The DoA Triathlon: now that it’s all over, I can finally talk about it.
But first, since this year was all about history and your personal Exalted doll, my history.
I picked Doyle for this. He was my very first doll. I discovered BJDs around 2006 but couldn’t even begin to afford them. The first dolls I saw were Volks, but while I found them fascinating, none of the sculpts really did anything for me. The first doll I that I saw and thought, Man, if I could, I’d buy that one, she’s really pretty, was CP Delf Lishe. Then I discovered that you could get MALE dolls, and immediately decided that if I ever could afford one, I wanted a boy. How often do you see male dolls? Ken always felt like an afterthought when I was a little girl.
I kept looking, and discovered Dollzone. At the time, they were considered a “cheap” company, kinda like how people regard Bobobie/Resinsoul nowadays. But not only did they have male dolls, they had dolls that were even bigger than a Delf and for less money! There was also some other company called Soom that had 80cm male dolls but they were really expensive, and I figured if I couldn’t afford a Delf, I could never afford a Mecha Angel (ahahaha hindsight is hilarious - I have 19 dolls from Soom now, 2 of them Mecha Angels). I decided that if I could ever afford a doll, I wanted a Dollzone Yuu. He was pretty, he was 70cm, he was “reasonably” priced and it was the promo photos of the white skin Yuu in the crazy visual-kei-esque red and black leather outfit that sold me. That’s the doll I wanted. Not that I could ever afford him.
Fast forward to 2010. I had a job that actually paid enough money that I had some disposable income instead of living paycheck-to-paycheck. I ran across some BJDs on the internet somewhere and remembered how I’d always wanted to get one some day. On a whim I searched eBay. And there he was. A white skin Dollzone Yuu, just like those promo pics I remembered, except he came with the white leather outfit instead of the red. And I could afford him. I bought him immediately.
Once I held him in my hands, I was hooked. Fast forward to today, almost exactly four years later (Doyle came home 8/23/2010). I have 41 full dolls, 7 floating heads, 2 floating bodies, one doll waiting to ship, and one on layaway.
But Doyle, my Yuu, is still one of my favorites. And he’ll always be the doll that got me into the hobby.
So he was my Triathlon partner. I didn’t really have a solid theme in mind going in. I didn’t realize that was going to play such a big part in the voting. But I’m happy with what I made. I learned a lot, and it really got me over a long crafting slump I’ve been in and forced me to get my craft room into a semi-functional state, so I can finally find all my materials and tools. I’m eager to make more props and even furniture.
Over all, I wound up in a three-way tie for 22nd place. This was my first Triathlon, so…you know, I think that’s pretty good. Next year I’ll know more about the things voters like, and that I need a solid theme upfront to carry through the whole project. I made steampunk wings because I thought it would be awesome to make wings that could move and I had that lightbulb and gear findings and things. I made a “black lacquer” “shoji screen” niche cause I loved how the painted-black-and-dry-brushed-gold popsicle sticks in the wings looked, and I wanted to do more with popsicle sticks and I had all that parchment paper and wanted my niche to have built in lighting but really only had cardboard to build with but hey it looks nice painted gloss black, and that’s just how all those pieces came together into an idea. Then on the book I tried to continue a black/gold/asian theme, but…I suppose it really wasn’t a coherent theme in the end. Not like the winning entries (which were all AMAZING btw).
Anyway, I had fun, and learned a lot, and now I have cool wings for my dolls to wear, and a (huge, no seriously, in-person this thing is massive) niche to play with and I’m excited about crafting again and can’t wait to make more things.
If you have any questions about what I made, or construction techniques, or want a close up photo of anything in particular, let me know! I’d love to finally get to gush about all the work I put into this stuff. It was like 3 weeks of working two full-time jobs - my day job, and crafting.
I’m still super proud of you for making all of this, everything turned out fantastic.