So I'm just curious, how prepared were you for entering the hobby when you bought your first doll? I was totally clueless. I knew what a BJD was, but I knew absolutely nothing about them, except that you could change their hair and clothes. It was hard for me to come up with the money for one, so I never did much research. Then when I saw them being sold at an anime convention and actually had the money, I dove right in with no knowledge about the dolls at all. LOL, I didn't even know that their body parts were connected with string or what a face up was or anything. It all turned out okay though. I was taught from a young age to handle dolls with care, so my doll made it through my learning period unscathed.