Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Adventures in Body Modifications

Now that my Giveaways are over (at least for the time being. I will be doing a Birthday Giveaway in July), I thought it was time to do something else! My next adventure was to attempt to add articulation to dolls that only had partial articulation. I get a little frustrated when Mattel puts out a doll with articulated legs and stiff arms or visa versa. I have already done quite a bit of leg swapping, so arm swapping seemed to be the next logical step! After seeing a post on Flickr from John Pickles where he did an arm swap, I decided to take the jump and try this myself. 

My first victim -- umm candidate -- was a Sledding Fun Skipper body. She has articulated knees and stiff arms. Now if I had any more of the Hawaiian Skipper bodies, I would have done a leg transplant as those are much easier. However, I did have a donor Barbie body (she had already lost her head!) that had articulated arms, stiff legs and the dreadfully distorted torso. She was a good skintone match for this Skipper, so this became my donor!

Sledding Fun Skipper Promo Photo (not my photo)
Her is what is left of the donor body -- RIP!
Here is the body with the new arms. I was worried at first that the new arms would be too long, but I think they look great!

 I had this vintage Skipper that I loved, but her original body was badly chewed up and I gave her this body. Love how she turned out!
That turned out so well, I selected my next candidates for change. 

I had gotten the Barbie® Beauty Salon & Doll - Brunette play set a while ago. I also had the Fashionista 54-Tutu Cool - Petite and had put her on a MTM body, but I thought I would see if I could use an Azone Pure Neemo Body size Medium for a Petite doll. I got one with large breasts which gives the doll a more mature look.

Barbie® Beauty Salon & Doll - Brunette and Fashionista 54-Tutu Cool - Petite promo photos - not my photos
Barbie Beauty Salon with her new arms and Tutu Cool with her Azone Pure Neemo body, flesh skintone
Dressed!
I had another Azone Pure Neemo body in Medium with small breasts and with the pale skintone. I decided to use one of the many MTM Lea heads that I had in my spare parts box since she had donated so many bodies to the cause! She got a new haircut and I wiped her lips. I have not been brave enough to attempt any face painting, so they are staying pale for now. 

Petite Lea next to Petite AA for size comparison.
I never have enough little guys around! For this little guy, I took an AA Lori doll, removed some of the hair off the bottom half of the head, set really tight curls to the remaining hair and flocked the bottom part of the hair. 





I do think he is an adorable little boy! 



I had this old vintage Ken who had seen better days. His body was in bad shape and his flocked hair was partially rubbed off. I had popped is head onto a Volks 1:6 male body (they don't make those anymore 😒😢) but it was not a good skin tone match. He got my last ATM Cheerleader Ken body and I reflocked his hair.



He is now quite handsome and hunky!!!💪😀
I am sure you have heard me rant a lot about the lack of articulation for the Curvy bodies. I mean, I love the Curvy bodies, but I want them to be articulated! While I am waiting for Mattel to listen, I did some limb swapping of my own to help me out. Popstar and Everyday Chic agreed to go under the knife (after a little arm twisting 😊💪). Sweetheart stripes came along to show a comparison of the original Curvy body and to lend her support.


Popstar got a leg transplant. Her donor was the "Hidden Sword Wonder Woman" doll who got a MTM body. Everyday Chic Got legs from "DC Comics Wonder Woman Queen Hippolyta & Horse" who got a MTM body almost immediately on her arrival. I tried to also transplant the arms, but the shoulder balls were too big. She ended up getting arms from an old body with the stiff legs and distorted torso I had laying around. Over all, I think everybody is happy!


Pop Star and Everyday Chic with new articulation


Sweetheart Stripes joins Popstar and Everyday Chic

Naked Curvy girls!



Rear view!




Look what I can do!

Even better!
 Whew, these were definitely not easy! There is some evidence of a little warpage and the arms are not a great fit for Everyday Chic, but I still like the end result. My next attempt may go even better! 

Hope you enjoyed this. Let me know what you think! have any of you tried limb swapping???




15 comments:

  1. The Lori doll make a cute little boy! I also like WW Queen legs on the curvy doll.

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    1. I thought so! I am also liking the WW legs on Curvy. At least for now!

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  2. Ooooo, nice mods! I especially like the legs on your curvy ladies. Now I'm going to be looking at my dolls to see who could use an arm or leg transplant! I have some ideas...

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    1. See, this is what we do for each other! Inspire others to try new things with our dolls! Glad I could give you some ideas. Look forward to seeing what you come up with.

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  3. They all look great! I've been gearing up for trying some mods myself (also motivated by John) but haven't taken the plunge yet. I'm in awe of your arm transplants, that seems like the hardest part.
    Keep up the good work!

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    1. John really is inspirational isn't he? The arm transplants were definitely the hardest thing to do. I hope to improve my technique on that if I keep working at it. John came up with some suggestions to try out on the curvy gals to give them articulated arms the are more curvy sized.

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  4. These are amazing - and inspiring. I just accidentally destroyed an old Barbie trying to rebody her head - so I'm very nervous about doing modifications. But you make me want to try!

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    1. I always experiment first with doll bodies and parts that I don't care about too much. Then I try on the ones I want to keep. Even with that, I have ruined a couple of doll bodies, but I usually am happy that I at least tried!

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  5. Very interesting. You make it look easy. Vintage Ken is my favorite. I only do vintage looks. Very nice ref lock. Call me!

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    1. Haha, not so easy! I am glad you think I make it look that way though! So are you back from your travels now?

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  6. You are brave with the limb swapping. Switching heads is as far as I can go. Good switch with the more muscular WW legs for the curvy girls.

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    1. This was quite the challenge for me! It certainly did not turn out perfect, but I so wanted a way to get way to give articulation for some of my Curvy girls. Who knows, I might even get brave enough to try a face up some day!

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  7. I've never done limb swapping but this looks like fun!!! I like Frankendolls

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    1. This was my first ever limb swapping adventure! I do like the end results, so I am sure I will do it again!

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  8. Great post, Phyllis! I absolutely love seeing what combos you can come up with. I have quite a few dolls with half articulation and I think I might get brave enough to do a limb swab. I really hope they come out w/ tall, petite and curvy MTM bodies (some some for Ken!) as well in the coming years. We know they can do it! I am a little surprised to see that the some of the original MTM bodies are getting harder to find so I'm trying to grab some while I can when I am out and about!

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