Thursday, 11 August 2016

More information on the new Lammily Boy Doll

While I was writing my last post, I was reading through my emails from Lammily to get my facts right as I went along. I'd just published the post when I found an email entitled "Why it took 6 months to design Boy Lammily. See why in this behind the scenes look..."  

The contents of this email were so interesting to me that I thought I'd share them with you all, as many of you probably have not received the email yourself, as the email contains lots of info' I'm just going to copy it here:

"Our very first step was to get in touch with Dr. Matthew Reed, University of Michigan, because we knew we needed a physical reference for the boy doll that was based on average body proportions and BMI (Body Mass Index).

Dr. Reed uses 3D scans of human bodies in simulations that produce data, which play a hand in increasing safety in military vehicles. We knew that if anybody could help us with our doll’s proportions, it was Dr. Reed.

So, we asked him for a 3D scan of the average 19-year-old man, and were delighted when he sent us the 3D model below."

"Marco Romero, who boasts over 17 years of experience in 3D modeling, used the rendered body above as a foundation for the doll and added the aesthetic details, giving the body more character.

Andrew Dormody, the 3D modeler who helped design the very first Lammily doll, segmented this updated body so that the doll could move around and pose. Next he gave Boy Lammily his clothes, starting with his swim trunks!"

"Thomas DesJardins, who also contributed to the first Lammily doll’s design and who has worked for Disney Animation Studios, created the head and face of Boy Lammily."

"After dozens of revisions to the 3D model after each step, Boy Lammily was brought to life in a series of 3D renderings formed by Tim Jones, whose past work is accredited to works such as the Lord of the Rings series video games and Coca-Cola commercials."

"Each facet of the design process was revisited and reworked many times over, translating into over 6 months of work to make Boy Lammily as endearing, friendly, fun and relatable as the very first Lammily dolls." 

"With the help of some of the most trusted hands and minds of the 3D modeling and animation industries, this is how Boy Lammily came to be! "

Something else I'd like to show you, which was uploaded to the Lammily Blog on 10th March 2016, is an image entitled "Lammily vs Ken" illustrated by a side by side comparison photograph so you can see the difference in body shape, size, height etc..

Out of the two I think I prefer Lammily Boy's shape, I've never quite got on with Ken's and find most male doll's bodies are weirdly proportioned, with either overly muscular chests and skinny little legs so they tend to be shaped more like a gorilla than a human! 

Having said that, Ken's not so bad and has been getting much more "Human" in recent years. 

As for Lammily, I like the idea that he's a little shorter, a little tubbier and isn't ashamed to show off his chest by wandering around in his grundies all day, of course he'd have been absolutely perfect if he'd come with a pair of "Walter White tiny whiteys"!!

Lammily Boy Doll & Photographer Update

As I am on the mailing list, I received an email in March from Nickolay over at announcing that there was now a Crowdfunding campaign to try and get backers for a proposed Male Lammily doll, intrigued I couldn't resist going over and taking a look.

He's based on the average size of a 19 year old (American?) man, has rooted hair and articulation at the wrists and ankles.

The first edition comes wearing a check shirt, shorts and a pair of loafers, illustrated box and story pamphlet and like "Traveller Lammily" gives you the option to name him when you use the passport option on site.
As with all Crowdfunding campaigns there were a number of rewards offered to backers based on the amount of their donations.

Four days to the end of the Crowdfunding campaign, I received an email which offered another Backer's reward to the existing ones... The opportunity to be one of the first to receive the boy doll in a bundle with the new (not quite really for release) Photographer doll for a $45.00.

As you know, I'd already preordered my Photographer doll for $25.00 and was patiently waiting for production to finish and shipping to begin, but when I spotted this reward, I thought "Nagdabbit" and so I decided to see if there was any way I could change my Photography girl order to one of the bundle options, cue email dialogue with Nickolay...

I asked him if it was possible to buy the boy doll as an add on to my existing order; he suggested that I order the bundle via the Crowdfunding page, let him know I've done so and he'll cancel my existing preorder for Photographer, the only drawback with this option being that as the male doll wasn't expected to be available for shipping until sometime after 1st November 2016, so I would have to wait until then to receive my Photographer doll.

Well of course I jumped at the chance, yeah I'll have to wait a while longer for my new girl doll, but this way I'd get the two new dolls for $5.00 less than I would have paid, plus I'd be one of the first to own the boy doll on his release!

lammily email

The Crowdfunding campaign was set up with the goal being to raise $70,000 to enable Nickolay to bring his latest creation to life. When the campaign ended 2,500 backers had surpassed that amount by raising a total of $101,358!

Here's another photo' of him in his grundies, just because...

For those of you who missed the Crowdfunding and want to preorder yourself a Boy Lammily for your collection or for the small person in your life, you can find him here:
Since the Crowdfunding campaign ended Lammily have sent several emails which give buyers, backers, etc. the opportunity to have an even greater input into the design of this doll - not the overall design, but the theme which he'll follow such as his name, hobby and personality traits which will be included in the artwork for his packaging and also in his storybook pamphlet.
lammily email

The winning theme which will be used to illustrate his story was "Being in touch with nature" so not only this boy Lammily a more natural shaped guy but he's also got a touch of the Hippies going on...
As you can see from the above chart there were quite a few options

lammily email

A second vote was announced this one was to narrow down the subject field for his hobby... As the votes reflected "Working with animals in need", so the  chances are his story and artwork is going to be full of heart tugging images, but for now I guess we'll just have to wait and see!

Before I go, I guess I should mention that Photographer Lammily is now available for purchase directly from

Lammily email

 As the preorder date has passed, these dolls ship without a production delay, so you can get your beautiful new girl as soon as shipping to your Country allows.

Lammily email
You can find the order page by clicking this link:


Sewing Patterns for Lammily Doll... Some of them are Free!

 I started writing this draft on 15th February, 1 day before my world plunged into turmoil, so it's taken several months to get this info up and out into the blogger-sphere and I now have a few more Lammily posts I need to get out there too, more than likely you guys already know this information now, but on the off chance some of you do not, here goes...

A few days ago I received an email announcement from Lammily introducing some new  items in their shop... Sewing patterns for Lammily Dolls!

I'm so glad they've decided to go this route but as they have so far only listed 3 patterns in their shop I assume they are seeing how well they sell before they design and offer any more.

At present the available patterns are for a simple tube dress, a skiing style outfit and a thermal looking number complete with cape and boots, each one is sent to your email address as a PDF upon purchase so it's up to you to print a hard copy to work from.

Without further ado I guess I should show you some pictures, here's the dress:

            Exploring Rio Dress Pattern -

The pattern, called Exploring Rio Dress, doesn't come with patterns for the accessories, just the dress and so is the cheapest pattern of the three, costing $3.00.

                      Exploring Rio Dress Pattern -

A link to buy the 4 page Exploring Rio Dress Pattern PDF can be found here

Next up is the skiing style number, called Winter Wonderland Pattern. 

                Winter Wonderland Pattern -

This pattern consists of  all the pieces you need to make a skiing jacket, body warmer, trousers and boots, which when finished should look something like the image below. 

Winter Wonderland Pattern -

The PDF is 19 pages in total and as a bonus for Lammily shop peruses, they have included a link to download a free sample so you can get an idea of the quality and sewing level of the pattern prior to purchase.

Winter Wonderland Pattern -
Winter Wonderland Pattern costs $6.00 and can be found here: 

Winter Wonderland Pattern -

The sample is for the boots pattern and includes easy to follow instructions of how to sew the pieces together, you can download your own copy by clicking this link: 

  CozyWear Pattern

The final pattern is called CozyWear and consists of  a cape, long sleeved sweat shirt, sweat pants and boots.

  CozyWear Pattern

 The PDF costs $6.00 and consists of 14 pages of pattern pieces and instructions to help you complete the outfit. You can access the pattern's page by clicking this link:

      CozyWear Pattern

The linked page also includes a sample of this pattern which you can download for free, this one is for the cape pattern and again it contains easy to follow instructions to help you along. You can find the PDF here:


Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Hi everyone ... I'm back!

Wow, It's been crazy amounts of months since I've been able to get back on here and post some of my many treasures to show you...

Unfortunately the reasons for my very extended absence without as much as a peep of warning are many and most caught me by surprise and sent me into a huge tail spin for all those months. 

I don't really want to drone on here about my woes as this is where I come as a kind of therapy (Dolly - Heaven!) but one thing I will tell you is I ended up having to relocate at 3am a couple of weeks into February due to my stupid pain addled brain forgetting I left a tap running and voila 1 flooded house... It rained in my hallway... from the lights! 

So of course the electric went off and with it the phones, neither myself or Aaron had credit on our mobiles, so we had to wake up our neighbours, use their phone to wake up my parents and get Mummy to come right away and take all my babies to her house, lizard, snake and all - it took until 10am the next day to get everyone in and settled, still on the plus side my cats are very happy with the move as they now have over an acre of land to roam about in, Roxy of course has always loved hanging out at "Grandma's" so she was happy about our misfortune.

Another wonderful thing that happened is the old laptop I was using began to die and blogging without a keyboard and trying to use an onscreen one which doesn't always work, and to cap it off the WiFi card went and I was reduced to using an old dongle which was patchy at best so meh - no posts for poor little Herbie

Still I treated myself (eventually) and today my brand new laptop arrived so as I've now got myself signed into everything and imported lots of other stuff and hooked it up to the Nas,  here I am excitedly typing away and feeling a total sad sack for being amazed how much easier blogging on a working laptop is! 

Here's one awesome thing that happened during that time - well April to be exact, my sis-in-law decided she definitely wouldn't be able to keep her dog now she'd returned to work, so as we arranged in December...  Rocco of course moved in, and now Roxy has a little brother - they get on great, he's ridiculously placid and stupidly cute...

Of course I have to show off a photo' of my new baby boy, so here goes:

Rocco's first bath in his new home.

Behold Sir. Rocco of Pugsleydale taking his first bath in his "new home"... Aaron spent a full five minutes lifting him up, looking into his face and laughing hysterically, over and over until he had trouble breathing, mean really but well he does have one of the most derpiest of derp faces I've ever seen!

I hope you're all sitting comfortably as I have a lot (and I mean A LOT) to share with you all so grab yourself a cuppa and prepare for bombardment!