Rozen Maiden x Pullip- Souseiseki & Souseiseki Details Update

Groove officially announced the upcoming releases of Pullips Souseiseki (the blue twin) & Suiseiseki (the green twin) via their blog just now. Earlier tonight I had wrote about their pending release and my thoughts on them in much more detail here, as promised I am just doing a quick update now that official information has become available. The twins have been confirmed for a March release in Japan, which means we won’t get them here in the states until April. They have a MSRP of 16000 yen each.
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Animaru the official shop for TBS goods (ie. Rozen Maiden stuff) is one again offering a bonus item to those who preorder from them. Animaru‘s exclusive preorder bonus item for both Souseiseki and Suiseiseki is the same Jun plushie that previously came as a preorder bonus with Shinku. The Jun plushie is still adorable but not adorable enough to pay a premium to get him.

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Both dolls are already up for preorder via Pullipstyle: Suiseiseki & Souseiseki.

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Rozen Maiden x Pullip: Suiseiseki & Souseseki Pullips?!

Much to my surprise and delight, the rumored releases of Rozen Maiden Pullips Souseiseki & Suiseiseki were confirmed last night. I happened to check Pullipstyle last night as I was curious if the preorders for Taeyang Tuxedo Mask had opened or not (they have, he can be ordered here) and I found preorder listings for Suiseiseki and Souseiseki as well despite the fact that Groove has not even announced their release yet via their blog. I will be sure to update the information once Groove releases information on the pair.

For those of you unfamiliar with the Rozen Maiden series, Souseiseki and Suiseiseki’s characters are twins. Souseiseki is a tomboy, she is the one dressed in blue. Suiseiseki is more feminine though she is also a bit mischievous, she is in the one dressed in green.
Rozen Maiden Souseiseki & SuiseisekiSuiseiseki and Souseiseki will be the sixth and seventh dolls released as a part of the 2014-2015 Rozen Maiden x Pullip line. Dolls of Suiseiseki and Souseiseki were also released as a part of the original Rozen Maiden x Pullip collaboration series way back in 2007. Suiseiseki and Souseiseki are scheduled for a March release alongside Tuxedo Mask, I assume at this point that they will have the same MSRP of 16000 yen as the other dolls in the 2014-2015 Rozen Maiden line based on their pricing on Pullipstyle.

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Sailor Moon x Pullip- Taeyang Tuxedo Mask Details Announced

Groove revealed further details about the release of the latest doll in the Sailor Moon x Pullip collaboration line Taeyang Tuxedo Mask via their blog last night. I think it’s very fitting that the details for the release of Sailor Moon’s true love were announced just in time for Valentine’s Day. If you haven’t heard already, Taeyang Tuxedo Mask is set for a March release in Japan (April in the US) and has a MSRP of 18000 yen.
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I Tuxedo Mask, it’s rose of one wheel that cut through the evil in the beautiful moonlit night serenade look good

Taeyang Tuxedo Mask is quite the dashing hero!
New Tuxedo Mask PromoTuxedo Mask with his beloved Sailor Moon, I do have to say they are absolutely perfect for each other. I know, I’m definitely going to need a Taeyang Tuxedo Mask to go with my Pullip Sailor Moon!
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Sailor Moon x Pullip: Taeyang Tuxedo Mark

The seventh doll in the very popular Sailor Moon x Pullip collaboration line has been announced via Groove’s blog and the official Sailor Moon site, it’s Tuxedo Mask! Not a whole lot of details about the release of Tuxedo Mask have been announced at this time, just his release date which is set for March of 2015 (April for those of us in the US) as well as his price 18000 yen (approximately $151 USD at this time). Tuxedo Mask is the first non-Pullip doll released in the line, I wonder if we will see more non-Pullip characters released in the future? Personally, I’m still hoping for a Dal Chibi Moon to be released eventually. It is not known at this time if there will be an exclusive bonus item for those preordering from Bandai’s official store though I assume there probably will be (maybe a rose?).
Tuxedo MaskGroove has very faithfully translated Tuxedo Mask’s character design into doll form. Tuxedo Mask was always quick to rush in and save the day whenever Sailor Moon was in trouble and he definitely looks the part of a dashing hero! His stock looks to be of nice quality and is very detailed… and there does not seem to be even the tiniest bit of pleather in it.

Considering how few Taeyangs were released last year, I do find it a bit funny that Tuxedo Mask is announced so quickly on the heels of the new version of Taeyang Sebastian both boys are anime collaborations, have dark hair, wear suits and even come with top hats!
Tuxedo MaskHe does have a nice face up! The only thing I am not really that fond of is the eyebrows, the shape is nice but the color doesn’t seem quite right they almost look dark blue. I love his blue eyes!

I will be sure to update as more details become available!

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Rozen Maiden x Pullip: Pullip Hina Ichigo

A new Rozen Maiden anime series called Rozen Maiden Zurückspulen premiered in 2013, it was much more faithful to the original manga series than the original anime series. Jun Planning had previously collaborated with TBS to release a series of dolls based upon the different characters/dolls way back in 2006 that continued all the way through 2008. A total of nine different dolls were released including a Dal version of Hina Ichigo were released. Hina Ichigo was a very cheerful and bubbly character so somehow I’m not sure the frowny faced Dal was the best fit for her character.

Pullip Hina Ichigo was released in September of 2014. She has a MSRP of 16000 yen. A special version was available exclusively to those who preordered Hina Ichigo via Animaru (TBS’ official shop) that came with a cute strawberry plush. Rozen Maiden is what initially attracted Pullips to me in the first place and Hina Ichigo was always my favorite character so I was very excited about Pullip Hina Ichigo. I bought her shortly after her release from Pullipstyle.

Hina IchigoAs long as I’m with JUN…I can have fun anywhere… Feel Like So.
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J-doll Esplanadi Katu

Today I will write about Esplanadi Katu, she is a J-doll. What is a J-doll? J-Dolls are top fashion models who travel around the world. Their names are based on famous streets which corresponds to their fashion style. They were originally produced by Jun Planning but their release continued under Groove. Jun Planning/Groove are most known for another fashion doll line Pullip (and her various friends) which I devote most of my attention to here but I like to highlight some of the other dolls they have produced over the years. I have a list of all the different J-dolls released here if anyone is interested in checking all the different releases.

Esplanadi Katu’s style is based on a street in Finland famous for it’s boutiques and museums. She was released in December of 2008 which was perfect for her considering her red and green color scheme. She originally had a MSRP of 10000 yen. Pullipstyle  recently got a number of J-dolls in stock at a variety of different price points, I’ve always been a big fan of Esplanadi Katu  so when I saw her for the bargain price of only $35 I couldn’t resist her.

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I named my Eslpanadi Katu Holly due to her holiday theme.
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Azone X Kinikojuice: Kikipop Dolls

These days, it’s not every often that I get excited about something other than a Pullip but the new line of Kikipop dolls has definitely grabbed my attention! Kinokojuice has partnered with Azone  to release a series of fashion dolls based upon the design of her very sought after and hard to find bjd dolls.

When originally announced they were limited and exclusive to Azone’s physical stores in Japan. Luckily a general commercial wave was announced shortly thereafter some time between June and the more vague fall (depending on which website you look at Amiami says one thing, HLJ says another). The benefit of having ordered from Azone is that you will get your dolls in April so you will have your dolls earlier than everyone else. The dolls are priced at 24000 yen (approximately $204 USD as of this writing).

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I think I just died from cuteness overload!
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