I collect action figures as well as BJDs and there are sizeable differences between the two in terms of engineering emphasis. Action figures are designed to be shown clothed but to be posed and displayed in realistic positions. This means that they are flexible and stable, but a naked action figure body is not a sight you want to see. BJDs, on the other hand, are designed to be aesthetically-pleasing naked. Their engineering tends to be driven by the need for discrete jointing and a smooth body line. This generally compromises flexibility. So, this made me question what my priorities are, in terms of the inevitable trade off between aesthetics, stability and flexibility. Would I be prepared to tolerate a slightly mechanical-looking body for the sake of flexibility or would I rather have a beautiful, but limited doll? I drew up a wishlist of what I would want from my ideal BJD. Stability: Must stand steady unsupported. Torso must be stable in whatever position it is put in. Arms and legs must stay up when raised. Flexibility: I want at least 45 degree flexion on elbows and knees, ideally more. I want legs that will bend sufficiently at the hip to easily enable unsupported sitting. I want a three-part torso that permits slouching as well as backbending. Aesthetics: The doll must look harmonious when naked. I don't mind joints showing at all, the doll doesn't have to be entirely realistic, but the engineering needs to look polished, not awkward. If I had to choose one as being most important, I tend to choose dolls that look good, rather than that are flexible or steady. But I hate having to make that compromise. I want it all! The line that comes closest to my ideal is the Fairyland CLine. So, do these things bother anyone else as much as they bother me? If so, what are your priorities? What is your engineering wishlist? Which company best approxinates your ideal? I want to know!