The Flying Pigtails are a set of six Babushka dolls named Arline, Apolline, Adeline, Aveline, Ameline and Anceline. When these nesting dolls arrived at Royal Doll Town they complained bitterly of boredom and non-production because they didn't have legs and arms or any means of mobility. Queen Marcheline mused and put them to good use by having them customised into transport and trade relation contraptions. The three biggest Matryoshkas; Arline, Apolline and Adeline were appendaged with strong waterproof padded linen arms good for fending and fitted with chain-linked faux pigtail hairdos perfectly crafted from tin plate segments by Bessemerine and Fer-blancbert of Royal Tinplates and Tinplating. The faux hairstyle segments interlock and can collapse down to resemble usual pigtails or they can furl out laterally, locking into wayward Pippi Longstockingish Pigtails akin to helicopter blades. These whizz round to airlift the dolls.
The furious spinning of the pigtails is achieved by way of a mechanical rotary device fitted inside the biggest dolls' heads by Rouagine and Metabert Mécanique of the Royal Metal Works Department. These girls also have lacy spider-silk parasol type tops over their upper halves which can pop up or down like an umbrella to assist with aero dynamics while their bottom parts were restructured to serve as baskets like those used for hot air balloons. Their top and bottom halves are attached together with furling metal rods enabling their bodies to join together when grounded and move apart when in airborne transport mode. The three smaller nifty dolls ride within the larger nesting dolls.
The three smaller dolls; Aveline, Ameline and Anceline have more elegant willowy arms clad in elbow length satin silk gloves. They also have mechanised wheels reconditioned from old mangled toy tin robots attached to their undersides so they can manoeuvre around like lunar landing vehicles when they clamber out the bigger dolls’ basket sections. They're rather a glam clan sporting flying goggles and are the official ambassadors of pleasant trade relations between Royal Doll Town and the insects, animals and birds of the surrounding countryside delivering gifts or transporting goods and ferrying smaller dolls and creatures about. If you happen to live in the south of England somewhere near there you may spot them, although they tend to fly stealthily about when it’s cloudiest twilight tinged pinkish pearl grey or duskiest dawn with an eerie greenish glow to obfuscate their presence. They cart all manner of thing you never can tell just what they'll bring.