Pluto is a Volks SD17 Maximilian. Going to give big boys another try! I previously had a Ryoma Sakamoto. His face was quite slim from the front and I ended up selling him because he didn’t match my girls. From photos Max had a slight bobble headed look so I thought he might look ok, plus he uses 16mm eyes unlike Ryoma who used 14mm so surely his head is bigger. Now that he’s arrived happy to say his head size matches my girls.
When he arrived his box was bigger than I expected. It turns out inside the brown shipping box, there was another brown shipping box, and then the actual doll box. This is the first time I’ve seen this from Volks. It’s good that there’s more protection, but sure felt strange opening the box to find another box that looks almost exactly the same. His teeth look a bit strange because they are not sculpted, just white painted on top of his lips. His neck kips has notches in it, I haven’t noticed this in my other dolls before, perhaps this stops it from disappearing into his head as they tend to do. His wig is quite soft, the fibre feels different to my other wigs. The Interstellar Dormitory uniform, what can I say, this is already my fourth doll from this series. The chain this time is quite cute. I was not expecting a SD17 release as it’s Boys’ Dormitory, I had only expected young looking boys, but it was a nice surprise. And the SD17 body feels easier to handle than when I had Ryoma, a nice bonus of trying to take exercise more seriously.
Actually I quite liked the overall look of Regulus but wanted fair skin. Firstly because I don’t have many boys for now I want them to be able to share hands and fair skin seems the most common. Secondly I fell into the danmei rabbit hole around the start of the year and thought Max might make a good HC. I would have been a bit more hesitant if Max was released alone, but a Max with Reg’s faceup and styling, I think it will work. He will only be loosely based on HC, more like cosplay than a character doll. When I’m too rigid with my dolls such as making characters or specifying detailed personalities, I find it really limits myself in terms of how I style them. Plus Max would make a good Griffith too. As for XL I think Artemis would work. Although he definitely needs a taller body, I think the SD13 renewal would work well, and my original plan to turn him into a girl is rescinded. These are all long term projects because I’m slow.
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Had a small doll meet~
From left to right there is Luna x2, Michele x2, F-60 (Coco in white skin) and F-81 (Mai in white skin).
Luna looks very different depending on the faceup.
Mai is also pretty cute, I ended up taking the most photos of her~
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Welcomed another cutie this week~
Meet Saffron, she is a D’COORD MDD Mochi-Ashi (DD-f3) DDH-21 in tan skin. She is my first Mochi-Ashi and first tan doll. I previously had a regular MDD but her proportions felt a bit off because she had such a huge head and slim body. I feel like the Mochi-Ashi legs balance out the head much better. The proportions of the hips to legs looks better than I expected, it was something that really bothered me in photos I saw but it’s not as noticeable in person. However for curiosity sake I plan to try a DDP hip on my next Mochi-Ashi. The tan skin is quite nice, it looks very smooth and even, kind of like milk tea or coffee. And the DD-f3 frame feels nicer than my previous DDs, movements are much smoother which makes posing easier for me, my previous DDs were all kind of stiff. For some reason her vinyl also feels softer than my previous DDs.
For her fullset the outfit quality is pretty nice. Her cardigan has working buttonholes rather than snaps, and her socks are knitted with a seam at the toes only. My only criticism is her bow is sewn on, so you can’t for example use a different ribbon, and it looks strange when her top is left open because the bow is just hanging there. I guess I could cut it off though. Her wig makes her head rather top heavy, but posing is still doable if I make sure to shove her head down the neck peg fully. Her shoes are quite long and narrow compared to her feet but it’s not noticeable once she is wearing them. I’m a bit worried the material will eventually fall apart like my Mariko’s shoes. Her eyes were still hot glued in but much easier to remove compared to SDs as her head can flex.
I’m planning to test out some shoes and wigs for her when I have time. Unfortunately the pair of eyes I thought would suit her has gone sticky, ewww. Maybe the coating has degraded, they were fine when new and basically untouched.
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Hello 2021! So it seems my annual updates are turning into biennial. 2 weeks ago I welcomed 2 new dolls, my fingers still hurt from digging out their hot glue, ouch. I don’t buy boys very often but I really loved these 2’s entire set, the faces, wigs, outfits, I’m quite a fan of the Interstellar Dormitory series’ designs. The only thing I wish was different is their shoes, because I like the clown style shoes the other big boys come with much more. I had thought Volks already made a MSD sized version previously too.
I was slightly worried about Gilbert because in some photos his face looks quite weird, but I’m glad they are both cute in person. The biggest surprise was how their personalities are the opposite of what I expected. Eric looks quite sweet and gentle in photos, but in person he has a sharp face like a hawk. Gilbert too looks kind of serious in photos, but in person he is the more gentle and dopey one. I was originally planning to call them Dmitri and Thomas, but once I saw them in person those names just didn’t suit at all, so Dionysus and Hephaestus it is. Unexpectedly I ended up choosing names that match my other Interstellar Dormitory boy, Artemis. One more nice surprise is that Volks is allowing international orders for the owner parts.
I also purchased DWC 04 and 05 in the DWC event last year. I had heard School A’s head is quite big but wow, it is quite big. Compared to DWC 01 however, I think DWC 04 is cuter after all.
Orgel has arrived~, she is a Volks SD Luna. When Luna was first released I actually didn’t like her much. Once I started seeing repaints however, I liked her more and more, but by then she was harder to find. I started to wait for a re-release, but somehow it just didn’t happen. Then the first poll for best of the best was held, and I tried to vote for her many times, but sometimes I would forget. Then the second poll happened, and she wasn’t included, I wondered if something happened to her mold? Then the third poll, this time she was back in the running and I made sure to bookmark it so I could vote for her everyday, so I’m really happy she made it to the best of the best selection, and now here she is! Somehow this version of her default faceup makes her look kind of like Lieselotte.
Last year I also welcomed a second Beth March. A friend was selling her and I decided to buy a twin for Celeste, so now I have Celeste and Celesta, very imaginative names. I also joined the BlueFairy Tiny Fairy Limited Type Choice preorder. Daisy and Kevin were not what I expected so I have put them up for sale. Rachel and Olive Valentine are cute, but Olive V has a noticeably smaller head than my older Olive. It makes me wonder if all the heads that were renewed with the added magnets are also smaller…which would be a shame because I think the bigger heads are cuter. I think that now brings my crew up to date.
In any case, Luna was the last limited doll that I really wanted. Now that I have her perhaps I can look for FCS dolls or branch out into other companies. I have been curious about Daydream and iMda, but I am in no hurry.
Looks like it’s been a while since I last updated, wow! But I do have some exciting news, another girl is joining my crew ^^
I have also added a shop section to my website for Mth Eyes and used items.
Previously I was using Etsy to sell my handmade eyes, however the fees kept increasing and there was a monthly fee even if nothing is sold, so in the end it wasn’t worthwhile continuing.