A Japanese toy company called Grand Chariot will produce, for just $208 and in a month's time, a look-alike doll figurine from a submitted photo. Call it cool, cute or creepy... just don't call it Mini Me!
My figurine, my self...
In the above photo, Grand Chariot employees Hideaki Suzuki (left) and Eri Nagase (right) show off their own look-alike figurines at the 64th Tokyo International Gift Show that began on September 4. One must assume clothing is included, as the fit seems right for the size of each doll.
Grand Chariot's look-alike doll service is neither cheap nor quick, but for those who need this type of figurine, the cost and time are justified: 24,150 yen or $208 for each doll, and it takes about a month to complete following the submission of a suitable photo. Are the dolls anatomically correct? Shame on you for asking... er, I guess it depends on what kind of photo you provide.
So, you might ask, who would want such a doll? Cute yes, but creepy, no? Remember that Seinfeld episode in which George finds a doll in his fiancée's collection that looks eerily, alarmingly, like his mother? Yeah, that kind of creepy.
Imagine your girlfriend giving you a doll that looks like her... think you'd be fooling around under its watchful gaze? No way, Jose!
Maybe I'm being a bit paranoid... other non-psychotic uses for a look-alike figurine would be as a prize, or maybe placed atop a wedding cake alongside a look-alike spouse... I may be paranoid, but that IS creepy! You agree?
(via News On Japan, image via PhysicsForums)
Japanese Innovations Writer