Saturday, June 17, 2017

Identifying a Recast: Minifee Moe

I recently made an international trade for a Minifee Celine. After waiting patiently, the beautiful Fairyland box arrived in the mail with Celine inside. The downside though, is that Celine turns out to be recast.

I won’t show the head or share any identifying information on the trade partner, as I do believe she had no idea it was recast. We have started working out a solution and I’m waiting for the outcome.

In the meantime, I figured I would share a little bit on how to identify a recast. I’ve seen my share of legit and recast dolls, especially Minifees. So for those who are unfamiliar with recasts, please feel free to use this as a starting point in determining the legitimacy of your Minifee.

So just explanation, this is a Minifee Celine in “normal” skin on the Moe Line body.

For starters you can tell right away that the color and the resin is wrong. Fairyland has a nice pinkish color and this doll looked too pale for both a brand new or mellowed Minifee. The resin also has a shiny appearance to it. Fairyland resin is smooth but matte and unless you sand it or scrub it too much with a Mr. Clean eraser, it shouldn’t be shiny. The recast resin also has a translucency while Fairyland resin is opaque.

Here you can see the head cap is very thin on the recast. This happens from the shrinkage of the mold, making all the parts smaller and thinner.

Note the typical shrinkage that happens when a resin doll is recasted. During the recasting process, the molds shrink and cause anywhere from a 1%-5% reduction in size each time the mold is made. So if a mold of a recast is used to recast, you can expect the shrinkage to be greater. If you have a legit doll, you can compare the lengths of “easy” pieces like the forearm or the feet. You may also find that pieces such as recasted hands and feet won’t fit onto legit dolls if the shrinkage is too much.

Another red flag for identifying recasts is the drilling on the inside. Look for flashing inside the joints (extra resin that should have been sanded off or removed). Not all joints will have flashing, but legit dolls will have smooth channels where they’ve been appropriately drilled and processed.

Also pay attention to magnets. In the Minifee Moe Line and Active Line Renewal, Fairyland always inserts the magnets in the back and butt (and all newer heads). Recasts never have the magnets unless an owner put them in. You’ll find the channels where the magnets go are usually thin or misshapen, where legit dolls have very distinct cutouts for the magnets.

I believe this doll was recasted by Steven and Luo because of the polarity on its hands and feet. Fairyland is very particular about the polarity of the magnets so magnetic hands and feet always go on the same way. S&L always flips the right hand magnet and one of the foot magnets (can’t remember which). Legit right hands will be propelled away from the wrist joint.

So this was quite the bummer, but it shouldn’t turn you away from trades if you’re up for it. I’ve have conducted probably close to 100 trades in the last few years and this is only the second time something did not work out.

Feel free to ask questions and I’ll do my best to answer.

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