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Check out all their neat prototypes! Here is a 1:12 scale doll, 15cm of 3D printed voluptuousness. And here are some 1:6 scale, 3D printed dolls, one of which I WANT.

Over in the therianthropic category, we have an angel [scale unknown] with articulated feathers on her wings. We also have Fantasy Girl, who has swappable therianthropic parts, including a human form, a satyr form [horns, pointy ears, clawed hands, hooves] and a mermaid form [webbed hands and articulated tail].

I'll be watching this company. I love their designs.
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It curls up in your hand! Just like a kitty cat! Cuarto, another genius Russian BJD artist from the same country that gave the world Muggins and friends, has put out Darkhorn, a BJD [Ball-Jointed Dragon]. White dragons are $300.00 + s/h, while colored dragons are $400.00. They are adorable!
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Known for their stylized, sculptural dolls that are frequently scrawny and guaranteed to provoke strong, divided responses, Doll Chateau again comes out with something really unusual and supremely cool. This time it's an arachnid girl, Elizabeth, with a human torso joined to a spider's lower half. She has two arms and six spider legs. Like the extra-elongated dolls that DC has recently issued, she has an exaggeratedly tall neck with an extra ball joint toward the top, and all her fingers are articulated at the base. She's amazingly cool. I wonder if that body could be adapted for 1:6 scale use.
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Asleep Eidolon is now taking preorders for a 1:6 scale mature mermaid BJD! Comes with male or female torso with double-jointed elbows, faceup, eyes, fin ears, shell top, 2 tail fin options, 2 wing options [wings?!] and a whole lotta cuteness.

brb buyin a mermaid
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I just put a down payment on another 1:6 scale BJD, a Sleeping Elf/Tinybear Coco in light tan with faceup, wig, eyes and dress. Here she is as she appears now. Photo by previous owner Luann [Gwydion on DOA].

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Like my other Tinybear doll, the Bonbon that I modded and made into Béatrice, Coco comes with long pointed ears and a short, fat body. Pictures on Tinybear's site show the Bonbon/Coco body more clearly.

My Coco, whose name is Delphine, could easily be another short, fat woman with dwarfism, like Béatrice, but I'm not sure I want to do that. [But...MORE FAT DOLLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!] At one point, I wanted to copy the kitbash of another Figurvore member, who spliced a dark tan Coco with a chocolate Hujoo body. The results were amazing, but Hujoos don't come in light tan [I don't think] to match Delphine's resin. I believe that the chocolate Hujoo I have will be too dark for Delphine, but I'll have to compare when I have both in hand.

Anyway, guess who scored Delphine for $90.00 shipped and insured?! Me, that's who! She goes for ~$220.00 new, but Gwydion wanted to clear her out, so I got such a deal.

One of the best things about 1:6 scale is that they take up so much less room than 1:3 scale! I've pretty much maxed out my available space for 1:3 scale [at least until we move into a house], but I can always wedge another 1:6er in somewhere. Gonna hafta start stackin' 'em like cord wood soon... :p

Ooooooh, I just got the best idea! Delphine could be Béatrice's twin sister! Then Isabel and Carter would not be the only set of twins in Zombieville. YAY TWINS! YAY FAT DOLLS! YAY FAT TWIN DOLLS! [Yay for people's names without accents that require tedious copying and pasting from other programs to render!] Yay Delphine!

Oooh oooh!

Sep. 12th, 2013 11:29 am
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A 1:6 scale BJD on my want list has appeared on the DOA marketplace. She's in the You Wish! category of relative rarity, and this is the first time I've ever seen her for sale on the secondary market. I would like to get her right now, but the price is a little steep.

Furthermore, I have a drawer full of 1:6 scale BJD parts that I have acquired, but not done anything with...like that second Soom Aenigma head. Hell, I completely forgot I had that. I am not quite sure why I purchased it in the first place. Anyway, I feel slightly guilty getting someone else when I have little populations lying in wait, unused.

Obviously not that guilty, though... :p

While my idea for a 1:6 scale dryad BJD has fallen by the wayside, I've recently been thinking about a concept for a Lumedoll Lumelight Mini Zero that I had back in June. [I initially called him Silencio, but I think that a gender-neutral abstract noun might be better: Infinity.] I find the half-finished facial features on Mini Zero very cool and evocative. I think a truly black version of him with stark white robes would be fucking amazing. I would need to paint his body...
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While I wasn't looking, Illusion Spirit issued a new 1:6 scale mature BJD. I've already noted the existence of the sculpt named Spirit, who looks really blocky and amateurish. I am now reporting on the newest sculpt, Teresa, who looks much, much better than Spirit. For $165.00 excluding s/h, she's a tempting prospect to purchase for some interesting mods.
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In reference to my running list of all the 1:6 scale BJDs, this is who I've got:
  • Alchemic Lab Unoa Light Azurite
  • Batchix Nan Sook
  • Elfdoll Kathlen [head only], Doona Ryung [head only]
  • Lumedoll Lumelight Arine x2 [+ 1 head only], Blaze [head only], Elin, Lucas, elf Koit [head only]
  • Soom Mini Gem Garam, Uyoo, Romantic Uyoo; Faery Legend Aenigma [+ 1 head only], Auber, Kremer, Metato.
  • Souldoll Soul Little Metel
  • Tinybear Bonbon
I would love to acquire the following:
  • Dollmore Kidult Melissa Hon
  • Elfdoll Devil
  • Limhwa/Eosdoll Mari/Sara
  • Notdoll Symposion of any sculpt
  • Soom Mini Gem Garam and/or Sosle
Melissa Hon is because she looks like the protagonist of Intellectum. The Devil is because she was the sculpt of Submit 1.0. Mari/Sara is because I would like to rescue that sculpt from its associations with the odious Kristin. The Notdolls are just because I want one and regret getting rid of my tanned Lucy. Garam and/or Sosle are is because they replicate the big-eyed charms of my favorite Mini Gem Uyoo. EDIT: Now that I've got Garam and Romantic Uyoo, the other two discontinued Mini Gems, I kind of want Sosle just to have a complete set.
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Here kitty kitty! These are amazing! I would love to get one just to see if it can do the same positions that Babycat does: loaf cat, extend-o-feets, retract-o-feets, circle and florb.

EDIT: The artist also has an entry showing her 3-D digital models of the cats, as well as other headsculpts.

I was just thinking that it would be pretty funny to have a cat in one of my stories that talks, but only in phrases that are obviously translatable from the sounds cats make. I.e., the cat would never say, "I think it looks like rain" or "What's the meaning of life?" Instead, you'd get a lot of "Is that food for me?", "Can I have some?", "I love you Mom!", "I'm bored," "I'm hungry," "Fuck off -- I'm napping," "No, I don't wanna move," "It hurts," "I'm scared," "Pet me," "Do not pet me," etc. ^_^ 
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My previous list of wants included Soom Auber, Soom Cylin and Lumedoll Koit in tan. I have now acquired Soom Auber [= Timonium] and a tan Lumedoll Koit elf head, so there's two of three old wants satisfied. New list:
  • Soom Faery Legend Cylin. There are still quite a few of her available on the DOA marketplace for reasonable prices.
  • Soom Faery Legend Asis. Skijump nose!!! ^_^
  • Dollmore Kidult Melissa Hon. Been wanting her for years, but have never found her on the secondary market. Wah wah.
  • A mer-BJD. Either one of Asleep Eidolon's 1:3 scale ones or a custom-made 1:6 scale one with parts from Soom Wave/Soda.
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Doll in Mind recently came out with several new BJDs in their DIM Honey line. Adeleine, Alana, Angelica, Flavia, Freda and Ruiru are all female, double-jointed and 30cm.

I like the headsculpts, though they aren't conventionally pretty. The plush lips and large, slightly droopy eyes cry out for stylized, experimental faceups. Adeleine and Freya, two of my favorites, remind me favorably of Soom Minigem Uyoo -- the same big, wide-eyed, open-mouthed features on a small head.

I'm not a fan of the body, though. While I like the sleek and well-engineered shape of the double joints, I think that the abdomen is too narrow. And the feet look ridiculously small. I understand the the proportions represent an attempt to make these dolls fit into existing fashion doll clothing, but I think that the Soom Minigem female body does this much better.

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Now that I'm an accomplished [hah hah] maker of 1:6 scale fat dolls from 1:3 scale toddler BJDs, I perk up whenever I see mermaid parts from Soom Wave and Soda Sea Elves on the DOA marketplace. As Teenie Gems, they are the 1:3 scale toddlers of the Soom Gem line. I could very easily splice a 5StarDoll tiny torso with the Soom Wave/Soda mer-parts and have a FAT MERMAID!!!!

I'm regretting that I passed on the Soom Faery Legend merdude Azur, so I might create my own 1:6 scale mermaid BJD to hang out with the other fairies.

EDIT: There's also the option of buying a Planetdoll Mini Aqua and plopping on a truly 1:6 scale head, but I have a hard time getting over how the tail starts below the crotch. No, merfolk do not have human genitalia and excretory systems!

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Souldoll Soul Little Metel arrived this morning, along with some 1:6 scale accessories and set pieces. Thanks, Christina/allurose!

I named my latest arrival for ease of filing, even though she has no background or role yet. Her name is Sylvia Blomqvist. Interestingly enough, Sylvia comes from Latin silva, meaning forest, while Blomqvist is Swedish for bloom + twig, so she has a very arboreal name.

Here she is next to Isabel [an Elfdoll Doona Ryung head], who is temporarily on a Soom Mini Gem old style body. Sylvia's proportions are much more robust than the Mini Gem's overall. While the Mini Gem has a rather flat body back to front, Sylvia's has more depth. I feel like Sylvia was sculpted with reference to an actual human being, while the Mini Gem was sculpted with reference to a Barbie [just look at the minuscule hands and feet!].

Sylvia also has beady little eyes compared to Isabel. Isabel has 8mm eyes. I think Sylvia has 6mms, maybe even 5mms?! Her facial proportions are closer to that of Lumedoll Lumelights, who all have 6mm eyes. I much prefer 8mm over 6mm eyes in 1:6 scale BJDs. 6mms just get lost in shadows.

The Mini Gem body is also taller than Sylvia, mostly in the legs, abdomen and neck.
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\o/ I will be purchasing some Lumedoll Lumelight heads: elf Koit in tan, Blaze in yellow and Arine in tan. I'm very excited about Koit and Arine, as I love those sculpts, while Blaze will be a challenge. He looks stupefied in all the owner pics I've seen of him, so I'd like to try to make him look...uh...less stupefied. Typically, I like dolls with open mouths [witness Araminthe, Janvier Jett, Lola Paprika], but somehow Blaze tends to look like his train of thought is still boarding at the station.

Woo hoo! An excuse to hit up Hujoo for some bodies, at least two chocolate ones. Are you listening, Andrea? That's at least $40.00 of the way toward free s/h!

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Junky Spot carries Apple Doll resin heads for $20.00 apiece...perfect for experimentation! I particularly like Biki.
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Mimiwoo sells Hujoo dolls [26cm] in white, apricot and chocolate for ~$40.00 with s/h included, but they all come with those unappealing heads. Blech!

Hujoo itself sells bodies without heads for $20.00 apiece, but s/h for orders <$100.00 is $20.00, while s/h for orders >$100.00 is free. I'd have to get at least 2 or 3 bodies to make the increased s/h worthwhile. That said, those bodies are amazingly cheap, so it would probably be a worthwhile investment.

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On October 23, 2012, I listed the 1:6 scale BJDs I wanted: Elfdoll Doona Ryung, Xagadoll Lara, Tinybear Bonbon, Alchemic Lab Unoa Light Fluorite and Souldoll Soul Little Metel. In less that three months, I've acquired all of them [counting my Alchemic Lab Azurite for the Fluorite] except for Xagadoll Lara. I'm less interested in Lara these days, so I'm fine with not having her.

With all of my previous 1:6 scale resin wants satisfied, I now covet, In no particular order, the following:
  • Soom Faery Legend Auber. White or grey, it doesn't matter.
  • Soom Faery Legend Cylin. She's the female equivalent of Kremer [Flower], with separate fluttery transparent ears. I just saw an owner picture of her on the DOA marketplace, and she's really cute. She's one of the less popular Faery Legends.
  • Lumedoll Lumelight Koit in tan.
Easiest to get would be Koit, since he's still in print. Second easiest would be Cylin, as she appears on the secondhand market with some frequency. Hardest to get would be Auber, who very rarely appears on the secondary market.

Blah blah BLAH!!!

P.S. I have a disturbing lack of dolls of color in this iteration of my population. Pretty much everyone is "white skin" or "normal skin," with the exception of my Limhwa Sara [currently known as Kristin]. I am now considering dyeing a few people...like my incoming Souldoll Soul Little Metel. Maybe Dillon too...apparently he's already been dyed [and then undyed -- poor little dude]. And maybe some Me and My Muses secondaries like Avery [Lumedoll Lumelight Elin] or Mazzy [Lumedoll Lumelight Arine] when they're done.

Heck...I just realized that I have an unused Soom Mini Gem body [temporarily occupied by Isabel] and an extra Elfdoll Kathlen sleeping faceplate [previously Absinthe]. I need to make a headback, and then I can experiment with dyeing that. Woooooo hoooo!

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MacKenzie exits, or, more precisely, the Soom Uyoo who was going to be MacKenzie exits. MacKenzie will be inresinated in another doll.

I bought this Uyoo because she was the only one on the DOA marketplace at the time, but I never warmed to her because she did not have the default faceup that I love and I was reluctant to alter her from her fullset glory. Now that I have a regular Uyoo with default faceup [Theophany] and a Romantic Uyoo [Novella], I have no reason to keep a third that I don't want to customize. Bye bye!
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Just put the reservation payment on an Alchemic Lab Unoa Light Azurite. This 1:6 scale BJD, issued in 2005, is rather scarce; like his female counterpart Fluorite, Azurite commands at least $400.00 on the secondary market, especially if in good condition, with all spare parts, as well as box autographed by maker Gentaro Araki. I scored this little dude for $232.00 shipped because he has yellowed a lot and suffered uneven dyeing, dye removal, sanding, etc., in an attempt to even him out.

Anyway, I'm thinking that he's going to be Carter's friend, Isabel's ex, the purchaser of Isabel's car and a representative of some of the truly stupid shit that abnormals say about PWS. He's not evil, like Anneka's ex Thomas was. I think he and Isabel broke up when he started transitioning because the T really lessened his libido. Isabel got really frustrated because her sex drive was much more active; he encouraged her to have other partners, but she didn't want to. They tried to work it out monogamously, even though he was only monogamous for Isabel's sake. However, they eventually parted ways. He's currently happier living in Essex with one partner that he is very close friends with. He is not happy about regularly traveling "up to the ass end of the Kingdom" to visit his regular sex partner in Derby Line.

He needs a name. Hmmm...Dillon Rayes.
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Dunno if I've mentioned this before, but the arrival of my Elfdoll Doona Ryung entails the creation of at least three full dolls.

As a default doll, Ryung is 20cm high, representing therefore a child 4 feet tall, who could convincingly be anywhere between 6 and 11 years old. She comes with four expressive faceplates: neutral, sleeping, half-closed and pissy.

I believe that Ryung's headsculpt could also work for a more mature doll. Therefore, to make Isabel, I want to mount the single Ryung headback + half-closed faceplate on a 27cm body.

For Isabel's body, I have chosen a Xagadoll Lara, who only comes as a full doll, that is, a body + head. When I put Isabelle together, I will thus be left with a Lara head, a Ryung body and three Ryung faceplates [neutral, sleeping and pissy].

I plan to put the Lara head on the Ryung body to make an as-yet-undefined kid.

I also plan to sculpt a headback for one of the remaining Ryung faceplates to create a head for Isabel's identical twin brother Carter, who is NOT a zombie. Carter then needs his own body; I'm thinking an Illusion Spirit Spirit with the chest sanded down, reflecting Carter's status as a trans guy [with, incidentally, a butch lesbian past at a women's college].

I'm thinking that one of the remaining faceplates would be for Isabelle's pre-zombie flashbacks, while the other could be her sleeping or something. Then I would have to film lots of naps to make good use of it. :p

Hey there, Carter. Hey there, unnamed kid. Welcome to the club.
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Since my post about two weeks ago on recycling dolls of previous characters into present ones, I've been thinking about rehab in general, specifically for 1:6 scale BJDs. Because they're relatively expensive, it makes sense to maintain as they are only those that I'm really really attached to and then recycle the others. And by "recycle," I do not mean "throw in the bin;" I mean "redo as new people."

In practice, this means that I am keeping the following 1:6 scale BJDs as is: Ellery, Lucian, Flower, Ginevra, Mellifer, Novella and Submit. Ellery and Lucian occupy favored historical status as beloved characters, while the rest are unique fantasy characters in a mythology universe who are not being converted.

That leaves a whole shelf load of people available for conversion. There's Avery, Kristin, Jamisia, Mazzy and MacKenzie, the secondaries of Me and My Muses. There's also Absinthe, a tertiary from LHF.

We also have quite a few people in an ambiguous state. Ç’est à dire that Kinneret, Béatrice, Theophany and ??? Chaz, the incoming Batchix Nan Sook, will hopefully become zombies and/or zombie groupies in a few years, when Me and My Muses wraps up, but right now they're not really doing anything except for having unusual names.

I'm gonna have to think up more realistic, commonly used names for them. Their personalities can be unusual; their clothes, hair and appearances can be outlandish, but their names have to be down-to-earth.

Now back to my to do list, as I think up "normal" names in the back of my head...


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The following items are on their way to support my doll crack habit:

First off, electric wheelchair parts! I ordered two ZC World Online office chairs, one pink, one blue, from their first series, not their weird, webbing-based second series. I also ordered two New Ray 1:24 scale Fortwos, color irrelevant, as they will be sculpted lightly over and repainted. Finally, I got two Iwako erasers in the shape of pencil sharpeners for joyboxes.

While I was on the site, I also ordered erasers in the shapes of a laptop, a tablet computer and a box of crackers that look suspiciously like Ritz. These will not be part of the electric wheelchairs. :p

Second, I got a 1:6 scale door!!!!!! It's a fancy wooden frame for a photo album, measuring about 8 x 13 inches, which is good enough for me. Needs a door knob, as well as the eradication of that wreath-like travesty up by the fan light, but that's okay. I also don't mind the dings and scratches because well-used front doors rarely look pristine. Best of all, this was just $15.84, most of which was shipping in a medium priority flat rate box.

Oh yeah, and, if anyone wants to search for a similar door, it's from House of Lloyd in their Christmas around the World series. I recommend searching for "christmas door photo album," though. Very few of the Ebay listings for this door mention its brand. It was incredibly hard to find that information, by the way, so you're welcome. :p
Look...a door! )

As i have repeatedly mentioned, Theophany will be coming home from Andrea's house later this month, along with some neon ribbons for Novella's crop top straps and flame-like fabric for Mellifer's wrap skirt.

In other 1:6 scale BJD news, there's another one coming. She's a completed tan Nan Sook by Batchix, along with some damaged heads and a junk torso. I'm thrilled to have another addition [really cute, also really rare!] to my 1:6 scale resin hordes at an unbelievable steal, and Batchix is thrilled that someone wants one of her factory second BJDs. No name or character yet, but I would like to do some zombification experiments on her spare parts.... Muah hah hah! >:}

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I just discovered that Bluefairy offers all of its Pocket Fairies [14cm single-jointed BJDs with 4inch heads and 8mm eyes] with the option of the Pepper [male] or Sugar [female] body. Both single-jointed bodies raise the height of the Pocket Fairies to 19cm, thus making them eligible for my list of 1:6 scale BJDs! This is very exciting, especially since Bluefairy has a bunch of headsculpts available, as well as a nice, realistic outfit of jeans + hoodie for the Pepper/Sugar bodies.



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Kristin, a Limhwa Sara in tan resin, is the most annoying character in Me and My Muses. I find her self-centered, needy, manipulative behavior infuriating. I've long been looking forward to getting rid of her when Me and My Muses is finished.

Recently, however, I've been looking at the tan Limwha Sara in a new light. In the past, I have always attached specific characters to specific dolls. While characters could move from one plastic form to another, I've always been unable to recycle previously used dolls as entirely new characters. I detest Kristin so much, though, that the prospect of recycling her doll form tantalizes me as a challenge.

Now that I think about it, I would find it very enjoyable and satisfying to transmute a doll that pisses me off so much into one that I like. This also gives me an excuse to do away with Kristin's shimmery default faceup [complete with little eyelashes, which I don't like on 1:6 scale BJDs], her wig, her eyes and her outfit. I should also suede her neck too; she keeps defaulting to looking down. [Maybe she knows how much I dislike her. :p]

Rehabilitation does not work with all dolls. I didn't even try recycling the doll of Thomas, Anneka's abusive ex. He was evil. There was no place for him to go but away.

Ooooooh...

Nov. 2nd, 2012 08:46 am
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Soom has its annual Xmas Kit sale going on, where they sell unassembled dolls [+ hooks + string] for cheaper than their strung ones. I'm most interested, of course, in the Mini Gem option. Aren and Uyoo are available in NS or tan [no extra charge for tan], while Elf Uyoo is available only in NS. The base price is $191.00. When s/h is added, though, one doll ends up costing $229.00, a few bucks less than the base price of an assembled one.

In comparison, an assembled Xagadoll Lara from Mint on Card costs $218.00 + $16.31 s/h = $234.31. Therefore, the Xmas Kit sale doesn't make much sense for me because I'm searching for a body for Kinneret, and I can get an assembled, double-jointed one from Xagadoll/Mint on Card for about the same price.

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Batchix used to make Nan Sook, a double-jointed 25cm female. No longer available. Waaaaah.

Leekeworld used to have a K series of dolls, 18 to 19cm high and single-jointed. There were Jiny and Lani, both female. No longer available, of course, because, for some reason, Leekeworld decided not to sell dolls any more?!?!!? WHY?
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...has TEEFS! [Source.] I think her head would go very well on a 20cm Elfdoll body.
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Part of me wants to get ALL THE 1:6 SCALE BJDS!!!!!! The rest of me just wants the following, in order of rarity:
  • Tinybear Bonbon [common] because she's smirking, also fat
  • Xagadoll Lara [common] because she's double-jointed and cute
  • Alchemic Labo Unoa Light Fluorite [scarce] because she's cute, also double-jointed
  • Souldoll Metel [scarce] because she's the best-looking of the Soul Littles
  • Elfdoll Doona Ryung [rare] because I've been lusting after Ryung in 1:3 and 1:6 scales for years

In order of strength of desire, I want Ryung, Lara, Bonbon, Fluorite and Metel.

Isn't this fascinating?
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I've been thinking about the relative rarity of all the 1:6 scale BJDs recently, since I just got Novella, who, as a Soom Romantic Uyoo, is the rarest doll I have. Also I saw a Unoa Light Fluorite on the DOA marketplace that I want, but do not have the dough for. :( Anyway, here's my spectrum of relative rarity for all the 1:6 scale BJDs:

Illusion Spirit Spirit, JAMIEshow bodies and Xagadoll Lara are so new that they haven't established distribution patterns or reputations, so I'm excluding them.

COMMON

Whether these dolls are popular or not, they're still being sold on the primary market, so they are easy to get.
  • Dollmore Kidults and Cutes
  • Limhwa/Eosdoll Mari and Sara
  • Lumedoll Lumelights
  • Soom Aren and Uyoo
  • Tiny Bear Bonbon and Coco


SCARCE

These dolls appear regularly on the secondary market, so acquiring them is mostly a matter of a) patiently waiting and b) jumping on the opportunity.
  • Alchemic Labo Unoa Lights
  • Elfdoll Hana Angel and Devil
  • Notdoll Lucy
  • Soom Faery Legends
  • Souldoll Metel


RARE

Dolls in this category appear on the secondary market, but much more infrequently. Expect to wait years for one to come up.
  • Elfdoll Doona Soah and Ryung, as well as Hana Halloween versions
  • Limhwa/Eosdoll ToYou
  • Notdoll Miriam and Pandora
  • Souldoll Jandi, Kimmy and Vivi


VERY RARE

I've seen dolls in this category appear on the secondary market only twice or thrice.
  • Batchix Nan Sook
  • Elfdoll Kathlen
  • Orientdoll Joong Wol


YOU WISH!

Dolls in this category have few to zero online owner pictures and/or have appeared on the secondary market not at all or once.
  • Leekeworld Jiny and Lani
  • Notdoll Yohimbin
  • Soom Garam, Romantic Uyoo and Sosle
  • Souldoll Licht
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...to capitalize on the aforementioned architectural results of trying to do something complex with 1:1 hair in a 1:6 scale wig, is clearly a drag queen fairy. Ideally she would be inresinated by a male Soom Faery Legend to exploit the beautiful body sculpt, as well as the built-in wing slots. Another Metato would be awesome, as his lush features would be dazzling with stylized makeup. Kremer would do for a more androgynous look.

On the other hand, a Lumedoll Lumelight Lucas on a muscular body could also work. I am selecting this sculpt because of its strong, square jawline, although the piddly eyes would have to be opened slightly. Given that body's lack of wing slots, her wings would have to be fabric, which is fine, because male Faery Legend wings are exceptionally heavy; they throw the doll off balance. [Poor Flower.] I'd have to do something about those distressingly blocky, undersculpted Lumedoll hands, though.

Okay, sweetheart, get in line. I've got at least Novella and Lura to do before I get to you. [There could also be someone based on Elfdoll Doona Ryung, but nothing's definite at this point.]

Dolls are such bastards. They actively conspire to excite my lust and steal my money. :p
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MOC nicely shot some actual pictures of IS Spirit from their stock, comparing her to another in-stock 1:6 scale bjds, Xagadoll Lara.

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There are very few 1:6 scale BJDs out there, as I have been pissing and moaning about in the past. I have decided, therefore, to create the most comprehensive list of these hard-to-find specimens, which I will add to and update as necessary. While "All the 1:6 scale BJDs" is not technically an accurate title, it sure beats "Most of the 1:6 scale BJDs that represent kids older than toddlers, as well as adults, that are on-topic for DOA, excluding artist dolls outside the US."

First, a BJD is defined as a ball-jointed doll. For the purposes of this list, a BJD is a highly articulated doll made entirely of resin and strung with elastic through hollow body parts. It comes without rooted hair, so that wigs can be used. It also comes without painted eyes; instead, eyes must be bought separately and inserted in the eyewells. A BJD can be customized through the addition of faceup/body blushing, eyes, wig and clothing. A BJD’s resin body can also be modified subtractively by sanding/carving and additively with sculpting compounds.

Second, 1:6 scale is defined as the scale in which dolls are one-sixth of life-size, which means that an average adult male fig is ~30cm, an average adult female fig ~27cm.

Third, 1:6 scale means something very specific to me. It means that the BJD’s head and body represent realistic human proportions, which scales down to a 3 to 4inch head circumference and 6 to 8mm eyes. My criteria thus exclude BJDs like Tiny Bear’s Mini Moona and Planetdoll Riz, both of which have disproportionately large heads.

Fourth, I’m only interested in certain types of 1:6 scale. I am not interested in 1:6 scale toddler and very young child dolls, like Fairyland Pukipukis and Pukifees. There are scads of those running around. I’m interested in BJDs representing kids older than 6 or 8, teenagers, young adults, etc.: the more mature end of 1:6 scale. Anything 20cm and taller is fair game.

Fifth, in the case of both Bluefairy Pepper/Sugar dolls, Lumedoll Lumelights and Soom Faery Legends, there are so many sculpts that I'm not listing them all.

And now…the list. I’m going alphabetically by company, with information about sculpts, availability and links where possible.

EDIT: As of December 26th, 2013, I have moved this information to a public Google Sheets spreadsheet for easy use.
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NotDoll, purveyors of especially delicate and weird BJDs, including several in 1:6 scale, has up and disappeared. Its Web site no longer works, and DOAers have reported that they ordered from NotDoll months ago, but never heard anything and didn't receive any items. That's really disappointing and also shocking, especially since they used to be a long-established company with a sterling reputation. Damn.
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This may seem incredibly obvious, but I have recently concluded that 1:3 is not my scale. Even though I have several 1:3 scale BJDs, they represent a deviation from my true interest, which is 1:6 scale.

I should just stop buying 1:3 scale BJDs.

Anyway, my interest in 1:6 scale BJDs conveniently reduces the scope of BJDs I'm interested in to just a few types of dolls by a few companies, including, but not limited to, the following: Soom Minigems and Faery Legends, Dollmore Kidults, Lumedoll Lumelights, Souldoll Soul Littles and Dinkies, Elfdoll Hanas and Doonas, Unoa Lights, Notdoll Yohimbin, Miriam and Lucy, Xagadoll Lara, Illusion Spirit Spirit, et hoc genus omne. Of course, said interest also frustrates me, as most of the companies in this sub-realm offer female dolls, but not male ones. [I love you, Lumedoll!]

As far as I'm concerned, 1:6 scale is superior to 1:3 scale because there's so much more available in terms of clothing, furniture, accessories, sets and stuff. It's also less expensive on the whole and much less of a space hog, so I can cram way more 1:6ers into the same shelf space that would only fit a few 1:3ers. 
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I found a place that has an Elfdoll Doona Ryung with four faceplates in stock, even though she's long since sold out on Elfdoll's official site. I've been lusting after the Ryung sculpt since 2005, when she was only available in 1:3 scale. And I've been lusting after the Doona version for years as well. I'd love to swap her head onto a 27cm body.
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Illusion Spirit Spirit body @ $140.00 + IS translucent green wings @ $25.00 + IS Erica head for 12cm doll @ $30.00 + $17.46 s/h from Mint on Card = $212.46 for a customized 1:6 scale fairy BJD. Bite me Soom!
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Speaking of 1:6 scale fairies, I discovered today that Illusion Spirit offers what is essentially a cut-rate, unlimited Soom Faery Legend equivalent: a 27cm single-jointed mature girl with optional magnetic wings in regular or translucent green resin. Just to make matters even more confusing, her sculpt name is Spirit.

Anyway, blank full doll is $165.00 from Mint on Card [+ $25.00 for translucent wings] excluding shipping, and head and body can be purchased separately. Compare to $300.00 for a blank version of Soom's current Faery Legend, Asis. Sure, she comes with faery legs and heel feet, but those aren't worth tacking $110.00 to the price of the doll + wings.

I'm keen on the affordable IS body + wings, so I'm currently rolling around the idea of getting an IS body + wings, then finding a head of a 12cm doll [wig and eye size for which tend to be the same as for 27cm matures] and modding it to make my own damn fairy. Hmmm...

Fuck you Soom.

[But Asis is so cuuuuuuuuuuuuuuute!]
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Lumedoll will sell its 1:6 scale BJD bodies without heads for $205.00. Good to know.
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Mint on Card very nicely provided me with some pictures of a blank in-stock Xagadoll Lara. They said I could use them as long as I credited the pictures to MOC.
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I finally found some owner pictures of Lara, their 1:6er. She looks adorable, but her skull globe is way too tall, even for the exaggerated proportions of BJDs. If I got her, I'd remove a chunk out of her head so that her skull globe did not project back so far.
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This is what she said:

The basic dolll's price doesn't include emotions, but you can order
all of them with the basic doll. Each emotion faceplate comes with
make up (you can say your wishes about it) and each costs about 160-170$.
So you can decide do you want all of them or only some. The cost of
all emotion set is about 1700$. The basic doll price (include doll
with make up of your wish, wig you prefer and nails coloring) is 900$.

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K.C.Doll makes a 21cm mature female BJD [RBJD? -- made in Russia] Katyusha with multiple faceplates of all different expressions! Winking! Sticking out tongue! Sly! Surprised! Smiling! Sleeping! Kissing! Pissed off! Skeptical! I must find out how much she is!

I must also remember that, the last time I had a little BJD with faceplates, Petula, she sat around doing nothing. >:|

EDIT: Without s/h, a basic Katyusha is 25,000 rubles. According to xe.com, at today's exchange rates, that's about $801.50. Not sure if that includes faceplates. O_O

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These 1:6 scale porcelain ball-jointed mermaids by Orenda Doll are very engaging. Since Soom does not seem to be releasing a 1:6 scale Faery Legend mermaid any time soon, these look reallllly tempting.

Awwww, a little mermaid... )


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The BJD world has the annoying habit of calling 60-70cm dolls 1:3 scale, ~40cm dolls 1:4 scale and ~30cm dolls 1:6 scale, even though this is not necessarily the case. Most often, a company will create a 60-70cm line, a ~40cm line and a ~30cm line that are all in relative scale to each other. This means that the 60-70cms represent 1:3 scale adults, the ~40cms 1:3 scale children and the ~30cms 1:3 scale toddlers. It's all 1:3 scale.

Just to complicate matters, a company usually also creates ~40cms that represent adults, meaning that they are true 1:4 scale. There may also be ~30cms that represent adults, which are, of course, true 1:6 scale. But the BJD labeling conventions don't truly refer to scale; they refer instead to average absolute size, which irritates me to no end because scales are ratios and relative measurements. Plus it's really annoying to see a category for "1/6th scale" on a BJD Web site and get all excited for 1:6 scale adults, then end up finding a bunch of ~30cm babies instead. >:(

Anyway, when I refer to 1:6 scale, I am referring correctly to the category of dolls, clothes, accessories, props, etc. that is 16.67% life size, also known as playscale. As 1:6 scale is my favorite scale, I'm always on the lookout for 1:6 scale BJDs because they go so well with my existing craploads of clothes, Rements, furniture and sets, not to mention all the other 1:6 scale denizens I already have.

The whole point of this entry is to note that I think I have discovered another 1:6 scale BJD, Xagadoll Lara. She has a robust, attractive body sculpt and, unusually for 1:6 scale BJDs, double joints! She's very cute, but, then again, BJDs, especially Asian ones, are designed to be cute. I found her at Mint on Card, a US dealer, but not on Xagadoll's company site, which is strange. Anyway, I don't "need" any 1:6 scale BJDs, so stay away from my wallet, Lara!

P.S. Apparently no one has Lara yet, or no one who has her has posted pictures online. I just did a search for her and was disappointed to see this very entry rank high in the Google results, which means there's nothing out there about her.
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1:3 scale Volks doll sets up a photoshoot with its 1:6 scale Gentaro Araki Unoa Light. ^_^
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Soom just issued the latest in their Faery Legend line, a little winged dude in brick red resin: Labas the Weaponsmith Sprite. This is the first time in a long time, but I think Labas is just mediocre.

I love the concept of a fiery fairy, but Soom did not execute it well. Some parts of the sculpting work, while others fail. I love  the sculpted flames on his Faery legs, but that's about it. His wings look heavy and drippy, rather than light and flame-like. His headsculpt seems mushy and generic, while the default faceup, in colors very similar to his skin tone, doesn't do him any favors either.

I'm also disappointed with the palette used. I like the brick red resin for Labas' body and the transparent red resin for his Faery legs. but nothing else. Labas' brown wig and black outfit really kill the themes of light and fire. I would brighten one or both of these elements with some oranges and yellows. A fur wig would be great, mimicking the tongues of flame. Furthermore, even though Labas' eyes are apparently yellow grey, they don't pop at all. This guy needs neon eyes. O_O

While I'm criticizing Labas harshly, I think that he could be an awesome fire sprite in the right hands, as long as you don't get him with faceup, eyes, wig or outfit and pass on the waterlogged wings. A good customizer with a vision [like me, if I cared to get him] could really improve this doll, but I'm not interested enough in such a bland headsculpt to pursue this project.
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Mellifer, my Soom Faery Keeper of the Heart Metato, came today. Here he is, alertly surveying his surroundings. I love his wings as aesthetic objects, but I don't think they're right for him as a character.

Just look at those lips!
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So Soom's latest Faery Legend doll, Absynthe, is, in fact, light green. She's also really, really cute. Darn fairies. They're overtaking my house.
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Soom's upcoming Faery Legend features Absynthe, La Fee Verte. She'd better have an option for green skin, or else someone at Soom is not correctly exploiting their opportunities.
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First, Soom made Sard, the May Monthly Doll for 2008. A typical Soom sculpt, he had pillowy lips, limpid eyes and androgynous lines. He was a limited edition with horns, hooves and wings. People went bananas over him, as evidenced by this actual comment made by a fan on Sard's sales page:

Is there any chance he will be restocked next year during the same time as his original release? I really wish I would have gotten this boy and I'm so mad I didn't. I'd be willing to sell my kidney for a Sard!

Tragically, Sard appeared for sale for a mere month, leaving many potential Sard owners distraught.

Then Soom realized they could get their racket on [as if they didn't already have so many rackets going] by, second, making Dia some time in the end of 2008. Dia has the same head as Sard, with the exception of the ears. Dia has human ears, while Sard has elongated, pointy ears. As an unlimited doll without a special outfit or body parts, Dia represented a less expensive way for Sard fans to get their fix, this time with no chance of the doll going out of stock.

But Soom wasn't done yet. They like to release the same or related sculpts in different sizes, so of course they came out with Metato, the Faery Legend doll for April, in 2012. Yes, he has the same headsculpt as Dia and Sard, only on a smaller scale [1:6, not 1:3] and with different faery ears. As an excited poster on DOA remarked, he's "Diet Sard...now in fun size!" :p Though a limited edition with wings [resin ones, as opposed to Sard's feathery ones] and truly not that much cheaper than his bigger cousins, once you add up all the options, Metato represents yet another chance for Soom enthusiasts to get their Sard on.

I have no particular conclusion to make. I just admire Soom as a company, not only because I really like their aesthetic, but also because they know how to play the market, satisfying and tantalizing customers at the same time. It's really fun to watch and participate in the anticipation of new releases, the frenzy over teaser photos, the formulations of opinion when the thing goes on sale, the commiseration in the DOA "waiting room" threads, the increased excitement as shipping notices start issuing, the collective freak-out when the first owner pictures appear and the ultimate satisfaction of receiving one's own package and being Soomed all over again. [The most popular companies have adjectival forms of their names representing how enthusiastic one can be about them. I've seen people who are Soomed, Fairylanded and Iplewhelmed, but I've never heard of anyone being DollZoned or ImplDolled, presumably because the latter two companies sell less expensive dolls and thus have less prestige.] The fact that we're all being manipulated by a savvy business concern doesn't make the consumption any less fun.

I remain uncertain about whether to get Metato. On the plus side, I've always kind of wanted Sard because he was a Taurus doll, my astrological sign, and Metato is basically a smaller Sard with no hooves and better wings. Metato is in competition with Kremer [that's Flower's sculpt] for the cutest male faery so far, and he'd certainly play well with others, viz., Ginevra and Flower. Plus he's my favorite size! On the minus side, he's $485.00 without EMS shipping, which usually comes to about $50.00 to $60.00. 

P.S. Not that anyone cares, but I currently have 27 BJDs [OH GOD WHERE DID THEY ALL COME FROM?]. Soom is the number one maker, along with Elfdoll. I have 5 from each maker.

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