Saturday, January 15, 2011

Prongs aka Harpoon Connectors on Mattel Fashion Dolls

Below is a photo illustrating what I meant by "a prong on top of a blob." Usually, Barbie's necks are topped by a small tapering knob. With the Flavas girls and some other fashion dolls, the neck ends and instead of just a knob, there is a blob of "flesh" on which a brown harpoon-looking device is fixed. So fitting a new head to the body is that much more trickier since the new head has to cover both the prong AND the flesh blob.

4 comments:

AilanthusAltissima said...

Thanks for this visual reference. Do you have any idea why they put a hook on top of the knob? Does it seem to serve a structural purpose of any kind? Does the hook latch on to anything inside of the head?

I seldom do body swaps and I have a very hard time decapitating dolls and then getting the head back on.

D7ana said...

Hi Kim! I have no idea why Mattel attached the head like that. Bizarre, bizzare, bizzare, LOL. I can't see a structural reason for it.

amystika18n said...

It's meant to do exactly that-make head swaps harder, presumably to cut down on the possibility of little kids chewing/potentially choking on?/making pencil toppers out of the heads.

D7ana said...

Hi amystika18n! I had not considered that the to-me-annoying device was intended to protect young doll owners. Hmmm ... I'll have more tolerance for it henceforth.

(Did you imagine you'd read "henceforth" in a sentence online today? Never know what I'll say ;-D)