scale doll. While Hitomi shares a similar aesthetic to a ball-jointed-doll, Hitomi is a tad different.
Hitomi is a doll made by the Obitsu Plastic Manufacturing Company. This is a well known Japanese plastic company. Obitsu creates many items, such as models and figurines. In addition to these creations, they also make dolls. Unlike a BJD an Obitsu has a peg and internal skeleton system rather than elastic. Additionally, Obitsu dolls are made out of the lighter and less expensive vinyl rather than hard resin. Hitomi is their 1/3 scale 50 cm doll. She is unique because she is right in between a standard MSD and a standard SD size doll. Hitomi either looks like a tall MSD doll or a shorter SD doll. Personally, I love that she looks like a younger adult and a tall Lolita. If you are familiar with Dollfie Dream dolls by VOLKS, Hitomi is roughly the same size as a Dollfie Dream Sister.
In addition to the 50 cm doll, I also own an 11 cm Obitsu doll known as Mariela. Mariela is Hitomi's doll. She is the perfect size for Hitomi! In comparison, Mariela appears to be an SD doll for Hitomi. I absolutely love her darling small size! Mariela is the same size as a Fairyland Pukipuki or a Chelsea Barbie doll. It is very easy to find toys, furniture, clothes and other small scale props for her.
What doll are you interested in? Is there a particular aesthetic you would like to have? Is there a particular company or sculpt that interests you? What options would you like for your doll?
These are all important questions that I have asked myself when I wanted to purchase my first doll. There were a few particular aspects that I wanted my doll to have. Firstly, I wanted a specific look. The best way that I am able to explain my preferred type of doll would be that I want my dolls to look like Square Enix characters. I love how Square Enix is able to make characters that have exaggerated attributes in addition to realistic aspects. The most important characteristic for me is for my dolls to have a natural nose. One of my favorite things about Obitsu dolls is that you can choose between a doll head sculpt with a natural nose or one with an animated anime-type aesthetic.
My goal was to also find a doll that was not made out of resin. Resin dolls always have a fantastic glow that cannot be mimicked by other materials and is quite sturdy in construction. While hard resin is an amazing material to cast doll molds from, it tends to yellow over time due to UV. While all plastics will yellow over time, this aged process is less noticeable with the vinyl material. I really wanted a doll that I would be able to put on display and take outside for multiple photo shoots.
Additionally, I wanted a doll that was inexpensive. Since Obitsu dolls are made out of vinyl and hard plastic, they are less expensive than many ball-jointed-dolls. This was perfect for a new doll owner! If you would like to learn more about Obitsu and the 50 cm doll, I would highly recommend AenvaBDJ's part one and part two review on this particular doll from The Junky Spot. Asenva goes in depth about Obitsu dolls, the measurements of the 50 cm doll, the overall body sculpt and other helpful doll information! This is the review that compelled me to purchase this doll myself.
I ordered both of my Obitsu dolls and their additional attributes through Parabox. Parabox is an online shop that sells everything you need for your Obitsu dolls. Parabox offers everything you need to create your doll, from wigs and eyes to a complete full set doll! They also offer doll services.
I purchased the following items for Hitomi through Parabox:
For my initial order for Hitomi, I bought her full body, her alternate head, a set of the high-heeled feet and a set of two additional hand positions. The price, with shipping, was ¥29,500 or $266. Wow!
I purchased the following items for Mariela through Parabox:
For Mariela's initial order, I purchased her body, head, eyes and accessories for ¥4,900 or $44.29.
I ordered from Parabox because, not only do they have anything that you could possibly want, at the time the items I wanted for my doll were less expensive to order direct from Parabox. The Junky Spot is a great resource for US clients to purchase ball-jointed-dolls, accessories and Obitsu dolls, but it actually cost less for me to order from Parabox with international shipping than to purchase my dolls through The Junky Spot. Crazy, I know! If you can save any money in a hobby, you will do it. Additionally, my item arrived quite quickly, despite the items arrival from overseas. I am very happy with each order that I have conducted through Parabox, and I will continue to buy items from them.
When both Hitomi and Mariela arrived, they were completely blank. The best way to make a doll unique is to give your doll a face-up. A face up is basically the makeup of the doll. Both of my dolls have their face ups by TheKawaiiPhoenix on Etsy. Her name is Lauren. Lauren is a fantastic doll face up artist. For Hitomi, Lauren was able to make her resemble my favorite Lolita model Midori Fukasawa. The face up is the perfect natural look that compliments her Lolita fashion style. From freckles to scars, the face of your doll is the most defining feature of your doll. Face ups range from $20 to $150, depending on your artist. Lauren is wonderful because she is extremely talented, yet affordable. I have commissioned her a total of three times, and each time I have been overwhelmingly satisfied with her work. Her most recent fantasy commissions are especially lovely!
Since the parts of an Obitsu are so inexpensive, you have more freedom to try and experiment with different attributes. I myself plan to purchase additional Misha heads for Hitomi and give each head a different look. I would love to have a Gothic Lolita style for Hitomi, as well as an OTT Sweet, look!
Obitsu dolls have a great range custom pieces! Obitsu dolls have multiple choices for bust sizes, hands, feet and fantasy parts. Hitomi has a set of alternate hands and the flat and high-heeled feet. The hands are extremely easy to change. You simply need to heat the original hand under a hair dryer for 15-20 seconds and slip the vinyl hand piece from the hard plastic internal skeleton. You can then attach the new hand position if you snap the new hand to the hard plastic piece.
The ease to change the magnetic flat feet to the high-heeled feet is incredible! The feet screw into the bottom of the Obitsu body. You can simply unscrew the foot from the base, and then replace it with the new high-heeled foot. I love the fact that Hitomi can wear high-heels so simply!
Wigs and eyes for Obitsu dolls are especially easy to find. Virtually every doll shop offers a wide range of eye and wig sizes. The 50 cm Obitsu takes 7-8 inch wigs, and 14-16 mm eyes. Hitomi's eyes are from Mako Eyes and are the 14 mm size. Hitomi's wigs are from LeekeWorld. Mariela takes 4.5-inch wigs and 8-10 mm eyes. Mariela's eyes are from eBay, and her wigs are from Fatiao on Etsy.
If you purchase a standard Obitsu size, such as an MSD and SD, it is very easy to find clothes and shoes for your dolls. There are more shops that carry shoes and clothes than you could possibly imagine! The 50 cm doll is a bit tricky to find clothes for. Azone International is a great brand that makes clothes specifically for the 50 cm Obitsu doll. Parabox also has clothes to fit this doll size. You can occasionally find clothes for the VMF dolls or Dollfie Dream Sister clothes, which have virtually the same measurements. I often find that MSD sized items fit the 50 cm Obitsu very well! Most of Hitomi's wardrobe is made up of the 1/4 scale items. The only items that are MSD that do not tend to fit are 1/4 scale socks, pants, leggings, tights or other similar items. This is mainly due to the fact that the 50 cm doll is 5 cm to 10 cm taller than a traditional MSD. Unless you want jeans that appear to be capris, it would be best to purchase leg items that have been made specifically for the 50 cm doll.
Mariela can wear clothes for a Barbie Chelsea. I also find that many PukiPuki items and Lati White items tend to fit well. There are a lot of shops on Taobao that offer clothes for the 11 cm Obitsu. Many times people create a hybrid of a Good Smile Company Nendoroid and an Obitsu so they are able to change the character's clothes, and I can often get great Taobao shop referrals from the owners.
Since vinyl is a pore based plastic, the material tends to latch onto things. If you are not prepared, your doll can absorb the dark dye from these items which can result in some rather unsightly dark blemishes. You need to protect your doll from dark clothes, accessories and dark wig bases. To protect your doll, you can purchase doll wig caps and body socks. These items are made from a stretchy knit material and protect the soft vinyl parts of your doll from the dark dye.
There are numerous tutorials in order to reverse the stains. I have not needed to use any of these methods for my dolls because I am extremely careful to make sure that my girls are protected.
Your dolls will inevitability gather dust and dirt. If you use a plain magic eraser, you will be able to remove any undesired dirt from the surface of your doll. I give my girls a bath with a magic eraser about once every two weeks and just add a dab of water to the sponge. Many doll shops will send you the perfect small size magic eraser as a thank you for your purchase free gift!
Warning: Do not use this cleaning method on your doll's face up or body blush.
It will remove or distort your doll's face up, customized painted attributes or you doll's body blush!
side. Hitomi adores her little fairy Mariela, and Hitomi often makes clothes and other adorable accessories for her. You are able to learn more about Hitomi and Mariela on their doll pages!
and there you go! Now you know more about the doll that sits on my shelf. I hope that this overview was fun and informative! What did you personally learn about Obitsu dolls? Were you surprised at any of my answers? If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact me as you have done. I respond rather quickly and would love to help you in any way that I can.
This is the account of one young woman and her passion for Lolita Fashion.