Late last year, when Nine9Style had a limited preorder for the new Korean company Darak Doll’s first two offerings – 42cm Remy and Semy – I jumped at the chance to bring Remy home. Even though I tend to not purchase a doll until I see owner pictures, I was too smitten with the body’s aesthetics and Remy’s sweet expression to pass on the chance to add her to my crew!
Remy is 42cm high, on A-type (basic) body and has small bust. The resin is smooth and appears to be of good quality, though only time will tell how it will age and hold up to handling. She arrived strung incredibly tightly, which is a benefit for some poses, but a hindrance to others (this is also the reason why her knee chipped during shipping). Overall, I am happy with her and would consider bringing another Darak doll home in the future, though I will wait for owner pictures first.
The outer box is gorgeous – good quality, sturdy and functional; definitely one of the best BJD presentations I’ve seen!
Included with the doll were:
- certificate of authenticity
- white gloves
- dreaming head (event gift)
- high heeled feet
- extra string
- glass eyes
- silicone wig cap
- a strap for the box, which allows it to convert into a carrying case – pretty nifty!
Unfortunately, she had a rather large chip on her knee, which definitely put a damper on the box opening experience. Thankfully, a month later, Nine9Style shipped out a brand new leg part and Remy was whole again. Upon inspection, I also noticed that she had dirt smudges in multiple places. While these did come off with magic eraser, it was disappointing that they were there in the first place, especially considering that “body finishing” was offered as part of the event.
Company pictures of the Remy sculpt were not entirely accurate. I was rather shocked to find out that she has very prominent teeth. I am hoping that with the right face-up, they will not stand out quite so much. The default company face-up (option A) does not bring out the best features of the sculpt.
The dreaming head, also part of the event, is a touch smaller than the open-eyed head. Both head caps are magnetic and attach to the body via the included O-ring.
Posing and Body Details
The body is very stable when standing. Of course, like any other doll, I wouldn’t leave her in this position, but she’s safe for picture taking.
Sitting, Slouching and Leaning
Crossing her legs…. or, trying to! This is as close as she will come to crossing her legs without seriously overextending her joints. The combination of wide hips and thinner thighs prevent this.
Sitting on Legs. She does this very well. The position is stable and it is how I’m currently displaying her. The feet look awkward in this picture because I didn’t realize that the ankle joints can actually move until later – they are extremely stiff! There’s a visible gap in the knee joint when looking from the front, but it’s not too unsightly.
She is a stable sitter. However, as you can see from some of the photos above, the torso naturally leans slightly back. The bust joint allows for a slight slouch, and is easily overextended to lean her forward a bit more.
To compensate for less than stellar slouching abilities, she leans back very well and is stable in this position.
Lounging and Range of Motion
She’s a good lounger, but tips a bit to one side due to her little belly, which is quite cute! The head has a decent range of motion (she can move fine from side to side), but it’s not great – she doesn’t look up or down as far as I’d like her to. I plan to suede her and change the O-ring to an S-hook to see if it helps.
Her arms are double-jointed and have a great range of motion. She can touch the top of her head and her face (chin, cheek, nose) very easily. The view of the elbow joint from the side is very aesthetically pleasing.
She can keep the arms stable at almost any angle. Here, her hands are touching.
I’m the least happy with her hands. The sculpting is fine as far as detail goes – she has dainty little fingers with nails. But, since there’s no ball joint, they have extremely limited range of movement. They move from side to side a little bit, but not up or down. They are very similar to Souldoll’s new NL body hands when it comes to joint construction and movement. Also, the resin on the hands is very shiny, while the body is quite matte. The shininess coupled with the way they sit on the arm gives the illusion that she’s wearing gloves. Fortunately, spraying them with MSC helped with the shine issue.
The feet are as detailed as any standard BJD feet, though I’m not too thrilled with the ankle joint – it’s extremely stiff. In fact, at first, I didn’t think that the feet rotate at the ankles (much like some Iplehouse ankles). After further manipulating the joints, however, I realized that they actually do move, but it does require quite a bit of effort.
As of this writing, Remy is away at the spa, getting a new face-up. When I took her apart, I noticed that some of the joint sockets are scratched due to tight stringing. Fortunately, I caught it early enough that the integrity of the resin has not been compromised. Currently, I am in the process of blushing and sueding her. I will post an update once she is back together. Hopefully, sueding and loosening the strings will improve how the body poses!