Tuesday Morning has had close outs from Jun Planning and Groove for the last year or so. I found my first Ai dolls there in February, so I was really surprised to find more there the week before last. I went back again last week and they still had some.
Hyacinth, like all the dolls in this line, is named after a flower. Hyacinths actually looks like this:
|The front of the box...|
|...and the back.|
The contents are under a plastic cover that just lifts up and comes right out.
|They're in plastic that is sticky sealed and easy to open.|
|The pillow is stitched to the bed. It could be removed.|
|He can be made to sit up, for example.|
|Ars Gratis Artis: Art for art's sake. That was the old MGM studios motto.|
|It sort of has to just sit there, supported by the wall behind her. The lining wouldn't stay tucked up inside either. Maybe if I could tuck it in and cram the hat on her head and leave it on for a long time, it would stay in.|
To take the doll out you have to untie some very tightly tied ribbons.One is around the doll's neck and the other around the feet.
The ribbon around her neck decided to be stubborn. It started unraveling and the thread got caught in her neck. You'll see a few pictures where she still has a bit of thread sticking out of her neck. I kept pulling it out and it just kept reappearing.
Once she was out, she needed plastic removed from her arms and her curly ponytails.
I was a little surprised to see that her head opens. My other Ai dolls are like that, but that's so you can change their eyes.Hyacinth, being a closed eye doll, wouldn't have any eyes. Would she?
As suspected, no. So why give her a head that opens? Her head mold wouldn't even really lend itself well to drilling eye holes.
But back to the wig. The plastic was taped tight around the top of the ponytail, where it meets the cap of the wig. It was hard to get the plastic off without ruining the hair in one way or another. If I slipped it down off the hair I'd ruin the curls. If I tried to cut it, well...
Once her hair is back on, she still has a slight problem with her bangs, which I suppose can be cured by keeping it pressed in place for a while.The wig doesn't seem quite big enough for her head. A big piece of scalp showed by her ear on her right side. I kept trying to pull the wig down a little, but just succeeded in sliding the rubber band down on her ponytail.
|I guess she has 'bed head'.|
The wig just wouldn't sit down closely on her head.
|Here's a closer look at those curls.|
Her collar is a separate piece that hooks with a thread loop and hook. It can be turned around the other way...
..or removed entirely.
Her dress closes in front with Velcro.Under her dress she's wearing light blue bloomers and white socks.
|Just trust me when I tell you that all of my Ai dolls have been anatomically correct females...even the ones I thought were going to be boys.|
Her legs work pretty well though. They are a little tight, like the others, but her knees hold a pose well.Her long dress makes it hard to see her legs, so you can't see her cute poses unless she holds her dress up.
As I mentioned, Hyacinth is the 'closed eye mold'.
My other Ai dolls include Leptospumum and Coreopsis, who have the 'open eye mold'...
...Bee Balm, who has the 'sleepy eye mold'...
|These are the same detailed feet Hyacinth has.|
I thought those were the only 3 molds, but tomorrow we'll see my other new Ai doll, Phlox, who has a different open eye mold.
I really love the little Ai dolls. They are not only cute and poseable, they have beautiful detailed outfits. Hyacinth actually has probably the simplest outfit of all my Ai dolls.They also come with cute accessories.