Q- What is a pullip?
A- Pullip is an Asian fashion doll. She has a unique mechanism that allows her to look from side and side as well as blink (on newer releases starting with Rei they have “sleep eyes” where the eyes can remain closed). She has a very large head about 1/3 scale on a 1/6 scale body.
Q- What are the other dolls in the “pullip family”?
A- The first doll released in the pullip line, other than Pullip herself was Namu her boyfriend. Namu had a very angular face and was not very popular so he was discontinued. Pullip quickly replaced Namu with her new boyfriend Taeyang. Taeyang’s younger sister Dal joined the line soon after. Byul was introduced in 2009, she is Dal’s best friend. Isul debuted in February of 2011. Isul is Pullip’s little brother. The newest member of the Pullip family is Yeolume, she is Pullip’s future daughter and unlike the other dolls in the Pullip family has a bendy body rather than an articulated body. There are also a number of miniature dolls in the line, there have been two different versions of Little Pullips (old style and a newer redesigned style), Little Dals as well as Angel Pullips and Dals. There has now been a single Little Taeyang released as well as a few Little Byuls.
Q- How often are pullips released?
A- Pullip is released once a month with periodic limited edition releases. Namu is discontinued, his predecessor Taeyang is released approximately every other month. Dal was previously released bi-monthly but is now released monthly. Byul is released approximately every other month (Byul and Taeyang share a rotating schedule so if Byul is released one month, there will be a Taeyang release for the next month). Little Pullip and Little Dal are released monthly.
Q- Is there somewhere I can see a complete list of all the released pullips? dals? taeyangs? namu ? byul? little pullips and little dals?
A- I have been been working on full release list for pullip; because of length I cut into three part 1 which contains all pullip released from 2003-2006, part 2 which contains all pullips released from 2007 through 2009 and part 3 which contains Pullips released from 2010 onwards. I have also made lists for dal, taeyang, namu, byul, old style little pullips, new little pullips and little dals. I have yet to compile a list of all the isuls but I am currently working on it.
Q-Where can I buy pullips?
A- I highly recommend Pullipstyle I have personally purchased 100+ dolls from them with no complaints. There was previously another US based store called Valley of the dolls but they discontinued carrying pullip and then closed their doors as of 8/2010. There are other shops in the US that carry pullip, such as Denverdoll, Entertainment Earth, PopFuzz Toyslogic, Angelic Dreamz and Doll Peddler prices kind of vary though. HobbylinkJapan and Hobbysearch may work out better with shipping cost if you are not in the US, just be warned HLJ’s packaging can sometimes leave something to be desired (I purchased Uncanricky from them and she was shipped via ems there was a hole in the box and I could literally see her staring back at me :O ). There are also two pullip forums devoted to buying/selling/trading Shopadollic and Dolly Market, both communities have their own rules please read them before posting and keep in mind I am a mod on both forums so please remember to follow all the rules or else !
Q-Are there any physical stores where I can buy Pullip in the United States?
The stores that I personally know of include the somewhat local to me Animadness in Waltham, which MA carries a good variety of older/newer dolls. I know of two stores in New York, one I have been to AngelicDreamz and one I haven’t made it up to yet PopFuzz. Popfuzz’s prices are very reasonable, AngelicDreamz tends to be slightly more expensive but they are a generalized collector doll shop and they do not really specialize in Pullip so their selection tends to be fairly small.
Q- You used some terms I am unfamiliar what does ____ mean?
A- These are some common doll terms that may cause some confusion to people new to the hobby or non-doll people ^^;
Bait- Doll sold or bought for the express purpose of customizing, is usually flawed in some way.
BDD- Bad Dolly Deals watchdog group for dolly deals gone wrong (highly suggested reading)
Custom- If the doll has had almost all of its stock elements changed and is no longer recognizable as the original doll
Customized- Doll has been partially customized, it is still somewhat recognizable as it’s stock doll but irreversible changes have been made to it’s face up (ie. lips repainted)
Grail- Most desired dream doll normally limited or extremely expensive older release ie. Noir, Fantastic Alice etc.
Groove- The company that took over Pullip production after Jun Planning.
JP- Jun Planning- the original company that made pullips before ownership of pullip was sold to Groove Inc. during the Spring of 2009
Mint- A mint doll is a factory perfect doll. It has no flaws, its outfit is perfect. Not all new dolls are mint. For example, dolls that are factory-flawed, even if NRFB, are not mint.
MIB- Mint in Box
NRFB- Not Removed From the Box. Doll has not been removed from the box.
Played With- Doll has been played with and is no longer mint
Rewigged- Doll has received a new wig
Rechipped- Doll has received new eyechips
Rebodied- Doll has rebodied with a different body other than it’s stock body
OOAK- One of a kind. The doll is a one of a kind custom
Stock- The clothing/accessories that originally came with the doll
Questions about Releases
Q- Which dolls are limited? Just how limited are they?
A- List of Limiteds:
Happy Birthday Pullip and Namu 1 LE300 (sold only as a set)
Bianca LE600 (Magma Heritage exclusive)
Oren LE600 (Magma Heritage exclusive)
Spring Purezza LE500
Mitzi LE600 (Magma Heritage Exclusive)
Vivien LE500 (Toys R’ Us Exclusive)
Winter Purezza LE500
Summer Purezza LE500
Happy Birthday Pullip and Namu 2 LE300 (sold only as a set)
Fall Purezza LE1200
Haute LA LE500
Another Alice LE500
Another Queen LE500
Another Soldier Rabbit LE500
Another Clock Rabbit LE500
Another King LE500
Haute NY LE500
Jouet LE300 (Doll Carnival Exclusive)
Detective Shinku LE1000
Cowardly Lion LE500
Isolde LE300 (Doll Carnival Exclusive)
Lala LE300 (US comic-con exclusive)
Chantilly LE300 (Doll Carnival Exclusive)
Ra Muw LE2000
Sweet Risa *
Snow Miku LE1000
Gothic & Lolita Psycho Yuki (Poster Version) LE300
Gothic & Lolita Psycho Yuki (Movie Version) LE300
Catwoman San Diego Comic-con Exclusive Version LE400
Catwoman Wonder Festival Exclusive Version LE400
Batgirl San Diego Comic-con Exclusive Version LE400
Batgirl Wonder Festival Exclusive Version LE400
Pink Romantic Alice *
* denotes a, as of yet revealed limited number. While not traditional limited dolls, Fanatica and Lan Ai were produced in smaller numbers than other releases.
Q- Do all the limited edition dolls come with numbered certificates? If not, which ones do.
A-Comes with a numbered certificate- Leprotto, Savon, Happy Birthday Pullip Sets 1 & 2, Bianca, Oren, all of the seasonal Purezzas (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter), Mitzi, Vivien, Haute LA & the Steampunk Set (Eos, Gyro, Rhiannon, Ra Muw & Apollo)
Does not come with a numbered certificate- The Another set (Another Alice, Another Queen, Another King, Another Soldier Rabbit & Another Clock Rabbit), Kirakishou, Jouet, Detective Shinku, Wizard of Oz Set (Dorothy, Tinman, Cowardly Lion & Scarecrow), Lala, Sola, Sala, Isolde, Chanti, Clara, Sweet Risa, Chloi, Snow Miku, both versions of Gothic & Lolita Psycho Yuki as well as both versions of Catwoman and Batgirl
Unknown (not released yet)- Banshee, Sith and Pink Romantic Alice
Q- What are collaborations? Which dolls are collaborations?
A-Collaborations are when pullip collaborates with another company and releases a pullip that draws influence from the other company’s products. Jun Planning/Groove Inc have collaborated with different anime shows to release dolls dressed as characters, clothing companies, Sanrio and Disney. Several dolls based on Audrey Hepburn based in how she appeared in films have also been released.
Rozen Maiden- Shinku, Detective Shinku, Hina Ichigo, Kanaria, Suiseiseki, Souseiseki, Suigintou, Barasuishou and Kirakishou
Neon Genesis Evangelion- Asuka & Rei
Kuroshitsuji- Sebastion, Sebastion Demon Teacher Version, Ciel, Ciel Robin Version and Grell. Mini versions of Sebastion, Ciel and Grell were also made.
Neo Angelique- Angelique, Erenfried and Rayne
Sanrio- Hello Kitty, My Melody and Cinnamoroll
Angelic Pretty- Sfoglia, Maretti, Cocotte and Chantilly
H.Naoto- Prunella, Isolde, Adsiltia, Arion, Horison, Angry & Hangry
Disney- Peter Pan, Captain Hook, Tigerlily and Tinkerbell
Wizard of Oz- Dorothy, Tinman, Cowardly Lion and Scarecrow
Audrey Hepburn- Sabrina, Holly (Breakfast at Tiffany’s) and Princess Ann (Roman Holiday)
Vocaloid- Miku, Snow Miku, Rin, Len, Luka & Kaito
DC Comics Batgirl & Catwoman
Sengoku Basara- Chousokabe Motochika, Sanada Yukimura, Date Masamune, Sarutobi Sasuke & Mouri Motonari
There are also releases based on public domain characters such as Fantastic Alice (Alice in Wonderland), Little Red Riding Hood and Anne of Green Gables.
Q-Aren’t Wind and Debut the same doll? Why do you have them listed differently?
A- Debut was actually the first doll released and while she is essentially Wind with a bike she does have a different product number than Wind so they are listed separately.
Q- What’s the difference between the two different Gothic & Lolita Psycho Yuki releases?
Both are limited to 300 but one is based on how Yuki appears in the movie versus how she appears on the film poster. One of the Poster version of Yuki’s eyes is a demonic red whereas the Film version has matched eyes. The Poster version also comes with a signed photo of the star of the Gothic & Lolita Psycho film.
Body Related Questions..
Question- Body Types? I heard something about different body types, which doll comes on which body..
Answer- So far there have been four different types of bodies used on pullips each have their own faults as well as benefits.
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Type 1- All 2003 releases -Wind, Debut (Wind with bike), Moon, Street, Squall, Carol, Noir, Leprotto, Bouquet and Withered
Type 2- January 2004 Venus through June 2005 Paja- (Venus, Savon, Nomado, Arietta, Anne Shirley, Bianca, Nero, Happy Birthday pullip 1, Principessa, Fantastic Alice, Oren, Spring Purezza, Panda, Fourrure, Mitzi, Little Red Riding Hood, Sacralita, Vivien, Fantatica, Chicca, Winter Purezza, Afternoon, Mercu, Jupi, Assa, Happy Birthday Pullip 2 & Paja)
Type 3- Starts with the Lan twins in August 2005 and continues through December 2008 release Adsiltia (Lan Ake, Lan Ai, Summer Purezza, Rovam, Greggia, Latte, Raphia, Cornice, Rida, Fall Purezza, Holly, Nina, Nahh-ato, Eternia, Craziia, Papin, Brand New Purezza, Zuora, Shinku, Chill, Haute LA, Suigintou, Stica, Suiseiseki, Alte, Souseiseki, Blanche, Barasuishou, Aquel, Another Alice, Another Queen, Hello Kitty, Kirakishou, Veritas, Prunella, Haute NY, My Melody, Rei, Asuka, Dorothy, Detective Shinku, Dita, Xiao Fan, Youtsuzu, Celsiy, Cinciallegra, Kirsche, Marianne, Isolde and Adsiltia)
Type 4- Neo Noir January 2009 through present (Neo Noir, Kaela, Grell, Clarity, Angelique, Mir, Lala, Sola, Sala, Sfoglia, Princess Ann, Peter Pan, Naomi, Aya, Elisabeth, Chelsea, Sabrina….)
Question- What are the sewing measurements of the different body types?
Answer- Images taken from pullip.net
Question- Height Comparison between pullips and friends? Other dolls of similar size ?
Answer- Here is a shot of pullip and crew, Namu and Taeyang have the same body so for simplicity’s sake I only included Taeyang. Dal and Byul also have the same body.
Compared to blythe, mama chapp, azone etc
Question- Ack my doll broke or I hate ___ type of body, can I rebody a pullip?
Answer – Yes, pullips can be rebodied. The popular choices for rebodying pullip are obitsu and volks, some people rebody all of their pullips for aesthetics/poseability others have all their dolls on their respective stock bodies. It is important to note that all not pullips have a skintone that can be easily matched, the Another series of dolls are just one example of dolls that are not an easy match. Obitsus can be bought from Junkyspot or HLJ, several other stores carry them as well they are available in a variety of colors and sizes (23 cm, 25 cm, 27cm). They are also available in two body types soft bust or hard bust, as well in a variety of bust sizes. 27cm is the preferred size for rebodying a pullip but 25cm and 23cm can also be used and can be good to represent a younger character or variety in heights. Volks are another popular choice, they are not as prevalent as obitsu they can be purchased through VolksUSA . They are also available in a variety of bust sizes. Requiemart has excellent tutorials on how to rebody dolls with either body type obitsu and volks.
Question- What size wig do pullips use? Where can I buy wigs for pullip?
Answer- Generally speaking pullips take size 8-9 but a few companies run a bit small in which case going up a size 9-10 is advised. Popular wig companies include CanCan and Jpopdolls. Somewhat luckily pullip has approximately the same size as Super Dollfie sized bjd and therefore bjd shops have wigs that will work for pullip Cotindoll, Formydoll, Kon’D, Leekeworld and Luts (tends to run small). Beachgirlnikitas sells really nice quality fur wigs for reasonable prices. One thing of note is that Denver Doll carries some wigs by the listed bjd companies, they are the same wigs but it may be a little cheaper to order through Denverdoll if they have it in stock because of the shipping (some of these companies are based overseas and shipping for a single wig can be fairly expensive).
Question-Which pullips have rooted hair? How can I rewig them?
Answer- All of the 2003 pullips (Wind, Debut, Moon, Street, Squall, Carol, Noir, Leprotto, Bouquet and Withered) as well as Venus, Nomado and Bianca have rooted hair. Rewigging them can be a bit difficult, releases with shorter hair can just have their hair tucked into slightly larger wigs (ie. Street’s scalp can be successfully tucked up into a blythe sized wig), if you want to rewig a girl with longer hair you either have to buy a blank scalp or shave/give an extremely short haircut to the scalp.
Questions about my personal collection
Question -How long have you been collecting pullips? What made you interested in them?
Answer-I received my first- Shinku as a gift for my birthday on March 28th, 2007. I was a huge Rozen Maiden fan at the time so I was dropping hints that I might like a Hina Ichigo (my favorite character) dal for my birthday well the person who bought Shinku decided they didn’t like dals all that much so bought me Shinku instead. I was so enamored with Shinku when I opened her, I ended up ordering Suiseiseki that night.
Question- How many pullips and friends do you own?
Answer- As of this writing (4/23/2013) I own..
19 old style little Pullips
14 new little Pullips
14 little Dals
& 1 each Angel Pullip and Dal
What other dolls do you own?
Answer- In addition to Pullip I also own 5 J-dolls and 4 Hestias and that’s just within the Groove family tree. I have a diverse doll family including 5 Blythes (4 Neo/1 ADG), 32 Dollfie Dreams (5 DDY, 5 MDD and 22 DD), 56 BJD (6 SD, 7 MSD, 12 Yo-SD/Littlefee, 21 Lati Yellow/Pukifee, 7 Pukipuki and 3 tiny anthros), 2 Mama Chapp, 1 Ddung and 2 Mini Ddung doll, 4 azone, 1 Volks Dollfie and 3 Megahouse dolls.
Last Updated: 4/23/2013