I don't know how many times I pretended to build a doll using the Online FCS before finally purcashing one. I didn't think standard sized dolls were right for me, but her size and weight are perfect. I like how many hands she has. Suwarikko joints are overrated!!
|Sculpt||Shizuku / Whitey Orange (Blank)|
I closely watched Shizuku come to life on Kinoko Juice's social media, and I immediately found her incredibly charming. I think her face is very cute! Actually, I had a hard time painting her because it's so unique. So I decided to keep it simple to not overshadow any charms. This is from the first pre-order, but if Kinoko Juice makes more in the future, I would like to see her in pink resin!
|Sculpt||Jill / Lavender Skin (Blank)|
Jill was a doll I wanted for a very long time. When I first discovered the work of Kinoko Juice around 2014 or so, while I was very fond of Kiki, I really liked Jill. Jill was my only true "grail" doll. If she could be found secondhand at all, the price was insane. But luckily Kinoko Juice eventually opened an Etsy shop, which made their dolls much easier to aquire. Of course, I couldn't pass up such an opportunity. This Jill is actually a B-grade!
Though I think these dolls have become much more common in recent years, BJDs are still a niche hobby, and as such it fares much worse when it comes to information decay. Language barriers, and the death of many forums, and the size of the companies (or lack of size) makes information about them harder to find the older and less "important" it is. I'm very interested in the less important aspects of things, so whatever crumbs I find, I'll put here.
Most companies or individual artists that produce BJD don't have any sort of physical store, so aside from the occasional doll event, you pretty much can't learn anything about them that isn't explained on their websites. It's hard to even know exactly how many people are working for a company, and how many dolls they're actually selling. Social media has changed this a little, but not much. So finding information about the people behind the dolls, or their creative process, is really a special treat.
LUTS is really well-established at this point. Here is most of the relevant information. I think a common, very important question that comes up quite often regarding LUTS is how LUTS is even pronounced. If it's written like Luts, obviously it rhymes with "puts", right? Wrong. LUTS is actually an acronym for Loyalty, Utility, Trust and Service, pronounced loots. I think that's kind of cute. It seems this information is currently only available in the guide booklet.
Kinoko Juice キノコジュース
Kiki and Jill can't sit down all the way, but Kinoko Juice is without a doubt my favorite doll maker. Kinoko Juice is a duo comprising Kame and Codi. I'm unsure of their relation but they've been creating dolls together for a long time. I believe Codi makes all of the dolls by himself, so up until they opened their own online store, Kinoko Juice dolls could only be obtained via online auction and special events! But it's still a small operation, and you usually can't preorder your choice of basic doll and wait a few months for it to be delivered, which is typical of doll companies. What they have available is what they have available and you can pick from that.
Kinoko Juice puts a lot of effort and care into packaging the dolls cutely. I think postcards are quite common, but I've never received a keychain before!