Monday, July 21, 2014

New Ai Ball Jointed Dolls from Tuesday Morning

In the last post, I told you about the six Ai Ball Jointed Dolls that I saw at Tuesday Morning while on vacation. Now, I'm finally going to reveal which ones stole my heart and came home with me.

In case you aren't familiar with Ball Jointed Dolls (or BJDs), a BJD is a doll that is articulated with ball and socket joints, and their parts are strung together with strong elastic cord. BJDs are not typically sold in stores, so they are not easy to come by. This usually requires preordering a doll from the manufacturer in Asia, and waiting months for your doll to arrive. BJD's can cost hundreds of dollars too, so it can be quite expensive to acquire one. Tuesday Morning occasionally has a small selection of Ai BJDs in their stores for just $29.99 each, which is a very inexpensive way to add a BJD to your doll collection.

Ai's BJDs are made by Jun Planning, which is the same company that makes Pullip dolls. If you haven't seen my other review about my first two Ai BJDs from Tuesday morning, you can find that here.

Of course, I liked all six dolls, but of them, I decided to buy the two that were the most special to me.
First was Nerine... because I fell in love with her smile! Here is her box. They come in a white storybook style box with embossing and foil lettering.

The box opens like a book and has a magnet hidden inside to keep the cover closed.

Inside the box, there is a clear plastic protective cover to hold everything inside. This cover simply lifts out.

The dolls and accessories are inset in a white satin covered foam cushion.

The doll is held in place with two satin ribbons. Just untie the satin bows to free the doll. I wish all dolls were lovingly packaged like this. :)

She came with a brown polka dot dress with ivory lace trim, a tan jacket with a tiny animal print and ivory lace, a matching lacy bonnet, and her own brown teddy bear.

Hmmm... she thinks the jacket is a bit too bulky for the summer, and maybe Teddy could wear it. I think it would look cute on a little dress form in her room.

She also came with these adorable little brown boots with silver buckles.

She has blond hair with ringlets and blue eyes. As with other BJD's, her wig and eyes can be changed. The wig can be removed and changed to a different wig. The head cap, which is held securely in place by a magnet, can be removed to adjust the position of her eyes or change them completely. For pictures of how the wig and head cap works, click here to see my first Ai review.

She is jointed at her neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees, and ankles. All of these joints make her very posable, especially for her small size. She only stands about 5 1/2 inches tall. She can hold a pose very well.

Here's a closeup of her little feet. She can stand well on her own, both with shoes and without.

In the next few pictures, she is undressed to better show her joints and posability.

Not many other dolls can pose like a BJD.

The other Ai that was special to me was Lupinus... she was just so different. Here is her box.

Look how sweet... shhh, she's sleeping.

She even comes with a little bed and a rosebud pillow with lace trim. Her bed is like a crochet doily that has been stiffened and formed into a little bassinet basket.

She is wearing a rose print dress with pink bloomers and white lace socks. She came with her own cream colored teddy bear.

She came with a white furry headband that has plaid lining on the inside and red gingham bear ears on the outside.

In the store, I originally thought her hair was brown, but it is actually red.

Here are a few pictures of the two little ones together.

Both of these precious little girls need names, so I'd love to hear your thoughts on ideas for names!

Please leave your name suggestions in the comments below.



  1. I wish we had "Tuesday Morning" even here in europe!
    I love Ai Dolls, but online they're so expensive... this shop sells them at a very low price! you lucky ;)

    1. Dollandstuff, I wish you had a local Tuesday Morning store too. Even when you have a local store, it requires patience and perseverance to find a doll in stock. They don't have them often. I hope you can find a local closeout store similar to TM in Europe that carries them!

  2. Aww...I love them! They're too adorable! I don't own any BJD dolls, but I'd like to get one sometime :) As for name ideas, I like the name Matilda or Annalise for the curly-haired doll and Jenna or Macie for the sleeping doll :)

    ★ Shelby-Grace ★

    1. Thanks for the name suggestions Shelby-Grace! I'll add them to the list. I really like Annalise. I hope you can add a BJD to your collection too. These little dolls are a really affordable way to give em a try.

  3. I'm with dollandstuff, I wish there was a Tuesday Morning store anywhere near me! I also saw your last Ai Doll review, and you've convinced me - I'm just going to have to bite the bullet and buy one online. Your two new girls are so sweet, I hope we see more of them in future posts ^^

    1. Hi Annabelle! If you're looking to buy one online, do a search for Ai doll on Amazon. Some of them can be ordered from Amazon for the same price as Tuesday Morning, some just a little more. I hope you find one you love at a great price! :)

  4. Your dolls are adorable! I haven't found any good deals at my local Tuesday Morning in a while, but that's probably better for my wallet. Nerine's bonnet, except for the fabric choice, is the same as the one Jun Planning made for J-Doll Old Church Street.,

    1. Thanks Barb! You really don't see Ai, J-Dolls, Pullips, etc. at Tuesday Morning very often. It seems like you have to grab them when you do because it could be a while before you find any more. You're right, that does look like exactly the same bonnet. J-Doll Old Church's dress is my favorite color! She's beautiful!!!

  5. I had to check out Tuesday Morning after my best friend found a J-Pop doll there. It's a 60 mile drive, but anything for a doll! No J-Pops at my store but 6 different Ai dolls! I got Cosmos and Kangaroo Paw. A couple weeks later, I went back. Two were gone, but I got the last two, Leucocoryne and Lawn Daisy. They are quite the troop! I haven't changed their eyes yet - that slightly cross-eyed look makes me laugh. They make the best tiny playmates/little sisters/pests to all the other dolls in the house. :)

    I don't have any of the approved forms of identification here, but I'm known as "Linda in PA" on the Ellowyne's Ennui board.

    1. Hi Linda in PA!!! I have found J-Dolls at Tuesday Morning a few times too. J-Dolls are made by Jun Planning, the same company that makes Ai dolls and Pullips. I'm so glad that you were able to add 4 little Ai's to your doll family!!! :)


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