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I redid Anna's hair this weekend. Originally I gave her bangs and a ponytail that I made lie down with white glue, which made them look wet, sparse and stringy:Read more... )
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Anna's wheelchair finally fits her. I lengthened the foot rest bar, which was originally too short. I also adjusted the joybox so that it extends out from the end of the armrest so that she can reach it with her left arm in a natural, relaxed position.

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Aged Anna

Jun. 10th, 2013 10:00 pm
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Anna, Zombieville denizen and Isabel's close friend, used to look like this:

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Another Zombieville denizen attains completion!

I had the worst time with Anna's hair. Originally I just wanted to repaint the base in royal purple, the bangs and braids in pink, her lips in raspberry and the lesions on her face in red. I had no problem doing the royal purple parts [aside for some paint leaking under the copious masking tape and onto her ears >:( ], but I struggled mightily with the pink parts.

I encountered two problems when repainting her bangs and braids. First, the dark neon green paint that she came with did not want to hide under the much lighter neon pink replacement. Furthermore, the neon pink was slightly diluted [curse you, "craft paint!"], so it kept sliding into the low parts of her hair sculpt, leaving the prominent areas flagrantly green.

I considered thickening the paint. I made a thickening agent out of corn starch and water, then decided not to use it. I looked for modeling paste in the local craft store, but they didn't have it. My frustration increased.

I decided to dispense with the existing braids and bangs, both of which I had yanked off, and sculpt some from scratch. Unfortunately, I did this by using uncured polymer clay directly on Anna's head. Bad idea. They clay stuck there and would not remove in one piece for curing, so I spent at least an hour undoing all my work and scraping every goddamn sticky bit of polymer clay out of all the crevices in her ears and hairline.

Having found modeling paste at another craft store, I tried mixing modeling paste and paint to then cover over all the green parts. The result looked okay, but a) it cracked and then b) it wouldn't fit snugly back on her forehead anyway.

At that point, I threw away her bangs and braid, since they clearly existed only to mock me. I created my own bangs, as well as a ponytail for her braid hole, from small strips of faux fur. The fur, a tricolored atrocity in neon purple, pink and green, actually worked much better than I expected. The pink picks up the pink on her skirt, while the purple picks up the purple in the rest of her hair and in the stitching on her bellbottoms. Finally, the green in her hair coordinates with her green lipstick.

While I was at it, I modified the upper portion of Anna's outfit from the last time we saw her. I gave her a cropped T-shirt with a NO BOYZ sign on it, over which is a cropped short-sleeved jacket in white faux fur with gold threads. She also has a load of beaded bracelets on her left wrist. Her pants and boots are the same. And I took off that disastrous green nail polish. Oh yeah, and her wheelchair is a Mattel Becky one spray painted black.

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Anna came today! Thrilling pictures of her pretty box and extremely color-coordinated default state below, followed by the beginnings of her customization. If anyone wants the neutral Jolyne head + outfit + extra hands, send me a message, and we'll work something out. Read more... )
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Action figures I will not spend $200.00 on: a sexy, hyperrealistic, 1:6 scale version of the best character in an otherwise rather dreary movie I saw once in the theater [ = Hot Toys Selina Kyle].

Action figures I will spend $200.00 on: a cute, stylized, 1:6 scale version of some character in a media franchise that I have no clue about [ = Medicom Jolyne Cujoh].

I poked around yesterday afternoon online, looking for Jolyne Anna at the least unreasonable price possible. Hobby Search put her list price at 17,800JPY [or about $216.00] when she came out in January, 2011, so that was my basis for comparison.

Ebay yielded a bunch of entertaining results, ranging from $210.00 [acceptable] to $500.00 [NO!] to $879.99 [NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!]. I declined to purchase any of these.

I found her on some Japanese toy dealers' Web sites, like JapanToYou, where she was a mere $190.80 + $25.00 s/h = $215.80. Even better! But I still kept looking...

Amiami eventually revealed a pre-owned Jolyne. Given that both the box and doll were listed in excellent condition, I presume that someone bought her, stored her in their toy closet for a while, then sold her to Amiami. Because someone else breathed on her, she was marked down to 12,980JPY [or about $156.00]. With EMS s/h [no way was I gonna leave Anna to the vagaries of airmail or, worse, SAL!], she set me back $197.51. Woo hoo!

I was thinking about Anna today, and I decided that all I really want is her body and her pissy head. The neutral head, outfit and accessories I'm really not interested in. I wonder if I could sell those... Someone out there must want to kitbash their own Jolyne, but not want to pay full price for the scarce fullset fig.

I was also thinking that her bangs annoy me because they obscure her eyes in profile view. I'll have to remove them and sculpt new ones or carve down the existing ones.

Blah blah blah!!!

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Elizabeth Jr. asked me what I'd do with a Medicom Jolyne doll, so here's my plan.

Jolyne comes with two heads, a neutral one and a pissy one. I'd swap on her pissy head and make the following mods:
  • Rename her Anna.
  • Repaint neon green parts of hair pink.
  • Repaint dark blue parts of hair royal purple.
  • Repaint green lips raspberry.
  • Repaint those weird black lesions on her face so that they look like unhealed wounds showing blood and muscle.
  • Redress her. Ideally I'd love a white shirt tied as a crop top to show her tattoos and navel ring and a pair of jeans.
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I'm not about to pay ~$200.00 for a Hot Toys Selina Kyle, but I would drop $200.00 without a second thought on Medicom Jolyne Cujoh, a 1:6 scale action figure based on a character from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, a Japanese manga/anime/media franchise.

I know nothing about the character or the media franchise, but I don't have to. I love everything about her, from her complicated hairstyle to her pissed-off alternative head to her meretricious arachnid outfit to her navel piercing. She's beautiful!

She also reminds me of another Medicom 1:6 scale femfig, also an expensive Japanese import, also from a Japanese manga, also with unusually colored hair, also with a pissed-off expression, that I got about ten years ago: Bambi from Bambi and Her Pink Gun. Anyone who is familiar with my 1:6ers will take a quick look at Bambi and immediately identify her [or at least her head] as Baozha, an LHFer and the adopted [human] daughter of the leader of Chinatown's vampires, Chow Bang. [Here she is having a typically adversarial relationship with her father in an interstitial episode of LHF.]

Jolyne is perfect, except for one thing...

She needs pink hair!

I wonder if Baozha started my unreasonable affinity for pink-haired dolls?

Uh oh. I think I just felt ~$200.00 leave my bank account and head to Japan to exchange itself for a Medicom Jolyne.



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