Q- What is a pullip?
A- Pullip is an Asian fashion doll. She has a unique eye 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- Please click on the following links for release lists Pullip : Taeyang : Dal : Byul : Isul : Yeolume : Namu : Little Pullip (Old) : Little Pullip + : Little Dal: Little Byul : Little Taeyang : Docolla
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 is a pullip forum devoted to buying/selling/trading called Dolly Market.
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.
MIO- Make It Own- A line of products released by Groove including everything from blank doll bases to wigs to clothes, ideal for customizing!
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
Question: Which doll should I get as my first?
Answer: That is a difficult question as it is different for everyone, I highly recommend going through and looking at all the different releases before making a decision. There is a group on flickr Pullippedia which serves as a directory to groups dedicated to each pullip release (you do not need to be a member of flickr to browse the groups but you do to comment/post) that is a great resource for owner photos of pullips, I highly recommend looking at owner photos as the promotional fliers sometimes don’t accurately portray the doll. Keep in mind some dolls are easier to get a hold of than others, Kirakishou is a gorgeous doll but is limited and is quite sought after/expensive so she is probably not the most realistic choice for a first doll.
Question:I have heard P.U.D.D.L.E. mentioned what is it?
Answer: Puddle is Pullip and Dal Doll Lovers Event. Puddle is a convention for Pullip lovers hosted by the very devoted fan, Truefan. It takes place in the Chicago, Illinois area every year some time in early June. I was lucky enough to attend Puddle in 2013 you can read my write up of it here.
Question: I’ve heard you mention something about a Doll Carnival, what the heck is that?
Answer: Starting winter of 2007, Jun Planning started hosting a yearly one day event to show off new and upcoming dolls as well as prototypes. It has been held ever year since then and there have even been exclusive LE dolls available only to those attending the event.
Questions about Releases
Q- Which dolls are limited? Just how limited are they?
A- List of Limiteds:
LE50: Taeyang- Demon Kogure, Taeyang- Xenon Ishikawa, Taeyang- Sgt. Luke Takamyra, Taeyang- Raiden Yuzawa & Taeyang- Jail O’hashi
LE300: Pullip- Leprotto, Pullip Savon, Happy Birthday Pullip and Namu 1, Happy Birthday Pullip and Namu 2, Dal Jouet, Pullip Isolde, Pullip Lala, Pullip Sala, Pullip Sola, Dal Chantilly, Pullip Yuki (Poster Version), Pullip Yuki (Movie Version), Pullip Myra
LE400: Pullip Batgirl (SDCC & WF Versions), Pullip Catwoman (SDCC & WF Versions), Pullip Froggy, Pullip Harley Quinn
LE500: Pullip Spring Purezza, Pullip Vivien, Pullip Winter Purezza, Pullip Summer Purezza, Pullip Haute LA, Pullip Another Alice, Pullip Another Queen, Dal Another Soldier Rabbit, Dal Another Clock Rabbit, Taeyang Another King, Pullip Haute NY, Pullip Dorothy, Taeyang Tinman, Taeyang Cowardly Lion, Taeyang Scarecrow, Pullip Wonder Woman, Taeyang Batman, Taeyang Hide Doubt Limited Version, Taeyang Hide Psyence, Taeyang Hitsuji, Taeyang Ni-ya, Taeyang Ruki, Taeyang Sakito, Taeyang Ougon Kishi Garo, Taeyang Suzumura Rei, Isul YOMI, Pullip Parco Ririko, Dal Parco Kozue & Pullip Hannah
LE600: Pullip Bianca, Pullip Mitzi,
LE1000: Pullip Kirakishou, Pullip Detective Shinku, Pullip Snow Miku & Taeyang Gackt
LE1200: Pullip Fall Purezza
LE2000: Pullip Eos, Taeyang Gyro, Byul Rhiannon, Dal Ra Muw & Isul Apollo
The following dolls were announced as limited editions but the exact number have yet to be revealed: Pullip Chloi, Pullip Clara, Dal Sweet Risa, Pullip Banshee, Isul Sith, Pullip Pink Romantic Alice, Isul Nekoneko Mao, Pullip Alice du Jardin Mint, Pullip Regeneration Noir, Pullip Regeneration Principessa, Pullip Regeneration Anne, Pullip Regeneration Paja, Pullip Regeneration Moon, Pullip Kiddyland Kiyomi, Pullip Ririko, Pullip Nanette, Pullip Pere Noel, Pullip Rche, Pullip Princess Sapphire, Pullip Luna, Pullip Violette, Pullip Hortense, Pullip Ally, Pullip Supergirl, Pullip Kuhn
While not traditional limited dolls, Fanatica and Lan Ai were supposedly 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.
Alice and the Pirates x Baby the Stars Shine Bright-
Pullip – Nella & Retro Nella
Isul – Johan & Retro Johan
Pullip- Prupate & Sfoglia
Dal- Joujou, Maretti & Chantilly
Byul – Cocotte & Sucre
Pullips- Holly (Breakfast at Tiffany’s), Princess Ann (Roman Holiday) & Sabrina
Byul – Pinoko
Taeyang – Black Jack
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-
Taeyang – Willy Wonka
Little Byul – Oompa Lumpa
Pullips- Akemi, Bloody Red Hood, Galene, Hino, Kuhn, Seila
Dal- Heiwa & Hello Little Girl
Isul- Hedner, Mao & Nekoneko Mao
Pullips- Batgirl, Catwoman, Harley Quinn, Supergirl & Wonder Woman
Pullip- Peter Pan
Dal- Tinkerbell & Pinnochio
Byul- Dumbo & Tigerlily
Taeyang – Captian Hook
Taeyang- Edward Scissorhands
Taeyang – Gackt
Taeyang- Ougon Kishi Garo & Suzumura Rei
Pullip – Victorique
Taeyang – Kazuya Kujo
Gothic & lolita Bible-
Pullips – Adsiltia, Isolde & Prunella
Dals- Angry & Hangry
Taeyangs- Arion & Horison
Pullip – Chelsea
Pullip – Ririko, Parco Limited: Ririko
Dal- Parco Limited- Kozue
Taeyang-Hide Doubt Version, Hide Limited Version, Hide Psyence
Pullips- Fraulein & Tiphona
Dal- Kleine & Clair
Dal- Ciel & Ciel Robin Version
Taeyang – Sebastion & Sebastion Demon Teacher Version
Minis- Little Taeyang – Sebastion, Little Dal – Ciel and Little Pullip – Grell
Pullip – Angelique
Dal – Erenfried
Taeyang – Rayne
Neon Genesis Evangelion-
Pullips – Asuka & Rei
Isul – Yomi
Taeyangs- Hitsuji, Ni-ya, Ruki & Sakito
Pullip – Girl with a Pearl Earring
Puella Magi Madoka Magicka-
Dal – Madoka
Pullips- Mami & Homura
Mini- Little Dal- Kyubeey
Dals- Sweet Risa & Vintage Rock Risa
Minis- Little Dals- Sweet Risa & Vintage Rock Risa
Rose of Versailles-
Pullips- Marie Antonienette & Oscar Francois
Taeyang- Andre Grandier
Pullip- Shinku, Suiseiseki, Souseiseki, Suigintou, Barasuishou, Kirakishou & Detective Shinku
Dals- Hina Ichigo & Kanaria
Pullips- Hello Kitty & My Melody
Dals- Cinnamoroll and Cinnamoroll 10th Anniversary Edition
Minis- Little Dal- Hello Kitty Baby & Little Byul- My Melody Baby
Pullip- Date Masamune
Dal- Sanada Yukimura
Byul- Sarutobi Sasuke
Isul- Mouri Motonari
Taeyang- Chousokabe Motochika
Taeyangs- Demon Kogure, Xenon Ishikawa, Sgt. Luke Takamyra, Raiden Yuzawa & Jail O’hashi
Pullips- Hotense & Violette
Pullips- Miku, Snow Miku, Luka & Meiko
Dals- Rin & Len
Wizard of Oz-
Pullip – Dorothy
Taeyangs- Tinman, Cowardly Lion and Scarecrow
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.
click for notes
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,Shan-ria, Saras, Eos, Tiphona, Melissa, Bonita, Ddalgi, Lunatic Alice, Amarri, Akoya, Clara, Chloi, Ludmilla, Jaldat, Prupate, Miku, Yuki (poster), Yuki (movie), Henri, Snow Miku, Date Masumune, Romantic Alice Blue, Catwoman SDCC, Catwoman WF, Batgirl SDCC, Batgirl WF, Luka, Banshee, Romantic Alice Pink, Yomi, Homura, Mami, LOL Miku, Nella, Yona, Seila, Victorique, Regeneration Fanatica, Regenation Alice, Si’anna, Ou’vera, Alice du Jardin, Regeneration Anne, Regeneration Moon, Meiko, Kiyomi, Regeneration Noir, Pulliphine IX, Regeneration Paja, Kiddyland Kiyomi, Merl, Wonder Woman, Gallene, Regeneration Principessa, Froggy, Yuri, Alice du Jardin Mint, Ririko, Snow White, Harley Quinn, Fraulein, Midnight Velvet, Nella (retro Version), Aurora, Nanette, Pere Noel, Rche, Princess Sapphire, Luna, Karen, Francious Arnoul, Princess Rosalind, Classical White Rabbit, Merl Nostalgia Version, Girl with a Pearl Earring, Milk Latte, Oscar Francois de Jarjayes, Marie Antoinette, Classical Alice, Hortense, Violette, Wilhelmenia, Dahlia Cinderella, Supergirl, Ally, Io, Eloise, Myra, Akemi, Kuhn, Hino & Hannah )
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 got 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: Do you really own all of the pullips and dals? Are you going to collect all the taeyangs/namus/byul/minis next?
Answer: Long Answer: I don’t own all of the Pullips and Dals anymore but I used to keep current with the line. I pretty much have all of the Pullips/Dals released prior to August of 2012 with one exception the Lolii version of Bloody Red Hood. I started losing interest a bit as a lot of the new collaborations/themes don’t appeal to me as much plus with the increase in number of releases every month (December of 2012 alone had twelve full size doll releases including nine Pullips). Not to mention with the pricehikes, I would basically have to devote the entirety of my fun money to Pullip just to keep up with all the releases every month. So I’m now concentrating on only buying customs and my absolute favorite Pullip and Dal releases with the occasional Taeyang/Byul/Isul/Yeolume tossed in for variety.
Besides at this point I am eighteen Pullips and nine Dals behind (plus some of the dolls like Milk Latte I really don’t care for ^^;) even if they were $100 each (some of them are more) that would still be almost $3k just to catch up and that is only if we are not counting the My Select Pullips/Dal as well.
The only dolls I am still trying to actively collect all of are the original Little Pullips. I’ve slowly accumulated a good number of them over the years by picking them up as I find good deals on them. At this time, I still need: Leprotto, Witch, Noir, Both versions of Alice, Carol, Rudolph, Purezza, Lan Ake, Purezza #2 & Rida.
Question- How many pullips and friends do you own?
Answer- As of this writing (10/17/2013) I own..
302 Pullips + 3 on the way
23 Little Pullips (original)
15 Little Pullip + (new)
14 Little Dal +
1 Little Byul +
& 1 each Angel Pullip and Dal
Question- Do you own any other dolls by Jun Planning/Groove?
Answer- Yes, I currently own: 14 J-dolls, 4 Hestias, 2 Sasha & 1 Ai Doll. I would eventually love to add a Pang-ju as well as more J-dolls and Sasha dolls to my collection.
Question- Do you have any other dolls or do you just collect dolls by Jun Planning/Groove?
Answer- While Pullip is my one true love, I have proven time and time again that I am revoltingly unfaithful to her :O. Other dolls in my collection include: 100+ Monster High dolls, 58 BJDs (5 SD or larger, 7 MSD, 46 tinies) with 5 additional tinies on the way, 42 Dollfie Dreams (5 DDdy, 22 DD, 4 DDS & 5 MDD) with 1 each additional DDdy & DDS, 5 Blythes, 5 Azones (1 1/3 scale & 5 1/6 scale), 3 Ddung (1 full-sized & 2 minis), 2 Mama Chapp, 2 Dollcena, 1 Volks Dollfie and 1 Living Dead Doll. Plus various anime dolls and playline dolls. I would love to add a Tangkou to my collection some day.
Question: How do you go about getting custom dolls?
Answer: I personally do not customize dolls I purchase all of mine, if you are thinking about customizing a doll yourself be realistic about your skill set and don’t try customizing a doll unless you can afford to destroy the doll you are working on. I highly recommend Requiemart‘s site as it has many tutorials on customizing. Since I can’t customize I go about getting custom dolls a few different ways.. it is important to remember that custom dolls are unique they, are literally one of a kind (OOAK). For dolls that already exist like the X custom Hinoto by Requiemart than it is kind of luck of the draw of when/if the doll ever happens to pop up for sale and if funds allow at the time. If there is a custom I am really in love with I will keep a keen eye on the owner’s sales threads (please note: do not contact the owner and ask to buy the doll unless they say the doll is for sale or that they might be selling soon as it is extremely rude). I have also commissioned custom dolls by requiemart, papermoonpixie, myufish and zerohour269. Generally speaking if you want to commission a custom, you need to provide the base doll and supplies such as wig and eye chips for the customizer unless you work some other type of arrangement out. Keep in mind some customizers are better at certain things than others, look at their previous dolls see what their skill set is also keep in mind that some customizers will charge more than others and some are not always open to taking commissions (they could have a lot of other dolls they are working on at the moment and are unwilling to take on more work at the moment for example).
Question- Can I commission you to customize a doll for me?
Answer- Haha no, please read above ^^; Though I have a large collection of custom dolls absolutely none of them were done by me as my own skills are quite poor.
Last Updated: 10.17.2013