i just wanted to share another new discovery with the doll enthusiasts here...
was browsing around flickr and found this person whose username is dollsahoy, doing these great modifications of barbies and other dolls. she takes the interesting heads, or does new faceups on faces she doesn't like, and some of the heads she puts on Obitsu bodies, but others she puts on action figure bodies
there are female action figures along the lines of the 12-inch GI Joe bodies (designed by men?! so be prepared for huge boobage on some of them), did you realize this?! OK i am probably clueless, but i hadn't noticed any since my 3-inch fisher price action people that i had when i was a kid. and then (it being the 70's), the woman was relegated to having adventures in a yellow pants-suit - ew!! while the men had on some cool wilderness attire.
i got so many ideas from this woman's photos of her doll-mods. (Check out her etsy, too, if you are in the market for buying some Blythe, Pullip, Momoko, Barbie, etc. clothes!)
this is one where she took one of the more personable barbie heads, and combined it with an action figure body, that i thought turned out especially nice:http://flickr.com/photos/dollsahoy/2455394772/
(she has all hers copyrighted, or i would download the photo and put it in here, but please click cos it's really nice and if you look at the rest of the "photostream", you will get lots of good ideas.)
so, i think this could be a great alternative for those of us who can't afford or who don't want to get the BJDs and want to do instead some other DIY things. also of course the action figure bodies are probably very sturdy, because, ACTION figure, duh.
here is an example:
when you know the names of the action figure bodies used (which i learned in the comments about the photos), that makes it easier to search in eBay or wherever, for bodies.
so, some of the names are DML
, and Perfect Body
. And you can search them under toys -> action figures
, (including the word "female" and other synonyms in your search) and you will see different possibilities than when you search for posable dolls in the dolls section. also you can search "female" under action figures and get other brands. the ready-made dolls can be as pricey as Blythes and Pullips and Tonner(?) dolls (around $50-$100). but some action-figure plain bodies, without accessories and sometimes without heads, are available for a lot less, and so if you look around you can find some decent prices, it looks like.
i want to try looking in real-world hobby shops, too.
Oh, and apparently a good forum for learning about doll modifications with action figures, is MenWithDolls
and apparently it is NOT a G-rated forum, gee, i wonder why?!
BUT wouldn't it be great if we had a dolls forum here
? Oh well, still dreaming...