Hina? What's that??
Why the heck is there another Love Hina photo shoot ? Did Skyluv put out some new variants? Well, they did make a Naru in yellow towel not long ago, but that's not what's being featured here.
Instead, I finally managed to get hold of some cheap Compact Jenny dolls. Compact what, you ask?
dolls are the Japanese equivalent of Mattel's Barbie. The line took an
amazing step in doll evolution when the company, Takara, created the
PHOTOGENIC BODY: a soft, flexible body cast over an internal skeleton
which allowed literally unhinged poseability, free of joints, with an
anatomy that moved and bent almost like a real figure.
A sister line was created in a smaller scale (approximately 6"s) called Compact Doll. However, in spite of their small size they had a high price of about 1500yen and above each. Which is why I didn't buy any before. heh.
more recent attempts by companies like Jakk's, Dragon, Moby Dick and
Mattel to emulate this technology, Takara still holds top place in bendy
technology. However, Bandai's new TOKYO MEW MEW series of 5"
mini-dolls comes very close to the quality of these "Compact"
Jennies as well.
To come back to the original question, it may be known to some that these compact dolls are a pretty good match scale-wise with Skyluv's Love Hina figure series. I was aware of this for some years (having seen this guy's rather infamous page...be forewarned. If you thought this site was a little perverse this guy's got a blacker kettle than I), but it wasn't until I got my hands on some compact dolls did I realise how much expansion they can offer.
So why all the bother to do all this? How poseable are these Compact Jennies anyway? Do they look good in their underwear? How much fan service can a toy offer?
That's what the GALLERY section is
That said, onto THE GALLERIES:
17 / 02 / 2003