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Yes, yes, I know, I know--I said I have too many dolls--
--but. What am I supposed to do when Y!J dangles adorable artist heads in front of me? I'm only human.

Teaser picture of inbound . . . hmmm, does this look like a boy or a girl to you?

The seller is vividlabo; the auction photos are watermarked "Doll Mate" and this head is called Hyun (definitely a Korean name, not a Japanese one). Why does "vividlabo" ring a bell? Isn't that either HeavyBomb or Rolling Pumpkin, or am I nuts? There's a powerful whiff of early Custom House about this head to me--that sharp little chin, that slightly bulgy nose, and something I can't quite put into words about the proportions of the face.

In other news, I have an exciting trade in progress for the Jin Woo, and the Megu head is on her way to Hong Kong for a pretty, soft new faceup. Yay for spring!

Back to grading my samurai class's midterm papers. I am so proud of the way this class is stepping up to the unusual material--they're doing much better work than my British Novel students. I'm actually looking forward to grading papers, for a change . . .

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Dandelion faery, that's IT! Boy or girl, that's exactly the feeling I get, too--a creature that's sunny-tempered, but also mischievous and elusive. Now that I look at the auction listing again, I see that the head is on a Volks Tony body, but I think the SD13 boy body is likely to be too blocky and solid. Experiments, experiments . . .

Aren't those pretty eyes? I'm thinking MP Frisco might have a similar effect.

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Ahhhh, don't I wish this head came with a body?! But the Tony body was just for modeling; I'll have to scrounge or reallocate one, once Miss or Master Hyun arrives in a few weeks.

BTW, I was really lucky when I bought my Saiki boy's body on Y!J; I stalked several auctions for a couple of weeks to track pricing, and when I finally bid there was no competition and the price was reasonable even with fees and shipping. If you have the time to put in on some Y!J research, that's not at all a bad option (even though the yen seems to be stronger now than it's been for a couple of years).

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The scrambled mess does sound like a browser issue, or even an operating-system issue. Can you go into your language settings and choose a language pack? It might require downloading and installing one; I'm trying to think back to the last time I had to deal with the symbol gibberish, and I do sort of remember doing that. I had to do a little experimenting to figure out whether Unicode or one of the Japanese packs worked best, but once I did, I left the setting where it was, and all's been well ever since.

Once you get the language showing up correctly, these links on DoA work like a charm: http://www.denofangels.com/forums/showthread.php?t=12499

After I've found an auction that looks promising, I usually use Nifty's online translator instead of Babelfish: http://tool.nifty.com/globalgate/ Cut and paste the URL of the auction into the narrow box (scroll down, past the bigger box at the top of the translator page). Then click the LOWER left circle, just below the narrow URL box, to get translation from Japanese to English. Finally, click the square button on the right, and a new window will open with the translated page.

Of course, it's daaaaaaaangerous to perfect this process . . . ;-)

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