Instead he forked out 15,800 yuan, almost a month's pay, for his more realistic Chinese-made "156".
But Micdolls owner Zhang Han is going into production, expecting business to boom on the back of China's severe gender imbalance.
“The doll community don’t always have sex with dolls, some collect them like art,” Lumb added.
Beijing (AFP) - She lay quietly on a narrow bed, greeting potential customers with an impassive stare and a disproportionately buxom form: meet "156", a stand-in companion for Chinese men with empty beds.
Named for her height, she is a high-quality sex doll made of thermoplastic elastomer, a rubbery material softer than silicone, with adjustable hands, a removable head and genitals, and available from specialist shops in Beijing for around ,500.
Liu -- who did not want to give his full name -- has one among the few possessions in his dimly lit studio apartment, deep in an industrial suburb of the capital.
First of all, the DS Doll Robotic Head is merely a head and the body it’s attached to is incapable of moving on its own.