Hi Jgato, a topic with questions for me! I do feel flattered
But to all other 4Woods owners, feel free to comment too
Let me try to give some answers.
-you mentioned Lily was having a problem with her skin 'flaking' what is that all about? And how did you correct it? This question concerns me more than the others.
Yes, this is the most important problem I have with my doll. Quite soon after her arrival some areas of skin became rough. By now she has several areas of rough skin. I think this is a pity, as for the rest she's such a pretty doll.
I don't know how to describe (in English) this roughness best. Earlier I called it 'flaking'. I'll try to make a clear picture of it and post it into this thread later-on.
Last year, I mentioned this problem to Doll Story (I purchased Lily from 4Woods Europe). They said they discussed the pictures I provided while being with 4Woods in Japan and they thought it was mainly powder residue (which it isn't, but by powdering it becomes more visible, especially on pictures). They sent me some hexane to clear those areas. For areas where there is only some initial roughness, wiping hard with a lot of hexane does work. But you'll need A LOT OF hexane. I have chosen not to repair these areas.
I searched TDF for other posts about this problem and found a few. So it seems I'm not the only one with this problem, although I don't know if it is this severe with others. Me, I'm curious too to hear if other 4Woods owners (having dolls with the new soft skin silicone) are having this problem too.
-do you still have to powder Lily regularly, and have any of the painted areas faded?
After washing Lily's skin feels sticky. So after washing I do powder her. That makes her skin feel soft and smoothly again. I guess this holds for all silicone dolls. But IMO her skin doesn't become that sticky, so she's not washed and powdered too often.
First I used the powder that she brought with her on arrival. Now I do use pure corn starch. I'm careful not to powder painted areas too much, but lips and nipples sometimes get powdered a little and still there is no single sign that paint fades.
-you mentioned experiencing problems with finger pokes early on? How did these occur? Did you get the hand skeleton feature or not? If you regularly sleep with your doll would it be better not to get the hand skeleton/wires?
Lily has the hand skeleton option. And I guess sometimes I'm not careful enough when playing or dressing. Hand wires are useful to make nice hand poses on pictures. But you must be very careful. Best is to put something protective on her hands while moving or dressing; but I'm too lazy for that.
At night, when she is in bed with me, her hands are quite save. Finger pokes occurred during dressing or moving (mostly during moving while dressing).
I'm thinking of buying another doll, and I'm not sure yet, but I guess it'll be without hand skeleton.
-has Lily's skeleton loosened-up over time, making maneuvering easier?
The skeleton has loosened-up just a little. But, after you've learned how to pose her, you'll learn it is loose enough from the start. She's not that stiff and you don't want her to become too loose.
My current gal is nearly twenty pounds heavier than your Lily, and lovely though she, has shoulders like a linebacker. And she is roughly the same height as your girl too.
According to 4Woods a NEOim doll is 29kg and 159cm. My Lily is a few kilogram more. I have to put her on diet
What I've learned is that a high-end silicone doll is a real piece of art. It's beautiful and delicate.
Despite some problems, I'm still very happy with Lily. But this doll is not something I judge fully objective, I guess she's got me emotionally biased.
I hope to be helpful and to contribute to real expectations. Good luck & cheers!