When I have a hobby, like doll collecting, it's not unusual for sub-hobbies to get pulled into the collecting fray. I start wanting things like key chains, buttons, and postcards for my bulletin board. For doll stuff, these types of things are fairly limited, so when I found out they had made a coffee table book of the Blythe ninth anniversary charity show, Manga Girls Inspiration, I freaked out just a little bit; of all the annual charity shows, I felt like Manga Girls was the strongest I had ever seen. Dolls from the fourth annual Blythe Beauty Contest Fashion Obsession are featured in the second section of the book.
Hit the jump to see a bunch of photos from inside and learn a little more about it!
Item Name: Blythe Manga Girls Inspiration
First things first, this book is huge! It's not some wimpy little thing that they published to get a few extra bucks. It's a serious coffee table book weighing in at 170 pages and measuring 11.75" x 8" x 1/2" printed on thick, heavy weight paper stock. It's soft cover with a satin finish dust jacket and every page is full color with nearly every page having a full bleed photo. The text is in Japanese and English with artist's names in English.
The first section of the book has all of the entries in the Manga Girls Inspiration show on display with three to four dolls per page. If I had one criticism of the book it would be that I want each of these photos to be a full page like you see in the second section. The amount of detailing in the custom doll work and costuming is outstanding and this first section of the book is easily my favorite part.
Doll fans will recognize community favorite customizers and designers like Team Sibley, Bubujojo, and Euro Trash. They're alongside tons of Japanese fashion brands which have dolls representing them; from Baby, the Stars Shine Bright to h. Naoto to Angelic Pretty and tons more. I for one need that *Soleil* custom (in the photo above) in my life.
The Manga Girls might be the stars of the show, but the dolls of Fashion Obsession get the majority of the book to themselves. The range of fashion and photography styles are huge. Most of the photos can handle the full bleed pages, but careful observers will notice a page or two that's a touch blurry. I believe it's because they were going for a catalog of the complete collection, but they should have spared them and printed those photos a touch smaller.
On the whole the book is absolutely stunning and a must-have for doll lovers, in my opinion. The printing and paper quality is outstanding and the price is much lower than I anticipated.
[Thanks to HobbyLink Japan for providing Tomopop with this review sample!]
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