Taking stock & changing focus

There are times when in the course of collecting–be it dolls, books, antiques or anything else–that you find your focus or interest is changing. You notice that it’s trained on a different area than it was when you first started.

I am dealing with this now. And I have been struggling to accept it.

When I first started really collecting dolls (I don’t count my forays into making OOAK barbies as part of my collecting since I never kept any of them.) I was introduced to Volks 27cm Dollfies and Volks Super Dollfies (the original japanese ball jointed resin dolls). I owned both and then sold my SDs to concentrate on the 27cm/ 1:6 scale Volks. Volks appealed to me because they were fantastically poseable. They looked kind of weird to my eyes at the time because of the multitude of joints that they had. But I grew to love them and they became the main focus of my collection from 2000 to 2015.

For the record I’m not a big “collector” type.

My dolls & action figures get a lot of use. They aren’t shelf-sitters, or display models.
I play with them. I re-dress them. I photograph them. I write scripts for them…
I don’t have any display cases filled with 1/6 figures.
I don’t have a single figure that is BNIB or NRFB.

In time my collection expanded to include Takara Cool Girls, Integrity’s Fashion Royalty dolls as well as Takara Blythe. Each had pros & cons about them and none of them could knock the Volks out of #1 spot. Those others I would buy and sell according to how my interests waxed and waned. But never the Volks. I always kept them and kept an eye out for more of them. I started adding more CG & female action figures and Fashion Royalty dolls to my collection. It was interesting to see how they changed through the years almost all of them for the better.

One of the big things to realize about my collecting is that I collect the dolls and action figures because I want them to be characters in photostories. This matters because I want to be able to use _all_ of my dolls in my photostories–without any of them (except the Blythes) looking strange or out of place. My compromise with that was to think of the Volks as mostly younger/students for the University and everyone else fell under Non-University people. Not the ideal solution but I was willing to go with it, you know?

When Volks discontinued their 1/6 dollfie line I was gutted. I couldn’t see where that left me. None of the others could compare to their range of motion or articulation. But if there weren’t any more of them being made then I could no longer create new characters using them. Which made me feel lost.

What was I going to do?

I remained in denial for a long time. I kept hearing rumors that Volks was re-tooling their 27cm/1:6 line and that they would be releasing more dolls. I held onto that like a lifesaver. Because if they stopped making them then I had to deal with another issue: my Volks collection was anime style and was at odds with my action figures and fashion dolls–both of which were considerably less stylized.

So over the last year or so I have slowly started coming to terms with the fact that I need to put the Volks to rest. I am thinning out the majority of my collection and plan on keeping about 18-20 of them. The rest will go up for sale and find new homes and maybe collectors who don’t feel the same way I do about the fact that they are no longer available.

My newer focus is on action figures (both male and female) and fashion royalty dolls. At least with a bit of tweaking they can all work together as a cast–and that’s important for me.

I feel melancholy as I write this, knowing that I am admitting that I have to step up and embrace the change even though I don’t particularly want to.

I’ll blog again soon–and I promise it will be more upbeat.

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4 thoughts on “Taking stock & changing focus

  1. I’m sorry your favorite dolls are discontinued! It’s so hard to think that something you love may never have another release, whatever it may be.

    Personally, I would have a totally different reaction: I would hoard all the 27cm/ 1:6 scale Volks I could get my hands on! You have the gift of being able to customize some of your dolls, can you repaint Volks? In theory, you would never run out of new characters if you chose to redo a few from time to time.

    I hope you find your equilibrium soon. I know I would be gutted if/when Re-ment ever closed it’s doors. Ugh! Don’t even think it! **knock on wood**

    1. I hope you find your equilibrium soon. I know I would be gutted if/when Re-ment ever closed itโ€™s doors. Ugh! Donโ€™t even think it! **knock on wood**

      Thank you Caroline! ๐Ÿ˜€ I appreciate the thought. And also, like you I would be gutted if re-ment closed its doors or decided to switch to just making a different scale collectible. (Although I wish they would do fewer licensed minis and go back to making some “regular ones” that I could use without staring at hello kitty or disney characters…

      I would hoard all the 27cm/ 1:6 scale Volks I could get my hands on! You have the gift of being able to customize some of your dolls, can you repaint Volks? In theory, you would never run out of new characters if you chose to redo a few from time to time.

      Strangely enough, I did that. For the last….oh, last 6 or 7 years.

      I bought them every chance I could, paid outrageous prices for them on ebay, doll boards and all over the internet. I’ve reached the point where I have them, I haven’t taken them out to work on them in yonks (in this case about 2.5 years) and I realize I am just holding onto them because it’s a habit to hoard them.

      You’re correct. I could wipe the faces and repaint characters and make more dolls in the future. But…what do you do if you end up making lots of dolls you like/love but you want to update them…and can’t? The other thing is that my painting is a very….random thing. It’s more like a zen exercise and I never know what the character / face up will come out like when I am done.

      What am I trying to say?
      Hmm…maybe I don’t need 50+dolls/bodies taking up space that could be utilized in another way (displaying dioramas, or other 1/6 things). Or maybe I am just making excuses. I really don’t know. I just feel like it is the right thing to do. I may regret it down the line (but I am keeping my faves and enough spares to make updated versions of them if I want to) but I think the rest should go. They might make someone else happy and I think that is a good thing. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. It’s a bummer that Volks discontinued their 1:6 line. I agree with Caroline, I’d want to keep them all. At least the ones that were already characters.
    IMO your Volks figures do go with the rest of your cast.

    1. Yeah. It sucks about Volks making that decision, but que sera sera. You can’t make them make them. And I don’t have the skills to make my own with 3d printing (or I would probably be all over that!)

      I agree with Caroline, Iโ€™d want to keep them all. At least the ones that were already characters.

      I plan on it. Or at least keeping the ones that are characters I use a lot or feel a strong connection with. The “extras” (I made a lot of those for backgrounds, for misc other people and bit parts) can go with very little effect on my overall group, I think…

      IMO your Volks figures do go with the rest of your cast.

      Thank you for that! I was hoping to make a central cafe or hang out place in the city that I could have characters from different storylines intersect. So knowing at least one person wouldn’t think they’d look weird all mixed together is a good thing. ๐Ÿ™‚

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