Warning: Story! So, here's the thing. I realized at Fanimecon this weekend that the first time I was ever introduced to Ball Jointed Dolls was at the JunkySpot booth in 2006. Now, it was not the -best- introduction... I went with this guy I was rooming with (of 17, including me and him) and he was looking for a reference-doll... With squishy boobs. So he bought what, a 15-17 cm tall doll with squishy boobs. We messed with his head the whole time and kept putting her into horrible provocative poses when he went to the bathroom and whatnot, but there you have it. Within the next couple of years, my friend introduced me to her dolls. She lives in Canada, I live in California, so it was just talk and pictures, but still, I was made aware of them. She even showed me Den of Angels then. I did not immediately catch on. I had forgotten about SquishyDoll and was just not into the idea of expensive dolls. Then, several months ago, I was browsing dolls... and I fell in love. Orientdoll Il was my character, Jared. I continued browsing and also found Angell Studio Kana, who seemed to be my Liera. I was excited, and decided to start saving. I kept planning, kept reading about Il because he was the one I really-really-really wanted. I still want him. He was to be my first doll. Except, then I went to Fanime again. This year I knew what JunkySpot was selling and went over there. As usual I was flabbergasted by prices, because I am NOT a rich person... But I did think the little "baby" dolls were adorable and was talking with the boothlady for a while... I noticed the squishyboob dolls. Memories. Still, I moved away from those unconcernedly. I found a box full of Isabellas piled on top of one another. I had never seen this mold before, and thought they were very cute in all their different hues. Greens, purples, etc. And then I saw something. Liera. So in spite of many months of planning, my first doll was seemingly an impulse buy at a convention. She is now totally filthy because she had been handled before I got to the booth and then handled all con (I was SOOOO EXCITED), and she's kinda naked (she has a MSD sized cheapo t-shirt which is GREAT but she's not wearing it right now because I'm playing with her posing), and I kinda love her to bits. No planning, no second thoughts. Just... Mine, for 100 dollars even, with eyes already the right colour for her, and with better Bobobie posing than I have ever seen in my limited experience of my OTHER friend in LA... and the con-goers Bobobies. So. How many others have experienced this? What went into your first doll? How did you get him or her? How did you decide? I mean, one friend told me that her first doll was a gift from a friend. LA-friend's was a gift from her gramma (she'sMYgrammanow,bwhahahahah)... I put so much PLANNING it seemed into my first doll... and yet my first doll... was an "impulse" buy that I'm very happy about. You guys?