Volks

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Volks Inc.
ボークス
Founder(s) Hideyuki Shigeta
Headquarters Kyoto, Japan
Products Super Dollfie, Dollfie, Garage kits
Website http://www.volks.co.jp/
Volks Akihabara Hobby Tengoku

Volks, Inc. (ボークス?) is a Japan-based corporation that produces garage kits and mecha kits as well as the Dollfie, Super Dollfie and Dollfie Dream lines of dolls. The company's headquarters is in Kyoto, with some 30 shops worldwide, and annual sales of about $50 million, as of 2008.[1]

History[edit]

Volks began as a small hobby shop in 1972. In the late 1990s they produced the first Dollfie dolls, and in 1999 the first Super Dollfie doll was created by Akihiro Enku. In November 2005 Volks USA opened their first American Tenshi no Sumika store in Los Angeles, California.[2]

Corporate structure and products[edit]

Volks is organized into three different enterprises. Volks Inc. is the main umbrella company. They operate the Tenshi-no-Sato museum in Kyoto, the Volks Showrooms in Japan, and the Tenshi-no-Sumika shops in Japan, Korea, and the United States. Zoukei-Mura is Volks' sculpting, designing, and assembly department for Super Dollfie. Virginal Art is Volks' marketing and design department with a focus on the hobby market.[3]

Examples of Volks dolls. The dolls feature articulated joints and are frequently customized by collectors.

Hideyuki Shigeta is the president of Volks Inc. Several sculptors are working under Zoukei-Mura, most notably Akihiro Enku, the creator of Super Dollfie. Artist Gentaro Araki briefly worked with Volks creating the U-noss line of dolls.[4] There are also several designers working with the Super Dollfie line of dolls. The main designer, Mikey, is the daughter of Volks' president Shigeta. Some other notable designers are K. Mayura, Valico, Aone and Ciera.[5]

Volks regularly publish the magazine Volks News with information about new products from all of their lines.

Volks have created resin kit figures of characters from a large variety of anime and manga, for example My-HiME, Love Hina, Neon Genesis Evangelion and Oh My Goddess![6] They also have their own line of figures called A-Brand.

They have also created Super Dollfie dolls based on characters from anime and manga such as Chobits, Maria-sama ga Miteru[7][8][9][10] and Rozen Maiden.[11][12][13][14] Volks have also collaborated with Gothic Lolita brands like Baby, The Stars Shine Bright, H. Naoto, Black Peace Now and Atelier-Pierrot to create Super Dollfie outfits.[7][15][16][17][18][19][20]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Galbraith, Patrick W. (2008-05-17) Plastic fantastic: Japan's doll industry booming ‹ Japan Today: Japan News and Discussion. Japantoday.com. Retrieved on 2012-01-04.
  2. ^ VOLKS INC. - Tenshi-no-Sumika in LA Opening Reception. Volks.co.jp. Retrieved on 2012-01-04.
  3. ^ Summary of VOLKS Incorporated / VOLKS Web-site. Volks.co.jp (1972-12-03). Retrieved on 2012-01-04.
  4. ^ Japattack - Figure+Doll=U-noa (Unoa Doll) http://web.archive.org/web/20080527055417/http://www.japattack.com/main/node/140
  5. ^ Internet Archive Wayback Machine. Web.archive.org (2007-12-27). Retrieved on 2012-01-04.
  6. ^ Volks; Figures | HobbyLink Japan. Hlj.com (2011-01-02). Retrieved on 2012-01-04.
  7. ^ a b Super Dollfie Catalog 1
  8. ^ Where Angels Lie - A Super Dollfie Database - SD10. Angelden.net (2003-05-05). Retrieved on 2012-01-04.
  9. ^ Where Angels Lie - A Super Dollfie Database - SD10. Angelden.net (2003-12-07). Retrieved on 2012-01-04.
  10. ^ Where Angels Lie - A Super Dollfie Database - SD13. Angelden.net (2003-12-07). Retrieved on 2012-01-04.
  11. ^ TBS ishop ローゼンメイデン
  12. ^ PEACH-PIT完全監修 「Rozen Maiden」オフィシャルドール第2弾 Super Dollfie 『翠星石』『蒼星石』
  13. ^ PEACH-PIT完全監修 「Rozen Maiden」オフィシャルドール第3弾Super Dollfie 『水銀燈』『雛苺&くんくん』
  14. ^ PEACH-PIT完全監修 「Rozen Maiden」オフィシャルドール第3弾Super Dollfie 『水銀燈』『雛苺&くんくん』
  15. ^ Super Dollfie Catalog 3
  16. ^ Where Angels Lie - A Super Dollfie Database - SD10. Angelden.net (2006-12-24). Retrieved on 2012-01-04.
  17. ^ Kira x Baby, The Stars Shine Bright. Angelden.net (2002-05-05). Retrieved on 2012-01-04.
  18. ^ Kira x Atelier-Pierrot. Angelden.net (2002-05-05). Retrieved on 2012-01-04.
  19. ^ Sara x Black Peace Now. Angelden.net (2002-05-05). Retrieved on 2012-01-04.
  20. ^ Nana x Black Peace Now. Angelden.net (2002-05-05). Retrieved on 2012-01-04.

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