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When it comes to preserving the memory of a wedding day, several ideas come to mind: a state-of-the-art photographer, a gilded guest book, and of course, a 20-inch tall replica of the bride, complete with moveable parts. Sound crazy? Not for the founder of Clone Factory, a Japanese company that creates detailed Jibun-san (me) dolls, each with a $1,770 price tag.

Located in Tokyo’s Akihabara district, Clone Factory uses several digital SLR cameras positioned at multiple angles to capture the likeness of a seated human subject. The images are transferred to a computer where they are assimilated and sent to a 3D printer. With ink that hardens into plaster, the printer spits out a miniature replica of the subject’s head, ready to be painted and affixed to a plastic body.  If requested by a bride, the hair, make up and dress of the doll can be matched to the bride’s look on her big day.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a strange wedding trend and it certainly won’t be the last. If anything, Clone Factory reaffirms the sad truth: we are bride-obsessed. The idolized image of a bride — perfect, manicured and glowing — is represented in almost every culture. We’ve all heard of the discomforts brides endure to achieve that picture-perfect look — crash diets, spray tans and armor-like undergarments are just par for the course. Yet as these dolls approach the uncanny valley, a theory that shows how our negative reaction increases as objects become more human-like, maybe the immortalization of the bride has gone too far.

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Chappell Ellison is a designer, writer and design writer. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York where she serves as a contributor for The Etsy Blog and design columnist for GOOD.

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  • johnnyvintage

    johnnyvintage says: Featured

    Bridal culture and the idea that there's such thing as a perfect barbie bride are a little creepy, but this process is sort of exciting. When photography was born, the mechanical portraits cameras produced were seen as "too lifelike" and thought of as creepy, even soul-robbing; I would LOVE to learn how to do this!

    2 years ago

  • Guchokipa

    Guchokipa says: Featured

    The process is rather fascinating... but we must keep in mind the cultural context. Weddings in Japan (especially White Weddings as they are called) are a huge industry. Traditionally weddings in Japan are a huge social occasion, and I don't mean in this how we typically think of it in the West. Since reciprocity is one of the main arteries that keeps Japanese society flowing, weddings have always served as an opportunity for social cohesion. What has happened is that the modern couple no longer has time for the traditional social customs involved with bringing two families together so everything gets smashed together into a one day affair with much fanfare and expense. Many times the bride changes into at least four different gowns during the reception, each time making an entrance with a spotlight and an overture blasting from the speakers. Having been to these ceremonies several times, I think the dolls would just blend in with the rest of the excessiveness. And in a positive light, the brides might like such a realistic portrait for when their blush fades and the honeymoon photos are buried under pictures of their children and grandchildren. If nothing else, it is something to put in the window to scare off burglers while on vacation.

    2 years ago

  • susanandlarry

    susanandlarry says:

    I love dolls....but this is freaky!!!

    2 years ago

  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    TwinkleStarCrafts says:

    The faces are extraordinary. They look very real. I am not quite sure I would want to stare at a plastic version of myself sitting on a shelf in all of my wedding finery for the rest of my life, however. It is just my opinion, but that would be a bit creepy and 'Twilight Zone'-ish.

    2 years ago

  • JasmineLund

    JasmineLund says:

    Oh, my. Who would spend that much for a doll that would just sit around and get dusty? Spend the money on good photography, instead!

    2 years ago

  • DIVINEsweetness

    DIVINEsweetness says:

    very interesting.. would love to see an actual process...

    2 years ago

  • RedwingedBlackbirds

    RedwingedBlackbirds says:

    I suppose it would be like looking at a picture of yourself... "immortalized" only, as a life-like barbie doll.

    2 years ago

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush says:

    Whoa! I'm not gonna lie ..it freaks me out. A lot.

    2 years ago

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery says:

    Wow thats so weird, I thought I was looking at a photo of a persons face superimposed onto a doll with photoshop or something but the truth is freaker than my mind thinks it is. Wouldn't it be amazing if these were robots too, although maybe thats a step too far!

    2 years ago

  • mariesegal

    mariesegal says:

    I cannot stop looking at them. ;-D

    2 years ago

  • rozzie

    rozzie says:

    whoaaaa trippy! I thought that was a real photo of the girl in the thumbnail of the article, and upon opening the article - totally fooled me :p

    2 years ago

  • TheOldGlassChipper

    TheOldGlassChipper says:

    Sort of opens up the possibility of someone using it as a voodoo doll. "I'd like to get one of me for my wife, but ........

    2 years ago

  • DanasaurDesigns

    DanasaurDesigns says:

    kinda creepy!

    2 years ago

  • johnnyvintage

    johnnyvintage says: Featured

    Bridal culture and the idea that there's such thing as a perfect barbie bride are a little creepy, but this process is sort of exciting. When photography was born, the mechanical portraits cameras produced were seen as "too lifelike" and thought of as creepy, even soul-robbing; I would LOVE to learn how to do this!

    2 years ago

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  • 123Betwixt

    123Betwixt says:

    Wow!

    2 years ago

  • PolClary

    PolClary says:

    They look so lifelike! I thought it was some pretty cool photoshopping when I first saw the picture. As my daughter says: "I'd be too worried it would come alive after the wedding to kill me in my sleep and try to take my place." Creepy.

    2 years ago

  • DrunkenMermaid

    DrunkenMermaid says:

    its actually a voodoo doll for your husband lol

    2 years ago

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 says:

    The uncanny valley hypothesis is interesting. Must read more. I agree it's just a photo of yourself but in 3d. While it's not my thing I can see a huge market for this, especially in the celebrity doll line. A Beyonce doll or a Taylor Swift doll that actually looks just like them. Or people making baby dolls that look like their baby. Dare I mention the porn industry? Ewwww... creepy to some - yes, but someone is going to be making big money from this. I'm suprised it's a popular wedding trend. But then if you get a soon-to-be-bride in a wedding frenzy, they will buy anything.

    2 years ago

  • wahlrus

    wahlrus says:

    I'm so scared right now. But also in awe of their skill! EtsyLove from, Jamie & John

    2 years ago

  • wolfatc

    wolfatc says:

    I could never do this, but I do think the finished dolls are sort of wonderfully beautiful and creepy, which is my favourite combination of things to be. The juxtaposition of their perfect faces and the doll arms is so jarring I actually recoiled when the picture loaded. I would love to have one. Just not of myself. :)

    2 years ago

  • mushroomgarden

    mushroomgarden says:

    i thought these dolls are really eerie.

    2 years ago

  • SallyAnnaSunshine

    SallyAnnaSunshine says:

    wow...that is really amazing...but yeah...all bit uneasy about it! :)

    2 years ago

  • recombobulated

    recombobulated says:

    I'd like to see a middle-aged doll- jeans, t-shirt, graying hair, no make-up, some wrinkles, a little sun-burn, flip-flops, chipped nail polish, and a mug of iced coffee in front of her lap-top. Hey! That's me! My image would be an inspiration! lol!

    2 years ago

  • recombobulated

    recombobulated says:

    I wouldn't be waving like that, tho.

    2 years ago

  • yimmekedesign

    yimmekedesign says:

    At the risk of sounding negative, I think expensive weddings are overrated, and a burden on parents and couples to be. It would be great if more brides would stop falling for the image and stop following the big business crowd. Be original, green and unpredictable on your big day...a lot of Etsy sellers are a great help with that. Instead of having a doll, I would spend my money on a cozy, fluffy retro couch so I can enjoy it with my honey and all my last forever friends and family...and it would be the center of all my wedding pictures....!!!

    2 years ago

  • NekozukiYarns

    NekozukiYarns says:

    I remember the doll shops in Japan...They were freaky. I didn't like it, and I don't think I really like this, either.

    2 years ago

  • EclecticAffinity

    EclecticAffinity says:

    there is an interesting sort of juxtaposition seeing the very lifelike face fixed to an obviously Barbie-esque body...

    2 years ago

  • sanmarnastyle

    sanmarnastyle says:

    I think these dolls are quite awesome, like a barbie doll of yourself. Of course if I had one made when I got married, I would probably have burned it by now because it didn't age as I have (:

    2 years ago

  • ShimmeringShack

    ShimmeringShack says:

    I hadn't heard of the uncanny valley before. Interesting. Especially the Wikipedia graph & theory.

    2 years ago

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage says:

    At some point it goes into a closet. Don' t think I want to stare at a younger, prettier version of myself 20 years from now. Or, for some men it could be the ideal woman!

    2 years ago

  • justmejewelry

    justmejewelry says:

    this is pretty scary.

    2 years ago

  • BloomAndBarnacle

    BloomAndBarnacle says:

    Freaky, freaky, freaky! But ink that hardens into plaster? Amazing!

    2 years ago

  • ApricotStreet

    ApricotStreet says:

    I think the execution is cool ^_^

    2 years ago

  • designgirl19

    designgirl19 says:

    I think the dolls are amazing, very talented, and cool of you to capture that special moment.....

    2 years ago

  • Iammie

    Iammie says:

    They look so real!

    2 years ago

  • littlebugjewelry

    littlebugjewelry says:

    That would freak me out a little . . .and yet it is kinda cool too.

    2 years ago

  • shopmeowzy

    shopmeowzy says:

    I wonder how many people are going to consider asking for dolls of their favourite actresses and actors?

    2 years ago

  • BonnieCastle

    BonnieCastle says:

    This is very interesting. A bit freaky but totally memorable and possibly a very interesting thing to have...

    2 years ago

  • windupgirl

    windupgirl says:

    wow! i know everyone is saying it's creepy, but it's not a robot or anything. it's like a barbie-doll version of you, and who wouldn't think that is kind of rad? and a {teensy} bit narcissistic. ok, and maybe a little creepy. :o) humans are definitely weird.

    2 years ago

  • astronuts

    astronuts says:

    The doll seems to be alive. Wonderful work!!

    2 years ago

  • Katscauldron

    Katscauldron says:

    I collect BJDs and think a few companies could take notes from this company and procedures for their repro dolls of celebs [movie themed]! It is uncanny what they have done with the facial features of these dolls, they really look real! Leave it to a Japanese company to be the first for a somewhat weird new take on wedding memorabilia! They need to do the groom doll too! They are maybe a little creepy but only because they have crossedd a whole new threshold in reality dolls

    2 years ago

  • ConfettiWestern

    ConfettiWestern says:

    all the cake I could eat with that money

    2 years ago

  • vitamini

    vitamini says:

    Those are really creepy! When I looked at the first picture I thought it was just a trimmed photo attached to the dolls head, I never would have guessed that the face was painted! They are very well done, but I don't think I'd ever want one, of myself or anyone else!

    2 years ago

  • amirandas

    amirandas says:

    I guess I could wait till the price goes down and I'll get mine... even though I got married just this year. :-/

    2 years ago

  • TheScarfTree

    TheScarfTree says:

    That is amazing! Particularly the faces! Unbelievable! Not my "cup of tea" and a huge waste of money in my opinion (but I am not paying)! I agree with the comment above, there is a lot of cake you can eat with that money or spend it on something much more worthwhile, because the more I think of it, it is actually incredibly vain! Good article! Thanks!

    2 years ago

  • FauxFurPetBakery

    FauxFurPetBakery says:

    Technology being utilized in this way is so amazing. The artwork is impeccable. However, as amazing as this artist and the idea is - very weird and quite creepy for my taste.

    2 years ago

  • hoganfe

    hoganfe says:

    Technology & the imagination are just limitless - very creative.

    2 years ago

  • MootiDesigns

    MootiDesigns says:

    I actually like it. A little pricy, but cool!

    2 years ago

  • EtsyPatternClub

    EtsyPatternClub says:

    Creeeeeeepy, yes . . . but imagine how this technique could be used in the medical field for PROSTHETIC devices . . . and Michael Jackson's nose. No more wax museums . . . oh, and instead of hair wigs, maybe we can have face "wigs" instead of plastic surgery?

    2 years ago

  • WeddingAmbience

    WeddingAmbience says:

    All brides want something unique! Here it is!! The technology is amazing and perhaps with a different usage, I'll be able to appreciate it more.

    2 years ago

  • Sylvenger

    Sylvenger says:

    Very cool, except for the weirdly jointed arms. Those are what make it creepy for me.

    2 years ago

  • blueberryshoes

    blueberryshoes says:

    weddings have become twisted from simple and truly romantic occasion, to showy displays which detract from the actual love between the bride and groom. stuff like this just adds to the pot of marital delusion. why start off on this kind of foot? like i said, keep it real...just as marriage will turn out to be! the more emphasis you put on that wedding day, the more let down you will be the next morning and the rest of your life. focus on the marriage after the wedding day instead, and see how much less energy you put into trying to make it perfect :)

    2 years ago

  • knitfitt

    knitfitt says:

    Yes to the exciting technology. But does custody of the doll go in the Prenup?

    2 years ago

  • blueberryshoes

    blueberryshoes says:

    p.s. spend the 1000+ on things you need to make your new house a home ;)

    2 years ago

  • LoveYourBling

    LoveYourBling says:

    creepy

    2 years ago

  • greymaggy

    greymaggy says:

    I would be creeped out to have this in my home after the wedding!

    2 years ago

  • glitterfrogdesigns

    glitterfrogdesigns says:

    I'm trying to imagine how I would feel 30 years from now, looking at a doll that looked just like me 30 years ago. *shudder*

    2 years ago

  • tararie

    tararie says:

    Very cool! Neat idea to immortalize an age when you felt really good about your appearance maybe...custom sculptures and or portraits are usually pricey...this is no different only so much more realistic!

    2 years ago

  • lauraprentice

    lauraprentice says:

    ooh scary!

    2 years ago

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy says:

    this is really brilliant and unbelievable spooky. imagine walking home to your mini-me waiting for you. everyday.

    2 years ago

  • econica

    econica says:

    scary scary creepy..:)

    2 years ago

  • MorningFlyer

    MorningFlyer says:

    I thought I was looking at a photo of a model, THEN I noticed the jointed limbs. Awesomely creepy!

    2 years ago

  • gringrimaceandsqueak

    gringrimaceandsqueak says:

    What the hey??? :) That's great- and really interesting article, too. As an artist too, interesting to read about the uncanny valley.

    2 years ago

  • MerCurios

    MerCurios says:

    Very, very freaky.

    2 years ago

  • MerCurios

    MerCurios says:

    Oh, and narcissism at its finest, I guess. ;)

    2 years ago

  • memeandmoss

    memeandmoss says:

    Amazing technology! The dolls are pretty but creepy~

    2 years ago

  • AnnetteRene

    AnnetteRene says:

    I've never been a fan of dolls - and even though I find these creepy I'm fascinated by them! I mean... it's incredible work!

    2 years ago

  • IWillFly

    IWillFly says:

    I think the dolls are *amazing*! And, they aren't just making them for brides. It's just that a lot of people feel that a wedding is an excuse to do something expensive that they wanted to do otherwise, anyway.

    2 years ago

  • DiegoHopscotch

    DiegoHopscotch says:

    The work it's self it incredible, but I'm not so sure I would want a tiny replica of me or my husband greeting me from my dresser in the morning!

    2 years ago

  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections says:

    A pretty cool application of 3-d printers - never thought of using that for this application. You can see how these 3-d printers work here.. http://www.makerbot.com/

    2 years ago

  • stockannette

    stockannette says:

    I'm with LittleWren!

    2 years ago

  • haleomana

    haleomana says:

    Creepy but a great display of technology.

    2 years ago

  • bookmarksNbangles

    bookmarksNbangles says:

    ok that's a bit strange and freaky. I'd much rather have a good photographer.

    2 years ago

  • flameonglass

    flameonglass says:

    I love them. I don't see why they have to be 'bridal dolls', although if they are made for that I don't have a problem with it & I have seen more money spent on sillier things. They make as much sense as a $2,000 designer handbag.

    2 years ago

  • ruthiebell

    ruthiebell says:

    Where would you put that thing???

    2 years ago

  • sadieloohoo

    sadieloohoo says:

    Amazing the things people dream up, the technology to make them and the skills the people have!

    2 years ago

  • LateNightMuse

    LateNightMuse says:

    It is a little creepy at first, but I could see why people do it-not only will they have pictures, but an actual tangible replica of themselves at their finest that maybe someday thier great, great...grandchildren can cherish. People allready have photos of their relatives hanging around, and sometimes even busts-I think this would be pretty cool to have as something to pass down in a family.

    2 years ago

  • FreakyPeas

    FreakyPeas says:

    I could put one of myself on the counter and go take a nap. No one would know I wasnt there.....

    2 years ago

  • PariDesign

    PariDesign says:

    What surprises me is - that for a $1,770 you get this cheep looking body with this perfectly made head. I would rather spend more and have a more realistic looking body or cover the doll in a very very very long dress :)

    2 years ago

  • AliceCloset

    AliceCloset says:

    Wowww! So freaky...

    2 years ago

  • VeyCourtCottage

    VeyCourtCottage says:

    Facinating technology, hardening ink? Wow, never heard of it. The hand painting of the faces is amazing.

    2 years ago

  • destroymodernart

    destroymodernart says:

    I'm scared of things that look real but aren't...and weddings!

    2 years ago

  • ManicTarot

    ManicTarot says:

    Really amazing artwork there. Still, it would have freaked me out if I'd ended up with one of these at my wedding.

    2 years ago

  • anawhat

    anawhat says:

    weird, taunting and somewhat beautiful. both weddings and clone dolls..

    2 years ago

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts says:

    Interesting but a little creepy.

    2 years ago

  • EverErin

    EverErin says:

    Ugh this is so creepy.

    2 years ago

  • vonderschonenrapunze

    vonderschonenrapunze says:

    geez....if they made them life size, they could market them as 'stepford wives.'

    2 years ago

  • elishalong

    elishalong says:

    Amazing!! And really creepy at the same time. Eeks.

    2 years ago

  • KathyPanton

    KathyPanton says:

    wow that is seriously freaky it would be interesting though to have the doll to look back on after 40 yrs of marriage or something..... however if you were divorced youd want to make sure the husband didnt get hold of it in the dividing up of assets and stick pins in it......

    2 years ago

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns says:

    This is kinda scary to me.

    2 years ago

  • 99years

    99years says:

    I like that zombies are at the absolute lowest point of the Uncanny Valley.

    2 years ago

  • bedouin

    bedouin says:

    Eeek haunting... tho I can't stop looking at it. I knew I shouldn't have had a cup of coffee before going to bed ~ and now this!

    2 years ago

  • Marumadrid

    Marumadrid says:

    Here in Madrid you can go to a store to get a 3d figurine of yourself... Yup, that's freaky.

    2 years ago

  • Guchokipa

    Guchokipa says: Featured

    The process is rather fascinating... but we must keep in mind the cultural context. Weddings in Japan (especially White Weddings as they are called) are a huge industry. Traditionally weddings in Japan are a huge social occasion, and I don't mean in this how we typically think of it in the West. Since reciprocity is one of the main arteries that keeps Japanese society flowing, weddings have always served as an opportunity for social cohesion. What has happened is that the modern couple no longer has time for the traditional social customs involved with bringing two families together so everything gets smashed together into a one day affair with much fanfare and expense. Many times the bride changes into at least four different gowns during the reception, each time making an entrance with a spotlight and an overture blasting from the speakers. Having been to these ceremonies several times, I think the dolls would just blend in with the rest of the excessiveness. And in a positive light, the brides might like such a realistic portrait for when their blush fades and the honeymoon photos are buried under pictures of their children and grandchildren. If nothing else, it is something to put in the window to scare off burglers while on vacation.

    2 years ago

  • julianbby2011

    julianbby2011 says:

    I think it's wired..really, the japanese always have the freaky idea...ahaha

    2 years ago

  • aiseirigh

    aiseirigh says:

    Not gonna front here...I want one now, real real bad...lol

    2 years ago

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies says:

    Wow. The dolls are cute in a scary way...

    2 years ago

  • TruStudio

    TruStudio says:

    wow.. i am still stuck on the ink that turns into Plastic.. i cant wrap my brain around that..how and when did we come up with that. ok and $1700 do you know what i could do with that money.. not Clone myself unless that clone plans to go out and make more money for my family then cool. but creepy is definitely what i am thinking here. yours truly stunned and inspired

    2 years ago

  • lechatclothing

    lechatclothing says:

    Reallly freaky but I would still love one!

    2 years ago

  • MishaGirl

    MishaGirl says:

    Freak-tastic! It's a little creepy at first...but I love it!

    2 years ago

  • roseandlotus

    roseandlotus says:

    beautiful dolls but kinds freaky in some way. :)

    2 years ago

  • strawberryluna

    strawberryluna says:

    Absolutely terrifying.

    2 years ago

  • SmallkineCreations

    SmallkineCreations says:

    It's creepy but yet amazing how technology can do that these days. And yeah, I think I want one too! =) Aloha.

    2 years ago

  • MadisonStreetVintage

    MadisonStreetVintage says:

    Whoa! I want one!

    2 years ago

  • moonlytkitty

    moonlytkitty says:

    Okay.. that's freaky and creepy and cool at the same time. Their faces don't match their bodies... if that makes sense.

    2 years ago

  • AdornmentsbyDebbie

    AdornmentsbyDebbie says:

    ok that is too weird

    2 years ago

  • Krystyna81

    Krystyna81 says:

    someday...I hope we can focus on the beauty of a long-lasting marriage and not the fleeting moments of dressing up for a day.

    2 years ago

  • PyxusPassionProject

    PyxusPassionProject says:

    I love it... It's like a 3D reminder of how crazy you were the year you got married. ;)

    2 years ago

  • wrightsonarts

    wrightsonarts says:

    hmm unusual, but the japanese like to be differant :-)

    2 years ago

  • 5gardenias

    5gardenias says:

    WOW--absolutely wild! amazing human quality of expression and detail giving the dolls such a heightened realistic quality-- totally captivating! and yes-- i can see this technique being used for so many different applications-- super feature-- thanks!

    2 years ago

  • jenjenpb

    jenjenpb says:

    It is a bit creepish...but amazing! Wonder what mine would look like...weird.

    2 years ago

  • sandboxcastle

    sandboxcastle says:

    A bit creepy but yeah the dolls look beautiful.. until I remember they look like a real person and that's creepy 0_o

    2 years ago

  • RadicallyRetro

    RadicallyRetro says:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Number_12_Looks_Just_Like_You Synopsis In a future society, all young adults go through a process known as "the Transformation," in which each person's body and face are changed to mimic a physically attractive design chosen from a small selection of numbered models. The process gives everyone a beautiful appearance, slows deterioration due to age and extends a person's lifespan, and makes the recipient immune to any kind of disease. The motive of the Transformation is social harmony. According to Professor Sig, a psychologist with the Transformation service, "Years before, wiser men than I . . . saw that physical unattractiveness was one of the factors that made men hate, so they charged the finest scientific minds with the task of eliminating ugliness in mankind." 18-year-old Marilyn Cuberle decides not to undergo the Transformation, seeing nothing wrong with her unaltered appearance. Nobody else can understand Marilyn's decision, and those around her are confused by her displeasure with the conformity and shallowness of contemporary life. Her "radical" beliefs were fostered by her now-deceased father, who gave Marilyn banned books and came to regret his own Transformation years earlier (we learn that he committed suicide upon the loss of his identity). Despite continued urging from family, doctors, and her best friend, Marilyn is still adamant about refusing the operation. She insists that the leaders of society don't care whether people are beautiful or not, they just want everyone to be the same. Her pleas about the "dignity of the individual human spirit" and how "when everyone is beautiful, no one will be" have no impact. After being driven to tears by the inability of anyone to understand how she feels, she is put through the procedure and (like all the others) is enchanted with the beautiful result. Dr. Rex, who operated on Marilyn, comments about how some people have problems with the idea of the Transformation but that "improvements" to the procedure now guarantee a positive result, thus indicating that there may be modifications made to the mind as well. Marilyn reappears, looking and thinking exactly like her best friend Valerie. "And the nicest part of all, Val," she gushes, "I look just like you!" The last shots are of her, admiring herself in the mirror and smiling.

    2 years ago

  • RadicallyRetro

    RadicallyRetro says:

    The Best Twilight Zone ever… Number 12 Looks Just Like You…. written by John Tomerlin (adapted from Charles Beaumont's story "The Beautiful People". First published in the September 1952 issue of if credited to Beaumont alone.)

    2 years ago

  • RadicallyRetro

    RadicallyRetro says:

    The best Twilight Zone EVER…. Number 12 Looks just like You written by John Tomerlin (adapted from Charles Beaumont's story "The Beautiful People". First published in the September 1952 issue of if credited to Beaumont alone.)

    2 years ago

  • TheRetrievers

    TheRetrievers says:

    ::blood-curdling scream::

    2 years ago

  • TextilePlatypus

    TextilePlatypus says:

    They are fun! I think the groom deserves a try, too, I would not let her be alone in that special moment :)

    2 years ago

  • IslaNewYork

    IslaNewYork says:

    This is wicked cool!!! But also, slightly bizarre! The faces are so realistic, while the bodies are so standard - what a funny juxtaposition!

    2 years ago

  • XSweetWarriorx

    XSweetWarriorx says:

    I want one...just not one of myself...hahaha ;)

    2 years ago

  • intertwingle

    intertwingle says:

    A bit freaky--yes. Expensive--heck yeah. But I'd be happy if this is as far as cloning ever gets. A 3D me might take some getting used to, but a 3D biological copy, to me, would be most freaky and "too far". I am wondering what people thought of photo portraiture when it first came out. Did seeing an exact copy of themselves in 2D freak them out? Maybe this is just the beginning of a phenomenon that will become as normal as pulling out the wedding album that is lost at the bottom of a keepsake box in the attic.

    2 years ago

  • ayanared

    ayanared says:

    I want one! Although I am not at all into weddings... I am super into dolls!

    2 years ago

  • rocktheflops

    rocktheflops says:

    Who gets it in the divorce settlement?

    2 years ago

  • strawberrycouture

    strawberrycouture says:

    Wow this is weird. Japanese love replica robots. Computer recognizes their every movement and gesture? Wow!!!

    2 years ago

  • muffintopdesigns

    muffintopdesigns says:

    voodoo doll, much?

    2 years ago

  • joanajoana

    joanajoana says:

    I like that. (:

    2 years ago

  • QWorks

    QWorks says:

    looks so real, quite creepy...

    2 years ago

  • bitstoatoms

    bitstoatoms says:

    You could make your own with www.shapeways.com if you chose to print in full color or another material such as WSF or FUD and hand paint your own.

    2 years ago

  • Pillowation

    Pillowation says:

    Fantastic! Love the idea! When I saw a photo, I though it's a photo collage - doll''s body and photo of real person. I don't see anything creepy or scary in that - this idea isn't new really, because dollmakers making portrait dolls for many years. But new is technology which allow make process faster and 100% accurate. Maybe even not so new - this technology uses in film/movie/cartoon making. One "but" - doll, made in this way isn't much an artist creation.

    2 years ago

  • OuroborosArt

    OuroborosArt says:

    Very cool, and a little creepy. But not as creepy as some porcelain dolls I've seen...

    2 years ago

  • aromaticbodyoils

    aromaticbodyoils says:

    Those are very beautiful, but I would personally not want anything like that. But for those who do and have the money, go for it.

    2 years ago

  • carolinabenoit11

    carolinabenoit11 says:

    I think I might be weird! But I actually love the idea! I think it is fun! :?

    2 years ago

  • AntwarePottery

    AntwarePottery says:

    Do I see a covered zit on the top one? On the right side of the nose. Or would we hit the uncanny valley if the zit would be removed? I'll go for one but the price is touch too much for a personalized Barbie.

    2 years ago

  • FrancesPhotography

    FrancesPhotography says:

    they look so human and it is wierd but the Japanese have always been quite original in their tastes.

    2 years ago

  • JennasRedRhino

    JennasRedRhino says:

    These dolls are actually really cool. I would guess that the manufacturer has a goal of mass producing celebrity versions. Can you imagine being able to get a hyper realistic celebrity reproduction? That would be ceepy-cool. You know what has to be next? Pet replicas.

    2 years ago

  • eclecticvogue

    eclecticvogue says:

    I love it! The likenesses are creepy, but the idea is a great one and highly marketable - particularly if the price tag wasn't so steep. Perhaps that would solve the creepiness problem as well. With less tech manipulation, maybe the dolls wouldn't look quite so lifelike.

    2 years ago

  • ysmeine

    ysmeine says:

    I don't find them creepy at all. Actually, I want a whole set of my daughter; from proms to hopefully that special day in the distant future. Photographs are great, but there is something about being able to change the viewers angle at will. To touching the fabric in the replica dress. I also think it would be even more meaningful as you age. Do we throw away our pictures as we get a few extra pounds/ wrinkles/ gray hairs. I love looking at Wedding pics at 60th wedding anniversaries or obit pics when they were young. You get this glimpse of who they were. Besides, even though I embrace the idea of showing your years, I look forward to wrinkles and more gray hair. I still think of myself as that young 18yr old. When i dream happy things, that is how I see myself.

    2 years ago

  • staceyrebecca

    staceyrebecca says:

    uncanny valley!

    2 years ago

  • girliepains

    girliepains says:

    lol go the balljointed babe!

    2 years ago

  • diamondgracejewelry

    diamondgracejewelry says:

    thats just creepy...

    2 years ago

  • narasaca

    narasaca says:

    wierd!! :D

    2 years ago

  • girlindustries

    girlindustries says:

    My goodness, one of these dolls could have saved Miss Haversham a whole lot of effort.

    2 years ago

  • julibabi

    julibabi says:

    whatevs, that is kind of cool. i want one. i mean, this is just a step up from bobbleheads, right?

    2 years ago

  • flamingfuchsia

    flamingfuchsia from flamingfuchsia says:

    This kind of freaked me out when I realised it was an actual doll, not a person! The attention to detail is amazing. The price tag! Wowzer

    2 years ago