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Hi! So after consulting several posts in here on modding (the nipples on the medium bust I have are going to be eliminated once I get some sand paper) I decided I should set up an account and ask some questions of my own as I venture into something that has been a long time coming. I first discovered BJD back in the early 2010s while in college. At the time, I found them beautiful and terrifying. The price! The maintenance! Oh my! I put the idea of ever owning one on a back shelf in my mind where it technically remains since I’ve currently gone the vinyl route instead. After finishing college, I moved to NYC and started work in accounting, doing my job and occasionally toying with the idea of getting a BJD but never committing. Finally, in 2019 I moved to Japan for a two year secondment and somehow in one of those how’d I end up here moments on YouTube, I ended up watching reviews of the sailor moon dollfies. While the list of intimidating factors was no smaller, something really drew me towards the design. I liked the slightly more anime look and style and as I dug around more I found the Miku dollfie which I fell in love with. I decided there would be no better time to try to buy her than when I was in Japan and so began my lurking on resale sights, trying to find one at a price that wasn’t too crazy. As fate would have it, after a few weeks of this I walked into the Dollyteria in Akiba and there in the case was an out of the box Miku with two small stains (one on an ear which I think was the bigger flaw), a missing panel for one of her sleeves and a slightly mussed wig for nearly half what the new in box listings I’d seen went for. I decided this would be my girl and armed with dream rescue, a lot of hair tools and craft supplies I went about dealing with the issues. The ear stain came off entirely. The hand one has lightened to be not noticeable and I’ve since grabbed some spare hands as well. I crafted two new keyboard panels for her sleeves that while not flawless, do the job. The wig remains the one sore spot and I may bite the bullet and buy a replacement as I’ve gathered this was a general complaint among first gen miku anyways but for now, it looks better after several hours of fiddling. My second girl is an in progress MDD whose head I got via lottery at the doll party this past weekend. It needs some sanding and such but I’m hoping when all is said and done I’ll have pics to share. And the third addition to my little doll family will be a DDB I craft this week at Doll Point in Akiba (yeah, definitely getting this all done at once, I know, but the planned vacations that I would have spent money on while I stayed in Japan all went away with corona so here we are and this will be the last one... for now) And so concludes my doll story. If you’ve made it this far, congrats lol For a little extra, I’ll be 30 this year O.O - can speak and read Japanese for the most part (passed JLPT N2 in December) and may also have re-developed a not so small BL manga habit since coming to Japan since now, no title is off limits due to needing translations haha.
Hello everyone, I am so excited to join this community! I have always liked and collected 1/6 and 1/4 BJDs for just over 10 years, started as porcelain art dolls owner, and ended up as resin BJDs collector when in 2014 I got my first resin doll. In 2018, after firstly collecting few Azone International Ex Cute dolls, I approached the vinyl dolls community by adopting two Smartdolls. It's such a big change but it's a good change: I've never own a 1/3 sized doll before - the big change! - and I've started fallen in love with vinyl dolls and I've learned so much about them - the good change! My Smartdolls are now re-homed - super lovely but I couldn't deal with so *big* size! Personal opinion but perfect doll is 40/45cm tall Anyway, I'm now totally into Azone/Obitsu ones: Petit Iris Collect and Ellen Series I’m looking forward to talking with other collectors and learning more about the hobby. I'm happy to meet you all!