Thursday, September 30, 2021

Shari's New Shoes

Shari Lewis by Madame Alexander

Last year, my cousin sent me her sister's childhood doll, Madame Alexander's 21-inch Shari Lewis. The doll needed restringing as shown here and arrived wearing her original dress with one original stocking and shoe. The elastic on the shoe was stretched. 

Shari's temporary replacement shoes


The doll was restrung and the clothing refreshed. I ordered a pair of replacement stockings and the pair of gold strappy high-heels that the doll wears in the first picture. The shoes are also shown in the close-up photo immediately above this paragraph. Those shoes were to be temporary replacements until I found originals or replicas of the original gold elasticized shoes the doll wore originally.

Shari's new shoes

After being here a little over a year, Shari now has new shoes that replicate her original ones. 

Shari Lewis by Madame Alexander, the 21-inch version, models her new shoes.

My initial thought was to fully restore the doll, buy a display case for it, and return it to the original owner — my other cousin, the older sister of the cousin who sent me the doll. The older sister/cousin has a granddaughter who was born on my birthday. I'd like for her to have the doll; however, she's only about five — too young in my opinion to appreciate the doll, which is the reason I will buy a display case for Shari Lewis if I do return it. 

Read my initial blog post about this doll here


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Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Olmec's Sun-Man Returns Thanks to Mattel

A 1980s ad for Olmec's Sun-Man, Butterfly Woman, and other brown-skinned action figures

On September 14, 2021, a comment from a blog reader on my Yla Eason post of February 24, 2010, informed me that Mattel is bringing Eason's Sun-Man back. He wrote, "Sun-Man is returning to toy shelves due to a new licensing deal with Mattel that will see The Rulers of the Sun toy line marketed and sold alongside He-Man and Masters of the Universe." According to an Instagram "thank you" post on September 14, 2021, by @officialsunman, the figure sold out within five minutes! Availability will return in the spring of 2022 in retail stores.

Check out the Instagram (IG) posts that illustrate Sun-Man's new appearance and a comparison of the old and new figures. A link follows the IG posts to the buy page (where currently the figure is sold out). At the link are additional images of Sun-Man, brief bios of Yla Eason and Ed Duncan (SVP, Head of Design at Mattel), and a video of these two and others discussing the action figure.

 


See more pictures, the aforementioned bios, and a video here

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Saturday, September 25, 2021

New American Girl Makena Williams

Makena Williams as seen on Instagram


There are three new American Girl dolls in the new World By Us series. Makena Williams is one. Makena has a new head sculpt and a two-strand twist hairstyle. She is described on the American Girl website as follows:

Makena Williams has a passion for fashion, and clothes are a way for her to connect with others. But when Makena experiences racial injustice in her own neighborhood, she decides to post more than her OOTD (outfit of the day)—she figures out how to use fashion to speak up about injustice. Her set includes:

  • An 18" Makena™ doll with brown eyes and medium-length dark-brown textured hair that comes in a twisted style
  • A pleated skirt with a pink-and-purple ombre print and a glittery elastic waistband
  • A black graphic tee with the saying “See me, hear me, know me”
  • Three golden butterfly barrettes
  • A pair of pink shoes
  • Makena’s See Me, Hear Me, Know Me book that includes ideas for addressing racism, real girl profiles, and reader questions
Other accessories include:
  • A black moto jacket with golden butterflies and gemstones on the front
  • A purple patterned purse with a shoulder strap and a front flap
  • A notebook with a cover that says “We Rise by Lifting Others” that Makena uses for her fashion sketches
The doll and book can be purchased or Makena can be purchased as a bundle with all accessories.
Visit the buy page here.


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Thursday, September 23, 2021

Artist Betye Saar Has Been Collecting Black Dolls Since the 1960s


"Betye Irene Saar is an African-American artist known for her work in the medium of assemblage. Saar is a visual storyteller and an accomplished printmaker. Saar was a part of the Black Arts Movement in the 1970s, which engaged myths and stereotypes about race and femininity." (Wikipedia)

Read an interview in Cultured Magazine published on September 17, 2021, about Saar's Black-doll collection here.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

More of Goldie Wilson's Dolls for Sale

Dolls for Sale by Goldie Wilson



Best reasonable offers accepted, email: myhomelessdolls@gmail.com to make purchase arrangements.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

National Toy Hall Of Fame Unveils 12 Finalists



National Toy Hall Of Fame Unveils 12 Finalists: Sand, Cabbage Patch Kids and American Girl Dolls are among the nominees for the National Toy Hall of Fame.

Read another article about the nominees here


Vote for your favorite in the Player's Choice Ballot.

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Thursday, September 16, 2021

Preorder Brains and Beauty Nia

Brains and Beauty Dolls Nia

Scheduled to ship in December, preordering has begun for the third doll in the Brains and Beauty Dolls product line. The preorder price of $71.99 is discounted from the retail price of $89.99. The preorder price (plus shipping) can be paid in four interest-free payments of $18 using quadpay, choose this at checkout if desired. The discounted price is good through September 30, 2021. After September 30th, you can still preorder Nia but at the regular price of $89.99 plus shipping.

Nia's details as outlined on the Brains and Beauty Dolls website are as follows:

Meet Nia. She’s 18″ with beautiful brown eyes and beautiful locs. She has a half cloth body, movable head, and limbs made of smooth vinyl. She speaks 20 empowering phrases [when her tummy is pressed].

She comes with:
A pair of purple high top canvas sneakers
Purple and pink “Melanin” tutu dress

Ships in December


Buyers will have a choice of hairstyles for Nia, locs or curly hair. The locs version is shown in this post. Pictures of the curly version will be uploaded to the website soon. Please visit the Brains and Beauty Dolls website to place your preorder today. 

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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

World Afro Day

Celebrating the Afro with dolls


Today is World Afro Day, mostly celebrated in the UK with a mission statement as follows,

“World Afro Day is a global day of change, education and celebration of Afro hair; endorsed by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human rights. We work with families, schools and authorities to tackle discrimination against Afro hair. We carry out research, create events and produce resources to empower people with Afro hair and raise awareness in wider society.”


- Michelle De Leon, Founder of World Afro Day.


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Monday, September 13, 2021

Slay All Day Keeki Adaeze with Video

Slay All Day Keeki Adaeze, Integrity Toys


Slay All Day Keeki Adaeze is from Integrity Toys' Meteor Collection. She's gorgeous. Please allow my video review and still photos to illustrate this after reading the manufacturer's doll specifics and description.

Doll Specs

Head Sculpt:
Keeki
Body Type: Meteor
Foot Sculpt: High-heeled
Skin Tone: Nubian
Hair Color: Dark Brunette
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied
Quickswitch: No
Design: Vaughn Sawyers

Description
  • 12.5-inch articulated doll with rooted hair and hand-applied eyelashes;
  • Two-piece bathing suit with cool power mesh detailing;
  • Oversized hoop earrings;
  • Cuff bracelet;
  • Matching high-heeled sandals with holographic finish straps;
  • Long manicured hands;
  • Doll stand;
  • Certificate of authenticity [COA].
Video


Still Photos

Enclosed in plastic bags, Keeki's accessories were attached to the box liner. 

The COA indicates the production of only 500 dolls; the website indicates the production is an open-edition concept.

Keeki's earrings and bracelet are made of metal (not plastic!); the high-heel shoes have holographic straps.

Keeki strikes her first post...

...and another.

Yes, her face is quite gorgeous. The thick, tightly coiled black hair is closely rooted.

Keeki has a hang tag that reads "Meteor™" on one side and "Integrity Toys" on the other. Her long fingers have pink stiletto fingernails. The hands are removable to easily accommodate her bracelet.

Keeki's toenails are painted pink. The doll stand bears the Meteor™ name.

Janay and Keeki
Color Infusion Janay poses with her new BFF, Slay All Day Keeki Adaeze.

Their head sculpts are strikingly similar.

Just for Fun
Keeki fashioned a skirt from this foam fruit net which probably needs to be belted.

I've temporarily created an asymmetrical skirt using a piece of fabric. It's taped in place for now. I will make a no-sew skirt for her soon.

At the time this post was drafted, Slay All Day Keeki Adaeze was available at the Integrity Toys website at this link


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Saturday, September 11, 2021

Reblog: Twin Towers Backdrop

Janay Princess Delight by Integrity Toys, 1999

In remembrance of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001,  and the survivors of the World Trade Center (WTC) attack, Janay Princess  Delight by Integrity Toys, 1999 is shown in her original box that has a backdrop of the Twin Towers.

Janay is Integrity Toys' first 12-inch fashion doll.  This particular doll uses the original Janay head sculpt.   She is dressed in a black velour gown with a silver cape and silver high-heel shoes.  Princess Delight Janay wears a silver ring and a rhinestone choker.  Her black hair is styled in an updo.  She has painted brown eyes.  Other versions of Princess Delight Janay were made, the same doll dressed in red or blue gowns.  Another (deluxe version) was made wearing a variety of gown colors (red, blue, or black) that came with an extra knee-length silver dress.

Little did Integrity Toys know that within two years after the various versions of Princess Delight Janay were produced, the Twin Towers in New York would be destroyed on September 11, 2001.

The original World Trade Center complex in March 2001 is shown. The tower on the left, with antenna spire, was 1 WTC. The tower on the right was 2 WTC. All seven buildings of the WTC complex are partially visible. The red granite-clad building left of the Twin Towers was the original 7 World Trade Center. In the background is the East River. (Photo and caption from Wikipedia.com).


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Thursday, September 9, 2021

Re-repainted Artsy Fashionista

Repainted Artsy Fashionista

In 2012, I challenged my husband with a bet that he could not repaint a doll's face. Of course, I knew he would attempt to do it, which is what I wanted. Using a thrift-store-found Artsy Fashionista Barbie, the results of this bet are shown above.

After removing the factory paint, my husband used a mixture of markers and paint for the eyes and eyebrows. I used fingernail polish for the lip color (which was not a wise choice). 

Originally, fingernail polish was used for the doll's lip color.

Recently, I noticed the fingernail polish/lipstick had become tacky. A reaction between the vinyl and the chemicals in the fingernail polish probably caused this. I didn't quite like the effect of markers my husband used for the new eyebrows and eyes. So, I removed all of the marker painting and fingernail polish (or as much as I could) with fingernail polish remover. Next, I tried my shaky hand at repainting the doll once again.

I removed as much of the marker as possible, but the marker stained the vinyl. I was able to completely remove the fingernail polish lip color.

Here, I have used acrylic paint to begin repainting the eyebrows, the eyes, and the teeth area.

The eyebrows are completed. The eyes have been outlined, pupils highlighted, and eyelashes (added). I added two beauty marks. Lip color and outlining of the teeth* had also been done when this photo was taken. The entire face was sealed with matte varnish.  (She looks better in person.)

I dressed her in a Sparkle Girlz fashion and Barbie shoes.

One final closeup.

She's not perfect, but I like her new face. 

I need better painting tools for repainting objects as small as 1:6 scale dolls' eyes and I need more paint. My white is too liquidy and some of my browns are clumpy. I'll buy new paints soon and keep practicing on thrift store dolls until I improve my technique. 

*To create teeth, after the paint dried, I used the tip of a quilting needle to scrape away evenly spaced vertical lines of the paint. Next, in the center of the teeth area, I scraped away a thin horizontal line of paint to separate the upper teeth from the lower teeth. 

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Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Another Doll from Italy

Circa 1950s 13-1/2-inch doll marked Athena and tagged Fata Milano as seen in the seller's photo


I saw this doll on eBay with a beginning bid of $9.99. I thought she would be a perfect addition to my collection of 1950s brown-skinned dolls from Italy. The seller's description disclosed a few flaws. 

This doll arrived with an open area in the stomach that might have originally housed a voice box.

The seller disclosed and photographed the doll's missing tummy cover, as illustrated in my picture above. This can be covered with cloth or left as-is since the dress covers it, was my initial thought before bidding on the auction.

An ugly burn area on one leg was the other flaw the seller described.

The seller described a burn area to the back of one leg. I reviewed the auction pictures, but this flaw was not included in the auction photographs. I asked the seller if a photo of the burn was available and one was added to the auction photos. This might have staved off other bidders. I thought I could remedy this and decided to bid anyway. 

The tip of the doll's left index finger was missing upon arrival.

The tip of one finger was a third flaw the seller described in the item description. This was still not a problem for me as I have repaired missing fingers in the past. 

What the seller did not describe and what was not readily visible in the auction photos was the fact that the doll's flirty eyes did not have any pupils! 

I opened the doll's shipping box in a dimly lit room and did not discover the missing pupils until I entered my well-lit doll room where it was starkly apparent that the pupils were missing. I thought they had fallen out after the doll arrived (because of the time it took for me to discover the flaw—thinking they fell while I walked with the doll from one room to another). I retraced my steps and checked the shipping box. There were no pupils anywhere. When I reviewed the seller's auction pictures, I realized the doll did not have pupils when she arrived. 

This picture and the next two illustrate the doll's pupil-less eyes.

Scary, right?

In addition to the missing pupils, this photo illustrates a couple of areas of missing facial paint.

I sent a message to the seller along with a close-up photograph of the doll to inquire if the seller knew the pupils were missing. The next morning, I read a reply from the seller stating that s/he was more fascinated by the flirty-eye function and did not notice the missing pupils. The seller asked if I wanted a refund. Before I could reply, a full refund had already been issued to include the shipping cost. 

My restoration attempt ensued immediately. First, I created pupils using air-hardening clay. I inserted the clay pupils into the eye sockets temporarily to check the fit. 

Before painting, clay pupils were inserted into the eye sockets temporarily.

After removing the pupils from the sockets, I inserted a toothpick underneath each to use as a handle while each pupil was painted. After painting, the opposite ends of the toothpicks were inserted into a make-up sponge to hold the pupils in place while they dried.

After the painted pupils dried, matte varnish was applied and allowed to dry.

While the pupils dried, I worked on the leg burn and several other undisclosed flaws the doll had upon arrival. First I painted the missing areas of facial paint, which is illustrated in the final close-up photo.

The burn area has been sanded.

I smoothed the burn area with a sanding sponge before painting that area with brown acrylic paint as illustrated above and in the next photo.

The previously burned area has been sanded and painted. (Before painting this area, red felt was added to the bottom of the sandals as illustrated next).

Missing sandal sole

The brown cardboard sole of one sandal was missing as illustrated above.

I replaced the cardboard sole of one sandal and red felt now covers the sole of the other sandal.


I fashioned a sandal sole using a cereal box. The sole was glued to the doll's right foot and held in place with rubber bands until the glue dried. Glued-on red felt now covers the bottom of both soles.
 
Brown cord trim


To trim the sandals, brown cord was glued around the sides between the feet and the sandal soles as illustrated above.
 
Air-hardening clay was used to create a new fingertip.

To hold the new fingertip in place, I extended the clay to the palmar surface of the hand.

As shown above, the fingertip was repaired using air-hardening clay. Unfortunately, I did not smooth the edges of the clay that meets the existing finger stump. This left a hump on the dorsal surface of the finger. (She'll hold dry flowers to camouflage this area.)

The new fingertip was painted with brown acrylic paint and red paint for the fingernail.

The new fingertip doesn't look too bad from this angle.


The last things she needed were her new pupils. I removed the toothpicks that were holding the pupils as they dried and placed a dab of Aleene's Tacky Glue underneath each, one by one, before carefully inserting the pupils into the eye sockets. The final results are illustrated next. By the way, Aleene's Tacky Glue was used for all other areas that required glue 

 
This flirty-eyed girl now has pupils and the missing areas of facial paint have been repainted. (She has eyelashes that are not visible, unfortunately, until she is laid flat. Flirty eyes tend to sink into the eye sockets and conceal the eyelashes as a result.)


With a turn of her head or body the eyes move to either side.

She has a beautiful face.

I am in no way an expert at painting dolls' eyes. In fact, this is my first attempt at creating and painting pupils. I am relatively pleased with the results. At least she doesn't look as scary as before. 

Before and After:


Yes, I think she looks much better. Her sisters think so, too.

From L-R and back-to-front are a 17-inch flirty-eyed doll with blue eyes by Samco, another 17-inch blue-eyed unmarked doll, Furga's 16-inch Hula Doll from 1957, a 13-inch unmarked doll with blue eyes, and the newest 1950s Athena-marked doll made by Fata of Milano, Italy (or Milan, Italy).

Not shown but also displayed with these dolls, made by Levia of Milan, Italy is another 1950s, flirty-eyed brown-skinned doll. See her here

About This Doll
Made of hard plastic, the doll stands 13-1/2 inches tall, is marked ATHENA on the nape of the neck, and there is a capital A in the upper center of the back. The original pupils of the flirty sleep eyes might have been brown or blue. Bristle eyelashes are attached to the eyelids but are not visible when the eyes are open. Except for the eye sockets, the head cavity is completely closed. The black shoulder-length hair is a wig. There are remnants of flowers that were at the top of the head, which is typical for dolls like this made in Italy during the 1950s. Original gold-tone hoop earrings are attached to the hair (not the ears). The satin two-piece halter-top and short pants are original as are the remnants of red and gold thread that form the top of the doll's original sandals. 



An image of a gold crown is on the paper tag stapled to the doll's dress. The stacked words FATA MILANO are underneath the crown. The back of the tag is visible underneath the garment and reads:
Tipo FINE
No 32
Mod ___
Made in Italy

The Doll Reference website has a better illustration of the Fata tag here. The Doll Reference site states, "Fata Doll Factory Milano, Italy 1929 to late 1960s - dolls are unmarked, had a paper tag stapled to clothing." My doll, however, is marked ATHENA. From this, I gather that the Fata doll factory of Milano, Italy used Athena dolls to manufacture this doll.

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