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Posted by Danny Choo On Wed 2009/04/29 09:26 JST In Figures
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The second part of the Doll Show that took place last Sunday - the first part in the Doll Show photo article.

Today we look at the other stuff which include Mama Chapp, 16 scale and Blythe.
First up is Obama and personal body guard Miyafuji Yoshika.

Whats the name for this style?

Been thinking about getting eye lashes for my girls lately.

I don't know what it is but many folks who have adopted dolls want to show them to others - I have the same feeling too ^^;

Among the guidelines at the Doll Show was an item asking folks to be careful when carrying their dolls about as the fingers can potentially take out an eye. I say a few folks carrying their daughters around with them on the day.

Some cases for folks to carry their dolls around - most of these fit Blythe dolls. I was looking for a violin Dollfie carry case with no luck. The Doll Party next week is more focused on Volks dolls so there should be more Dollfie goodies to be had.

One thing I do notice about the doll world is that there seems to be a lack of casual clothes - mostly seem to be dresses or costumes. I guess for a steamstress/seamster that making casual normal stuff would be a bit boring?

More bits n pieces.

The other thing I discovered about being a doll parent is that you want to buy stuff for your daughters or sons all the time ^^;

This reminds me - I need a yukata for my girls to wear in the Summer.

Some Final Fantasy type gear being donned by the boys.

Many garnments cost the same or more than human ones ^^;

Some nice casual clothing for a change. One of the things I've learnt about owning dolls is that color comes off on their skin really easily. Saber was wearing her blue default dress for ages and what happened was that color ended up transferring on to her shoulders and wrists. Managed to remove most of it using paint thinner.

The pink trousers here could potentially be bad for doll skin. I suggest using cooking wrap (that plastic film stuff) to cover the body before fitting dolls out with dark color garnments.

Some more frilly dresses. Cant wait for my next made-to-order item from Chun.

For those who would like their daughters to fly and have nekomimi and tail.

Frilly stuff.

Azone do a ton of doll accessories and clothes.

Girls in pajamas playing with pillows - the every day view at your house.

More dolls on display.

Lots of different brands that I'm not familiar with - probably because I'm mainly interested in Dollfie Dream.

Many materials, buttons and buckles for those who make their own doll clothing.

30 yen for a single piece.

More traditional Japanese gear.

Some Blythe history courtesy of Wikipedia

Blythe was created in 1972 by designer Allison Katzman and marketed for one year in the USA by toy company Kenner. The doll would only become popular some 30 years later.

In 1997, New York TV and video producer Gina Garan was given a 1972 Kenner Blythe by a friend and began using it to practice her photographic skills. She began taking her Blythe everywhere with her and took hundreds of photos. In 1999, she was introduced to CWC's Junko Wong by artist and illustrator, Jeffrey Fulvimari which brought Blythe to the attention of Parco and toy executives.

In 2002, Gina published her first book of Blythe photography with Chronicle Books, This is Blythe. Later that year, Hasbro (the Trademark and License owner) gave Takara of Japan a license to produce the New Edition of Blythe (NEO Blythe).

Blythe was used in a television advertising campaign by the Parco department store in Japan and was an instant hit. Success in Japan led Hasbro to issue a license to Ashton Drake Galleries (ADG)to produce Blythe exclusively in the U.S., where the doll become a niche product in a marginal market, selling largely to adults.

Saw many cats next to the Blythe dolls but not too sure what they are about.

Mini Blythe dolls which I've never seen before.

I guess Blythes are like the Nendoroid equivalent of the doll world?

Blythes get short sighted too.

4,500 yen for this dress.

Kanu in Nurse gear.

More Blythe outfits.

What the name of this style?

More of the traditional stuff.

Lica (Rica) chan - the Japanese equivalent of Barbie.

I remember some industry talk a while ago when Mattel wanted to bring barbie into the Japanese market - the folks at Mattel were shocked in disbelief when told that Japanese folks didn't think barbie was cute.
Retro Japanese Barbie ad below.

Retro Rika-chan ad below.
Modern Rica-chan below.

Moar Blythe apparel.

And for those who have not seen it yet - human Blythe dolls.

More Blythes...

...and more.

Maid goodies.

Rin Kokonoe.

These are a series of seamless joint dolls from Arte Tokio.
The Arte 060 is about the same size as my Dollfies with the L bust but costs 74,800 yen.

Blythe stands.

Cheap Blythe gear at 2,400 yen.

The cutest Blythe on display.

This is going to be the next giveaway prize.

Forgot the name of this series.

Kamen Rider.

A familiar flag.

Kagami takes a break.

The first time I saw wigs in a bag - they usually come in a plastic box.

Some girls relaxing on the sofa.

More Mamachapp.

These are my fave. Soo Sweet!

Mamachapp don't usually sell any of the Mokochan series at shows but they made an exception today - but I was too late by the time I found out ToT.

Little angel.

Lacey stuff.

Small stuff.

Stylish stuff.

Handsome stuff.

Randy stuff.

Elegant stuff.

Girls on the grass. Would love to be on the grass today on this sunny public holiday.

Quite like this pic.

Sheep girls.

My wifey likes flowery patterns which is why we have flowery curtains etc which I wasn't a fan of. But since adopting Saber and Aoi-chan, I'm starting to like flowery patterns! Soon I'll be growing oppai. Wont get any work done as I'll probably be playing with them all day.

Some furniture and jars of stuff.

Iron man breaks out in song.

The chap that was slaughtered by Wolverine is Bush.

This is what Yoda gets up to in his spare time.

Spidey cant help but look at Tamaki-chans eyes.

A load of malarkey going on.

Some dolls have a pilot dressed as a maid in their heads.

After applying for the press pass for the Doll Show, I got a list of rules for press folks to follow. It started off with some blurb about how there are folks who think that doll collecting is a weird hobby and for that reason many doll collectors want don't want their photo taken.

I personally don't see any reason to be embarrassed about ones hobbies or interests and would prefer to share rather than hide.

I guess one of the reasons one may be embarrassed could be because that traditionally boys play with cars, soldiers, robots and pull the wings off flys while girls play with barbie dolls.
From the previous poll, I see that there are quite a few males who are interested in or collect dolls - many in my Flickr contact group too.

What do you think about blokes who collect dolls? Whats the difference between collecting dolls and figures?

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