Anime Girls

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They haven't hit the shelves of American stores yet, but Japanese-made Super Dollfies are becoming an online-driven hit in the U.S. With trendily refined makeup, exaggerated features inspired by Japanese animation, and unusual pliability, they are big sellers on websites like and have fetched as much as $1,000 on eBay. Last week they starred in their first U.S. convention, in Austin, Texas. Created by Tokyo-based Volks Inc., Super Dollfies (available in miniature form or as large as 2 ft. tall) resemble popular anime characters and can be arranged in various poses, thanks to a tough polyurethane-resin mix that gives them the look of porcelain but a flexibility that Barbie can only envy.