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~Limhwa Leda~ a Review

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This is BJDcollectasy’s second review article on Limwha Dolls. A review on the 1/3 dolls ~Limhwa & EOS Girls~ a Review  by Limhwa international retailer Emory Sung of The Junkyspot was featured last summer. Emory also wrote an article on the company, ~Limhwa Doll~. Additional information and photos on Limhwa tan Mono by Arrowchild are posted below the Leda portion of the article.

ledaheadWhen I started collecting BJDs years ago, I remember that certain Korean dolls were always referred to with immense respect by fellow collectors for their beauty and quality. On a short list of great BJDs, those by Ji‐Youn Jung of  Limhwa Doll were always included.  After years of admiring them, I finally received my first Limhwa doll before Christmas. An in-stock doll at the Junkyspot, my 1/4 size Leda arrived quickly along with some other items.  I couldn’t wait to reach the bottom of the carton and remove the teal box with gold lettering and see a Limhwa doll in person.

My new 43.5 cm tall Limhwa Leda is cast in normal skin resin. She has a factory face-up and heel feet installed.  A pair of flat feet and resin high heels were wrapped and tucked in the box as well.  There were no eyes, and as Leda has small eye openings, I had to hunt around for some 12mm glass eyes. The Limhwa 1/4 size girls are mature ladies with curves.  Leda has large breasts, a small waist and wide hips, but she is definitely not a Barbie doll! Her sculpting is soft and natural with suggestions of the underlying skeletal structure. She is cast in hard high quality opaque resin with a smooth but not glossy finish. Leda’s general body proportions are closer to normal human proportions than many BJDs.  Leda’s hands and feet were meticulously sculpted by the artist.  Both finger and toe nails are shaped to suggest that Leda should have a manicure and pedicure, which I definitely plan to add in the future. The hands are beautiful and the fingers are elegantly posed. The doll has casting seams showing, but they are very faint.

The 1/4 size Limhwa girl body is double jointed.  The knee part has a roughly triangular shape raised up that is positioned to help hold the leg in place during various poses.  The calf can be folded completely under the thigh. The body also has an upper thigh joint to swivel the leg and also allow it to be bent upward for sitting up with knees toward the chest.  The heel feet lock against the ankle joint keeping the ankle rigid. The resin high heels are cast in the same color resin as the doll.  They may be blushed or painted. The flat feet do not lock against the ankle and they may be moved around. The arms pose easily.  Leda is able to reach and touch her upper back.

IMG_15171Leda’s face looks almost identical to her photos.  She has brown eyebrows, black outlining her eyes and applied lashes. gloss is lightly brushed around her eye openings. The lips, pink and also glossy, are slightly parted with a hint of a smile at the corners of her mouth.  Leda appears to be  a healthy young lady wearing a touch of make-up.

As Leda is a curvier girl than my other BJDs, I did not have much clothing to fit her properly.  My lovely dress by Auguste Designs worked best as the crochet hugged her torso. I will have to hunt for her own wardrobe in the future.

Company photos of Leda that I have seen show her in natural colored wigs.  I tried her out with some of my less natural colors.  As the doll’s head is a bit smaller than my other BJDs, some 7/8 wigs were a bit loose.  She was able to wear a dark auburn wig and pink wig, and looked quite lovely in a red one too.

After years of hearing about Limhwa sculpts, having one of the company’s dolls was like welcoming a celebrity into my home. I was not disappointed.  I hope to assemble costumes and accessories worthy of her!

Photos above from top: Leda’s face-up, heel feet and resin heel shoe.

Leda in (clockwise from top left) red, blond, auburn brown and pink wigs (Photos 2 & 3 from Limhwa)

Leda in (clockwise from top left) red, blond, auburn brown and pink wigs (Photos 2 & 3 from Limhwa)

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1/4 Limhwa girl hands (Photo from Junkyspot)

1/4 Limhwa girl hands (Photo from Junkyspot)

Lower body showing knee joints, faint seam lines

Lower body showing knee joints, faint seam lines

Heel and flat foot

Heel and flat foot

Double knee and upper thigh joints

Double knee and upper thigh joints

1/4 girl body (photo by Junkyspot)

1/4 girl body (photo by Junkyspot)

Leda lounging in her box between photo sessions.

Leda lounging in her box between photo sessions.

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Mono

By face-up artist Arrowchild of Doll Sylph

Mono is a 1/4 size Limhwa boy doll. He is 44.5cm tall. ArrowChild’s Mono is an older doll, ”He’s single jointed, so his posing is a bit limited, but he does have  very nice, expressive movement at the torso joint, and he stands like a rock.”

Below is a brief description and  some photos of her doll:

When my tan Limhwa Mono, November, arrived in 2009, I was quickly smitten!  His resin, (which has aged amazingly well) is a gorgeous color, and the details of his sculpt, like all Limhwa dolls, are impeccable.  Although he arrived with a default face-up, I opted to give him a darker, customized one and he’s since become my resident bad boy.  He generally struts his stuff in clothes from Another Space and TaTa’s Paradise, but I’ve found that most slim MSD lines fit him fairly well.

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