Sunday, April 9, 2017

LLL Agnes Von Weiss, Take 2 (Literally)

I apologize for the lengthy delay in posts.  I took 32 gifted children on a three-day field trip in the middle of March.  It was a wonderful experience for these children, many of them being from lower socio-economic homes.  We went to Jekyll Island, GA.  Some of them had never seen the ocean before and it was an experience I loved sharing with them.  Now, we are gearing up for our End Of Year standardized tests.  I also just found out that my dear friend and partner in crime is retiring at the end of this academic year.  To me she is irreplaceable.

So ... in early February I reviewed Love, Life and Lace Agnes Von Weiss.  If you go to the next page you can find it, or just click on this link: LLL Agnes Von Weiss Review.  I have been waiting patiently for the replacement head to arrive.  I do believe it was EXTREMELY KIND of Integrity Toys to let me keep the original since I purchased it directly from The W Club.  (Another perk of being a member!)

My replacement head arrived last week, I promptly pulled out the heating pad.  Here is a closeup photo of the two versions.
The original head actually matches the FR tall body porcelain skin tone.  (This body is from Follow The Line Kesenia.)  As you can see, the replacement head is a very good match to the original body which was a cream skin tone.  Both heads have great hair and an awesome screening.  The depth of color on the replacement is much deeper to accommodate the skin tone, whereas the original head seems more ethereal to me.

Here is a full length comparison.
When I contacted Patient Care about the lace on my dress being cut too high for the hem of the dress, I was told "The lace stretches a lot.  Pull it down and see if it stays. If there is still a problem, take a picture and send it to us."  I though to myself, "What hogwash!"  But it actually does stretch A LOT.  It's not perfect because when you pull it down, it slowly rides back up.  I find myself pulling it down often.  Maybe over time, it will give a little and be alright.

This reminds me of those older, larger ladies at church who wear polyester dresses in the summer.  Every time they get up to sing, their dress rides up and they have to pull it down.

When we were little, we used to beg our parents to let us sit with friends at church.  (Just sitting anywhere except with our parents was an exciting change!)  At church one Sunday, we were all getting up to sing and the lady in front of my sister turned around and smacked her.  When we got up to sing again, the lady smacked her again!  After church, my Mom asked my sister why the lady smacked her?  My sister replied, "When she got up, her dress was in her crack, so I pulled it out for her."

"Why did she smack the second time?" My mother asked.

"She was so upset about me pulling it out that I put it back!"

I know ... old joke ... but I couldn't resist.

So to close this out, and, since this IS a doll review blog, here are close up photos of the two dolls separately.

First up is the replacement head on the original body.  I actually like this gown so much that I plan to continue displaying her in it for now.
And next is the original porcelain skin tone head wearing My Precious Luxury Wear from 2005.  I thought I would start a set of photos of my dolls wearing some of my favorite IT lingerie.

Even though these are the exact same screenings and hair, the skin tone makes enough difference that I plan to keep both in my collection.  I will have one version that can wear all of the original clothing and one for the FR2 couture!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Nadja Rhymes "I Slay"

Ever since her introduction in 2006, I have been a fan of NuFace Character, Nadja Rhymes.   I love that she represents a woman of color with a richer, deeper skin tone.  Since her revised sculpt, I have purchased all three versions and couldn't wait for "I Slay" to arrive.

Here is a full length photo in the box.
And a poor quality closeup.  (Sorry about that - I didn't shoot enough closeups because I was in too much of a hurry to get her out of the box!)
Here is a photo of her standing next to the accessories.  She comes with a cool ring, simple gold stud earrings, a skull bracelet (gold tone version of the Be Daring Imogen's bracelet), and a gold tone skull necklace.  She has stretch thigh high boots which require a little effort getting on, a choker, and a fake fur coat.  She also had a purse on trend and an extra set of hands.
The promo photos of this doll leads the buyer to believe the doll with have thick wavy hair.  Unfortunately, the hair is actually that extremely kinky hair like Quiet Storm Annik which is difficult to manage and style.  I just put a black rubber band on it and pulled it back from her face.
I think she is a beautiful doll and definitely represents the 2016 Moschino line that she was based on.  My favorite part of her are those gorgeous gray eyes.  I figured she would redress well ...
So, let's give it a go.  Here she is wearing "Life of the Party" from the 2008 convention.  The boots actually fit and she can stand in them with a little assistance.  The blouse is a little loose, but I was able to get the skirt to close and the belt to hook!  I worked with her hair a little more.

And a close up to end the post ...

I really LOVE this version.  I think IT is on to something with this new eye screening and I am so thankful they got rid of those weird eyebrow lines from last year!