Sunday, September 16, 2012

Thrift store finds, pt 2

Like I mentioned in a previous post, I found some pretty nifty stuff on a recent bout of thrift store roaming.

Here are the two neatest finds so far. A 17" singing Disney Store Rapunzel and a sewing chair. The chair is dusty and it's pincushion seat is in DIRE need of reupholstering. (yowza, the 60s called and they want their garish floral prints back!) I gave $2.50 for it. It's all wood, and those little dowels are for holding spools of thread.

Rapunzel is in decent shape, save for the fact that her hair was one. Solid. Tangled. Mass.  If you turn her on, she still sings "When Will My Life Begin" (loudly!), though. I brushed (and brushed and brushed and brushed) her hair just to see if it was possible to untangle it, and the final answer is "sorta".  There was a goodly amount of hair loss, however. There are a few plugs on the right-hand side of her face that are just plain gone now. But since I plan to try and re-hair her (if I can), that's no biggie. I paid $6 for her. She even still has her petticoat!

She's also got a few spots and stains on her dress, and on her feet (looks like something may have gnawed a little on her as well but not too bad), which I'm hoping come out. I originally bought her thinking she was the size of a Moxie Teenz doll and that I could re-body her... yeah, that's not going to work.

To give you a sense of scale, here's Princess Rapunzel (modeling the horrible attempt I made at sewing a kimono and somehow made too small!), a Moxie Teenz doll, and Giant Rapunzel. I really should have thrown Eugene in there going "OMGWTF?!"

Giant Rapunzel's range of motion isn't great. She can kneel almost convincingly, but she has fairly poor motion in her arms (her right arm is mostly limp, which is either due to rough handling by her prior owner or possibly on account of the mechanism that makes her sing when you touch the diodes on her hand), and her head has nearly no up and down motion. She originally came with no shoes, but the wave 2 version of this doll comes with purple heels.

Let's get back to the chair. This thing is all kinds of cool. While it would never be a convincing diorama piece (unless you had a doll who was some kind of avid knitter or something?), it's a really fun take on a pincushion/thread holder. The drawer actually opens to hold small items, so you could be working on a small project (like a doll dress) and have everything but a full-size pair of scissors tuck away neatly while you take a break.. and your model could relax in the seat until you needed her.

The chair's a bit big for an 11" doll (Rapunzel's feet don't touch the ground on it!), too small for a 17", but the Moxie Teenz doll seems to be almost exactly in scale with it. She looks politely annoyed. Maybe she's just glad she gets to keep her body?

All in all, I'm pretty satisfied with the purchases so far. We'll see what I think after I try and re-hair Giant Rapunzel, though! Hm. I wonder if the collection of Moxie Girlz dolls I have no use for will net enough brunette hair to do it?

"I always wanted a big sister!"

Monday, September 10, 2012

Playline Brunette Rapunzel: Coming soon?

So if you know anything at all about me by now, you know I have been ticked off royally at the lack of brunette Rapunzel dolls. For crying out loud, I made myself one and it only took me two "Mattel" versions and a Disney Store version to learn how to re-root without completely destroying the doll's head!

There was a 17" wedding version of Rapunzel released in a limited edition, which I really really wanted... until I saw her shoes. My gosh, Disney Store... why don't you at least TRY if you're going to put her in shoes?

So I just found THIS on someone else's blog, and you probably heard my squeal of delighted shock from where ever you were sitting at the time. A timeline accurate wedding Rapunzel with SHORT BRUNETTE HAIR as part of the "Classics" doll line! (if it turns out to be a hoax I'll be furious!) Finally an official brunette Rapunzel that I can afford! I've seen a combo pack of brunette wedding 11" Rapunzel and Eugene on ebay this week also, but the sellers all seem to be in Europe and think I'm made of money or something.

Gotta say though, looking at those pics makes me a bit self-conscious about the job I did on Punzie. Her hair is mousier, longer (I got afraid to cut it down more once I had a decent rooting done!), and rougher-looking. And I'll let you in on a secret- she's got some nicks in her right ear from where I got over-zealous with the X-acto knife while shaving off some stubborn blonde/glue gobs.

Will I get one? Oh heck yes.

Will I rebody it and use it in place of my "Princess 'Punzie"? I don't know. On the one hand my Rapunzel is special and I like her best. On the other hand, she's special and I'd be crushed if I somehow ruined her. I guess we'll see how the official version compares in person.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Thrift Store Finds!

Made the rounds of the thrift stores here and a few at the next town over today, and found some pretty nifty stuff!

Today though, we're concerned with this clothing pack and one other item.

I found this My Scene fashion pack for just $3 in an "antique" store that's one of my favorite stops. (Favorite because of the unbelievable range of merchandise. Everything from McDonald's toys to actual for-real antiques!)

So let's crack this thing open and see what we've got and if it'll fit Punzie! Poor Eugene, he didn't get anything this trip.

Le open!

So we've got a pair of shoes that I'm completely uncertain about, a pair of sunglasses, a cute denim dress and matching beret, and a sheer blouse. I like that the colors aren't perfect matches, but everything goes together believably. It makes for a pretty realistic outfit. (If you don't mind the notion of kneehigh Ugg boots with a miniskirt, that is.) So let's see it on! Sorry for the bad pic! As you can see, the sheer overshirt is long! The sleeves are over-long on Rapunzel. The beret is actually too small, but will stay on with a little effort. The glasses are a great fit, however. The boots are a little small, requiring some effort to get all the way on Punzie's Liv body feet. The denim dress is made for a body a little thicker than a Liv on, and I've cinched the elastic a bit to make it work.  
Not the greatest fit in the world, but very passable for $3! Let's see this in a better light! And you can see my other great find, this orange bench! Just $1, this was originally a votive candle holder. The seat is pretty low, (and it has two holes in it!) but I think that if I make a seat cushion, it'll fix both the problems. As you can see, Eugene's not that impressed. Well I'm not impressed with his too-short pants that still manage to be too big. So there, Eugene! (On that note, if you've got suggestions for clothing for Eugene and his Fashionista Ken Moxie Jake body, leave a comment!)
Rapunzel's pretty happy with the outfit, and the quality of the clothing definitely exceeds the price I paid. The shoes are pretty much the only part I don't really care for, but they do fit better than the beret does. If I come across more of these fashions/packs, I'll probably be tempted into picking them up.

 Thanks for reading!