The dolls are made by Jun Planning.I detailed the different aspects of the box yesterday, so I'll do an abbreviated version today. For more detail, see yesterday's post.
Here's the front of his book style box.It also has magnets to hold it firmly closed.
And the back.
|"The code for flowers:spiritual beauty,intellectual strength with simplicity and honesty". All Bee Balm's said was 'comfort'!|
Here is what you see when you first open the box.
Again, like Bee Balm the box isn't sealed. It just has this clear plastic that lifts up easily.
All the accessories lift out of the soft box insert: and the insert lifts out too if you're not careful!
Leptospermum comes with a soft toy,a hat, a pair of cool shoes, and a box of eye putty, for holding his...excuse me, her eyes in.There's nothing under the picture except the doll.
The doll is tied into the box insert with two ribbons. The one around the legs removes easily, but as with Bee Balm, the one around the neck required some digging out.
Once out of the box she needs the plastic removed from her arms.
Her hair needed a little fluffing when she was taken out of the box.
Here she is in her outfit, complete with hat and shoes.
The shirt is decorated with a bar code.
|She can stand alone pretty well.|
Her shoes are so cool!
I love the shoes! They really unbuckle. In fact, you have to unbuckle them to get them on and off.(Well, I had to unbuckle one of them.) Like Bee Balm's, the shoes have nicely detailed tread on the bottoms.
The hat has studs and safety pins on it.It doesn't really fit onto her head. It just has to sit there. So you can't move her around with it on because it will fall off.
Here's the back of the hat.
The little doll is soft and squashy, but really too big for her to hold. Her arms won't close on it enough to keep her from dropping it.
|Bee Balm on the left and Lepty on the right.This picture illustrates the difference in their colouring too.|
I don't know that it makes any difference to how it works though.I still had quite a time dealing with the eyes!
Her eyes are a gray/lavender colour, but she decided to try out Bee Balm's green eyes. Again, I used the pointed wooden stick to position them...
|This is Bee Balm, but you get the idea.|
She has the same somewhat limited posability as Bee Balm. Again, I'm hoping that it's just because her stringing is still so tight, although I suspect it might have to do with her arms and legs being so stubby as well.She can still do loads of cute poses though.
|The same detailed little feet,finger and toe nails,nipples,belly button, and...uh, parts as Bee Balm.|
I had debated on selling both of these little guys and exchanging them for a different Ai doll I liked better.I liked Leptospermum's open eyes,(Apparently these dolls came with open eyes, sleepy eyes, or asleep eyes.) but would have preferred brown eyes and reddish hair.I preferred Bee Balm's peachy skin tone to Lept's more grayish skin.I would really have preferred Lobelia's outfit.
|I know those curls would be ruined in no time though. I'm not good with hair, as I've said.Same face as Leptospermum anyway.|
|Leptospermum with her own eyes and Bee Balm's wig.|
|She looks like a very stubborn little girl.|
|Leptospermum with her own hair and Bee Balm's eyes...|
|...and with Bee Balm's eyes AND hair.I think I'm afraid to take them back.|
|And with just the eyes.|
|Bee Balm: "You stole my eyes!" Lepty: "Who? Me?"|
|That'll teach her!"|
|It's not so funny now, is it Lepty?|
I might try making my own wigs. I'm not much of a beautician, but I have plenty of hair from making dolls.
So I'm really glad I found these guys, AND that I bought both of them. (Although, as usual, I feel guilty I spent the money!)