Doll Leaves is celebrating their 2nd Anniversary this week. The company has grown and their dolls have changed since they opened their doors to collectors in April 2010. Starting with a few tiny dolls and their first line of 1/3 boy dolls, they have since added several more size lines. In October 2011, the company re-launched their 1/3 doll line and now carry both boys and girls. The company is proud of their newest dolls. They asked BJDcollectasy to review their latest boy doll, Evan.
My Doll Leaves Evan arrived 7 days after shipment from the company. The 60 cm size doll came well-packed. The outer box, when opened, exposed the doll’s box with a ribbon tied around it. Once untied, it revealed that Evan came in a box that partially folds open like a portfolio. Inside, the doll was cocooned in his padded roll. My normal skin basic Evan came with the standard face-up and with blue acrylic eyes installed.
Unlike smaller Doll Leaves dolls that I own, Evan’s stringing was not loose. He is also not too tight, so he was easily able to be posed. Evan stood alone easily right out of the box. His resin is dense, opaque, and smooth but not shiny. All of the seams are removed. A little plastic zip bag held Evan’s elf ears (which are an optional addition). The elf ears were blushed. The ears are very easy to change. The head has a rectangular slot that the ear base fits into. There is a magnet at the bottom of the channel and another one on the bottom of the ear base. Once installed, the ears do not shift or fall out.
The new face-ups at Doll Leaves are colorful and elaborate. The style is distinctive. The company has been increasingly specializing in fantasy looks and adding elaborate painting and tattooing on their limited dolls. Another version of Evan was sold for a limited time in light tan “wheat” skin resin with tattooing on the face and elf ears. My doll’s face-up primarily consists of warm browns with dark eye liner and applied lashes, warm light red mouth and cheeks, and a touch of light green between the eyes and the brow. Gloss is applied to the mouth and around the eye rims.
While Evan first appeared bulkier than my other 1/3 boy doll, I was surprised to find that my Ringdoll Pan’s Ring Teenager clothing fit perfectly on him. Evan has slightly bulkier thighs and hips, but this did not pose a problem in fit. The trousers are a bit long and would need to be hemmed or the excess tucked into boots. The dolls’ hands are large and have spread fingers. I wasn’t able to easily pull on narrow-sleeved non-stretching shirts. The doll may only be able to wear some styles if his hands were first removed. All of my 1/3 boy boots fit Evan as well. His resin color is normal pink compared to my Ringdoll which appears more normal yellow.
Evan has double jointed knees and elbows. His hands are easy to place near his face. His knees joints are a little awkward as the thigh piece juts out a little and the back ball of the joint is a bit large. It is not very noticeable under clothing. Evan has upper thigh joints. They are a little harder to position than Ringdoll Pan’s, but they could bend further. There are notches to help hold the leg in place.
Evan’s head is noticeably bigger than Pan’s. Evan’s torso is more muscular than it appears in the company’s body photos. He does not have a body builder physique, but he looks healthy and toned with visible abdominal muscles. With his rounder head and his somewhat pensive expression, I felt Evan looked younger and more like an “anime boy” in style. I especially like his slightly sad eyes. With his elf ears installed, he makes a wonderful fantasy doll.
I tried Evan in a variety of wig colors and styles. He looked good in all of them. Perhaps because of his larger head, the 8/9 size wigs stayed in place. For the photographs, I decided to swap Evan’s default eyes for a pair of green silicone 16 mm size eyes from Safrin Doll which went well with the green tints in his face-up. The iris has a smaller diameter than the acrylics allowing more of the white to show. The eye wells in the head are deep. Round eyes with stems in back would be much easier to install and position, but with a bit of maneuvering, I was able to install his eyes properly.
As I have never personally seen the first line of 1/3 boy dolls released by Doll Leaves, I can’t adequately compare them. Stylistically they appear very different. I think the present dolls are more distinctive with an unmistakable appearance which has become the company’s “Look”. Doll Leaves dolls are available in normal or white skin resin. For the quality of the doll, their price is a bargain. The cost of the face-up is reasonable, and the changeable ears are quite nice. I hope they make more styles of ears in the future and perhaps sell them separately to give collectors more options. I would definitely consider another one of their 1/3 line dolls, perhaps a girl elf to go with Evan.
Doll Leaves – Company website