Introduction: Body Swap: Pullip Head X Made to Move Barbie Body
Do you love Pullip doll's unique heads, but hate their tiny, hard to pose body? For years, people have body swapped the Pullip stock body. Until now, the most popular way to do that was with an obitsu body. However, obitsu bodies come with a whole slew of problems of their very own, including dolls having floppy limbs and wobbly necks. For me, I've found perfection in the Barbie Made to Move body swap. This body is a little taller and thicker than your usual Pullip/obitsu body, but it comes with stability! Using a Made to Move body eliminates the wobbly head/bust problems that come with many obitsu bodies. On top of that, it's super easy and takes far less time than when mocking up an obitsu! Read more or, better yet, watch the video, for information on how to do this easy body swap! (I recommend watching the video, as it's easier to see than explain in words!)
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Step 1: Step 1: Remove the Stock Barbie Head From the Made to Move Body
Removing the Barbie head is the hardest part of the whole process. Be patient, as you don't want to accidentally break the neck knob while removing Barbie's head. Use a small flat edged screwdriver to hold Barbie's head open as you pull. It might make it easier.
Step 2: Step 2: Prepare Your Pullip Head
First, you'll want to remove her stock wig. Usually, they're held on with glue. They take some work to get off, but you need to do this to swap bodies. You may want to consider the dolls wig when deciding to body swap. De-wigging a doll can sometimes mess up the styling of highly styled looks.Once that's removed, you can start working on unscrewing her head. You'll want small screwdrivers on hand to reach the three screws in the back of her head. Keep track of the screws-- you'll need them again soon!
Step 3: Step 3: Shave the Made to Move Neck Knob Down
The neck knob in the Made to Move body is too long to put in your Pullip's head without some tweaking. Use some sandpaper and sand down the neck knob until it fits between the neck and the eye mech of your Pullip. It doesn't take that long, believe it or not. The neck knob on Barbie's body is very easy to sand down quickly! Be careful when you're sanding to not break the neck knob. Keep it as straight as possible while sanding.
Step 4: Step 4: Screw Pullip's Head to the New Body
Once the neck knob is small enough to fit in between the neck and eye mech, you are nearly done! Place the new body into Pullip's stock head and re-screw the front and back of her head. Once the head is good and tight, you're done!
Step 5: Word of Caution:
This new body is of slightly different proportions than your typical Pullip or obitsu. Barbie has thicker limbs, so she won't fit most Pullip clothing. Keep this in mind if you're designing clothing for a doll that you are body swapping!