[ A Better Artists Mannequin – 1/6 Synthetic Human Test Body: a review ]

Posted on October 28th, 2014 at 2:33pm

Synthetic Human Test Body is by 1000toys http://1000toys.jp/ / www.facebook.com/1000toys. Mine is not for sale =).

You can now see my follow up reviews for the SFBT-3 and great contender Stickybones!

Why a Mannequin?

EDIT: I’ve had quite a few inquires about whether or not I’ll sell mine, I’m very sorry mine is not for sale.

I admit it… since I was a kid I have often been tempted to buy one of those wooden artist mannequins. I liked the idea of it, being able to have a little human on hand for all my drawing needs. Every time I go into a shop to see one in person I immediately remember why it was a terrible idea and I can’t put it down fast enough. They are kinda rubbish and makes you wonder why they are so widely adopted by artists! I’m no anatomy expert, but even I can see they are seriously pointless!

It seems a lot of people think that artists can just draw a figure in any pose/facial expression from any angle off the top of their heads, like magic… but let me dispel that myth, artists use references. Up until this point I’ve been using mirrors/webcams/cameras, my own hands, image searches, tried a few programs/apps (not to my likely), books and even forced my husband to stand in stupid ways while I take photos. I have done life drawing classes in the past, but it’s unlikely I’d be able to afford for someone to be on hand day & night to pose for me. Plus there is only so much a normal person can achieve… Not everyone can be a natural actor, playing child, martial arts, leaping, magic wielding, flying dancer! I know I definitely can’t, but not for lack of trying! =P But up until now I’ve got by ok with all these other resources, yet I still felt a physically thing in front of me would vastly help.

Figures I Found

However I don’t like to admit defeat so I took to the internet in hopes that someone had by now invented a better artists mannequin drawing aid. I found a few fab static models statues that showed more anatomical detail. They really do seem great, but posing was my goal so it was a no go. But thought I’d link some for prosperity:

https://shop.3dtotal.com/figures.html (£60 per figure) – affordable anatomy figures
http://anatomicalfigures.com/ ($400 USD + per figure) – Edging on medical quality.

Updated 31/5/2016! 2 possible contenders:

Bandai S.H.Figuarts Body-kun (male) or Body-chan (female) – Around $35-55 USD – More realistic shape.

Stickybones – frame but could be great for illustration & animation, looks very interesting – currently successfully funded Indiegogo (approx S90 USD), actual price TBD:
www.stickybones.com (also you can see my Stickybones review)

After a long search I saw someone suggest a poseable doll SFBT-3 (by M-field). I’d never thought about a “doll” before as a drawing aid! I found a great blog post about SFBT-3 here & their SFBT-3 English website:


It looks seriously amazing, despite the slightly strange breast shape & anime head. Kinda blows wooden mannequins out the water! For over a year and a half they said they were out of stock and it wasn’t clear they would be in stock again. I checked every once in a while with no luck (though my wallet is happy about not spending $300 USD). (Update: I have actually been able to buy one after years… see my new post the SFBT-3 In Depth Review). So a couple of months ago I finally started to look around a bit more for an alternative. Difficult since now I was starting to look at “toys” and collectors figures, that’s a whole other ball park. I only found one that was simple, natural and not too “action figure” that would work best for drawing.

Thankfully I found the 1/6 Synthetic Human by 1000toys – http://toa-1000toys.com/ (update: it may now be http://1000toys.jp/)

Their website doesn’t have much information and so all I had to go on was people’s photos. The more I read the more I realised that again, these seemed super hard to get hold of even though they are reasonably priced and sold at conventions that I probably would never have been able to go to on the other side of the world rather than online! Darn I thought =(.

How I got a 1/6 Synthetic Human Test Body

I found their FB page (www.facebook.com/1000toys) which seemed a lot more active than their website. Turns out that when I found that page, only 2 days later they were running a 24 hour competition for the chance to buy online with only less than 100 winners for the 1/6 Synthetic Human Test Body (a special edition). I was reading comments on the page by collectors who had so much passion for the 1/6 figure, I thought I’ll enter but didn’t think I’d win a chance to buy, given how many people would have chopped off an arm for one!

Well I was proven wrong for sure! I was so happy when I got an email confirming that I’d won the chance to buy. I paid and waited a month. It finally arrived a couple of weeks ago and finally I have got around to blogging about it.

Though I am a bit of a geek, I’ve never collected objects like this, I don’t even have many “ornaments” in my home… I’m very practical. If I buy something it has to have some sort of use. So I’m very sorry to any collectors that see this blog, it’s gonna get used, sit on my desk, maybe get knocked about and utilized… no glass case for this little fella.

[ The Review ]

My review is really only from an artists point of view of what I see as a piece of equipment, so I can’t really comment on it based on other figures as this is the only one I’ve owned or handled.


I paid $160 USD (about £100) + postage. At first I thought, omg that’s a lot for a bit of plastic… but having just bought a Wacom and thinking about the price of art equipment in general and the priece of just a static artist statue, it actually does put the price into a different perspective making it pretty reasonable. It’s even better given how difficult it seems to find figures like this! It’s not every day you can say “I bought an action figure and claimed it as a business expense.”… it sounds so terrible even if it’s completely true lolz!

Unboxing & First impressions

After a frantic hunt for the box as the postman delivered it to entirely the wrong place, I was pleased it finally arrived! It was well packed and the doll itself is packed in foam. It was pretty much ready to go out the box!

Even though I’d played with action figures as a kid, this really was a different ball game. It’s more robust than I thought it would be! And even though I knew the height before I ordered it, it was taller than I expected. It took me a while to get the hang of moving the parts, but the joints themselves feel robust but still easy to move.


To be clear, I didn’t buy this to help with muscle drawing, more for basic structure. The first thing I thought was, I wonder how realistic the structural proportions are compared to figure drawing guides. While I don’t believe that there is a completely iron clad proportion drawing guide, the few that don’t seem completely terrible tend to use number of heads as a measurement. I also had to remember this figure was based on a manga about androids so they would have had to adhere to some of the original art.

In general, everything seems as I’d expect roughly 7.5-8 heads tall for a male and joints vaguely in the places I’d expect. The only negative was that even without measuring, the neck felt too long which was confirmed. While the arm outstretched is 4 heads wide as expected, the upper arm feels a little short and the shoulder feels like it should be closer into the body, but in general that’s minor.

I tend to draw in a cartoon way and often don’t even use 7.5-8 head measurements so the proportions are more than fine for my needs.

Major limitations

Lets get some of the negatives out the way, there aren’t many. I have only come across three major limitations and a few very minor ones.

1) The Test Body, likely suffers the same limitations as most poseable figures, when you want the limbs to be close to the body they can’t be. In a human you can squash up, so crossing your arms, crossing leg over knee or hugging knees or legs close together standing. These positions often can’t be achieved too easily with the Test Body realistically as plastic just physically can’t press together or it’s limited by the physical joint movement. For the Test body, I feel that it’s most affected at the top of the hip joint, limiting raising of the leg affecting bending over and sitting, and then the shoulder joint when raising arms meaning the twisting for the shoulder & forearm.

2) A massive movement limitation is the wrist and forearm movement. Normally the forearm would twist which helps the orientation of the hand & wrist. The Test Body doesn’t have a natural movement in the wrist like the rest of it. While it can rotate and pivot separately, rotating the wrist pivot is pretty hard and a few times I have tried to manipulate the hands, pulling it beyond its natural movement causing the wrist pivot to split… though all I have to do is push them together again, but I’m pretty sure if anything were to break on it, it would be the wrists. I have a few times had to twist the upper arm and shoulder to get it the way I want, but affects the orientations of the elbow which often is not ideal. While the human wrist technically is not a ball joint, for the sake of the model a ball joint would be an improvement in the future.

3) The hands supplied are a little limiting (natural & fists interchangeable) and on the natural hand the little finger is a little too bent but acceptable. While it’s a big ask, if the fingers could move, it would be so helpful! To substitute I read someone used 1/6 Iron Man figure hands so I did actually buy some on Ebay. It helped for one piece so far, but they’re a bit big and loose but you can see a time when I used them further down.

Minor issues

– Taking the mask off & moving the eyes is fiddly, I probably won’t be doing it often. The jaw also is a bit loose for my liking, but as I’ll likely be keeping the mask on it’s not really an issue.
– I often pinch my fingers between the hips and the spine as it’s the natural place to hold the model while posing.
– Some joints are stiffer than others, usually only problematic when moving things like the knee, you have to mess around with it a little more to make the bend even between top and bottom limb.
– I do worry slightly that if I keep handling it the joints may get lose, well let’s hope that doesn’t happen for a while.


Despite the issues I’ve found above, please don’t let that put you off, it is amazing! I have been using the Test Body to help me draw a few real commissions lately, and I have to say it’s helped even more than I thought it would. Of course the model can never replace a real person, but it has helped me negotiate some postures I’ve found a bit tricky to draw or failed to find references for.

1) While it can be a little tricky getting the figure into the exact pose I want, in general poses really look natural really making it great as a drawing aid, as I hoped it would!

2) The fact that it can stand up on its own actually says a lot about it! It really helps to physically see how the weight needs to be distributed for the pose to work. I’m in love with the ankle, feet and toe movement which make it possible for the figure to stand. For more dynamic poses I do have to use a stand which is fine.

3) The neck and head movements feel effortless and natural, it’s actually a pleasure to move it around.

4) At first I thought I’d really not be able to get past the face, the red eyes and the clear mask… but as time has gone on I like being able to see the skull shape underneath from a drawing point of view.


There clearly is a gap in the market for an artists mannequin to replace the poor wooden ones. Until someone produces something specifically aimed at artists, collectible figures & dolls seems the only solution.

The Test body is a beautifully produced figure. Despite some of the movement limitations, once you get used to moving the parts you can create natural looking poses. Its proportions are acceptable structurally but still only as an “aid” that goes hand in hand with other drawing references. It’s clearly challenging to get hold of, but for what it is, it was reasonably priced for a piece of art equipment. If you’re an artist that has to draw a lot of figures beyond everyday poses, do consider a poseable model.

The 1/6 Synthetic Human Test Body purely as an object is completely an amazing piece of art in its own right. I can completely see why they are collectible! The people over at 1000toys really should be proud of what they’ve achieved. I really hope they continue to make great figures like this one. The Test Body has found a permanent place on my desk.

I’m still going to keep looking out for the SFBT-3 (and other models like these). Let’s hope me having money coincides with stock in the future =) but for now I’m really happy with my Test Body! It’s very unlikely that wooden mannequins will ever cross my mind again!


Update 18 March 2018 – I was contacted random;y year years later by 1000toys, see what happened in Instagram! =D


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In 2014 I became an accidental toy collector buying a @1000toys figure in search of a better #artistmannequin with good articulation. I wrote a review about it more as an artist aid and thought noting more of it. A few weeks ago, out of the blue, I was contact by Don @datadub Kratzer at 1000toys. Apparently their web analytics had shown my blog post and they wanted to thank me for the review =O. I was so touched and was delighted to receive a very special 1/12 TOA Heavy Industries Synthetic Human Clear which I’d admired from photos never thinking I’d get a chance to see one in person! A massive thank you to Dom and #1000toys ! Do check them out they have amazing toys. It’s very similar to the original 1/6 #synthetichuman Test Body I bought but I love love how you can see the joints inside with the updated shoulder joint, shoulder shape and torso shape. While the clear ones that were 1/12 were exclusive, they are currently taking orders for their 3rd batch of their original 1/12 =D. They are proper cute please do check themnout here: https://1000toys.jp/detail.aspx?goto=product185 Edit: There are more photos on my fb page (link in profile)… Basically all the ones that didn’t fit the 1:1 Instagram ratio =P I didn’t know it at the time that the toy collection seed was planted in my mind. Now I make #desingertoys and see toy collection with new eyes. This all just shows me how crazy and random the world is sometimes =). I’m not sure what I did to deserve all this resent mountain of kindness from so many people lately. Gah it’s all just so touching! That 3 year old post continues to be my most popular: www.jessica-emmett.com/blog/a-better-artist-mannequin-one-sixth-synthetic-human-test-body-a-review/ #toycollector #toys

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You can now see my follow up post [A Better Artists Mannequin – SFBT-3: in depth review].


  1. Avatar Sarah Beare says:

    Have you come across the Twelvemo Figure? It is small but fits with 1/12th scale dollshouse props. Not as articulated as your above, but more neutral in form and expression, and pretty eloquent anyway. Have a look if you are interested! http://sarah-beare.blogspot.co.uk/

    • Jess Jess says:

      While I’m not a fan of people using comments to advertise, i guess it’s relevant. I agree it doesn’t seem to have the same level of movement and the positions prob need work… but I am impressed that the figures are hand cast and developed from an artist just giving it ago… i believe in that kind of determination.

    • Avatar Rick V says:

      I can see no direct way for me to reply to your reply.
      Do I just go to the top entry and click on that reply button?
      And is there any way to include pictures I’ve made of the
      “action doll” (my name for it, although I also like “Tinker Bell”.
      (I suppose I should also go to an action figure forum, too…)

    • Jess Jess says:

      Yeah sorry, I’ve set it up so it’s very very simple comment replay system. I only have 2 levels of replay, so you can click replay after my comment or use to the replay at the bottom to make a new comment. I don’t allow image uploads, but using the img tag you can add external image url. It’s prob wise if you find another blogging platform and just link it here. But yes, this is an art focused blog, so i’m sure action figure forums would more than welcome your reviews =) They seem a very friendly lot.

    • Avatar Rick V says:

      Nah – I’m not going to bother with joining any forum. I just noticed on a couple of them that no one has posted anything for at least three years! I’ve surfed for hours and hours over the last few weeks and found nothing remotely comparable to the SFBT (except your “Test Body”, and that seems to be as hard to buy as the SFBT!) I discovered the SFBT on April 27th early morning and then found at their (“Dolk”) site that it was going to be offered
      for sale that very evening! So I figured the time diff between Japan and U.S. CST – 14 hours – and managed to “add to cart at 6:00 that Sunday eve (8AM
      Japan time). They offered 18 units that sold out in about two minutes! So I was incredibly lucky. They had me thinking it would take 3 months, but I
      got it in about 3 weeks. It is amazing. But not perfect. Among other things the head and feet are about 20% too big. But it’s clearly designed to be a drawing aid to manga anime artists, so it reflects those features and proportions exactly.
      Since most of the posts here are not current, I’ll hold off on a long discussion of its features (nobody is waiting with bated breath). But I’ll be back in a few days.

    • Jess Jess says:

      I understand =). Thanks for sharing your experience of buying it though, I will look out for one myself at some point =). But yes totally agree, there is so little figures for artists. Enjoy =D

    • Avatar Artist says:

      wow that figure is trash

  2. Avatar albert says:

    where did you purchased this manequin… i think it would be an amazing tool as drawing reference. please…

    • Avatar albert says:

      oops sorry was not reading properly… do you have any ideas where to buy this aside from their website or facebook page?

    • Jess Jess says:

      I’m really sorry I don’t. I’m not a collector myself so I’m really sorry I don’t know where else you can by it. You maybe able to find someone selling it second hand? But 1000toys I think mentioned on their FB page that there are counterfeit ones of poor quality floating about, though I’m not sure. I’m really sorry I could be of more help. Good luck, I hope you find that you’re looking for =).

    • Avatar Rick V says:

      I don’t know if I need to provide any more than name and address to
      comment here, but I managed to snag the SFBT3 last month and can
      give a comprehensive review of it here if anyone would like. It is quite
      an engineering miracle. Even Da Vinci would be blown away by its astonishing
      complexity and poseability.

    • Jess Jess says:

      Hi Rick. Only the name is displayed, the email is not shared/linked publicly which means I’m not really set up to allow interaction between commenters as I’m just a simple blog.

      However you are more then welcome to leave a review of the SFBT3 in the comments or share a link to your review. I still hold out hope to getting my own one day lolz, but very glad you managed to get your hands on one, and good to know that they don’t all just get bought up and put straight onto ebay =P.

  3. Avatar Sukuman says:

    check this out. no ads nothing, just thought u might b interested

    SFBT-3 Artist Figure

  4. Avatar Carlos says:

    Hi. What’s the name of the base you used to hold the figure (ballet pose) in one of the pictures? Thanks.

    • Jess Jess says:

      Hi =). The stand is called: Dynamic Figure Stand (Sixth Scale) by Hot Toys.

      I’m no expert on figure stand as this was my first one, but to be honest for the price I was surprised how plastic it felt. On the package it says be careful when moving the arm, but the natural way to move it I did end up cracking the plastic base. It’s a one size fits all kinda thing bit it fine for my uses.

    • Avatar Carlos says:

      Cool, thanks Jess!

  5. Avatar Teale says:

    Are you going to sell that because I would really like one but the figure is a really expensive mannequin. And I wanted to make upgrades to it if you are going to sell it I’m willing to buy it for around the 275 dollar mark

    • Avatar Teale says:

      If I get 300 dollars then I will pay around that much for the mannequin but I will need to sell stuff first

    • Jess Jess says:

      I’m sorry this 100% is not for sale and I doubt I ever would no matter the price. It’s an important tool for me… plus I like it =). I’m very sorry, but I hop you are able to found a figure to need.

  6. Avatar Cynthia Marie says:

    I’ve been looking for a manikin like this forever! Really don’t like the poser software programs. Hope these manikins become more plentiful in the future. Don’t mind the price I have spent so much on software that this seems reasonable for the craftsmanship involved in the manufacturing. We will just have to wait and admire for now.

  7. Avatar Rick V says:

    My whole plan is to work from hi-res photos of the SFBT doll – use the computer to blow a quick tracing of the image up to about 20×30″ and build the drawing based upon that. I have about 20 nice ultra-sharp shots of it as of now. Would it be possible to send some of those to you for you to insert in the blog to go with my review? They would clarify my comments. This is an odd situation, because no one may even have a shot at buying one for months (you have to check the Dolk site regularly to even know when a few will be offered!). So it seems kind of silly to whet anyone’s desire to get one. The pics I have are about 2.5 megs (9×6″)on average, reduced from the 30meg full size files (20×13.4″). With your permission, I’ll send you a few and you can do what you want with them.

    • Avatar Rick V says:

      If you have $300 in PayPal and want to take a shot at ordering the SFBT3 you have to click on “add to cart” at this site within the first minute after 8:00AM
      Japan time tomorrow June 25th. I imagine they will only make a dizen or two available, as usual, so be fast. And remember, even though it says “in stock”
      what they mean is “will be assembled as soon as possible. Go here:

    • Jess Jess says:

      Thanks I know the link already and is the cart link on their site I linked in my post. I have kept my eye out on it since last year and knew already about tomorrow’s sale. For a number of years they didn’t seem to be selling much but the past few months they seem to go on sale periodically. Thanks for sharing your experince.

  8. Avatar Rick V says:

    I’m in north central U.S. and CDT is 14 hours behind Tokyo time, so I would have to order it at 6PM my time. But you are in Singapore, so your time must be very close to Tokyo time. The shipping cost to me was $45 (the figure is 29cm tall, but they charged me for 30+cm which I thought was kind of mean, since the figure only on its stand is 30cm. Pretty tricksy, in my opinion, for a $300 doll. Granted – it’s a unique piece of functional “art”, but they didn’t have to be greedy.
    You haven’t told me if I can send photos to you. I don’t really understand this whole blog thing – I get the feeling I’m only communicating with you and not the other posters, in which case I suppose there’s no point in sending pictures. You’re way beyond me in Photoshop skills, but I get by with my basic Elements 10 tools.

    • Jess Jess says:

      Like I said before this is a very basic blog as the website is more my artist website for my own work. It is only set up to have basic comments and not set up to facilitate communication between commenters. So this boldest work well as a forum replacement I’m afraid.

  9. Avatar Rick V says:

    OK. If you do decide to go for it, remember – you have just a few seconds to get your order in. I think it’s worth it, but I have very particular criteria. If you get it I have several important suggestions about how to handle it without breaking it. It is entirely held together with tiny pegs and ball&socket fittings
    and they can come apart when you least expect.

    • Jess Jess says:

      I’m sure if I buy one I’ll be able to figure out how to move it =)

    • Avatar Rae says:

      I’d be interested in your advice. Was fortunate to get an order in. Though am still hoping the sinthetic human comes on sale too. I think they’d make a lovely couple ;)

  10. Avatar Rick V says:

    Yeah – that’s what I thought too. But I broke the ribcage plate by holding it
    too tight and took hours to find a way to fix it. And the lower arms fall off if
    you don’t have the upper arms in the shoulders correctly, and the neck gets
    stuck on top of the collar if you bend it back – I had to pull the head off and carve the bottom of the neck away, etc. etc. etc. It has LOTS of design flaws
    that only become obvious AFTER they fail. Then you’re up the creek without a paddle.

  11. Avatar Harel says:

    If you allready paint digitally maybe give a try to a 3D application like the free daz3d.
    I use it for human/pose reference from time to time..
    Good luck

  12. Avatar Eva says:

    I found this blog as i have been searching for a good poseable figure for a LONG ASS TIME. Now, i also found the SFBT-3 last year but i noticed there was no way i would be getting me hands on that one unless i was willing to grab one from ebay (didn’t want to risk it). But this figure looks both bad-ass and very useful and it’s not too expensive in my opinion. I also think there’s an enormous gap in the market and that it should be filled. Anyway, how the heck do i get my hands on one of these babies? Can you help me? Because it seems i’m rather late with finding this one..

    • Jess Jess says:

      Hi Eva. Defiantly a gap in the market! Ok, i don’t work for the company so i’m not exactly sure what their business model is in terms of runs… but at the very least 1000toys seems to want to keep things super super exclusive which is in line with many figure toy makers. Their website isn’t that informative about weather or not they will do new runs. And then they hint at it, it often seems to be very toy/comic convention focused other online sales. However it’s worth checking every once in a while but Facebook might be your best bet? But yeah huge lack of info in general. It’s also likely that they are moving away from the more realistic humanoids from what i’ve seen. Again best not quote me =P https://www.facebook.com/1000toys

      Since i made this post, I have actually managed to buy a SFBT-3 via the official website: http://dolkus.com/detail.php?id=18697
      In fact it is “slightly” easier to get your hands on then the 1/6 Synthetic Human in my opinion. Since my post they started up production again and sell the item from the link towards the end of ever month, they announce the date and time a week or so before (bad luck it was yesterday the last one). While the date is correct, i’ve noticed that the timing aren’t always spot on. I bought mine 1hr 30mins after the time they stated as they must have just been late to make them live. They are pricey and it was a massive treat o_O. I am yet to revive it as they take a few months to make.

      Ok sorry to go on. The bottom line is that if artists have to relay on toy makers, whos main business model is too sell collectible limited items, it’s not good news for artists who what a physical mannequin.

      In terms of software it might be worth checking out Manga Studio 5 (even if you’re not into manga/comics). I’m told has a good digital posting tool and a bit easier to use than other digital posers. And it’s on sell at the moment =). http://my.smithmicro.com/manga-studio-comic-illustration-software.html

      I’m sorry if that wasn’t very helpful. But you ever find a good poser let me know.

  13. Avatar Soh says:

    Hi, could you hit me up if you’re ever considering to sell it? Can do $350 right away.

  14. Avatar johaness says:

    so there are no HOPE? no action figure can be used???? really??????????

  15. Avatar Lauren Baker says:

    Hey Jess!
    (Not trying to simply advertise.. this is relevant because we know that there was a great need for an amazing artist’s figure!) I’m Lauren Baker, the Co-Founder of Stickybones… I wanted to let you know that we are launching a NEW POSEABLE FIGURE for Artists and Animators. (My husband/Co-Founder and I are both professional animators.) We’re launching Stickybones because we needed a super expressive, emotive and easy-to-use figure that could be sold at a good price that students would be able to more easily access. We’ve gotten so much enthusiasm already and I simply wanted to let you know about it, as we’re doing pre-sales right now on Indiegogo. If you’d like to check it out, our website is here: http://www.stickybones.com, and we’re accepting pre-orders here: igg.me/at/stickybones.

    Thanks so much, Jess! :) -Lauren Baker

    • Jess Jess says:

      I don’t normally approve comments with advertising, but it’s an interesting project with artist specific features so I i’m happy to approve your comment. I wish your project luck and hope it’s a step in the right direction for artist models! =D

  16. Avatar quintal bonn says:

    What we need for art is a life sized proportional mannequin not an idealised expensive japanese comic book toy. In other words each artist will have to order their need from a wood joiner or a dressmaker, like they did in france before the impressionists. Mannequins were made to order not bought of the shelf. There is nothing on the internet that suits our need for precise life form and function.

    • Jess Jess says:

      I think I said nothing will replace an actual live model… but I don’t think a life size wooden mannequin is a good solution either =P. But I think that every artist finds different things helpful.= so each to their own.

    • Avatar Debbie says:

      I agree there is a need for life size mannequins. As a figure painter that specializes in drapery and vintage clothing, I need a model that can wear actual cloths and be posed in various positions. I can’t find anything so far.

  17. Avatar matt says:

    hey jess very nice article, im aware of another model called “body kun” and “body chan” its female counterpart, and there is another one by Phicen which utilizes latex to give a realistic representation of skin and muscle , its simply called “phicen seamless body with stainless steel skeleton” also available in male female. id be interested to see a review from an artist about those. all the best

    • Jess Jess says:

      Yes this is another alternative that I have started seeing over the years (and especially here in Singapore). It is a Brand I’ve been hoping to test at… can’t buy everything all the time hahaha wish i could =). Thanks for sharing, i will add the link to post tahnks! =)

  18. Avatar Van Setia Putra says:

    Thanks for the review. ^^
    At first I wasn’t sure if it would be great for posing reference, but after reading this, I will let my money flee from my pocket. They have opened PO again for this action figure, and I can’t let that chance slip away!!

    • Jess Jess says:

      Everyone has different needs, so before you throw your money around do please look around for other more affordable reference dolls… there are some =).

  19. Avatar Richard says:

    Great! Where can I get a knock off or fake? They are listed for over $1000 ea. on eBay right now. I need one under $500.

    • Jess Jess says:

      I’m hardly going to encourage you to buy a knock off. My post and the comments are all the information I can offer, you will have to go to their facebook/website.

  20. Avatar James says:

    Have you tried the Phicen ones? they look better proportioned than these 2 ( sfbt3 and synthetique human)

  21. Avatar Marco says:

    A good product but seems to be sold only to an elite of people with pre- orders, any idea to buy it?
    I’m cutting an old Big Jim to have the same result.

  22. Avatar Andres Gallo says:

    Hey Jess, is the stand coming along with the Synthetic figure? or where can i find it?

  23. Avatar Mouton says:

    How about the “figma archetype next”, they have both male and female, did u look them ?

  24. Avatar Condro Nugroho says:

    where to purchase the posable figure and what does it cost ?

  25. Avatar Cyrus says:

    Have you heard of the armature 9? that thing is awesome and so much cheaper then all of those!

  26. Avatar Betty says:

    Hi Jess – thanks for your great blog. I have been looking for a good ‘posable’ mannequin for a while. Your blog has been very helpful. I am just wondering, have you heard of any posable mannequins in childrens’ proportions?
    Thanks :)

  27. Avatar Paul O'Connor says:

    Have you see these? Not manga proportioned, though the male is quite heroic! I have them both and, though only about 5″ high, they’re pretty poseable and with enough detail that if lit well from the side they’d give good reference for a preliminary sketch. https://www.potterandmason.com/products/figma-archetype-articulated-figurines

  28. Avatar Dylan says:

    I got a version of this recently. It looks almost identical but fell to bits so clearly a cheap knock off. It wasn’t to expensive so im not too upset but would really like a good quality one that doesn’t break. Is it possible to get anything close to this one now?

  29. Avatar Luftballooneyegouge says:

    For the econo-jammers get a Spiderman actionfig with as many articulation points as possible. Paint it all one color. Add lines where needed. $5-$30 ‘merican.

  30. Avatar Edie says:

    I have seen your post a couple of times in the last year. I loved your mannequin. Thanks for showing it off. I am able to get a 1/12th model and excited for it. I hope it will be as good as yours was for you. Thanks for the post.

  31. Hello everybody :) I’m relatively new to 3d printing and I have a lot of questions on the topic, so I hope you won’t get mad at me for asking here at least a few of them. I think before I’ll get seriously into designing and sculpting I should focus on the software itself, and that’s what I would like to ask you about. Mainly, should I look for the most simple/crudest program I can find or would it be better to look for something more complicated? I’m worried that I’ll get some unwanted habits while working on simpler software. Right now I am trying out some online software called SelfCAD (I didn’t have to download anything). I’ve read some good opinions about it, but maybe you could share yours as well? My second question is about the program as well: should I search for software that would allow me design and slice it in it, or should I use a separate software for each? The one I’m suing allows me to do both i it. Does it even make a difference? Surprisingly, I couldn’t find the answer to that, as it seems like most articles want to focus on the very basics (like what is 3d printing and so on), and while the answers to those questions are fine, it seems like no one wants to go into the details (it looks like some of them even steal from each other! I swear I’ve read the same answers to the same questions on at least 3 different blogs) but I’m getting off-topic… The last question is about 3d pens. Would it be possible to somehow convert whatever I draw with a 3d pen to a 3d model in a program? For example, if I’ll draw a cat with 3d pen, would it be possible to get its outline in a software? I’m not sure how that would even work, but the very idea sounds appealing to me. Anyway, I think I’ll stop here just in case no one will answer me and all of this writing will go to waste. I apologise that I’m using your content to ask questions, but I hope you can relate and assist a rookie like me. Anyway, thank you for posting. I learned something from this and that’s always appreciated. Thank you, and I hope to hear back from you very soon :)

    • Jess Jess says:

      I’m not sure this is the best place to ask, I dont have a clue about 3d modeling and this isnt exactly a forum =P. But maybe someone out there can help. Good luck.

  32. Avatar yann says:

    Hello Jessica,

    Thank you for your posts. I am looking for exactly this type of mannequin but in big size. It’s for a bit of a crazy well funded artistic project. I tried to contact 1000toys but to no avail. They don’t answer. Should I insist? Are they usually quite responsive?
    Thank you!

    • Jess Jess says:

      Hi. I’m really sorry I dont work for 1000toys so I couldn’t tell you bout their response activity I dont know frankly. Have you tried their social media pages?

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