Thursday, April 23, 2009

Create Your Own Hybrid BJD as Ann Wooley Did??

BJD (Ball Joint Dolls) has been existing for decades. The earliest BJD that I have seen is a baby doll made in France in 1920s. I have never though that I would become one of the BJD collectors. But now, as some of you have already known that I have joined the community. I have BJD in various sizes, such as 16-17” Sybarite, Deva Doll, and 64cm and 70cm humongous ones.

BJD is mainly made of resin or porcelain, so they are more costly then vinyl or plastic dolls in folds. For those who wanted a fashion BJD to play with but have relatively tight budget., you can try to look for a 2nd hand BJD and then “transplant” your favorite doll’s head to create your own hybrid BJD.

Long before Tonner released its Sydney BJD, Ann in FL (Ann Wooley), a renowned rerooting and diorama artist, has already created her own Sydney BJD. She used a RND Angle BJD’s body and put a Sydney head on it. The result is very impressive. You could not tell that it is a hybrid one in the first glance!
Tonner's Sydney BJD Ann's Hybrid Sydney BJD
Structure of BJD:
But before you do the “operation”, you should understand the structure of BJD. In most cases, there are 2 elastic strings inside BJD’s body - one for 2 hands; one for 2 legs and torso. The later one goes through the torso to hold the leg parts in place. This string would pass through the neck hold and hooked inside the head. For details, ELF doll website has provided a pictorial guideline as the links below.

- ELF string your doll hands
- ELF string your doll torso and legs

Therefore, if you want to transplant a vinyl doll head into a BJD like what Ann did, you would need to make a hole on the skull by cutting along the aisle between rooted hair area like a cap. Remember to avoid cutting off any hair, otherwise it would not be able to cover the “wound”. Another option is to shave off the doll head and then you could cut the skull in any shape that you feel like (A star shape, maybe? LOL!) And cover the cutting line with a wig. By opening the cap on the skull, it would enable you to pull the elastics string through and tie a knob with a S hook inside. But in RND’s Angel’s case, they use 2 small red balls instead. (Please click here.)

In case you want to try it out by yourself? I have a Tokyo Angel at very low price that you could experience on. Please check my For Sale page here. There are several different angle shots there. She would come with the original outfits, wig, long white boots. Any questions welcome (click here) .

Picture credit: Ann Wooley. If you want to see more pictures of Ann Wooley’s great doll collection and her diorama, could click here.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Is She A Japanese? – ToraFugu, the New Exotic Sybarite

After the début of Inque (African) and Raja (Indian) a few months ago, Superfrock has announced another exotic Sybarite - Torafugu. Tora-Fugu means “Tiger Blowfish” in Japanese, so I suppose it suggested that she is a Japanese girl. However, as an Asian myself, I do not see substantial elements on her face to be an Asian girl. I do not mean those stereotypes of Asian’s feature - slender eyes with single eye lips. She is just not oriental enough to me!

Honestly, when I first saw the HOT HOT Inque’s prototype pictures on Angelic Dreamz, I thought that she was an exotic S.E. Asian or someone from Hawaii, Tahiti etc. ( my review on Inque). I was kind of surprised that she is actually designed as an African. Similarly, if Raja has no bindi on her forehead, or her name is not so Indian, I could not relate her as an Indian at all!

7 in a Roll of Haute Doll’s Exclusive:
If my memory serves me right, Tora Fugu is the 7th Haute Doll magazine’s exclusive of Sybarite – Sureal (LE100), Sabbatha (LE95) Skye (LE95) in 2005, Couture Savage (LE350) in 2006, Couture Salon (LE250) in 2007, Couture Swallow (LE250) in 2008 (I am lucky enough to have bought almost all of them starting from Skye!), and then now Tora Fugu (LE100) in 2009.

Sold Out But Without Price Info Yet:
This LE100 Asian girl is sold out in the first day of pre-ordering. However, the available day and retail price are not yet known at this point. It is the usual practice of Superfrock that there are only 1 or 2 sneak peep pictures of the prototype available. Then, collectors have to make their purchase decision by very limited information before they are all gone.

Below is what is described in Haute Doll website ( about the styling and the possible accessories that Tora Fugu would come with. Again, there is no picture of the lower half of this Asian girl such as her skirt, stocking and shoes etc. for the time being.

Modern, yet richly cultural, exotic, yet steeped in technology, her personal world and existence is a thing of great beauty.

They latest Sybarite offering by Superfrock, Fugu is named after the exotic Tora-fugu, the most poisonous of all Diodon, we present for your delectability, the debut vixen. No ordinary fish, Fugu chose for her debut a simple, yet deceptively intricate gown of coarse weave natural material, piped and lined in satin with a hint toward the art form, legs and cork, embroidery and "leather" platform sandals finish off her neutral inner core.

Black choppy hair upon a sleek and regimented base leaves this girl making you wonder how deep it gets. Like the star of the water and the willow world that place exotic wigs upon their sleeky scraped back hair to present themselves in an image of ancient beauty.

Fugu comes with her ultra-fabulous coat which resembles the coat of the exotic black gibbon, the monkey coat. Pencil thin brows, red red lips and with her tiny set of chopsticks, this girl is ready to take you to a far away exoticism.

Picture credit: Haute Doll Magazine