Here's the pic of the recent De-Molded Mechadoll body...
If you're wondering who that is in the pic with the body, that is Davecat who you may have
heard about and Amber Hawk Swanson. Davecat has done a number of documentaries on
doll ownership and Amber did a project called "Amberdoll" where a doll (Realdoll) was made
in her likeness and she kept track of events involving her doll & her.
This pic shows a recently completed Sophie that Yves brought with him from home and we
had the chance to see her and to move her around.
Yves, Matt, and Ron their production person were with us at the workshop where the dolls
are made. They have to share space with two other businesses that are in the same building
so their workspace is on the small side. I didn't see any heads being cast or worked on at
the workshop. From what I remember, I think Yves does the heads at home and then brings
them to the workshop. The bodies are mainly cast at the workshop and everything is assembled
I can tell you that the current skeleton that is being used is nothing like the older round tubing
skeletons that were previously used. They now use 1/2" (10-11mm ?) inner diameter square
stock tubing. There is one small strut that goes from the pelvic bracket to the lower back spine
in front of the skeleton ( Front Abdominal Area). They are using bolts with Ny-Lock nuts in the
joints and they do put some Locktite on the threads. Me & Mahtek did bring up about posssibly
using some sort of nut that you could put a Cotter key through (Castle Nuts??)and bolts with
holes in them to prevent the nuts from getting too loose. Ron & Matt did listen to our ideas and
We found out from Yves that most of their doll sales are coming from China and someone even
inquired about having 1,000 Mechadolls created for an event!!
Folks, from what I've seen I can kind of understand why it is taking awhile to get Mechadoll orders
filled. The workshop area is on the very small side and there was only about 3 dolls in various stages
being worked on that I was able to see. The staff only has 3 folks that I saw there with us, so it is
a very small operation.
I can tell you that Yves, Matt, and Ron treated us very kindly and we even had the chance to enjoy
dinner with them. The visit to their workshop was a real eye opener and did answer a lot of questions
for us who were there. If there is any way you can arrange a visit to their workshop, I would recommend
it. I didn't ask Matt if he was working another job and that's why it was hard to get in touch with him.
I hope this post helps to answer some lingering questions about Mechadoll.
Take care! litlluvr, Yoshe, Amiko, Marla and Michiko.