Sailor Moon x Pullip Isul Helios Announced!

Last night, Groove announced the 24th doll in their incredibly popular Sailor Moon x Pullip collaboration series Isul Helios via their blog. Isul Helios will be the first Isul released in almost a year, the last Isul release was Isul Yagen Toushirou who was a part of the Touken Ranbu ~online~ collaboration series. He is to be released in April in Japan, he will be released in the US one month later. The standard edition of Isul Helios has a MSRP of 22000 yen which as of this writing is about $202.21, the Bandai exclusive version available exclusively through Bandai’s store is also priced at 22000 yen. For those of you not familiar with Sailor Moon, I’m sure the question of so just who is Helios has already sprung to mind! Helios appeared in the Dream arc of the manga and the original Sailor Moon anime series during the SuperS arc, as of this writing he has not shown up in the Sailor Moon Crystal anime series. Helios was a holy priest of Elysion tasked with defending the Golden Crystal, he was captured by Queen Nehellenia but his dream form a Pegasus managed to escape capture. The Pegasus form of Helios hides in Chibi-Usa’s Dream Mirror to evade capture from Queen Nehellenia’s Dead Moon Circus while he tried to find the person who could unlock the Golden’s Crystal full power which is also his golden horn while he is in human form. Eventually the person Helios sought was revealed to be Chibi-Usa and the evil Queen Nehellenia was defeated. Chibi-Usa and Helios are implied to have a romantic link though it’s incredibly chaste, it’s suggested that in the future they may end up together. For those of you who are still understandably confused after reading all that the too long didn’t read version is that he appears in one of the later seasons of Sailor Moon and he and Chibi-Usa are kind of sweet on each other also he can appear as a Pegasus.

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Fashion Doll Pullip 15th <3 Anniversary ~Starry Sky Dreams~ Custom Doll Contest

2018 is the 15th anniversary of Pullip, in order to celebrate there will be a special exhibition called Fashion Doll Pullip 15th ❤ Anniversary ~Starry Sky Dreams~ at Yokohama Doll House to celebrate this milestone. The event will run from April 21st to June 24th, Doll Carnival will also be held during the event on May 27th Groove has not hosted a Doll Carnival in over five years so it is very exciting to hear of it’s return you can read more details about the upcoming event here.

Last night, Groove announced details about a Custom Doll Contest that will be a part of the celebration of Pullip via their blog. It’s a very exciting opportunity for customizers to get their custom works some recognition and maybe even get their custom doll design turned into an actual Pullip release! I mean seriously how exciting is that? Details for the contest are as follows quoted from Groove’s blog….

. ★ The Theme Of The Custom Doll Contest Is “Dream”
Please Convey Your Vision Of Pullip’S Wonderful Dreams.

★ Contents Of The Contest Award And Judging Method
● Prize:
Grand Prix (1 Person) Commercialization Of Doll And Prize Money Of 300,000 Yen
Special Prize (3 Persons) Pulilp 15Th Anniversary Commemorative Model Doll Presented
● Judging Method: Based On An Offline Voting At The Exhibition Venue And An Online Voting From April 21 To May 27,
Selection After a fair review.
● Judge: Yokohama Doll Museum, Ars Gratia Artis &Groove

★ Schedule
· February 05 (Monday) Start of Application Acceptance
· February 12 (Monday) End of entry acceptance (If there is a large number of applicants, applicants may be selected by lottery.)
· April 05 (Thu) Deadline for applications acceptance.
· April 21 (Saturday) Start Of Contest (Dolls Will Be Exhibited At Yokohama Doll Museum Ando Voting Will Start Online)
· May 27 (Sunday) Contest Deadline
· May 31 (Thu) Contests Results Announced!

If You Wish To Participate In The Custom Doll Contest, then you must agree with

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Entry works are limited to those not commercialized.
· Multiple people can participate jointly with the entries. ( )
· Dolls used in the custom doll contest must be dolls produced by Groove only Pullip, Dal, Taeyang, Byul and Isul are allowable. Changing of the doll’s body is not permitted .
· Over-Makeup Is Acceptable Even If It Is Not Full Makeup So Long As The Custom Doll Is Totally Different From The Original Doll.
· Please Refrain From Making Modifications To The Doll’S Face Or Body Such As Carving Or The Addition Of Sculpted Parts.
· Please refrain from using other company ‘parts (hands, feet, outfit etc.).
※ use there other company’s eye chips, shoes and wigs is permitted.
· Since there is a possibility of damage to the submitted work at the time of Shipping, Please Pay Attention To Careful Packing When Shipping.
· Please Refrain From Applying For Things That May Infringe Other Copyrights Such As Characters, Objects Or Works That Are Against Public Order And Morals.
· In The Event That There Is A Claim Of Infringement Or a dispute of infringement from a third party in the submitted work, it is be resolved by the responsible and burden of the applicant himself. And the organizer of this project, Groove Inc. and Yokohama Doll Museum, the organizer of the exhibition, take no responsibility.
· Entrants are free to publish on your own WEB media. Grove Inc., the organizer of this project, agrees not to exercise any right claim and right to use the submitted work for introduction / advertisement promotion purposes on Website Our.
· For Grand Prix Works, At The Same Time As Adopting Commercialization All Copyrights Are Transferred To Groove Inc., The Organizer Of This Project.
· The Rights When The Work Is Commercialized Belongs To Groove Inc. Which Is The Organizer Of This Project.
· The Ownership Of The Submitted Works Provided To The Auction After The Contest Is Transferred To The Successful Bidder After The End Of The Auction.
· The auction bidding start price of the entry will be decided by Groove Inc. which of the organizer of this project.
· Part of the auction will will be donated to charity.
· If you apply to the contest but you Do Not Wish To Participate In The Auction, We Will Return The Doll After The End Of The Exhibition.
· Dolls That Were Featured In The Auction But Failed To Receive Bid Will Be Returned To The Applicants.

★ How To Apply
Please Send The Following To The application email address.After accepting the application, we will reply to you by February 14th.

• Mail Title: Pullip 15th Anniversary Custom Doll Contest
• Mail content:

Address
– Phone number
– Mailing address –

Entry acceptance e – mail address: contest – Name * If you are applying by a real name, please also give your real name. @ groove.ws

* Please contact me if

you have any questions, please contact: contest@groove.ws
* When making inquiries please specify “About custom doll contest” as of e-mail title.

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☆ After the contest, we are planning to auction off the dolls submitted at the site of Groove Inc.
For those who participate in the auction, this is the only chance in the world to get custom doll!

I can’t wait to see photos from this event especially of everyone’s entries into the custom doll contest!

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Pullip x Cinnamoroll 15th Anniversary Edition

….and just as I published Pullip Eileen’s announcement I realized that I never actually wrote up Pullip Cinnamoroll here, I had meant to especially since I really love her release I’ve just been so distracted lately by everything else going on. Seriously I am so sorry for delay on this write up to expedite, I’m going to keep this kind of brief.

Pullip x Cinnamoroll 15th Anniversary Edition was announced well a while ago now via Groove’s blog. She is to be released in March in Japan and one month later here in the US, her MSRP is 22,000 yen which is about $200.87 as of this writing and because I took so bloody long to get this written up she is already available for preorder via Pullipstyle for $175…. and yes I already preordered her! I’m calling it now she is going to end up being one of this year’s IT girls though honestly all three of the announced releases for this year so far have been pretty strong.
Pullip and Sanrio are no strangers to one another, in 2008 Jun Planning (the company that preceded Groove) collaborated with Sanrio for the first time Pullip Hello Kitty, Pullip My Melody and Dal Cinnamoroll. In 2012, Groove released a new version of Dal Cinnamoroll to celebrate Cinnamoroll’s 10th anniversary. More recently a Hello Kitty x Tokidoki collaboration Pullip Violetta and a new version of Pullip My Melody x Hen-nako were released. Dal Cinnamoroll was one of the most popular and beloved Dal releases so I was not surprised when a new version of the Dal was released and now a new Pullip version as well! At first I had kind of mixed feelings about Cinnamoroll’s new interpretation being a Pullip versus a Dal but the Pullip is so darn cute that I can’t be mad at it. As cute as the Dal release is animal costumes have become kind of hit or miss popularity-wise so the stylized interpretation of the Pullip is much more of a modern take on the character which is still very much recognizable. I absolutely adore her little teacup hat and her little Cinnamoroll companion plushie that matches her outfit perfectly!
I adore Cinnamoroll’s outfit, the color scheme and just everything is absolutely perfect! I love the Cinnamoroll print at the hemline of her skirt, it’s a nice little touch. I love her shoes, at first glance I kind of questioned the shoe covers and then I realized that they are like Cinnamoroll’s precious little ears. I much prefer the removable Cinnamoroll ears over a giant Cinnamoroll hood, the Hello Kitty head on the original Pullip was a bit overkill so I am glad Groove did not go that route on the Cinnamoroll Pullip.
Such a pretty face up! I love how blushy she is, her subtle pink lipstick and nicely detailed eye make up. I love the detailing on her lavender eye chips.

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Girlism x Baby, the Stars Shine Bright Pullip Eileen Announced!

Groove announced a new upcoming Pullip release via their blog last night.  Pullip Eileen is a triple collaboration release Groove partnered with Girlism, the first lolita magazine in China &  Baby, the Star Shines Bright a lolita clothing brand.  This is the first time that Groove has partnered with Girlism but Baby, the Stars Shine Bright has been a frequent collaborator with Groove and their partnership has given us such popular releases as Pullip Favorite Ribbon and Pullip La Robe Vert Clair. Pullip Eileen will be released in Japan in late May, she is priced at 22000 yen which is roughly $201.09 as of this writing.
Girlism hosted a design contest last summer, the winning illustration was used as the basis for the design of Pullip Eileen as well as a human sized version of the outfit that will be produced by Baby, the Stars Shine Bright. Over 950 entries were submitted to the contest and over a total 100,000 votes were received, some of the other entries can still be seen on Girlism’s facebook page here. I honestly wouldn’t mind if Groove went back around again and used some of the other more popular designs as the basis of future releases as there were a lot of other really strong designs that would look amazing as Pullip releases.

As stated above Baby, the Stars Shine Bright will also be selling a human sized version of the winning design. The outfit set is priced at 91,800 yen which is about $838.40 as of this writing, reservations are open from now (February 1st) until March 5th through Baby, the Stars Shine Bright’s website . Pullip Eileen would make an excellent complement to those lucky enough to be able to get the matching outfit and perhaps a slightly more affordable option for those of us who can only afford to admire it.

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New Sailor Moon Pullip Coupon Code available @Pullipstyle

Pullipstyle just announced a new coupon code promotion via their facebook page last night.

Over the years Groove has released a lot of different dolls based on anime characters, to celebrate the upcoming release of the Revolutionary Girl Utena dolls we have decided to offer an exciting promotion for some of our favorite anime dolls released over the years.

Our new coupon code 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 Star Fighter
Pullip Sailor Star Maker
Pullip Sailor Star Healer
Dal Princess Small Lady
Dal Sailor Chibi Moon
Taeyang Sebastian Book of Circus Version….. may have unintentionally mixed him up with Tuxedo Mask ^^;

The coupon is only good for the dolls on the above list, Pullip Sailor Pluto and Taeyang Tuxedo Mask will be added to this promotion once they restock hopefully in our next restock shipment.

The coupon is good for 10% off on most of the anime inspired Pullips that Pullipstyle currently has in stock, most of them work out to be like $117 each which is a pretty decent deal for any of the dolls unfortunately for me there is not a single doll on the list I don’t already own ::taps foot impatiently while waiting for the Revolutionary Girl Utena Pullips to come in stock:: .

I am also probably way too amused by the fact that someone somewhere seems to have mixed up who Tuxedo Mask from Sailor Moon and Sebastian from Kuroshitsuji are, I’ll grant that both dolls share similarities (tuxedo, top hat, black hair) but the two characters are very different I can’t imagine Sebastian throwing a rose to intercede in a fight at a critical moment and telling Ciel to believe in himself then kind of just taking off like my job is done here!

Speaking of Sailor Moon, I did recently acquire Sailor Star Healer (probably Healer first because I adore Yaten <3) and Sailor Star Maker so please look forward to their reviews! ……also maybe the Sailor Moon Dollfie Dream Sister.
Sailor Star Healer

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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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