|Mirodoll Lele. Forgive the dress, I had nothing|
else that fit him on hand.
Mirodoll is one of the lowest-cost BJD producers out there and, having not heard much about them, I was curious to see how they would stack up against other dolls. Normally, their 1/4th scale dolls retail for just over $100 USD, but they had a sale recently and as a result the doll was offered for $90. I think it's important to mention that up front because I do have a fair number of complaints, but it's worth noting that the doll's price was a fraction of some of the ones I'll be comparing him to.
The first surprise was discovering how little packing protection was used: inside the shipping box was a simple draw-string padded bag - and almost nothing else!
|The shipping bag.|
The second surprise was that they cast my doll in the wrong colour. I had requested their "dark chocolate" resin, but the doll I received is in "dark grey". The colour isn't terrible (and if you wanted to create a drow/dark elf character it might be perfect), and while I can understand shipping errors for off-the-shelf items, for a custom-cast item, I was surprised to see this kind of mix-up happen.
|Dark grey Lele, unclothed.|
Unfortunately, the dark grey shows sanding marks even more so than tan colours do, and as a result the doll is covered in lighter patches. The faceup is also a bit on the odd side in terms of colour choices, but for something that was included with the price of the doll, I can't really complain.
Still, there are some positives: the weight of the body is surprisingly hefty. While he can't compare with the weighty (and much higher-priced) dolls from Volks or Iplehouse, he easily outweighs even larger-scale dolls from Bobbie/ResinSoul and Angel Street/Fdoll.
The body and head also have much more detailed sculpts than any other doll I've seen at this price point. The body in particular surprised me with its level of detail and also with the solid engineering. In fact, while my overall impression is less than stellar, I would whole-heartedly recommend this body for hybrids.
One other thing of note: although this doll is sold as a 1/4th scale doll, he's actually significantly shorter than any other MSD-range doll that I own. That's not an issue if you're using him as a customization project and intend to make your own clothes, of course - but it does mean that he can't share clothes with many other dolls (and it's why he's wearing a dress here - it's the only thing I had on hand that fit him).
In any case, I think he'll make a great project doll - but if I order from Mirodoll in the future, I'll certainly be tempering my expectations.
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