Archive for December, 2011

31
Dec
11

Lolified Xera and Dollpa Goodies

As much as I appreciate Volks for releasing their doll related products, one thing that I’ve always  found irritating is the fact that it takes them forever to release spare parts like the DD inner-frames should a girl with one break, or a MDD white bodies in case somebody with a limited/custom white DD starts needing them. Sora has broken both her arm and back in the past but because of the scarcity of inner frames in the market, I had to buy a whole new body from Volks to replace them. Xera additionally will have to wait until somebody puts their MDD white bodies on sale at YJA since her face-up was designed to fit a MDD. While we can still keep hopes up for the DD inner-frames due to increasing demand, the chance of MDD white bodies coming out is pretty slim given Volk’s poor reputation for after sales service and the fact that the there were only 2 limited MDDs with white bodies (Al Azif and Etheldreda).

Wish I’d known this ahead of time but thanks to my followers on twitter, I’ve found an alternate solution for a MDD white bodies. The process is quite simple too :3 All you need is a 40 cm body from a manufacturer called Parabox (related to Obitsu?) and a DD Head/Obitsu (40cm) neck joint converter which looks something like this. Although it’s from a different company, Parabox 40cm bodies are about the same height as an MDD and the skin tone is lighter than a MDD normal skin bodies (See comparison here). The body structure is also slightly different but fits MSD and MDD sized clothing (Was warned by an owner of a DD head/Parabox40 body doll that MDD sized ones might be tight around the legs).

Fortunately enough they had one stock left in their store in Yokohama and even discounted it by 15% rounding the price to around 17000 yen. Added with a MSD dress I found at Tokyo Dolk Akihabara, Xera here is finally completed…(*´ω`)

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24
Dec
11

Xera : My First Custom

Custom face-up for dollfie dreams. If you’ve been in the hobby long enough, you’ve probably heard at least one or two of your comrades who went and customized their own DD heads from scratch. And if you took time to research its process, I’m sure you’d be astounded by just how much time and effort went into these dollfie heads. First comes the sanding, then the spraying, moar sanding, rough drafting, painting, moar spraying, moar painting and on and on and on. Couple of articles I found useful in grasping this process are here, here and here. Never being the crafty type, I didn’t bother with these custom face-ups and decided to leave the face-up business to someone else if I ever wanted a third daughter. However, after discovering how long it took for some face-ups artists to get done with their job  (Not to mention how high the price for some custom face-up fetches up^^;) and hearing how more and more of my Japanese DD twitter mates have gone on to do their own face-ups, I figured what the hell and jumped to this face-up materials sold in Volks Akihabara.

I’d been wanting to modify Sora and Aura’s make-up for some time now so I thought this would be a good opportunity to practice. Additionally, I’ve secretly tried buying a DDH01 (normal) from one of the sellers in YJA recently and was somewhat disappointed so the timing was right too I guess. When there’s a will, there’s a way.

Given that this was my first time doing a face-up, I hardly took pictures during the process but I hope that this would enlighten you on how much you can get out from these DD heads (´‐ω‐)

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21
Dec
11

Dollpa 26 Display Table

Those following me on twitter may have already heard the news but Sora, Aura and I took a trip to Doll Party (Dollpa) 26 last Sunday taking place at Tokyo Big Site. Had a wonderful time meeting, talking and exchanging name cards with comrades from various communities as well as buying doll related goods and taking pics of other people’s daughters. Doll Show and Idoll which preceded this event was great and all but it’s scale is nothing compared to Dollpa and unfortunately for those who are relatively new to this event, there are also hundreds of things to learn about it^^; Despite having attended to this event for 3 consecutive times, I was once again baffled by their convoluted rules and had to learn a couple of things the hard way.

One thing I learned is that the guidebooks (entrance ticket) that are sold in Volks stores sells out pretty quick and their stock is unpredictable. The last time I bought guidebooks for Dollpa, the Yokohama store had stocks left even in the day before the event. This time, both the Yokohama and Akihabara store’s guidebooks were sold out 4-5 days before the event :/ This partly due to the fact that the guidebook also contain lottery tickets to get in line to purchase the limited dollfies. Participants buy them in dozens to get a good number as did one of my comrades as did one of my comrades. Another thing I learned was that the lottery tickets you draw at the limited line alone will not get you inside the stadium and that you’ll have to line up again in the regular line and draw a ticket their again. There was a total of 3 different lines to determine what order those people will line up. So confusing lol…(´・ω・`)

If you’re planning on attending Dollpa, do make sure you do extensive research before coming to Japan. Well, now that’s out of the way here are the photos I took at the Dollpa 26.

(もし写真掲載不都合がある場合には即刻削除しますのでご連絡ください)

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10
Dec
11

Another Side : Homura Magica

Well, it’s been 3 good months since I last a bought clothing for my daughters and was about to run out of ideas for these posts but just last week I was fortunate enough to come by one that suited my daughters taste in fashion ; fashion which isn’t all that casual and has a mixture of fantasy-like (?) atmosphere to it. The moment I saw it on YJA, intuition told me that it would be a perfect alternative dress for Sorahomu (Sora cosplaying as Homura) and a perfect matching dress for Aura’s puella magi-ish dress. The bid war ended earlier than I expected pricing around 17000 yen and the sending country was Shanghai which meant that it’d only take 2 days for it to arrive. Sadly the proxy guy who was in charge of taking contact turned out to be a lazy bum who neglected to respond to my mail for 4 days delaying the arrival of the clothes by nearly a week :/

I’ve had worse though. The guy who sold me Aura’s head (DD Mio head) didn’t respond to my mail for a week and when the package arrived, I was aghast by the sight of Aura’s bare head covered in newspaper. The head was miraculously not stained but any doll owner with a common sense should know better than to wrap the head in such a thing. The wig that came with the head was crumpled in the bottom of the box rendering it useless leaving me no choice but to throw it away. What’s more is that when I gave this seller the evaluation he deserves, he went berserk calling me all kind of names and giving me the worst grade as a bidder. (This is where Aura’s twisted personality came from sorta XD) Did you ever encounter troubles in YJA?

Nowadays, I try to be more careful by checking the seller’s evaluation but there’s no can do if the seamstress picks proxy guy with poor service like this time. Thank god the dress was well worth the wait (‘A`;)

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03
Dec
11

Idoll 33 Collection Booth

For those that aren’t familiar with I・doll, it’s basically a doll event that’s taken in parts of Japan starting with Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Fukuoka every once in a few month. The most frequent one being Tokyo, this is my second time attending this event and I must say our doll display table sure has become more livelier since the last time we were here ;3 At around 8:00 AM me and 4 other usual guys from the Yahoo Japan blog doll community (Baradanji-san, Monokok-san, Bashou-san and SOS-san) gathered at Hamamatsuchou station to line up for the event. Unlike other doll events, Idoll doesn’t hand out numbered tickets for the pamphlet to get inside the facility so stuff sold here were basically first come first serve. People started making lines around 7~8 o’clock and the staff started moving people around 10:00 so 8:00 is probably the best time to get there if you’re interested in buying something in short stock.

The dealer (seamstress) were in the 3rd, 4th, 5th floor and the 2nd floor was for people to display their daughters and sons.  In this recreational floor there were 2 kinds of display tables you could rent. One was a free display table that you can use up to 30 minutes and the other was this collection booth which you pay 1000 yen each hour to display your dolls. Rip offs….(`・д・´)

The variety of DD clothing and accessories are hardly as extensive as that of Doll Show’s or Doll Party’s so most of the guys including myself were here just to enjoy the atmosphere and meeting up with familiar faces. The pics are kinda blurry here and there so bear with me^^; Continue reading ‘Idoll 33 Collection Booth’




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