On my birthday Ken told me I had a gift coming. Well, it came a couple of days after my birthday, but I've been putting off showing it to you until the weather was right for the pictures I wanted to take. Today is going to be the day though,because today is the 163rd anniversary of the birth of Alice Pleasance Liddell, the girl Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland book was written for,and the doll is Ashton Drake's Alice in Wonderland.
|The last page from Lewis Carroll's hand written original "Alice" book.||That's Alice Liddell at the bottom.|
You may have read my Alice Week posts last May,(The Alice posts start HERE.) in which case you'll know that Lewis Carroll's Alice books are one of my favourite things. (Or should that be two of my favourite things?) I collect Alice things, different versions of the books, (With illustrations by various artists.), and Alice dolls. I also love the dolls of Dianna Effner. The Ashton Drake Alice is both: Alice, and a beautiful Dianna Effner sculpt.
|Alice is 12" tall.|
|In fact, this doll was a 2011 Doll of the Year award winner.|
She came in a shipper box, and this Ashton Drake box.
She was tied into her box with three white satiny ribbons.
But she was easily freed from her box by untying the ribbons. Then came the task of removing all those styrofoam sheets. Her accessories were in plastic, and her hair was in a hair net.
She comes with her plush white rabbit...
|His arms and legs are button jointed, so they can move.|
He has one eye 'missing', as if he has been her favourite toy for quite a while.
...and this 'Drink Me' bottle.
Alice's mother obviously didn't teach her not to eat or drink stray things she found laying around! Sort of a bad example for kids these days. But then, maybe not. I mean, look what happens to Alice when she does partake of her finds.
|NOT attractive. That one makes Audrey Hepburn's neck look short.|
A white rabbit is frequently made as Alice's accompanying doll. I always think Alice's cat Dinah would be the most obvious choice.
|Alice with Dinah at the beginning of Through the Looking Glass.Throughout both books Alice frequently mentions Dinah.|
|Her fingernails are painted.|
Her arms don't bend enough to hold the bunny tight, and her wrists can't bend enough to be of any help either.
Alice has what Ashton Drake describes as "11 rotating joints'. These include her neck,shoulders, hips, knees,elbows, and wrists. The claim is that these ball joints allow her to be posed in "a variety of realsitic poses."
I was a bit disappointed by the limitations of her posing ability though.
|But her ankles don't bend.|
On the plus side has a realistic translucent skin tone...
She also has a beautiful dress...
|With lots of nice lace detailing.|
|The dress and slip are one piece that just looks like two. The apron is a separate piece though. Both dress and apron snap in the back.|
|Darn! Who put that rabbit hole there?!|
|"The rabbit-hole went straight on like a tunnel for some way, and then dipped suddenly down, so suddenly that Alice had not a moment to think about stopping herself before she found herself falling down a very deep well."|
|Nice, well made shoes. The stockings are thigh high and unfinished at the tops.|
Her legs can spread out to the side, which helps her stand.
Her head can tilt to either side.
She can't tilt her head up or down very much though.
|This looks like quite an upward tilt but some of it is camera angle, and some of it is done by leaning her whole body back on her hip joint.|
|See? Oh yeah, some of my amaryllis' are blooming.|
The lilacs are almost completely bloomed.
And we have these purple flowers...whatever they are. They grow on that viney ground cover plant.
|The Cheshire Cat tells Alice,"You see, a dog growls when it's angry, and wags its tail when it's pleased. Now I growl when I'm pleased, and wag my tail when I'm angry. Therefore I'm mad.' In this picture, the cat looks pretty 'mad', either type.|
This Alice by Ashton Drake is alot more affordable than a Little Darling. She's still available on the Ashton Drake site. Ken actually got her elsewhere on line for slightly less than Ashton Drake's price. How do people do that?
And here are some more pictures of Alice, because I like her.
|Our cat, Mow, seems to have donated a hair of his own to this guy. That's it on the top of his head. Even cats have The One Hair.|
|He even has eyebrows!|
She listed him as a 'pet for Barbie', but he's really a bit big for 1/6 scale. I loved the fact that his face was strangely human, but I suppose that would put a lot of people off.