Dolly Review: Jun Planning Ai Ball Jointed Doll Painted Sage

For months now, the web has been abuzz over a number of Jun Planning dolls being found in discount store, Tuesday Morning.  They’ve eluded me and my mother every visit– until now!  My last visit to Tuesday Morning brought two new kinds of dolls into my diverse collection.  One of these was the much talked about Ai Ball Jointed Doll.  The other, a J-Doll, will be reviewed in a different post!

Ai Ball Jointed Doll, Painted Sage

Ai Ball Jointed Doll, Painted Sage

Painted Sage

Painted Sage

Ai’s were manufactured by Jun Planning, maker of Pullips and J-Dolls.  According to Pullips and Junk, a fantastic Pullip site, these were released between 2007 and 2013.  Both Ai’s my mom and I picked up during this shopping trip, Painted Sage and Cuphea, were released in 2007 and 2008.  There are multiple face molds and face ups.  Many, if not all of the dolls, seem to be named after flowers.  A quick side note here:  the cashier was totally freaked out by all the dolls we purchased during our visit.  She seemed to think Painted Sage was strange looking. Me?  I think Painted Sage looks just right!

Painted Sage

Painted Sage

Painted Sage

Painted Sage

Ai’s are made of ABS and are around 5″ tall.  Originally priced around $79.99 (according to the Tuesday Morning tag), those who find them at Tuesday Morning could walk away with one for $29.99.  eBay seems to have these guys around the $30.00 price point, as well.  A fantastic price for an adorable starter BJD like this one.

Painted Sage Without Wig

Painted Sage Without Wig

Like your traditional BJD’s, Ai’s are customizable.  They have a magnetic head cap that allows you to get into the head and change the eyes.  A note to those who might be giving this to a child.  The magnetic head cap on my Ai is covered in magnet fragments.

Painted Sage Headcap with Factory Velcro

Painted Sage Headcap with Factory Velcro

Painted Sage Headcap with Magnetic Fragments

Painted Sage Headcap with Magnetic Fragments and Eye Mech

It seems that this isn’t normal, though, as my mom’s was just your normal magnet.  Before giving it to a child, I would double check that the head cap is fragment free.

Hujoo Baby, Ai Painted Sage, Junky Spot Nano Rabi

Hujoo Baby Is, Ai Painted Sage, Junky Spot Nano Rabi

I’m not exactly sure what size eye came with Painted Sage, but it must be around 10mm, because the head is very similar in size to the Hujoo Babies, who wear that size eye.  Eye putty is included, in case you need it.  My Ai, Painted Sage, has a contraption in its head that allows the eyes to stay in without putty (as seen in an earlier photo).  My mom’s Cuphea, however, needed putty to hold the eyes in.  (Strangely enough, my mom’s putty was in a fancy cardboard box, while mine was just packaged in a plastic bag!)

Painted Sage's Wig

Painted Sage’s Wig

Velcro in Wig

Velcro in Wig

Painted Sage is wigged.  She has factory placed velcro on her head and inside her wig.  Lining the pieces up can be hard to do, but the wig stays on well, even when a little off.  For those with Hujoo babies, you’re in luck!  With velcro, this wig size seems practically perfect for tiny Hujoo’s.  Painted Sage has a long, dirty blonde wig.  It’s nice and looks high quality.  I can’t say I know what wig size this is, though.  What wig sizes fit your Ai’s?

Hujoo Baby is, Ai Painted Sage, Junky Spot Nano Rabi

Hujoo Baby is, Ai Painted Sage, Junky Spot Nano Rabi

Painted Sage

Painted Sage

She is jointed in multiple places, including her shoulders, elbow, wrist, hip, knee and ankle.  Because she’s classified as a ball jointed doll, she is strung with a thin white string.  If your doll is flopsy, you may want to re-string her.  Painted Sage arrived well strung.  She stands well on her own and holds poses.

Painted Sage

Painted Sage

The only other tinies of this size I have are made by Hujoo.  They have a joint in the torso area.  Ai’s don’t have a torso joint.  A torso joint would have added a nice bit of extra pose-ability, but Painted Sage does well with the joints she has.

Painted Sage

Painted Sage

Painted Sage

Painted Sage

Ai’s come with a number of accessories, depending on which one you get.  Painted Sage wears an adorable off white dress with red decorations. She wears pantaloons and an apron, too. According to one description of her, she was styled with Little Red Riding Hood in mind.  Her main accessory is her blue hooded cape.

Painted Sage

Painted Sage

I love her cape. It’s so neat and looks fantastic on her.  It gives her a very ‘mystical’ kind of feel!  She comes with socks and shoes, too.  I had a lot of trouble getting the shoes over the socks, so in the end, I took the socks off.  The shoes are okay, they just fit oddly.

Painted Sage

Painted Sage

They’re my least favorite part of the outfit and varied between the two dolls we picked up during our shopping trip.  They seem both too large and too small at the same time.

Baby Hujoo Is in Ai outfit, Ai in a Mattel outfit, Nano Rabi in Ai pantaloons

Baby Hujoo Is in Ai outfit, Ai in a Mattel outfit, Nano Rabi in Ai pantaloons

If you’re looking for clothing for your Hujoo tinies, you should definitely keep an eye out for Ai’s.  Outfits with long sleeves will be a bit troublesome on anthro’s, but short sleeve or no sleeve Ai outfits should fit Hujoo tinies.  At least, my Hujoo baby fits Painted Sage’s outfit.  I couldn’t test it on my anthro’s, unfortunately, because of her paws.

Painted Sage and Kero

Painted Sage and Kero

Painted Sage

Painted Sage

Painted Sage has an adorable face up! I love her wide eyed expression.  She has a white shadow directly over her eye that is topped with a very light red.  She has light brown eye brows and pursed mauve lips.  I don’t see any blush on Painted Sage.

Packaging of Cuphea

Packaging of Cuphea

Ai’s are packaged in a white, magnetic box that looks like a book.  The packaging is solid and totally reusable as a treasure or accessory box, but, in my opinion, a little over done.  I imagine the dolls could have been a little more affordable when they first debuted if the box hadn’t been so fancy.

Painted Sage in AG Mini Room

Painted Sage in AG Mini Room

Painted Sage in AG Mini Room

Painted Sage in AG Mini Room and Eraser Pizza

Painted Sage was a steal at $29.99 and totally worth every penny I paid for her!  The Ai Ball Jointed Doll seems like a great little starter doll for those who are interested in BJD’s, but don’t want to take the leap into expensive resin. Because she’s ABS, she’s durable and purse friendly.  She photographs really well, too!  If I were you, I would most definitely add ‘visit Tuesday Morning’ to your next to-do list!

Painted Sage

Painted Sage

Do you have an Ai Ball Jointed Doll?  What do you think of yours?  Have you scouted around your Tuesday Morning?  Share your thoughts below.

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October 14, 2014. Tags: . Uncategorized.

10 Comments

  1. Laura replied:

    That is so funny that you sent this blog post out today. The past 2 days I have been searching for ball jointed dolls. Most of them are quite expensive but I did see these on ebay. There was a few of them I had liked. They look like they will be a good starter BJD. There are 2 different 1/6 BJD I want as well with the face up. I think they are so pretty. Is it easy to attach the wigs?

  2. Valerie replied:

    Hello!!!
    Yes, I truly love these dolls. I found 8 of the dolls at my
    Tuesday Morning last month (brought what they had). Also, I picked up three J Doll’s by Pun Planning, four small Pullip’s and one 12″ Pullip doll. I was so excited, happy and surprise that they carried these.

  3. jSarie replied:

    What a great find for a discount store!

    Even though it’s probably too extravagant for the type of doll, I really like the look of the packaging – it just seems so luxurious!

  4. Barbara Forde replied:

    I have to go to my Tuesday Morning soon. The one I usually go to to find them has closed but we have two others I can visit. Thanks for the info. Your doll is lovely.

  5. hbpace replied:

    Hello!
    I’m new to bjd and have chosen AI jun plannings as my first dolls. My families buying them for me left and right!!! I currently have three with a fourth on the way. I love them. I have a hard time understanding dimensions. I’ve found hujoo clothes fit great and I even found some “country kids” and Kelly doll clothes fit nice. I don’t know what shoe and wig sizes would fit. And do you know any other clothes that would fit nice?

  6. storm137 replied:

    I’ve been in the BJD hobby for awhile but it wasn’t until last year that I heard of the Ai dolls… And I got one for my birthday. Leucocoryne and gosh I love her. 😄 Though she hasn’t been in her elf outfit in awhile, since it’s hard to get on and off her. So I make a lot of her clothes instead.

    • kewpie83 replied:

      I wish I could make my dolls clothing. My talents do not include sewing!

      • storm137 replied:

        It really is a learned practice. Sewing for tiny dolls was really the big challenge versus sewing for even the barbie sized 27cm Obitsu’s. It really is a take a chance kind of thing.

  7. Debbie Miller replied:

    Recently I found Cynbidium-she was the last one of only two TM got in. I love her, she came with a crayon backpack & tiny notebook. I love the pose ability & they are just soo cute. I’ve got my eye on Painted Sage cuz I love her detailed dress & long hair-besides you can’t have just one &Hybrid Statice in on her way-she was a steal at $27 on the bay. They make good friends for Nano Freya

  8. Chianne Cox replied:

    hi i have just got my first doll she is the sweetest doll and the price was great but it cost me more for the shipping and also the cost of the customs charges in the UK but i am so in love with this kind of doll i think it is worth the extra cost .i can’t wait for my other two AI dolls to get here .

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