What is an Ai Doll? An Ai Doll is a small plastic bjd or ball-jointed doll that was released by Groove. Since they are plastic and not resin they are considered off-topic on Den of Angels. They are slightly less than five inches tall.
My intention had been to buy one and only one Ai Doll for comparison purposes. I was curious about their size and if their adorable clothing would fit my Fairyland Pukipukis or Latidoll Lati Yellows/Fairyland Pukifees. While their clothing was not compatible with my tiny bjds somehow I still ended up with more than one of them…
Ai Dolls come in a white box, the doll is tied down to a satin pillow. They come already fully dressed (so far I have not noticing any staining as a problem though I kind of half anticipated with Gloxinia’s red and black outfit), some releases come with shoes but some don’t. If the doll is an open eye mold they come with what appears to be a small shoe box (can be seen in the above photo, the lid says Ai) but actually contains putty to fix the Ai Doll’s eyes in place. There is a device inside of the opened eyed Ai Doll’s head that holds the eyes where they are, do not remove it unless you plan to putty the eyes in as it is next to impossible to get it back in with eyes looking right.
Comparison with some of my other tiny bjds: Fairyland Pukipuki Flora Wink, Ai Doll Gloxinia, Fairyland Pukifee Mio and Latidoll Lati Yellow Bat Child Lumi. Ai Doll is kind of add size, she’s bigger than a Pukipuki but smaller than a Pukifee so Ai’s clothes don’t really share well with either doll. Her body is most similar to the Lati Yellow body. Posing? Posing tiny bjds can be frustrating in general but Ai didn’t pose as nicely as either of the Fairyland dolls or the Latidoll. As far as price goes Ai Doll is the most reasonably priced considering the fact that they come with a wig, eyes and clothing.
I’m not sure if all Ai Dolls are female or if I just happened to get four releases that happened to be girls but I have only seen them gendered as female even in other people’s owner photos.
Ai Dolls were all released with one of three different face molds, a slightly frowny face mold, a closed eye face mold that appears to be the same as the frowny face mold except for the eyes and a smiley face mold.
I originally intended on not buying a closed eye mold at all as I tend to find closed eye molds pretty limited photography-wise but I had the devilish Gloxinia already and I thought the devout Madonna Lily would make a good foil for her.
Gloxinia was my first Ai Doll, I chose her because I really loved her design and I was curious about her wings. Of course, her wings just snap unto her dress >_< . I was so enthralled with her that I decided to get a second one just for comparison purposes as with one you can never be sure…
I ended up buying Red Poppy as my second Ai Doll as I love clowns/jesters and I already had a the perfect counterpart for her, Sentimental Noon. Red and white jesters seem to be a popular theme for Groove, not only have they released Ai Doll Red Poppy and Dal Sentimental Noon but they also have recently released a matching Pang-ju Pome-Pang (who is now on the top of my wishlist because I love matching dolls).
I think what really attracted me to Ai Dolls is the releases tend to be very creative, the themes chosen for some of the releases are out of this world ranging from everything to a little astronaut girl to a matador. Just in my own small eclectic group I have a devil, a cardinal, a jester and a cowgirl it’s almost impossible to choose the next one do I go for the pilot, the chef or maybe the luchador? I’ve compiled an Ai Doll release list so everyone can see all the different releases. Some additional photos of my Ai Dolls are available on my flickr.
Happy Trails ::rides off into the sunset::