Advent Calendar Ideas For Adults

Advent Calendars are popular with children. Do you use advent calendars to countdown to Christmas in your home? Traditionally these calendars have numbered pockets 1 through 25. The idea is that you hide a small gift in each pocket.

Many advent calendar pockets are quite small, so you can only hide one piece of candy like a hershey kiss or life saver. But some calendars are larger. I found these perfect advent calendars at Target for $10 each and had an idea.

We don’t have any children, but who says kids get to have all the fun? It’s been a rough year for a lot of people. Let’s give each other something to look forward to every day. My idea was simple. To fill an advent calendar with small inexpensive gifts that even adults will love. No candy or toys here! Except who am I to judge how you fill your calendar because I love toys and sometimes candy too lol. read more

Recast Asian Balljointed Dolls

Table of Contents:

Introduction

What is a Recast Asian Balljointed Doll?

If Recasts Are Available Why Would Someone Want to Purchase a Legit Asian Balljointed Doll?

Why Would Someone Want a Recast Asian Balljointed Doll?

What Are The Risks in Purchasing Recast Dolls?

Closing Thoughts:

Further Reading

The End

I recently purchased my first recast dolls (Shown in the featured image) (Sorry for the bad photo >.< I will update once their wigs and clothes arrive). Anyways, when I purchased these lil cuties I was nervous and not sure what to expect despite having done my own research as well. I own 13 and counting legit ABJD, and although I’m not super active in the doll communities I do like to share photos of my dolls and attend annual meetups or bring the dolls to conventions, and I have a small circle of about a dozen friends I’ve met through the hobby and I worried how owning a recast doll may damage those friendships.

If you’re like me, and have been considering purchasing a recast doll for awhile now, there are some things you need to know, many of which you may already be aware of. Or if you’re like some of my readers, you may have no idea what an Asian Balljointed Doll even is, or why so much controversy exists about the recast dolls.

This post aims to be “Recast Neutral” and present both sides of the argument. At the end of this article you will also find links to external resources for both Recast Friendly/Neutral and Anti-Recast resources for further reading so that you can come to your own conclusions.

Once my dolls’ wigs and clothes arrive I will also do a separate post to review the dolls here on my blog.

I understand there are strong feelings about recast dolls, but please keep the comments civil. Negative comments are fine, but comments that evoke bullying or harassment will not be tolerated. Also if it is your first time commenting on my blog, your comments will be held for moderation automatically due to a setting in the back end. I will publish all comments, yes even anti-recast comments as long as they are civil, but since I am the only moderator there may be a delay of a few days. Thank you for your understanding.

An Asian Balljointed Doll is a doll with balljoints that allow it to move and take lifelike poses. The dolls come nude, bald, without wigs, without eyes, etc. And unlike other dolls they are meant to be customized by the people who purchase the dolls. They even come unpainted. Many manufacturers offer painting services and other customizations for a fee. Others will send their dolls to “Faceup” Artists to be finished and customized.

A Recast Asian Balljointed doll is made by taking a Legit Asian Balljointed Doll, and creating a mold from the doll, then using the molds to reproduce the original dolls often times to resell to people buying them for personal use. Buying counterfeit items for personal use is not illegal in the united states. See below under legal issues surrounding copyright or visit the following source: https://consumer.findlaw.com/consumer-transactions/buying-counterfeit-goods-laws-and-resources.html

A Recast doll is basically a knock-off. Often these dolls are made in China where their copyright laws are very different from most other nations.

There is controversy and drama surrounding Recast Dolls, unlike other counterfeit items, many people feel more strongly and get more heated about Recast Dolls than say, a fake coach handbag, or fake barbie doll. But ultimately a recast Asian Balljointed doll is no different from other counterfeit items. There are pros and cons to purchasing a counterfeit items, such as more affordable price, vs quality. This post wants to help you form your own decisions on the issue at hand.

    • Without Our Financial Support, these companies cannot stay in business and cannot continue to design new dolls.
    • Fewer companies making dolls = fewer dolls to choose from
    • Less competition from doll companies = higher prices / longer wait times / quality issues as demand for dolls from the remaining companies will increase
    • Artists, and the companies employing these artists, deserve to be paid for their work

    • Most of the online communities have strict rules that forbid you from posting any photos or information about your recast dolls
    • Many offline meetup groups, and special doll events and conventions also have strict rules against bringing recast dolls to their events
      • Which they have every right to do, because it is their community, or their event.
      • The problem becomes when a user shares their recast outside of these anti-recast communities, there is still a butterfly affect, and backlash received from members of the anti-recast communities, who feel it is OK to bully users on their personal websites, personal social media accounts, personal emails, or even harass them in real life.
      • The grey area is also the case where a moderator or admin of an anti-recast community may join or browse a supposed recast friendly or recast neutral community and then decide to ban anyone it finds who also has an account in their community.
        • This is a big concern for a lot of people who would be more likely to be openly recast neutral or recast friendly because they fear repercussions and witch hunts from within the larger anti-recast communities even if they don’t own recasts themselves.
        • It’s a grey area because on one hand, it is still their community and they can moderate it as they wish. But on the other hand, if a user follows and complies with the no recast rules within the anti-recast community, that should be where their jurisdiction ends. In other words, theoretically it could also be argued that a user should be free to associate with or join other sites or with members of other sites and their activities on those sites should not impact their membership on other communities as long as they comply with the rules while within that community.
          •  Remember that owning a recast doll, or not, if you’re participating in the recast neutral or recast friendly communities you are at risk, even if you do not own a recast doll yourself.

          Many faceup artists will not work with a recast head.

          • There have even been horror stories of artists smashing/breaking heads and/or not returning heads to recast owners
          • If you do choose to do faceups on recast dolls, even if you do not own any recast dolls yourself, you are forbidden from advertising your faceup services even for legit dolls in many of the large online communities which hurts your ability to promote your services and affects your profitability.

          Even if you find and join recast neutral or recast friendly communities, there are “spies” and “cyberbullies” from anti-recast communities who can find you and not only ban you from their communities, but also publicly humiliate and harrass you online or off.

          • Even if you yourself do not own a recast doll, and merely want to label yourself as “recast neutral” that means you don’t buy recasts, but you don’t care if others buy recasts, these “spies” will label you as “Recast Friendly” and bully and harrass you the same as they would an actual owner of recast dolls.
            • I was in a number of facebook groups when the whole recast neutral thing first took off a few years ago. I merely wanted to say, hey, I don’t really care what you do with your money, that’s up to you, and to label myself AGAINST all this cyber bullying drama that goes on in the hobby.
            • But I left the communities due to fear of becoming a victim of bullying myself by association with those owning recast dolls.
            • On one hand, I see the bully’s point of view, if you are “turning a blind eye” from the problems of art theft and copyright infringement, you are enabling others to continue to purchase recasts
            • But on the other hand, similarly, if you “turn a blind eye” on all the cyber bullying and drama, you’re enabling users to continue to cyber bully, threaten, and harm other users as well.
              • You might think, well they own a recast so they deserve to be bullied or threatened but you don’t know anything about this person and owning a recast doll is far from the worst thing a person could do.
              • Many people take the bullying to such extremes that it becomes very stressful for the victim and spills into many other aspects of their daily life.
              • Many people view owning a recast as negatively as robbing a bank, or other “large scale” theft. Which is blown pretty out of proportion. For one thing, owning or purchasing a recast (yes even when you know it is a recast) is NOT illegal in the United States as long as it’s for personal use, while other forms of theft and robbery are illegal. Source: https://consumer.findlaw.com/consumer-transactions/buying-counterfeit-goods-laws-and-resources.html
              • I’m not saying owning a recast is perfectly OK or that there are not victims or consequences that the industry experiences, or that recasts should be viewed as widely acceptable, but it’s far from the level of extremity that many anti-recast users view it as and does not necessarily instantly make someone the scum of the earth or invalidate them as a person. People all have flaws, weaknesses, sins, etc. Not a single one of us on this Earth is perfect.
                • Many anti-recast people jump to wild unfounded illogical accusations / assumptions / conclusions about the people owning a recast about their other morals, characteristics, personality traits, and personal life that make the person appear as scum.
                • They tell everyone to shun and not associate with this person. Even if they already know or are friends with the recast owner.
                  • This is in my opinion horrible, encouraging people to end years long friendships because their friend owns a recast
                  • Encouraging friends to shun and not associate with their friends who own recasts, and even encouraging them to join in on the cyber bullying against recast-owning friends
                  • If you choose to end a friendship with someone because they own a recast doll, you’re not a good friend.
                    • I personally don’t care if a friend owns a recast doll. It doesn’t matter to me. It doesn’t change my opinion of them, and it doesn’t break our friendship or invalidate what I already know to be true of that person.
                    • Friendships aren’t about doll drama. Friendships are about shared memories and experiences built together over time and about other personal traits and qualities.
                    • Being a good person, or a good friend, isn’t automatically negated by owning a recast doll. That’s silly. I much rather have a friend who cares about me as a person, makes time for me, gives me good advice, shares things in common with me, does things for other people, makes me laugh, smart, fun, funny, witty, caring, warm, etc. Owning a recast doesn’t negate all those other things or the years of history we’ve built together.
                    • This is just hypothetical as I don’t know anyone who actually owns a recast, before you want to witch hunt or harrass any of my friends, I’m just saying that if I discovered one of them did own a recast doll, it wouldn’t really change my opinion of them. My love for my friends goes deeper than if they own a recast doll or not.

                    In my own opinion, and in that of many recast neutral / recast friendly users, owning a recast doll is no different from downloading a “free” mp3 without the artist’s permission / without funds going to the artist. It’s no different than owning a fake Coach purse handbag, or fake pair of “designer” jeans or sunglasses. It’s no different from watching a stream of a mostly text/visual video game (visual novel, otome game, most rpgs, etc), or no different from watching a new release movie online for free.
                    All of these things are crimes and “wrong” – but how many people, including yourself and your friends do at least 1, or more of these actions? If it’s up to the cyber bullies, you should end all friendships and relationships with these people.
                    I’m not saying everyone does these actions (downloading MP3s, owning knock off fashion items, watching movies online, using their friends’ netflix accounts, or etc)
                    But I am saying, think about someone you know who does these things… If you don’t know anyone who does those things, picture hypothetically that you discover a very good friend has done this. Would you automatically hate that person and never hang out with them or talk to them ever again? I doubt it. You’d be more likely to remember all the times that friend was there for you, that they did something nice for you, nice for their community, nice for their country, nice for their other friends, nice for their kids, nice for their spouse or significant other, or nice for a random stranger even.
                    You might be thinking, oh my friend is so nice and so good, and so moral they would never own a recast doll (or download an mp3, or watch a movie online, or buy knock-off fashion items or login to their friends’ netflix account, or etc.) — But the reality is, there are millions of people like your friend who is so nice, and so good, and so moral (in other areas of their life perhaps) that DO own a recast doll, (or download mp3s, and etc). Owning a recast doll, doesn’t necessarily make someone deserving of the extreme levels of bullying that exist in the hobby.
                    You have no right to make assumptions about a person, especially regarding their character, their personal life, their moral judgement. Yes they made a poor moral choice buying a recast doll. However, there are far worse things than owning a recast doll. There are people who lie, who cheat, or murder, who commit adultery, have affairs, harm animals, harm children, commit fraud, or numerous other more serious crimes / immoral decisions.
                    And owning a recast doll does not automatically make someone more likely to commit these other more serious crimes / immoral decisions, not anymore or any less likely than anyone else.
                    The wild jumps to conclusions / assumptions about people’s personality traits, morality, and judgement are where I take huge issue with a lot of the “anti-recast” drama. – If they left the personal assumptions aside, and just made it about the dolls, that’s one thing that no one could really take issue or offense with, but instead, they launch these horrible personal attacks and witch hunts, and in my opinion that behavior is way worse than owning a recast doll. If you ask me who I rather be friends with, I would choose the person owning the recast doll, any day, over the person who is committing cyber bullying and harassment.

                    If you own a “mix” of legit and recast dolls, it tarnishes your name/reputation in the community, and may hinder your enjoyment of the community aspects of your legit dolls. Once you’re labeled as owning a recast, even if you own 20 legit dolls, and 1 recast, that 1 recast reflects so strongly against you that most anti-recast communities will treat you poorly even if you never share that 1 recast anywhere on their community and only share your legit dolls. Once you are discovered to own recast dolls it is a big risk. Are you willing to take that risk? You have to ask yourself how important is being part of the community to your enjoyment of the dolls? Not everyone cares about sharing photos of their dolls or participating in meetups, etc. But if you do, then owning a recast is sure to bring you a lot of misery and stress.

                    • For example, you might post pictures of your legit dolls, with or without your recast dolls, on your own personal site or social media, and you might receive negative comments, even if that picture contains no recast dolls, because maybe your account has other pictures that do have recast dolls.
                      • Online drama in other communities:
                        • There are hashtags that many of the anti-recast users want recast owners to use.
                        • Many recast owners are afraid to “oust” themselves by admitting to owning a recast doll because they know:
                          • 1.) that it is wrong
                          • 2.) that they will have to suffer cyber bullying and possible repercussions from other communities and users.

                          Other recast owners do not even know they should be tagging their dolls as recasts, because they do not participate in the anti-recast communities where these hashtag “rules” originated.
                          Anti-recast communities and their members try to enforce their views/rules/regulations outside of areas of their control (such as wanting to enforce hashtags or ban photos of recasts from popular social media sites, such as instagram, youtube, twitter, or going as far as wanting to shut down or bully users who build websites for their recast dolls, not to sell their dolls, but maybe to share photos, roleplay, write stories, character descriptions, and so on.)

                          • In reality though, the only thing they can really do is report the content to the site owners, such as reporting your content to youtube or facebook for violating some sort of facebook or youtube policy about bootleg items if even such a policy exists hypothetically speaking.

                          Even if you are just posting the recast dolls on your own personal websites / social media pages, you will get a lot of hurtful comments from anti-recast users so you must be prepared to deal with the cyberbullying that comes with owning a recast. You must have very thick skin. The comments do not stop at just remarks about your dolls, but remarks about you as a person, your morals, your ethics, and even calling into question details of your personal life, relationships, or other drama, anything they can find against you, they will use to their advantage to shame you for owning a recast. Some remarks even go as far as telling recast doll owners to kill themselves, or talking about breaking, burning, trashing, or harming the recast dolls, and or even suggesting committing theft and property damage or even bodily harm of recast doll owners, through doxxing (posting private details online such as address or phone numbers) or other harmful cyber bully tactics.
                          Or you could always just always keep your recast to yourself, do not ever mention owning a recast and never show photos of your recast or take them to events, even ones labeled as recast friendly, for fear of being discovered. But this eliminates your ability to enjoy many aspects of the hobby which may be important to you.
                          This is a lot to think about – and even if you don’t care about supporting the artists, chances are, you do care about being bullied and/or want to enjoy your dolls with other members of the doll community. You should really think carefully about if you can withstand the cyberbullying and about what you are giving up or missing out on by owning a recast. If it is your first doll, chances are you want to do all of the things that come with owning a doll and being part of the hobby and community. Owning a recast will paint a large target on your back right from day one and forever tarnish your reputation in many online and offline doll communities. Once you own a recast you can never redeem yourself in the eyes of most of the community. Even if you sell or throw away or give away your doll, you will always be looked at with suspicion by the anti-recast community.

                          • That suspicion even spills over to those who have never owned a recast before; there have been countless instances of someone owning a legit and being accused and bullied for owning a recast, when the doll was in fact legit to begin with.
                          • The best way to protect yourself against cyber bullying is to never purchase a recast, and always keep your COA, box, and other items, as well as registering your dolls online if the specific company where you purchased your doll from allows registration.

                          • Even many anti-recast communities admit that newer recasts have improved in both quality and communication practices and that it is getting more difficult to easily spot a recast based solely on quality alone.
                          • However, just like not all legit doll companies have the same levels of quality assurance, the same goes for different recasters. Some recasters have higher quality and better communication than others.
                          • Even those recasters with higher quality sometimes make mistakes or deliver poor goods, just like even some high quality legit doll manufacturers sometimes make mistakes.
                            • The most common quality issues surrounding recasts include:
                              • Shrinkage; when a recast is made, they use an existing legit doll as a mold. When that mold gets old, new molds are created from the mold of a recast, as time goes on, each mold gets slightly smaller and smaller and the resulting doll therefore gets smaller and smaller too.
                              • As a result of shrinkage and/or the molding process, there is sometimes a loss of detail around fine areas such as the eyes, nose, lips, or ears of the recast doll.
                              • Another issue is often the magnets used to attach fantasy parts or hands/feet are weaker than those supplied by the legit companies.
                                • Sometimes too there will be wrong magnets, where it repells the body part instead of attract, making it impossible to assemble.

                                Stringing and other issues internally in the doll can result in a doll with inferior posing abilities compared to the legit versions.
                                Sometimes dolls arrive with two left feet, legs, or other mismatched body parts, this is perhaps the worst flaw of all because it significantly affects pose-ability.
                                Sometimes dolls arrive broken, damaged, etc in shipping. Sometimes shipments get lost. Sometimes they send you completely the wrong dolls or wrong parts.

                                • When this happens sometimes you’re left with poor customer service (or no response at all) and lose your money and receive damaged goods or no goods at all.
                                • Even legit doll companies can have issues with quality control or communication; however, the problems seem more common with the recast companies. Some people get perfect dolls and perfect, prompt, friendly polite customer service even from recasters. It just depends. It seems most legit doll companies have a better more consistent record at providing better quality products and customer service.

I Want To Take an Anime and Manga Tour in Japan

Animate - The World's Largest Anime Store
Animate – The World’s Largest Anime Store

OMG… I want to do this. (Maybe Next Year – I don’t have Vacation Time left this year since I will be going to Peru this summer) Their next tour is in just a few weeks, and seems to only happen once a year, in March coinciding with the International Anime Festival AnimeJapan.

https://japandeluxetours.com/japan/group/anime-japan-tours#anime3

Visiting Japan is my life long dream. (sadly, mostly just so I can go shopping for anime, game, and doll stuff lol. Although I do want to do the museums and cherry blossoms and hot springs and other cultural things too – though mostly, I’m just a big geeky nerd who loves anime and wants to go shopping – which is what this whole tour is designed for <3)

It’s not that much money (well OK it is, but it’s cheaper than I expected honestly). Guided 6 Day Anime Tour in Japan which includes hotels and Guides through all the “anime” spots in Japan (since I can’t speak Japanese a Guide would be helpful…)

Only $1,500 a person, includes hotels for each day. I’d just have to have airfare, and LOTTTTTTTTSSSSS of money for food and shopping. Like seriously I’d probably want to have another $1,000 with me just for shopping lol. If I buy a dollfie dream or custom volks doll or something that’d eat half that budget right there. Then there’s all kinds of cheap (but cute) dolls / toys / figurines, etc.

I wouldn’t want to go by myself either – I would hope my boyfriend would go with me but if not then I’m pretty sure that I could find a friend or family member to take… If I had to pay for both of us that’s $3,000… The tour includes several meals but I’d need money for more meals (Let’s say $100 a day food budget X 5 days $500) Airfaire is probably close to $1,000 a person too So not counting shopping expenses I’d need $5,500… I want to mainly go shopping so I’d want at least $1,000 for shopping for myself that’s $6,500…. which still… isn’t that bad because of all the things this tour includes.

This tour includes all of the Ghibli and other museums, the largest anime stores, and even admission to an anime convention for one day. OMG and an anime theme park another day… OMG it includes real life mario kart racing too…. omg…

The number 1 place I want to visit actually isn’t on this tour – that place is Doll Point Akihabara – Volks store where you can buy Dollfie Dreams and Asian Balljointed Dolls and Accessories – including some items available only in the store and not sold online.  But that’s OK because the tour gives you free time in the evening and one free day where you’re on your own without a guide.

My dream / life goal / bucket list… lol…

Now that I have my passport I can actually do stuff like this O_O!!! Now I just need money (lots of money) (and to wait for my vacation time again lol).

https://japandeluxetours.com/group/tour/anime-japan-tour-6-days-a

Tour Includes

  • 6 DAYS
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • 7 MEALS
  • 5 breakfasts
    2 lunches
  • TRANSPORT
  • All transport shown

Details:

  • 4 nights Western hotel
  • Daily Breakfast-Buffets and 2 Lunches included
  • All ground transportation in Japan during the tour
  • Complimentary Airport Transfers (see details)
  • Admission Fees, Tax & Gratuities at all included Destinations
  • Full time service of licensed English speaking tour guide & separate bus driver
  • Japan Deluxe Tours Handbook and Tour Goods Package
  • Free Wi-Fi in Bus & Most hotels
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    Unboxing Review – Opening the 1st Lootcrate Sanrio Small Gift Quarterly Subscription Box

    My Sanrio Small Gift Crate from Lootcrate arrived last week. I see the article I posted when they first announced this subscription is getting a lot of traffic, so I’m guessing you guys want to see some box opening pics right? 🙂 You’ve come to the right place!

    Overall I am happy and continuing to keep my Sanrio Small Gift Crate Subscription.

    First, take a look at the packaging. It’s super cute! And filled to the brim with lots of cute Sanrio goodies inside.

    #Sanrio #lootcrate #hellokitty #sanriolootcrate #lootcratesanrio #quarterlysubscriptionbox #kawaii #cute

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    Countdown to Black Friday with New Deals Every Day on Amazon

    Amazon just launched their Black Friday Pre-sale event. You can check back every day for new items at http://amazon.com/Black-Friday/…

    Already they are offering up some pretty sweet deals for geeks and gamers. I recommend bookmarking and checking back as often as possible. I’m hoping for a PS4 Bundle or Console to go on sale. I have enough already to purchase, but since it is that time of year, saving some money never hurts, and I’ve waited this long already to get myself the newest consoles, so might as well hang in there a few more weeks and see what happens!

    Last year, amazon had amazing black friday and cyber monday exclusive gaming bundles for all three major game systems including Xbone, PS4, and WiiU. This year the savings should be even greater since the technology continues to age and the market gets even more competitive with new consoles such as the Xbox Scorpio, PS4 Pro, and (soon to be released) Nintendo Switch, which means the standard Xbox One, PS4 Slim, and possibly Wii U will need to discount their inventory to see a strong finish this year.

    PC Gamers are not to be forgotten, RIGHT NOW amazon has awesome Black Friday deals on headsets, lightup keyboards, game controllers, gaming mice, and more. There are some great deals such as headsets for 65% off, hot new release games for both console and pc at up to 75% off and many more.

    Amazon even has a page set up specifically for gaming deals here: http://amzn.to/2evLcYi

    or a general one for Electronics here: http://amzn.to/2evMYZH

    I’m also needing a new gaming laptop, and Amazon has a page for PC and Laptop deals here: http://amzn.to/2elLmON

    Video Games not your thing? Maybe you want some boardgames, legos, cute plushies, dolls, or figures? If so amazon also has a page for you here: http://amzn.to/2fp9ssJ

    And the sales will continue into cyber monday as well and Cyber Monday has it’s own page for deals which will be located at http://amzn.to/2fk9JB3 once it goes live later this month.

     

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    “Black Friday Deals–The Party Is Just Getting Started!

    Black Friday 2016 will be here soon, but we didn’t want you to wait until the day after Thanksgiving to save on Black Friday deals, so we are counting down to Black Friday 2016 with exciting deals today, and tomorrow, and the next day, and the next day, and…you get the picture. Stop by each day through November 24 for early Black Friday deals, including sales on electronics, low prices on DVDs, magazine subscription specials, toy bargains, and fashionable deals for women, men, kids & baby, and more. You’ll find our best Black Friday deals, and Deal of the Day bargains you won’t want to resist for holiday gifts.

    Something else to be excited about–at Amazon, Black Friday 2016 isn’t just a day to us–it’s a whole week! We’ll kick off Black Friday Deals Week early with Black Friday deals and sales all day every day that week, including Black Friday, with those big after-Thanksgiving sales you’ve been waiting for. Trust us, if you love a good deal, you won’t want to miss it!

    To continue the excitement, we have made Cyber Monday 2016 a whole week too! We’ll be kicking off Cyber Monday with a week’s worth of cyber deals, just in time for you to get back to work after Thanksgiving … and shop online. Shhh … we won’t tell your boss! You’ll find more great deals every day during Cyber Monday Deals Week.
    So stop by any day, or better yet, every day. We’ll be here with great deals!”

     

    Phicen Females 1/6 Scale Lifelike Figures | Doll Collectors | Artist Dolls

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    Phicen females Mercey Dante 1/6 Scale Figure

    Phicen Females

    Looking for remarkably life-like figures to add to your collection? Willing to splurge a bit to acquire some of the hottest figures on the market? Do you collect figures inspired by some of the most intriguing characters populating media today? Then Phicen is the company for you.

    Phicen produces 1/6 scale figures as its specialty. Its team is made up of experts in the fields of art, painting, sculpture, and costuming. Its figures have received worldwide recognition, and are adored by amateur and experienced, dedicated collectors alike.

    Phicen is dedicated to ongoing research in the newest production techniques so they can continue to make the most realistic models with the finest details you could imagine. The company has made itself known as one of the top producers in the collectible figure field through the employment of its near-perfect encapsulation technique. Phicen has a true passion for authenticity and quality, along with a drive to advance ease of production and pioneer manufacturing techniques. These qualities have propelled Phicen into the 1/6 scale world, a world in which it has quickly developed and expanded.

    Mercy Dante

    As a young girl, Mercy Dante witnessed the murders of both her parents, but was herself spared at the last minute. All she had was her sister Grace, but even she was taken away when Grace killed herself at the age of sixteen. Mercy became bent on revenge, becoming a contract killer just like the murderer of her parents. Eventually, she found her parents’ killer, and kidnapped and murdered his daughter as a way to even the score. The girl’s father, the killer, committed suicide soon after.

    However, the event haunted her. The daughter’s ghost followed her until one-day Mercy met up with a woman who said she could help her and give her a second chance. Suddenly Mercy was swept back in time to the minute before she shot the killer’s daughter. This time, she let her go. But there was one more thing she had to do. The woman who offered her a second chance asked her to shoot herself in the head, and Mercy obeyed, traveling to hell in the process.

    What follows is a tale heavily influenced by Dante’s Divine Comedy, specifically Inferno. In his 14th-century epic poem, Dante travels through the nine circles of hell with the Roman poet Virgil as his guide. Like Dante, Mercy finds herself in the first circle of hell, Limbo, with a mission: she is contracted by a mysterious woman to find a man trapped in a certain ring of hell that only Mercy can reach. He is crucial to a war involving humanity, and finding and freeing him is a way for Mercy to redeem herself. She journeys through hell to find him, encountering some surprises, including Satan, along the way.

    Mercy Dante is clearly one badass woman, and her Phicen sixth-scale figure completely does her justice. Her cracked lips and steel-colored eyes glinting behind the edge of a notched dagger, Mercy is ready for her journey down into the depths of hell.

    Her seamless body is made with stainless steel armature and comes with cloth costuming, including a long black faux-leather jacket and knee-high boots, a gun holster that sits under the arm, 2.45 automatic pistols, six interchangeable hands, a dagger and sheath, and a base on which to display her. With all of her accouterments, Mercy looks like the unstoppable assassin that she is.

    Red Sonja

    Red Sonja has a long history and is one of the greatest swordswomen of comic book lore, earning her the title “She-Devil with a Sword.” She was born in the Hyborian age as Sonja, and lived humbly with her family until a group of mercenaries murdered her father, mother, and two brothers, burning down their house and all their possessions in the process.

    She cried out in anguish and revenge, and the goddess Scathach answered her call. She offered Sonja unequaled battle skill in return for the promise that she would never sleep with a man unless he had honorably bested her in battle.

    Sonja accepted the offer and journeyed widely, becoming a legend known for her flaming red hair and striking ability to leave pools of blood from her enemies wherever she went. She was often sought out by men and women who needed her help to defeat whatever evil was afflicting their town or family. Memorable enemies include the Celestial One, Kulan Gath, and Strabonus.

    Sonja also became a queen when she liberated the Kingdom of Sogaria from the oppressive Emoran empire. However, the Emoran empire remained a threat. She instigated a war between two opposing factions of the empire, while also causing a slave revolt, weakening the empire and throwing it into chaos. Sonja personally dueled Emora’s emperor and killed him, becoming the empress, and gaining a whole new batch of struggles and battles.

    Red Sonja’s athleticism and mastery of weapons, as well as unarmed combat, and impressive stamina and strength, are all qualities clearly found in her sixth-scale figure. She is made of one of Phicen’s singular seamless bodies supported by stainless steel armature. She comes with over 15 accessories, including three pairs of interchangeable gloved hands, a pair of earrings, faux fur hooded coat and boots, various pieces of armor, and weapons, including a dagger, shield, and battle axe.

    She is clad in her typical scale mail bikini armor which she famously commented on, saying, “Men are easily distracted. Most of them never even notice my sword … until their heads roll off their necks.”

    More Phicen Females

    Phicen has produced a slew of other sixth-scale female figures to enjoy. One of them is the Power of the Valkyrie, a human nurse named Susan who was bestowed with the powers of the Valkyrie. She protected Asgard as well as her Earth from the evil Norse god Loki. Her figure is stunning in an elegant white hooded cape with glimmering silver blue armor.

    Another notable female is the Shi in Komono (U.S. version). This is the figure of Ana Ishikawa, a highly trained renegade who avenged the deaths of her father and brother by adopting the guise of Shi, death incarnate in Japan. Her figure features Ana in a beautiful floral-themed kimono with her signature weapon, the naginata. It is a wonderful representation of Billy Tucci’s vision for the character.

    There are even more amazing Phicen females to find online, so go check them out!

     

    Top 10 Subscription Boxes for Geek Girls

    Subscription boxes are taking over the internet. If you’ve never heard of such a thing, you must be living under a rock. The basic premise is you subscribe by paying a monthly fee and you get a box full of monthly goods delivered to your doorstep (or digitally in the case of a few subscription services out there). You don’t get to choose the items inside, so it’s like Christmas, or a birthday, opening a box and being surprised every month. How exciting! Of course, you run the risk of not liking what’s inside either though so it’s a gamble. They have boxes for everything from beauty products, to cat toys, dog treats, and yes, even anime and gamer and geeky boxes too.
    This post has been modified but not “updated” to introduce new boxes, or remove boxes which may no longer be available on the market – since its original publication in December 2015. When I initially wrote this post, it was based on “second hand” research, such as watching box opening videos, reading reviews, looking at photos, visiting the websites, etc. However, over the course of 2016, I have personally tried and purchased several of these subscriptions. To see some of the boxes I’ve reviewed look here: http://geekysweetie.com/category/review/subscription-box-review/

    I would also like to take a moment to give a “shout out” to Boxychan since I did not know about it in my original post below. It is my favorite anime subscription box. I’m currently signed up with their 9 month program at $28 a month. You can read my Boxychan review here http://geekysweetie.com/boxychan-anime-box-june-unboxing-photos-review-monthly-subscription-box-anime-manga-fans/:

    And one final shout out to Pusheen Box – I signed up in Spring and am still signed up and expecting the summer box to ship at any time. You can see my Spring Pusheen box review here:

    http://geekysweetie.com/pusheen-box-spring-pusheen-box-box-opening-review/ read more

    Fairyland Minifee Celine ABJD Asian Balljointed Doll Review

    MNF Celine Moe Line Fairyland Asian Balljoint Doll ABJD Normal Skin Default Faceup Photos and Review
    MNF Celine Moe Line Fairyland Asian Balljoint Doll ABJD Normal Skin Default Faceup Photos and Review

    Edit: Moved pics to a floating Div to make this post easier to read. EDIT again: turned off inline related posts for this post because they were again breaking this post and making it harder to read – sorry!

    Today I’m reviewing my Fairyland Celine Minifee in Normal Skin with Default Faceup from Fairyland.

    She has the Moe bodyline. I’ve had her now for about 1 year and ordered her during a period of time where Fairyland was experiencing a lot of delays in delivery time due to the popular nature of their sculpts, and high demand for their dolls.

    I don’t know if their delivery time has improved any since then, but I would warn that you’re in for a long wait because Fairyland is one of the most popular makers of these types of dolls. I waited about 8 months for mine. Ordered her around christmas and she came near the end of June.

    But it was worth the wait – these dolls are the most amazingly engineered balljoint dolls I’ve had the pleasure of owning. It’s the only doll in my collection which can stand on one foot.

    And it’s not even like you have to fuss and fidget with them to make them do this. They just DO it.

    These things are like rock solid.

    I’ve read the Moe line is the best for holding a pose, which is what my girl happens to be.

    I love how they have excellent range of motion AND the ability to hold a pose for pretty much forever. Right out of the box too, no sueding or wiring or anything needs to be done.

    As far as looks go, Fairyland dolls have large heads for their small bodies.

    The Moe line also has large breasts and a mature sleek figure.

    Minifee are more slender than some other similar sized “MSD” dolls so when ordering clothes you should look for ones marked Slim MSD or Minifee specifically. For example, I got these two dresses on Etsy.

    And you can see that, when dressed, it somewhat hides her very large chest, so you can still get away with dressing her much younger than she appears.

    My favorite part about the body are the magnetic hands which you can purchase additional hand parts to get lots of cute poses. I ordered mine A la cart which allowed me to choose which hand parts I wanted. The hands are SOOOO cute. I just think the magnetic hands are a nice touch which allows you to further customize your doll. I wish more companies offered these little extra touches.

    The minifee moe has small feet, I’ve heard they can wear YOSD shoes, but my girl goes barefoot so I haven’t tested this yet.

    Also she has cute little dimples above her butt lol. It is a very nice, detailed sculpt.

    The Celine sculpt even has two little teeth that peek out of her mouth. Sometimes (most of the time) the teeth are not visible in photos. It’s one of very few asian balljointed dolls (ABJD) that I know of which has teeth. It makes her cute and unique.

    Fairyland does not offer custom faceups – I guess maybe because they are so backed up and have so many orders all the time that it would push their delivery dates out even further.

    This is a bit sad, because, although the default faceup is “nice” – to me, it’s so light, that it almost looks like a blank doll. Mine came with large dark blue, almost black eyes which combined with her very light and natural faceup, kinda make her look like a real little korean girl, which is cute in it’s own way.  I’m not sure WHAT I would want exactly for a faceup, but when you pay extra money and get something you can barely even see, it’s kinda a miss.

    Maybe she just needs darker brows and some more blushing, not sure.  — By contrast, my Fairyland Celine Moe F60 (a larger version of this doll ( I love the Celine sculpt lol ) has much darker makeup but I also ordered darker skin. Anyways, it’s not a big deal because you can always do your own faceup or have an artist do one for you after you buy the doll. I just thought I should say something about it, because it’s definitely a lot paler than what I was expecting.

    Fairyland has had some inconsistencies with the quality of their resin. I’ve heard of it cracking, having scratches, or bubbles, or what some users describe as “snow flakes” especially on the tan skin. My tan doll does have a few VERY small dots that are lighter colored especially by her wrists. I don’t know if they attempted to sand it or what happened here; she also had a couple of VERY light scratches on her  legs – but to me they look OK. My minifee though, who is what this review is about, was in excellent perfect condition. I just felt I should mention that Fairyland doesn’t always have the best track record for quality, and they are one of the most expensive and most popular doll makers in the hobby. You can do your own research and make your own decisions about it. For me, I didn’t have too many problems, but your mileage may vary.

    Fairyland as a whole DOES try to please its customers; they have a ton of special events, where if you order a doll, you get extra parts like wings, or animal parts, or even another doll, or head, etc. They have these events about once every 3 or 4 months so you should DEFINITELY wait to order a doll until they have another event.

    Final Verdict:

    Range of Motion: 10/10

    Ability to Hold a Pose: 10/10

    Aesthetics of Sculpt: 10/10

    Faceup Quality: 5/10

    Delivery & Service: 6/10

    Final Verdict: 41/50  82% B-

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    Momijii Dolls – Cute Limited Edition Dolls With Notes Inside

    Momiiji Dolls

    Kokeshi dolls are traditional Japanese Wooden dolls that are often hand carved and painted. These dolls originated in the 1600s and were sold as souvenirs to traveling tourists who visited the Japanese Hotsprings.

    Fastforward 400 years later, and meet the Momijii Doll. These Kokeshi inspired figurines have taken the Kokeshi theme and turned it into a profitable online business by creating dozens of super rare limited edition dolls at affordable prices.

    What’s more, these dolls make great gifts, because you can turn them upside down and remove a note, which you can personalize. This makes them great ideas for holidays, weddings, anniversaries, or graduations. Any special occasion, there’s a doll to match that.

    Furthermore, each edition of dolls is very unique; from a pen quill shaped doll for writers to a popcorn shaped doll for movie lovers (or those who work in movies/theaters), to an airline stewardess, or a chef, you can find a Momijii that suits your personality, or that of a close friend. Most are limited to just 150 dolls worldwide, and once they’re gone, they’re gone for good. This makes it a collector’s dream to collect their favorite Momijii dolls.

    Take a look at their website online at https://lovemomiji.com/

    Dollmore Model F Melissa Baul Review

    My Melissa Baul with Custom Faceup By Dollmore
    My Melissa Baul with Custom Faceup By Dollmore

     

    Edit to add: (cleaned up images by moving them to a floating div, making this easier to read. also nixed the old banner ads as we use a different platform now.) I also want to add that Kitty Blue in the Ohio ABJD meetup group helped me restring and hot-glue “suede” this doll a year or two ago which helped a lot of the problems I mention in this review. She also told me buying shoes, especially boots that go up the legs, would help add more stability.

    I own a dollmore model F Melissa Baul. She is from 2011, so there may be some small changes to new versions. My version has a custom face up that I ordered through Dollmore themselves. The default faceup is quite different. She came free with the same dark short wig and grey colored acrylic eyes as her stock photo. Her red lace lingerie was also included. They also sent some free gifts, a purple plaid trench coat, and a pin or button featuring the face of one of their dolls.

    They did an amazing job on her faceup. I took her to a dollmeet one time and got a lot of very positive feedback on her face. I had sent them random pics off the internet, one for the eyes, one for the lips, etc demonstrating the color and style that I wanted her to have. I wanted something very dramatic, sexy, glamorous, kinda a film noir feeling to it or vintage pinup girl style. I really love how it turned out. I also requested light freckles, I wish I would have requested a bit darker freckles now, I chose a color from photoshop and screenshot that color swatch, but it just barely barely barely shows up, especially with my subpar camera lol.

    She came strung very loosely and I have never restrung her (too afraid to!). If I had one complaint it would be that she is strung too loose and can’t pose – heck she can barely stand up at all. As you can see in this photo she CAN stand… it takes forever to get her to do that though. And standing isn’t exactly something that’s hard for these dolls lol. I’m not even trying to do weird crazy poses – just standing there is a challenge for her! From research I have done (sadly after the fact) this seems to be common for Dollmore. They ship all of their dolls like this, so I would not order from them unless you are prepared to restring your doll.

    There are a lot more dollmore dolls that I would like, but until I get brave enough to try restringing for my first time, I would not order from them again.

    Other than that one small snaffu, I am extremely pleased with dollmore as a whole. They are probably in my top 5 companies in terms of sculpts and style and faceup quality. Their bodies on their model dolls are so beautiful. If we’re talking aesthetically, they are probably my favorite bodies. Pose-ability wise is another question entirely, and out of the dolls I own, they’d be near the lower end. They are double jointed, can touch their own face, etc, but it’s their ability (or lack thereof) to hold a pose due to the loose stringing that kills it every time.

    The one complaint that I have aesthetically is her feet are huge. I don’t know if this is necessary to balance out the weight of her long body (they are among the tallest female dolls on the market at 68cm for the females) but her feet are nearly double the length of my other SD girl. Their busts come in 2 cup sizes. mine has the default bust, they also offer a glamour bust option which is at least double, if not tripple the size of the regular. The glamour bust looks very sexy, but I was afraid that it would make it harder for her to fit into clothes from other manufacturers.

    Another odd aesthetic choice is the unusually small head. Some people in the hobby think the dolls have “pinheads” I wouldn’t go that far, I’ve gotten used to my girl’s porportions now and she wears the same size wig as my other SD girl. I think though, given that her body is larger, they could have made the head larger as well. I feel they made the choice so that it could share wigs more easily with their other lines of dolls or wigs from other manufacturers. (which is a good thing!)

    Here are her measurements for those curious.

    << body size >>

    • Eye size : 16mm (Diameter)
    • Tall : 68cm
    • Circumference of Head : 22.1cm
    • Circumference of neck : 8.4cm
    • Circumference of chest : 26.5cm
    • Width of shoulders : 11.5cm
    • Circumference of waist: 18cm
    • Circumference of hips : 28.5cm
    • Lenth of “from hips to ankle” : 42.cm
    • * Lenth of “from knee to ankle” : 18cm
    • Foot size : 8cm

    You may be asking yourself what is a balljoint doll. The best place to learn more is over at http://denofangels.com but the quick and dirty lowdown is as follows. They are artist dolls, typically from asian countries, primarily Japan and South Korea. They come unfinished and are intended to be customized by the buyer. It’s sort of like a model kit in a way, which the buyer paints and displays to their liking. The difference is, that the balljoints within the doll allow her to move and take on a number of poses. They are free standing and range in size anywhere from the size of your thumb to the size of a small human child. They come bald and without eyes and you can easily change their looks by changing their wig and eye colors. It is an expensive hobby. The dolls themselves range from 200 to 1200 dollars, and come usually with no wig or eyes included – though as you can see by this post, some companies do include free wig and eyes.

    Some companies will sand seams for free, others charge for it. I am not bothered by the seams, to me they don’t show nor detract from the doll, so I never bother with it. Many people sand their own seams but you have to be careful because breathing in the resin dust can be a health hazard as it is very toxic. To be clear, touching and playing with resin dolls will not jeopardize your health, but if you are grinding it down to a powder form, and you inhale it, that can be deadly, so always wear gloves and facemasks when sanding your dolls.

    These precautions are not needed when merely playing with or touching your dolls. Some people like to sand down different parts of their dolls, like reshaping the chin or nose etc to further customize them. It is simple to do, just with fine grit sandpaper. Many people paint their own dolls, but you can have the manufacturer paint them too for an added fee. Some companies, such as dollmore, will paint the face however you like, other companies have 3 or 4 options to pick from, and other companies only have a default option. To illustrate, my doll in this post is marked at $555 dollars on the company’s site. To add in a faceup costs another $65, body blushing is $110 (they will add a light peach color to define muscles and highlights over the body), sanding seams is another $110 dollars. So if you want a blank unfinished doll you’re paying $550, if you want to add all the other features you’re paying over $830 bucks. Then when you start buying clothes, wigs, eyes, props, accessories, etc — it gets crazy expensive. It is not for the faint of heart (or wallet lol). But the tradeoff is that you have a piece of art, if you are an artistic person who wants to sew, make jewelry, or make wigs, or props, I’ve even seen complete dioramas with furniture and fireplaces, well this hobby allows you to do all of that. If you’re a photographer and nature lover, this hobby lets you always have a model to take with you to photograph. Its really a rewarding and fulfilling hobby to anyone with a creative itch. It also used to be a good investment as dolls would either hold their market value, or go up in the case of limited dolls, but that is no longer true, most resellers will take at least a 25% loss and sometimes much more depending on the condition of their dolls. Resin yellows with age, no matter how well it is preserved. These dolls are not meant to last forever. That kind of makes them even more beautiful though to me. Beauty fades for all living creatures, why should our dolls be any different. I still have the very first doll that I bought back in 2006, and she is very very yellow now but I would never sell her because there is that emotional attachment. Dolls have a strong personal and emotional sentiment to their owners, moreso, when they are customized by their owners as these are, and unless you are extremely wealthy, these dolls are something that you work very hard to afford and enjoy which in and of itself also brings happiness and fulfillment. And maybe I’m weird, but I actually like the waiting for the doll, both the saving up aspect, and the fact that they take anywhere from 2 weeks to 10 months to manufacture and ship after you pay. Most my dolls have taken about 20 weeks or so to arrive (which is about 5 months!!) But it’s kinda like a kid with the buildup and anticipation of christmas… you know it’s coming, and to me that’s part of the fun. And then that package comes and you open it, and it’s even more beautiful than you had imagined it could be. Another weird quirk in the hobby is that you photograph (or youtube) yourself opening the box when it comes. It’s called unboxing day and many people use this date as their doll’s birthday. Which leads to another way to enjoy the hobby, which is many people have elaborate stories and roleplay or blog about their dolls. I haven’t yet. But I think that’s an amazing idea :). Some people even have doll penpals lol.  Perhaps the most universal thing to do with the dolls is to photograph them and share photos and comment on other peoples’ dolls and photos around the net. To that end, I seriously need to get a better camera lol. No matter how you choose to enjoy your doll the unique ability to make something your own and know that no one else has a doll exactly like yours make this a thrilling and exciting hobby.

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    Final Verdict:

    Range of Motion: 10/10

    Ability to Hold a Pose: 2/10

    Aesthetics of Sculpt: 8/10

    Faceup Quality: 9/10

    Delivery & Service: 10/10

    Final Verdict: 39/50  78% C+

    Note: If it could hold a pose it’d be 47/50 94% or an A.

    All she needs is restrung, but that is not my expectation when I buy directly from the manufacturer and pay all that money to have a doll that can’t pose. I’m too afraid to take her all apart given how expensive she was. – If you are not afraid of restringing, by all means, don’t let my “low score” scare you. She is almost flawless aside from that small fact and I truly recommend dollmore whole heartedly in terms of service such as offering custom faceup, delivery time, and including extra gifts and pleasing their customer.