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Aug 25, 2011

by Chappell Ellison

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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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  • johnnyvintage

    johnnyvintage said 6 years ago 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!

  • Guchokipa

    Guchokipa said 6 years ago 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.

142 comments

  • susanandlarry

    susanandlarry said 6 years ago

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

  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    TwinkleStarCrafts said 6 years ago

    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.

  • JasmineLund

    JasmineLund said 6 years ago

    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!

  • DIVINEsweetness

    DIVINEsweetness said 6 years ago

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

  • RedwingedBlackbirds

    RedwingedBlackbirds said 6 years ago

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

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 6 years ago

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

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 6 years ago

    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!

  • mariesegal

    mariesegal said 6 years ago

    I cannot stop looking at them. ;-D

  • rozzie

    rozzie said 6 years ago

    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

  • TheOldGlassChipper

    TheOldGlassChipper said 6 years ago

    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 ........

  • DanasaurDesigns

    DanasaurDesigns said 6 years ago

    kinda creepy!

  • johnnyvintage

    johnnyvintage said 6 years ago 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!

  • audreyjewelry

    audreyjewelry said 6 years ago

    oh!

  • 123Betwixt

    123Betwixt said 6 years ago

    Wow!

  • PolClary

    PolClary said 6 years ago

    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.

  • DrunkenMermaid

    DrunkenMermaid said 6 years ago

    its actually a voodoo doll for your husband lol

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 6 years ago

    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.

  • wahlrus

    wahlrus said 6 years ago

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

  • wolfatc

    wolfatc said 6 years ago

    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. :)

  • mushroomgarden

    mushroomgarden said 6 years ago

    i thought these dolls are really eerie.

  • SallyAnnaSunshine

    SallyAnnaSunshine said 6 years ago

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

  • recombobulated

    recombobulated said 6 years ago

    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!

  • recombobulated

    recombobulated said 6 years ago

    I wouldn't be waving like that, tho.

  • yimmekedesign

    yimmekedesign said 6 years ago

    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....!!!

  • NekozukiYarns

    NekozukiYarns said 6 years ago

    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.

  • EclecticAffinity

    EclecticAffinity said 6 years ago

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

  • sanmarnastyle

    sanmarnastyle said 6 years ago

    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 (:

  • ShimmeringShack

    ShimmeringShack said 6 years ago

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

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage said 6 years ago

    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!

  • justmejewelry

    justmejewelry said 6 years ago

    this is pretty scary.

  • BloomAndBarnacle

    BloomAndBarnacle said 6 years ago

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

  • ApricotStreet

    ApricotStreet said 6 years ago

    I think the execution is cool ^_^

  • designgirl19

    designgirl19 said 6 years ago

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

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 6 years ago

    They look so real!

  • littlebugjewelry

    littlebugjewelry said 6 years ago

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

  • shopmeowzy

    shopmeowzy said 6 years ago

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

  • BonnieCastle

    BonnieCastle said 6 years ago

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

  • windupgirl

    windupgirl said 6 years ago

    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.

  • astronuts

    astronuts said 6 years ago

    The doll seems to be alive. Wonderful work!!

  • Katscauldron

    Katscauldron said 6 years ago

    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

  • ConfettiWestern

    ConfettiWestern said 6 years ago

    all the cake I could eat with that money

  • vitamini

    vitamini said 6 years ago

    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!

  • amirandas

    amirandas said 6 years ago

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

  • TheScarfTree

    TheScarfTree said 6 years ago

    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!

  • FauxFurPetBakery

    FauxFurPetBakery said 6 years ago

    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.

  • hoganfe

    hoganfe said 6 years ago

    Technology & the imagination are just limitless - very creative.

  • MootiDesigns

    MootiDesigns said 6 years ago

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

  • EtsyPatternClub

    EtsyPatternClub said 6 years ago

    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?

  • WeddingAmbience

    WeddingAmbience said 6 years ago

    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.

  • Sylvenger

    Sylvenger said 6 years ago

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

  • blueberryshoes

    blueberryshoes said 6 years ago

    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 :)

  • knitfitt

    knitfitt said 6 years ago

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

  • blueberryshoes

    blueberryshoes said 6 years ago

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

  • LoveYourBling

    LoveYourBling said 6 years ago

    creepy

  • greymaggy

    greymaggy said 6 years ago

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

  • glitterfrogdesigns

    glitterfrogdesigns said 6 years ago

    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*

  • tararie

    tararie said 6 years ago

    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!

  • lauraprentice

    lauraprentice said 6 years ago

    ooh scary!

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 6 years ago

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

  • econica

    econica said 6 years ago

    scary scary creepy..:)

  • MorningFlyer

    MorningFlyer said 6 years ago

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

  • gringrimaceandsqueak

    gringrimaceandsqueak said 6 years ago

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

  • MerCurios

    MerCurios said 6 years ago

    Very, very freaky.

  • MerCurios

    MerCurios said 6 years ago

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

  • memeandmoss

    memeandmoss said 6 years ago

    Amazing technology! The dolls are pretty but creepy~

  • AnnetteRene

    AnnetteRene said 6 years ago

    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!

  • IWillFly

    IWillFly said 6 years ago

    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.

  • DiegoHopscotch

    DiegoHopscotch said 6 years ago

    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!

  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections said 6 years ago

    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/

  • stockannette

    stockannette said 6 years ago

    I'm with LittleWren!

  • haleomana

    haleomana said 6 years ago

    Creepy but a great display of technology.

  • bookmarksNbangles

    bookmarksNbangles said 6 years ago

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

  • flameonglass

    flameonglass said 6 years ago

    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.

  • ruthiebell

    ruthiebell said 6 years ago

    Where would you put that thing???

  • sadieloohoo

    sadieloohoo said 6 years ago

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

  • LateNightMuse

    LateNightMuse said 6 years ago

    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.

  • FreakyPeas

    FreakyPeas said 6 years ago

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

  • PariDesign

    PariDesign said 6 years ago

    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 :)

  • AliceCloset

    AliceCloset said 6 years ago

    Wowww! So freaky...

  • VeyCourtCottage

    VeyCourtCottage said 6 years ago

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

  • destroymodernart

    destroymodernart said 6 years ago

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

  • ManicTarot

    ManicTarot said 6 years ago

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

  • anawhat

    anawhat said 6 years ago

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

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 6 years ago

    Interesting but a little creepy.

  • EverErin

    EverErin said 6 years ago

    Ugh this is so creepy.

  • vonderschonenrapunze

    vonderschonenrapunze said 6 years ago

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

  • elishalong

    elishalong said 6 years ago

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

  • KathyPanton

    KathyPanton said 6 years ago

    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......

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 6 years ago

    This is kinda scary to me.

  • 99years

    99years said 6 years ago

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

  • bedouin

    bedouin said 6 years ago

    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!

  • Marumadrid

    Marumadrid said 6 years ago

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

  • Guchokipa

    Guchokipa said 6 years ago 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.

  • julianbby2011

    julianbby2011 said 6 years ago

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

  • aiseirigh

    aiseirigh said 6 years ago

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

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 6 years ago

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

  • TruStudio

    TruStudio said 6 years ago

    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

  • lechatclothing

    lechatclothing said 6 years ago

    Reallly freaky but I would still love one!

  • MishaGirl

    MishaGirl said 6 years ago

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

  • roseandlotus

    roseandlotus said 6 years ago

    beautiful dolls but kinds freaky in some way. :)

  • strawberryluna

    strawberryluna said 6 years ago

    Absolutely terrifying.

  • SmallkineCreations

    SmallkineCreations said 6 years ago

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

  • MadisonStreetVintage

    MadisonStreetVintage said 6 years ago

    Whoa! I want one!

  • moonlytkitty

    moonlytkitty said 6 years ago

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

  • AdornmentsbyDebbie

    AdornmentsbyDebbie said 6 years ago

    ok that is too weird

  • Krystyna81

    Krystyna81 said 6 years ago

    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.

  • PyxusPassionProject

    PyxusPassionProject said 6 years ago

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

  • wrightsonarts

    wrightsonarts said 6 years ago

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

  • 5gardenias

    5gardenias said 6 years ago

    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!

  • jenjenpb

    jenjenpb said 6 years ago

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

  • sandboxcastle

    sandboxcastle said 6 years ago

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

  • RadicallyRetro

    RadicallyRetro said 6 years ago

    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.

  • RadicallyRetro

    RadicallyRetro said 6 years ago

    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.)

  • RadicallyRetro

    RadicallyRetro said 6 years ago

    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.)

  • TheRetrievers

    TheRetrievers said 6 years ago

    ::blood-curdling scream::

  • TextilePlatypus

    TextilePlatypus said 6 years ago

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

  • IslaNewYork

    IslaNewYork said 6 years ago

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

  • XSweetWarriorx

    XSweetWarriorx said 6 years ago

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

  • intertwingle

    intertwingle said 6 years ago

    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.

  • ayanared

    ayanared said 6 years ago

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

  • rocktheflops

    rocktheflops said 6 years ago

    Who gets it in the divorce settlement?

  • strawberrycouture

    strawberrycouture said 6 years ago

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

  • muffintopdesigns

    muffintopdesigns said 6 years ago

    voodoo doll, much?

  • joanajoana

    joanajoana said 6 years ago

    I like that. (:

  • QWorks

    QWorks said 6 years ago

    looks so real, quite creepy...

  • bitstoatoms

    bitstoatoms said 6 years ago

    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.

  • Pillowation

    Pillowation said 6 years ago

    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.

  • OuroborosArt

    OuroborosArt said 6 years ago

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

  • aromaticbodyoils

    aromaticbodyoils said 6 years ago

    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.

  • carolinabenoit11

    carolinabenoit11 said 6 years ago

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

  • AntwarePottery

    AntwarePottery said 6 years ago

    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.

  • FrancesPhotography

    FrancesPhotography said 6 years ago

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

  • JennasRedRhino

    JennasRedRhino said 6 years ago

    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.

  • eclecticvogue

    eclecticvogue said 6 years ago

    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.

  • ysmeine

    ysmeine said 6 years ago

    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.

  • staceyrebecca

    staceyrebecca said 6 years ago

    uncanny valley!

  • girliepains

    girliepains said 6 years ago

    lol go the balljointed babe!

  • diamondgracejewelry

    diamondgracejewelry said 6 years ago

    thats just creepy...

  • narasaca

    narasaca said 6 years ago

    wierd!! :D

  • girlindustries

    girlindustries said 6 years ago

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

  • julibabi

    julibabi said 6 years ago

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

  • flamingfuchsia

    flamingfuchsia from flamingfuchsia said 6 years ago

    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

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