GeeWillikers wrote:I'm glad you both took that suggestion in the spirit of discovery it was intended
This kind of guide could never be truly definitive anyway, with the amount of variables between batches that now seems to be occuring, coupled with our own individual perceptions, but it's great to have somewhere to start that gives us whatever concrete technical stats there are when we're making that first choice with a particular model.
I try to get at least one of each of these body types as they're released (bar the too-petite for my taste 26 and 27 and the newer integrated feet models - that said I'll probably get a 42 as I like the sculpt), and it's amazing just how much perception, influenced by all kinds of outside factors, makes each individual body seem just that - individual, even more or less straight out of the box. At the moment for example I've got seven different 23s, and even allowing for the recent design tweak on three of them I can easily tell each one of them apart just as base models, even without heads and any modifications of my own aside.
The best I can offer this thread at the moment are my observations on build and manufacture - as I've said elsewhere, I'm finding that while newer models from 28/29 are of improved and more realistic design, the build quality is sadly now more often than not inferior to the older models (even going as far back as s01/02).
I agree the petite bodies are to dang small, even for the characters I plan on doing customs of. I would rather do the math and figure out what scale the normal TBLs are instead. You are right though, the build quality does seem to be considerably different between the bodies. The 07 and 09 are both tanks, and can clearly take a beating. The 10d has me concerned in the elbows, and the 16a has me wondering if the left shoulder is going to fail internally where I can't fix it without performing a major surgery. Yet they both move, essentially silky smooth while the 09 has stiff joints. Yay manufacturing tolerances!
If I could add this real quick as well as it pertains to clothing options. The lingerie sets from MC Toys (https://www.monkeydepot.com/Lingerie_MC_Toys_Exquisite_Underwear_Camry_Series_p/mc0094.htm if anyone needs a reminder) are positively fantastic in how they fit, and frankly are worth it for the price, but it is clear that certain ones are meant for certain bodies (at least in design as they clearly work in a more universal sense). I own three, a large bust white, large bust pink (more nude/tan), and medium bust black. The white one fits the 07/09 perfectly, no pushing/pulling/digging. The pink one is too small, though it does fit the 07/09, but is perfect on the 10d as the white one is on the 07/09. The black one is hilarious to try and get on the 07/09/10d, and is even a bit too small (more like tough to get closed but not impossible) for the 16a. It just strikes me as interesting how those are designed and seem to have specific body types in mind despite being universal.