• PureNeemo Ram
  • Precure Style Cure Coral
  • Precure Style Cure Flamingo
  • Precure Style Cure Summer
  • Precure Style Cure Papaya
  • Pullip Kinomoto Sakura
  • PureNeemo Chino
  • Chibicco Doll Remilia Scarlet
  • DOLPokke Chiisaku Natta Nezuko
  • DOLPokke England
  • Shimamura Uzuki Uniform Set
  • DDS Shimamura Uzuki Smile and Treat Ver.

Even though I already had one Character Model Original Doll (see my review), I was still eager to get one of the Character Model sets where you had to assemble the doll yourself. Additionally, I needed a fully wired doll in my collection. So when I bought Marino I killed two birds with one stone.

I've already written that Character Models was a kind of a magazine supplement series consisting primarily of garage kits. The doll box resembles a GK box a lot... while the contents resemble a GK.

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What you get is an Elegant Collection body by Volks, a painted head and two sets of clothes (some Character Models got three of them!) together with a detailed instruction, although it doesn't take a rocket scientist to assemble the doll without a manual.

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The body is a 27cm wired one, not too smooth but very sticky. It was first released in 2000 and I think it was used for several UFS dolls. At least its smaller variation can be seen on UFS Al Azif. It is called seamless, but I can see the seams very well.

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The head seems to be made of resin and painted with matte acrylic paints. It gives you a feel of an old GK head consisting of three parts (the red part being a hat, I think).

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 I have to admit that the assembled doll doesn't look particularly well - in other words, the head neither fits nor matches the body. It's too small and yellowish.

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 Marino has a nice wardrobe which includes a casual winter outfit and a miko (shrine maiden) garment. Both clothing sets are made by Volks with amazing attention to minute details and neat stitching.

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For some reason, Marino looks more proportional when she's wearing hakama. The casual clothes reveal that she is awkwardly tall while her head is too small. 

 After this dress-up game I unassembled Marino again. She might not be the best doll, but as a doll kit she is a worthwhile experience for any collector.

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