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  • Paperback: 142 pages
  • Publisher: The Fashion Doll Review (22 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983681600
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983681601
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.9 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Alison Rasmussen is the founding editor of The Fashion Doll Review. She is a happily married mother of four, residing in sunny southern California. In addition to her love of dolls and cats, she has an obsession with unusual hair colors.


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Excellent book for beginners to BJD. Lots of info of companies to look at and info on looking after your doll. Photos very good and generally very easy to read and refer to. I know I will be go back again and again for information.
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Have been looking for an "Idiot's Guide" to BJDs for a while. This covers a lot of aspects well, but is full of product placement. Can understand how that might happen, but readers need to be aware that there are other brands available. Having said that a good start to what I hope will be future coverage of the subject of BJDs - the best I have found so far. The presentation and quality of photos is very good.
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After reading this I felt confident enough not only to buy a BJD but to get into the community.
its only bacis (Beginner) stuff but its enough for anyone :)
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great book, helped me as a beginner, would recommend to any one starting up, will also be good for reference
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5.0 out of 5 stars NOT Just for Beginners! 10 Oct. 2011
By Nina Malischev - Published on Amazon.com
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I just ordered and received this book and spent a good two hours perusing it. Having been in "The Hobby" for almost five years now, I could hardly be considered a beginner, but I LOVED this book! If you collect Asian BJDs you know that there are very few books about them available, so the minute I found this book I ordered it hoping it would be worth the price. It is! It is a big, wonderful, full-color publication with lots of photographs of lovely Peak's Wood dolls (one of the few brands I don't own...hmmmmm...might have to change that). When I stumbled onto Asian Ball-Jointed Dolls I knew literally nothing about them, and this is the book I wish I had had back then! It gives clear, well-written descriptions of how to do all the important stuff that is so scary when you first get one of these naked, bald, eyeless dolls, including installing eyes and the thing that wigs newbies out the most- the dreaded RE-STRINGING! (actually not that hard, especially with this book nearby as a resource). The photos the author uses to illustrate her how-to-do section are excellent and would be extremely helpful for not only the new doll owner, but also for picking up hints and suggestions you may not have thought of. It also includes a handy guide to BJD Forum Etiquette, since much of the life of BJDs takes place in international online web forums. It is a great resource for doll companies, accessories, etc. AND if even includes a couple of free patterns.
If you are a newbie to BJDs this book is a MUST for you! If you have been around for a few years, you will still enjoy reading the fun and entertaining text and looking at the gorgeous dolls. And if you have a friend or relative who collects these dolls, I can guarantee she or he would live to find it wrapped up under the Christmas tree!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is great. 30 April 2013
By Shannon - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been collecting Pullip dolls for years now. I have recently wanted to collect some of the more realistic BJDs. (Ball jointed dolls) This book is a MUST have for someone such as myself. I didn't know where to look and Alison said, "give me your hand you lost little soul... I will find you the perfect doll." She lists all manner of sites to look at, tells you how to care for your doll, all the lingo that is important to know and also how to not get caught up in a scam. After all, these are pretty pricey little works of art and where there is money to be stolen, there will be people gross enough to do it. The pictures in the book are fabulous. The only problem with this book is that now I'm more addicted than ever.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST BJD info ! 11 May 2015
By Suzie - Published on Amazon.com
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Probably the BEST book on the market for any information on this wondeful hobby. Resource info, sculpt info, care info, how to info.... its all here! Dont hesitate. Very user friendly too. Love it !
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I needed 13 Sept. 2012
By Kik - Published on Amazon.com
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Well my initial reaction seeing this book was disappointment that it wasn't available digitally for my kindle, but hey, adding a book to the bookshelf looks nice too!

I'm reeeeaaaaaalllllyyyyy new to this hobby and have done heaps of research on my own, but I've gotta say, it's kind of overwhelming and sometimes confusing. Sure this information may be available online in some way or another, but it's really a relief having it all in one place, especially being new. It is pretty thin (although not as thin as another review made me think) but it's not a story book, it's a resource that you can always refer back to, love it! And the price? Come on, for what you pay for dolls and their accessories, this is probably under priced!

The author also writes in a very approachable way. I had found it difficult to find someone to talk to and ask questions about these dolls online (I don't know anyone in the hobby), but after reading this, I feel like I've found someone to answer my questions, so for that I am very grateful!

So all in all, great resource for beginners and beyond, I can see myself referring back to this book over and over in the future, I just hope she does a rewrite every few years or so as the community and market change. Thanks for this book!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beginner to BJD's - found it informative! 15 Jan. 2014
By Jane O'Brien - Published on Amazon.com
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My daughters and I found this book to be well written and organized to help clarify the purchasing of BJD's. It also contains wonderful information on the care and other things associated with these dolls. I would recommend this book for beginning collectors or anyone interested in learning more about this type of doll.
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