I noticed on my last couple of VolksUSA orders that they are being sent from ‘Hideyoshi Shigeta’. It makes me feel stupidly special, like my items were packed just for me by the youngest son of the Volks president. It also brings home how even the ‘big companies’ are still relatively small (and in this case, family-owned and -operated).
The cost of dolls
After Friday’s post, there is another matter I’d like to discuss. Every now and then when I’m browsing the internet, I come across a post of someone saying how:
“these dolls are way too expensive and doll artists make a ridiculous profit off our backs”.
For a long time I’ve been hesitant to write this post, because I don’t want it to come across as a cry for sympathy. And I don’t want to wage war on paper.
When talking about recasting, I could of course point fingers and say how the recast community has changed from “target only the big boys”…
#1431 People recommend RS/Bobobie because they are the most popular of the cheaper doll companies and so have the most examples of how good they can look. As for other low cost companies they can fall into a catch-22. They’re not popular, so people don’t know about them. People can’t recommend something they don’t know exists. So the cheaper companies don’t become more popular, and so people don’t know about them.
It’s got to be disheartening to new doll companies trying to break into the market. Not only do you have to go against long established companies, you have to compete against cheap copies of those big popular companies. Add in people who keep up the lie of “You must have a doll from XYZ popular company to be accepted in this hobby”(which I do see more from recast people than any other btw) and the struggle gets even harder. One more way recasts are draining creativity and innovation out of the hobby."
Finally he’s in resin! About 87 cm tall!