JPGroove Holiday Sale

JPGroove is offering a limited time holiday deal on their website from now until Christmas Eve for every $100 you spend you will receive a special coupon for $15 off your next order of $100 or more. It’s a great deal especially if you want to buy something now and then maybe treat yourself to something nice after Christmas ^_- . It is worth noting that they have several different beginner sets in stock too which come with a doll, two pairs of eye chips, an extra outfit set, a wig and some other goodies which would be great if you are just starting out on your Pullip collection journey or if you just like getting extra surprise stuff with your order! You can view the whole selection of beginner dolls here.

Just don’t forget to use your coupon!

Get Special Coupon Code Reward

Every purchase $100.00 at GROOVE STORE
You can get $15.00 Coupon Code!! (*Total Purchased Item)

START 11/25/2022 AM0:00 (PDT)
END 12/24/2022 PM11:59 (PDT)

    To use your $15.00 coupon code valid to use until 12/31/2022 PM11:59(PDT)
    Coupon Code can use one time only
    Not include shipping fee

 ** How to get your coupon code? ***
– When we,
GROOVE STORE receives your order at GROOVE STORE from
11/25/2022 AM0:00 (PDT) to 12/24/2022 PM11:59 (PDT). We wil contact you to tell your coupon code.

– You can use your coupon code when you will purchase at GROOVE STORE to fill in your coupon code yourself, you order cart can automatic discount $15.00 or more.

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JPGroove 15% off Weekend Pullip Sale!

JPGroove is having a sale this weekend from 8/12/22 2pm PST time until 8/14/2022 23:59 PST you can get 15% off merchandise on their website with code BTPS15 it seems like preorders have disappeared from their website at the moment but they do have a lot of in stock dolls including Ozz on Cho-ran who just got released not to mention a lot of sample dolls which are dolls that were previously on display at different events in Japan etc. and a great way to get a discount on a doll especially if you aren’t too picky and don’t care about the box/card. Too bad I can’t really think of anything I need at the moment >_>

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JPGroove Weekend Sale !

I just happened to check JPGroove’s website for the first time in a little while and was pleasantly surprised that they are having a sale this weekend that opens really soon! 15% off with code 22summer15 runs from July 1st 14 PST until July 4th 23:59 PST .

They have a lot of deals already that this would take that much more off from while I unfortunately am probably going to have to sit this out myself as I think I have just about everyone I need at the moment.

If you are looking for recommendations though you can’t go wrong with ACDC Rags Emo

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Pullipstyle Black Friday Deal Now Live! Use code FRIDAY10 for 10% off

Hello, everyone it’s been a little bit since my last post but I saw something that might be of interest to you all Pullipstyle has started their Black Friday deal a little bit early this year. Use code Friday10 to receive 10% off on any in stock dolls, wigs etc on their website, Pullipstyle already has some of the most reasonable prices around on Pullip so I feel like this is a pretty great deal although I personally get the dolls as they release so not that much use for myself… although, I guess I could always use more wigs? Pullipstyle has not announced an end date for the coupon but did say in their newsletter that they would try to give at least 48 hours heads up on when it does end.

Pullipstyle currently has a lot of great dolls in stock including several of the Sailor Moon Pullip collaboration dolls so treat your self!

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New JPGroove Promotion Buy one Pullip get a WoZ Taeyang free!

I just happened to be browsing JPGroove’s website and noticed that they had started a new promotion! If you buy from a select list of Pullip that can be seen here (Pullips Bonnie, Particia, HEIHEI Ribbon-chan, Marisa, Uesaka Sumire, Asuna and Etoile Rosette Version) you will receive your choice of one of the Taeyangs from the Wizard of Oz series for free. It seems like a really great selection of Pullips to choose from in this offer and then you get to choose which of the three Taeyangs you want (Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion or Tin Man) for free, if you were thinking of getting one of the Pullips already this offer is a great incentive!

The Wizard of Oz Taeyangs are definitely some of the most unique Taeyang releases to date (possibly tying with the Seikima-II releases) that were incredibly hard to find and rare when they were released several years ago. Scarecrow, Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion are also available separately for sale on their website for $100 each (link). Even if you aren’t a giant Wizard of Oz fan, if you wanted a low cost Taeyang to customize this would be a great way to get one.

A couple other things of note that I noticed on their website
– The Rozen Maiden case is back in stock, I can not emphasize how much I love this item! Link . The case is very sturdy and well-made, I’ve received a ton of compliments on mine over the years, I actually love it so much I went back and bought a second one a while back.

– If you search the word sample on their website (or click on this link) you will find a treasure trove of sample dolls. What are sample dolls? Sample dolls are product samples that were previously used for display at various stores/conventions because the dolls were displayed previously they do not come with their boxes, cards or stands. It’s also possible that some smaller accessories may have become misplaced though JPGroove is normally pretty good about listing any missing items. Some of the sample dolls are in stock now and some are expected to arrive next month (think really short preorder period) and include some real rarities, there are also some recent releases that if you don’t really care about the box/card/stand you can get yourself a bargain on. I have bought several times from past sample sales and always ended up happy!

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Where did you go? Trying to come back from hiatus/extended absence

It’s been a while since I have been able to properly focus on this site, while I never really lost interest in dolls any/all of my hobbies have been taking a backseat to real world endeavors. Up until very recently, I was the primary caretaker for my grandfather who suffered from Alzheimer’s related dementia as his needs increased my ability to well do much of anything else decreased. I want to be clear that I don’t regret my choice to take care of him especially since my grandparents raised me and we were always really close, it doesn’t mean this past few years especially have been easy (complicated by own medical struggles last fall) and I often felt isolated and extremely overwhelmed. Earlier this year, a downward spiral began that he never really recovered from a few hospital stays followed by a stint in physical rehabilitation in hopes of building up his strength to come home morphed into having to be transferred to hospice and never actually coming back home. He passed away earlier this month, I try to take some solace in him being with my grandmother now but my grief is still pretty raw right now. While things are relatively speaking calmer now I’m still working my way through mountains of medical insurance paperwork/red tape which is kind of soulkilling in it’s own way and I kind of need the escape of having something less depressing to to focus on like photography.

I want to return to writing here but I wanted to address why I had been away for so long while also trying to respect the fact that I am a very private person and not wanting to go into all the details. I’ve been struggling to put this into words over the last few weeks and torn about what exactly I wanted to say but I hope this kind of explains things.

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Taeyang HIDE The First Era –Sari version-

Groove recently announced a new exclusive collaboration HIDE doll via their blog.

Who is HIDE? Hide was a Japanese musician, originally he was part of the band Saver Tiger (originally Saber Tiger) eventually he joined the band X (later renamed X Japan) and became their lead guitarist. X Japan was one of the founders of the visual kei style, where band members would dress up in outlandish ways with wild hair and make up. Hide had started a solo career while being in X Japan, after the band broke up he continued to focus on Hide with Spread Beaver (his touring band) as well as founding the band Zilch before his untimely death in 1998. Hide’s popularity has endured to this day, so much so that Groove has released a number of collaboration based off of his appearance over the years. Beginning in 2012, Groove released three different Taeyang dolls as well as a limited edition variant of one of the dolls based on Hide’s likeness. All three were based on some of Hide’s different, iconic looks from over the years:  Hide Doubt version (as well as the limited version of hide Doubt version) were based on how he appeared in the music video for Doubt off of his first solo album “Hide Your Face”, Hide rocket dive version is based off of hide with Spread Beaver’s 1st single ”ROCKET DIVE” and finally Hide PSYENCE version based on hide’s appearance during the PSYENCE a Go Go tour. In late 2018, a 20th Anniversary Memorial version of Taeyang was released and was exclusively sold through Hide official shop LEMONed and then again 2019 a new version called Hide Tell Me Version was released a based off of his appearance in the Tell Me music video. All and all, we have had five different versions of Hide (plus one limited variation) released based on his appearance during different parts of his career.

The new 6th version of Hide is being released in honor of the 23rd Anniversary of his X band works in the early stages of his career from 1989-1992. I feel like of all the Hide dolls released so far, this one most embodies the Visual Kei style and it’s obvious that a lot of effort was put into recreating his unique style in doll form. His Sally costume has been lovingly recreated and he will come with 3 types of stoles, 4 types of shawls and 3 types of necklaces as well as his 1/6 recreation of his favorite guitar Ameba.

The new Taeyang HIDE The First Era -Sari- Version has a MSRP of 27500 yen which is approximately $254.75 as of this writing. He is limited edition and will only be available through select retailers include Hide’s official shop LEMONeD Shop, Groove’s official Japanese Store and JPGroove here in the states. It appears that Pullipstyle will NOT be able to offer Hide for sale so if you do want to add him to your collection please act now and order through Groove or through Hide’s official store! JPGroove is expected to have Hide in late April for those who preordered it is not clear at this time if there will be any excess so again please make sure you preorder!

Close up of some of Hide’s details, he does appear to come in a slimline box which we have previously seen for some of the SDCC/NYCC exclusive dolls (and Amelia) there really is an extraoridinary amount of detail on this doll!

All of the previously released versions of Hide, I love that while each is Hide they are all based on very unique looks from the various phases of his career. I am fortunate enough to own both of the newer versions of Hide, it is definitely one of my bigger regrets not to get the earlier versions but at that time I was less focused on collecting Taeyang/boy dolls in general. I’m hoping to be able to add this new version of Hide to my collection but I also have a lot going on right now so we shall see!

Don’t miss your chance to add this amazing version Hide to your collection, preorder yours today!

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Cardcaptor Sakura Clear Card Pullip & outfit sets coming in the fall???

Groove announced an exciting collaboration a little while ago now, whenever the topic of what anime/manga series that fans would like to see Pullip collaborate with next the beloved Clamp series Cardcaptor Sakura was always mentioned and now we are finally sort of getting our wish! Cardcaptor Sakura is an immensely popular anime and manga series to this day, there were 12 volumes of manga as well as 70 episode tv series plus two movies. Cardcaptor Sakura followed the adventures of 10 year old Sakura who accidentally released the magical Clow Cards and spent the rest of the series trying to re-capture them all, each of the cards had their own ability like using the windy card enabled Sakura to fly. An alternate version of Sakura was featured in Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles and the crossover series XXXHolic. More recently, we received a true sequel to the original Cardcaptor Sakura series entitled Cardcaptor Sakura Clear Card it consisted of 9 volumes of manga and a new 22 episode tv series. Cardcaptor Sakura Clear Card follows the adventures of a 14 year old Sakura as she tries to solve the mystery as to why all the cards have not become blank and her struggles to rediscover and recapture the now clear cards. 

Pullip Sakura has a MSRP of 27500 yen and will be released around the middle of May in Japan (late June in the states) . Groove is placing heavy emphasis on the importance of preordering Sakura if you want her and will be closing their preorders very soon so if you want her please don’t delay! The standard version of Sakura is available for preorder via Pullipstyle, JPGroove and Groove official store in Japan.

There is also an exclusive version of Pullip Sakura, like the Sailor Moon Pullips released before her Bandai Shop will be offering a premium exclusive item for those who purchase from them. The exclusive item an adorable plushie of Sakura’s small winged lion companion Kero. The exclusive version of Sakura has a slighly higher price tag of 28600 yen and only seems to ship to Japan so if you want it you have to either know someone in Japan who can help or use a buying service.

I know that some fans have expressed disappointment that while we finally have a Sakura Pullip it isn’t based on the original series but I feel like Pullip as a doll suits the slightly more mature Clear Card design better. I feel like Dal or Yeolume would have better suited to portray Sakura as a 10 year old but if they were going with wanting to do a Pullip I feel like this was a smart move!

I feel like Groove did an excellent job of recreating Sakura’s outfit from Clear Card into Pullip form, my only real complaint is that Sakura doesn’t come with her wand but fortunately there are a lot of options out there for wands.

One of the interesting aspects of Cardcaptor Sakura was that Tomoya, Sakura’s best friend delighted in making costumes for Sakura so unlike say Sailor Moon or Madoka where they more or less have their one magical girl outfit (or only have the occassional upgrades/power-ups to the outfit) Sakura had basically a new magical girl outfit every time she went out to track down the Clow Cards. Although it is hard to pick a favorite, I think my personal favorite of Sakura’s costumes is probably the jester themed outfit from episode three of the original series – link. That’s the really exciting thing about a Sakura doll the costume possibilities are well nearly endless. Groove mentioned something on their twitter that they would be releasing different Cardcaptor Sakura themed outfit sets this coming fall, while they haven’t said which costumes yet I am extremely excited to see what outfits they choose and hope for a school uniform so I can make my own Tomoyo if Groove doesn’t release other characters which I hope they will do! I don’t know if Groove plans on making additional dolls in this series while I hope they do, I definitely want to preorder and secure now because who knows what other outfits they may be making for her and I don’t know if there are going to be new versions of Sakura herself to go with the outfits.

I’m very excited for this release and will for sure be preordering to make sure I can add her to my collection, there are only a few more days left to preorder Sakura so if you want to add her to your collection please don’t hesitate!

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Doll Collection Vocaloid Miku Yeolume

Earlier this year, I was pleasantly surprised to see Yeolume return as a part of the Doll Collection line. Doll Collection Miku was released in March of this year with a MSRP of 12000 yen she is currently available for purchase via Groove’s official store in Japan as well as JPGroove (my understanding is only a small amount was brought to the US due to Covid-19 related shipping complications so they will not be offering to other retailers like Pullipstyle). I received her soon after her release date way back in spring but somehow never got around to sharing pictures of her here an oversight that I intend to remedy…Yeolume Miku

Let’s back this up a little bit first…. I used some terms that may be unfamiliar to new fans of Pullip and/or older fans just getting back into Pullip. What is the Doll Collection line? The Doll Collection line is a collaboration series of dolls done in the style of different Pullip family members, most famously perhaps with Disney a few years back which gave us a Pullip-style Cinderella, a Pullip-style Belle and a Taeyang-line Beast/Adam doll based on the characters from the classic Disney films. Who or what is Yeolume? Yeolume is Pullip’s daughter from the future, unlike other dolls in the Pullip family line she has a bendy body more similar to Blythe or Licca; I made a  body comparison post when she was first released for those curious that can be seen here . Only two Yeolume models were released (Podo and Blackberry) before the line went on hiatus for years. Unfortunately, Yeolume’s initial reception in the doll community was lukewarm with many people citing the body as the reason they were a bit hesitant about Yeolume as it was just so different from the other Pullip family member bodies but over the years her popularity has exploded. I’m happy that Yeolume has finally made her triumphant return and that Doll Collection Yeolume Miku was the first of many new Yeolume, AGA released a limited edition original design Buttzi just a few months ago and Miku will be joined by Doll Collection Yeolume versions of Asuka and Rei early next year. This year has certainly turned into a renaissance of sorts for Yeolume, in general 2020 has been a strong year for Groove doll releases (though not without an occassional misstep poor canceled Pullip release Sowrene).
Yeolume Miku

Miku is a virtual character/voicebank set created for use in the Vocaloid software by Crypton Future Media, the character has proved endearingly popular, so popular in fact that there have Miku concerts, festivals and merchandise; a maddening amount of merchandise. Miku has been in 100s of different styles or interpretations over the years including several different Pullip releases as well as featured in several other doll lines such as Licca and Volks Dollfie Dream. The original version of Pullip Miku was released nearly ten years ago and is still one of the most popular Pullip releases, so a Yeolume interpretation of the character was a great idea!

Yeolume Miku

I really think that the stylized anime type face up really suits Yeolume’s features nicely, I especially love her eye make up and I think the eye chips are really striking! I also liked her somewhat neutral lip. I was pleasantly surprised by her wig which I found to be very soft and silky.

Yeolume Miku

Regarding Miku’s outfit, I’m still not the biggest fan of the vinyl material used for her outfit but it somehow does make her outfit look very retro futuristic (like someone’s idea of what the future of fashion would look like in the 1960’s) so it does kind of work for her outfit. There is one really interesting design change from the Pullip version Miku’s outfit she doesn’t have boots, she has thigh high socks and shoes instead. If you weren’t looking that closely, it wouldn’t be that noticeable that she has socks/shoes versus boots but I feel like this is a step in the right direction as I’m guessing the boots were probably not that easy to make at this scale plus likely to be the most fragile piece of her stock outfit especially with the vinyl-like material having to flex over the knee. Miku’s headphones and hair accessories are made from plastic, the hair accessories attach via affixed bobby pins.

Yeolume Miku

I know a lot of people have had issues with Yeolume’s body, while I recognize that it is very different from Pullip and friends normal type of bodies I do have a small collection of Blythe so I’m not entirely unfamiliar with the limited poseability that comes with a body with limited joints. I feel like I was still able to get a fair number of different Miku-like poses out of her. It is definitely something different to get used to but the Yeolume body isn’t a dealbreaker for me, if it’s too different for your own personal taste I will say that I have seen many successful Yeolume/obitsu hybrids.

Yeolume Miku
I am very happy to see Yeolume return in some form after a very long absence, I can’t wait for Doll Collection Asuka and Rei to be released next year!
Yeolume Miku
If you find yourself wanting your own Doll Collection Miku she can be purchased at JPGroove and/or Groove’s International Site.

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Pullipstyle Thanksgiving Weekend Thankyou 10% Code

Pullipstyle posted an announcement on their facebook page/instagram pages that they are running a coupon code on their website this holiday weekend, the code thankyou is good for 10% off anything on their website from now until Monday night- read on for further details.. 

Hello everyone, it’s the time of year to be thankful for Pullip, all of our customers and everyone’s patience this year as Covid-19 has wreaked havoc on everything especially the postal service. This holiday weekend we wanted to thank you, our customers, with a special coupon thankyou . The coupon code thankyou is good for 10% off anything and everything currently listed on our website, please note that we have removed all preorders and certain combo packs from the website that are not included in the sale. The coupon is good from now until 11/30 11:59 PM MST

Please note that unfortunately there is no way to guarantee any international packages will be in time for Christmas.

Regarding the preorder shipment of Pullip Black Lady, unfortunately because of the holiday there has been a slight delay and we will not receive the shipment until early next week.

1) The mobile version of the website does not have a place to input coupon codes, if you are unable to checkout on a computer please use pc or classic view of the website to checkout.

2) Please note that preorders and certain combo sets were removed from the site prior to the sale, they will return after the sale is over.

3) We reserve the right to limit quantities!

4) We can not add the coupon code to an order once an order has been placed, so please remember to use the coupon code! Coupon codes can not be added to pre-existing orders.

I’m very tempted to use the coupon code to add one of their dwindling stock of Azone dolls to my crew, this would be an amazing chance to get a great discount on any of the Pullips or other dolls as well if I didn’t already have them &&

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