Claudia was telling me recently about a pirate story she made up for her doll clan and that reminded me of my own pirate (kind of!) story. This was back in 2007, only four years after I'd become addicted to the Tonner dolls (and look at all the STUFF I'd already gathered for them!!); before I moved to North Carolina; long before our wonderful Tenner bodies!! It was the time when I was just beginning to realize the wonders of swapping heads around!! So many happy memories!!
The story (such as it was) involved Michael's discovery of an antique pirate map. He tries to convince the other kids to help him find the treasure .... nope, Georgia and Yoi are too comfortable where they are!
Then he tries to convince Andreas, Liat and Gabriella, but Liat and Gabriella are more interested in watching the local hunk, Andreas and Andreas is more interested in being the local hunk.
So Michael decides to go off on his own. Below is the Engelbreit drawing that inspired the story.
He digs and ..... finds the buried treasure chest!!!!
the treasure being a bunch of toy boats!! Strange pirates, these!?
So Michael shares the treasure with Annie Laurie and Sue Lin. End of story.
As I said at the beginning of the post, 2007 was the year that I myself started swapping heads around. In 2006 I discovered the Forever Friendz dolls by Michele Severino but at that point in time I was too timid to do "surgery" myself so I asked a friend to do the Liat swap for me. But by the next summer, it was obvious to me that I needed to learn to do this for myself! I not only had the other two Forever Friendz doll heads but I also serendipitously found a beautifully painted bisque Dianna Effner head at the local, once-a-year doll show (oh how I miss that!!) and bought it on a whim that maybe it too would fit the Tonner ten inch body. I include the photo above of that first Effner/Tonner chimera - as soon as he tried on the red wig it was obvious that he was Jack, a grandson of good friend Marlia.
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