In The Pink
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I agree, I often think Mattel should be ashamed of themselves. There is no quality at all these days
I like to restore dolls, except for eyes, so I've come across beautiful dolls that need a little TLC. Those are fine.
But enough with the gluey hair! I never had this problem as a child. Did they change what they put in and are they ever planning on changing it back?
The other thing I hate; the dolls with a crossbar to hold the ball in place on the neck joint, which is attached to either side of the doll's actual neck.
When kids unavoidably rat up the doll's hair and then try to brush it--they are kids--they pull on the hair and break that bar loose. If it doesn't break loose, then it breaks the neck.
Why couldn't they run a "bar" from the inside, where the shoulder joints meet? Or just don't put it in at all? A lot of adult collectors re-body heads to jointed bodies; I feel like the enormous and spikey structures they put on top of the neck joints these days are quite enough to keep the parts together so they don't get lost. Then you can just pop the head back on if it comes loose.
I just feel Mattel produces dolls to be disposable now and it makes me mad. The proof of this is in the fact that vehicles and playsets all come with new dolls. I cannot tell you how many blond barbies on hollow-legged bodies I have now. I try to buy sets that have a non-blonde or an aa doll so that I get new dolls, but they are few and far between.
Also, their hair is jaggedly cut or minimally rooted to make a single hairstyle (bald spots). And the ones that are sold as collectibles are made with bands instead of thread in their hair and holding accessories in place; these bands deteriorate, melt, or discolor what they are on.
Sorry for the rant guys. I like to keep original bodies on the ones I can and I've been trying to fix a broken neck on a Kira doll I haven't identified yet.
I usually have a special polymer I like to use but I can't find the ultraviolet light for it so I was trying some all purpose glue.
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