Touken Ranbu -online- Isul Yagen Toushirou

Groove announced a Touken Ranbu -Online- collaboration series earlier this year as well as the first doll as a part of the new series Isul Yagen Toushirou. Touken Ranbu -Online- is a Japanese online card game that allows the player to bring various swords to life which are all depicted as good looking boys. The game is so popular that it has gone on to inspire two diffferent anime series. The first doll in the series, Yagen Toushirou will be released in April and has a MSRP of 26000 yen which makes him one of the most expensive Groove dolls released to date but he is also one of the most elaborately detailed collaboration dolls released to date.
In addition to announcing the expansion of preorders of their new Disney collaboration Cinderella doll, Groove made a similar announcement regarding Isul Yagen Toushirou via their blog last night.  Until now Isul Yagen Toushirou had only been available for preorder via Bandai Premium’s website but now preorders have been opened via Groove’s official store as well as other Japanese retailer’s websites such as Amiami and Hobbysearch (both of which ship worldwide!). I will try to update as Yagen Toushirou becomes available for preorder via more retailers.

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Groove Doll Collection Disney Cinderella

Groove announced via their blog that expanded preorders have now been opened for their upcoming Disney collaboration Cinderella doll, up until now preorders for Cinderella had only been available via Bandai’s shop. Now preorders have opened for Cinderella via Groove’s official store. It is still unclear at this time if Cinderella will be distributed within the US or how she will be distributed if so it is important to note that in addition to Groove’s official store Japanese hobby retailers Amiami and Hobbysearch have also opened preorders and both of which ship worldwide.
 Cinderella is the first doll in a new line of Disney collaboration dolls. Groove has  referred to her as being a part of the “Doll Collection”  line rather than actually referring to her as a Pullip though the name may be different she definitely appears to the same Pullip that we have all come to know and love over the past fourteen years. I hope that her release will will introduce lots of new fans to the world of Pullip.  Cinderella is set to be released in April of this year and has a MSRP of 18,500 yen.

I will try to keep this post updated as Cinderella becomes available for preorder in more places!

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Pullips invade Little World stores in Japan!

Someday I would love to visit Japan, it’s been something I have been wanting to do for a long time now but that just hasn’t been possible for me due to my living a somewhat complicated life with far too many responsibilities that make even taking a few days off to go to the US Pullip convention PUDDLE nearly impossible nevermind spending a few weeks on the other side of the world. In the US, Pullip is rarely seen in physical stores most of the major US retailers are online only so it’s always fascinating to me when Groove posts photos of various store displays featuring prominently featuring Pullip in various stores in Japan. Several years ago now, there was a store called Animadness that sold anime figures and had a really nice selection of Pullip, they were a few hours away from me. Animadness unfortunately closed but I remember how nice it was to actually be able to see a variety of the dolls up close…
@AnimadnessThis picture was from one of my last trips up to Animadness, so many dolls in it were common then but have since become pretty hard to find. All these years later, I still miss Animadness T_T.

Groove recently shared photos on their blog of three Japanese stores who carry Pullip. I know seeing Pullips at stores shouldn’t be such a surreal concept to me because I have seen them at Animadness in the past but I nevertheless get very excited about this type of thing. I really need to start making a list of all these stores that Groove has featured so I know where to visit when/if I ever do make it to Japan.

Little World Gear Store Osaka (Address: Osaka prefecture Osaka city Chuo-ku Chuo Ward 7-7)
Photo of the entrance, I love the giant billboard!
I feel like I could probably spend hours here looking at all the different doll stuff, all the great doll clothing options and I even see 1/3 scale Azone dolls underneath the Pullips.
They seem to have a nice selection of Pullips available for purchase including Pullip Harley Quinn Dress Version, Pullip Wonder Woman Dress Version, Creator’s Label Pullip Lupinus, Pullip Sweet Eve, Pullip Bonnie, Taeyang Dodo in Steampunk World, Dal Alpin as well as a Creator’s Label Quince mostly hidden behind her, Dal Cherry Sweet, Dal Alice in Steampunk World, Isul White Rabbit in Steampunk World and Isul Eder.
Pullip Eve Sweet and Isul White Rabbit in Steampunk World are an unlikely duo but I must say they look quite nice on display together here!

Little World G-Store Fukuoka Store (Address: Fukuoka Prefecture Fukuoka-shi Chuo-ku Chuo Ward 3-16-21 Nakamura Family Building 1F 2F)
Photo of the entrance!

While the store may not be very large they have a lot of variety and a nice range of products.
Creator’s Label Pullip Lupinus and Dal Quince are prominently featured in the display case. This store has a nice selection of dolls including SDCC Pullips Wonder Woman and Harley Quinn (these seem to be the original versions not the newer releases), Dal Alpin, Creator’s Label Dal Quince, Dal Cherry Sweet, Dal Dana, Pullip Optical Alice, Angelic Pretty Pullip Marie, Creator’s Label Pullip Lupinus, Isul Caros, Isul Eder, Pullip Eve Sweet, Pullip Bonnie, Dal Alice in Steampunk World, Isul White Rabbit in Steampunk World & Taeyang Dodo in Steampunk world.

Little World G – Store Sendai store (Address: Miyagi ken Sendai shi Aoba-ku Central 3-8-3 Peace Building Sendai Ekimae 2F)
Photo of the entrance.
furo5The store appears to have a nice selection of different brands and products including azone clothing/dolls as well as cu-poche from Kotobukiya.
Lots of great dolls on display here including Dal Dana, Isul Caros, Pullip Optical Alice,  Creator’s Label Dal Quince, Creator’s Label Pullip Lupinus, Dal Cherry Sweet, Pullip Eve Sweet, Dal Alpin, Isul Eder, Pullip Bonnie, Angelic Pretty Pullip Marie and on the bottom shelf an unknown Dal, Pullip Katina, Taeyang ReonHARDT, what I believe are the SDCC Pullips Wonder Woman Dress Version and Harley Quinn Dress Version. I love that they displayed small promotional pictures of the dolls on their respective boxes. 
Dal Alpin & Isul Eder were released in November of last year, I really need to get Isul Eder to go with my Alpin ^^;.

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JPGroove Sample Sale & New Pullipstyle Coupon Code

There are a couple of noteworthy Pullip sales/specials within the US going on right now so I thought that I should share!

JPGroove Sample Sale
JPGroove is currently running another Sample Sale. For those of you who are unfamiliar with their Sample Sales, the dolls featured as a part of the sale were previously used as display models either at an event such as SDCC or in stores. Since all of the dolls were previously used as display models they do not come with their boxes or stands and it’s possible they may be missing an accessory or two as things can get misplaced over time. It’s a great opportunity to get a doll you want for a great price if you are willing to take the chance on maybe missing an accessory or two or if you don’t mind the absence of box, stand or card.

Here is just a small sampling of the dolls currently available via the Sample Sale, the whole selection can be seen here
JPGroove offers free shipping for orders within the US totalling over $175. I’ve placed a few orders and so far all of the dolls I have purchased from this round of the Sample Sale have arrived in really nice condition with no major issues. I think one of my favorite new acquisitions from this round of the Sample Sale is Dal Alice in Steampunk World who I had been wanting for a long while and is oh so cute in person!
Alice in Steampunk World DalI’m still waiting for Pullip ha-ha and Taeyang Grell, I’m trying mostly in vain to ignore the Sample Sale now and pretend that it doesn’t exist anymore so I don’t cave and buy Taeyang Sebastian ~Book of Circus~ Version and/or Undertaker.

Pullipstyle Coupon Event Pullipstyle has posted the following coupon codes via their facebook page:
10off250
15off350 
20off450
The codes are pretty self explanatory 10off250 will give you a $10 discount off of an order $250 or more, etc. It’s a great opportunity to order a couple of dolls off of your wishlist and get a nice bit of a discount. It is unknown how long this coupon event will be good for so I would not delay ordering for too long if you intend to utilize the codes. Don’t forget to input the coupon code in the discount code box!

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Dal Silane

The memory chip in my camera recently developed issues, it was a bit frustrating but I knew that surely I must have had a spare memory chip somewhere. I did eventually find an old memory chip and much to my surprise it had a bunch of photos on it that I had never uploaded, the photos had been taken immediately before my car accident last year. Among the photos on the memory chip were some photos of Dal Silane, she had been my newest arrival before the car accident. Most of these pictures had kind of gotten lost in the shuffle and Silane never properly got a chance to shine.

I remember when Dal Silane was first announced all I could think of was how much of a sugary sweet confection she was. Dal Silane was released in May of 2014. Only two Dals were released in 2014, Silane and Tokidoki Dal Vendettina the two of which could not be more different than day and night the sweet lolita Silane and the dark edgy Vendettina. There is such a stark difference between the two Dals, Silane was designed to be a very safe release with broad appeal while Vendettina was much more of a risky release they counterbalance each other well. I’m glad that Dal has since made a regular return to release schedule since the dark, mostly Dal-free days of 2014 and that we are seeing a variety of releases.  Dal Silane had a MSRP of 15000 yen at the time of release. I purchased my Dal Silane from Pullipstyle in late April of last year.
SilaneI am off to the tea room with my mom… Wearing a soft, white outfit…
I am a proper Lady!!

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Pullip veryBerryPOP

Today as another snowstorm strikes, I decided that what I needed to do was to focus on something really bright and colorful in effort to bring some cheer to an otherwise dreary day. My intention had been to write about Dal Alpin next but she is more of a winter themed doll and considering it has snowed here for the last four days in a row, I’ve had my fill of winter at the moment so as fantasies of spring dance in my head Pullip veryBerryPOP will be featured here today instead.

Pullip veryBerryPOP was released in June of 2016, she had a MSRP of 18,000 yen. She kind of stood out to me because she was one of the rare releases last year that was not a collaboration, a recolored version of a previous release or part of the Creator’s Label line she was an original release and a bit unique because of that. Her name veryBerryPOP is also quite unique with it’s odd capitalizations, I think it suits her though as I can totally picture her in my head introducing herself with unbridled enthusiasm really emphasizing the POP at the end of her name.

I’ve been very interested in veryBerryPOP ever since she announced but for one reason or another I hadn’t purchased her yet, a contributing factor was that there were a lot of great doll releases last year and only so much paycheck to go around especially since I do have collecting interests outside of Pullip as well. I pounced on the opportunity to get veryBerryPOP when I saw that she was featured as part of JPGroove‘s recent Sample Sale. For those of you aren’t familiar with their Sample Sales the dolls featured as a part of the sale are dolls previously used for display so they don’t come with their stands/boxes/cards and they may have little issues or be missing some accessories but they are generally priced very reasonably. VeryBerryPOP arrived a few weeks ago in wonderful condition and I believe she even came with all of her stock items, I’m very happy I had the chance to add her to my  collection as she is just the little ray of sunshine I needed today!
veryBerryPOPA bright Red Berry and full lace are sign of cuteness…. Am I Sweetest?….. Feel Like So.
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Disney Pullip Cinderella Announced

Groove just announced the start of a new collaboration series with Disney via their blog tonight. Previously, Groove partnered with Disney in 2009 to release dolls based on different Disney properties such as Peter Pan (Pullip Peter Pan, Byul Tiger Lily, Taeyang Captain Hook & Dal Tinker Bell), Dumbo (Byul Dumbo) and Pinocchio (Dal Pinocchio) while I think Disney was a great choice for Groove to collaborate with, I always kind of questioned their choice of characters to turn into dolls personally I think dolls based off of the various Disney princesses would have been more popular and sold better…
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The new collaboration series is being called the Doll Collection series, the first doll in this series will be Pullip Cinderella based off of the titular character from Cinderella from the classic Disney film which came out in 1950. Pullip Cinderella will be available for purchase via Bandai Premium Shop starting on February 10th (link) it is not clear at this time if Pullip Cinderella will be exclusive to Bandai Premium Shop or not at this time if or when more information becomes available I will update.

Pullip Cinderella’s MSRP will be 18,000 yen, which honestly I was kind of surprised by how reasonably priced she was especially compared to the other doll that was recently announced Isul Yagen Toshiro’s price tag of more than 28,000 yen. She will be released in March in Japan, it is not clear at this time if she will be released outside of Japan at this time.

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