Many many years ago (and I am talking about early 2000’s here), I started writing stories using a small porcelain doll who I called Jenni Amanda; she was the original “Hollow Headed Girl” and the main heroine. I was really trying to emulate the the “Photo Picture Libraries” genre, but to be frank could never really emulate such “literature” so made my own instead. It was quite a rush doing these stories, although my main character was limited in many ways because of her size and simple wire frame skeleton and bisque limbs. Then my ideas ran out, as did my personal circumstances and the whole project was put on ice.
It remained in my mind for quite some time though, all I needed was a more flexible actress (or 2)
By 2004 I had seen the My Twinn dolls on the internet and they were beautiful. 23 inches tall, with 18 points of pose-ability and each was unique. Unfortunately they were pricey too, and had to be imported, but it was not impossible to buy one and in November 2003 I took the plunge and bought Caitlyn. In those days they had what was loosely called a “Doll Designer”, although it was really a series of checkboxes that you clicked and they created the end result.
As designed Caitlyn could be described as follows:
“A 23 inch, customised doll with a poseable body, having a T9 (Audrey mold) face, V (Dark Brown) “A” style hair (long straight with bangs), A05 (light blue) eyes, and a 01 (very fair) complexion.”
I experimented with different hair colours and skin tones and it was touch and go between a black or dark brown haired one. The final picture was the end result. I must admit though, the black hair colour was a close second. Finally I placed my order and she eventually arrived in January of 2004, possibly one of the last dolls which were actually delivered when MT went down. I only got to see the first picture of her in April of 2004, and when I arrived in the USA at the end of that month was able to see my visualisation from close up. She was beautiful.
Full Names: Caitlyn Rose.
Nicknames: Cait, Most High Weenie, Oh Fine Alpha Twinn, Oh Chairpoobah.
Statistics: T9 (Audrey mold) face, V (Dark Brown) “A” style hair (long straight with bangs), A05 (light blue) eyes, and 01 (very fair) complexion.
Manufactured: China 2003, arrived in SA: May 2004
Pets: Godzilla the city stomping monster
Occupation: Formerly detective. Registered with Dolly Detective Board. Currently resting between jobs. Hobbies and Interests: Monster movies, reading detective novels, playing solitaire, Twinn adventures, playing hide and seek, hanging around with Muffin the Cat
Official duties: Previous ChairTwinn of the Twinn Council of South Africa from 2004 to 2008. Caitlyn is the only customised Twinn amongst the Tumbling Twinns and is also the official SpokesTwinn for them. She also served as ChairTwinn of the Twinn Council till 2009. Her duties as the local naming authority for South Africa were relegated to Skye, who is a genuine Princess. Caitlyn enjoys pizza and milkshakes and loves to watch B movies whenever she can, she is also a holder of the “The Silver Order of the Mallory Mountain Sheep.” She briefly worked as an electronics technician and dallied with becoming a FireTwinn. Caitlyn and Dawn went into the detective business and she was part owner of the C&D Detective agency. She is registered with the Dolly Detective Board and served on the committee for the local library. She has been nominated to serve on the local Chamber of Commerce but declined due to business commitments.
Caitlyn has been with me ever since 2004, except for a period between 2013 and 2014, she is one of the 8 survivors of my collection that used to number 25. Retrenchment sounded the death knell of my girls, and I miss seeing their friendly faces. If anything Caitlyn helped me through many tough times, and I had a lot of fun with her. Doing the stories was great, but a lot of work and the legacy of those stories is all that remains. I have two folders of photographs of the gang, and even today I find it hard to believe that we did all of it.
Nowadays she is looking much more battered, her original wig was in a very poor condition and her eyes are slowly turning purple (a common condition with the China Twinns). But, she still weighs in at 5 pounds and can still make me smile when I see her. Like it or not, she has been a part of my life for these past 12 years, a unique toy that I will treasure as long as I am able.
Happy 12 Years together Grand Poohbah, Let us make more memories together.