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Ningyo BINGO

Learn about Asian Ball Jointed Dolls (BJD). Fill your ears with intelligent discussion from two lovely ladies that collect BJD, and have studied East Asian culture and general art studies.Look for our podcast in the Podcasts app or in the iTunes Store.

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Episode 23: Ghost in the Resin Shell

Our doll hobby has this odd thing we call “shelling a character”. We enjoy adding a little character to our hard resin human forms. But why? And where did this tradition come from?


16 Aug 2018

Rank #1

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Episode 25: 2B or not 2B? Art is in Question.

Why do we spend our hard earned money, and sometimes large sums of it, on dolls? Lindsey and Rebecca discuss the value of art, both monetarily and the benefits it can add to our lives.

1hr 13mins

3 Nov 2018

Rank #2

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Episode 12: Rescue Can Be Fun! Doll Repairs

Last month we covered willingly changing the color of your resin… but what happens when it isn’t a planned change? UV rays can yellow resins, and pigments from fabrics can stain vinyl… and then what do you do? Learn how to repair these and other common issues with ABJD and vinyl dolls.

1hr 20mins

7 Mar 2017

Rank #3

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Episode 17: Basic Camera Shenanigans

Photography is a great way to play with your dolls. But, when you look at photos from other collectors, your own may seem… lackluster. Learn some basic tips and a bit of science to take fantastic photos!

1hr 16mins

11 Nov 2017

Rank #4

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Episode 21: Recasts

What are recasts? Why do people buy them? Why shouldn’t you buy them? How can you avoid buying them? Learn all this and more in this rather long episode!

1hr 50mins

14 May 2018

Rank #5

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AnimeNYC 2017: Smart Doll and Danny Choo

Join Rebecca as she interviews Danny Choo at AnimeNYC 2017! Learn about Smart Doll, and the design choices that Danny Choo has made for the dolls and company.


27 Nov 2017

Rank #6

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Kogaracon 2019: Shizusan

Last Saturday Rebecca caught up with Shizusan at Kogaracon. Listen to a fun chat pulling away the curtain on the media creation process.


16 Apr 2019

Rank #7

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Episode 19: Enabling- Better Than It Sounds

Those within the hobby will often feel flattered to be called an enabler. Those outside the hobby have negative feelings towards the title… So what exactly is a “Doll Enabler”? Special guests Professor Darren Ashmore and Katizua.


20 Feb 2018

Rank #8

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Episode 16: Body Image, BSI, and BJD

Dolls start as but a ball of clay… or a blank digital file… which means every curve and joint and measurement and color are an active choice. Join Rebecca and Lindsey as they muse over how these choices affect their collectors.

1hr 11mins

24 Oct 2017

Rank #9

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Episode 9: A Not so Brief History of the Super Dollfie

There is a lot more to Volks than we can cover in one hour! We go over the humble beginngs of the Super Dollfie, then go through a timeline, trying to put the development of the Super Dollife in context within the hobby as it the Super Dollfie develops into the modern day models. Also, Happy Birthday Volks!

1hr 31mins

1 Dec 2016

Rank #10

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Episode 24: The Eyes Have It

Perhaps it was the entrancing, captivating doll’s eyes which brought you into the BJD hobby. They seem to follow you, just a bit. And if you ask someone not used to our dolls, perhaps they stare into our souls. Learn about making, buying, and placing eyes in your dolls!

1hr 2mins

22 Sep 2018

Rank #11

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Episode 14: Get Your Face On

Painting a Face-Up can be one of the most rewarding projects to work on with your doll. And it’s not as difficult as it seems, though it does take practice to get professional looking results. In this episode we discuss techniques, materials, and common Face-Up blunders.

1hr 22mins

15 May 2017

Rank #12

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Episode 11: Beyond the Face-Up- Working with Resin

Okay, we'll admit it. Resin isn't the easiest material to work with. The dust can be toxic, sculpting new parts is hard, and dyeing doll parts can be messy and finicky. But we believe in you! Sit back and learn a bit about the wide world of doll modifications!

1hr 45mins

1 Feb 2017

Rank #13

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Episode 29: Crunchyroll Hime Project Reflections

Our first project review! Hear what it takes to create a 1/3 scale cosplay of Crunchyroll Hime.

1hr 14mins

15 Sep 2019

Rank #14

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Episode 26: AnimeNYC 2018

Volks and Smart Doll attended AnimeNYC 2018, and Rebecca did too! A fun and friendly chat about cons, anime dolls, and how the two companies approached the convention.

1hr 3mins

23 Dec 2018

Rank #15