Despite being in the hobby for over 10 years, hybrids very rarely tempted me. I was mostly satisfied with my dolls’ construction and proportions as the sculptor had envisioned them. However, that all changed when I learned more about Fairyland Chiclines! I absolutely adored the body – size, articulation, aesthetics, and curvy body lines all appealed to me. The only (serious) drawback was the size of the Chicline heads – they were simply too small to fit in with the rest of my collection, which consists entirely of the old-school Asian ball jointed doll aesthetic, defined by oversized heads and big eyes. The only way I could reasonably integrate the Chiclines with the rest of my crew is to hybrid the body with a larger head.
My initial hybrid idea was to use a MiniFee head. In theory, that sounded perfect – the resin match would not be an issue and Fairyland produces a special adapter that would allow me to construct this doll without much effort. Unfortunately, as I explored images of existing MiniFee-Chicline hybrids, the resulting doll appeared a bit too bubble-headed for my tastes.
Enter, Soom Rosettes! Even the biggest Rosette head I own – Fir – is smaller than any MiniFee head that interests me, but still big enough to yield potentially great results on a Chicline body. Hopeful, I ordered two Chiclines during Fairyland’s brief re-release of the line in late 2012 – a small bust body and a large bust body, for variety.
Assembling these hybrids was incredibly easy. After removing the Chicline head connector, which was the most difficult part of the entire process, I was able to attach the Rosette headbacks via the original Chicline S-hooks. There’s no gaping between the head and the neck. In fact, the Rosette heads sit and move on these bodies exactly like the original Chicline heads do.
Rosette Fir (cast in mid-2011) on the large bust Chicline body
I feel that the larger bust size balances out Fir’s head and elongated nose very nicely. It gives the doll the type of proportions that I love without going too far into the Blythe-type look.The resin match on this particular combination is perfection – both head and body are so similar in color that it seems that they were poured from the same batch of resin.
Rosette Vela (cast in early 2012) on the small bust Chicline body
I chose the Vela head for this body because it’s slightly smaller and has less prominent features, which works well with the small bust.
The resin match is very good, but not perfect. Soom’s early 2012 resin has more pink in it than Fairyland’s late 2012-early 2013 resin, which is noticeable upon close inspection. Additionally, it’s further exaggerated by ample blushing on Vela’s cheeks. Fortunately, this is easily fixed by blushing the body to add a touch of pink tones. Also, as with all Soom resin, Vela’s head should continue to lose pink as she ages.
Both Vela and Fir are very stable on their Chicline bodies. Stability is something that I was concerned about, as the bodies were engineered to hold much smaller, lighter heads. But, both girls are able to stand without issues, even while wearing high-heeled shoes!
The engineering of this body is absolutely amazing, and I’m very happy to be able to add it to my collection. It’s not out of the question that I will be assembling more Rosette-Chicline hybrids in the future!