I understand that not all amputees can use prosthetics due to a variety of reasons. However, I still wanted to create something that represents an amputee and symbolizes their strength and will. The result is "Smart Doll Prosthetics" - the first in the series is the Prosthetic Leg. Designed by our resident 3D sculptor TOYA, and slush-casted in our Tokyo facilities, the Prosthetic Leg has unique weathering features so that no two will ever look the same.
At the moment, the Prosthetic Leg is in the form of a shin as it's the only part of the leg that a Smart Doll owner can (somewhat) easily swap out themselves with a hairdryer or hot water. The shin is symmetrical so it can be used as the left or right shin. Have a look at the 9 pack of photos to see how to swap out the shin.
Free for folks who are eligible
The Prosthetic Leg for Smart Doll is provided free for Smart Doll owners who are either an amputee, have a family member who is an amputee or is a nurse that cares for amputees.
Many Smart Doll owners have been telling us their amputee story, and I have already sent a few of these out with their orders. If you are eligible, leave a note in your next order telling us your amputee story - no need to add this product to your cart - we will put one in for free. Do mention which color you prefer. If the color you want is out of stock, we will send what we have available at the time.
While we do not require any evidence of amputation to qualify for the prosthetics, I will leave it to the customers discretion to decide what's appropriate when communicating with us, and I will take their word for it ;-)
While our prosthetics are meant to symbolize an amputee, I understand that some folks want to go for a Cyberpunk Night City feel and I'm OK with this.
Film director James Cameron worked with a British prosthetics company Open Bionics to produce a set of Battle Angel Alita-inspired prosthetic arms for a young lady called Tilly Lockey. Tilly lost both of her arms when she was 15 months old due to meningococcal septicaemia. If you have not watched Alita yet then I thoroughly recommend it ;-)
Do note that when you purchase one of this product that you only get one prosthetic shin even though two may be pictured in the photos. Dolls, shoes, apparel, walls, stairs pictured in the photos are not included.
Specs and how to attach the prosthetic leg
If you have time, please watch the video embedded on this page - if not follow the points below and the 9 pack of photos below. But the video will be more useful.
- Remove the shin by bending the shin at the knee and wiggling it out by twisting the left and right.
- Use a hairdryer or hot water to heat the shin so that the slot at the top becomes soft.
- Pull off the foot by wriggling it left and right and then pull out the internal frame from the shin shell. You may see a spacer on the shaft of the frame depending on when your doll was assembled. This should be left as is in the position shown in the photo.
- Use a hairdryer or hot water to heat the prosthetic so that the slot at the top becomes soft.
- Insert the shin frame into the prosthetic.
- Make sure the frame is inserted all the way in so that you can bend the knee shaft at the top.
- Wriggle the foot back on.
- Insert the knee shaft into the thigh socket - if you don't get the shaft in the socket, then the leg will fall off after a while. Remember to use the wriggle motion to get the knee shaft in place.
- Complete! Make sure not to burn yourself or anybody or thing when handling the hairdryer or hot water.
- If the above was not clear then please watch the video ;-)