Bipolar Depression And Prozac, With all the buzz around Mikhaila/Puns, I started thinking about other 'big' cases of inspiration or copying. I realized that there's not really any one listing of the big stories! So here it is. It's pretty freaking interesting. Any tiny pics link to full-sized images.
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The earliest bootlegs that most people can remember were the Forever Dolls, which were so surprising that some English-speaking doll enthusiasts actually purchased them on Y!J in good faith. The dolls, whcih were cast of powdery, brittle resin, were actually painted a fleshtone color! The dolls broke easily and were generally terrible, toxic-smelling bootlegs. I looked for pictures to post, but it seems that the internet has lost them after all this time! If anyone has pics I can use to update my post, let me know! I'll be dipped if I actually remember the year. I think it was pre-2004.
(2004 - same size) CP/LUTS Delf Ari (right) was accused of being a recast of Volks Nono (left). LUTS pulled the sculpt voluntarily, but Ari Wink (a version with a smiling mouth and winking eyes) remained available on the site for awhile, until it eventually was sold out and not restocked. I've seen both Ari and Nono in person and I would definitely believe that Ari was heavily inspired, but I don't think it was recast.
This was around the time that Volks also took Customhouse to task for their 60cm Ai boy body, which they felt was uncomfortably similar to the Volks SD13 boy body. I can't find any pics of this body to make a comparison photo, Bipolar Depression And Prozac.
(2004 - same size) Bimong's Narin (right) was accused of being a heavily inspired copy of Gentaro Araki's Unoa boy. Similar allegations and photo comparisons have been made for Narae/Unoa girl, down to similarities in the hand posing. The original Narin dolls had an eye mechanism like Unoa, which was later removed (some say due to the scrutiny) and some said that the mech hole remained so you could put potpourri in the doll's head. I kid you not! This was a big deal at the time because Unoa was the only mature mini, so the inspiration was very noticable. 30mg Bipolar Depression And Prozac,
(2004/2005. - same size) Ocean Moon released Shou-Ryu, an artist-head. Many people cried foul (particularly in Asia) and said it was a copy of Volks Chris/Lucas. Ocean Moon disappeared for awhile, but came back and made a formal statement that it was not a copy, then went on to produce other dolls. The Western community believed for a long time that it was a copy, but looking at the pics now it seems so... obviously not. At this point, time and Ocean Moon's relative obscurity have mostly erased this one. (In photo, Volks Chris is on the left, Ocean Moon Sho-ryu is on the right).
Bipolar Depression And Prozac, (2004/2005 - same size) A Korean artist by the name of Kanon released 20 each of two heads, Yui (smiling version) and Louis (neutral/moody version). Public outcry was that it was a recast of Volks Lucas. Kanon seems to have vanished and not returned. (As an aside, I own the both a Lucas and a Yui and there is little resemblence in real life.) In the photos, Lucas (well, Chris, actually) is on the left and Yui is on the right.
(2005. - same size) Soom released their Gem body. Many people were uncomfortable with the similarity in the low-waist jointing and body line as they were unique to LUTS Delf at that time. (Other boy bodies were in the Volks mode of soft and solid, rather than willowy). In owner pictures, it was easy to confuse which body was in use, with the exception that the old Soom body didn't pose as well due to engineering and lacking Delf's unique joint shims. No formal accusations were ever made and people happily bought the Soom body. (Photo shows Delf on the left and Soom Gem on the right).
(2005 - same size) Dollzone hit the scene with their first 4 kitbashed mini dolls composed of modified (and sometimes unmodified) combinations of different minis that were on the market at that time. The most obvious bootleg was a recast of LUTS Kid Delf Woori (shown on the top right).., Bipolar Depression And Prozac. I believe it was named Lyn (top left). Several of the other dolls were suspected of being modified recasts (Volks Ken on the bottom left, Dollzone... Nina, I think, Bipolar Depression And Prozac canada, on the bottom right).
(2006 - same size) Dollshe Craft accused Dollmore of modifying and recasting the popular Hound body as the Dollmore Model male. Dollmore denied the allegations, but Dollshe made several very damning overlays that included everything from swapping the pieces from the Dollmore Model to showing toolmarks that were identical on the insides of various pieces. This was also noticeable because at the time, Dollshe was the only maker of 70cm boy bodies and the only maker of bodies in this long, lanky body aesthetic. Several owners of the newly released Dollmore Model boy refused to post pictures of the insides of their dolls, so the only comparative pics we had were from Dollshe. Dollshe said he was going to take Dollmore to court (and to my knowledge, he did), but either the court did not side with Dollshe or the case is ongoing. The western world doesn't know. Bipolar Depression And Prozac, EDIT: According to some posting on DoA from 2007, Dollmore and Dollshe both called in outside engineers to examine both bodies and determined that Dollmore was not creating a copy. The issue is at a standstill as Dollshe doesn't want to get sued for libel and Dollmore wants a public apology for the accusation.
(2006 - different sizes, 67cm and 70cm) Dollzone released a 70cm body that many people suspected was made in whole or in part of recast pieces from Volks SD16. Others thought it was just heavily inspired by the SD16. Pictures could be found on the Dollzone website showing the dolls side-by-side, showing that they did have an SD16 in their possession. Around that time, Volks made a nebulous "Don't buy copies message" but did not specifically mention Dollzone; Dollzone also posted a message that did not state that their work was original, but that it was not illegal. This was also interesting in that Volks was the only company making a beefy boy body.
(2006-present, all sizes) Lolidoll appears on Taobao, selling direct recasts of Volks School A and LUTS Chiwoo. Over the following years, Lolidoll would become so bold as to offer to do group orders by acquiring specific dolls to bootleg if demand was high enough. In 2010, Lolidoll also began produced bootleg headplates to make Volks bootlegs seem extra-special legit. (All of these photos show counterfeit items)
(2007 - same size) Another case of direct recasting was Phantom's Korat, a doll with an original head but a Happydoll Body and Cerberus Project hands. When asked, Phantom swore that the body was her own work.
(2007 - same size) Soom released their Teenie/Teeny Gem. People receiving the dolls were uncomfortable with their similarity to Volks YoSD and the community wondered if they were recast. YoSD-style dolls were fairly uncommon at this point, so it didn't seem coincidence. 100mg Bipolar Depression And Prozac, Two members who owned the dolls met in person and took photos that showed that while the dolls were heavily inspired, they did not appear to be recast. The community outrage at the time was high when they were thought to be bootlegged, but most everyone moved on when they were just deemed "heavily inspired by." (In the photoshop comparisons, the doll on the left is Soom Teeny Gem, right is Volks YoSD. In the owner pics, the doll on the left is Volks YoSD and the doll on the right is Teeny Gem).
(2008 - different size 67cm and 70cm) Rickydoll Helios (left) and Volks SD17 body (right). Many members felt that Ricky's new large body was derivative of Volks SD17 Reisner's body, but the community response was mixed. The doll was not hugely popular, so there was little community reaction. Again, as in other cases, this was a "new" body shape still, so it seemed very unusual for the resemblance to be a coincidence, Bipolar Depression And Prozac.
(2008 - same size, but...) This was more a case of copying a concept and some ad copy, for the dolls were entirely different. Members noticed that AoD Jurgis was remarkably similar to Soom Io's promo photos. Soom came first. ;) The community regarded this as more humorous than anything else.
(2009) Ashton Drake releases Delilah Noir, an MSD-sized vinyl doll bearing striking resemblances to Narin Narae. Hobbyists who are fans of both the BJD and fashion world claim that the doll is at least partly a recast. Dollfair/Narin did not call the doll a copy, but stated that they had not collaborated with AD. Because the doll is vinyl and therefore off-topic for DoA, most BJD enthusiasts never heard of her.
(2009 - approximately the same size) Infinitidoll's SID body met the same criticism. Infinitidoll provided work-in-progress pictures of both their SID body and their tiny, Cori (which has also been accused of being a copy of Volks YoSD Megu). In the pictures, first picture shows SD17 (left) and SID body (right), the second shows YoSD Megu (left) and UID Cori (right). The community response was initially very heated, but work-in-progress pics showing that the doll was sculpted from scratch quelled most complaints.
Bipolar Depression And Prozac, (2009) "Lunadoll" and several eBay sellers begin selling a bizarre doll that is a modified recast of a Volks Lucas with an AOD body (male or female). These are rather widespread for a bit and catch a lot of new and optimistic members. The dolls are poor quality with bubbles and a strong, toxic smell. One member is able to return the doll to the seller for a refund; others don't bother.
(2009 - different sizes. 60+ cm and 45cm) This was another case where it wasn't a bootleg, but the community felt that a company had gotten a little too inspired by another company's fullset concept. Angelheim released Luka and Ciel in fullsets resembling Soom's MDs (second pic, Bipolar Depression And Prozac australia, shown left to right: Lukas, Soom Io, and Soom Chrom) and LUTS' recently released Abaddon of the Judgement (first pic, LUTS on left and Angelheim on right). It probably wouldn't have received much attention, but they were both released at the same time. Some in the community thought it was funny, others thought it tacky, and others still went out and bought them.
(2009, same size) B&G released Elf Nailo and the community first suspects him of being a recast of LUTS Yder. This concern is put aside on more research and members figure that the doll was just heavily inspired.
(2010 - same size) NDoll released Louis. No major accusations have been made, but a good handful of people cite this head as a case of heavy inspiration from Volks Lucas. (Louis on the left, Lucas on the right).
(2010 - same size between Unoss and Iris, Unon is taller) Everpurple releases Iris, a 58cm girl with body lines similar to Volks/Alchemic Lab Unoss and Alchemic Lab Unon and some facial similarities. The second version of the body, released by Everpurple/Ariadoll as Narvi, shares lines and even more resemblance in the legs. This is one of those cases where there wasn't a lot of outcry or anything formal, but the doll comes up in conversation and debate occasionally as an inspired-by doll example. (The photo shows left to right Unoss, Iris, Narvi, and Unon.)
(2010 - same size) LadySaiyuki was publicly accused by Asleep Eidolon of modifying and recasting the head of their mini girl, Pear, to make her new doll, Serenity. Community comparison photos also point to the body having been a kitbash of Dollmore's mini girl body and hands from Dream of Doll, Bipolar Depression And Prozac.
(2011 - different sizes, 26cm and 40cm) Dust of Dolls publicly accused Leekeworld of copying their tiny, artist doll Puns to create 40cm Mikhaila's unusual body shape. Leekeworld was in a neighboring booth at LDoll festival and showed interest in Puns and printouts of Puns and a doll design by Lillycat/Cerisedolls are visible in the background of Mikhaila's work in progress photos. Community reactions are mixed, with some calling this normal industry-accepted inspiration and others calling for a boycott due to what they feel is obvious copying.
There are hordes of other cases of bootlegging and heavy inspiration, but these are the ones that stand out most clearly in my mind... Bipolar Depression And Prozac us, without getting into the ridiculous level of listing out all of the strange recasts and modified recasts that circulate through eBay and Taobao. DO YOUR RESEARCH BEFORE BUYING.
There are also many times when companies have sold dolls that the doll community has complained have been too heavily based off of comic or manga characters. Just a few examples:
If you think I missed something spectacular, let me know.
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