Miss Piggy

I grew up with the Muppet show on TV, and Miss Piggy was and still is a favourite character of mine. I have been looking for a Miss Piggy doll for years but so far there was none that really was what I wanted…  and a lot of the Piggys out there are really bad likenesses.

My first Piggy was the vinyl figure from Bully that I had as a child. No idea where that ended up. At some point, I made a Piggy figure of my own from felt. She´s still at my parents´, next time I go there I´ll take a picture.

Then I found the Dakin Piggy from the 1980s at a garage sale a few years ago, and while the vinyl head is a decent likeness, she has a stuffed fabric body that I am aching to throw out as soon as I find a decent poseable body to replace it, and stringy, greasy hair. She does look a lot like the Fisher Price Piggys from the 1980s, which also have the vinyl head and fabric body, but she has a sewn-on pantsuit. If not for the Dakin tag, I would have guessed she was a Fisher Price one.

I really like the look of the Brass Key Piggy. She is 10″, and porcelain, and she can actually borrow some Barbie pieces. Which is just as well, since the Blythe gang stole her dress. There was also a 16″ porcelain Piggy from Brass Key.

I just recently won a nude 16″  Tonner Miss Piggy and she is just adorable! A good likeness, sturdy vinyl and while I would have liked her to have elbow and knee joints, at least her wigs can be exchanged so she can have many different looks.

Unfortunately, Tonner´s outfits for her are too expensive for my budget, and she has quite unique measurements so it´s not easy to dress this girl. At least, she doesn´t have as much of an  hourglass body shape as most other fashion dolls, she can borrow pieces from adult and child dolls alike, provided Piggy likes the style.

I am sharing my finds here, since I guess I´m not the only one facing that situation…

Shoes

Miss Piggy has large feet. She can just about share Cissy shoes – the vintage-style sandals with a solid sole and stretch ribbons work, but shoes with less leeway, that enclose Cissy´s foot tighter, very likely won´t. She can also share some of those trainers that you can get as keyrings (they also work well for Tonner´s men, MSDs and even some SDs).

Pants

Piggy´s waist and hip size is close to that of a Super Dollfie. Of course, her legs are a lot shorter, but she can borrow some shorts and skirts and can definitely shop in their lingerie department.

Tops

Piggy can borrow some SD-sized tops, although her arms are much shorter.

Patterns – tried and tested

I have enlarged Jo Barkley´s pattern from the Yahoo AnnEstelle group for a simple dress for Tonner´s 10″ Ann E. to 165% to make a 1950s-style day dress for Piggy. This works well, although the original pattern neckline ends up very close around the neck, so I modified it a little. The cut of the bodice would also make for a neat 1920s silhouette if combined with a straight shirt, not a wide one. I will have to try that soon.

Measurements

Chest: 22cm/8.7″

Waist 18.5cm/7.3″

Hips 23.5cm/9.3″

shoulder to wrist 11cm/4.3″

waist to ankle 18.5cm/7.3″

Sharing Guesstimate

Jugding from measurement comparison tables, Piggy might be able to share some pieces made for 20″ Miss Revlon (Miss R´s hips are smaller!), and 20″ Cissy (Cissy´s chest, waist and hips are smaller, so pieces that are too tightly fitted won´t work. Also, her arms and legs are longer), 18″ Sweet Sue and Crissy (their waist and hips are slightly smaller, so  pieces that are too tightly fitted won´t work. Also, her arms and legs are longer), 18″ Magic Attic and other slim vinyl child dolls (they are a bit wider in the chest, waist and hip area, but can be made to work; legs and arms are longer). Piggy´s measurements are also very close to those for 16″ Saucy Walker and Terri Lee, so their pieces ought to fit quite decently.

Here´s some of my calculations how pattern pieces can be enlarged or reduced to work for Piggy:

14″ Toni (chest: 125%, waist 110%, hips 120%, arms 110%, legs 100%).

14″ Betsy McCall (chest, hips 130%, waist 125%, arm and leg length remain the same.)

21″ Cissy (chest 105%, waist 120%, hips 110%, arms, legs 70%)

10″ Ann Estelle (chest, leg length 165%, hips 150%, waist 135%)

16″ Saucy (chest 95%, waist 75%, hips 95%, arms 88%, legs 90%)

22″ American Models (=Tyler Wentworth patterns enlarged to 138%) won´t work, the body shape is too different.

By the way, Ty´s Beanie Baby “Rascal” makes a perfect Foo-Foo.

Unfortunately, the dog came with a non-removeable big blue button on its butt, which has some connection to some online game crap I couldn´t care less about. At first I was dismayed, but then I figured out a way to remove that button after all without damaging the dog. I pried the blades of my scissors under the button “head” to cut off the stem. What remains is a small hole in the fur fabric, approx. 7mm (1/4″) in diameter, which is closed up  by the button stem. I just pulled up a bit of the fabric around it and secured it with a few stitches to cover the hole. It turned out to be easy, but really, Ty: I should not have had to do it.

Pics coming up when I´ve got time to take some.

In the meantime, here´s Piggy with Foo-Foo. And lots of Superman.

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Azone Dolls

Azone International is a Japanese company who offers a wide variety of doll outfits and accessories and also their own line of dressed 1/3 and 1/6 scale dolls, featuring both anime or game characters and their own.

They first appeared on the scene in 1999. The  first years´ 1/6 dolls used the SAJ (Super Action Jenny) body by Takara as well as some Takara head sculpts, but with Azone´s individual facial screening. Around 2004, they also started to collaborate with Obitsu and some Azone dolls now have Obitsu sculpts and bodies as well.

       Azone´s main character and mascot is SAHRA (SAARA, SARA) who shares a head sculpt with Lycee, Maya and Mana. The main difference between the three is the eye shape: Sahra has simple, straight-forward-glancing, more roundish eyes than Lycee, whose upper lashes extend very softly outward and Maya´s eyes seem to be like Lycee´s but with slightly more detail in the upper lashes. Mana, with her side-glance, is the most easily distinguished but she is also the rarest of the four. Blank heads are being offered as Azone Doll Edit Head 01. There is also a 60cm version of this head which has been offered both as Sara and Lycee.

This website shows some nice close-ups: http://garden.egloos.com/10001776/post/16468

This is Sara Blue Curacao and Maya More than Today. The companion doll, More Than Yesterday, had a blue school uniform. Below is Mayumi, the first Doll Edit Head I painted. The eyes turned out a bit larger than I wanted them to.

 Azone Doll Edit Head 02 shares the sculpt of Takara´s Jenny friend Lina. Takara has also used this sculpt for several anime and games-related dolls such as the Fighting Vipers Honey, Mai Shiranui from Fatal Fury/King of Fighters, Kusanami Risa from Last Bronx, Sarah Bryant and Pai Chen from Virtua Fighter, celebrity dolls Puffy AmiYumi, Takarazuka star Yuuki Amami, et al.  It was used by Azone for Belinda the Tangerine Cat, Luke and Michiru the Cosplay Twins. The short-haired blonde is Luke, the raven-haired twin is Michiru. Also seen is Mai Shiranui.

Azone Doll Edit Head 03 shares the sculpt of Takara´s Jenny friends Kisara/Rie/Shion. Takara has also used this sculpt for Licca´s friend Charles and some movie, anime and games-related dolls such as Boogiepop and the Mothra twin fairies. Azone uses it for their doll Ai (Happy Clover).

Here´s a link which lists the different Takara head sculpts:  http://www.larraine.ca/takaraheadmolds.htm

   

Azone Doll Edit Head 04 is the sculpt used by Azone for their dolls Minako (who has appeared most frequently so far) (seen here in Kimono and as Blast of Wind), Yuuki, Suzuna, Nao, Reina and Katy (the blonde cheerleader), as well as gravure idol celebrity doll Yuuko Ogura (right).

Azone Doll Edit Head 05 is the very stylized sculpt used for their Pure Neemo line and Anemone.

After 2004, Azone has also used Obitsu sculpts for their dressed dolls.

ELENA One Mission (2005) uses the stylized anime-type F04 head (I am going by the numbers they have on the website of Parabox, the distributor). 

A3 LADY AN (2005) and Biohazard/Resident Evil Claire Redfield use either the Obitsu F01/F06 or F02 head (I am not quite sure as these are so similar in the pictures).

Since I haven´t found a website with an overview yet, here´s my attempt at a list of Azone dolls (which I´ll try to keep adding to); sorted by sculpt and year of issue.

SARA Premium Version (2000, blonde, blue eyes)

SARA Omoiataru Special 1 (2000, blonde, blue eyes)

SARA or LYCEE Sweet Lolita (200?, purple hair, greyish eyes)

SARA Black Sorceress (2002, white, green eyes)

SARA Omoiataru Special 2 (2002, blonde, blue eyes)

SARA One Mission (2002, blonde, blue eyes)

SARA in Cure Maid Cafe (2002, blonde, blue eyes)

SARA Cyber Tricks (2002, pink hair and eyes)

SARA Fairies of Darkness (2002, purple hair, blue eyes)

SARA Blue Grass Edition (2003, blonde, blue eyes)

SARA Brazillian Skies (2004, brownette, blue eyes)

SARA Azone One  Mission (2004, blonde, blue eyes)

SARA Virginity (2005 – blonde, closed eyes)

SARA Chinese Fantasy (2005 – pink hair and eyes)

SARA Blue Curacao (2005, tan skin, blonde, blue eyes)

SARA Montana Rubens (2005, auburn hair, blue eyes)

SARA Naturally (2005, blonde, blue eyes)

MAYA Cyber Tricks (2002, yellow hair and eyes)

MAYA Visit to UK (2003, blonde, brown eyes)

MAYA More than Today (2005, red hair with green eyes)

MAYA More than Yesterday

MAYA Chinese Fantasy (2005,yellow hair and eyes)

MAYA Cherry Kiss (2005, strawberry blonde, blue eyes)

MANA Sweet Mochachino (2005, brown hair and eyes)

LYCEE Kimono (2003, brown hair and eyes)

LYCEE Cyber Tricks (2003, blue hair and eyes)

LYCEE Love Impulse (2003, pink hair, brown eyes)

LYCEE Love Blitz (2003, pink hair, brown eyes)

LYCEE Combat Nurse (2003, wine red hair, grey eyes)

LYCEE Urban Camouflage (2003, wine red hair, grey eyes)

LYCEE Christmas: Amazing Grace (2003, blonde hair, blue eyes)

LYCEE Seduction (2004, brown hair and eyes)

LYCEE Cure Maid Cafe (2004, raven hair, grey eyes)

LYCEE Chinese Fantasy (2005, blue hair and eyes)

LYCEE Ocean Wind (2005, tan ski, brown hair, golden eyes)

LUKE and MICHIRU (1999)

BELINDA Tangerine Cat

AI Happy Clover

YUUKI Azone Premium Version (2000, red hair, green eyes)

MINAKO Fairies of Darkness

MINAKO Aoki Chihaya (2003, brown hair and eyes)

MINAKO Blast of Wind

MINAKO Kimono (2005, raven hair with purple eyes)

MINAKO Loco Island (tan)

CATY Fairies of Darkness (2002)

CATY Rocket Rabbits

NAO Incarnation of Gerbera (2005, brownette, greyish eyes?)

SUZUNA Dream of You

SUZUNA Fuukomeibu (Kimono, 2005, black hair, brown eyes)

YUUKO OGURA (2005)

ANEMONE Full Metal Prowess (2005)

ELENA Mission One (2005)

A3 Lady An (2005)

60CM

SARA60 Favorite Time (2004 brown hair and eyes)

SARA60 Kimono (2005, strawberry blone hair, blue eyes)

MAYA60 Heart of Gold 2004 (blonde short hair, brown eyes)

MAYA60 Wonderful Kiss 2005 (blonde, brown eyes)

MAYA60 Cherry Kiss 2005 (strawberry blonde hair, blue eyes)

LYCEE60 Premonition 2005 (brown hair and eyes)

LYCEE60 Seduction 2005 (brown hair and eyes)

KOTORI Pure Style 2005

To be added to! 🙂

Custom Esme

This is a former Cover Girl Esme (2000) that I bought nude to customize. By the time I had painstakingly rerooted her, Tonner had issued a factory Esme with a similar hair tone and even hairstyle (so I could have saved myself all that work… grrr.) On the other hand, all that work I put into her made her special to me, and while she´s far from perfect, she still makes me proud.

I made her sheath from a Gene pattern in Dolls In Print magazine. The magazine was, sadly, short-lived but it contained one of my all-time favourite patterns.

And here´s Tonner´s Sumptuous Esme (2004). Not identical, but similar enough that I wouldn´t have re-rooted mine if Sumptous had been available when I started.

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.

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.

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