JPGroove made a bunch of very interesting additions to their website recently including Ai Dolls and Pullip carrying cases.
Ai Dolls are small ball jointed dolls made of ABS plastic previously released by Jun Planning (their release continued under Groove), eventually dolls were released with one of four different facemolds. I have built a FAQ for Ai Dolls here previously, it has lots of information including which dolls have which headmold as well as sizing information. You can check out JPGroove’s full selection of Ai Dolls here. The original MSRP for Ai Dolls was 15000 yen, which really is not a bad price for a dressed bjd with face up but they are now priced at less than $50. As of this writing they still have 24 different Ai Dolls available (you can see the full release list of Ai Dolls I have compiled here).
I only have a small handful of Ai Dolls unfortunately I only have two dolls in common with JPGroove as of this writing (I may be tempted to order one or two more at that price). I only have Bee Balm who is actually my favorite of the Ai Dolls and has the rarest facemold only used for four different releases.
The other is Beloperone, the little court jester another favorite of mine.
One thing I must say about Ai Dolls is that of all the Jun Planning/Groove dolls they definitely seemed to have the most varied and creative releases.
The Angelic Pretty Pullip Case was released a few years ago, I honestly completely forgot about it until I saw it in Groove’s recent email. The case was released in collaboration with Angelic Pretty so it is extremely cute and would be great as a carrying case for any of the lolita dolls or Alice du Jardin like pictured above.
It’s a very cute case that is both designed to be a carrying case as well as a closet, the chair/throne is designed to be removable so that you can hang clothing in the case.
Very Cute and tempting case!
Even more interesting than the Angelic Pretty Case is the very rare and sought after Rozen Maiden case, it is designed to just be for display but I have hauled dolls around in mine. It is extremely well made. This is one of my favorite all-time Pullip related things, I already have one but I pounced on ordering a second one as soon as I saw them on the website so my Rozen Maiden Pullips no longer have to fight my Volks SD Suiseiseki for the case.
Other things of note, JPGroove is running a free shipping on most items within the US special until Christmas Eve. They also have preorders open for MIO Pullip and Taeyang kits oh and that free shipping within the US through Christmas Eve I mentioned that seems to count towards preorders as well.
Favorite Ribbon was released alongside La Robe Vert Clair in January of 2014, both dolls were part of Groove’s first ever triple collaboration. Groove collaborated with lolita clothing company Baby, the Stars Shine Bright as well as famous models Misako Aoki and Fukasawa Midori to release dolls based upon the likeness of the models wearing clothing designed by Baby, the Stars Shine Bright. Favorite Ribbon is based on Misako Aoki who is a nurse as well as a model so in addition to the Baby, the Stars Shine Bright designed outfit she also comes with a pink nurse’s uniform. The Favorite Ribbon collection was previously available as human sized lolita clothing via Baby, the Stars Shine Bright it was designed in collaboration with Misako Aoki source.
I was lucky enough to order Favorite Ribbon via Pullipstyle before they sold out of her, while she is no longer available via PS JPGroove still has one available via there website as of this writing.
With Ribbon that connects many times…..A girl can become happy and a shining princess…. Feel Like So.
Groove just announced details via their blog about the release of the latest doll in the Sailor Moon x Pullip collaboration- Sailor Jupiter. Sailor Jupiter is the final member of the inner senshi to be released in doll form. Jupiter is set for a January release in Japan, so we will not get her in the US until February. She has a MSRP of 16000 yen. As we have seen previously with the other dolls in this collaboration series, Bandai’s shop once again has an exclusive version of Sailor Jupiter that comes with her school uniform as a bonus item the exclusive version is priced at 19000 yen and is available exclusively through Bandai’s shop here.
Of thunder and courage, sailor Sailor, Sailor Jupiter! Thereby regret much numb!
A single teaser photo of Pullip Sailor Jupiter surfaced via Groove’s blog last night. No information on release date and/or MSRP is available yet but my guess is she will be a January release in Japan and have a MSRP of 16000 yen (same as the other sailor scouts). There will undoubtedly be a limited version of Sailor Jupiter with an exclusive accessory available exclusively via Bandai’s shop, I assume it’ll more than likely be her school uniform but we shall see.
Sailor Jupiter is the last of the five inner sailor senshi to be released though the sixth doll released overall as a part of the collaboration. I honestly think they did a pretty nice job with her, I look forward to seeing more promo photos of her.
I will update this as more information about Sailor Jupiter’s release becomes available.
On a somewhat related note, Sailor Venus will be on her way home to me very soon.
Earlier this year, Tokidoki paired with Groove to release the Tokidoki themed superhero pair Pullip Super Stella and Dal Vendettina as SDCC exclusives. Both of the dolls are limited edition, only 250 of each doll were produced (no certificate). I was extremely fortunate and able to attain a Super Stella whose box had been autographed by Simone Legno, the creator of Tokidoki. It was absolutely amazing but I was so torn I wanted to play with her but in the end I could not bring myself to debox her so I posted an almost non-review of her here. I still really, really wanted to have a Super Stella to play with so I ended up ordering another Super Stella this time via Pullipstyle.
She arrived last week and I didn’t waste any time deboxing her so I could play with her.
We will defeat evil with our unparalleled cuteness! Also neither of us have a feel like so.