Thursday, March 29

The African American Queen

I got a long-awaited Little Sister yesterday!

No, not that kind of Little Sister!

Momma ordered a dark tan BonBon (CAUTION: doll nudity!) more than a year ago, but some of life's mysteries got in the way so she didn't arrive until now.

BonBon and (and her sister Coco) are full-figured tinies by The Sleeping Elf Ltd. They have a mature body and face and are less than six inches tall. Their bodies are identical, but their face sculpts are different.

BonBon has a strong jawline, and dimples (like my Big Sister!), and Coco's features are of African descent and an oval-shaped face. Both are known as ball-jointed dolls.

A BJD is any doll that is articulated with ball and socket joints. It usually refers to modern Asian ball-jointed dolls cast in polyurethane synthetic resin (a hard, dense plastic) and the parts strung together with a thick elastic. They are predominantly produced in Japan, South Korea and China.

The BJD style has been described as both realistic and influenced by anime. They commonly range in size from about 24 inches for the larger dolls, 16 inches for the mini dolls, and all the way down to four inches or so for the tiniest of the tiny BJDs.

BJDs are primarily intended for adult collectors and customizers. They are easy to customize by painting, changing the eyes and wig, and so forth.

I sure hope Coco can come live with us someday, too.

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