- Don’t leave resin dolls in the sun. Resin yellows.
- Don’t leave dark clothing or wigs on your vinyl.
- Keep sharpies the fuck away from them.
- Also, don't rub Cheeto dust on your $400 doll. Wash your hands first.
- You get what you pay for. Your $200 SD doll is gonna be shit unless you found an amazing deal second hand.
- Do your research on DoA. Ask for an invite in the thread if you need one.
- Unless your doll was miraculously in stock, be prepared to wait up to six months to get your shipping notice.
- Keep your recast debate out of /toy/. If you're for or against recasts, that's fine. Nobody wants to read that shit again, though, so please just take it to those horrible Tumblr confession blogs or something.
- Magic erasers. Use them.
- Ordering larger dolls can be a bit intimidating, since there are so many companies and manufacturers. Just come to us when you have questions about purchasing any dolls.
- Magic erasers. Can be bought pretty much anywhere. Cleans stains off resin. Also useful as fuck for actual house cleaning.
- Restringing isn’t as hard as it looks, once you get the hang of it. There are youtube tutorials and people in your comm can help.
- Fairyland dolls will be harder to restring than others.
- Start at the top and go to the legs, you will need significantly less strength to pull it through the legs rather than pulling both strings through the torso and head.
- Know the difference between resin and vinyl.
- Vinyl (Dollfie Dreams) will stain when they come in contact with dark fabric/dyes. The are mostly removable if not too dark or deep in the vinyl
- Resin: Doesn't stain for the most part (it's possible, but usually easily removable). Resin can crack/chip if you drop the doll
- Not all cheap dolls are shitty quality, and not all shitty quality dolls are cheap. Before purchasing a doll from a not-well-known company, look vigorously for owner photos. Company photos can be intimidating
- often most expensive (not including Obitsu)
- Volks Super Dollfie and Dollfie Dream
- Most of its dolls are limited or available only through their Full Choice System
- Their standard models are being discontinued this year, most likely to be replaced by new ones.
- For more FCS information, visit angelden.net
- Limited sculpts are usually based off anime characters.
- Some limited heads may be very, very expensive.
- For more about DDs, see the /jp/ FAQ. They know more than we do. http://tinyurl.com/dollfaq
- Vinyl dolls, a lot look like shit due to being cheap
- Bodies can be used as an alternative to DD bodies
- Artist dolls, very expensive, not sold outside of Japan.
- Have been recasted. Be careful.
- Vinyl anime dolls in various sizes.
- Cheaper than Volks, but generally uglier. Decal eyes.
- 1/3rd scale Azones use Obitsu bodies.
- Most dolls are from Korean companies
- Tend to yellow gracefully. Resin colors have varied wildly over the years from very pink to normal. Might be difficult to find a match if you want new hands or feet.
- Almost exclusively makes monthly limiteds
- Quality has dropped since starting 3D printing heads
- Longest ass wait time you’ve ever heard of
- Owns Neo-Angelregion and Rosette
- Middling price, middling resin quality.
- Recently has gained a bad reputation with customer service
- Minifee line is very popular.
- Makes anime styled resin dolls, most recently making a more realistic head
- Known for terrible communication
- Custom house
- Very rough resin at times
- Doesn't seem to sell to the US anymore.
- As a rule of thumb, be careful. You get what you pay for. Stay away from these unless you do your research first. Some companies are good.
- Infamous for being shit. Also dirt cheap. Don't bother.
- Has a hot sculptor
- sells their dolls significantly cheaper on Taobao
- Dollzone started as a recaster, has fixed its rep by making many duck lipped dolls
- Doll Chateau has a large following, mostly makes creepy fantasy dolls
- Based in SK, dolls and accessories are produced in China.
- Has some nice looking dolls and some not so nice looking dolls.
- Model doll glamour bust has some huge boobs.
- Lusion Dolls are childlike and 80 cm tall.
- Island Doll
- Doll Leaves
- Magical Angel
- Better quality than most Chinese companies.
- haven’t heard any quality gripes
- you’re better off buying a recast in terms of quality
- Most American dolls aren’t worth bothering with, European dolls are rising in popularity though
- Generally very different aesthetic.
- Very hard to get and somewhat popular for artist dolls
- Kaye Wiggs
- Most popular types are urethane, glass, and acrylic.
- Acrylic eyes are the cheapest. Look the worst.
- Urethane eyes can be crazy expensive but look the best. Easily scratched.
- Eye putty
- Use poster tack, silicone earplugs, whatever.
- Don't use silicone putty with silicone eyes.
- Avoid Sculpey as eye putty as it feels greasy and can damage acrylic eyes.
- some companies use sculpey as the default eye putty but it’s a pain in the ass to deal with so just replace it
- The most common size is 16mm, it can be used in most sizes of dolls. These will not fit in some dolls, so do your research.
- Animetic/anime eyes generally come in 20-24mm.
- Avoid shiny looking wigs.
- Heat resistant is good, even if you don’t plan on styling them.
Japanese 2nd hand doll stores:
Many Americans think their used doll is worth a lot of money, therefore a lot of used dolls will go for a lot cheaper in Japan. You can also find rare Volks limiteds more easily there. Non-Japanese dolls are fairly hard to find.
Most companies use EMS only, which means you’ll be paying $20 at the least.
Estimations for EMS shipping (varies by company):
SD sized doll - $50 - 70
MSD sized doll - $40 - 50
YoSD sized doll - $
Some companies have dealers in the US. Check VolksUSA, Mint on Card, Denver Doll Emporium, and Fabric Friends and Dolls. Will usually charge for only domestic shipping. This also means longer wait times, as they order all at once. They also usually have clothes and accessories in stock.
Avoiding recast scams:
This is NOT pro/anti-recast, this is how to avoid scams.
- Do your research. If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.
- Do NOT buy any dolls from Taobao. Any Chinese companies selling their dolls on Taobao can be found elsewhere, and any non-chinese companies are almost definitely recasters. EDIT: Taobao is not the devil anymore (maybe?) Some legit companies sell through taobao. AliExpress probably has no legit sellers though.
- Avoid buying dolls from Chinese sellers on ebay.
- Those cheap practice heads from eBay are recasts.
- Missing headplates are not a good sign, but they can still be easily lost.
- Resin colors the original company does not offer. Resin colors change as they age and companies may change formulas, but if you're buying a Volks doll and it's lime green something's wrong.
- There is a list of all known recasts, if the doll you are buying is not on the list, it is unlikely to be a recast. Unfortunately I lost this link so if you know it feel free to contact me.
- The original box and certificates of authenticity are good signs the doll is not a recast. EXCEPT one recaster is now sending dolls in copies of SOOM tiny boxes. Original box and certificates of authenticity cannot be proof in this case.
- Ask seller for past owner history of proof they bought it from the company if worried.
- Original faceup is pretty much proof the doll is not a recast unless some magical artist can duplicate them.
- Basically dolly makeup.
- Companies typically offer only one faceup style for each particular sculpt. Most also sell blank heads. If you don't like the company's, do it yourself or commission someone.
- DO NOT USE HUMAN MAKEUP OR ANYTHING WITH OILS IN IT.
- Always seal your doll with MSC, Zoukeimura, Testors, Purity Seal, etc before you do anything. And after.
- Spray sealant outdoors and away from any people/pets with sensitive respiratory systems. Shit's toxic. Invest in a gas mask if you'll be using it often.
- Expensive soft pastels are worth it. Cheap ones are complete, utter crap.
- To remove a faceup, use colorless, fragrance free acetone solution. Be careful with this- acetone may soften resin. But only if you're like soaking it overnight or something similarly stupid. Just wipe it off.
- Other cleaners that can be used are isopropyl alcohol and Windsor and Newton brush cleaner.
- Blushing tends to chip around joints, making it look bad.
- It is also somewhat hard to remove from hands and feet.
- Resin dust is toxic, avoid breathing it.
They will not fit on MDDs, Obitsu ⅙, etc. Stop asking and just get the big doll.
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