Sales special at Pullipstyle

Pullipstyle announced a new special earlier today via their newsletter (which I highly recommend you sign up for if you haven’t already). A special coupon code APRIL20 has been issued and is good for $20 off of any purchase of $250 or more (before shipping costs) all you have to do is enter the code in the appropriate coupon code square while you are ordering. Remember this code is good only for a limited time just through the end of April so act fast!

Did I mention that they just happened to restock Pullip Tokidoki Lunarosa? Pullip Froggy is almost sold out. The dent box section has a pretty nice selection right now as well. The hardest part with these types of deals is always deciding who to get.

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Package from Groove: Rozen Maiden Shinku & Keikujyaku Pullips

I received an email from JPGroove a few days ago, they let me know that TokyoOtakuMode had featured some of my and Truefan’s photos in an article about Pullip that we had previously submitted pictures to Groove for and that we should both be expecting packages. I did not expect a package to arrive the very next morning.

I received Rozen Maiden Pullips Shinku & Keikujyaku from Groove. Groove (actually Groove’s predecessor Jun Planning) previously collaborated with Rozen Maiden to release a series of dolls based on the dolls back in 2006-2008. Eventually nine dolls were released in the first series of Rozen Maiden dolls including Pullips Shinku, Suiseiseki, Souseiseki, Suigintou, Barasuishou; LE Pullips Kirakishou and Detective Shinku; Dals Hina Ichigo and Kanaria.  The Rozen Maiden series of dolls was the first major collaboration for Pullip.  A new Rozen Maiden television series launched last year, Rozen Maiden Zurückspulen which was a lot more faithful to the manga series in both character design and story.
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If you are familiar with the anime/manga series you may be wondering who this unfamiliar doll next to Shinku is. Her name is Keikujyaku, she is the result of a design contest held jointly by Baby, the Stars Shine Bright and Groove. The design contest allowed people to submit designs for a theoretical doll by Rozen, the winner of the contest would have their design turned into both a Pullip doll by Groove and a life-size outfit set by Alice, the Stars Shine Bright sub-brand Alice and the Pirates.
Rozen Maiden Keikujaku & Shinku
I love the Rozen Maiden series, it was what got me into Pullips in the first place. I received my first Pullip, the original Shinku as a birthday gift over seven years ago. Words can not express how thankful I am to Groove for sending me these two dolls to review and both dolls should have their reviews up here as quickly as possible, definitely within the next few days.

Preorders for Keikujyaku and Shinku are available for preorder via JPGroove and Pullipstyle. Speaking of Rozen Maiden preorders, Suigintou just went up for preorder on Pullipstyle as well.

 

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Pullip MIO (Make It Own) Vest & Jean Sets

MIO or Make It Own is a new line of customizable Pullip products, products in this line include everything from blank doll kits to wigs and outfit sets. Today we will be focusing on one on two of the outfit sets released as part of the MIO line, the Vest & Jeans set. JPGroove very generously sent me both sets to review here.
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This set is designed to fit Pullip and Isul, in general it’s kind of surprising how interchangeable their clothing actually is.

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Byul Pollon

Ah Byul, I love you but you definitely aren’t the most popular member of the Pullip family. Byul debuted in late 2008, so far there have been a total of twenty seven different Byuls released. She is Dal’s best friend, I always thought it was kind of funny that Dal’s best friend has been released in doll form already when Pullip’s best friend Ggot still hasn’t been into an actual doll yet. While Byul means star in Korean but it almost sounds like a disease, if that’s the case it seems I’ve got a bad case of Byul.
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This is Lullaby, she is a Byul Pollon. She has been rewigging in one of the Make It Own or MIO wigs and rechipped with custom Blythe chips. She is wearing the Angelic Pretty Decoration Dream Sax Version Set outfit set. Isn’t she precious?
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If nothing else, I think it can be agreed upon that she looks better than in her rather stock form. When promotional photos of Pollon surfaced so many years ago I thought she was rather bland and I didn’t really give her a second thought until I saw some owner photos of her outside of her stock clothes. I happened to spot a used Pollon on eBay recently and decided to buy her and absolutely no regrets.
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I wish more people would give Byul a chance as she sure has a lot of potential.
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More pictures of Rozen Maiden Pullip Suigintou surface

Groove updated their blog again during the night, more pictures of the forthcoming Rozen Maiden Suigintou were uploaded. She will be released May (June here in the US) and has a MSRP of 16000 yen.
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 Let’s start with the Alice game Now I’m sorry to have kept you waiting
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New Pullip Rozen Maiden Suigintou announced for May 2014

Groove announced a new version of Suigintou via their blog earlier this morning. Suigintou is from the anime Rozen Maiden, Jun Planning previously collaborated with Rozen Maiden to make a series of dolls starting back in 2006 it was the first major anime collaboration for Pullip. So far this year, of the fifteen dolls announced and/or released only six of them are original dolls ie. not collaboration and of those six one looks like an unofficial collaboration and one of the others is a recolor of a previously released doll.

Collaboration dolls are great in moderation but I remember at the time of the original Rozen Maiden’s series release that a lot of people in the community seemed upset that so many collabs were released and dominated most of the release dates for the year, now here we are again six years later. Is Groove going to re-release the entire series? Given how long some of the dolls took to sold out that doesn’t seem wise on their part especially since at least one of the dolls Hina Ichigo is still available nearly eight years after release. Personally, I love Rozen Maiden and it’s what got me into Pullips but I think I’d rather see new original releases.

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2014 Suigintou

She has a MSRP of 16000 yen (the original had a MSRP of 12000 yen). While she does look more detailed than the original, she does not appear to come with any accessories unless of course you order through TBS where you get a bonus feather if you order before the 20th of April. The original came with a sword.
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2007 Suigintou

I’ll be sure to update as soon as more photos become available. Currently she is only available for preorder via TBS. TBS is the official goods shop of Rozen Maiden so at this time I assume that like Sparrow and Shinku, Suigintou will not be exclusive to them but they seem to have the right to list her for preorder first.

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Various Updates

Madoka

  • My birthday was this past Friday, I’m now thirty years old. Most of what I received as presents wasn’t really well photogenic unless you like blu-ray cases ^^;.  I got a bunch of anime on blu-ray including all of the Puella Magi Madoka tv series, Hellsing OVA I-VIII, Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles season two (already have season one) & OVAs and both seasons of Gunslinger Girls. My preorder for Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion LE version was also prepaid. This is related to why it’s been relatively quiet here, I’m been watching anime the stuff I got on blu-ray as well as Sword Art Online on netflix. I also tend to get slightly depressed and not very social around my birthday plus I’ve been feeling overwhelmed with moving stuff ^^;
  • I got Garzey’s Wing on dvd, it’s like the worst anime ever and the dub is horrendous but it’s so bad it’s hilarious, it’s almost like an Ed Wood film.
  • I did get the Ultimate Madoka Hobby Japan figure pictured above for my birthday as I am still fairly obsessed with Madoka. I bought the Sound Horizon Pullips Violette and Hortense that are pictured below for myself for my birthday.
  • Pullips Sakura Miku and Dilettante as well as Taeyang Destinee de la Rose are now in stock on Pullipstyle. Reviews of all three dolls have already been posted up here. I’m really trying not to notice the fact that Chiffon-pang is now in stock on PS.

Violette & Hortense I’m hoping to crank my productivity back up here now that I’ve gotten the bulk of the stuff sorted in the apartment.

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