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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 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. photo graceflocked.jpg
 

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

Fixing up Bratzillaz Illiana and Carolina

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The hair required quite a bit of work, I seperated out the pieces and worked on them one by one.

Illiana’s tinsel was removed with a seam ripper then pushed into the holes with a pin.
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Her silk shorts were fraying and torn so I unpicked it and turned it into a bubble skirt.
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I cut the lace off Carolina’s dress. I then turned the dress inside out to remove the messy bustle (it’s the top seam above the hips, use the seam ripper very carefully).
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The bustle was then sewn together where it was split for the dress and given quick stiches to turn it into a bolero/cape.
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The lace and tulle cape was taken apart, again with the seam ripper, and turned into a hair tie or a scarf.
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I decided to change the hard side glancing eyes, it’s limiting for photos even though they are beautiful:
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Use wire cutters or a knife to chop/shave off the large white sides of the eye (they take up almost 40% of the eye chip) and shave/sand off the little pegs for the eyesockets. I pushed tiny bits of tissue paper into the eye sockets when the eyes moved around too much to one side (from the empty space).
I find that they don’t quite reflect the light properly because the eyechips are angled, the plastic is thicker in certain areas. If I can ever be bothered, I’ll pop them out and sand the back some more.

Notes:
1/ I scratched the eyeball by accident but removed the scratch by using the roughest grit on a nail buffer block then wet+the finest grit on the block.
2/ When removing the eyes, it pulls on the plastic and makes little lines in the eyeliner: keep some acrylic black paint on hand and a very thin needle or tweezer tip to apply the black again.

Review: Integrity Toys – Janay and Friends heads

Bought 3 Janays and 1 Alysa for $6 each plus $4 postage from Ebay seller:  MushroomStreet.

The heads are barbie sized, made of hard vinyl and came with their head anchor still inside the head.
(tip: use a hairdryer and grab with pliers to gently ease it out)
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The ears are not pierced but there is a place marker for an ear hole, heads are marked “integrity 2001” on the neck. Neck hole is standard barbie size.
The faces are gorgeously sculpted with slight matte texture to the face that looks and photographs like real skin.
The eyebrows have hair detail and the blushing is very nicely blended.

The hair, however, is terrible: unbrushable nylon, very thick in each plug but thinly rooted across the scalp.
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I removed the hair from 3 of the 4 dolls but I’m unsure if they’ll be re-rootable due to the large holes in their heads. Head circumference is 3 inches (wig size 3).
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Head holes:
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Finished result:
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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.