Pullip Optical Queen Announced!

Groove announced Pullip Optical Queen via their blog earlier today.  She is to be released in February of next year in Japan, she will not be released in the US until one month later (making her the perfect birthday gift for myself to myself in March!). She has a MSRP of 20000 yen which is about $175.75 as of this writing.
Pullip Optical Queen is a part of the Optical Alice series, while we had seen prototypes of other dolls in the Optical Alice series Pullip Optical Alice was the only doll to be released until now and that was way back in January of 2017. As time went on with no additional news of any of the other releases, I think a lot of people had given up hope on them I remember in particular people lamenting about the possibility of the Optical Queen not being released. I was very excited about seeing the news this morning as I had myself had feared this series forgotten.
Looking at the previous picture of the prototypes of the Optical Alice series of dolls, it looks as though have changed a few things (her inner skirt for example is now the same black/white fabric used in other parts of her outfit) and her wig styling has been altered slightly. It also looks like her lips may now be a slightly more dramatic shade of red than in the prototype but the picture from the doll show isn’t that great so I can’t be sure. I wonder if that means we will perhaps see the other dolls in this series released someday? Only time will tell of course but I for one am hoping that the Isul will get released especially since I love and adore Isuls but there have not many Isul releases recently.
Optical AliceOptical Alice is the only other doll released in the line so far, she was released almost two years ago now if anyone is interested they can read my write up of Pullip Optical Alice here. I really enjoyed photographing her and still think that she is a very special release.
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Pullip Nine-Tailed FOX KUMIHO

Pullip Nine-Tailed Fox Kumiho was announced a while ago by Groove via their blog but I am only now having a chance to focus my attention on writing about her here. Pullip Kumiho is going to be released in February of next year in Japan, she will be released one month later here in the US. She has a MSRP of 23000 yen which is about $203 as of this writing which may seem expensive for a non-collaboration doll but she is definitely one of the most ambitious Pullips released to date so I feel like the hefty price tag is more than warranted. 
Pullip Kumiho which literally translates to mean Nine-Tailed Fox in Korean is inspired by the Nine-Tailed fox spirit of Asian legend, the spirit is said to mischeivious and is known to shapeshift preferring to take the form of a beautiful woman either for mischeivious purposes or sometimes more murderous intent depending on the legend.

Previously a nine tailed fox prototype had been spotted at the 15th Pullip 15 ♥ Anniversary ~ starry sky of the Dream event at the Yokohama Doll Museum earlier this year while I was excited by the prototype but had also kind of wrote her off as probably not something that was likely to be released due to the complexity of her design or perhaps she would be too costly to produce. I was honestly kind of surprised that she didn’t end up as being even more pricey, I can’t wait to see pictures of her in the box as she probably requires a larger box to accomodate her.

(Also would be okay with either of the two dolls seen beside her getting a release eventually especially the green/blue themed doll).


It’s honestly been a while since I have seen a Pullip release that has wowed me as much as Kumiho, her promotional photos really blew me away as she is just spectular. Normally there is a few small things I wish could be changed with virtually every release but she is just perfection, whoever designed her did a fantastic job and I hope we see more outstanding releases like this in the future!

Honestly, I always feel like we don’t have enough purple themed Pullips it’s a color scheme we don’t see that often so I love the palette that was chose for her. I love the pops of contrasting color in her wig (she appears to have a blue and a green streak) and the fabric choices are pitch perfect, I love how dramatic the pops of red on her outfit are.

Wow that face up! Kumiho has really intense eye make up, I love the way that the eyelashes kind of feather. I love the expression that her eyebrows give her but I think most of all I love her lips!  Her lips are shaped in a very unique way and are painted very differently than what we normally see on Pullip!

Kumiho has an intense and otherworldly presence. This a doll that will definitely stand out in almost any collection she is not a shrinking violet that may blend in with other releases she definitely will have shelf presence!  One of the things that initially attracted me to Pullip was the variety of releases, when I first started collecting collaborations weren’t as prevelant and each doll for the most part had a strong unique vision in more recent years I feel like for a variety of reasons (after so many years, I’m sure it’s admittedly harder to create unique dolls that don’t remind us of a previous release and there have in general been a lot more collaboration releases) but Kumiho definitely shows a unique vision and in general so far late 2018- early 2019 seems to be off to a great start and has definitely renewed my interest in Pullip.

The only negative thing about dolls like Kumiho is they may not have as much mass appeal as say for instance a collaboration with a Lolita company like Baby, the Stars Shine Bright but I feel like the key for overall Pullip fandom happiness is to do a variety of releases not every doll is going to fit into every collection. Dolls like Kumiho may not appeal to someone if they only collect BtSSB or Sailor Moon collaboration dolls but there are other collectors who aren’t as fond of all the collaboration releases and long for original releases the key is balance and variety to hopefully reach and attract as many fans of Pullip as possible. All the feedback I’ve seen from other Pullip fans about Kumiho has been pretty universally postive, the only negative criticism I’ve really heard basically boils down to omg she is going to take up a huge amount of space on the shelf!

Back view so all the tails can be seen.

I CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS DOLL TO BE RELEASED! She is currently up for preorder on Groove’s official store, Pullip.net and retailers like Amiami I’m told she will be up for preorder on Pullipstyle some time in the coming week.

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Pullip Alrescha Pisces

Playing catch up today! I just posted about Pullip The Secret Garden of White Witch so now it’s time to post about the other Pullip being released alongside of her in January in Japan (one month later here in the US) Pullip Alrescha Pisces. Pullip Alresha Pisces has a MSRP of 19000 yen which is about $167 as of this writing.
Arlesha Pisces has a mermaid theme, which while not a totally new concept for Groove is something we have not seen in quite a while from them and not something we have really executed quite so well. Mermaids in general are an incredibly popular fantasy theme for dolls, while I do find myself wishing that the designers would have veered a bit more into the fantasy territory and given her a fantasy colored wig as well (I intend to give mine a Purple Ocean wig by Luts) I feel like she is a well put together and thoughtfully put together release.
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Pullip The Secret Garden of the White Witch

In an effort to play catch up, the following are going to be a series of somewhat abbrievated posts compared to my normal writings here. Alas I’ve fallen behind again due to a chaotic personal life, unfortunately I haven’t been able to make updates a priority lately with how hectic life has been. Though I have not much of an opportunity to post here I have been trying to update things like information pages for different doll releases when I get a free moment (I have also been working on the PIPP or Pullip Information Perservation Project).

Pullip The Secret Garden of White Witch was one of two dolls announced for a January release in Japan, she was announced quite a while ago now on Groove’s Blog (more on the other doll later). The US release date is one month later and I’m told Pullipstyle will be opening preorders for her “soon”. She has a MSRP of 22,000 yen which is about $193.37 as of this writing.
So what is The Secret Garden of White Witch?

Groove held a custom doll contest in conjunction with their Pullip 15 ♥ Anniversary ~ starry sky of the Dream event at the Yokohama Doll Museum earlier this year, the winner of the contest had the opportunity to get their design turned into an actual Pullip (or other Pullip family member) release. Groove received many entries to their custom contest from around the world and Pullip The Secret Garden of the White Witch was chose as the winning design. She was designed by Feb.la.Campanura, in addition to seeing their doll receive a wide release. If anyone is curious to see the other entries including my personal favorite A Traveler of a Dream please see this page dedicated to all the contest entries.

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Charon Dolls Custom Pullip Farfalla now up for auction!

Groove recently held the Pullip 15th Anniversary ♥ ~ Starry Sky Dream ~ event at the Yokohama Doll Museum, a custom doll contest was held with the winner getting the chance to have their doll made into a release. After the contest, customizers had the option to either have their dolls included in an auction held by Groove with part of the proceeds going to charity or to request their dolls back. Groove recently held the auction for the custom dolls and over 20 of the different entries were auctioned off on eBay but one doll was a bit conspicious in her absence…  Farfalla!
Pullip Farfalla was a fan-favorite entry that was especially popular among western fans of Pullip. Pullip Farfalla was customized by the extremely talented Charon Dolls,  Farfalla has a bit of a collaborative feel because many different doll artisans lended their talents to different aspects of her and all of those aspects came together perfectly! Pullip Farfalla’s dress was created by Its My Caprice, her wings & tiara were made by Mei4Life , her eye chips are made by Lullaby for Dolls, her earrings were made by The Dollie Boutique and finally her adorable little shoes were made by SK Couture. I know a lot of people were curious what

Pullip Farfalla and all of her awesome stuff has now been placed by up for auction on ebay by Charon Dolls, bidding ends on August 25th 12 PM PDT AUCTION LINK . This is very likely the only opportunity where Farfalla will be available (I can’t imagine the winner of the auction ever wanting to give her up)  so don’t miss your chance! Additional photos of Farfalla can be seen on Groove’s custom doll website , if you are on facebook and would like to keep up to date with Charon Dolls’ latest custom works please like her page.

Photos used with permission!

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Taeyang / hide ~20th Memorial Version~ announced!

I apologize for the delay on getting this posted up but wanted to confirm the details before posting. Groove recently announced the release of a new Taeyang hide~20th Memorial Version~ via their blog, the new taeyang is based on the popular Japanese musician hide and is being released to memoralize the 20th anniversary of his death.

Who is hide?  He was a Japanese musician, originally he was part of the band Saver Tiger (originally Saber Tiger) eventually he joined the band X (later renamed X Japan) and became their lead guitarist. X Japan was one of the founders of the visual kei style, where band members would dress up in outlandish ways with wild hair and make up. hide had started a solo career while being in X Japan, after the band broke up he continued to focus on hide with Spread Beaver (his touring band) as well as founding the band Zilch before his death.

In 2012, Groove released three different Taeyang dolls as well as a limited edition variant of one of the dolls based on hide’s likeness. The Taeyang dolls were all based on some of hide’s different, iconic looks from over the years:  hide Doubt version (as well as the limited version of hide Doubt version) were based on how he appeared in the music video for Doubt off of his first solo album “Hide Your Face” , hide rocket dive version is based off of hide with Spread Beaver’s 1st single ”ROCKET DIVE” and finally hide PSYENCE version based on hide’s appearance during the PSYENCE a Go Go tour. All of the hide Taeyang releases have been  Taeyang hide ~20th Memorial Version~ has a December release date and a MSRP of 22000 yen, as of this writing that works out to about $199. It is a bit apropos that Taeyang hide will be released in November just a little ahead of hide’s birthday on the 13th of December there are a lot of different events and projects lined up to celebrate what would have been his 50th birthday this year. Taeyang hide ~20th Memorial Version~ is available for preorder exclusively through Groove Rakuten and LEMONeD , additionally he can be preordered at LEMONeD’s storefront in Tokyo. Fear not international Pullip fans, Groove Rakuten does ship internationally!

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Pullipstyle Coupon Codes!

Pullipstyle shared all of their currently active coupon codes via their facebook page earlier today, if you are on facebook I recommend following their page for the latest coupon codes/store updates.

Who doesn’t love a sale? Here are all of our currently active coupon codes:

Before we begin a few caveats
– Only one coupon code per an order
– Coupon codes can not be added to an already placed order. 
– If you would like to use a coupon code you need to check out using the PCversion of the website the mobile version doesn’t support coupon codes ^^;

Usako10 is good for 10% off a selection of our favorite anime dolls.
Dolls included in this promotion are as follows:
Pullip Sailor Moon
Pullip Sailor Mercury
Pullip Sailor Mars
Pullip Sailor Jupiter
Pullip Sailor Venus
Pullip Sailor V
Pullip Sailor Uranus
Pullip Sailor Neptune
Pullip Sailor Pluto
Pullip Sailor Star Fighter
Pullip Sailor Star Maker
Pullip Sailor Star Healer
Dal Princess Small Lady
Dal Sailor Chibi Moon
Taeyang Tuxedo Mask
Taeyang Sebastian Book of Circus Version
Rozen Maiden Pullips Suiseiseki, Souseiseki, & Kanaria

Luts5 is good for $5 off a purchase of $75 or more of Luts wigs or Make It Own/MIO products (eye chips, wigs, shoes DOES NOT INCLUDE KITS).

Isul5 is good for $5 off any in stock Isul except for the Sailor Moon collaboration Isul Helios.

Dalbyul5 is good for $5 any in stock Dal or Byul.

10off250 is good for $10 off any order of $250 or more.

15off350 is good for $15 off any order of $350 or more

20off450 is good for $20 off any order of $450 or more

 

I think all of these coupon codes had been shared previously at one time or another but what really struck me is the variety in the codes, there is a coupon for almost everything! Hmmm I wonder which coupon code I should use….

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