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 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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There are three completely new sculpts: Fionn [sleeping dude], Kiran [awake dude], Helena [open-mouthed fem]. There's also Mini Zero, a smaller version of Zero, a sold-out 1:3 scale Lumedoll notable for his inchoate, in-progress face.

There are also some new resin colors available: ebony [a darker, more intense brown than the very light tan], bronze [a deep brown with gold undertones] and, finally and most amusingly, "zombie" [a greenish grey that I cannot distinguish from the regular grey Lumedoll offers].

Now I regret ordering a bunch of Lumedoll heads before these new sculpts came out! I especially like Helena and Mini Zero, who would be great as some disturbing, lurking embodiment of silence or something. I wish I could get him in completely black resin. Then I would dress him in ridiculously long white linen robes and a white fur wig and call him Silencio. He would stand around freaking out all my fairies. :p Ebony would also work as a resin color for him, just as long as there was a stark contrast between his skin color and hair/clothing color.

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Well, not the cheapest ever, just the cheapest I own personally.

So the aforementioned Lumedoll Lumelight heads are setting be back a total of $200.35, so that's about $66.78 a head.

I've got a 5StarDoll tiny body [$120.00] on the way for Blaze, and I'm gonna get Hujoo bodies for Koit and Arine [$20.00 apiece]. That would make Koit and Arine complete BJDs for <$100.00!

By the way, my definition of BJD at this point is a doll made of hollow parts and basically ball-shaped joints and strung with elastic. Head comes blank, with removable headcap and eyewells, but without hair. Custom painting, wigging, clothing, additive mods and/or subtractive mods are encouraged. Material can either be resin or something else [Hujoo makes some of its BJDs out of ABS plastic].

In other news, the Fairyland LittleFee body shown here is back on the market. It irritates me by being twice the price of a 5StarDoll tiny body, which is much superior for my purposes. I really wish it would go away already, but, if it doesn't sell, I might just keep it and use my by-then-perfected fats-making techniques to make an even shorter, fatter person.

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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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Eva just came out with an elf version of her first 1:6 scale BJD Koit. Maybe it's just the more flattering photos, but elf Koit looks more relaxed and happy than regular Koit. I asked Eva if the sculpts differed. She said:

I looked at the blank sculpts and the only difference (other than the ears) is the mouth has a slightly deeper part and that might make him look like he's a bit happier than the regular Koit! Also, I noticed that from the side profile, the nose on the elf is the tiniest bit rounder.

Hmmm...I'm feeling the desire for a Lumelight elf Koit to enlarge the eyes on and paint up all cheerful and welcoming.


I only have 4.5 Lumedolls, but they figure larger in my consciousness, probably because Lumedoll has the most numerous 1:6 scale offerings of any BJD company. Males are Koit regular and elf, Lucas and Blaze. Females are Elin and Arine. Where most BJD companies do, at most, a 1:6 scale hetero couple as an afterthought to their major 1:3 or 1:4 scale lines, Lumedoll offers a veritable diversity of 1:6ers.

Clearly I need a tan elf Koit.


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Remember how I had the idea for a 1:6 scale drag queen fairy BJD? I just was thinking...

I could purchase a Lumedoll Lumelight slender male doll in white resin and create the following hybrids:

Flower's head + Lumelight body + hands from Flower's body + feets from Flower's body = Flower

Lumelight head + Faery Legend body + Faery Legend wings + Lumelight hands + Lumelight feets = drag queen fairy

This way, Flower would get the more diminutive and slender body that I have always imagined him having  plus the wonderful Soom hands and feets plus no wings to throw his back out. [Fuckers are heavy!] The drag queen would get the wonderful Soom body, the blockier Lumelight hands and feets plus beautifully blushed wings already set in her back.

Flower: "My name is Flower, and I approve this message. This doll stand is really cramping my style."

Me: "Should I take your wings off in the mean time?"

Flower: "God yes!"
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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.


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


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


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


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


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
modernwizard: (Default) 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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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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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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Lumedoll will sell its 1:6 scale BJD bodies without heads for $205.00. Good to know.
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Ellery and Lucian came today. They are so beautiful. The Lumedoll resin has a solid, chalky quality that I really like, with delicate tones and a nice tooth for scribbling on with watercolor pencil.
Read more... )
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Searching for "blythe sports shoes" on Ebay brings up a selection of footwear <$10.00 a pair that will accommodate Lumelight fems' feet.

Andrea [who is God] tells me that Momoko and Pullip clothes will very likely be too small for Ellery and Jessica, so I have commissioned someone [=God] to make a stylistically clashing wardrobe for Ellery.

My ideal wardrobe for Ellery would be
  • a tiered skirt of mismatching layers
  • some underwear [bra and briefs]
  • a T-shirt that says FEMINIST
  • a T-shirt that says GEEK
  • a pair of jeans that go up to her waist
  • a long-sleeved shirt to wear open over the T-shirts [i.e., doesn't need fasteners] and
  • as many as possible pairs of sleeves with all different patterns and colors.
Meanwhile, I have given up on my search for a French maid outfit for Jessica Jamisia. I will just use a dress [Ebru's] and apron [Materyllis', shown under her felt apron here] from Andrea that I already have, and I'll leave it at that. I'm already laying out quite a bit for the 4 main dolls themselves and Ellery and Lucian's clothes, so I'd like to save where possible.
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"I don't have any Momoko outfits, but I've heard they fit (small bust).
Also most Barbie clothes can fit except those made for the new Basic
line which is very slender (Liv dolls clothing, Pullip, and some action
figure female clothing fit too!). The Barbie Basic line male clothes
look like they might be a good fit for the slim Lumedoll body (Liv dolls
have a new boy out that looks slim enough as well...and he can be found
at places like Target!)."
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Lumedoll fems

Blythe shoes
Lati Yellow shoes

Lumedoll males

made for male action figures by TTL/Toys City and Triad Toys. Apparently TTL pants are skin-tight on the v.2 body and loose on the original body, which is just what I need all around! (She also says that clothing by the Crazy Owners company is too large.)

shirts, pants, shoes:

ACI jeans
ACI shoes

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Today I just ordered a Lumedoll Erine, large bust, and a Lumedoll Lucas, regular body! I didn't get the aforementioned Soom Uyoo after all, so I went ahead and got the two chronologically first characters in Me and My Muses: Ellery and Lucian. In 6 to 8 weeks, I should have them!

Also Janvier Jett is here, a mere 1.5 miles from me, but waiting at the post office till Monday. Bleh.
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My earlier plot of putting a Lumedoll Lucas [male] head on a Lumedoll fem body will not work for Mazzy, so he needs a different headsculpt. I may just get another Lumedoll Arine and paint it differently, emphasizing the link between Ellery and her muses by similarity of features. In that case, maybe Jessica should be an Arine as well with a small bust?

Dolls, updated

  • Ellery: Lumedoll Arine, large bust

  • Lucian: Lumedoll Lucas

  • Mazzy: Lumedoll Arine, large bust

  • Jessica: Lumedoll Elin, small bust, or Souldoll Jandi, or Souldoll Metel

  • Avery: ? [the doll formerly known as Cutey Honey?]

  • Kristin: ? [the doll formerly known as Cory?]

  • Melinda: ? [the doll previously appearing as Maybe?]

  • Jo: ? [the doll formerly known as AJ?]

  • MacKenzie: ? [the doll formerly known as Tamsin?]

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Ever since seeing the denim-wearing Barbie Basic with the Louboutin sculpt at doll club in March [she's the brown-haired one], I've wanted one for my own, but have had no excuse to get one because I'm not really actively in 1:6 scale any more. Read more... )
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  • Ellery: Lumedoll Arine, large bust
  • Lucian: Lumedoll Lucas
  • Mazzy: Lumedoll Blaze head on large bust fem body
  • Jessica: Lumedoll Elin, small bust
  • Avery: ?
  • Kristin: ? [the doll formerly known as Cory?]
  • Melinda: ? [the doll previously appearing as Maybe?]
  • Jo: ? [the doll formerly known as AJ?]
  • MacKenzie: ? [the doll formerly known as Tamsin?]
Check drawer of heads and doll parts for parts for other characters.
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EDIT: All this talk of Lumedoll's creations' aptness for the Library of Intellectum makes me want to rush out and purchase the library assistant, the head librarian, the special collections assistant and the ghost right now!
Dost thou remember Intellectum? I do. It was a city that I created with the help of Daz Studio in August of last year. The focus of my creation was on the Library of Intellectum, which combined advanced technology such as interlibrary loan transmats, with myth in the form of a book wyrm, even the supernatural in the form of ghosts and magic. I even created a cast of characters and assigned them 1:6 dolls:
  • The library assistant, our protagonist, is a Dollmore Melissa Hon. EDIT: Since Dollmore is a cheatin' BJD. co. that I cannot, in good conscience, support by buying directly from them, the library assistant may have to be a Lumedoll Arine with a small bust and sharpened face.
  • The head librarian, her ultimate supervisor, was originally an Obitsu W-03 head on an Obitsu slender male body, even though she is an old woman, but now I think she should be a Lumedoll Lucas head on a Lumedoll fem body, breasts removed.
  • The special collections assistant, our protagonist's friend, was originally an Elfdoll Doona Ryung head on a resin 1:6 male body, but now I think he should be a Lumedoll Koit.
  • The ghost, another of our protagonist's friends, is an Elfdoll Doona Ryung head on a Notdoll 25cm fem body. EDIT: For ease of use, the ghost could also be a Lumedoll Elin with a small bust and shortened legs and torso [just to be younger/smaller than the library assistant].
  • The book wyrm is a felted Chinese dragon with wire inside.
  • Scanty Sophie, the statue on top of the library, is a 2003 ComicCon Takara/BBI silver Cy Girl.
  • The "little fucker" is a DreamHigh Squee.
  • The doll, another of our protagonist's adventures, is unassigned.
  • Various patrons are also unassigned.
I decided that most of the sets would be easy to make:
  • the stacks [two shelves of books forming a corridor and facing each other, grey foamcore background]
  • the book wyrm's lair [grey foamcore background, cardboard tube pillars]
  • the Pierian Spring [ditto, plus painted Styrofoam fountain]
  • the Discard Bin [grey foamcore background, cardboard tube pillars, balsa wood coffins]
  • the ILL center [grey foamcore background, plastic bank of computers]
  • the exterior [computer rendered 3D scene from Daz Studio]
Of course, I didn't have a plot tying all these elements together, but I enjoyed developing them.

Now, over a year later, I'm living in a small apartment with no room for my 1:6 stuff: dolls, clothes, sets and accessories. I have some 1:3 dolls to keep me company, but I greatly miss my 1:6ers. I also miss writing fiction, something I haven't done for the past six months.

My longing for both 1:6ers and stories prompts me to think about returning to the world of 1:6 photostories that I left with Love Has Fangs. I wouldn't go back to LHF; instead, I would return with the Library of Intellectum.

Maybe I'll start working on some character sketches and plot ideas, just to satisfy my desire to be writing again, and I'll see where it goes....
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Remember how, a while back, I said that Lumedoll was coming out with a 30cm [action figure-sized] mature male BJD, Koit? Of course you don’t. Anyway, as the headline suggests, Lumedoll is now issuing two more headsculpts, Lucas and Blaze. Here’s Lucas’ page: Also in good news, Lumedoll appears to be updating their 30cm mature male body. They have a slim type and a regular type, although I can’t really tell the difference. I hope that Lumedoll continues to expand their 30cm mature line, just so there can be more beautiful, unusual 1:6 sculpts available.

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If there’s one thing that the ABJD world lacks, it’s truly 1:6 mature male BJDs, i.e. with the size and proportions of GI Joes. 1:6 mature female BJDs exist in quantity, from Soom’s Mini Gems to DollMore’s FMDs  to SoulDoll’s Soul-Littles, but they have no male counterparts. SoulDoll at one time did make a male Soul-Little, Kimmy, but he has gone out of print.

Now, much to the joy of fans of 1:6 BJDs, a new 1:6 male doll has appeared on the horizon. Lumedoll  will be making Koit, 30cm of goodness, perfectly sized to go along with all those 1:6 resin women!

After quickly glancing at Koit, I really like him. The seriousness of his mouth and the shape of his eyes reminds me favorably of Chow. Koit would also be the perfect mold for the special collections assistant of my Intellectum project, though nothing with probably come of said project.

I hope that Koit remains in print for a long time so that those who wish to have 1:6 resin guys can do so. Actually, I would really like for Koit to inspire Soom, DollMore and SoulDoll to make 1:6 resin dudes of their own so that the possibilities for 1:6 people could be even greater than those supplied by plastic forms.



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