Ruruko Measurements (10/3/2017)
Since most Ruruko dolls are on the stock Azone PureNeemo XS doll body, measurements agree with figures for those bodies (which is useful when selecting clothing or sewing clothing). Note that Petworks has released some boy dolls on the male PureNeemo XS bodies, which have different measurements, and some boy dolls on the male Pure Neemo S body. But, for now, all the female dolls are released on the PureNeemo XS stock body.
I will measure one of my dolls to provide what I can (once I get a good metric measuring tape ), but I found this fascinating piece of information that supposedly came directly from Azone about the different bodies’ measurements:
PureNeemo XS (female)
- Height: 18.28 cm (7.2 inches)
- Bust: 7.49 cm (2.95 inches)
- Waist: 7.01 cm (2.76 inches)
- Hip: 9.50cm (3.74 inches)
Ruruko Dolls: Release Listing (9/29/2017)
Ruruko has been around since October 2013, when Petworks released her as a little sister to their Momoko doll. She truly has taken off on her own, though, and Petworks has created and released a number of different versions. Most are girls, but there are some boys as well.
Trying to keep track of all the different Ruruko dolls and their release dates would be difficult, but Dolly Insider has made an amazing reference list that includes pictures, information, release dates, etc. It’s a fabulous resource, and one that I find myself going back to again and again. Thankfully, they add to the list as Petworks adds more dolls to their line. If you own dolls (especially ones from Azone, Pullip, Momoko/Ruruko, or Blythe) and have not yet joined their email listing for upcoming releases, you should consider doing so!
Petworks also has its own listing of released dolls, though they organize theirs first by type (AE, CCS, Fresh, etc.) then by release date:
Most Ruruko dolls are released on a Pureneemo Flection XS body and measure 22cm (8.66 inches) tall, though Petworks has recently released some boys on the Pureneemo S body that are 23cm (9.05 inches) in height. It doesn’t sound like much difference, but I’m sure it is visually. I do not own and cannot speak about any of the taller Ruruko dolls in terms of what clothes might fit them as a result.
These dolls are 1:6 size, though beware that not all 1:6 dolls are sized the same (they can range from a tiny 11cm Obitsu baby up to a comparatively enormous Taeyang or a chunkier Yo-SD–check out an interesting picture showing different 1:6 dolls on this Different 1:6 dolls (size comparisons)). Even the Ruruko’s “big sister,” the Momoko doll, is considered to be 1:6. Her clothes wouldn’t fit well.
But what clothes fit the original Ruruko doll? Azone, of course, releases clothes sized to fit the Pureneemo XS doll. Clothes can be purchased from various sites, including:
But you can also harvest clothing from other, similar-sized dolls. Clothing from Barbie’s younger sister Skipper typically fit the Ruruko, for example, and there are many individuals reselling Skipper clothes or advertising patterns (if you’re inclined to sew). Other-similar-sized dolls include Blythe, Licca, Moxie, or even Bratz. The sizes are going to be slightly off, however, as most of those dolls have either larger breasts or longer legs. With a few adjustments, however, things should work out ok.
Another great resource is ebay or etsy. Ebay, of course, has a great range of auctions, and there may be individuals selling dolls or clothes. But Etsy is a treasure trove for miniatures and clothes. There are individuals out there selling specifically to fit the Ruruko doll now (finally!), and much of it is exquisite, but also extremely expensive. Thankfully, there are also sellers who do amazing work but for a smaller fraction of the price. Some of my favorite Etsy sellers include shops named Kosucas, HelloCoolCat, TheHandFlower, MyLovelyFairy, and WhimsiesOnTheMoon. I love finding a new Etsy seller who strikes my fancy and whose clothes fit these dolls perfectly. Many of the sellers I mentioned design for Blythe rather than for Ruruko specifically, but much of the clothing works interchangeably. I will admit that my favorite clothing seller is Kosucas. She is an exquisite seamstress, and I have never disliked an outfit she made.
Anyhow, that is a quick overview of clothing for the moment. As I find more, I’ll update this section. If anybody has other ideas, please share!
This is Kestrel’s bean. My interest–obsession?–with BJDs in general and Rurukos in particular started Spring 2014, when my daughter showed me some pictures on a phone one morning as we were waiting for her school to open. I had been asking her what she wanted for her birthday. She wanted one of those dolls. And, oh my gosh, they were cute!
I started doing research on the dolls. They were expensive, and hard to come by. They were made by a company in Japan called Petworks. But they weren’t sold the way normal dolls were. All the online sites were sold out. I could find them for sale on secondary markets–but they cost $300, $400, $500! Then I figured out who the main seller in the United States was: an amazing lady named Denise Travers, who runs A Peach of a Doll/Japan Doll Connection (you can find her most easily on Facebook now). Somehow, every time a pre-order came up, I missed the mark by a day or two.
But research also taught me that the dolls were produced on a body created by another company called Azone. While Azone made a number of different body types, the Rurukos used the Pure Neemo XS body. And there was a way to purchase a body, a head, eyes (or decals), and a wig to create a doll. For my daughter’s birthday, I purchased parts and helped her create a pink-haired doll. As a total novice, I’m amazed that I managed to get the right parts and that they fit together (because, for example, a 7-8 wig does not fit on the head of a 22cm doll–unless you have one with a huge head–and even though the pure neemo body is 1:6 size and Yo-SD dolls are also 1:6 sized, their clothes are not interchangeable! I have a drawer full of several initial wrong purchases.)
A whole, crazy world existed out there for these dolls. They aren’t technically ball jointed dolls, because the Azone bodies are pegged instead of strung. But I think of them the same way. Many of the early purchases came from online companies like Mimiwoo and Junky Spot and Hobby Link Japan and AmiAmi (websites will be shared in another post). Junky Spot, by the way, is an American-based company that specializes in the Obitsu line. Obitsus are very similar to Azone dolls, but they use a different technique for the joints. More on those differences again in another post.
And, just like that, I was hooked. I know this all started because of my daughter’s interest in pictures of cute little Ruruko dolls, but I was fascinated by the art of making a doll come to life. I wanted a Ruruko of my own as well, but piecing together dolls was engaging enough to scratch that itch for a bit (though the request was repeated on every wish list I put together after that point). I talked to my mother, who is also a crazy doll lady and has collected/created/repaired dolls or bears for as long as I can remember. She owned a BJD of her own, a small doll made by a company called Ruby Red Gallery, and it was fascinating to talk to her about what I was doing, how I was fumbling, and where things seemed to be working.
She presented me with my very first Ruruko, CCSgirl 15AW Ruruko Girl in January 2016. And Kestrel was born! She is the perfect doll, with her sweet face, her violet eyes, her tiny braids, her almost-red hair… And now I’m a junky. I craved her twin brother, craved ones that were released before I ever became a collector, eyeballed ones that have been released since. Every now and then, I’ll be lucky enough to find someone selling a doll for something less than an outrageous price, but it’s much easier to get one when it first releases than to try to go back afterwards and acquire it.
I like the size of the Ruruko dolls. They’re about 22cm (approx. 9.5 inches). They are larger than most “pocket dolls,” but smaller than many others. Personally, I find it to be a very satisfying size. They fit in clothes sized for the Stacy doll (Barbie’s little sister/friend) well, and clothes sized for Blythe tend also to fit (though the pants legs may be a bit long). I have a bookshelf turned into a house for the current flock. I want another. I don’t know where I’d put it, though. I scour Goodwills for items to turn into pieces of furniture for their house. I study designs to build furniture or make food or design things to make their lives more interesting. I think I’ve become a bit of a junky. I no longer mind the very crazy looks I get from people as I go crawling around the ground, posing dolls for photo shoots in public areas. It’s ok. They don’t need to understand. I just need this picture.
I did get my daughter a Ruruko. I absolutely understand her fascination. And I thank her for introducing me to these dolls.
If Kestrel will allow it (and I’m sure she will), I’ll post more here about these dolls in general.