As I mentioned in a previous post, I was sent a beautiful and unique anthro doll from Mimiwoo.com. An anthro doll is one that has human and animal features. This is particular doll is called Albu (Hujoo Albu) and was made in a special collaboration between Mimiwoo and Hujoo, a Korean BJD company that specializes in BJDs of different materials, not just resin.
A Little About Hujoo Albu:
The Hujoo Albu is sculpted to look like a miniature pinscher, but to me it resembles a chihuahua more. This is a 1/6 sized doll, which means it is 1/6 the size of human proportions. This doll is similar in height, not proportions, to my Pullip and Tangkou dolls, and stands at 28 cm tall. It came in this packaging from Mimiwoo and actually has a magnetic, detachable tail, which honestly I have no idea how to connect at this time.
Here’s a closer picture of the tail, which I need to figure out how to attach!
Here is the doll pre-faceup. A “faceup” comes from face+makeup, and is a term often used by people in the BJD hobby to describe the process of adding a face to a “blank” (unpainted) doll. You can buy most BJD with blank or painted faces. Hujoo Albu does not have the option of a faceup, so you will have to add this later. I think that’s ok though, since the doll itself is so inexpensive for a BJD. It is so inexpensive because it is made of ABS plastic instead of resin. This is NOT a recast doll. Recast means that it is an illegal copy of another artist’s work.
I was a bit nervous about sending the Hujoo Albu head all the way to the UK to someone I did not know, but the artist was incredibly professional, updated me throughout the entire process, and finished the doll head quickly. I highly recommend her! If you want more info, please send me a message. Anyway, I just sent the head and it was a pain in the you-know-what to get back on. This is the one complaint I have. There is no easily detachable head or “s” hook to keep the elastic cords inside from falling through the entire body. I caught them before they totally unstrung, but just at the waist, so I had to restring the doll all the way up to the head from the waist. I know that doesn’t make sense, but it was very, very hard. I had to keep a pencil at her waist to keep the elastic from going down further! Finally, with the help of K and a set of pliers, we got the doll back together. I shudder to think of it.
That being said, this doll looks stunning and so impressive with a faceup! Piygie did a wonderful job on the doll. It brings it so much to life. I bought 14 mm acrylic eyes from Mimiwoo and while they are not as durable as the glass eyes I have for my other dolls, they look well with this doll. I like the blue eyes with her. Here she is in the Yukata sent to me a few months ago by Les 3 Lunes on Etsy. The kimono looks beautiful on the doll, don’t you think?! I’m very proud to have my first custom doll. Here she is:
Here’s a closeup. I love her little pink nose!Here she is from the side, so that you could see how her eyes and nose look from this angle.
Here hands are more like paws 🙂 This is a common body type for Hujoo anthro dolls.
Here’s the logo on the back. As you can see, the circle around the back of the head is the cap you remove to remove the head and/or to install eyes.
Here are the paw feet. The little pads seem to help her stand up on her own.
And here she is sitting with her legs crossed.
This is my first anthro BJD and I like how unique it is. I’ve actually never seen anyone else with this exact doll, so with this faceup and this sculpt, this is a one-of-a-kind doll 🙂 I think that’s so cool! The Albu poses really well on its own and, honestly, even better when I first got her and before I removed her head. I think at some point I need to be brave enough and restring her, but that’s far in the future.
You can find the Hujoo Albu Hujoo Albu on Mimiwoo.com. It is currently on sale and comes in tan and white ABS plastic. It would be a beautiful and unique gift for beginning BJD collectors, or just for a someone who likes dolls in general.
Thanks for reading everyone!
Disclaimer: The products discussed above were sent to me for free in exchange for my honest review and opinion. While this post is sponsored, these opinions are 100% true and my own.