I finally have a Tiny Delf!
This has been a long time coming but my Tiny Delf Alice has finally arrived. She’s a gorgeous Real Brown Skin with the default Luts faceup and since she was purchased second hand so I don’t know if/how much she has yellowed over time.
While I really love the sweet, subtle Luts makeup she does has a tiny chip in her eyeshadow which is slowly driving me insane – thankfully her wig is covering it up for now.
L-R: Pukifee Tan, Lati Yellow Light Tan, Luts Real Skin Brown, AQ16 Real Skin Brown
These are the different shades of tan that I have in my collection – my favourite is still the Lati Yellow Light Tan which looks a little yellow in this picture but I think is a very realistic representation of a golden sun tan in real life. The Luts and AQ tans are also very nice although they tend towards the cooler browns than the golden Lati tan, I think I prefer the Luts tan slightly more than the AQ.
The Pukifee/Fairyland Tan is a different story – I think while it photographs beautifully in real life it comes across slightly grey and mauve-ish and lacks the warmth of the other companies. It’s probably more of a natural skin colour than a colour achieved by a sun tan if that makes sense!
You can also see here that Tiny Delfs are pretty much identical in size to a Lati Yellow however her head is a bit bigger – or at least her forehead area. This means that all my silicone wig caps don’t come close to fitting her – except the actual Luts ones (makes sense!). I also found her head cap very loose though it is held on by a magnet, it’s very easily removed even if most of the time that’s not on purpose.The general consensus in the BJD community is that the tiny delf body is great and has great posability – closer to that of a Pukifee than a Lati Yellow. She definitely stands very solidly and I have no worries of her falling over. In fact while trying to get the four dolls to line up in a row for the photo above I gained a new respect for the Tiny Delf and her ability to stand up! My Lati Yellow just did not want to stand – even with shoes on – her knees would buckle and she would topple over, this is surprising since my other Latis have been quite good so I’m chalking this one up to loose stringing?
The one problem I have with Alice and probably Tiny Delfs in general are her arms. I hate them with a passion.
Keep in mind that my doll is second hand and might just be really loose but I find her arm/shoulder joints seriously problematic. They pop out of their joints way too easily and end up looking deformed most of the time.
Straight, perfectly aligned arm
Her arm looks broken…
Opps joint popped out again!
Very unnatural elbow…
Now I don’t know if it’s just me but I am struggling to get these arms into any sort of natural position. I would love to hear from anyone who has a Tiny Delf who has worked out how to pose these little guys!
My second problem is with her shoulders – I can’t get them down enough to have her arms by her side without it looking like I completely dislocated her shoulders, what am I doing wrong!?
This is about as far as I can get her arms to go down by her side while still looking ‘natural’
Now besides from the arms I find the Tiny Delf body to be at least as a good, if not better than a Lati Yellow (well definitely better in the standing department!). Besides the additional chest joint they are pretty similar from the waist down, Alice can sit nicely and her legs/hips can lock into a series of different positions easily.
She also has really nice and chubby little hands! I think these are adorable and quite realistic.
So while I think Alice is very cute and I’m happy to have a Luts doll in my collection, I don’t know if Tiny Delfs are my cup of tea – thankfully this means I won’t need to bring home anymore!
She definitely has a certain charm though…