Click on these cool process pix to see the evolution of the Scary Godmother doll and Bug-A-Boo plush backpack from drawings to amazing items! Years in the making, these are just a small sample of the many steps which brought Scary Godmother and Bug-A-Boo to life!
Scary Godmother Prometheus
The original sculpt, with cuts for joints...the beginning this whole crazy Doll dream!
Scary Doll Sculpt process
Side View of the sculpt to show articulated points and wing placement.
The Original Prototype Sample Doll
Here is the Prototype Doll, cast from the original sculpt mold, painted, with ideal hair and handmade to scale clothing. She was the most beautiful.
Close up of our beautiful, hand sculpted and painted prototype. This is what we would strive to emulate in the factory manufacture!
cast head and wax head samples
One of the problems we encountered during our articulation process. She 'broke' at the ball joint in her chest very easily. This was fixed by creating a longer ball joint stem that went deeper into the abdomen.
We got many scrap cast, plastic prototypes to check for articulation and joint tightness. Here, her hip and leg joints were too loose and while she was flexible, she could not hold a pose from the waist down and fell like a marionette with cut strings. It took several adjustments to get it right.
All the pieces are falling into place here.
fancy knee joints are fancy!
The leg bone is connected to the ankle bone and the ankle bone is connected to the foot bone!
clean plastic cast sample after the joints were sufficiently tight enough to hold a pose. But then we had a problem with the joints in her wrists breaking easily. Here there are hands but no ball joints in her wrists. The Boozle is in his pre-ghostly plastic state in this photo!
Testing the clothing to see if it fits one of the sample bodies!
Signed samples of clothing that Jill approved.
At one point, the original prototype head was lost and the factory did not understand that Scary Godmother was 'white', but not caucasian. This version also had bad hair and a cheap make up job! Ew! No thank you! This is not what we agreed to!
Jill was very upset that they tried to foist this cheap, tacky hair and crappy makeup job off onto us. But once it was realized that the beautiful prototype head was lost and there was nothing to compare it to, we had two more prototype bodies made so we could have a new Master Paint prototype created!
One of two replacement Master Paint samples we had to have made. Lovely lightly airbrushed in green for that ghoulish and spooky pallor.Great green gold makeup for her eyes. And proper Boozle the Ghost Cat.
Jill's notes/corrections on how to paint the face/eye make up. They were matching it to the Master Paint head and Jill needed a few details tweaked!
She has three cool purses!
Samples of painted bodies and heads and one hair sample. Our original hair preference material was unavailable and new hair samples had to be sent for approval.
We had a terrible problem with the wrists snapping off. So new joints had to be sculpted.
wrist and forearm samples. Getting the correct ball joint and trimming away at some of the forearm solved our problem. And, even though this problem was taken care of--- Don't manhandle her by the delicate wrists because it's just common sense! She's a precious jewel!
The term 'signing off on' really comes from signing off on things...like each part of the doll that Jill approved!
One of the first suggested ways to pack the Doll in her box. Ultimately this did not work so well. She needed some items moved around and many more wires to secure her best.
The file for the box art and cutting and folding!
Some dressing instructions
There was some let minute confusion about how she was dressed, so Jill had to show them the correct way to dress the doll so her little heart skull show under her tutu!
Proper placement of the doll and her accessories on the box insert.
Proper placement of the doll stand for ease of packing.
two doll samples that were sent for approval
comparing both doll samples for evidence of movement during shipping and damage. everything was A-OK!
Close up of the Doll with some of the wire attachments visible. These keep her secure in transit!