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…
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.
In a surprising move today Groove just announced that they would be re-releasing the Rose of Versailles collaboration series of dolls via their blog. The dolls are being re-released in honor of the 45th anniversary of the debut of the Rose of Versailles manga series, in addition to it being 45th anniversary of the debut of her most popular manga 2017 also marks the 50th anniversary of the debut of it’s creator Riyoko Ikeda. The Rose of Versailles manga was so popular it has spawned an anime series, films as well as musicals.
The Rose of Versailles Pullip collaboration series was originally released back in May of 2013, the re-released versions will be released in mid-February. Groove has stated that the new versions of the dolls will come with a special seal or sticker on their boxes which I am assuming is the new circular 45th anniversary logo seen in the revised promotional photos. Taeyang André Grandier and Pullip Oscar François will have MSRP of 15000 yen each while Pullip Marie Antoinette has a MSRP of 18000 yen (she is a queen after all ie. significantly fancier than the other two dolls) which is the same MSRP they had when they were originally released.
The re-release is great for fans of Rose of Versailles or people who missed out on the original dolls as both of the Pullips are becoming somewhat harder to find these days, fortunately the Taeyang André Grandier is still somewhat easier to find. I own both of the Pullips both of which are currently NRFB perhaps this will be the inspiration I needed to finally open them.
Posted in Doll, Pullip, Taeyang/ Namu
Tagged asian fashion doll, fashion doll, Pullip, pullip lady oscar, pullip marie antoinette, pullip oscar francois, rose of versailles, taeyang, taeyang andre grandier, versailles no bara
I just wanted to drop a quick note here that Pullipstyle has opened up preorders for the following dolls on their website: Pullip Optical Alice, Dal Dana & Isul Caros. The dolls are due in stock at Pullipstyle in late February.
Optical Alice is the first doll in a new series of Alice dolls, the Optical series will feature a red, white and black color theme. Optical Alice is currently priced at $135 and can be preordered here at Pullipstyle.
Isul Caros & Dal Dana are inspired by Grimm’s fairytale The Prince and the Frog, Isul Caros is the frog/prince and and Dal plays princess Dana. Dal Dana and Isul Caros are available at Pullipstyle at their respective links.
Posted in Dal, Doll, isul, Pullip
Tagged 2017 dal, 2017 isul, 2017 pullip, Dal, dal dana, isul, isul caros, optical alice, optical alice pullip, Pullip, pullipstyle
Groove has officially announced the release of the first doll in a new collaboration series with popular online collectible card game Touken Ranbu, Isul Yagen Toshiro via their blog last night. Touken Ranbu is so popular it has already been adapted into an anime series Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru and will be receiving a second anime adaption Katsugeki! Touken Ranbu later this year.
Groove’s announcement highlighted that preorders for Isul Yagen Toshiro would be opening at Bandai Online Shop first here. Previously Bandai offered exclusive versions of the very popular Sailor Moon Pullip collaboration series via their website, the exclusive version of the dolls came with items such as school uniforms or character specific accessories such as Sailor Moon came with a plush of her cat companion Luna while the standard release omitted these “bonus” items. Groove has not shared a lot of details about Isul Yagen Toshiro’s release just yet so it is not clear if this version will be exclusive to Bandai’s shop or not just yet, if it is exclusive I’m not sure what his exclusive items consist of ^^;. I’m hoping that the Touken Ranbu dolls will receive a standard release as well as a Bandai Online version as otherwise these dolls might be a bit difficult to obtain. I will be sure to update here as more details become available.
Bandai has listed Isul Yagen Toshiro’s release date as late March of 2017, Groove has listed a slightly more nebulous “spring” release date. Bandai lists his MSRP as 28,080 yen which is approximately $248 (wow) as of this writing.
This is truly an unexpected pleasure to be able to write about Taeyang Valko here today. I say unexpected because he was not really a doll that I had given a lot of thought to ever actually getting before now but having the opportunity to have him here for a brief visit has proved that I definitely need this boy in my life! Taeyang Valko was purchased via JPGroove‘s recent Sample Sale ( speaking of which there are still some sample sale dolls available, you can check out the remaining selection here), I was getting ready to place an order for some dolls when a dear friend of mine who lives in Australia asked if I could add him to my order for her and ship him along with some other items I had here for her, of course I could add him! I asked for and was granted permission to photograph Valko before sending him on to his home in Australia. I’m not sure if I should be grateful for this opportunity to play with Valko or not because he wasn’t even on my radar before and now I know with certainty that he will be the next Taeyang I buy. I admittedly always kind of struggle with bonding with the boys a bit, not so much the Isuls but Taeyangs tend to be hit or miss for me so for me to be so enthralled with a Taeyang is rare.
Taeyang Valko is a part of the Mansion of the Immortal series that was released in 2013-2014. All of the dolls in the series had a monstrous theme; Pullip Wilhelmena had a witch theme, Taeyang Valko had a werewolf theme, Isul Vermelho had a vampire theme and Dal Lyla had a ghost theme. There was also a prototype of a Byul named Bormi that had a devil theme that was originally supposed to be included as a part of this series but it was unfortunately never released. Taeyang Valko was released in August of 2013, his MSRP was 16000 yen.I’m going to be strong under the white moon in the night…. See, here I am.
Posted in Dal, Doll, isul, Pullip, Uncategorized
Tagged alice in wonderland, asian fashion doll, Dal, dal dana, fashion doll, groove, isul caros, isul hansel, optical alice, Pullip, pullip gretel, pullip optical alice
Just wanted to drop a quick note here that Pullipstyle has opened up preorders for Pullip Katrina and Taeyang ReonHARDT. Both dolls were released in December in Japan but their US release was slightly delayed, they are expected in stock in late February.
Pullip Katrina link
Taeyang ReonHARDT link
I’m very tempted by Pullip Katrina not only does she have gorgeous tan skin tone but she has an absolutely stunning face up as well and I absolutely love those dramatic red lips <3.
Alternatively both dolls are also available for preorder via JPGroove, you can see their respective listings at the following links Pullip Katrina and Taeyang ReonHARDT.
Hopefully there will be preorder news for Pullip Optical Alice, Dal Princess Dana and Isul Caros soon as well.
Posted in 2016 Groove, Pullip, pullipstyle, Taeyang/ Namu
Tagged asian fashion doll, fashion doll, groove, Pullip, Pullip Katrina, pullipstyle, taeyang, Taeyang ReonHardt