Why yes, I do still own a Dollfie Dream!

Let’s take a trip down the memory lane.

Back in 2009 I went and bought myself the nice Takamachi Nanoha Dollfie Dream from Volks with the income of my first job. Back then it was in the middle of the Dollfie dream craze with people buying Dollfies left and right. I was originally interested after seeing the Suzumiya Haruhi Dollfie at Sankaku Complex of all places but never gave the idea of buying one much thought.

After all as anyone that owns or wants to buy one knows, Dollfies are very expensive generally speaking. This is more apparent if you want a licensed character or worse yet a Dollfie that has already been released. Alas Volks released a Dollfie of the one character I would buy, Nanoha. Sadly enough that list has increased by another couple thanks to Reimu and Cirno, at the very least I’m not crazy enough to take the plunge to buy more than one Dollfie.

One big reason besides price is that to buy a Dollfie of a licensed character it might take some hoops and loops like the Volks lottery, second hand markets and proxys. Oddly enough, for Nanoha I was able to buy her directly from the American Volks store that probably helped in my decision to purchase her in the end.

After I got her I was happy, I did a few posts such as her introduction from when I still frequented figure.fm and did a couple of photo shots to show off a few outfits. After which I proceeded to do nothing, the last time I really featured Nanoha was two years ago.

Since then I have found a wig and a pair of eyes that I am happy with, now I have a look and feel that I am very happy with. This is something that held me back from taking pictures since I wasn’t happy with how Nanoha looked.

I think one of the biggest draws of Dollfie Dreams and other ball jointed dolls is the crazy amount of customization that can be achieved.

With that said, that’s exactly why when exilehero and friend #2 invited me to go on a photography outing I decided to bring Nanoha along as my model. Nanoha ended becoming the focus of our pictures as you can see by the various pictures taken by all three of us featured in this post.

That day was a bit windy, not enough to be a big nuisance so I figured it could end up helping to make some interesting photos.  True enough the wind was  naughty and caused a few upskirts and some nice movement with Nanoha’s long hair. The nice thing about having three photographers was that we could capture said moments without missing them.

Another plus was that we got to try out friend #2’s flash. While I got some horrible results exilehero got some nice shots out of it like this one. Since then the idea of investing in a flash seems like a more appealing idea.

It was a nice fun outing, although doing something like this might be a bit hard with the colder winter months. Hmm… then again it wouldn’t be the first time we braved the cold to go and take pictures outside.

Long story short, I wanna go take more pictures of my Nanoha Dollfie and going out and doing so with friends is pretty fun.


One last thing, this post is dedicated to Chag since he has a burning passion for Dollfies and showing power levels outside.

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  1. Oh I have a burning passion alright — burning at the tip of the hot poker that I’m about to ram into my EYE SOCKET

    But man, those eyes are adorable, and that sundress looks really elegant. I’d almost say I want to see your Dollfie the next time I meet you, but you would totally bust it out in the most undesirable time and place possible.

    Btw, did you have any curious observers while shooting?

    • I knew you would love it!

      Hmmm… I wonder where that would be, I must ponder this line of thought for the eventual meet up. I suppose I could make you pick me up at the airport and bust it out there to start off.

      No, not really, there was a soccer game next to us but other than a few curious glances they didn’t look. A nice fairly attractive young woman who was jogging did pass by next to us though.

  2. have you ever thought of joining the toronto area dollfie dream meet up group? im only assuming your in or near the gta based on your convo with chag.

  3. The thought of owning a BJD still scares me, because of how much of a money pit I know it could become.

    I love being able to have all sorts of outfits for characters in games, Phantasy Star and Morrowind being the worst offenders, doing that kind of thing in real life with real money would break me and my bank account.

    I wonder if Chag ever has nightmares about BJDs. I bet it’s great.

    • Well, let me tell you outright, it is just like that. Doesn’t help that sometimes doll clothing is more expensive than regular clothes. My saving grace is that the clothes that I like are hard to come across so I almost never buy too much.

      It would be great if he did, if I ever go to Toronto I’m so dragging to meet that dollfie group there.

  4. Never really followed the dollfie scene, but I have to agree that she’s quite beautiful. if only they were able to make the joints look more realistic…>_<

    • like the ones from tokyo doll or lovely doll? while there not bjd they are of the same spec. being that there actually made to be like dd or sd or mdd but are made of silicone instead of vinyl. the down side to these is that theres more maintenance to be done(not much but some) and that over use may cause the wires inside(that make them pose able) to break. i personally own a lovely doll. i love it but me being a petrolhead like i am, im dirty and greasy allot, so im paranoid that ill accidentally stain her one day. she is lovely though despite the draw backs.

    • I don’t follow the dollfie scene anymore, just take a look whenever someone posts something that catches my interest on Twitter.

      There is some dolls that have a jointless body but those end up looking even more uncanny in my opinion.

  5. Argh damn Dolfies! It’s one area which always tempted me but the price-tags are …Interestingly enough, Dolfies seem to be more affordable when you get them in the US. I had a friend who bought like 5 Cirnos and came back to Singapore and sold them for a pretty profit, since the amount of people participating in the lottery is much lesser than Japan.

    Still the customization, posing and stuff is just seriously awesome, love those wind shots! =3

    • They sure are.

      I’m not sure if that’s the case anymore since I heard the American lottery was opened to international buyers. If anything I just don’t understand why Volks doesn’t make them to order.

      Customization is probably the number 1 reason I like dollfies, even if it is the same doll owned by two people you get wildly different looks.