Groove has officially announced a new version of Rozen Maiden Pullip Kirakishou via their blog. The original release of Pullip Kirakishou was limited to 1000 and exclusive to the TBS shop, this time around she is not exclusive to them but they do have exclusive first rights to list the preorder almost a week ahead of everyone else as well as a preorder bonus Jun plush (her listing at the TBS shop can be seen here). The new version of Kirakishou is set for a late July release in Japan (August for us here in the states) and has a MSRP of 16000 yen.
The 2014 Kirakishou Pullip is based upon her appearance in the Rozen Maiden Zurückspulen anime from last year which was much more faithful to the manga where Kirakishou was a major villain (also Barasuishou doesn’t exist as she was created for the original tv series). It is a very faithful adaption to her appearance in Zurückspulen so she is quite the departure from the original Kirakishou.
Her stock looks to be nicer quality this time around, the original Kirakishou’s outfit was made of a shiny material and looked kind of cheap but this looks to be a much better quality.
While she is a great representation of the character, she has turned out to be such a pretty doll that she would do well in just about any collection even if you don’t care for the series/character she makes a lovely lolita.
Kirakishou was one of my favorite characters in Rozen Maiden, I always seem to be drawn to the characters who have absolutely gone mad it seems. Somewhat hilariously, my other favorite character is Hina Ichigo; the two couldn’t be more different and well if you’ve seen the anime/read the manga their relationship ends rather unpleasantly for one of them…
Unlike in the anime the rose is an eye patch and is completely removable to reveal a very pretty face hiding underneath. My only complaint is that I feel like her eyes should have been more intense, Kirakishou has a very crazy personality yet the Pullip gives has generically sweet eyes that fail to convey the insanity lurking inside.
Verdict: I’m definitely not skipping this release, I’m in love! The only way I could have been happier with her is if she had some crazy eyechips, thankfully rechipping is easy enough.