Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Top Ten DAFs of 2009: Heartbreaker T.J. at 1

Manufacturer: Integrity
Series: Dynamite Girls
Character Name: Heartbreaker T.J.
Box Year, if Noted: 2009

Why is T.J. on the Top Ten list?

Well, she's pretty and pose-able. I like her side-glancing eyes -- having attractive side-glancing is no small feat. Her overall coloring pleases - whoo hoo for red pepper lips instead of pink or tomato red. The red pepper color looks more sophisticated. And add a plus for her pouty-shaped mouth ... it gives her a stubborn, aloof air.

Why is T.J. first on the Top Ten list?

Let's see, Mai has the best articulation; Luchia has the most glamour. How did T.J. shoot ahead to Number One? The two winning factors are the Pout and the Connection.

The Pout is easy: it gives T.J. "attitude." "Attitude" as in hands on her hips and taking a stand and NOT backing down. The fight is on. Mai has a little attitude, too, but she's younger. Think teenager flouncing out a petulant "whatever." Luchia has Attitude Galore, but her attitude comes from confidence, maturity, and a little ennui. Luchia has world-weary captured. Arched eyebrow and curled lip ... how bored she is. T.J. has that I'm-not-getting-my-way-and-somebody's-gonna-pay look.

What cinched T.J.'s place though is the Connection. Not T.J. being brown-skinned or dark-eyed or dark-haired. But T.J. having small breasts. Luchia and Mai are both bosomy. T.J., on the other hand, revives the teenaged me. Back when I was "tall, thin, with not too much up there" as one stranger informed me many years ago. Like I needed him to tell me that. Think narrowed eyes rolling. Head shake. Back to the present. So that feature sets T.J. apart from the other top three. Did anyone see that coming?

Both Integrity Toys dolls, Fashion Royalty W Club 2008 Bewitching Hour Luchia and Dynamite Girls Heartbreaker T.J. can be found on eBay and possibly in online shops. They can be in stock one day and gone the next so my suggestion would be for interested buyers to do a Google or a Bing search for the dolls to have the most current information.

For those interested in reading other Top Ten Dolls/Action Figures/Toys, see the post initiator, Shaun Wong's blog for incredible photography and interesting reviews. Other doll and action figure collectors participating in the Top 10 of 2009 Reviews include:

Smidge Girl


Dolls of Color said...

congrats to TJ hehehe

I thought it was because you can pull her hands off...

I've posted some pics of redressed dolls in my last blog post... they all seem to be small busted so they could all fit into the same dress!

Niel Camhalla said...

Yup, the connection between the doll collector and the doll trumps all other criteria!

Niel Camhalla said...

One more thing, I like the 1st photo :)

D7ana said...

T.J. appreciates the congratulations, Therese ;-D

I seldom intentionally pull off doll parts - even when I can. Feel squeamish about it for some reason. Shrug. That's why I haven't changed Mai's hands ....

I saw your redressed dolls wearing the 1:6 scale Gene outfit. Impressive. That's a lovely gown and each of your dolls glowed in it.

D7ana said...

Yes, Niel, that doll-human connection can trump all other things.

Thanks for the compliment about the first photo. I took it before I set the camera resolution so it was a lucky snapshot. I'd been wanting to do something special for T.J.'s photograph. The sun shone so beautifully in the front window so I took her photo there. Mwah! Perfect.

E. A said...

I really like the first photo! I've been waiting to see who your #1 was.

D7ana said...

I'm pleased and proud of that first photo, too, E.A.

The day was sunny and that window doesn't have a screen so a little of T.J.'s reflection shows.

smidge girl said...

Yay! Number one! I really like that T.J. She has a gorgeous complexion, and I her eyes are so expressive. I'm the same way, the connection is what makes my favorites my favorites.

I love the third photo, it looks like the runners up are a little surprised:) The lighting in the first photo is great too.

I've really enjoyed your list, you have some awesome stuff in your collection, and you've introduced me to some dolls I didn't know about. Thanks for making this so fun to read!

D7ana said...

Thanks, SmidgeGirl! I love that I have collected many figures and things, but I am looking to reduce some duplicate stuff so that I can have more hands on fun like sewing outfits or setting up scenes and writing doll tales.

NOT that I will ever give up getting new stuff in LOL.

AilanthusAltissima said...

That was one fantastic post! I laughed out loud several times. You did a great job posing T.J. with her hands on her hips. A combination of that with side glancing eyes does convey some serious attitude!!!! This was a great list!

D7ana said...

Glad you enjoyed the T.J. post and the Top Ten list. I'm going to do one for 2010 at this year's end or early the following year.

I'm looking forward to doing more T.J. posts.