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Lina

Lina is a Realdoll made by Abyss Creations of California in 2006, but I had to replace her body in 2011. Nowadays she time-shares her body with Kylie.

Lina Realdoll in 2006

Lina in 2006

Lina Realdoll hand close-up

Palm Sunday

Lina Realdoll helping repack a hang glider emergency parachute

Hang glider emergency parachute repack

Lina Realdoll in Tina wig

Head turner


Realdoll documentary filming for National Geographic in 2009

Lina and Steve in 2009

This sequence for a National Geographic documentary, also in 2009, was not used. Lina at this time was a large doll (this was her first body — much too heavy) but she looks small here only because Steve is a large guy. He had some great experiences to relate, including filming with a hand-held camera under severe G-loads in an aerobatic airplane.

When I leave vehicles in the street outside in everyday life, such as to load or unload hang gliders for a group trip, we risk a fine for unauthorized parking. In contrast, film makers confidently stop traffic and draw small crowds with no problem.

Lina Realdoll with a guitar

Guitar


Lina is named after the maid in Down the Amazon (La Jangada – Huit Cents lieues sur l’Amazone) by Jules Verne (1881). Although in principle a slave, this part Portuguese and part Amazon Indian girl is treated as a much loved member of the family that embarks on a voyage down the Amazon river on a giant raft.

Lina with the 20-year-old Minha by Léon Benett

Lina with the 20-year-old Minha by Léon Benett

With her, and more specially attached to Minha’s service, was a pretty laughing mulatto, of the same age as her mistress, to whom she was completely devoted. She was called Lina, one of those gentle creatures, a little spoiled perhaps, to whom a good deal of familiarity is allowed but who in return adore their mistresses.

— from Down the Amazon by Jules Verne, 1881, translated by I.O. Evans, 1967

Lina leads the way. Illustration by Léon Benett.

Lina leads the way. Illustration by Léon Benett.

Those two woodcut engravings (or whatever they are) are from the web page La Jangada (1880) 84 illustrations by Léon Benett (linked farther down).

Lina Realdoll on her original body in 2010

Timeless

Anoushka and Lina life-size dolls in 2011

Anoushka and Lina in 2011

This is Lina’s newer, lighter, and smaller body, made in 2011.

Lina Realdoll sliding down a stair bannister

Sliding down the stair bannister

Anoushka and Lina life-size dolls in 2011

Anoushka and Lina in 2011


Rebecca and Lina Realdolls in 2012

Rebecca and Lina in 2012

Rebecca and Lina are both Realdolls of body type 4 (discontinued) but Lina’s body was made 11 years after Rebecca. Lina’s face is detachable whereas Rebecca’s face is moulded in with her head, which is not detachable. In addition, Lina’s skeleton can withstand tensile stress and she can adopt a standing pose with the aid of a doll stand, as here, whereas Rebecca cannot.


Lina Realdoll goes for an evening bike ride

Evening bike ride


Benita photographing a Realdoll in 2012

Benita at work with my Lina in 2012

When Benita photographs your dolls, you can only watch in awe and try to learn as much as you can.


Lina Realdoll dressed up to resemble Amber in the 2011 musical action fantasy Sucker Punch

I saw the figure 5 in gold

Here, Lina is dressed up to resemble Amber in the 2011 musical action fantasy Sucker Punch. (See my review; Stairway to paradise.) Amber was played in the movie by Jamie Chung. The flight simulator was built by automotive engineer Bob G, who founded the UK Love Doll Forum.

Lina Realdoll on guard duty with a rifle

Storm of steel

Lina Realdoll in flight gear leaning against a fence

Sucker gobstopper

This photo was taken just as the sun was setting into haze during the 2012 UK doll convention in Herefordshire.

Lina Realdoll sitting atop Arthur's Stone

Arthur’s stone

Lina Realdoll photographed against a blue sky

Sky goddess

Lina Realdoll in a bikini in a garden

Garden sunshine

Lina Realdoll at sunset

Lina at sunset

Lina Realdoll in provocative pose

Hot stuff down the Amazon

External links

Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon: English Wikipedia entry for La Jangada – Huit Cents lieues sur l’Amazone by Jules Verne

La Jangada (1880) 84 illustrations by Léon Benett