Have you ever heard of the subculture called "reborning"? It revolves around the extremely realistic looking dolls called "Reborn Dolls" that some people collect.
These dolls fall into the Uncanny Valley, where it creates an uneasy feeling because it appears human but not quite right.
Recently, a company called Babyclon created some life-like looking Avatar babies that are artistically impressive, but still give me the heebie-jeebies.
This isn't the first time these Reborn Dolls have come into the news. Back in 2012, there was was a woman who explained her addiction to these dolls. She has 5 human children, but 50 fake ones that she has spent thousands of dollars on. She buys them clothes, furniture, toys, and even car seats and strollers. Alice Winstone suffers from a condition that has made her unable to have any more children, so she found an outlet for her maternal instincts.
The dolls are made out of vinyl or silicone, with special details on the hair, and facial expressions. There are some that look like real babies, while others are more whimsical. They have even made a mermaid doll!
These dolls cost in the upwards of $1,000. The reborn doll enthusiasts, including Winstone claim that they continue to live their lives as normal, however they caused her husband to move out of their house when she wouldn't stop bringing them into their bed.
"I wouldn't have given up my dolls for Chris - we come as a package. I like them close to me, and I'm never far away from them for long." - Alice Winstone
What do you think of these dolls? Cute or creepy?