As the weather was looking dodgy again today and I didn’t fancy a walk to Geeveston I decided that I should get on with fixing up a few more Op Shop dolls. I still have another Positively Perfect doll to do but she is currently waiting for her inked on eyeliner to fade away so I turned my attention to some smaller dolls.
When I get Kelly sized dolls I tend to wait until I have a batch of fashion dolls to do rather than just do an odd one. Today’s rescues are from two or three different batches that I’ve had around the house. I’m going to call them Kelly clones because most of them are the same size and have the same face sculpt as the older Kelly dolls rather than the newer Chelsea, or whatever Mattel are calling her this week.
I also had a Barbie and an adult clone doll on hand so they will be included with this batch. Here are the girls before I started work.
As you can see there is not a great deal wrong with them. They are pretty clean and most have clothing. There is just a lot of crazy hair going on. As I got them ready for their baths I had a look to see if there were markings. Three of them appear to be the same brand but they are unmarked. Their hair is rather sparse and one has had a serious hair cut. I think they are all going to have to have ponytails to hide the bald parts. The little blue-haired girl is similar but has a sturdier body and does not have the printed on panties that the other dolls have.
The brunette is also a more sturdy doll. she has moulded on shoes and is marked “made in China” on the back of her neck. The other blonde is also marked “made in China” but on her back. This one does look a lot like Kelly. Now that Mattel no longer uses this face sculpt perhaps they sold the mould to one of the Chinese toy manufacturers. The sad-eyed girl with curly hair I know I have seen before but she is only marked “made in China”.
The other small doll is a McDonald’s toy. She is marked Spin Master 2012 and McDonalds. She has a TNT waist and jointed arms but not legs. Her clothes are moulded plastic. Her hat appears to be moulded on. I did not try to remove it. She has been inked so she will be joining the other inked dolls on the window sill shortly.
It didn’t take long to get all the dolls hair washed and conditioned and as I write they are drying off. I gave most of them a quick dip in boiling water as that hair would not lie down flat. After I’ve had my lunch I’ll tidy and redress the ones that have clothing.
Well, here we are a bit later on and the dolls are dry and dressed, except for one who needs an outfit. Here are the two adults. Barbie did not need a lot of work but I did rinse a lot of pink out of her hair. I think someone may have been trying to do a colour change on her. The other doll I think was probably a Snow White doll. I’ve had these oddly shaped dolls before and the trouble with them is that their hair comes out in hanks every time you try to comb it. I tried not to comb this one too much so it is a little wavy. Their outfits are courtesy of the doll op shop.
I had enough dresses for all but one of the little girls. Several of the dresses were made of that papery material and I had to take the dolls heads off to remove them. I tied their hair back, it’s still a bit sparse looking but it’s tidy.
I had a little dress for the brunette doll which is a bit big for her but will do for now. I may knit her something else as I have to make a dress for the other doll anyway. Here they are with the other girls.