Tuesday, December 25, 2012

City Girls Billy

Finally feeling better after an entire week of being sick ... :)  Yay!  I'll never take being healthy for granted again.

I ended up getting another City Girl when Tonner Direct was having their pre-Christmas sale, and I've finally had a chance to get pics of her.  This is "Taxi" Billy.  I'm so glad I got her!  She came to me perfect ... no skin tone mismatch at all.  She came with black tights, so I was a little worried there might be staining from the tights, but there wasn't any.

I love their eye screening!  (Did I mention that before?  LOL.)  I do hope they continue with the City Girls line of dolls, because I'd love to see some with side-glancing eyes and closed mouths.  It looks like it'd be really easy to paint their mouths so they were closed, without changing the sculpt. 

I also got the sparkly aqua "Networking" fashion, shown here on Basic Houston.  Good thing I grabbed it while I could, because it's now sold out on the Tonner Direct web site.  In fact, I may have gotten the last one, because it was showing as sold out soon after I placed my order. 

All right ... I SWEAR I'll stop talking about the City Girls now.  LOL.  Next time I post, it'll be something unrelated to the City Girls.  I know I've been going on and on about them lately.  Next post, I'll show you what Santa left in my Christmas stocking.  ;)  (No ... It's not coal.)

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Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas!

I've been sick this past week with an unusually bad sinus infection.  Now my whole family is sick just in time for Christmas.  Yup.

I've been too sick to take a new Christmas photo for this year, so I'll have to repeat a photo from the archives.  This is my Ddung doll from South Korea.  She's probably just glad for the airtime, since I haven't photographed her lately.

I hope everyone has a very happy holiday. 

Lots of hugs

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Great Norma Desmond

I saw this girl being sold as just the head on The DollPage Show & Sell and had to snap her up.  She is the Sunset Boulevard "Norma Desmond" doll by Integrity Toys.  She uses the Fashion Royalty Giselle sculpt.  I think she's wonderful.  I LOVE the mole!  I already had a Fashion Royalty body here that had been sitting in my drawer for the past two years unused, so it was nice to put it to use. 

I was looking at old black-and-white stills from the movie, and it looks like Gloria Swanson's hair was shorter and curlier than the doll's.  The doll isn't an exact likeness, but has basically the same face shape and a passing resemblance if you squint.  LOL! She's more of a fashionable, glamorous interpretation of the character rather than a Gloria Swanson clone. 

She's wearing the gown from the new "And Another Thing" Kyori gift set ... a dramatic, vampy creation.  The necklace is from the Rock Wedding collection Erin released early this year. 

Monday, December 3, 2012

Review of the City Girls by Tonner Toys, Part 2

Well, I was able to get in touch with someone at Tonner Direct today about the skin mismatch on the City Girls "Golden Swirl" Astor doll (mentioned in my last post).  The lady was very sweet and helpful, and offered to send me another Astor.  I have to say, the customer service at Tonner Direct is wonderful! Like I said before, I've never gotten a bad doll from Tonner before, so the mismatched skin tones on "Golden Swirl" Astor was a surprise. 

So I'll photograph the new Astor when she arrives in the mail.  In the meantime, here are pictures of my City Girls Basic Houston wearing the "Gray Haze" fashion.

The clothing is pretty nice.  It does use velcro instead of snaps, but it's well-made and looks good.  The coat has finished inside seams and fastens in the front with a small piece of velcro.  The cranberry leggings have an elastic waist, and the gray tunic-style shirt underneath fastens at the back with velcro.  The coat is the ONLY piece that has finished inside seams.

The shoes are a soft plastic, and fit nicely over the leggings. 

I was enjoying photographing Basic Houston in my yard.  She poses quite nicely.  This body's only flaw is that the head turns from side-to-side, but can't look up or down.  I really wish they'd put the heads on a ball joint like their other dolls so they could look in any direction.  The restricted head movement really limits how you can pose them.

Otherwise, the arms and legs have a lot of great movement.  Their arms are articulated at both the elbows and wrists, and the legs have bending knees (but not ankles).  I don't give a flying fig about them having bending ankles, so I'm OK with that.  LOL.  I'd rather have a ball-jointed neck. 

The hair is saran, which is soft and high quality.  Tonner Toys' LittleMissMatched Girls dolls had a different type of hair fiber, and their hair felt rough and dry.  The City Girls have awesome hair. 

You can find the first part of my review here (or just scroll down).