The Hunger Games Barbie Doll Review

Hey there, folks! I’m back feeling much better. The Lord provided the funds for me to buy an external hard drive for my computer, so my storage won’t be an issue anymore! I realized yesterday that I haven’t been seeing any reviews of the Hunger Games Barbie dolls, so I pulled out the big camera and took an hour to get it done. As you may know, I have the Katniss Barbie that was made for the first movie, as well as the Catching Fire Katniss and Peeta. My sister has Finnick, so he shows up too. So, here we go!

Warning: For those of you who might take issue, I photographed my Katniss doll nude to show her poseability, etc.. She’s not anatomically correct, but it could still be a concern.

I’ll start with the Katniss doll they made for The Hunger Games. I’ve renamed her Kimberly to cut down on confusion.

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Photoshoots & Blogging

Hey, everybody! Things have been a little boring around here lately, but helping the dolls with their blog has kept me on my toes. ;) Speaking of dolls, I thought I’d share with you a Christmas photo I got of Noelle in her new LeeKe World wig! I used the DSLR, but thanks to not-so-good lighting I wasn’t too happy with how all the photos turned out. This one seemed pretty good though. :)

We’ve actually been celebrating the completion of ten whole posts on Likeness of Life! You can see the new blog button below. I’m happy that the dolls are enjoying having their own blog, and they all hope you enjoy it too! :)

We all wish you a good week! :)

Happy December!

Happy December, everyone! Noelle, Anna, and Elsa all wish you the best month ever. We’ve been spending our quiet, chilly Sunday putting up our Christmas decorations. We’re thinking that if it doesn’t snow this year, Elsa’s icy powers will have to do. ;)

I’m probably going to get to see Frozen in theaters soon, and I really hope I like it. At least I’ll find out who Anna and Elsa end up with. :P

But anyway, we hope to present you all with a surprise very soon, so keep an eye out for any new developments! :D

Leaf Pressing

Hey, everybody! It’s been a rather dull Saturday, and while in a surprising state of boredom, I took a vibrant red fall leaf from outside and decided to press it as part of my growing collection. You see, I was at Chick-fil-A a couple weeks back and found some leaves that were so beautiful that I wanted to keep them.

When I got home, I wrapped them in a napkin and tucked them in an old, thick school notebook that has those nifty straps around the corners that keep it closed. Then later when I checked on my leaves, I saw that they had pressed wonderfully and decided to make a little hobby of it. I’ve pressed leaves and petals with paper towel, toilet paper, parchment paper, and plain old notebook paper as you can see below.

The one on top is a previously pressed leaf, and the bottom one is fresh.

The one on top is a previously pressed leaf, and the bottom one is fresh.

Essential Ellowyne Five Review

Hey, guys! Noelle, my Essential Ellowyne Five doll, has been awaiting her review for the past week or so, and I finally present it to you all with much excitement! I hope you guys like the review, and for those of you who are thinking about purchasing an Ellowyne doll I hope this is helpful to you. :)

And be warned, this review contains pictures of my Tonner dolls unclothed for comparison.

There's the box. It arrived in a white shipper, and both were thankfully unscathed. There's the first glimpse!

There’s the box. It arrived in a white shipper, and both were thankfully unscathed.
There’s the first glimpse!

I had ordered Noelle on a Friday, she shipped the next day and arrived on Monday! It was a total surprise, since the seller on eBay upped the shipping to Priority Mail for free! I was so happy to get her so early.

She came with a net protecting her vibrant red hair, which was a little mussed but easily neatened with a quick brushing.

She came with a net protecting her vibrant red hair, which was a little mussed but easily neatened with a quick brushing.

There she is in her beautiful little outfit. I was so pleased when I found out she came with Mary Janes instead of plain old sandals. Her stockings are very pretty - a nice addition to any outfit.

There she is in her beautiful little outfit.

I was so pleased when I found out she came with Mary Janes instead of plain old sandals. Her stockings are very pretty as well – a nice addition to any outfit. I have tried them on under multiple skirts and things, and it dresses up the plainer garments like magic!

Tip: To get the shoes on over the stockings, slip the stocking into the shoe before putting either on her foot, then slip them on together. This prevents the stocking from stretching and eventually tearing.

Her tank top is a thin material but seems quality, and she’s actually wearing a skirt with little shorts attached underneath. As usual for Tonner, both garments close with snaps in the back.

She comes with a nice saran wig. Well, nice enough. I was a little disappointed - more with the wig itself than the actual hair. There was an awkward loop of thread randomly protruding from the wig near her hairline, and a couple of days after I got her I was carefully removing her wig when one of the two pieces of Velcro attaching the wig came right off her head. For a temporary fix, I attached the Velcro to her scalp with a piece of carpenter's tape. I had to replace it several times, as the stickiness kept wearing off

I got the Essential Ellowyne Five with red hair and green eyes. I must say, the color of the hair is brighter on camera than in person! ;)

She comes with a nice saran wig. Well, nice enough. I was a little disappointed – more with the construction of the wig itself than the actual hair. There was an awkward loop of thread randomly protruding from the wig near her hairline, and a couple of days after I got her I was carefully removing her wig when one of the two pieces of Velcro that attach the wig to her head peeled right off her scalp.

For a temporary fix, I attached the Velcro to her scalp with a piece of carpenter’s tape. I had to replace it several times, as the stickiness kept wearing off and her hairline would slowly recede as the wig slipped off. As a more permanent fix, I ordered a silicone dome cap online that will fix the problem.

Here is Noelle unclothed

Here is Noelle unclothed. She is made of a nice, solid plastic, and her knee joints are the ordinary hinge joint, though they are strong. She doesn’t come close to crossing her arms, as you can see.

I had gathered from the pictures of Ellowyne I’d seen online that her body had more of a matte finish and a solid feel than the Antoinette body, and I was very glad to see those speculations prove true when I pulled her from the box and realized how heavy she was.

Unlike the Tonner Antoinette body

Unlike the Tonner Antoinette body, her chest joint is not very mobile. It cannot move at all from front to back, and only a little from side to side.

The poseability of the Ellowyne body is a tad disappointing, but her proportions were so much more realistic and her face was so gorgeous that I was willing to make the sacrifice. It turns out that some of those things aren’t even a problem.

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Ellowyne body VS. Antoinette body

Here is Noelle compared to my Tonner Cami doll, who has the Antoinette body. When I got my Cami doll I didn’t know what to name her, so I called her Antoinette. That is how I will refer to her in this review.

You see, Noelle’s proportions are similar to a teenager’s, and her larger head gives her more of the play doll appearance, which is part of what drew me to her. Noelle’s hands are much more rounded and realistically shaped compared to Antoinette’s, and Noelle’s skin tone is much more lifelike – it doesn’t have that grayish tinge.

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Ellowyne body VS. Antoinette body

I noted even before I got to look at the Ellowyne body in person, that her legs are shorter than Antoinette’s, but the bigger head makes up the difference in height, making them both 16″ tall. I also noticed one drawback with Noelle’s body: the knee joint. I mentioned before how it’s the regular hinge joint, and it is a nice joint, but it lacks the ability to pivot, which is something I got used to with Fashionista Barbies and Antoinette.

You may also notice that Noelle’s feet are slanted a little more horizontally, which was a plus for me. She also lacks an ankle joint, but considering how little Antoinette’s ankle moves it doesn’t bother me. Another small drawback is that Noelle’s hips don’t pivot very much, either. You can see in the last picture that Antoinette’s hips (right) can turn outward quite a bit whereas Noelle’s (left) can hardly pivot at all.

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Noelle’s arms are much shorter in relation to her body.

You can see here that Antoinette’s elbows bend a little more than Noelle’s due to the roundness of Noelle’s arms. There wasn’t a big difference, however, so it was easily overlooked for me.

Above is another example of the difference in the chest joint. As you can see, Antoinette (right) can arch her back quite a bit, and she can slouch (which can be difficult when sewing clothes for her, due to her constant change of shape depending on the angle of her chest joint). Also, Noelle (left) can touch her face more easily since her head is so much larger. XD

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Antoinette can look up and down much farther than Noelle. But again, I enjoy Noelle’s face so much that it doesn’t bother me a lot.

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Another example of the difference in knee joints. Noelle is on the left, and Antoinette is on the right.

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Noelle and Antoinette must suffer an outfit swap. ;)

Antoinette’s outfit is rather snug and a little too low on Noelle (top), and because Antoinette’s shoes are more vertical, Noelle’s heels hang off the edge a tad.

Antoinette (bottom), on the other hand, doesn’t come close to filling out Noelle’s shirt, and the foot difference makes it to where the heel of Noelle’s shoe doesn’t touch the ground when Antoinette wears it.

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All the sisters together. ;)

In short, I am glad to have Anna, Antoinette, and Noelle. And where she lacks in poseability, Noelle’s beauty and versatility makes up for it. She is officially my favorite fashion doll, and worth every penny. I would definitely recommend her for collectors of all ages. :D

Autumn’s Call

Hello, everyone! The sky is pure blue and the breeze is chilly today, proving that autumn has indeed come calling! But the weather isn’t the only exciting thing going on. I have just ordered a new wig for Noelle, and in celebration I’ve done another photoshoot. I decided to share with you some photos of the awesome knitwear my sister Jenn Morgan has designed for our new arrival. Hope you enjoy! ;)

In All Her Glory

It’s final! My new Ellowyne Wilde doll is named Noelle! Now, as for a middle and last name, I’ll be noodling that some more. That said, I have some pictures of her to share with all of you. I have not yet had time to do the full review, but I did pull out the DSLR and snap some photos of Noelle in all her glory. ;)

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I’m pretty much decided on the name “Noelle” for my new Ellowyne Wilde doll. Especially now since she’s come, and I can look right at her. What do you think? Here are some pictures I snapped with my phone, and I’ll be posting some even niftier photos in my review. Take a look! :)

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