Claude the Beast was a limited release from Dolpa Osaka 7 and IDEX 2013. A one-off was also offered by Volks USA is late 2014. I had I entered the lottery for the opportunity to buy that one, but didn't win, so finding this listing so soon afterwards (and at a lower price as well) was brilliant.
Luckily for me, the listing included almost the complete fullset - the original owner had kept the original red eyes (and replaced them with cat eyes), but everything else was intact (and as far as I could tell, they'd never even opened the outfit, boots or wig).
The doll did have a tiny bit of damage in the form of a small scratch above his right eye. I suspect that it may have happened when they were removing the original eyes (Volks glues in the eyes on their dolls, and there was still residue from the glue inside his head, so they obviously weren't able to remove the old eyes easily).
Claude the Beast is on the SDGou body, which is a 66cm body with more defined musculature than the the other Volks bodies in this size range. He was cast in their (relatively new) "shadow" colour, which is darker than their suntan and lighter than their ebony.
|A first peek out of the box.|
After de-boxing the doll, next up was the outfit, which is a work of art in its own right: the number of pieces (and layers!) were epic.
|The full outfit|
|A closer view|
At some point I'm going to do a thorough set of comparison photos with this guy and my other dolls in the same size range, as he has some interesting differences and similarities. That will need to be part of another post though, since now that he's dressed, it's going to be a while before I'm going to want to take it all off again!
But I do have one quick comparison: here he is between SD13 Heath (in 2005 "normal" skin) and SD13 Irvin (in 2009 "ebony" skin) that gives an idea of the high difference between the two body types, and the colour difference between the three resin colours (I'll have to repeat this photo with them undressed at some point):
|SD13 Heath, SDGou Claude-Beast, SD13 Irvin|