So let me first explain that I am new to dolls and have been saving and selling my old collection of anime gear to afford this first purchase. Initially it was Volks that caught my eye with their beautiful dolls but then I became a member of DoA and it became very clear, extremely quickly that there are a multitude of doll makers in the BJD world and that so many people love the different kinds for a variety of reasons. I'm not talking about sculpts in this thread, really. I know that is more of a personal opinion thing and we don't need to go there. What I do want to know: Do certain companies: - Use higher quality materials (bodies, eyes, wigs, etc) than another? Does this decrease yellowing over time or have other benefits? - What about the quality of elastic used for the stringing? (e.g. if it's not that great and is more likely to break; or if it doesn't stretch enough, leaving the doll rigid, etc.) thank you Robo-Aly! - More professionally executed make-up or face ups out of the box ? - Have better joints or skeletal systems? - Anything else that makes them a 'quality' product that I can't think due to my unfamiliarity with the hobby? This thread is not meant to be inflammatory. I just want to know your experiences/preferences- and I realize within any company that can vary over time. Originally I assumed Volks was 'the best quality' but now I realize that may have been an ignorant assumption on my part. Thanks in advance for any answers and (as always) if this thread is a duplicate, a bump in the right direction would be much appreciated.