Sunday, February 16, 2014

J-Doll and Little Dal at Tuesday Morning

Some Tuesday Morning's are now carrying an assortment of the Japanese dolls, J-Doll (1:6 scale) for $19.99 and Little Dal (1:12 scale) for $9.99. So, if you ever wanted to try an imported doll for 60% off retail, now's your chance. Here are a few of the ones I found:




I got this one! I just thought he looked like a bad a$$.

Stylin'

Profilin'

And here are the J-Dolls:




I wanted the last one, but she was busted in each version I saw of her.


I went to 4 stores trying to find a good one. Her hand was either gone, cracked or had a fracture going up her wrists. You can find her at Amazon, but I would be scared to order one now and I certainly don't want to pay full price. But, in searching all over for her, I found this awesome one instead and she was in perfect condition!

Love her! This is so my style - well, if I was half my size
and half my age, this would be my style.


Their heads are twist and turn only, no up or down motion. That sorta bothers me, but not by much because I don't view her as a "play" doll, but more as a "collectible." They also have glued on wigs instead of rooting.

The metal pole in her stand is adjustable, but it's wobbly.

Back of the dress has 2 single stitches to gather it.
 
The bolts are in her back and waist, but not legs.

The black band is actually a bra but I think it works as a belt.

Vest closes with a hook.

Bolero jacket

Bag has a snap closure and leg warmers are kinda crunchy.


Her shoes do not have a slit in the back, and because of this, I will never try to put them on her because I think her articulated feet would snap and fall off if I tried to remove them. She can wear Barbie/Monster boots and high ankle pumps.

In her sensible undies

Even though she was plastic wrapped, she still got stained.

Her articulation lets her sit really nicely.


She compares well to other dolls, however, her wrists don't turn and her elbows only bend one way so there are some hand movements that she cant achieve. Basically, if she's sitting, her hands will always be palm up.

Surprisingly her outfit can be worn by a Barbie body.
On a Monster, not so much.


Because of her stature, she can wear a variety of clothing. The hoochier the Barbie wear, the better it fits her. Liv clothes are pretty loose on her, but many Bratz tops are a good fit.

My final impression of this doll is that she is exceedingly fragile. Her joints are tight, which is a good thing, but the material of her plastic body is quite lightweight. She has to be handled carefully or she will fracture easily. Her clothes, however, are top notch! Such high quality and very well made. Would I buy another J-Doll? Probably not, but only because I don't think the quality of the body is worth paying $20 for. If they were $10, my goodness, I'd buy every single one just for the clothes alone! I do doubt these will make it to prices that low because there is something quite charming about them and I think they will sell quickly. And, like Big Lots, Tuesday Morning doesn't restock. They sell out a shipment and that's it. So, if you want one, I'd get one now.

I'm glad I got mine!

46 comments:

  1. Oh man, I love that mini Dal with the blue hair! I wish there was a Tues. Morning closer than a two hour round trip drive!

    The J-Dolls are actually on Pullip bodies, and a couple of different kinds, at that. The ones with the hinge wrists are apparently type 3, and there are some with type 4 bodies that have nicer rotating wrists. I only have hinge-wrist ones (I actually have the redhead with the ringlet curls from your pics!), but for $20 they're pretty nice collectable dolls. It's getting harder to find them from what I've heard, too. I love the one you got, but yeah.. I'd be scared of those boots, too.

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    1. Presto, all the other J-Dolls had their wrists covered so I wasn't even about to try to get those in case they were damaged, so I don't know if they had different body types. Since I found these, I've been looking at the ones on Amazon. There are so many cools ones with really wonderful clothes.

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    2. They really have some amazing fashions, don't they? I also have Crescent Road, and she has the most adorable shoes.. I think they're called rocking horse shoes? The clothing is really well made for the $20 price on the two I have! Modern Skipper-size doll clothes fit them pretty well, too. I found a Wizards of Waverly Place doll at Ross awhile back, and her outfit looks pretty snazzy on Crescent. Finding good pants is a little challenging, though!

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    3. Presto, I'm finding that those Barbie/Monster tight pants with the elastic waists are a good fit. I'll keep an eye out for more teen-ish type styles.

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  2. I have seen the J Dolls at my Tuesday Morning, however I have not seen the one that you actually purchased. It is good to know that the clothes fit Barbie. Thanks for a great review.

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    1. Georgia Girl, not all of the stores I went to were carrying the same stock and one didn't have any J-Dolls or Dals at all. I was lucky to find this single version at one of them and in such good shape.

      I bet not all of the J-Doll clothing will fit a Barbie, but this dress in particular is nice and roomy.

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  3. Wish I had a Tuesday Morning around. Been on a hunt mission for a decent-priced J-doll for a while.
    I'm sure you know the acne cream trick to get rid of staining, so that part shouldn't be too bothersome. Though I've never even heard of clothes staining through plastic O_o
    Anyway, great finds!

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    1. Hi, Kat! I see a lot of the J-Dolls on Amazon, but you are right about finding decent prices. Given the bodies I'd also want to see them in person so make sure it was in good condition.

      I probably wont even try to remove that stain, but yeah, that was weird that it went through the plastic. Or maybe, it was there to begin with and they covered it with plastic to make sure it didn't happen more. Who knows?

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  4. Hi Muff! Your shopping cool, I have much you liked your new dolls. I find great clothes at your convenience Barbie. Enjoy them. a kiss

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    1. Hola, Karmen and thanks so much for stopping by. Their clothes really are great.

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  5. Hello from Spain: I like JDoll collection. I did not know. Nice clothes and accessories. I like the color of the eyes. Grear purchase, as usual. Keep in touch.

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    1. Thanks, Marta! I actually prefer brown eyes, but I do see that they match the eyes to the color of the outfit.

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  6. GRan compra¡¡¡¡ ambas son espectaculares¡ y me encanta la descripción que nos has hecho¡ un saludo y un beso
    sarai

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    1. Hola, Sarai! Muchas gracias por venir. Una espalda beso.

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  7. Your little Dal's SWAT hat is adorable! I like J-Dolls, I think they're very special. I didn't know they could wear so much outfits from other dolls. I would be careful with the boots too, it's very well possible the fragile joints would be broken or something. Nice purchases!

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    1. Thanks, Nymphaea! I'll admit that the little SWAT hat is the major reason I got him. My 1:6 dolls can wear the hat as well.

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  8. Oh dear...I wanted J-doll so much, and still have a soft spot for her. Love those with grey hair, theu look really nice and subtle. Wish we got them for that price (har, har, v unlikely) so I could buy few of them.
    Is it possible to put barbie's head on this body? The neck seems to be a tad thin...

    Good find :)

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    1. Major, putting a Barbie head on might be a risk. I checked on Flickr and to take off a JDoll head is quite the process; remove the screws, pry off the wig, use exacto to pry open the head to get to the knob. Don't know that I would risk it with me having only one body.

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    2. oh, no, I wouldnt encourage you to try it- just wanted to know if neck is errr, fat? Big? Is the right size for Barbie head. You know, visually. Dont mind my silly ideas :) I totally forgot they have those wigs- it makes job more difficult. Pity, cause they would make a nice teen body or body for my asian barbies. I know, I can always get obitsu, just need to check which colours are right.

      Muff, if you want to get a nice (well, nice enough) cheap body try articulated Steffie from Simba. They got some neat ideas this year, Super Models are also interesting...

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    3. Major, the JDoll neck doesn't seem that much smaller than a Barbie one to me. It's more stylized in its shape than a Barbie, but I think it could work. Probably work better on a teen body maybe.

      Thanks for the Steffie info!

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  9. Hi Muff! Thanks for sharing this information. I've heard of the Jun Planning dolls, J-Dolls and Dal, but I had not seen them featured as you have done. That's cool that those fashions can fit Barbie. Pity that they are not an easy replacement body for Barbie heads though. They would have offered a different height.

    I'm not fond of inset eyes - outside of my childhood Chrissy, Kerry, Mia, Hasrbo Aimee, and Baby Pumpkin dolls, but the J-Dolls look cute. Pity about the broken ones. I would have liked the ones you cited - the tawny-reddish haired one wearing navy-white stripes and the doll you bought.

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    1. D7ana, I doubt if all J-doll clothing will fit Barbie - they'd have to be loose like the dress my girl is wearing.

      The inset eyes don't faze me, I'm just not partial to blue or green eyes. I like them brown or grey. I'm really, really thinking about going back and getting the sailor girl, fractured arm and all. I've been searching Amazon for one with brown eyes, but the few with clothes I like were all blue eyed. It might be worth it to me to get the sailor and put her head on a Barbie body should her arm fall off. Hmm.

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  10. So cheap J dolls! i envy you a lot, three years ago in Japan I have seen them for about 60 usd. I really wanted one but couldn't afford it after I spent most of my money for doll clothes. In such moments I regret so much that I don't live in US.
    You bought the most interesting, her dress is so great!

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    1. Hi, Jewel Snake! I bet it was great seeing them "live" in Japan, but I can imagine they were costly there.

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  11. These are interesting dolls. It's too bad about the flawed feet on so many. I am glad you were able to find one without damaged feet.

    I have seen that staining on an Integrity doll which seeped through plastic as well. Since it will be covered by clothing, I probably would not bother trying to remove it. I might think twice about using the original clothing to prevent additional staining.

    Do you plan to cut a slit in the back of the boots or will you use them for another doll?

    dbg

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    1. Debbie, even with the flaws and flimsy joints, the dolls really are rather captivating. I did take off the shorts she was wearing so she wouldn't stain any further but yeah, I'm not going to try to get rid of the current staining. Not like she's going to be walking around nekkid all day.

      No, I'm leaving her boots alone and not slitting them because they fit Barbie feet perfectly.

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  12. Oh, congrats on your J-doll! Fragile but beautiful.

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    1. Hi, TM and thank you! I'm really happy to have her as part of my collection.

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  13. In addition to what Presto said, type 4 bodies have heads that can move up and down. I've reviewed a few J-Dolls on my own blog.

    I wish I could find some J-Dolls at the Tuesday Morning by me. I don't know if scalpers get there before me or what.

    http://mylittledollcorner.blogspot.com/

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    1. Barb, thanks so much for your comment and the link to your blog so I can see your J-Doll posts! You take some great detailed photos that show the cloths really close up. Thanks again!

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  14. Let me just say WOW Muff you came up girl! I'm seriously thinking of moving to your town just so we can be shopping buddies(*o*) you always find the best stuff!!

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    1. LOL, thanks Tinisha! I keep my eyes open, that's for sure. Don't want to miss a good bargin.

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  15. I was just in there 2 weeks ago and didn't see these dolls but the had their version of the basic dolls. You picked some really nice ones.

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    1. Hiya, Brini! I don't think all TM's are carrying them yet because one of them didn't have any JDoll or Dal.

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  16. I do like the clothes not the doll tho, just a tad bit creepy to me.Dont need this chick to be casting no spell on me when im sleep. lol My Tuesday Morning didnt have any just a bunch of Career Barbie's.

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    1. Jay, they are creepy! Now that you say that, I think that's why I find them so appealing and mesmerizing.

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  17. Hola, las J-doll me gustaron mucho, espero conseguir una pronto, gracias hacer las comparaciones:-):-):-), cuidate mucho. Hasta pronto.

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    1. Lindaivette, espero que usted será capaz de encontrar uno en su país. Realmente son una maravilla para la vista.

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  18. Hey Muff! Long time reader, first time commenter. I managed to pick up one of the sailor x-124 girls with a fully functioning left hand. No cracks, no breaks. I would be leery about picking up one of these dolls online because, as you mentioned, the other five dolls at my local TM had broken or missing left hands. As for the doll, I am quite pleased. She has very soft manageable hair and a very well crafted outfit. It is a little tough to fit the jacket over her poofy sleeved blouse (especially when you are concerned about snapping off a hand) and the shoes only fit with the socks that are provided. And the duffle bag. Oh, the duffle bag. A fully functioning mini zipper and side pockets. It is totally cool. If you can talk the shop keeper into selling you a broken doll for a discounted price, I highly recommend it for the outfit and duffle bag alone. I also picked up one of the dolls you did but have yet to de-box her. I am curious to see if the staining your doll has is the exception or the rule.

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    1. Welcome, Jason and what an excellent review! I was so enamored with the sailor doll that I drove an hour out of my way to find her and she was still fractured in each version! I couldn't stand it and bought her anyway. I didn't think to ask for a discount since it was just a hairline fracture going up her wrist. Once I got her home I opened her immediately and made sure her wrists were okay. I was trying her jacket on her and changed her clothes a couple of times, being VERY VERY gentle with her and then Iooked down and her hand was hanging off! OMG, I was all, "Nooooooo!" I superglued that thing back on, lol, good as new.

      Even with her now obvious super glue fix, I still love her. Now she just has a sexy scarred defect. I can live with it. Now if her arm should fall off entirely, then I'll see about putting her on another body.

      Thanks so much for your comment, I really appreciate it!

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  19. Great review. I saw one of the J-Dolls at my local TM, but it was the first one you showed and I wasn't too fond of her outfit. I do like a few of the others you showed. With them being so fragile, I'm not sure that I will buy one. Well maybe one, if it's the right outfit.

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    1. Vanessa, the J-Doll clothes are a hit and a miss. I know they are based on Japanese street fashion so some outfits can be out there while others are spectacular. I have been trying unsuccessfully to find a super duper cheap one in clothes that I like so that if the body is all messed up at least I'll have a cool outfit for my one good doll and another doll to experiment on. There are a bunch at Amazon so hopefully I'll catch one on deep discount that also takes Prime.

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  20. I think it's a good thing there isn't one of these shows coming to town, I would absolutely lose my mind! great finds!

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    1. Hi Valsays and thanks for stopping by!

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  21. I got one of these doll "new" from the dollpage. When I took her shoes off, a piece of the ankle joint came off. The ankle still stay on but I am careful with her. I thought she was about the size of Momoko but she is smaller! Mine is very pale with blue hair and I don't hold out hopes for finding her another body anytime soon. There is something haunting about the face and eyes! Yes, she is a collectable doll and not a play doll.

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    1. I agree about the haunting quality of J-Dolls, Ms. Leo. I do keep checking the prices on Amazon, but so far none have lowered enough for me to risk receiving a doll that in all likelihood will come broken as you have found.

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