Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Carol Ferris: Green Lantern Barbie Review

To be honest with you, Carol Ferris was a nightmare to photograph in her box. It mimics action figure boxes, and has a more flexible plastic. This lead to slight ripples that distorted the images and made her look like Quasimodo in most of the photographs.

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The Bottom Line:

The Good: beautiful doll, good sculpts, good accessories, articulated

The Bad: not actually a pivotal body, box plastic doesn't display well

The Verdict: if you are a fan of the character Carol Ferris I recommend picking her up. As an exclusive she will only get harder to find. She is pretty enough that if you like having dolls to redress and pose she would be a good addition to your collection. If you prefer to keep your dolls NRFB I suggest you pass on this one.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Barbie's Pandorica

oh goodness. If you are one of those people like me who like to save doll boxes in as nice a shape as you can... Carol Ferris makes this difficult.

There's the aftermath of the deboxing.

Step 1: slit tape and glue down both sides and across bottom of the box. this should allow the back of the box to lift away, remaining hinged at the top. (this is a single piece of cardboard that has been folded in half.

Step 2: slice through a little more glue under the clear plastic tabs to allow the front plastic panel to lift off, also remaining hinged at the top.

Step 3: now you get to do a bunch of tape slicing around the green tabs. once all this is done you should be able to poke the tabs through the cardboard so that you can access the T-ties that secure her to the packaging. I left mine hinged at the bottom.

Step 4: whip out your trusty scissors and start clipping those T-ties. there are 3 (yes, three!!!) of these going into the back of her head, and 2 more that hold the strip sewn into her hair down. there are a few others along with some clear rubberbands around her arms and boots.

Step 5: she comes with a U waist stand. the post can be easily slipped out after fiddling with some more rubber bands. to get at the base you have to slit some more tape along the cardboard backing.

Step 6: remove the hair strip and a few tiny T-ties that are holding her costume in place for shipping.

I think that about covers it. By the end of the ordeal the box resembled a opened Swiss Army knife. After that Ms Ferris had to have a long time-out.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Altering Model #4's Basic Jeans

On the left side you see the jeans as they came fresh out of the box. The thigh was pretty loose on this pair. The ankle was sewn so tight I had a lot of trouble getting her tiny pointy barbie feet through the holes.

I turned the pants inside out and found the inseam. The pieces are sewn together at the edges to prevent fraying, so I picked apart the seam up to the knee area in order to create a more straight-leg look.

Then I slipped the pants back onto the doll, still inside out, to check the fit again. The ankles were much improved. I pinched the excess fabric in the inner thighs and marked where I wanted the seam to go. I then tried them on my LBD basic #12 to make sure the pants would still fit a doll with the opposite leg structure.

I started the new inseam at the same point where I stopped picking apart the seam for the lower part of the legs. As I got near the crotch area I angled back out to where the factory seam is to prevent bunching that would be added by the extra fabric.

Turned them right side out again, and voila! the more fitted pair on the right is born. I think my alterations make the pants look a little more like the stock image, shown below. (sorry it is so tiny, I couldn't figure out how to make it bigger.)

Thursday, September 8, 2011

collection update

just thought I would check in to let you all know what's going on here in the queendom...

I was naughty and ordered the 2.5 basics. they are beautiful, and I don't regret it. probably that would have been my only chance to get them "on sale" as I imagine they will sell out soon. still haven't bought any of the accessory packs. I keep looking for them in stores, but they still only have the 1.0 sets in stock. I wonder if the new ones are getting snapped up.

went to walmart today to pick up a few groceries, so of course I checked the doll section. it looks like my local store will no longer be carrying collector barbies. they still had the holiday barbie, but all the others had been moved to the "clearance" section. it looks like they are expanding the "I can be..." section, so maybe I'll finally find the computer engineer and architect I have been looking for.

that nice big display they had of Monster High merchandise is now nerf and hot wheels. the monsters now have an end cap in the "boys" part of the toy section, and a little shelf space in the baby doll aisle. I hope walmart doesn't get rid of them too. it's really the only good store I have access to during the week.

I did see a few new Monster High dolls though. they had DotD Deuce, and a couple of the Ghoulias. I think Deuce is on the buy list now. he's really cute. I like that they did something different with his snake-hawk. still no sign of Abbey. oh! I did see a Spectra a couple of weeks ago at a different walmart, but she's not really appealing to me at the moment. I like her clothes, and I think her eyes are neat, but the sunken cheeks and pseudo duck-face... not so much.

as far as dolls I already had at home, I finally finished deboxing my jean basic 4. I really do love her face. I think her jeans are going to require a little work though. they were sewn very tightly at the ankles and rather baggy in the thighs. I think (hope!) this will be an easy fix of just relocating a seam.

speaking of fixing seams, I'm going to have to do the same thing with Forbitten Romance Draculaura's dress. the front panel got sewn on crooked and kind of makes her look lop-sided. I think I will do some other adjustments once I have it apart, to try to make the butt-ruffle less huge.

I think that Draculaura will be moving out soon. I put her next to my regular Draculaura, and regular D just looked better to me. even when I switched their clothes, regular D made FRD's dress look better than she did. poor girl, I haven't even finished her review yet.

so once she's gone, I will have only one of each character, and D will have the most extensive wardrobe so far with 3 outfits. I think I will have to amend this rule though, and keep more than one of each as long as they are sufficiently different from each other.

I've taken a lot of pictures recently, but I just haven't gotten them off the camera yet. they will probably all require some color correction as the light in my craft/doll room is not very good. poor Draculaura looks orange in some of them. I hope to get them posted soon. stab me with a barbie hand if I take too long!