Revolutionary Girl Utena: Utena & Anthy Pullips Announced!

Eeeeeee! Pullip Utena photos at last! And she is totally perfect!

I so can’t wait for her to be available for preorder!

Pullips and Junk

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…

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Blind Box Monday

These are Twozies Squawky (the boy) and Talky (the bird).

According to the little flier that comes with them, they’re both common.  But I only have one other matching set of Twozies, so…yeah.

I didn’t like Twozies the first time I saw them, but they’ve grown on me a bit.  I’ve got one of the DC Lil Bombshells tins just about filled up with them. 😛  (I can’t help it; those tins are so useful for storing other blind box figures!)

I actually need to do another blind box photo shoot soon.  Not that I’ve run out of photos from the last one (I still haven’t finished up the Tokidoki Barbie figures, or the DC Lil Bombshells, and I have a gobsmacking number of Twozies photos) but I’ve got a bunch of others I haven’t photographed yet, many of which were bought since that first photo shoot.  And it’d be nice to add more variety, yeah?

As always, the gallery link is here.

Happy National Teddy Bear Day!

Yup.

Did you know it was National Teddy Bear Day?  (Corollary:  did you know there’s apparently a “national day” of something pretty much every day?  It’s kind of pathetic, really.)  Since we still have a teddy bear exhibit up at work, we tried to do a little something for NTBD, which mostly consisted of the employees all bringing in their own teddy bears.

My Fozzie (hey, I learned to talk in the late ’70s; of course I named my bear Fozzie!) sitting in a high chair, hoping for something sweet to eat. 😛

When the exhibit opened, I put out this Enchantimal set I had bought a few days earlier because, I mean, y’know…it’s a bear girl and her bear friends having a picnic and we were putting up an exhibit called “The Teddy Bears’ Picnic” so how could I have resisted?  Besides, look at her!  She’s so cute!  (I totally want to get the entire freakin’ line.  I have such a weakness for this stuff…or maybe it’s a sickness…)  I put them out again today, but her hair’s kind of a mess now, because the Assistant Director’s three year old has played with her a few times since this photo was taken. 😛

Lame reason for a post, but…hey, at least it’s a post!  (Though I’m going to have a photo session as soon as the new doll dress arrives from Etsy; a newly arrived girl still has nothing to wear, and I don’t wanna photograph her until she’s got some clothes.  I am also trying to resist the urge to order the Bobobie deertaur from Junky Spot.  I may lose that battle…)

Blind Box Monday

Okay, so the final installment of the ongoing saga of the DC Lil Bombshells figurines.

I was in a Walmart (very unusual for me; I almost never go in there) and noticed a “clearance” sign on the shelf with about seven or eight of the tins containing the Lil Bombshells.  And it didn’t take me too long to figure out why they were on clearance:  someone had opened all of them.

Since they were open anyway (and the figures are in clear plastic bags inside the tins), I went ahead and looked inside all the tins to see what was there.  Ended up finding two of the three I really wanted. 🙂  (Decided to give up on the third.  No point in continuing to risk it, y’know?  Maybe someone will sell her back to a used store someday…)

I’ll post the picture of the remaining figure some other Monday.  (Next week I’ll put up something entirely different, I promise.  Not sure what just yet, but I have lots of options. 😀

As always, the Blind Box Figure gallery can be found here.

Blind Box Monday

I’m a little late getting this one ready.  Sorry about that.  I’ll return now to the saga of the Lil DC Bombshells, because…well, because.

So, when last we left it, I’d bought two, and both times ended up with variant color versions.  (Despite the illustration on the package, btw, I’m pretty sure there are a lot more than just the two of them.  In fact, I think all of them have variant versions.)  Of course, being me, I had to try again, because the odds of getting a third variant color version seemed off the charts.

Standard version (nearly) of one of the same ones I’d already gotten.  Yup.  My luck is, as always, weird.

I’d like her better if whoever was painting her had realized that her vines are not supposed to be the same color as her hair.  It’s like “are those dead vines?”  But that’s pretty minor, all things considered.

BTW, I’ve noticed there’s now a second series of these.  I have, so far, held off from buying any.  We’ll see if that lasts or not…

The Blind Box Gallery is here.

This “saga” will change up a bit in the next installment.  Just FYI.  😛

Kobato-chan

I’ve been silent for a long time when I expected to be, well, not silent.  There’s a reason for that, but I’m not ready to talk about it yet.  :<

So instead, here’s a (quite overdue) post on the completion of my Kobato figurine.

Earlier, you saw her (in small form) in this group shot:

The empty cage she’s holding is one I got at Michael’s, to fill in the gap.  Oh, btw, the original figure (which I’ve learned is Kotobukiya!) was based on this illustration:

I don’t remember how much I said about this figurine when I posted that earlier photo (I know I mentioned her at least briefly) and I’m too lazy to go back and look 😛 so I’ll just give the backstory now, and if I’m repeating myself, I apologize.  As I know I’ve mentioned before, there’s one anime store in my entire town (well, only one anime-specific store; there are several others that sell anime merchandise in addition to other stuff) and they sell used items as well as new ones.  So, the last time I was in there before they moved to their new (and inconvenient) location, I noticed they had Kobato-chan there in the case of used bishojo figurines.  Like Wish (to which it’s kinda-sorta a sequel), I found the ending of Kobato a bit disappointing, but not enough so to sour me on the manga as a whole, in large part because I loved the characters so much.  (CLAMP is good at that, after all.  Well, technically, they’re good at pretty much the whole storytelling package…)

Anyway, when I was buying the figurine (because CLAMP merchandise is scarce, particularly on this side of the Pacific), the store’s owner mentioned to me all the pieces she was missing:  the cage, the little “stuffed dog” in the cage, and her umbrella.  I figured a cage shouldn’t be too hard to find, and I was sure the parasol could be replaced with one of those little umbrella-drink umbrellas, but I knew Ioryogi-san was going to be harder to replace. Continue reading