I love meet-ups, even when there are only 2 or 3 collectors present. Think of it as shopping with no commitment to buy. I get to see dolls in the flesh (in the resin?) that I don't collect. Sometimes I am even motivated to go home and order a doll I've just seen. It didn't happen this time, although I brought my own Fairyland Realpuki Soso after admiring Modern Wizard's Soso at other meets.
After missing the previous meet-up (someone forgot to notify me), I was happy finally to see some Volks SDs and a Yo-SD. New Volks dolls are difficult for Westerners to buy, requiring either a trip to Japan or the use of a buyer's agent in Japan, or else a trip to the US store in Los Angeles. It's a little easier to acquire a new or previously-loved doll on the secondary market from Den of Angels or e-bay, but be prepared to shell out big bucks. Currently on e-bay there is an SD-16 Megu for just under $2,000 (love her but can't afford), an SD-16 girl Ami Ayase Tokyo limited for $5,000 (love her even more but forget it!) and an SD-13 Doll Party limited head for a mere $1,600. And I thought Iplehouse dolls were expensive!
|Lyrajean's dolls: A U-noa Sist and 4 Volks BJDs: a Yo-SD |
and 3 SDs. (Will update when I get the particulars.)
I was also glad that Modern Wizard brought her newest Soom couple again, because I had only seen photos. They were smaller than I imagined, closer to Barbie size. The transparent resin wings were very effective at conveying the ethereal quality of fairies.
|Modern Wizard's Soom Faery Sprites: Kremer (whom she has |
named Flower) and Aenigma (who goes by Ginevra)
I gave Iplehouse YID Harin an outing, but first I had to make slight alterations to her dress. I originally made it for Oasisdoll Natalie, who is a bit taller and larger. Natalie recently went to a new home, so I took in a few snaps to make the dress fit Harin better. I need to adjust her choker, as it is still loose.
|My Iplehouse YID Harin|
My three Realpukis contributed more than their share of merriment to the gathering. I wonder what Kaka and Pupu mean in Korean? Did their sculptor realize what images the names would conjure up in English? Probably not.
|Soso, Kaka and Pupu climbing on Volks SDs.|
The next meet-up is two months away, time enough--I hope--for one or both of my current orders to arrive. If not, there are still a few dolls at Resin Corner who have not had the opportunity to attend a meet-up.