In the fall of 2009 I made my very first trip to Japan. Since I had never been, I never really knew what to expect. There was so much to see, so many things to experience, and most of all, SO MANY THINGS TO BUY! I didn’t have any expectations of going doll shopping or bringing one home, so what happened next was completely unplanned. After picking up a fair amount of figures from various stores, I made my way to Nakano Broadway, where my second doll was waiting for me.
Way back in 2008, I was just starting to Follow Danny Choo’s personal blog, where he largely posted pictures of figures and wrote about Japan. One day, he started posting pictures and stories about something radically different and unique: a curious object made by a company called Volks. It was bigger than any figure I had ever seen, was fully poseable, and featured various clothes and accessories. I’m talking, of course, about Dollfie Dreams: Volks’s line of 1/3 scale vinyl dolls created to bring in a new audience. Danny’s first DD was an original Saber (Artoria Pendrangon), complete with armor and sword. He published all of the details about her, including how he got her and how much she cost. At the time, the conversion rates had her value at just over $1000 and I laughed that I’d never spend that much on a single item. After all, the figures I was buying at the time were barely cracking $100!
A couple weekends ago, we went to IKEA with the mission of obtaining some new display cases and lighting. $350 later, we ended up with new display cases, lighting, and pieces for upgrading the doll display area! XD
This Christmas, my mom decided to work on some doll clothes for my girls. Her first attempt was inspired by a traditional China Dress and some fabric she found at the fabric store. The outfit was originally designed to fit an L bust DD2, however I found it also fits well on an M bust!
The dress fits Sakura perfectly and gives her something new to wear aside from her default. Since she’s the only L bust in my collection, I don’t have much that was custom tailored for her…
A couple weeks ago, I decided to try out the neck replacement part from Cool Cat. Similar to the one sold by Dollfie World, this joint promises to be more durable than the Volks default and provide a larger range of motion.
You can choose from pink or silver for your part, as well as for DD or MDD. They’re also reasonably priced at about $40 and ship from Taiwan.
Packaging is also very simple, all that comes with it is the joint and a spare set of screws for if you lose the original ones. So how does the joint compare to the Volks original joint?
After a long month of waiting, the final pieces of Haruka came into place! Both her wig from Leeke World and her head with faceup arrived!
It was an exciting day to see both packages in my mailbox!
Poor Yoko, she must have felt terribly neglected since Rin seems to get the preferential treatment. She gets all the nice outfits, gets to go to conventions, and has even been to the garden twice! Well, the streak ended this weekend as Yoko finally got the chance to go out! Equipped with a new set of shoes from Mimi Woo, a pair of jeans from Mai Little Alien, and a top from Dark Dollhouse, she was ready to go out!
And here she is! It was a lovely day out, with the exception of the humidity. Yoko didn’t seem to mind though, she was outside!