The ball-jointed doll hobby of much to learn. Not only do you have to learn what all the sizes mean, but also company to company… and even within a size range, the sizing can differ.
So, it’s not surprising that adding Recast to the mix can leave many scratching their heads.
A recast resin bjd is an exact copy of a company doll, but not made by that company. A person, or group, buys different company dolls. They then take the dolls apart and create molds.. Then, the resin is poured into those molds, resulting in a doll that looks like a legit company doll, but isn’t.
This has been going on for… well, forever. It is nothing new to the bjds either.. it’s been around from cars, to electronics, to clothing, shoes, accessories, toys, and food even.. and yes, the well-known music industry. You may think you’ve never purchased a knock off and maybe you haven’t, but I’m willing to bet most people have at some, knowingly or not used, worn, played with, listened to, eaten a ‘knock off’ / copy of something.
Part of the dislike (what I think of as ‘fear’) of recast is the worry over the second-hand market.. is the doll I’m purchasing a legit company doll? Or am I paying an inflated price for a copy? Definitely a legitimate concern and no good solution has come to date. I sold my recast rheia and clearly marked in many places that she was recast.
Are recast really that good, can you be fooled? Oh yes. They definitely are that good. They weren’t always, but many are now.
I’ve only owned two – and have a third in the process.. The resin texture, coloring and weight have been very similar and not noticeably different. I noticed a few places on the insides that were not sanded as smoothly as the legit company dolls I own… to be fair, I’ve had company dolls that have had their own issues and have seen many others, some arriving with cracks, broken parts, missing parts, full set clothing that doesn’t fit.
Want a specific color? Most recasters can do several different colors of resin (extra cost involved) – this adds a whole new possibility to a hybrid doll and who will match.
Turnaround time is currently amazingly fast, compared to a legit company doll.
Is this hurting the legit companies. I can’t know for sure, and I don’t think many others can either (we can all assume one way or the other, of course). But china is known for making copies of just about anything and everything. Most of the legit company dolls are from Asian Countries. It’s my belief the legit doll companies are even more aware of this, and the likelihood of it happening sooner than it dawned on many of us hobbyists. It’s been going on for years in the bjd hobby and only recently have any of the doll companies come out with letters (which, btw, alerted many people to the underworld of recast when they’d never heard it before) about the recast.. again, it’s my belief they did this to stop the influx of messages from people trying to alert them to the ‘issue’ (really, people.. you really didn’t think they were already aware of it?).
Regardless, recast is an option for some and frowned upon by others, but they are here and I don’t see them going away.. not any time soon.. if ever.
I still purchase company dolls, but I also buy recast. I’ll always be honest about which of my dolls are recast, and which are legit. My dolls don’t mind… I’ve got too many ‘real life’ worries that I don’t waste worries on recast.