Today one of the final Holy Grails from my list arrived. The minute I took the package from my mailperson, I knew there was a problem. I could feel something rolling around inside. I was hoping to take an "arrival" photo of her in the package, but the best I can do is the e-bay listing photo from the seller.
It is a common problem with the first generation Integrity dolls for the plastic to deteriorate, crack, crumble, or break. This usually occurs in the knee or the neck. Since it has happened to me already in the past ... Girl of the Moment, Suited Luxury, and Sheer Goddess ... I'm not as shocked as if it were the first time.
Fortunately, Cosmetic Takeover (CT) has been on my list of Holy Grail dolls for several years. I knew that she would be taken out and put on a tall body. In preparation for this, I had purchased Private Goddess (PG) Natalia so CT would have the handspeak system.
When I took CT's head out of the box, I knew I had to heat it to get the neck knob out. While the head was heated, I decided to go ahead and put it on the new body; that way I wouldn't have to heat it a second time. I quickly took my NRFB Private Goddess out of the box and stripped her naked. I heated PG's head and removed it. Then I heated CT's head, performed delicate surgery to get the neck knob out and popped the head on the PG body. WAIT ONE COTTON PICKING SECOND. The head did not match the body! When did Natalia's skintone change???? And why didn't I know?
I was lucky to have the body upstairs from Capricious Nat who is now on a NuFace body. I ran upstairs, heated the heads again and did more transplanting. Now I have CT on the Capricious body which does not have handspeak (but at least matches in skintone) and PG back on her original body. But what am I going to do with Private Goddess? I never liked this doll I only purchased her for the handspeak body for CT. And now she has been removed from box and undressed. What a mess?!
Also of note this week was that I took out Porcelain Beauty Kesenia. I think my doll was one of the better produced. Her forehead was not has high as many others (some called them a "five head"). Her eyes are beautifully done as is her faceup. She also has the slightest hint of a widow's peak which almost made me keep her. But due to limited space, she is off to her new owner, and is off the "consideration" list. I sold 12 dolls since my last post, one of ordered dolls arrived and was debosed, and I moved Kesenia out of the queue. The best news is that I made enough money in my sales to pay for CT.
Nat was taken out of the box within two minutes (much less two weeks) so I have followed my rules very closely this week. She is staying and managed to snag up the recently abandoned ensemble from Porcelain Beauty Kesenia.