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Dollfie Dream internal frame shoulder fractures

July 30, 2012

It has not been a good week for my foray into the Dollfie Dream hobby as unfortunately both DDS bodies I own each have developed fractures in the right shoulder joint of their internal frame.

While the first version DDS body type is known to develop fissures in that shoulder joint, Volks corrected this flaw by introducing an upgraded version where the shoulder joint is twice as thick as before. Both the newer DDS and DDIII are equipped with this improved internal frame.

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Was not entirely unprepared to see Kyouko’s DDS v1 body -on the left in above photo- eventually incur such a fracture but it’s gutting to see that the reinforced DDS v2 body of Atsuko -on the right in above photo- has developed the same fracture.
Oddly, hadn’t really handled both DD for some weeks and they were just idle in their doll stands.

Not unexpectedly, the needed replacement part is out of stock at Volks. Hence, may try the fix used by comrade OtakuSan, but lacking tools and know-how, will seek some local assistance.

Volks should really consider upgrading these specific parts that endure a lot of stress to a metal compound or redesign the internal frame back to the style of the more durable DDII.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. July 30, 2012 8:07 pm

    oh noes 😦 I’m still waiting for my Sabers but I’m kind of scared with all those cracks… It’s not like those dolls cost 100$ and you can accept they “can” break..I think we a are paying a price high enough to get a perfect product with no defects of this or any kind. I hope you get it fixed/replaced soon….

  2. July 30, 2012 8:14 pm

    @kuraikawai
    Agreed, for the price Volks charges the number of defects and people who report these cracks is rather unacceptable. As the new Saber’s are DD3 they have the same internal frame so I’d have them reinforced if possible, just to be safe.

  3. Devastator001 permalink
    August 1, 2012 6:55 am

    Super glue them till the new parts come in? Unless of course the need to stretch 😕

  4. August 1, 2012 7:27 pm

    @Devastator001
    I’ve enlisted the aid of a friend who might be able to get a good glue specifically for such plastic and looking into making a permanent fix based on Otakusan’s idea of the zip tie.

  5. August 4, 2012 5:59 am

    My first DDS body is suffering from this as well, it really stems from the arm peg being slightly larger than the joint. I’ve tried a little epoxy, but it’s so hard getting the glue into such a small crack and have it stick.

    I might have to try the zip tie trick too, but it’s not a permanent fix by any means. 😦

  6. August 4, 2012 11:34 am

    @Asian Ed
    It is indeed from the arm peg being larger and having a rougher surface than the DDII version.
    But I’ve seen some interesting differences between the original DDS v1 and DDS v2 arm pegs and the more recent DDIII arm peg. Will make some photos and post about it soon when repairs are complete here.
    Currently waiting to get some good glue and thinking of some sort of filler foam between the plastic and metal ring, a smaller than millimeter space… stay tuned!

  7. August 6, 2012 3:38 am

    Yes, this happened to my DDS as well. I hate to say it, but my opinion of Volks is going steadily down. I think Rise will be the last DD I order. I plan on trying other company’s products instead of the pricy and unacceptably flawed stuff Volks is putting out now. I’ve already ordered a Parabox body which should arrive a few days. Will see how it works out ^^

  8. August 7, 2012 6:52 pm

    @anonymous_object
    To me it feels like they’re trying things to improve without proper testing of thinking of other possible consequences it may have. But for the price that their DD cost, replacement parts for these faulty/weak pieces should be readily available at a small price.
    Let us know how that Parabox body works out. ^^

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