I’m starting this post by assuming that you know some of the “official” lolita dolls out there, brand collaborations with Volks and Pullip. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, F Yeah Lolita has a ball-jointed doll 101 post that’s pretty helpful, and I made a post about my two Pullips.
These dolls are fine and good for some people, but they might not float everyone’s boat. If you want a lolita doll, but you aren’t looking at an official collaboration doll, maybe you’ll find some of these alternate suggestions helpful. (I’m also assuming that you want a slightly more offbeat doll.)
You could easily get a bunny plush that would be easy to dress up, since a lot of them have fairly humanoid bodies anyway, but I’m specifically thinking about dolls that are explicitly human from the neck down. I don’t know what it is, but I really love this look/combination. Having an animal head also does a lot to keep these sorts of dolls out of the uncanny valley.
This is a clip from the horror movie The Awakening that shows another bunny-headed doll. (I couldn’t find a good picture of it.) There is nothing scary in this clip, I promise! Spooky, yes. Creepy, maybe. Jump-scares, no.
The two types of examples I have above have either a porcelain or resin/hard plastic body, but the doll body could really be whatever you’s like.
There’s also the option of using a different animal head, like a teddy bear, deer, fox, or cat. (Some of the Sasha dolls I have pictured above from Groove came with cat heads instead of rabbit ones.)
You could get a set of fairy tale-themed dolls that should qualify as lolita-esque based on their elaborateness alone.
Alternatively, you can get a blank set and customize them all.
I think a lovely set could be made with a theme of your favorite/dream dresses if they’re all prints. Or, they could all be “wearing” different colorways of your dream dress.
These blank sets do come in different shapes, some of which have a really pronounced, round lower body, which might work well if you plan on making them all lolitas.
Does anyone else remember playing with paper dolls as a child? I loved that I could dress up the dolls just by folding over little tabs (even though there are no tabs in this picture…).
Making a lolita paper doll would be an excellent way to do something artistic with your favorite coords. It’s pretty easy to make yourself into a paper doll, too, if you like the idea of having a mini-you. Certainly it’s much easier than trying to make nesting dolls look like specific people.
There might even be a lolita paper doll already in this book below.
It’s probably not what lolitas have in mind, though. From the publisher: “The Japanese fashion trend known as harajuku draws its inspiration from Victorian gothic, glam, and manga styles, focusing on bright colors and cartoon-like accessories. This collection features four paper dolls and a vibrant wardrobe of flouncy mini-skirts, platform shoes, and hats, as well as loads of playful ornaments, including hair bows and costume jewelry.”
The dolls on the cover of this book look more like they’re wearing Avril Lavigne “Hello Kitty” costumes than J-fashion, but they are still are pretty cute. If you’re curious about the inside of this book, Paperdoll Review has some more pictures.
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Well, what did you think, readers? Do any of these alternative dolls interest you? Can you think of any other doll types that could be turned into lolita dolls? Leave you suggestions in the comments below! Hopefully you liked this post even if you’re not normally a fan of dolls.