Tuesday, September 27, 2011

An introduction to Amelia Thimble

Amelia Thimble in Sew Enchanting
Meet Amelia Thimble, introduced at the Tonner Convention, and now available for purchase. She's a high quality resin BJD (she's strung, resin, wigged, with changeable eyes and everything), and she's 4" (about 10.2 cm) tall.

This puts her right between Real Puki (9.5 cm) and Puki Puki (11 cm) size (in Fairyland terms) or close to a LaTi White basic size (9.8 cm), making her a truly tiny BJD. This means that BJD collectors may have additional clothing and accessories to choose from--assuming her body measures in the same realm as these dolls.

First, Amelia is available as a basic doll. $145 will get you the basic version, with a smiling face, a dress, bloomers, shoes, wig, and a face-up, of sorts. Unfortunately, I'm seeing pencil lines on the sculpt in the close-up photos, which is really too bad. (My complaint--check out her upper lip in the close-up photo.) However, I highly recommend face-ups by Leah Lilly of Froggy Duds and Beesou of Overnight Flight. They can fix up your BJD to be just perfect. Additionally, she doesn't have applied eyelashes, which even at 4" adds to any BJD.

The basic Amelia scheduled to ship on September 30. She appears to be an open edition.
Basic Amelia Thimble

Spend a little extra, and you can get the limited edition, Cute as a Button, for $160. She's limited to 300 dolls, and also includes an outfit. Still, the same issues appear with the face painting.

Several outfit sets are available, and they are darling. Sweet Notions is a set of three different outfits for $80, limited to 250 pieces. My favorite outfit set is Sew Enchanting, which includes a little doll for Amelia, also limited to 250 and $65 retail. The Sprinkled with Love Baking set would be a perfect gift for a friend and fellow blogger of mine, Kathie. It's just adorable, and includes the little accessories shown for just $45.

Amelia also has some pretty cool accessories:

Rags, Amelia's puppy, is $39, and includes her own pillow and food bowl.

A Carry-All bag costs $60, but won't ship till the end of October. It's super-cute, though, and looks like a purse.

Two furniture sets, Buttons & Bows, allows her to set up her own bedroom ($85) and dining area ($60).

Price comparison wise--she's a decent price, even if you paid an additional $50-80 for a face-up for her. Puki Puki, which are currently sold out, $197 for a nude basic doll. It's an additional $28 for a face-up from Fairyland. A full-set doll, which would include the outfit, eyes and wig, costs around $295, and usually requires a significant waiting period. If we look at the 11 cm size, Real Puki, we can see full-set dolls (with face-up, eyes, wigs, and outfits) also run around $295 and $188 for a basic.

Lati White runs about $145 for a doll without a wig or outfit, but including the doll and the face-up and eyes. Their waiting period can run from six weeks to six months.

Several things to consider, however: Amelia Thimble will almost certainly be off-topic on Den of Angels, as she will be an "American" sculpt. This shouldn't persuade you from buying a doll you like, by the way, nor should it discourage you from considering it a ball-jointed doll. If it's strung, made of resin, and has changeable eyes and wigs, it's technically a BJD.

Additionally, since Wilde Imagination is offering this BJD with a face-up, wig, eyes and outfit, and she's smiling and cute, this might be a great introductory doll for new ball-jointed doll collectors. She might be perfect--her joints look really nice, even if her face-up looks a little like Mini Mood. My fear, however, is that she might not be engineered properly. What if she's kicky, or her elastic is too thick or thin, and she won't stand on her own? What if her wig falls off? (If it does, check out my other blog, BJDs for Beginners.) I would hate to see this doll cloud new BJD owners view of BJDs forever.

I may end up buying one--she's a bargain after all--and sending her for a new face-up. If you spend a lot of money on resin, you want a high quality face-up after all. But even still--the price tag is really reasonable. Wilde Imagination is a reputable doll company, too: you wouldn't have to wait six months and send your money overseas, hoping that some one you've never heard of will make your doll by hand for you. This is a low-risk BJD investment. And really, quite affordable.

Maybe my friend Carolyn will buy one. I hope so!

Lots of great photos and more information about Amelia Thimble can be found in this story about her in the October 2011 issue of the Doll Reader. It's a PDF file, so give it some time to load.


  1. The concept is interesting but she looks like a small plastic doll that has been cast in resin and that's what worries me about her articulation. After all, Evangeline is supposed to be a BJD but the vinyl version of her is little more than a doll with limited movement.


  2. Ariss, I thought so at first, too. But if you looks closely at her arms and legs, in Tonner's photos, I think it looks like she has decent articulation. I wouldn't mind seeing a nude body up there, however, which show each of the 12 articulated joints.

    I'm noticing that they do seem to able to hold a pose--like the wrist. That could mean a) it's strung correctly or b) it's a mechanical joint. ;)

  3. Hi! Just wanted to say that she actually is on topic in Den of Angels and there is already a thread started for her in the Tiny section. She's also on topic on Zone of Zen. :)

    As far as to the face painting, I have the convention doll and her face-up is just fine. Not sure why these new dolls don't show the same level of attention. I also think you're right about the price. It's good for a bjd her size and she poses well, too. Much better than my vinyl Evangeline, for instance. And she isn't kicky like my Naripon. I do think the fashions and accessories prices are a tad high. Hard for me to want to pay almost $40 just for a little resin non-jointed dog, dish and cushion. But the doll herself is very sweet and worth it!

  4. Thanks for your comments, Susun. And-wow--I'm thrilled to hear she's on topic at both ZoZ and DoA. That's terrific!

    I'd love to see some photos of the Event doll--do you have a Flickr account? And is she your first BJD or have you had several, in addition to the vinyl Evangeline?

    If Evangeline's legs are strung (you can pull the leg and see elastic), you might be able to suede them to help her kickiness. I don't have any Evangelines, but I love their look. I keep meaning to try this on a friend's doll, but she hesitates.

    Here's a little tutorial about what sueding is and how to do it, if you're not familiar: How to suede your BJD.

  5. Hi Alison! I don't have a flickr account, but I have posted several pics on the Resin Cafe board, if you're familiar with it. They have an Amelia thread, too, under the YOSD section. I've also posted a few in the Amelia thread on DOA, including one just recently of her riding her Rody horse. She's not my only bjd - I have a number of them now, but most are tiny dolls.

    Thank you for the info on sueding! A couple of my dolls could certainly benefit it.


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