By the way, y'all, I just checked the page where Edward Dollen is actually for pre-order (I'm guessing this is the NECA one? It's not the Tonner), and... it's only 7". The girls are--well, shit, I don't know. They're way shorter than Sleeping Beauty and Galadriel Barbie, and I thought Barbies were supposed to be 11-1/2"? Maybe there's some hope here?
So I go dig a purple plastic ruler that I have never had cause to use before in my life out of the file cabinet, and go over to The Shelf.
Toy Biz Galadriel steps forward,
and the girls all gather around. I hold up the ruler.
"Oh, wow. You're exactly eleven inches tall."
And then we all look down... down... down... to the seven-inch mark.
"That is... disappointing."
Fugagorn, who has dark circles under his eyes and a raging case of
"That... poor boy."
"He doesn't even come up to your waist? DON'T SAY IT, ANNA, DON'T YOU EVEN."
"Please, like he would even know how. You want some of this action, you're gonna need to do more than scrapbook first."
"Look, this was a lost cause from the beginning," says Purple Arwen, who has always been the most practical. "Look at his shoulders! His jacket is part of his body. You're not getting his clothes off, not ever. We're just going to have to wait for Tonner Edward Dollen. Which is what Cleo wanted to do anyway."
"But..." Galadriel looks over at my Ellowyne, who is a lot taller than the girls. "Wouldn't he be about her height?"
So Galadriel holds her hand up to the level of Galadriel Barbie's head--her fingertips just reach the twelve-inch mark --and I struggle around with the ruler (The Shelf is an enclosed space, after all) until I can get it turned upside down and rightways forward and we can measure the difference.
"I am sixteen and one-quarter inches, thank you very much," says Ellowyne primly. "Next time, just ask."
Well. That was unexpected.
"So... he'll be sixteen, probably seventeen inches with The Hair. That's... a lot of doll."
Ellowyne folds her arms with... is that a smug look on her face?
"Oh HELL no--"
We all take a step back. Very quietly.
"You're just gonna sit on MY shelf for how long now and not say a damn word and then when we finally get a man in here you're just going to waltz in and take him based on your sizeist assumptions? What are you supposed to be, eleven years old? YOU THINK YOU'RE WOMAN ENOUGH TO TAKE THIS ON? BECAUSE I TOOK DOWN THE WITCH-KING OF FUCKIN' ANGMAR AND BITCH I'LL FUCKIN' TAKE YOUR CANDY ASS ANY DAY THAT ENDS IN Y."
(There was a moment there where we all expected Fugagorn to go "HEY!," so we look over at him and he is giving us a very tiny, wide-eyed head-shake.)
And then Ellowyne crouches down with her hands on her knees and says, very clearly:
"BRING IT, SHORTBREAD."
(More from the Secret Life of Dolls.)