Some collectors have coined the phrase "Frankendolly" to refer to dolls that have been "body-switched". I guess that makes me Dr. Frankenstein. I've always been someone who can't leave well-enough alone. Even as a kid I was taking things apart and putting them back together ... thinking I had improved the original design.
When I started collecting dolls as an adult, the most I could expect from a fashion doll was a twisting waist, turning head, twirling arms and clicking knees. Now we have girls with pivotal ankles, wrists, rib cages, etc. It's amazing the poses a doll can make!
Recently, my sister became interested in fashion dolls. (Ashamedly, I must take some of the blame because she started reading my blog and is now headed toward Fashion Doll Financial Ruin.) Shout out to my sister, Debbie! This blog is dedicated to you because I was trying to find dolls to send to you to keep you out of retail establishments. This is a doll I created for her.
When I was doing this, I found it interesting to look at the different versions of the bodies that worked with 11 1/2 inch dolls and allowed them to still wear most of the same clothes (namely the smaller bust). Here is a group picture of four dolls. The girls kindly offered to wear bikinis to show the body types.
The third body is the Liv doll body. I'm not sure which Barbie head this is. I had purchased some Liv dolls when they were on sale for half price last week at TRU. My girls wanted to steal their cool casual wear. Since I had a body, I thought I would see what results I could get. The cool thing is that the doll is a light skin tone which is hard to find in Mattel or FR dolls of this size. One bonus is that you get the pivotal ankles, but the feet are BIG. It's hard to find shoes for them. They are a little shorter than the other dolls and not quite as curvy. They come across as a teenage sister, but they do pose very nicely. The torso pivot is at the waist instead of the rib cage. They are well-balanced in their design if you can get past the less mature body structure.
Even though I usually change Mattel Barbie Basic heads to articulated bodies, I began to wonder if I could do this in reverse. Put Integrity heads on Model Muse bodies. Sometimes I had to change the neck knob for it to work. Here are two of my school girls. A DG Dayle and a NuFace Erin:
I thought these looked pretty good! I got into a body switching frenzy by this time. How about switching a Mattel head to a NuFace body. Well here is one of my very favorites. Model of the Moment Urban Hipster Nichelle. I LOVE this doll and wanted her to have articulation. As it turns out she fits beautifully on an Integrity Toys NuFace Nadja body.
When I asked my favorite girl how she felt about all of this, this is what she had to say ... this is Chaundra's quote. "As someone who has benefited from the transplant process, I can say that I appreciate the doll who gave this body for my use. Without your generous donation, I wouldn't be able to move and be so animated. I would also like to thank all of my fellow housemates for the wonderful photo shoot ...."
"Oh, did someone say 'photoshoot'? I wasn't aware we were having our picture made. I hope my hair looks alright," Carli enters the scene with faux innocence.
"Some dolls just cannot leave well enough alone. This girl is really beginning to get on my nerves. Where is that box to your sister?"