As a disabled person living in *very* rural france, I do quite a bit of my doll shopping on Aliexpress (they sell mostly factory reject heads), I actually have had better odds at getting a doll head I can actually repair than on amazon where glue head and wonk face reign supreme. Amazon is a godsend for other supplies but they don’t do any quality control on toys.
I get bodies for my caucasian and asian dolls on ebay france but brown and black skinned dolls are hard to find for under 10€ ($15) each – even for dolls you’d assume were quite common toy purchases such as Disney Princess Tiana or fashionistas Nikki. I used to go to ebay uk for doll shopping but the global shipping program made that way too expensive.
So when these fakies showed up, I jumped on the occasion!
You can find them under “black barbie doll body” on ebay or aliexpress for 2.50 to 4$ each. The lighter toned one often comes with a cloned “Summer” head mold and the dark toned one comes with the “crescent” faced heads with yellow eyes.
Articulation is the same as on the 11/12 joint pale fakie bodies (around $2 each) with the same staining, plastic marbling and flash (excess plastic) issues. Remember to carefully test the rotation of each joint upon arrival and gently slice off excess plastic with a knife if they’re stuck or they *will* snap off.
The brown aa fakie body is an olivine match for barbie light brown but too pale for afra.
The black aa fakie body is a greyish match for barbie light black but too dark for afra and too pale for dark brown.
Light brown, Afra and Dark brown are the main brown skintones used since 2017. Light brown is Artsy/Nikki fashionistas’ colour. Light black is the skintone used for Cali girls Nikki, Generation girls Nichelle and various black barbies from the 70s to the mid 2000s
Colour Match for the pale fakie bodies:
Does not match the yellow tone of Barbie’s like Goddess of Greece or pale pink dolls like Draculaura but does match ‘white skin’ Licca:
Modding the pale neck with a sharp knife to fit Barbie and Licca:
I had a fake fashionista body that was very loose. I used thick transparent elastic thread (1mm wide and very strong) to restring the legs by going back and forth several times as using fabric eleastic just didn’t work for me.
Here’s how I sueded the torso joint: a line of e6000 glue left to dry for two days creates a rubbery surface to which the bottom joint now has friction:
As for the knees, I used a needle to apply a very thin layer of superglue to the inside of the loose joints then kept the joint moving as it dried. This creates just enough extra friction to keep the legs from flopping around.