Ai Dolls are tiny ball jointed dolls that were made by Groove (formerly Jun Planning) the same company that makes Pullip! Ai Dolls are approximately five inches tall and are made of ABS plastic ie. not resin, they are also not gendered. They come as full set dolls with a face up, wigs, eyes (closed eye models such as Madonna Lily do not come with eyes), clothing and accessories. They are great little dolls with awesome themes, I definitely recommend them if you are bjd-curious and are curious about bjds but really they make a great addition to just about any doll collection.
Ai Doll Tsubaki was originally released in January of 2013, she was one of the last few Ai Dolls to be released it took me quite some time to even confirm she was actually released as I could not find any photos of her or well proof of her existence. I had felt like she was one of the best Ai Doll designs and really wanted her but she was very hard to find luckily Pullipstyle recently stocked a number of Ai Dolls on their website including Tsubaki. Not only did Pullipstyle now have some of the rarest Ai Dolls but all of their Ai Dolls were priced really reasonably with $50 being on the higher end of the spectrum so instead of her rather robust original MSRP of 15000 yen, I only paid $50 and I couldn’t be happier with her.
One of the most frequently asked questions I receive on this site is when will the Make It Own or MIO Pullip kits be restocked, Pullipstyle finally received a restock shipment of normal skin Pullip kits which are available to buy via their website. There is a purchase limit of five kits per customer, even with the limit in place expect the MIO kits to sell out extremely quickly like within a week or two as they are very popular. Isul and Dal MIO kits are also in stock as of this writing.
If you do not already know MIO kits are blank doll kits ideal for customization, the possibilities of what you can do with them are pretty much endless. For years up until this point if you wanted to customize a doll you either had to wait and hope for a baited doll to show up on the secondary market or buy a new doll to customize so the option of being able to buy a blank doll kit at a low price is really the answer to Pullip collector’s prayers.
Pang-ju are a small anthro ball jointed doll made by Groove, the same company that makes Pullip. It should be noted that they are made of ABS plastic rather than resin, they are also non-gendered with some releases being styled as males with other being styled as females. Pullipstyle recently placed several different Pang-ju on special, with the new reduced price tag of only $50 my little pack of Pang-ju quickly expanded. Black Russian-Pang was one of my newer Pang-ju additions.
Black Russian-Pang was released in April of 2014 with a MSRP of 10000 yen. Black Russian-Pang was inspired by Dracula, he is kind of unique because he is the only Pang-ju with vampire fangs. I like that he is very unique, I don’t think I have ever seen a vampire Chihuahua anywhere before!
It’s been a while since I’ve written about Pullip Alura here, so to refresh everyone’s memories… Pullip Alura is a collaboration between Mistubachi@BabyBee (face up) x Momolita (outfit) x Laura (photographer/stylist) . She is the second doll produced by this collaboration the first being Pullip Laura (they share a face up but are styled/dressed differently). In Japan, Alura is a Dolly Japan magazine exclusive which means you had to buy the necessary issue of Dolly Japan to mail away to receive her several months later. Fortunately for the US, JPGroove will be receiving a small number of Pullip Alura which they have placed up for preorder here. She is priced at $149.99 and is set for a mid-October release, her preorder period is set to close on the 24th. At this time, if you are within the US and want a Pullip Alura the only way to absolutely guarantee it is to preorder through JPGroove as Pullipstyle will not know if they are able to offer her or not until some time after JPGroove’s preorder period closes.
I personally couldn’t risk missing out on this gorgeous girl, so I preordered her through JPGroove. Alura will be my first 2015 Pullip!
Some additional photos of Sailor Saturn have surfaced recently via Groove’s blog. If you somehow haven’t already heard, Groove is currently doing a collaboration with Sailor Moon and has released various dolls based on characters from the series. Sailor Saturn is the 13th doll released as a part of the Sailor Moon x Pullip collaboration series, she is the second Dal.
Sailor Saturn is an October release in Japan alongside Pullips Favorite Ribbon Chocolate Version and Pullip La Robe Vert Bleu Royal. Here in the US we will get her one month later due to transit time. She has a MSRP of 17000 yen. Pullipstyle has already opened up preorders for Sailor Saturn where she is priced at $130.
Silent Star, The Saturn for the protection…. Solider Sailor Saturn of ruin and the birth.
Pullipstyle is running a special on several different Pang-ju, most are now marked to a very affordable $50 each. I had ordered Flower-Pang and I was so taken with her that I ended up ordering some additional Pang-ju recently. Milk-Pang is one of my recent additions and was the first up for photos.
For those of you who don’t already know, Pang-ju is a tiny ball jointed doll made by Groove (the company that makes Pullip). While they are bjds they are not made out of resin so they may be off-topic on some of the purist bjd forums. Pang-ju come with a face up, eyes and as well as an outfit their themes are often quite whimsical with releases including a British palace guard, a flower and a cow (no, I’m not kidding!- link). They are not gendered so technically they can be either gender though most of the releases are styled to be more feminine or masculine with only a few being somewhat androgynous. They are very tiny, only about four inches tall roughly the same size as a Lati White (size comparison).
Milk-Pang was released in October of 2013 with a MSRP of 10000 yen. She was the eleventh Pang-ju released.