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:
Here’s a fakie body who’s leg peg snapped (I forgot to check and cut open the plastic hinges before trying to pose her)
I used a mini rotary tool with a tiny drill bit (but you could also use a pin vise) and stuck in a pin – a tooth yanked out of a comb with pliers.
The super glue worked for one side but not the other -it just frosted the plastic- so it comes off easily but the leg does bend!
From aliexpress: ‘spider monster doll’ (no box or fitting clothes) 1905328394 – $9 including shipping. Also available on €bay at $18
Her body is well made: hard plastic with vinyl lower arms and legs (some marbling in the leg vinyl, some extra flash plastic nubs at her hip joints -shaved off). The arms and legs are flexible but not too loose. Her neck is a solid CAM style knob.
The hair was horrid thick nylon, sparsely rooted. I decided to flock her hair and have her wear wigs if needed because I love this natural look! The white bits you can see on her scalp are where I filled the front row of holes with resin glue to avoid tearing.
The head is the least solid part, it’s thinner than standard monster high heads and the paint is slightly faded. Mine had a huge 5mm empty bubble in the tip of her nose that I rebuilt with resin glue and painted black and a second 1mm bubble in her lips (repainted over with matte red).
The plastic had shiny parts at her eyebrow area and her chin that I sanded with medium grit with a nail buffer block.
She’s wearing leggings cut out and resewn from a Moxie dress and a Monster High dress hastily given new arm seams to fit those triple arms.
I flocked Grace using finely chopped up wool (seperated into strands first to keep the pieces as fine as possible).
I find hobby flock to be too fine for realism and chopped up hair or ribbon works better for the eurasian hair types, type 4 curls are more fluffy.
I just LOVED the spider doll concept from the very start but knew I’d probably never be able to purchase a Wydowna, even when they release her “I ? fashion” playline doll, I’d be looking at $60+ to import her. This doll is a body recast and approximate head (the original has higher cheekbones, a pointier nose and chin) but I don’t feel bad paying the factory workers directly since Mattel pays them so terribly for the legit dolls whilst making a huge profit.
If you decide to get one yourself, be aware that she may require several hours of work to tidy up the plastic, touch ups to the paint and tame the hair.
Another well done review: www.squidoo.com/fake-monster-high-wydowna-spider-doll