That makes two of us then. Never (and I'm still not) been a fan of dolls in general. They don't creepy me out. Not much scares me. But I just had no interest in them. However I love ball-jointed dolls because I can make them look like my OC's. So I enjoy painting them. Glad you like him!
Yeah, they definitely are expensive. But it's usually because they're artist made, not mass-produced. So there's a certain amount of artistic quality put into them that most dolls don't get. XD You basically buy them blank. No paint, no hair, no eyes, no clothes, nothing. And you turn them into whatever you want. Pretty fun and enjoyable when you have your own OC's that you want to bring to life. I'm lucky enough to get to paint hundreds ever year for other people!