Wednesday, May 16, 2012

A Note on BJDS

My favorite Bratz Boyz: Iden and Etian

DollyCare will now cover ball-jointed dolls (BJDs) alongside vinyl dolls. Since I love my collection of vinyl fashion dolls just as much as I love my BJDs, I will not play favorites.
My First BJD: Darcy
I added BJDs to this blog because newer vinyl dolls, such as Monster High, and Moxie Teens, are made to pose and resemble these super-customizeable East Asian specialty dolls. Popular American companies are already producing BJDs: Tonner introduced Delilah Noir, and revamped two of their most popular lines (Ellowyne and Evangeline Ghastly) with BJD-related innovations.

The poseability and customizability of BJDs bring a fresh influence and perspective to the table, whether you are working with newer dolls or restoring old favorites.

BJDs have some key differences from the average fashion doll, but also a lot of simularities. Their creative designs gave me some new ideas, and will undoubtedly breathe new life into your projects :)! I am excited to share these ideas with you, and hope you will welcome my BJDs on this blog as wonderfully as you welcomed my Bratz and Barbies :).

~ Roxy

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Buying Guide: 12 Ways to Save Money on a BJD

Aside from Bratz and Barbies, I also collect BJDs. Left to Right:
Reza, Avram, Darcy, and Laurel. This is their first time on my blog, yay! :)
Ball-jointed dolls are never "cheap." They average between $300-600, and more for premium brands. Does lower cost mean lower quality, damaged goods, illegal activity, or the need for a special membership?

No. These are myths. BJD distributors mark-up retail prices to match consumer demand. Mark-ups have less to do with quality, and more to do with trends: today's hot doll is tomorrow's old news. Companies aim to sell dolls at maximum profit while people still want to buy them.

So it doesn't matter what you buy as much as how you buy it. DollyCare's "12 Ways to Save Money on a BJD" features tips I used to save $600+ on my collection. Read on to see all 12, and let me know what you think in the comment space :)!*

* Note: DollyCare does not endorse any company! Resin production is bad for the environment, so please reduce waste by buying "used" whenever possible.