This event was held on 29 December last year at the YMCA. My friend, Alanna, was one of the organiser and I went along to take a look. I got to know Alanna through a video interview for a commissioned project on cosplay in Singapore. She is very passionate about Japanese culture, cosplay and now, ball-jointed dolls.Ball-jointed dolls (BJDs) are resin dolls cast from moulds. Each of the BJD’s parts are strung up by elastic and are given ball-joints so as to enable the dolls to exhibit a plethora of poses. Highly customizable right down to their make-up (or faceup), the dolls come in a variety of sizes from 60cm and up to as small as 30cm and below.
The purpose of the event was for BJD enthusiasts to showcase their handiworks as well as to provide a platform for them to interact.
There was also an on-site photography competition as well as an on-site lucky draw that offered a spanking new ball-jointed doll to the lucky winner. These activities drew some 280 visitors to the event.
The response was way better than what the organisers had expected. As the YMCA function room was only able to host approximately 100 pax at any one time, Alanna told me they had to do the “LV store thing” where people have to queue outside, and only gets to enter when someone leaves.
Latest J-pop boy band
this wafer thin doll looks a bit like Taiwanese singer, Cyndi Wang
The dolls were the central attractions, not the humans!
Help! I am balding!
this one holds a giant fan
I like this doll’s costume and arrangement
Watch the bleach!
Friendly stall owners
there’s something scary about this composition
Don’t worry, they don’t bite!
the mini ones
Crown me please!
A sizable crowd
Entries for the photography competition