The prettiest boys at yesterday’s ManikaManila mini-meet. :3c

(Bell belongs to dollstars.)

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More Yayoi (get used to seeing her face errehwharrrr) with just a few of the cuties from yesterday’s ManikaManila get together. Of course the picture with Vice gets pushed up to the top tho. Hahaha

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Yesterday was a double-whammy with MM being invited to St. Luke’s Medical Center’s Family day and a sort of welcome back meet for Mina, who is usually all the way over in Japan!

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dollstars:

Yayoi Mama ♥

My friend Alek asked me a couple of months ago when I’d be open for faceups. I wasn’t planning to open anytime soon, but when he told me it was Yayoi I would paint, I just felt that I wanted to take the commission right away. Yayoi to Alek is how Rose is to me. I knew her as Alek’s default OC and if I had to guess who Alek would resinize first, I’d have chosen her. She wasn’t the first, but when she finally was resinized as April Story Jayden, I felt like a familiar friend was coming home. :D So I agreed to paint her~ I really hope I did her justice. ♥ Thanks for trusting me with her, Alek!

Also, photos of Yayoi with Vice cause I owe Alek. ;>

It took me so long to think of a reply because I didn’t quite know how to put into words how happy I was with Nix’s work on Yoi-ma.

Anyone who’s hung out on my blog most likely already knows that I insist on doing my dolls’ faceup myself, no matter how shite I might be at it. But after two failed faceup attempts, I really felt like Mami deserved better than what I was able to give her. Nix was really my first choice, so I was really glad she agreed to do it! <3 And look at just how perfectly Mami turned out! I honestly wasn’t in any hurry to have her home before now, but now that she’s done, I can’t wait to see her again! 

Yayoi is deffo special to me. She’s basically been my most spoiled brainchild ever, but to be fair, I’ve also put her through the ringers, so it deems a bit fair I make it up to her sometimes. 

And one of those ways is asking Nix for a photo with her crush, Vice. xD Yoi-ma is fully aware he’s straight, but that doesn’t stop her from wanting to cozy up to him. Plus she says being next to him makes her feel prettier! … because he’s so tall and it makes her look so petite.

Thank you again so much, Nix! I absolutely adore her new faceup! <3

#yayoi   #bjd   #dollstars   
Thanks to everyone who came round yesterday! :3 (Even if this isn&#8217;t a photo of everyone, exactly.) #manikamanila #bjd

Thanks to everyone who came round yesterday! :3 (Even if this isn’t a photo of everyone, exactly.) #manikamanila #bjd

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There’s a selfie contest at work and these two are joining on my behalf. #bjd

There’s a selfie contest at work and these two are joining on my behalf. #bjd

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Better pic of Usa and Frankie. #bjd #dollchateau #cactus

Better pic of Usa and Frankie. #bjd #dollchateau #cactus

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We&#8217;ve got a zombie themed Hackathon going on right now. Usa is keeping me company right now as a redneck brawler. That&#8217;s my cactus Frankie beside him. #bjd  #cactus

We’ve got a zombie themed Hackathon going on right now. Usa is keeping me company right now as a redneck brawler. That’s my cactus Frankie beside him. #bjd #cactus

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The rules of this meme are that you close your eyes and pick out a photo from your album to post. Since I got another tag from @betsuro (and @imcatchingfireflies &amp; @kimichi21a technically tagged this account) I did a #BJD version. Tagging random people who I think haven&#8217;t done this yet? 
Usa was showing off his ability to kneel. /coughs #dollchateau #meme

The rules of this meme are that you close your eyes and pick out a photo from your album to post. Since I got another tag from @betsuro (and @imcatchingfireflies & @kimichi21a technically tagged this account) I did a #BJD version. Tagging random people who I think haven’t done this yet?
Usa was showing off his ability to kneel. /coughs #dollchateau #meme

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I'm trying not to judge here, but how does pro-artist, pro-owner work exactly? — sent by Anonymous

At first, I really didn’t feel like answering this because I felt like that tl;dr response I wrote to that one confession was enough on the matter and I don’t really like discussing this because I always end up talking too much, but since you asked nicely.

Having had experience marketing and advertising for a luxury brand, I’ve learned the best way to want to make people buy your product or believe it is worth the price is through brand loyalty and understanding the artisinal value of an item. When you think of the source not as merely ‘companies’ and understand them more as artisans or craftsmen selling their art, it makes you feel more connected to the product and helps you see the value in them.

I think I can say I’m pro-artist because what I want is really for people to better value the work of these sculptors and casters.The label to me, means wanting these artists to be best compensated for their work, and that I don’t like when I learn that a new doll has been made available in recast form.

On the flip side, I feel like I fit the pro-owner label because as I said earlier, if your only fault is buying a recast, then I don’t think there should be any reason to treat you with any animosity at all. I understand that people have different circumstances and priorities, so I don’t think it’s right for me to be the one to cast judgement on you. (Of course, providing recasters with a doll to be recast and selling a recast as legit are some things that go way beyond ‘just owning recasts’, and I can confidently say, I will never tolerate those things among others.)

I think it’s much easier to get really pro people to become more neutral and buy more legit through kindness, and sharing with them the great things about buying an artist’s work instead of a mass produced copy, rather than any form of hostility and shunning. So that’s what being pro-artist, pro-owner means to me. Of course, I’m sure people will disagree with me and probably think I’m contributing to the ails of this hobby by even being friendly towards recast dolls, but those are not the people I hang out with and don’t really affect me. Also, I’m never getting rid of Magat, so there’s that.

I hope that made sense, and I hope this is the last I’ll hear about this for a while, but if anyone wants to grill me on this more in private, then eh, sure, why not.

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It feels weird being called pro recast. I own a recast, but I really don’t suggest people getting them. I’d assume pro would mean you’re actively trying to sell people on recasts, but I really don’t like to do that. If someone asked me where to get dolls I’d probably just tell them MoC or DDE. It just seems like “pro-recast” isn’t a title that I think fits me. Not sure what to call myself though, other than maybe neutral in the sense that I don’t want people buying recasts, even though I did.

#2313 (via recastconfessions)

Well tbh it depends what your attitude is, imo. Do you feel like only you should get the recast but no one else should? Or do you regret buying it/don’t plan on buying anymore/etc?

I still own a couple recasts (hopefully not for much longer though), and I consider myself moderate. I’m anti recast because I will NOT buy anymore, nor support recasting, but I’m pro-owner in that I’m not going to bully anyone who buys. I feel like I can’t be fully anti because I still own the recasts. It’s a weird place to be.

(via amaranthscastaways)

Haha yep I feel the same way. I’m not going to buy anymore, I recently even quit the haven because certain posts really irked me. I didn’t expect to feel that way, I thought I could remain as neutral as possible and enjoy owner images and stuff. But, no, the haven was starting to annoy me.

Because I also do own recast and unlike you I don’t even intend to sell them and phase them out, so I don’t think I could be anti…

(via aggrodolls)

Oh yeah, it definitely started to get annoying there… kind of greedy almost, if that makes sense. I mostly want to be able to share my dragons (my favorites) in more places, but I’m not sure I’d be able to replicate them (even if I could, would I love them as much? I dunno.). So at least Minion is getting reshelled. XD

(via amaranthscastaways)

It’s really interesting for me to read this discussion because it helps me figure out what exactly I think my own position in this whole recast debate is.

I’ve been told that having Magat automatically makes me pro, but I’ve never been comfortable with that label either. I can get where OP’s coming from, I think. I wouldn’t encourage anyone to get recasts and would actively try to dissuade them from it to try and get them to go legit instead. But I know I won’t treat anyone differently if their only ‘crime’ was getting a recast.

I’ve always thought the appropriate label for myself was neutral/friendly, because even though it seems to be seen that I share Amaranth’s feelings on the matter, I don’t think I could ever identify as anti because I have such a strong association with anti being synonymous to hating or shunning recast owners. And while I understand the feelings of those who are anti in that way and think it is a reasonable position to a degree, that just isn’t me at all. I honestly feel as if the best way to turn someone who was pro over to legits is to still be open and welcoming to them instead of completely shunning them.

When all I had was Magat, the Haven was the only place I could hang out. But after I started getting more involved in the local community, I stopped going to the Haven altogether and any thoughts I had about the possibility of buying another recast were gone. A couple of months later and I go from having 1 Recast and 1 legit to having 4 legits! I really feel like the way people treated my recast differently but never with animosity really helped solidify my ‘pro-artist-ness’. This probably sounds incredibly contradictory to some people but I do genuinely feel like my label is something like pro-artist and pro-owner.

I know this was incredibly rambly and weird but all this talk about recast owners no longer IDing as pro-recast or just being vocal about not supporting them anymore has made me really think a lot.

#recast   #confessions   #deletable   
Courtesy of today’s TimeHop: A really old photo of me and dollstars' Starr. Honestly, I don’t even remember this. A very appropriate throwbackthursday! #bjd #tbt

Courtesy of today’s TimeHop: A really old photo of me and dollstars' Starr. Honestly, I don’t even remember this. A very appropriate throwbackthursday! #bjd #tbt

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Just a note about your Taobao blog... slashes and dashes ( / and - ) break the tags (ex. the tag "1/6 scale" can't be viewed, as it contains /), so before it's too late you might want to change that. Google "tumblr tag widget" and the first result that pops up should be helpful for your tags page as well! — sent by Anonymous

Hi Anon! Thanks for your concern! Does not everyone have automatic URL normalization? I’m aware that slashes and other symbols make use of percent encoding (i.e. “1/3rd” turns into “1%2F3rd”) and that’s not as pretty to type, but my impression was that anyone looking would just click the tags, rather than manually typing the tag in the url?

But if it doesn’t automatically normalize for everyone else, I guess I’ll look into it. Thank you! :3

Alek finds BJD stuff on Taobao   

Since I’m pretty much addicted to Taobao, I decided to create a blog where I catalogue the neat stuff I find on the site on my various window shopping trips. xD

The blog itself is still a work in progress but I’ve already started posting some finds so feel free to check it out. I’m also always happy to help if you’re looking for something specific. :3

#bjd   #taobao   #taobao help   

I spent the weekend at the SMX Convention Center manning the ManikaManila display at the #BestofAnime convention and it was so much fun!

IDK but I personally really love talking to people about the dolls, especially the families/parents who are somewhat interested in getting them for their kids because they’re just full of questions.

We had 3 ‘representative’ dolls (my Usa, dollstars' Starr cosplaying as Matsuoka Rin, & mechadolls' Naoto) and litereally more than a hundred people asked to carry them! <3  (We've got photos up on the ManikaManila fb page, if you wanna see.)

Each of the three seemed to cater to a specific demographic xD (And IDK about you but I’m horrified that Usa’s a really big hit with kids.)

#ManikaManila   #bjd   #Best of Anime   #Con