Saturday, 17 October 2015

Another Dose of Zwergnase Juniors.

Close your eyes if you find my much-loved Zwergs are not to your taste!
I am very aware that they are far more like real children than many dolls. They do not smile all the time and their expressions change with the slightest tilt of the head. Some, like many a pre-teen or teenager, NEVER smile. But it is their very variety, the fact that some are not pretty in a conventional dolly sense, their moods and changeable expressions that make them like the real children in my classes that I still miss so much.

Here is Amelia.

She is a rarity. Amelia was designed and usually made with a carrot red wig but, presumably, the company ran out of the wigs and, having been asked for another one, they made her up as a blond, but still with her curls. It seems the person ordering her wanted to have the red haired look and didn't want her as a blond. So, lucky me! I was able to buy her.

Here she is in all her original outfit, except her hat, to show her wig a little better. This is the hardest hair to brush through on any of my dolls, but it is easy to style in different ways once it is brushed. Amelia is from the 2007 run of Juniors.

Lenka is from the 2014 collection, so has rooted hair. Sadly, like many of these rooted dolls, her hairline is poor and I am thinking of cutting her a fringe in to hide the roots on her forehead.

She has a very, very variable expression and, at first glance, I was not drawn to her because her stock photo makes her look extremely grumpy. I sometimes wonder if Zwergnase set out not to sell the Junior dolls at all, as their photos are often poorly posed (as if I have any right to say so, with my meagre ability in photography!) or the faces can even be almost completely hidden.

In the photo above, you can just about make out her light, gingery freckles but the light in this shot makes her 'skin' look paler than it is. (Told you, I'm a hopeless photographer!)

I think she was losing patience with my efforts here. Can't you hear her saying, 'Oh, come ON, Mam! It's booooooring standing here!!'

......and now it seems that Amelia is not too happy that Lenka has borrowed her hat for their joint photo, so maybe I should let them go and play  for a while. Divas or otherwise, there is only so much time a child wants to spend standing still for photographs to be taken.


  1. I love that Amelia's hair is blonde and curly, I am not sure if red would have looks as nice! I also love the colour's of her outfit and her hat. I do like the way some of these dolls are dressed , very different and quirky!
    I love Lenka and maybe if you gave her a wider hair band , you could let some of her hair sit forward therefore hiding the rooting holes, just an idea! :)
    I find their expressions to be very inquiring , like they are searching or waiting for an answer to a question they have asked or are about to!
    I love that Hat! I may have to buy the doll just for that hat!!! :)xxx

  2. Lenka does have a lovely face. I find these dolls even more difficult to photograph to show the off to their best than other dolls. I do wish Zwergnase had kept to wigs but I suppose I could rewig them or, as you say, give the ones with less attractive hairlines a deeper band to wear.
    I loked my later Gotz Sasha girl Lily's hat too - it might be the main reason I bought her!

  3. I love both of them but particularly like the wigged girl, Amelia, her hair is lovely....and so is her outfit. I love the outfits that this company and many other German companies give their dolls. I really like the style. I sooooo want to make things for my Z girl but never seem to get the time, I have so many ideas stored up! I need dozens more hours in a week to make them all up!
    Love that hat too, it's a great shape. I wonder where you could get one like it?
    Big hugs Sharon xxx

  4. I love them both too! They are both wonderfully dressed and I really love Amelia's outfit. The hat looks terrific on Lenka. Hopefully Amelia won't mind the hat loan from time to time! A great post! :) xxx

  5. I enjoyed Zwergnase as well, because they are not so 'easy'. Sometimes they overdo this.
    I myself love a neutral or serious expression - not too sweet, but also not too offendet or angry.

    Your two doll are beautiful
    and I hope they're helping you remembering -and not m i s s i n g your classes too much :)