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Making “Midnight Magic” bodies compatible with Monster High

I bought these Midnight Magic dolls from Aliexpress in september and almost gave up on them but kept trying because well, glitter transparent bodies are awesome.

I had been carving the big spherical neck knobs by hand with a craft knife until they snapped, then I tried putting in classic anchor style doll neck knobs which caused the neck to crack open.

Attempt n°3 saw me get out the knock off dremel and it’s cumbersome transformer to sand down the remnants of the neck knob until they were just 2-3mm wider than the neck, then squished the donut part of the anchor knob with pliers to be much thinner. E6000 is the glue used, you can tell because it gets very messy if you move stuff around before it dries. LOL.

The Cola one is much neater than the Sprite one as it was easier to see the edges and I’d got some practice on the first one.


The Cola one went  to Clawdia as it’s a good colour match and she’s already got bigger clothes (the MM dolls are “big sister” sized)

Sprite body went to a bald Ari head:

Fakie bodies review

Preface:

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!

Review:

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

reference: http://modelmuse.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Dolls_by_skin_tone

 

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:

Quality:

Modding the pale neck with a sharp knife to fit Barbie and Licca:

peg leg!

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!

How to remove a Bratz or Barbie doll head

picture To remove a BRATZ head

(Don’t do this with Barbies, it snaps or bends the neck peg)
  • Use a hairdryer to soften the head plastic so that nothing breaks or splits and it can be pulled out easily!
  • Gently pull the bratz head until you can see the inner anchor (also known as the neck-peg)
  • Turn the head so that one side of the anchor is towards the doll’s chin
  • Then slowly pull off the head by pulling on the body, easing the anchor into the chin then out of the head.

pictureTo remove a BARBIE Head

  • Heat up the neck
  • Pull back the skin of Barbie’s neck over the neck peg until the anchor comes out.

Photo depicts a Barbie neckpeg with the anchor “wings” chopped off to make headswapping easier