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Doll Masquerade

Date: Sunday, May 27, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EST)

Online Pre-Registration Period:

From Thursday, February 1, 2018 @ 12:00 AM (EST) to Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 11:59 PM (EST)
Sign up at https://goo.gl/forms/Q6wq3Vp8qzm8saGj2

On Site Registration and Doll Drop Off:

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EST)
Saturday, May 26, 2018 - 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EST)
Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM (EST)

Doll Pick Up:

Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM (EST)

Theme: Candy Dreams

Do you dream of refreshing peppermints, spicy cinnamon hearts, stretchy gummy worms, and candy-coated gum drops? Indulge your sweetest sugary fantasy by dressing up your doll in a costume inspired by your favourite candy. Bring your Candy Dreams to life this May and get ready to indulge your sweet tooth.

Share your progress on the official Doll North hashtag! #DNGimmeCandy


The 2018 Masquerade will be separated into three (3) size-based categories as follows:

  • 1/3 Scale: 50 cm and over
  • 1/4 Scale: 30 cm to 49 cm
  • 1/6 Scale: 29 cm and under

The Young Fan category is open to fans who are 13 years of age or younger. Dolls of all sizes may participate in this category.


  1. Participants may enter in ONE category only. If you are unsure which category your doll qualifies for kindly contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  2. Each participant is restricted to ONE doll in the Doll Masquerade.
  3. Each entrant must have a valid Anime North badge, valid badges include General Day and Weekend Admissions, Doll North Admissions, Exhibitor and Dealer passes.
  4. Each entry will be judged on Display, and Reference by our esteemed panel of judges. (Please see below for details on each component.)
  5. To qualify your entry must reflect a type of candy OR candy themed media (such as characters/designs from various media including, but not limited to, anime, film, television, fashion). Contestants may choose one or more types of candy as their inspiration.
  6. Candy must be marketed as candy. A good example of candy is items that are made of sugar and wax. This can include lollipops, jujubes, Nerds, and similar treats. You can also consider the sort of things you might find given out at Halloween a good baseline. We are allowing M&Ms, Smarties, and candy bars for inspiration and use, but want to avoid chocolate as a broader category: so hot chocolate, Hershey’s Kisses, brownies, boxes of chocolates and similar are not candy, because they are sold as chocolate or baked goods. If using a specific character reference, please make sure the character’s candy theme follows this rule. When in doubt if your inspiration is suitable, please ask first.
  7. For those planning to use REAL candy: you MUST make sure that proper precautions are taken to prevent damage to hotel property and to other competitor’s entries. For example: If your chosen candy has sugar coating, it MUST be sealed to prevent as much fall-out as possible. Sugar can attract unwanted pests as well as get on the hands of the judges who may need to touch parts of the outfits to get a closer look. It is up to the entrant to make sure that they have taken the proper precautions, any damage to their own doll because of their chosen candy is their own responsibility. Doll North has minimal control over the temperature of the hotel and weather during the event can be very unpredictable so please keep this in mind.
  8. Each entry is required to be displayed on a doll stand, entrants may purchase or craft their own doll stand. Entrants may choose to minimally decorate the stand or stand base, but it is not to be used as a backdrop. Dolls with stands that take up too much horizontal space (significantly more than the width of their doll) may face disqualification. Please ensure the stand supports your doll as securely as possible, while Doll North will take every precaution possible we are not liable if your stand causes your doll to fall over and/or damage your doll or cosplay. If a stand is found to be inadequate and putting other displays at risk by falling over, your entry may be subject to disqualification and removal from the competition.
  9. Entrants are not required to be present during judging.
  10. Entrants are required to drop off their dolls for display in the Masquerade area during drop off hours on Friday, Saturday or Sunday (times listed above). Dolls will be displayed in a Masquerade display area, this area will be directly supervised and watched by a Doll North Staff member at all times during operational hours. Attendees may photograph your doll in this area, but your dolls will at no time be touched or bumped by attendees. The dolls will be stored in an area that is locked overnight on Friday and Saturday along with our Charity Raffle and Prize Dolls, this area is only accessible by Doll North coordinators, Crowne Plaza Office Manager, and select hotel staff. Entries must be received no later than Sunday May 27th at 10am to allow for adequate judging time. No late entries will be accepted.
  11. All entrants are required to have their reference component to submit at the time of sign-in for the competition. Absence of reference material is an automatic 20% deduction from your final score.
  12. Participants may not reuse cosplays previously entered in a Doll North competition or in any other judged competition, this includes but is not limited to conventions, online competitions, and company hosted competitions.
  13. The Doll North Masquerade Reps reserve the right to eliminate anyone from competition on the basis of taste, danger to the audience or other entries, or for any other reason deemed sufficient. Flagrant or repeat violations of the rules may result in a ban from future competitions at the Doll North Masquerade Reps discretion.

Valid Doll Types

The following doll types are valid for entry in the Doll Masquerade:

  • Asian Ball-Jointed Dolls (Resin and Vinyl)
  • Non-Asian Ball-Jointed Dolls
  • Pullip Dolls
  • Blythe Dolls
  • Monster High Dolls/Even After High
  • Momoko Dolls
  • Dollfie Dream Dolls
  • Obitsu Dolls
  • Azone Dolls

Please note: Out of respect for doll artisans, distributors, and sculptors that support Doll North we ask that recasts are not entered in the Doll Masquerade. Recast dolls identified in the Doll Masquerade will be disqualified.

Judging Breakdown


The Display Component is worth 80% of your evaluation.

  • Outfit: Outfit components can be handmade or purchased, greater points will be awarded to entrants that have hand crafted their outfits. If you have included purchased items in your outfit you must list the items on your registration form. You will be judged based on workmanship, execution, and adherence to the overall theme.

  • Accessories: Items not expected to be handcrafted such as wigs, shoes, eyes, hardware, doll stands and belts will be judged for their adherence to the theme material and how well they incorporate with the entire outfit. Bonus points may be awarded for handmade items such as wigs, shoes, doll stands and eyes.

  • Props: Points can also be earned for prop creation when applicable to the theme material, only props that have been handmade will impact the Display Component.

  • Face Up: Points can be awarded to dolls with custom face ups to match their source material. Only dolls that have face ups painted by the contestant may be judged on their face up. Contestants may choose to NOT have their face up included in judging. Please indicate on the registration form if you would like your face up to be inclued in your entry.


The Reference Component is worth 20% of your evaluation.

  1. Contestants must include one single 8.5” x 11” tri-fold brochure to accompany your entry.
  2. This brochure must include at least one color image of your reference, character or theme inspiration. Brochures missing a reference image will immediately lose 5 points.
  3. Your reference card should be capable of free-standing and as such it is recommended that you use a heavier weight paper such as cardstock OR provide some sort of stand to hold it up.
  4. DO NOT include your name or online handle on your brochure or it is an automatic 0.

Other items you may include on your card:

  • Fabric Samples
  • Additional Inspiration photos
  • Draft sketches
  • A few written notes of stand out items you feel the judges should notice.

Reference Card Examples coming soon, please check back.

Doll North will generate a Label Card for each entrant, with information provided on your masquerade registration. You do not need to include the information from your Label Card on your Reference Card.

Your entry Label card generated by Doll North will include the following information which you will provide on your registration form:

  • Entry Number
  • Size Category
  • Company Name and Sculpt of Doll
  • Candy Inspiration
  • Reference Inspiration (if applicable)

Doll North will post a few sample cards to our social media prior to the con as examples.


Will consist of esteemed individuals of notable standing in the doll/cosplay community, judges will be announced at the event to avoid favouritism or tampering.


Entries will be ranked according to the following categories:

  • Best Overall (One Winner Overall)
  • Best in Category (One Winner Per Size Category)
  • Best Application of Theme (One Winner Per Size Category)
  • Fan Favourite (as determined by fan vote)
  • Additional categories may be awarded at the judge’s discretion but are not guaranteed. Such as, "Best Original Design, Honourable Mention: Use of Materials, Honourable Mention: Engineering, Best Tailoring, etc."

In partnership with generous 2018 sponsors Doll North may award prizes to the winners based on availability.

Attendees will have the option to vote for their favourite entry. Please see the Masquerade desk for ballots. Fans may vote once per day of the event up to a maximum of 3 times so be sure to stop by and vote each day.

We will also be awarding participation prizes for the young fan division. If a category has under 3 entries Doll North reserves the right to merge the category with the category with the next fewest entries.

For updates on 2018 Official Sponsors and the various prizes up for grabs, please follow us on Facebook or on our Doll North Sponsor Page

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