9 December 2017

Head transplantation

"Hello!"

A lot of doll owners do it all the time, but for me this was the first time I switched modern Barbie doll heads. I have to admit that I don't like doing it at all. I was really scared to break the neck joints or damage the heads! I went strictly by the book and heated the heads, but still... Brrr!

But it was necessary. My original Made To Move Billie's uneven eyes bugged me so much, I just had to do it.

The right eye is much bigger and is placed too far to the side of the head.

The new head is from Generation Girl Nichelle (1998), one of the dolls I found in the thrift store last week. There's a bit of a color difference between the head and the body, but it's acceptable.

Billie: "So this is how I will look when I'm older..."

I was very careful not to break the original body's neck joint. It stretched a bit and turned white under the knob, but it's still whole. I will use Billie in my photo story, but after it's finished Nichelle will be made all original again. The Made To Move body had a very long joint sticking out of the neck, so I had to cut off most of it to be able to fit Nichelle's smaller head on it. Somehow for me older Barbie dolls are kind of sacred, but newer ones are not.

Stretched but in one piece...

I'm really happy with the new Billie. Her hair is awesome and her face very pretty. I will keep the original head for repainting practice (some day...).

Billie is wearing a sweater that was included in the thrift store doll lot. After a wash it looked as good as new. The jeans and sneakers are from Made To Move Skateboarder Barbie.

29 comments:

  1. Asha to bardzo piękna lalka i super, że dostała ruchome ciałko :D
    Pozdrawiam :)

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    1. Witam twarz jest bardzo piękny, absolutnie! Ona powinna cieszyć się jej tymczasowej mobilności ;-D. Pozdrawiam :-)

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  2. Well done, Doctor! :)
    Billie's face is wonderful. She looks gorgeous.
    I think exactly as you do - old dolls are special, I wouldn't repaint them or do anything to change them. I'm really happy to watch them as they are. With new dolls I don't have any trouble to change their hair, repaint them or something else.

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    1. Hello Kamelia, hahaha, thanks :-D! The new doll was more expensive than the old one, and yet I would have been devastated if Nichelle had been ruined :-). And she's not even that old! :-)

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  3. New Billie looks fabulous! I like her hair. I have to admit I adore AA Barbies with afro or almost afro hairdo.
    And the sweater really suits her.

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    1. Hello Nana, I'm glad you like her! Nichelle's hair is fantastic. It's not exactly as the original, but still great, much better than the Made To Move hair! I too love Afro hair, it's so stylish and feminine!

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    1. Hello Dlubaniny, I'm glad you like her :-).

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  5. Piękna lalka! Dużo zyskała dzięki zmianie ciała.

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    1. Hello, Eunice, dziękuję, jestem zadowolony, podoba Ci się jej!

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  6. je deed het goed, je vriendin meer slap geven :)
    het is een interessant gezicht, een goed lichaam waardig!

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    1. Dag Inka, wat leuk dat je in mijn moedertaal schrijft :-). Ja, ik was wel bang om iets te beschadigen, maar ben heel tevreden met het resultaat! Het gezichtje van Nichelle heeft mooie make-up, en ik vind haar kapsel prachtig :-). Groetjes!

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    2. Translation:
      Inka: You did well, giving your girl more movement, it's an interesting face, worthy of a good body!
      M.A.F.: Hi Inka, how nice that you write in my mother tongue! Yes, I was afraid to damage something, but am very happy with the result! Nichelle's face has beautiful make-up, and I think her hair is fabulous :-). Greetings!

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  7. Qué valiente eres! Yo soy poco atrevida para modificar a las muñecas, pero tu chica ha quedado preciosa y ha mejorado mucho.
    Saludos.

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    1. Hola Ilona, me alegro de le gusta :-). Debo confesar que fue una cosa de miedo! Me siento aliviado de que no había nada roto! Saludos :-)

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  8. She looks beautiful now <3 I love Nichelle and have one too :) Hugs

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    1. Hello Urszula, I love Nichelle too, such a pretty doll :-). I'm glad her original body is still okay for re-use! Hugs back :-)

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  9. She certainly looks happier, lol.

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  10. Hello Millicent,
    The new head has much better painted detail. I am glad the transplant went well.
    Big hug
    Giac

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    1. Hello Giac, it does, I really like the make-up :-). I'm glad it went well, but hope that I don't have to repeat such transplants too often lol! Hugs!

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  11. Congrats for your first doll head transplantation! You did amazing job :)

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    1. Hello Neytiri, thanks! It's a bit scary to do it, at least for me :-D!

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  12. Uff, what a tricky job!!! Nevertheless, it was worth it! The new girl is gorgeous!!
    Pamper her a bit after the transplantation pains!!!
    Kisses from Spain.

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    1. Hello Rosana, I'm glad you like her! The doll is fine now after some Hygge time (after reading your posts about it she insisted she needed it lol!). Kisses back!

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  13. Oh you did a great job!!! But I know how you feel about swapping bodies. When I did my first doll, I thought it was such a barbaric practice. As I struggled to remove the head from the original body, I imagined my doll screaming! However, once I got her head onto a new, better body, she seemed happy enough and well, you know what they say...one suffers to look more beautiful! But now that I've done this many times, I can say, it does get better and the dolls really don't mind so long as they can move as they please. Your doll with her new body looks really, very happy!

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    1. Hello April, it's those tiny but mean hooks on that long plastic thing Mattel uses that scare me the most, yikes lol!
      I'm happy that I did it though, Billie looks happy indeed ;-).
      I have more victims to perform surgery on, so I'm glad you say it gets better!

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  14. I remember my first few head swaps well! Like you it was very scary at first. But now I am old hat at it and I do a body swap almost immediately on any doll I get that doesn't have articulation.

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    1. Hello Phyllis, The strangest neck joints are the old Angel Face ones for me. And the scariest these with hooks hahaha! You are a skilled "plastic surgeon", and your dolls look amazing!

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