Cu-Poche dolls are made of PVC and ABS. Mine have fabric clothes; some have vinyl clothes. There are generic figures, characters from popular Japanese entertainment, and a handful of fairytale characters. The two I chose are Little Red Riding Hood and Cinderella. Here they are inside their boxes. I like how the front of Cinderella's box looks like a coach.
|We'll talk more about this stand at the end.|
There are also magnets in the bottom of their shoes. As you can see, these dolls have a LOT of joints. Mine came with molded-on underclothes. Little Red's are yellow; Cinderella's are white. I'm not sure if all dolls come like this, especially the ones who don't have fabric clothes.
|Do I look scary?|
|Do you like my shoes?|
Nenderoid dolls by Good Smile Company. The two lines are very, very, very alike. In the end, I preferred the Cu-Poche dolls just from an appearance perspective, so I decided to buy those.
Some of you will also see a similarity to Azone's Little Fairies, or I suppose any doll that uses the Azone Picco Neemo doll body. I don't know if they are meant to be chibi per se, but they do have that same sense of being a small, cute little character.
Now that Little Red Riding Hood and Cinderella are home, I'm very happy with my choice to buy these two. Being collectible dolls, they weren't cheap. Little Red was about $55 USD, and Cinderella about $52 USD. However, both dolls are sturdy, have several cute accessories, and have their stands. Plus, their clothes are very well made and finished. So far, I've only found two flaws.:
1. Cinderella's dress. It doesn't want to stay closed in the back, so it doesn't fit on her properly. I can mess around a little with the dress and see if I can get it to fit better. It doesn't affect how I feel about the doll, though. What's super annoying is:
2. Their heads fall off easily. I appreciate that you don't have to worry about breaking a doll joint when you remove a doll part; they slide apart easily. However, that also means that sometimes the parts fall off when you don't want them too, especially that oversized head. Clunk!
This is a style of doll I've never gotten into before, but I think I'm going to enjoy having these dolls in my collection. I might buy some more in the future, and they also make separate clothing and shoe sets! Do you like chibis? Are there other dolls with an Asian aesthetic that you enjoy?