Pullip Akemi recently arrived via Pullipstyle, unfortunately she arrived during Thanksgiving week so I haven’t had the chance to blog her until now what with slightly insane relatives being about. Pullip Akemi is part of the Creator’s Label series, she was made in partnership with Vanessa Cordero of Sheryl’s Designs. She is a Spanish Pullip collector and has been customizing Pullips since 2006. You can see all of her truly wonderful custom Pullip creations on her flickr. This marks the first time Groove has partnered with an international customizer to release a doll in the Creator’s Label series.
I was cautiously optimistic about this release, she reminds me of an updated version of my all-time favorite Pullip release ever Papin so of course I was excited. I didn’t want to get too ahead of myself though as the last release I was super excited about Luna the Tokidoki collaboration I ended up kind of disappointed. I’m quite happy to say that Pullip Akemi is even more amazing in person than she is in pictures and that I would recommend her to anyone and everyone willing to listen without hesitation.
I’m the one to lead because I follow my own dreams.I love how I am, I wear what I want and I don’t care what they say….Feel Like So.
Groove officially announced Pullips Canele & Varele today. Photos have been teased of Canelle for a while now and most people assumed she was to be the Doll Carnival exclusive doll for this year, what I don’t think anyone was expecting was that she has a twin! Both Canele & Varele have a MSRP of 18000 yen each.
Doll Carnival is a yearly one-day only event dedicated to Pullip hosted by Groove (previously by Jun Planning). The first Doll Carnival was held in 2007, normally new and upcoming doll releases are shown off at these events as well as prototypes that may or may not eventually become releases. Every year that has been a doll released as a carnival exclusive (2007 Dal Jouet, 2008 Pullip Isolde, 2009 Dal Chanti, 2010 Pullips Chloi & Clara & Dal Sweet Risa, 2011 Pullip LOL Miku, 2012 Pullips Princess Sapphire, Rche, Nanette & Tokidoki Luna ) . This year Doll Carnival will be held at the 9th floor of Hankyu Umeda Osaka head office.
Feel Like So: Merry-go-round that turns to something round and round, Carnival is coming today, Now, such a mood ….. Let’s enjoy together
I’ve been fawning over Pullip Canele since Groove first posted her picture last month, I absolutely adore her and will stop at nothing to bring this girl home. She reminds me a bit of Pullip Classical White Rabbit.
Feel Like So: Let’s take dance hand-in-hand, And the 1st carnival today. Mood such ….. you continue around to fit the rondo
Varele is the new girl, she is a cooler palette swap of Canele. Both of their face ups, wigs and stock outfits seem to be pretty much identical except for color and patterns on the stock. Both girls are gorgeous but I find I have a slight preference for Canele.
At this point it is assumed that these two will be the Doll Carnival exclusives but I should note that the wording towards the end of Groove’s post was a little weird and it sort of implies that Canele will be later for general sale at a later date/time and that details about this would be forthcoming- as soon as I find out any additional information about Canele’s release I will update this post.
Groove recently collaborated with the Japanese visual kei band Nightmare to make a set of five dolls based upon the different band members. Pullipstyle was able to get a small number of the dolls in stock and offered me the chance to borrow a few so I could take some photos of them as there was only one not so great stock photo of all the dolls together. The stock photo really did the dolls an injustice as they are absolutely amazing in person.
Ruka is the drummer for Nightmare, he is actually the second drummer Nightmare has had. He replaced Zannin the original drummer for Nightmare after he left the group.
Unlike the other two Nightmare dolls Yomi and Ni-ya I reviewed previously, Ruka was only available through Pullipstyle if you bought the entire Nightmare set which they have since sold out of. As of this writing both Yomi and Ni-ya are still available on Pullipstyle. I believe I was sent Ruka to review as I had been asking about him ever since the moment I knew Pullipstyle was going to get the Nightmare set.
Groove has finally announced the rest of January’s releases including Byul Fata, Isul Vermelho and Pang-ju Darjeeling as well as a whole ton of MIO (Make it Own) items. You can read all about the Pullips already announced for January here although I honestly feel like the Byul and Isul are far more interesting/exciting than the lolita Pullips .
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Pullip Kuhn is now up for preorder at JPGroove for $130 plus shipping, she is expected to be in stock next week. She is part of the Creator’s Label series and is actually the second collaboration between Groove and Mitsubachi@BabyBee x CrankyGel; the first collaboration between the two was the super gorgeous and very popular Bloody Red Hood Pullip (you can see my pics of her here).
I am Magician and ‘’BOLD’’ is my name.Power like a lotus in muck…. You call that magic.No matter how difficult the path, I will breeze right through it.I cannot be hurt. I fear nothing….Feel Like So.
Kuhn has a sexy magician theme and I am absolutely in love with her! Oh how I want this mysterious beauty. Unfortunately it’s getting towards the end of the year when I need to cut off my doll buying so I can start focusing on Christmas stuff. I’m very tempted to make her my last doll of the year (Akemi is already preordered so she doesn’t count), the only thing holding me back from preordering her right this moment is the rumored Doll Carnival exclusive. I absolutely love the pictures that I’ve seen if she even is the doll, and I have no idea how expensive she is going to end up being.
As of right now she is being listed as JPGroove shop exclusive, so it seems that Pullipstyle may not be able to offer her at this time.
Recently Groove started releasing blank Make it Own or MIO kits ideal for customization, JPGroove very graciously sent me some of the MIO items to review here including some of the kits. The kits are starting to become more readily available through Pullipstyle and are selling lightning quick as everyone has been waiting for this as they want custom dolls too. Unfortunately the other side of this is now that kits are readily available customizer’s wait lists have now filled for the next several months, maybe you aren’t that particularly artistically skilled or maybe you have had tried to customizing before only for it to end badly and you don’t think you can do it. I’ve put together a simple How To Guide for customizing Pullip for those of us who aren’t that skilled because hey, everyone has to start somewhere.
And now without further ado here is the second and final part of our How to Customize Pullip: The Guide for the not that particularly artistically skilled/inclined. Obviously reading the previous post Part 1 would be a great idea before trying to skip ahead and read this one.
At the end maybe someone will even introduce themselves.
Recently I’ve been talking a lot about how the Make It Own blank Pullip kits are absolutely amazing because the possibilities of what could be done with them are basically endless….in the skilled customizer’s hands anyway. But what if you aren’t that particularly skilled or inclined? You could commission someone else to do it that’s normally what I do but virtually every customizer I know of”s wait list just filled up for the next several months the second these kits were announced. Of course you could always try to do it yourself…
When I found out the MIO kit was coming from Groove, I asked Requiemart to teach me how to customize it. What are Requiemart’s qualifications? She made this darling little killer below for one and when I said made it that means she not only customized the doll, she also custom-made and styled her wig and her outfit from scratch (the only thing she did not make was her hat and shoes).
oh and this one too because Groove has done Alice to death (haha!) the only original way left to go would be a Zombie Alice.
And those are just two of the custom dolls that she made that I now own, she’s made many, many others.
I love custom dolls but virtually all of mine were commissioned or bought already customized because I made an honest assessment of my customizing skills a long time ago and realized that I was much better at coming up with ideas for customs than actually customizing. For anyone morbidly curious this is my first ever custom here also my extremely early photography so it isn’t pretty by any stretch of the imagination, she has since been recustomized by Requiemart into the lovely Nyx. The goal of this experiment was not to make jaw-dropping amazing custom dolls like hers as that takes years of experience and a level of skill I’ll never be able to achieve but for me an unskilled person to make a reasonably simple but pretty custom. If I can make a custom, anyone can make a custom!