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Making silicone soulmates

The Local · 11 Jan 2013, 06:36

Published: 11 Jan 2013 06:36 GMT+01:00

Leeloo is a brunette. Her eyes might be a little on the blank side, and she will set you back between €5,500 and €6,000, but she's quiet and offers "almost total freedom of movement." She's also one of dozens of lovingly-sculpted silicone ladies that occupy a 250-square-metre warehouse in Sierksdorf, on Germany's Baltic coast.

It's a steep price, but as the Dollpark website says, Leeloo "puts almost no boundaries on your fantasies."

Leeloo's creator and Dollpark owner is 44-year-old Michael Wendt, one of Germany's leading online purveyors of rubber and silicone dolls. Having bought the internet domain www.gummipuppen.de in 1998 for a piffling 380 German marks, he started out selling sex toys, before expanding into dolls.

The lucrative firm now offers up to 500 different products, selling hundreds of dolls over his virtual counter every year. "Anyone interested in silicone dolls knows Dollpark," said Wendt proudly.

But what kind of people want a life-size fake woman as a companion? According to Wendt, it's not just men with niche fetishes. His theory is that his customers are looking to buy intimacy and companionship as well as sex. Some people, he points out, sit their plastic lady at the dining table when they have breakfast.

Wendt's conclusion is shared by Hamburg sex therapist Stephan Moschner, though he thinks there is more to it. He believes the men are also motivated by curiosity and the urge to try something new.

As well as this, men are drawn by the way they can live out their sexual fantasies even if they don't have a real partner. "In this way, they can circumvent real intimacy and so avoid conflict with their partner when it comes to their sexual desires," said Moschner.

Wendt and his employees have also been making their own dolls since 2002, complete with perfectly formed eyebrows and lashes. To this end, the firm continually advertises for models, so that they can make their dolls as life-like as possible.

Wendt is so confident that he can create "Perfection in Silicone" - as the legend above the entrance to Dollpark warehouse puts it - he intends to expand his business into the medical education industry, and market silicone models for students - purely for the purposes of medical research, of course.

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Your comments about this article

10:19 January 11, 2013 by ChrisRea
"He believes the men are also curiosity and the urge to try something new. " - Nice English.
11:06 January 11, 2013 by Zubair Khan
@Chris Rea.

Better had been duly corrected version from your side.

He believes the men are also curios and have the urge to try something new or the men have cuirosity and the urge to try something new. Does this sound bit better Rea?
11:48 January 11, 2013 by ChrisRea
Yes, it is better so. I would also skip the definite article for "men" (the writer is describing men in general rather than a particular group of men). Anyway, it seems that the editors took our comments seriously.
14:57 January 11, 2013 by raandy
Well, a take off from the old blow me up f^^k me dolls.

Quiet,(maybe a moan) no complaints, unlimited fantasy, low maintenance. ya this will sell. Not worth divorcing my wife over,however ;-)
19:10 January 11, 2013 by coffeelover
I watched an online advert for same thing but you specify skin color, eyes, breast size, nipple size, aerola size/color, waist size, hip size, leg length, overall height, real human hair wherever you want, and how much you want, shape-holding hands, and feet, and of course, 3 usable holes in whatever size you want. They claim most life-like doll ever, with prices starting from $8,000--$25,000 depending on options. Wish I knew about it before marrying, then divorcing. Would have been a bargain basement deal for me with ALL the options!
21:17 January 11, 2013 by The-ex-pat
Seems to me, 6 grand could by a lot of real sex, still each to his own. At least you are not going to be deflated with on of these...............
21:18 January 11, 2013 by yllusion
Seriously, some people should seek a therapist instead of an inanimate object to solve their relationship, interpersonal and sexual issues. There are other lonely people out there wishing to share a piece of their lives with somebody, people that can potentially have their minds and lives healed by the warmth of another human being. Nobody really wants to live in fantasy, life is meant to be lived with and shared with other people. Not with lifeless shaped pieces of matter.
09:32 January 12, 2013 by zeddriver
@yIlusion

It's related to our modern cyber life style. Just think back if your old enough. It was at one time very difficult to find any adult reading material as a young person. When I was a young man. You counted your self as very very fortunate to find your dads playboy magazine. Now every fantasy you can think of and many more you never even thought possible in your deepest nightmares. Are sent to your inbox as spam emails. The fantasy lifestyle is not a fantasy anymore. It's the new normal. And a lot of relationships suffer for it.

As an older person (55). I control the internet. It does not control me or how I interact with people.

In other words. I'm old fashioned. I have no issues walking up to someone and starting a conversation. And once I do start one. I don't let the internet distract me from the person I'm talking to.

The younger folk really don't know how to talk to each other face to face. I'm not even sure they can look at each other as I think their necks are permanently bent forward in a texting posture. Even when not using the cell phone.
18:13 January 31, 2013 by Gretl
Removing any incentive to learn social skills. What's next? The Stepford Wives?
18:00 February 2, 2013 by Vargaz
How much fun can it be to f**# a woman who never has a headache, can't bitch, moan, whine, scream, curse, throw things, and tell you how much she hates you? These dolls take the sport out of it all. Give me a live psycho-bitch any day.
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