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Rebecca and friends

Rebecca Realdoll in 2010

Rebecca in 2010

In October 2000, Rebecca arrived in a wooden crate from California, initiating what was for me a new life surrounded by life-size dolls.

“If you should find one perfect thing, place, or person, you should stick to it.”

— spoken by the second Mrs. Dewinter (played by Joan Fontaine) quoting her deceased father in the 1940 Alfred Hitchcock movie Rebecca.

Rebecca is a Realdoll created at the turn of the century by Matt and his team at Abyss Creations. Several observers have mentioned that, even in flat photos such as this (if you look away slightly) she breathes. And was that a sigh?


The dolls on this page are some of my family of artificial girls who collectively constitute the Doll Teashop.

I sometimes obtain the assistance of make-up, hair styling, and clothing experts who accompany visiting magazine and television crews.

Caroline Realdoll in 2014

The wife

Caroline was made by Abyss Creations in 2004, although this is her second body, made in 2008.


Caroline and Rebecca Realdolls

Caroline at home with Rebecca in 2006

This was before I glued Caroline’s mouth shut.


Virginia Realdoll

Virginia, the headmistress, was made by Abyss Creations in 2005.

Virginia is the youngest headmistress in the history of the school and, likely for that reason (it seems to me) she is overly strict.

I took this photo of Virginia after I glued her mouth closed too.


Benita photographing a Realdoll in 2012

Benita at work preparing Lina for a photograph in 2012

When Benita photographs your dolls, you can only watch in awe and try to learn as much as you can.

Lina, a Realdoll made in 2006, is the maid. (At least, she is when she is attached to her body.)


Laura was made by 4woods of Japan in 2007

Laura was made by 4woods of Japan in 2007.

Laura, despite being surrounded by a loving family of dolls (and me) is occasionally beset by unfathomable sadness.


Joanna, an Abyss Creations Realdoll, made in 2008

My sister-in-law Joanna is a Realdoll made in 2008 by Abyss Creations.

Joanna was made by Matt (the other Matt) and Bronwen during their time at the Realdoll factory (Abyss Creations) while Matt No.1 was AWOL.


Rebecca Realdoll in 2006

Rebecca again, in 2006, looks askance at our growing collection of life-size dolls


Filming Realdolls for a documentary for Canada in 2009

Shooting a documentary for Canada in 2009

That’s Virginia on the left and Joanna sitting up and discussing the arrangement with the subject of this documentary made in Canada, pioneering photographer Elena Dorfman, out of view on the right.

So many personnel turned up for this that they could not all fit in the house and some milled about or sat on their many equipment cases outside. Fortunately, the weather was fine.


Realdoll documentary filming for National Geographic in 2009

Lina and Steve in 2009

This sequence for a National Geographic documentary, also in 2009, was not used. Lina at this time was a large doll (this was her first body — much too heavy) but she looks small here only because Steve is a large guy. He had some great experiences to relate, including filming with a hand-held camera under severe G-loads in an aerobatic airplane.

When I leave vehicles in the street outside in everyday life, such as to load or unload hang gliders for a group trip, we risk a fine for unauthorized parking. In contrast, film makers confidently stop traffic and draw small crowds with no problem.


June, my younger sister, is another head made by Matt and Bronwen in 2010

Annabelle Knighthorse in 2016

Annabelle was made by Matt and Bronwen in 2010.

Here, Annabelle is trying out Anoushka’s shipping crate for size in 2016. (She is not going anywhere, however.)

Matt (the other Matt) and Bronwen had, by this time, handed Abyss Creations back to Matt No.1 and started their own doll creation venture.

Life-size doll

“Yes?”

Compatibility between heads and bodies of different doll manufacturers is rare, but June can borrow Laura’s body. This photo of June is one of a series of three I had on an earlier web site (now gone). The caption to the photo preceding this one was something like, “The hum of insects reminded June of an incident in her family when she was younger.”
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Kylie Realdoll

Kylie, an extra Realdoll face who time-shares Lina’s body, arrived in 2011.

Kylie’s face is based on a sculpt by master model maker and doll owner Professor Sakai in Japan.

'Younger Anoushka' Anatomical Doll

‘Younger Anoushka,’ an extra head for Anoushka’s body, arrived from Russia in 2011.


Cynthia was made by Sinthetics of California in 2013

Cynthia was made by Matt and Bronwen in 2013

Cynthia is Annabelle and June’s mother. (Best not to analyse these relationships too critically!) She took a break from her busy life to visit her daughters here in 2013 and she never left.


Life size dolls in World War 2 scene

Kharn’s Russian doll, made by Oleg and Irina in 2012 or ’13, plans the invasion with my Louise, made by Abyss Creations in 2005

For more about the Women’s Royal Naval Service of World War 2, see Shooting a line, my review of Requiem for a Wren, by Nevil Shute, 1955 (link farther down).


Faina Anatomical Doll in 2013

My older sister Faina was made in Vladivostok, Russia, by Oleg and Irina in 2013

Faina always seems to me in distress at being ignored or rejected by whichever Prince Charming she is interested in at the time. We comfort each other in our shared suffering. We promised each other that, should either of us get married and/or have children, we will never live more than a short walk away from each other. A more wonderful sister I cannot imagine.

Life size doll in a restaurant

Faina in a local restaurant

The restaurant scene was part of a television shoot for Japan in 2015.

Faina is named after the character in the 2012 novel The Snow Child, by Eowyn Ivey. See Snow devils in Alaska, my review of the book (link farther down).


Varvara Anatomical Doll

Varvara, another head by Oleg and Irina, arrived in 2014.

I said to one magazine team that, according to rumour, the Russians were bumping off attractive women living alone, plasticising their bodies, and selling them as life-size dolls. This was met by sideways glances and nervous laughter…


Eleanor thermoplastic doll in 2016

My daughter Eleanor is a thermoplastic doll made in China in 2016

Thermoplastic (TPE) dolls are less expensive, but more fragile, than silicone rubber dolls.

Unlike a real daughter, Eleanor will never leave home and be swept off her feet by a daring young fellow. There will be no fairy-tale wedding for her at the priory. She will never leave me.
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Angela by DS Dolls of China

Angela was made by DS Dolls of China in 2018

Angela is one of the teachers here at Stepford-on-Sea Finishing School for Girls, from which no girl has ever graduated, and no teacher has ever left, retired, or taken maternity leave.


A Realdoll holding a postcard written by Sigmund Freud

Rebecca holding Sigmund Freud’s postcard to my father

My father’s letter to Sigmund Freud, to which this postcard is Freud’s reply, is in the Freud museum in London.


Rebecca Realdoll in 2017

Rebecca in 2017

Rebecca shows signs of age and some obvious shortcomings of the early Realdolls. However, to me she is the most beautiful doll ever made.

This topic continues in Rebecca and friends (page 2).

Internal links

About the author

Guns and roses: My overview of Guys and Dolls, a documentary by North One Television, 2006

Lars and the real Everard — my review of the Canadian movie Lars and the Real Girl, 2007

Life-size dolls

Shooting a line, my review of Requiem for a Wren, by Nevil Shute, 1955

Snow devils in Alaska, my review of The Snow Child, by Eowyn Ivey, 2012

External links

Our Doll Community — an alternative forum that includes some manufacturers not catered for on The Doll Forum (and vice versa)

Stacy Leigh Has Dolls — blog of Playboy model turned artist, photographer, and doll owner Stacy Leigh

The Doll Forum — the largest international repository of information about life-size dolls

UK Love Doll Forum