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The Whispering Wolf / Wolfie
I tried using dry shampoo for the first time on a gluey made to move Barbie doll head. Whoa that method did NOT work at all! It just made the hair stickier!
I have noticed more recent Mattel dolls are not using the glue... I think. At least when I squeeze heads they are squishy and not hard and they aren't leaking so maybe there are still factories that have the old machines. or maybe they finally got sick of the complaints and switched back to the old method(the article in your link was from 2016 and 2017 is around the time I started noticing less glue.)
Yes I think they still have factories in China using the old rooting machines but not many. Most of the older MH dolls made in China were glue free, Now, some of the same dolls made in China exist with and without glue (I noticed it especially squeezing the Shriek Wrecked dolls' heads!!)
The glue infuriates me still so badly!
I can't stand it and I can't stand knowing my dolls have glue in their heads even if they don't leak...This is why I have so few EAH dolls. I tend to leave the glue heads behind. Their leakage is even worse than MH and I don't like them as much. Luckily, I don't collect Fashionistas or DC girls!
Mattel being cheap, big surprise there.
I gave up on playline a while back, the quality just isn't there for the price you're paying so what's the point?