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BJD Dream Valley Mia fullset unboxing + thoughts on BJDsBJD Dream Valley Mia fullset unboxing + thoughts on BJDsLoot

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This is my first article on MFC, and it's not really figure-related, but I've seen some other posts on BJDs here so I thought I'd go for it. It's not a review, but I do have some thoughts on this (very expensive) purchase. I also thought that this might be helpful for people who are looking for user pictures of this specific sculpt + set of clothes, since for the first few months after ordering her, I couldn't find any, and they're still few and far between. She's discontinued now, but it still might be useful to someone. Company photos, as well as the price breakdown, can be found here.
I placed an order for her on 9/9/2019 and received her on 5/23/20. She actually shipped in late April via EMS from China, so I guess she was stuck in shipping limbo for a month thanks to the virus. (On the other hand, I have an EMS package from Japan that shipped on April 7th and hasn't updated since, so it honestly could be worse.) This sort of wait time seems reasonable from a figure-collecting standpoint, but the company's website said that it would take 25-50 working days for them to ship, and I naively believed them until I checked the thread about them on Den of Angels and found out that I could expect to wait at least 6 months. Haha. Anyway, I ordered through ACBJD (a dealer for Dream Valley) since they had a promotion at the time. I got a $25 wig for $1 as well as free EMS shipping out of that. Dream Valley itself also had a promotion where if my order reached a certain amount of money, I'd get a small fox thing for free. As a result, I went all-out with the add-ons to bump my order over that amount of money. For example, if you look at the company website, you'll see that the red diamond-shaped paint on her forehead cost $20. I wouldn't have gone for it otherwise, but hey, freebies. Altogether, my order came to about $555 because ACBJD hit me with an unexpected 3.9% PayPal fee. I'm normally a fairly stingy person, so once I realized what I did to my checking account, I realized that I should probably stop buying things for a bit.

Pictures!
https://i.ibb.co/6ZJDcHT/20200528-165653.jpg
Inside the outer box (which was kind of banged up and also covered entirely in orange tape for some reason) were two boxes that were both just large enough to hold the boxes that the dolls came in.
https://i.ibb.co/S6kz14y/20200528-165256.jpg
These boxes arrived undamaged.

The larger box was for the 1/4 scale doll. ACBJD also put the other wig I had bought inside this box.
https://i.ibb.co/pWLMWx6/20200523-132831.jpg It came like this under a thin layer of styrofoam.
Nudity under the spoiler tag.
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https://i.ibb.co/4Wd9y9p/20200523-132849.jpg The third arm came already attached to the body. I'm grateful for that, because I know nothing about stringing dolls.
https://i.ibb.co/R9Knvc3/20200523-132942.jpg Another look at the clothes. She came with a hat, undershirt, jacket, panties, shoes, wig, eyes, and eye putty. The dealer also included a white sponge (which I can only assume is for scrubbing stains off the doll, since it stains pretty easily) and extra eye putty. The zippers on the shoes don't actually unzip very far, as far as I know. They also left dark stains on her ankles, which I tried (with no avail) to wipe off, so I decided to stuff some tissue paper into her shoes to prevent the zippers from rubbing against her legs. The body makeup was expensive, after all. On the other hand, I was able to remove the stains that she got from sitting on my desk (which is black in color). I've had paint transfer happen before, but the idea of getting stains on resin from an Ikea desk just seems so farfetched to me.
https://i.ibb.co/hDDD7pQ/20200523-132948.jpg And another image of the naked doll. There's another, smaller piece of the white sponge stuff, and also a keychain/certificate of authenticity. I'll include a picture of that later.
I didn't take any other pictures of the doll without clothes on since I was in a panic trying to make her decent before my family walked in on me, but you get the idea. The body makeup is really detailed. It's also very pink in person, though it's kind of washed out in the photos.

A fairly horrifying image from when I was trying to get the eyes to stay in:
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I handled her with my bare hands as opposed to with gloves on, though I did make sure to wash them first. I've heard that this is inadvisable, since it makes it easier for the sealant to chip off, but I have no idea whether this is something I should be seriously concerned about or if people in the BJD community are just paranoid.


Pictures of the fox (which I think is called Foxy?)
https://i.ibb.co/kxmsWh1/20200523-143432.jpg For some reason, I chose to get him in "normal" skin (for reference, Mia is in "white" skin). He looks kind of weird like that. He also came with eyes and eye putty, but I didn't bother putting them in.
When I opened this box, I was hit with a really strong plasticky smell. As far as I remember, it's different from how my figures smelled when I took them out of the box. It's been a few days, and yet the smell persists within. Mia's box also had that smell, but to a lesser extent.
https://i.ibb.co/2S987Fc/20200523-143539.jpg
https://i.ibb.co/4dZN4Xv/20200523-144149.jpg

I mentioned the keychains earlier. They're surprisingly thick and sturdy.
https://i.ibb.co/5Y9kgdf/20200528-165415.jpg

Pictures of Mia, dressed:
https://i.ibb.co/5cQVRcx/20200528-170357.jpg I've kept her on my desk in this pose, more or less, for the past few days for a couple of reasons. Her wig falls off if you so much as look at it the wrong way, so it's frustrating to try and pose her. I'll probably invest in a silicon head cap once the shipping situation calms down a bit. She also isn't capable of holding as many poses as I had hoped, though this is probably due to her being strung too tightly (based on what I've read). Between the creaking her joints make sometimes when I move her limbs (which is a symptom of being strung too tightly, or so I've heard) and my fear of damaging her faceup or body makeup by just touching her, posing her is not something I see myself doing a lot in the near future. I also wasn't able to get her arms through the jacket sleeves because her thumbs kept getting caught on the lining. Unboxing videos show that people remove their dolls' hands before dressing them, but I'm not sure that I can do that without having to restring her, haha... If anyone is more experienced with this sort of thing, please advise me on this.
https://i.ibb.co/hM5cBj2/20200528-170448.jpg The jacket has a hole in the back to accommodate the third arm, and there are flaps to hide the hole in the case that you're using it on a doll without an arm in that place. I really like the jacket. It's made out of a fabric with a velvety texture, and it has a white lining to prevent staining.
https://i.ibb.co/3sDYTvz/20200528-171027.jpg She can stand on her own if you fiddle around with her legs, which is pretty cool. She tips over easily, though.
https://i.ibb.co/cCWBZgM/20200528-172040.jpg She also comes with a bubblegum bubble. There's a magnet in the pointy end. You stick it into a hole in her lips. I wouldn't recommend displaying her with it for an extended length of time, since the bubble is pretty heavy and the narrow part looks fragile.
https://i.ibb.co/8xMhgMq/20200528-172018.jpg She's really cute!
https://i.ibb.co/47M1hkP/20200528-172013.jpg Her eyes are dark in most pictures, but they're actually blue. Also, if anyone has tips on getting doll hair to not stick up all over the place, I would really appreciate it.
I'll conclude with pictures of her face from several different angles.
https://i.ibb.co/xGPqKYc/20200528-005500.jpg
https://i.ibb.co/qBPJRdp/20200528-005454.jpg
https://i.ibb.co/G957m7t/20200528-005520.jpg

She's really pretty, and I'm happy with her and her three arms, but I am disappointed that she doesn't pose very well out of the box. Although I'm not inherently opposed to the idea of doing maintenance work on her when it's necessary, whether it's on the faceup/makeup or stringing, I was hoping to avoid it because I don't want to buy the materials for it. I guess I'm an outlier for not wanting to do much DIY stuff for my doll (i.e. buying the fullset whereas most people would buy their own clothes and do the faceup themselves/commission someone else to do it), but that's just how my approach to figure collecting has translated to buying other sorts of fancy paperweights. After all, many people on MFC would rather buy prepainted figures than garage kits because there's something nice about getting a completed product.

Please let me know if I messed something up in this article, or if you'd like more pictures!
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6165Hace 1 mes#78411172Snip
Aww, don't worry. Those questions are really only to prevent trolls from signing up. The community there is great. You will definitely be tempted to buy another doll though, so you're right about that lol.

Yes, that's definitely the best place to sell too. I've sold many doll-related things there, there's always a buyer looking for something. I have a feeling your fox would sell in a heartbeat, he's really cute.
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VeneticaHace 1 mes#78410370snip
Thanks for the advice! I didn't realize that there were tools to help with restringing, but now that I've looked into it, it makes the process seem a lot easier.
I'm not on DoA since the application process seems pretty intimidating. I sort of intended to stay out of the community so I wouldn't be tempted to purchase another doll. It does seem like an account would be useful for selling the fox (which I didn't intend to keep), though.
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IskanaHace 1 mes#78358199snip
I don't think the bubble is entirely solid, but I have no way of knowing for sure. The third arm can indeed hold a pencil, albeit weakly.
Thank you for the sealant tip. That sounds a lot easier than attempting to repair the company's faceup haha
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EinnHace 1 mes#78335269snip
Thank you so much for the advice! I tried the plastic bag thing and finally got one arm through! (The jacket is too tight at the shoulders to get the other into the sleeve.) I will look into the other things you suggested.
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kaityleeHace 1 mes#78328611Cute!!
I noticed you talked about a smell, and it reminds me of when I got my first Dollfie Dream. The smell was so different than figures PVC smell, it was so strange to me!
Also I love ACBJD~! I just got a haul of clothes from them and I'm so happy with the quality.

Thanks for the comment! Yeah, I think I might pick up some clothes from ACBJD at some point. My sister asked me why she didn't have any pants lol
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Are you on Den of Angels? You'll find a lot of help for BJDs there, and frequently posted box openings :)

It's been a few years since I've been in the BJD scene, but I can help.

Someone already mentioned hot glue sueding (that's my favorite method, and it isn't permanent like it sounds - also be sure to use a low temp glue gun). For the hands, it's definitely better to remove them before dressing her. Hands on BJDs are meant to be swapped out. If you tug on one you will see that it has an S-hook. Some BJDs have notches, so that you can pull out the S-hook, remove the hand, twist it and rest it in the notches so that it doesn't retract back inside. If it doesn't have this, you can use something temporary to hold the S-hook (like a washer). EDIT: Missed that someone already mentioned this, sorry!

You said you don't want to buy the materials for maintenance for your BJD, but if there's one thing I recommend investing in above all else, it is a pair of hemostats. You can get them for really cheap and they are essential for temporarily holding the string in place. I even use them while I'm hot gluing so that I don't have to take the body apart.

I also definitely recommend a silicone wig cap, as you've mentioned. In addition to keeping the wig in place, they also prevent staining from the wig.

Anyway very pretty girl...love her body blushing :)
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Oh, she looks neat. I like the extra bumbblegum bubble. Pity it's so heavy. Is it hollow, or just a ball of resin?
She has a very cute, and gentle face. And that third arm is pretty cute/cool too, could imagine it holding a pencil for some reason.

I think, if you're really worried about chipping, or hand stuff coming onto the doll, to just add another layer of sealant. The body seems mostly protected though anyway, through the clothing. For the face... maybe? If you intend to touch it often, it could be an ok option, but the problem would be the eyelashes, since they'd have to be removed, so wouldn't recommend unless you know how to fix those back in place.

I recently got an order from ACBJD, though I got free DHL-shipping, sent on the 8th, arrived on the 12th.
Guess you got EMS because they hadn't established the new-shipping procedure yet. But it's good it at least arrived unscathed.

The paypal fee is annoying, I went with a layaway, and when that turned up on the excel file, I was a little miffed. I get why it's there, but still. At least I got a bunch of free/cheap stuff. (I got the Kazari Kittens, W&B, and some free pets from the doll manufacturer. LS)

Personally I kinda like seeing BJD articles here, IDK, but it fits, and I kinda like seeing the reaction from the figure community to BJD's. And they're rare enough to not really disturb anything. Been thinking posting my own order, but Idk yet.
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Dream Valley has some very nice and interesting designs! Grats on the cute dolls. I really like her face-up!

Resin smell will fade in due time, I don't personally notice it after the first week provided the doll and box have gotten to be out in the open air. Sometimes it really can be quite strong though. > <

Fingers stuck on lining while clothing - If you can, put some bubble wrap/cloth/plastic baggies around the hands (with or without tape, if it stays on) and try to put on the coat that way. Sometimes though you might actually have to remove the hands depending on the doll, and people get a bit creative with how they keep the S-hook in place (example by LaurieESW).

Posing a BJD can definitely be frustrating. A lot of dolls do need some maintenance so they play nice. Sometimes it's the stringing, sometimes no matter how you string it's just the engineerings fault or certain parts are just too heavy. You can help posing by putting silicone pads (buyable in bjd shops), suede or hot glue at the joint areas (plenty videos on it). If you want a standing pose I'd always recommend getting a doll stand (I prefer saddle style ones over waist-grips, personally).

For wigs, companies like Volks have Wig Mist/Spray and Wig Wax/Cream (usually used on tips or bangs or shorter hair). I use both on some very long wigs to keep them in check. Volks even has shampoo/conditioner (this I don't own/haven't tried). A quickfix for the wig staying on you could try to put some tape Velcro on the head to prevent as much movement.
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kaitylee Kawaii Mistress
Cute!!
I noticed you talked about a smell, and it reminds me of when I got my first Dollfie Dream. The smell was so different than figures PVC smell, it was so strange to me!

Also I love ACBJD~! I just got a haul of clothes from them and I'm so happy with the quality.
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