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$2 fakie body review

Another dollarstore ebay review:

The $2 body aka “doll toy no head” or the pale fakie body without the torso joint.

Ok where to start? Well mine arrived broken and with two right lower legs so that took a classic “drill a hole with a nail drill, put in a piece of paper clip + glue it” fix and it’s kind of obvious that she’s got wonky lower legs.

  • The body arrived with the arms seperate so you’ll need to crack open the torso to put them in.
  • The torso and upperlegs are made of thin hollow hard plastic that is light enough for Licca, Kuhrn, Lelia, etc…
  • The hard plastic has black marks that only go away with sanding or wiping with magic eraser.
  • The neck knob doesn’t allow for much range of movement.
  • The upper legs have heavy seams that needed scraping off with a craft knife as they interfered with movement at the hip joint
  • The arms and lower legs are vinyl of a darker skintone with darker marks in the vinyl itself (cannot be removed), joints of a different colour and some flash on the hands. The joints hold well. The different pieces aren’t removable.

While this body is a *lot* less floppy than the fakie body with a torso joint and is an OK match for pale skintones it’s also lesser quality in terms of the hollow plastic and mismatched arms/lower legs. You’ll need a magic eraser + craft knife to prep this body for use and it’ll be discoloured. I don’t recommend it for dyeing as there are too many different plastic types and colours.

Listing image, Arrival and Pin repair:
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The flaws:
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Body after seam removal and magic eraser, Body with Lelia head
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Updated! Reference: Monster High Clone body types

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The parts from both bodies are not interchangable.
Create a Monster limbs do not fit in either body’s sockets.
Grid underwear types work well as a standalone body replacement (if you can stand the plastic flaws and possible need to glue suede some of the joints) or torso for CAM.
Heads are a little too loose on the Heart underwear type neck knob.

Spare parts guide:

Create a Monster:
Grid type forearms,
Grid type lower legs with pegs built up with epoxy,
Heart type lower legs cracked out of the body with joints shaved down.
Grid type Torso with arms + legs cracked off, shoulders filled with epoxy and hip nubs cut down to fit.

Normal Monster High:
Heart type hands + forearms
Grid type hands + forearms with pegs shaved down.

In conclusion:
If you need new forearms or hands for your monster high, go with the Heart type.
If you need a standalone body, go with the Grid type.
The colors are not an exact match and the plastic is not as sturdy as official bodies but this is a last resort option for those unable to find spare parts without paying $15 to import from overseas.

These can be found by searching for “monster doll body” on aliexpress or on €bay (more expensive).

Wydowna Spider aka Weberella fakie/fake/clone review

From aliexpress: ‘spider monster doll’ (no box or fitting clothes) 1905328394 – $9 including shipping. Also available on €bay at $18
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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.
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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.

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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.
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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.
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I flocked Grace using finely chopped up wool (seperated into strands first to keep the pieces as fine as possible).
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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.
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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

Sueding loose joints with E6000 glue

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:
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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.

Clonezilla to Create a Monster torso

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  • Use wire cutters, a hacksaw and pliers to hack off the arms and legs from a clonezilla body
  • Saw down the hip attachment pegs to match the C.A.M. hole size.
  •  Use epoxy putty to fill in the shoulder holes and mould them to match the arm sockets by carefully putting the arm attachments in then pulling them out before it dries.
  •  Let the epoxy cure overnight. Insert the arms and click the legs on the little peg bits.
    Your doll will have almost as much movement as a CAM (can’t do the horizontal splits but can get half way).

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Ta da! Zhaan has a working body!

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Jadora the clonezilla got a Bratz body with a messing neckpeg.
Epoxy fixes don’t work with the hard vinyl of Bratz/Bratzilla heads because moving the head will crack the epoxy but clones and dolls with soft vinyl can use epoxy neck knobs proving you don’t need much head mobility. The best option is to use a head anchor from a donor doll and epoxy it into the neck hole as they are more flexible and allow up and down head movement. In Jadora’s case the body was too damaged to take a neck peg.

Clone fakie bratzillaz review

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Fake bratzillaz from aliexpress. $6 each with free shipping.

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Jade with new brown eyes.
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Meygana spelled “Meygarya” on the package with blue and pink hair.

I removed Meygana’s hair as it started frizzing and was more sparsely rooted but I love the colour choice.

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They come with a hot pink plastic broom brush, a blue plastic witch hat and gold shoes.

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Jade’s dress was too short but it makes a nice skirt with the top removed, Meygana’s pleather top was too big but was easily refitted by gluing the velcro folded over itself at the back. The pleather trousers fit perfectly.

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They have hard hollow plastic monster high recast bodies with visible seams, molding errors and plastic discolouration. They are caucasian flesh tone coloured.

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The feet are Skipper/High School Musical sized.

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The hip joint is a peg not elastic, the joints are fragile but offer the same poseability as a monster high.

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The neck knob is solid so head movement is restricted to side to side.

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The neck doesn’t seem really suited to the fakezilla head, that long neck seems better with a monster head.
Head pops off easily, just gently pull.

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They are rooted with cheap nylon (frizzes when brushed same as the official bratzillaz made with nylon) in a thin pattern.

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The head is soft vinyl unlike bratzillaz which are fairly hard. They will be easy to reroot.

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The eye sockets use the same pocket system as Bratzillaz and the eyes are interchangable.

The eyes are easy to move around inside the eye sockets so they can glance sideways or straight ahead.

I swapped out Jade’s eyes for brown 10mm glass eyes before doing this tutorial.

 

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The face is flatter than a bratzillaz but shares that odd sort of bean shape similar to blythe heads seen sideways.

 

I bought these girls because I needed a cheap monster high body for dress making and the cute bratzillaz heads were a bonus. I think Jade will get a white yarn reroot or a white mohair wig as it suits her, likewise I’d like to reroot or wig Meygana in blue and paint over the yellow eyeshadow in a more blue tone.

Midnight Magic dolls

I bought Pippa (grey, currently bald) and Mila (blue, gorgeous nylon hair) Midnight Magic dolls by Lovely Patsy via a lovely user on Dollymarket.com, they came from the Family Dollar store and cost $5 each (+ postage).

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First things you need to do upon opening the box:

– Carefully remove the doll’s clothes and boots taking care to barely move the jointing on the doll’s arms.

– Using scissors, slit open the boots down the back seam, right down to the upper tip of the heel.
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– Remove the head (it pops off) and pour some glue in it then leave it to dry for 12 hours upside down so that no hair falls out when you later brush and style it.

-Using a craft knife or box cutter (or very sharp nail scissors), shave off any excess plastic on the doll’s body: examine each articulation joint and shave off any excess plastic that might get in the way of movement

You’ll notice that there are disc shaped hinges in each joint: make sure to slice down the side of the hinge anywhere that it is covered in thin plastic, this will open it up so that the articulation can move freely.
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Gently move each joint to see if all the articulation works and open up with a tiny slice wherever needed.
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– Once the glue in the head has dried, pierce the ears with a push pin or a needle
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-Examine the face, if there is any excess paint, use the back of the knife to very gently scrape it off (or use your fingernail)

Your Midnight Magic doll is now ready to go!

More photos:

Common dolly head sizes:
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Head circumference same as My Scene: 5 inches:
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The wide neck-hole and ball-joint neck knob:
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Tearing of the thin vinyl skin over the hard plastic frame:
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The body is very similar to Monster High Nefara but a little smoother around the collar bone. Unlike Monster high, the arms are not removable and the knees are click knees, not articulated.

The hair is a decent quality Nylon but not glued into the head. The heads are soft vinyl.
The torso is hard plastic and the limbs are hard plastic covered with a thin vinyl “skin” prone to tearing. They are the same height as Barbie: 30cm – 12 inches
They can wear Barbie bottoms if adjusted around the waist with a safety pin but not tops.
They can wear Bratz clothes providing the sleeves on tops are wide enough and keeping in mind that their torsos and legs are much longer than Bratz.