Tuesday, May 13, 2014

New to the Party - Unboxed Version #1

Yay, a new post! I know you all are super excited. I know I am because I get to share some more awesome dolls with you!

First I have to show you this Barbie. After I was finished with the hair dye experiment, I let the Barbie dry and then I put her in my Barbie Room, sans clothes. My hubby went in there the other day and he has this "thing" about seeing nude dolls. He hates it! And I hate it too because with so many cute outfits, you've just got to show them off!

So I picked out this Fashionista Closet "Cutie" outfit with some pink fashionista shoes. This is just too cute. What do you think?

Now, to the deboxed dolls from the big box I showed you last week!

My mom thought that I had this one but I assured her that I did not. This is the most beautiful Island Fun Barbie and you can definitely see that she is a great candidate for deboxing. She had been removed before but the box is severely damaged.

You can wear the skirt 14 different ways! That's always the fun of a sarong, all the different ways you can wear it.

She has a very pretty face.

Her hair has been put into 3 sections and it's still very curly. Awesome!

Uh oh! Looks like Island Fun Barbie had a little too much Island Fun Sun!

The back of the legs are "burnt" too!

Unfortunately, this doll has a case of the "sticky vinyl doll legs." The white spots was where the vinyl was touching the box. So friends, HELP! How do you get rid of the sticky legs? I would love to fix her up because it's starting to ooze onto her skirt and make it sticky too. 

Here is the back of the box showing the rest of the dolls from this line. And only in the islands, a seahorse comb! Do you have any other dolls that came with a seahorse comb? For me the only other one I have came with Mermaid Barbie. 

And....I SO want the Skipper. I have never seen another one with a smile like that. Cute!

Onto the next fabulous doll. This is Dance Magic Barbie. The cool thing is I have her!

I believe that she has been taken out of the box but not played with all. All the accessories are still attached to the cardboard and her hair is still rather curly!

That's a very peculiar place for the fan.....

At first I thought it was attached to her dress. But no, it is attached to her HAIR. Now I know she really hasn't been played with!

Now if any of you have Dance Magic Barbie (and has ended up storing her for years like this person and myself have) then you know that the fabric of this dress gets molded to the position the dress is in. So here is another question, do any of you have any ideas of how to get this fabric to lay down? I just can't get it to cooperate!

And I love the curly hair. My Dance Magic Barbie's hair has been brushed...and brushed...and brushed...

So here she is with what is called the "Hot Disco" outfit.

Her hair will take some more work. I might pick through it to get it to lay down better. I have this fear that I will brush out all the curls. It looks okay from the front, I might just leave it ;)

I decided to leave all her accessories attached to the cardboard backing for right now. Since I have all of her accessories deboxed already with my other doll. :)

So that is it for post 1 of the deboxed dolls. Next time I will have THREE dolls to post that I deboxed! They are the most fun of all!

If you can, please let me know if you have any remedies for the questions I posted. Thanks friends!

Until next time!


Andrea said...

Glad the dye experiment victim survied. She looks cute in her new outfit.

What a pity Island Barbie is scarred with spotty legs. Unfortunately there is no cure for these spots, so your best bet will be finding another beachline body that matches in color to replace the body. Other dolls known suffering from sticky-spots legs are: Perfume Pretty Whitney, Jewel Secrets Skipper and a few more. It is probaly caused by the vinyl composition reacting to little ventilation in the box or under a pantyhose.

I remember reading somewhere that xou can treat sticky lefs without spots by sitting the doll in bowl with very hot water and dishwashing soap for a while, dry her and powder her legs. This does not work for the spotty legs, infortunately the spots are permanent.

Dance Magic Barbie is gorgeous. Love her dress.

Anonymous said...

Lovely! I have Island Fun Miko, but not her outfit as I got her nude :( I didn't know who she was for a long time then somebody on Flickr enlightened me. That Skipper is sometimes known as Superteen, I think - she doesn't tend to be very popular with collectors, but I have one who needs a re-root and she's kind of grown on me.

As Andrea says, there's no known cure for the white leg spots :( I have a Skipper and a Midge from the late eighties in a similar state. I was advised to use baby powder on their legs to stop the stickiness, but I'd agree that the best solution would be a rebody ...

Your Dacing Barbie with the curls - sorry, not sure about the dress, maybe if you display her it'll just drop in time? Curls - I find the best way to to it is to brush through curl by curl (time consuming, I know). After brushing each curl, twirl the hair up into a "rope", curl the rope round your finger then spritz with a little water. Ease it off your finger gently and it will unwrap slowly and find the curl it had in the box again (hopefully). Only works with loose curls or waves like this doll's, though. If the ropes don't unwrap by themselves, you can give them a helping hand the next day when it's dry.

Looking forward to your next deboxing post - so exciting!! :)

Teresa Brown said...

Thanks Andrea! I will do the wash. I had a feeling that the spots were permanent. I've got lots of dolls, a rebody might be just the thing for her! I just hate the waxy feeling on the skirt, I wanted to get rid of the sticky more so than the spots. I have Perfume Pretty Barbie, I wonder if she has a case of the sticky leg too. I hope not!

Lea - Thank you! I don't know what it is about the Superteen Skipper. The open mouth smile I think is so cute. Thanks for the idea on the curls. I will definitely do that. With my Dance Magic Barbie her hair has been brushed and put up in a ponytail, then brushed again, then up in a bun, then brushed.....ah, childhood. :) It will be fun to give it the curl it has originally.

Kaitlyn said...

I have the Island Fun Skipper doll and I have to agree with you, her smile is cute! Can't wait to see the dolls in your next post! :)

Queenoffitness said...

I know this is an old post but I am so glad I found your blog. I have been purging and reorganizing my basement and have come across 3 dolls suffering from the sticky legs syndrome. I have a California dreams Barbie (mid 1980s) a Ken doll (early 80s, wearing blue track pants, with a sticky body and face), and a Rose Petal Place doll with sticky legs. I tried washing them in dishwater last night which seemed to make the syndrome worse. Just wondering when you rebody a Barbie, will a current barbie doll body fit on a 1980s Barbie head? Should I look for another old Barbie at a yard sale? I don't want to run into the same problem again. I have other barbies that are not affected by this (maybe later 80s) and two Maxie dolls that don't have this problem either. If worse comes to worse I guess I can throw the doll away and keep the outfit but I hate to do that. I am only keeping them for sentimental value not as a collector's item.

Teresa Brown said...

Hi Queenoffitness! Thanks for stopping by. I don't mind the comment on the old post. I get the notifications to my inbox so its all good!
A way to remedy the sticky legs is to dust them with a talc powder. A rebody is probably the best bet. You would definitely want an old style body as the older clothes are too small in the waist and too big in the chest for the newer dolls :) Heads are definitely interchangeable! The best way to do it is hold the doll head over a pot of boiling water in the steam then slide something dull (like a butter knife) up into the head and gently pry the head off. If you break any of the parts in the neck the new head won't stay on. Good to practice with another Doll first. :) Its awesome to keep them for sentimental value. Some of the best memories of my childhood included Barbie!

Unknown said...

I have a bunch of sticky leg syndrome barbies. Do you want them for parts? I can send pictures. Just got a box from my childhood of all my old barbies and bummed that some of my favorites are sticky legged. :(