(Not like I’m planning on getting either of the other versions, of course!)
Wow. Mandarake really ships things quickly! I was sure I wouldn’t see him until at least the second week in January, but he arrived on Friday! (Though I wasn’t home at the time, so I didn’t actually get my hands on him until Saturday.) Sebas-chan here was the second doll in the Pullip family that I fell in love with — albeit, in his case, based solely on Groove’s official publicity photos — but by the time I started buying dolls online, he had already become impossible to find except at jacked up prices.
(Due warning: there may be various references (like “Sebas-chan”) to the manga Black Butler that might seem incomprehensible for those Pullip fans who don’t read the manga. This is inevitable, so all I can do is apologize for it. (Dunno if watching the anime will suffice; I’ve only seen a few episodes. It failed to enthrall me the way the manga did.))
Sadly, this version of Sebastian does not come with silverware. 😛 I’m pretty sure the original actually did, though, which is awesome. But 1/6th scale silverware is not exactly hard to come by, so that’s not a big deal. However, I’m not sure I want Sebastian to be armed, just in case. He’s dangerous enough with his bare hands…
Just one close-up of the accessories in the box. His glasses, of course. 😀 It’s interesting that he’s not wearing his coat on his “Feel Like So” card, though.
Sebastian in sock feet is not something that comes up a lot in the manga. (I’m not sure if it’s ever come up, in fact. But it would take a long time to check, considering that the translation is now up to, what, Volume 21? Plus most of my manga shelves are hard to get at, ’cause there are dolls sitting in front of the books. (Yeah, not the smartest arrangement, I know.)) I thought it was important to show his socks now, ’cause no way am I taking his shoes back off, as they were a pain to get on in the first place. I needed a tiny shoehorn.
When I tried to get his coat off so I could remove the plastic from his arms (though why there was plastic on his arms I’ll never know, considering he’s wearing a white shirt underneath the coat), I was temporarily stymied, because they had sewn the front of his jacket closed at the bottom. Not sure why they did that…
I’d never undressed a Taeyang before; I was surprised at how differently some of his joints work from Pullip’s and Dal’s joints. I wonder if Isul’s joints work like Taeyang’s…? Part of me is tempted to use that $20 off code after all, and get a Taeyang and an Isul to re-wig and re-dress (even though that’d mean an entirely new set of clothes, since all my spare clothes are for female dolls) so if that happens, I may post some photos of the difference in the joints. (Or not. Maybe that would be dull.)
I’m not entirely satisfied with his hair. Or rather, I’m not sure if I should try to style it a little. (It’s perfectly nice hair.) Groove’s official photos of him have put some product in his hair to give him some straight bits in front of his face, which is more or less his normal hairstyle, but he wore his hair differently in the private tutor disguise.
Since the early volumes of the manga are the hardest to reach, I thought I’d check the new artbook for some images of him in this get-up.
This chibi was all I could find. (Accompanying chibi provided largely because it’s so freaking cute.) There was an illustration of Ciel in his party dress — poor Ciel! — but this was the only illustration of Sebastian in private tutor mode. And the ascot is a different color. (I guess it was red in the anime?)
Not sure if Lizzie’s mother would feel that the glasses made him look less lecherous, or more lecherous…though either way, he’s more lechery-inducing than anything else.
His eyes really do seem to glow; they catch and reflect the light amazingly well. In the manga, I’m pretty sure he normally has ordinary, human-shaped pupils, but that’s okay, ’cause these look cool. 😛
Not just a chain, but an actual, proper fob watch!
Which then goes into the pocket of his waistcoat, nice and proper!
Normally, he’d be holding the glove in his teeth, but…yeah, Taeyang can’t do that. (Of course, due to the way Taeyang’s hands are constructed, they’re more mittens than gloves, but…can’t have everything!)
And now, a brief skit. (Please imagine that the backdrop is an elegant ball in a vaguely Victorian style.)
Okay, yeah, stupid, I know. Sebastian would never want to hug a cat with cake all over her dress. 😛 Not sure if catgirls would have the same appeal to him as cats, anyway. (Although he did try to cuddle a lion, so….who knows?)
Without her wig, it wasn’t as hard to get Selina’s hood-thing on, but then her mask-thing was too big. (Go figure, right?) And I probably shouldn’t have included a Blythe in the clamor of girls wanting to dance with Sebastian, but…I couldn’t resist! After all, Alice, too, is Victorian, and if she looks a bit younger than the Pullips, that’s okay, ’cause Lizzie was at the party, too, and if she’s only Ciel’s age, then…realistically, she was way too young to be at that kind of party. (Actually, I don’t think they had balls quite like that in the late Victorian era, but…Toboso hadn’t done much research yet that early in the manga. The longer it’s gone on, the less outlandish the anachronisms have become.)
Thanks, but if I want your help, Sebastian, I’ll ask for it.
Really, what I need it some advice about the heads for the Cardcaptor Sakura dolls. If you recall from my fit earlier, I found that the heads I ordered had a little possibly-a-mouth-or-maybe-just-the-base-of-the-nose line that I found aesthetically unpleasing. So I tried to remove that line, via sanding and filing. (The file coming into it when the sandpaper proved too slow.)
I’m worried that the result is, um, less than attractive. I tried drawing a mouth on it to see how distracting the flatness is. (The mouth is temporary; if I keep it, I’ll be painting over it, but following the basic line as presented. Probably. Might erase it and do an utterly different mouth. Dunno.)
The fact is that I ended up sanding off some of the chin as well as the horrible little mouth line.
I just don’t know how bad it is, distraction-wise.
Here’s the new flat-mouthed one next to an untouched head.
I’m just still not sure. Maybe I need to draw a mouth on the untouched head first?
Any thoughts? (Either way, I have to make another Junky Spot order soon (I’ll explain later) so if I have to order a new head to replace the flat-mouthed one, it’s not a huge issue…)
Oh, before I forget! The gallery link for this post is here.