I think the general consensus in the BJD world is that Fairyland dolls have some of the best posable bodies on the market. They seem to have more joints and be more flexible than a lot of other companies.
The only Fairyland dolls that I own so far are my Pukifees – what was only going to be Luna (the very first Pukifee I ordered who is probably still about 3 months away) has turned into a whole family of these little guys and I’m definitely looking to add a Tan Vanilla, Tan Flora and possibly Natural Skin Flora to my collection.
Anyway this is all off the topic!
Personally I am not the biggest fan of the Pukifee body. While I do agree that it is highly posable and looks great, I find it comparatively difficult to balance and pose. All my Pukifees are strung quite tightly and their legs tend to try and ‘kick’ at every opportunity! I find their little heads also want to lock into a couple of specific positions, namely, looking down or looking way up and getting them to hold a particular head position can be difficult.
I have NO IDEA how people manage to get these amazing poses for their Pukifees when I can barely get mine to stand! My next step is to buy a sheet of metal, hopefully with their feet magnets they will be able to balance better and maybe even try some crazy poses!
Ok slightly off topic again, back to the comparison…
AQ16 Winnie, as usual, stands like a pro. You can pretty much just pop her down and she will stay perfectly balanced. On the other hand it has always been a trial to get Ante to stand, while she is easily balanced she always looks like she’s slouching and leaning off to one side and to date I have not been able to get a single one of my Pukifees to stand up straight. These girls have terrible posture!
Even with sitting Winnie does it just a little bit better. She again looks more solid and sturdy while Ante requires a bit of head juggling to stop her falling backwards. She does look more natural sitting down though and her legs close a lot more.
Poor Ante looks a little like those evolution photos you see with the neanderthal learning to walk upright, maybe I don’t have her knees fully straightened out?
I also prefer the way Winnie’s neck fits into her head very neatly rather than the gap you can see in Ante’s neck joint. On the other hand Ante has a much better range of movement in her head so it’s a little bit of give and take.
You can see here just how far back Winnie is leaning to get into a kneeling position. I have no idea why or how Ante also ended up leaning this far back but rest assured she can hold herself up more too.
So in summary I really really like the AQ16 tinies! They are a fantastic price for what you get and I can’t wait for them to release more sculpts. Oh and they deliver within a reasonable time frame which gives them a BIG tick from me 🙂
Now don’t get me wrong, I really LOVE my pukifees – Ante and Mio are very very high up their on my list of favourite dolls and I do really like their bodies. I like that they can sit really naturally on a chair/couch and I like that they have the larger range of movement. None of my other dolls can get close to looking as natural posing as the Pukifees can manage:
I’m just not fully convinced that they are as great as they are hyped up to be! What I really want is the chance to compare them to the Luts Tiny Delfs – the one main tiny bjd that is missing from my collection! I mean it IS in the name of research after all…