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ThreeZero is doing Game of Thrones 1:6 scale dolls, and they just released a prototype headsculpt of Peter Dinklage's character Tyrion Lannister. I don't care about the show or the character; I just think Peter Dinklage is amazingly hot and smart and funny and warm and talented. I would love to have a 1:6 scale version of him, as long as ThreeZero accurately renders him in all his 4' 5" glory with his distinctive body shape.
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I recently lusted after Original Effect's Spider Girl Nightmare Theme Suit, a head and outfit set, for which I could not justify spending ~$150.00 excluding s/h.  Well, turns out that the ~$150.00 price is exclusive to that particular Japanese online store, and preorders for the Spider Girl set have just been hitting U.S. retailers for ~$85.00 excluding s/h. Now if I can just find someplace that won't charge me ~$13.00 for s/h [for a lightweight head + outfit combo!], I'm throwing her in my cart.
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As much as I find Original Effect's Army Attractive line aggressively banal and unimaginative, I must confess that I admire their dedication to realizing comic-book proportions in 1:6 scale. All their dolls so far top out at 13.5 inches. Some of the height comes from the platform heels they all wear, but most derives from the fact that their legs are at least an inch longer than those of the standard 1:6 scale figure. So many people object to the size of these dolls, claiming that they are not really 1:6 scale, but what the detractors ignore is that the OEs are indeed 1:6 scale in all proportions except for the legs. As far as I am concerned, they are thus 1:6 scale with really long legs.

So what I'm thinking is that the OE body needs to get together with Playtoy's recently released XL body so we can have a truly comic-book set of proportions with exceedingly long legs and exceedingly large breasts. I doubt this will happen, however, so I will just have to get an OE body and enhance its rack myself.
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Medicom is releasing a doll of Kick Ass' Hit Girl [played by Chloe Moretz, who is clearly going places!], ETA Q1 2014. Pictures here courtesy of Sideshow Toy. Because we all know I'm a sucker for smirks, I really want her. She has a beautiful mouth. Sigh...
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I love the sunken eyes and the effect of wizened skin around the mouth.

Oh wait...You say that's a Nazi zombie?

Sure, if you insist. I still maintain that, if you give him some hair and different clothes, you've got a very old [or at least very weathered] guy.

I like his expression. It's very intense without being dour or angry. He looks very serious and peremptory, but not mean.

No! I'm not getting him!

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And by "everything," I mean "humanoid characters from their animated films." Interestingly, a lot of these dolls have basic articulation [head, shoulders, elbows, wrists, waist, hips, knees]. The cartoony style of the headsculpt actually agrees with my stylized, exaggerated aesthetic, so this information could be relevant to my interests.
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Yeah yeah, late to the party, but apparently Hasbro and Integrity Toys are doing high-end, articulated, fashion-doll remakes of Jem and the Holograms. I wonder if they'll do the rival band too? I never got into the dolls the first time around, but I'm curious to see what the remakes look like. If they are 1:6 scale [as opposed to the original dolls, which were more like 13"] with articulated elbows [as opposed to the original dolls, who had articulated wrists, but no articulated elbows, for mysterious reasons], they could be interesting.

EDIT: Holy crap! 1:6 scale! Articulated elbows! Pink hair! Of course, this particular doll was one of those super-duper special editions available only at the 2012 Comicon, therefore now available on Ebay for $gazillion. Well, there'll be more of them in the future.
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Makies are the coolest thing I've seen in a long time: customizable, articulated, 10" dolls made of printed plastic. You design one online, adjusting all facial features with sliders, then choosing eyes, wig and clothes from a variety of options. They're like single-jointed BJDs, only without elastic! You can choose to leave your character digital, or you can order a plastic version of your character. The alpha session is currently open, with 20 of 100 slots left. One doll is 99 pounds including VAT [made in UK].

I would love to get one, but I don't have the money. I'd also like to wait until they have skin color options [currently only available in white] and adjustable body shapes. I hope this company succeeds and adds many more options. I've always liked online pixel doll maker programs, but have been annoyed at the lack of ability to actually have dolls made from the pixel characters. I'll be watching this company to see how it develops a little bit down the line...
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I really like Mattel's Monster High dolls. Each has a unique headsculpt, which I appreciate, and I like the bright colors, patterning and funky layering of the clothes. Not to mention the fact that they are well-articulated!  I've even watched some of the online cartoons, which are pretty cute. My favorite character is Ghoulia Yelps because she is a nerdy zombie. :D But I will not be getting any MH dolls because there's no need for me to go into a new size or scale of dolls. I'd love to see someone do BJD versions of MH dolls, though. That would be really cool.
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If I was ever going to have some rich, obnoxious, vain, preppy characters in LHF, they would be enplasticated by Fashion Royalty Homme dolls, assuming that I could get one nude for <$100.00. I really like the body sculpt, but I don't think that any of the headsculpts are attractive; because all their lines are sharp and stylized, the FR dudes look as if all their features have been squinched to the middle of their faces. They are, however, hilarious, perfect for bombastic characters, but too expensive for me to indulge them merely as tertiaries.
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Today we're talking about Misaki! This is another "useless" [i.e., non-LHF] doll that I would like to have, even more expensive than the average Momoko, but around the same price as today's average Cy Girl. Pictures and discussion of relative merits of Misakis below. )


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I've found my cut-off point beyond which I think a 1:6 doll is not worth the price: $100. Even dolls that hit the $100 mark make me pause. Unfortunately, there are several dolls in the $100+ category that I've been coveting for years, but which I can't really justify the cost of.

1. Momoko. Her neat little engaging face has always charmed me. I like the ones with dark hair and subdued makeup. I really like Mama Told Me [available at Junky Spot], but she's $160, $100 of which seems to be for the doll itself and $60 for the outfit. I'm NOT paying that much for an outfit, no matter how attractive it is, if it can't fit more than one of my dolls. Of all the dolls on this list, it is most probable that I will eventually get a Momoko, especially if I can find one nude <$70.

2. Sakurana. It's the side-glancing eyes and the little smirk that get me. She looks like she's up to something devious. Deviousness does not come cheap, though, because her price ranges between $140 and $160 [available at Manika]. Sigh...I have a weakness for smirky dollies.

3. Misaki. Integrity Toys only releases these Fashion Royalty dolls in limited editions, which drives up the price even more. I like the Misaki headsculpt in general, with its strong jawline and overblown lips, but I'm particularly enamored of Posh Girl Misaki, with her smart tailored outfit, stylized freckles and dark lips. However, she's north of $200 [also available at Manika at the same link as Sakurana].

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Messy purple buns in hair, gloriously mismatching and patterned clothes, inset eyes and highly articulated body = pretty cool. Available [currently as preorder] at Valley of the Dolls. Must...resist...temptation to get dolls that I do not have designated personalities for...Read more... )

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