More Asha-faced prettiness

Cali Girl Christie

Cali Girl Christie

Following on from yesterday´s post about the Asha sculpt, here are a few more Asha-faced beauties. This is Cali Girl – or California Girl, since I tend to misread “Cali” as “Call” – Christie, from the second wave with the larger heads, 2004. I love her wild curly hair!

AA Barbie

AA Barbie

AA Ballet Star Barbie, 2001.

Mermaid Fantasy Christie

Mermaid Fantasy Christie

Magical Mermaid Christie from the Fairytopia line, 2003, body-switched.  

Generation Girl Nichelle

Generation Girl Nichelle

Generation Girl Dance Party Nichelle, 1999.

Christie

Christie

Palm Beach Christie, 1999. I gave her a short haircut. This line of basic dolls had printed-on bikinis, which were not everyone´s cup of tea, but very beautiful faces.

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More Beach Babes

Christie

Christie

This is Surf City Christie from 2000.

Christie is one of the oldest Barbie friends still around – having been introduced in 1968.

In 1991, Mattel introduced a short lived separate line of Barbie-sized AA fashion dolls that were supposed to be more realistic: Shani, Asha and Nichelle. The Asha sculpt from the line was later used for both black Barbie, her friend Christie (from around 1998 on) and Generation Girl Nichelle (1999/2000). There were also Christies with Superstar Barbie´s, Shani´s and Nichelle´s sculpts. Recently, the Asha sculpt has been used for Fashion Fever Nikki, who has all but replaced Christie in the playline. And although the original Christie sculpt has just been revived for the reproduction of the 1969 Diahann Caroll/Julia doll which shares this mold, one of the latest collectible Christies shares the mod Barbie  sculpt. Enough to make your head spin…

More Model Muses

Daria Celebutante

Daria Celebutante

Following up from yesterday´s post, this is one of the first “Model of the Moment” trio: Daria “Celebutante”. Any resemblance to a certain spoilt young hotel heiress named after a city is purely accidental… 🙂 This is the only Daria in this skin tone, as the second one, “Shopping Queen”, had a light tan.

Another view

Another view

While I´m no fan of said heiress, I really like this doll. The combination of her updo, dark eye make-up and light lips reminds me of 1960s fashion. I actually got two of her, one to keep as is (her hair, at least) and one on which I took the hair down and body-swapped her to a poseable Volks body. This girl is a lot of fun to play with!

Model of the Moment Rose

Model of the Moment Rose

This is the lucky recipient of the Model Muse donor body: Kate Winslet as Rose DeWitt Bukater (from the movie “Titanic”), made by Galoob in 1998. These dolls have become quite hard to find now. Galoob initially announced three dolls in different costumes from the movie, but only this one – wearing the black and red “Jump” dress – was actually produced.

Beach Baby

Marisa

Marisa

On the beach

On the beach

Mattel introduced the Model Muse body in 2004 with two collectible Barbie dolls (Versus and Versace) and the “Model of the Moment” line featuring three new characters and sculpts: caucasian Daria, hispanic Marisa and AA Nichelle. While the elegant bodies were very popular, collectors were none too enthusiastic about the new faces. There were only two more dolls in the MotM line in 2005 – Daria and Marisa.

This second Marisa, Beach Baby, has a somewhat softer look than the first one (Pretty Young Thing).

Two MotM sculpts have been re-used on different line dolls. Daria just recently reappeared in a beautiful hispanic version as “Cha Cha Di Gregorio” from Grease, among others; Nichelle got a lighter skin tone and turned into Top Model Nikki, plus there were several collectible dolls. Marisa is the only MotM who hasn´t reappeared so far (at least to my knowledge).

Splash of Gold

Splash of Gold Chiara

Splash of Gold Chiara

Golden Girl :-)

Golden Girl 🙂

Here´s Splash of Gold Chiara in her original swimsuit.

Chiara in Provence

Chiara

Chiara

Wearing Claire´s "Provence" dress

Wearing Claire´s "Provence" dress

So romantic

So romantic

“Splash of Gold” Chiara originally borrowed “Provence” Claire´s dress for a photoshoot because I was planning to sell it, but it looks so lovely on her and goes so well with her coloring that I (well, she) ended up keeping it after all.

Cara in a Romantic Mood

Cara

Cara

CED Cara
CED Cara “Nicely Suited” (2004, LE 250) – another girl who no longer lives here – in a Renaissance-style dress. Believe it or not, that is actually a Butterfly Ring* outfit!
Doug James and Laura Meisner introduced the CED line of 19″  jointed fashion dolls in 2002. Each character in the line shares the initials “C.E.D.”: Claire Elizabeth Daniels (Caucasian), Cara Emile Duncan (Hispanic) and Constance Erin Dash (AA/Hispanic) were the first three, with Colin Elia Dehan (AA) following a few months later (2003). Doug James added another Caucasian character, Catherine Emily Donahue, in 2006? and another Hispanic girl, Chiara Elaina DiSantis, in 2007.
Doug James and Laura Meisner had both been part of the original “Gene Team” for Ashton-Drake. In 1999, they introduced their own doll line, the “Mod British Birds”, produced by Knickerbocker. The doll that was to become
Constance was initially sculpted for this line, “Somers and Field”. She was to have been Gabrielle Miró, a friend of Daisy´s and Willow´s, but Knickerbocker did not produce her. They felt the realistic sculpt didn´t really fit in with the overall stylized look of the other dolls in the line. Also, they were in financial difficulties and eventually went bankrupt in 2000. The Gabrielle sculpt was later reworked as one of the debut characters for the CED line.
Chiara was actually the result of an “accident”: The factory in China had mistakenly produced a sample Claire doll in Cara´s skin tone. Doug gave this doll to Pat Henry, his photographer. When collectors saw pictures of this girl on the net – dubbed Chiara by her new owner – they met her with so much enthusiasm that Doug finally produced her.
In January 2003, Laura Meisner, who had been suffering from depression for a long time, left their joint company and shortly after, committed suicide. Doug James has been producing the CED dolls on his own ever since, carrying on their joint legacy.
*16″ fashion dolls with an extremely slim waist.

Pin Up in Blue

Deanna Pin-Up
Deanna Pin-Up
Deanna Pin-Up 2
Deanna Pin-Up 2
Deanna Pin-Up 3
Deanna Pin-Up 3

Deanna Denton reminds me a lot of a 1950s pin-up girl, with a mixture of allure and innocence. In these pictures she is wearing a set of CED lingerie that came with the Creative Edition basic dolls.

Girls in the Garden

I took a few snaps in the garden this afternoon.

Marilyn enjoying the flowers
Marilyn enjoying the flowers

I found this Spotlight Splendor Marilyn Monroe doll by DSI in 1996 in Bristol at an overstock store. She´s one of six different dressed dolls issued in 1993 in a LE  of 50 000 each. One thing I don´t like about celebrity dolls or action figures is that they often look like caricatures – while they resemble the person, they neither capture their charm nor are they pretty to look at as such. This Marilyn has a bit of a caricature look, too, but it´s just about tolerable and I like her a lot better with her new body. Her original body had a bit of a short neck, so I didn´t mind too much when I took her out the other day and found that her neck joint had become brittle with age. The body from an abused flea-market Sugarplum Princess Barbie doll (2001) was a nice match. I really like how poseable she is now.

Who wears it better?

Who wears it better?

Who wears it better? This is vintage bubblecut Barbie out for a stroll in the same generic dress Marilyn is wearing above. She is the oldest Barbie I´ve got, having been issued in 1962 or 1963. Girl´s looking great for her age!

The lovely Miss Denton

The lovely Miss Denton

Tonner´s Deanna Denton joins us, wearing the CED  “Provence” dress. Deanna Denton is one of Tonner´s most recent creations, having been introduced in the 2008 fall collection. She is supposed to be a wealthy heiress in the 1950s, but my Plum Royale (LE 250, got her nude on ebay) with her curvaceous figure and raven hair reminds me more of Bettie Page and Dita von Teese.
Close up - just because she´s beautiful

Close up - just because she´s beautiful

Silkstone in the spotlight

Solo in the Spotlight

Solo in the Spotlight

The Silkstone Fashion Model from the “Dusk to Dawn” giftset (2001) wears “Solo in the Spotlight”, a 1995 reproduction of one of her most inconic vintage outfits (1960 – 1964). She is not named, as she no longer lives here, but when I look at this picture, I hear this song in the back of my mind…

Why don´t you do right

In the spotlight

In the spotlight

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