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In short; these dolls are made by talented artists and produced on a small scale, often made-to-order. The intent is for the customer to use the artist’s ‘base’ to create their own one-of-a-kind doll.
Most of the studios for these dolls are found in Japan, Korea, and China (most of my collection comes from Japan). There are a number of independent western artists in Europe and North America making dolls in this style as well.
These dolls come in a variety of sizes. The most common are:
The cost of the dolls varies on which company you choose, and you must remember to factor in additional charges such as painting fee, shipping, clothing, shoes, eyes and wig. A rule of thumb is to add $200 to the sales price of the doll to estimate the total “cost” of turning the base into a complete doll.
A couple introductions to Ball-Joint Dolls:
Largest English-speaking online community and resource for Ball-Joint Dolls:
Some Doll Dealers and Shops I use:
We blame Volks for starting all this with their “Super Dollfie” hobby kits back in the late 1990’s to early 2000’s. Their international (Japan) store and USA store are here:
……this has reminded me; I have been meaning to make some information videos for people interested in the hobby. I must round-up my audio-visual friends and get started on those.
The office where I work my unrelated day job happens to be making a video-game, and today we got nifty T-shirts! Fun! :D
Oh, and my Unoa is in the picture also.
Doll - Alchemic Lab Unoa // Bonnet - handmade (me) // Clothes - DollHeart, Kon’Doll // Wig - Kon’Doll // Shoes - unknown