Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Living Dolls Week: Doll-A-Day 180: The China Doll

   First of all, welcome to our new follower, Aubrey. Aubrey has a very enjoyable blog called A Bit of Aubrey's Mind, and if you haven't checked it out yet, you should. I've been meaning to follow Aubrey myself,so now is the time to get around to it!
  This week we're going to have a look at some real, 'walking, talking,living dolls'. : In other words, dolls based on characters from movies and television who were 'played' by real 'living' 'toys'. (Characters portrayed by puppets or stop motion figures. You'll see what I mean as we go along.) Living toys were one of my childhood dreams! (And yes, smart aleck, I do like Toy Story!)
  Today's doll is the China Doll, from "Oz, The Great and Powerful".

She's 14" tall, and has a nice articulated body.

I did have trouble keeping her legs straight when she was standing though. She wanted to buckle at the knees.

With her tiny feet and weak ankles, she also had trouble standing. Almost all of these pictures required giving her some assistance.

She's a pretty good recreation of the doll from the movie. The dress could have been a bit more detailed instead of having the lace printed on the fabric, but I guess that's what the super expensive ($180.),limited edition (600),one was for.

I'm a little confused. I'm not sure if there was a Target exclusive with a blue dress, or that there was just a difference between the press photos and the final production doll.
Target exclusive?

The Target doll is supposed to be by Tolly Tots, but that's a division of Jakks Pacific, which is what mine is. Maybe she's Tolly Tots. I haven't looked to see. Mine came from Walmart.

 She has all the little cracks running all over her, just like the movie doll.(Not real cracks of course!) I think it would have been better if there had been some coloration in the lines, and not just indentations.
Without it they kind of look like wrinkles.

"Oz the Great and Powerful" is a prequel to the original story, and was not part of the original canon. China Doll was a character based on the China Princess from "Dorothy of Oz". The China Princess lived in The Dainty China Country.

Apparently the China Doll was actually performed on set with a marionette, and then CGIed. So she did start life as a 'live doll', not an animation. 

She photographs well, don't you think?

The sweet peas are blooming.

Those 'flowers' are actually my leeks, which once again didn't grow big enough to eat, and then began blooming.

See you tomorrow for another doll.

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