This is a doll I have since sold, she's a Shinydoll Kaoli ^^
More under jump~
What are ABJDs? Bascially, they are highly poseable, highly customisable dolls made from a kind of hard plastic. Usually you buy the doll blank or with minimal customisation, and you customise them as you want. Sometimes Limited Editions are available, where you can buy a doll fully dressed and painted. More info on this type of doll is at the ABJD Wiki.
Most of my dolls are from Shinydoll. It's a very small artist company based in Japan. After meeting the sculptor/company rep, I was asked to became the UK dealer for Shinydoll. You can see my little shop by clicking my profile and going to Nemuidoll :)
This is Suzu. She's a Shinydoll Suzune and is 30cm tall.
This is Acacia, she's a Shinydoll Akali, who is around 57cm tall. She's holding Kaoli ^^
This is Moopy (named by Mark!) who is a Shinydoll Chizune head (meant for the largest size body) who I put on the medium size body, to give her a more 'Anime' proportion. I have a weakness for Moe girls :p
This is Eefee, who is also a large Shinydoll. Most Shinydolls have a Japanese or Anime style face, but as Feefee was based on me she has a Western face. It was a nice surprise when the Shinydoll artist told me he had sculpted a doll using my photos ^^
Now, if you aren't already completely freaked out by now, I'll make it weirder. As well as painting, dressing and photographing my dolls, I also like to animate them :)
This is my favourite, it has my current dolls:
This is my video with the most views. But personally, I find it too jerky and looks really 'unfinished' >_<
Anyway, I now have a remote for my new Canan T1i, so I hope I can do really smooth videos with it :)
Another reason I enjoy collecting these dolls is making outfits for them! I made the capri jeans, vest top, scarf and bag in this outfit:
So you're probably wondering what the appeal is? For me, I just love cute things. I love the challenge of making my dolls, and myself, as cute and moe as possible. My dolls can wear all the slutty or extreme things I couldn't wear myself. They can have any face I want.
If you're interested, here are my favourite links for these dolls:
Nemui Doll - this is my Shinydoll shop, so obviously my favourite link :p
Den of Angels Forums - Massive forum with everything you need to know, including a newbie section and busy marketplace. Registration is invite only, so contact me if you need an invite :)
Shinydoll - Shinydoll official site
Volks Super Dollfie - I'm not a Super Dollfie fan but Volks did start it all.
Volks Dollfie Dream - Dollfie Dream are different to ABJDs in construction and material and are aimed more at a male (otaku) market. The dolls are super moe!! Out of my price range so I just admire from afar :)
BJD Flickr group - large open Flickr group for photos of these dolls.
BJD Superstars Flickr group - Group for doll photos with 10+ favourites. Many pretty photos!
Dark Dollhouse - Very talented doll customiser and seamstress with a very impressive collection!
Nacht Zirkus - Another very impressive collector's HP.
A.U.C. Unoas - Stunning himegyaru styled dolls!
That turned into a very long post! But hope it introduces my unusual hobby :)