Any Synthetiks-related news, Davecat? (Oct 2008)

typed for your pleasure on 4 October 2008, at 8.09 pm

Sdtrk: ‘De Toowey a Gutemberg’ by Mecánica popular

In doing my daily stats and referrals check for ‘Shouting etc etc’, I’d noticed there was a link to Fembot Central, which is a forum I quite frankly should’ve joined years ago. Really, the only reason why I haven’t done so is the same reason why I’ve not been on TDF in a while — namely, time constraints. I need to become independently wealthy, so I can do Other Things apart from wasting my life away at work. Ahh, Wilde; reading your fantastic essay ‘The Soul of Man under Socialism‘ has ruined me. Anyway, bouncing between some of the posts there, I spotted this gem found on the Tube of You: a recent advert for Tokyo Gas.

A forum member by the name of andoroido was kind enough to give an overview:

It’s an ad for a home gas-cogeneration system. [Generate your own electricity using natural gas, and the generator’s waste heat can be used to make hot water, etc.]

She’s slumped on the sidewalk and asks him for a recharge.
She thanks him for the charge and offers to pay for the electricity.
He says it’s she doesn’t have to, and explains the system.
Then he talks about a home sauna, then kinda says “Robots and saunas don’t mix, do they?”
She robo-blushes, and he says “You’re blushing!”

I guess it’s as suggestive as the gas company wants to get.

Cute? Yes. There’s something I like about you, Japan, but I can’t quite put my finger on it…

Speaking of cute, have you met Phoenix Studios’ Miss October?

At least she comes with her own transportation

O goodness. I like how she’s wearing some kinda French maid… Gothic Lolita… Hogwarts student-type outfit; that’s a little insane. But it’s not over-the-top, which is important. Besides, how long will she really be wearing it? *sly wink to camera*
Now, my question is: what will Phoenix Studios do come December of this year? Cos Miss November will be the last Boy Toy they make, and then there are the other three lasses in the Boy Toy Seasons line. Unless, of course, they have a secret agenda that I’m not privy to… This year went by quickly!

Also, there’s a new Doll manufacturer from the States that’s making their debut this month; their girl is called Ruby13.

This is the only G-rated photo I could find

Visually, she reminds me of a cross between the late-lamented SuperBabe 2000, and the main character from ‘Doll’, an Eighties-era underground comic series from illustrator Guy Colwell. Ruby13 has been in development for the past couple of years, and she boasts having a skeleton composed of thick-walled PVC pipes, flexible aluminum rods, nylon cord, and chain steel elbow and knee joints. She has only one face, but you can buy up to seven different heads, each with a differing expression, that can be swapped out like a 4woods Doll. They don’t mention her height or weight on the site, so I’ll have to do some investigation as far as that goes. In the interest of full disclosure, I don’t know if I’m completely sold on her face, but she’s by no means revolting. Believe me, I’ve seen much, much, worse.
Overall though, not bad! Definitely looking forward to seeing more of her in future…

And finally, last Sunday, Shi-chan and I watched our DVD copy of ‘Lars and the Real Girl’. She made me promise not to watch it until we could do so together, and so we did. Before that, however, we also viewed ‘Rubberheart‘, an indie film directed by Brian Crano, and we also found that to be really entertaining. The case for my promo copy came with a number of postcards, one of which Brian autographed, which was pretty ace. I don’t know what I was thinking, but I was surprised to discover that the film was only about 15 minutes long, including the credits.
Hrrm, how to review this… See, as it’s only fifteen minutes long, I don’t want to give too much away, as the synopsis pretty much details the plot, but I can say this: iDollators will love it, and I think viewers who may not be into Dolls but have open minds will enjoy it as well. It’s a bit like ‘Lars’, but without the phobias, and the ending is a lot more satisfying. Not to say that the ending of ‘Lars etc etc’ was rubbish, but the ending for ‘Rubberheart’ definitely put a smile on my face. Having said that, Sidore and I give it four thumbs up, in the Siskel & Ebert tradition, and think you should give the film a look-in, should it get played in or near your town. The man’s constantly on tour with his work! He’s like the Ramones in that respect. Nice one, Mr Crano!

Technorati tags: Fembot Central, Oscar Wilde, Tokyo Gas, 東京ガス, Android, Gynoid, robots, Phoenix Studios, Boy Toy, Ruby13, SuperBabe 2000, Guy Colwell, 4woods, Lars and the Real Girl, Rubberheart, Brian Crano, RealDolls

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6 have spoken to “Any Synthetiks-related news, Davecat? (Oct 2008)”

  1. Laura writes:

    Is there anywhere you can veiw ‘Rubberheart’ online in it’s 15 minute entirety?

  2. Davecat writes:

    Strangely, no! Maybe he’ll get it loaded it up to or something soon. He’s missing out on a demographic!

  3. Jamie writes:

    I don’t like the look of the Boy Toy dolls. I guess I can see why men like them, but the anime features that are so pretty 2 dimensionally don’t work 3 dimensionally in my opinion. The realistic dolls are prettier.

    Ruby 13 certainly has a lovely face!

  4. Davecat writes:

    Well, it’s like I say: I prefer the more realistic look of a RealDoll or a Mecadoll, so to me, Boy Toys are attractive, but not as attractive as the aforementioned Doll types. However, I still think Boy Toy Dolls are more attractive than the Anna Mae-type that Abyss had on offer for a while. I’d link to a pic of her, but Abyss has not only discontinued the line, but they’ve removed her photos as well.
    Nevertheless, it’s all relative!

  5. PBShelley writes:

    Greetings D.C. and the ever-lovely Sidore-chan 😀

    I’ll have to add my preferences for the more realistic dolls, as the Boy Toys do look rather unusual. But without seeing one up-close-and-personal it’s hard to tell (much as Realdolls need to be experienced). I’ve only seen perhaps three that I’d have to consider opening my (empty anyway) wallet for.

    HOWEVER: I’d love for the anime look to be successfully reproduced in a three-dimensional way, somehow. RD’s Anna-Mae did NOT appeal to me though; the Boy Toys do come much closer.

    Hmm… a life-sized Motoko Kusanagi… my own Ghost in the Shell! Strangely, this idea does not repel me in the least :p

    Anxiously awaiting full pics of Ruby 13, although if memory serves me well the early pics showed a waaayyy-overdeveloped and top-heavy model. I much prefer realistic-looking women, myself, much like sweet Sidore.

    *ouch* And Lily! Yessiree!

    I’ve had quite enough of overly-humungous boobage and such, thankyeouverymuch. Realism rules! Except when it’s TOO real 😉

    PBS, Lily, & Eden

  6. Davecat writes:

    Actually, I don’t know which I’d prefer more — a life-sized Maj. Kusanagi replica, or one of the ‘sexbots’ from ‘GITS: Innocence’. Well, I could have one, and Shi-chan could enjoy the other. Problem solved! 😉

    And yes, Ruby13 can certainly fill a top out, that’s for sure. She’s filling a demographic as well! Soon, there’ll be enough disparate types of Synthetiks out there to appeal to everyone’s tastes! A fine goal, a fine goal. 🙂

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