Dal Pixie

It has been a long time since the last Dal was released, the most recent Dal release had been Dal Manuel way back in October 2018 that is until Dal Pixie was recently released. I’ve been struggling to find a starting point to posting more regularly here again, it’s been a long time since I have posted a review I thought that the first new Dal release in over a year seemed to be as good an excuse for a post so here goes…
marchcomboDal Pixie was released alongside Pullip noan in February in Japan, March here in the US she has a MSRP of 20000 yen or approximately $184.49 as of this writing. When the dolls were originally announced, Pullip noan was an instant favorite for me as her stock outfit is definitely something not that far away from my own style aesthetic but I always thought that Dal Pixie was cute. Both dolls arrived from Pullipstyle a little more than a week ago, what I hadn’t anticipated was how much I would fall in love with Pixie once I had her in my hands so I ended up opening her first (noan is amazing too but Pixie was unexpected delight).

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Dal Pixie in the box, in addition to the standard stand (this time in a lovely shade of light) and card she also comes with what I am going to call a butterfly headdress. I wasn’t sure what to expect in terms of quality regarding the butterfly headdress but I was impressed with it and it’s quality definitely not something I anticipate falling apart on me. The only other thing I would have maybe have included with Dal Pixie is maybe a wand? Somehow it just seems like she needs a little fairy wand with a ribbon attached to it.
A couple of quick observations- well first, oh my goodness she’s absolutely adorable! I really love her wig, though I struggle to put a name to the color (maybe strawberry blonde ?) the style and color work nicely for her while I normally love fantasy colored wigs I think the contrast of the wig color kept her from being too overloaded with the pastel color palette. The wig itself is soft and seems to be nice quality.
IMG_6573Dal Pixie’s face up has an almost unearthly beauty to it, her face up is very pastel colored
done in shades of pink and white but her shiny eyes and eyelids really set her apart.  I was pleasantly surprised by her eyelids which are purple and sparkly. Dals can’t close their eyes but they do have a small bit of visible eyelid I didn’t really notice them that much in the promotional images but I think they really suit her and make her face up pop! The eye chips have been a bit of a divisive factor in the doll community, some people love them for adding to her ethereal charm others don’t care for them at all. I was originally somewhat hesitant about the chips myself but I ended up really liking them in person, I understand why others may not care for them but please remember that eye chips are easily changeable.
Dal Pixie Not for sale or tradeDal Pixie’s stock outfit consists of a dress, cardigan, clogs with attached pompoms, tights, a butterfly headdress and two pompom arm accessories. The dress has a kind of balloon skirt with small multi-colored pompoms that float freely within the tulle, this style of dress is a popular style with dolls right now as it’s very whimsical and definitely seems to fit Pixie’s almost ethereal aesthetic. I think the mismatched tights are a fun detail though I must admit a bit to my embarassment that it seems I may have put the tights back on Dal Pixie backwards at one point because they are flipped in some of my photos of her ^^; . The clogs with mismatched pompoms are another fun, whimsical touch. I love how the cardigan has an almost intangible quality to it, it just seems so light and dainty. And the headdress…
IMG_6600I absolutely love the floral butterly headdress! The small peach colored flower looks quite remarkable with the butterfly wings. I am trying my best to be very careful with the butterfly wings but I will say I expected them to kind of flimsy but they seem to be fairly well-made.
Dal PixieAww, my heart Dal Pixie you have definitely stolen it!
Dal PixieI honestly didn’t expect to like Dal Pixie as much as I do, she is quite captivating I can’t get over what a surprising delight she ended up being.
Dal PixieSuch an enchanting little darling! I love how cardigan and dress almost seem to float.
Dal PixieDal Pixie has a very sweet fairy design but I am somewhat torn on whether she is actually supposed to be a fairy or if she is perhaps a fanciful little girl dressed up like how she thinks a fairy would look. Traditionally fairies are depicted with wings, Dal Pixie doesn’t have wings besides the one’s on her butterfly headdress. I think her outfit kind of plays into this theory a little too… I love how her outfit is put together, it doesn’t match perfectly but that keeps the oufit from being an indiscernable pastel overload it also kind of looks like perhaps she has raided her trunk of dress up and put together the best fairy outfit that she could. The outfit works for her though and I think that it’s slightly mismatched nature has endeared her more to me, it makes her more interesting!

I look forward to the upcoming release of Pullip Eirene to go alongside my Dal Pixie, aren’t they just the perfect pair? I must admit I think Pixie is my favorite of the two right now but we shall see once Pullip Eirene gets released. Is it wrong of me to hope that an Isul eventually gets released as a part of this set? Though I guess we do already have an Isul with a fairy theme Fairy Lumiere from the Cinderella series.

Please see my flickr for more photos of Dal Pixie, if you find yourself in need of a delightful little fairy to add to your own doll family after reading this review she is available for purchase via Pullipstyle and/or JPGroove. Please remember that Pullipstyle and JPGroove themselves are both small businesses, I know a lot of people (and small businesses) are struggling right now but if you are able to please support them!Dal PixieI’m hoping to make posting here again a more regular thing again especially right now since we are under a “stay at home” order but that doesn’t always translate to my having free time to focus on much of anything for very long. Maybe next time, a Pullip Claudia review? Let me know what you think in the comments.

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Pullipstyle Lucky Bag Trio

Pullipstyle recently announced on their facebook page that they are offering a limited time special via their website. What is a lucky bag? A lucky bag or fukubukuro are a popular sales trend in Japan they tend to be a great deal/inexpensive but they are traditionally blind ie. you don’t know the contents of your lucky bag until after you purchase it. Lucky bags are great if you don’t own a lot of that store’s/brand’s products but if you are a big fan of their store/band and collect their stuff it is a bit of a gamble on whether or not you may end up being unlucky and receiving a duplicate of something you already own :/ .  Pullipstyle’s lucky bag offer works a little bit differently than the traditional lucky bag because they are giving their customers choice as to what dolls they will receive, they have separated dolls into three separate categories and you get to choose one doll from each category.  I’m really glad that they chose to do it this way as it’s one thing to get a duplicate blind box re-ment or Tokidoki Unicorno but another entirely to get a duplicate doll or get stuck with a doll you simply don’t fancy. reviseluckybag
From now until March 31st you can buy a lucky bag from Pullipstyle for $333 via their website.  The lucky bags work as a short-term preorder as I guess they are ordering in stock specially to fill these orders.

Dolls are separated into three groups of seven-eight dolls each, there is a nice variety of dolls in each group.
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Group A
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Group B
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Group C

The deal actually works out to be a really great value depending on what dolls you choose, for example if you chose ordered Pullips Kumiho and Nanette Erica via their website they would be $310, for just $23 more you get your choice of one of the dolls from Group C plus as you can also stack their 10off250 discount code with it for an additional $10 off and if you are in the US this offer meets the threshold for free best way shipping so that would three dolls for $323 shipped within the US, definitely not a bad deal.

I unfortunately have all of the dolls on offer, honestly the only Pullip family member doll I don’t own that they still have in stock is Taeyang Albireo (although they do have some Luts Tiny Delf in stock and Azone dolls for me to drool over) but I think this is a more than fair deal so I thought I would share here!

I know a lot of us are stuck at home right now (including me) and potentially off of work right now (also me) and I know dolls aren’t neccessities but places like Pullipstyle (Groove itself is probably a lot smaller than most people realize) are small businesses so I will continue to support them for as long as I am able plus Pullip spark joy!

Hoping to devote some of this downtime to updating this website, while I have continued to update the release lists and make information pages more or less I haven’t been great about posting reviews or new doll announcements with any sort of regularity unfortunately a chaotic real life tends to trump time I can devote to doll as we settle into new routine of “distance learning” etc I’m hoping to have more time to spend working on things here.

EDIT: This deal has been extended through until the end of April!

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Vocaloid Hatsune Miku Doll Collection Doll (Yeolume)

Some rather unexpected news has caused me to break my relative silence here; while I’ve still been around doing updates on pages etc but haven’t posted an update or review in months but this was something so exciting I had to share as soon as possible. Groove has announced a new Yeolume for the first time in several, while technically speaking she belongs to a line called Doll Collection which will be a line of collaboration dolls and this release at least will be in the style of Yeolume.

Of course, mega-popular Vocaloid character Miku seems like the obvious choice for the first entry in this new collaboration series even though there is already multiple different variations of Pullip Miku and even a DoColla Little Pullip + version of Miku it just seems like a safe choice.

For those of you unfamiliar with Yeolume she is Pullip’s daughter from the future. She’s kind of a strange case because unlike the other dolls in the Pullip family, Ars Gratia Artis retained full rights to her and Groove had limited involvement with her previous release.  Only two models of her were released originally and though her intitial reception within the doll community was kind of lukewarm due to her body being more similar to Blythe than the more articulated Pullip despite this she has definitely become a favorite of the community since then (body comparison featuring Yeolume can be seen here).
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Concept Based on the groove’s original doll (Yeolume), it is a new product “collection doll” developed with all collaborations based on the concept of “clothes figures”. Hair is wig. The neck (left and right), shoulders (front and back), waist (left and right), and legs (front and back) are movable, and the knees are also bendable. The pupil is also a doll eye that can move left and right, so you can add a little pose or expression. You can also arrange hair, so find your own expression and take the best shot! It is a product that you can play. The total length is about 27cm and it is easy to collect.

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Doll Collection Miku will be released in March in Japan (April here in the US) and will have a MSRP of 12,000 yen.

Groove teases that the second title has already been decided and it’ll based on “the 25th anniversary of this year, it is a super-sci-fi animation that will release a new movie.” AGA has also been teasing photos of a non-collaboration Yeolume with a unicorn theme on their various social media pages so perhaps there is some hope that the Yeolume will also continue in a non-collaboration series at least in a limited fashion as well.

 

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Pullips PIMMAM & Momori

Time keeps on slipping away from me, in an effort to speed up this endeavour posts are going to be a bit shorter than usual here I apologize in advance for the brevity but I have a lot of ground to cover and less time/ability to do it in.

I am now up to the October releases… As a note, so far no Pullip has been announced for a September release in Japan I’m not sure if that means Groove is skipping a month or if there is still a forthcoming release to be announced.

Pullip PIMMAM
Pullip PIMMAM is the first of two releases coming out in October in Japan, she will be released one month later here in the US. She has a MSRP of 20,000 yen which as of this writing is equivelant to about $189.20. She is currently available for preorder via Groove Rakuten Shop and Pullipstyle (also available as a part of a combo set with Pullip Momori).

Pullip PIMMAM is an audacious, downright bizarre release but I absolutely love and adore her! PIMMAM seems to have a bit of a candy monster theme, she is equal parts sweet and scary with her pastel goth outfit and her outlandish accessories! I can’t get over the fact that her purse is an eyeball, which is a continuing motiff from her skirt but still I don’t think I’ve ever seen an eyeball purse anywhere else before this. The bone motiff on her shirt and leggings is something quite popular in pastel goth, I’ve never seen any with quite so many bones in the legs before. Her shoes appear to be spiked as well as flocked!
PIMMAM reminds me a bit of Papin but reimagined as a monster girl, Papin is still one of my favorite Pullip releases and every time I see a photo of one I can’t help but smile I feel like it’s going to be the same way with PIMMAM.

I love that PIMMAM is so bright colorful and unique!

Pullip Momori
Pullip Momori is the other release coming out in October in Japan. Once again we have a month where there are two releases who couldn’t be more different from each other; while PIMMAM is a bright and colorful release with an outfit bordering on costume Momori has much more of a natural color palette and her stylish stock outfit looks like something you could actually see someone wearing during the spring (or fall) in the city. She has a MSRP of 22000 yen which is about  $208.58 as of this writing. She is available for preorder via Groove Rakuten shop and Pullipstyle (where she is also available as part of a combo set with PIMMAM).
Pullip Momori was designed by Mikiyochii x Nénelle et Lalluli. I think this is an amazing opportunity for fans of their works that haven’t had the opportunity or ability to get a one of a kind piece from either artist, I know that I am personally very excited about this opportunity!
While I myself tend to be more of a fan of really bright colorful dolls (the more eye searing the colors the better!) versus those with more natural color schemes, she is such a well put together release where the outfit prefectly complements the doll’s overall design that I can’t help falling in love with her.
I love that her eyelids are such a great pop of color,  they are almost marigold!

Pullip Momori has an absolutely gorgeous face up characteristic of works by Mikiyochii, the eyelashes in particular just scream her style! I absolutely love her face up and how ell the natural colors all seem to work together and the way her lips are painted give her such a unique expression. I know that sometimes the dolls designed by artists are not everyone’s cup of tea due to some of them having such different styles but I personally can’t recall an artist I was this excited to see featured previously.

The only element I’m not completely sold on with Momori is the removeable collar while it does appear to be fake fur, I’m personally not overly fond of it and prefer her without it.

Verdict: Well let’s just say in my case that’s a good thing that Pullipstyle is offering a little bit of a discount if you buy both (don’t forget to use code 10off250 for even more of a bargain ) as I’m excited about both releases. Even though the two releases are very different from each other I can’t choose just one, I require both dolls!

 

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Pullip Margrethe

Part three in my vain attempts in trying to catch-up on writing up some releases that I previously neglected to as they were announced ^^;

P-233_1_mailPullip Margrethe is an August release in Japan, she will be released in September here in the US. It is important to note that there still has not been a release announced for September in Japan, I’ve heard rumors of a possible release but nothing has been officially announced just yet. She has a MSRP of 20,000 yen which as of this writing is equivelant to about $189.20. Pullip Margrethe is in stock and available for purchase via Groove Rakuten  and is currently available for preorder via Pullipstyle where she is expected to be in stock late Septemeber.
P-233_2_mailPullip Margrethe has a country lolita vibe similar to Pullips’ Dita and Meg, her outfit has a kind of home-spun charm to it. One of the things in general about this year’s Pullip releases is that there has been a huge variety of original designs, there have been a lot of really great releases like nine-tailed fox Kumiho and and the military lolita Pullip Jeanne but most of the designs are very unique and not all of them are going to appeal to everyone. I admittedly kind of personally struggle with Pullip Margrethe, I don’t think she is a bad release persay just that she just isn’t my personal cup of tea.
P-233_3_mailI can’t help but wonder if this outfit was originally designed with a Dal (or maybe even Byul) prototype in mind, I think I would like the outfit a lot more if it was on a Dal as it seems maybe a bit too immature for Pullip especially with the teddy bear detailing and her teddy bear companion. I actually even like the doll itself as she has somewhat of a melancholy vibe I just feel like she doesn’t quite match the stock outfit so perhaps what I will end up doing is restyling Margrethe herself and give her outfit to a Dal instead.
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I like that Margrethe has a bit of a somber vibe to her. It looks like her lips were intentionally minimized a bit, I actually like the combination of the smaller lips with the almost nude lipstick. I’m not quite sure if wide-eyed innocence was what the desired impact was but it almost feels like her eye make up might be a bit too overdone compared to the rest of her.

I still haven’t made up my mind about her but I feel like she really has the potential to shine outside of her stock outfit so I’m tempted by her! I might have to wait to see owner photos of her first though.

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Pullips Jeanne & Cosmody

We now continue with part two of our series of Klein desperately trying to catch up here while not further trying to aggravate her rotator cuff injury!

This post will focus on Pullips Jeanne and Cosmody who were released in July in Japan and will be releasing hopefully some time later this week here in the US. I’m very excited about both of these releases even though really the two of them couldn’t be further apart in terms of theme while Pullip Jeanne is a military lolita, Pullip Cosmody looks like a futuristic pop idol with a space theme.

Pullip Jeanne
p229_1_mailPullip Jeanne is the first of two dolls that were released in July in Japan and that will be released here in the US very soon. She has a MSRP of 20000 yen which is about $189.20 as of this writing.  She is already sold out via Groove Rakuten, Pullipstyle still has her available for preorder via their website and I’m told they are expecting their stock some time in the coming week (she is also available as a part of a combo with Pullip Cosmody who she released alongside- link).
p229_2_mailPullip Jeanne has a military lolita theme, I have to say that Pullip has really stepped up in terms of variety in their releases this year as this isn’t really a theme we have seen on Pullip before (though J-doll Via Appia would probably fit in well next to her). Her stock looks nicely detailed and like a lot of care was put into designing it and she even has what appears to be made to be nicely made boots to complete her look!jeanne1Groove posted some photos of Pullip Jeanne out of the box on their blog, I was excited for her just having seen the promotional photos but she really shines that much more in these photos. I hope Groove continues to post photos like this in the future on their blog as they really give you a great sense of the doll.
The only aspect of Pullip Jeanne I’m not completely sold is the choice of eye chips, I’m not a big fan of the realistic eye chips on Pullip in general while I understand they were probably going for a more natural look with Jeanne I’m not overly fond of them on her. Maybe I will like the eyechips better in person? I do overall really love this design.

Pullip Cosmody
p232_01_mailPullip Cosmody was the other Pullip released in July (August here in the US), she also has a MSRP of 20000 yen which is about $189.20 as of this writing.  Cosmody is already sold out via Groove Rakuten, Pullipstyle still has her available for preorder via their website and should be expecting their stock very soon (she is also available as a part of a combo with Pullip Cosmody who she released alongside- link).
p232_04_mailEvery time I look at pictures of Pullip Cosmody, all I can think of is how much she reminds me of a 1960s vision of the future would look like, her design definitely has some mod-like influences in addition to more futuristic influences. Cosmody has bubble pop electric type of vibe!
jupimerciCosmody’s design is a bit reminiscent of beloved classic Cosmic Pullip releases Mercu and Jupi but she also seems like an update to their design that being said while I love the Cosmic twins, they are nearly 15 years old now and they haven’t physically held up well.  Mercu’s headphones especially have been known to fall apart, Cosmody also has somewhat similar headphones while it’s way too early to say if they too will be prone to issues over time I will say that Mercu’s headphones were pretty easily repaired with loctite glue.
p232_05_mailIn addition to her futuristic space dress, Cosmody also comes with a sweater featuring a musical note in glitter to further reinforce her pop influence.
cosmoGroove also posted deboxed pictures of Pullip Cosmody on their blog, this one of many shots featured there but I love how this shot in particular highlights how colorful her face up is! It is does look like her design may have changed up a little bit most noteably the peekaboo heart cut-out no longer has a silver trim but a peach one instead.
p232_10_mailCosmody reminds me of an intergalatic version of Papin a bit. I really love how bright and cheerful she is!

Decisions, decisions… I love both releases even though their themes are so different from each other both really have strong designs and I honestly don’t think I could pick a favorite between the two because they are just so different from each other!

Cheers to Groove to giving us such awesome but very different releases this month!

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Pullip Etoile Rosette Version

I’ve fallen way behind on getting things written up as they have been announced here, so in the interests of trying to get myself caught up I’m going to post about newer releases with a bit more brevity than usual. I definitely don’t want to skip or fail to acknowedge releases but I’m still injured/have one arm in a sling so typing is a bit more physically taxing than usual so shorter posts highlighting the newer releases is my compromise.

Anyway on with the show!
I previously wrote about Pullip Etoile Rosette Version briefly here, at that time it looked like she might have been a limited doll like the original Etoile but now it just seems as though she was the standard release for June in Japan (released one month later here in the US). Etoile Rosette Version has a MSRP of 20000 yen which is about $189.20 as of this writing, she is stock and available to purchase via Pullipstyle, JPGroove and Groove Rakuten.
I was initially excited about the release of Pullip Etoile Rosette Version especially since I had enjoyed the original version of Etoile but I ended up hesitating. This release is a recolor of Pullip Etoile while there have been a lot of recolored releases over the years that I have enjoyed, I find myself wishing that they had made more of a dramatic departure from the original release in this case.
EtoileWhat has changed from the original Etoile?  It looks like her hair streaks are now pink versus blue, her dress is now pink versus blue and her eye chips are pink versus blue it appears she still has the same face up.
If you missed last year’s limited release Etoile and regretted it, she would be a great candidate to add to your collection or if you Pullip Etoile in your collection and enjoy dolls in multiple colorways she would probably look great on the shelf next to Etoile. While I’m sure I will end up buying her eventually, with so much other stuff coming out right now she is not a priority for me. This would be a good opportunity to convince me with photos of yours that I need her right now!

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