In the Black Lace story Dark Designs one of the heroes has a realistic sex doll. Ever since reading about this it has kind of been in my mind. because the story was written in a way that made the whole idea cute and kind of sexy (yes, the doll did appear in on sex scene but it isn't major element in the plot). So just for the sake of research (of course) I thought I would have a look.
I started off at RealDoll.com which advertises, for a start, "provides stress-free companionship". Companionship?! And if you want to cheat on a budget you can buy her 'extra faces', and um, the shemale kit. Too much information? The girls look spookily real, but the male one, Charlie, freaks me out. They really need to work on the face on that one. Standard male dolls are $7000.
From there it just got creepier with a girl doll made to look like a real glamor model (no males). Then at Mechadoll a picture of the 'girls' hanging on storage hooks (no males). I retreated into the pretty Japanese versions which don't freak me out as much (still no males).
Then I left the world of semi-realistic silicon for the inflatable men. Pure comic releif. The main thing I learned? Kudos to Madelynne Ellis for writing a book that made realistic sex dolls seem cute and cool. Because the websites that sell them really don't give off that vibe at all. I suspect that if I had a spare $7000 I might think of something better to do with it. At least until they do something about Charlie's face.