I have quite the resing family going on: Ellowyne, Evangeline, Patsy, Amelia Thimble - all from
Posted by Linda in PA on August 12, 2017, 7:16 pm, in reply to "Question for those of you who own resin dolls.>>"
Tonner, of course. Also Volks YoSD, SDGr,and SD-17; Iplehouse BID, nYID, SID, EID in Model and Super Hero; Blueblood in SD size and MSD (Ellowyne) size; a Love Doll girl, a Fairyland Puki-puki, and a Boy & Girl (B&G) Doll. |
The B&G was the first one - he was cheaper than the rest and it really showed in the quality of his clothing. He was a good one to learn on. The company was originally thought to be a re-cast company, but investigation several years ago showed that they really do sculpt their own dolls.
Volks set the standard - when you see things like "SD-sized" on clothing, it's referencing the size set by Volks that many others copy. The B&G and the Bluebloods can wear the same size clothes. Volks tends to go anime-like with their face sculpts, although not as extreme as real anime is drawn or the way a Dollfie Dream looks. Even the SD-17s, which are supposed to be in their late-teens, have bigger eyes and young-looking faces, whereas the Iplehouse guys of the same size definitely look like men.
Iplehouse re-sized their dolls so the bodies no longer fit the Volks standard except for the BIDs, which are 1/6 scale (like Patsy, Ann Estelle, and the YoSDs). I love my kindergarten kids and they all hang out together whether they are resin or vinyl. Iple also has some of the most manly face sculpts in the doll world. The dolls are high-quality, heavy resin and the guys are definitely drool-worthy! Iple also has a wider range of skin tones than most of the others I've listed, although other companies do a pretty good job with that, too.
Blueblood is an American company. They make their own, but they also pair up with Jie Doll where Blueblood does the head and Jie does the body - they are called "GenX". They are nice, quality dolls but they don't have a big line of them and they don't have a proprietary line of clothing like Volks and Iplehouse do. They tend to follow the Volks size standard, though, so finding clothing isn't hard. They tend to be less expensive than Volks or Iplehouse.
All of the ones I have seem to be pretty good quality as far as the weight of the resin goes. The Tonner ones are every bit as good as the ABJDs, and may actually be a little better than the B&G boy.
Some get taken out more than others. I use stands whenever possible. One of my Ellowynes did a face-plant onto concrete and got a tiny chip on the end of her nose - I used 600 grit sandpaper to smooth it out. One of my EID boys did a face-plant and smashed his nose beyond recognition - I have to have someone rebuild it and re-do his face-up (Christy Stone - she's excellent!). So now it's stands all the time unless, of course, they are sitting or laying down. Photoshop is cheaper than fixing dolls!
I LOVE their posability. Still not quite human but you can really make it look so with the right camera angle.
I haven't had any stain yet (that I know of!). The B&G boy had a waxy look to begin with, and I think he's a little more yellow now, but it's even across his body and face so it doesn't look bad. All of them are in a room with light blocking curtains closed all the time.
I have touched up Amelia's face-up once or twice. She's so tiny that you can't help but pick her up by her head and it wears her face-up off! Except for the boy with the smashed nose, I haven't had to re-do a face-up. The Blueboods come completely body-blushed if you get the full-set dolls (doll, face-up, clothing, and shoes as shown in the photos). I don't know if they body-blush if you just get the basic doll.
I've restrung several - Volks SDGr girl Belle, Volks YoSD boy, Iplehouse EID man, and Love Doll Alina for my niece. It's not particularly hard, but it is fussy and not my favorite thing to do. I do NOT like Belle's legs. Most BJDs are jointed at the hip, knee, and ankle, with the option sometimes of a "mobility joint" at the upper end of the thigh. Belle's flat feet follow this, but her high-heel feet do not. They are a solid piece from the knee down and that makes a big difference with her stringing. She used to be able to stand on her own with her high-heel feet, but since I've changed the back and forth a couple times, she doesn't anymore and she's floppier. Restringing helped a little but didn't solve the problem. I wish I could just change her feet like the Iples and Bluebloods.
So that's my experience with resins. Sorry for going on so long. I've posted photos of some of them before so I won't do it here and make this even longer. But anytime, almost, that you see one of my girls with horses, it's usually the resin girls. They are the only ones able to sit astride the horses!