The Ball Jointed Dolls - BJD



Newcomers for adults, these resin dolls created in the early 1990s by the Volks company can be collected and customized. Their name comes from the attachement system of their limbs. They are connected by elastics (spherical joints), a creation of french origin ! First exclusively sculpted and produced in Japan, they have been exported since the 2000s to China, Korea, the United States and Europe via the Internet and international resellers. In recent years, more and more BJD creators/sculptors have been found in each country, to the delight of original doll lovers.



In France we find a number of BJD artists who delight us with rare and elegant models. These dolls are a real medium of creation, imagination and can be customized infinitely according to each person’s desires and universes. They are often true marvels of work, meticulousness, inventiveness and it is impossible not to have your favourite!


Initially, the BJD are dolls representing the human being.

Human BJD exist in several sizes that vary from less than 10 cm to more than 80 cm.

  • Super Dollfie (SD) : About 60 cm, 1/3 scale.
  • Mini Super Dollfie (MSD) : About 42 cm, 1/4 scale.
  • Young Super Dollfie (YoSD) : About 27 cm, 1/6 scale.
  • Tiny : About 16 cm, 1/12 scale.

However, there are BJD much larger (90 cm) and also much smaller (2cm)!

Over time, the creators imagination, the users envy, they have declined into very varied forms: human, imaginary creatures, animals…

The animal BJD/ creatures/ pet (pet), is a very specific category of dolls, because they have from dolls only the name.

These imaginary creatures or «familiar» animals reveal a new aspect of the BJD collection that touches on the fantastic.

For more detail about these category: HERE


The BJD personalization is done by choosing the eyes, wig (wig), makeup (make-up), clothes and accessories (outfit). This can be done by the creator, by the owner or in commission by a third person. Clothing and jewellery dress the character, and by the possible modifications in the mass that can be made by adding (polymer clay to make horns, elven ears, etc.) or by removing (engraving, opening of eyes, etc.). There are so many possibilities, the hardest thing will be to decide!


WARNING, Today there is a real black spot in the BJD universe. These precious objects are now the target of counterfeiters. These malicious people steal the artists creations to make illegal copies that are sold at discount prices on the internet not without consequences. This activity kills BJD creators. To learn more visit our article about RECAST.

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You can support creators by adopting an original BJD.

There are many official reseller shops around the world. You can also buy directly from designers.

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