|See also:||Paper Dolls, fanart, fancraft, Customized Action Figures, Ken Dolls|
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Fannish Dolls are dolls made by fans to look like pre-existing characters or, sometimes, objects associated with the fandom such as video game consoles. Characters with speaking roles are the most common inspirations, but there are also a lot of dolls made for "mascot" type characters, such as animals or objects. They may be knit, made of cloth or other materials. Such dolls may also be called "plushies," particularly in anime, manga, and webcomic fandoms.
Sometimes fans dress up existing dolls in clothes that make them look like characters from shows. Other popular activities include posing Ken Dolls in suggestive positions or using dolls to enact episodes (for example, Wobblevision).
a Vincent doll
a Vincent doll available for $199, "Approximately 18 inches tall, his head, hands, and boots sculpted and fired in porcelain clay, "Vincent" is poseable and huggable and is dressed in the finest "tunnel toggery," complete with hooded cloak and leather belt and appointments. He wears a white rose in a leather pouch hung around his neck. Garments are created for each doll and will differ from doll to doll. If you have a preference of outfit, please state at the time of ordering which episode and scene, and we will do our best to duplicate that outfit (though some modifications may occur due to scale). Expect a three-month wait. We do not have dolls made up ahead of time and these things take time. If Vincent will forgive the metaphore [sic], we make each doll from scratch," from Solstice Press
Patrick Stewart dolls for sale (1995), flyer printed in Beyond Farpoint USA #5