Pullip Cheshire Cat in Steampunk World

Alice in Wonderland has been an incredibly popular theme for Pullip over the years that has been revisited time and again, over the last two years Groove has been releasing a new series of dolls based on Alice in Wonderland with a steampunk twist called Alice in Steampunk World. The recently released Pullip Cheshire Cat in Steampunk World is the latest and possibly final doll released in the Alice in Steampunk World series (the start of the Optical Alice series has been announced for early next year) other dolls released as a part of this series include Pullip Alice in Steampunk World, Dal Alice in Steampunk World, Isul White Rabbit in Steampunk World, Taeyang Dodo in Steampunk World and Pullip Mad Hatter in Steampunk World.

For as many Pullips have been released based off of Alice up until now there has never before been a full-sized Pullip based off of Cheshire Cat, there has been a Little Pullip + Cheshire Cat as well as a Byul Cheshire Cat that was a part of the Alice du Jardin series of dolls but that has been it which is kind of surprising considering the sheer amount of Alice dolls released over the years (for full list of absolutely all of the Alice dolls see here). As much as I like Byul Cheshire Cat du Jardin somehow she just never quite seemed to fit the character to me, I’ve been hoping and praying for years that Groove would finally release a proper Pullip Cheshire Cat…finally that day has come!
Cheshire CatPullip Cheshire Cat in Steampunk World was released in October in Japan, late November/early December here in the US. She has a MSRP of 18000 yen. I received my Pullip Cheshire Cat from Pullipstyle a little bit over a week ago and I absolutely could not be happier with her, she was well worth the years of waiting for the perfect Cheshire Cat Pullip. In even more exciting news, Pullip Cheshire Cat was the doll to feature the debut of a new eye mechanism function that allows Pullip to have her eyes partially open instead of just fully open or fully closed which I have already done a little write up of here that you can check out to learn more.
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Pullip Cheshire Cat debut of New Style Eye Mechanism!

Pullip Cheshire Cat in Steampunk World features the debut a new style of eye mechanism, basically instead of being able to just fully open or close her eyes she is also able to have her eyes just partially closed as well. Pullip Cheshire Cat will be getting a few review here as well very soon but I wanted to make a post devoted to the new style of mechanism as I know I can’t be the only one who was curious how it works.  I really love and adore Pullip Cheshire Cat as is so I can’t bring myself to take her apart to make a thorough investigation into her eye mechanism but Pullip Lupinus is coming and I feel as though she would benefit from some new eyechips…and if I have to open her up anyway well then I can do some comparison pictures of the newer style mechanism versus the normal mechanism.

While I normally am not one to post videos, the new eye mechanism is easier to understand in motion. I decided to shoot a short video of the new eye mechanism in action, I ended up shooting two alternate views on my phone so I could share how it looks from the front and the back just in case anyone was curious how it worked.


Front view

Back/side view

I honestly do not expect videos to become a regular part of this website but sometimes things are just easier to explain or understand in video than in photos (though somewhat hilariously tumblr judged one of the two videos I posted above as sexually explicit). More traditional photos as well as comparisons etc behind the cut!
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JPGroove Pullip Special

JPGroove is now running a special from now until 12/5/2016 11:59 PM PDT, for every $100 you spend you get a $20 reward code good towards a future order that is good until December 31st, 2016 source .
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If I didn’t already have Dal ho-ho this would be an absolutely fabulous opportunity to order the Pullip ha-ha and Dal ho-ho combo pack which is currently on special for $220 and qualifies for free shipping, two dolls for a great price and $40 off a future order that’s a good deal!hohohaha

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4 Most Exciting Pullip Related Things of 2016

As 2016 draws to close and it looks increasingly unlikely that any additional dolls will be announced for a 2016 release by Groove, I wanted to take a moment to look back at some of the most exciting or noteworthy things to be released by Groove this year!

Something of note before we get started, I know going into this that not everyone is going to agree with every entry on this list and that at least one entry on this list is controversial but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t noteworthy.

This list is no particular order…

1). Pullipstyle Exclusive Pullip Amelia- Can I be a bit cheeky and start with Amelia? After a clever marketing campaign on their facebook page Pullipstyle finally revealed a new exclusive Pullip, Amelia! Amelia is Pullipstyle’s second exclusive, back in 2012 they released an exclusive Pullip Froggy who was based on the classic little Pullip release of the same name. Pullip Amelia was notable not only for being a Pullipstyle exclusive but because for the first time ever a Pullip was designed by two US Pullip collectors Requiemart and myself.

Amelia was designed with the older classic Pullip releases in mind, we wanted her to have a strong personality like the older releases. I don’t think anyone ever imagined she would be quite so popular but we are elated that she is so well received by the community, I was especially excited to see owner photos of her from Pullip collectors that I haven’t seen buy a new Pullip in years. It was great seeing so much excitement for a Pullip release, she even set some new records for Pullipstyle she had the highest number of preorders of any doll released to date and is their best selling doll release of 2016. As a note, if you haven’t already purchased Amelia she is still available as of this writing via Pullipstyle here she is limited to 400 so if you haven’t bought her already I wouldn’t put it off for too much longer!

2). New Eye Mechanism Function/Pullip Cheshire Cat- Groove debuted a new eye mechanism with Pullip Cheshire Cat in Steampunk World starting with Cheshire Cat’s release all subsequent Pullip releases (with the exception of Pullip Taffy) will be able to have their eyelids in three different positions open, partially opened and closed. I actually really like the new partially closed option, it subtly changes Pullip’s expression and gives her a bit of a knowing look similar to the Type 1/Type 2 Pullips.
cheshirecatmosEven without the new eye mechanism feature being included, Pullip Cheshire Cat in Steampunk World is kind of notable for being the first full sized Pullip Cheshire Cat release even though we have had upteenth different Alice Pullip released over the years, also she is just straight up a gorgeous Pullip release and is sure to be one of this year’s most popular releases alongside Amelia.

3). Mocha MIO Kits– The Pullip community has been hoping that more diverse skin tone options such as tan would be released since the Pullip MIO or Make It Own kits were announced. Finally this spring the Pullip community’s prayers were answered, MIO kits were released in a lovely dark tan or “Mocha” skin tone that was roughly equivalent to former Pullip release Pullip Nahh-ato.
Needless to say, the Mocha MIO kits didn’t last very long before selling out as the community eagerly snapped them up! I’ve been enjoying seeing all the lovely tan skinned customs, I hope that Groove releases more Mocha MIO kits in the future as well as considering more diverse skin tones for MIO kits in the future (dare I hope for a Mocha Dal kit??).

4). Veritas Special Version- I will conclude this list with the most controversial Pullip release of the year, Premium Pullip Veritas Special Version. I think it was the entire Pullip community was in universal agreement that the new version of Veritas was a gorgeous doll. Unfortunately for Pullip fans everywhere, she was exclusive to Ars Gratia Artis, limited to only 50 dolls and her price was extraordinarily high. She was initially available at the discounted price point of $405 but that was only for a limited time only her price eventually rose to $450 which gave her the distinction of being the most expensive Pullip released to date. I was honestly kind of shocked that she did manage to sell out at that price though I have still yet to see any owner photos (no I did not order her).

Tan Pullip dolls are still something rarely released so to make such a gorgeous tan doll and have her be so limited with her price point set so high seemed like a cruel joke as she become unattainable for the vast majority of Pullip fans. I don’t really fault Groove for Veritas, nothing about her from a production standpoint looks like she would cost that much more to produce than the Premium Pullip Veritas Crimson Version I feel like AGA didn’t really take into consideration fans of Pullip when they decided to set her price point so high. Here’s to hoping Groove is able to widely release a mocha Pullip soon so more fans of Pullip have a chance to enjoy a gorgeous tan Pullip.

I’m excited to see what Groove will do will do next year, the few releases from 2017 we have seen so far seem promising!

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Side Project

This site’s content has becoming overwhelmingly doll-centric, Pullip in particular it has gotten to the point where it feels really foreign for me to post anything else besides dolls here. I miss having an outlet for my non-doll collecting vices so I have decided to revitalize Kleintoys.wordpress.com so I can keep this site purely Pullip (and other dolls) and still have somewhere to write about other things I collect like anime figures, comics, Funko Pops etc. I’ve already started the process of migrating some of my older non-doll related posts over there and posted about a few recent DC Comics/Funko acquisitions. I’m not abandoning this site, I’m just starting a new side project so I can still write about other things when/if I have the desire to do so.

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Isul Beary Fairy Gosomi

Today, I will feature a doll so sweet that it may just give you cavities! The Beary Fairy series debuted in late 2011 with the releases of Dal Dalcomi & Byul Secomi which was followed by the release of the super popular Pullip Kiyomi. Almost two years after the release of Kiyomi, in July of 2014 Isul Gosomi joined the Beary Fairy crew! It had looked like Gosomi would be the final member of the Berry Fairy crew for quite some time but a new version of Kiyomi was released as a part of the new Pullip Premium line.

Generally boy dolls can be kind of hit or miss with me but somehow I can’t seem to get enough Isul, he’s really grown on me over the years since his original release release. Normally when I’m considering buying a doll there are certain criteria I look at, I tend to prioritize Pullip over the other dolls in the Pullip family then I have to love the whole doll (the actual doll and the outfit/stylization) otherwise they go farther down on the wish list in the maybe category. I loved Gosomi as a doll but I wasn’t too sure about that bear suit so I hesitated on getting him. Another thing that had made me hesitate about Gosomi was that there really weren’t many owner photos of him. I was finally able to get a deal on Gosomi from one of JPGroove‘s Sample Sales. If you aren’t familiar with or haven’t had the opportunity to experience one of JPGroove’s Sample Sales it’s utter madness, they periodically list display dolls on their website at a discount and it quickly turns into a feeding frenzy as everyone tries to buy up the dolls as quickly as possible.

At the Sample Sale price I couldn’t resist Gosomi and I’m incredibly happy to say I absolutely don’t regret that decision as I adored him in person, even that darned bear suit was a lot more cute and cuddly in person than I could have ever  imagined. Since I knew that I had trouble finding photos many owner photos of Isul Gosomi myself, I wanted to make the effort to share a lot of pictures of him so everyone can see how precious he is! GosomiWelcome to my wonderful kingdom!! Whipped cream fields and a macaron forest… The colorful candies are gifts from the sky… Come on, let’s go hide in the cotton candy castle together… Situation Like So.

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Frog Prince Isul Caros & Dal Dana Announced!

In addition to announcing Pullip Optical Alice, the debut release of a new series based on Alice in Wonderland Groove also announced two dolls based on the Grimm’s fairy tale The Frog Prince via their blog last night.  Dal portrays Dana, the princess and Isul portrays Caros, the Frog Prince.

The basic premise of The Frog Prince is that a spoiled princess makes the unlikely friend of a frog, she eventually kisses him or otherwise sparks a transformation (she throws him against a wall in disgust in the original, young love hehe) and the frog becomes a handsome prince.  The prince had been turned into a frog by an evil fairy (or sorceress) and now that the curse has been broken, he and the princess can live happily ever after. Sound vaguely familiar? Disney made an underrated animated version of the Frog Prince back in 2009 the premise of the story had been changed up a bit ie. Tiana wasn’t a spoiled princess and she too becomes a frog. I like that Groove is branching out and doing more dolls based off of different fairy tales like Isul Hansel & Pullip Gretel that were released last year. The characters are ones that most of us are familiar with since childhood so there is a certain sense of nostalgia seeing our favorite fairy tale characters come to life in doll form.

Isul Caros and Dal Dana are to be released in January in Japan, they will be released here in the US one month later. The dolls have a MSRP of 18000 yen each which is approximately $168.70 as of this writing.
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