Ookay, last week I finally got around taking some photos of Souldoll Vito male body’s posing, but it took me a while to get this entry up.
Last year I already addressed my biggest problem with this body: the chest joint. But I felt that those photos alone aren’t enough to show how much of a hindrance that one bad joint poses (no pun intended) for the body as a whole. So, I took some general posing photos to show how the chest joint affects handling this body.
As a warning: this post will be very opinionated. Souldoll has been one of my favourite companies since I started this hobby in 2005 and back then their Double bodies were the high standard for poseability. So, I’m quite sad that these days they don’t – for whatever reason – seem to put as much effort into engineering their doll bodies as they used to. I’m the type of hobbyist who loves these dolls precisely because they are poseable, and I strive for natural posing, so… when dolls aren’t capable of that, I find it very frustrating.
So, if you go as far as to offer two different versions… I don’t think there would be any harm in making more of a difference between the two versions. You could have the hidden version with less noticeable joints for those who are bothered by joints, and then there could be the shown version for people like me, who actually want their dolls to be able to pose as well and naturally as possible, and who don’t care that much about whether the joints make the doll body look “less aesthetically pleasing” or whatever. Souldoll’s double joints are far, far from looking ugly, anyway. So personally I’m not at all bothered by the joints.
I did choose the Shown Double joint version body for my Berial. It looks very sexy, I love the propotions (apart from the huge feet, he’s a PAIN to find shoes for), the limbs are an absolute dream to pose… … but the chest joint. It ruins a package that would otherwise be absolutely perfect in my eyes.
And now, I will demonstrate this through the photos that I took:
In the end my opinion is… this dude is damn lucky he’s handsome as hell, because otherwise he’d be out of the door so fast. I’d love to get more Vitos, BUT I just… can’t deal with that idiotic joint. All I ask is why: why make it like this? I. just. don’t. understand.
I really wish Souldoll would modify the torso on the Shown Double joint body and move the joint lower to the doll’s waist. That would be so, so, so much better. Especially when there’s the Hidden Double jointed version that could keep this type of jointing, so where would be the harm in changing one of the two bodies? I know that I won’t get another Vito doll for as long as the joint is like this. I’ve talked with some other hobbyists and they won’t even consider buying their first Vito SOLELY because of the chest joint. So… Souldoll is definitely loosing customers over this.
Now, if they had only one type of Vito body available… I wouldn’t have much hope on them ever changing the joint. BUT, THERE ARE TWO. Why couldn’t Souldoll change one of them to suit the needs of those, who want their dolls to pose naturally? Nobody would loose anything, it would only lead to a win-win situation, as people who prefer chest joints and as few joints as possible could go for the Hidden version, while me and others who long for a waist joint and don’t mind the double-jointed elbows and knees could go for the Shown version. Win-Win!
Well, that’s enough venting for now I suppose. I’ll go back to admiring Yosh’s pretty face and cursing that useless torso…