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 el 24 Nov 2008 por Natalia Latina

Lifeless Beauty

Our eternal fascination with dolls

Momoko Dolls: seductive dolls Peter Pans
Momoko Dolls: seductive dolls Peter Pans
Momoko Dolls: seductive dolls Peter Pans Blythe was discontinued in the 1970’s because kids were scared of it Dollfies are irresistibly seductive: their half-open mouths make many people restless Wow! A parade of monsters in the kids’ room!
New wave pygmalionists tend to be partial to toys that remain almost religiously inert. Almost all of the 21st Century’s most popular dolls come from Japan: some are so realistic they make you anxious. They’re slightly deformed, with enormous heads and disproportionate eyes, or inspired by manga comics. They have innumerable accessories, clothing, wigs, and every imaginable household item. They can be customized. They come in exclusive limited editions. They have their own specialized magazines, fan clubs, and forums. Halfway between a mannequin and a little monster, there’s a doll out there to fulfill any fantasy imaginable.

Blythe was only produced in the US for about a year sometime in the 1970’s. It had become a treasured collector’s item by the time a Japanese company called Takara reclaimed it in 2001. It has a scrawny body and an enormous head with huge eyes that look out at the world in amazement, change color, close, and roll around thanks to a mechanism hidden under its thick mop of hair. Blythe has a huge collection of attire and fashion wear. Designers such as Miyake and Tsumori have created exclusive designs for these little dolls.

Korea’s Pullip doll is also part of this slate of deformed figures. It’s really freaky, because it looks a lot like a manga comic. It has perfectly visible joints and a different model is launched each week to keep collectors happy. Each model is inspired by a theme: She-Devil, Rocker, Victorian, Prude, Goth Chick…

Momoko Dolls are the Japanese equivalent of Barbie. Only they’re a lot cooler, since they don’t have the American doll’s outdated and tacky style. They’re more realistic and more meticulously detailed. And the result is incredible sexy. Many adults would love to change Momoko’s clothing and accessories.

But the las Dollfies are the true queens of the lot and are the fervent companions of hikikomori -those Japanese teenagers who lock themselves up in their rooms to avoid having any sort contact with the outside world. They are so realistic, it’s scary. The Super Dollfie 13 series, with its languid inert look, is clearly targeted at adult paraphiliacs.

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