Revolutionary Girl Utena Pullip Ohtori School Uniform Announced!

Recently Groove announced the exciting upcoming collaboration with the beloved classic bishoujo series Revolutionary Girl Utena via their blog, Pullips based off of the characters Utena  and Anthy are to be released in December of this year. Pullip Anthy comes in her Rose Bride dress while Pullip Utena comes in her duelist uniform which are their signature, iconic outfits.
Groove just made a very exciting announcement via their blog about their Revolutionary Girl Utena collaboration they will be releasing Ohtori school uniform outfit sets for both Utena and Anthy. The outfit sets are priced at 4800 yen each and are to be released in January.

The Outfit Sets
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Anime collaborations can sometimes walk a fine line, sometimes a character design is so appealing that you will want to buy the doll no matter what it is from but other times it can be kind of frustrating when you aren’t familiar with or dislike a series and then it dominates the release schedule. Some fans expressed disappointment that instead of releasing so many variations of the same character that maybe outfit sets could have released instead like instead of Super Sailor Moon being another release it would have just been a separate outfit available for purchase and I can kind of understand that even though I am personally working on getting all of the variations of the characters because I am a fan of the show.

I am very happy that Groove is going the route of releasing Ohtori School Uniforms as separate outfit sets, I’m not sure if separate doll releases of Utena and Anthy in their respective school uniforms would have been justified but I feel like this is perfect solution and a happy medium. I don’t know if Groove intends to continue this collaboration series beyond releasing dolls of Utena, Anthy and the uniform sets but now even if Groove doesn’t continue the collaboration series I can buy multiple Anthy school uniforms and make a customs of some of my favorite secondary characters like Nanami, Kozue and Shiori, oh and Wakaba!
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Pullip/Blythe Fashion Holiday Box from EmmerzApparel & ThePullipClub

Recently I was contacted by two very talented Pullip/Blythe seamstresses EmmerzApparel & ThePullipDollClub, they wanted to talk to me about something new and very exciting: an upcoming collaboration between both stores! For the first time ever they are working together on a holiday themed surprise box that will feature items from both shops (speaking of which keep reading through to the end and there is a coupon code for both shops in it for you ^_-).

I should clarify that it isn’t really a box, it’s really an envelope but that works out much better shipping-wise for us customers especially international customers as there is a significant price difference between mailing something lightweight in an envelope versus a box. Each envelope will contain six exclusive items, three items from each shop including a dress from each shop as well as other accessories. The envelope is available in two different sizes Pullip and Blythe.

The envelopes opened up for preorder earlier today, preorders are open through November 17th but only a limited number of preorders are available so I wouldn’t wait until the last minute if I were you! The holiday envelope is expected to start shipping late November, early December. The holiday envelope is priced at $35.99 and is available for preorder via both ThePullipDollClub and EmmerzApparel people can buy from whichever shop they prefer. Fashionable fall!I recently spotlighted both EmmerzApparel and ThePullipDollClub here where I reviewed items from both shops, if you have not checked out the posts yet please do so! Both shops sell very reasonably priced, well-made items for Pullip and Blythe. I included a few pictures of all of the dresses by EmmerzApparel (Pullip Kiyomi Mint Ice Cream Version & Pullip Taffy) or ThePullipDollClub (Optical Alice & Simply Mango) so you can get an idea of what the quality level of their work.

I am hoping that they continue collaborating and that we will see more envelopes in the future, I’d really love to see this turn into a regular thing!
Fashionable FallI’ve been given a special coupon code to share here PJUNK10 which is good for 10% off anything in either shop except for the Holiday box, the code is good from now until November 30th.

Thank you again to ThePullipDollClub and EmmerzApparel for everything!

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Spotlight on ThePullipDollClub Pullip & Blythe Fashion

There is nothing quite like a nice crisp autumn day is there? One thing I really love about fall is the fashion, the temperature is moderate so it’s not too hot or too cold and well boots, boots just seem to go with everything in the fall! Today, I will be writing about some fashionable fall offerings for Pullip & Blythe dolls from ThePullipDollClub who sells a variety of clothing options for Pullip and Blythe via her etsy shop including dresses, rompers, hats and other hair accessories.

I was asked to review a few items from ThePullipDollClub’s shop here as well as from EmmerzApparel’s shop, sometimes it seem like the Pullip community doesn’t always value and appreciate our artists/crafters as much as we should so I wanted to take this opportunity to shine the spotlight on some very talented Pullip seamstresses. Besides I know that sometimes our dolls’ may want to wear something a bit more fashionable than their stock outfits and there have not been very many recent Pullip releases wearing casual everyday clothing.
IMG_8893I decided to use Pullip Optical Alice for my model for one of the dresses but the other I used two different dolls Blythe Simply Mango pictured above and Pullip Favorite Ribbon as I had a hard figuring out which doll I preferred in it ^^; .
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Spotlight on EmmerzApparel Pullip & Blythe Fashion

I was recently approached about reviewing some clothing items for Pullip and while I normally just focus about writing about doll releases here I decided that this would be a nice opportunity to put a spotlight on some talented Pullip seamstresses here as sometimes the Pullip community doesn’t seem to appreciate our artisans as much as we really should.

Today I will be focusing on some fashion options for Pullip (and Blythe) by EmmerzApparel. EmmerzApparel has an Etsy Store that offers a variety of casual looks for Pullip as well as some fancier, designer options as well. While I normally love photographing dolls in their stock clothing, sometimes Pullip’s stock outfit can be overly dressy/formal, too costumey or maybe it just isn’t your style and not very many recent Pullip releases have come dressed in a casual everyday look. Sometimes it’s hard to picture a doll outside of their stock look so it was nice to get a chance to photograph some of my newer Pullips in a more relaxed style.

Taffy & Kiyomi Mint Ice Cream versionMy models for this endeavour are Talullah Taffyta (Pullip Taffy) and my still unnamed Kiyomi Mint Ice Cream version, I tried to choose the models that would best showcase EmmerzApparel’s lovely dresses.
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Touken Ranbu -Online- Isul Yagen Toushirou

Earlier this year, Groove started an exciting new collaboration series with Touken Ranbu -Online- . What’s Touken Ranbu -Online-? It’s an incredibly popular online card game in Japan, the player travels into the past and is able to bring various historical swords to life to aid them in their battle to defeat the evil that wants to change the course of history…. all of the swords are of course, personified as attractive boys. I will say the premise is original and it sounds like it would be fun to play and it must be fun to play based on how popular it is! The game is so popular that it has spawned two different anime series based off of it as well as countless merchandise such as nendoroids and other figures.

Yagen Toushirou is the first doll to be released as a part of the Touken Ranbu -Online- collaboration series, a second doll Taeyang Higekiri has been announced but his release is still forthcoming.  He has a MSRP of 26000 yen which makes him the most expensive Isul released so far. Isul Yagen Toushirou was released back in May in Japan, distribution outside of Japan for this release has been somewhat limited. I had been waffling for months about whether or not I should try to import him, I was recently browsing Pullipstyle and I noticed that they had received a small number in stock any remaining willpower I may have had immediately ceased to be; I had to have him!Isul Yagen Toushirou
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Revolutionary Girl Utena: Utena & Anthy Pullips Announced!

Months and months ago now, Groove had teased an upcoming collaboration series with the beloved classic shoujo manga and anime series Revolutionary Girl Utena via their blog but there had not really been any additional news about it since then.  Last night, Groove officially announced the upcoming releases of Pullips Utena Tenjo & Anthy Himemiya the two main characters of the series. It is not known at this time if this will be a continuing collaboration series like the Sailor Moon collaboration series is, where we saw literally dozens of dolls released from the series or if these two will be the only dolls released as a part of the series. I love the series so I am not sure what to hope for as much as I’d love to see dolls of characters like Touga, Nanami, Kozue, Shiori, Mikage and well the lists continues on, basically I would probably end up buying all of them and that would be a problem for my wallet not to mention the sheer amount of shelf space I would need to house all of them!

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the debut of the television series, so the timing of the Pullips’ release seems most fortuitous. This has been a great year for Utena, much to my delight it was recently announced that the series would finally be released on blu-ray in the US by Nozomi and that there would even be a special edition blu-ray box set with an art book, a rose crest ring and a black rose crest ring which I had to immediately preorder! If you are a fan of shoujo anime and you have not checked out the series yet, you really need to!
Utena and Anthy are set to be simultaneously released in December in Japan (if they are to be released in the US, they would be available one month later). The dolls are priced at 21600 yen each which is approximately $194.92 as of this writing per xe.com . Reservations will open soon via Groove’s Official Store and the pair should be available for preorder elsewhere as well.

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Mocha MIO Make It Own Dal Kits Announced!

Groove recently made a very exciting announcement for all of those who enjoy customizing Pullip and friends, for the first time ever the Dal MIO or Make It Own kits will be released in the Mocha skin tone. The Mocha MIO Pullip kits were something that community had been hoping for since the MIO kits were first announced so I know a lot of people will be excited that now we will be able to have Dal kits in Mocha as well. I wonder if we will see other dolls such as Isul released in Mocha too eventually.

The Mocha MIO Dal will be released in September in Japan they are already available to preorder versus Groove’s official store here. The Mocha Dal kits are not expected to be released in the US until one month later. The kit has a MSRP of 4200 yen.
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Pullipstyle has said that they are expecting a restock of the Pullip Mocha MIO kits around the middle of September, they had recently restocked Pullip Natural MIO kits but the pent up demand for MIO kits meant that they did not last very long once they did come in stock.

Edit:
Pullipstyle just opened preorders for five packs of Pullip Mocha MIO kits via their website here. Pullipstyle does not offer preorders for single kits, they didn’t offer a preorder option at all for the kits until recently when they compromised and opened preorders for multi-packs.

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