Saturday, December 2, 2017

Interview with Granado

Last month of the year, means a new interview! First of all, let me whine of how fast time goes, as this December, my blog is hitting 5 years! I cannot believe it!! 5 years of dolls and blogging, amazing!! Anyways, today's interview is with Granado Doll, and the questions are answered by Ikaru (the manager) and Crocus (the sculptor).

As always, it is available in English and Spanish, and all photos are used with permission. I hope you will enjoy it! Let's start!

Hello! Thanks for accepting the interview!
Hello everyone, this is Ikaru. I am the manager of Granado. Nice to meet you guys! And Crocus Lee, our sculptor, will also be here to answering any questions.
¡Hola! Gracias por aceptar la entrevista.
Hola a todos. Soy Ikaru, el manager the Granado. ¡Encantado de conocerlos! Además, Crocus Lee, nuestro escultor, también estará aquí respondiendo las preguntas.

Doll Granado Enoch, The Dark Lord version.


How did Granado started? Granado is a studio that specializes in making ball jointed dolls in Mainland China, established in April, 2011. Crocus Lee has worked on sculpting dolls for a long time. In the past, we only made custom heads from customer’s orders, and the old brand name is “Cinderella”. “Cinderella” has been running for about 2 years. Then, when we had our first male doll, we decided to step into the worldwide market, as a token for moving into this new stage, we change the old “Cinderella” brand name to “Granado”. ¿Cómo comenzó Granado?
Granado es un estudio que se especializa en hacer “ball jointed dolls” en China continental, fundado en Abril del 2011. Crocus Lee ha trabajo en esculpir muñecas por un largo tiempo. En el pasado, sólo hacíamos cabezas personalizadas para los clientes, y nuestra antigua marca era “Cinderella.” Ésta duró cerca de dos años. Luego, cuando hicimos nuestro primer muñeco masculino, decidimos movernos al mercado mundial. Como un detalle especial, cambiamos la marca “Cinderella” a “Granado”.


What is Granado’s aim or aesthetic goal when sculpting?
Crocus Lee LOVE to focus on mature and real sculptures, this is his expertise. Although not often, sometimes we do younger sculpt. We want to show everyone Crocus can do many different style sculpts.
¿Cuál es el objeto o meta estética de Granado al diseñar modelos?
Crocus Lee ADORA enfocarse en moldes maduros y reales, y ésta es su experiencia. Aunque no muy a menudo, también hacemos moldes más jóvenes. Nos gusta mostrarles a todos que Crocus puede hacer muchos estilos diferentes.

Left: Sariel's head WIP. Right: Remiel's head WIP.


Granado Male Evol Body prototype.


What is your process to make a new doll? Do you have a workplace?
To make a head or doll body, Crocus is need to pay attention to the characteristics of different human races. Then we listen to our customers’ comments. We are quite respect of our customers’ feedback. In addition, we are particular about the details, so it takes a lot of time to produce a doll body. We have a studio in He Fei. All of our staffs (except me, Ikaru) are working there. Speaking of our working space, we have finished our renovation lately. Here are 2 pictures to show you our big decoration.
¿Cuál es el proceso para crear un nuevo muñeco? ¿Tienen un espacio de trabajo?
Para hacer las cabezas o cuerpo, Crocus tiene que prestar atención a las características de las distintas razas humanas. Luego, nos fijamos en los comentarios de nuestros clientes, ya que respetamos mucho sus opiniones.Además, somos detallistas, así que lleva mucho tiempo producir un nuevo cuerpo. Tenemos un estudio en He Fei. Todo nuestro equipo (except yo, Ikaru) están trabajando ahí. Sobre el espacio de trabajo, hace poco terminamos las renovaciones. Les mostramos dos fotos de nuestras decoraciones.

Left: Studio during assembling. Right: After assembling, the light blinks slowly
The team calls it "The Wall of Life".


Now you also have the VinDoll line! How did this idea started?
Crocus has an ambition, he hoped that one day everyone could own a beautiful doll created by him. But due to BJD usually costing quite a fortune, not all of us could afford one. After brainstorming and consideration, Crocus believed soft vinyl fashion doll is the answer.
¡Ahora también tienen la línea VinDoll! ¿Cómo empezó esta idea?
Crocus tenía una ambición, y es que esperaba que un día todos puedan tener una muñeca hecah por él. Pero dado que las BJDs usualmente cuestan una pequeña fortuna, no todos podemos pagar una. Luego de pensar mucho y considerar opciones, Crocus creyó que muñecas de vinilo sería una posible respuesta.



You mostly focus on big 1/3 dolls. Have you considering making other sizes?
Sure we have! We have Titan(75cm+) and Mini(40cm+) size dolls. However, Crocus feels satisfy when he’s making 70cm+ male dolls. So, in the near future we will focus to make this size’ dolls. But 40cm+ fashion dolls are also in our considering list.
Principalmente, se enfocan en muñecos tamaño 1/3. ¿Han considerado hacer otros tamaños?
¡Por supuesto! Tenemos Titan (de 75cm+) y Mini (40cm+). Sin embargo, Crocus se siente satisfecho al hacer muñecos hombre de 70cm o más. Pero, en el future cercano, nos concentraremos en hacer este tamaño de muñecos. Pero los de 40cm tipo fashion también están siendo considerados.


Finally, is there anything more you’ll like to share with us?
In 2017, we accomplish a lot targets, like introduce VINDOLL line, launched a lot of Archangels, re-made some old dolls and our studio is refurbished. 2017 is a very busy year, as usual. Also we have a new doll will be released soon! He is called Sariel. We have so many things that we haven’t show to public yet. Please look forward to it!
Finalmente, ¿hay algo más que quieren compartir con nosotros?
En 2017 alcazamos muchas metas, como introducir la línea VinDoll, lanzar muchos Archangels, rehacer algunos muñecos antiguos y mejorar nuestro estudio. 2017 fue un año muy ocupado, como habitualmente lo son. ¡También tenemos un nuevo muñeco, pronto a salir! Se llama Sariel. Tenemos muchos projects que aún no hemos hecho públicos. ¡Por favor, espérenlos con ansias!


Thank you very much for doing the interview! It’s been an honor!
Thank you for this interview! Now we feel more close to our fans! And thanks all our fans to give us your continued support. You are our motion to let us move forward. We hope we can do this again sometime in the future. Bye!
¡Muchas gracias por hacer la entrevista! ¡Ha sido un honor!
¡Gracias por la entrevista! Nosh ace sentir más cercanos a nuestros fans. Y gracias a ellos que nos dan su apoyo continuado. Ustedes son lo que nos mueve hace adelante. Esperamos poder hacer esto de nuevo en el futuro. ¡Adiós!

Granado Sariel... incoming!


So, this is today's interview! I have always admired Granado's attention to detail, so I hope you have found this interview interesting! Feel free to share the link, but do not repost it. If you want to translate it to another language, contact me first.

You can find Granado on the following places:
Anyways, I hope you have enjoyed this! Best wishes for the last month of the year, and if you have any suggestions for new interviews, leave them in the comments. I'll try my best to get them :D

10 comments :

  1. Thank you for an interesting interview. I have Udell on my "wish list", and I would love to see some of Crocus' handsome men made in vinyl in the fashion doll size of about 17". I really do love Crocus' male sculpts.

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    1. Happy you liked it!! Vinyl fashion dolls are a great idea, I hope they do it, honestly!

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  2. Que interesante, me quedé con ganas de ver lo nuevo que están preparando. Muy buena entrevista

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    1. ¡Me alegro que te guste! Sí, la verdad que suena interesante :D

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  3. Love this interview, especially their display unit. Something like that would be marvelous to display my dolls, except I would have no place to put it! I seriously hope Granado gets into the smaller fashion doll size. I love their dolls but they are way too big for me.

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    1. I'm glad you liked the interview!!
      I do wish they'd do more mature minis, and not neccesary fashion dolls, but oh well. That size has really become popular!

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  4. This was a totally new place for me, so thank you for sharing this interview. Like the vinyl fashion dolls and the idea is great. It opens up for new collectors.
    The Wall of Life is really beautiful!

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    1. Happy you liked it!! I loved that wall as well :D

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  5. And another great interview! Thanks for doing it!

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