Dollfie Dream Sendo Erika
Having been a figure collector for so many years (5 year to be in fact), I have somewhat reached a point where figure collecting seems to have almost lost it’s glamour and excitement. Fortunately the realm of otakuism spans out to many different paths and the one path that drew my attention was the world of dollfies. As a ventured deeper into this unknown territory I began to find that excitement once again and even began yearning for my very own. Well my trip to Japan last year in August was the opportunity to satisfy my hunger and would take me to the next level of otakuism, and what I got myself was a dollfie dream, Sendo Erika.
Erika is the main heroine from August Soft’s Fortune Arterial and is my favourite character (although I haven’t actually played the game itself). But I have to admit that Erika wasn’t my first choice when shopping around in Akiba. There were other dollfie dreams I had my eye on but when I saw Erika on display at Volks Akiba branch I was mesmerized by her sheer beauty. However I didn’t get her until I was sure I could not find the other ones that I was searching for. But my good friend Roobar bought himself a dollfie before me and I was adamant in getting Erika now.
Although my luck ran out as towards the end of the trip when I wanted to buy her, I found that the Volks store had sold out. So scouring the various shops of Akiba I just couldn’t find her anywhere. Returning once again the next day, the gods had smiled upon me and I found her in Mandarake Akiba for practically the retail price.
Once I was back in Australia, it did take me a while to get around to taking her out of her box. One reason is that I didn’t want to get her all dirty, but deep down I knew I wanted her out of the box (as did some curious friends). So dressing her up to see the final result, all I can say is that it was love at first sight.
I had once again found that excitement in otakuism. Just seeing the beauty of dollfies was like staring at a piece of art. I would sit there and admire as the time passed taking note of every single detail. Of course I did the same with some of the figures in my collection but with a dollfie it’s different, and I can’t quite explain it.
There are two great things about dollfies: ball joints which allows you to pose them, and the fact that they are customizable. Knowing the various possibilities of dressing up Erika was definitely exciting, but for the time being I shall stay with the default clothes. Plus who doesn’t like a girl in school uniform?
Eventually I decided to stop being lazy and at least try to take some photos. Of course I soon learned that taking photos of dollfies is different to figures. As I mentioned before with posing them, it was quite difficult getting the right look. With figures it’s much more simpler since the pose is static and you just have to find the right angle. A dollfie on the other hand, just by having any part not in the right position can be quite frustrating for a perfectionist like myself.
But on the brighter side it can be quite fun. It allowed me to try and be a bit more creative and the idea behind this photo shoot was to have that sunlight shining through in the background look, but it seems that I got a different result. This is also the first time I used an external flash for a photo shoot. The one thing that I couldn’t seem to get right is the emphasis on the eyes. In many of the dollfie photos that I have seen you can see their eyes with a lot of depth. Guess I might need some help from my dollfie friend on getting that right.
Anyway this is only the first photo shoot of Erika. As I explore the dollfie world more expect to see more photos of Erika, and hopefully better quality ones at that. I also hope I can fix her hair as well as it’s a little messy from when I was placing the wig on, but with such curly hair it’s proving quite difficult. Still her hair really is so pretty and it’s only one of the things that I love about her.
So does this mean that my wallet now has a much larger hole? Well yes and no. I did buy her a chair for her to sit on, and that costs me $65 AUD and I have another set of clothes for her already which I bought for a large sum (no thanks to the fall of the Aussie dollar). But alas I can only go so far in this newfound hobby as I’ll probably be looking at financial ruin if I delve any further. When I went to my first dollfie meet I was warned by the collectors that once you have one you’ll want another one. At first I thought one will do, but boy was I wrong. I do want another one. Perhaps in the future I’ll get another one. In the mean time, the only thing I’m looking for now is a teacup and saucer.
Despite saying that I lost the excitement in collecting figures, I’m still collecting, but I’m also have become very selective in what I buy. I would like to think I can balance figures and dollfies, but only time will tell. But for now Erika is the one and only for me. She is my princess. And nothing can replace her, unless I get myself a girlfriend.
Well hopefully I have enlightened some of you in the beauty of dollfies. Do look forward to future photo shoots of Erika and even photo shoots of Roobar’s dollfie. Also I found out a few weeks ago that SMASH 2008 had a dollfie photography competition. If they have another one for 2009 I may enter it myself.