This got a bit long so I'm putting it behind a cut.
First of all, I got a Mixis Rosa! Her face is lovely and so is her hair, even though I think it's kanekalon (which I usually avoid because it's such a bother to boil perm, but it really suits her). I got a first edition despite the limited articulation, mostly because of D7ana's post about differences in the face shape of the first and limited editions, probably due to the mold being worn down. I really couldn't say which one I prefer, but I thought it might be interesting to have one that was as close to the original intended design as possible. Also she comes with a really nice outfit and TWO pairs of shoes! And you will need them - I haven't found any shoes that fit her large, wide, semi-high heeled feet. Well, there was a pair of black sandals from a Kim Possible doll that kind of fit, but considering she already had a pair of black sandals that fit perfectly there's really no reason to bother.
Originally I was thinking of writing a proper review, but these dolls aren't exactly new and there are so many reviews already. Although European collectors might be interested in knowing that the shipping from Canada was pretty reasonable: about $20 for an almost 1kg package by regular, uninsured mail - although it did take 8 weeks to get here. Still, if like me you have more time than money it's a pretty good deal anyway. The bad news is last time I checked the webstore, the prices were back up to about $45 from the discounted $25-30 (depending on edition, although I can't remember which was which), but I seem to remember they've had temporary sales before so that might change again.
The first edition body has pretty bad articulation, so now I'm looking for a replacement. Both the light skin Kenya dolls and regular tan Barbie are a reasonably close match, but I think they both have too slim necks. An action figure might be better, like this Mixis Opal rebodied by Roxanne's Dolls.
Interesting fact: the certificate of authenticity says the name of the designer is Peni Dyer, which is exactly the sort of information I want when I buy a doll, even a mass produced one. There isn't much information on her online, but she has a website and I can definitely see the resemblance between Rosa and some of her OOAK dolls, like this one. I'm assuming she designed the entire Mixis line - owners of other Mixis dolls, can you confirm?
Also, I noticed her site doesn't mention her involvement with the Mixis dolls. FWIW, Joanne Callander's site doesn't mention she designed the Only Hearts Club dolls either. I wonder if there's an industry policy that the designers remain anonymous, or if doll makers just aren't very good at keeping their homepages updated?
|Yvonne vs Dinah-Mite. It's no contest really.|
|R-L: Volks Mini, Zica Toys Yvonne, Bratz|
|Clothes can hide the proportions but do nothing for the mismatched skin tones.|
Anyway, I felt that Yvonne's wobbly leg and great posing abilities both deserved a video:
Speaking of articulation: remember when I started carving a wooden ball-jointed doll? I made a few attempts and then sort of gave up (radial symmetry is hard, you guys!), but I recently saw monkeygstudios teeny tiny wooden dolls on Flickr, and inspiration caught me again.
|Really tiny doll by Megumi Todd aka monkeygstudio|
|Not quite as tiny, but still pretty small.|
The problem is the dust from the sanding - according to bjd-artists.com (which requires login, but the discussion links to this page), contrary to what I initially thought you DO need a respirator even if you work with wood and not resin, at least in the long run. I don't even have a spare room to use as a workshop and no outside area were I can set up permanently (not sure what the neighbours whould think if they saw me sitting in our communal back yard whittling for hours), so I might take a break on this project until I get that sorted out.
And that's what I've been up to lately.