After initially discarding the idea, I finally went for it after cleaning out my apartment and finding some old dolls to throw out. I kept one and decided to try giving her the “Stargate SG-1 Sam Carter barbie doll” makeover.
This was the initial result:
I removed most of her awful makeup (eyeshadow, rouge, lipstick) and cut her hair. Unfortunately, because it was an old doll, her hair looked pretty fuzzy already and was almost impossible to tame.
For make-up removal, I opted for acetone-free nailpolish remover I still had at home combined with q-tips and a pin. Overall, not bad for a first look. Stargate SG-1 Sam Carter barbie doll
Then I went to a store and saw Fashionista barbie dolls for sale. Since I needed a doll to practice custom face repaints on, I figured those would be 10 EUR well spent, so I went for it.
But instead of being my practice doll, she turned out to be a much better Sam Carter, because her hair was new. So after a haircut and make-up removal, this is what I ended up with: Stargate SG-1 Sam Carter barbie doll
I removed all of her eyeshadow this time, as well as parts of her lips. Since her hair is very smooth (as compared to other barbie dolls) it was perfect for a Sam Carter-style haircut. Stargate SG-1 Sam Carter barbie doll
Here you can see both doll faces in comparison. Stargate SG-1 Sam Carter barbie doll
And here’s the final Sam Carter complete with haircut (front and back):
Now I had a doll whose face somewhat resembled Sam, but then I had to take care of the clothing. I decided to make her wear a black tank top and army pants with boots. The black tank top proved most challenging, so I ended up buying a pack of black Simplicol textile color, and recoloring an old barbie bathing suit.
Unfortunately the coloring process (which had to be done at a temperature of at least 60°Celsius) shrunk the bathing suit, so now it’s very tight looking. But it’s black, so… yay!
For the pants, I bought a custom barbie set on eBay which even came with a little belt that’s perfect. And I gave her black barbie boots. I’m not quite happy with the pants yet, since they’re not exactly army-style. But I’m still waiting for another order of the “Katniss Everdeen Barbie” pants, which are much more army-style.
Since I already had a Sam Carter, decided to go shopping for a matching Jack O’Neill because… yeah, I’m a freak like that. :P Stargate SG-1 Sam Carter barbie doll
So I found one on the FedCon Space-Store, where they had the 12” action ficture on sale. (For your information: The O’Neill action figure actually has the exact measures of a standard Ken doll. I guess they’re just calling it ‘action figure’ to make it appealing to a male target audience. So maybe I should call Sam an action figure, too? ;) )
So here’s what they look like until now.
And fully armed. (Sam is wearing the gadgets that came with the Jack O’Neill doll, Jack is carrying a zat and a radio.) Stargate SG-1 Sam Carter barbie doll
UPDATE – August 09, 2015
So, the Katniss Everdeen pants arrived from my ebay auction, and they look great on Sam. Even though they’re not exactly the same color as Jack’s, they have the little sidepockets, so they look a lot more authentic.
The next steps are:
giving Sam the Katniss-Everdeen-pants instead
- Getting a tiny laptop for Sam
- Make dress uniforms for both–cause, OMG, that would be perfection! Unfortunately I can’t sew, so… >.<
I will keep posting updates on the projects here, so stay tuned.