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I did Dillon -- Isabel's ex, coworker, purchaser of her car and carpooler, not to mention Carter's friend and representative of stupid shit people say about PWS -- for once and for all tonight. He started off as an AA Hasbro GI Jane Vietnam Nurse, who is quite possibly one of the sweetest, cutest, most adorable dolls ever. Don't you just want to be her friend?
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Dillon has gone through several permutations since his original conception. He was going to be the doll that ended up being Brandeis. As shown in various census pictures, he is now a Phicen Hindu head on a Takara Cy Girl AA body, wearing jeans, a white button-down shirt and a green vest with cartoon aliens on it.

I have decided that this is not actually what Dillon looks like. Dillon is moving to my incoming Hasbro AA GI Jane Vietnam Nurse [the cute one].  Jeans will stay, but top will be replaced by plaid shirt with hooded sweatshirt over it. He now strikes me as the sort of person who accidentally wears pajamas to work and has to be reminded by his loved ones that he's already worn those pants 4 days in a row. ["What? Damn...these are my favorite jeans."] I'm not quite clear on what he's thinking about instead, but it's clearly not clothes.
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...When Dillon, Isabel's ex, talks to her about buying Eppie, her pink Bug decorated with Puritan gravestone iconography.

"Is that the pink hearse?"

"It's not a hearse; it's a Bug."

"Well, it's got all those skulls and crossbones on it."

"Those are death's heads. You know nothing about eighteenth-century New England cemetery iconography."

"And I don't want to either. Shudder. ...They'd better be removable. The pink I can handle, but not those creepy stickers."

"And this is YET ANOTHER reason we broke up. The historically accurate decals are removable, and don't worry. I'm keeping them."

"Thank God. It's a deal!"

^_^

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Here is a picture, taken by sahoma, DOAer and previous owner, of Dillon.
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Man, he has a square head, especially from this angle. :p

I've taken a look at the closeups as well, and I am not sure why all the failed deyellowification treatments warrant his "Oh please God I'll PAY YOU to take it away!!!" discount. If he was missing, say, major body parts, I could understand the cut rate, but yellowing is literally superficial damage that happens to even the most zealously protected BJDs. Yellowing can be lessened with preventive sealants, disguised through blushing, partly removed with various abrasives or -- gasp! -- accepted as part of resin's inevitable ageing process. The point is...one can do something about yellowing. It does not indicate that a doll is salvageable only for spare parts.

But, as sahoma explained to me, she doesn't like modding and/or restoring dolls that need the kind of help that Dillon does. When I said to her that I enjoy fixer-upper BJDs because I grow more attached to them while improving them, she replied that the prospect of laboring over BJD restorations just makes her really hate the doll. I completely understand that because doll enthusiasts use their dolls for different purposes. While some people value them as raw materials for customization, others regard them as finished products to beautify their surroundings. Other people feel confident with certain aspects of personalization -- sewing clothes, making wigs, doing faceups, doing additive and/or subtractive mods, commissioning the perfect outfit and accessories, stalking the right wig, etc., etc., etc. -- and not others. One doll enthusiast's source of extreme annoyance and frustration represents another's thrilling creative opportunity.

Okay, sanding has never been and will never be a thrilling creative opportunity. However, I think I will try my Dremel + sanding/buffing discs on Dillon's body parts, which, if successful, should render sanding less tedious and [slightly] more rewarding.

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Just put the reservation payment on an Alchemic Lab Unoa Light Azurite. This 1:6 scale BJD, issued in 2005, is rather scarce; like his female counterpart Fluorite, Azurite commands at least $400.00 on the secondary market, especially if in good condition, with all spare parts, as well as box autographed by maker Gentaro Araki. I scored this little dude for $232.00 shipped because he has yellowed a lot and suffered uneven dyeing, dye removal, sanding, etc., in an attempt to even him out.

Anyway, I'm thinking that he's going to be Carter's friend, Isabel's ex, the purchaser of Isabel's car and a representative of some of the truly stupid shit that abnormals say about PWS. He's not evil, like Anneka's ex Thomas was. I think he and Isabel broke up when he started transitioning because the T really lessened his libido. Isabel got really frustrated because her sex drive was much more active; he encouraged her to have other partners, but she didn't want to. They tried to work it out monogamously, even though he was only monogamous for Isabel's sake. However, they eventually parted ways. He's currently happier living in Essex with one partner that he is very close friends with. He is not happy about regularly traveling "up to the ass end of the Kingdom" to visit his regular sex partner in Derby Line.

He needs a name. Hmmm...Dillon Rayes.

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