Even though I can’t sew much yet I can still browse ebay, and I have two new (to me) dolls to share with you.
The first is a #08 American Girl doll, with red hair and green eyes. She’s the only one of this type I’ve seen in two years of browsing so I was very pleased to get her for a reasonable price. She has the short “Made in China” label and her neck stamp is PLEASANT COMPANY in an arch, so she probably dates from 2000-2006. She’s clean and her hair is in good condition.
The second is an early edition Felicity with red lashes. These are pretty rare so I was astonished to see not one but two listed in the same week a couple of months back. I missed out on the first one but I got the second.
I’m not sure I’d call her lashes red, exactly — they are more of a brown — but they are definitely not black and they are much softer than the later Chinese lashes.
She has a “Made in Germany” label and for a thirty year old doll she is remarkably clean and tidy. Her hair is a little dry but in very good condition for her age. I didn’t take a picture of her neck but she has the arched PLEASANT COMPANY stamp, too.
In comparing the two dolls, the moulds appear to be identical, but the vinyl is different — the original version from Germany is softer, lighter in complexion and more matte, while the vinyl used in China is harder, a little darker in value and much more shiny. The wig materials are different, too — Felicity’s hair is slightly lighter in colour and is finer and softer than #08’s. You can see the difference in the lashes as well.
As for cosplay, #08 will be young Anne Shirley and Felicity will be adult Anne Shirley (I plan on using Samantha and #25 for Diana Barry). Of course there will be other historical gowns as well.
I still have plans to do a formal comparison of moulds, paint and vinyl sometime in the new year — I have bought a Vernier calliper to help with the measurements, and I’ll do standardised photos to compare colours. Unfortunately the weather has been grey and very rainy the last month or so and we are in for La Niña which means more rain and a cool summer, so it’s anyone’s guess when I’ll be able to do an outdoor shoot (the best photography weather is light and even cloud cover but that’s as rare as hens’ teeth here).
I missed the announcement of the three new “World by Us” dolls in September but I do like them — well, I’m a bit lukewarm about Evette but I love Makena and Maritza. The Makena mould makes me think of Michelle Obama. Given that her hair is styled so elaborately, I might treat myself to a direct purchase from the AG website rather than waiting for her to appear as a used doll — I suspect that the hair would be almost impossible to restore once tangled. And since there is no economic sense in buying one doll at a time (the shipping charge for one is more than 50% doll price) I might as well buy Maritza too.
I’m also considering #86 — I was hoping to win an auction for an #86 a few days ago but was overbid in the last few seconds, which was kind of disappointing but also a bit of a relief as this is not the month to go wild on the credit card. I won’t be trying to buy anything else until the new year so I’ll have time to save up. Fair warning though, I do have two more dolls already bought that are in transit so, fate and the postal service willing, there will be another new doll post before Christmas.