What happens, however, when you are swept away by the unusual or unique, or heaven forbid, even funny-looking face? I recently came across a photo in Flickr of Leeke World's Florence. She's 40 cm (about 15.75") tall, takes 20mm eyes (other BJDs in this size often wear 12-14mm), and wears an 11" wig (other BJDs this size wear a 7-8" wig).
But really, when it comes to spending my hard-earned money on a doll, what can be said about this sculpt in particular? It scares me, I have to say, to confess how passionate I feel about her. Why? What makes her so special to me? I've never even seen her in real life. But seeing owner photos is actually what drew her to me in the first place. I adore her.
I hate to sound crazy, but it feels like love at first sight. There is just something about a particular sculpt that awakens a feeling in me that says, "Take her home. She needs your help." More than that: "Think of what you could do for her." It's that "sucker" sticker that's stapled somewhere inside my soul that all the neighborhood stray cats (and kids, for that matter) can see. Maybe I should have chosen another sort of tinkering hobby? Working on cars? That might have paid off in the end! Maybe this one will, too--eventually.
What about you? How do you decide you like a doll? Do you have a chance to decide? Have you ever fallen in love with one? Has it ever surprised you?
Does your wish list outstrip your budget by leaps and bounds, or do you limit it? Is it frustrating for you to have a giant wish list and not enough funds to cover it, or do you find enjoying other people's photos and imagining those dolls in your collection part of the joy of collecting?
The bottom line, I'm asking, "Are you as weird as I am?"
Photos property of Leeke World.