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Get Your Own Action Figure (In Japan)

timothy posted more than 3 years ago | from the best-place-for-it-really dept.

Japan 74

derGoldstein writes "Makezine points to a very interesting shop in Akihabara that will make miniature clones of your face. This page contains photos of the process and the results. After the miniature head is printed in 3D it's painted and attached to a doll of your choice. Some of the models they produce beg for an exorcism..."

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Japanese always... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36860498)

give great head.

Re:Japanese always... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36860616)

You've obviously never dated a Japanese girl.

Re:Japanese always... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36860780)

He was talking about Japanese men. Japanese men are renowned for their skills in this ancient art...

For Japan (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36860500)

This seems surprisingly normal.

Re:For Japan (3, Funny)

Dachannien (617929) | more than 3 years ago | (#36860536)

This seems surprisingly normal.

If you put it on a bobblehead doll, it'd be normal for the US also.

They had this 20 years ago... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36860532)

...in Japan.

oh, wait..

Wow. Those are realistic. (1)

Maxo-Texas (864189) | more than 3 years ago | (#36860540)

I didn't see how much they cost but it's an order of magnitude better than anything else I've seen before-- does it mean dolls next christmas will be at similar levels of realism?

I noted the cute anime girl in the redshirt with extremely pointed and accurate nipples and did a bit of a double take.

Wonder if this has implication to the sex dolls? Custom sex dolls with more realistic faces?

Re:Wow. Those are realistic. (3, Informative)

AlastairMurray (537904) | more than 3 years ago | (#36860566)

I didn't see how much they cost

Article says the cost is 138000 yen (~1750 USD). So not cheap!

Re:Wow. Those are realistic. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36862516)

I'm sure the Chinese will be doing it next year mail order for 17 dollars.

Re:Barclay fantasies (1)

Jazari (2006634) | more than 3 years ago | (#36860652)

Custom sex dolls with more realistic faces?

Oh god,you just reminded me of that ST:TNG episode where Lt. Barclay used the holodeck to fantasize about his shipmates. When will we have the first "He took my Facebook pics and created a sex doll out of me" lawsuits?

Re:Barclay fantasies (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36860682)

This means all those liberals can put a Hilary Clinton head on a lilicon body and play with it's little boobies.

Re:Barclay fantasies (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36860744)

This means all those male conservative politicians can make sex dolls out of their favorite little eight-year-old boys.

Bead jiggling pederasts (2)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 3 years ago | (#36861146)

Does the Vatican have a airfreight depot? It's going to need one!

Re:Barclay fantasies (1)

iamhassi (659463) | more than 3 years ago | (#36861126)

"When will we have the first "He took my Facebook pics and created a sex doll out of me" lawsuits?"

Probably awhile, since you could print out a girl's photo and paste it to a sex doll now, only difference would be the level of realism... although Kim Kardashian is already suing someone because they naturally look like her (brunette with dark eyes) [dailymail.co.uk] so I might be wrong.

Re:Barclay fantasies (1)

derGoldstein (1494129) | more than 3 years ago | (#36861518)

There was also a DS9 ep where Quark tried to scan Kira's face so that a client could "do her" in the holodeck.

So the future is clear: every time somebody posts an "I'd do her" comment (one of the most common comment types on youtube), an ad would pop up asking "if you were serious about that comment, we can make it happen!".

Re:Wow. Those are realistic. (4, Informative)

morethanapapercert (749527) | more than 3 years ago | (#36860666)

Actually.....Japan has had dolls superior to the western Real Doll for some time now, and yes, many of them offer customisations. (models are almost exclusively Japanese in appearance obviously)

Here's an example of one manufacturer: Unison-Direct [unison-direct.jp]

Being Japan, there are also two trends that we in the west find rather creepy. First is the growing number of men who obsess over their dolls, dressing them up and taking them out on dates, photographing them in ways that makes them seem even more life like and so on. There are several Japanese magazines devoted to the subject. These guys treat their inanimate objects with the sort intense fantasy life that over here would be considered a sign of mental illness....

Even more creepy, even among the Japanese and hence, less talked about is the number of manufacturers who offer "miniature" versions (2/3 scale models of rather women) or straight out child models. To be fair, the child models are usually dolls only and do not have the "love holes" as the trade calls them. I have no doubt though that there are men out there who modify them, probably even enough of them that they have their own forums and swap tips and tricks on how to best perform the "surgery"

Re:Wow. Those are realistic. (2)

ortholattice (175065) | more than 3 years ago | (#36862384)

Perhaps we should encourage this trend. In China there are already 32 million more boys than girls [nytimes.com] due to the preference for boys. "Love dolls", especially if not considered a social stigma, would be a better solution than social upheaval and violence that may eventually result.

Re:Wow. Those are realistic. (1)

morethanapapercert (749527) | more than 3 years ago | (#36862568)

pre-revolutionary China had a history of Polygyny/Polygamy, at least for the wealthy who could afford to maintain multiple wives/mistresses/et al. Perhaps the Chinese will adopt polyandry? Certainly a gender imbalance like that helps create a "sellers market" for the ladies, perhaps this will also raise the relative status of women in Chinese society.

Re:Wow. Those are realistic. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36874290)

Japan is a land of counter-cultures. None of this is considered normal by Japanese standards, they're just a little more accepting over there of counter-cultures than we are over here in the west.

Re:Wow. Those are realistic. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36874652)

the number of manufacturers who offer "miniature" versions (2/3 scale models of rather women) or straight out child models. To be fair, the child models are usually dolls only and do not have the "love holes" as the trade calls them. I have no doubt though that there are men out there who modify them, probably even enough of them that they have their own forums and swap tips and tricks on how to best perform the "surgery"

Wouldn't it be better for them to be humping these than actual children?

Re:Wow. Those are realistic. (1)

morethanapapercert (749527) | more than 2 years ago | (#36875292)

Oh absolutely; and in fact I participated in a lengthy discussion on exactly that point over at halfbakery.com some time ago. For me, the reason using an inanimate proxy for paedophiles is so unacceptable is that in our culture, paedophilia is considered a mental illness, one which such a taboo and social stigma attached to it that someone who has those urges is expected to "get cured". Using CGI images, text stories or dolls instead sort of treats the issue like a matter of simple sexual orientation, and as long as the person has that semi-acceptable outlet, there is seen to be less social pressure to change his or her ways.

Here in North America, the anti-paedophile sentiment is so strong that even possessing one of these child model sex dolls is itself a crime, as is owning comic books (manga), animated videos (lolicon hentai) and such. From what I have read, plain text stories in the US are technically legal, being granted Free Speech protection, but in practice the authorities use possession of any as sufficient evidence for a warrant to see if you have anything else. Up here in Canada, the B.C. Supreme court ruled that text stories were legal, but as far as I know, the matter hasn't been ruled on by any other provincial court or the federal courts. So basically, the laws in both countries assume that if you want one of these dolls, or consume any of these forms of porn that do not involve real people at all, that you either already doing more than that or that it is only a matter of time before you do.

Re:Wow. Those are realistic. (1)

WCLPeter (202497) | more than 3 years ago | (#36860746)

Custom sex dolls with more realistic faces?

Umm, don't they already make those [realdoll.com] ?

Re:Wow. Those are realistic. (1)

Maxo-Texas (864189) | more than 3 years ago | (#36861112)

Real Dolls have always looked pretty ghastly to me. Even the japanese dolls the other person linked do not look as real as these doll faces.

Re:Wow. Those are realistic. (1)

rednip (186217) | more than 3 years ago | (#36861898)

Even the japanese dolls the other person linked do not look as real as these doll faces.

That's because they don't use a 3-D map of a real human being for those dolls, yet.

Re:Wow. Those are realistic. (1)

WCLPeter (202497) | more than 3 years ago | (#36862412)

I think it depends on the Doll and the choices the person made during its construction, I would agree that many of the gallery shots on the site itself make the dolls look ghastly. That being said I've seen some pictures of Real Dolls where I initially didn't know it was a doll, its actually how I found that site the first time.

For some "doll done right" shots, take a look at Stacy Leigh's [stacythephotographer.com] work. She has this picture of an Asian woman in a black and white striped top lying down with a cat, if I didn't already know it was a doll I would have had a hard time believing it was. There's also a really good head shot of a red-head with freckles, hard to tell its a doll too.

Alma Mahler doll (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36863360)

Nothing new: the painter Oskar Kokoshka had a doll made which resembled Alma Mahler in 1918 [alma-mahler.com] after being turned down by her. He was however not happy with the result (which was monstrous) and eventually buried the doll - after which the police started a murder investigation.

Re:Wow. Those are realistic. (1)

kmoser (1469707) | more than 3 years ago | (#36868224)

Custom sex dolls with more realistic faces?

Uh, it's not the faces that consumers want to make more realistic. Or so I've heard.

The perfect gift... (0)

jonahbron (2278074) | more than 3 years ago | (#36860542)

... for that egotistically maniacal friend!

Re:The perfect gift... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36860600)

Plus, you can also get them a clone sidekick, but with huge eyes and a plaid skirt.

Cost (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36860558)

Here is the cost:

http://clonefactory.co.jp/jibunnsann.html ... or about $1,500 !

Kevin | http://codepp.com

stupid (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36860574)

yet another pointless product.

Re:stupid (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36860582)

At least it's cheap!

Those crafty Japanese... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36860598)

...sure know how to make the biggest god damn miniature shit around!

And to think there are people starving to death... (0, Offtopic)

chalsall (185) | more than 3 years ago | (#36860714)

Here's a radical thought.

Rather than spending money getting your own action figure... ...how about considering donating the equivalent money to those (true) aid agencies which are trying to save lives, but can't because the money isn't there?

Or is our own vanity more important?

Re:And to think there are people starving to death (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36860742)

I see by your low rating and the number of expensive watches around, that yes, our vanity is indeed more important and people don't appreciate being reminded of it.

Re:And to think there are people starving to death (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36860796)

How about if we just make some action figures, of them, out of cheese , and let *them* decide what to do?

Re:And to think there are people starving to death (3, Insightful)

Kyusaku Natsume (1098) | more than 3 years ago | (#36860804)

I think that that's what taxes are for. To take good care of your fellow countrymen, and, if there is a surplus, help the development of poorer countries or provide relief in case of natural disasters. Unfortunately, in most western nations the taxes are only levied from the poor and middle class, and used to buy military hardware and bail out the corps of the local plutocrats every time they screw up.

In Danny's case, his company has set up a donations page for the Japanese Red Cross, and with several partner companies, they have started the distribution of special action figures from which a third of the retail price goes for the Red Cross. I think it is a very good trade off.

Re:And to think there are people starving to death (1)

Alimony Pakhdan (1855364) | more than 3 years ago | (#36867476)

Unfortunately the Japan Red Cross has a terrible track record of actually getting money/aid where it is needed both in terms of time and of overhead. There are many other more effective places if you are interested in donating towards Tohoku relief. Second Harvest Japan and Japan Jewish Relief have both been very effective in this area from nearly day 1.

Re:And to think there are people starving to death (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36860820)

Obligatory XKCD

http://xkcd.com/871/

Re:And to think there are people starving to death (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36861472)

XKCD cultists should be banned from the net. You assholes can't leave a single story alone, you always have to be advertising that shitty comic. Even the worst Mac cultists aren't as bad as you people. Fuck you, and have a horrible day.

Oh, and that stupid comic you posted isn't even relevant (unsurprisingly). In the comic the first eyeless mouthless bald guy is at least donating something, GP is saying that instead of wasting your money on a doll in the image of a self-centered twat you should do some good with it (i.e. comic = donate + buy ; GP = buy).

Re:And to think there are people starving to death (3, Interesting)

ChromeAeonium (1026952) | more than 3 years ago | (#36860840)

Why don't you? Imagine this. Imagine you are at a train crossing, and the train is coming. It is heading right for some people, tied to the tracks. There's a switch, and if you flip that switch, you will switch the tracks, sending the train to a different track. But on this track, instead of people, everything you own is on the track. Question is, do you flip it? Well, we all know what everyone says: 'Of course I flip it! People are more important than things!' But the reality is, we face that situation every day, and most of us do not flip the switch. We could sell off all our possessions, collect all our money, and maybe make a difference in some impoverished starving village somewhere, but we don't. I'm sure you've bought some unnecessary trinket or gizmo or gourmet latte in recent memory, or could find someone to buy that nice 3 digit UID off you and you could keep someone from starving of malnutrition or give some disaster relief or whatever else. But we don't. Fact is, very, very few of us do. We're all just as guilty, by our actions, of saying Fuck the Poor. [youtube.com] But that's life isn't it? Just something to think about when you condemn others of wasting money that could potentially go to a good cause.

Re:And to think there are people starving to death (1)

Ihmhi (1206036) | more than 3 years ago | (#36863442)

I think it's part of our innate nature to look out for ourselves first and foremost. I don't feel guilty about not donating to charity because, well, I honestly don't have any extra money that I could spare at this point in my life (as much as I'd want to). I volunteer instead.

I do think there's a certain point where a man has pretty much everything he needs and maybe he can use some of that excess to help his fellow neighbor, though.

Re:And to think there are people starving to death (2)

rebelwarlock (1319465) | more than 3 years ago | (#36860842)

Oh look, it's a flounce cat. But you're not a hypocrite. I'm sure you donate every penny you have, all the time. Right? Right?!

Re:And to think there are people starving to death (1)

Mindcontrolled (1388007) | more than 3 years ago | (#36861732)

What? Compassion? That's outright socialist! You are advertising to keep all the parasites fed that keep our outstanding John Galt down! Evil!!

Re:And to think there are people starving to death (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36861844)

This sarcastic insult to Libertarian beliefs is quite intellectually dishonest. I know of no libertarians who are against charity and "compassion" when done voluntarily through one's own freedom of action. From what I gather, Libertarians simply don't agree with allowing the government mafia to force people to "donate" to the causes that the government sees fit. Apparently, you haven't been paying attention because in actuality very little of these "donations" that the government collects actually goes to the needy (a highly subjective term). Most of our donations to government seems to be going to support non-charitable things like bombing the hell out of the Middle-East, propping up multi-billion dollar banks, creating the technology and infrastructure for a vast police state, etc...

Re:And to think there are people starving to death (1)

Ritchie70 (860516) | more than 3 years ago | (#36862156)

That is a calculation we all make all the time, conscious or not.

Would I rather have a newer car or give money to Goodwill? Would I rather drive to work or take the bus and have more money to save starving children? Would I rather go to the movies or contribute to Ronald McDonald House? Would I rather buy porn or fight breast cancer? New laptop or AIDS? etc, etc, etc.

Buying a custom creepy doll head is no different.

I spend a ton of money on things that make my life nicer, but I don't actually need. We almost all do, even if it's "have chicken instead of beans" instead of "creepy doll head."

Re:And to think there are people starving to death (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36868702)

go suck a dick you sanctimonious prick

Here's a radical thought... (0)

chalsall (185) | more than 3 years ago | (#36860718)

Rather than spending money getting your own action figure... ...how about considering donating the equivalent money to those (true) aid agencies which are trying to save lives, but can't because the money isn't there?

Or is our own vanity more important?

Re:Here's a radical thought... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36860960)

Rather than spending money getting your own action figure... ...how about considering donating the equivalent money to those (true) aid agencies which are trying to save lives, but can't because the money isn't there?

Or is our own vanity more important?

What vanity? I just think it's cool. I want one for every member of my family. That would be awesome.
Maybe the aid agencies could work out some deal with the company to get a cut of the sales? That could be a big windfall. People are gonna be buying these things left and right.

ouch! (1)

enrevanche (953125) | more than 3 years ago | (#36860722)

"SEU95 is inserted in the back orifice" - no thanks

shop (1)

Faux_Pseudo (141152) | more than 3 years ago | (#36860736)

Some of those look really good, like uncanny valley good. But when you get to the last few and especially the second to last one a few look shopped, not printed.

Now I would love to see this kind of tech become so cheap that it was available at any mall. Most of the 3d printers I see don't offer that kind of fine grain resolution. I would love to be able to build something that detailed on my computer and then go have it printed out without having to spend 10s of thousands of yen.

anatomically correct (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36860798)

They even include nonexistent genetalia.

Voodoo 2.0 (4, Funny)

lexsird (1208192) | more than 3 years ago | (#36860838)

For voodoo practitioners this should be an massive upgrade.

Re:Voodoo 2.0 (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 3 years ago | (#36860900)

Yeah, Voodoo dolls for pissed ex-lovers

Re:Voodoo 2.0 (1)

camperdave (969942) | more than 3 years ago | (#36862276)

Maybe it's the optimist in me, but I was picturing a completely different use: custom figurines for wedding cakes.

Re:Voodoo 2.0 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36862438)

Do they sell Congressional Inaction Figures?

They're hand painted (1)

Animats (122034) | more than 3 years ago | (#36860868)

They're hand painted, though. They need a color printer that can work on a 3D surface, something like an inkjet head on a 5-axis robot arm. I'm surprised that Roland doesn't make something like that yet.

Re:They're hand painted (2)

unrtst (777550) | more than 3 years ago | (#36861142)

Wrong. They come out printed... at least according to the end of this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfVKTM_LiD8 [youtube.com]
It all looks so real it's tough to believe it's not photoshopped.

Re:They're hand painted (1)

unrtst (777550) | more than 3 years ago | (#36861148)

Er... I mean they come out of the printer in color already.

Printer coloured (1)

Half-pint HAL (718102) | more than 3 years ago | (#36861514)

It's also mentioned... in TFA!!!!!

Not very realistic... (4, Funny)

hedgemage (934558) | more than 3 years ago | (#36860910)

At least in my case. Any realistic depiction of me could never be described as an 'action' figure.

Re:Not very realistic... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36862410)

At least in my case. Any realistic depiction of me could never be described as an 'action' figure.

Those are called "Inaction Figures". They come with couches and replacable game controllers.

Stupid monkey (1)

Torodung (31985) | more than 3 years ago | (#36860956)

Can't wait until these dolls hit Robot Chicken. This is going to open up a wide world of options to them.

Re:Stupid monkey (1)

Scott Scott (1531645) | more than 2 years ago | (#36871812)

But how will they map Caligula's face?

Ob (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36861134)

Some of the pixels are wrong.

Already been done. (2)

SeaFox (739806) | more than 3 years ago | (#36861440)

This is seriously old news, and it's been done for cheaper.

At my workplace they have stupid human-interest type news blurbs produced by the same company that supplies all the (not)Inpirational-goTeam corporate decor, and one blurb was about a company that did something like this from photos. And they were cheaper, too! Like less than $500 for the initial creation and first figure, and $50 for each additional one. I just can't remember the name of the company or find it easily on Google right now. I first saw that blurb like over a year ago, and it's still hanging in some corner of the building right now.

Re:Already been done. (1)

Ihmhi (1206036) | more than 3 years ago | (#36863456)

True it can probably be done for cheaper, but it takes place in Tokyo (which makes it more expensive) and then in Akihabara (which makes it even more expensive).

I think all they're selling is the head. (1)

Ritchie70 (860516) | more than 3 years ago | (#36862164)

Summary says you get to pick a body as part of your purchase, but I don't think that is true.

The caption on one of the photos in TFA is something like "my production assistant attached my head to a storm trooper body."

Again Slasdot, not news (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36863580)

This is not new. There have been companies making custom "GI Joe" style action figures with your face on them since at least the mid 90's. At the time, those cost like $250 which is why I didn't have one of my nephew-as-a-rock-star made.

Robot Chicken (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36864094)

Does this mean I can guest Star on Robot Chicken?

Please... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36864314)

Can we stop posting links to Make Magazine? Makers are the parasites of Hacker Culture.

Similar to ThatsMyFace figures (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36864806)

A bit similar to the custom action figures and heads at ThatsMyFace.com . They just use a photo, so no need to go in for a 3D scan on premises and prices are around $50-150.

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