Spotlight on EmmerzApparel Pullip & Blythe Fashion

I was recently approached about reviewing some clothing items for Pullip and while I normally just focus about writing about doll releases here I decided that this would be a nice opportunity to put a spotlight on some talented Pullip seamstresses here as sometimes the Pullip community doesn’t seem to appreciate our artisans as much as we really should.

Today I will be focusing on some fashion options for Pullip (and Blythe) by EmmerzApparel. EmmerzApparel has an Etsy Store that offers a variety of casual looks for Pullip as well as some fancier, designer options as well. While I normally love photographing dolls in their stock clothing, sometimes Pullip’s stock outfit can be overly dressy/formal, too costumey or maybe it just isn’t your style and not very many recent Pullip releases have come dressed in a casual everyday look. Sometimes it’s hard to picture a doll outside of their stock look so it was nice to get a chance to photograph some of my newer Pullips in a more relaxed style.

Taffy & Kiyomi Mint Ice Cream versionMy models for this endeavour are Talullah Taffyta (Pullip Taffy) and my still unnamed Kiyomi Mint Ice Cream version, I tried to choose the models that would best showcase EmmerzApparel’s lovely dresses.
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Touken Ranbu -Online- Isul Yagen Toushirou

Earlier this year, Groove started an exciting new collaboration series with Touken Ranbu -Online- . What’s Touken Ranbu -Online-? It’s an incredibly popular online card game in Japan, the player travels into the past and is able to bring various historical swords to life to aid them in their battle to defeat the evil that wants to change the course of history…. all of the swords are of course, personified as attractive boys. I will say the premise is original and it sounds like it would be fun to play and it must be fun to play based on how popular it is! The game is so popular that it has spawned two different anime series based off of it as well as countless merchandise such as nendoroids and other figures.

Yagen Toushirou is the first doll to be released as a part of the Touken Ranbu -Online- collaboration series, a second doll Taeyang Higekiri has been announced but his release is still forthcoming.  He has a MSRP of 26000 yen which makes him the most expensive Isul released so far. Isul Yagen Toushirou was released back in May in Japan, distribution outside of Japan for this release has been somewhat limited. I had been waffling for months about whether or not I should try to import him, I was recently browsing Pullipstyle and I noticed that they had received a small number in stock any remaining willpower I may have had immediately ceased to be; I had to have him!Isul Yagen Toushirou
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Revolutionary Girl Utena: Utena & Anthy Pullips Announced!

Months and months ago now, Groove had teased an upcoming collaboration series with the beloved classic shoujo manga and anime series Revolutionary Girl Utena via their blog but there had not really been any additional news about it since then.  Last night, Groove officially announced the upcoming releases of Pullips Utena Tenjo & Anthy Himemiya the two main characters of the series. It is not known at this time if this will be a continuing collaboration series like the Sailor Moon collaboration series is, where we saw literally dozens of dolls released from the series or if these two will be the only dolls released as a part of the series. I love the series so I am not sure what to hope for as much as I’d love to see dolls of characters like Touga, Nanami, Kozue, Shiori, Mikage and well the lists continues on, basically I would probably end up buying all of them and that would be a problem for my wallet not to mention the sheer amount of shelf space I would need to house all of them!

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the debut of the television series, so the timing of the Pullips’ release seems most fortuitous. This has been a great year for Utena, much to my delight it was recently announced that the series would finally be released on blu-ray in the US by Nozomi and that there would even be a special edition blu-ray box set with an art book, a rose crest ring and a black rose crest ring which I had to immediately preorder! If you are a fan of shoujo anime and you have not checked out the series yet, you really need to!
Utena and Anthy are set to be simultaneously released in December in Japan (if they are to be released in the US, they would be available one month later). The dolls are priced at 21600 yen each which is approximately $194.92 as of this writing per xe.com . Reservations will open soon via Groove’s Official Store and the pair should be available for preorder elsewhere as well.

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Mocha MIO Make It Own Dal Kits Announced!

Groove recently made a very exciting announcement for all of those who enjoy customizing Pullip and friends, for the first time ever the Dal MIO or Make It Own kits will be released in the Mocha skin tone. The Mocha MIO Pullip kits were something that community had been hoping for since the MIO kits were first announced so I know a lot of people will be excited that now we will be able to have Dal kits in Mocha as well. I wonder if we will see other dolls such as Isul released in Mocha too eventually.

The Mocha MIO Dal will be released in September in Japan they are already available to preorder versus Groove’s official store here. The Mocha Dal kits are not expected to be released in the US until one month later. The kit has a MSRP of 4200 yen.
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Pullipstyle has said that they are expecting a restock of the Pullip Mocha MIO kits around the middle of September, they had recently restocked Pullip Natural MIO kits but the pent up demand for MIO kits meant that they did not last very long once they did come in stock.

Edit:
Pullipstyle just opened preorders for five packs of Pullip Mocha MIO kits via their website here. Pullipstyle does not offer preorders for single kits, they didn’t offer a preorder option at all for the kits until recently when they compromised and opened preorders for multi-packs.

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I found Pullips in CT- Akiba Underground!

Earlier this year it came to my attention through a facebook ad that there was a newer anime store in Connecticut, such things are pretty rare in New England so I had meant to check it out somehow managed to completely forget about it until a few weeks ago. I struggled to remember the name but after some googling, I managed to find Akiba Underground’s website, while they do not sell via their website they did have a list of different products they sell and on that list was Pullips. A store that sells Pullips less than an hour away from my house???  I definitely had to go check out the store as there are just so few physical stores that sell Pullip in the US. We went about two weeks ago, unfortunately it was kind of close to closing time so I didn’t really get as much time there as I would have liked but I am happy to report that they do actually carry a small selection of Pullips.
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When I visited I found Dal Princess Minty, Byul Romantic Queen, Taeyang Butler, Pullip Yuri, Isul Fairy Lumiere, and Dal Magical Pink-Chan (who I know has since sold to another Pullip lover in CT). Prices were fairly reasonable the dolls ranged in price from $90 to $135 with Magical Pink-chan being the cheapest and Pullip Yuri being the most expensive. If they had a release I didn’t already own I probably would have bought one unfortunately I owned all six dolls. I did ask how often they received new/different Pullips and was told that it wasn’t on any sort of set schedule but they did still receive Pullips and little Pullips from time to time.
akibaundergroundEven though I didn’t end up buying a doll, I did not walk out empty handed I bought a Cardcaptor Sakura figure, the kiddo got an alpacasso plushie and the mister got an anime shirt.
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In addition to Pullip, they stock lolita and fairy kei type clothing as well as various anime figures there were a variety of figmas and nendoroids (ran into a similar situation there, already had all the ones I would have wanted) as well as quite a few Gundam kits not so many scaled figures though. If you are in the area or are visiting the area, I definitely recommend checking it out!

I unfortunately don’t think that I will be able to go back very soon as I’m back to limited mobility right now. I’ve had some recent complications with my leg break, it’s a nightmare I have an ortho boot and a knee scooter plus I’m not supposed to drive. It’ll be like this for at least another month before they do another round of x-rays and decide whether or not to operate so I predict lots of video game playing and anime watching on hulu in my near future especially since my husband is away so I am basically trapped at home right now >_>.

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gouk collab Pullip SHION & gouk Miyabi collab Pullip KAGEZAKURA announced

Groove recently teased an upcoming collaboration with fashion brands gouk and gouk Miyabi via their blog even going to far as to post design sketches of two upcoming releases link. Normally we fans don’t really get to see the designs before they are prototyped so it was kind of interesting to be granted the chance to catch a rare glimpse into the design process of Pullip. Earlier this morning Groove officially announced the collaboration series via their blog it will feature two dolls Pullip SHION which is based on the design of the gouk fashion brand and Pullip KAGEZAKURA which is based on the design of the gouk Miyabi brand.
Pullip SHION and Pullip KAGEZAKURA are to be released in November of 2017, this is to coincide with the release of the autumn/winter collection of gouk and gouk Miyabi which will also be released in November. The dolls will not be released until one month later here in the US. Both dolls have a MSRP of 20000 yen each which with current conversion rates is approximately $183.06. The dolls are available for preorder in Japan as of today, I already see that preorders have opened for them on Groove’s official web store  as well as some of the Japanese sites such as Amiami and Hobbysearch. Hopefully preorders here in the US will open soon as these appear to be a made to order product that needs to be preordered. The end date for preorders is September 3rd.
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Revolutionary Girl Utena Pullips teased!!!

Groove just announced a very exciting upcoming collaboration series via their blog and I am beyond elated for it as the new collaboration series is with one of my all-time favorite anime/manga series Revolutionary Girl Utena ( Shōjo Kakumei Utena). No photos of the dolls have been revealed yet just a teaser image of Utena Tenjou & Anthy Himemiya on Groove’s blog so far but they did mention that both will dolls will be Pullips. I don’t know if these are the only two characters who will be released or not, I know it’s extremely unlikely but I’m kind of hoping that my personal favorite characters Nanami, Kozue and Shiori get released.

So what is Revolutionary Girl Utena? Revolutionary Girl Utena was originally a manga series by Chiho Saito as well as anime series. The anime series is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary this year and was directed by the same director as the original Sailor Moon anime series Kunihiko Ikuhara. Revolutionary Girl Utena follows the story of Utena who was so impressed by a mysterious prince who saved her that she decided to become a prince herself, she becomes entangled in the rose bride duels when she tries to save a fellow student Anthy. This series is amazing, if you somehow haven’t seen it already I totally recommend checking it out.

I will be sure to update once more information becomes available.

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