One of my favorite past times is dabbling with online dolls. There’s a mind-boggling number of them out there, and you can find a nearly comprehensive directory here. I hear the new kids are all into Meez these days, which I just don’t understand. Not only do they have a stupid name, but they prevent you from saving your doll without registration, have an irritating bottled water promotional tie-in, and implement a really obnoxious popover menu system in a failed attempt at sleekness. Sure, they have interesting animations, but what’s the point if the art is downright ugly?
Here’s the Meez I created of myself (apparently humping my bike):
‘Sup, decagon bicycle wheel.
Meez has one other thing going for it: It has pretty current pop culture references. For instance, the Flying Spaghetti Monster shirt my doll is wearing. And you know those really overplayed angel wing earrings from Urban Outfitters that everyone and their mother was wearing? Yeah…
Even more obvious is this frock, also from Urban Outfitters:
(If you’re interested, the real thing is on sale for $9.99)
They even have Crocs, which should be reason enough for you to avoid Meez entirely:
Here’s the worst part– On Meez, certain Premium accessories require you to spend “Coinz” that you actually purchase via a billable account. I guess if kids want to spend their allowance on getting the knitting animation of their dreams, whatever.
So what’s my dollmaker of choice? Candybar Doll Maker, of course. Candybar, how did the internet forget about you?
While the 3D Meez do allow for more interesting and versatile animations, when it comes to sheer aesthetic pleasure, nothing beats eLouai’s Candybar. This Korean doll maker website employs a simple, HTML-based interface with a stunning (albeit sometimes overwhelming) variety of customization options. These dolls are just flat-out pretty.
A visual comparison of Candybar vs. Meez:
I rest my case.
(Be sure to check out eLouai’s other embarassingly cute toys, such as the Room Maker, where you can live out all of your dreams of domesticity.)