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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:

Bratz skin tones

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The core skin tones are Cloe/Jade’s pale pink, Yasmin’s tan and Sasha’s brown but 5 more skintones were produced:

  • Ultra pale used for the Midnight Dance Goth dolls, Punk Cloe, japanese Kumi (Tokyo and Ooh la La), Tiana (Tokyo and Fabulous) and caucasian Rina (3 Head Games), Lela (Twins and Costume Party)
  • Olive tan exclusive to Nevra (4 dolls: Dynamite, Secret Date, Funk Out, Space Angel)
  • Darker tan used on the first release of twins Nona and Tess
  • Reddish dark tan used for Native american Kiana
  • Dark Chocolate exclusive to Felicia (Sweet Dreams and Campfire)

The Yasmin skintone is a close match for the Mattel Barbie Teresa skintone, the Sasha skintone is a close match to the Mattel Barbie AA Nikki/Grace skintone.
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