I received the above and the following photos from a reader seeking identification of her doll and repair suggestions. (The doll's body is split in half at the pelvic area; see photos below.)
|Lovely face, clearly a larger #1 Barbie or Bild Lili clone|
|Broken lower half with exposed glue from a previous attempt at repairing the legs.|
Here's what Tyra wrote initially:
Hello. I love your website and blog. I have a few questions about my doll. She is a 16 inch tall, plastic, molded hair African-american doll. First, I am hopeful that you can identify her. I have seen a doll similar to her, but that doll has earrings and a different type of ponytail. My doll has no holes in her ears for earrings, and she has a molded swirl ponytail. Second, can you tell me someone who can repair her? She arrived broken in the mail. Then I could also tell that her legs had been glued in. I have enclosed pictures. Thank you so much for your help. TyraI offered that the doll is a 16-inch Barbie clone, but beyond that, the manufacturer's name is unknown to me. My suggestions for repair were vague because I have not encountered a situation of damage like this. I offered and Tyra agreed to allow me to share her photos here in an effort to get the name of someone knowledgeable about this type repair and hopefully for someone to provide the doll's name.
After receiving my reply, Tyra wrote the following:
Hello! Thank you so much for getting back to me. I would deeply appreciate it if you could post the photos on your site to see if any of your followers can ID her. If possible, could you also ask them about someone who could do the repair work? If I cannot find anyone, I will try to do the repair myself. How do I remove the old glue that is holding the legs in their sockets? If I am repairing one part of the doll, I might as well try to repair the legs as well. Thank you so much for your help. It is much appreciated. Best wishes, Tyra
|Glued-in legs from a previous repair; Tyra wants to remove the glue and better repair the legs.|
|Doll's ponytail has a swirl pattern.|
I have seen only two other similar dolls that vary slightly from Tyra's doll. One can be seen in this post.
If you know the ID of Tyra's doll and/or can offer the name of someone experienced with this type repair or repair suggestions, please add a comment so Tyra can see it.
Thank you in advance.
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