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    The thing is...this kind of thing used to be in the figure collecting hobby too. It might seem unthinkable now but it wasn't that long ago that people used to celebrate and be amazed whenever a male character got a nendoroid. I remember there were people who used to collect male nendoroids and joke about how easy it was because there were less than ten of them, and I know somewhere on this site is a 'group photo' of 'all the male nendoroids' and its very very small. The last few years has been amazing in terms of male characters getting more and more popular as more and more companies realize that it was an untapped market. And that eventually trickled to the vinyl doll hobby too.

    There used to be people who would laugh at you if you even said so much as 'I wonder if one day there will be boy Dollfie Dreams!' and even when Len was first announced there were people convinced he would be on a girls body for some reason. 'DD (vinyl) is for men and SD(resin) is for women' used to be the stereotype and was probably the main reason why you only tended to see boy dolls as resins, but thats changed a lot over the years and become less and less true, especially because most of the popular DD faceup artists are women. Now we have Kirito and 9S joining Len, and the boys are now available through Dream Choice and are steadily growing in popularity. It's slow progress, but its still happening, and I'm sure there will be more boys in future. Volks is a company that does things very slowly as they are extremely cautious, and it really does seem like they're putting considerable time into seeing how popular the boys are. Dream Choice gave the boys another boost, so with luck their popularity and demand can only go higher.
    Azone seem to regularly be adding to their Asterisk Collection line of male pure neemos and are now collabing with Petworks to make even more male character fashion dolls, like with the Lord el Melloi II one announced at Wonfest. I think its very likely they're start doing more big dolls of boy characters too - they already did Japan from Hetalia as an Azone50cm doll.
    (Meanwhile Danny Choo never advertises his smartdoll boys or shows many photos of them at all, or makes much clothing that can fit them, and then has the audacity to complain that they arent popular and thus arent worth keeping as standard dolls...of course they're not popular when you act like they dont exist...)

    As for resin waiting times, its because they take so much longer to produce. Vinyl parts and frames can be made in large quantities but resin casting takes a whole lot longer and depending on the size of the company, only a few can be made at once. And thats not even counting the extra time that has to be spent in stringing and painting the dolls. It's that extra time and effort that causes the elaborate resin fullset dolls to cost a lot more.

    I think its an interesting time for the hobby because we have companies that are primarily resin like Fairyland and Granado doing vinyl dolls (Anifee and Vindoll), we have more and more resin companies doing resin anime dolls, like LUTS, Aimerai, Xaga Dol etc. I'd personally like to see more anime style boys, whether they're resin or vinyl.
    6 days ago
    1pt
    Toshki (6 days ago) #65338226I don't know much about the hobby but smart doll is going to soon release a new type of model where they use a harder and cheaper material with a different casting technique (they described it similar to how gunpla is made) it's called smart doll cortex. I'm kinda interested in how that compares to the two most common materials ^^
    Just know that Smart Doll in cortex has already been released. Danny has already had these in stock for a while and is currently releasing more of his dolls as cortex version. Based on some feedback, just like vinyl and resin, it has it's own pros and cons... but just know that currently it is only the body that is cortex as the face is still vinyl hence while it is cheaper than both vinyl and resin, it is still pricey. Currently there are different versions of the cortex (pre-built and part-only): Gaia and Mirai.
    6 days ago
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    Rajke Ca Fanatic
    I never saw that difference in material depending on the gender. At this point i can't tell which material i prefer. However i think vinyl is a great material for them. Maybe a little soft. And then there is that new harder pvc material from Smart Doll Cortex that Toshki mentioned. It is interesting because of the cost difference.
    Some questions are coming to mind: Does the difference in vinyl and resin have that much impact on the looks of the doll? If that is true it is understandable that girls are made of vinyl and boys made of resin.
    That there is a difference in the production method between resin and vinyl is understandable. But is resin so much more difficult to made that it takes a lot more time?
    (Just questions from someone that started not so long ago with BJD's)
    6 days ago
    1pt
    I don't know much about the hobby but smart doll is going to soon release a new type of model where they use a harder and cheaper material with a different casting technique (they described it similar to how gunpla is made) it's called smart doll cortex. I'm kinda interested in how that compares to the two most common materials ^^
    6 days ago
    2pt
    Shaerileth 「mother of a grimoire」
    Kuroshitsuji has resin BJDs.

    I prefer resin to vinyl, but that may be because I started out with resin.

    Also, yellowing really isn't that bad...lol...it may be a turn off but vinyl stains wicked easy in comparison and personally that is a turn off. When your dolls have to wear skin suits, yeah, no. XD
    6 days ago
    1pt
    JoniVera (6 days ago) #65337778The resin aging/yellowing is a huge turnoff to a lot of perspective buyers.
    Even stained vinyl can be restored to some degree.

    it's very common for resin to yellow over age as well so resin and vinyls are the same in that regard
    6 days ago
    2pt
    The resin aging/yellowing is a huge turnoff to a lot of perspective buyers.
    Even stained vinyl can be restored to some degree.
    6 days ago
    2pt
    For male vinyls I deff recommend Smart Doll's Eiji He's currently seasonal because of the lack of interest. Lets give him a push and get him back as a regular. We need more male dolls
    7 days ago
    2pt
    Personally I love the Vinyl BJDs, so it doesn't really bother me. I will admit the after market price can be pretty ugly for some of them, but that just goes with the figure collecting.

    I think a large reasons most of the licensed or collaboration models tend to be girls is for the same reason figure companies make mainly female figures. They tend to have a higher demand/sale.

    As far as the price difference. Where and what brand is your boyfriend getting on release for 400-600? Dollfie Dream has been more expensive recently (Altria/Jeanne/9s/2b/matoi have all started at 700+ and range up to 1000).

    Dollfie Dream does not push out a new doll every other week. Maybe a new doll every couple of months on average.
    7 days ago
    1pt
    KyokiPon (7 days ago) #65300158This is quite interesting.
    I recently got into BJDs~ and even considering
    dropping a couple of thousands into the hobby and
    had no idea most anime BJD are made of
    vinyl~ isn't vinyl a cheaper material? but why
    are these dolls going for 1k+ ? is not making
    much sense to me.


    the vinyl dolls are much cheaper and run between 400-600 but its not common to see male anime vinyl bjds, it's more common for male anime bjds to be made of resin and thats the expensive one,you dont really get a choice with guy anime dolls its almost always resin
    7 days ago
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