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Introducing Shizuko

July 18, 2010

Promised you a full introduction with plenty of photos after the earlier teaser, so without further ado, present to you Yoko’s sister, Shizuko.

Although I only acquired my first Dollfie Dream, Yoko, barely a few months ago, was swiftly taken in by how cute she is and all the fun there is in DD ownership.

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While browsing the Dollfie Dream section of Yahoo! Japan Auction in search of items for Yoko, the desire to get a second Dollfie soon surfaced.

Although was tempted by image character Dollfies such as Yui and Mio from “K-ON!”, the prices of complete image character sets, especially those for Nanoha and Fate from “Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS” soon prompted me to explore assembling a unique, personalized doll.

Yoko showcases all the elements that will combine to create Shizuko.

Not merely the price tag influenced me, but from early on I wanted to create a unique Dollfie, so getting an existing character, renaming and transforming her seemed kind of a shame.

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Started looking at customized heads and one day spotted an auction for this head by ももいろ*マンボウ, immediately knew I had to get it.

Was not only struck by the incredibly detailed, professional face-up but the whole resulting look of this DDH03 head really appealed to me.

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Thought the head would come without eyes but they actually included several pairs of eyes, putty and an instruction sheet on how to install them, very nice!

You can see more of ももいろ*マンボウ’s work on the でっかい*どーる DD blog. Those of you in the market for customized heads should definitely take a look.

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Am pleased with how the monochrome photos turned out. While the normal photos of this shoot done using led based lighting came out ok, the typical harsh light of such led lamps doesn’t result in soft images as those made using daylight or classic lamps.

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It was a quick trip to the Volks website where I ordered the needed DDII body and other accessories such as some eyes, stand, wig cap, eye putty,…

Didn’t get another DDDy body type as I wanted to diversify, plus it’s still easier to find fitting outfits for the DDII body.

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From seeing the photos on the でっかい*どーる DD blog of the customized head, soon decided on the overall image I wanted to create for this Dollfie.

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Shizuko was to become Yoko’s shy, soft and kind younger sister, but one who still has the same strong spirit that her older sister Yoko so abundantly has.

Soon snatched up a “K-ON!” school uniform set to get a school girl look whereas Yoko would sport a more teacher, office lady akin look.

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Actually long pondered about the name. Shizuko, Himeko or Kyouko where the three candidates I mulled over but ultimately decided on Shizuko.

Even though the customized head came with several eyes, opted to use the Volks animetic Type F blue Ruri eyes had bought in my Volks shipment.

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Couldn’t forgo trying the Canon “Clear” Image Style which -among other settings- increases contrast. It created a nice effect with the led lighting.

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Unfortunately, ran into snag while assembling Shikzuko after she arrived. The Leeke baby brown LR-027 wig that I had wanted to adorn her with made a bad fall which left it pretty much ruined.

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Several efforts and following advice of DD comrades to bring it back into shape ultimately resulted in taking some scissors and cutting short the longest curls which were hopelessly tangled. The result you see in the above photos.

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In the meantime, my Leeke order for some new wigs came in and Shizuko is already wearing her new sandy brown LR-02 model wig, which as you can judge from above photo goes her wonderfully well.

You can see more Dollfie Dream photography in my Dollfie photo collection on Flickr.

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. pedropinilla permalink
    July 18, 2010 8:13 pm

    Nice pictures as always, Shizuko is lovely but yoko still owns me hahaha.

    So, they are sisters but I bet soon there will be more.

    Greetings!

  2. GabrielVH permalink
    July 18, 2010 8:51 pm

    She looks wonderful! ^^
    A great custom faceup, she definitely suits the persona you’ve given her!

  3. July 18, 2010 9:20 pm

    Hmmm…Youre project became reality faster than I imagined.
    I still wont jump on Dollfies but I think id be more satisfying to build your own than buying a ready made one.

  4. Shiddo permalink
    July 18, 2010 9:50 pm

    Wow nice! Rly cute custom Dolfie ^^
    So you got K-ON uniform alone? How much was it? ^^

  5. July 18, 2010 9:59 pm

    @pedropinilla
    Yoko is simply unparalleled. Will keep it at two though, they are pricey after all.
    @GabrielVH
    Thanks. ^^
    The DDH03 Yukino face has that aura and this face-up even enhances it so definitely wanted to go for that look to contrast with Yoko.
    @Blowfish
    Actually took quite some time as my Volks parcel was stuck in customs for three whole weeks. It is indeed great to assemble one’s own, unique DD.
    @Shiddo
    Alas it was a whopping 10k Yen. Had lost two auctions that ended around 8k Yen so went for the cheapest buy it now one.

  6. July 18, 2010 10:41 pm

    Congrats! She’s a cutie. 🙂 Still trying to find a DDH03 head for my custom… Volks USA doesn’t have it in stock. 😦

  7. July 18, 2010 11:23 pm

    Aw, she’s really cute. Congrats on the new girl! Yui has been asking for a companion too. I might need to do something about that ^^;

  8. July 19, 2010 3:37 am

    Yoko has a friend now =) and not alone ^^
    Congratz on getting her ^^

  9. July 19, 2010 7:39 am

    what size of leeke world wigs do your daughters wear?

  10. July 19, 2010 4:48 pm

    2 dolfies? Are you planning to make yuri scene now? xD

  11. July 19, 2010 6:05 pm

    @Asian Ed
    Hope you get to find a good custom head. Do check out ももいろ*マンボウ’s work, they have some terrific, very detailed heads. ^^
    @anonymous_object
    They do that, don’t they? They all ask for (a) sister(s). 😄
    @Fabrice
    Yoko’s definitely glad to have her little sister. ^^
    @tsuruyasanblog
    They wear the E (8-9 inch) size. When wearing a wig cap, the fist time you put them on they’re a bit snug, but after that they fit perfectly!
    @Merun
    Why I wouldn’t dare! My DD girls are pure as white snow! =P

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