Wednesday, October 7, 2015

She Was Supposed To Be Color E

The skin color chart above illustrates the color choices a seller offers for a 1/6 scale BJD doll that I had my eyes on for several months.  Before ordering, I contacted the seller to confirm that color E was, in fact, available.  The seller assured me it was along with the comment: "It's dark."  My reply was, "That is what I want!"

Seller's description indicated the doll would arrive nude; the price included make up (face up or whatever BJD people refer to as facial painting).  The eye color would be random, but seller agreed to send an extra pair of brown eyes.  I was cool with everything.  I just needed to place the order.

I finally ordered and made the proper notation in the comments section of the order form:   Be sure that the doll is Color E. I was also promised extra eyes (preferably brown) since the inset eyes will be a random color. Thank you!

This is the doll I received along with the extra items shown in the next photo:

Extras include another pair of brown eyes (the doll already has brown eyes), eye putty and eye lashes. Not shown is a Magic Eraser-type sponge and the pink satiny doll wrap she arrived nestled inside.
As illustrated, the doll arrived with a complexion that is not color E.  It is a cross between C and D, shown on the skin color chart.  I immediately contacted the China-based seller to point out the gross nature of the error and to ask what steps I needed to take to have the doll made in the desired color.

Seller apologized for the mistake and gave me two options:  I could keep the doll and receive a $20 discount or return the doll and have another one made in the correct color.  After additional communication, I opted to keep the doll and have the seller make a new one for a price we amicably agreed upon.  Instead of discounting the one I kept, I asked the seller to send a dress for the new doll. The new doll has arrived, but will be introduced later.  This post will continue to focus on the first doll.

Her name is Elin.  She is a 1/6 scale BJD/SD by Iplehouse.  She stands 10 inches, is made of resin, and has the typical BJD features of multiple ball joints and removable skull for easy eye-changing access.

Since "she" decided to stay, we had to find on-hand wigs and clothes to fit her.  Some things that had been ordered for her were already here when she arrived while others were still in transit.

Doll trunks that store clothing for small dolls and wigs.
I went through doll trunks where clothing for dolls 10 inches and under is kept.  Doll wigs were also selected for Elin to try on for size.  Temporarily, she borrowed another doll's dress, socks, and shoes. She modeled the following clothes and wig combinations, posed for photos, and ultimately decided to wear a dress, socks, and shoes that were made for dolls her size.

Elin wears an Afro wig borrowed from All-Natural Lizette.  We tried Lizette's straight wig on her but neither of us liked the length or look.  It was just too much hair for a girl her height.  The dress, socks, and shoes were borrowed from Daria by Dianna Effner.  Too much flash from the camera distorts the detail of this Boneka dress.

This carrot colored wig, along with the next three, were borrowed from Paulette Goodreau's Mirror-sculpt BJD in cocoa complexion, that I simply call Cocoa.  





With the Afro wig Elin wears a ladybug themed fashion with backpack.  This fashion was made to fit Georgia (from the Ann Estelle doll line).  My two Georgias are the twins seen here

Elin wanted to show off her backpack and the two real crayons it holds.

This is another dress made for Georgia, part of a multiple-piece set.  The coordinating raincoat and rain hat are shown below.  The white shoes were made for 1/6 BJDs and were ordered for Elin.  The brown pixie wig was borrowed from Essential Lizette.
 
Elin tries on the matching rain hat and rain coat with the dress shown in the previous image.

This is a top made for the now-discontinued Groovy Girls dolls.  It, along with several other Groovy Girls separates, was purchased for the Goodreau BJD, Cocoa.  The top fits Elin like a dress and is worn with black shoes that were ordered for her that arrived prior to her arrival.
This is it!  This is actually a 1/6 BJD/SD dress that I won in an eBay auction immediately after placing my order for Elin in complexion E.  We both like this dress and the better styled Afro wig the best.
While she was supposed to be color E.  Color C Elin has stolen my heart.  She did not want to return to China and I did not want to see her go back.   She is delighted that she has a playmate.  Elin #2, who has already arrived, will be introduced soon.

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21 comments:

  1. It was meant to be. She is adorable! I love the afro wig on her, and every outfit shown with the afro wig. I can see how she has stolen your heart.

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    1. Thanks, Vanessa. Yes, I agree. Some things are just meant to be. Elin was meant to be here and I am enjoying her presence.
      :-)

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    2. Erin looks great in all the outfits but I do love the last picture. I am afraid to order bjds..putting them together scares me. :-) I'm afraid that I might break something

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    3. Thank you simsgrl. You do have to take care when handling BJDs, but there is really nothing to put together. If you want to change the eye color, that can be challenging initially. The eyes have to be placed in properly otherwise the doll might be looking and you and looking at me. :-) I don't plan on changing her eye color since the extra pair I have are the same color already in, brown. I will take care when handling her. She is made of resin and the resin will stain. Hands must be clean and free of oil or other residues before handling.

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  2. She's beautiful and I can see how she stole your heart. I wouldn't have wanted to return her either!

    By the way, I have heard that the Tween Scene dolls from the One World Doll Company are supposed to be for sale in Walmart this October. I haven't seen them yet, but when I heard that I thought of you. I find their faces really cute, but they are an odd size for a play doll.

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    1. RLC - I'm pretty sure I saw three of the Tween Scene dolls in my Walmart. It didn't dawn on me until your message, who they were.

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    2. Thank you RLC.

      I received an update from the owner of the company and the designer announcing the Tween Scene dolls' arrival to Walmart. I have not seen them in my area yet. I agree, they are an awkward size. They remind me of cuter versions of Tonner's Little Mismatched dolls (probably because they are a result of a collaboration between Tonner and One World Project Dolls, the makers of Tween Scene. In spite of their awkward size, they are something different for little girls to enjoy.

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  3. Congrats for the doll,Debbie!! I agree with Vanessa:that was it meant to be(and I LOVE this doll "mistakes").It seems the magic touch always around the dolls LOL!!

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    1. Thank you Jorge, for the congrats! Sometimes the course of fate just cannot be altered. Elin #1 was meant to be here.

      By the way, readers, Jorge's blog, Clicking Dolls, was one of the blogs I nominated for the Liebster Award. His acceptance post can be read here. I enjoyed getting to know more about him through this delightful post.

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  4. She's adorable, and looks awesome in that navy dress! Iplehouse is a good company for BJDs, I've had a doll from them and loved the quality and face of my doll (Asa). Looking forward to your second little lady :-).

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    1. That navy dress is my favorite for her. I will have to visit your blog to find photos of your Asa, Linda.

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    2. I don't have Asa anymore now, and no pictures anymore, but she was very pretty :-). That's how it goes, some dolls stay, some go again :-).

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    3. I completely understand that, Linda. Some stay and some go. Thanks for letting me know there are no pictures available of her on your blog. I was able to find Asa here. She is lovely!

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    4. She is, I had the smaller version with the same face. But resin BJDs are great to have, so I plan on getting 2 in larger sizes for clothes making. Maybe you will get "addicted" too Debbie, because these dolls are very hard to resist and there are so many lovely dolls available (and shoes, clothes, wigs, ...) :-)! You made a beautiful choice! And you are always welcome to visit my blog :-). Linda

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    5. I will try not to get addicted due to the cost of BJDs and also their average size. I shy away from larger dolls, at least try to. It is a plus that many are in the larger size. I did salivate over Ashanti for a while but at 24 inches (I believe), she is just too tall for me. I would love to own a Kaye Wiggs BJD someday, however.

      Thanks for the invitation to visit your blog. I will do just that.

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  5. Thank you for the post. The doll is very cute and the afro wig is perfect on her. She reminds me of a good friend of mine. Her hair is like that naturally, but she also used to like to wear wigs at work and occasionally would change into different wigs mid day. She worked at FAO Scharz in SF and sometimes she would wear her hair natural and sometimes wear a blonde or black or blood red straight hair bobbed wig and she would change into a wig if she changed the floor she was working on (FAO had two floors) Customers would ask her if she was the same person when they would see her on another floor and with different hair, and she would lie and tell them, "Oh, that's my twin sister, watch out for her she's evil" and the customers would get so freaked out.

    She has a great sense of humor. I laughed when she told me and it makes me laugh now to think of it. And her real hair is that same pretty brown color and texture of Elin's. I will have to tell her to see this. and see Elin with all those different wigs on and pretend she is working at FAO Schwarz freaking customers out by telling them to watch out for her "evil twin".

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    1. Hi Becca,

      I am glad you enjoyed this post.

      Your former coworker did have a delightful sense of humor. I can only imagine the expression on customers' faces when she instructed them to watch out for her evil twin. That is just too funny. I hope she is able to view this post and derive memories of her time at FAO.

      Thank you for sharing this.

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  6. She is absolutely gorgeous. I'm glad it all worked out in the end!

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  7. What a cutie pie! I can see that you are having lots of fun with her.

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    1. She really is a fun doll and now her sister is too. So I am having twice the fun, Muff.

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