Yokohama Doll Museum Exclusive Miku Pullip

As recently reported by Fashion-Press.net,  Yokohama Doll Museum is holding a Hatsune Miku Figure Exhibition from 12/8/2018- 1/31/2018. Since 2007, the virtual idol from the synthetic music software Vocaloid has inspired a merchandise empire including countless figures, plushes as well as many dolls. The Hatsune Miku Figure Exhibition highlights approximately two hundred different goods released based on Hatsune Miku including an entire army of nendoroid figures, the Volks Dollfie Dreams and the various Pullip releases based off of Miku and other virtual idols from the Vocaloid software.

Ah, Pullip now we get to the heart of the matter and why I am posting this! A new Pullip based on the poster illustration for the event is being released to commerate the event Pullip Hatsune Miku Yokohama doll’s house version. This new version of Pullip Miku will be released towards the end of the event in mid-January and her price is reported to be 23,760 yen which is approximately $210.88 as of this writing. At this time this new version of Pullip Miku appears to be exclusive to this event so the only way to get her is to go to Yokohama Doll Museum during the event, it is not yet known if any other sellers will be able to offer her after the event.

It’s a pity she is exclusive and so limited because I really feel like this is definitely one of my favorite interpations of Miku in Pullip form, I love the nautical theme!

I will update when/if additional details become available!

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Pullip Bouguetin

I just realized that I had neglected to post about Pullip Bouguetin here, she was announced a little while ago now via Groove’s blog. Pullip Bouquetin will be released in March of next year in Japan, she will be released one month later here in the US. Bouqetin has a MSRP of 20000 yen which as of this writing is about $176.02.

It appears as though there may be somewhat of a zodiac theme with some of next year’s releases with Alresha Pisces also coming out, Bouquetin definitely looks as though she could be based off of the traditional Aries’ ram. It’ll be interesting to see if they continue releasing dolls with a zodiac inspiration as well as how they will interpret other zodiac signs like Scorpio…

Honestly it looks like Pullip is off to a great start in 2019, so far every release that has been announced has been exciting and different while Bouquetin isn’t my favorite of the releases that have been announced so far I think that speaks to the overall quality of recent releases.


If Aries is the inspiration then I think Bouquetin does a fantastic job of interpreting the sign, her stock outfit definitely shows off the confident side of Aries. I like the combination of corset and tulle skirt. The curly ram horns are a really neat accessory.
Even without the horns, Bouquetin looks spectacular almost like a showgirl!

The only thing I would change about Bouquetin is her wig color, I think the white kind of washes her out a bit I would have preferred a more dynamic color on her; perhaps a nice burgandy? Fortunately, wigs are something that are easy enough to change.
Back view of Bouquetin’s outfit.

Bouquetin has a really nice face up, I like the understated way her lips are done as well as her dark and dramatic eye make up. I really wish we could see more of her eyebrows, I feel like she needs really fierce eyebrows and they look a little sweet to me.

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Cyber Monday Sale @Pullipstyle

I guess Pullipstyle’s Black Friday sale must have been popular because they just announced a Cyber Monday sale! Use code Monday10 to get 10% off any purchase from their website Pullipstyle from now until 11:59 PM tonight GMT-7. Details were announced via their facebook page just a short while ago, hopefully one of these sales will actually occur on a day where my bank account isn’t so drained T_T .

Our first ever Black Friday sale was so popular that we have decided to try another first, a Cyber Monday Sale! From now until 11:59 PM 11/26/2018 GMT-7 get 10% off your order with code Monday10 . #pullip

Couple of guidelines:
– We have preemptively removed some items not included in the sale from the website including all preorder items and kits. Please do not panic, the items will return but not until after the sale has ended anything that isn’t currently listed on the website will be added until the conclusion of the sale.

– We can not add the code on an order once it has been placed so please remember to input your coupon code! Coupon codes can not be added on to preexisting orders.

– Offer is limited to stock on hand!

– We reserve the right to limit quantities!

– The mobile version of the website does not have a place to input coupon codes so if you are unable to checkout on a computer please use the PC view on your mobile.

Please understand that currently very busy packing orders so that the dolls can get out to their new homes as quickly as possible so response times will be a bit slower than usual.

Don’t forget to support some of our favorite Pullip related small businesses who are also having sales!

Pullipdollclub who makes very cute and affordable outfits for Pullip, Dal, Byul and Blythe. I have some pictures on flickr of some of her adorable fashion items.

Requiemart if you are feeling crafty yourself, Requiemart has patterns for almost any size doll including Pullips and she is also having a sale on her spiffy new website . Even if you don’t have much sewing experience, her patterns are incredibly easy to follow.

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Pullipstyle Black Friday Sale!

I’m pretty sure this is a first time like ever thing for Pullipstyle but they are running a Black Friday special on their website. The special was announced early this morning via their facebook page which I will quote below

Hello everyone, we have a very special announcement to make we are running a Black Friday special! The code Friday10 is good for 10% off of anything currently listed on our website www.pullipstyle.com this code is only good until midnight 11/24/2018 (Arizona time so GMT-7).

Rules
– We have preemptively removed some items not included in the sale from the website including all preorder items and kits. Please do not panic, the items will return but not until after the sale has ended nothing that is currently not listed on the website will be added until the conclusion of the sale.

– We can not add the code on an order once it has been placed so please remember to input your coupon code! Coupon codes can not be added on to preexisting orders.

– Offer is limited to stock on hand!

– We reserve the right to limit quantities!

– The mobile version of the website does not have a place to input coupon codes so if you are unable to checkout on a computer please use the PC view on your mobile.

Please understand that currently very busy packing orders so that the dolls can get out to their new homes as quickly as possible so response times will be a bit slower than usual.

On top of Pullipstyle’s already low prices the special is a pretty fabulous deal. Unfortunately I’ve already been quite naughty this month so I need to abstain from ordering anything but wanted to share with all of you!

In exciting news I do have Dal Manuel and Pullip Black Lady coming in the mail hopefully tomorrow!

Also couple of other Pullip related Black Friday specials
Pullipdollclub is running a special this weekend on her etsy store so you can get some of her adorable clothing for your new dolls or if you are feeling crafty yourself Requiemart is having a special on her website as well so you can get sewing patterns so you can sew a new outfit yourself.

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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 December 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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