Revolutionary Girl Utena Pullips teased!!!

Groove just announced a very exciting upcoming collaboration series via their blog and I am beyond elated for it as the new collaboration series is with one of my all-time favorite anime/manga series Revolutionary Girl Utena ( Shōjo Kakumei Utena). No photos of the dolls have been revealed yet just a teaser image of Utena Tenjou & Anthy Himemiya on Groove’s blog so far but they did mention that both will dolls will be Pullips. I don’t know if these are the only two characters who will be released or not, I know it’s extremely unlikely but I’m kind of hoping that my personal favorite characters Nanami, Kozue and Shiori get released.

So what is Revolutionary Girl Utena? Revolutionary Girl Utena was originally a manga series by Chiho Saito as well as anime series. The anime series is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary this year and was directed by the same director as the original Sailor Moon anime series Kunihiko Ikuhara. Revolutionary Girl Utena follows the story of Utena who was so impressed by a mysterious prince who saved her that she decided to become a prince herself, she becomes entangled in the rose bride duels when she tries to save a fellow student Anthy. This series is amazing, if you somehow haven’t seen it already I totally recommend checking it out.

I will be sure to update once more information becomes available.

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Touken Ranbu -online- Taeyang Higekiri Announced

Earlier this year Groove announced the start of a new collaboration series with the ultra-popular Touken Ranbu -online- game series, back in April Isul Yagen Toushirou became the first doll released as a part of this new series. Groove just announced  the second doll in the Touken Ranbu -Online- series Taeyang Higekiri via their blog a short while ago.

Before I go much further, I feel like I should say something for the benefit of those who may be asking just what the heck is Touken Ranbu -online- anyway? It’s a Japanese online card game that allows the player to bring various swords to life which take the form of very good looking boys. The game is incredibly popular in Japan and so popular that it has inspired two anime series.
Taeyang Higekiri will be released in October of 2017 and has a MSRP of 27000 yen (approximately $238 as of this writing).
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Frog Prince Fairytale Inspired Isul Caros

Fairy tales are something that most of us grew up hearing as children, the details may change across time and cultures but even though the details may change fairy tales are an almost intrinsic part of our childhoods. It speaks volumes that though some of the tales may be hundreds of years old they still continue to inspire us to this day.
Caros & DanaFairy tales have in the past provided inspiration to Groove to make dolls based on various beloved characters from our childhood such as the Starry Night Cinderella series that was released back in 2013 or last year when we saw the release of Pullip Gretel and Isul Hansel.  Grimm’s “The Frog Prince” is the latest fairy tale to provide inspiration to Groove, Isul Caros plays the titular Frog Prince while Dana plays the princess who is responsible for transforming the frog back into a prince whether it be my kiss as in most modern retellings of the tale……or by throwing him against the wall in disgust as in the original tale.
Isul Caros and Dal Dana were released in late February of this year, they have a MSRP of 18000 yen each. Dal Dana has already been featured here and now it is time to focus on the Frog Prince himself, Isul Caros!
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Because you pick up a ball of the money….Let me sleep together in a bed….Situation Like So.
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Groove teases future collaboration with Gouk

Groove just announced a future collaboration with Gouk which is a Japanese clothing company via their blog. Gouk seems to specialize in wa-loli style clothing. Groove included two sketches of potential designs by Gouk in their blog post, I’m assuming because we are seeing two very different designs that it is likely that we will see both dolls released eventually one might be released sooner than the other but I’m sure with time we will see both dolls actually receive a release. What is really interesting about this is we normally do not receive news of dolls until they are much farther along in the stages of design, a prototype might be spotted at an event months before it is announced but we rarely see designs before they prototyped I can’t recall if this ever actually happened before or not. This is kind of a unique glimpse into the design process.
I really love this design, it’s definitely my favorite of the two designs though I feel like both designs are really strong! I love the colors and the mix of patterned fabrics, she kind of makes me think of a wa-loli version of Little Red Riding Hood. I know it will likely be Pullip that will get this design but how adorable would this outfit be on a Dal?
The first design has a bit of a youthful feel to it, this design definitely seems more refined and mature. There is a simple elegance in this design. I really hope that the Pullip has a dramatic face up with lots of purple or blue eyeshadow to make this design really pop.

It will be interesting to see what becomes of these designs and how well they translate into doll form, I can’t wait for further news about this upcoming collaboration!

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Groove Announces Disney Beauty and the Beast Doll Collection

Groove announced the second and third doll in the Disney Doll Collection via their blog a few days ago now, I apologize on my tardiness on getting this written up but I’m in the middle of a cross country roadtrip with limited internet access ^^; . Earlier this year, Cinderella became the first doll released as a part of this new series she still has yet to receive an official release here in the states though.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast was released in 1991, I would have only been about seven years old at the time and I remember going to see it in theaters and that it quickly became one of my favorite films as I too was a brunette that liked to read. A live action remake was made earlier this year that I have somehow managed to not see despite the fact that I have an eight year old daughter that loves Disney movies. I was very excited to see that Belle and Beast were announced as the second and third dolls to be released as a part of this new Disney series, I’m particularly surprised to see a boy doll announced so soon as the male characters are often overlooked when it comes to making dolls but then again I can’t even remember most of the Disney Princesses beloved’s names so perhaps they don’t matter as much as the princesses after all?
Belle and Beast are to be released in October in Japan, it is not known at this time when, how or if they will be distributed within the US. Belle has a MSRP of 20000 yen while Beast has a MSRP of 22,000 yen but since he does come with some extra stuff I feel his slightly higher cost is justified. Both dolls are already available for preorder via Groove’s official Japanese store Rakuten please see their respective links Belle and Beast .
It is important to note that though Belle and Beast look like Pullip and Taeyang they are never referred to as such by Groove, they are instead referred as a part of the Doll Collection line or as ” “Big Head Doll” that expresses characters in hair, make-up fashion,to a body that has a wide range of motion and is capable of various poses.” as they did in Beast’s listing on their store website link.
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Pullip x Sailor Moon- Eternal Sailor Moon Pullip Details Announced!

Groove released additional information regarding the release of Pullip Eternal Sailor Moon as well as more photos of the upcoming release via their blog last night. Pullip Eternal Sailor Moon is set to be released in September in Japan, here in the US we will not get her until one month later. There will be both a standard release version of Eternal Sailor Moon which will be available for purchase worldwide as well as an exclusive version that includes a bonus outfit available for purchase only from Bandai Shop.The standard release version has a MSRP of 22,000 yen (approximately $297.55 as of this writing) and the exclusive version has a MSRP of 25,000 yen (approximately $224.48 as of this writing).The final season of the original Sailor Moon series Sailor Moon Sailor Stars was never released in the US so I’m going to take a moment to explain Eternal Sailor Moon for the people who may not be as familiar with the series. Eternal Sailor Moon is Sailor Moon’s final transformed form, it is her second most powerful form second only to Neo Queen Serenity. This form is so powerful that it often can’t be held for very long before it utterly exhausts Usagi, when exhausted she reverts to her Super Sailor Moon form.

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Sailor Moon x Pullip Collaboration Series Eternal Sailor Moon Announced!

For the first time in well months, Groove just announced a Pullip release via their blog! I had almost thought that the Sailor Moon x Pullip collaboration series had ended as it had been over six months since the last doll was released but much to my surprise and delight Groove has announced the release Eternal Sailor Moon. Eternal Sailor Moon will be the 23rd doll released as a part of the Sailor Moon x Pullip collaboration series. Not many details have been revealed about her just yet but according to the SailorMoon-Official she is to be released in September and will have a MSRP of 22,000 yen (25,000 yen for the Bandai Shop exclusive version).

For those of you unfamiliar with the series, Eternal Sailor Moon is how Sailor Moon appears in the Sailor Moon Sailor Stars manga/anime alongside the Sailor Stars characters. While all of the Sailor Soldiers received a makeover for Sailor Stars, the other characters received a much more subtle update to their outfit compared to drastic transformation that Sailor Moon herself goes through.

I will be sure to update here as more details become available!

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