To my knowledge, there have not been any dolls in the likeness of Japan members commercially manufactured.
Those images were taken in the darkroom belonging to photographer Fin Costello. He showed me the first steps in black and white printing. I never had my own darkroom, always used commercial labs but it was a nice thing to have experienced. I would often develop my own film but that didn’t require a darkroom.
I think that was simply the effect we had on each other. Japanese pop music is generally quite punchy and direct, and this was aimed to please therefore musically it’s pretty upbeat, however the vocals lines are in contrast to that and I guess that was our way of deviating from the regular pop song. At the time I never really imagined it being marketed outside of Japan. The video is very much based on Japanese themes and humour …. including the fun we had portraying the parody of old men dancing badly, which I’m not sure actually came across as anything other than the two of us dancing badly … oh well …we probably would dance like that today.