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.
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.
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.
It came like this under a thin layer of styrofoam.
Nudity under the spoiler tag.
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The third arm came already attached to the body. I'm grateful for that, because I know nothing about stringing dolls.
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.
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?)
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.
I mentioned the keychains earlier. They're surprisingly thick and sturdy.
Pictures of Mia, dressed:
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.
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.
She can stand on her own if you fiddle around with her legs, which is pretty cool. She tips over easily, though.
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.
She's really cute!
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.
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!