Creating an icon of an idol is never an easy task--the slightest details are scrutinized by fans--let alone trying to create 48 of them.
But a Japanese design company has gone ahead and done just that, and the dolls--designed to resemble each of the 48 members of female idol singing group AKB48--are a hit at an exhibition at the Kyoto University of Art and Design.
The dolls were made by PetWORKs Co., whose designs cover a wide range of products ranging from computer software to light aircraft. The company is known for creating the popular Post Pet e-mail software.
The appearance and the accuracy of the black-and-white outfits worn by each 27-centimeter tall doll are stunning. And no wonder: The university’s vice president is none other than Yasushi Akimoto, the creator and producer of the pop phenomenon AKB48. Akimoto has given his approval to the lifelike likeness of the dolls, organizers said.
The dolls have also received a thumbs-up from visitors to the exhibition, which has assembled 550 dolls that have been designed by PetWORKs according to organizers, who added that visitors have been taking pictures of the dolls of their favorite AKB48 member.
That raises the question, when will the dolls hit store shelves?
“More than a few people have asked if the dolls will go on sale,” said one official at the university.
Unfortunately for fans, there are no plans yet to mass-produce them.
The dolls will be on display through Feb. 5 at the university's Galerie Aube in Kyoto's Sakyo Ward.