Thursday, May 24, 2007

Doll, Doller, Dollest


Photo by Risa-Nyanko

Kigurmi players are sometimes called as "doller." In my feeling, it seems this usage is valid for only in kigurumi community; I think "doller" is usually who has dolls, or human-like toys.

In this two years, it seems more and more Moe-type, or anime-type dolls came on the market. I myself have dolls in this meaning, thus I'd like to review the world of character-doll today.

First, definition. Dolls are different from figure, in the point that has joints, so that you can make the doll to have different pose. And also, you can change the clothes of dolls and this would be the most important feature. The feeling of clothes are never copied by PVC figures!


In addition, Dolls are divided to two category: "Action Figure", which has hard PVC hair, and narrow "Doll", which has soft string hair. But it seems action figure is also called as doll.


Second, size. Roughly, dolles are taller than figure: about 27cm, 60cm, or human-sized. There're few moe dolls of human-sized, thus I'd like to show examples of 27cm and 60cm dolls.
Megahause, Action Figure Collection (27cm, PVC head)

http://www.megahouse.co.jp/products/figure.html '06-
Lunamaria Hawk(Gundam Seed Destiny), Kosaka Tamaki(To Heart 2), Asahina Mikuru(Suzumiya Haruhi)

Azone, Hybrid Active Figure (27cm, String Head)http://www.azone-int.jp/cct/index.html '05-
Saber(Fate/Staynight), Katase Shima(Stellvia, 60cm), Suzumiya Haruhi(Suzumiya Haruhi)
Volks, Dollfie Dream (60cm, String Head)

http://www.volks.co.jp/jp/dollfiedream/charactors/nemu/index_menu.aspx '04-
Asakura Nemu(D.C.), Ayanami Rei(Evangelion), Komaki Manaka(To Heart 2)

Not-Moe-type dolls are also very popular among people especially women, clothes and accessaries are widely made. There're some market of dolls and clothes, like Dolls-Party (it's similar to Comic-Market).

Recently, major figure maker Kotobukiya announced the join to the dolls market. Although perfect mimic of anime character would be difficult in today's level(especially for string-haired one), along with the movement to the more active posed figure, we must keep an eye for dolls!

13 comments:

Spirit Kitty said...

I love those dolls, of both hard hair and soft hair. I have one I named Rosalyn. She has soft hair, but her eye decals did not go on so well, and I need glue for her wig. I built her myself, out of ordered parts. She's pretty, but I'll make her even prettier before I can say, "Rosalyn is finished!"

She's very small. I can't afford bigger ones. They are so expensive, and I don't have a job. I can't wait until I can afford a Dream of Doll. They are the prettiest dolls in the world.

Mauro said...

Gostaria de saber como posso ter a fantasia completa de kigurumi!

Mauro said...

Gostaria de saber como posso ter a fantasia completa de kigurumi! Com todos os acessórios, desde máscara, luvas, peruca e etc!

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