Since their introduction in the early 1990s, high-quality, super-realistic dolls known as reborns have become popular around the world. These dolls get their names because they are regular dolls completely revamped to create a whole new doll that looks just like a real baby. Thus, the original doll is reborn as this new creation.
The most popular starter dolls for these unique creations are the world famous Berenguer dolls. Minifee Berenguer dolls dominate the market and represent some of the highest quality examples in the industry. Berenguer dolls have long been a quality name in the doll business, so there is no question why reborn artists choose to begin their work on these canvases.
For decades the Berenguer family of Spain has been making high quality dolls known throughout the world. Family patriarch and master doll designer Salvador Berenguer based the detailed expressions of the dolls’ faces on the faces of his own children and later his grandchildren. Although the production of Berenguer dolls has moved to China, they still offer high-quality dolls for both collecting and children’s daily play needs.
The company’s high-quality offerings are the most popular starter canvas in the reborn world. Minifee Berenguer dolls dominate the market, as a quick search on eBay clearly shows. The auction site has become the largest marketplace for these dolls, dwarfing even doll shows. Among the thousands of auctions on the site you can find reborn Berenguer dolls, kits or plain dolls.
To create a proper reborn doll, the artist must first strip the toy of its factory color. Most dolls, even the Berenguer ones, come with a waxy orange vinyl coating. Using acetone or other harsh chemicals, the factory coating is removed. The artist then begins applying his own paint, layer by layer, to give the reborn a more lifelike appearance. As they do so, they can add realistic details like veins to the wrist.
After baking the new paint skin onto the doll, reborn artists add hand-blown glass eyes, individually rooted hair, and many other elements that make the dolls look incredibly lifelike. Some of these dolls look so much like the real thing that you can’t tell the difference between the doll and a real baby until you get really close.
Minifee Berenguer dolls are pampered and treated like family members by many owners. This can cause problems, as people have called the police because “babies” have been left in cars. Police broke windows to rescue these children or pulled over drivers for not having the proper car seat for their child.