Wow! Well, getting these two done has been a wild ride! Between mold problems at home and abroad, shipping fiascos and some personal strife, all culminating in these two arriving the day before I flew out for the holidays, they’re finally ready for pre-order!
Pre-order period is now extended till Febuary 15th! :D
Please welcome them home!
So I had originally planned to have these two out in October. Let me tell you a story.
It’s a story about how the best laid plans can go all wrong. And oh how wrong they went.
The short story is that we had a lot of trouble getting these guys through production. The normal turn around time is one month, however, there were mold problems, a head melted on the way to the casting studio, and all kinds of other shenanigans that I hope never happen again. Meanwhile back stateside, the lid to my pressure pot broke(the handle actually) and had to go in for repairs. :/ And some internet harassment, recasting emergencies, and classes I’m taking for my day job(that I had committed to before all this happened).
If I knew it was going to take this long, I’d have scheduled all this very differently!
As is, I’m going to still HOPE to have these two ready for pre-order by Christmas.
The next mini-machina release, however, is going to be pushed back to February. Besides the reasoning that I can’t handle doing two orders at once, I am still working on a new head! I have two I’ve done and are in non-pressurized molds now to do test casts and test face-ups. I’ve also got the cat ears, which will replace the helmet, curing on my desk right now!
So that’s where things stand now! The next Mini will be either pink or gray and she’ll run the same $325 as the previous run.
I’ll update here when I get the samples of the boys in! I am so sorry for how long this has taken and I hope there’s still interest in them when they come out!
Well, technically two since there are two faces to choose from but I’m still working on the second face!
Orpheus, the face seen here, is the first large scale doll I’ve done in years. YEARS.
I’ve been limiting myself to the more cost and space effective region of 42cm and smaller…
but I really wanted to make a larger boy. So here he is! I’m super excited about him.
I won’t have an exact price or color selection until closer to October when I get the quote from the casting company for him.
Since he’s a new size I’m not sure how expensive production will be for him. I’m estimating in the $500-600 range.
Palest pale is a go, but I’m debating on natural or gray as the alternative color! Depending on the interest in him, I may only do a small run of 30.
If you’re interested in him, please chime in and let me know!
Wow, guys! I was overwhelmed by the response to the first batch of Mini-Machinas! They’re the first doll I’ve ever sold out of! As a result, here’s the first renewed pre-order!
Blue is the alternative color offered at this time! Teal is sold out.
Pstt~~ At the time of this post, I have three unclaimed white minis left over from the waitlist! So the first three white minis paid in full will be shipped out immediately. :D
Finally! After two or three years of waiting the boys are being cast and are ready for pre-order!! :D
Find out more about purchasing one on their individual pages:
I’ll post more pictures as I have time. Hope to have lots of pics for you all! Thanks for visiting!
*edited to add* Just got word today that they will ship the samples out tomorrow via EMS. It should be about 3-5 days before they arrive so I’ll have photos and official pre-order starting next week! thanks everyone!! :D
Prototype photos! :D I was going to save it as a surprise, but since the photos show Epsilon on the body, the cat’s out of the bag! You will be able to choose the color, but also the which head you want! Gamma and Epsilon will both be available. You’ll be able to order both heads if you like as well. :3
I will keep early bird orders open for another week before I close them. Remember, early bird orders get a free face-up if they choose! You can find more info about early bird ordering here!
I will also be offering line painting, adding lines to the face-up, and doing custom paint jobs on a limited basis. I can only do a few of those a month, so I’ll take them on a case-by-case basis. More info and pricing when the samples get here and I can get some pictures and examples!
In other news, Machina and Lagoon are in Dolls Magazine’s December issue!
You can check out the issue here! Pg 29 and 33!
The Lagoons are also now in stock!
When you order the doll will ship in a matter of days, no waiting!
There are two face-ups available(shown above), or you can buy her blank.
Machina Gamma is on his way to get the casting started!! The process of cleaning and casting takes about three weeks, then I’ll hopefully have the finished samples in my hot little hands. Muahahaha~
I am tentatively opening for pre-orders for anyone who needs a longer layaway. As always the dolls are funding themselves and I need to have at least 20 dolls paid for before I can place the pre-order. I know a lot of you have been waiting FOREVER it seems for these dolls to be released. I am so, so sorry there was such a long delay.
There is a price change to the dolls due to the casts being more expensive than anticipated. Those who have already paid are not subject to price change and their face-up is included if they want one. This price change only effects new pre-orders!
Either skin tone is now $350. Each doll will come with glass eyes included!
Please specify if you’d like Epsilon or Gamma. You can purchase the second head for $60.
Face-ups are $30.
There are always some minor changes between the finished product and my originals, but if you’re sure that this is what you want, you’re welcome to start the pre-order process now before I get the samples back.
Samples should be here in about two weeks!
There will be two colors of resin offered with 30 pieces of each. One will be a pure ghost white(similar to what’s shown above or the white semi-transparent lagoon here) and the other will depend on how the samples turn out. He’ll be either gray or blue-gray.
The approximate wait time till the dolls get here physically will be about 3-5 months depending on how fast I get to 20 orders. It usually takes about a month and a half to get the dolls in after the final order is sent. I will send the order hopefully by Nov 30th, but no later than Dec 15th. Depending on the casting studio’s schedule(it’ll be christmas! I can’t believe the year has gone by so fast!) we should see the dolls in a month and a half. That’s all judging by how the process has gone with Lagoon.
When I get the samples I’ll make official announcements, but for now, I want you guys who’ve been so loyal and supportive to have a chance to get one of the boys!! :D
If you want to place an early bird order you can email me at batchix (at) yahoo (dot) com!
Also check out the new page i’ve added for finished and painted dolls! The last of the hand cast dolls is up there. :D All the proceeds from him will go to fund the casting of rest of the boys!
Working hard! Last of the hand cast machina boys will be up for sale soon. I’m still debating on whether to put him on ebay for auction or etsy at a set price. All proceeds from him will go toward getting the boys cast!
I’ll open layaway pre-orders when i send him out for casting, which will probably be at the end of September when Lagoon arrives here. It’ll take a month for the molding process, and then once I get the samples I’ll open it up for regular pre-orders. My plan is that will help people who need more time to get funds together.
wish me luck!