Skipper Highlight Reel- Totally Hair Skipper and Courtney

In Skipper’s 50 years, she’s had a lot of high moments.  One of those moments came in 1992 when she and her best friend Courtney were part of one of the best-selling Barbie lines of all time– Totally Hair. Topping top toy lists in 1992, Totally Hair Barbie was, for most, the stand out Barbie of the line. Over her run from 1992-1995, Barbie sold over 10 million units and became Mattel’s highest grossing Barbie to date!

Totally Hair Skipper and Courtney were both Toys R Us exclusives.  Boxed with a small tube of Dep, this popular doll line featured Barbie (blonde and brunette), Ken, Skipper and Courtney with ultra long hair and neon colored outfits . Those in the UK, where the line was renamed ‘Ultra Hair’, were treated to an exclusive Whitney.

Totally Hair Courtney (left) and Skipper (right)

Totally Hair Courtney (left) and Skipper (right)

I’m sure I received Totally Hair Skipper for either my birthday or Christmas in the winter of 1992.  I was 9, the perfect age for Skipper, especially a Skipper with super long crimped hair and a neon outfit! For me, Totally Hair Skipper is one of the cutest Skippers released in the 90’s.  She reminds me of my youth because, let’s be honest, most anyone who ‘grew up’ in the 90’s had a closet of neon colored outfits, a plastic clip that cinched baggy shirts at the waist and most likely crimped their hair a few times over the decade!

Totally Hair Skipper

Totally Hair Skipper

Skipper has her token blonde hair, long and crimped.  Her bangs are curly and a bit wild.  Her half pony tail is held with a big, bright hair band.  Her outfit is a shirt dress with short leggings that feature a pink, blue and purple swirling pattern.

Totally Hair Skipper

Totally Hair Skipper

Her eyes are blue and her lips are a bright pink.  Skipper has light blushing on her cheeks and a hint of eye shadow.  Other than that, her face is relativity clean of make up (assuming mine hasn’t faded a lot, which I don’t think it has).

Totally Hair Courtney

Totally Hair Courtney

Courtney is a more recent addition to my collection. I purchased her a few years ago off of eBay.  This Courtney has a bit of a strange look to her.  Her skin looks tanner than normal and her eyes are an amber sort of brown.  I examined my Courtney’s and noticed her eye color bounced around a lot between blue, brown and green back in the 90’s.  This isn’t my favorite eye color for her, but it’s different!

Totally Hair Courtney

Totally Hair Courtney

Her outfit is a mixture of neon blue, green, pink and purple.  Courtney wears a longer dress than Skipper with no leggings.  Like Skipper, her dark brown hair is long and crimped.  Her bangs are curly and her half pony tail is held in with a big, neon green hair band.

Totally Hair Courtney

Totally Hair Courtney

These dolls might not have broken records like Totally Hair Barbie, but they are two dolls that really stand out in Skipper’s 50 year run.  Not only do collectors remember them, but non collectors do to, which says a lot about how perfectly this Skipper and Courtney were designed.

Totally Hair Courtney (left) and Skipper (right)

Totally Hair Courtney (left) and Skipper (right)

Totally Hair Skipper (left) and Courtney (right)

Totally Hair Skipper (left) and Courtney (right)

As always, here’s the video post!

Did you have Totally Hair Skipper or Courtney?  Why do you think this line was so popular?  Any favorite memories of this line? Share your thoughts below!

February 24, 2014. Tags: . Uncategorized. 5 comments.

BJD Wig Tutorial

I am very bad a wig making.  I tried my hand at it last year and failed miserably. (Much fun fur was lost in this quest!)  Needless to say, I’ve retired from wig making! (And the fun fur rejoiced!)  My mom, however, found a really great tutorial for making a yarn wig on Flickr the other day.  With nothing better to do, she decided to try it out and the results were fantastic! This TARDIS blue wig is being modeled on a MSD Bobobie Pixie.

Wig created using online tutorial

Wig created using online tutorial

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Wig created using online tutorial

The tutorial was put together by Flickr user ghilie01.  It’s a photo album tutorial (ie: click the image and the instructions are on the right for that step).  If you are handy with a crochet hook and latch hook, this should be a pretty easy tutorial to follow!  For the wig pictured above, we followed all the steps, but one. As we don’t have a sewing machine, we didn’t ‘stitch’ a part into this wig.  For a first attempt, I think this turned out pretty awesome!  Awesome enough for me to want to share this with you, readers!

So next time you’re bored, why not try making your ball jointed doll a new wig? And then stop by and share the experience down below in the comment area!

February 22, 2014. Tags: . Uncategorized. 3 comments.

Dolly Review: Hujoo Nano Rabi

Hujoo is on a roll.  New to the Hujoo 12 cm family is Nano Rabi, an anthro bunny!  I’ve been asking for some variety in their anthro line and this definitely fits the bill!

Nano Rabi

Nano Rabi

Nano Rabi is a 12 cm rabbit. While I’m not sure what wigs will fit this little rabbit, she wears 12 mm eyes.  Nano Rabi currently comes in three colors- white, light grey and pink.

Photo from The Junky Spot featuring all three color choices.

Photo from The Junky Spot featuring all three color choices.

As usual, Nano Rabi is made of strung ABS plastic.  She’s sold without a face up, eyes or wig.

Hujoo Nano Rabi

Hujoo Nano Rabi

For some of us, hearing ‘no face up’ is a bit scary sounding, but here’s the thing– Hujoo’s are pretty easy to customize.  If I can do it, you can do it!

Nano Rabi, face up by my mom

Nano Rabi, face up by my mom

Nani Rabi, face up by me

Nani Rabi, face up by me

Nano Rabi’s body is the same body used for the Nano Freya, right down to the clawed hands and feet.

Nano Hujoos- Rabi, Freya, Baby, Rabi

Nano Hujoos- Rabi, Freya, Baby, Rabi

She’s strung tightly and holds poses well.  Nano Rabi has joints at the shoulders, elbows, wrists, thighs, knees, ankles and chest.  Of course, the head tilts up, down, left and right, allowing for lots of movement!

Nano Rabi

Nano Rabi, pink with face up by me

The thing that I think is most important to talk about regarding Nano Rabi is the unique face mold created for this ball jointed doll.  Nano Rabi has an egg shaped sort of head with short pointy bunny ears.  The head cap, that has in the past been complicated to take off/put on, works fine.  Instead of having two pegs inside the head, there is just one.  It’s pretty easy to twist Nano Rabi’s head cap off.

Nano Rabi

Nano Rabi, white with face up done by my mom

The eye holes are round, not almond shaped like most bjd’s I’ve seen.  That worried me a bit, as I wasn’t sure if that meant we would need different eyes for this anthro.

Nano Rabi with face up by me

Nano Rabi with face up by me

Thankfully, though, my worries were in vain.  Nano Rabi takes regular 12mm eyes.  They look, to me, very different inside a Nano Rabi head than a traditional almond shaped eye- much more animal like.  I really like the effect!

One very important thing to note is that unlike the large Hujoo’s, you will need putty to hold your eyes in.  Nano Rabi doesn’t come with eye attachments.  It is a little tough putting the eyes into these guys, because their head is so tiny, but hang in there and you’ll get it!

Nano Rabi with face up by me

Nano Rabi with face up by me

Nano Rabi with face ups by my mom and myself

Nano Rabi with face ups by my mom and myself

Nano Rabi in MiWorld with face up by my mom

Nano Rabi in MiWorld with face up by my mom

While I would have preferred more floppy ears,  I understand that may have been a little difficult to do.  I’m very happy with how these guys photograph and am loving that they are pretty much to scale for MiWorld and AG Mini rooms.

Nano Rabi

Nano Rabi

Overall, I think Nano Rabi is super cute.  The 12 cm size is perfect for a pocket or purse doll, easy to customize, and most importantly, affordable!  Nano Rabi is available at The Junky Spot or wherever else Hujoo‘s are sold.

Hujoo Nano Rabi

Hujoo Nano Rabi

Nano Rabi

Nano Rabi

I posted a video review of these cuties on YouTube.  Watch it below!

I also recorded footage of the face up process, in hopes of turning it into a video!  Stay tuned for that!

What do you think of Nano Rabi?  Share your thoughts below!

February 18, 2014. Tags: . Uncategorized. 17 comments.

Dolly Box Opening: Siena, my Makie from MakieLab

Two weeks ago, I ordered a Makie.  And today?  She arrived!  Now, don’t get too excited yet.  This isn’t a full review.  This is a box opening post!  Almost immediately after getting home from work, I sat down in front of the camera to record a box opening video.  Watch it below!

This is Siena, my Makie.  As I’ve only had her for a few short hours, I haven’t had time to take many photos. Rest assured, it’s on my to do list!!!  For now, enjoy this little sneak peek of Siena!

Siena, real vs computer image

Siena, real vs computer image

First impressions?  I like her a lot!  I think she looks great and very similar to my original computer image. Because Makie is a new doll line, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect.  I’m very pleased with the face up and with the body coloring.

Siena

Siena

Expect more on Siena in coming weeks!  For now, though, feel free to share your thoughts and ask questions about this Makie or Makies in general!

February 10, 2014. Tags: . Uncategorized. 18 comments.

Dolly Re-Root: Little Miss No Name

At the last Kane County Doll and Toy Show we attended, my mom picked up two sweet Little Miss No Name‘s.  Both needed a little bit of work done in the hair department.  Recently, I finished the first of the two.  Since this Little Miss No Name came with her original tear, my mom wanted her hair color to be pretty similar to the factory color, meaning no chocolate hues or orange tints.

Original Head

Original Head

We searched Dolly Hair for a good color and decided upon White Chocolate.  White Chocolate is a very white blonde.  It’s a little lighter and fresher than what most factory Little Miss No Name’s wear today.  I used the same white blonde on my Young Delancy re-root a while back.

New Little Miss No Name

New Little Miss No Name

Little Miss No Name took roughly 5 hanks of hair, cut long for Barbie.  We only gave her hair a slight trim.  My mom, dolly stylist, decided on a simple hair style for this girl.

Comparision

Comparison- reroot vs factory

I really love how this Little Miss No Name turned out!  She looks so sweet with the long white blonde hair.  I know there are purists out there who probably think cleaning these up and giving them new life is a travesty, but I don’t agree with that at all!  These Little Miss No Name’s get a bad rap because of the poor shape many are in. But with a bit of TLC, they can be so beautiful!

Bye!

A tear of joy!

Have you done a dolly re-root recently?  What do you think of this re-root?  Share your thoughts below!

February 9, 2014. Tags: , . Uncategorized. 14 comments.

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