Both Truefan (world’s biggest Dal fan, organizer of Puddle) and I were recently contacted by JPGroove, we were told that we each had a package of sample items on the way. We weren’t told anything about the sample items so I didn’t really know what to expect, previously we had both received the debut batch of MIO items as well as Pullip Kuhn from Groove. I had the hope when I heard that a sample item was coming that it maybe just might be Pullip Sakura Miku. I think my jaw just about hit the floor when the package arrived yesterday, I don’t think either of us expected all of this.
What was in the package? A whole lot of dolly awesomeness.
Dolls: Pullip Dilettante, Taeyang Akira x Destinee de la Rosa and Pullip Vocaloid Sakura Miku. These three dolls are the February releases in Japan/March releases for us in the US. The promotional photos of Dilettante had failed to really leave an impression on me but I must say she is quite lovely in person. Sakura Miku is definitely my favorite though so she will be the first doll to get reviewed.
The MIO (Make It Own) clothing sets: Vest & Jeans set casual version and monotone versions, Knit One-piece black & lilac versions and the Holiday Picnic Set.
MIO shoe sets these are all for Pullip unless noted otherwise: High Heels (Blue) x Boots (Brown), Fur Boots (Camel), Engineer Boots (Black) x Loafers (Blue), Engineer Boots for Taeyang and Tassel Shoes (Black) x Short Boots (Brown) for Taeyang
MIO wigs: Wave in platinum gold and pink, Short Bob in black & grey and the Medium wig in two-tone brown.
MIO eyechips: Aqua Blue & Light Pink, Lemon Yellow x Red Purple and Apricot & Light Green.
I’ll be doing full reviews on all of these items over the next couple of weeks, if anyone has any particular questions or anything they would like me to cover please let me know and I’ll be sure to include it.
Thanks again to JPGroove for their amazing generosity and sending me all this awesome stuff to review.
Posted in Doll, Pullip, Taeyang/ Namu
Tagged AKIRA × Destinée de la Rose, Dilettante, holiday picnic set, make it own, mio, Pullip, sakura miku, taeyang, vocaloid
I went to go see the Lego Movie a couple of weeks ago, I really enjoyed it so much so that I decided to buy a Lego Movie kit specifically the Cuckoo Palace. Unfortunately at least in my area it seems as though everyone had the same thought as me and wanted the Cuckoo Palace as no local stores had it in stock. During my great hunt, I found something even better than the super cute Cuckoo Palace… a new Batman Lego Kit!
I love Batman lego kits so of course it had to come home with me! The new kit I found is the Batman: Joker Steam Roller Lego kit, it has a MSRP of $49.99 and it is one of four new kits released to coincide with the release of the Lego movie (Batman doesn’t appear in any of the official Lego Movie kits released so far). The Steam Roller kit is the largest of the four new kits, the others are Batman: Penguin Face Off MSRP $12.99, Man-Bat Attack MSRP $19.99 and Batman: The Riddler Chase MSRP $29.99. I have since purchased the Riddler kit coincidentally alongside the Cuckoo Palace as there was a buy one, get one half off Lego sale at ToysRus’s website and they happened to have them both in stock at the time ^^; I’ll more than likely get the other two kits at some point as well, I have all but one of the newer series of Batman kits (I don’t have the Dark Knight Rises-esque Bane kit) as well as some of the kits from the first round like Joker’s Ice Cream Surprise.
Pang-ju is a tiny anthro bjd made by Groove, they are a mere 10 cm tall. Groove introduced the first Pang-ju in August of 2011 and they have been sporadically released ever since. So far a total of thirteen different Pang-ju have been released including the just released Chiffon Cake-pang (a complete release list can be seen here).
I will admit that I have been curious about Pang-ju for a while but I wasn’t convinced that I absolutely needed one. There were never very many owner photos of Pang-ju to tempt me unfortunately a video had to come along. Last year, a promotional video was posted by Ars Gratia Artis to promote Pang-ju.
Unfortunately for me, they knew me weakness look at that cute little puppy frolic and those dog dolls in the video are actually sort of cute… oh, yes I was doomed I definitely had to have one of those adorable little dog dolls now.
After months of toying with the idea of buying a Pang-ju and trying to decide which one I should get if I get one, I finally made a decision and bought Cranberry-Pang. I was very torn between Cranberry-Pang and Pome-Pang, I love jesters and I already have Dal Sentimental Noon and Ai Doll Red Poppy which would have matched Pome-Pang perfectly. I ultimately decided to go with Cranberry-Pang because she was more traditionally cute and would be more versatile versus Pome-Pang’s more extreme face up.
How tiny, how sweet.
I have to say that I was was pleasantly surprised by Pang-ju when I deboxed her, I had assumed from my experience with Ai Dolls that their posing would be kind of clunky but despite Pang-ju’s tiny size she seemed to be pose better for me than the Ai Dolls ever did. I was completely blown away by how tiny Pang-ju really is in person, I had known her measurements but somehow I didn’t expect her to be so petite. She was also light as a feather, though that could be because Pang-ju are made of ABS plastic. Because Pang-ju are not resin they unfortunately don’t meet the criteria for being an on-topic doll on Den of Angels.
I love Cranberry-Pang’s face up, unlike Ai Dolls all Pang-jus have the same face mold so they only real variation is make up and somehow Cranberry-Pang’s face up is just perfect. I especially love her eyelashes and blushing.
Cranberry-pang with a custom Dal, since they were wearing similar colors I decided to take a picture of the pair together.
I’ll write more about Pang-ju soon, I hope to get some additional size comparison shots and as well as more photos in general of her.
At the moment, it looks pretty definite that I will be moving. I really intensely dislike talking about my personal life here but it’ll have an impact on the site so I figured that I needed to share.
If you missed my post about it my grandmother who raised me, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in early December and passed away in January. When she was diagnosed I dropped everything to go take care of her and basically just packed a backpack and moved into my old bedroom from high school. I stayed after her passing so my grandfather wouldn’t be alone the idea was that this would be temporary arrangement but it is looking like this may be becoming permanent.
Why am I am posting about this here and what does have to do with the site? I have many, many things I knew I would eventually have to move and I have been dreading it because of those many, many things. My lease runs until May, at this point it would be cheaper to ride out my lease then to break it so I’m slowly going to be moving things from the apartment to my grandparent’s house over the next few months. I had the realization that it would probably be better not to have so many things, so as you may have already noticed there is a new heading underneath the site banner called Sale! which will be populated with things I wish to downsize a bit before the move. I have already listed some Pullips there, I will slowly add more Pullips and probably other things as well as time allows (I not only have to break down my entire apartment but I have nearly forty years of stuff to sort through here at the house as well, plus I have a job so let’s just say I’m a busy girl!).
I’m not done with Pullips or comics or anime figures not by a long shot, I’m just taking this opportunity to downsize a bit.
Please note only what is listed on the Sale! page is actually for sale, please don’t ask about anything else.
Pullipstyle opened preorders for the March Pullip releases earlier today, the dolls won’t actually be available in the states until April because dolly mass transit apparently takes time. I was starting to get worried about whether or not the winner of the design a Rozen Maiden contest Sparrow/Keikujyaku would be offered in the US so I was quite relieved to see her up for preorder with the others today. Clicking on the photos below will take you to their respective pages on Pullipstyle *.
Pullip Vanessa is priced at $120, I’ll be passing on her as she just doesn’t appeal to me at all. Pullips Shinku and Sparrow/Keikujyaku are priced at $132.95, I want both of them very badly. Shinku in particular holds a special place in my heart as she was my first Pullip seven years ago on my birthday and is what got me into the hobby. The new Shinku practically comes out on my birthday, I definitely wouldn’t mind getting her as a belated birthday present. Sparrow is also very high on my wishlist, I’m curious to see what she will look like with all of my other Rozen Maiden dolls.
* I honestly don’t get any referrers or any sort of benefit for linking to Pullipstyle I just feel they are really trustworthy sellers and it’s where I buy the bulk of my Pullips so I feel very safe/comfortable recommending them. I’ve been very honest on the few occasions where I have been sent stuff to review whether it be as a loan or for keeps from PS/JPGroove.
Incoming Dolls- I ordered Pullips Varele and Tokidoki Lunarosa from Pullipstyle on Monday, they will be here on Tuesday. I really need to kick it in gear and get Canele blogged before her sister release Varele arrives.
I’m also planning on finally ordering myself a Pang-ju later tonight I ordered Pang-ju Cranberry-pang as I’ve been curious about Pangs for a while (also DoColla Miku). In retrospect I should have ordered her with Varele and Lunarosa but I was already numb from spending $270+ on the pair. I’ve still got a hell of a backlog of dolls to blog .
Site Updates- I’ve been working on updating things like the Pullip FAQ and other pages as I get time, I’ve also started work on an Ai Doll FAQ because I couldn’t find much information about them so I figured I would share what I could. I’m really putting a lot of effort into making this as an all inclusive Groove resource as I can but at the same time I also don’t want to write just about dolls. This site was made so I could blog about my various toys so I’m really going to try and commit to doing at least two blog posts a week one on Pullips and one on well something else.. what will be the something else? It could be Legos, Batman toys, anime figures, My Little Pony I collect a lot of different toys.
Posted in Doll, Pullip
Tagged Keikujyaku, lunarosa, Pullip, pullipstyle, rozen maiden, shinku, sparrow, tokidoki, vanessa, varele
It’s not all about dolls here though lately it may seem that way. I felt like photographing something not doll related for once unfortunately I’m still far from home so my choices were kind of limited, fortunately I bought the Takatsuki Ichika nendoroid for Mr. Klein for Christmas and she still happened to be here.
Ichika is from the anime Ano Natsu de Matteru. The anime aired in early 2012 and has since been licensed for distribution here in the states by Sentai Filmworks and has since been released under the title Waiting in the Summer. I admittedly haven’t watched much of the anime series myself but it is one of Mr. Klein’s newer favorite shows as it reminds him so much of his favorite anime Onegai Teacher!.
I just love Ichika’s facial expressions, this dismayed one is by far my favorite.
Ichika searching for her little alien companion Rinon.
Ichika with her cute little puppet of herself and Kaito, it is worth noting that though there was never a nendoroid of Kaito to go with Ichika there is a nendoroid release of her friend Kanna.
Ta-ta for now!
Posted in Dal, Doll, Pullip
Tagged Dal, lunarosa, pretty soldier sailor moon, Pullip, rozen maiden, sailor moon, sakura miku, shinku, sparrow, tokidoki, vanessa, vocaloid