Pullip Alice in Steampunk World

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll has served as the inspiration for countless Jun Planning/Groove dolls over the years; there have been many different interpretations of Alice released just to mention a few of them there have been Classical Alice, Alice du Jardin and Lunatic Alice series. The latest series of dolls based on Alice in Wonderland has a steampunk theme. Groove has previously released two series of steampunk inspired Pullips and friends the original series (Eos, Ra Muw, Rhiannon, Gyro & Apollo) and the second series ~ Eclipse~  (Aurora, Icarus, Moirai, Pluto & Helios). Alice in Wonderland and steampunk are both very popular themes for Pullip releases, we’ve seen them before from Groove but we’ve never seen them together so why not combine them to make an awesome new series of dolls?

Pullip Alice in Steampunk World is the first doll that was released as a part of this new series, since her release she has been joined by Pullip Mad Hatter in Steampunk World & Isul White Rabbit in Steampunk World. A Dal version of Alice in Steampunk World has also been teased to us at Doll Show 43 back in May, I hope that the Dal is released in the future and I’d kill for a really awesome Steampunk inspired Cheshire Cat. The photo below is from Groove’s Blog,it was taken at Doll Show 43 and it shows the yet to be announced/released Dal Alice, Pullip Alice Pullip Mad Hatter.
Pullip Alice in Steampunk World was released in June of this year, she has a MSRP of 18000 yen. She is an original design by Ars Gratia Artis, she was the first non-collaboration Pullip released this year she has since been joined by two other original designs Mad Hatter and Sweet Eve who I recently reviewed here.

I love Alice in Wonderland and the myriad different interpretations that Groove has come up with over the years so when she was announced, I was very excited for her. I originally had intentions of preordering her but with all the various Pullip sales via Pullipstyle and JPGroove she kind of moved down on my list of priorities as I pursued some deals as Groove’s Sample Sale and Pullipstyle’s Friday Sales colluded to kill my wallet this year. I was extremely fortunate to recently receive Alice as a review doll from JPGroove along with Sweet Eve.  Thanks to JPGroove for making this review possible!
Alice in Steampunk LandRide on a Steam Locomotive….. Let’s find Mechanical White Rabbit….Feel Like So
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New Photos of Sheryl’s Designs Pullip Naoko & Taeyang Koichi Surface!

Groove posted some additional pictures of Pullip Naoko and Taeyang Koichi via their blog. Pullip Naoko and Taeyang Koichi are the latest dolls in the Creator’s Label series of dolls, Groove collaborates with different customizers from all over the world to bring you dolls based on the customizer’s style. Sheryl’s Designs previously partnered with Groove back in late 2013 to release Pullip Akemi this time both a Pullip and a Taeyang are being released in her distinct style! Pullip Naoko and Taeyang Koichi were just released in Japan within the last week or so, we won’t see them here in the US until some time next month. They have a MSRP of 20000 yen each and are still up for preorder at Pullipstyle: Naoko & Koichi as well as JPGroove: Naoko & Koichi.
20151116181751f3cI think the above photo is my favorite from the new photos that were posted, it shows newcomers Pullip Naoko and Taeyang Koichi with the original Sheryl’s Designs collaboration doll Akemi.

Let’s take a closer look at the newbies…
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Innocent Flowers Pullip Sweet Eve

I was extremely fortunate to recently receive a few dolls from JPGroove to review, Pullip Sweet Eve was one of two dolls that I received. The other doll Pullip Alice in Steampunk World will be the next doll to be reviewed here. Thank you to JPGroove for this wonderful opportunity to feature such wonderful dolls for review here <3

Pullip Sweet Eve made her first appearance this past spring, she was one of several prototypes on display at Doll Party 43. There was a poll for attendees at the doll show asking which of the prototypes was their favorite, Pullip Sweet Eve won the fan favorite poll! This is a picture from the event of some of the prototypes on display, Pullip Sweet Eve as well as a Dal with a similar theme can be seen. It is my sincere hope that the Dal will be released in the future.
This year we saw the release of many different collaboration dolls and not that many original designs so I was very excited to see all the different original prototypes on display.  I was even more excited when Pullip Sweet Eve was officially announced for release! Pullip Sweet Eve was released in September of this year with a MSRP of 18000 yen.

Pullip Sweet Eve is the first doll in a new series called Innocent Flowers, I look forward to seeing future releases in this series especially if it’s that Dal prototype pictured above. I’d also love to see an Isul in a similar style  though hopefully actually wearing knickers instead of a skirt this time. Eve SweetAmong Bright Roses….. Smile unwillingly….. Seems to bloom until my heart splendidly….Feel Like So.
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Various Pullip News- Preorders open, sales and various other updates!

Pullipstyle Preorders have opened up on Pullipstyle for the latest doll in the Sailor Moon x Pullip series, Black Lady. She is priced at $130 and is set for a January release.
In other Pullipstyle news, preorders have also opened for a restock shipment of Pullip Romantic Alice pink version. The Friday Sales Section still has tons of absolutely fantastic deals. There are currently over 90 dolls on special with the majority of the dolls being in the very affordable $70 or under range, the variety of dolls on special is really great too lots of Dals, Byuls and Pang-jus, some Isuls and Taeyangs and even a few Pullips. I recently purchased Byul Moirai and Dal My Select Frara via the sale, so please look forward to their reviews! I was tempted to pick up Dal Lyla while she was on special as well luckily or unluckily she went out of stock before I could buy her though I’ve heard that Pullipstyle is due for another restock soon, hopefully she will be a part of it!

JPGroove JPGroove has a couple of different specials going on right now! The Sample Sale is still ongoing with about thirty dolls still available, these dolls were previously used for display at different doll events they don’t come with their stands/cards and they could maybe be missing an accessory or two but they are still outstanding deals to be had you can check out the selection here. They are also running a free shipping within the US special on a select number of dolls which you can see here, the dolls are all nicely priced but the neat thing is the free shipping counts on everything else on your order too so if you wanted to toss one of the sample sale dolls in with one of the free shipping dolls you would qualify for free shipping for the entire order. There is also a new section called GSFavorite where similarly themed little dolls or items are bundled for savings it’s a great deal if you’d like several of the MIO wigs or a set of matched minis. Other things I’ve noticed include all Pang-jus now priced at below $60, two of the fashion sets ideal for Pullip/Isul Campanella and Giovanni are now priced at under $25 each.

In other JPGroove news, preorders for the restock shipments of Pullips Snow White and Romantic Alice Pink have opened as well as preorders for tan MIO Pullip kits.

Other I was extremely fortunate to unexpectedly receive Pullips Sweet Eve and Steampunk Alice to review via JPGroove.  I’m extremely thankful that they have given me this opportunity, they are both really fantastic dolls and I’ve been having a great time photographing them. Sweet Eve’s review should be up tomorrow and Steampunk Alice’s should be up by the end of the week.
I picked the sweetest flower!

As the year draws to a close, I’m really focusing on getting caught up with reviews and I’ve apparently lost my mind and started something new. I’ve started to make individual information pages for each doll release like Alura. Did you know there are over 400 individual Pullip and friends releases not including the minis? It seems I’ll be at this for a while still, I have built approximately 25 pages as of this writing mostly Byul . Why did I start with Byul? I figured I would start by focusing on something with not quite so many releases so I did not get overwhelmed quickly you can see which ones I’ve built pages for already here if there is a picture then there is a page for that release. It’s times like this that I regret not documenting some things better as they arrived but I’ve been collecting Pullips for over eight years now and I never could have predicted any of this back then. I anticipate this to be a long-term project, so please be patient with me!

In the short-term, my hope is to have reviews up for Pullips Sweet Eve and Steampunk Alice, Byul Moirai, Dal My Select Frara and Pullip Yuri up by the end of the month. I’m hoping to add reviews for Pullips Noir, Dahlia Cinderella and Rche, Isul White Rabbit Du Jardin and Byul Sarutobi Sasuke up by the end of the year as well as some non-Pullip related reviews like Azone Kikipops and maybe some new toys from my comic book collection as well.

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Sengoku Basara Dal Sanada Yukimura

Dal Sanada Yukimura is another doll that I really didn’t really anticipate writing about here but since the opportunity presented itself I decided not to let it pass by. Sanada Yukimura was a part of Groove’s rather bizarre collaboration with Sengoku Basara. Sengoku Basara is a video game franchise by Capcom that is loosely based on historical events of the Senguko period of Feudal Japan. The video game series is so popular that it has spawned three different anime series, a film and of course, a collaboration with Groove to give us the Sengoku Basara dolls.
basaraAll of the dolls in the Sengoku Basara series were announced for a simultaneous release in June of 2011. The dolls were priced at 13000 yen each. A total of five dolls were released with each member of the Pullip family portraying a different character in the series, Pullip portrayed Date Masamune, Taeyang was Chousokabe Motochika, Isul was Mouri Motonari, Byul was Sarutobi Sasuke and finally Dal was Sanada Yukimura.
Sanada Yukimura

Sare to watch! Museum as you! Tsu’s Mon!

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Pullip Alte

Please join me on a walk down memory lane to the halcyon days of 2007, when Pullip was still made by Jun Planning, collaboration dolls were still a new thing that didn’t dominate the release schedule and before most of my pocket money was spent on dolls every month. Back then each Pullip release had a really distinct personality, they had their own feeling. There had only been two collaborations Pullip Holly who was based on Audrey Hepburn’s character in Breakfast at Tiffany’s and the first series of Rozen Maiden dolls which was still the process of being released. Pullip Alte was released in April of that year, she was a very classy release that I feel like has become a bit of an overlooked gem over the intervening years. Thanks to JPGroove’s Sample Sale, I recently had the opportunity to have a perfectly stock and unaltered Pullip Alte come visit me briefly before moving on to her forever home with a dear friend of mine in Australia. I received permission from my friend to feature Alte here before sending her on as I prefer to feature mostly stock dolls here and my Pullip Alte has been changed up a bit over the years with new eye chips and a new wig.

Pullip Alte was released in March of 2007 alongside Taeyang Lead.  She had a MSRP of 10000 yen. Despite the fact that she was released eight years ago, she is still available for purchase at a reasonable price via Pullipstyle and JPGroove (they also has a dent box Alte for a little cheaper here).

AlteLovely time with my doggy. I take a walk in gentle shine. It is the beginning of comfortable day, and I feel it is going to be a pleasant one… Feel like so.
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JPGroove Sample Sale + Pullipstyle Specials= Fabulous Pullip deals & an empty wallet

Unfortunately for my and probably countless other members of the Pullip community’s wallets, there are some truly outstanding Pullip related sales going on right now. Caution, this post may be extraordinarily dangerous to one’s wallet/paypal balance…

JPGroove Sample Sale If you haven’t checked it out already, I highly suggest you check out JPGroove’s Sample Sale. For those of you unfamiliar with JPGroove’s Sample Sale, the dolls featured as a part of the sale are dolls that were previously used as display dolls at events such as Doll Carnival. Since these are previously used display dolls they do not come with boxes, stands and cards they may also be missing accessories as stuff gets misplaced over the years. It should be noted that there are absolutely no returns/exchanges/refunds on sample sale items. samplesalejpgroove
As of this writing, there are still 28 dolls available as a part of the sample sale, I’m honestly surprised that there are still a lot of really great dolls like Pullip Kuhn available. After stalking the sale for so long, it seems like JPGroove deletes sold listings and has been periodically adding another doll or two so I recommend you check back occasionally.
Sample sale @JPGrooveSome of my own dolls that I ordered via the Sample Sale arrived this week and I could not be happier with them, you can look forward to them being featured here in the future. The next doll to be featured here will be Alte who was also purchased via the sample sale for a friend of mine (I’m just forwarding it to her but she said I was more than welcome to photograph her).

Pullipstyle Specials Pullipstyle has had a somewhat oddly named Friday Sales section for a while, the sales have been ongoing with different dolls being featured in it but never before has it featured such an unprecedented number and variety of dolls. As of this writing, there are a total of 81 dolls featured as a part of the sale including 11 Pang-ju, 13 Isul, 28 Dals, 8 Byuls, 8 Taeyangs and 13 Pullips. Prices range from around $40 to $120 with most of the dolls being offered in the very affordable $70 or less range. There are a lot of really great classic Dal releases like Lipoca on special in addition to some more recent dolls like Steampunk Byul Moirai who is down to $70 and who is by far, my biggest temptation. In addition to being high on wishlist, Moirai is also the last Byul that I have never owned…. do I dare give into temptation? b324_4It’s worth noting that you should really click around on the website and look around because there are a few other dolls like Lizbel who are not marked as being a part of the Friday Sales special but are certainly priced that way!

Both sales are a great opportunity to add that special dolly someone that you may have overlooked before to your doll family/collection at a wonderful price! I know, I definitely took advantage of the sale and will likely do so again when my next paycheck comes!

I’ve had a few people ask me recently so as a note, I don’t actually get anything from doing posts like this, I’m not a paid affiliate of either website. In fact, if anything this post has ended up costing me money as I ended up caving and ordering Byul Moirai from Pullipstyle while I was writing it. I enjoy connecting people with the dolls they love, I personally enjoy getting a deal so I try to spread the news of a sale when I find one so other people can get a doll they love at a more wallet-friendly price too!

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