Today I’ll be giving you a preview of Hello Super Dollfie ~ “Intro to the World of Super Dollfie” (First Edition, regular edition) the newest release in our line of Super Dollfie books! This book was designed especially for those who are new to Super Dollfie and aren’t quite sure where to start — it provides a thorough introduction to the different types and sizes of Super Dollfie, how and where you can get them and their accessories, and the different types of SD-related events that you can attend. The book’s conveniently compact size (roughly 7×7 inches) also makes it very easily transportable, for easy reference when you’re on the go!
*Please note that Hello Super Dollfie ~ “Intro to the World of Super Dollfie” is available in Japanese only.
The book opens with a brief overview of what exactly Super Dollfies are (ball-jointed dolls), when they were first released (1998), how and what they are made of (hand-cast out of polyurethane resin called Pureskin), and how they can be obtained (purchased at special events or via Volks websites and Tenshi-no-Sumika showrooms).
The next feature, a size comparison chart, is one of my favorites — featuring every size from the teeny-tiny Ai-Tenshi and Hikaru-Tenshi to the tall SD17 boys, this 2-page photo offers you an at-a-glance viewpoint of every SD size that Volks offers, whether standard, limited, or event-exclusive. This can be extremely helpful when trying to decide what size you want to make a particular character! Following on from the size chart are a few pages clarifying the different types of SDs, and the events that they can be purchased at — standard models, limited editions, FCS models, and one-offs are all covered, including the differences between each type of SD and the activities that SD owners can participate in at year-round Volks events.
The central part of the book is also the largest and, in my opinion, one of the most useful — galleries of SD heads! First up are the standard models — from MSD girls to SD13 boys, there are face and body shots, spec sheets, and yen prices for all of the currently available SD standard models, as well as alternate makeup samples that show you just how versatile these boys and girls can be! Next are all of the options currently available through the Tenshi-no-Sumika Full Choice System — there’s a list of yen prices and available options, as well as makeup samples (and in some cases, additional alternate makeup samples!) for each MSD or SD head. In the case of the SD-sized Sumika FCS heads, each head listing includes a photo of the blank head with no makeup, which can be incredibly useful when planning the makeup!
Following the Sumika FCS section is a feature on the Tenshi-no-Sato Full Choice System — as Volks’ flagship store, Tenshi-no-Sato in Kyoto, Japan, carries a wider range of FCS options, including location-exclusive heads, fairy ears, wigs, eyes, bodies, hands, and more! The book will walk you through the available options and yen prices, and also shows you makeup samples (and in some cases, alternate additional makeup samples!) for each Sato-exclusive MSD or SD head.
Next are some brief rundowns on One-off models and Limited Editions and when/where/how they can be acquired, as well as average yen prices for each of the sizes. They’re followed by overviews of the Tenshi-no-Sumika showrooms, the various lines of SD clothes and wigs manufactured by Volks, and what sources you can consult to learn more about SD body maintenance and aesthetics.
Last but not least is a section on special events and locations! When speaking of Super Dollfie, you definitely can’t leave out Dolls Parties! There are 2 pages of photos and information meant to introduce you to the world of Dolpa, as well as a 4-page spread on Tenshi-no-Sato and its exclusive features and events, and 2 pages on SD Owners Appreciation events.
Still sitting on the fence? Here’s one last incentive — every First Edition copy of the Hello Super Dollfie book will come with a free bonus sticker of Yo-SD Megu and Yo-Nui Komame! We only have a limited number of copies of the First Edition, so be sure to purchase early in order to make sure that you receive this adorable sticker!
The Hello Super Dollfie book will be released with the November 2011 Collection on February 18th, 2012, at 11:00AM PST, so don’t miss it!