EAH Bunny to Bunny head swap

Bunny Blanc re-headed

Not long ago I bought one of the recent dolls from Ever After High – The Archery Club Bunny Blanc. I did it specifically because I liked her reboot face more than the original:

Signature Bunny Blanc (left) vs Archery Club Bunny Blanc (right)

However, I found everything else to be far superior on the original release, and that including her body…

My intention from the start was to swap the heads on these two. I had never swapped heads before, so I was certainly a little nervous! I tried finding some advice online. I did find a few photos and videos, but all in all, I feel like nothing out there can thoroughly guide you through the process. You need to feel it for yourself to judge how much force you need to apply, and wiggle things around until the head comes off.

Nonetheless, here are a few tips that may make the process a little easier:

  • Carefully heating the head will soften it – some people recommend using a hair dryer, or putting the doll in a plastic bag and dipping her head down in very warm water (I went with the latter method)
  • Try removing the head from the ‘bad’ body first – the body is more likely to break (the parts inside the neck) than the head, so you probably want start with the poorer body for practice
  • This is what the neck peg looks for Ever after High. See the plastic getting white from the strain? These are the most endangered parts. Also, it is these thin prongs that you will need to somehow wiggle out through the narrow neck hole, probably one at a time.

 

EAH neck peg

I make it sound scary, huh? It was a little scary for me, but many people do this regularly with no casualties πŸ™‚ Pulling the head off is the difficult part. Slipping the new head on isn’t much of an issue.

Overall, everything went well for me – hurray!

Personally, I feel like this Bunny face-up is the prettiest and the most true to her character so far. I was expecting to see lots of head swaps with it, but I couldn’t find a single photo online. I do have a theory now why it may be so. Unfortunately, the skin tone match between the two dolls I used isn’t perfect:

Her body has a peachy undertone, and her face has a cool bluish undertone. The difference is easily noticeable when you look for it, but I feel like it isn’t particularly distracting otherwise. She kind of looks like some of us look like with make-up on, maybe? The difference is also less clear when she has her arms down, the white fluff of her vest obscures her neck.

Another thing worth taking into account is that her new head is slightly smaller, and her headband sits more loosely. If you move the doll it may slide off, but it stays on fine on display on the shelf.

Finally, the Archery head doesn’t have her ears pierced. I have seen a tutorial suggesting that it is possible to pierce them yourself, and I’m considering it. Frankly, though, her earring were never all that visible to begin with, so I’m not in a huge rush.

Overall, the re-headed Bunny is not perfect because of the slight colour discrepancy. It also bugs me that I reward the manufacturer’s mistakes with both releases by buying not one, but two dolls! But all in all, I feel like the resulting doll looks very much like the doll we deserved in the first place – both sweet like her character and properly articulated. A slight mismatch or not, I do enjoy her in this form way more than any of her official releases.

P.S. I almost forgot! This is what she would look like in her Archery clothes:

 

 

 

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Pumpkin Time

Isi Dawndancer holding a pumpkin

I’m really loving autumn this year! It’s been so bright and colourful, it just fills me with a sense of gratitude. And even though Halloween isn’t big around these parts, I love pumpkin decor. Not even necessarily carved pumpkins, plain ones will do. It was only natural to let this become craft inspiration.

I made a bunch of doll-sized pumpkins according to the instructions in this video from MyFroggyStuff. I did make a few minor changes, though:

  • I made the cornstarch dough on the stove instead of using the microwave
  • I let them air dry – it took about two days…
  • I used satin spray varnish – I do think satin finish is more reminiscent of natural pumpkin skin
  • instead of sticks, I used apple stems – not only did I have them on hand, I like their rough look. I ‘extracted’ them before I ate the apples – if you just pinch them at the base and keep twisting in one direction, they come apart.

I really like these little pumpkins just as little decorations, but obviously I didn’t stop there.

The decision to include Isi Dawndancer in these photos was colour based, I just think her hair and her top work well with the scene.

Speaking of the scene, I had been hoping to have a nice outdoor photo-shoot, but I couldn’t think of the right spot – really short grass would have been a must (in my mind) and I wasn’t in the mood for checking parks around the city for grass length πŸ™‚ I settled for an IKEA Spexa background.

If you’re not familiar, it’s a a folding doll house – or rather the walls of a doll house. It can be a little shiny in the photos, and it never seems tall enough, but it’s overall a great option, considering how quick, affordable and accessible it is. Two of its panels show the outside of the house, and it’s a beautiful, dark-red and white, traditional Swedish house front. Wow, that’s a mouthful.

The fence is my own creation made of popsicle sticks. Unfortunately, I did not eat all these popsicles myself. The sticks were bough in a craft store 😦

Indoor doll photos certainly have a different feel to them. They look less natural, but you do have a lot of control in creating a more detailed and fun mini-verse. What I ended up is a little different from what I originally intended, but it’s not always a bad thing. The background brought in a lot of colour which is reminiscent of the season’s abundance (to me).

I am hoping you (and your dolls) are having a lovely autumn as well πŸ™‚

P.S. I did carve a real pumpkin this year, which I sort of made into a doll house as well. Unfortunately, it grew mould before I managed to find the right toy to pose with it πŸ˜› I made a tiny mouse hole door in it, too.

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This is *before* the mould situation πŸ™‚

If you’re in a Halloween mood, how about checking out my last year’s photos with Bunny Blanc as a witch? πŸ™‚

 

Holly’s Journey

Today I have a couple of photos I took this very morning. There will be trains, tracks, a suitcase, and the beautiful Holly O’Hair from Ever after High.

Holly O'Hair

The idea for these photos started with this little tin suitcase. I found it in a variety shop – anything doll sized is a great find! There were many designs, but this one in particular looked kind of realistic. Its colours reminded me of Holly.

I for one did not have to travel far to find the right spot for the photos. I live so close to railway tracks that I hear train sounds at home – but don’t worry, you do get used to it πŸ™‚ I have passed the bridge over the tracks countless time and knew exactly where to head for a nice railway-themed autumn view. I was only a little embarrassed as people passed me by…

I must admit I was a little tense letting her stand free on the railing so far above the ground, but thankfully, no dolls were harmed today.

I originally made this dress for Cerise last year,Β but I think it suits Holly very well too. I did have trouble finding the right shoes – all these richly embellished EAH shoes may look stunning with their original outfits, but paired with something more realistic they look over the top. I settled for Apple White’s basic shoes, but I do wish I had something a little simpler.

Thankfully, a misty autumn morning turned out to complete the picture rather well. Full-on sunlight tends to tint doll complexion garish orange, but I managed to avoid it.

Isn’t Holly absolutely stunning? I have had the O’Hair twins for nearly a year, but by some terrible neglect, I have only had them in one Christmas photo shoot before today.

This is in the nearby train station. As always, trying to make the doll look to scale is a little tricky. I lifted her up by standing her on a bench, but having nothing to lean on, she needed a stand. Luckily, Holly has more than enough hair to hide its clamps πŸ™‚

I kind of like this next photo, because it’s something different. The only downside is that people sleeping on benches in train stations is not usually a positive picture… She is a princess, though, maybe she can pull this off.

I’ll be the first to admit the colours here are perhaps a bit odd:

I was going for a ‘vintage’ and ‘filter’ look, but its definitely an arbitrary mixture of tints πŸ™‚ I may have to wash her hair, too. It was sweeping the train station all morning… I like to keep myself and my belongings clean and hygienic, but sometimes you need to get a little dirty to get things done.

Enjoying a little snack πŸ™‚

I did not plan ahead to try to capture an actual train, in fact, had I known the schedule, I would have probably tried to avoid any departures and presence of people they tend to attract. In the end, I managed to keep up my work despite two pairs of travellers’ eyes in the vicinity, watching, and was rewarded with the appearance of the train that they were waiting for.

Taking photos of dolls in the public always makes me a little tense, but I endured. And I am glad I did – I must say I am happy with the photos. I hope I will be able to take advantage of this beautiful autumn weather again before the world turns into Novermber’s muddy greyness.

EAH “Archery Club” Bunny Blanc: Review & Comparison

Archery Club Bunny Blanc

Archery Club Bunny Blanc with her bow

Signature Bunny Blanc was my first Ever After High doll. She captivated me with her unique design, colour scheme and personality. A lot of time seems to have passed since then, and a lot seems to have changed in Ever After High. Let’s see what the latest release of this character has to offer!

Shall we start with the packaging? It is in many ways similar to the older one:

Bunny Blanc box

The common themes are the purple-to-red gradient and peach-toned background. What’s different is the background print – now featuring an archery target and arrows. Neither packaging strikes me as a masterpiece, but the original looks perhaps slightly more finished. Another difference lies in the shape. While the former was more boxy, the new one is more of a blister with a slanted front:

The back of the blister introduces us to other characters in the line:

I have seen some beautiful box art with EAH, but this is neither really good or really bad.

The important part is of course the doll – straight out of the box:

Note that there is no stand included in the set. This one was generously lent by another Royal.

Her strongest aspect is probably her face, arguably the best one on Bunny so far.

EAH Archery Club Bunny Blanc

I do think she looks sweet and friendly, much like she does in the show, and she is not cross-eyed! For me, that’s a straight up upgrade πŸ™‚ However, having red and watched numerous reviews, I am aware that this point is up for debate. Some think it’s great, some think there is too little resemblance to the old one. Some even think she looks like an elderly lady πŸ™‚ Which release does it better? Will have a look at both later πŸ™‚

There is a very slight smudge of dark paint near her left eye.

The hair is gelled stiff. I’m not particularly bothered by that – unlike the ‘glue-headed’ dolls from a few years ago, the hair can be easily restored to full glory with a simple wash – and I certainly will do just that.

Her headband has a fairly nice sculpt, unfortunately, it is lacking any painted details whatsoever 😦 The details resemble a wreath of leaves and a pocket watch.

Next up is her outfit. Unfortunately, I can’t that I’m impressed this time around…

Her dress is the plainest piece of fabric I’ve ever seen on an Ever after High doll. It is very loosely in-keeping with Bunny’s theme, but only through the general minty colour. The floral design looks un-inspired and the cut is nearly the simplest it can be. As an amateur sewist I can confirm that sleeveless dresses are one of the simplest options to make, so, whenever I can, I like to buy toys with more elaborate clothes. Even I can make something that looks like this.

Worse still, the pattern only goes halfway to the back!

I cannot be persuaded to believe that Mattel is too poor to make a dress with pattern all over it. The dolls are not at all cheap enough to make up for this, too. This does upset me. Not even knock offs do this, to the best of my knowledge.

If there is a positive, it would be this chest-piece. It could certainly use some paint, and the choice of colour is questionable, but the sculpt itself is very intricate. I do see a decent design with a lot of potential for customization. As it is out of the box, it isn’t enough to help the overall impression by a lot, though.

We now come to perhaps the most hated aspect of recent EAH releases – the infamous moulded on leggings. I must say I agree. Not only are they the same garish, un-Bunny colour, they also have protruding sculpted details. This means it would be extra hard to cover them up with fabric tights or leggings. I think I could potentially get over moulded tights if they were smooth and a more gentle colour, but the real stuff is of course the best option.

I’m conflicted about her shoes… They are not what I wanted to see, and not something I needed in my collection. Once again, they lack any painted detail. On the other hand, I guess they aren’t ugly…

I think they are fine in themselves, but they do not really fit the character or the theme. I mean, yes, there are many floral accents in the outfit, but I’m not yet convinced they make sense.

The shoes may still see some use from me in a more fantasy-themed stylisation. Even in that case, I still have one point of criticism for them: while they are overall floral and delicate, the heavy wedge detracts from the dainty feel.

The shoes feel soft rubbery, perhaps slightly more so than the signature Bunny’s.

Bunny’s bow completes her collection of light pink, unpainted accessories:

They certainly tried to give it some style with intricate carvings. The hourglasses and the cute bunny tail do indicate that this is Bunny’s own property. This time around, I wish it was a little simpler and more versatile, but this is totally just my inclination to re-use and share accessories between dolls speaking.

Are you curious what her pink-purple legs look like, all clothes removed? I sure was.

It looks odd, given my knowledge of how tights and underwear work, but I suppose it’s best not to dwell on this.

As far as articulation goes, this doll has a reduced number of joints. The legs don’t bend, and they have a smaller range of motion to the sides. They do move all the way forward and slightly to the back. The arms and elbows move all the normal ways you might expect them to. The wrists are an exception, with no joints they obviously don’t move at all.

The joints in the arms were a little stiff, but overall functional. The head is as usual,with movement to the sides as well as up and down.

She can also hold her bow:

Before I got started on my comparison section, I thought it was only fair that I wash her hair, since my signature Bunny also has had hers washed. In the process I noticed that she looks absolutely adorable when wet! πŸ™‚

I also noticed she looks very pretty, and somehow more mature, with her bangs swept off her face:

I really like her in this style!

With a little shaking, patting and waiting, she was soon all dry & ready. Despite the wash, the hair maintained the general shape and style, and that’s probably a positive.

Archery Club Bunny Blanc vs. Signature Bunny Blanc

Let’s see how the new Bunny compares to the original.

Looking at both doll side by side, there are two major things that strike me. First, the colours on the new one are more saturated and toy-like. The second observation is that the Archery bunny’s face is much easier on the eyes…

I had always known that signature Bunny has a problem with her eye print, but until I had another to compare, the problem was somehow less striking. Now there is no escaping the fact that she is wall-eyed.

Signature Bunny Blanc vs. Archery Club Bunny Blanc

The two dolls do have quite a different appearance for being the same character. The eye-colour is the same and even the make-up is almost identical – even though it didn’t have to be. It’s like they want to stress the continuity in the face of the new developments. The eye shape and the face-shape are very different, with a different expression, in a way that almost suggest a different personality or attitude. Personally, I think the changes are for the best. The new Bunny may be unlike her previous doll selves, but she seems more true to her character from the series.

Notice also that there is a slight difference in the skin tone. The Archery doll has more blue undertones.

Neither doll is flawless when it comes to rooting, but I think that the archer girl (here on the left) is looking a little better:

Her hair is also more shiny. It is also a tad more soft and overall very nice to touch.

Moving onto their accessories, let’s have a look at their hairbands. They are quite similar in the general shape. The older one obviously looks more finished with four colours vs. just solid pink for the new one. Both have a nice sculpt: the top hat suits Bunny’s style perfectly, but the simpler and more organic band on the right also has its place – it will go better with a different kind of outfit. I plan to paint in some details and use both as appropriate.

Next up I intended to compare their dresses, but their isn’t much room for comparison…

Not only because of the far superior design on the left, but also because the one on the right isn’t much of a dress to begin with 😦

The shoes are very different too, but I do not hesitate to say that the black and white boots are far better. They are designed to suit the doll’s personality. They complement the outfit. They have painted details (but note that I painted in the bunny tails myself). They were actually a big part of why I wanted to own this doll. The pink shoes do little more than prevent the doll from hitting her toes on rocks and furniture, and perhaps providing hope for a better use in the future with a different outfit.

While the dolls share the same petite figure, there is a big difference in articulation (with the original having full number of typical Ever After High joints).

Interestingly, both dolls have one irremovable item of clothing each. While the gloves are smaller, they still can get in the way of designing new looks. On the other hand, they are overall a positive accent in the original design, as opposed to the garish leggings that don’t even work that well with the doll’s out-of-the-box look. Bottom line, the hands are removable – did you know that Draculaura’s hands fit & match Bunny Blanc just right?

Let’s wrap it all up.

Neither Bunny is perfect, both of them have their strengths. The signature doll is definitely a richer and more sophisticated design. The Archery Club doll could perhaps be excused for being simpler, since she is supposed to be a budget doll, but I’m not even certain it’s fair, since the prices so far are very close (at least in my area). My conclusion on the price point aspect will be that I can understand a reduced number of accessories, but I do think the ones she does have deserve more attention than this. Finally, looking back to older budget lines, like the Mirror Beach, the ‘budgets’ in the past have been altogether more interesting – unless of course you’re an avid archery fan.

Signature Bunny Blanc was a great doll with a major flaw – a distracting face-paint defect. She was overall an imperfect doll worth having. The Archery Line Bunny can proudly claim decent execution of an unimpressive design. Her biggest strength is her lovely, show accurate face, and frankly, that’s why I bought her… to be a head-donor πŸ™‚

What do you think about the latest releases from Ever After High? Also, stay tuned for the upcoming Bunny-to-Bunny head-swap πŸ™‚

Mini Review: Disney Little Kingdom Elsa

One of the little secrets that most people in my life don’t know is that I like many of the same things that the kids in my family do. I prefer to keep it that way, but there is always a chance of them stumbling upon my blog πŸ˜‰

Recently in particular, my nieces got a little Elsa figure each. I saw them and thought they were actually really cute! Perhaps I would have forgotten about the toys by now, if they hadn’t been popping up everywhere in shops at the moment! Many a time I stopped to admire them and moved on, because I thought the prices were a little excessive (end because even adults need an excuse to spend money on toys :))

Finally, I stumbled upon a single, tattered and significantly discounted Little Kingdom cutie. I hesitated because I am not a huge mini figure collector, but I did like her, and she was only half the original price, so I though, now or never.

From the box we can learn that these are made by Hasbro. Actually, I didn’t know that, but it makes sense given their cooperation with Disney in the doll department.

Elsa was safe and snug in a plastic tray:

…but, as if there was any chance of her escaping, she was also secured with a tab, which caught me off guard. Why does there always have to be at least one tricky tab?

Luckily, being a tab-cutting veteran, I dismantled the packaging and set the lovely Elsa free. Isn’t she just precious?

I thought I knew what I was getting, but I was struck by how well-made she feels in your hand. While her flesh-toned pieces and the snap-ins are made of the hard plastic that I had expected, the rest feels like vinyl – whatever it is, it feels great.

Her little face is soo adorable.

Little Kingdom Elsa

I fully expected all the mini-dolls in the series to have the same style of eyes and other facial features, but if you can see

They all have slightly different eyes and smiles. That said, Anna and Elsa are towards the top of the cuteness scale, in my opinion.

Back to our figure. Here she is, seen from the back. The sculpting of her braid is fairly intricate!

Here are the snap-ins that I have mentioned:

Is that you, Marshmallow? I don’t know who would like to accessorize with a snow monster. I like the snowflakes, at least in theory. In reality, there aren’t many viable configurations for these pieces:

no…
uh, no.

I prefer to keep it simple. Luckily, her dress is cute in itself.

The top, the overskirt and the long skirt are separate pieces. I really like the style they create altogether.

I know it’s a bit of a stretch, but ever since I saw my niece’s Elsa – in the same style dress, but with a feather-like ice crystal in her hair – she keeps reminding me of a flapper girl (this Elsa).

I like how each part is slightly different in colour, texture or opacity. The top is pearly, the overskirt is glittery, and the long skirt is translucent with lovely snowflake designs:

…and I like how her little foot peeks through πŸ™‚

The pieces are easy to remove, and are supposed to be mixed and matched with other sets. The top part of the skirt ‘unfastens’ in the back:

Unfortunately, the outfit kind of needs the glittery layer. Without it, there is a gap in the front.

On the other hand, you can definitely pull down the long skirt, creating a cute short dress:

Her legs and shoesies are adorable – even though everything is painted on.

The little top has a little problem – if you lift up her arms, the sleeve pops off. However,Β  I don’t really see a good way to avoid this myself, so it’s a minor complaint. Also, if you remove it, there is an unattractive hole in her chest area. I wish you could cover it with one of her snap-in decorations for a sleeveless but gap-less look.

One the mentioned minuses also brings me to a major plus – she is quite well articulated! She can sit, and each of her limbs moves individually. I completely did not expect this! I thought they were completely stiff figures!

I had to lean her against something for this particular shot, but she can actually stand on her own, too.

This isn’t all – she has head articulation too! It moves in every possible direction. The movement is smooth and feels… just right.

Little Kingdom Elsa

All these discoveries made me rethink my stance on their pricing. These is a very well made little toy!

Overall, she is adorable and she knows it πŸ™‚

In conclusion, I was very positively surprised with this Little Kingdom figure. I have learned to resign to declining quality in toys, but in this case, everything exceeded my expectations. I do think my child self would have enjoyed playing with a mini-doll like this. From a collector standpoint, I also think there is much potential. Their vinyl-like material reminds me of popular vinyl collectibles like Funko Pops, and while Little Kingdom princesses are designed for play rather than display purposes, they too have this kind of simple yet appealing stylisation about them. I don’t know if I will be spending a significant part of my doll budget on these minis, but if I ever stumble upon a great deal like this, I will gladly get Elsa a Little friend.

P.S. Nobody pays me to like these πŸ™‚

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EAH – “Getting Fairest” Apple White

Today, I’d like to share a few photos of one of my favorite Ever After High dolls, Apple White, as seen in the “Getting Fairest” line:

Apple White Getting Fairest

I was in love with this doll since the earliest days of my EAH collecting, but for the longest time it seemed I would have to do without her – the doll was nowhere to be found, certainly not for a reasonable price. Finally, she popped up for sale – second hand, sure, but evidently from a very careful first owner, and it was good enough for me. They even sent her strapped back in her in her original box!

After I bought her, as it often happens, a few other ones appeared online – even a new one, for roughly the same price. Oh well. I’m just glad to have her.

While the doll came with every single one of her original accessories – and even a few extras – her hair had undergone some significant changes. This line, as beautiful as it is, suffers from the ‘glue head’ syndrome. Having had since 2013 to slowly leak out, the glue had thoroughly soaked her hair. The previous owner had also redone her curls, but there was no saving the hairstyle while trying to remove glue.

I washed her hair with warm water (not hot – heat might loosen more of the glue in the head) and when the hair dried, I combed in some cornstarch. The hair is nice and dry, but the original curl is all gone. The gentle waves above have been created by simply storing her with her hair in tied in a braid.

Because of the changes to the original appearance, I thought it wouldn’t really be fair to hold her up to review scrutiny. While taking the photos I intended to rather enjoy her beauty – but for anyone considering to purchase her, the pictures do show her in her original outfit and make-up.

It’s perhaps a little odd that the only Apple White doll that I own doesn’t have her signature red lips, but if I’m at all bothered, it’s only in principle – I think she looks gorgeous with the soft make-up. The design of her outfit is lovely and mature in taste – meaning it doesn’t overwhelm an adult beholder with excessive colour, glitter and silly print. Although, I suppose it is also mature in another sense of the word. Perhaps unintentionally, the doll looks kind of… suggestive.

It’s in the ultra-short red nightie and in the stare…

On a different note, that’s a well made nightie. The print goes all the way around, the hem is decorated with real lace, and the sleeves are sewn-in tiny separate pieces! They don’t make them like they used to… Things like this are the reason that nearly all the dolls on my wish list are releases from a few years ago.

Perhaps I should point out that the above dress wasn’t a part of the set, but it still suits her nicely.

This doll is extremely graceful. I do think it’s my favorite rendition of Apple White, and that’s quite an accomplishment for a pyjama-themed line. Other “Getting Fairest” doll did not capture my heart on thesame level, but were all fun and well-designed: I loved Briar’s romper so much I had to find a (similar) life-sized one for myselfΒ  πŸ™‚

I will have to see what other clothes I could make for Apple to bring out more of her beauty. But even in her jammies, she is ‘Fairest’ indeedΒ  πŸ™‚

Sand in the Hair

Holidays have not been good for posting, but on the bright side, I come back bearing beach photos πŸ™‚

Just before leaving for holidays I received a package containing my most recent doll purchase: “Tangled: the Series” Rapunzel from the Disney Store. After a moment of deliberation, I decided she is the doll that should come along.

Rapunzel’s signature dress wasn’t very fitting for the beach, so I quickly put together a swimsuit. This doll is still very new and there aren’t any appropriate sewing patterns that I know of, so I had to make one from scratch. If I tidy it up, and make sure it can reliably make a fitting swimsuit every time, perhaps I can share it for others to enjoy.

I love tiny doll accessories, and I love it when you stumble upon them in unexpected places. The cute bucket and shovel in the next photo came with a children’s magazine about pets. It’s always worth keeping your eye on these.

Tangled the Series Rapunzel doll on the beach

The one above is my favorite photo of the set. It looks colorful and bright, almost tropical, and ‘Raps’ is looking as lovely as ever πŸ™‚

Supposedly taking photos at the beach is tricky, and I believe I have experienced it on that day. Even though it was cloudy, the photos had a tendency towards being overexposed and the sky was often all washed out. I like to use wide aperture with doll portraits (the blur is pretty and it hides the oversized details of the landscape), but it was making matters worse. I really am no expert in these things, but opting for a very low ISO and messing with the EV setting helped to tame the light.

I must admit I was a little worried about taking a new doll to a beach. It’s always a dilemma. On one hand, I want to keep my collection in perfect condition, on the other – only keeping it safe behind glass would mean I never get to enjoy the dolls the way I like. In the above photo, it’s hardly visible, but I put pieces of clear tape over her knee joints to keep the sand out. Surprisingly, it worked quite well. Her hair, however, wasn’t as lucky…

…but that’s nor really why I took that photo, eitherΒ  πŸ™‚

Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to get the sand out yet. With any other doll, I would simply rinse it out, but I happen to really like the way her hair is gelled into an arch over her face and I don’t want it to dissolve. Coincidentally, that gel, too, seems to be great at trapping the grains of sandΒ  πŸ˜‰ Still, I guess it was worth it.

So, this is Rapunzel vacationing at the beach. The doll, and her original attire, certainly deserve a better introduction and a review, however, I am seriously disappointed with the photos I took for the review, so, until I re-take them, I decided to go ahead and share the ones I am happy to share. I can already say this much, though – I am definitely enjoying this dollΒ  πŸ™‚