skunk patch

This 90s ToyBiz Rogue doll, man:

I’ve been disappointed ever since I got her, when she was new (mail order from a figure dealer, so I never actually saw her in detail until she was paid for and in my hands,) because… well… look at her. The walleye. The eyebrows. The Cruella DeVille lips. How my favorite characteristic of hers is little more than aging white streaks rather than a legitimate skunk patch. Sigh. But I’ve been determined that somehow, some day, I would improve her. That was twenty-one years ago.

It started with a Made-to-Move body swap. Actually being posable was a huge plus over her bent-arm Barbie clone body. That head sculpt is still so unfortunate, though.

A few weeks ago, I found an 80s Teresa in a thrift store, with green eyes and the right shade of russet brown hair:

Her skintone’s pretty close to the MtM body, too–it’s the karate student, and the don’t come any more orange-caucasian yet–and although I want to change her eyebrows and lip color at some point, we’re off in a better direction.

Then a week or so ago, I bought some spare heads from @pandollop. Among the four was this Disney Faeries Periwinkle head, which was missing its paint but has a thick supply of nice, long white hair. Which is exactly what I wanted it for.

… Success?

A boil straightening turned her brown hair unbelievably soft and took out her original crimping, but it didn’t quite tame down her new bangs. So, I used some thread to tie them down to her suddenly convenient headband. It only took like an inch and a half of one row of hair from the faerie head, so practically the whole thing is still there to use on another doll. I’d kind of like the skunk patch to go back further on her head, but I don’t need to do it right away to be happy with her.

And now, the only part of the original Rogue doll I’m using is the outfit. But look! An age-appropriate face! With round cheeks, even! It’s a major improvement, and good enough for quite a while. This is how she should’ve arrived, back in 1996, man. What the hell.

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On today’s hike I stumbled upon a patch of skunk cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus) poking through the snow. Skunk cabbage is one of the first spring ephemerals, as it generates heat (through a process called thermogenesis) to melt the frozen ground. I also encountered plenty of vibrant mosses and a few fleshy mushrooms.