So I think people really wants to know why I am taking this plunge, or maybe you don't give a crap but I'm going to tell you anyway.
- Maturity: Not saying that 1/6th folks aren't mature!!! But there is something very mature about the BJD hobby that is populated with so many young people.
- Depending on the company or customizations, you may have to wait up to forty effin' weeks. That is how long it takes to make a human. It takes patience. And you're going to take time to make the right choice. I'm resigning myself to not seeing my first doll until my bday in November.
- The dolls and accessories are not always cheap. You have to budget yourself, save up and earn that dang doll.
- You need a gentle touch when you're handling these dolls. You can't afford to damage them. They make special travel cases for them! Dropping them could mean seriously damaging a nose.
- They yellow in time and if you keep them in the sun. You have to find a place to keep them safe.
- (Crap, now I'm really reconsidering the wisdom of getting a puppy for the kids in a year.)
- Budget: It seems at first that dropping like $800 on a doll is crazy. But think about it this way. I'll buy that one doll for the year. I might buy 10 Barbie/Integrity dolls over the course of the year. Then outfits, more furniture I don't need, foam core to make more room boxes, a doll house, spray paint to make unsuitably pink things bearable. In 2013, I spent about $2000 through Paypal alone.
- Community: I have met some of the sweetest people in this hobby. I have made some genuine friendships that I would have regardless of dolls. But looking at just a few BJD videos, I was like "These are my people!" Nerds, goths, geeks, cosplayers and general people that society thinks of as weirdos. For the first time in my life, I WANT to go to a doll convention. I want to go and meet people. FLESH people! And yeah, I'm afraid to be a newbie and being treated like one by the inevitable Mean Girls/Boys even though I'm damn near 40 years old and should be above all that. But I really want to go and I will bring my geeky husband he will totally have fun! Probably more than me!
- Learning new skills. I know that I like bringing life to old Barbie houses and vehicles. But with this new hobby, the focus won't be on the crowd of dolls but one doll who will help me finally work on photography, give my clumsy hand a bigger canvas for repaint/faceups.
- Craftsmanship: I watched a video on restringing the type of doll I want and I was kind of moved. It feels like old world craftsmanship. The way dollmakers of old put together their one of a kind creations. The focus on a smaller number projects done in a larger scale is so exciting. Instead of mass producing books of inferior quality for 4 different book shelves, I can work on making three really nice books with text and binding and crap.
- All you need is love: What is all comes down to is what quickens the pulse. What fills me with that teenage girl feeling of connecting with a really cute boy. I look at my list of future dolls and it's like when I was doing photostories I cared about. I'm daydreaming about these characters all day. I sleep and dream of them. Last night I dreamed I was pregnant and I know (upon waking) that I'm pregnant with BJDs! Okay that sounds weird.