A ball-jointed doll is any doll that is articulated with ball and socket joints. In contemporary usage when referring to modern dolls, and particularly when using the acronyms BJD or ABJD, it usually refers to modern Asian ball-jointed dolls. These are cast in polyurethane synthetic resin, a hard, dense plastic, and the parts strung together with a thick elastic. They are predominantly produced in Japan, South Korea and China. The BJD style has been described as both realistic and influenced by anime. They commonly range in size from about 60 centimetres (24 in) for the larger dolls, 40 cm (15.5 in) for the mini dolls, and all the way down to 10 cm (4 in) or so for the tiniest of the tiny BJDs. BJDs are primarily intended for adult collectors and customizers. They are made to be easy to customize, by painting, changing the eyes and wig, and so forth.
That basically explains what BJDs are, essentially. Now you may ask, “why are you so into them? How can you even afford to own so plenty of these dolls? Aren’t they like, batshit-crazy expensive? Don’t these ‘things’ scare you at night? They’re inanimate objects, how are they supposed to have “stories” or even feelings? How old are you? Six???”
I’m going to beat you to it and say that these are the kinds of questions I’ve been asked way too many times in the past, over and over again, that it already got quite boring having to explain myself.
To put it simply, it’s a hobby. And I’m into it just like how any other fellow is into, say, a more ‘mainstream’ hobby… Like collecting cars, baking, knitting, the list goes on... Yes, I spend on and for them and, no, it’s definitely not a cheap hobby. Wigs, eyes, outfits, and shoes are often sold separately. Their outfits cost the same as human clothes, if not a little more expensive. A decent faceup would normally cost $40 minimum, and that doesn’t include return shipping yet. Don’t we all, more or less, spend for the things we love and are passionate about?
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