Belfy

    ARC Meg

    Smart Doll Kururugi Suzaku

    ARC Chino Natsu Seifuku Ver.

    DD Sakura Miku

    DDS Rem

In 2007 Volks made three Chara Dollfies, each based on a Muv-Luv character. A Chara Dollfie was a fashion doll-sized fully articulated figure with molded hair; their body was used earlier for UFS dolls. My Chara Dollfie is Yashiro Kasumi, the character that had several dolls made by Volks (a UFS in 2004 and a DD in 2005).

Basically, there are only two things that I can say about this doll: 

1. The package is very stylish

2. This doll is a real pain in the ass to assemble and dress up.

 

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There are so many pictures of the doll on the box that they already show all the aspects. For en even more detailed reference, there's a booklet inside:

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Now the actual contents.

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Her extra hands are strangely bigger than they should be:

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The process of dressing her up was so painful that I didn't take pictures of all the steps required, and I have to admit I was very annoyed. The pieces are small, tight and not really well made, and you can't dress up or undress Kasumi without dismembering her.

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Now it's time to assemble her hair. Just like with the clothes, I wouldn't say that the parts fit particularly well.

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OK, she seems to look nice, but, as I said, nothing fits, and it will be problematic to demostrate Kasumi outside her box.

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I've had a Sarah Crewe doll for a while, but unfortunately my Little Princess came stripped of her original clothes. I wasn't particularly sorry because Takara never dressed her the way she was dressed in the series. I bought her an Azone Christmas outfit, but she still wasn't fully equipped. Sarah would never be happy without Emily, her favourite doll.

But how could I find a doll for a doll? There were several possibilities. 

First, there was another Sarah doll which wasn't based on the anime character. She came with Emily, but the style was quite different from my doll.

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Then, there were Jenny Excellina Anniversary dolls, some of which came with mini baby dolls and/or outfits for them.

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I also saw once - but only once - a sewing kit by Takara where a mini doll was included, but it must be so rare I can't even find a picture.

My choice was a re-ment figure, from a Miniature Antique Museum collection by Takara/Kaiyodo. Sarah seems to be happy!

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Here I go again, buying yet another Character Model Original Doll and reviewing it. I already have an Angel Dust/Neo doll kit, but I wasn't particularly happy about it, as you can read here. This time I bought a different character of the same manga, Musia. I was initially planning to get her instead of Marino but just couldn't find her.

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Just like Marino, this doll came unassembed as a gift to the Character Model magazine subscribers. She also has a Elegant Collection Body by Volks (although a shorter one, 22 cm tall) and a cast head which is proportional but a bit too heavy with all this plastic hair. The face colour doesn't match the skin (again).

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Musia can boast three detailed costumes. Note that the name on her back is spelt as Mucia. The plastic ribbons are attached with pegs but they are loose and won't stay in their places.

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The second dress is actually an apron, and it makes the whole thing look absolutely hentai. 

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Musia's Emulate outfit definitely has a Magical Girl feel about it, and, unfortunately, it is coincidentally made of the same dreaded crumbling fabric as Card Captor Sakura's second costume. The boots, for a reason unknown, are made of two parts each, and they tend to fall apart all the time. However, the doll looks quite impressive in this outfit.

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Basically, out of all four Character Model dolls that I have, Musia has the best quality but still shares the same flaws, such as mismatching skin and unsteady parts of the outfits. 

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It's ironic that I bought this American doll from a Japanese shop. She is known as Dana Sterling to US audience, but actually this character is a hybrid of Komilia (Macross) and Jeanne Fránçaix (Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross). The doll itself is a sort of a hybrid, too, being a double re-release of Dana Sterling by Matchbox and Robotech Flight Uniform. I chose to buy this Harmony Gold variant, because the original doll was wearing a pink dress which made her look very generic, almost Barbie-like. 

The box is the same for both editions with the exception of the product image on the back. There were two things that grabbed my attention: first, how hilariously bad the artwork is, and second, that the original flight outfit had embroideries while the re-release has a simplified look.

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I absolutely loathe the fabric of her costume. I have a Card Captor Sakura outfit made of the same stuff, and it's ready to disintegrate anytime I touch it! This one is flaking, too. It's the only and last time I undress her.

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Her back says Harmony Gold. Now I wish I could get the original release, too - does it say matchbox, I wonder? Did they change the body?

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The only thing I can say now is that it's a typical fashion doll body with bending knees, although she has an interesting feature that the original had, too: if you raise her arm, she will move her head a little. Other dolls in the line could do it as well.

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Her boots are less elegant than those shown on the product image, but her feet are nicely sculpted.

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There are plenty of accessories in the box, including futuristic brush and comb.

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The main highlights are a gun, a headset and two bracelets (never again, they literally ruin the sleeves).

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She doesn't exactly have an anime face and she looks older than the prototype, but, all in all, she is quite a good-looking doll. Did you notice that I say "she" all the time? I really don't know what to call her, Dana or Jeanne. The site I bought her from listed her as both.

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Today I'm going to make a quick comparison of the earliest and the most recent Pretty Cure dolls, Cure White and Cure Milky. Both were made by Bandai, but there is almost a 15-year difference between them.

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Of all the newer Precure Style dolls I chose Milky because her design seems to be a hit. She might even become a sought-after doll in the future as she sells fast, but who knows? However, it's easy to notice that her quality is lower than that of White, and the pattern on her dress is printed - that's what Mattel does now with cheaper Barbie dolls. Apart from that, Milky sports some nice details, with a special mention of "antennae" which make her resemble the rare PallaPalla doll

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The bodies are different. I didn't follow the Precure Style evolution and I can't say when it was changed, but Milky is a little taller and her knees seem to bend better. 

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Milky's face has no mouth. Well, it has, but it's painted on a smooth surface, which makes her look slightly disturbing. 

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My verdict is that Milky is a cheaper doll, but the character design is definitely her advantage. 

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