JPGroove Site Relaunch and Special 12 Hour, 20% off Sale Today Only!!!

JPGroove posted an announcement on their facebook page yesterday, regarding their website which has been relaunched with a whole new sleek design. If you get a chance to check out their new website it is very clean and easy to navigate, I often kind of lament that some doll websites seem to be still have the same clunky layout as they did like 10 years ago so it’s nice to see a store actually put significant work into their site and upgrade it, I just hope that the server has also been upgraded as JPGroove often seems to struggle with server strain during their special sales.
Even more exciting than the website relaunch itself is that JPGroove will be having a special 12 hour sale to celebrate the website’s relaunch. The sale runs from 1/13/2018 12 pm PDT to 23:59 PM PDT which means it starts in roughly an hour not sure what time the sale runs in relation to your timezone? Check the world clock here. Use code RGSO2018 while checking out for 20% off of all products, this code does not seem to exclude any items from the website but the code is not active yet so I can’t verify this yet. They now have Gouk collaboration Pullips Shion and Kangezakura in stock who are kind of pricey so 20% off of them makes them extremely tempting especially the lovely Shion!

It seems there will also be other sales or specials as well, these specials are currently marked as coming soon I am unsure if they will start today or another a date in time in the future as more details become available. Only the 12 hour sale is today not sure when the other specials will be just that they are “coming soon”.

Special #2 Beginner’s Set featuring fan favorite Pullips Classical Alice, Tiphona and Alice du Jardin maybe some sort of special bundle deal featuring them? All three of these dolls seem to be very popular choices for first Pullip these days.

Special #3 Buy two Pullip, Dal, Byul or Isul (unsure why Taeyang was excluded if that was an oversight or intentional) get one free random Little Doll (you cannot pick, truly random).

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Pullip Monochrome Alice Limited Edition Update Again!

Just a very quick update before I dash off to work, Groove blogged about the new Ars Gratia Artis/Pullip.net exclusive Pullip Monochrome Alice Limited Edition here this morning. The new Limited Edition exclusive Monochrome Alice is exclusive to AGA (sales listing), is limited to 50 pieces worldwide and priced at $450.

I am glad Groove posted regarding the new exclusive as I was kind of confused as to what all was coming with the doll(s) for $450. It has been confirmed that there is a sticker sheet of tattoos so you can decorate Alice and her special stage themed box yourself. Two dolls had been pictured in several photos of the listing and I was a bit confused about that they looked to be the same doll with different wigs but it was unclear if the other doll was a future release or what exactly, it has also been confirmed that it is/was the same doll the release just comes with two different wigs as well as a bunny hood. I’m kind of okay with this as if the other doll had ended up as a separate release it would have been an incredibly lazy exclusive ^^;

One other really cool thing about Groove’s post is they posted a picture of the stage/box all decorated, it really is a nice showcase!

I’m still incredibly indecisive about what I want to do and if I will be ordering her or not.

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Pullip Monochrome Alice Limited Edition Update!

The limited version of Pullip Monochrome Alice is now available for preorder on Pullip.net, she is limited to only 50 pieces worldwide. She is expecting to ship in January of next year and is priced at $450. Yes at $450 Pullip Monochrome Alice Limited Edition is officially the most expensive Pullip released to date, AGA/Pullip.net was heavily criticized last year for pricing their limited version of Pullip Veritas at a special introductory price of $400 then her price later increased to $450. I know a lot of people were anxiously waiting to hear about pricing for this release hoping against hope that LE Monochrome Alice would be a little more attainable than Veritas was.

I’m so torn as I’m obsessed with Alice in Wonderland, I literally own all of the other Alice in Wonderland themed dolls released by Jun Planning/Groove but this release is so expensive and I’ve recently spent quite a bit on other dolls. It does not help that as more time has gone on more and more photos have been added to the listing and the new photos have only added to the confusion of what all you are getting for $450.
In several of the photos in the listing there is a second doll pictured, who is this other doll? Ot appears to possibly be LE Monochrome Alice in another wig (Optical Alice’s?) but the listing never states what the other doll is. Are there two dolls? Or does the doll include a second wig? If it is two dolls is the white haired doll going to be released separately later on?
More recently several photos of LE Monochrome Alice have been added with many tattoos including quite a few on her face and that just raises even more questions. The tattoos seem completely different or have inconsistent placement from photo to photo and I believe at least some of them may just be photoshopped on. Do any tattoos actually come on the doll or does she comes with a sticker sheet of tattoos?

I love the idea of tattoos on a doll and some dolls in the past such as Taeyang Arion have come with a tattoo while other releases such as Pullip Tokidoki Luna have come with tattoo stickers. There is no mention of the tattoos either way in the listing.
I just don’t know what I want to do, she is so expensive and I have so many questions and I prefer not to have any questions about something that is so expensive. I have written to AGA on facebook hoping for some clarification.

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Pullip Himawari: Junichi Nakahara x Pullip Collaboration!!

himawariGroove recently announced a new Pullip to be released in collaboration with Junichi Nakahara via their blog.  Junichi Nakahara was a famous fashion illustrator and artist, he created the Himawari magazine as well as a handful of other magazines aimed at women and young girls. Himawari translates to mean sunflower in English and was meant to inspire young girls, it featured many illustrations by it’s creator Junichi Nakahara as well as other contributing artists. Himawari was published from 1947-1952 and a total of sixty seven volumes were published, due to popularity and age  volumes of the magazine are quite pricey on the secondary market especially as this year marked the seventieth anniversary of the magazine. Even now, seventy years later Junichi Nakahara’s characteristic style continues to inspire and be relevant today! Many believe that his illustrations of large eyed innocent girls helped to inspire the shojo manga artstyle.

Pullip Himawari was inspired by an illustration from the magazine’s first year, I believe the illustration is called Midori cold song. Pullip Himawari is to be released in March of 2018, April for those of us in the US. She has a MSRP of 22000 yen which is about $193.65 as of this writing.

I know the work of Junichi Nakahara is still popular in Japan but I wonder how familiar western fans of Pullip are with him and his works? I only knew about him before this release because I have a fashion obsessed friend who collected the magazines. Even if you are not familiar with Junichi Nakahara’s work she is a cute release that seems to exude an old fashioned kind of charm. 
Livelying the skirt on the wind that blows and blows….I will wait for you under that tree trunk…While listening to the song of Midori’s Cold….Feel Like So.
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Premium Pullip Nanette Erica Version

In the interest of getting caught up as quickly as possible these new release announcement posts are going to be a bit more abbreviated than normal…

Groove recently announced the latest doll in their Pullip Premium line via their blog Pullip Premium Nanette Erica Version. The Pullip Premium line are dolls based on previous popular designs but in all new color schemes and variations on the doll’s outfit, Pullip Premium Nanette Erica Version is based on previous release Pullip Nanette and is the fourth doll to be released as a part of the line following the release of Premium Pullips Kiyomi Mint Ice Cream Version, Romantic Alice Monochrome Version &  Deep Crimson Veritas.

Pullip Premium Nanette Erica Version has a MSRP of 18000 yen which is approximately $158.54 as of this writing.  She will be released in late February in Japan, she will not be released until late March in the US. Pullipstyle has confirmed that they will be carrying her on their facebook page but will likely not open preorders for her until after the holidays because of how how far out the release is.

A night with snow falling like shining stars. Trying not to be discouraged by the cold…..Wearing layered clothing Lovely. Going out to take a picture of the first footprints marked with white snowfield….Feel Like So.
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Special Monochrome Alice Pullip AGA Exclusive

Ars Gratia Artis has been teasing a new Pullip.net exclusive Pullip since as far back as July on Mango Park’s instagram (head of AGA) and more recently on AGA’s facebook page.. The exclusive is a new version of Premium Pullip Monochrome Alice and will be limited to only 50 dolls and will only be available to purchase here.
The release of details surrounding the release of Special Version Monochrome Alice have been vexingly slow it was just announced within the past few days that preorders will open on the 15th. While preorders start on the 15th it’s not clear when she will actually be released and pricing has still not been announced at this time even though preorders open soon. For how long they have been teasing this not really much warning for when preorders will start! I think that this may be a calculated decision on their part to not announce the pricing ahead of time as their only other exclusive the Special Version of Veritas they announced last year was priced at $405 (special introductory price it later increased to $450). The pricing of Veritas was the cause of much criticism within the fan community as dolls with darker skin are so rarely released and they finally announce one that is out of reach for so many, the controversy was so bad that whoever bought her must be hiding her as I still haven’t seen any owner photos of her full set.

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I’m not dead! I’ve just been very busy

I’m not dead, just dead tired. Not only did I decide to mix things up a bit by somehow breaking my other leg (I have an avulsion fracture of the right fibula caused by stepping off a curb wrong, yes really!) but I have been kept very busy by a new rather large undertaking. Fellow Pullip collector DXGirly (these are links to her Youtube and Instagram accounts) has had a major change in life circumstances and she unfortunately isn’t able to keep most of her doll collection so I volunteered to help her rehome her dolls and ensure that all of them went to good homes. For the record I agreed to do this before I broke my leg but even after breaking the leg, I knew the situation still sucked and that I was still going to help her regardless of the leg it would just take me a bit longer.
UntitledI drove up on the 11th and retrieved the dolls, the above photo is from that night as you can see my Chevy Sonic was jampacked with dolls. My car the next morning still full of nearly 100 dolls.
UntitledI have been slowly working on getting all of the dolls photographed and processed for sale, having to work while balancing on a knee scooter is not an easy or particularly quick thing but I have been very fortunate that everyone has been amazing and super patient with me while I get photos of all the dolls up. I’m still not done photographing all of the dolls just yet but I’ve only got about 10-15 dolls left to do so I have made significant progress over the past couple of weeks.

A list of what dolls would be available had been posted on facebook the idea was if anyone was interested in a doll I would post pictures of those first and then they would have first dibs on it. We received an absolutely overwhelming response, almost every doll was spoken for immediately and everyone has been amazingly kind and patient waiting for me to get photos up of the dolls as well as shipping them out. I made a page here in an attempt to try and keep organized as well as track my sales progress, if any dolls become available they will be listed on that page. One thing this experience has taught me is that the Pullip community is absolutely amazing ❤ and has some of the kindest people in it.

Apologies if I seem flippant about the situation here, I have been told I have a very gallows sense of humor and sometimes the only way I can deal with things is to try and find the humor in them; it’s either laugh or cry. I’m very frustrated that I have to use the knee scooter again, the truly hilarious thing is I was thinking of trying to find somewhere to donate it just a few days before I broke my leg  but decided to wait and see how my December x-rays went of my left leg  first (I broke my left fibula badly in a car accident about 18 months ago). On the bright side, I’m fairly experienced with using the knee scooter now!

My apologies for falling a bit behind here, I’m going to try and get caught up a bit today but wanted to explain my recent absence here. Hopefully things will calm down soon and most of the dolls will be on their way to their new homes (some have already arrived to their new homes!) and I can get back to photographing my own dolls like Pullip Eternal Sailor Moon who arrived a few days before I broke my leg.
Eternal Sailor Moon

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