Dollfie head cap and stand

Got my second package from VolksUSA in today. The stand and head cap that I’d ordered came in! The Japanese really do love their packaging, as the stand came in quite the large box…

Big box for flat stand

I assembled the stand first, just so I’d have a way to work with Rin while trying to get the wig and cap on. Immediately, there was a bit of a problem. The cap itself seemed a bit too large for her head and didn’t look like it fit.

Looks warm, but too big?

If that were supposed to be the only thing she wore, it’d probably be fine. It looks pretty warm and would keep her ears safe from cold winter temperatures or give her nicer hydrodynamics if she were swimming. Sadly, neither of those scenarios fit, so I needed to figure out how to make it work. I tried a couple ideas, from folding it to rolling it up and tucking underneath, but nothing seemed to work. I finally gave in and shot an email to the VolksUSA folks with the picture attached and waited for a response.

Keen to keep trying, I started searching and found an entry on the VolksUSA blog. While it didn’t directly talk about how the head cap went on, it did inspire me to remove the top piece of her head and try the fit that way. That seemed to work and gave me a chance to peek inside Rin’s head…

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Once the top was put back on, I set to work in fitting the wig. it’s a bit tighter than before, but results came out well. Rin seems to be happy with it too!

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Before and after:

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Shortly after I’d finished, I received a reply from Volks. Seems the method I used isn’t the “right” way, and they included directions. I’ll include them here for other owners who may struggle with the same problem…

1&2: Place the headcap on the head. It will be slightly loose up at the top. Make sure that it rests behind the ears.

3: When you put on the wig, hold it down in the front with your thumb, and pull down on the back with your other hand, slipping it down over the headcap and head. After you do this the headcap will show a little bit outside the wig.

4: You can use you fingers to gently push the headcap inside the hairline. But be careful. Don’t push it up too high or the wig will touch her head. The line of the headcap, and wig cap should match up as perfectly as possible.

UPDATE: Just redid the cap as per the Volks instructions. Works great!

UPDATE2: Volks had asked that I remove the pictures. They didn’t say anything about the text though. 🙂

My first Dollfie

A couple days ago, I got a large package from UPS. It came in “signature required,” and fortunately I was home that day working on flooring. Being busy all day with manual labor and then fireworks in the evening, I didn’t have much chance to really do a large batch of photos. I did, however, manage to get her unpacked and dressed.

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I’m very impressed with the level of detail in the Dollfie and the ease at which she’s posed. There are a lot of little nice touches with the clothing, from the buttons on the sleeves to the shoes and stockings. The wig was also pre-styled, which is good for me as I would have had a heck of a time trying to get the bows on and the hair in the right place…

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Quick update

First off, happy 4th of July everyone! It’s been a day full of excitement for me and also extremely tiring. First, I completed the previously mentioned flooring project. All of the boards have been put into place. The only thing remaining is to patch a few areas and put in the molding around the edges. Looks pretty good, if I say so myself!

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Secondly, Dollfie Rin arrived on my doorstep. After fumbling around for an hour, I finally got her fully assembled and clothed. I still need to get some sort of a stand and head cap for her, but in all very nice! The one thing I wasn’t expecting was how big she was going to be. She’s extremely tall. I have a 24in diagonal monitor, and she towers over it. I’d initially thought about putting her in the display cabinet, but she would easily take up the height of two shelves…

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More detailed write ups of both items are to come, but for now, I’m too exhausted to stay awake! The flooring project really took a lot out of me… ^.^

Anticipating a new arrival

Yesterday, I received an email from VolksUSA. In it was a tracking number. Dollfie Rin is on her way! Since I’m still new to the world of ball jointed dolls (BJDs), I still have quite a bit to learn about the things and accessories I’ll need to get. It turns out that the darker wigs have a tendency to stain, so I’ll need to get a cloth cap to put between them. Sadly, Volks is currently out of stock, so I’ll need to put that purchase on hold until one is available.

Tracking estimates delivery this Friday, so expect to see the first photos this weekend!

Selling off some goods

Since I’ve had some pretty hefty expenditures the past couple of weeks, I’ve decided to start a pile of things that I can part with and sell. Since I’ve failed in moving some things on the buy/sell email list at work, I’ve resorted to putting things up on Half.com. For a full list of things that I’ve parting with, check out my sales page. Please, help me pay for a Dollfie! 🙂

…and yes, I did get chosen in the last VolksUSA Dolfie lottery. Rin will be here in July! Just as a reminder, this is what she looks like:

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Volks announces availability of limited items from Dolls Party 21

Ever since I saw the announcement on DannyChoo about the upcoming Tohsaka Rin Dolfie Dream, I decided I really wanted one. At $528, she almost seems like a bargain, considering how much Dolfies run for (usually in the $1k range). It looks like I may have a chance, if I actually decide to jump, as Volks USA will be putting the limited items up for sale from May 5-8 (see their blog for more info).

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Just look at that face! I think it’s one of the better Dolfie renditions I’ve seen. As nice as the Saber one was, I didn’t really care much for the hair or face. Someone talk me out of trying to buy one… please!