Tuesday, August 14, 2018

EEGEE's Walking Annette, a Makeover

The doll in the black velour top is Walking Annette by EEGEE

Walking Annette is a 32-inch doll by E. Goldberger.  The company is also known as or referred to as  EEGEE or simply EG.  Several versions of Walking Annette were made circa 1970s, possibly as early as the 1960s.  Later versions also exist.  I own two of the 1970s versions.  The first one I acquired was in played-with, nicely redressed condition upon arrival.  She was for sale in a local doll shop that one of my brothers happened to stop in during the late 1990s/early 2000s to see if there were any black dolls that would interest me.  There were and my first Walking Annette was one of the two or three dolls I received in a trade with the shop owner.  The shop owner received from me a couple of Home Shopping Network porcelain dolls from the late 1990s/early 2000s that I no longer desired, so I thought it was a fair trade.

I thought this pose was so precious and had to capture it in a photograph.

Recently, I took the first and the above photograph of my first Walking Annette because she and the doll behind her (1961 Coloured Nurse Walking Doll by Reliable Toy of Canada -- yes, that is her manufacturer's given name) had fallen into what I thought was a precious pose.  (Actually, someone might have bumped into them as they entered or left the doll room because they are near the entrance.  The bump probably caused the pose, but I'd like to think they created it themselves.)

After taking the above two photographs, I noticed how dusty Walking Annette's black velour top had become and how "fried" her hair looked (which is the way it was upon her arrival over two decades ago).  Other than brushing her "shag" hairstyle, I had done nothing more to it throughout the years.

The dusty top and fried hair led to washing her top and shampooing, conditioning, and setting her hair.  I wiped off her black and white saddle oxfords as well with a warm, soapy towel.  Photos of most of this are captured and captioned below.

Before Photographs


Walking Annette's hair was rooted by EEGEE in layers to create the 1970s popular "shag" hairstyle.


"Don't worry, anything will be better than the way your hair looks now," said the nurse doll to Walking Annette.
In the above "before" photographs, Walking Annette's top has been removed for washing.  These photos illustrate how dry and lack-luster her hair looked.  In the final photo, the nurse doll appears to reassure Walking Annette that everything will be okay, that I would take great care washing and styling her hair.

Washing and Deep Conditioning

In these two photos, Walking Annette's hair has been washed and conditioner applied.  I used liquid black soap to wash her hair, which created a nice lather and washed all the dirt out.  The rinse water was brown!  Next, I applied a generous amount of Herbal Essences Hello Hydration conditioner and left the conditioner in for several hours before rinsing.

Setting the Hair

With the hair still damp, I applied olive Eco Style Gel to small sections before rolling each with a combination of magnetic and rod rollers.  Because I wanted her bangs to lie flat, I did not roll that section, but the ends of the bangs were trimmed.  The rollers were left in over 24 hours to allow the hair to air dry and for the curls to set.

The Reset Hair


After the rollers were taken out, I gently combed each curl to reshape Walking Annette's original "shag" hairstyle as illustrated.  It is now nicely reshaped.

Back In Where She Fits In

Walking Annette was returned to her original place in the doll room, in between Patti Playpal and the walking nurse, who said to her, "I told you it would be okay.  Your hair looks so pretty and your top and shoes are no longer dusty or dirty.  Aren't you happy?"

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NRFB Walking Annette

My second Walking Annette is shown above in a photo from page 75 of my first book, The Definitive Guide to Collecting Black Dolls, which was published in 2003 (so the value shown was based on the 2002/2003 doll market.)  My doll remains in the never-removed-from-box state.  This version has a huge Afro hairstyle and was dressed in granny-style clothing, which was popular in the mid-1960s to 1970s.  All this version of Walking Annette needs to complete her granny look is a pair of round gold-rimmed rose-tinted glasses, which were frequently worn with granny-style clothes in the mid-1960s to 1970s.


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Friday, August 10, 2018

Barbie Fashionista 93 Revamped!

Barbie Fashionista 93's original body and the articulated brown neo-Blythe body illustrate the complexion match and the inch and a half height difference between the two.

Since I had nothing to lose except height, high-heel feet, foot size, and a frozen body with one perpetually bent elbow, I decided to rebody Fashionista 93 (first seen here) using the articulated brown neo-Blythe body shown above.

In this photo, taken after the head removal, the disgusting pink lip color is vividly apparent.  It looks as though the doll has taken a huge swig of Pepto-Bismol.
After gingerly removing the doll's head from the body, it was easily placed onto the articulated one.  The next image illustrates how feisty 93 became after her mobility increased.

"I know... you wish you could move like this, don't you?"


After rebodying 93 (hopefully, I will think of a name for her before this post ends), and seeing how the lavender lacy dress swallows her, "we" knew what was in store for her next -- new clothes and shoes to fit.  She is seen next in the lavender dress and in the first of the several Sparkle Girlz fashions she tried on with a pair of red neo-Blythe shoes.

The original lacy dress is too big for 93's new articulated body.  The Sparkle Girlz one-piece denim romper with floral bodice fits better.  With hands on her "imagination*," she wears this with a pair of flat Mary-Jane-style red shoes.  *Back in the day, when a young girl would put her hands on  her hips, adults or anyone older might admonish, "Girl, get your hands off your imagination."

Lip Color Change

After rebodying and finding suitable clothing and shoes for 93 to wear, the next upgrade was a new lip color.  Enough of that awful pink already!  While doing her lip color change, Ryan (Rainbow Fashionista 90) enjoyed a lip change as well.

After the lip color removal, both looked even better with nude lips.  I was tempted to skip repainting but decided I needed to know how they would look with a more appropriate color.  ("I can always remove it," I thought.)
I used a Q-tip moistened with fingernail polish remover to remove both dolls' original lip color, which gave them the lovely nude lips shown above.


Next, a mixture of maroon and true burgundy acrylic paint was used to darken their lips.  Ninety-three's ears were also pierced with yellow quilting pins which now serve as stud earrings.  Why yellow?  I did not have red and the yellow brings out the yellow in the bodice of her romper.

Ninety-three's new lip color and yellow ear studs are better seen in this close-up photo and this is when my opinion of her changed.  She really is a cute doll!
Before and After Lip Color


What a difference a change to a more appropriate color makes.
For both dolls, I left the lip color a matte finish without sealing with varnish.
More Redressing for 93


Since her earrings were yellow, I selected fashions that would coordinate with that color.  The first selection was CeeCee's yellow and black check shirt dress.  This dress had an okay fit, but 93 needed to try others before making a final decision on what to wear. 

This gray bodysuit with a painted-on red tie and plaid skirt paired well with her flat red shoes.

Next, she tried on this cold shoulder floral blouse and a pair of denim shorts.  Because the top almost covers the shorts, "we" decided against this fashion.
Of the three, "we" chose the gray bodysuit and plaid skirt.  Ninety-three is now wearing this ensemble with a pair of red Mary-Jane-style neo-Blythe heels.

The red high heels add length to her small feet and provide a more mature look.
After discovering that the light stripes in the plaid skirt are not yellow, but are white, I painted 93's earrings with red acrylic paint.

To keep them in a steady position while painting, the pointed ends of the quilting pins were stuck into a wedge makeup sponge.  The paint was allowed to dry before re-piercing 93's ears with the pins.
Yes, the red studs look better with the chosen fashion.  Now, should she wear her only original accessory, the Malcolm X-style horn-rim sunglasses or not?
The answer to the question in the above caption is, "No.  She should not wear the sunglasses."  She gave them to her uncle Boris who wears them well as illustrated in the final two photos of this post.

Model 17 from the Barbie Basics Denim collection is now 93's Uncle Boris.

Nia is her name.  She poses in this last photo with her Uncle Boris.

I chose the name Nia for Fashionista 93 after first showing her to my husband and saying, "She needs a name."  He said, "Brenda.  Name her Brenda."  I questioned his choice with, "Brenda?  Why Brenda?"  He answered, "It's a name you can spell and pronounce."  I thought about it for a minute and wondered if she reminds him of a Brenda he once knew.  I thought some more and using a doll-naming convention that I have used in the past to remember people who have died prematurely as a result of senseless American violence, I decided to name her Nia in memory of Nia Wilson, the 18-year-old teen whose life was brutally ended by a deranged, knife-wielding murderer at a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) train station on July 22, 2018.  So, Nia is her name. 


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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Barbie Fashionista #93 Looked Better as a Prototype

Barbie Fashionista 93 (prototype image)
My first thought when seeing Barbie Fashionista 93's prototype image was, "She's cute!" In spite of the dreadful pink lip color Mattel insists on using on dolls with this complexion and even deeper that this, I decided to order from Walmart. com where store pickup was listed as available and where she was described as "Barbie Fashionistas Doll 93 Purple Lace Romper."  Within 24 hours of placing the order, I was informed the doll was not available for pickup and that my order was canceled!  I checked Amazon where she was available (described as Barbie Fashionistas Living Lace Doll) with free shipping for Prime members.  I ordered her.

Based on the prototype image, her hair was what I found most appealing.  I have a strong affinity for dolls with natural-textured hair when the hair fibers look authentic and the hair is appropriately styled.  Ninty-three's hair fits both requirements, based on the prototype image.  "I can always repaint the lips," I thought, before ordering.

She arrived swiftly.  The delivery guy followed the typewritten instruction attached to my mailbox to knock or ring the doorbell.  After hearing his early afternoon knock, I arrived at the door as he was about to get into his car.  He saw me, pointed to the wrought iron column, and said, "I left a package," which would have been well hidden from passersby and was almost hidden from my view until I looked down and saw the package he'd placed behind the column.  I thanked him, grabbed the box, and went back inside to open it.

First Photos, Still in Box
She wears a lavender lacy dress, pink heels (which are visible in the next photo) and has a pair of Malcolm-X-style horn-rim sunglasses.

This profile image shows her pink high-heels.

Close-up of 93's face

On the back of the box, Fashionista 93 is the 8th doll from the left.

93 is seen better in this zoomed-in shot of the back of the box.

First Headshots After Deboxing
Her sandy brown hair was not styled as expected.  I incorrectly assumed she wore an Afro.

Barbie Fashionista 93's hair is pulled back into one huge Afro puff.

In addition to the hairstyle, which I like, overall, 93 was not as expected.  There's something off about her face to me.  Is her nose too thin?  Is her eye shading too dark?  I know the pink lip color is awful.  I briefly thought about relisting her on eBay after examining her followed by placing the still boxed doll to the side.   The next day, when these photographs were taken and after deboxing her, I gave her another look to see if my opinion had changed.  It had not, but "her dark caramel complexion," I thought, "might match the articulated neo-Blythe body."

Complexion comparison between Fashionista 93 and an articulated brown neo-Blythe body

Yep, 93's complexion does match the articulated body, but she will be much shorter and will have smaller, flat feet.  Will I like her head better on this articulated body?  Probably.  Anything will be better than that frozen into position left arm that's bent at the elbow.

Please stay tuned for the followup.

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Sunday, August 5, 2018

Preorder Khari for a 15% Discount with Two-Payment Offer

Until August 25th, those who preorder Khari, the second doll in the Brains and Beauty Dolls line, will enjoy a 15% discount.

The doll retails for $89.99.  With the discount, the breakdown of the preorder cost is:

$76.50
  11.00 (flat rate shipping for US residents*)
   5.07 (tax)
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$92.57 (total cost)

Again, preorders must be placed by August 25th to qualify for this offer.  A two-payment option will be available at checkout.

Khari is 18 inches tall with beautiful, stationary gray eyes and real kinky Afro hair.  Like Brains and Beauty Malia, she has a half cloth body, movable head, and limbs.

Khari is joined by Malia to illustrate their different complexions.
Khari's and Malia have different complexions as illustrated in the above photograph.  Like Malia, Khari speaks 20 empowering phrases and comes with a pair of gladiator sandals and an African-print dress.

*Non-US residents should inquire about shipping costs before placing an order.

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https://www.brainsandbeautydolls.com/product/doll-khari/ 

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Teasha by Dontay 1994

Teasha by Dontay 1994

The deep-in-thought-appearing Teasha was purchased with Cally Sue. Because of Cally Sue's size and doll stand, Teasha was shipped separately (actually Teasha and Cally Sue's doll stand were in the same box).

My spreadsheet description of Teasha reads:

19-inch doll with clay-sculpted face is 11 inches in the seated position, an OOAK artist's original, marked Dontay 1994 on back of shoulder plate.  The arms to the elbows, body, and legs are cloth.  Teasha's black wig is a high curled-end ponytail with curlier bangs. She has hand-painted eyes and facial features. She wears a cream colored dress with white floral embroidered appliqu├ęs on the bodice and white embroidered accents at waist and at the ends of the long sleeves. An off-white organza and lace waist slip, off-white tights, and cream satin ballerina slippers with white leather soles complete her ensemble. She has two repaired fingers on the right hand, the pinkie and index. The pinkie was missing when she arrived. I broke the index finger. The new pinkie was sculpted using air-dry clay. The broken index finger was glued on with Epoxy and the fingers and portions of that hand and palm were repainted.


As indicated in the description, Teasha was already missing her right pinkie finger when she arrived here (and I believe this was also the case when she "lived" with her former owner, Cheryl Bruce).  When I expressed interest in purchasing Teasha, also inquiring about the price, Cheryl wrote, "Maybe Dr. Garrett, your doll whisperer, could repair her finger."

Missing/Broken Fingers

Upon arrival, Teasha's right hand was missing the pinkie finger as illustrated above.

With my manipulation of her hands to photograph her lighter painted palms and the missing pinkie, I accidentally broke Teasha's index finger, which is shown next.

Heavy-handed Debbie did that... yes, she broke Teasha's index finger!  Poor Teasha.
Thanks to me, not only did Teasha need the pinkie replaced, she also needed the fractured index finger repaired.

What Was Done

Air-dry clay was used to fashion a new pinkie for Teasha by pinching off a small piece of the clay and rolling it into the shape of a finger as shown above.  The end of the under surface that would attach to the side of Teasha's hand was flattened and slanted to fit snugly against the hand.

The new clay pinkie was attached to Teasha's hand with Epoxy, the tip end shortened appropriately, and the fingernail and lines in the finger fashioned using my fingernails to create the necessary lines and shape.

After the pinkie was attached, the broken tip of the index finger was glued on using Epoxy.
A mixture of brown acrylic paints to match Teasha's complexion was used to repaint Teasha's repaired fingers.  Paints that match the color of Teasha's manicured nails were used on the pinkie fingernail.   The palms of both hands were repainted. Everything was sealed with matte varnish. 
As it turned out, Dr. Garrett's expertise for this repair was not required.  I performed all the repairs.


Teasha, still looking quite pensive, but quite lovely and sweet, is now as good as new with all fingers intact.

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