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Ball-Jointed Dolls: Body Sizes
Confused about large dolls, minis, tinies? What do the abbreviations SD and MSD mean? I’ll address BJD sizing in this post.
Dollzone SD13 Morphoa (large) with Elfdoll (tiny) Kai. Morphoa's outfit is by Michele Hardy.Confused about large dolls, minis, tinies? What do the abbreviations SD and MSD mean? Ball-jointed dolls have their own unique sizing system. I’ll address them here.

The most familiar are the Volks brand name sizes:
  • SD or Super Dollfie. This brand is actually a Volks brand of doll, and refers to the line of dolls which are  55 cm tall (almost 22”), but were originally 57 cm (about 22.5”). Sometimes this size is referred to as SD10.
  • SD13 or Super Dollfie 13 are another Volks brand and have mature bodies. The girls are 57 cm (about 22.5”) and the boys 60 cm (about 23.5”) tall.
  • MSD stands for Mini Super Dollfie, and these immature, more child-like bodies stand about 42 cm (16.5”) tall.
  • Yo-SD come from the Japanese word for “infant,” and are even younger looking than MSD dolls. They stand 26.5 cm (10.5”) in height.

Many manufacturers will use Volks terms to describe the sizes of their own line of dolls, even if their measurements are slightly different.

To describe various sizes, collectors may group their dolls into the following sizes:

  • Large. These dolls range from about 50 cm - 70 cm (19.5” - 27.5”) in height.
  • Mini. These dolls range from 36 cm - 49 cm (14” - 19.5”) in height.
  • Tiny. These dolls range from 9.5 cm - 35 cm (3.75” - 14”) in height.
In addition, many BJD manufacturers have small or large bust options for the female dolls, allowing you to customize your doll from a child figure to a more womanly shape. Thus, you can have an immature- or mature-bodied girl.


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Thank you soo much! This was really helpful for buying clothes for my Dolfie Dream Hatsune Miku!
Yuki , June 03, 2016
Awesome info - thankyou! I am new to BJDs so this is very useful smilies/wink.gif
Leisa , January 02, 2015
Great info! But, do you have any info on where to buy? Or do you buy them?? Thank you!
Lexa , September 29, 2014
smilies/grin.gif Very helpful and informative
Patsy , August 04, 2012
Very helpful! Love the picture smilies/grin.gif
Moongazer , July 24, 2012

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