Sorry if there's another topic like this, but this has been on my mind since I adopted my kit Maggie from Mandarake in October! Back in the early days of the hobby, Volks sold most of their MSDs as kits to be taken home and assembled and customized to the owner's liking - rather like the "hobby" and model kits they also sold. Eventually, they stopped selling the MSD kits, and started selling their dolls pre-assembled with wigs, eyes, and faceups already taken care of. Now, over 15 years later, the only dolls I see sold as kits are Unoas, and even they have an option to be sold pre-assembled and painted. I suspect it has to do with marketplace/consumer trends that veered away from "hobbyists" to "collectors" - "collectors" meaning, someone who simply wants to enjoy a doll right out of the box, and avoid customizing themselves (something that could drastically effect resale value, especially with how many limited edition or limited release dolls are produced as the hobby has changed and developed). It also occurred to me that a company could turn more of a profit from assembling the doll themselves, so the consumer can go on to buy wigs, eyes, and outfits for their complete doll. Of course, that point may be moot if a company like Volks were the ones producing/selling the customization tools! Personally, I used to be more of the "collector" mindset, who didn't want to do much in the way of customization myself. Getting my old kit Maggie really made me do a complete 180 on that! Even though I didn't have to assemble her myself, I really enjoy having a project doll to work on as I pull her back together, and dreaming about what looks I can create for her. (I guess this is what Volks means by their "we seek creativity" slogan!) So I guess my question is - what do you think the turning point of selling dolls as kits was? Would you buy a doll as a kit to assemble at home now? Are there other factors I'm missing? I'd be interested to hear what other people think!