Thursday, September 26, 2013

A Quick Update on New Guy

I got an answer from Hasbro, as follows:

 "I'm pleased to reply. After viewing the pictures on your blog, it looks like you have an Anakin Skywalker figure from the "Attack of the Clones" series. Regrettably, as there are so many different figures made for Star Wars, I cannot verify additional product information other than the character name."

I've never been much of a Star Wars fan so I had never heard of him. I looked on eBay and found a few guys just like him and many others ranging from 3 1/2 inches up to 13. There is also a version of him at an older age. Sad to say, nobody's asking very much for any versions of him!

"I don't know about this!"
I tried draping him in a piece of rabbit fur that Sara the Supervisor had given me (I thought maybe on his home planet they wore furs) but he didn't seem to like it.

Mrs. Smith took one of his boots off and then we couldn't get it back on. (That's why one of his legs looks longer than the other.) I tried putting the boot on the radiator for a while to soften it up but still couldn't get his foot all the way into it. I think I may have to slit it up the back, which is okay because I hate struggling with putting clothes on dolls. The other guys could wear the boots too, then.  Anakin has articulated ankles and could be a ballet dancer if he wanted to.

Anakin's tunic and Red Nicky's new pantsuit
I made him a quick tunic out of felt, since I was sewing for Red Nicky. It could be a bit bigger around but it will keep him warm for now.

I made Red Nicky's pantsuit out of a child's summer dress. The jacket, except for the sleeves, is that stretchy elasticized already-smocked fabric (which was the top of the dress) and the sleeves and pants are just plain cotton. She has a very tiny waist and the back of her pants doesn't look nearly as nice as the front--very thready. I think I need to put a little fray-check on parts of it too. But it's a nice start to her wardrobe.
She's keeping her distance.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

New Guys for Red Nicky

First, this is an experiment because I'm trying to identify a Hasbro guy that I found. I emailed Hasbro and they've been very helpful but my picture attachments don't come through for them. So I am going to post his picture here and then I think I can copy it directly into into the email.

Red Nicky is not sure about that braid.

What's with that tuft of hair?
My big find this week, though, was a Spideyman!

Red Nicky hasn't made any decisions yet.
He has a black smudge on his nose that I haven't been able to remove. I will probably have to paint over it. I tried alcohol, nail polish remover with acetone, peanut butter, eraser sponge--nothing worked. But his big problem (besides his Spidey hands) is that when I undressed him, I discovered his left leg was not attached! The plastic pivot was broken off.

Then I had the brilliant idea of re-bodying him! That would solve the problem of his hands and his leg. Also, I don't really want such a bulky body. In fact, he's not going to be Spideyman any more. His name is Nigel and he is a Gentleman.

I checked out the Kens at work. There were only two. One had what looked like a very blotchy sunburn or else radiation poisoning, so I rejected him at once. The other one--well, you be the judge. They had him priced at only $1.49.

"Are you a guy or a girl?"
Is it my imagination or does Nigel look really depressed?
We refer to him as Girly Man. I'm not sure if a haircut would help. His head says Disney and his body says Mattel. I think he's a Prince Charming type.

After I popped Girly Man's head off, I realized Nigel has a totally different neck/head setup.

"Let this be a bad dream," prayed Nigel.
Nigel's neck goes up into his head and GM's head fits down into his neck. I think I will look around for a different donor body. I can't be too picky about skin tones but I am carrying Nigel's leg around in my purse so I can try to find a good match. But you'll notice in the pictures his head doesn't really match his body anyway. It must be from all those years of wearing a spidey mask.

Hang in there, Nigel. I will find you a nice body and decent clothes. And Hasbro man, I will uncover your identity. And Girly Man, I'll think of something to do with you.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

It's Never Too Early for Halloween

Especially if you work at Savers, where we start getting ready in August! So I thought I'd go ahead and show off my Mini Living Dead dolls and their castle, which is out of storage now for the season.

It started with a pink Barbie sort of castle.

Yes, the picture is kind of small. I lost the original and copied this from the Halloween In Miniature Yahoo Group I belong to, but it had become smallified. I tried to biggify it and it didn't work. (But the pictures sure load faster!)

Husband-like person reluctantly agreed to paint it. He grew more enthusiastic and did a wonderful job.

A few years ago Auntie Berman gave me a Mini Living Dead Doll. She had one herself, named Raven. I named mine Winterkill. I think they are both Living Dead Sadie dolls. Unable to resist, we got a few more from eBay. I had a lovely scene set up in my bedroom but eventually dismantled it to make room for more (normal) dolls.

DeVille entertains The Creature and a nameless ghoul.
The following year I had a different setup and was pleased to add a Halloween Tree to the scene. We found it at a thrift shop (of course).

Bride of Frankenstein, Winterkill, DeVille
The Bride is very interesting. She is made of some very rubbery, squishy substance. She fits right in at Winterkill's Castle.

Other dolls wanted to get in on the fun.

Bratz Boy and Jinx
Living Dead Boy and Seraphina
Mrs. Smith painted scars on the Bratz Boy's head and did his eye makeup. Jinx is an MGA girl who decided to Go Goth. The Living Dead boy is a full size Living Dead doll, 10 inches tall, given to me by my friend (and now supervisor) Terri, before I ever went to work at Savers. I assume she got him at Savers, which just goes to show you never know what will turn up in a thrift store. Seraphina is another MGA girl. She wasn't as eager as Jinx to Go Goth but now she quite likes it. I'm sure I named the boys at some point, but unfortunately I can't remember what.

Everything's all in a jumble. Coffins everywhere.
This will be our best year ever!
We want our scene too!
I also need to set up a scene for the Midnight Magic girls.

You may notice a new face here. I found a Monster High girl at work. I thought at first she was some sort of Alien girl but then realized she was a Monster High doll.

She was from a Monster High Create-A-Monster set and whoever had her had mixed and matched her parts, so she's half Lagoona and half Draculaura. Since she was bald, I had to find her some hair.

"Are they laughing at me?"
For some reason golden curls just didn't suit her.

Red Nicky is not real thrilled with her.
This wig was much better but slightly too big for her head. Then I found a Liv wig in my bag o'hair that fit her head.

"I like being a blonde!"
Halloween season has just begun. The possibilities are endless!