Saturday, February 20, 2021

Background Information

 I decided that if I'm going to post photos of my dolls in chronological order I should probably write a little blurb to go with it since currently the photos are more or less the same. I was going to do this on Instagram but after fighting with it several times I've decided to keep it short on Instagram and leave the rambling for here. 

Name: Clay
Arrival: March 2006

Clay was my first doll that I purchased. I had planned to buy a Dream of Doll U and last minute made the decision to also purchase a Mir after staring at the thumbnail for several days. Back in 2006 it was common for Dream of Doll to list items as "out of stock" while they were fulfilling orders and I had several days of waiting since all of the "guardian boys" were out of stock both in basic and full-set versions and U was one of those 4. 

When U was finally restocked, only the basic version was available and not the full-set that was my initial plan since it was my first doll and I didn't like the idea of not having any clothing for them. (Si, Hoo and Wu were unavailable basic after the restock and only available as full-set, go figure.) I decided that since I wasn't able to get what I'd originally planned, I would spend a little more and get the girl I'd been casually looking at while I waited (since my plan was to get more from Dream of Doll in the future since I liked their sculpts so much at the time). 

After about 2 months of waiting and an initial struggle to pay through PayPal (the early days when you needed certain things to be able to pay over $500 and had to send an e-cheque instead of a transfer, yikes), they both finally arrived. I'd had plans for the U and for another boy doll after that but I had no plans for Clay. Thankfully she at least hair hair and eyes when she arrived (since Dream of Doll gave hair and eyes for every doll at the time as well as a carrying case).

She arrived with no magnets in her head and instead her S-hook was attached to the head cap and her pupils were dead centre in her eyes. Since this was 2006, she was also assembled from the head down which meant you had to disassemble from the feet upwards to fix the problem of her eyes since the tension kept the head cap in place and you could only slide it a few centimetres in any direction--barely enough to squeeze a finger into the gap that was left. 

During my first attempt to pose my two brand new dolls together for some photos, while I was still working out their names and who their characters were, Clay's arm snapped from one position to another, striking the back of the U's head and knocking him face down, causing a dent in his nose (not to worry, I later discovered it was only the MSC that was dented). Being a troublemaker has been part of her character ever since. 

She went through 3 different names and different characters before I decided to scrap what I had initially planned and go with something else that I had written before I got into dolls. The character I had written was very different from how Clay turned out but some aspects were the same and as a result a new version of the character came to be. 

I've had her for 15 years now and she's one of the only dolls I own that I've never considered selling. 

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