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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Throwback Thursday review: unidentified Horsman baby

Hey, all you lucky folks, it's RagingMoon1987, and who's finally in the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame???  THESE GUYS!!!  I don't understand why non-rock artists like Lady Antebellum and Tupac Shakur got in before the Moody Blues did, but it's clear that John Lydon wasn't lying when he called the HOF a "piss stain."  Seriously...a country band and a rap artist in a ROCK 'N' ROLL hall of fame???  What gives?  Not that that matters to the Magnificent Moodies and their fans; they're happy and I too am deliriously pleased.  Oh yeah, the Cars are in as well.  I like them too, and I think I'll just celebrate tonight with a music binge.  It'll be "Steppin' In A Slide Zone" versus "Moving In Stereo." 

Alrighty, Moon Girl, compose thyself and focus.  This week's post is an example of not one but TWO rules that I made for myself and then broke.  Firstly, I said that I wasn't into baby dolls and that proved to be a big fat lie.  And secondly, I swore that I'd never own a composition doll.  This vow stems back to a doll that I saw during one of our family's many antique mall trips.  Said doll was about twenty inches and had a lovely face, but she was covered from head to toe in hairline cracks (known among compo lovers as "crazing").  I knew from my doll magazines that this was normal for composition dolls, but I also knew that if not taken care of the crazing would develop into cracks and the doll would start shedding paint.  I hated the thought of all that maintenance and promptly swore off composition dolls completely.  Then First Uncle gave me two compo babies that his friend's mother had owned (these became my Creepy Babies)...and I bought another large baby on my own free will (Lili Marlene)...and that was the end of that rule.  I still don't have a ton of composition dolls since they can be pricey, but I've grown to like the medium.  Composition is an odd material, somewhat like a love child between paper and plastic.  It's lightweight and it looks, feels, and sounds like high-quality plastic; when tapped with a fingernail it makes a clicking sound, rather than the "clink-clink-clink" of tapped porcelain or the "thump-thump-thump" of vinyl.  Composition is also a bizarre combination of sturdy and fragile, meaning that a composition doll won't shatter if dropped like a bisque or resin doll will, but it will chip, crack, and scuff over time.  Most importantly, composition absolutely, definitely, positively MUST NOT GET WET, because water makes composition deteriorate faster (this includes humidity in the air).  Thus it's fairly easy to find compo dolls that look like this little gal.  That particular doll has since been put right as rain, but restoration is a complicated process and can be pricey.  It's an expense that may doll collectors are willing to take though, since a good restoration will extend the life of the doll quite a bit.

So there y'all have it.  For all its pitfalls composition was a good alternative to the easily broken bisque, and since it was used for much of the first half of the 20th century there are a lot of composition dolls out there.  They're not all babies, of course; they ran the gamut in age from baby to adult, but today's post IS a baby.  She's a doll who has made a few appearances in the past, usually for the sake of a comparison.  Since I've reviewed three other dolls that were close to her in size, I figured she deserved a review too.  This is Anita.
CONFESSION:  I have once again been beaten to the punch by Tam, who has a brief review of her own composition baby up for viewing.  Her cheery little doll is showing its age like composition dolls tend to do, but she sure is cute.  Tam doesn't know who her rosy-lipped little baby is, and I have no idea who Anita is either, so we're in the same boat in that respect.  Anita is clearly marked "HORSMAN" on the back of her neck, but she doesn't match any of the Horsman dolls I've seen online.  The other babies I've found online are usually too big, too old, too young, all-compo, all-rubber, or they're obvious character dolls that have different faces.  So Anita presents a bit of a conundrum for me, one that I hope someone can help me fix.  If any of y'all have any ideas as to who she might be, or if you know someone who knows a lot about compo dolls, I'd be delighted to hear from you.

It might help if I knew a bit more about Horsman, of course.  I do know that Horsman is an old company, dating back to 1904, and they're still in existence, producing fashion dolls like Urban Vita and Rini.  Now to the review.  As I said above I only have a handful of composition dolls, and out of that handful Anita is the smallest...unless two of next week's dolls really are composition like their tag said.  Here's how Anita compares to Tommy (one of the Creepy Babies), who is about the size of a three-month-old...
...and here's how she compares to my other Horsman dolls, Sally (possible Enchanting Eyes, left) and Lili Marlene (possible Baby Precious, right).
Anita is very close in size to past dolls like Baby Peep, Kathy Cry Baby, Pussycat, and My Child (doll shown is Pussycat).
And lastly, just for grins, here's Anita next to my old Diaper Surprise doll, Blossom Flowerpot.  I've shared this picture before, but I think it's funny so I'm sharing it again.

Being close in size to Pussycat and the others would mean that Anita is about fourteen inches from head to toe.  I'm unsure if Anita ever had a wig, but the shading of her head suggests that she once did.  Otherwise Anita has molded hair like Baby Peep's, and like many, many of her composition companions.
Molded hair and wigs are both commonplace with composition dolls since the material would be WAY too hard to root.  Anita's head is painted a soft yellow in places, but not all over.  See?
This picture gives an idea of what Anita's hairline looks like.  She has some nice molding along the back of her head, but again the area is not painted.
Also visible on the back of Anita's neck is her mark.  Unlike my larger Horsman dolls, Anita's mark is well-defined and plainly visible.
Further perusal of the above photographs shows that the seam on the side of Anita's head is quite conspicuous.  This is something that sets her apart from my other compo dolls (they all have one-piece heads), and it lends further credence to my theory that she once wore a wig.  Either that, or her bonnet was not intended to come off.  Because she IS a composition doll, Anita shows some wear on her face, largely in the form of some dirt and scuffs here and there.  Again, par for the course for dolls of her age and make, and not as bad as other compo dolls that I've seen and owned.  The worst of Anita's damage consists of a ding on her nose that reveals the yellow compo underlayer.
Compare Anita's mildly scuffed and dirty face to Sally's badly cracked and chipping face.
I'll likely have to bite the bullet and have Sally mended one day, as a piece of her forehead is threatening to come off completely.  This is not something I'm looking forward to, but it'll be worth it if it means she won't fall apart as quickly.

Back to Anita now.  Anita has silver-blue eyes with rooted lashes.
These eyes sleep, but they're bad to stay shut when I tip her back up.  Furthermore, I usually have to shake her to get her eyes shut, and even then they don't shut all the way!
The eye mechanism makes a rattling, scraping noise when I move Anita's head, so I suspect that something has come loose in there causing her eyes to be off-balance.  Notice that Anita has no eyebrows, by the way.  Dolls without eyebrows can look a little freaky (Jaylin and Emerald the Enchanting Witch come to mind), but Anita looks more grumpy than freaky.  I often call Anita the Tardar Sauce of my collection, in fact...or the Kristin Stewart, take your pick.  Here's how she compares to one of my more cheerful dolls, the Gerber baby. 
Maybe Anita was just weary from the drive home and needed a nap (I'd just bought these when that picture was taken).  LOL, I'm not sure if Anita ever had eyebrows, but if not she certainly could benefit from them.  It is entirely possible that they were painted on with a very light touch and rubbed off over time.  This appears to be happening with Anita's lips; they were red, but now they're flaking.  This further adds to Anita's grumpy expression. 
To top it all off, the head is a little on the groady side.  If Anita had vinyl parts I'd just put her in a pillowcase and give her a turn in the washing machine, but Anita is NOT vinyl so that option is out.  Frankly, I don't think this body would take too well to washing even if her head and limbs WERE vinyl, because it's not filled with your usual teddy bear stuffing.  Too bad too, because Anita's body could also do with a good cleaning.
That body could be filled with anything from sawdust to rags to chopped-up bits of paper (I doubt that last one), but whatever it is it's firm...or most of it is.  The upper legs and arms are not stuffed at all, making them easier to maneuver.
Anita's lower arms and legs are made of hard, hollow rubber and are a little discolored.  See how brownish they are compared to her pale head?
These half-limbs are firm like the cloth body, but not so firm that one could break their fingers on it.  I can actually compress Anita's arm a little when I squeeze.
Rubber takes to a mold better than composition does, so Anita's got some nicely molded little hands.
Her feet look eerily like rocker bottom feet (a bad sign on a real baby), but they are recognizable as feet and have fairly well-defined toes.
This wire is sticking out of Anita's neck, and at first I didn't know what it was for.
I thought maybe it might be some bizarre way to manipulate Anita's arms and head, since all three pieces move a little when I move the wire.  Then I saw this on one of her arms, through a rent in the cloth.
Apparently the wire has been used to affix the limbs to the cloth body.  <eyeroll>  Five points from Hufflepuff for Moony being a dolt.

Sometimes rubber gets gommy and sticky as it ages, but Anita has dodged this bullet for the most part and I'm glad, because it was these rubber joints that made her stand out from the other dolls at the store.  I know that some composition dolls had body parts that were made of rubber or plastic or vinyl, but I'd never seen one in real life before I landed Anita.  Okay, take that back; Tommy has rubber limbs.  Unfortunately, Tommy's limbs are in pretty rough shape so I can't enjoy them as much as I do Anita's.  See how he's got duct tape on his knees and black patches on other parts of his limbs?  That's normal, but it doesn't look very nice.
As a last little tidbit, Anita has a cry box...cylinder...whatever you want to call it.  This its inside her chest and it shows through the cloth of her body sometimes.  See that circular area?
As far as I know the cry box no longer works.  That's not a huge deal for me since I have dolls that can and do cry, but it's worth noting that Anita did once have that feature.  I've yet to encounter a composition doll with a functioning cry box, so I can't give any description on how it works other than it's not activated by squeezing the doll like it was with Kathy Cry Baby and Baby Peep.  Since the box is cylindrical like Pussycat's I figure it was activated in the same way, by tipping Anita forward onto her face.  I'd love to hear what these composition dolls sound like when they cry, by the way; I've got two dolls with boxes (Anita and Lili Marlene) and neither of them make a sound, so I'm completely clueless on what sort of noise this mech makes.

Since I don't know who this baby is, I can't give a judgement on how accurate her clothes are other than that they're old and appropriate for the age that Anita is supposed to represent.  She's got a dress and a matching little bonnet.
Unfortunately these clothes are showing the wear and tear that is typical for aged dolly threads.  There are some stains...
...and some holes...
...and the ribbon on the bonnet is shot.
I can replace the ribbon and I don't mind the stains too terribly, but I'm at a loss over those holes.  The material feels too fragile for sewing on a patch, but maybe some Fray-Stop might help?  I wouldn't know; I keep saying I'm going to get Fray-Stop and I never do it.  Anyway, the bodice and the sleeves of the dress are trimmed with embroidery in shades of pink, yellow, and blue...
...as is the bonnet.
The fabric itself feels like muslin, and the places that have no holes are soft and smooth.  The seams are uneven in places but are nicely done, suggesting to me that this was a homemade dress, but also that it wasn't the sewer's first foray into sewing.  The back has an opening, but strangely there are no buttons or snaps.  The top fastens with a safety pin.
The bonnet was held closed with a snap, but the frayed ribbon has necessitated the use of another safety pin.
Anita doesn't have a chance of wearing Baby Peep's narrow-sleeved dress or the real baby clothes that my bigger babies wear, and Morgan's My Child and Magic Nursery clothes look too modern on this antique doll.  So that leaves Kathy Cry Baby and Pussycat for potential clothes sharing.  Oh yes, there's also that random pink dress with the yellow booties that came with my to-be-reviewed Eegee doll.
This proved to be a smidge too short, though nothing super-distracting.  It fits Anita okay, but I don't think it suits her, though that's no fault of her own, really.  Pink does not look good with her brown limbs AT ALL.  As a result Pussycat's stock outfit doesn't look great either.
Oh, it looks (and fits) alright, but I'm just not feeling it.  Maybe Kathy Cry Baby's dress will do better.
The fit is okay, but that red washes Anita's pale head out.  I like this better on her since it has a bonnet, but I can't leave her in it because Kathy would have nothing to wear then.  So for now Anita is stuck in her tired old original clothes...but frankly, I think this look suits her best.  There's bound to be a way to repair the damage, at least so the dress won't fall apart as quickly.  So what do I think of this old baby?  Let's see...

*The composition is in slightly rough shape, though this is to be expected on dolls of this medium.
*Limbs are discolored, though again this is age related.
*Clothes are starting to fall apart
*Eyes won't shut readily
*Needs repainting

*Dressed appropriately for a baby doll
*Eyes are still clear; composition doll eyes sometimes cloud over, as we'll see in weeks to come.
*Body is sturdy, free of large rips and tears
*Vinyl limbs are holding up well
*Composition head is in much better shape than that of another of my dolls (poor Sally).

Most of Anita's flaws are related to age rather than to poor construction or factory foibles.  She's showing dirt, crazing, and minor wear all over, and her clothes are tattered in a few places, but other than that she's a perfectly sound doll.  Do I recommend her though?  Well...not if you're looking for a specific doll.  Though Anita is marked I've not been able to identify her, and indeed she may not even have a name beyond "mama doll," as these dolls that cried were often called that (they'd shriek "MAMA!" if they fell or were tipped in a certain way).  BUT...if you're not looking for a specific doll (and I wasn't) then this little doll is great!  She's not too big or too small, and she's not hard all over like some compo dolls are so if you like to cuddle with your dolls (I admit that I sometimes do) then she's up to the job.  I may not know which little doll Anita is, but I'm happy to have her along for the ride.

Now...time for that promised music binge!!!  I think I'll add "Ride My See-Saw" and "Bye Bye Love" to the playlist because...well, why not, that's because.


Sunday, December 10, 2017

One of my Barbie dolls gets kawaii...sort of

Talolili is more of the kawaii expert than I am, but I know enough to piece together an outfit that would fit the label.  For the uninitiated, kawaii is...well, it's actually a culture in Japan that has made its way to the west.  It celebrates all that is cutesy and childlike, stuff like Hello Kitty and various types of anime.  Pastels make a lot of appearances, as do personified inanimate objects like candies, rainbows, clouds, stars, and hearts.  Usually when Americans like myself dabble in kawaii it's in wearables or home decor; I personally like adding kawaii touches to my daily wear with earrings and the like, for example (these cotton candy earrings on Etsy are to die for).  But if you're a dolly lover (and if you're reading this, you probably are) it's also possible to have one or two or a whole slew of dolls that wear kawaii fashion or are a little kawaii themselves.  My little Pepper Parson is a good example, as she's cute and wears clothes that fit the aesthetic.  The clothes shown are the Kuu Kuu Harajuku clothes, which I reviewed here and here; that line is very, VERY kawaii!
Every so often I run into a doll that just screams "kawaii," but isn't dressed the part.  Such is the case with one of my Fashionistas, Suika.
Suika is Fashionistas #60 "Patchwork Denim," with a new head, an original body, and melon-colored hair.  Indeed, the name "Suika" is actually the Japanese word for "watermelon."  This doll's pink hair and soft makeup just begged for some cute little kawaii-style outfit, and while her dress itself does not fall into the style it can be gussied up with some accessories.  Suika's belt and bracelet, seen below, help spice up this outfit a bit, and the butterfly on the belt adds a touch of kawaii.  As a bonus, these accessories match Suika's hair almost perfectly.
I wasn't fully satisfied with that getup, so today when I went out (had to fetch cat food) I picked up a few more Hello Kitty separates, consisting of two tops and a skirt.  One top is a pink spaghetti-strap crop top with clothing items, milk jugs, and Hello Kitty (of course) printed on it, and the other is a less-fitted periwinkle blouse with the Little Twin Stars seated atop a rainbow.  
Both shirts coordinate with the pink skirt, but I don't like the way the periwinkle shirt fits Suika's body.  I think it may look better on a curvy or a tall doll, but of course I neglected to photograph that!  Dumb of me too, because I have two curvy dolls and three tall ones within arm's reach.

With Suika sufficiently kawaii-ized, I let her joint Deb, Ami, and Melody for a group photo.
Not bad at all!  I can't tell y'all how tickled I am that Mattel started making these Hello Kitty clothes, and I hope that more will be made.  So far the only characters featured on these outfits have been Hello Kitty, My Melody, and the Little Twin Stars, and no sign of Chococat despite him being on the packaging.  But seeing the Little Twin Stars on one of these tops makes me hopeful that other characters will start making appearances.  I'm still hoping for Keroppi, since I love frogs and the color green, and Badtz Maru and Chococat would make superb Ken clothes, but only time will tell what crops up.

Much Love, 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Throwback Thursday review: Cameo Newborn Miss Peep

This week looks to be as long as the last one, but it got off to a more pleasant start.  Coworker A and I are getting along much better (balancing the library's bank account together appears to have been a bonding experience) and while I'll be working six days a week again it looks right now like I'll get Monday off like I normally do.  During my spare time at the library I've been catching up on some of the juvie lit that I either eschewed or completely missed out on during my adolescence.  Harry Potter is okay, but J. K. Rowling's writing just isn't drawing me in like Rick Riordan's did.  Harry lacks Percy Jackson's sharp tongue and quick-witted commentary, and there are some times when Harry is so darn good that he makes me want to retch.  And yet in all this I noticed one unusual similarity:  both Harry and Percy have dark hair and green eyes.  Go figure on that one; I don't know if that was a deliberate move on the part of one of the authors or if it was just a coincidence.

Now to the review.  I've reviewed some special dolls during my stint with this blog, but I daresay that this doll is the most special of them all.  She may even outdo Kissy, which is quite a feat considering how much my mother loves Kissy.  She loved this doll too though, so much that her original doll wore out and had to be thrown away.  What a shame that Mama and Grandma and Great-Grandma didn't know of the great doll hospitals that would exist in the future, as they could've saved Mama's doll in a box and gotten her repaired.  But that's the way life goes; we don't always get to keep our childhood toys.  They break, they get lost in fires or other calamities, they get donated or passed on as hand-me-downs, they get loved so much that they wear out.  Luckily, this doll is not as obscure as I thought she was, and I was able to find a nice one on eBay.  Her full name is Newborn Miss Peep, but in my family she's always been called "Baby Peep."  For the sake of this review I'll be referring to her simply as "Peep."
Cameo is a toy company that I know next to nothing about, aside from their production of Kewpie dolls.  They also produced another baby doll named Baby Wendy, but she apparently was nothing more than a Miss Peep redesign.  I've never been a huge fan of Kewpie, so thank goodness that neither Baby Wendy nor Baby Peep look like Kewpie.  To me Peep looks like a vinyl version of Bye-Lo Baby, or maybe Ideal's Bonnie Baby.  She's a relatively small baby doll, being a little smaller than Pussycat and Kathy Cry Baby.
For grins, here's how she compares to my 23-inch My Twinn, Rael.  I think Peep might be able to sit in Rael's lap if I posed both dolls just so.
So yeah, Peep is one of my smaller babies.  Despite being the same size as the Alexander duo, she differs from them in a few crucial ways.  Firstly, her hair is molded instead of rooted.
I prefer baby dolls with molded hair, actually.  Kathy and Pussycat have nice hair, but their full heads imply that they're a little further down the road developmentally, more towards the toddler stage than the baby stage.  Peep's short, molded locks do more to project the "baby" image, closely resembling the fine, wispy hair that young babies have.  The hair is painted a soft brown shade and has a few rubs and scuffs here and there, probably due to age.  The back of Peep's head has a few molded fat rolls, plus the Cameo mark.
Check out her realistic ears!
Now to the face.
LOL, I absolutely LOVE this face!  My sister often wore an expression like this when she was small, and I probably did too.  While Kathy Cry is an obvious doll, Peep looks very much like a small but real baby.  Granted, she's not as realistic as a reborn, but few dolls do reach that level of realism.  Anyway, Peep's appropriately pale eyes are ringed with creases of baby fat on the side and bottom, and with delicately drawn eyelashes and eyebrows.  The eyebrows give her a teensy bit of attitude, the kind that suggests this baby would throw a full-tilt tantrum if placed in a pumpkin seat (like my sister and I both did when we were babies).
Her eyes are inset and have a thin line of eyelashes painted in, and they are ever so slightly wonky.  To my great surprise these eyes do not "sleep."  Compare that to Pussycat and Kathy Cry Baby, both of whom have eyes that sleep.
Peep's tight-lipped mouth also suggests a bit of stubbornness.  I like Peep's lip paint better than I do either Kathy's or Pussycat's though, as it looks more natural and less like...well, less like paint!
It's obvious from this mouth that Peep is NOT a drink-and-wet doll, though she could have been easily since her body is all vinyl.
Rather odd, that vinyl body.  Mama distinctly remembers her Baby Peep having a cloth body; indeed, it was the cloth body that eventually wore out.  Great Grandma patched the doll until she gently told Mama there was nothing more she could do.  Anywho, my Peep has a vinyl body, and she possesses the most unusual joints I've ever seen on a doll.  I think these are called "pin joints," and I've never owned a doll with joints like this.  They have a post that provides rotating action, but they also are hinged, like so.
These unusual joints allow Peep to strike some realistic poses, like this one.  When she's clothed this pose looks like she's reaching out to be held...
...but the joints also allow for some more unnatural poses, like these.  See how strange Peep's arms are in this picture, when they're in what I call a "resting" sort of position?
I don't mind unnatural positions too terribly since Peep's clothes tend to disguise them to a certain degree.  Unfortunately these joints also feel fragile, like they'll break or tear if I push them in the wrong direction.  Indeed, I already have tried to turn Peep's arms in the wrong direction, so accustomed am I to flange joints like Kathy Cry Baby's and strung joints like an American Girl's.  This confusion is confounded by the fact that I almost always have Peep dressed and thus have to feel where the joints are before trying to bend them.  I've avoided damage so far, and I hope to keep it that way.

Adding to the confusion is the fact that Peep's hip joints only hinge.  They do not pivot.
Also noteworthy is Peep's neck.  It mostly just turns from side to side...
...but it also lolls around like a real baby's neck does.  I can't show this effectively, but the motion is enough to make me support this doll's head when I move her.  I don't have to do that with any, repeat, ANY of my other baby dolls.

Joints alone make Peep's body rather interesting, but the molding is unusual as well.  Her torso is cylindrical and has practically no molding at all.  No bellybutton, no fat rolls, just a few creases around the neck.  A pretty far cry from Kathy's molding, I must say!  Also a far cry from these two babies, whom Miss Emily calls shar-pei babies!
Even her backside has next to no definition.  It looks like a loaf of bread.
Like Pussycat and Kathy Cry Baby, Peep has the ability to cry.  Her mechanism is similar to that of Kathy's, in that she has a whistle in her back that is activated by squeezing.
Interestingly, Peep also has a whistle on the inside of each arm!
These whistles are activated by squeezing, and they make the least realistic sound yet.  When I squeeze Peep's chest she sounds (I kid you not) like a rubber dog toy.  Peep's arms do not whistle at all, as the vinyl there has stiffened too much to squeeze.

Now to my favorite part of a doll, the clothes.  Well okay, eyes are actually my favorite part of a doll, but clothes are what adds play value.  Peep is wearing a style that we don't often see on babies anymore, the long gown and bonnet set.
This outfit looks like a christening gown, but it's printed with tiny...roses or strawberries.  I think they're roses, but for some dumb reason I keep wanting to say strawberries...so from now on I'll call them RO-BERRIES!!!
I love strawberries on doll clothes, but roses are nice too.  The front of this...nightie or gown or whatever is trimmed with a single band of lace and a pale pink satin bow.  The bow is showing its age, as satin loves to do.
The armhole is trimmed with a single string of lace...
...as is the collar.
The bottom hem also has lace, but it is trimmed with three rows instead of one.
In a reversal of Pussycat's nightie, Peep's dress closes in the back with three little buttons.
So far I haven't reviewed any babies with bonnets, though that used to be commonplace attire for little ones.  Here's Peep's bonnet.  It's trimmed with two bands of lace and is made out of ro-berry fabric just like the gown is.
Like all good bonnets, this one ties under the chin with two pink satin ribbons.
Like a good many satin ribbons, these are showing wear at the ends.  Nothing much, but enough that I want to be careful with.

Seams are hit-and-miss with these clothes.  The hem of the gown is finished well...
...but the interior seams of the bonnet are ragged with loose threads hanging off.
Furthermore, this fabric feels suspiciously like the type that will thin out and tear if it ages, so I'll be treating these clothes with care.

I have absolutely zero experience with Baby Peep aside from this review and what Mama has told me, so I don't know what sort of clothes she can wear.  Miss Emily's dolls Lucas and Lila give me some ideas since they're small like Peep is, but I don't have any of those clothes yet, and I don't even know if they'd fit!  So it's time for good stuff/bad stuff now, and even though there isn't much to say about Peep (just like the past two babies), I do have some cautions that I'd like to throw in.

*This doll possesses an unusual set of joints that must be moved and treated with care.  I don't think this doll will easily break, but better safe than sorry.
*Clothes feel a little fragile
*Can't wear any of my other dolls' clothes, as far as I know.

*Very realistic for a baby doll.  This one has been the most "babyish" of all the baby dolls I've reviewed so far.
*Vinyl feels sturdy, unlike the cloth-bodied doll of my mother's childhood.
*Face conveys some personality rather than being generically cute
*No hair to mess up!

I had to nitpick here to come up with good and bad stuff again, because Peep is...well, she's another baby doll!  There isn't much to baby dolls, so it's hard to do anything super-exciting or terribly wrong-headed with them.  If I wanted to take five points from Gryffindor over anything it would be those joints, as they're quirky and require some special attention so the owner won't twist them in the wrong direction.  Other than that Miss Peep is a delightful little doll to own, though I have to admit that a lot of that delight came from showing Mama and Grandma that I'd found a long-lost friend.  Still, it's nice to see this slightly stubborn child breaking up the generically sweet monotony of my other baby dolls.

Remember Pearl Harbor,