headsculpt without the mask.

Mask off isn't movie accurate.

Mask off is preferable for kitbashers.

It's still in prototype, so Hot Toys has a chance to change the figure, possibly making a non-removable mask removable.

And on and on and on. Just in case you didn't notice, 1:6 scale action figure nerds are some of the pickiest people on the planet, especially when they have audiovisual source material to compare the figs to.

I noticed that, in 250 pages of pissing and moaning, no one thought to ask customer service to settle the Mask Question. In my mind, that's the logical next step, since Sideshow is the official US distributor for Hot Toys and therefore communicates closely with them. If I can pry the answer to the Mask Question out of anyone, it would be out of customer service. Therefore, being an eminently sensible individual, I asked Sideshow customer service, received a response and posted the response [mask = removable] on MWD and Sideshow Collectors.

MWD said thank you. Sideshow Collectors was unimpressed. One poster actually disagreed with me, saying that Hot Toys, experiencing a language barrier, probably got confused by the term "mask" and was instead talking about her goggles, which do come off. Plus wouldn't they have shown the doll with her mask off if her mask came off? Another poster rebutted by saying that she never took her mask off when she was wearing that outfit in the movie, so why would the promo pics show her maskless? And they were off and running again.

Seriously, people? Seriously? This is how you get off? I have never experienced such a community that was so pissy about their creative pursuits. I'm not talking about being judgmental the way that BJD communities can be; I'm talking about sustained, pointless hostility toward the very thing that the community is supposed to value and enjoy. It's so weird.
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On the off-topic section of the MWD board, a repainter of 1:6 figs asked why some people "hated" repaints. Most of the respondents replied that they loved repaints, naysayers be damned. The only truly negative comment came from one "Daniel Wickson" who wrote:

Lack of artistic talent translates into any medium even lil' dollies At least yours aren't yarn haired tr*****s.

I starred out the slur that he used for trans people. >:(

Given that my subtitle on that forum is "Transgender[izer]" and that LHF featured several characters with yarn hair, as well as trans characters [but no trans characters with yarn hair], I strongly suspect that the poster was referring to me and my dollies. ^_^

He's just jealous 'cause he lacks my imagination.
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You may recall that I recently purchased a Phicen Military Fun action figure, with which I was pretty disappointed because it was neither military nor fun. I therefore decided to make her into a bash that, for me, would actually connote "military" and "fun." [Please note: No actual military facts were used in the making of this kitbash. Please don't tell me that anything is inaccurate. :p ] Here she is! [Yes, indeed, she does owe a great debt of inspiration to Takara CG Kat!]

Millie is a Phicen Military Fun head on a Takara CG 1.0 body with Phicen Military Fun hands on Takara CG 2.0 wrist pegs. She is wearing a Takara CG Aska fishnet bodysuit with a Takara CG Kat camo vest over that. Her shorts are custom from SithLord McGyver. Her boots are from the Phicen Military Fun figure, while her garrison cover is from Hot Toys' Sucker Punch Amber. Her ridiculously large gun is courtesy of Ronnie of fuzzheadquarters.
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After inveighing against people who buy recast, knockoff, bootleg dolls, I just bought one myself unwittingly. Since Millie's seamless Phicen body broke an arm when I breathed on it, I purchased her a pale TTL large bust body with standard, visible joints, which came yesterday. I was very pleased with it. Then Andrea told me that it was a recast of the CG 2.0. Pooooooooooop. Now I'm back at square one because I have to get rid of this TTL body and find an ethical replacement.

In good news, the guy who sold Millie to me, Sith Lord McGyver, offered to replace her broken body, so I'm trying to find out what that would entail.
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She came today! The first thing I did was...break her arm. I snapped the internal skeleton of her left upper arm, creating the clean break indicated by the arrow in the picture below. I immediately concluded that Phicen seamless bodies are CRAP. They're not poorly made; they're just contrary to the purpose of action figures, who are supposed to move and pose, not snap.
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I made Jamisia some wings out of fake maple leaves glued back to back, then pinned to the back of her dress. I'm not sure if I will keep these or make different ones. I do like the ragged edges though. They seem in keeping with her character.
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Just did Jamisia's messy, messy faceup with my new watercolor pencils. They behave much better than chalk pastels, but I still wish I could find some medium that would apply to resin as easily as colored pencils to paper.Read more... )
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Well, apparently Jessica Jamisia, Ellery's third created muse, will be coming home before Ellery, Lucian and Mazzy in the form of a Soom Faery Legend Rose Sprite Princess in rose pink resin, bought on the DOA Marketplace. As you can see on the product page, she comes with a human body and optional rose-shaped wings and pointed-blossom "faery feet." I plan to give her wings, but leave her barefoot with human legs.

Of course, there originally was no particular justification for Jessica Jamisia to be a fairy, but, now that she is, I really should work an explanation into my story. Hmmmm...
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An informal timeline of recent doll developments shows a plethora of increasingly articulated fashion or playline dolls available in your average department store or toy store.

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I got my pink-headed Harumika today and promptly named her Bering Lusk. She's quite imperious [hence the quote from David Bowie's Within You, from Labyrinth], even with her limited articulation. However, she willingly donned an an42 creation made for a larger doll and allowed herself to be shot in the dying sun.Read more... )

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Ordered today from Amazon! Soon to be mine! I love her headsculpt and elegant hands. I may paint her head and rebody it...not sure.
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Tonight I painted Sophie's eyes orange. I worked on her lips, but I didn't like them in either black or yellow, so I erased them. I also ended up erasing a bit of the silver around her mouth, so now her lips look very slightly matte in comparison to the rest of her. I don't think I'll mess with her any more; her eyes are more visible, and she looks welcoming, rather than creepy. As a bonus, there is a self-portrait in Sophie's forehead of me holding my camera. :pRead more... )


Aug. 24th, 2010 06:19 pm
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Here is my latest 1:6 acquisition. She is a Comic Con 2003 special edition silver Cy Girl. Even though she was produced in small numbers, she's still available from Echobase Toys, who sold her to me for <$30.00 including shipping. There are only two unusual things about her: first, her color, and, second, her headsculpt, which, as far as I know, was used only on the Comic Con exclusives [there was a gold one too], but not on any flesh-colored dollies. Made completely of silver plastic [except for her joints, which are whitish], Sophie, as I have named her, is very difficult to take pictures of. She has the opposite problem of Velvette, my darkest doll, who swallows light; Sophie, instead, reflects everything. Forthwith, some photos.Read more... )

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Today I finally did something constructive with dolls besides purchase them. In order to articulate my Girls of Many Lands doll #3, I mounted her bust on a Jakks Pacific Juku Couture body, which, being 9", was just the right size. As a result, my GOML, now named Isabeau, is articulated at wrists, ankles, knees, waist and neck, a great improvement from her earlier statuesque state. Her outfit obscures most of her articulation, but you can see her striking a pose below. Previous adventures in articulating GOMLs are here, and here..

All I know about Isabeau is that she is a member of the Colonials, the oldest vampire clan in New England. She is probably one of those people who died young, but acts much older than her death age because she has had years in which to mature. She strikes me as less of a girl and more of a small woman.
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Ebru is a Sunset Edition Houda Mixi Doll by YNU Group. As a doll company, YNU Group's goal with the Mixis is to recreate, in the dolls' sculpts and skin tones, a realistic blending of two or more ethnicities. Regular editions of the 4 dolls in the series have straight, unjointed limbs and diverse outfits, but Sunset editions have jointed elbows and outfits of sundresses and sandals. Normally either edition runs $60.00 per doll, but they can be found for less on, where I got mine.

I recently picked up Sunset Edition Houda for under $30.00 including shipping. She comes packaged in a sturdy keepsake box lined with a bright blue and green map of the continents, not shown because I quickly deboxed her. Secured by ribbon ties, she is in collector-friendly shape, although her handbag is attached to the box with plastic.

Once freed from her box, Houda makes quite the impression. Her body is molded in warm, honey-colored tones, with light, silky, rooted red hair. Her simple, yet welcoming, facial screening depicts a friendly face with blue eyes and pink lips. Her headsculpt features an oval-shaped face with a tapering chin, full lips and a prominent aquiline nose.

As mentioned, Houda, like the rest of the Sunset Edition Mixis, has elbow joints that swivel and allow about 90 degrees of bend. She is also articulated at the neck, shoulders, thighs and knees [these last with click-stop joints]. Overall, the Mixis body sculpt contains a modest bosom, a thicker waist than the average fashion doll and a defined rear end, as well as shapely, muscular legs and slightly arched feet. Mixis don't fit into fashion doll clothes unless those clothes are stretchy.

As for Houda's outfit, she wears a green sundress printed with blue flowers. Darts make it fitted in the back, and the whole garment is lined, as is her matching blue handbag. Her wedge sandals [espadrilles?], being made of white and blue leather, coordinate with her dress.

Houda is definitely a doll for older kids [above 7] and/or collectors. She and the rest of the Mixis are great choices for doll dorks who like their dolls' faces to have character and their goods to have quality.

Following this review are pictures of my Sunset Edition Houda, renamed Ebru. I have to say that normally I'd be swapping Ebru's head onto a more articulated body, but she just looks so endearing and soignee as is that I can't bring myself to give her a new body. I've decided that she has chronic lower back pain, which keeps her from sitting down and bending her knees a lot. Maybe she has plantar fasciitis too.

Ebru is standing in front of a netsuke shelf that I am working on, trying to make into a piece of a set.Read more... )
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Using Ann Laurie's photo studio in a box, I caught some crisp pictures of various dolls yesterday at doll club in Burlington. Read more... )
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So I really like my GOML Minuk, who I've turned into Maggie, but her overexaggerated lip paint makes her look like a child beauty pageant contestant. To improve Maggie, I erased her lip paint, and the deep indent for her lip line works great to great the impression of a mouth. See? She also has a slight, petulant smile, which was not visible in the original paint job. Read more... )
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When I first made Qingting, a Hun type vampire and associate of Chow Bang, she was an American Girl Girls of Many Lands doll on a cut-down Obitsu body, but I didn't like that because it was too tall and the arm fastenings too frail. I now have a new body for her, closer to her original height of 9". See photo below for how I transferred her original torso, hands and feet onto a 23cm Obitsu framework.

The next photo shows another GOML I've worked on recently. She was original a Yupik Native Alaskan character, Minuk, but she has now been repurposed and rearticulated to be Maggie, Absinthe's sort-of niece.Read more... )
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I redid my brunette Juku Girl's left eyebrow. She looks much better now. Read more... )
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Her included outfit makes her look about 2, instead of 4 or 5, like I want her to be, but, as soon as she gets her pants, she'll be good.

To make VLA's eyes look less droopy, I erased her default lower eyelashes and eyebrows, then placed new brows in a quizzical, semi-raised position further up on her forehead [covered up by bangs]. Such a cutie! I can't wait for her to star in some LHF side plot. Read more... )
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Today I got 2 Jakks Pacific Juku Couture Girls at Target for $10.00 each. They are 9" high cuties with rooted hair, inset eyes and a high level of articulation. They compare favorably to the 23cm Obitsu bodies, only of cheaper materials, more robust build and slightly less articulation [no double joints]. Best of all, their mix-and-match outfits have a definite eye-bleeding LHF flavor to them. See?

All I did was swap bits of their clothes around and repaint their eyebrows, which were originally very high on their foreheads. They don't have names yet, but I already like the redhead best, even though I originally wanted the brunette for her elaborate hairstyle. Read more... )
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If Will has a somewhat intimidating, very playful Captain Thunderpussy for a muse, Anneka has Leonyssus, a finicky, rather crabby merdude who severely dislikes her control freak tendencies. I have a feeling he's the sort of person who spends lots of time looking in the mirror and combing his hair just to piss her off. Then, when she least expects it, he blows his conch horn, calling her to work. Her constant labors on her mermaid story make him complain that he's overworked, but, when she tries to leave him alone, he demands attention. He's very high maintenance, which translates as Anneka's drive and compulsion to constantly write.

Lest we think that he's some whiny, annoying drama queen, I should state that he's more imperious, arrogant, sarcastic and snotty than whiny. He constantly thinks that he's awesome, and he's always trying to teach Anneka lessons, which don't really work because she is ultimately in control. He would call himself "arch and slantwise;" she'd call him "someone with a delicate constitution."

I know the perfect construction for Leonyssus. He is an Obitsu Slim Male top with a bottom from a Mattel Mermaidia doll. He has a generic Slim Male head with askance eyes, half-closed, long eyelashes, and a smirk. Ideally he should have long flowing green hair. In my dreams, it's in a very complicated net of braids interspersed with pearls, but I don't have the patience for that. He has an incredibly impractical amount of pearl jewelry, cuffs, earrings, necklaces. He has a golden mirror and a golden hairbrush. He uses the magic mirror for scrying ideas.

CLEARLY I need to write a season in which muses run amuck.
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When I first saw that someone on 13doll was selling American Girl's Girls of Many Lands dolls for a steal, one of them called out to me. Spring Pearl, portraying a Cantonese girl in 1857, charmed me with her sweet wondering look and her beautiful, bright, brocaded outfit. She told me right then and there that she was a Hun type vampire, and she needed to come home and be with Chow and Baozha and the rest of the Hun, not to mention the whole LHF cast.Read more... )

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Shirt from a Hi Glamm doll, pants poorly modified from a pair of My Scene guy's boxer shorts. Dunno what to do for shoes yet. Hair made of the standard boiled Sculpey painted black. Read more... )
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I will use the technique that I tested out on Junior to make an Elfdoll tiny [14cm Kai, my current lust object] more poseable. These little dolls are sweet, delicate and beautifully sculpted, but they have notoriously poor posing because their limbs like to fix in cock-eyed positions. Substituting pipe cleaners for an Elfdoll tiny's upper arms would greatly improve the expressiveness and desirability of the doll.
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So I decided to add a character to the LHF cast. More accurately, I decided to make a doll of an extant, but currently unseen, LHFer: Junior. Junior is Margie's grandson, between 2 and 3 years old. Absinthe takes care of him sometimes when his parents, Margie's daughter Laurie and Laurie's boyfriend Johnny, are at work.

Anyway, I had a spare Kelly lying around from Kinjou, who gave me one so that I could try making the default Mattel idiot grin into something with more character. Kellys and Tommys actually have cute headsculpts, but their use among action figures is very limited because of their minimal articulation. Here you can see the swivel head and single axes of rotation at the shoulders and hips. Ugh.  Read on to find how I improvised better articulation. )
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This comment from Nathan Lane on his life as a gay man reminds me so much of Mark:

"I was born in 1956. I'm one of those old-fashioned homosexuals, not one of those new-fangled ones who are born joining parades."

Of course, I think Lane was being more facetious than Mark would be if Mark said such a thing.

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Geordie: 6 in., 15.24 cm.
Little Will: 7.8 in., 19.81 cm.
Susie: 7.8 in., 19.81 cm.
Little Anneka: 8 in., 20.32 cm.
Margie: 9.4 in., 23.88 cm.
Davry: 9.8 in., 24.89 cm.
Absinthe: 10.4 in., 26.42 cm.
Chow: 10.4 in., 26.42 cm.
Tituba: 11.3 in., 28.7 cm.
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Well, he sure gets points for consistency. I suspect he's constantly baffled and frustrated by the failure of the world to live up to the gendered scripts running in his head. I mean, for God's sake, HE'S following them! He attempts to be the dashing, noble, protective, dominant, aggressive, macho, sex-obsessed dude that he's scripted to be, so why aren't the women he's interested in adhering to their proper submissive, passive, biddable scripts? The mind of a douchebag...Don't say I didn't warn you. )
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This tutorial on how to make a late-Victorian pompadour, created for 1:12 dolls, looks perfectly adaptable to my method of gluing 1:6 hair on people's heads, if only I can figure out what's going on in the step where she turns the doll upside-down.

If this works, I can take that horrible bun off of Leonora's head and replace it with something more realistic.

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Aria, from the Dynamite Girls' Electropop release, has pink hair and fabulously mismatched clothes. She's almost LHF-worthy in her default state. I would be more impressed if I couldn't cobble together a similar doll for much less from my existing hoard. I do like her, though, but I think there's a distressing lack of neon in a series supposedly based on fashions of the 1980s.
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Here's my self-introduction on MWD, written a few days after I joined in October, 2001. It gives a glimpse into my 1:6 universe back then:

I'm a 23-year-old Vermont transplant currently living in the Boston metro area. First I started drawing people...Then I started making paper dolls...Then I moved on to 12" dolls...And I've even progressed to a mannequin. I'm pretty new to the 1:6 realm, but I don't think I'll be leaving any time soon, given the presence of so many [plastic] buxom beauties to play with.

My collection's mostly female, heavy on that wondrous Cy body, small, but eclectic and dynamic. It includes a drag king [an AA Jane with an earplug in her pants], a drag queen [a Mattel Frank Sinatra with black curls and a shitload of glitter], a porn star, a sword-wielding book guardian, a dominatrix/slam poet and the lead singer of the band I just made up, Flaming Hot Pussy.

Each 1:6 doll has been renamed, redressed and given a particular personality. For example, I turned A.J. into a 16-year-old bad-ass, Amelia, with one hand missing due to a motorcycle accident [ah, those detachable CY hands]. She wears her baseball cap backwards and adopts a rebellious, defiant stance. Very sexy in Kat's tank top and a pair of hot pink hot pants from "Lauren," a horribly cheap dollar-store find.

She and all the other dolls change poses regularly, as they have a soap-opera-like series of tableaux going on. I haven't been writing in a while, but this is my way of creating in the interim. I customize my figs' **psychology,** rather than their appearance [resculpting, headswapping, etc.], if that makes any sense. Does anyone else do this [storylines, I mean], or am I the only one? *looks around*

As I've mentioned elsewhere, I've hooking my girlfriend on the hobby, and we spend many happy hours kitbashing together. Pretty amazing, once you consider that the rest of the world thinks I'm fricking weird as it is.

Time passes, but the essentials remain. My characters are still soap-operatic, queer, gender-fucking, kinky, disabled, bad-ass and dressed in cheap, tacky clothes. Each has a detailed personality. The only major development in my 1:6 interests has been my increasing proficiency modding dolls and sculpting my own accessories.

Hmmm, from this clip, I seem like an interesting, but very defensive, person.

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Thanks to the enthusiastic evangelism of D7ana, I'm interested in newcomers to the 12" fashion doll scene, the Mixis, made by the Canadian YNU Group. They are a group of 4 biracial characters, each with a distinctive headsculpt that reflects combos of racial backgrounds. Their wider torsos and thicker necks allow their clothing to even accommodate my standard body, the CG. I'm especially partial to Houda and Rosa. Though Mixis usually retail at about $60.00 because of their high-quality clothes, they can be found on clearance at the Canadian online retailer Nce N Necessary and for a reduced price at U.S.-based Aunt Jean's Toys.
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I have collected many dolls from various sources, but I do not think of myself as a collector. To me, a collector is a person mostly concerned with the acquisition of things, amassing a comprehensive array of stuff in a certain category. Collectors may display some of their stuff, but, in my mind, they are less interested in the objects themselves than they are the very fact of owning the objects. Having a complete set of something or a rare exemplar of something provides more satisfaction to collectors than the actual objects themselves. In fact, the objects themselves are immaterial; for example, people may collect experiences, less for the experiences themselves than for the thrill of pursuit and the sense of accomplishment derived from creating a complete set of something.

I do collect things, but not dolls. For me, dolls aren't just physical objects, but confluences of several of my interests, talents and hobbies. They are kind of like lenses that allow me to focus my skills in writing, photography, set construction, painting, figure customization, sewing [?!], etc. I have a lot of them because I have a lot of characters. I'm not collecting a full set; I'm making a cast so I can play with them.

In contrast to a collector of dolls, I would call myself a user of dolls, in the same way that collectors of computers may be contrasted to users of computers. While collectors may fetishize completeness and the concept of certain objects, users fetishize interactivity. They debox; they customize; they pose; they photograph their dolls. They use them as dressmakers' dummies, stress relief, story characters, construction experiments, etc. They may have lots of dolls, but they don't think that they have collections; instead, they think of their dolls as works in progress. They can always develop a character's personality or find a better outfit or repaint or re-pose.... To an untrained observer, a doll user looks pretty much like a doll collector, when, in actuality, the doll collector's dolls don't move, while the doll user's dolls are constantly fidgeting.
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Marquis in progress. Painted hair black. Darkened lines on face. Need to add vest and bloodstains on everything. Read more... )
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I deplore the divergent trends in male and female action figs. Basically, the male figs have craggy faces with a variety of ages, expressions and personalities [go to War Toys and look at the nudes if you need examples], while the female figs have stylized, generic faces with a tendency toward bland neoteny. I myself am not free from this bias, at least for female figs, but I actively fight it by scribbling on my dolls' faces!!  Scribble scribble!! )
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Taking my numbers from this summary of the LHF cast, I figured out some interesting stats about them. What's the average LHF character? )


Dec. 17th, 2008 12:06 pm
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I got rid of so many things recently. Then an equivalent number of things came into my life, mostly Rements and books. Paperback Swap, while great for getting rid of books, also tempts one to acquire more. Thus I have a huge pile of new-to-me books on my desk about vampires, New England and vampires in New England.

Also I got a Bratz doll, primarily for its shoes, which are appropriately fabulous and correctly sized for my 1:6ers. It also came with a useful microphone and keyboard and some useful pink and black hair. Tragically, none of the clothes fit ANY of my dolls, and the doll itself is hideous, made of vile-smelling plastic.

I need to retire from Paperback Swap and just donate unwanted books. Then I won't be tempted to get more.

I have some books on my shelf from which I only like one or two stories. For example, The Penguin Book of Witches and Warlocks stays in my collection solely because of the perfervid, perverse and gloriously overwrought "Sanguinarius." A recent acquisition, Whisper of Blood, only has one story to recommend it to me: the learned tale of archaeological horror "The Ragthorn." I need to just copy the single stories that I like and get rid of the whole volumes.

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So I made up two minor characters for LHF tonight for two beautiful Integrity/Barbie combos that Andrea sold me. One Integrity head went to Cory, my manananggal, but I had two dolls left over without personalities, names or even clothes. Now they have names and clothes, maybe even some personalities.

The one on the left is Maria de Sao Jose, otherwise known as Zaezae. She is a young member of the Irmas de Maria, a clan of Portuguese-American female vampires who live for several hundred years and have healing powers. She is about 50, which is the equivalent of 20 or so human years. She is flamboyant, somewhat dramatic, prone to exaggeration and bubbly. With her zest for life, she is enjoyable to be around.

The one on the right is Angelie Kim, a Korean-American who died in the very early 1990s [hence the outfit]. She's a quiet, rather intense person. She has an unhealthy obession with aerobic exercise and can often be seen doing Jazzercise, step aerobics or jogging [in neon gear] around Boston metro. She is peripherally associated with both the Plainsfolk and the UUUs, but she also feels attracted to the Hun, in part because she has a crush on Chow. She also finds the Plainsfolk and the UUUs too liberal for her tastes, so the Hun represent a more palatable conservatism.Zaezae and Angelie below... )

Fat doll

Sep. 29th, 2008 09:34 am
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One thing that pisses me off about 1:6 dolls is the lack of variety in body shapes. In terms of easily available bodies for fems, you've got the Cy Girl shape [curvy, busty and hippy], the Barbie shape [scrawny and pointily boobular] and the Obitsu shape [slim and roundedly boobular]. However, the average woman is pear-shaped, therefore best approximated by a wider Cy Girl pulled down by gravity. Thus, I have no average-shaped women in my cast, though I do like to make them meaty and broad in the beam by using CG bodies as a base for most.

Not only do I have no really average-shaped women in my cast, but I have no fat women! I mean, God forbid that anyone make a doll with a double chin, wide neck, saggy tummy rolls, massive thighs and jiggly upper arms! I would totally get one.

Since no company I know makes fem dolls with realistic fats, I have to make one myself. She's going to be a minor character, Absinthe's sort-of foster mother, Margie, a mortal Native American hairdresser whose last name escapes me at the moment, but it's something French-Canadian, I think.

I'm thinking that I will use a male body, probably a Dragon one, for the base, since that will provide some bulk across the chest, arms and legs. I'm also thinking that her breasts and her fats around the upper arms, upper legs and torso can be created by cotton batting. The cotton batting will create the appropriate girth, while also being compressible and thus poseable.

As for Margie's head, I'm looking for a headsculpt that's full and round already. CG02 [Jet/Kat/Sky] is a possibility. Mattel's Rosie O'Donnell doll is also a possibility, but I really don't like that stupid smile of hers. I'm sure there are some male sculpts that could work with a little carving. [I many of the male sculpts have HUGE schnozzes.]

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Pierce is a young woman whose talent is making tunnels in inanimate objects. She discovered her power when she was shoveling the driveway of her childhood home and she got trapped under an avalanche of April Vermont snowbanks. She dug herself out and discovered that her talent for piercing things extended to materials beyond snow.

Pierce is, of course, heavily pierced, as are her clothes. Her interests incude confetti-making and needlepoint. For extreme thrills, she practices self-suspension. She makes her best holes when she is really angry, excited or turned on. For this reason, she keeps a cordless drill on her at all times. There are lots of holes in her crafting table and her bedstead.

Pierce lives in the Boston area, where she moved because she is the only person in the region who thinks that the Big Dig is fucking awesome. She works as a document technician for Boring Investments Transnational, located in the Financial District, which means that she prints and binds documents. She likes her job because she gets to punch holes in things.

And I am really really not, no never, going to make a doll of her, despite the fact that she could have all these little piercings and beads dangling from her clothes, and her accessories could be a little cordless drill and a bag of 1:6 confetti, and I could take pictures of her next to various parts of the Callahan Tunnel and other parts of the former Big Dig, and she could be saying, "Wow!" and everyone else would be rolling their eyes....

Oh, who am I kidding?
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I've been fascinated by the Salem witchcraft trials for decades. It's one of the few widely recognized events of American history in which girls and young women were pivotal actors. It's also one of the few places in early American history where we can hear the voices of girls and women, in their accusations, depositions, confessions, wills and apologies. When I was the age of the afflicted girls, I read with fascination about the mysterious and destructive behavior exhibited by girls who were my age 300 years ago. The primary source documents gave me a vivid sample of their speech and thoughts, while still leaving me with the major question of WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?



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