Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Review of Hujoo Freya
The first time I ever saw this doll I thought she was weird-looking and didn't like her, so it's really really, interesting that I actually OWN ONE now. You see, I was never a fan of anthropomorphic dolls. Really, the closest I ever came to liking anthros was my deep childhood love for Bugs Bunny. Hee hee.
So ... I began noticing these cat dolls on the Junky Spot Facebook page, and they seemed to be really popular. They kept selling out. I was fascinated by them, but didn't actually love them at first. The fascination continued over a couple of months, and they steadily grew on me. I was converted over time from thinking they were a little too odd for me, to squeeeing over their cuteness. (How many "E"s does the word "squeeeing" have?) Admit it: Cat faces are cute. Cat paws are cute, too. Cat tails are cute.
I kind of wish they'd had a rounder, more cartoonish body. They use the same female body as many of the other Hujoo dolls (the ones with human heads, I mean), but with cat feet and paws, and a tail. They're 23cm/9" tall.
They come unpainted, with no eyes as a do-it-yourself dolly kit. (They DO come already strung, though.) You have to buy the eyes separately (size 16mm). The first production run of these dolls had an issue with the pegs in the head plate not fitting properly. You had to sand the pegs down a bit to get them to fit right. Mine was first production run, and she didn't really require a lot of sanding. I found that some plain old sandpaper did the trick quite nicely, and didn't take a lot of time.
Anyway, they're only available at one store right now: The Junky Spot in California, USA. Although they're produced by Hujoo, they are an exclusive to just that one store. (The store's owner co-designed them with Hujoo.) ... No, I don't get anything for promoting the doll or the store (I never do), but since I bothered to do a review of them, I thought I might as well tell you where you could get them.
By the way, in case someone is interested: I did my faceup with acrylic paint (nose, black eyeliner and mouth lines) and oil-free watercolor pencil (everything else). The eyes are 16mm glass Soom eyes.