Back in 2010, Dollzone released Alpha and Aurora, two dolls that brought in the style change that the company was ushering in - still very stylized, but in a different direction than the older more anime-styled heads that they'd released in the past. I was intrigued by the doll's appearance, but didn't seriously consider buying him since my collection had taken more of a realistic turn.
Still, I looked at the official photos every couple of months, just imagining what I might do with the doll should I ever decide to take my collection in a different direction. And then during the summer of 2011 Dollzone announced that they were discontinuing their tan resin - and thinking that I was out of time to grab this doll in the form I wanted, I quickly put in an order, right before the deadline.
|The non-jointed chest|
Dollzone's 2011 tan had an orange tint to it, which means that his colour varies quite a bit depending on the lighting (my understanding is that the new version has more of a brown base). His body is similarly unique amongst the rest of my dolls - he's on Dollzone's 68cm body, which unlike most of the taller and smaller ones, doesn't have a chest joint. This makes him more of a challenge to pose, but does mean that the sculptural details are more clearly designed for form rather than function, which just adds to the visual interest.
|An alternate look|
Interestingly, despite the lack of a chest joint, the torso piece is not a truly non-jointed, as there's a joint just below the waist. This is the only doll I have that's jointed there, and while it's not a terribly functional joint (although I suppose if I were doing a photo story about an aerobics leader showing off side-bends it would come in handy) but it's another example of the non-standard style of this doll.
Proportionally, he's nearly as lanky-looking as the Dollmore giants, with legs and arms that are clearly longer than any realistic human body's (although unlike those dolls, he's still within the range of the standard SD17/70cm/"Uncle" dolls, so standard clothes and patterns from that range work for him). Seated, he's actually not observably taller than most standard SD-size dolls: his height is all in the legs. And while that's a stylistic choice that many BJD makers go for, Dollzone took it a step farther and gave him equally long and lanky fingers to go with the look.
|In a slightly more regal style|
The hands are also very nicely sculpted, and as a result I include them in nearly every photo I take of this guy - they're probably my favourite part of this doll. The finger position is equally well-done, and the position is versatile enough to represent a wide variety of gestures.
If I have one complaint about this doll, it's that Dollzone sands all of their dolls as a matter of course. And while for many that's a wonderful service to include in the base price (many companies charge extra for that) they also won't skip it, even if you request them not to at the time of ordering. This means that, as with many tan (or darker) dolls that have been sanded, this one has some colour variation along the tan lines. The sanding was done well, so it's not hugely noticeable, but undressed and in full light, it is fairly obvious. Still, that's a fairly minor complaint to have!
Overall, for a doll that I bought without a set plan, I've been very pleased with this guy. He's a fun and versatile doll with a unique face and body, so I'm happy to have him in my collection.