I like to collect random things. My latest thing is a Dollfie, more or less a 60 cm doll with ball joints joints. At first (a few months ago) I disliked anything with ball joints, they just seemed awkward. Then I got a few Figmas and I started to notice the joints less. Some friends from another forum introduced me to them. Super Dollfies still scare the hell out of me; they look a bit too realistic for my tastes, but the Dollfie Dream line is more anime based and is rather cute.
There are many pre-made ones like Yoko From Gurren Lagann and Rin and Saber from Fate/ Stay Night, but I decided to create one from scratch, this includes painting everything on the face, attaching the eyes, etc...
So, I introduce Yuki.
Yuki and her Momiji doll "Soul"
For anyone with questions about Resin vs. Vinyl, please see this post:
Generally, a head for a 40-50cm is going too look small on a 60cm body, unless the head is of similar measurement to the 60cm head. The diameter/wig size should give you an idea if you compare the 2. Also, smaller heads are usually designed for smaller bodies, and often the neck hole is going to be to small on a 40cm doll's head to fit on a 60cm doll's body.
Vinyl or resin is up to your personal preference. I prefer resin because it is more life-like in appearance, I like the weight, and resin sculpts tend to have more detail, but I like more realistic dolls. Vinyl will stain easier then resin, even if you coat it with MSC (Mister Super Clear) or Volk's ZM spray, but it won't break as easily either. It is true that resin will yellow, but most doll owners find that its more of a "mellowing" of the color and quite pleasant - it is the result of the red pigments in the resin breaking down and will eventually reach a point where it stops. Very few dolls will become extremely yellow - french resin is more transparent so it is more likely to turn more yellow, and most companies use urethane resin, which will not yellow as much. Yellowing and stains can also be fixed with a quick sanding, which will not work on vinyl dolls. Vinyl dolls are quite cute, lighter, and usually less expensive then something of the same size in resin. They are not as customizable though, as you cannot sand or carve into the vinyl with good results. It really depends on what you are looking for in a doll.
Never use anything with oil in it for face-ups - this includes human make-up, any paints that are oil based, oil pastels, and especially permanent markers. The markers will ruin the doll by seeping into them (whether they are vinyl or resin) and eating away at their skin and bodies. Anything oil-based will do the same. Acrylic paints and chalk pastels or raw pigments are the usual recommended materials for doing face-ups. These will not damage the doll unless it is not sprayed with either aforementioned doll sealant, as they can stain the doll's face. I believe vinyl dolls absorb color more easily, so this is even more important for them.
If you want to do more research, I highly suggest going to Den of Angels, which is the largest doll forum in the world. There are pictorial databases of most molds available and even a new section for people who are just joining the hobby. Many of your questions will be answered there
forgot to mention that you cannot usually buy dolls in kits unless a company has a kit event. DOA is an excellent place to go if you are looking for a second hand doll, and once in a while people are selling their kits.
This post has been edited by Suigetsu: 06 March 2011 - 10:26 PM