I think it shows that we are all human and we can all improve. When I made the original doll I got lots of comments telling me how awesome it was and how amazing I was at hair and dresses, and I look at it now and go "wtf were those people smoking."
Small scale is really about illusion and less about representation. Gotta make people believe it's an eye instead of actually drawing an eye as it were. That and subtle colour changes can make a world of difference.
I'm annoyed because I found out today thanks to a deviant that the cream robes doll was originally on a historical dolls base and you can find it at Bunnystick along with the DHF. I was like "damn I could have used the original base and everything!"