a photo by SpicaNio - posted with permission
Our Skolls finally united when I met Velvet to return her Skoll head with face-up. :3 Sadly I didn't have a camera with me at our meeting (was quite busy with Loki to take pictures anyway) so all pictures were taken by Velvet. But we'll have to do this again, with better backdrops and more merciful lighting. It was struggle enough for Velvet to photograph a dark grey and a white doll together in the bright sunlight.
They look so nice with their matching but different looks. And funnily Rigel's dark red eyes look almost black here, making even the eyes nicely contrasting. I'm so happy Velvet got the grey Skoll and was enthusiastic about making them look similar. Still their story/background/characters are not tied together. I actually don't have all the details of what Velvet has planned for her grey wolf demon, but I'm waiting for such revelations in her blog :)
Rigel is actually as much of a mystery to me as well. He's some sort of a demon, but that is as far as I have managed to scetch out his character. But I'm starting to think that he is one part of a group of demons that will cross paths with Hippu and his friends. Cotton might also be on that evil side :D Actually I first thought to name that Taco after another blue giant star, Bellatrix, but then decided against it because I don't like the pet name Bella. So I still need to find a reason why Rigel is named so differently from all my candy themed dolls...
But anyways, although Franz looks similar, we haven't discussed any connection between them otherwise. Which might be good, since it leaves us with more leeway with their joined photoshoots.
I think I've said it before, but I do think it is marvellous but very strange when people can have dolls connected to dolls of other people. I would find it on one hand very interesting to have a true twin doll or closely knit doll characters with someone, but I also would feel it would be very restricting. As in all decisions regarding the dolls would have to be made together and somehow I fear that it would force me to compromise with my dolls. It very well might not, if the idea was something very organically formed with that other person, but the fear is still there. I've found myself to have become a collector who first decides on a sculpt and styling before making up the name and backstory of the doll, so the outer appearance is very important to me. And I also know that the stylings of my dolls evolve over time so what if the style of that other doll didn't evolve accordingly?
So it's cool that Rigel and Franz look similar now, but it'll also be cool if they had nothing incommon anymore but the sculpt come next year. Still, I'm not giving a definite 'no' to paired up dolls. Although for the dolls to have connecting story I would first have to clear up my own doll-story... And that might take a while...