Angel Pullip and Bratz Kidz: A Comparison

I put up a little bit about the similarities between these two before, when my first two Angel Pullips arrived, but now I wanted to go all out and really write up the similarities, including a striking detail I hadn’t noticed yet when I posted before.

The trio in question
The trio in question

So in the middle we have a Bratz Kidz doll, and the Angel Dal was released under the name Ciel (LOL, this was the year before the first Pullip/Kuroshitsuji dolls hit the market) while the Angel Pullip was released with the name Becky.  I’ll probably be giving them new names eventually–particularly in the Angel Dal’s case!–but for the moment, I haven’t thought of names for them yet.  (FYI, my earlier Angel Dal, released as “Biccy,” is now named Candy, and the Angel Pullip, originally “Cindy” is now Tink, or sometimes mini-Tink, since my Dal Tinkerbell is still called Tink, even though she’s long since abandoned that role.)

For the purpose of the following comparison shots, I have the Angels standing on things to even up their height a bit, since the primary difference in heights between them and the Bratz doll is the length of their legs.  (However, the height correcting items are not exactly the right height to make them correspond perfectly, since I was just using whatever I had handy.  So there’s still discrepancies.)

Front of face comparison
Front of face comparison

There are some differences–Becky’s face is a bit taller, and her lips aren’t so prominent–but the similarities are also quite striking, I think. (Wow, and that direct light makes the slight difference in color between the vinyl and plastic parts of the Brat really stand out.  (Well, Bratz is plural, so…yeah, I should look up her name….okay, looks like her name is Yasmin.  We’re going with that, even if it isn’t, ’cause it’s less awkward.)) Continue reading

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Rory the Roman!!

For most major three day weekends, the local used store that’s been such a gold mine for goodies has a big sale, including 33% off all used toys.  So naturally I went in to check it out yesterday.  (The sale starts on Friday, rather than on Saturday.  Don’t ask me why; I don’t know.)  They always seem to get in new stuff right before one of these major sales, and this time was no exception.  Nearly the entire bottom shelf of one of the cases was taken up with those blind box Doctor Who Titan figures, including…

Rory the Roman!!
Rory the Roman!!

This is practically the only one of those figures I really wanted.  In part because this is, as far as I know, the only way they’ve merchandised Rory in his Roman centurion gear.  It’s like, seriously?  Why isn’t there a full regular figure of him this way?  There’s a regular figure of him, there’s a regular figure of an ordinary plastic Roman, so why not one of Rory the Last Centurion?  Sheesh!  (I mean, I guess one could custom-make one, swapping the head off the ordinary Rory onto the body of the ordinary plastic Roman, but…I think said plastic Roman had a different body type than Rory’s, so that wouldn’t even work anyway.  It’s like “Get with the program already!”)

3/4 view.  Because.
3/4 view. Because.

He does have one small smudge on the side of his nose (the other side, not the one in the picture above, obviously 😛 ) but noticing that made me think of a quote from an episode in which Rory does not dress as a Roman.  (But does, at one point, wear ’60s glasses that make him look like he shrank.  His face was not made for bulky glasses.)

“I’m the Doctor, and these are my companions, code-named the Legs, the Nose and Mrs. Robinson.”

Hehe…totally mean, but so funny!  Besides, the Doctor’s always had his mean side.  (Check out the un-aired, original version of the first episode sometime.  In addition to Susan being way more interesting and unearthly, the Doctor is decidedly much meaner than usual.  And he could get pretty cranky in his first body!  Well, you know how it is when you’re young…)

Aaaaanyway, since I already had the guy opening the case, I ended up getting a bunch more of them.  I would have gotten Kiss-o-gram Amy to keep Rory company, but she cost twice as much, and I just wasn’t going to pay that much, y’know?  I took individual shots of all the new ones, but to save blog space, I’m not going to post those here–there’ll be a gallery link at the end–and instead I’ll just show the group shot I did with the two I already had, the first Doctor and Strax.

Doctors assemble!
Doctors assemble!

Sadly, they didn’t have the second Doctor or the eighth Doctor, and the sixth Doctor was bizarrely expensive.  So the collection is not complete.  Uh, well, obviously not, what with missing the whole new contingent (apart from John Hurt because, you know, he’s John Hurt!) but their costumes are all so dull that I just couldn’t see my way to paying money for them.  Besides, this lot already came to a fair amount.  Though much less with the 33% off and all.

I was surprised at just how many different things there were those little figures of, though.  I mean, you had all kinds of Doctor variations:  there was a black and white first Doctor (which I totally would have gotten if I didn’t already have the colorized version), there was the eleventh Doctor coated in that red stuff from the episode with Diana Rigg, and there was even the tenth Doctor, in his pajamas, holding a sword, with one hand cut off.  That’s really, really specific, you know?  (Also, slightly morbid.)

I think the only other one I was tempted to get was one of those clockwork robots from “The Girl in the Fireplace.”  Because those things had a really fabulous design, and the episode was pretty good.  (Ending needed work, though.  He shoulda come back the long way.  That would have been way more interesting all around.)

Also, btw, Davros does not work in this format.  Period.  Looked ridiculous.

Anyway, so that’s what I found at the first location of this chain.  I also visited the other location.  What I found there wasn’t nearly so interesting, but I thought “why not?”  (Though there was something else interesting there, which they’ve actually had for a while, but I just wasn’t going to buy a Batman Nendoroid.  Iron Man, sure, but Batman?  Nope.  Costume’s too dull.)

Storm doll
Storm doll

The copyright date on her foot says 2000, so I guess this was a tie-in to the first movie.  (Though honestly, I only like First Class and Days of Future Past.  My brother showed me all of the other movies so I could watch Days of Future Past and fully get it, but…the original three didn’t do much of anything for me, despite that I liked a lot of the cast.)  I’m not a fan of this outfit as doll clothing.  It works in the movies, but on a doll?  No, not for me, thanks.  But then it turned out there was almost nothing I could have her wear, after I went through the arduous task of removing her original garb (and from the damage to the sleeve, I’d say her previous owner at least tried to re-dress her, even if they failed to do so in the end) and I ended up having to put her in a Barbie dress that’s a bit too big and looks ridiculous for stylistic reasons.

Storm's new (temporary) garb
Storm’s new (temporary) garb

And why, you may ask, was it so difficult to get her into any other garment?  Well, in word, this is why:

Nightmare hand
Nightmare hand

Seriously, they could not have picked a more awkward pose for that hand!  It makes it impossible to get her into almost any other clothes.  (Okay, yes, I know they didn’t intend you to remove the clothes…but since they did, in fact, make the clothes removable, they had to know people were going to remove them!  And it’s like they designed that hand purposefully to discourage you from trying to re-dress the doll.)  I’m going to have to make something for her by hand, I fear, which will mean it’ll look terrible.  But that black (faux) leather thing looked awful to begin with, so…anyway, I’m thinking of studying my brother’s statuette of Storm in her comics costume and trying to emulate that for her outfit.  That should look a lot better, though I’ll probably need to paint her gloves and shoes white.  I probably also need to do something about her staining:

Serious staining
Serious staining

Looks like she’s badly bruised, doesn’t it, like she’s just been in a terrible brawl?  (Of course, being a superheroine, terrible brawls are kind of her stock-in-trade…)  The weird thing is, she’s only stained on one side.  It’s like the previous owner got her clothes half off and left them that way, so that only the other side of her body got stained.  Weird.

Anyway, despite Friday being a pretty good day, today was a pretty terrible day.  Everything just kept going wrong.  I forgot I had no money, I didn’t take a meal bar with me, “closing at noon” turned into “closing at 12:30” turned into the reality of not leaving until 2:00, I got cut off for the last parking place at the antique mall, and when I finally got into the antique mall, the only thing inside I actually wanted I couldn’t have, because it was $255, and I wasn’t paying that for a board game I had as a child, no matter how rare it is now.  (And seeing as it’s an electronic board game, who knows if it even still works!  But man….I loved the Dark Tower.  That was the most awesome board game ever.  Why they haven’t re-released it, seeing how expensive it is as a vintage item, is beyond me.  Although maybe now there are copyright issues, since Stephen King used the name for one of his books?)

But when I got home, I was surprised to find two packages on my front porch.  One was literally nothing (seriously, it was granola bars; don’t ask) but the other I was really amazed by, because I only ordered it on Thursday morning, and although the box said “2 day priority” on it, I don’t recall hitting the “expediting shipping” toggle, nor did the shipping cost look like I’d paid for expedited shipping, either.  (Though the order was placed through Amazon, it wasn’t from them, so the shipping is all third party stuff.)  In any case, that helped me feel a bit better, because all the contents of that Thursday order were little dollies:

Little Dal+ Soldier of Cards
Little Dal+ Soldier of Cards

Yup, the vendor got more of them in, so I’m one doll closer to a complete set on the Little Alice series!  Yay!  Of course…I’m not likely to get any closer than this.  I saw Pink Alice on Amazon…for $25 plus $10 shipping.  That’s more than I want to pay.  Besides, why would I need two Alices?  And as to the Mad Hatter…I’ve never even seen anyone selling her.  I bet she costs a lot on the rare occasions that anyone does sell her. 😦  I should home-brew a Little+ Mad Hatter.  Not sure from what, though.  I mean, should I stick with Dal, switch to Pullip, or maybe Byul?  (I do have a Little Byul+ who’s already been re-dressed…) I’d say I could switch to Taeyang, but the only Little Taeyang they’ve ever released, as far as I know, is Sebastian, and he’s too expensive to buy a second one and re-purpose him.  (Though I suppose I could just put a hat on him for photo shoots and call him the Mad Hatter, and say that his madness reflects itself by dressing like a butler…)  Anyway, getting back to this doll, I’m pretty sure I’d seen her at Tuesday Mornings and passed her up, which I’m surprised by now, because looking at her I’m struck by how pretty and delicate her face-up is.  But I guess the lighting in Tuesdays Mornings wasn’t good enough to let me see that. 😛

Uh, anyhow, because of the way this particular vendor on Amazon works, the shipping’s pretty high on these little dolls, unless you get more than one, to spread out the shipping costs between ’em, and make it feel less egregious.  (In other words, $7.50 shipping on four dolls is much better than $6.99 shipping on one.)  So I got several others…

Phonetika
Phonetika

Phonetika here is going to need to be de-boxed sometime fairly soon.  Because right now she’s not looking right.  She’s got this massive hat–in a Russian style, as you might expect from the rest of her costume–that looks really nice, but they couldn’t have her wearing it in the package.  So it’s in between the layers of the backing.  (One of the reviews on her on Amazon mentioned that, so I was expecting it, and didn’t become alarmed by the lack of hat.)  But that means I probably won’t want to wait to de-box her until I have the new display area set up.  Probably.  Anyway, I think Phonetika will go nicely with one of the other Little+ dolls I already had:

Meena
Meena

Oddly enough, I got her at a sci-fi convention.  I have no idea why that particular vendor was selling a few Little+ dolls, but this one I hadn’t seen before, and I was charmed by her ethnic costume–as it would be described in the museum’s catalog, lol–and her deep blue eyes, which I’m sorry to say didn’t photograph very well.  Fortunately, she was a price I was willing to pay, and she’s been one of my favorite Little+ dolls ever since. 🙂  And now she has a friend. 😀

Angel Dal/Pullip
Angel Dal/Pullip

I also got a couple more of the Angel Pullip line, because they were $5, and I’ve quite fallen in love with Candy since I re-dressed her.  Granted, neither of these has fluffy pink hair, but…I think they’ll still be charming once I get them in new clothes.  Actually, the Dal’s stock isn’t that bad to begin with; it’s just the Pullip’s stock that’s terrible.  I’m not terribly fond of those orange eyes, either; maybe I’ll give her eyes a gentle re-paint, just into another color, while otherwise following the original.  While I’m at re-dressing them, I’ll do that detailed comparison I’ve been meaning to, of the Angel Pullip/Dal line and the Bratz Kidz line.

Okay, just a couple more things before I go.

One, the mold to make Pyrrha’s new eye chips has now been shipped, but since it’s coming from the other side of the world, it won’t get here until sometime next month.  I need to give her a haircut before that, though.  Maybe on Wednesday, if I get my paper done early enough…

Two, I’ve decided on a major purchase, and I’m just waiting on Paypal before I make it.  They had this thing going in August where you get a “mystery reward” in September if you spent $150, right?  So the Kagamine twins and Kaiko alone met that $150, and now I’m just waiting to get that “mystery reward” so I can apply it to this purchase.  (If, by some miracle, it’s the maximum $100, I may also apply it to Pang-ju Black Russian Pang…but it’ll only be $10, the minimum, so there’s no point in fantasizing, right?)  Anyway, the purchase I’ve decided to make is that I’m finally going to buy my first real Blythe.  Country Summer is still affordable, and I really like her, so I’m going to go ahead and get her while I can.  I just want to wait and get that reward, even if it is only $10, first so that I’ll be saving at least a little bit of my money.

…though why I’m trying to save money now after throwing it around like confetti all summer every time anyone said “doll sale” is somewhat of a mystery…

I fear I have no impulse control whatsoever.

I should probably be grateful that my hobbies and interests are inclined to toy collecting, instead of something dangerous, or something far more expensive, like cars.  (I shudder at the thought!)

Ack, I almost forgot the gallery link!  Here it is!

Byul-tiful Photo Contest, Final Week

The final week’s theme is “Oh no!” or “Oh my!” or something like that.  Due to Byul’s permanently shocked expression. 😛

Obviously, my first thought was to make poor Tiger Lily witness some pseudo-yaoi embrace between Pan and Hook–since they’re actually just Pullip and Taeyang dressed up as said characters–but even if I could bring myself to do that, it wouldn’t look very good because default Pullip bodies aren’t very actually flexible.  (I mentioned the difficulty on the forum, and it was pointed out that it’s not so hard to make them look intimate, and examples were provided…every single one of the examples showing a modified Pullip on another type of body.  Yeah.  That’s helpful.)

Eventually, I decided to settle for her love of nature, because, well, I wanted to submit something.  Unfortunately, by the time I did, the sun decided that it was time for three or four days of cloudy skies. 😦  So the lighting’s not very good on the photos I ended up taking.  But since the idea was none too great, either, perhaps that’s irrelevant.

I thought I had four working versions of the shot, but it turned out I only have the two, because in the other two her stand is still showing. 😦

Version "1"
Version “1”
Version "2"
Version “2”

Bah, the lighting’s pretty bad on “2” there, isn’t it?  I mean, worse than on the other one.  She’s pretty washed out.  I guess I’ll have to go with version “1” by default.  Ugh.  I wanted to have options.  I took about fifteen or twenty of these, and most of them are utter garbage.  (Lol, that’s ironic, considering the subject matter is litter!)  It didn’t help, of course, that the hedge row in the background was actually pretty thin and I had to trim the photos because you could see my neighbor’s house.  That kind of ruined the illusion, too.

Anyway, since I was finally done with the contest, I had one last photo to take with Tiger Lily:

Tiger Lily's Revenge
Tiger Lily’s Revenge

That’s what Pan gets for having all those Tinks around!  Now Tiger Lily’s got a mini-Pan of her own! 😛  (Too bad it’s not a Liddle Kiddle one, though.  That would be be awesome.)

(I would provide a link to all the photos in their full size, but it would seem that Dropbox has decided that it doesn’t want to work anymore.  Seriously.  I tried to put the pictures into the gallery and it told me my log in wasn’t being allowed because it seemed to be automated.  Eventually I managed to convince it it that I was, in fact, a human being pushing buttons and not a robot pushing buttons, only now it won’t give me anything but an error screen and won’t let me at any of my files.  So, yeah…no bigger versions of these pics right now.)

(Dropbox is back up, so the link to the full Byul-tiful photo gallery is here.)

Anyway, in other Byul-related news, Kaiko has her jacket now, and I almost ordered her dress from Etsy last night, but kind of panicked at the last second when I saw how much I was going to be spending on other stuff, too.  (There were also dresses for Pyrrha, Moxie Girlz Teenz, the eye chip mold for Pyrrha, and stuff like that.  It was going to be like $86…and I freaked out and decided to wait until I could buy those lottery tickets first.  Just in case.)

Byul-tiful Photo Contest, week one, final part

Okay, this time I got it right.  Though I still have to pick which shot I actually want to submit to the contest.  😛

I stopped and thought about it, and said to myself “What is Tiger Lily’s greatest virtue, the feature that makes her inner beauty shine?”  And I thought about the scene in the movie that introduced her, when she was willing to die to protect Peter Pan from Captain Hook, and realized “Oh, right, it’s her loyalty to her friend(s).”  Er, or her crush, or whatever Pan is to her, exactly.  (I’m not entirely clear on that one…)

Anyway!  So I decided on an elaborate photo shoot in my back yard, which was slightly hampered by the fact that as soon as I picked up her bow this morning, the string decided to come untied from one end, so I had to use one of the clear rubber bands (left over from opening my second Wydowna (who I’m going to make into Spider Woman (the Navajo one, not the Marvel character) a while back) to take the place of the string, which kind of changed the shape of the bow a bit, but…eh, what was I gonna do?  It was going to be painfully obvious there was no string otherwise!  It just looks like she’s in the process of drawing it, y’know?

So, I took a lot of versions of the set-up, which is Tiger Lily fending off Captain Hook, who has stumbled on a sleeping Peter Pan…

Version 1
Version 1
Version 2
Version 2
Version 3
Version 3
Version 4
Version 4
Version 5
Version 5
Version 6
Version 6

Phew!  Okay, so hopefully now that I’ve gotten them all up in a row like that, I can compare them neatly and handily and I’ll be able to tell which one I like best so I can decide which one to turn in to the contest.

I really needed to put Captain Hook closer to the others than that. 😦  But it’s gotten too hot out there to go back outside for another photo shoot, so this is going to have to be it.  (Also, every time I take Tiger Lily off her stand, her braids get more and more messed up.  It’s heart-breaking!  They were still perfect before I decided to do this contest…)

Anyway, I took a few individual shots while I was at it:

Heroine shot
Heroine shot

I fixed the position of the arrow for this one; it was kind of in a bad place for the main pictures, unfortunately. 😦

Sleeping Pan
Sleeping Pan

Why is the icon of childhood also a lazy and irresponsible bum?

The menacing Captain Hook
The menacing Captain Hook

The biggest problem with the actual movie of Peter Pan is that Captain Hook is far and away the most interesting character in it, so you actually kind of resent spending time with the hero.

I now owe my Dal Tinkerbell a photo shoot, because she was left out of this one, since the Angel Pullip was playing the part of Tinkerbell.

Also, I have been a bad girl lately.  I made two doll orders (of two dolls each) on-line in the last two days.  (Naughty, naughty me!)  Worse still, three of the four dolls were Pullips, even though I told myself “no more Pullips!”  Well, okay, technically, they were two Little Pullips and a Dal, but…yeah, I’ve been bad.  But the Little Pullips were on a “sample sale” and the Dal was hyper-cheap and they only had two left, (and the fourth doll was Monster High, so cheap to begin with) and…ugh, I have no will-power, apparently.

Oh, the link to the gallery for the whole week’s photos is here.

Random Finds and a small package

I was on my way to a Tuesday Mornings that I don’t usually go to–because it’s too far out of my way–with my brother, because we were in the area for another reason.  He parked the car way far away from the store, for no reason I could see.  (There were spaces in the aisles near the entrance, but he parked four aisles away.)  So we’re walking towards the door, and I’m talking as we walk past this consignment (or second-hand, not sure which) shop I’d never given a second glance because it looked rather tacky.

I don’t remember what I was talking about in the first half, so I’m just subbing in something that seems plausible.  It would have gone something like this:  “So it was only after the myth really got going that–those are Gene dolls!”

Because I had turned my head towards the window and thus had seen the backs of three Gene dolls standing on the counter in the store.  So I had to rush inside and check it out!

Blue Goddess Gene
Blue Goddess Gene

I only ended up buying one of them.  One of the other two was a “Simply Gene” with platinum hair, and since I haven’t found clothes for Madra yet, it seemed silly to buy another dressless doll in the same line!  The other was in a sort of brownish-tan dress that didn’t do much for me.  It was too “ordinary life 1940s” instead of “movie premiere 1940s” like this one.

Dramatic Portrait
Dramatic Portrait

She was marked at $31, but apparently that store marks items down over time, because she was actually a little under $20.  I’m totally going to have to keep an eye on that shop on the rare instances when I’m in the area, because I got some great deals!  In other words, yes, Gene was not the only doll I bought in there.

Winter Princess Barbie
Winter Princess Barbie

This find was particularly amazing because she’s the first in a series, released in 1993…and I have all the other dolls in the series, but this one had always eluded me.  Plus she was super cheap.  On the other hand, there’s a reason that I don’t have a photo of the doll herself to post.  I was going to take one, you know.  I opened the box and set it to stand up, so I could photograph her in the box.  But she fell forward–having been an opened doll–and released a hideous reek of cigarette smoke.

Ugh.  In addition to finding that one of the worst odors ever, I’m also allergic to it.  So, anyway, I had to close her box up again, and now I need to figure the best way to de-stink her.  Usually, I’d put her open in the basement and let her just air out (just airing out in the store is probably why the box doesn’t stink, and most likely why Gene doesn’t, either, as I suspect they all originally came from the same person) but I just had this drain clog issue down there, so my basement currently smells like, uh, to be less indelicate about it, a sewer.  I don’t want a Barbie that smells like sewage any more than I want one that smells like cigarettes.  But the plumber fixed the problem, so once I’ve mucked all the crap off the floor (eew) and it’s gotten less stinky down there, maybe then I can air her out as per usual.  By that time, too, hopefully Dante won’t stink anymore.  (Found him at one of the used stores I visit frequently.  PlayArts Kai of Dante from, uh, Devil May Cry 3? 4?  I dunno; I’ve only played the original.  But he was half price because he was used, and how can you go wrong with a half-off bishie?  Well, by stinking of cigarettes, it turns out.  Plus that plastic apparently really holds in the odors.  He’s been airing out at least three times as long as most things, and he still reeked last time I checked.  Though perhaps now he reeks of something else…)

Jenny in her box
Jenny in her box

Jenny is Takara’s answer to Barbie, and the store had a number of them in their boxes (though it turns out this one–and likely the others as well–has simply been placed back inside the box) but I only bought this one, as the others had rather dull outfits, whereas this one is in a lovely kimono.  Unfortunately, I don’t have any shots of her out of the box, because she, too, stinks inside her box and needs to be aired out.

Back of the box
Back of the box

Based on the image on the back here, I think this doll isn’t actually Jenny herself, but one of her friends.  I could probably look it up if I felt like it, but…yeah, feeling too lazy right now.  (According to the box, this one dates to 1995, if that tells anyone anything.  Yet another reason for me to conclude that Gene probably belonged to the same person, as she’s also from the 1990s.)

Comparison shot
Comparison shot

Another reason I think she might not be Jenny is that her face doesn’t seem quite the same as the other Jenny I have.  But it’s hard to tell when one of them is in the box and the other isn’t.  Once she’s been de-stunk, I’ll take a better comparison shot, and throw in my Miku-cosplay Licca-chan while I’m at it.  It does seem like the new doll’s face is a bit more narrow, but it’s hard to tell for sure.  (The Jenny I already owned is currently wearing a Barbie dress, btw.  Not sure why, or what I did with the clothes she originally came in.)

Now, moving on to the “small package,” or rather the “package of small dolls.”  (Which probably ought to be its own post, but…yeah, don’t care.)

There’s a seller on Amazon Marketplace that sells some of the Groove dolls at a very similar price point to the one Tuesday Mornings does on the rare occasions that they get one in.  (Only some of them, though.  Others are at essentially the standard retail price, and some are in between.)  But they have pretty high shipping, so they don’t move the small dolls very often.  For example, you’ll see a Little Pullip+ going for $14.99 with $7 shipping, or an Angel Pullip for $4.99, again with $7 shipping.  However, looking at their shipping rates, I noticed that most of their shipping costs is a “per shipment” rather than “per item,” so I realized that if I got a number of them, the cost would be spread among them, so the total shipping wouldn’t be much more than $7, even though I’d be getting a number of dolls from them.  I spent a long time deliberating, and eventually went for it, because I wanted to see how Angel Pullips compared to Little Pullips.  Eventually, I decided on an Angel Pullip, an Angel Dal, as well as a Little Pullip+ that I’d had my eye on for a long time.

Mini trio in box
Mini trio in box

I was quite surprised:  I hadn’t really understood the size difference between Angel Pullip and Little Pullip+!  I had picked that blonde one with the thought of giving her to my Peter Pan Pullip to be an appropriately-sized Tinkerbell, but she’s way too big!

I get that the idea with the Angel Pullips was to make a doll for children, rather than adults (hence the 6+ age range listed on the box, instead of 15+ like on the others), but the difference in the face is quite surprising.  I would have expected that they would have just sized-up a little, and not changed the facial sculpt much apart from having painted on eyes.  (This is perhaps revealing naivete/lack-of-understanding about how dolls are made.)  However, the faces are distinctly different from either the full sized or the other mini dolls (though I actually don’t have any of the pre-Angel Littles, so I don’t know how they compare to those) and the body shape is very different, particularly in those forearm-heavy arms! (It’s like Popeye’s arms, y’know?)

After looking at them a while, though, I realized that there was another doll line that the Angel Pullip/Dal dolls reminded me of:

Surprising comparison!
Surprising comparison!

Not so much on the full-size Bratz doll there, but the Bratz Kidz doll?  She’s even got meaty forearms, just like the Angel Pullip!

Closer comparison shot
Closer comparison shot

Look at those arms!  They’re practically identical!  The faces are pretty similar, too, though the lips are wildly different.  But the shape of the eyes is extremely similar, as is the overall shape of the head.  (I also did a profile comparison shot, but it didn’t turn out very well, as I had trouble getting the dolls to stand up, and it turned out the Bratz Kidz doll’s face was turned slightly towards the camera, so I didn’t get a proper profile, only then I couldn’t get them to stand up any more for another shot…)  It would be interesting to see what the dates are on these two doll lines, the Bratz Kidz and the Angel Pullips.  Certainly I know that Bratz itself pre-dates Pullip entirely, but I don’t know off-hand when the Bratz Kidz sub-line was added.  Whether consciously or subconsciously, I think a bit of Bratz was added into the mix when the Angel Pullips were being designed, but with a very different aesthetic as far as clothing, of course.

Candy!!
“Candy!!”

At least the Angel Pullips (well, Angel Dal, in this case) are the right size for the miWorld playsets, unlike the Little Pullips!

However, as you can see, the Angel Dal I got came in a very uninteresting outfit.  But I liked her hair, and at $5, I figured that was more than enough.  Because I thought she’d be able to wear the same clothes as the Little Pullips and LPS mini-Blythes.  Only then she turned out to be so much larger, and I had to assemble a great many other small doll clothes, searching for anything at all that would fit.  And, miraculously, the first thing I tried on her was so perfect that I couldn’t bring myself to take it back off even to test the others.  (The fact that I had trouble getting her huge hands through the sleevelets had something to do with that, too.  I didn’t want to have to do that again!)

Angel Dal's new dress
Angel Dal’s new dress

Doesn’t it suit her perfectly?  I was somewhat indifferent to her before, but I absolutely love her in this dress!  The ironic part is that I only have this dress by chance:  when they put out the new Strawberry Shortcake line, I hated it because it wasn’t even a quarter as cute as the original line (in my opinion), but I eventually bought one either on clearance or at Tuesday Mornings (don’t remember which anymore) so I would always have a visual reminder of just how much less cute the new ones were.  And that doll’s dress was the one that looks so perfect on Angel Dal here.

Of course, now that I know those new Strawberry Shortcake dolls are exactly the same size as Angel Pullips–and that Angel Pullips are actually quite endearing in person–I’m going to have to start paying attention to them to see if there are any of them that have dresses that would look good on other Angel Pullips.  Though that sounds silly now that I come to say it out loud… 😛

Anyway, I’ve been cutting back on my spending lately, so this is the last of my “new acquisition” posts (unless I come up with the right photoshoot for SHF Sakura), so hopefully soon I’ll be able to get to some photography of things already in my collection.  I promised a photo shoot for my Moxie Girls Teens dolls, and I have a photo shoot for my Attack on Titan Figmas that I’ve been wanting to do for a long time now…