The Hong Kong based doll event Dollism Plus for the first time ever took place in Japan today. Unlike the Hong Kong event, the Japanese event focused on whats known as Kaigai Doll ] meaning non-Japanese doll makers.
A few years ago, any non-Japanese dolls were banned from being brought into doll events such as Dollpa and Doll Show meaning that there were no events in Japan that catered for foreign doll makers and fans of their products.
Dollism Plus Tokyo is a venue for all dolls (including Japanese dolls) where folks can take a gander at the latest releases, buy some kit for their siblings and mix with like minded folks.
All the dolls featured at Dollism Plus Tokyo are called Cast Dolls - all made of resin and held together with elastic inside.
Just about anybody (with the right contacts) can start their own line of Cast Dolls on a small budget. If we are talking vinyl however then costs increase ten fold and production is not so easy as metal moulds are required.
A look at the auction models. Infront of each doll is a box where people would put in a piece of paper with the amount that they are willing to bid on the doll. Then later that day, they announce who won each doll. Be prepared to pay up to around 100000 yen for each.