This doll is $34 on Amazon right now. Free shipping if you have Amazon Prime. They're made by Groove, Inc. The same company that makes Pullip, Isul, Dal, and Byal dolls. Taeyang is Pullip's boyfriend.
Of course, they cost a great deal more on stupid eBay and the shipping is outrageous.
This one is Willy Wonka from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The movie starring Johnny Depp. He was released 2/2012. TaeYang's are 14 inches tall. They can wear Ken clothes. I was very excited to hear that. I won't have to spend a lot of money on clothes. And Ken's clothes are easy to find. I don't think they can wear Ken's shoes.
Lots of writing in Chinese.
Here he is out of his box without his shoes on. He came with socks. I was impressed. I wasn't too impressed with the wig. It's a little coarse and some kind of wonkyness is happening on the left side.
There are levers in the back of his head that control his eyes. I didn't take photos of them. You can make him blink an eye, close both eyes or look from side to side.
These dolls can also be taken apart to be customized. I won't be doing any that because I don't know how and I'm sure I'll completely ruin him. Then I'll cry...like a baby.
Here are all of his accessories. Just like in the movie. This is pretty good for $34. This doll is a great deal.
I'm not too crazy about the hat. But I am glad that he came with one. His shoes are just plastic. I thought they would have laces but they don't.
I couldn't get his gloves on. I didn't want to break his hands so I just gave up trying to get them on.
His clothes are very good quality.
The coat is especially well made and lined.
I thought this chain was a nice touch.
He was covered in plastic underneath his clothes. It's a pain to get off the doll without breaking anything. I read on the internet about people who broke hands or feet just removing the doll from the box. Apparently, they're very fragile so I was terrified of breaking him before I even got a chance to enjoy owning him.
I was very gentle and took my time removing the plastic. His left leg came off at the knee anyway. Before I threw myself into the ocean (I live right by the ocean) I just shoved it back in. So far it's still hanging in there.
Here he is without the plastic and his left leg back on. I couldn't get his waist or torso joints to move. I didn't want to force it and break him. All of his other joints moved just fine.
He's held together by unsightly looking screws. They could of at least thrown a pair of underwear on the doll. A pair of boxers would've been nice. The articulation, eye mechanisms and clothes are what I like the most about these dolls.
He can even touch his face. None of my other dolls can do that.
I didn't feel comfortable posing this doll at all. I was so afraid I was going to break something. Which is a shame because I got him so I could dress him in different clothes, take him places and take lots of pictures.
If anything breaks, I'm going to rip my Liv doll Jake's head off and replace it with Willy's. Jake is real ugly anyway.
I'd like to get a Pullip doll's head and put it on a Liv doll's body. I haven't found anywhere that sells just the head with a wig for cheap.
Here he is with TaeYang Captain Hook and Illiana Honesty Bratzillaz with a Liv Alexis body. Bratzillaz have big heads but her head looks tiny next to the TaeYang's head.
I'm so happy they didn't give TaeYang the Chiclet teeth that Johnny Depp sports in the movie. They looked ridiculous.
I saw Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory when I was a kid. It's a classic. I still love it. I also like the remake with Johnny Depp. I've seen it several times. Depp was great, as usual.
Before I got him, I wasn't too sure how I felt about this doll. For a minute, I felt sorry for myself because I couldn't afford one of the steampunk dolls. Now that I have him, I like him a lot. I'm very happy with him. His accessories are great and well made. So are his clothes. I love the jacket. It's so hard to find well made, lined jackets for my dolls.
His wig isn't as bad as I thought it would be. I finally got around to cutting it even all over. It looks much better, of course.
With the goggles he looks kind of steampunk to me.
He's a great addition to my collection. I'm glad I found him.