I’ve had a few dolls sitting around for quite some time waiting to be worked on and I finally got around to doing it recently. I haven’t been very enthusiastic about the job because most of them are larger dolls with really badly tangled hair. Fashion dolls don’t take so long to do but often these larger ones are a lot of work for little reward because they go back to the shop and get mauled by children before they are even sold. One day a small child broke the windscreen of a Barbie car and we had to throw it away because the sharp plastic might have hurt someone. I may be old fashioned but I really wish some parents would teach their children how to play with things properly. I know that it’s just an Op Shop but I still think that parents ought to supervise their children and teach them to respect property. The attitude seems to be “Kids break things, that’s just how it is.” If Naomi or I had taken things off a shelf in a shop as children mum would have been very cross with us but then she would never have left us to wander about by ourselves while she shopped anyway.
Alright, rant over. What about the dolls?
I’ll start with the larger ones. Dora the Explorer is a popular doll, we often seem to get Dora related stuff at the shop. Dora had coarse matted hair which I washed, conditioned, combed and put back in bunches. I could have spent more time on her hair to try to make it smoother and shinier but as I mentioned it was not very nice to work with. Dora also has some biro marks on her body which I am treating with Oxy 10.
This next one is My Friend Cayla by Toy Quest. I have read that these interactive dolls can be hacked and Cayla has certainly had her hair hacked. I’m not sure if she still speaks, perhaps it would be for the best if she didn’t. I have washed and conditioned her hair. Her eyes are cloudy so I will try drying them with the hairdryer to see if that helps. I may also open her up and remove any batteries to prevent corrosion.
Mattel’s Baby That-a-Way has been here for a while as I tried to find something for her to wear. Her hair just needed a tidy. I don’t know if she works or not.
Disney dolls are also very popular with the younger kids, here’s another Frozen Elsa. She is marked Jakk’s Pacific. Her hair is very flyaway so I may plait it to keep it tidy. I did a little repair on her dress too.
This next doll looks like Tyco’s Cathy Cut’ n’Curl but she only has painted on panties while the Cut’n’Curl doll looks as if she has a molded plastic torso too. She has also been around the house for a while as I haven’t had a dress for her to wear. She just needed her hair washed and conditioned.
Here is a soft-bodied baby doll with a good head of hair that was very tangled. I managed to sort it out and found her an outfit that more or less fits although it was not meant for her.
Most of these dolls went back to the shop a couple of weeks ago and several of them were bought by a lady who said she loves dolls so I guess she is going to keep them herself. The doll in the picture above had already got messy hair from being in the shop but I am sure her new owner will sort it out.