Naturally, I couldn't see my way clear to spending that much money on a poorly constructed inferior doll. So I channeled my inner "Tim the Toolman" into possibly making a doll. At first I thought of just getting the Barbie and putting a costume on her, but I am very OCD about detail and functionality. In my research--seeing the obitsu doll having 36 points of articulation naturally caught my eye. Oh, my facebook friends thought I was crazy--but madness is so close to inspiration. So I bought my first couple of bodies and heads from Mimiwoo on ebay. Now we'll see what I can make of them when they arrive.
The challenge is making them actually look like the characters from the TV show--complete with costumes, and perhaps even gear. Right now I'm studying as much as I can about making dolls as a hobby, and learning new tricks like working with resins to create your own accessories for them. I'm excited at a chance for a new hobby. We'll see how it goes.