Tangkou number #2 is the Vampire Girl, thank-you Lea for recommending her to me!
Her outfit includes red fishnet stockings, black boots, a corset dress, lace over-skirt, wrist and neck chokers and a black lollita-maid-hat thing.
She also has evenly painted white fangs over plump, bright red lips. Red eye shadow and long red and black crimped hair means she hasn’t got an extensive colour palette, but she certainly fits at home with my doll crew.
The Tangkou doll has come a long way since I first found out about them in 2011 when the only known way (to me) was to import them from a Netherlands website. As I never imported one myself (I got my Pinocchio second hand from a US collector) I never really watched the development of Tangkou closely. Now when you search for these dolls in Google the first hit you get is Tangkoudoll.com which not only lists the small yet varied range of Tankgou dolls, it also lists all the official retailers as well as links to the eBay store.
If you wanted to compare the newer dolls to the old, look no further. Pinocchio (Pinnocchio according to the website) was one of the few
dolls that was on the smaller, Bratz-like body which had apparently broke in the mail on the way to her previous owner. When I ended up buying her I re-bodied her on to a Pullip type 2 body – Nero’s to be precise – and that meant I could dress her in Pullip clothing…although she lives in Nero’s stock anyway. This is why the height is so different between the two in the picture, as well as the fact Vampire is on a thicker plastic Pullip stand and Pinocchio is on a Tangkou stand.
The obvious difference between the old and new doll I have aside from the fullness of the newer doll’s lips is the fact that Pinocchio has terribly uneven rooted and dry hair, while Vampire has a far better quality wig. This is a major step forward, although I don’t think I will be changing out Vampire’s wig as it is better quality than most Pullip wigs.
Now unlike their more well-known dolly competitors, the price of a Tangkou makes it a much more wallet friendly addition to a doll collection. $30 for a basic and $60 for a limited is a lot lower than the easily upwards of $100 you could be paying for a Pullip or Blythe.
I am also pleased to discover that they do not have the same set of eye chips. Pinocchio has green, mauve, silver and red/orange eye chips with pink eye-lids and a single bow on each. Vampire Girl has:
That is silver, mauve, green, these strange clear eye chips and awesome black eye lids with strawberries on them.
Hopefully one or two more updates to come over the weekend, and I’m expecting something big in the mail *cough*hurryupSoom*cough* so that is to come as well. Until next time!