There are two parts of my consciousness when I get this type of ask, the type that says “what the fuck part II: the fuckening” and doesn’t want to believe. The other part is wearing a neon pink 90s gymnastics jacket and yelling “YEAH BOY YEAH”.
I bring these portions of myself to counsel and state that, logically, it is valid. It is real and tangible and works as a name, regardless of my moral standing.
You are real, Nutstream. You are powerful. You are valid.
For the longest time, the only cheap, locally available articulated Barbie bodies were the 90s Gymnast/Ballerina Barbies but I grew to resent them cuz of how clunky, ORANGE and weirdly proportioned they were as well as how awkward they posed. Of course I eventually learnt how carve them to be better posers, but I loathed the ugly hand sculpts and finding a jointed Barbie with high heeled feet seemed nigh impossible.
It didn’t help that the bright orange skin tone was phased out years before I properly got into Barbie, or even had memories of it, so trying to match less saturated doll heads to this skin tone was annoying as heck.
So when Fashionistas came out with jointed bodies, I’ve never looked back, and upgraded all of my dolls from the horrible Gymnast body. Even the 80s and 90s Barbies with orange skin seemed to have mellowed out in colour enough that the ones I got was passable with the LA Tan skin tone.
But, Tuesday Taylor is a doll I loved but her head was utterly orange and wasn’t even passable on a Fashionista. I’ve avoided putting her on this Equestrian Barbie body (which is the Gymnast body with high heeled feet) cuz I hate the Karate chop hands soooooo much. But, with the help of Hobby Base Joints I added some wrist joints and…. I like it enough with Tuesday Taylor.
The hands are inelegant but at least the wrist joints helps give her a lot more personality.
Yes, I saw it last night. It’s so good. And I went in with high expectations.
A lot of people were worried that the plot would be bloated and unevenly paced and there would be too many characters and it just wouldn’t achieve the elegance of TWS… and of course they were right. Like, come on, that’s a given. But it’s good, man. It has the emotional sincerity and commitment to character conflict and political consequences we loved from TWS.
Six-time Olympian with a gold and silver medal; World three-time gold, four-time silver and four-time bronze medalist; European gold, two-time silver and bronze medalist; Goodwill Games two-time gold and silver medalist; Asian Games two-time gold, two-time silver and two-time bronze medalist