My Favorite Skippers (A Top Ten List)

I have many Skippers in my collection, but there are a few that I consider my favorites.  I thought I’d share with you ten of my favorite Skippers (in no particular order).

Japanese Skipper

Japanese Skipper

By far one of the most rare items in my collection is this Japanese Skipper.  Back in 1964, Mattel manufactured  this Skipper for the Japanese market.  She is known for her special eyes– large and black.  I am still on the look out for reasonably priced Japanese Skippers in different hair colors.  I just adore her eyes!

Japanese Skipper

Japanese Skipper

Living Skipper

Living Skipper

Like many of the Skippers made in the early years, Living Skipper was released with at least two different hair colors.  While both blonde, the pale blonde Skipper is harder to find.  I stumbled upon her at my favorite doll shop.  These pale blonde Skipper’s have tighter pigtails and paler skin.  I just think she’s so pretty.

Living Skipper (pale blonde)

Living Skipper (pale blonde)

Cool Tops Skipper

Cool Tops Skipper

Cool Tops Skipper is from 1990.  She’s from what I call the anime eye era, where Skipper’s eyes were large and round.  The anime eye era is my favorite of all time.  Why?  It’s my youth.  These were the dolls i received for birthdays and holidays.  I’ve always loved this Skipper’s look.  It’s just so, well, me as a grammar school kid in the 90’s.

Cool Tops Skipper

Cool Tops Skipper

Cool Tops Courtney

Cool Tops Courtney

Courtney is my favorite Skipper friend of all the era’s.  This Cool Top Courtney is one of my favorites.  Her hair is awesome– so much volume!  I also especially like her outfit.  The colors are so bright and fun!  I found a cute commercial for Cool Tops on YouTube.

Cool Tops Courtney

Cool Tops Courtney

Totally Hair Skipper and Coutney

Totally Hair Skipper and Coutney

One of the most memorable Skipper dolls of the anime eye era is Totally Hair Skipper.  At one point, Totally Hair Barbie was the best selling Barbie in Mattel’s history.  Skipper and Courtney hit store shelves in 1992.  In 1992, I was 10 (ish) and Totally Hair Skipper very quickly became a favorite.  Courtney, I nabbed later via Ebay.

Totally Hair Skipper and Courtney

Totally Hair Skipper and Courtney

Pajama Fun Skipper

Pajama Fun Skipper

I have very few Teen Skipper’s.  When Skipper originally changed to the ‘teen’ body, she still looked like Skipper.  However, as the line evolved, she began to look a lot like Barbie.  Pajama Fun is one of the cutest Teen Skipper’s Mattel made.  She came out in 2000.  What I like about this Skipper is her outfit.  It gives off a ‘fun’ vibe and keeps her looking young.

Pajama Fun Skipper

Pajama Fun Skipper

Camp Barbie

Camp Barbie

Camp Barbie Skipper, from 1994, is by far my favorite anime eye Skipper.  She came out late in era and only a year later, Skipper would look different with the new Pizza Party Skipper headmold.  I honestly don’t know what it is about this Skipper that makes me love her so much.  She’s a simpler Skipper than many of them, but she has such pretty face coloring.

Camp Barbie Skipper

Camp Barbie Skipper

Pose n Play Tiff

Pose n Play Tiff

Tiff is one of Skipper’s lesser known friends.  They were, in fact, only ‘friends’ for one line– Pose n Play.  Tiff was put on the market and sold as Skipper’s tomboy friend and released around 1972.  You may notice, she has the same face mold as Living Fluff, minus the eyelashes.  Fluff is a cute doll, but Tiff?  I think she’s adorable.  What stands out the most to me are her dark brown eyes.

Pose n' Play Tiff

Pose n’ Play Tiff

Twist n Turn Skipper

Twist n Turn Skipper

In 1969, Skipper got a new, more modern look and was given a Twist n Turn body.  It took me a long time to find an affordable TNT Skipper to add to my collection.  I’m still on the lookout for other examples of the TNT Skipper.  This one, to me, is so striking.  She still has great color and her hair is very nice.

Twist n Turn Skipper

Twist n Turn Skipper

1964 Dark Brunette Straight Leg Skipper

1964 Dark Brunette Straight Leg Skipper

It’s not everyday you come such a pristine straight leg Skipper.  I have a good number of straight leg and bendable leg Skippers from her release by in 1964 and this is by far my favorite. The dark brunette hair is perfect and she still has her wrist tag.  There’s something so innocent about the 1964 Skippers that I’ll always love.

1964 Dark Brunette Straight Leg Skipper

1964 Dark Brunette Straight Leg Skipper

Of course, there are many other Skipper’s I’d love to display here, but the post would turn into a novel.  I put these photos in to a video, for anyone who wants to take a peek!

I know many of you have commented before about your favorite Skipper dolls, but for those that haven’t (or those that want to comment again), why not leave a comment with your favorite Skipper memories?

August 26, 2013. Tags: . Uncategorized. 25 comments.

New Re-Roots: My Scene Madison, Crissy, and Stacie

I haven’t done much re-rooting this year and the projects I did do, I forgot to post!  Here’s an update on my re-rooting projects this year!

Introducing Little Delancy

Introducing Little Delancy (pre beauty mark)

Most recently, my mom requested that I make a ‘We Three Friends’ Stacie  into a little My Scene Delancy.  Delancy is her favorite My Scene character.  She has a whole shelf of her doll case just for Delancy’s, in fact.  Over the past few years, I’ve collected a box (and bag) of dolls that need new hair.  Strangely, a good number of them are from the We Three Friends line that included Stacie and her two friends.  As My Scene dolls are known for their large features, We Three Friends Stacie seemed like a perfect choice for the re-root.

Delancy (factory) with Little Delancy (re-root)

Delancy (factory) with Little Delancy (re-root)

This Little Delancy was re-rooted with White Chocolate and Carrot Cake saran hair, ordered from Dollyhair.  While I’ve re-rooted Stacie’s before, I have never tried ‘uneven’ highlights before.  While they’re still not as uneven as I wanted, I think the Carrot Cake highlights turned out looking pretty good!  My mom added Delancy’s signature beauty mark.  Little Delancy will be re-dressed eventually. At the moment, she’s still in the dress she wore when we found her at Savers.

Introducing My Scene Madision

Introducing My Scene Madison

This Madison re-root is the third in ‘series’ or sorts.  To clear out my dollyhair box, I started re-rooting a handful of My Scene dolls with lots of different colors, as you’ve seen on Barbie and Chelsea.

My Scene Madison

My Scene Madison

Madison has a ‘cacophony’ of colors in her hair, from hot pink to lime green to silver.  It goes down to her mid back and is braided all the way through in tiny braids.

Crissy Re-root

Crissy Re-root

And onto Crissy.  Overall, we kept Crissy pretty normal.  I  believe she’s re-rooted with Sable Brown saran hair.  (It’s been a while, though!)  She used many hanks.  I love the dark color and how it works with her dark eyes.

Crissy Re-Root

Crissy Re-Root

The most complicated part of the re-root was figuring out how to work around and with the moveable ponytail function she is known for.  Thankfully, we found some handy websites that had instructions on how to handle the ponytail.

I still have lots of leftover colors in my box of dolly hair and my goal is to go through them by December so I can start 2014 with fresh dolly hair!  I have a lot of work to do!!!

Have any questions?  Comments?  Share them down below!

August 25, 2013. Tags: . Uncategorized. 9 comments.

Dolly Review: Pinkie Cooper in London

A few weeks ago, a reader asked me about ‘Pinkie Cooper’.   I had no idea what they were talking about until I googled it and saw that Pinkie Cooper was a new anthro doll line based on a concept by the person who conceptualized the Bratz line. Distributed by The BridgeDirect, I was very interested in seeing these dolls in person and quickly grabbed one when I noticed them on the shelves of Toys R Us the other day.

Pinkie Cooper, front of box.

Pinkie Cooper, front of box.

Pinkie Cooper, back of box

Pinkie Cooper, back of box

Like most doll lines, Pinkie and her friends even have their own web series on YouTube.  You can check the first episode out below.

Pinkie Cooper is 9″ tall (nearly the same as an Equestria Girl and slightly shorter than Hujoo’s Freyr).  She is jointed at her shoulders, elbows, and thighs.  Pinkie isn’t jointed at her ankles or wrists.  Her knee’s are ‘one click’ knee’s.  The joints are tight and hold poses.  They have a wide range of movement, as well.

Pinkie Cooper in London

Pinkie Cooper in London

The lack of true knee joints and wrist joints is disappointing.  For those of us who like to photograph dolls, knee and wrist joints are kind of important in posing.  I have a feeling they left those joints out of Pinkie’s design to keep her age suggestion down, but still, it’s disappointing.

Pinkie Cooper (without clothes)

Pinkie Cooper (without clothes)

Pinkie Cooper is modeled after the English Toy Spaniel breed.  There are three dolls in the line (so far).  Pinkie Cooper is the main character.  She has two best friends, Pepper and Ginger. Each doll is a different shade of brown.  For example, Pinkie, is a tan sort of color, while Pepper has dark brown elements in her design.

Elbow and wrist joints

Elbow and wrist joints

One Click knees

One Click knees

These dolls have been released (again, so far) in single and deluxe sets.  Single sets include the basics– a dressed Pinkie Cooper/friend doll.  Deluxe sets include much more.  Besides the dressed doll (in a different fashion than the single set), you also get a full sized pet (in Pinkie’s case, Lil Pinkie), a hat to match the dolls outfit, and two accessories.  The deluxe Pinkie, Pinkie in London, comes with an umbrella and a camera.  Right now, it looks like Pinkie (the character) is the only doll included in these deluxe sets.

Pinkie Cooper

Pinkie Cooper

I have to pause a moment to mention the packaging.  I was really impressed with the packaging of these Pinkie Cooper doll’s.  In its design, it was more carrying case than toss away packaging.  I love when you don’t have to rip the box open to get to the doll!

packaging

packaging

Back to the doll, I have to say- I love her design!  She’s adorable!  I fully admit, I have a soft spot for anthro dolls, but I wasn’t prepared to be hit so hard by this Pinkie Cooper line. Pinkie’s face has all the elements of a great anthro doll.  Of course, I adore the large eyes. While not glass or glossy, they look inset to me.

Pinkie Cooper

Pinkie Cooper

Also important to note is that Pinkie has ‘real’ eyelashes.

Pinkie Cooper

Pinkie Cooper

Pinkie’s face isn’t littered with heavy make up, which is a huge plus, as well.  That would look strange for an anthro if done wrong! Instead of make up, we get a nice Cocker Spaniel themed face. What’s lovely about that in particular is that it doesn’t look too cartoonish or too realistic.  It’s just right.  The Cocker Spaniel theme is brought back on her body, which you’ll notice has marks or ‘spots’ on various limbs.

Expansion Pack

Expansion Pack

One very important aspect of Pinkie is customizing.  Pinkie’s ears are actually little wigs. Sold separately for roughly $9.00, are accessory packs that include a complete outfit and a set of ears. The wigs seem fine to me so far.  The hair seems soft and easy to comb.

Wig Cap Ears

Wig Cap Ears

Wig Cap Ears

Wig Cap Ears

The wig cap has a peg that is inserted into a hole on the head.  They stay in well and are easy to pull out and place in.  Better still, the rim on the wig cap isn’t too thick that it is terribly noticeable like some wigged dolls.

Pinkie Cooper dressed to impress!

Pinkie Cooper dressed to impress!

Expansion Pack outfit

Expansion Pack outfit

As far as the outfits are concerned, I adore the outfit on Pinkie in London.  Simply adore. The velcro fasteners make it easy to take off and put on new outfits.  It was a little complicated putting the long sleeves on Pinkie, as her elbow joint kept turning, making her arm bend in strange directions.  However, that’s a small complaint. The outfits look well put together and in terms of style, are super cute on these anthro’s.

There’s not much to say about Lil Pinkie, Pinkie’s dog.  He is a solid accessory for Pinkie.  His head turns left and right, but that is the extent of his mobility.  His ears detach, just like Pinkie Cooper.  However, you don’t receive different ears for him in this set.  Those are sold separately.  She’s a cutie, though, just like her owner.

Lil Pinkie

Lil Pinkie

Pinkie Cooper

Pinkie Cooper

The biggest con I can give these guys is the lack of  a fully jointed body.  One click knee’s are okay, but they still don’t really help with posing.  And no wrist joint?  I can understand that, but still don’t love that it was left out.  It would also be great if this doll could stand on her own better, but it seems we’ll have to wait for more releases to see if that happens.

Pinkie Cooper

Pinkie Cooper

I like a lot about this new Pinkie Cooper line.  In fact, I even plan on buying her friends, because I think the line is just plain adorable.  (And this is coming from a girl who never really liked the  Bratz line!) The size is perfect, the outfits are well styled and Pinkie’s face is everything I love about anthro’s.

Pinkie Cooper

Pinkie Cooper

As usual, I put a video review together with my thoughts on Pinkie Cooper.  Watch it below!

Pinkie Cooper

Pinkie Cooper

What do YOU think of the new Pinkie Cooper line?  Do you love them? Have questions about them?   Share your thoughts below!

August 21, 2013. Tags: . Uncategorized. 15 comments.

Dolly Review: Equestria Girls by Hasbro

I’ve been a My Little Pony fan since I was a kid.  I watched the original cartoon series and was gifted many G1 ponies for birthdays and holidays.  When the G3 line was released, I re-discovered my My Little Pony addiction and again picked up many of the new releases, including some much loved OOAK pieces.  (I’ll have to share those with you someday!)

Fluttershy to the 3rd power!

Fluttershy to the 3rd power!

When Hasbro announced My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, I was very weary of it.  I had lived through painful G3 animated specials and wasn’t sure Hasbro would ever find the magic they had in the original My Little Pony cartoon, especially seeing how they treated one of my childhood favorites, Pound Puppies.  (Terrible re-make, I’m afraid!)  In the end, I DVR’d My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (MLP:FIM) and fell in love with it.  The characterization and humor in the episodes was perfect and suitable for far viewers than their target demographic.

Recently, it was announced that a movie spin off was being released. Titled the Equestria Girls, it would follow our pony friends to a place they had literally never been before- high school.  I haven’t seen this movie yet, so I won’t go into detail, but somehow the ponies are transformed into humanoid high school students.

Deluxe Fluttershy Box

Deluxe Fluttershy Box

Deluxe Fluttershy Box

Deluxe Fluttershy Box

That is where this doll line comes into play.  These Equestria Girls are shelved with the traditional My Little Ponies, but are humanoid in appearance with hair rooted in colors similar to their pony counterparts.  They come in two different styles– deluxe and basic.

The Basic Doll:

The basic dolls, like the Twilight Sparkle pictured below, come with minimal accessories (a comb) and while their arms go up and down, left and right, they do not have joints in their knees or elbows.  As far as I can tell, there is a basic version of all the main FIM ponies (Twilight Sparkle, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, Rainbow Dash, Rarity, and Apple Jack.

Equestria Girls Line

Equestria Girls Line

Besides the differently articulated bodies, there is another big difference between these dolls and the deluxe dolls.  These basic dolls have tops that are painted on.  Personally, I hate it when doll companies paint on clothing.  First, it makes them hard to redress and second, it still doesn’t look like real clothing, regardless of how well it’s painted.

Basic Twilight Sparkle- Notice her painted on shirt

Basic Twilight Sparkle- Notice her painted on shirt

The only basic doll I had on hand to review was Twilight Sparkle, but the dolls seem similar enough that most of the aspects I like or dislike about her will match up with the rest of the dolls in the line.  Like all the dolls (basic and deluxe) Twilight Sparkle has large decal eyes.  As they are now high schoolers, Twilight Sparkle does don a bit of make up.  It’s not over the top or too much (in my opinion), but it is there.  Her eye make up is embellished with sparkles.

Basic Twilight Sparkle (modeling Flluttershy's second outfit) in the Barbie Camper

Basic Twilight Sparkle (modeling Flluttershy’s second outfit) in the Barbie Camper

Twilight Sparkle, like the other ponies, has her cutie mark (or hip mark) on her cheek.  The face paint seems well placed on her head mold.

Deluxe Fluttershy, showing off her ears with earrings

Deluxe Fluttershy, showing off her ears with earrings

Speaking of her head mold, I love that they kept pony ears on the Equestria Girls.  It seems, from what I can tell, that the movie characters have human ears.  These dolls, however, have ears just like their My Little Pony character.

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Twilight Sparkle’s large eyes

The big downfall of these dolls is their body.  While I prefer the basic, less jointed body to the deluxe dolls, I still don’t love the body that Hasbro stuck these Equestria Girls with. The ponies do have a bit of a bust, but I don’t feel it’s too over the top for the age group.  My kid reviewer (who we’ll get to soon) didn’t really look at the body, just the hair, face, outfits and accessories.  Honestly, I think kids could care less about a dolls body type, unless it disrupts play in some way!

Basic Twilight Sparkle next to the deluxe Fluttershy.  See the differences in the body?

Basic Twilight Sparkle next to the deluxe Fluttershy. See the differences in the body?

The problem I have with the body is that they designed the feet like a Bratz doll.  She has no real feet, just stumps that the shoes pop into (or should pop into).  Just like the painted on tops,  I really don’t like pegged feet on dolls.  Take the time to actually create feet and shoes that fit the mold.  It would make the world (or at least me) much happier.

Pegged feet are on both the basic and deluxe versions of these dolls.

Pegged feet are on both the basic and deluxe versions of these dolls.

Besides the pegged feet being less than aesthetically pleasing, it also means that if (or when) you lose the shoes, your doll has lost the ability to stand.  A doll with molded feet wouldn’t have much of an issue with lost shoes, because she can at least be barefoot.  With pegged feet like these Equestria Girls, however, it is a much bigger issue.  Alongside that, the pegs are tough to push into the boot.  On every doll I tried in the Equestria Girl line, one foot/shoe just doesn’t like to stay/pop in.

Basic Twilight Sparkle (wearing Fluttershy's second outfit)

Basic Twilight Sparkle (wearing Fluttershy’s second outfit)

Deluxe Dolls:

Deluxe girls, like Flutteryshy and Rainbow Dash, come with multiple accessories that vary with the doll you pick up.  My deluxe dolls had a comb, extra outfit, earrings, an extra pair of shoes, a ‘tail’ hair clip for you or your doll, and an accessory specific to that doll. For example, Flutteryshy comes with a purse, where Rainbow Dash comes with a bracelet.  Both deluxe and basic dolls come with some character trading cards, stickers, and a character specific card to keep.

Rainbow Dash (who I forgot to photograph after this point) with her multiple accessories.

Rainbow Dash (who I forgot to photograph after this point) with her multiple accessories.

The head mold mirrors that of the basic dolls, with the large eyes, make up, and cutie/hip mark on her cheek.  These dolls also share the pegged legs I mentioned before.  The main difference with the deluxe girls is their arms and legs.  Unlike the basics, deluxe dolls are jointed at their knees and elbows.

Notice the jointed elbow!

Notice the jointed elbow!

The joints could have been done better.  The knees are a bit loose and the elbows hyper-extend a lot.  I’m a little worried about the knee joints breaking at some point, too, because it is a bit tough to get the shoes on and off and even I found myself tugging on the entire leg (as opposed to just grabbing the lower leg and pulling).

One major disappointment is the lack of a wrist joint.  I have a feeling they left this out to keep the age range down, however, wrist joints are quite helpful when it comes to making your dolls pose.  Fluttershy’s wrist looks like it’s bent at some very weird angles if you move her shoulders and elbows certain ways.

Deluxe Fluttershy

Deluxe Fluttershy

One thing I like about these deluxe dolls is the real outfit.  Fluttershy wears clothing that covers both her top and her bottom (as opposed to the basics painted on top).  I think this outfit is super cute on Fluttershy.  It’s long enough to cover what it needs to and fits Fluttershy well.  This gets high marks.  The second outfit, however, doesn’t.  One of the elastic straps on the second outfit (as seen on Twilight Sparkle earlier) broke as I was taking this off Fluttershy for the  first time.  That doesn’t bode well with me.  Outfits shouldn’t break after a quick try on, in my opinion.

Fluttershy's adorable face!

Fluttershy’s adorable face!

I think both Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash ‘look’ like their pony selves, even though they are in human form.  Hasbro did a good job at staying true to their character where looks are concerned.  The concept is still a bit freaky to a long time pony fan like me, but I have to applaud Hasbro for ‘stepping outside the box’ with the pony line.

Fluttershy

Fluttershy

All in all, Hasbro gets good marks on the concept, but loses a few with the execution of the joints on these deluxe dolls.  For a one off spin off line, Hasbro could have done far worse.  At the very least, this line will be remembered!

My cousin is in town and staying with us for a few weeks, so for the next few video reviews, I’ll have a tag along.  The review below is a Kid Review, ie: my cousins opinions on this doll line.  I disabled embedding for these videos, as they feature more than just me!  Click the links below to watch!

Kid Review

The full blown review, look below!

Dolly Review

Here is a quick comparison on the basic and deluxe line.

Basic VS Deluxe Comparision

What do you think of the Equestria Girls?  Share your thoughts below!

August 3, 2013. Tags: . Uncategorized. 27 comments.

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