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If there’s any batman rogue who deserves the attention and merch, its Jonathan Crane. I’m kind of tired of walking into a store like Hot Topic or Spencer’s only to see the walls littered with Harley and Joker merch. Comic book shops are usually a bit better about this, but no everyone lives near one.

Don’t get me wrong, they’re popular characters and it’s to be expected. DC loves it’s cash cows after all. It’s just nice to see the the more obscure villains shinning in the spotlight. (I suppose Jonathan isn’t really obscure, but merchandise for him sure is) Every time some new figure or to is announced, I’m genuinely surprised, and very excited. I love seeing my collection grow.

Why shaming recasts is perfectly acceptable

So after watching a bunch of YT videos, I’ve realized that basically the entire BJD community on there is pro-recast. In fact most of the pro videos on there use some kind o hippy-garbage argument along the lines of ‘’We should all support each other, NO HATE! Hugs! <3 <3 ^_^ bullying is bad!’’

I was completely and utterly shocked. I’ve never seen so many pros in one place. Like. Wow. The amount of concentrated denial and willful ignorance is beyond comprehension. Puking. 

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I’m sorry if this is too long, but I really wanted to get this off my chest. And it’s fine if this doesn’t get posted.

Pro-recasters like to dismiss pro-artist/anti-recast supporters by saying “They’re just dolls. They’re not art.” Some people like to say, “The artist isn’t getting that money! It’s just the companies.” Some people like to insist that they only support the recasting of discontinued/limited edition sculpts. These are all terrible arguments.

“They’re just dolls. They’re not art!”  There have been several detailed posts showing and explaining what goes into the process of making a bjd. They are not massed produced. But this is somewhat irrelevant. The basic argument for “They’re just dolls.” is to imply that pro-artists are overreacting to a very trivial matter, when it really isn’t. What this all boils down to is art theft, which because there are a lot of artists involved in the community, is a big deal. Nobody wants to have their work stolen and distributed against their will. They are people like you and me who had a hobby, then decided to take their art to the next level and succeeded. We should be supporting them, not stealing/paying other people to steal from them. It’s not just about the dolls. It’s about the fact that artists are having to watch their work get stolen and there’s nothing they can do about it. Would you want any of your work stolen and then redistributed/used without your permission? Your photos, your sculpted work? Your LIFE’s work, your livelihood? Would that be okay with you? Then why should someone else have to deal with that?

“But the artist doesn’t get that money. It all goes to the company!” So what? The legitimate business is entitled to make a profit as well. And I doubt you know exactly how the artist is paid by the company (especially if the artist creates new sculpts for the same company on a regular basis). But what this argument disregards is that a lot of companies are owned by the artists themselves. Dollshe, Migidoll, Supia, Mydolling, Art Bimong, Saint Bloom, Unoa and many others. Are you saying that artists are not allowed to be successful? That they shouldn’t be able to make a profit off their work? And even if the company is not run by the artist, that company is the only one that is legally allowed to reproduce and distribute their work. And let’s get this straight, companies may exist to make money and turn a profit, but they’re still made up of people too. Customer service, marketing, photographers, casters, packers, quality control, all of these employees have to get paid somehow.
And then finally, “I only support recasts of limited edition discontinued dolls.” No you don’t. And before you protest, think about it. Recasters are able to get new dolls from companies within a month or two of their release date. People are able to contact recasters and request that certain dolls be recasted and even others send their own personal dolls to be recasted. What used to be just Soom and Volks limiteds turned into a free for all rainbow colored frenzy. That money you spent on your lavender Volks Lorina on the SDGr body was used to get recasts from even smaller companies like Lillycat, Kinoko Juice and TriffonyArtwork. 

It’s not just about the dolls, it’s about artists being respected and NOT having their work stolen. Don’t tell us that we’re overreacting or that we care about dolls more than people. Clearly you pro-recasters are the ones who have more problems respecting other human beings. But I guess it doesn’t really matter, as long as you get that mint green Dia you wanted for cheap. Because ultimately that’s more important to you. That’s what your actions say, anyway.

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