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What are Asian Ball-jointed Dolls

Updated on December 23, 2015
My own ball-jointed doll I named Stardust
My own ball-jointed doll I named Stardust

Ball-jointed dolls or BJD are dolls usually made of polyurethane synthetic resin which are secured by hard elastic. It's origin goes back to the ancient Greece years. However it was more popular in Asian countries such as Japan, China and South Korea. Their features are inspired by Japanese animations. The height of BJDs usually ranges from 70 to 10 centimeters. It is a dedicated toy for adults or people who love customizing toys.

Naming the Doll and Putting Character

All BJD doll owners name their doll. Some even research for names that are unqiue and has a rich history or meaning to personify the characters that they build for their dolls. There are times that a doll owner will create a story behind the doll. This includes the dolls race, family background, personality (if it's mean or nice) and etc. Just imagine a real person's life story put in the doll. You can buy another doll and connect it's story on your current doll. Like a brother or sister, or mother and daughter. It depends on the doll owner.

How Much Is It?

The cost of an asian ball-jointed doll depends on the size and company producing them. You can even buy them second hand. My advice is before buying a doll make sure that you really really want it and is confident that you can take care of it. Of course owning it means you have to keep in mind its maintenance. You should do a lot of research on how to keep it clean. owning a ball jointed doll is a serious hobby and it takes a lot of effort but it is hundred percent worth it..


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    • pinoymmafan profile image

      pinoymmafan 6 years ago from Philippines

      Nice Hub..Interesting..You got my attention there..Got curious..

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      sparklingcrystal 6 years ago from Manila

      It can also turn into business because most of the doll customizers I know owns a doll as well then they are open for commissions for doing the face-up, the stringing, and sells clothes/accessories.

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      precy anza 6 years ago from USA

      Just curious and just a thought. Does it really just for hobby? I mean can someone customize it and sell? Imagine having a lot these and a girl or a young lady approaches you and say, "Can you customize one for me? I'll buy it!"

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      sparklingcrystal 6 years ago from Manila

      Thank you! It took me the whole afternoon to do that haha.

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      precy anza 6 years ago from USA

      Aw.. that doll is so cute!! Face, eyes and hair! ^-^'


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