My adorable Sseiren Dandy Jadu (limited edition) arrived recently thanks to a lovely fellow dolly collector and I thought I would post my first impressions first before going into a full review.
It’s really interesting how my opinion of her changed over a couple of days.
Sculpt – beautiful face, adorable delicate little nose with big eyes and a mostly neutral/maybe slightly smiley lips
Faceup – GORGEOUS eye makeup with very sweet shaped eyebrows (eyebrows are super important for me, they totally change the entire expression of the doll), nice long lashes and pretty rose lips but for some reason, the artist has decided to give her BRIGHT PINK splotches on her cheeks. I’m talking really bright, obvious pink splotches, like imagine a toddler got into her mother’s makeup and went crazy with blusher style.
Body – It feels light and cheap and is very pink. Looks similar to a Lati body but with an additional torso joint. I can’t get her legs to straighten at all so standing is difficult, her feet look…strange and her hands – OMG her hands! These are so bad they are almost scary, the wrist is super long and the entire hand is over-sized and not human looking. I would very much move her to a different body but her neck hole looks quite large so I don’t think it will be an easy switch and she is far pinker than both Lati’s and Pukifees.
Review (I’ve had her for about 5 days at this point)
Ok so my first impressions about her were not that great, I was pretty disappointed overall actually.
The strange thing is after handling her for a couple of days a lot of her negatives turned into positives…or at least neutrals. She started to really grow on me!
Her sculpt is still one of my favourite things about her – it’s just so adorable and I like how her expression is fairly neutral. Her heavy blusher is still bugging me though and I am seriously considering a new faceup for her but I just love the rest of her faceup and don’t want to risk changing it up too much.
The Dandy body was incredibly frustrating for me to begin with, having been use to the incredible posability of Pukifees and the nice balance of Lati’s it was very difficult to get use to something very different.
The body itself looks great, it’s very cute and well proportioned in my opinion. The pinky hue is actually very natural even if it is very difficult to find a skin tone match in other dolls.
While it definitely does not have the same ‘weight’ to it compared to my other girls, you don’t really notice it after the initial surprise.
I still have some difficulty getting her to stand and balance but I wasn’t expecting for the body to be actually very very posable, just in a very different way. After spending some more time with her I discovered that the Dandy arms can pull off natural looking poses that my other girls can’t get close to and even the over-sized hands started to look more normal to me.
Star Trek Fan?
I think the main problem I have with my Jadu are her leg joints – they are…interesting.
They don’t really click into place and just want to flick into a bent position. Which is really how I discovered that Dandy Jadu is fantastic at sitting…
and everything in between!
As you can see she can pose great as long as she’s not standing. She has a great range of movement in her arms and her torso and her head moves and stays in position beautifully (unlike some Pukifees I know!).
She is also incredibly cute.
I am too sweet to be offended by your first impressions
I am very very glad I gave her more of a chance, she’s actually a very beautiful doll in her own right. She is extremely photogenic and while she doesn’t quite fit in with my other girls, she has claimed a spot with my Pullips next to my computer.
While I probably wouldn’t buy another Dandy doll in the future I am so glad she is a part of my collection and the more I look at her the more adorable she becomes!