Junichi Nakahara inspired Pullip Himawari

While Junichi Nakahara is well known in Japan, I am not sure how well he is known in the west so I would like to preface this review with a little bit of information about him and his artistic influence that still inspires many people today! Junichi Nakahara was a Japanese fashion illustrator and artist, he is most famous for creating the Himawari magazine. Himawari or Sunflower (English translation) was a magazine aimed at women and young girls. The magazine was published from 1947-1952 with a total of sixty seven volumes being published, the magazine featured many illustrations by it’s creator Junichi Nakahara as well as from other contributing artists. Copies of the Himawari magazine are still quite sought after today despite being nearly seventy years old they still command high prices on the secondary market. Many believe that Junichi Nakahara’s characteristic art style featuring large eyed innocent girls helped to inspire the shoujo manga art style.

Groove recently released a collaboration doll that was inspired by an illustration from the Himawari magazine’s first year, the appropriately named Pullip Himawari was released in late March in Japan, April in the US. I think the underlying issue for Pullip Himawari at least in the US is that she had the misfortune of being released alongside of Pullip Cinnamoroll, Sanrio’s darling character Cinnamoroll is much more well known in the west so I feel like western fans of Pullips may have kind of overlooked Himawari in favor of Cinnamoroll which is a shame for Himawari as she is a truly lovely doll!
HimawariI recently received my Pullip Himawari alongside Pullip Cinnamoroll from Pullipstyle, Himawari is still available for purchase as of this writing but Cinnamoroll has unfortunately already sold out. After several months of feeling like I was kind of struggling to connect to the dolls and feeling like I couldn’t properly focus on them, I have to say that Himwari really captured my interest and inspired me to get out and take some pictures of her. I honestly thought that Cinnamoroll would end up being the first doll I unboxed when they arrived side by side but something about Himawari just made me fall in love. I think she just happened to show up at the perfect time as I just got cleared to stop wearing my carpal tunnel brace which had made photography extremely frustrating and any sort of typing and/or computer work forbidden to me while I still had the brace on, I’m slowly trying to get caught up with everything!
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Pullip Kayano Announced!

Groove announced the upcoming release of a new Pullip called Kayano via their blog last night. Pullip Kayano is going to be a September release in Japan (US release date is one month later) and she will have a MSRP of 19000 yen which is about $173.31 as of this writing.  Lately we have not seen many original, non-collaboration series releases and it seems like the original releases that we have had more recently have all had somewhat subdued color palettes so I’m very excited to see Kayano who is such a bright and colorful release on the schedule. 
A lot of people have mentioned that Pullip Kayano has the vibe of the classic older releases, they are not wrong an earlier version of Pullip Kayano’s prototype was featured in the 2011 Pullip calendar below is a picture I took of the calendar years and years ago (more pictures of the calendar can be seen on my flickr there are some additional unproduced prototypes featured).  It seems as though a few of the fabrics have been changed out as I imagine some fabrics have been become unavailable with time (it’s been seven years) but the face up and outfit style are undeniably inspired by this early prototype.
Prototype?
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15th Pullip Anniversary Custom Contest- Vote Online!


To celebrate Pullip’s 15th Anniversary a Pullip exhibit is being held at Yokohama Doll house from now until June 24th, as a part of the celebration a custom doll contest is being held. The winner gets a chance to have the winning doll made into an actual doll release so fans worldwide would have a chance to own a doll designed by them. It’s fantastic opportunity for exposure for doll artisans plus I know after seeing some of the custom designs it has definitely introduced me to some artists I was unfamiliar with before this that I now want to keep an eye on. Groove has posted pictures of all of the custom dolls on their website so those who are not fortunate enough to attend the 15th Anniversary Pullip celebration so Pullip fans from all over their world can vote for their favorite Pullip!


Please check out the site to see all of the entries and to vote on your favorite! Everyone did such an absolutely fantastic job with their customs so everyone should be very proud of their work, I know I am not the only one who will have a hard time choosing my favorite! I don’t know how anyone could choose just one, I hope that Groove will consider choosing a few of these dolls to be produced.
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Love My Collection Pullip outfit sets announced!

Groove announced the start of a new outfit set series designed for Pullip (and possibly other members of the Pullip family as well) via their blog last night. The new outfit series is called Love My Collection and will initially be available for pre-sale at the Pullip 15th Anniversary ♥ ~ Starry Sky Dream ~ event at Yokohama Doll Museum. The debut of this new series features the simultaneous release of three different outfit sets, all of the outfit sets have a marine dress theme but each outfit set is a somewhat unique interpretation of that theme from sweet feminine style to classic ocean to gothic style. The outfit sets are priced at 3800 yen each which is approximately $35.42 as of this writing, honestly that seems like a pretty reasonable price for a complete outfit set that includes shoes and everything. The outfits sets will receive a wide release at a later date and time that has yet to be determined with the exception of the Marine Dress Gothic Style set which is an exclusive to the event.

The Marine Dress Gothic Style will be exclusive to the event,  of course it would be my favorite of the three outfit sets that would end up being the exclusive! I love the unusual color scheme black and gold is not something we see a lot of on Pullip, I think the only release I can really recall with this combination offhand is the Limited Version of Veritas.
The Marine Dress Ocean Style has a more traditional nautical color scheme, I love the bright pop of yellow on the scarf and ribbon I really think it brightens up the outfit and while still classic adds a bit of a modern touch to the outfit.
The Marine Dress Feminine Style is a very sweet interpretation of the theme. It is honestly my least favorite of the three that isn’t too say it isn’t a nice well-made outfit set it is just burgeoning on too a little too sugary sweet for my own personal taste/style though I realize that this will likely be the most popular of the three. I do love the addition of the floral detailing on the sleeves as well as the lavender color they chose for the accessories.

I hope that Groove releases photos of the outfit sets actually being modeled on the dolls soon as well as more details surrounding their release.

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New Pullipstyle Coupon Code!

Pullipstyle announced a new coupon code on their facebook page last night, the code Isul5 is good for $5 off any currently in stock Isul (does not include the upcoming Sailor Moon collaboration release Isul Helios).  I love Pullip’s little brother Isul and this is a pretty fabulous opportunity to add one to everyone’s doll collection at a little bit of a discount. Or maybe an excuse rather than an opportunity hehehe ^^; . The hard part is just figuring out which Isul to bring home, though that’s an easy choice for me seeing how Isul Kujo Kazuya is the only one in stock that I don’t already own or have at least had the opportunity to have pass through my hands briefly.
Isul Yagen ToushirouDon’t forget that there is still a coupon good for $5 off Dal & Byul as well DalByul5 which I believe is good for $5 off of any Dal or Byul with the exception of the Make It Own kits. Choose coupon code wisely though as I believe you can only use one at a time, or at least I’ve only successfully been able to use one at a time!

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Groove Announces DC Comics The Joker Taeyang <3_<3

Yesterday was my birthday and much to my surprise and delight, Groove decided yesterday of all days that they were going to announce the release of one of my absolute favorite comic book villains the Joker as the newest doll in their DC Comics collaboration line. I could not have asked for a better present! Groove has been collaborating with DC Comics since 2011, they have previously released Pullips based on Harley Quinn (both a classic version and an original dress version design), Wonder Woman (both a classic version and an original dress version design), Catwoman (two variants), Batgirl (two variants), Supergirl as well as a Taeyang based on the Joker’s arch nemesis Batman!  I’m still kind of waiting and hoping on for an official Poison Ivy Pullip to be released though an Isul Robin for the clown prince of crime to menace would  be quite amusing as well.

For anyone unfamiliar with the Joker, he is Batman’s arch nemesis and the two have been at odds since when he was introduced in the comics in 1940. Traditionally the Joker’s disfigurement is caused by a dip in a vat of chemicals which causes his ghastly grin, bleached skin, green hair and ruby lips though there have been many different interpretations of his backstory over the years which is kind of fitting for a character who prefers to remember their history as multiple choice. He is such an integral part of the Batman mythos that he has appeared in several of the live-action Batman films having been portrayed by Jack Nicholson (Batman 1989), Heath Ledger (Dark Knight), Jared Leto ( Suicide Squad -ugh); I think my personal favorite portrayal of the Joker will always be Mark Hamill in the Batman Animated Series that I grew up on. The Batman Animated Series also introduced us to Harley Quinn, the Joker’s psychiatrist who fell in love with him and went quite a bit mad herself. The Joker and Harley Quinn are no longer together in the current canon comics but their relationship is still see in non-canon tales and is still important part of both of their respective lores especially Harley Quinn’s as without the Joker she would not exist.

The Joker will be released in July in Japan, which means August for us here in the states. He has a MSRP of 22000 yen which converts to $206.71 USD as of this writing.

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Pullipstyle Now Stocking Luts Wigs!

Pullipstyle made a very exciting announcement late last night, they are now offering wigs from Luts via their website. For those of you unfamiliar with Luts they are a well known ball jointed doll maker who also makes some of the most exquisite quality of wigs available in a cornucopia of colors. I have been using their wigs for Pullip for years and can attest to their wonderful quality!
IMG_9753This is just a small taste of the many wigs available, they posted a little teaser video on their Instagram page last night which can be seen here of the wigs.

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