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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Resin Life - another great book

While you're on Amazon, you might consider checking out Wendy Reiswig Bailey's book, Resin Life. Currently on sale for $20.05, this lovely book illustrates the passion one ball-jointed doll collector has for her resin family. Originally published in December of 2008, this book is a poetic glimpse into the heart of this collector. I really love it.

This is from the description on Amazon:
The first of the modern Asian ball-jointed dolls hit the international market about ten years ago. Strongly influenced by the anime/manga culture, these dolls are made of high-quality polyurethane resin and strung with elastic cord to allow for posing of their intricately-jointed bodies. The dolls are often purchased blank, without eyes, hair, or face paint, allowing their owners to customize them into highly-unique pieces of art. Most of them are made in Japan, Korea, or China, and must be purchased through a buying service or broker. The largest forum dedicated to these dolls boasts a membership of nearly 20,000. This book is a series of photographs taken of dolls in the collection of Northern California artist Wendy Bailey, known as Cirquemom in the BJD community. Referred to by the artist as snapshots, the full-page, full-color photographs show the dolls in candid moments of daily life. This book is not a definitive tome on ball-jointed dolls nor their culture. The only writing in the book is a short introduction by the artist, who presents the photographs as simply a glimpse into the lives of these fascinating three-dimensional virtual life-forms.

BJDs for Beginner book sale on

Don't forget--pick it up while it's on sale. I can hardly get it for this price, people!

Ball-Jointed Dolls for Beginners is a great book for those considering the hobby, already in the hobby, or those who have been in the hobby as "collectors" for a while, looking to get more involved with their beloved doll.

Currently, the book is on sale for $17.24 at, 51% off original retail. That is fabulous! Put it on your wish list!


Eeek! Vampire Goldie available to order from Peak's Woods!

Vamp Goldie from Peak's Woods
Available from November 29 through December 13 only, this lovely new sculpt from Peak's Woods is available for $602. This price includes her limited edition face-up, the assembled Fairy of Color (58 cm or about SD13) doll, an extra pair of hands, random acrylic eyes, random wig, a pair of cotton cushions and certificate of authenticity. You may choose between a large or regular bust and white or normal resin.

She is the second in five holiday offerings from Peak's Woods this year. Tanned Goldie is also still available through December 6, when the next doll will be released, Vamp Briana.

Additionally, Peak's Woods has released a new YoSD-sized outfit, Snow White, and SD-sized outfit, Little Lady, on their website. Plus, a new long, straight blonde wig with bangs is available for YoSD-, MSD- and SD-sized dolls, as well.

The Nutcracker Christmas Event at Lati Doll

Love Lati? If you don't mind a little bit of unpredictable shipping (I've had one doll ship in four weeks, and one I'm going on eight weeks now), these tinies have an adorable-ness that I simply cannot pass by! All of these are the Lati Yellow 16cm sized dolls. All dolls include a mini resin nutcracker.

The dolls will be sold from November 25 through December 11.

First, we have Mystic Lumi as Clara. $300 for the basic doll, $420 for the full set.

Next, is Lumi as the Princess. $300 for the basic doll, and $435 for the full set, which includes the resin crown as an optional part.

(Mystic) Lea makes an appearance as a Soldier. $300 for the basic doll, $415 for the full set, and $535 for the open eye head as well. This doll is cast in event tan resin.

Lea also appears as the Prince. $300 for the basic (open eye) doll, $430 for the full set, and $550 to add the Mystic (dreaming) head in addition. He has a optional crown as well.

Grown Up Belle is the Mouse King. $300 for the basic tan doll, $445 for the full set, including the optional crown, ears and tail parts.

Elf Benny appears as a Deer. $300 for the basic doll, and $440 for the full set, including antlers and tail. He is also in tan resin.

Elf Coco appears as a sweet Sugar Plum Fairy. $300 for the basic doll, $470 for the full set, including crown, antenna and clear resin wings.

Last, but not least, is the resin Christmas version of the Nutcracker. $180 for the unpainted and unassembled doll, $300 for the full set. He appears to be strung and have a working mouth.

Photos property of Lati Doll.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Sneak peek of DollHeart Rococo items...

Chana LD-471, SD10/13 Girl, hat, choker, dress, long skirt, cage crinoline, eyeshade
 What is up with those people over there? I swear, these people must be spying on me. I don't have price or dates yet, but I did find a couple of new items at the DollHeart website this morning:

Alycia LD-498, SD10/13 Girl, includes dress, choker, pin, long skirt and petticoat.
Additional selections have been added to the SD13 girl size:

Jen LD-460, includes hat, choker, dress, long skirt, eyeshade, cage crinoline, gloves, and garter belt with socks.
Trista LD-479, includes vest, top, petticoat, long skirt, hat, eyeshade, choker, sleeves, and garter belt with socks.
To my delight, there are new additions to the SD16 girl category as well. These fit my Super Gem bodied Peak's Woods girl.

Dianna GD-7, includes hat, choker, gloves, petticoat and dress.
Lorrain GD-8, includes hat, long skirt, one piece dress, cage crinoline, choker, garter belt with socks, gloves,  and cape.
I believe these two MSD-szied outfits are also part of the same collection.
Marcella MD-141, includes hat, collar, dress, long skirt, eyeshade, cage crinoline, and garter belt with socks.
Ireland MD-153, includes hat, top, gloves, collar, one-piece dress, and socks.
Then, I'm not sure if these YoSD items are part of this collection or not, but these are definitely Alice-related.
Queen of Hearts YD-122, includes nat, heck accessory, vest, hand accessory, knee skirt, cage crinoline, and silk stockings.
Cortez YD-103, includes top, coat, hat, necktie, belt, and pants. 
Little Colonel YD-118, hat, coat, shirt, tie, pants, belt, and shawl.

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Peak's Woods Christmas event!

FOC Tanned Goldie, limited edition. Photo property of Peak's Woods.
Oh my goodness--they are out to get me.

There are five new Christmas events happening now and later at Peak's Woods. Here they are:

Part 1. Tanned Goldie. The third release of tanned resin Goldie is being sold November 22 - December 6. $622 retail. She has optional limited edition make-up for an additional $80.

Part 2. Vamp Goldie. The first release of Wake-Up Goldie with vampire fangs will be sold from November 29 through December 13.

Part 3. Vamp Briana. First ever release of Briana with vampire fangs will be sold from December 6 through December 20.

Part 4. New FOC girl, tanned resin. Her color and name haven't been set yet. She will be available from December 13 through December 27. She will more than likely retail for $622, with a face-up for $80, but that hasn't been released yet.

Part 5. New FOC gift at 20% off. Basic version of the new FOC gig with a 20% off sale. Ordering period between December 20 through January 3.

The dolls will be released as they are for sale. Lay-away is a great option, so don't forget!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Dolls Magazine Digital Edition - January 2012

Dolls Magazine Digital Edition - January 2012

Be sure to check out the January 2012 edition of DOLLS Magazine (and pay attention to page 8)! The book, Ball-Jointed Dolls for Beginners, has a nice little write-up in there. Woo hoo!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Doll In Mind Christmas event

DIM Luria, Happy BJD
From November 17-30, 2011, you can take advantage of DIM's Christmas event:

Save 10% off your order of all full doll orders and
Receive a random bonus head with any DIM complete doll order.

Please note that a Happy (Doll in Mind's mini size) doll will receive a random Happy head, and a Love (Doll in Mind's large size) doll will receive a random Love doll head, and you cannot choose which head. I've had Benetia, Luria and Adina on my wish list forever!

Photo property of DIM.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Doll Leaves Christmas event and new doll

We actually have one of these inexpensive dolls--Faye--which I bought for my daughter for Christmas last year--and she is lovely and well made. Her face is cute, the resin in good quality, the face-up adorable. And she's a unique sculpt.

If you're looking for unusual ball-jointed dolls and don't have a lot of money to spend, Doll Leaves is an affordable way to go.

Plus, save even more with their Christmas event, between November 5 and December 22, 2011.

Purchase any DS-line product (a doll) of $180 or more (before shipping), and choose one of the following items for free:

  • one DS blank head or
  • one sleeping Jax bunny (white or normal skin)

Purchase any DS-line product of $350 or more, you can choose one of these gifts:

  • One pair of jointed hands for a 60cm boy BJD or
  • One sleeping Jax bunny
and you may also choose one of these gifts, too:
  • 50% discount on a second DS-line doll, which must be used during this purchase, but not on the qualifying $350 amount, or
  • Open-eye bunny, Jax (white or normal skin)
Additionally, there is a new sculpt that has been released, Daphne, to the 1/3 58cm girls line. She is $370 blank and nude, $40 for the face-up, $20 for her wig, $18 for her shoes, $65 for the outfit shown.

Souldoll Christmas event

SoulKid Evelin, photo property of Souldoll
Beginning November 11 through December 31, 2011, Souldoll has announced a winter event as well.

All customers who purchase any doll (except Sweet, Dinky, Bebe, Little, or SoulPart) or items being sold on the site during the winter event period may participate.

When you purchase a doll:

  • Zenith, Double, Vito or Kids line may choose a limited edition X-mas clothing set or a doll head of their choice (as available).
When you purchase other items:

  • Orders over $150 - receive a free pair of Twins eyes (with irises on both sides of the eyes)
  • Orders over $250 - receive a set of color shadows for face-ups
  • Orders of $400 or more - receive both of the above gifts
Additionally, Souldoll has redesigned their SoulKids bodies, so now you no longer see the flashing of elastic through the joints of these dolls. They look beautiful!

Winter Event at LUTS

Winter Event Head
Photo property of LUTS.
If you're a fan of BJDs from LUTS, this is a great time to place your order. There is a winter event in process from November 15 through December 30, 2011.

  • All customers who place an order will receive a free gift of LUTS Movile LCD Cleaner (while supplies last).
  • Order $150 or more, receive a free random wig. You may choose the size, but the wig is a random selection.
  • Order $300 or more, receive a free JDF-SSDF size Winter Event Head. You choose Real Skin Normal or Real Skin White. You can order a face-up for the head (type A or B), for an additional $.
  • Order $600 or more, receive 2011 Winter Head and a $40 Store credit.
  • Order $1000 or more, receive a 2010 (it says, but maybe they mean this year) Winter Event Head and you have the option to purchase MyChoice. The ordering period begins January 15 and ends February 14, 2012.
  • Special sale for the event is 20% off all clothes, wigs and shoes. Additional all eyes will be glass as default, instead of acrylic.

For full details, check out this link on LUTS' website.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

New podcast - just for BJD fans!

Our very first podcast for BJD fans, Episode 5 of Dolls to the Wall. Please give it a listen and tell me what you think!

Leave me a comment or let me know if you have any suggestions of what you'd like me to cover in future episodes. I know, it's been a while since my last podcast, so there are quite a few "um"s. 

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Zombie Wake-Up Cue

Wake-Up Cue "Zombie" 
As you all have seen, the Third Annual BJD Convention took place on Saturday, November 5, 2011. There was a pretty nice turn-out this year--I'd guess between 50-60 people. I really hope that's enough to schedule another one next year.

The theme: Supernatural Orleans: a tribute to vampires, zombies, voodoo, witches, and all things eerie and magical. Here are some photos of my entry, Zombie Wake-Up Cue. (Check out the difference between this girl and her default make-up!) Her zombie body make-up will be a tutorial in my next book, The BJD Enthusiast.

She has a limited edition face-up by Peak's Woods, based on the Two Sisters Lottie and Wake-Up Lottie girls. Unfortunately, Peak's Woods is no longer offering repeats of limited edition make-up, unless it's listed on their site. I was very fortunate that they honored my request for this gorgeous girl.

Wake-Up Cue's outfit is created out of the fake spiderwebbing that you can hang outside your house during halloween and ribbon.

Her jewelry by Tonner Doll Company, and is, believe it or not, from the Fashion Zombie Death Becomes Her.

You may wonder what will become of Cue after this? Well, body make-up is a cinch to remove, but I think I may do another freaky body blush on her next. Her face will eventually be perfect, I think, for Rococo styles. She's so haughty and lovely.

Arm "stitch" detail. Purple "bruising" part of her blush
The lovely, inviting Wake-Up Cue
Stitching on her leg, plus more blush detail.
Dirty toe pedicure
Overall look

Friday, November 4, 2011

Bobobie Isabella

Bobobie Isabella
I'm a fan of the bargain BJD, and Bobobie and Resinsoul are no exceptions. Technically two separate Chinese ball-jointed doll companies, they work together and share sculpts and body types. The bodies come to you perfectly sanded, well cast, and with original sculpts. The prices are very reasonable. Isabella is a tiny doll, 27cm or about 10.5", and slimmer than YoSD sized dolls. She can wear some stretchy Barbie clothes, but her waist is thicker and bust slimmer.

This doll has has her face painted by Beesou of Overnight Flight on Den of Angels. Bobobies are available with a face-up for an additional $10, but they are usually very light. I'd recommend a new or at least enhanced face-up.

Some of the larger Bobobie dolls have some stringing issues, but these can easily be fixed by either tightening the elastic or switching to a slightly larger diameter (less stretchy) elastic. I'm happy to report that Isabella hasn't had any stringing problems.

She is available in-stock for purchase from Junkyspot or Denver Doll Emporium for $88 blank or $98 with a face-up. Because of the ordering time length, many dealers won't accept preorders for these dolls. Pre-orders can take between 8-16 weeks or even longer. The dolls are available in many colors, including white, tan, light tan, pink, green, blue, lilac, normal skin, and sky blue.

Outfit credits: Isabella is wearing a wig by Peak's Woods, acrylic eyes and a dress from Hallmark exclusive Barbie, My Fair Valentine from 1997.

See larger photos on Flickr.



Thursday, November 3, 2011

Planet Doll Emma

Emma by alington
Emma, a photo by alington on Flickr.
I think I should start a series on affordable BJDs. Planet Doll is a great place to start. If you're looking for a mini BJD (one that stands about 16-17"), Korean BJD company Planet Doll carries some fantastic sculpts. This size runs at $195 for a blank doll, and is available in white, normal skin and tan.

You'll often find them in stock from Denver Doll, in fact, so you won't even have to wait. If you order a doll with a face-up, it's an additional $60, but these sculpts lend themselves well to the face-up artist.

The doll shown here is Emma. She usually looks quite pouty and girlish. I'd consider her very close to MSD size, and she can wear Dollheart clothing perfectly, including shoes, as shown in these photos.

This girl has recently had her face painted by Beesou of Overnight Flight. The result: simply stunning. Her over-emotional pout is replaced by an innocent girlish look, just with a softer lip shade and higher eye brows. She's just so sweet.

Another cool thing about these BJDs is their body sculpts. They have single jointed arms and legs, but their joints bend at more than 90 degrees, as you can see from her elbow joints. She just poses like a dream.

Other credits: Wig is by Peak's Woods (surprise! It's so cool!) and eyes are acrylic by Glib in Cobalt, I believe.

See more photos on Flickr.