BJDs for Beginners

I'm an author, BJD collector, and probably too old for this platform.

I follow BJD-related blogs.

Minifee (Moe line) Ante in a new Dollheart outfit—designed for the new mini Dollfie Dream. I was hoping this would fit her, and it does! It’s adorable, too. I love Dollheart’s new casual styles.

My second arrival today: Dandy Tristan (also Peak’s Woods). He shipped together with Segi. I’m really, really pleased with him! He’s only my third big boy—and that’s one of those things that I thought I’d never do (collect big boys—or boys at all). I think he’s really sweet.

That last photo shows him with his “twin” sister sculpt, Elf Tristan in suntan. I think he’s quite similar, but he has regular ears, a heavier jaw and chin, and his eyes are a little bit wider. He has eyelashes. I think my other PW boy, Cosmo, doesn’t have lashes.

I do need some more boy outfits, though. Time to do some shopping! I’m kinda liking Sadol’s selection, and of course, Nine9Style.

She’s here! Peak’s Woods LE Segi - I’m so excited! She’s even prettier in person.

I’m thrilled with her face-up. And no, she isn’t the first Segi I’ve had in my collection. I had a Segi many years ago who moved on to another collector friend of mine. I missed her, so I decided to add a new one. She’s simply breathtaking, I think!

The red wig is by Licht, and the shoes are from Angell-Studio. Everything else is part of her full-set. I really love her default eyes and wig, though! They are very pretty! 

She’s the first of two new arrivals today!

Dreaming Doll Airi on Flickr.
Another BJD with a fun expression—this slim mini girl Airi by Dreaming Doll. She starts at $270 (for the blank doll), I saw her in person at the KBJD Show in Los Angeles. She’s pretty cute.  I love BJDs with funny facial expressions—I just don’t happen to have very many in my collection. Maybe I need some more!

Dreaming Doll Airi on Flickr.

Another BJD with a fun expression—this slim mini girl Airi by Dreaming Doll. She starts at $270 (for the blank doll), I saw her in person at the KBJD Show in Los Angeles. She’s pretty cute.

I love BJDs with funny facial expressions—I just don’t happen to have very many in my collection. Maybe I need some more!

untitled on Flickr.
Like smiling dolls? This is Dreaming Dolls Lia. I think it’s hard to pull off a sculpted smile. This slim mini is pretty sweet, though I didn’t pick her up at the KBJD Show in Los Angeles. She was reasonably priced, too—I think she starts around $270.

untitled on Flickr.

Like smiling dolls? This is Dreaming Dolls Lia. I think it’s hard to pull off a sculpted smile. This slim mini is pretty sweet, though I didn’t pick her up at the KBJD Show in Los Angeles. She was reasonably priced, too—I think she starts around $270.

Carrot on Flickr.
Be With You Carrot - a tiny BJD (28cm) by a relatively new company with some cool features.
She has the ECS (Eye Controller System), which is a switch that allows you to move her eyes back and forth as well as up and down from the outside of her head. Additionally, her shoulders and hip joints have kips, called SMJ (Smooth Moving Joints) already installed, which are silicone stoppers that allow her to move her arms and legs smoothly and hold her poses easily. You can read about these features on the Be With You website in the Gallery.

Carrot on Flickr.

Be With You Carrot - a tiny BJD (28cm) by a relatively new company with some cool features.

She has the ECS (Eye Controller System), which is a switch that allows you to move her eyes back and forth as well as up and down from the outside of her head. Additionally, her shoulders and hip joints have kips, called SMJ (Smooth Moving Joints) already installed, which are silicone stoppers that allow her to move her arms and legs smoothly and hold her poses easily. You can read about these features on the Be With You website in the Gallery.

Bow Jjang on Flickr.
Tan Bow Jjang (Peak’s Woods Monthly Fairy) stands about 11cm in height. She’s wearing a dress by MegannArt. You can find a similar pattern in her book, Dolly Bureau.

Bow Jjang on Flickr.

Tan Bow Jjang (Peak’s Woods Monthly Fairy) stands about 11cm in height. She’s wearing a dress by MegannArt. You can find a similar pattern in her book, Dolly Bureau.

Janus Miho hybrid on Flickr.
Janus Miho (Migidoll - type A normal skin) on a Doll-Leaves 60cm body (also normal skin). My second boy—I never thought I’d add boys to my collection, but I kinda like his little smirk.

Janus Miho hybrid on Flickr.

Janus Miho (Migidoll - type A normal skin) on a Doll-Leaves 60cm body (also normal skin). My second boy—I never thought I’d add boys to my collection, but I kinda like his little smirk.

raspberrymallows:

bjdsforbeginners:

bjdsforbeginners:

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Is it OK to buy duplicate BJDs? I mean… isn’t the point of BJDs to only have one doll, or at least, just one of each sculpt? But what if I want one to look like this, and one to be a little more feminine? Waaa! Am I the only collector with this problem?

Oh wait—I’m seeing another note on this thread. (Not yours, obrie137.) I did mean “duplicate,” not “recast.” By “duplicate,” I mean, “multiples of the same sculpt.” 
I have yet to find a large BJD company, by which I mean any company that is bigger than 5 full-time employees—at least, any company from whom I purchase dolls. I mean, collectors are of course free to do what their conscience dictates. But for me—all judging aside—I personally can’t justify how I would feel if I ever found someone stealing my art.
I mean, look at how bent out of shape we get when someone simply steals our photos, for crying out loud. It only takes a few moments to set up for photos, and half the time, it turns out to be a lucky shot. It’s not like I spent hours and hours sculpting a doll. The artists I know who sculpt often have health issues—arthritis in their hands, for example, from the years of work they have put into their dolls—and their companies really do count on each sale. So no. I really do mean “multiples of each doll.” I don’t think there’s a monetary value limit for this kind of dedication.

I have to disagree with you slightly on the photos thing (sometimes I have to take an assistant to help me with props/setting up shots, etc. Not to mention when I take photos of items I’ve made/sewn myself. Plus editing time - it all adds up, and an average shoot for me can take anything up to an hour).
Luckily, my photos aren’t high enough quality to have been stolen, but I know of better photographers than myself (Army-of-me on Flickr for example), whose work has been not only re-posted without credit (or worse posted by someone claiming to be the original photographer), but also been used on merchandise on Ebay (like phone cases) again with no credit or compensation. 
Obviously, it’s not the same for all of us, and it’s not on such a horribly invasive level as the recasting problem (don’t get me started on my hate for recasts/pro-recasting communities/individuals), but stealing someones’ photos is still something people have every right to be upset about. 
As for the issue of duplicate dolls it’s an entirely personal choice. I actually love to see doll owners taking two of the same sculpt and either going in wildly different directions with their styling/face ups to show how versatile dolls can be, or making them into twins :) 

I actually have owned several if the same sculpt in the past—and don’t (at all) mean to diss photographers—I’m only speaking from my personal (lack of) professional experience as a published photographer and author. :)I guess it’s difficult to make comparisons of any kind in the recast debate. I do get grumpy when people steal my artwork—which takes me less than a single (lucky) day to complete, we shall say. I just can’t imagine how I’d feel if a larger work of art were stolen—that’s the point I was trying to make, I guess, and not even the point of my original post at that.

raspberrymallows:

bjdsforbeginners:

bjdsforbeginners:

untitled on Flickr.

Is it OK to buy duplicate BJDs? I mean… isn’t the point of BJDs to only have one doll, or at least, just one of each sculpt? But what if I want one to look like this, and one to be a little more feminine? Waaa! Am I the only collector with this problem?

Oh wait—I’m seeing another note on this thread. (Not yours, obrie137.) I did mean “duplicate,” not “recast.” By “duplicate,” I mean, “multiples of the same sculpt.” 

I have yet to find a large BJD company, by which I mean any company that is bigger than 5 full-time employees—at least, any company from whom I purchase dolls. I mean, collectors are of course free to do what their conscience dictates. But for me—all judging aside—I personally can’t justify how I would feel if I ever found someone stealing my art.

I mean, look at how bent out of shape we get when someone simply steals our photos, for crying out loud. It only takes a few moments to set up for photos, and half the time, it turns out to be a lucky shot. It’s not like I spent hours and hours sculpting a doll. The artists I know who sculpt often have health issues—arthritis in their hands, for example, from the years of work they have put into their dolls—and their companies really do count on each sale. So no. I really do mean “multiples of each doll.” I don’t think there’s a monetary value limit for this kind of dedication.

I have to disagree with you slightly on the photos thing (sometimes I have to take an assistant to help me with props/setting up shots, etc. Not to mention when I take photos of items I’ve made/sewn myself. Plus editing time - it all adds up, and an average shoot for me can take anything up to an hour).

Luckily, my photos aren’t high enough quality to have been stolen, but I know of better photographers than myself (Army-of-me on Flickr for example), whose work has been not only re-posted without credit (or worse posted by someone claiming to be the original photographer), but also been used on merchandise on Ebay (like phone cases) again with no credit or compensation. 

Obviously, it’s not the same for all of us, and it’s not on such a horribly invasive level as the recasting problem (don’t get me started on my hate for recasts/pro-recasting communities/individuals), but stealing someones’ photos is still something people have every right to be upset about. 

As for the issue of duplicate dolls it’s an entirely personal choice. I actually love to see doll owners taking two of the same sculpt and either going in wildly different directions with their styling/face ups to show how versatile dolls can be, or making them into twins :) 

I actually have owned several if the same sculpt in the past—and don’t (at all) mean to diss photographers—I’m only speaking from my personal (lack of) professional experience as a published photographer and author. :)

I guess it’s difficult to make comparisons of any kind in the recast debate. I do get grumpy when people steal my artwork—which takes me less than a single (lucky) day to complete, we shall say. I just can’t imagine how I’d feel if a larger work of art were stolen—that’s the point I was trying to make, I guess, and not even the point of my original post at that.

bjdsforbeginners:

untitled on Flickr.
Is it OK to buy duplicate BJDs? I mean… isn’t the point of BJDs to only have one doll, or at least, just one of each sculpt? But what if I want one to look like this, and one to be a little more feminine? Waaa! Am I the only collector with this problem?

Oh wait—I’m seeing another note on this thread. (Not yours, obrie137.) I did mean “duplicate,” not “recast.” By “duplicate,” I mean, “multiples of the same sculpt.” 
I have yet to find a large BJD company, by which I mean any company that is bigger than 5 full-time employees—at least, any company from whom I purchase dolls. I mean, collectors are of course free to do what their conscience dictates. But for me—all judging aside—I personally can’t justify how I would feel if I ever found someone stealing my art.
I mean, look at how bent out of shape we get when someone simply steals our photos, for crying out loud. It only takes a few moments to set up for photos, and half the time, it turns out to be a lucky shot. It’s not like I spent hours and hours sculpting a doll. The artists I know who sculpt often have health issues—arthritis in their hands, for example, from the years of work they have put into their dolls—and their companies really do count on each sale. So no. I really do mean “multiples of each doll.” I don’t think there’s a monetary value limit for this kind of dedication.

bjdsforbeginners:

untitled on Flickr.

Is it OK to buy duplicate BJDs? I mean… isn’t the point of BJDs to only have one doll, or at least, just one of each sculpt? But what if I want one to look like this, and one to be a little more feminine? Waaa! Am I the only collector with this problem?

Oh wait—I’m seeing another note on this thread. (Not yours, obrie137.) I did mean “duplicate,” not “recast.” By “duplicate,” I mean, “multiples of the same sculpt.” 

I have yet to find a large BJD company, by which I mean any company that is bigger than 5 full-time employees—at least, any company from whom I purchase dolls. I mean, collectors are of course free to do what their conscience dictates. But for me—all judging aside—I personally can’t justify how I would feel if I ever found someone stealing my art.

I mean, look at how bent out of shape we get when someone simply steals our photos, for crying out loud. It only takes a few moments to set up for photos, and half the time, it turns out to be a lucky shot. It’s not like I spent hours and hours sculpting a doll. The artists I know who sculpt often have health issues—arthritis in their hands, for example, from the years of work they have put into their dolls—and their companies really do count on each sale. So no. I really do mean “multiples of each doll.” I don’t think there’s a monetary value limit for this kind of dedication.