Obviously, the larger BJDs pose a problem when it comes to finding a good stand. You want a stand that is sturdy enough to support the doll's weight while accommodating itself to the doll's size and shape. Some stands are strong enough, but don't extend to the needed height, or they assume that a doll is tall but has no figure. BJDs come with hips and buttocks and thighs. A stand that is straight up-and-down with a tiny waist grip just won't cut it. I know because I have several of them. They were expensive and totally useless.
|An array of stands|
|Standard metal stand|
I use the same stand with my SIDs, even though it does not extend enough to clasp them around the waist. I let the stand grip the doll's upper thigh instead. It doesn't hold as securely this way, but it does hold, although I might think twice about doing this if I lived in earthquake country.
|Standard metal stand placed around thigh|
|Another thigh-gripping stand|
|Awkward looking wire stand from the rear|
|Front of the ugly duckling stand|
|Insecure waist grip|
You may be wondering what sort of stand I use for my larger male BJDs. With the exception of my Soom Super Gem, who uses one of the large metal stands mentioned above, my guys generally stand upon their own big feet and lean against a handy wall behind them. When they get too loose to stand, I give them a chair or something else to sit on.
Where do I buy my stands? I find the smaller ones at craft stores like Michael's and A.C. Moore's. I have ordered some from Dollspart.com. They have a saddle stand identified as a BJD dollstand. It's good for the smaller of the large dolls, as they give the size range as 15 to 23 inches. (23 inches equals 58.5 cm, which means this stand will accommodate the FeePle60 Moe but not the SID.) In the past I have seen doll stands sold by some of the Korean doll companies, but I don't see them there now. Luts has only one stand for the larger dolls, a saddle stand good for up to 60 cm. I've seen some stands on ebay but haven't bought any there. If any of my readers have found reliable, strong stands for their large BJDs, please let me know where. The search for a really good stand continues.