HI everyone, there has been so much interest in the classic Narin and Narae 43 heads now available from Narin Creative. But what do we know about the original dolls, and how do they compare with the dolls of today? I did some research, and that included getting a new painted classic head from Narin Creative, as well as one of the first Narae 43 dolls which arrived in the US. I'd like to warmly thank Karin Bussman for letting her girl come live with us. Here is Karin's doll, who we have now named "Karin," which arrived in March of 2005. Karin held the first group order for Narin dolls, bringing over her pretty girl as well as several others. Karin carefully kept all the paperwork in her doll's box, which has helped us get this story for you. Thanks again Karin! So there was a doll artist in Korea named Bimong, who had his own doll academy named after himself, and he made dolls and did everything himself... including the customer service in English. Things got busy to say the least. It took months to get a Narindoll, and Bimong was really stretched trying to keep his school running while filling all the doll orders. In April of 2005, he formed a partnership with a group of doll lovers from many disciplines-- photography, videography, fashion design, and others. "Narin Creative" was born. Bimong then took many months to remake the 43cm doll faces, as well as create two completely new 60 cm dolls, the larger Narin and Narae. These were offered by Narin Creative in late Fall 2005. The original "Narindoll" company was no more, but Narin dolls lived on! Here are the innovative features of the original Narin and Narae. This is why the current 43cm dolls have holes in the backs of their heads... so owners can make their own "fragrance sponges" and drop fragrance inside the head part. Since Narin Creative was formed, the fragrance sponge and magnetized eyes were discontinued. The heads still connect with a magnetized front head part though. This makes switching out faces very quick and painless. Classic faces are interchangeable with the other four faces being offered: open eye, sleep face, 1/3 open eye, and 2/3 open eye. So now you have five choices for your doll's face style. Now let's look at some visual comparisons between the old heads and new... TO celebrate the re-release of the classic Narin and Narae heads, we have commissioned a special facepaint by famous Korean doll artist Basicline. PAULINA is now available to have painted on a classic face by Basicline for a $65 fee. The classic heads are available as optional heads (no body) or you can order one as a regular doll, choosing the classic type for your head choice. They are also available in all four skin colors: snow white, pinky white, golden beige, and tanning. Paulina was named after my friend Paul, who is a regular here on DOA. Paul was the first one to fall under Paulina's spell. She is shown here with Masterpiece eyes and a Hermione wig from Narin Creative. I invite your questions and hope you enjoyed reading the story!