We've come a long, long way since Guys & Dolls hit the Broadway stage in 1950. Today's guys still love their dolls but, well, not in quite the same manner as Frank Loesser & Abe Burrows imagined way back when.
We're talking Ball-Jointed Dolls. These polyurethane synthetic resin figurines feature articulated ball and socket joints and are produced predominantly in China, Korea and Japan for a mainly local, adult audience of collectors and hobbyists.
Appearing on the scene around 1999, the most popular brands of Ball Jointed Dolls are Dollfie and Super Dollfie. In 2007 an American manufacturer introduced the Goodreau Doll. All of these dolls were originally intended to appeal to girls and young women but predictably perhaps, the market was hijacked by Otaku who expend significant amounts of time and money into creating and customizing their favorite Ball Jointed Dolls.
One wonders, are real live women feeling somewhat ignored by devotees of Ball Jointed Dolls? Would, say, imitating a ball-jointed doll attract attention from fans of these inanimate yet anime-inspired objects of affection? Seems rather unlikely but just in case, “Kyutai Kansetsu Sutokkingu” (Spherical Joint Stockings) are now available!
The seller, Selfer.net, has sold so many pairs of Spherical Joint Stockings priced at 2,000 yen ($25) per pair, that the nifty nylons currently sold out and customers are being advised they're on back order. Selfer.net, by the way, is a site that sells clothing and accessories to Japanese schoolgirls... Nope, I'm not surprised either.
Images at the Selfer.net website feature female models in typical Japanese schoolgirl uniforms wearing Spherical Joint Stockings. They don't exactly complement their ensemble and who knows what school staff thinks of them – but really, that's not the point now is it?
It's more likely that dedicated cosplayers will snap up these stockings, hoping to add an extra dash of anime mecha to their own schoolgirl-like costumes. Hey, if you're going to widen your pupils anime-style with big circle contact lenses, faux robot knee joints aren't that much of a stretch. (via Asiajin, Dollfie image via Dannychoo.com)