Thursday, 17 May 2018

What I've learnt about Azone



 I got some Azone Pure Neemo dolls for Christmas. I know, that's ages ago. But I was planning on getting one more before I wrote anything about them or did anything with them and so far that hasn't happened. But in the meantime here is what I've learnt about different Azone bodies and sizes.

 There are four different Azone Pure Neemo bodies. Which one a doll has mostly depends on the age of the doll. I say mostly because there is an overlap period when the new bodies begin production where certain types of doll will have the old body, while others have the new one.
  The oldest body is called Advanced or Advance. I've not seen one of these in person but they seem to have minimal or no articulation. Instead they have interchangeable body parts, so you change the dolls pose by removing body parts and replacing them with others in the correct pose. Which frankly sounds like a storage nightmare.

  The next body is the Flection body. The Flection body has lots of joints. The arms move up and down at the shoulders but not side to side. There is also rotation to the upper arm. The elbows are jointed with a hinge. The hands rotate (but don't bend) and can be removed and replaced with other hands in different poses. They swivel at the waist. Their legs move forward and backward at the hip. There is a rotating joint in the upper thigh. Knees bend on a hinge and the ankles are on a ball type joint. But there is limited side to side mobility in the ankle because of the shape of the lower leg. That is a LOT of joints!

 The next body is the Full Flection body. Which is confusingly similar to the last body but realistically it's almost the same. The legs on the Full Flection dolls move out to the side very slightly at the hips. And I mean VERY slightly. And there's an extra joint at the shoulder so the arms can move sideways, away from the body. Otherwise these seem to be the same as the Flection body. Of my two Full Flection dolls one has jointed wrists that bend, the other (surprisingly the newer one) only rotates at the wrists, so I'm not sure which is more common.

As far as I can tell this is the only significant difference between Flection (right) and Full Flection (left)

  The newest body is the Emotion body and. . . well. . . there isn't a lot I can say about these because other than prototype pictures, I've never even seen a picture of one. Rumour has it they have a ball-jointed waist and all the old joints but with improvements so they can do things like kneel properly. But I don't know anything for sure about them. I'm not even sure I got the name right.

Four different sized Pure Neemos

  So back to the Flection and Full Flection bodies. To put it simply they come in four sizes. Extra Small, Small, Medium and Large. To put it not so simply - it's a bit more complicated than that. The Extra Small dolls are simply Extra Small. They're all the same size, 21 cm or 8 and a quarter inches. An Extra Small doll has hands a different size to the other dolls. So whereas hands are interchangeable between Small, Medium and Large dolls, the Extra Small dolls need Extra Small hands.

  The other sizes are a little more complicated. Because they're made in two parts. The sizes are often listed as doll size, then bust size. So there could be a Medium doll with a Small bust. Or a Medium doll with a Large bust. And they won't be the same size as each other. Or the same height. Because what's referred to as the doll size is the leg length/size up to the waist. And the bust size isn't just the size of the boobs but ALL of the body above the waist. And there are four different bust sizes that can be used on these dolls - Small, Medium, Large and Extra Large (or LL)! This leads to a lot more variation in sizes.

As an example, the doll on the left is a small doll with a small bust. The doll on the right is a medium doll with a medium bust. The doll in the centre is a medium doll with a small bust. So she's the same size as the small doll from the waist down but the same size as the medium doll from the waist up. Interestingly all three dolls arms are exactly the same size. BUT the Extra Small girls arms are a completely different size.

  As well as size differences there are two different skin tones. White (on the left in the picture above) and normal (on the right) which is quite pinkish and not really very dark at all.


  The default hands are sort of starfish hands. Wouldn't be my first choice if it were up to me but some of the dolls come with extra hands and packs of extra hands are sold separately as well. My largest doll came with five extra pairs of hands
And my smallest girl came with three extra sets of hands
Including this hand which is holding something but I don't know what!
A coin? A charm? A guitar pick?

  I'm going to finish up for today by showing how they compare in size to some other dolls. I'll probably write more about these girls soon but I've run out of time for now.
Left to right - When I read I dream, Stacie (old), Extra Small, Creepy vintage Skipper, Small, Small Medium, Medium, Moxie Girl, Olsen twin. Looking at this I'm kind of keen to dig out my Moxie Girl clothes for them!

And I'm not sure how well the neck joint would fit, but the "When I read I dream" dolls heads would proportionately be a good fit on the Extra Small body. (I've always felt their heads looked too big for their original bodies) BUT it would make them about an inch taller. Maybe a little less than that. Other Barbie family dolls probably wouldn't work as well unless they were fairly pale because the Pure Neemos are not tan at all!

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Vintage Sewing Books


 If I could give one piece of advice to anyone expecting their first child, it would be to buy everything you can gender neutral. Yeah, have some cute little boy or little girl outfits, but for the most part, just stick with neutral stuff. Why? Because when you have your second baby, you probably won't have as much money to blow. It's easier if they can just wear the older kid's hand me downs and cheaper too.

 That's why there's not been much from me lately. Our new baby is going to be a girl, which is great. I don't really care that much, I'm just hoping that it's normal human sized. But almost all of our baby clothes scream "BOY!" I was working a lot more when I was pregnant with the Giant Baby, and didn't have to worry about things like paying for daycare and hearing specialists for a two year old. So at the end of the week, jumping online and spending two hundred dollars on ridiculous baby clothes, that'd only be worn once, and just end up covered in bodily fluids anyway, wasn't a big deal. But over the last few months, all of our spare cash has been eaten up with various medical expenses. Not anything dramatic, just doctor's visits, the kid's hearing specialist, and because I forgot to book my ultrasounds until the last minute, I couldn't get into either of the public hospitals in our area for them (which would have been free) and had to pay to have them somewhere else. And so right now our focus is on how to afford the things we're going to absolutely need, rather than pretty things to wear.

 Luckily, I'm a crazy hoarder, mad-person, with boxes and boxes of fabric stash and a big box filled with vintage sewing books. So I've been baby sewing. I'm pretty sure that's not a proper sentence, though. Except, the books I have, mean you have to rule and draw up your own patterns, which is tedious and time consuming, so two days work may only have some weird looking diagrams as their result. (It also means I have a lot of trouble focusing. My attention span sucks, and there's a pretty slim chance of me still being interested enough to make anything by the time I've finished ruling up the pattern.) It's also a bit confusing because some patterns include seam allowances, but most don't and which ones do is completely and utterly random. But most have an allowance on the pattern for a hem which seems odd to me. Why have an allowance for a hem but not seam allowances? Which means I have to pay attention more than I'd like.

 So far I've finished one dress, and I even learned to make buttonholes to do it!


It's not perfect. I used a sort of shirring tape on the front, that I really don't know how to describe. It kind of automatically shirs the fabric for you. And I hadn't practiced using it at all, so the very top little bit of shirring came out a bit wonky. Then I realised I could only stitch every second line and the rest turned out much better.  More concerningly, I actually have no idea what size it is! The book describes it as Infant sized. But that could mean almost anything under a year old. But also, in all honesty, the books I'm using are really inconsistent on sizing anyway.

  I'm making another dress from the same pattern that'll be more like the sample picture, with smocking and everything. No, I don't know how to do smocking, but there's a two page spread in the book that explains it, and it's such a small amount, that I think I can probably do it. Or at least cry and swear a lot trying.


I'm also making this raglan dress in red, printed flannelette with a white yoke -


That one's nearly finished. It just needs hemming, buttonholes and buttons.

I also want to make a few of these -

This is one of the ones that's inconsistent on size. Here it's listed as for 6-18 months (which sounds like a BIG size difference to me) but in other editions it's listed as 1-9 months or 3-12 months with the exact same measurements.

 These magazines are one of my favourite sewing resources. Not so much for the patterns, since I'm rarely sewing for humans, but for the advice on how to do things, or how to adapt a basic pattern into other things.

 These are just some of the ones I have that still have covers. Since they were printed more as magazines than books and were over thirty years old before I got my hands on them, most of them are missing their covers. Some are missing pages but some look like they were bought and never even used.

  They were written by a lady named Enid Gilchrist and published in Australia, first by the Argus newspaper (which is The Age now) in the 1940's, then by an Australian women's magazine called New Idea, until the 1980's. The 1980's ones are embarrassingly awful though. The two I have, from that period, have all the samples badly made, apparently by someone that hates sewing and children and clothes, in incredibly heavy, knit fabrics that hang in an awful, droopy way that make me think "No wonder they stopped making these books!"

 One of the things I love about these is the pictures of the clothes and how they changed over time. The earlier books have pages and pages of a million different styles of petticoats and gorgeous, snazzy, tailored, woolen coats. And the clothes are almost ridiculously formal.


  Both these outfits were suggested as easy clothes for holidays. And not holidays like Christmas or Easter, but holidays as in a week's vacation at the beach! I do not like ironing enough to even vaguely think clothes like that as play clothes is a good idea! And the little boy's shirt, looks like a pillowcase with a collar.

  And some of the books have some amazingly, camp clothes!


 That little boy doesn't look like he's feeling as groovy as his tie would suggest! Maybe because his shorts are painfully short!

This cover is so bright it makes my eyes bleed!


I'm pretty sure the girl on the left is holding the middle child down so she doesn't run away to change her clothes!

But that book does have some nice clothes in it


The little dress in the bottom left hand corner could probably still be worn by a four or five year old without anyone raising an eyebrow. (It says cover dress, but it's not on the cover of this edition. The military style one at the top was the cover dress on an earlier printing. In a painfully bright shade of pink!)

 It's weird to think that the kids in these pictures would be in their sixties now!
 Something interesting I have noticed is the ways the sewing tips changed. In the earlier books the tips are things like "How to adapt a standard bodice pattern to make a princess line dress" or "How to smock". Whereas the later books have tips that are at a very basic, beginner level. For example - "Be careful to remember to reverse the sleeve pattern before cutting the second sleeve, or you'll end up with two sleeves for the same armhole." Apparently they assumed everyone in the 1940's knew the basics of sewing but had lost faith by the 1970's!

 The ads are fun too. There are a lot that feature "moody" and "sluggish" teenagers, that immediately perk up after being dosed with laxatives! That'd perk me up too, but probably make me moodier. And almost all of the early ones have an ad for something called Curlypet, which supposedly makes your child's hair go curly!


 I'm very dubious that that would have worked. But can picture swathes of mother's handing over buckets of cash in the hopes of turning their straight haired darlings into little Shirley Temple moppets. I also can't help but wonder what it was and if there was any science behind it at all.

Anyway here's a fairly random selection of outfits.

 
Nine year old me would have loved this tartan dress! Grown up me, shudders at the thought of ironing it!


  This is about as casual as the girl's patterns got in the 1950's!


  I actually love this. I picture it as being a deep, dark blue, with pale blue ribbon and would be heartbroken if I found out it wasn't! But I cannot picture a modern child wearing any kind of adaptation of this.


  This reminds me of Buffy from A Family Affair. You can't see it in this picture but under the bolero, her pinafore has huge, brass buckles on the shoulders, which may be why she looks so uncomfortable.


  Another late 1960's, early 1970's gem! I love this, but could never inflict it on a real life child. And you can tell, just by looking at it, that that is some swelteringly hot polyester!


  I would probably force a child to wear this though. . . I'd possibly insist on it being a tiny bit longer though.


  This is one of my favourites. I imagine it being bright red. Although the kid in the picture looks a little freaked out, like she's not sure if she should run away or not. Possibly she's just scared of that terrifying, angry doll. Somewhere I have another book that actually has the pattern for the dress the doll is wearing too.

 Now I'm going to have to tear myself away and force myself to hem the red dress, even if hemming is tedious, so I can actually pretend I got something done today.








Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Tiny Tuesday - A Dollhouse for a Dollhouse

 Thanks to everyone that said nice things after my last post. I had my first scan today which thankfully confirmed I'm only having one baby! Twins run in our family and one of our cousins has triplets, so I was seriously having nightmares about the possibilities!

 Today I'm going to show you my dollhouse dollhouse. When I got this, most of the dollhouse sized dollhouses that I could find online were cast resin and didn't open, or the opened but looked very modern and had no dividing walls or floors inside. That's why this one stood out.


This one is by the Dollhouse Emporium. It's made of wood but the image on the front is printed on card that's stuck on. You can't really see ti in the picture, but the sticker is a little loose and creased in the bottom left hand corner. It's actually really sturdy for the size, short of being jumped on, the only part that I could imagine ever breaking is the fine metal rod that hinges the front section.


  The inside is completely painted cream and not only are there wall and floor partitions, there are even little doorways cut into the walls, which is definitely the kind of detail that makes me make high pitched noises. The vertical wall panels aren't completely straight, they're set on a very, slight angle, which surprisingly doesn't bother me at all. That's the kind of thing I wouldn't be surprised to see in an actual children's dollhouse, so in my mind it kind of adds to the realism. On the other hand, to my eyes at least, the front opens the wrong way! Which probably bothers me way more than it should. Even more annoying, you can actually see on the right side, where little holes have been drilled to accommodate the pin hinge, which just makes me confused. Why drill the holes there if you're not going to use them? I have, in a particularly OCD moment, considered trying to rehinge it on the other side but I'm pretty sure I would just wreck it, so I talk myself into leaving it.

  This little house is based on one of the Dollhouse Emporium's actual dollhouses. The Montgomery Hall. It's a pretty good likeness. It's even divided into the same number of rooms inside. Here's a catalogue picture of the actual Montgomery Hall for comparison.


 The biggest differences seem to be that the colours are more washed out in the miniature version, and the big version has two doors on the front, one opening toward each side. The little house would be an amazing dollhouse for inside the big version.

Not including the roof section, the little house is just under seven centimetres high, so about two and three quarter inches, if you prefer inches. And to give you an idea of scale here it is with the child from my dollhouse and a Kelly doll (who I just realised, too late, is having a slight wardrobe malfunction.)


 At some point I would like to decorate the interior. Wallpaper it with scraps of paper, carpet it with scraps of fabric or ribbon and furnish it. But it's a daunting concept because it is so tiny and so I always put it off. I've come up with a few ideas to furnish it. One is to download vintage foldable cut-out furniture sheets for paper dolls, shrink them down, and print them on card and have folded card furniture. Or to do the same thing but only roughly cut the images out and glue them to tiny cubes of balsa wood. OR to buy kits for 1:144 scale furniture and make it. . . I've already bought a few kits, but I'm too scared to attempt making them.


 They're terrifying. And, realistically, at this point, I'm not even sure they're going to fit well in the house. Since it's supposed to be a kid's toy, I'm not going to be overly fussy about scale (and they're supposed to be the same scale) but if the stuff literally doesn't fit in the rooms it's not going to work. But I guess, until I'm brave enough to had a go, that's a fairly moot point.

But of course to make this the coolest dollhouse dollhouse ever, it is going to need a dollhouse inside it. And for that, I probably will just use a square of balsa wood with a picture of this house glued to the front.

Saturday, 3 February 2018

A little update

I got my pure neemos. Everything about sizes changing was absolute nonsense which makes things a lot easier. But the doll I'd planned to be Piccolina just doesn't suit. So she will be a second ghost and I will find a new Piccolina. I'm currently tossing up between two different dolls but haven't decided yet. I'll post photos once I have my Piccolina.

 I'm really failing at doll stuff and blogging right now. Actually I'm pretty much failing at everything right now. Everything is getting further and further behind and I don't have the motivation to get back on track. You see, I'm pregnant and I'm having the world's worst morning sickness. About half the time, I'm having trouble holding water down, much less anything else. And the rest of the time, the only thing I can think is "Please don't throw up!" It's a barrel of laughs. Hopefully in the next week or two this will pass and I'll be back to my usual doing thirty things at once (but none of them well) self. Hopefully. Meanwhile I'm already swearing that I'm never doing this again.
 The Giant Baby has one of the most impressive mosquito bites I have ever seen on his cheek.

What's surprising is that he doesn't seem to know it's there. It's not bothering him in the slightest. BUT when I showed him in the mirror, he cried for twenty minutes. So we're keeping him away from mirrors for the time being.
Hopefully I can manage something doll related this week.

Saturday, 27 January 2018

A bit of rambling and some pictures of animals

Just before I start, my kid doesn't habdle heat well. He was up all night vomitting and it was still 28 degrees in his room at three am. So if this post is less coherent than usual, or badly spelt, or a bit whiny it's probably because I'm exhausted. There are pretty pictures of animals at the end. Feel free to skip the blah blah blah and just look at the pictures.

It's not been much fun here since Christmas. Our cat (who was nineteen years old) had to be put down between Christmas and New Years. The Giant Husband has been having some health problems which luckily have turned out to be minor but have meant he hasn't been able to drive. Which, since I don't know how to drive, means we've barely left town for the past six weeks. And I've been plagued by Huntsman spiders.

Losing the cat was sad. I had had him for more than half my life and some perverse part of my brain really wanted him to live to be 20. But he had a brain tumour and it was causing seizures, his kidneys were starting to go and he clearly wasn't a happy cat, which helped. Our little dog on the other hand seems the most upset about it. She's very anxietyish anyway and when she gets stressed she gets bad dandruff and really bad gas. She used to spend half the day following me around and the other half sleeping with the cat. Now she doesn't seem to know what to do with herself.

Huntsman spiders, if you're not familiar with them, are theoretically lovely. They don't make webs. They eat bugs and other spiders. They have no interest in biting and aren't dangerous anyway. BUT they're big. Usually about the size of the palm of someones hand (that includes the legs, this isn't a horror movie) and I am terrified of them. They like to walk across the ceiling, and sometimes they drop to the ground with a PLOP! And one of my greatest fears is of one doing that, landing on my head and getting tangled in my hair. I have seen more of these this year, than in the last five years combined! My favourite  (not at all my favourite) was the one I found at 5am, in the sleeve of my dressing gown. After I'd put it on! And now I can never wear my dressing gown again, unless it's been exorcised by a preist and set on fire first.

I haven't been online as much as usual lately because our internet has been terrible. I've been giving up on our home wifi and using my mobile phone data, even though it's ridiculously expensive, because the wifi has been so very bad. I thought it was just us. But Australia is getting a whole new Internet system, and lately heaps of people have been telling me that they've had the exact same problem since installation of the new system started in our area. On the one hand, that makes me feel better, it's not just me. On the other hand it's frustrating since the new system isn't ready to connect to yet.

Last weekend we took the Giant Baby to the Healesville Sanctuary to see the animals. We wanted him to see native animals. I wanted to take pictures of the animals. And the Giant Husband wanted to prove platypuses exist. I tease him by claiming I don't believe in them. I mean really, a venomous, egg laying mammal, with a duck bill and a beaver tail. It sounds like a bad internet hoax.
 On the Friday we looked at the weather forcast for Saturday and saw it was only going to be 30 degrees. Not that bad, we thought, we'll go. Except it was more like 35 and when you're out in it all day, that's not really comfy. Most of the animals were lying on the ground or hiding because they were too hot. The Giant Husband told me off for saying that the kangaroos looked just like the ones we see dead on the side of the highway. But they did.
Even still, it was a great day. I got some pictures. The Giant Baby loved it. By the end of the day he could say Echidna and Cocky. And since the platypuses are kept in a pitch dark room, in tanks full of leaves and branches, I can still pretend not to believe in them.

Most of the Kangaroos looked like roadkill. This one pulled out it's sexy pose.


Koalas doing what koalas do best. Sleeping.

This little guy wasn't an exhibit. We found him in one of the bird enclosures and he was so desperate for attention, I had to get a picture.


The echidnas and birds were the only animals with any life in them.

I'm pretty sure this emu was plotting my demise.

This Rainbow Lorikeet on the other hand was an adorable little flirt and chatted with us for quite a few minutes.

My best attempt at photographing a platypua in the dark with no flash. Further proof they don't exist. (They do exist.)

I ended up settling for a picture of this platypus sculpture.

And this little guy enjoyed it so much, we got memberships so we can go back whenever we like. Hopefully when the animals don't all have heat stroke.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Tiny Tuesday - CPK Little Sprouts



                                                                       


 I picked one of these up at Toys R Us and I'm kind of impressed. For some reason, I expected these to be bigger than they are. In real life they're about an inch high. So, it is quite impressive how much they look like Cabbage Patch Kids! It's immediately obvious what she's meant to be, which I think is pretty cool for something this small.

  According to the list that came with her, this girl is named Joelle Indie. But with the high, blonde ponytail and big smile, she reminds me of Jojo Siwa, so I'm calling her Jojo.

  I didn't take a lot of photos because she doesn't really do much. Her arms are fixed. Her head turns but not very far or well, because her hair gets in the way. Her legs move but not independently because they're attatched to each other. You can, rip her in half, accidentally of course, but it shows her construction.



AND she's the perfect size to be a Cabbage Patch Kid for a Kelly doll! (Excuse how dusty the Kelly is, she's the only one I could find that had clothes on!)


 I DO wish there had been more painted details. Her teeth and the flower on the front of her outfit could easily be picked out with paint. But that not surprising given how small she is. And the quality of the paintwork she does have is really good, not sloppy like it often is on tiny toys. If I went to Toys R Us more often, I'd probably have a bunch of these. Luckily, nobody else seems to sell them.


Thursday, 7 December 2017

The Great Azone Headache.

 I have always wanted an Azone Pure Neemo doll. They're not so expensive as to be completely unaffordable and they're very cute. But I never knew how to get one. Azone themselves only sell within Japan. Other online shops do sell them but their pre-orders usually sell out in minutes. You can buy them on Ebay but the prices there are completely unreasonable. And then I stumbled across Mandarake.

  If you haven't heard of Mandarake, they're a chain of shops in Japan that sell second hand (mostly) collectables. Even better, they have an online shop that ships internationally. And they generally have Azone dolls. The prices are a bit all over the place. Some things are way more expensive than they were originally. Some things are way cheaper than they were originally. But almost all of their prices are a lot more reasonable than Ebay.

 Possibly my favourite thing about Mandarake, and machine translated websites in general, is the translation mistakes. One line of Pure Neemo dolls is called Ex-Cute, except it never translates as that. Ex translates as basically any word starting with E. Effort, ecstacy, example, except, extreme. And frequently Cute is replaced with a random C word as well. So far my favourite mistranslation is when Ex-Cute was written as Escort Crouton! (This isn't specific to Mandarake. It happens on Hobby Link Japan, Hobby Search Japan, Ami Ami, and even Azone's own website.)

 I got to thinking. Pure Neemo dolls, I decided would be a lot more fun to buy if you had characters in mind for them. Since a lot of their dolls are based on anime and manga characters the work is kind of already done for you there. But I'm more difficult than that. I wanted mine to represent my own characters. I've spent most of my life making up characters and stories for them. Browsing through the dolls and thinking about this, I realised that my characters usually fell into a few archetypes and I decided to make up new characters, which are really just composites of old characters to be represented by these dolls.

  I've already ordered one. If I get money for Christmas, I plan on combining that with my dolly savings to buy two more. The one I've ordered is Little Witch of the Snow Railli (or Rilei, or Riley, or Raili, or Reili - clearly it sounds like Reilly and the spelling isn't important.) She's my Ghost Girl. Currently I'm seesawing between Marcella and Celestine for her name. The next two I want are to be a little Goth Girl and a little Bubbly Girl. Their names will be Tristessa and Piccolina. (In case you're concerned, I wouldn't name an actual human something like that. But since these dolls are so cartoonish, I feel I can be quite silly with their names. I plan on eventually naming one Butterscotch McMustardface.)

 This is pretty much where the problems started. Pure Neemos come in a variety of sizes. And I want Piccolina and Tristessa to be the same size. But Mandarake don't list the sizes of their dolls and because they're selling them secondary market, they're generally from a variety of years. I decided I wanted these two girls to be small or medium. I researched what doll's clothes fit small and medium Pure Neemos. I made lists of which dolls would be good fits for the characters almost like I was casting a movie or something. I felt very confident and very clever and like I was an expert.

 And then something happened. I stumbled across several different pieces of information that changed everything. You see Pure Neemo's have had different bodies over the years. Advance, Flexion, Full Flection. And it seems they haven't all been the same size. There's also just been a new body released (some places call it the Emotion body, some places call it Pure Neemo 2) which doesn't fit the previous body's clothes. One source said that after 2013 what was originally considered a small, was relabelled as a medium. One source said the sizes changed again before that. Another source said the sizes have changed again since then. Another source claimed the sizes have never changed and people are just getting confused.

 At this point, I was so confused (and annoyed that all my research was useless since I didn't know which sizes the sizes I'd read about referred to) I felt like I was having a stroke. I had a brilliant idea. Look up the different sizes in doll shops and see what heights they list for the dolls, if they list heights at all. I was so hopeful. I was sure this would fix everything in my brain. It did not. Yes, some shops do list the dolls heights. But it seems when deciding their heights they don't do anything silly like measure them with a ruler. Oh no. Instead, it seems, they hand them to whoever is closest, that person looks at it and says "Ah, I'd say that's about 25 centimetres." and that number is what they put on the website. At least that's my theory since I saw five different dolls with the same body type, from the same year, all in different sizes all listed as 25cm, and I also saw the small body (in the same body type) variously listed as 23, 24, 25, 26 and 27 centimetres!

 I have never been so confused in my life. It's possible that dolls released as a small prior to 2013 would have been labelled medium after that date. It's possible that dolls released as a small on the flexion body are the same size as the medium full-flexion body. It's possible that that information only applies to certain special release dolls. It's possible that the sizes have changed many more times than that. It's possible that absolutely no size change has ever happened. But right now - I have a migraine from thinking about it and can only blindly hope that if worst comes to worst, I can buy Piccolina and Tristessa replacement bodies that are the same size and switch their heads around.

 It probably would've been easier to just magic up more money (it would require magic), go to Japan, and compare them myself.