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Fashion Dolls vs Scale FiguresFashion Dolls vs Scale Figures

musicravemusicrave25 päivää sittenDiary
Long story short I used to collect fashion dolls, namely dolls from the Monster High and Ever After High, two fashion doll lines by Mattel, most famous for being known as the makers of Barbie. Looking back, it was probably a gateway to my interest in figures.

There are numerous reasons why I discontinued collecting those dolls. I was running out of space at the time. Also, there was a decline in quality in both lines which left me disappointed. Like, for example, some of the mid-tier priced dolls ($15-25 USD) came with doll stands in the box. Years later, the stands were scrapped, and dolls started not coming with them. Also, the plastic used to make the bodies of the dolls got flimsier. After the declines, collecting more just wasn’t worth it for me. Plus, I was satisfied with my current collection.

Now that I’ve dipped my toes into the world of figure collecting, I noticed there are some major differences with my habits when it comes to collecting figures vs when I was collecting dolls.

I feel like I’m more indecisive with figure buying vs doll buying. So far, I have change my mind at least twice on what to get as my first scale figure. I think the fact that there’s more risk involved contributes to it.
With dolls, I was able to see the finished product before purchase. If there was an issue with quality, I could return it to the store (I was an in-box collector for the most part) or, when I’m buying in store, to be able to compare which doll had the best quality control.
Figures are a longer and a more involved process. For fashion dolls, I would only wait at most 6 months until a release. For figures, six months are on the way lower end, especially if the time span includes announcement to prototype to painted to pre-order to release. Plus, cost is a factor, especially adding on shipping.

I think the factor that scares me the most to commit is me not getting used to the “buying the idea” especially when it comes to pre-orders. What I mean by that is that I don’t know what the product will look like until I get it in my hands. Prototypes aside, and official pictures aside, the figure I receive will most likely be at least a little different. It would be just my luck that I would get the figure with the lackluster quality control.
So, for now, I’ll wait and see where the tide takes me.
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I apologize for my late replies, I'll get to everyone this weekend!
9 päivää sitten
ShadeLightTheory (24 päivää sitten) #43801466

Thank you for telling me your experiences with Alter! I've heard of their great reputation, but wasn't sure if Alter's prototypes vs actuals was the same way in-person, so your experience calms that worry.
(I've seen unboxings of some Alter figures, mainly idol girls, and the detail and coloring is absolutely beautiful!)

I've been browsing at Alter listings, mainly their Altair line. I have my eye on ITEM #604483
I'm a bit worried that the Altair line doesn't hold their value as much in comparison to the regular Alter line, but I think if they're a character I really want, I'll take the risk,especially for that quality.
9 päivää sitten
In the end, preorders are always a bit of a risk. Whenever I order anything at the back of my mind I have to be mindful that it might not turn out perfect. At the same time, there are companies that are definitely better at QC than others, and taking your time to consider whether or not you really want something for a certain price is better than just jumping the gun. If I'm ordering a figure of a character I love, and I can see past any potential small defects, or if it's the only figure they'll ever get, that does come into play for my decision making as well.

But regardless, if there is anything you're interested in, but you're not sure about the company's quality, just take some time to take a look at some of the other figures they've made and see what others have had to say about them. Usually looking at a few recent figures will give you a decent indicator of who is good and who isn't as great.
24 päivää sitten
If you are worried about quality control and a figure looking like the prototype, I would have to highly recommend Alter. From my experience they have one of the highest quality control, and their figures usually look identical to the prototypes. Yea they are pretty expensive, but imho they are well worth the price.

I'm slightly biased because I buy almost exclusively Alter, but excecpt for a few very small paint mistakes (which I believe is common in figures) I haven't regretted spending any money on their figures.
24 päivää sitten
What helps me is to browse MFC and look at the company's history. If it's a company with a great track record, like Good Smile Company or Alter, I don't have to worry about quality. GSC also has fantastic customer service if a defect shows up. A company with less history of actual released figures, or a bad track record, I'm more likely to wait until release. I've realized that it's rare for a figure I want to really go up in the aftermarket, especially quickly after release. It's more common that it goes down a bit or I can get a pre-owned deal. This probably varies based on your tastes, but realizing that, I figure the money I'd save on aftermarket declines likely offsets the money wasted on aftermarket rises, so any risk of waiting is minimal.

If prices are a problem, maybe look into prize figures? They're usually around $15-20 and can be quite nice.
24 päivää sitten
I used to collect and stopped for the same reason. Admittedly hunting them down was fun. It was a gateway for BJD’s for me. Plus I was able to practice faceup on my MH/EAH dolls, so it wasn’t a waste.
Figures are much nicer to display tbh.
24 päivää sitten
I also used to collect MH and EAH fashion dolls, and quit for largely the same reason. With figures, I feel like there is a higher "risk" in terms of not knowing exactly what you're getting, but also a higher reward. The happy brain chemicals I get from preordering, waiting for a figure and hyping up, and then receiving, photographing, displaying, and dusting my figures are way off the charts compared to what I was getting out of previous collections (MLP, fashion dolls.)

I was in your spot somewhere around 5 years ago, scared to dip my toes into the water of scale figures, and I finally bit the bullet on a Griffon Rozen Maiden 1/3 Shinku. (Roughly around the size of a 1/8 scale) Risk and reward turned out to be pretty high on her; I loved her when I kept her in the box, but upon removal, eventually realized that, as a Griffon figure, she was terribly flawed, and fell quickly out of love with her. :( So, it can be a mixed bag, even on a single figure. That Shinku brought me a lot of happiness while I had her, and then some sadness until I sold her.

I think the advice you'd see most often would be to be careful not to go nuts; I know it's especially easy in fashion doll collecting to buy, say, 5-10 dolls at once from a single buyer, bring them in from the mailbox, and still have plenty of spending money left over to go look at another sales thread; with scales, it's (hopefully) quality over quantity in terms of what you get for your buck. I know I struggled with that when I started out figure collecting, because I was so used to just shopping for my hobby casually, whenever I wanted, so I'd end up with a ton of stuff I "had to have" in my cart. I guess what I'm trying to say is: Have fun with it, pick out some nice scales for yourself, and as long as you're not breaking the bank you'll be fine!

And if your first scale turns out to be not the one, you can always resell and find another. There'll always be another figure.

(Sorry for such a long comment on your post, I got excited. :P )
24 päivää sitten
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