In 2005 and 2006 Takara did some new versions of popular earlier releases, one of these was Cutey Honey, a figure based on a popular anime character.
The original v1 version already lived up to her nickname, the v2 bodied rerelease got a new head sculpt and face paint which to me makes her look even prettier.
The same CG04 head sculpt was also used for Honey Kisaragi (blond hair and violet/blue eyes) and 'Best of CG Princess Jun Shiratori' (green hair and hazel/green eyes) but I like those big brown eyes of Cutey Honey the most.
The first v2 Cutey Honey head I bought as a loose head from a Chinese vendor on eBay.
When it arrived, the hair-do was a bit messed up, so I decided to put her head on a v1.5 body wearing a spare CG v2 Harley biker costume, after all wearing a helmet does mess up your hairdo.
The body I used was the same v1.5 body that I fitted with my first home-made ankle cup before.
I used Triad bootfeet for her boots. As these bootfeet have slightly larger (about 0.1mm) ankle balls, I made her a pair of home-made ankle cups. Larger ankle balls will cause the ankle cups to widen over time so I rather use a pair of home-made ankle cups than risk ruining an original CG ankle cup.
Some time later I acquired a v1 Cutey Honey costume and since the Harley suit did not fit the v1.5 body perfectly anyway, I eventually dressed Cutey Harley in the Cutey Honey costume, turning her into a proper (albeit a v1/v2 hybrid) Cutey Honey
(the Harley costume went to v2 bodied Cally).
After holding the larger Triad ankle balls for over 5 years, the home-made ankle cups proved still tight enough to grip the smaller ankle balls of the boots of the v1 Cutey Honey costume firmly.
I wasn't certain the first Cutey Honey head I bought was an original one and since I really like the v2 Cutey Honey head, I decided to get another one, this time making sure it was an original Cool Girl head.
I did not care much for getting the original Cutey Honey outfit so I bought a nude v2 Cutey Honey body with head on eBay.
Her face reminds me a bit of Anni-Frid Lyngstad, the red/brown haired singer of ABBA and often when I look at her old ABBA tunes pop up in my head (I was in my teens when ABBA was all over the pop charts), so I named her Melody, afterall "... nothing can capture a heart like Melody can ..." .
One of the memorable costumes the ABBA singers wore consisted of white mini dresses over tall white boots, so I did my own take and dressed Melody in tall white 'Princess Jun Shiratori' boots and a white oversized sweater (made for Ken).
I could not find any differences between the two Cutey Honey heads with regards to shape, hair or painting and both have the same CG04 code on the back of the head, so I guess the first head is an original one as well.
In 2009 Takara released 'Doronjo in CG' using the large bust 'Type B' v2 body. Before this Takara only used this body type for 'Bloody Rose'. These Doronjo bodies were available as loose items from several sources so I bought one and added another Cutey Honey head (I just can't get enough of those big brown eyes ).
The color of the body is slightly darker than the head, actually this is more obvious on the pictures than in real life.
The head is yet another Cutey Honey head I bought off eBay, the hairdo and the expression are again slightly different from the others, this time there's more makeup applied above the eyes, I like the hairdo in particular.
I padded the gap below her 'rib cage' as it was rather visible under her tight dress. You can see the difference in the next two pictures, the lefthand picture is without padding, the righthand picture with.
At first Gemma was wearing a pair of Aska boots with black soles, but the pleather of the boots started to deteriorate so I replaced the boot sleeves with new ones I made myself. I did not have pleather of the same shade of red as Askas boots, but I did have some 'metallic burgundy' colored pleather so I added a little more sparkle to her appearance.
I also made her a cropped jacket out of some scarlet pleather so now her clothes have the same colors as the Cutey Honey suit.
Initially I had named her Gina, but then I ran into a picture of British actress and glamour model Gemma Atkinson and noticed quite some resemblance (not just her measurements but also in the shape of the face ). I had decided on Gina as a tribute to beautifully curved Italian women, but the name Gemma is also used in Italy, so I decided to rename Gina to Gemma.
Yup, yet another Honey . Initially I assembled her for stretching the creases out of a new pair of pleather pants. I had kept this head apart for a reroot with dark hair, maybe I'll do so later but for now she stands in my display cabinet.