Well, I keep hearing about how the chest joint is “more aesthetically pleasing” in little clothing, such as lingerie. Something which has always puzzled me personally. Maybe I just don’t find regular joints ugly, because I find that even though the torso does get cut with waist joints, the doll is still pretty in lingerie and swimwear. These dolls are supposed to have joints, it’s normal, so not everything has to be hidden. Personally, the dolls with legs strung together so that there’s no visible gap for the string at the top of the thighs kind of freak me out because they look so weird. I also have dolls that do not go around in their undies, so “ugly” joints wouldn’t bother me under the clothes. What DOES bother me is when the whole silhouette gets distorted by weirdly placed joints. I do not like broken-looking dolls. And my dolls will get distorted because I use the joints the dolls have.
So, I took a few photos of the Zenith bodies in ‘revealing’ clothes to compare the look of a chest joint with a lower one. Unfortunately I don’t have a lingerie set for this size, but a corset-like top and a cropped top should do the trick all the same. Also, the old Zenith body doesn’t have a waist joint either, but it’s lower than a chest joint and the same size so I can use the exact same clothes for it for a more accurate comparison. With a waist joint, it would obviously be visible with a cropped top, but I’ve never seen a hard-edged waist joint and it never creates the same kind of a bump in a weird place – it’s just basic human anatomy.
Right off the bat I went for that ‘super sexy’ pose everyone uses to give the pose some shape, and shape it does get:
The top is trying to fall off her because the lower torso is pulling the fabric into a different direction from the upper torso. So, in essence her boobs are trying to escape the top.
This is flattering.
Then, a short top:
I just love that angular bump. (This would be even more horrible with a more revealing bra.)
And then, chuiga pointed this problem out in the comments last time:
When you pull the torso back this happens inevitably. It’s so much fun posing this body… >_>;;;;
I’m sorry, but my “aesthetically pleasing” body will never be able to wear revealing clothes because it just looks so bad. =___=;
(Oh and by the way, this body leaves a ton of resin residue inside the joints and it gets stuck on the clothes, because the joints are so angular and they grind against eachother harshly.)
Older body with the slightly lower joint doing the same things:
The corset top one looks really good, but with the crop top you get a slightly more unappealing bump where her ribcage should be, but imo it’s nothing compared to the new body.
Even in the more unflattering angles this is not half as bad:
My conclusion: Sure, if the doll is wearing lingerie in a default pose, the torso joint is hidden with a chest jointed doll. However, if you move the joint even a little it just does not look nice -the whole torso begins to tilt and appear to be falling off the body altogether. That weird bump that the body gets just makes the pose look very painful. You can’t even hide it with normal clothing, much less with lingerie.
Yeah, I just can not express enough how much I’m dissappointed with this new Zenith body. But I needed it for the armours (yet I’m tempted to buy an old body and switch their torsos, so that she would get the better joint). If I could afford it, I’d do it. Although that wouldn’t help with the issue of stiff arms, but it would be better than nothing. Souldoll, really, why?