Saturday, September 29, 2018

#18inchDolls Swimming Goggles On the Way via eBay! #Coupon #Freebie

eBay released a new coupon code the other day and I used it to grab a tiny pair of swim goggles for 18" Dolls (and a bag of candy). See this post. (Code expires at the end of the day.)

These were so adorable -- based upon the picture below. I thought I could use them for beach and pools scenes. They were 99-cents USD, but I got them free due to the coupon and an odd-lot eBay GC that I keep for just such purposes. The item is shipping from China, so it will be a while before it's due to arrive. The nice thing about scoring a total freebie which takes some time to ship is that it seems like a random fun surprise whenever it gets here.
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18" Dolls Swim Goggles

Friday, September 28, 2018

Get Your #PixieFaire Freebie Friday Giveaway: #18inchDolls #DollClothes Pattern by Eden Ava Couture! #Sewing #Toys #Dolls

Today's Pixie Faire - Freebie Friday Pattern is: Peppermint Snow Outfit For 18" Dolls [MSRP $7.99] by designer Eden Ava Couture.
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Peppermint Snow Outfit Pattern
Claim a copy of the pattern by adding the free item to your cart and checking out. Patterns may be downloaded immediately or left in the cloud for downloading later. If you're interested in making things for your dolls (or for someone else's) this a great way to get high quality, creative patterns for free, roughly 52 times a year ---and to patronize a small business.




NOTE: Each Friday Pixie Faire, a doll goods store and marketplace, gives away a free doll pattern (clothes, accessories, etc.) to its newsletter subscribers and site visitors; leading up to the Friday give away, site users can vote on the freebie item choice from a selection of patterns presented by a featured pattern designer. The giveaway pattern is free on Friday only (Pacific Time). Featured Doll Sizes vary depending on designer, but most giveaway patterns I've witnessed are for 18" Dolls, as one would expect. Also, check out the rest of the Pixie Faire site, marketplace and storefront. There are some really creative things on offer. Plus there are other free patterns and How-To Tutorials available. The site is a great resource for Doll Collectors.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Win An #AmericanGirl Julie or Truly Me™ #80 Doll + Rhythmic Gymnastics Outfit [Pixie Faire Mod Doll Monday Weekly Contest] #18inchDolls #Toys

Every week Pixie Faire, a doll goods store and marketplace, gives away a doll and some custom clothing and/or accessories from a currently featured designer. Often the prize is an 18" American Girl® Doll, but it varies and other brands and/or size dolls are sometimes highlighted.
This week's [September 24th - October 1st] Mod Doll Monday Contest is for an 18" American Girl® Julie or Truly Me™ #80 Doll with a Rhythmic Gymnastics Outfit by from Ma Petite Cherie Couture and Liberty Jane!
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Pixie Faire Mod Doll Monday Giveaway
To enter, you vote on which doll (of a pair) wears the featured designer's custom outfit best. You can earn additional entries by social shares, visiting webpages or following designers on social, etc. Sponsoring this weekly contest is a cute way for Pixie Faire to promote its store and marketplace.

Enter the "Who Wears It Best?" Mod Doll Monday Contest here (gleam.io hosted).

Friday, September 21, 2018

Get Your #PixieFaire Freebie Friday Giveaway: #18inchDolls #DollClothes Pattern by Dollhouse Designs! #Sewing #Toys #Dolls

Today's Pixie Faire - Freebie Friday Pattern is: Winter Princess Nightgown (designed to fit 18-inch dolls) [MSRP $5.99] by designer Dollhouse Designs.
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Winter Princess Nightgown by Dollhouse Designs
Claim a copy of the pattern by adding the free item to your cart and checking out. Patterns may be downloaded immediately or left in the cloud for downloading later. If you're interested in making things for your dolls (or for someone else's) this a great way to get high quality, creative patterns for free, roughly 52 times a year ---and to patronize a small business.




NOTE: Each Friday Pixie Faire, a doll goods store and marketplace, gives away a free doll pattern (clothes, accessories, etc.) to its newsletter subscribers and site visitors; leading up to the Friday give away, site users can vote on the freebie item choice from a selection of patterns presented by a featured pattern designer. The giveaway pattern is free on Friday only (Pacific Time). Featured Doll Sizes vary depending on designer, but most giveaway patterns I've witnessed are for 18" Dolls, as one would expect. Also, check out the rest of the Pixie Faire site, marketplace and storefront. There are some really creative things on offer. Plus there are other free patterns and How-To Tutorials available. The site is a great resource for Doll Collectors.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Seen Glitter Girls? Target 14" Dolls: Toys, Industry News, Market Insights, Doll Collecting, Battat

During a discussion of toy brand sales wherein I commented on how I would be curious to see the sales figures for the American Girl® WellieWishers 14" Dolls --- these are technically ~14.5 inches, but whatever --- my doll collecting sister happened to mention that Target was going to be carrying a new 14" (or thereabouts) Dolls line called Glitter Girls (MSRP $19.99) that is manufactured by Maison Battat. Since then she has been looking for them in-store and she finally located a set in an area Target yesterday. She txted me a pic.

I like the idea that these have supposedly "bendable" arms & legs, but I would need to test one out to see just how well the logistics of movement work. The line has quite a few items like accessories sets and clothing (mostly MSRP $7.99 or $9.99) in addition to the various dolls, so at least Target is giving it a go. Someone at Target corporate thinks the 14" Dolls market has some growth potential.
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Target Glitter Girls 14" Dolls
The dolls look OK to me (from the picture). I wasn't wowed, like these are the best looking dolls I've ever seen, but they are kinda cute, if a bit oddly dressed. What do y'all think?

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Win An #AmericanGirl Doll + Princess Dress + Crown & Treat Bag [Pixie Faire Mod Doll Monday Weekly Contest] #18inchDolls #Toys

Every week Pixie Faire, a doll goods store and marketplace, gives away a doll and some custom clothing and/or accessories from a currently featured designer. Often the prize is an 18" American Girl® Doll, but it varies and other brands and/or size dolls are sometimes highlighted.
This week's [September 17th - September 24th] Mod Doll Monday Contest is for an 18" American Girl® Doll with a princess dress by My Angie Girl plus a treat bag & crown created by Miss Cake's Closet!
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Pixie Faire Mod Doll Monday Giveaway
To enter, you vote on which doll (of a pair) wears the featured designer's custom outfit best. You can earn additional entries by social shares, visiting webpages or following designers on social, etc. Sponsoring this weekly contest is a cute way for Pixie Faire to promote its store and marketplace.

Enter the "Who Wears It Best?" Mod Doll Monday Contest here (gleam.io hosted).

Friday, September 14, 2018

Get Your #PixieFaire Freebie Friday Giveaway: #19inchDolls Pattern by Doll Joy! #Sewing #Toys #Dolls

Today's Pixie Faire - Freebie Friday Pattern is: Tunic and Leggings pattern (designed to fit 19-inch dolls like GOTZ) [MSRP $5.99] by designer Doll Joy.


Claim a copy of the pattern by adding the free item to your cart and checking out. Patterns may be downloaded immediately or left in the cloud for downloading later. If you're interested in making things for your dolls (or for someone else's) this a great way to get high quality, creative patterns for free, roughly 52 times a year ---and to patronize a small business.




NOTE: Each Friday Pixie Faire, a doll goods store and marketplace, gives away a free doll pattern (clothes, accessories, etc.) to its newsletter subscribers and site visitors; leading up to the Friday give away, site users can vote on the freebie item choice from a selection of patterns presented by a featured pattern designer. The giveaway pattern is free on Friday only (Pacific Time). Featured Doll Sizes vary depending on designer, but most giveaway patterns I've witnessed are for 18" Dolls, as one would expect. Also, check out the rest of the Pixie Faire site, marketplace and storefront. There are some really creative things on offer. Plus there are other free patterns and How-To Tutorials available. The site is a great resource for Doll Collectors.

Vote For American Girl® To Be Inducted Into the Strong Museum of Play National Toy Hall Of Fame®!

Caught this neat tweet on my feed last night:
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Madison, WI COC Tweet
It turns out that American Girl® Dolls, which were originally created some 30 odd years ago, are a finalist for this year's class at the National Toy Hall of Fame® and the hoi polloi get to help decide which three finalists (toys) will be inducted into the hall for 2018. Cast your vote once daily now through Wednesday, Sept. 19.


*There are other toys on the ballot for this year's class of hall inductees, but as I'm a fan of American Girl®, the brand is a main focus of this blog, and its also the only toy on the short list that was specifically created to empower little girls, I'm pointing this milestone out. You can obviously vote for whichever toy you like.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Woohoo American Girl #AGRewards Updates TBA Soon! #18inchDolls #IndustryNews #Toys

AG Rewards Benefits Update Notice
It's coming! New American Girl® AG Rewards benefits are due to be announced soon! (Just now received an AG Holiday sneak peek email that included the above notice.) I'm holding onto my $10.00 AG Rewards Certificate --- the first one that I've earned --- to see what sales and what news hits next month. Luckily, the rewards certificate doesn't expire until 31-Oct. As we'll be officially in Fall by then, it's my hope that AG will have given us all the deets on both its upcoming Holiday Season plans and its rewards program updates.

Expecting good things! Fingers crossed.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Win An #AmericanGirl Boy Doll + Flight Suit (Pixie Faire Mod Doll Monday Weekly Contest)

Every week Pixie Faire, a doll goods store and marketplace, gives away a doll and some custom clothing and/or accessories from a currently featured designer. Often the prize is an 18" American Girl® Doll, but it varies and other brands and/or size dolls are sometimes highlighted.
This week's [September 10th - September 17th] Mod Doll Monday Contest is for an 18" American Girl® Logan or Truly Me #75 Boy Doll with a flight suit by Koski Kreations!

To enter, you vote on which doll (of a pair) wears the featured designer's custom outfit best. You can earn additional entries by social shares, visiting webpages or following designers on social, etc. Sponsoring this weekly contest is a cute way for Pixie Faire to promote its store and marketplace.

Enter the "Who Wears It Best?" Mod Doll Monday Contest here (gleam.io hosted).

Monday, September 10, 2018

Limited Selection #AmericanGirl #ReplacementParts Equals My #DIY #CraftyIdeas Business #Startup Launch! #18inchDolls #Toys #DollCollecting #WellieWishers #ToyDesign

I finally called American Girl® customer service to check on the availability of any replacement screen activity slides for either the Lea's Collection: 2-in-1 Green Laptop/Tablet which I purchased on eBay or the Silver TV Entertainment Center --- see picture below --- which belongs to my doll collecting sister. (At some point, I'd mentioned to my sister that AG might have limited replacement parts available for order by phone only. I said that I would eventually call them once I found a moment... She had asked me to inquire about a few items she was missing from her own doll collection.)

The AG CS rep to whom I spoke initially had no clue about what I was asking, so I explained that the missing pieces were small screen-sized plastic slides of various images that go into a slot on whichever electronic device to simulate onscreen activity. Due to the small dimensions and thinness these were likely the first things to go AWOL, especially if a child was involved. The AG CS rep was kind enough to put me on hold while she inquired for help from a more senior employee. In spite of this valiant effort on her part, I was out of luck as AG had no such inventory. Sad.
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AG TV Entertainment Center (Silver)
Moving on, I also asked about replacement Wellies and headband for the WellieWishers Kendall Doll (again for my sister). She was in luck! Both these items were available to order. The replacement Wellies cost $15.00 and the replacement headband costs $6.00, so for $21.00 plus $5.95 standard shipping her Kendall Doll could be whole again. When reporting my findings, I pointed out to my sister that as WellieWishers Dolls cost ~$60.00, it might make more sense to simply purchase a "backup doll" rather than spend nearly 1/2 of this cost on a few replacement pieces. She said she'd mull it over and decide which way to go. It's her money, but logic is not always her strong suit. (By the way, I am the STEM geek of my immediate family. My living siblings, all of whom are older than I, are all Fuzzy to put it mildly. My oldest sister was a Mathematics major, but the ones between us... meh.)

I also informed this doll collecting sister that I planned to make my own custom replacement screen activity slides for my toy laptop and she, of course, expressed interest in my also making some slides for her toy TV. It seems I'll need to start my custom AG replacement parts side business after all. I've decided I want to stage some cool real-life scenes using dolls and photograph these to print on either cellophane for the lightbox TV toy or photo paper for the laptop. (As the laptop screen is unlit its slides can have an opaque backing vs the see-through slides the backlit TV screen requires.)
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An AG Doll Watching AGTV!
So this will be my next free time project! Figuring out what scenes to stage (like a newscast, soap opera or Windows desktop) and testing methods to create crisp slide prints. It should be fun, but I'll keep you posted. Once I perfect the process and have some finished product, I'll do a Show & Tell blog post.

Friday, September 7, 2018

American Girl #18inchDolls Holiday Pajamas Set #ToyReviews! #eBay #MissingParts Recognize This?

Product: American Girl® Holiday Pajamas Set (circa ?)

Review: This American Girl® 18" Dolls Holiday Pajamas 5-Pieces Set (originally) included a pair of pajama bottoms, a matching sweater, a matching Santa-style hat, matching slippers and an elaborate star-shaped tree-topper ornament. The color palette is a blue/gray with either gold or cream accents, depending on the piece. This is a very nicely done set.
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AG Holiday Pajamas Set with Ornament (?)
Each piece is well made with detailed stitching and the design is stylish and adorable. Your doll will look great wearing this set while snuggled by the fire reading a book or gazing up at her decorated Christmas Tree that is topped with the accompanying gold Star ornament.



NOTE: I purchased this American Girl® Holiday Pajamas Set used, off eBay. (See post.) The eBay vendor stated the original set also included a pair of pajama bottoms (pants), but that these had been lost at some point. The rest of the set was intact and in very good condition. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to discover the American Girl® official catalog name of this set, whether it was a part of a specific American Girl® Doll's Collection or what year it was released. The pieces have little tags on them, but due to the size restriction these merely read "American Girl®." I searched the AG Wiki, but the search function is not discrete and leaves a lot to be desired. If you recognize this set, please leave a comment on this post or contact me via the form in the right-hand side navigation menu. Thank you.

Get Your #PixieFaire Freebie Friday: #18inchDolls Pattern by Forever 18 Inches!

Today's Pixie Faire - Freebie Friday Pattern is: Skirts With Pockets Bundle pattern (designed to fit soft-bodied 18-inch dolls) [MSRP $5.99] by designer Forever 18 Inches.


Claim a copy of the pattern by adding the free item to your cart and checking out. Patterns may be downloaded immediately or left in the cloud for downloading later. If you're interested in making things for your dolls (or for someone else's) this a great way to get high quality, creative patterns for free, roughly 52 times a year ---and to patronize a small business.




NOTE: Each Friday Pixie Faire, a doll goods store and marketplace, gives away a free doll pattern (clothes, accessories, etc.) to its newsletter subscribers and site visitors; leading up to the Friday give away, site users can vote on the freebie item choice from a selection of patterns presented by a featured pattern designer. The giveaway pattern is free on Friday only (Pacific Time). Featured Doll Sizes vary depending on designer, but most giveaway patterns I've witnessed are for 18" Dolls, as one would expect. Also, check out the rest of the Pixie Faire site, marketplace and storefront. There are some really creative things on offer. Plus there are other free patterns and How-To Tutorials available. The site is a great resource for Doll Collectors.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Win An #AmericanGirl Doll + Nautical Outfit & Shoes (Pixie Faire Mod Doll Monday Weekly Contest)

Every week Pixie Faire, a doll goods store and marketplace, gives away a doll and some custom clothing and/or accessories from a currently featured designer. Often the prize is an 18" American Girl® Doll, but it varies and other brands and/or size dolls are sometimes highlighted.
This week's [September 3th - September 10th] Mod Doll Monday Contest is for an 18" American Girl® Truly Me or Luciana Vega Doll with a nautical outfit and shoes!

To enter, you vote on which doll (of a pair) wears the featured designer's custom outfit best. You can earn additional entries by social shares, visiting webpages or following designers on social, etc. Sponsoring this weekly contest is a cute way for Pixie Faire to promote its store and marketplace.

Enter the "Who Wears It Best?" Mod Doll Monday Contest here (gleam.io hosted).

American Girl #18inchDolls Kailey's Collection: Sandy the Dog (2003) #ToyReviews! #ToyDesign #Listia #Cryptocurrency #MailCall

My Listia online auction win arrived today! I bought this item used, but it still looks virtually new!

Product: American Girl® Sandy the Dog Plush (2003)

Review: The pup is a bigger and sturdier than I expected. But this is because American Girl® made the stuffed animal with articulated joints and (according to the AG Wiki) a sound box that allowed it to bark when its front left paw is pressed. (As with most older AG toys, the only way to replace the batteries once these die is to tear the toy apart. Urgh!) As this toy is from Kailey's Collection, it was originally released in 2003 and retired in 2004, so I didn't exactly expect that the batteries inside would still be working. Overall, it's a very nice toy. Well made and of an adorable design with nice glass eyes and a hard plastic nose. AG put some effort into this.

My main gripe would be that it's no fun to get a battery-enhanced toy (or any item for that matter) that gives one no easy way to replace the battery. (By the way, this was the same gripe I made about the original iPod when I, as a Stanford Bookstore Computer Department employee and resident tech geek, was asked to give feedback on the product years ago. Stanford and Apple® have a rather incestuous relationship, if you didn't know. My Apple® ID is older than that of many current employees, as I've been told upon several occasions when I've had the need to contact tech support.) Accepting that the battery issue is a shortsighted AG design flaw, the rest of the plush is pretty awesome.

AG definitely had a desire to add authentic details to this toy to make it seem more like a real dog. For starters, the plush has a body-only endoskeleton (no head/neck articulation, but all four legs & the tail). From the feel of it through the surrounding materials, I would guess this is made of a hard plastic. An interesting concept to include in a small stuffed toy. These plastic joints fold at preset points and snap into locked positions, so that the dog can be posed in a number of ways. The result is that Fido can stand, sit, pounce, or put its tail up or down, etc., which turns out to be very cool!

The lavender AG logo bandana is actually sewn onto the pup's body at the knot in front. I don't particularly like this convention, but understand why AG chose to do it this way, which is likely the reason that 14 odd years hence, the stuffed toy dog that I purchased still has its bandana. Certainly without "permanent" attachment the bandana would likely have been the first thing that a child lost.

In spite of the locked-in battery issue and the permanent bandana (my only two gripes), this is a great dog toy! Kudos AG!

Specific to the (used) plush I purchased: The joints of the dog plush are still very firm (no wobble or looseness overall), but the left-front leg's endoskeleton-joint is detached from the body piece. As this is all inside the stuffing, you can't tell it from the outside. I only discovered it by feel. As a geeky tinkerer, I like to see exactly how things work, so I do a pretty thorough once-over. The dog can still be posed easily; however, this one leg, while still having the ability to bend and lock into place, is slightly disjointed compared to the others. The naked eye probably wouldn't catch it, the issue is slight.

Considering this 2003 released toy is 14 odd years old, it's in great shape overall! I haven't decided yet, if I want to mod the plush by jury-rigging a snap-close seam opening to allow for simple battery replacement in the future providing the sound box still works. I'll probably try it at some point. I'm a tinkerer. Even without any barking sound, I am very satisfied with my toy purchase ---which was technically free (bought using XNK cryptocurrency that I'd earned by providing feedback to a cryptocurrency exchange on the INK protocol standard). I admit having the dog still be able to bark would also be neat. Either way, this was a score for my collection! I am lucky to have found a Sandy the Dog (2003) for my first American Girl® Pet.

Now I've got to get a leash and collar so dolly can take her new pup for a walk.
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American Girl® Sandy the Dog (circa 2003)

Monday, September 3, 2018

#MakersMark Ambassador #Holiday Gifts Make Great #18inchDolls Clothes! #CraftyIdeas #DIY #UpCycle #Toys

Each year Maker's Mark® Bourbon sends out holiday gifts to its Ambassadors (fan club members). The holiday gifts are always bourbon or drinking related: 
  • One year the company sent a bottle warmer in the form of a tiny festive sweater.
  • The next year came another bottle warmer, but in the guise of a tiny holiday scarf. 
  • And then another year, there was a bottle warmer in the form of small bright red earmuffs..
You get the idea. Cute items to dress and make a bottle of bourbon look festive during the holidays.

It just so happens that a Makers Mark® Bourbon Bottle is roughly the same size as a (torso only) 18" Dolls mannequin. Because of this similarity in size, the little sweater and the little scarf that I received during holidays past can easily be re-purposed as 18" Dolls Clothes. The scarf will fit almost any doll. The sweater's fit may either be snug or loose depending on the doll, but both items should work for most 18" Dolls.

See ModDoll (model) pictured below:
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18" Doll Clothes (Maker's Mark® Holiday Gifts)
As is, the mini earmuffs band is a bit too short to fit across the head of most 18" Dolls, because it was designed to circle a bottle head/neck which is comparatively narrow. With a little ingenuity this size discrepancy can also be adjusted to fit 18" Dolls, however. If you have a pair of these little earmuffs, but wish to convert them into a doll's accessory....

Try this ModDoll Fun!DIY Crafty Ideas Fix: Carefully cut the earmuffs band in half, then hot glue a patch of similar material (like a cloth covered piece of reinforced cardboard) between the two halves to extend the length of the band. Allow to dry. Voila! You've got a pair of 18" Dolls Earmuffs!

I would like to thank Maker's Mark® for doing such adorable holiday promotional items. (I've been an Ambassador pretty much since the program started.) And while I realize the company didn't intend its items be used as 18" Dolls Clothes & Accessories (since it's an adult beverage), these cute little holiday gifts are better served by this purpose, as my Maker's Mark® never stays around long enough to rate a bottle warmer.


NOTE: The above image of an 18" Doll sporting Maker's Mark® holiday gear is used as the ModDoll Fun!logo on social media.

My #AmericanGirl Replacement Parts Side Business #DIY #Simulations #CraftyIdeas

After purchasing an American Girl® Lea's Green Laptop/Tablet on eBay and realizing that this toy "electronic" device (simulated model) didn't come with any "screen slides" which simulate onscreen activity, I half-jokingly said in this post that I should start a side-business making custom screen slide sets for the various American Girl® electronic device toys in existence, because 1) these slides seem to be the first item/s that goes missing or gets lost, and 2) even if you haven't lost your original slides yet, wouldn't it be nice to have the option of showing more images than the 2-3 scenes that came with the electronic device in question?

But of course, I was also curious as to whether I could order replacement parts like this directly from American Girl®, so I sent the company a tweet to inquire as much and received a reply which stated that AG does have some replacement parts available to order (but only) by phone. I guess I'll call in --- I hate calling people, preferring written communication --- sometime after the holiday to determine what items one can get from AG and for how much.

Our tweet exchange is below:
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AG Inquiry Tweet (Screenshot)

Not to be outdone, I still plan to create my own screen slides (I have some ideas for some fun images to draw/print). If the process I'm imagining turns out well, I may offer a few screen slide sets for sale or trade. Perhaps, I'll set up a ModDoll Fun!™ Webstore.

#AmericanGirl Through The Years: Take This Retrospective Meet Outfits #Quiz! #18inchDolls #Toys #History

It's Labor Day! Here's a fun quiz that gives an overview of the evolving looks of American Girl® through the years:

Enjoy the holiday.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Tiny Working Flashlight (Keychain): #DIY #Miniatures Mod To Fit #18inchDolls! #Collectors #Toys

The miniature working flashlight (keychain) that I acquired via a Listia auction started out with a short chain and keyring attached. I wanted to make it into a real (i.e., standalone) flashlight that my dolls can "hold," so I decided to mod(ify) it.
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Miniature Working Flashlight (Keychain)
First, I took a pair of wire cutters and carefully clipped the chain-link which was attached to the flashlight via plastic loop at the back. Then I pulled away the chain. (I kept this, putting it in a knickknack box in my Modeler's Workshop to potentially use in a future project.)

Next, I took a pair of industrial scissors and trimmed all the excess sharp plastic sticking out from the rear of the flashlight (seems to be a molding error, the plastic loop was not cleanly formed) to make it possible to grasp the flashlight without scratching or cutting one's finger.

Voila! I have a real miniature flashlight...  that can fit into a doll's hand. See images below.
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Miniature Working Flashlight (Post-Mod) - Front
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Miniature Working Flashlight (Post-Mod) - Top
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Miniature Working Flashlight (Post-Mod) - Side L
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Miniature Working Flashlight (Post-Mod) - Side R
Like many full-sized flashlights, this miniature version has a screw on lens cap. It's powered by 3 tiny button batteries. Providing one can find the correct size replacement parts, the batteries and the little light bulb can be removed if/when either wears out, so that this miniature flashlight can be maintained in working order, presumably for some time to come.

We're All Adults, Right? #DollCollectors #18inchDolls #AmericanGirl #Betchiness #Humor

I will preface this link by saying that I assume my audience is made up of adult collectors of dolls (and other scale models). I just found this yesterday: American Girl Dolls Ranked By Betchiness.

I love it! The author shares my wacky irreverent sense of humor. As humans, we should poke fun at our own silly selves. Laughter is indeed the best medicine.