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NEO-FUKUOKA DOLLS
neo-fukuoka is a company that is very difficult to find any info on, but here's a summary of the things i've learned over the years! sorry if anything is wrong or incomplete, i've been looking into NF dolls since around 2018/2019 but there's really not much info to go off of, so if you know anything please comment! =) also sorry, this will be a bit reading heavy

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neo-fukuoka, before they made dolls, made a life-size and drivable replica of the bike from akira. in fact, their name "neo-fukuoka" also seems to be a reference to the location of the movie akira, taking place in "neo-tokyo". i haven't looked too much into the bike because i'm only really interested in the dolls, but i believe the bike was made sometime in the early 2000s before the dolls (here's a wayback copy of their site in june of 2004 which has promo stuff for the bike. the dolls first came about in august of 2004 so i believe the bike must have come first) web.archive.org...

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in 2004, they created 3 different dolls, two of which being the wonfes mascots wonda-chan and reset-chan, and the other being an original character tomo-chan! these dolls were sold at wonfes 2004 summer, and the tomo doll was limited to 20 pieces, at the price of 55,000 yen. i'm not sure how many wonda/reset dolls there were or how much they were, but i'd just assume they were similar to tomo's quantity/price. they have a few messages on their site saying stuff like "thank you! the dolls have sold out" so they seemed to be popular.

reset goth lolita and wonda white lolita, their 2004 summer clothes
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2004 summer tomo
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in 2005 they decided to come to winter wonfes, this time with new clothes/updates for each of the dolls. the winter versions of wonda and reset now had a sort of fur coat(and in some pictures maid dresses) and tomo had a new outfit as well. the cost for each doll was 55,000 yen. the website describes some differences to the new dolls, "costume (winter clothes made with fur / white & red winter clothes), painting method for joints, fixing method for hair parts, and eyes (movable)" i used google translate for that so it's a bit confusing, but it appears that they had fixed up some stuff, added new clothes and changed the eyes to be able to move! they also said that march 1st of 2005 they would be opening a shop for their dolls and doll clothes/accessories in nakano broadway.

wonfes winter 2005 clothes for wonda & reset
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maid costumes
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2005 winter tomo
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they attended 2005 summer wonfes as well, this time with each doll having a cheaper naked version for sale "hybrid doll "wanda & reset" naked version ¥ 35,800, hybrid doll "TOMO" naked version ¥ 32,800" clothes and shoes were also sold. one of the last entries on their site says, "WF2005 Summer Sold Out Thank You. "Wanda & Reset" dolls are sold out. Thank you. Actually, due to the damage of the Fukuoka Seiho-oki Earthquake, new works could not be released, and for safety reasons (and if the seismic intensity is 6, you will die at all), neo-fukuoka, who moved out at the end of August" i think this means an earthquake had destroyed their shop and they had to leave.

the very last entry on their site says, "Notice of participation in WF2006 winter. Long time no see. We will participate in "Wonder Festival 2006 Winter" held on February 19th - Items for sale: None this time. Depending on the permission of the publisher, dolls of famous characters may be exhibited." this is when they had their rei ayanami doll displayed at wonfes 2006 winter, though it sounds like she was not for sale. not much is known about her
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i'm not really sure what happened to this company after this, as they seemed to just disappear suddenly. the akira bike is still talked about even in later years, but there has been next to no info on the company or the dolls. the dolls are extremely hard to find for sale, though two of the tomo dolls were found for sale in 2020! i have seen a few sold out listings for the wonda and reset on surugaya, but asides from that, nothing. if you own one or know anyone who owns a NF doll please contact me!

back to the two sold tomo dolls from 2020, i had bought one, and TIMBY bought one as well! TIMBY has the 2005 winter tomo since she came with her original shirt and skirt, my tomo came with a random dress but i believe her to be the 2005 winter one as well since her eyes are movable. interestingly, inside of tomo's bangs we each had a number engraved! theirs said 20 and mine was 97, it seems that there are possibly 100 winter tomos? also their tomo has "neo fukuoka white production house" engraved on her foot, meanwhile, mine did not. :O

on their website they also list a few books that have advertisements for the dolls in them, and i went ahead and bought almost all the books they mentioned! (i think i'm just missing one) i try to collect every single NF pic, and i have an entire folder of every picture i can find of these dolls (and i always upload ones i find here as well!) if anyone finds any new pictures please show me/upload them! =) and here are some of the photos that were in my books! (i have more in my gallery but i don't want to spam)

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overall, i think their dolls are my favorite dolls i've ever seen!!!!!! i have been completely in love with them since i first saw them over 2 years ago. i was already enamored by these dolls and they were huge grails, but i became even more invested when i bought my own tomo doll. a friend had found her for sale on mandarake, and shared the link with me & i snapped her up asap. she is my absolute favorite purchase in my entire life, she's my daughter now and i love her very much ;__;

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thank you so much for reading! i hope it was interesting, and i'd be happy to talk to anyone else who is interested in these dolls!!! most of the info from this article is from neo-fukuoka's site www.neo-fukuoka... and their blog blog.neo-fukuok... and other bits and pieces are from random books/sites etc

yeehaw
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コメント29

this is so cool.. i was thinking they didnt exist and were exhibit only, its so cool knowing theres some out there and your tomo doll is super duper cute... ;__; i hope i can own one of these one day
22時間前
Act2日前#95255049This was really fascinating, thanks for putting it together!of course!! thank you i am so happy u liked it! ;u;
1日前
denpaloli2日前#95254937cool history post. love to see people who have these obsessions with obscure items/companies. just goes to show you everything is beloved by at least one person. i saw your ig posts and that's where i learned these dolls even existed in the first place, lolthank youuu!!! i'm so glad ^-^ i'm always so excited to see others be interested in them as well since they are such an odd and obscure little company!! :D
1日前
gundamuk2日前#95235631Fascinating read - thanks for taking the time to put this together. It's always nice to find an article like this on MFC, especially one that dives into history to explore a relatively unknown company, and a company that makes dolls is just icing on the cake.thank you so much!!! i'm really glad others enjoyed it, it was so fun to write and i'm really happy to share :D
1日前
This was really fascinating, thanks for putting it together!
2日前
denpaloli otaku keyboard warrior
cool history post. love to see people who have these obsessions with obscure items/companies. just goes to show you everything is beloved by at least one person. i saw your ig posts and that's where i learned these dolls even existed in the first place, lol
2日前
gundamuk Lewd, but never uncouth...
Fascinating read - thanks for taking the time to put this together. It's always nice to find an article like this on MFC, especially one that dives into history to explore a relatively unknown company, and a company that makes dolls is just icing on the cake.
2日前
love this article sm!!
2日前
the wonda doll is like the only thing i really need in life lol, i hope she pops up again soemwhere, i'd literally give my arms for her T ^ T
2日前
That Wanda doll is my biggest grail, I'm so glad that there's more than 1 that exist!!! It's honestly such a shame that NF didn't make more dolls,, I absolutely adore them.
2日前