Today I will cover how to assemble your MIO or Make It Own blank Pullip kit. If you haven’t heard already, Groove has finally answered the long held dreams and fantasies of customizers everywhere by releasing blank doll kits of Pullip, Taeyang, Dal and Isul. JPGroove very graciously sent me some samples so I could review them here on my blog.
Disclaimer: I have not yet customized my MIO Pullip kit, it is highly recommended that you customize your doll before you assemble it and rather than after the doll is fully assembled. The kit assembles and dissembles pretty easily so I chose to assemble mine so I could do this write up on how to assemble in a timely fashion. Eventually I will also be writing a how to customize MIO kit as well.
This is my first time really trying to write out a tutorial this in-depth so constructive criticism is welcome.
First, let’s check our supplies to make sure we have everything we need.
1. A blank MIO Pullip Kit – can be obtained from JPGroove or Pullipstyle.
This is what the kit looks like deboxed.
Close up picture of the disassembled eye mechanism. The eye mechanism is the most complex part of a Pullip so it has the most pieces
2. The instructions– These are the on the back of the box this may seem obvious but read through the instructions before attempting to assemble your MIO doll.
3 & 4. Glue & a small Phillips head screw driver– The glue is to glue the eyelashes and eye chips in, normal multi-purpose glue such as Elmer’s is fine for this DO NOT USE SUPERGLUE. Superglue will eat away at the plastic over time and causes yellowing. Some people prefer to simply tape the eyelashes on but tape degrades over time and can leave a bit of a mess. The small Phillips head screw driver is for the screws for the eye mechanism and the body.
Okay, now that we’ve checked our supplies let’s begin! Don’t forget to wash your hands before you start.
PRO-TIP– If you don’t like the eyelashes Groove provides in the kits you can use any normal human false eyelashes they just need to be trimmed to fit the eyelid (you can find some really unique lashes around Halloween). If you wish to paint the eyelids, it is recommended that you do so before attaching the eyelashes.
Glue the eyechips into the eye mechanism. Make sure the bar that comes out of the top and bottom of the eyeballs are lined up in the sockets like they are in the picture above- this will be important for the next step.
PRO-TIP I just used the clear chips provided in the kit, the clear chips are cool because paint them any color you want. If you don’t like the clear ones provided though you can order a pair of eyechips through Coolcat or other suppliers. If you want something really unique though you can buy custom hand-painted eyechips from various sources on etsy, I personally recommend KiraKiraMeansSparkle.
Voila, she is assembled! Sit back and admire your handiwork. Don’t forget to make sure your Pullip can close her eyes without any problems, if the eye mech wasn’t assembled correctly she won’t be able to T_T. If she can’t close her eyes, look over the instructions again then take her back apart, figure out what went wrong and reassemble her.
Versus a normal standard release Pullip (Princess Rosalind). Note how the standard release still retains some residue from her wig. There is also a slight color difference.
Versus a normal standard release Pullip (Princess Rosalind) and a replacement MIO Pullip body.
Obitsu skintone comparison- Fleshtone is definitely too dark to match. White isn’t a perfect color match but it would probably be acceptable.
Please note I do not have coconut or maronne obitsus but they are darker than fleshtone which is too dark too match anyway.
Again, this is my first time writing a tutorial like this so please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions/something wasn’t clear. I appreciate constructive criticism as I am always looking for ways to improve my site.
A big thank you to JPGroove for making this tutorial possible!