Porcelain Perfection.

November 28, 2008

The one (material) thing which I truly want for Christmas is a proper Ball-Jointed Doll (BJD). I want one more than an iPod Touch, more than clothes, more than shoes and more than that new Harvest Moon game. To put it simple, BJD photography amazes me. I have a semi-“professional” doll (i.e one which isn’t exactly used in fooling around…), which is the one you can see in my current doll pictures. She is of the Pullip brand, and whilst I adore her to bits, her huge head, bubbly eyes and childlike features can never convey the deeper, darker emotions which I want in a more serious, artistic picture. (She can ace the “cutesy” pictures, though. And she’s very, very gorgeous.) Mind you, I’m not complaining. I suppose what I’m trying to get at is that she’s not as flexible as a BJD, and while I adore her, it’s just not the same.

I’ve been pillaging the Internet lately, browsing through different BJD photography galleries on DeviantArt and window-shopping on websites. These dolls are expensive… it costs at least 400 U.S for one of the more well-known types. The most expensive one which I’ve ever seen was about…650 U.S.

I know. Ouch!

Of course, each doll is handmade of this really fancy material (I can’t seem to remember this material’s name, it’s at the tip of my tongue though… Ah well). And, of course, the doll will probably last forever and be durable, as long as you don’t go banging it about all over the place (or so I’d like to hope). You also recieve the doll assembled, which is actually a much bigger deal than it sounds, and you get a bunch of random freebies, like wigs and, in some cases, an outfit or two. Plus, the eyes are all glassy and detailed, and the face-up is intricate. I suppose, at the end of the day, the value is worth it — given that you put the BJD to good use.

That’s probably the major concern I have. I don’t want to ask anyone for a BJD, mainly because one would be frickin’ expensive and I could never ask for that much money. Hence, I won’t even bother asking for one for Christmas. If I did, I would feel way too guilty. I don’t know whether or not I should try to save up  for one — mainly because I have no clue if I could use it to its full potential (though a few of my friends who have BJDs seem to think that I could). I guess I just don’t want to waste time saving money only to blow it all off on something which will entertain me only for a short period of time. As stoked as I may be about Doll Photography now — which is an Art, OBVIOUSLY, and I care not what people say — will I still be enthralled with it in 3, 5 years down the road? I don’t know. And that’s the biggest concern.

On a completely different note, on one of the galleries which I was going through, the photographer had a FAQ-esque guide along with it. One of the “Questions” was: Why spend so much money on a DOLL? to which the owner replied: Because it’s cheaper than a car and isn’t as bad for the n. :D …I don’t know why, but it made me laugh. xD

I suppose the best thing to do would be to not over-think it. I think I’ll start to put some of my (practically non-existent) savings towards it, and see where that leads me.

I’ll still turn green with envy every time I go through a BJD photography gallery, though.

This is the one I want:


Gorgeous, isn’t he? :DD