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~Granado Void~ a Review

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1/3 doll by Granado

My new Void doll is a lovely girl.  The 1/3 size doll from Granado came as a blank basic doll, and she is cast in a warm white resin.  Void-04 is 58cm tall with flat feet and additional solid heel legs and feet. She came with the company’s Maiden body. The resin is smooth, but not shiny.  My doll has all seams removed with no noticeable traces of sanding.

void headI love the Void head even more now that I have it here in person. She has a wide oval face and beautifully modeled features. In her photos, her forehead was obscured by hair.  I had planned for Void to wear a white Monique wig which has parted hair, the shortest of which is a little over chin length. The wig suits her well, with her face framed by hair and her lovely forehead exposed. Void’s face was quite enjoyable to color. Once she had her face, wig and a pair of glass eyes, I tried an SD size stretchy Cheery Doll slip on her which fit perfectly.  I then tried on my Angell Studio 1/3  girl’s white dress, and this also fit Void very well. The doll would likely fit in most standard size fashions.

The Maiden body is sculpted in a slender yet soft style, rather than a muscular look. The body comes with a choice of small, medium or large breasts, and as most of my other 1/3 girls are well endowed, I ordered Void with the smallest size. This size looks about average under clothing, neither non-existent nor gigantic.

Next, I began to test out some poses with the doll. The joints on this body varied in how successfully they worked. Void’s head tilts prettily and moves to exactly where I want it, then holds the pose. There is no bobbling at the neck. Her chest piece tilts both back and forth and side to side.  To help hold the torso in place when pushed forward,  three groove rests for the upper chest piece are molded into the back of the lower torso part.  The arms with double jointed elbows also hold poses well and do not shift from position. The elbow joint’s center part is oval-shaped.  When simply bending the arm at a right angle, this center piece looks best pointed down and the lower arm pivoting off of it.  When the oval is posed in a horizontal position, a section of resin upper arm hangs down past the piece.  When the arm is folded in on itself, the protrusion of the upper arm will once again stick beyond the center piece.  While it does not look like a natural elbow, the posing of the arms works very well. Its structure is not dissimilar to the elbow joints on many other double-jointed dolls.

The legs of the Maiden body were more difficult to pose. On the plus side, there are shelves on the back of the top of the thigh that keep the doll sitting rigidly without slipping out of pose or falling. However, when seated, she could not sit in a ladylike perch with her thighs together- instead, her legs splay out. There is little movement in the hip joint. The legs can only stick out, they do not swivel or move in any other direction. The top of the thigh piece has slits cut for the elastic cord to slide in when moving the legs in certain positions, but they still didn’t give much movement to the upper thigh.  Another problem was knee stability.  There is a cup-like part between the ball of the lower leg and the thigh.  There is a groove cut in this part for holding the knee steady, but I was unable to use the groove to stabilize the leg when it was bent.  The lower legs wanted to buckle or spin. Sueding the joint might improve the problem.

Flaws notwithstanding, I really like my Void. She is a lovely sculpt and she will be perfect for a project I have in mind.  I also like the sculpting of the torso and the fact that Void will fit in many standard 1/3 size outfits. The posing problems with the legs won’t effect my project, but it could be a problem in the future.

 

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elbow with center part positioned vertically

elbow with center part positioned vertically

Void showing how double joint bends

Void showing how double joint bends

back ridges for positioning torso

back ridges for positioning torso, arm bent with oval part positioned horizontally

Torso tilted backwards

Torso tilted backwards

Back of knees

Back of knees

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Void seated on the ground

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Granado box

Doll as packed in box

Doll as packed in box

Doll uncovered with wrapped heel heel legs and feet

Doll uncovered with wrapped heel heel legs and feet