Want to add more body-type diversity to your barbieworld? I recently re-bodied a Grace head onto a Hot Toys True Type 12 Cuban Female body. These dolls are pretty pricey on eBay. But for me, the option of having a fully-articulated, larger-bodied Grace was worth the money.
True-Type by Hot Toys tends to be carried by Hobby Shops. They have a level of articulation that barbie players never really even dream of having.
They also often come with interchangable hands and feet.
This Cuban is possibly expected to look like Eva Mendes. True-Type makes doll heads that look like famous people but does not include the famous person’s name in marketing for obvious reasons.
We also bought an Obama True-Type and he’s pretty cool.
I removed the head and studied the neck joint and finally decided that I would be best served by destroying the Cuban True-Type head and re-using the neck socket inside the head.
I cut away the head in pieces and checked the head piece to make sure it would remain stable if I used it within Grace’s original head.Neck rubber rolled down while I check the neck joint within the head neck socket.
I removed Grace’s head from her original body - preserving her body to sell for a few bucks on eBay.
Then I put glue into her head to secure the neck joint and put that inside the head.
I probably didn’t even need to glue it. Grace’s original rubber neck hold might have held it just fine without the glue.
A lot of Action Figure class women’s bodies have ERECT nipples. The True Type body I used actually has a rubber upperbody sleeve that makes the nipples and belly even more realistic. The nipples are so stiff and prominent that there is no barbie bra or shirt in the world that can tame them. Either Grace was going to be cold all the time, or sexually aroused, or she needed some help toning down her erections. I chose option 3.
I found the sight of the nipples unnerving. Since the doll will be used in a 5 year old’s toy collection, I decided to remove them. I used cuticle nippers to cut off the nipples and then I used an emery board to file away some of the uneven “skin” left behind.
It was now time to put the Grace head onto the True Type body. I was thrilled with how she looked.
I have included a number of comparison pictures that show Grace on the original Belly-button body next to the re-bodied True Type Grace. I have also included shots of Grace original and Grace re-bodied alongside other larger bodied dolls including: Get Real Girl body, Rosie O’Donnell Friend of Barbie, Happy Family Grandma.