Recast ABJD – A Year Later – Would I Still Recommend Purchasing Recast?

I shared my decision to purchase my first recast BJD, about 14 months ago now. I wrote a very in depth, as neutral as I could manage, post about the pros and cons of buying Recast ABJD which you can read here.

A year has passed now since my first recast dolls arrived, and I have bought many other Recast BJD since then.

 

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My new #recastbjd #recastminifee #minifeesarang #minifee #sarang #recastfriendly #abjd #bjd #doll from #chinabjd.

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I make all of my recast purchases from Chinabjd on Aliexpress and would recommend them to anyone looking to own a recast ABJD.

I have over 20 legit dolls, and a handful (but rapidly increasing amount) of recasts, mostly fairyland minifees (although I own some legit minifees too).

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When I first wrote my lengthy informative piece about Pros and Cons of Recast ABJD, it was mostly just research and not much first hand experience. So I thought I’d follow it up with a new post, a year later, to see how my own personal experiences went in regards to owning a recast.

All photos sprinkled in here are of my recast dolls except at the end I share another alternative that is not recast, but can help you save money, and I actually prefer that over recast, but you’ll have to stay til the end to see that :).

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1.) Was I Bullied About My Decision To Purchase Recast?

The answer surprisingly is no… I was pretty open about my decision, on social media, on my blog here, tagging my photos appropriately and even putting it right in my instagram profile description. Maybe a more accurate answer may be “I don’t know” They may be talking trash about me or my dolls in certain places, I just avoid those places. I only had one negative social media comment, and it wasn’t anywhere close to bullying, just a differing opinion. Even if someone replied here directly to bully me and/or point out others who were writing things, I would just choose to ignore (and or politely reply if it was a direct comment on my articles here). I have gotten a lot of nice comments, likes, even shares, of my dolls, recast, legit, makes no difference it seems. I’m still friends with many of the same offline people I met in the doll hobby.

 

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My #recastbjd #recastminifee #minifeeMio arrived today. Purchased from Chinabjd. Custom faceup per my makeup request photos. This is Option D. I’m showing it next to Chinabjd normal skin Rena with custom faceup. It’s a very light Tan all of these photos are without flash. Very true to real. No filters or editing. I bought some different eyes but she looks so good brown eyed and the eye pattern seems different than previous Chinabjd dolls I’ve purchased these eyes are pretty nice. The option D color with brown eyes and brown wig give her a nice Latina look. Very cute and natural. I’m waiting on some clothes I have ordered. She’s borrowing a much too big body suit from one of my SD girls just for photos. Rena was my favorite doll ever since she arrived about a year ago but I think Mio is my new favorite! Very happy with this purchase and all my other Chinabjd purchases. #bjd #dolls #dollfairyland #dollphotography #bjdphotography #kawaii #cute #toys

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2.) Am I happy with my recast purchase(s)?

Absolutely, to me, there’s little to no difference in quality looking at various different aspects including but not limited to, resin quality, stability, pose-ability, faceup (I even prefer that I can get an affordable custom faceup instead of paying same price for the company default faceups). For the price, the value of the product is almost identical. Ethics aside.

 

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My #recastbjd #recastminifee #minifeeMio arrived today. Purchased from Chinabjd. Custom faceup per my makeup request photos. This is Option D. I’m showing it next to Chinabjd normal skin Rena with custom faceup. It’s a very light Tan all of these photos are without flash. Very true to real. No filters or editing. I bought some different eyes but she looks so good brown eyed and the eye pattern seems different than previous Chinabjd dolls I’ve purchased these eyes are pretty nice. The option D color with brown eyes and brown wig give her a nice Latina look. Very cute and natural. I’m waiting on some clothes I have ordered. She’s borrowing a much too big body suit from one of my SD girls just for photos. Rena was my favorite doll ever since she arrived about a year ago but I think Mio is my new favorite! Very happy with this purchase and all my other Chinabjd purchases. #bjd #dolls #dollfairyland #dollphotography #bjdphotography #kawaii #cute #toys

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3.) Do I feel guilty about my purchase(s)?

No, it might be selfish of me, but I honestly don’t. Your mileage may vary, maybe you’re a more ethical person than me, and that’s fine. I’m just being very candid and honest here in this post. To me it’s no different than buying a knockoff purse, watch, luggage, or any other cheap imitation item.

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4.) Will I Still Buy Legit Dolls?

Yes, there are several legit dolls I want to purchase that have not been recast yet, and I anticipate that to continue to be the case as new dolls are released all the time.

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5.) Do I Prefer Legit Or Recast More?

In the past 2 years I’ve only bought recast (aside from some legit heads), and if the doll I really want is available recast, I would buy recast 9 times out of 10. It comes down to again, the quality in all aspects being nearly identical to the original, and not caring about the ethical issues of owning a recast. This is a personal decision and not everyone will agree, but for me, that’s how I feel, why pay $800 for something I can get a very close imitation of for about a tenth of that cost. – I know there are plenty of reasons to purchase legit, including not limited to supporting the companies and artists so they can continue to design new dolls, and to save for the doll you really want if it has not been recast. Being able to share the doll in certain pro-artist communities, taking it with you to conventions, meetups, etc. But there are an ever growing number of recast friendly doll communities online, and off too.

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6.) Will you continue to purchase more recast dolls?

Probably yes, but not for awhile. There are some other dolls (and other non doll purchases) that i want to focus on first. As far as dolls go – my latest favorite trick to save money is to buy Dream Fairy Doll bodies which are a PERFECT fit for Dollfie Dream heads. You can get a Dream Fairy Doll complete fullset doll for $50, and an unpainted Dollfie Dream head for $40 – making it a Dollfie Dream / Dream Fairy hybrid doll for under $100. I like buying custom Dollfie Dream heads on Buyee, a yahoo Japan Auction Bidding service. I only successfully won one auction so far, but am happy with my purchase. Here are some pictures of my girl. I also have some pictures of the body with an (ugly) self-painted blank head I tried to paint myself in this blog post.

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She is easily my favorite doll, and cost about the same as a recast. – From my research and what others have told me, she is not a recast, because she is made out of ABS, not resin, and is basically just a cheap “Obitsu” like doll.

My next several doll purchases will likely be hybrid Dream Fairy (body) and Dollfie Dream (head) dolls. I highly recommend this combo, as a way to support artists AND save money on dolls, it’s a WIN-WIN.

Here are the pictures of my Dollfie Dream Hybrid Girl. She is a DDH-02 on Dream Fairy Body. More pictures of her, and my other dolls, can be found on my instagram @Xenokitten

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Dream Fairy Dolls – A Cheap Body For Dollfie Dream Doll Heads

Around Christmas time I bought myself a “Dream Fairy Doll” on Aliexpress – At the time it was on sale, $59.99 for fullset. I bought it mostly for the outfit as I didn’t care that much for the face. But I figured the outfit alone was worth $59.99 and free shipping.

Dream Fairy Doll Elena
Dream Fairy Doll Elena

She comes with a faceup, shoes, socks, underwear, dress, accessories, 2 pairs of hands, rooted hair head (not a wig sadly), eyes, and even a painted manicure on one set of her hands. And she’s huge at 62 cm.

She was packaged very nicely and the doll and her dress are high quality.

Dream Fairy Doll Elena
Dream Fairy Doll Elena

From my understanding, and what other people have told me, Dream Fairy Dolls are not Recast, they are a cheap ABS doll similar to Hujoo but cheaper. I don’t really care if it is recast because I’m pro recast or recast friendly, but I know a lot of people are pro artist / anti-recast. So they should know that (from what I understand) Dream Fairy is not a recast which makes it a good solution for a cheap doll body for anyone regardless of where you stand on the recast debate.

It is no longer on sale, and now ranges $89-$100 for a full set, or you can get just the body for around $35. I would recommend waiting for a sale. Aliexpress has sales pretty frequently. I’m betting some dolls will go on sale in a few weeks for Valentine’s Day or in a few months again for Easter. $100 is still pretty cheap for a fullset non-recast doll. But they have sales like super often. By time you read this it may be on sale again.

The following URLs can help you find Dream Fairy Dolls – or you can do a search for Dream Fairy 1/3 in dolls on Aliexpress.

Here is a link to the doll I purchased on Aliexpress:

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/DBS-1-3-BJD-Blyth-doll-Name-by-Elena-mechanical-joint-Body-With-makeup-Including/32960394775.html

There are numerous different styles of Dream Fairy Fullsets – here are a few more:

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Dream-Fairy-1-3-bjd-doll-62cm-pig-girl-doll-with-outfit-shoes-headwear-cute-doll/32964273604.html

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1-3-BJD-Blyth-Doll-Mechanical-Seal-Body-With-Makeup-Including-Hair-Eyes-Clothes-62cm-Height/32964741370.html

What I noticed though is perhaps the best / most exciting part about these dolls. While browsing facebook, I came across someone selling a dollfie dream body and I noticed that the neck piece looked similar to my Dream Fairy neck piece.

This got me thinking… Could a Volks Dollfie Dream head fit on my Dream Fairy Doll Body? I decided to try a little experiment… And discovered that yes, it fits without needing any kind of attachment.

Note: Some dolls that are listed as “Dream Fairy” are not Dream Fairy – you have to be careful to read the descriptions fully – for example, icy dolls and Dairy Queen / Diary Queen dolls are often listed as Dream Fairy and they have different neck pieces. When in doubt look for the one in my blog post in the pink dress with yellow hair. It for sure has the right neck piece as of time of this blog posting. Of course manufacturers sometimes make changes to their designs if parts/prices change in the future to maximize their profits or improve their dolls.

Dream Fairy Body Dollfie Dream Head Hybrid
Dream Fairy Body Dollfie Dream Head Hybrid

For my experiment, I bought the DDH10 head from www.VolksUSA.com – Blank heads are available for around $40. So for under $95 you can basically have a Dollfie Dream. The Dream Fairy doll body probably isn’t as flexible, good at posing, or as stable/sturdy as a Dollfie Dream, but for $59, when the Dollfie Dream is about $400 for a body – the Dream Fairy Doll presents a good option for those who can’t afford a Dollfie Dream.

Dollfie Dream DDH10 Hybrid
Dollfie Dream DDH10 Hybrid

It is not a good color match, the head I bought was a DDH10 Semiwhite. I wonder if just white would have been better.

Also I am a super bad faceup artist – sorry for my amateur work.

And I couldn’t find my MSC Mr. Superclear – I used a can of krylon topcoat that my grandma had… Don’t ever use it on dolls – in my opinion it dries sticky – Even a week later, and I did stand back and only use short quick sprays – and due to the stickyness – it picks up hairs and dirt. And I think it has a slightly yellow hue. If you look at the back of my head with the neck/body the color match isn’t as bad.

Dollfie Dream DDH10 and Dream Fairy Resin Vinyl ABS Skin Match Skin Color Color Match Semiwhite Semi-white
Dollfie Dream DDH10 and Dream Fairy Resin Vinyl ABS Skin Match Skin Color Color Match Semiwhite Semi-white

The color match is worse with the flash of your camera… (FYI Flash was on in the picture above showing back of head – and it’s STILL not THAT bad – so I think a lot of the yellowness is from the krylon I used for the sealant.) Here are some more photos with and without flash. You’ll see the yellow hue I mention below.

Dollfie Dream DDH10 Semiwhite on White Dream Fairy Body - No Flash
Dollfie Dream DDH10 Semiwhite on White Dream Fairy Body – No Flash
Dollfie Dream DDH10 Semiwhite on White Dream Fairy Body - With Flash
Dollfie Dream DDH10 Semiwhite on White Dream Fairy Body – With Flash
Dollfie Dream DDH10 Semiwhite on White Dream Fairy Body - With Flash
Dollfie Dream DDH10 Semiwhite on White Dream Fairy Body – With Flash
Dollfie Dream DDH10 Semiwhite on White Dream Fairy Body - No Flash
Dollfie Dream DDH10 Semiwhite on White Dream Fairy Body – No Flash

Anyways, having seen that my experiment in creating a hybrid was a success aside from my awful faceup skills, I bought a custom DDH2 head from Buyee.jp and waiting on it to arrive. They are a proxy bidding service for Y! Auctions Japan, Yahoo Japanese auctions.

Buyee and Yahoo Japanese Auctions
Buyee and Yahoo Japanese Auctions

Even with the proxy fees and international shipping, it was cheaper than I could find any second hand or custom dollfie heads for in the states. I paid about the equivalent of $108 for the head + insurance/package inspection (could have saved about 6 dollars without the insurance, but it was worth the peace of mind, because if there is a problem, the proxy can communicate with the seller in Japanese to resolve any issues).

The proxy just received my package today, with no issues, and I paid about $20 for shipping and handling – cheaper options existed but this one was reasonably priced and said it will arrive in 2-4 days.

Buyee and Yahoo Japanese Auctions
Buyee and Yahoo Japanese Auctions

So I paid about $130 for the head + shipping + insurance + tracking — which isn’t bad. If you look on Etsy and Facebook and elsewhere rarely do you see a custom head going for that cheap. Most of the custom heads that I see on Etsy are $200+. Especially if they’ve been heavily modded like mine to have mouth parts or sanding/reshaped.

Buyee and Yahoo Japanese Auctions
Buyee and Yahoo Japanese Auctions

I will use Buyee again in the future. Also for those wondering, someone told me that the auction was from a popular Japanese instagram faceup artist named doll a holic. Some of you may want to check out their instagram here. https://www.instagram.com/doll__a__holic/

So that’s how I am now the owner of 2 dollfie dream hybrids – I will eventually buy another dream fairy body for the other head – but until then they can easily share the one body. the head just squeezes/slides/wiggles over the neck attachment that looks kinda like a grooved pe— err p–iece of male anatomy 🙂 lol.

PS: someone on Instagram asked me if the hands are changeable – I believe the answer is yes. It came with an extra pair of hands which seem to be using a “peg” system. See photo of the extra hands below:

Dream Fairy Extra Hands
Dream Fairy Extra Hands

Will it work with Volks hands parts? I dunno – I am tempted to find out.. I believe it will work with this item which on one end has a long peg and the other end has a ball joint and “square” type attachment, and then you order extra hands that I assume slip over / snap onto the square like piece?

Dollfie Dream Internal Hand Frame
Dollfie Dream Internal Hand Frame

I may buy a few and try out this theory – I will update this once I know for sure if it will work, but looks like a strong possibility just from the photos. – They could probably be sanded or cut and/or lengthened/plumped with clay etc if the pegs are too thick or thin or too long or short.

There are a lot of cute hand attachments. The internal piece and all of the attachments can be purchased from Volks at the following page: https://volksusastore.com/webstores/dollfie/index.php?dispatch=categories.view&category_id=826

I hope you find this post helpful! If you decide to make your own hybrid after reading my post, it’d be great if you could come back and share a photo of your doll in my comments here 🙂 I’d love to see them!

I’ll be sharing some more pictures of my custom DDH2 once it arrives on Instagram. Follow me @xenokitten

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