What is GoGaDoll Lite?

GoGaDoll Lite is a one-day Swap Meet to be held on Saturday, April 17, 2010 at Harvey Milk Recreational Arts Center in San Francisco.

The GoGaDoll Staff decided it wanted to do something as a service to help the community in tough economic times. What better way than a Swap Meet? It will be a day of mingling, swapping, and hanging out with your fellow BJD hobbyists!

We've chosen the sparkling new Harvey Milk Center, just steps away from the lovely Duboce Park in the friendly and vibrant neighborhood of Lower Haight. Easy to find, easy to get to, almost literally a hop-skip-and a jump from the N Judah line.

What is the GoGaDoll convention?

GoGaDoll stands for Golden Gate Ball-jointed Doll Expo, a three-day convention for the collectors of Asian Ball-jointed Dolls held in beautiful San Francisco. GoGaDoll is not only a wonderful weekend filled with educational workshops, fun-filled social events and shopping with vendors from around the world, it is also a charitable event where collectors can give something back to the community by buying raffle tickets to win fabulous prizes.

The convention opens on Friday evening with a festive cocktail party and Opening Ceremony. This is the first opportunity for collectors to get together with their friends from afar and also meet the special convention guests. There will also be a door prize drawing to kick off the convention with a bang.

Saturday morning will start off with the opening of the Vendors Hall – an event not to be missed. The educational panels and workshops given by experts in their fields will begin on Saturday afternoon and continue on Sunday. There will be a number of special events on both days, including the popular Swap Meet, BJD Spa, contests and themed tea party. The convention will have an exciting finish on Sunday afternoon with the Awards Ceremony and door and raffle prize drawings.

What is a Ball-Jointed Doll?

Information from Wikipedia:

"Ball-jointed dolls (BJDs) are realistically proportioned dolls, usually manufactured in east Asian countries (primarily South Korea and Japan). These dolls are fully articulated with ball joints at the appropriate locations on their bodies.

These dolls are fully poseable and customizable, with removable wigs, eyes, hands, feet and heads. Many different variations are available. Clothing, shoes, jewelry, and other accessories are also available. Much like collectable porcelain dolls, BJDs are often collected by adults.

Ball-jointed dolls follow a traditional Asian view in their aesthetics. The designs are diverse and range from anime-inspired to the hyper-realistic. They are often considered to be collectors items.

Many owners assign their dolls to a certain personalized character, and they are sometimes used as subjects of artistic works, such as photography. Photo stories are popular on doll web forums."