Happy Halloween!

I’ve been assembling all sorts of seasonal stuff for a fun (if less coherent than my first Halloween post) All Hallow’s Eve post.

And I do mean all sorts.  Like, even candy containers.

That little Dracula came with Nerds candy inside him.  The graphic on the plastic wrap showed several colors of Nerds, so I was expecting a bag of rainbow Nerds filling most of his interior.  Instead there was one little box of the pink ones.  (You know, the little boxes you get in the ten zillion pounds of candy to hand out to Trick-or-Treaters bags.)  Fortunately, I wanted the Dracula tin, not the candy, so it didn’t matter. 😛

I’ve got seasonal pins, too.

This was my whole Studio Ghibli fanart pin collection when I took the photo; there’s two more kodama-themed pins now. 😛  (And more of various sorts on the way.  I really need to stop backing so many enamel pin Kickstarters…)  Anyway, as you can see, the set on the right is a Halloween-themed set. 🙂

Though those are obviously Clawdeen and Frankie, the seller (on Storenvy, I think it was) didn’t identify them as such, for obvious reasons.  I had to get that magpie pin because of some books I read over the course of this year. 😀

Isn’t that little witch the cutest?  (The crabby Jack-o-lantern is related to the various crabby fruit plushies I posted about some time ago.)

But pins aren’t what you’re here to see, so here’s more fitting photos. 🙂

Earlier this month, I decided to go (for the first time ever) to Build-a-Bear, because I’d seen how cue their bears were after they donated some to an event at work.  And of course they had some seasonal products available, including a very cute Dracula bear, and this bat.  I couldn’t resist the batbear. 😀  Given that she has BAB written very prominently on her paw, I’ve decided to name her Babs.

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Body Swapping

Fixing Pyrrha’s eye mechanism is still on hold until I can go look for plastic-sticked cotton swabs, but I finally got around to some re-bodying.

So I’ve been wanting to give my Dal Len a male Obitsu body pretty much since the day he arrived here, right?  I’d seen this lovely tutorial on re-bodying Pullips with Obitsu bodies, so I thought I knew just what I’d have to do in order to make the swap from Dal body to 23 cm male Obitsu body.  Then I got a look at the 23 cm body’s neck:

Obitsu 23 cm boy body

And, as a reminder, this is the neck on the Dal body:

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In the conventional Pullip swap, you just need to get the two plugs compatible, right?  But this one has an added challenge above and beyond reducing the size of the plug:


Apparently, the larger body sizes (or maybe it’s the female bodies?) have the screw below the plug.  But here it’s at the top.  And this is the plug that goes on top, viewed from the underside:

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See the lip at the far end?  That would be the first thing to go if I was to simply sand the plug down, but that’s also the part that holds it in place on the stick below.  So sanding really wasn’t an option here, and I had to find another solution.

My solution, in the rough.
My solution, in the rough.

I made a mold of the plug on the Dal body neck, and cast a rough plug in opaque resin.  (Which I haven’t worked with since learning I couldn’t add paint to color it, and I had the unpleasant surprise discovery that a bit of partially catalyzed resin had gotten on the interior of the lid of one of the bottles, so I had to cut a hole in the side and transfer the rest into an empty water bottle.  Fortunately, it was the yellow stuff, so I won’t mistake it for water later on. 😛  )

Of course, then I had to cut off the excess, sand it down to a more-or-less flat surface and drill a hole through it, then sand down the stick it connects to, and use the drill to extend the screw hole further than it originally went.  But eventually, I got it to this point:

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Honestly, I should have kept going; there’s a lot more gap there than there is on the Dal body, but I was afraid to sand any further down.  I think what I need to do is to widen the hole on the resin so that it’ll pass down around the stick a bit.  But I’ll have to take poor Len apart again to do that, because he’s now re-assembled on his new, male body:


His head is way wobbly, and his clothes fit awkwardly, but at least he no longer has breasts.  (His head should get less wobbly after I adjust the resin plug a bit more.  But I’ll want to figure out where the heck my set of jeweler’s files disappeared to yesterday before I can do that…)

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He can now look like he’s really playing his…um…keytar?  (What the heck is that thing called?)  I do love the changeable hands, but I wish he came with a V-for-Victory set of hands.  That would have made that earlier picture perfect. 😛

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I sorta want to get Rin an Obitsu body now, too.  After I figure out how to fix the problems with Len’s wobbly head, anyway. 😛  (I also really need to figure out a good way to re-style his hair, ’cause that is so not what it’s supposed to look like.)

Anyway, not being the type who likes to have dolly parts lying around unused, I had to find a new head for the old Dal body, and that was easily accomplished:


Technically, the Licca clothes are a bit baggy on the Dal body — and the shoes are laughably large for tiny Dal feet — but they don’t look too bad…except for one tiny problem:

"Hee hee...don't tell!"
“Hee hee…don’t tell!”

Miku now has the wrong number on her arm. 😛  (Maybe she’s getting ready to perform “Rin-chan Now!“?)  Anyway, my Licca Miku is now just as poseable as my Pullip Luka:

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(Yeah, it’s been a while since I posted anything that crazy/creepy, right?)

Anyway, the Licca body has moved over to another Miku:

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The reason I wanted to give Yuki Miku the Licca body was because of those black tights.  They didn’t fit the Azone body properly.  And so instead of giving the Dal body to Yuki Miku here and leaving regular Miku as she was, I thought I’d do this swap, so that the tights would actually fit.  The Azone body now belongs to Sakura…not that I’ve actually started applying her face or anything yet.  (Syaoran’s face is almost done, though!  And both of their wigs are on the way.)

Speaking of black tights, though, I need to get some in Pure Neemo XS size.  ‘Cause I ordered one of the bendy Sakura dolls’ outfits off of Etsy, but it didn’t have its black tights or its kitty-ear headband.  I can make the headband (eventually), but the tights…I’ll need to buy those.  I didn’t find any Pure Neemo XS sized clothes on Etsy, though.  Not any black tights, at least.  I should probably check AmiAmi before I order black tights in another doll size, huh?  (Only just thought of that…)

The headbands are going to be another question entirely, of course.  I tested the one headband I already had on Mei-lin’s head, and it didn’t fit her.  So I’ll need to make a mold of a headband blank, I suppose, and then make resin copies of the wings off the headband I have, and add those on to one blank headband, and add kitty ears on to another blank headband.  I just have to figure out the size of headband to use for the mold first.  (Monster High will be a bit big, but I think Barbie will be a bit small…and I’m not sure I can find a blank Barbie headband anyway.)

Black Friday Haul (Junky Spot +)

While I’m waiting for the caffeine to kick in so I can continue revising my paper (first caffeine I’ve had in over a month) and also during my lunch break, I decided to finish up the photos of my Black Friday orders, and get them posted here.

Though there’s actually still one Black Friday order that hasn’t arrived yet, and won’t for some time yet.  (Last time I checked my e-mail, it wasn’t even ready to ship yet.)  That’s because Makielabs was having a free shipping promotion for Black Friday, and since a Makie was already on my “it’s okay to get these” list for the season, I went ahead and ordered one.  I’m not sure when she’ll be ready to ship, or how long the shipping will take, but since it’s shipping from England, I’m assuming I won’t see her until January.  (Seriously, how weird is it that an English company was having a Black Friday sale?  I saw sites for stores in Japan and the Netherlands that were having them, too.  I guess it’s become a world-wide thing now.)

Anyway, on to the Junky Spot order!

The Junky Spot order
The Junky Spot order

So there’s the en masse photo of the whole order.  Almost all of it is stuff that was on my “I need to order this stuff soon” list.  But let’s start with what was on sale:

Hujoo Baby Suve (Apricot)
Hujoo Baby Suve (Apricot)

I had been wanting to get a Hujoo Baby, but hadn’t been sure if I should wait for them to get more Chocolate ones in, or if I should go ahead just in case the face I like gets discontinued.  (Like what’s just happened with JerryBerry:  I wanted the sleepy Berry 2011, who has just been discontinued and they’re sold out of her. 😦  The 2016 sleepy Berry just doesn’t have the right Io-chan look…)  But the Junky Spot cancelled my hesitation by putting Suve here on sale on Black Friday.  Not the biggest sale in the world (she was down to $18.99 from about $24.99) but enough to give me a push and decide to go ahead and get her.

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The twins arrive! (And Humpty Dumpty, too!)

The second order-I-shouldn’t-have-made from Groove arrived today.  (And the universe punished me even more for this one.  The first time, my laptop broke and had to be replaced.  This time, I found water in the basement that seemed to mean the water heater was leaking.  Only after I had spent $800 replacing it (well, it was at least 16 years old) did I find out that the water was coming from somewhere else and will still need to be dealt with when I can scrounge up the money and clean up the house enough for a repairman to have access to the entire place.)

Er, yes, got off topic there.  Point is, the package finally arrived!  This time, the dolls were samples, so they were loose dolls that had been displayed at shows.

As they arrived.
As they arrived.

Obviously, the first order of business was getting them out of those bags!

Unbagged trio
Unbagged trio

So we’ll start with the reason for the order, Vocaloid Kagamine Rin.

Kagamine Rin
Kagamine Rin

I’ve been saying for a long time that I wanted to use a Pullip MIO kit to make a Rin instead of buying the Dal version, because Rin shouldn’t be pouting (except in Doppelganger) but Dal’s pouty expression is a bit more subdued on Rin in person than I had thought from the photos I’d seen online.  I’d still be happier if she was smiling, though.


Her face-up is charming, and I like her eye chips, but her hair is a bit untamed in the front (due to having been a sample for years) and I have no idea if I’ll ever manage to get her necktie to behave itself.  Look at that!  (Again, that’s because it had been packed up that way after she’d been on display, you know?  The problem with sample dolls.)

If she was supposed to have any accessories–apart from the usual stand and photo card–she doesn’t have them.  But the only accessory that mattered to me was her headband/bow, and she’s got that, so that’s what matters. 😀

Kagamine Len
Kagamine Len

Moving on to her counterpart/twin brother/source of confusion, Len, I have to say:  what the heck is up with that hair?  It’s just…not…right.  Admittedly, every artist who has ever drawn/3D-modeled Len has done his hair differently, but I don’t think any of them ever made it look quite like that.  Not sure if that’s because he’s a sample or what.  (For one example of what his hair typically should look like, this is what it looks like in Project Diva f 2nd.)  All his joints are very loose, presumably because he was a sample doll.

Len's close-up
Len’s close-up

While the eye chips are almost identical to Rin’s, they’ve given him a more masculine face-up.  Though that doesn’t make it any less distracting when you’re holding the doll and accidentally brush “his” breasts with your fingers.  It’s like “Wah!  Len-kun, when did you become a girl?!”  I need to perform a body swap on this guy.  Question is, should I just get an Isul body and swap that on, or should I get some other kind of male body in a similar size?  (Not that I’m going to do either any time soon, mind you.  It’s just something that needs to be done.  Because Len should not have boobs, no matter how small.  His masculinity is tenuous enough already.)  Of course, what I’d really like to do with him is to get someone to make him his costume from “Dream-Eating Monochrome Baku“, fix up his hair, maybe give him those pointy ears…yep, that’s what would be perfect. 😀  (That’s probably my all-time favorite Len song there…)

Kagamine HachiHachi Flower Battle
Kagamine HachiHachi Flower Battle

Len comes with a keyboard–keytar?–so the twins can have their musical duel, even if the instruments have changed somewhat.  (Gotta paint that guitar!  Though it’s a bit big for Rin, it turns out…)

Now, before I move on to Byul Insane Humpty Dumpty, I have prepared a brief skit.  Because I am–as the title of the blog informs you–crazy.  (Besides, what fun is it to have toys if I can’t play with them?)


skit 1

Luka:  Rin-chan!  You’re finally here!  C’mere and let onee-chan give you a big hug!
Rin:  Stay away from me, you freak!  Don’t make me get out my rocket!
Len:  Ooh…that’s good…Luka-san….mmm….

skit 2

Len:  *sigh*  I’m bored.  Where is everybody?  Apart from Luka-san, I haven’t seen anyone!  Not even Miku-chan…

skit 3

Rin:  Finally!  I thought I’d never escape…

skit 4

Len:  Hey, Rin, did Luka-san tell you where the others are?  I haven’t been able to find anyone.

skit 5

Rin:  That’s because there’s no one to find.  It’s just you, me, and Luka.  Well, and there’s this small-headed girl who’s dressed up like Miku.  And a tiny chick who kind of looks like Teto.  If that’s any consolation.

skit 4

Len:  Teto’s not even a Vocaloid!  But the others must be around somewhere!  MEIKO-san?  Or Haku-san?  Or what about Neru-san?  She’s really all over the place!  I’d even settle for Zatsune–I’d even settle for KAITO, I’m so lonely!  It can’t really just be the three of us alone!

skit 5

Rin:  Hey, at least you’re not getting chased around by that pervert!  Count your blessings!  Besides, it was almost just two, not three.  Luka says the giant living here was planning on waiting for an older version of me instead of me as I am now…

skit 6

Len:  F-f-f-future-style?!  YES!  That!  Do that!  Future-style for the win forever!  My luck is finally changing!

skit 7

Rin:  No, no, you missed the point.  It was going to be an older me…and no you at all.

skit 8

Len:  *fwump*
Rin:  There there.  Want me to go get the small-headed Miku cosplayer and the mini-Teto?
Len:  Grrgmrmphg.

I had fun with that last photo. 😛

Okay, moving on to Byul now. 😀

Insane Humpty Dumpty
Insane Humpty Dumpty

So she’s part of the “Insane” Alice series, and it’s easy to see why they called it that.  Her stock is complicated–and she had to be sewn into it–and in her case, she had to be padded to maintain her egg-like shape.  Most of her body was thoroughly encased in a protective sheathe of plastic, so she has minimal staining–though there are a couple of small spots–but I was a little alarmed when her arm came out as I was struggling to get her out of her clothes without having to cut them off her.  Her arm had simply come unscrewed at the shoulder, so it went right back in again, but yikes!  Both her legs came unscrewed at the knees, too.  The majority of her stock I’m simply glad is off her, and will probably never think of again, but there are a few exceptions.  The obvious first exception is her hat; there must be a good use for it, though I can’t think of one off-hand.

Second exception
Second exception

Byul’s purse, shaped like an egg, on a nifty little chain, has printed on it one of the original illustrations from Through the Looking Glass.  How cool is that?  I don’t know what I’ll use it for or when, but I’ll find a use for it!

Third exception
Third exception

Then there’s her tights and boots.  I have laid claim to both in the name of Kagamine Rin.  I have no idea what costume they’ll be part of, but I’m sure they’ll fit into one of her costumes.  (I totally plan on assembling several of her more famous costumes for her.  Same goes for Len, too, I suppose.)  They seem like Rin’s style, don’t they?

Now, as to Byul herself, obviously I had to find her something else to wear.  And in the interests of science, a number of other dolls offered to loan her clothes to see if they’d fit.

The donors
The donors

(Okay, technically I already knew that Bratz clothes would fit.  There the experiment was to see if the outfit would look good.)

Lain's pajamas
Lain’s pajamas

While Lain’s bear pajamas fit, they’re too big for Byul.  The question was, would they fit Pullip, and then the further question was would they fit Pyrrha?  (Because every question comes down to “will it fit Pyrrha?”)

Lain in Rena's clothes
Lain in Rena’s clothes

I didn’t want to undress any more dolls than necessary, so I just put some other clothes on Lain as a size gauge.  Rena’s clothes were a tiny bit big on her, about the same fit as her pajamas, actually.  (Not the greatest manufacturing job in the world there…)

Lain in Pyrrha's dress
Lain in Pyrrha’s dress

Pyrrha’s outfit is larger on her than Rena’s.  From this I can deduce that Lain’s bear pajamas–and the school uniform on the other Lain doll I’ve never opened, as well as the clothes on the Armitage doll at the used place that I’ve contemplated buying, which has the same body type–would fit Pullips, but be slightly too small for Pyrrha.  Of course, unless I plan on having a slumber party for my dolls, this is probably irrelevant information.

The next outfit I tried was Meilin’s outfit.  I picked up a number of those dolls from the used store some time ago, figuring that they were cheap, so the fact that the likenesses were terrible didn’t matter much, since they were so cheap.  I hadn’t ever actually paid too much attention to them.  So until I removed Meilin’s clothes, I hadn’t realized that they weren’t proper dolls, but just bendies!  Ugh!  Trendmaster, you should be ashamed of yourselves for thus mutilating Cardcaptor Sakura!  Uh, anyway, the clothes would not fit over Byul’s hips.

Next up was Lottie, and to my surprise…

In Lottie's clothes
In Lottie’s clothes

…it fit beautifully.  Well, maybe not beautifully.  It’s way too short–she couldn’t sit down in it–and it’s extremely tight.  But it does fit.  Still, I think a comparison shot will clarify why I thought it wouldn’t fit.

Byul and Lottie
Byul and Lottie

Lottie, as you can see, was able to wear Meilin’s clothes.  I might have been tempted to just leave them in these outfits–especially since this outfit was a shade of blue that looked so nice with Byul’s hair–except that this Lottie was my mini-Romana II, and I couldn’t do that to her; she had to go back to being Romana!

Yeolume in Lottie's clothing
Yeolume in Lottie’s clothing

But before everyone could have their clothes back, first Yeolume had to try some things on.  First, she had to try on Lottie’s clothes, and they fit her like a dream.  Dang, if only I’d known that back during July, while the buy 2 get one free thing was on!  I could have gotten Yeolume a bunch of clothes!  😦  (I’ve felt lately like Yeolume is staring at me, and now I think I know why:  she’s sick of wearing her school uniform.)

Yeolume in Meilin's clothing
Yeolume in Meilin’s clothing

And Yeolume can also cosplay as Cardcaptor Sakura characters. Well, she’s already got pretty good Tomoyo-chan hair…

Anyway, back to Byul!

Byul in Bratz clothing
Byul in Bratz clothing

So it turns out that Byul’s coloration and the colors of this outfit really do not work together.  In fact, they look somewhat awful together.  And I’m appalled that it took me until this point in the process to notice that I put her feet back on the wrong legs.  (I did fix them as soon as I took this picture.)  Anyway, I don’t know, off-hand, what she’s going to end up wearing, or what her name’s going to be; for the moment, she’s just “Byul.”

I need to do something about her hair; it’s a bit ratty.  And I should probably do something about those few stains, too.  Then I can worry about names and personalities and clothing.  Or I can worry about those first.  There’s no set order to these things, right?

One last thing before I sign off.  I went to Target to see if they still had clearance of the Vi and Va dresses (which it turns out are a good fit on Byul, I found out too late), and although I came up empty-handed on Byul clothes, I did find a few other things.  It was the first time I’d been in a store of the sort since Bratz relaunched (despite that that was nearly a month ago!) so this was the first time I saw the new ones…and I found that they looked pretty much just like the old ones.  Funny thing, that.  Saw no indication of Bratzillaz returning, so I didn’t care, except that they had taken away a huge chunk of Monster High’s space to make room, which ticked me off.  (That was what turned me against Bratz when it first came out, that it took space away from Barbie, and now its re-re-launch is repeating that mistake, only with a different doll line.  Some people never learn.  (Though whether the people/person failing to learn here is them or me is debatable.))  Anyway, I didn’t leave the store empty-handed.

Target finds
Target finds

I’m thrilled by the reproduction Strawberry Shortcake doll.  Why can’t you give us something that perfect for She-Ra, Mattel?  Is that so much to ask for?

Anyway, the other one is a new line by MGA, which seems to be called Project MC2 (Uh, how do I do a superscript?  That should be a superscript 2, as in “squared” but…I don’t know how to do that on here.)  Given the photos of real girls on the fronts of the boxes, I’m guessing it’s a tie-in to a television program or something.  The dolls remind me of Moxie Girlz Teenz, only Barbie sized.  I’ll give a more thorough review after I’ve opened her.  (I’ll probably put it with this week’s entry for the Byul-tiful Photo Contest.)

Oops, almost forgot!  The full photo gallery for this post is here.



V is for Vocaloid
V is for Vocaloid

This isn’t actually my complete collection.  I have some of those cute little enamel pins, only I don’t remember where I put them (ack!) and since taking these photos, I picked up the Funko Pop! versions of the Kagamine twins, but I didn’t think it was worth photographing them.  (Gotta say, though, I love the fact that the sub-series is called Pop! Rocks.  I always used to love those Pop Rocks candies…)  Also I couldn’t photograph Project Diva f because I only have the download version, and I couldn’t photograph Project Diva f 2nd because I got it used and it’s in one of those plain GameStop boxes because whoever sold it back to them didn’t sell them the box. 😦

My collection is sorely missing any representation of Meiko, apart from one of those pins I can’t find. 😦  I was hoping to find some at the convention last weekend, but all they had was one over-priced Nendoroid Petit.  But a couple of days ago I ordered a nifty Meiko from Amazon, so that’ll be changing soon. 🙂  (Also ordered Kaito and Rin, but Rin’s coming from Japan, so she won’t be here for a long time.  Which is sort of annoying, ’cause she was the one I was actually shopping for at the time.  The others were just in the same line and I couldn’t pass them up.)

Anyway, there’s another angle on the group shot above that makes a few things easier to see while obscuring others:

V is still for Vocaloid
V is still for Vocaloid

The doll in the Licca-chan Miku’s lap is one of the Littlest Pet Shop mini-Blythes.  I added her to my Vocaloid group because with those pink twin-drills, she looks like Teto.  (I know, Teto’s not a Vocaloid.  But close enough!  Especially since she’s an extra character in the Project Diva f games.)  The thing behind the tall Luka figurine is the soundtrack to Project Diva f, in case anyone was wondering.