'Reborn Babies' for you?

A Babyclon Animatronic baby on display on Sunday at the Bilbao Reborn Doll Show, a trade fair featuring hyper-realist silicone and vinyl babies, known as Reborns, in Bilbao, northern Spain.
A Babyclon Animatronic baby on display on Sunday at the Bilbao Reborn Doll Show, a trade fair featuring hyper-realist silicone and vinyl babies, known as Reborns, in Bilbao, northern Spain.PHOTO: REUTERS
Babyclon owner Cristina Iglesias adjusting an Avatar baby at the Bilbao Reborn Doll Show, in Bilbao, northern Spain, on June 11, 2017.
Babyclon owner Cristina Iglesias adjusting an Avatar baby at the Bilbao Reborn Doll Show, in Bilbao, northern Spain, on June 11, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS
A Babyclon Animatronic baby has its batteries recharged during the Bilbao Reborn Doll Show, in Bilbao, northern Spain, on June 11, 2017.
A Babyclon Animatronic baby has its batteries recharged during the Bilbao Reborn Doll Show, in Bilbao, northern Spain, on June 11, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS
An infant monkey is displayed at the Bilbao Reborn Doll Show, in Bilbao, northern Spain, on June 11, 2017.
An infant monkey is displayed at the Bilbao Reborn Doll Show, in Bilbao, northern Spain, on June 11, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS
A woman holding a baby made of vinyl at the Bilbao Reborn Doll Show, in Bilbao, northern Spain, on June 11, 2017.
A woman holding a baby made of vinyl at the Bilbao Reborn Doll Show, in Bilbao, northern Spain, on June 11, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

BILBAO, SPAIN (REUTERS) – Want a doll that looks, moves and feels almost exactly like a newborn? Or how about a baby Avatar, or a half human-half piglet?

The whole range was on display at a trade fair in Bilbao, northern Spain, showcasing “Reborn Babies” made by Spanish company Babyclon, one of a small number of firms worldwide that cater to a particular subculture of collectors who value the dolls’ unsettling realism.

Some of the basic silicone dolls cost almost €600 (S$928), while high-end models equipped with motors that make the doll appear to breathe or suck on a pacifier cost nearly €5,000.

As well as human babies, and ones that look like the blue aliens from the film Avatar, the company makes baby chimpanzees, tiny mermaids and infants with elf-style pointed ears.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 13, 2017, with the headline ''Baby' taking a power nap'. Print Edition | Subscribe