When I first saw the new Cool Cat scalp for Blythe dolls, I was interested because the little nubs along the edges had me curious. Would they help secure the scalp in a way that would make it align easier and virtually snap into place? So I bought one.
When the first scalp arrived, I was pleasantly surprised. The scalp seemed to fit perfectly onto the doll’s head, and inside there is an “F” for front and “B” for back. If you’re like me, you’ve probably messed one or two scalps up by putting the hair on backwards. My initial impression of the scalp was good, so I purchased two more.
The scalp setting inside the dome is wider than the dome, which means you have to push the scalp into place before the glue sets.
It seems the manufacturing process of these scalps is rather inconsistent, or maybe the two I just received are from a batch of seconds. Just placing the scalp on top of a doll’s head was indicative of a problem because the scalp was slightly wider than a FBL’s head. My first thought was to pop the scalp into the refrigerator for a little while (rubber contracts under cold temperatures and expands when heated). This did nothing, and in a way, I wasn’t surprised because the material used for these scalps feels nothing like the rubber of the original scalps sold by Cool Cat. These scalps feel like a mix of plastic and rubber.
I got out the second scalp to see what that one looked like, and that one appeared to be in worse condition. It was misshapen and had a dent in the side, although small, it still bothered me.
Not only was the scalp misshapen, it has a weird dent in it.
When I finally tried securing a scalp to a doll’s head, I couldn’t even wrap rubber bands around the doll’s head. I had to use virtually every finger and thumb to hold every part of the scalp in place until the glue had secured itself enough for me to let go. The scalp wanted to move and pop back into its distorted shape, which was very frustrating.
The scalp doesn’t rest flush against the dome, which means it won’t rest against the face plate nicely.
In the end, it all worked out. Naturally, I couldn’t take pictures with my hands around her head holding the scalp while the glue was setting, but I’m sure I must have been quite a sight. It’s a good thing I don’t have arthritic hands.
I think I’ll be returning to the traditional rubber scalps. I really am not happy with the inconsistency of the manufacturing of these scalps, nor do I like the quality. I love Cool Cat and purchase from them often, and this is the first time I have to give them a thumbs down. Oh, well. <SIGH>