This is Sebastian. He is a Gotz Gregor from 1995 - the first year of the second Gotz production. Sebastian has been here at Gregoropolis for quite a while now.
Sebastian was in a sorry state when he arrived here. His body was extremely caved-in; he looked a bit like a bell pepper! Part of this was due, I believe, to spending some time in a too-tight doll stand. However, I've seen a lot of caving among those first year Gotz dolls. I suspect that the vinyl formulation they used in the beginning was a little too soft.
Before. Sebastian: Ouch!
I sent Sebastian off to a lady in California who specialized in fixing second-production Gotz dolls. A lot of people don't like to work on the later Gotz dolls, and if you have ever tried to re-string one, you'll know why.
They have a very different type of attachment for the elastic strings: snap-in plastic cups rather than the metal hooks of the older dolls. It makes taking them apart and reassembling them a real nightmare.
Sebastian came back to me looking good as new.
After. Looking good for now.
Sebastian and Rolf, meeting for the first time.
Unfortunately, in the intervening years, his body started to cave-in again. It wasn't as bad, but it did make posing him more difficult and he had to wear oversized shirts to hide his 'condition'.
Sebastian was lucky that our dear friend Doctor Pat was willing to take him on as a patient. This past winter he made a trip down to Florida for some extended spa treatments. After getting him back in shape again, Pat applied a plastic-like putty that dries rock hard to the inside of his torso. His newly reinforced body shouldn't experience any more caving problems.
A view inside.
He can now show-off his splendid physique!
Tina Louise: Oooh, abs of steel!
Sebastian: Now behave, my dear.