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    I recently asked Emilia about the doll factories in China as she is hunting for a quality factory for her own doll fashion line. It is really fascinating to me as a collector to read this information. 

    Terri:
    I've been researching the topic for 3 years now and I've found factories of all sorts, most offering so poor quality there is even no point of mentioning them. Usually the companies that have their own designers and doll/clothing line don't offer their factory services to others and I've knowingly also kept away from them as copyright theft is so common in China. Usually you would send your prototype fashion, doll and patterns to a factory, they will make a sample that you pay for and then if you go to production the sample cost is reduced from your total. The problem is most factories are not willing to write any contracts (and written contracts mean very little anyway) in the sampling phase to say they won't just start making this fashion/doll in their own name. I have paid for samples from innumerable factories and found their quality appallingly ill-fitted. It's like they never even tried to make the it snuggly tailored and they either leave so much fabric in the seams the doll looks like a Michelin man; or they leave so little fabric the whole thing unravels to pieces when you put it on a doll. *sigh*

    There are many factories that make resin BJDs, but again I haven't asked if they would have sculptors available as I am working on my own wax prototype. I have also contacted factories that mass produce vinyl dolls, but that is something that requires a huge initial investment as one single industrial mold costs around 40,000usd. That means small editions are pretty much impossible. What you would need to do is run enough dolls for several years to come and then give them to another factory to customize with face up, hair and so forth. Most factories also need the money (or at least half of it) in advance and you never know if you'll be getting a container full of dirty wine bottles instead of dolls (that really happened to a lamp company producing products in China and they never got they money back, so they washed the bottles and made new designer lamps from them).


    Also, the production costs in China have nearly doubled every year since 2009. We always complain about our dolls getting more expensive (and me among you), but the fact is that now you cannot even produce a simple fashion with the retail price of a fully dressed FR doll in 2005. The profit margins are decreasing rapidly as China changes from a cheap production country to a highly educated consumer market. The textile industry has already moved to India and Thailand.


    What comes to hiring sculptors for doll heads or bodies, I'd actually hire a real art sculptor. They have a better understanding of the human body, bones and muscle structure than most toy makers although many are working in the field. For realistic sculpts the best one I know is Yulli working for Hot Toys (responsible for unbelievably real dolls like
    the Godfather) or Rainman who is behind all Elfdoll sculpts (see Hazy and Yumi) as well as many realistic action figure sculpts. My hubby also sculpts great zombies and wrinkly old men if you are into that. LOL

    I think this has been a long enough rant for now (and I didn't even do into detail). But do feel free to ask more if you like - maybe it should have it's own thread though so we don't hijack this one. 

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    ...I haven't been to the factories in person, just called and emailed with them (many factory representatives didn't even know internet exists so phone is the only option and time difference doesn't make it any easier). The main problem is finding anything, because China doesn't have phone books, Yellow Pages, or internet listings for factories and suppliers, so the only way of finding them is to know someone who knows someone who... Luckily my business partner is Chinese so she and her extended family and friends have some contacts in mainland China.  

    Yes, I speak mandarin Chinese, but the dialects do make everything more complicated, especially Cantonese which really has several writing characters unknown to Mandarin, tons used in different meaning, all pronounced differently and even has different grammar and sentence structure. The reason they are even called dialects is the one-great-China policy as giving regions their own languages would soon bring forth ideas of independence, and if the Cantonese area which is the power house producing all the food in China were to become independent the country's economy would collapse.

    What comes to internet the great firewall of China complicated things even further. Many sites such as wikipedia, flickr and free email servers are blocked either constantly or most of the time, and internet connections are so dodgy skype and other softwares seldom work. The things are better in Hong Kong, where I hope to move this Summer, but it does mean that I need to learn Cantonese. *sigh*


     By the way, if you wish to follow this thread on Dolly Daily, click here.
     



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    set database: LEGO 9676 TIE interceptor and death star








    image courtesy of Grogall
    set number: 9676
    set name: TIE interceptor and death star
    theme: starwars, planet series, episode 4-5-6
    year: 2012
    pieces: 65
    prices: us$10
    minifigs: 1
    come with a death star and a mini TIE interceptor.
    the planet has a hanger.
    the planet also can be used as part container.
    also included a display stand with name plate.
    minifig included a TIE pilot minifig.
    good playability.
    overall design is good.
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    She's back!! OK, prepare to have your heart totally and completely broken, ha! Because our favorite tiny little Batman Fan, Lane, is back and she's cuter than ever! You might remember her from last Halloween when she modeled a HARLEY QUINN Costume that was way too adorable. If you missed it then just click HERE! Did you see that? Yeah, this little bundle of joy is way too precious! Back then she was a new born and now it's a few months later and she loves the Caped Crusader even MORE!! ( A special thanks to Mom, Jennifer, for sharing these wonderful photos ).


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    Birth command has become all-around for over 4 decades now, and still people only have the slightest knowledge of what it really is and exactly how it could aid them. During this short article, we’re going to make an effort to shed light on some of the most popular birth management concerns asked by men [...]

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  • 02/17/12--22:21: Toy Aisle Trolls > Bumm-Ra
  • Toy Aisle Trolls is a feature highlighting acts of vandalism to in-store toy items. If you find a ruined package, a stolen figure, a swapped-out figure, or any other such acts, take a photo (cell phone photos are fine if they’re not blurry) and email them to poe@poeghostal.com. Submitted by: JN JN writes: I actually came [...]

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  • 02/17/12--22:21: Funko + MOTU = ?
  • Is Funko teaming up with Mattel to make Masters of the Universe products?   Could be!  In the “post heard round the world,” this image on the official Funko Facebook page with the caption below along with their Wednesday post of  ” Today, I just feel like, “I have the POWER”!!!”  all but confirms the news. [...]

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    On their Facebook page, Funko posted the following note on Wednesday: “Today, I just feel like, “I have the POWER”!!!” Could Funko POP Masters of the Universe figures be in the works? I think it’s a definitely possibility, for two reasons. First, we already know Mattel and Classic Media are making a big licensing push [...]

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    MARIETTA, OHIO - Housed in two railroad cars here, Whipples Whimsical Toys contains items that withstand the test of time.Vintage toys are virtually everywhere and within easy reach for those who want to try them out.Shoppers will find tin wind-up cars and...

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    While visiting with Randy Falk in the National Entertainment Collectibles Association show room we found out they are producing a full range of figures based on the highly anticipated feature film Prometheus, the oft rumoured prequel to his groundbreaking 1979 film Alien (watch the trailer and you know what the score is). Due to the licensing agreement they couldn't comment on what the line will include but Randy did confirm the figures would show up after the film opens. The delay is a necessary evil in toy production, as designs in feature films can change at the drop of a hat, and NECA wanted to ensure they were creating the most film accurate collectibles possible. Knowing the line is slated to hit shelves in the third quarter this year, we're betting no seeing the full assortment online around the time of the film's opening in June, and a closer look at them at this summer's San Diego Comic-Con.

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    Have you seen the Disney Baby clothing line? It’s a dream come true for Disney fans who won’t to dress their baby in their favorite Disney characters. I am in love with the cudly bodysuits. From today until February 20th, you can get up to 50% off Disney Baby clothing. Just enter the code DIS25OFFRead More

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  • 02/17/12--22:21: Meet your new Friends
  • LEGO’s Friends have just hit the shelves, with 14 new sets based around the lively location of Heartlake City.

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    A Little Bit on the Char CD Player Side: If you need to go all out after buying that Char helmet, check out this CD player, designed after his Zaku mobile suit. It’s originally from a mail-in-your-points-type program from Bandai, but one is on eBay right now. I was going to bid, but now it’s up to $35 plus $15 shipping. But it is a great collector’s item.



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    lt;img src=quot;http://tformers.net/g/generated/17222/IGear%20Impactor%20Transformers%20Wreckers__scaled_600.jpgquot; /gt; After a long pause iGear Toys have revealed some more details about their Third Party homage to the Wreckers with the latest addition of Impactor. They have revealed a couple of new images showing the figure in its prototype form that takes some queue from Generations Warpath. No details on when this will be ready. Check out the new images after the jump and share your comments on t

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    Having just posted a series of peeks at the Darkroom Army Gallery primed for a launch tonight February 18th, here's a closer look at the Russian-fueled propaganda-era styled artwork done for the event, by local wunderkind Mark Ong of SBTG - who has been pretty relentless of late producing painted artwork mirroring the old world charm of graphic displays. Really nice indeed.If ever TOYSREVIL gets



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  • 02/17/12--22:21: Meccano’s ship comes in
  • Meccano has stepped into the licensed properties realm with a range of construction sets based on the film The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn.

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    A Little Bit On The Sweet Haircut, Bro! Side: The Triforce crest from the Legend of Zelda series is a pretty iconic symbol in geekdom. Flickr user Boon Cotter thought it was awesome enough to get shaved into his domepiece.



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    Hobbico, Inc., announced today that it has acquired Revell Germany. Revell Germany, established is 1956, will continue to operate from its headquarters in Bünde, near Hannover, Germany, and will be led by Hans Remfert, president of Revell Germany. For the past four years, Revell has been a market leader in the plastic model building segment [...]

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    "Lord On Board" Pink is "The New Black" edition from Abell Octovan at My Royal Ego, with only 2 pieces up for grabs at US$180 each (inclusive shipping). Need this 8" resin figurine in your collection? Email jellyokky@yahoo.com stat!



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    Not content with just launching a new trailer (shown above), the folks promoting the upcoming movie "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" had even done up a Facebook-meme styled image featuring Lincoln! Way to stay up-to-date and connected to current trends, folks! Adapted from a novel by Seth Grahame-Smith, the movie fictionalizes the former American President as a Vampire killer, and now



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    Remember that J*RYU *Sanctum Dunny Contest* for him being crowned King Of the Boards by Kidrobot? Well, our dear friend Rob Losito was the recipient of the awesomeness and shares images with us!Not only does it come with a surprise sculpted key, with said key that symbolizes the unlocking of the head of the Dunny to reveal the heart within! I am so utterly envious, I reek of jealous-juice LOL ~



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