Dollfie Dream Yoko
Had always admired the excellent photos made of Volks’ Dollfie Dream ball jointed dolls ever since their popular visible proliferation online outside of Japanese websites, in part due to Danny Choo and Figure.fm.
Having an interest in photography and being prone to like such cute items, the fact these Dollfie Dream dolls have visible joints like Figma figures and come at a significant price tag always kept me from indulging myself in the mania.
Seeing more otaku comrades succumb to the Dollfie craze and showcase terrific photos, it became increasingly difficult to resist the temptation and my desire to get into the adventure grew.
Having mentioned being fond of the Saber, Yoko and Nanoha Dollfies for their terrific facial sculpts, Dollfie connoisseur and otaku friend Wolfheinrich alerted me to a Yoko Dollfie on sale at Mandarake for a very competitive price.
From the epic action series “Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann” by Gainax, Yoko was brand new sealed, and came with the bonus exclusive beach set. It was mentioned the box itself showed some wear and tear, but for a nick and dent box it was still in pristine condition.
As Mandarake is an online store which accepts PayPal and ships internationally, was able to forgo having to use a proxy service so saved on costs there, all adding to this being a terrific opportunity.
Hesitating but a few minutes, made the plunge and ordered Yoko. Transaction with Mandarake was transparent and quite swift, can only recommend their professional service as they even mailed me to query for the exact shipping address when I had made a typo in the address confirmation.
The adventure hit its first challenge there, just as EMS was about to transport the parcel overseas, a certain Icelandic volcano decided to erupt and the resulting ash cloud caused most of the European airports to close down for days.
After near a week of nail-biting suspense, the parcel was shipped overseas to land in the clutches of customs, whom previously held on to my Alter Nanoha and Fate parcels for nearly two weeks each… I again feared the worst.
Were they unable to resist Yoko’s charm or tomboyish toughness I do not know, but by sheer miracle she cleared customs within a day and arrived on my doorstep yesterday, without any additional fees to boot!
Yoko came very well packed and protected, Mandarake even included additional bubble wrap inside the box to protect the doll, the box itself was again wrapped in bubble wrap, surrounded by crumpled up newspaper all in a sturdy cardboard box.
So with excitement and glee, unpacked Yoko and assembled her, which took effort and quite a bit of time, no doubt also since I heeded the warnings to proceed with care.
Whether it is due to my own poor sense of scale, even though had seen plenty of photos online that accurately showed the size of a Dollfie compared to normal figures, a Detolf cabinet or even people, was struck by the sheer scale. Actually in some ways she was smaller than I had imagined yet in other ways she looks positively huge.
Equipped with a Dollfie Dream Dynamite body, Yoko sports a sizable bosom and buxom tushie, while this isn’t especially something I was looking in a Dollfie, much like Dollfie seamstress Chun, actually do appreciate the unique feature of Yoko that the chest piece is entirely smooth, enabling one to dress her carefree in top pieces.
Now Yoko looks forward to some additional outfits and care products of which some are on their way already.
Decided to pamper my Dollfie daughter, especially since her default outfit while cute isn’t suitable for all occasions and is reputedly very prone to staining.
Haven’t fully decided yet whether to keep Yoko in her original character or rename her, but she’s mighty cute as she is.
But when looking at how irresistibly cute Yoko’s facial sculpt is and the many outfits are, why resist?
Hope you will enjoy reading future Dollfie related posts and photo fun!