Some rather unexpected news has caused me to break my relative silence here; while I’ve still been around doing updates on pages etc but haven’t posted an update or review in months but this was something so exciting I had to share as soon as possible. Groove has announced a new Yeolume for the first time in several, while technically speaking she belongs to a line called Doll Collection which will be a line of collaboration dolls and this release at least will be in the style of Yeolume.
Of course, mega-popular Vocaloid character Miku seems like the obvious choice for the first entry in this new collaboration series even though there is already multiple different variations of Pullip Miku and even a DoColla Little Pullip + version of Miku it just seems like a safe choice.
For those of you unfamiliar with Yeolume she is Pullip’s daughter from the future. She’s kind of a strange case because unlike the other dolls in the Pullip family, Ars Gratia Artis retained full rights to her and Groove had limited involvement with her previous release. Only two models of her were released originally and though her intitial reception within the doll community was kind of lukewarm due to her body being more similar to Blythe than the more articulated Pullip despite this she has definitely become a favorite of the community since then (body comparison featuring Yeolume can be seen here).
Concept Based on the groove’s original doll (Yeolume), it is a new product “collection doll” developed with all collaborations based on the concept of “clothes figures”. Hair is wig. The neck (left and right), shoulders (front and back), waist (left and right), and legs (front and back) are movable, and the knees are also bendable. The pupil is also a doll eye that can move left and right, so you can add a little pose or expression. You can also arrange hair, so find your own expression and take the best shot! It is a product that you can play. The total length is about 27cm and it is easy to collect.
Doll Collection Miku will be released in March in Japan (April here in the US) and will have a MSRP of 12,000 yen.
Groove teases that the second title has already been decided and it’ll based on “the 25th anniversary of this year, it is a super-sci-fi animation that will release a new movie.” AGA has also been teasing photos of a non-collaboration Yeolume with a unicorn theme on their various social media pages so perhaps there is some hope that the Yeolume will also continue in a non-collaboration series at least in a limited fashion as well.
Ah, so it’s Yeolume – I’ve seen this doll while browsing a site a couple of days ago, but I wasn’t able to put my finger on what type of doll it is. I’m not really familiar with Yeolume, so no surprise I didn’t recognise her 🙂
Speaking of Hatsune Miku though, do you possibly know anything about a re-release of her Pullip LOL version? Groove Store (and some other sites like PullipStyle too) have recently put her up for preorder for March – I’m not sure where to put this, and I didn’t manage to find any info on this phenomenon. Did they find a bunch of leftover stock, or will this doll be released again? In case of the latter, I’d be very interested to know if they are planning to make any changes to her (I’m totally unfamiliar with how re-releases work in the Pullip world).
Yeolume is a bit of an odd one as she was not so popular when she was released but everyone seems to love her now.
Yes LOL Miku is getting re-released, Groove has actually been doing re-releases of some of the popular dolls for a long while but they used to be somewhat secretative about it now not so much. In my experience, the re-releases have been very close to the original dolls sometimes there will be a small change in fabric like I believe the lace is a slightly different pattern in the Romantic Alice re-release but for the most part unless you had both dolls in front of you most people wouldn’t be able to tell the difference. I have mixed feelings about this because they still advertise as monthly release get it now while you can but if it’s popular enough we will make more of it plus it kind of wrecks havoc on the secondary market. They just did a re-release of Pere Noel and I know she is one that people had been requesting a remake of for years, my Pullip Black Lady is from the re-release batch.