Review: Aileen Doll Ashes

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Hello all and sorry for the long silence!! Somehow I got trapped with so much work that it was impossible to do anything at all, having to work extra hours even on the weekend. After things calmed down I admit I just went full on lazy mode haha, but hopefully I’ll be picking out things soon.

I promised an Aileen Doll Ashes review so long ago! I took the photos a week or so ago, but have been editing them on a slow pace over the week. There’s not many photos, since their dragons don’t have that many pieces to pose, but I still hope this will end up being useful for some people.

On to the photos!

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Front view of little Ashes in all his grumpy glory, isn’t He cute? As you can see the arms are single jointed and the legs consist of two pieces, counting the feet. Not a fan that the stomach seam line is situated right in the front, but it can’t be helped since the tail is right at the back of the same piece. I think I’ll avoid any blushing on that part.

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Side view, here you can see some of the tail. The head works with a faceplate mechanism and the jaw is an extra white resin piece that hangs there by placing it inside the head, making it posible to open and close. It’s default position is open, and can’t be kept closed on its own, but if a photo really needs it closed I think I could use a bit of eye putty.

It took me sometime to learn to balance his heavy body to stand him, but now it is very easy to do so.

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Back view where you can clearly see the headback and faceplate separation, or so I hope.

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You can move the wings up and down, but they don’t tend to stay in place in that many positions. Maybe tightening the elastic would help, but I’m not concerned about it.

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A clear view that the wings are kept in place with elastic stringing, and not magnets. There’s only one place for magnets in this doll and that is to keep the faceplate in place.

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He can also sit and move the arms, of course.

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This is the open eyed face plate. There was an event sometime ago where you could also buy the limited sleeping faceplate.

The little horns are glued in place, whereas the bigger ones are placed in 2 holes at the back and are hold by both the faceplate and the headback piece.

Eyes are mako OWL 013 in 16mm.

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Instead of an s hook, there’s a resin piece there with a very cool design. There’s also a plate inside with the company logo.

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Here you can see the “holes” for the horns.

As you might already know, I had a trouble with one of the tiny horns that came broken. Aileen doll said they were going to send me another one, but I haven’t received anything as of this day. I contacted them last night to ask about it. Will update with whatever they say to me. Can’t say I’m too happy about that, I’m still unsure on how I’m going to remove the resin broken piece that is glued to the faceplate. I might as well just try to glue back the broken one and give it a face up as is. I’m really looking forward to play more with this doll.

UPDATE: I received the horn yesterday, and they actually sent two, so that was nice. I had a bit of trouble taking the broken resin piece that was glued onto the hole of the head, but after letting it soak a minute on alcohol, I managed to take it almost completely. I’ll be gluing the horn today and paint the head as if they are part of the face plate because I do not dare to take the other horn out, the glue was super strong!

And that’s for today, hope you are having a great week!!

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12 thoughts on “Review: Aileen Doll Ashes

  1. Alasse Carnesir

    Thanks for the awesome review. I am really loving the extra sculpting details on the dragon’s body, the bits of scale here and there, although I did notice that front seam too. Kind of a strange place to have it. I would have thought on the side where it is less noticeable would have made more sense!

    I am really looking forward to see how you end up painting this little and what colour palette you’ll end up going with.

    It’s a shame to hear about Aileendoll’s lack of action on the promised replacement part. I hope the outcome is a positive one for you but they really aren’t doing themselves any favours by dragging it out like this. That you had to ask again about it is already bad customer service in my books. They really should be doing everything they can to help.

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    1. Fantasywoods Post author

      I think the front seam line is just because of the tail, so half the tail and half the stomach is one piece of the mold.

      Aileen doll replied to me today saying they sent it, but that if I haven’t received it, they can send another. Well of course I didn’t received it, that’s why I contacted them, but I guess I’ll wait a few days until I ask them to send another.

      I really want to paint him, Thanks!

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  2. Niina

    This was a wonderful review of a cute little dragon. There is something special with dragons, and I do love the wings and the grumpy face. And as Alasse, I am looking forward to see what you will do with this little one, when it comes to painting it and so on.
    I do know how it feels to have a lot to do. Here is has been a massive amount of meetings at the girls’ school and at their activities – so much information to collect and remember. And with work, studies, a home to take care of – then the lazy mode comes very handy. Even here! 😀 Good to see you back again! <3

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    1. Fantasywoods Post author

      Thanks~ I have no plans on painting him too different from default blushing, but I do want to do some changes, so hopefully he looks great :D.
      Glad to know I’m not the only one to go into lazy mode from time to time, but maybe I do it way too often haha.

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  3. Xanadu

    Hi Alejandra,
    I guess the only advantage of having lots of work, is the extra money that comes with it. 🙂

    I really like the Aileen dragons and this was a great review. I do hope you get your replacement, they have been a bit slack not getting back to you, but perhaps they didn’t have any spare and had to make one. However, in saying that, they should have notified you.

    I haven’t purchased any Aileen dragons for myself, only Ashes for my daughter. She loves dragons and has a large collection of them, but only the one BJD dragon. I do have a Mushroom Peddler dragon though.

    Hope things settle down for you and you get more dolly time.
    Hugs,
    X

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    1. Fantasywoods Post author

      Hello!!
      Yes, I haven’t got paid all those extra hours, but I hope I will soon 😀 that will make me happy at least lol.

      I’m glad you liked the review, wish I had more to say about it haha.

      I wish you would show us your daughters’ dragons some day, love dragons 😀

      Thank you!!

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  4. Irene

    I know the feeling when you’re super busy! When you get spare time all you want to do is nothing! Hahah~ yay for being lazy.

    He’s so cute, I like his grumpy expression, he shows great personality already!!

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