Arama They Didn't

8:14 am - 02/05/2012

What doesn't AKB48 have: Design studio crafts AKB48 dolls

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.

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kimsoohanmoo 5th-Feb-2012 12:36 pm (UTC)
I WANT! I WANT! I WANT! *_________________*
bubba_kush 5th-Feb-2012 02:51 pm (UTC)
ME TOO ;________________;
kyokutan 5th-Feb-2012 01:23 pm (UTC)
I wanna see close-ups on all the dolls! From what I can see, the Mariko doll looks really good!
queencleopatra 5th-Feb-2012 04:03 pm (UTC)
I thought that too! I want a Mariko! <3
arsinoi 5th-Feb-2012 01:26 pm (UTC)
Whoa whoa! If they ever decide to mass produce them I want a couple!!!
starryz1221c 5th-Feb-2012 01:41 pm (UTC)
... oohhh! Think about all the profit you could get from selling them :)
ichigobanana 5th-Feb-2012 01:52 pm (UTC)
I would so much buy a Mariko ;__; <3
izabera 5th-Feb-2012 02:03 pm (UTC)
These will sell like hotcakes if they change their mind about mass-producing them.
lovely_tunes 5th-Feb-2012 02:31 pm (UTC)
re: dolls

i been looking for patterns on how to sew a simple blazer for dolls. anyone here knows anything?
itskimbitches 5th-Feb-2012 02:35 pm (UTC)
thank you japan. this is adorable. i say donate to little kids who were affected by the earthquake! or mass produce and donate a bunch!
loverboy 5th-Feb-2012 03:26 pm (UTC)
Not even a fan and I want them. I have such a weakness for pretty dolls. :(
kazunika 5th-Feb-2012 03:33 pm (UTC)
i want it!!!!
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energenki 5th-Feb-2012 05:22 pm (UTC)
Memoriiiiiiies<3 TwT
squallina 5th-Feb-2012 03:58 pm (UTC)
They are rather cute. Would like some close-up face comparisons though. Ideally each member would hold the doll resembling them and the camera would zoom in.

taylorniw 5th-Feb-2012 06:18 pm (UTC)
From that shot, it looks like the dolls generally have one stock face. Outside of hair, I don't think any of them look like the actual girl.
unfadingscar 5th-Feb-2012 04:19 pm (UTC)
Petworks already overcharges. These things are going to be astronomically high.
wapiko 5th-Feb-2012 04:32 pm (UTC)
Right? When they struck that deal with Sekiguchi, it was with the intention of making momoko affordable for collectors but they've strayed far from that since 2005. The dolls used to be from the 8000-10000yen range and now the standard price is 13000yen for practically all of the newer ones, with the occasional "special" one being much higher. True, they aren't at the price of the original PW momokos but it's still silly in my mind.

/nerd alert
wapiko 5th-Feb-2012 04:30 pm (UTC)

Did NOT think I would see my girls here~~~
Yeah I'm obsessed (>_>)
I used to be anyway, I've had to start selling mine off. I'm limiting myself to three out of my collection of 10 or so =(

They did a collaboration with Kana once too.
blackdevil2722 5th-Feb-2012 05:08 pm (UTC)
Omg if this ever gets mass-produced I'm definitely getting a Tomochin to call my own.

I wish I can see all the dolls, they all look super stunning.
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