Craziia

If you’ve been with me a while, then you may remember me commenting on finding a used Pullip on Mandarake, one I’d been regretting passing up on the Sample Sale at Groove.

Well, this is her:

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Craziia is a very old Pullip — she’s from 2006, the same year as Rena, in fact — but she was evidently more popular than Brand New Purezza, as she’s hard to come by these days.

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“Booming, My feeling ! To my proud life…Here is my ultimate life now… Feel like so.”

She’d been removed from her box by her original owner, but she’s in pristine condition!  In fact, I seriously doubt that the sample doll would have been this perfect.  (And yet she was cheaper than the sample doll!)

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Her hair is wonderfully silky smooth…but from the back I can’t help feeling that she looks like Cousin Itt. 😛

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She’s got a very pretty face, don’t you think?  I’ve named her Maggie MacCrimmon.  (She’s descended from Jamie, of course.  Not sure if she’s his daughter or his great-great-great-granddaughter, or what, though.)

I love the way her eye chips catch the light. 😀

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Naturally, she comes with a bagpipe!

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She also came with this.  It was tucked into her belt.  From the weight of it, I’d say it’s real metal, rather than plastic painted to look like metal.  I was surprised by it, but checking her product info page on Groove’s site, I see that she was indeed supposed to come with a “Sghian Dubh,” which they translated as “Black Dagger,” so I guess that’s what this is…though it doesn’t look black to me.  Of course, I also see that she was originally going to have tartan socks instead of brown ones, so…yeah.  Anyway, though the dagger isn’t visible in any of her promotional shots, like I said, I found it tucked into her belt.

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That didn’t seem like a very secure location for it, so I’ve tucked it here, across the top of her bag.  Perhaps no more secure (and if she were a real person, it might produce just as many chances to stick herself with it) but it feels like I’m slightly less likely to lose it if it’s here.

Anyway, there was another reason I was mentally slapping myself upside the head for having passed up the sample Craziia earlier, a reason beyond the fact that she’s a very pretty doll…

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Yup!  There’s now a doll I have in both regular and Little+ size! 😀  Little+ Craziia was one of the first Little Pullip+ dolls I got at Tuesday Mornings, so I’ve had her quite a while.  (Her hat was rather dusty…)  It’s cool to have both sizes of a doll like this. 🙂  (I’m tempted to add to my double size collection.  Mandarake has the full-size Cosmic Jupi right now, and she’s not all that expensive.  I’m sorely tempted by her, but…I’m trying to resist.  I have so many Pullips already, after all, and I want to add variety to my collection, not simply “more of the same.”  Besides, there are so many other Pullips I’d rather have.  Like Cosmic Mercu.  If it was her they had, I’d have already snapped her up!)

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Maggie had to set down her little self so she could prepare to play her pipes.  (And she’s probably holding them wrong, but…I’m just an ignorant American, after all.  Plus she’s on the old Type 2 body that isn’t as good at posing and stuff.)

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Here’s a close-up of the Little+ version.  She’s cute, huh?  It’s no surprise I snapped her up at Tuesday Mornings.  (At $10, it’s hard to pass any of them up…especially now that it’s gotten so rare for them to have them in.  When Craziia came in, they had so many that I still ended up spending a lot of money, despite that I passed on a number of them!  *sigh*  The good old days…back when they would sometimes get in J-Dolls, too…)

Okay, so there you have C.  That’s three down!

And the gallery for this post is here.

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Little Pullips, Pull Strings and a Name for Hangry

A bunch of small stuff tonight, nothing that feels quite like a whole post by itself.  I’ve been too depressed the past few days to get anything done, really, so there’s no news on Pyrrha, and Sakura’s face still isn’t finished.  (Her wig and Mei-lin’s new wig have both arrived, though.  But I still can’t style Mei-lin’s wig, ’cause the style is too hard for me to accomplish on those little wigs.  I need to figure that out somehow…)

We’ll start with the pull strings.  I had wanted to wait until all three of my girls had their pull strings prettied up, but given Pyrrha’s situation, there’s no point in doing anything to her string until her eye mechanism is fixed up.

Alice's pull string
Alice’s pull string

Obviously, I wanted her pull string to reflect her theme.  So instead of a ring, she’s got a jumbo red heart, and in addition there’s a rose that’s in the midst of being painted red, and a mushroom for the caterpillar.  I also got some neat black metal locks and a key, but there was no room.  I’ll use them on the second string if I ever decide to give her sleep eyes.

Romana's pull string
Romana’s pull string

Obviously, the theme here was TARDIS blue, with some gears thrown in to go with the gear-themed eye chips I’m going to give her eventually.  I think my homemade TARDIS charm worked out pretty well. 🙂  Sadly, though, three of the types of beads I got to use for her pull string had such tiny holes that I couldn’t get them on the string. 😦

The beads that didn't make it...
The beads that didn’t make it…

The blue crystals were supposed to represent the crystals from Metabilis III.  The black pearls just looked cool (like asteroids or something?) and the sparkly black cubes had a nice starfield-like look to them.  But none of them could fit on the string. 😦

Anyway, speaking of space-type stuff:

Little Cosmic Jupi
Little Cosmic Jupi

Yup, I finally opened the two original Little Pullip dolls.

Little R
Little R

So now that I’ve opened them, I can give some comparison notes between Little and Little+.  The stands are a bit different (so naturally I forgot to take a picture of the empty stands), but I can’t compare how well they work, because the outfits on both Littles prevented me from using their stands.  (Naturally.)  The hair in R’s wig is of a decidedly lower quality than any other Pullip wig — of any size — in my collection, but Cosmic Jupi’s wig is more normal, so I think it’s just that R got odd hair.  The main difference is in the face.  The plastic has a different texture, and feels a bit less refined in the original Littles, and the face-ups on the Little+ dolls are much more advanced.  Also, some of the Little+ dolls have nicer eyes, though many have eyes that are basically identical to the ones on the original Littles.  As far as I can tell (without undressing the dolls) the bodies are pretty much unchanged.

And finally, I’ve come up with a name for Dal Hangry:

"Yeah, me?  I'm Hayley."
“Yeah, me? I’m Hayley.”

I’ve been trying to put together collection pages, with accompanying photo galleries, and as I was doing that this morning, I realized I couldn’t get any further on the Dal page until this girl had a name of her own.  And — just after I shut down the computer to come back to it later — I looked up at her in her Doctor Who-themed outfit, and remembered what my brother had told me about how Hayley Atwell wants to be the next Doctor, and I thought “hey, that’s not a bad name!”  I had wanted her to have an H-name, since Angry got named Aiko, and…I dunno, it just felt right, even though it doesn’t particularly fit the personality she’s developing.

Little Mad Hatter and other news

For someone who’s supposed to be not blogging in order to save all her words for NaNo, I seem to be posting a lot. 😛

Anyway, just some little stuff.  First off, the two Little+ dolls I ordered from JPGroove:

Little Dal+ Mad Hatter
Little Dal+ Mad Hatter

She had shown up on their Sample Sale, but I noticed they also had one in the box, so I decided to go with that one, paying a bit extra in order to ensure that her hat was present and undamaged.  Also so she would have a stand.  So I now have all the Little+ Alice set other than Pink Alice.  (And why would I need two Alices?  It’s not like I have any shortage of other Alice dolls.  Well, not that you can ever have too many Alices…)  But I also ordered one who really was a sample:

Little Pullip+ Rovam
Little Pullip+ Rovam

Now that I’m comparing her to her promotional pictures, I see that the eyepatch was not necessarily supposed to be over her eye.  Oh well.  Anyhoo, you’ll note I just sat her down next to Bee Balm…who now has a name!  Her name is Melitta.

Also, her other outfit arrived just today.

Melitta in her new dress
Melitta in her new dress

The dress is by nubanded on Etsy.  And as you can see, it doesn’t quite fit her.  It was designed for a Hujoo Baby, and I thought they were the same size as BJD Ai, but it seems they vary a bit more than I thought.  So now I’m going to have to get a Hujoo Baby to give this dress to.  Well, I’ve been wanting one anyway…though I can’t get the one I really want. 😦

Due to their frame set-up, I can’t give you a link to the direct page, but at the Junky Spot, under Hujoo 11-13 cm, if you scroll down forever to get to the actual Hujoo Baby dolls, there are three:  Suve, Ted and Is.  The one I really want is Suve in “chocolate” but they only have her in “apricot.”  The only one they have in “chocolate” is Is, who’s too jowly for my tastes.  Ted’s all right, but nowhere near as cute as Suve.  And since they only just got in a bunch of Hujoo dolls, I don’t think they’ll be getting any more chocolate Suve dolls any time soon.  I checked Hujoo’s own web site, and they had Ted in chocolate as well as Is, but still not Suve.  (Obviously, I’m not the only one charmed by her little pursed lips.)  So I’m not sure what to do about that.  It would be silly to buy a doll I don’t like (Is) but the questions are “am I going to miss out on chocolate-colored dolls altogether if I don’t buy one now?” and “am I going to miss out on Suve altogether if I don’t buy her now?”  And I’m not sure how to get an answer to that question.  😦  (I might get a NanoRabi for now, and give her the dress, and worry about the Hujoo Baby later.)

Of course, Melitta still has the problem of her hair not working with her clothes.  If I get a Hujoo Baby, and if their heads are the same size, I could give the baby Melitta’s wig, and get her a new wig that won’t be so discordant with the jeans.  Because someone is going to keep wearing that wig, as I really like it.  (Though it’d be even cooler if it was some wild color, but even so!)

I still have one Etsy order still en route:  the Licca head and outfit.  It should have arrived last week, but the seller had a bit of a SNAFU and put the wrong labels on two outgoing packages.  So I got someone else’s package and they got my Licca head.  The seller got everything straightened out, so my order is now on the way, but the extra wait is definitely annoying.  (All the more so since I have her body sitting here waiting, headless.)

I’m still trying to figure out what to do about the Cardcaptor Sakura dolls, too.  Now that I know Pure Neemo XS will work for everyone’s clothes but Mei-Lin’s, I could go ahead and order one boy body and two female bodies, and then figure out what do to about Mei-Lin after I can try her clothes on the boy body, and on the 21 cm male Obitsu body I’m going to order soon from Junky Spot (to re-body Len) but then there’s the issue of what heads to give them, and where to find them appropriate wigs.  And also the issue of where to buy the bodies from.  Because it turns out that the one I got on Etsy was a wee bit over-priced.  They’d be much cheaper on AmiAmi…if they had them in stock.  I found a couple of other sites that have the boy body for about $10 less than what I paid for the girl body, but they don’t have the girl bodies, and they do have nice expensive shipping from Japan.  (But so did the Etsy seller.)  And I’ve never heard of the other sites, so I don’t know if they’re any good.  They certainly look like big stores, but…yeah, it’s always a gamble.  Maybe I should wait to initiate the whole process until after AmiAmi has them in stock?  (I’m assuming something like that is going to be regularly re-stocked, being a doll part, not a whole doll.)

Anyway, one last thing.  Yesterday, when I got home from class and checked my mail, I found one of those “sorry we missed you” cards indicating there was something I had to sign for.  Now, I live in a little subdivision, and there’s two routes to my house:  the direct route that requires a left turn across a busy road with no traffic light, and the indirect route that requires a left turn across the same busy road with a traffic light, and then makes me drive through half the subdivision.  Given that it was a little after lunch time, I had no chance of taking the direct route, and ended up driving through half the subdivision.  So I knew the mailman was still in the subdivision, and I could go chase after him to get my package that day, instead of waiting until this morning.  (Yes, I actually did that once.)  But the slip said it was a large envelope, not a package (there was also a place on the slip for the name of the sender, but I couldn’t read what had been scrawled there), so I assumed it was probably the dress for Melitta, as it was too soon for the Licca head.  And the only other thing I was waiting on was a package.

Long story short–“Too late!”–I decided to wait until this morning, since it was just a doll outfit.  Then I’m at the post office, waiting as they find my package, and they don’t bring out a little envelope.  They bring out a box.  And in that box…

Tada!
Tada!

Weirdly enough, this is the second time this has happened, and in both cases, it was a Blythe being delivered:  Romana‘s “sorry we missed you” slip also indicated an envelope, rather than a package.  (But seriously, this was crazy fast shipping!  (For $30, it should be, of course!)  I think Junie Moon only shipped these on the 12th or 13th, and she arrived here on the 17th, from Japan?  Seriously fast shipping.)

Anyway, I’m forcing myself not to de-box her until I’ve made some serious progress on my research paper.  (To ensure that I don’t succumb to the temptation, I’m even leaving her box in the plastic protective sleeve.)  It’s not easy to wait, though, lemme tell you!  Especially because this is a first for me:  I’ve gotten a doll right at her release, instead of waiting a year or more and then getting her.  (Admittedly, part of that is due to the fact that I’ve only become a seriously crazed collector in the past, I dunno, nine months?  Up until then, I was mostly only buying dolls I had access to in person, so mostly Monster High and Barbie and such.  My bank account definitely wishes that was still the case.)  Okay, technically, this is a “second” for me in that regard, because there’s also “Clara Marie“.  (I should never have said “I’m not going to reveal her name until I reveal her new look.”  It’s driving me nuts!)  But a brand-new doll line like that is a different thing than a new Blythe or Pullip.  Especially Blythe, though; they seem to sell out much more quickly than Pullips.  (Maybe they’re made in smaller numbers?)

Okay, I’ve wasted way too much time and far too many words on this, so I’m going to dive back into research on Virgil and Augustan propaganda.  (Whee!)  And if I finish that up, maybe I can figure out how to advance that scene I was stuck on in my novel.  (I’ve only written 1582 words today!  That’s short of the 1,667 daily goal!  (Of course, I hit 50k yesterday, so that’s kind of irrelevant, but still…seeing a blue bar instead of a green bar for my daily word count is painful somehow.))

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!

Little Alice in Wonderland (Pullip Style)

The first of the orders I shouldn’t have made arrived yesterday.  (And I was so excited I accidentally sliced my thumb with my scissors as I was opening the package.  Ugh, I’m such a moron!)  Anyway, the two little dolls within brought my collection of Little+ Wonderland to near completion:

The Little+ Wonderland set
The Little+ Wonderland set

I’m still missing the Mad Hatter, the Card Soldier and Pink Alice, but given the size of the set, that’s pretty close, and certainly as close as I’m likely to get.  (The Card Soldier I actually could have gotten at several times–in fact, I regret to say that I’m pretty sure I saw her at Tuesday Mornings and passed her by ’cause I was getting a lot of other dolls at the time–and didn’t as she wasn’t a very interesting doll, and I hadn’t realized just how close the collection was going to come to completion.  The Mad Hatter and Pink Alice…yeah, not likely to happen.)

Weirdly, the vast majority of these dolls I got for $10.  Like, I think the Queen of Hearts was the only one who was more than that.  (Then again, she and the two I just got are the only ones I didn’t get at Tuesday Mornings, so that’s not really quite so surprising.  Beyond the basic surprise of having been able to get them at Tuesday Mornings in the first place.)

Little+ March Hare
Little+ March Hare

Gotta love all those curls, right?  Her stand is all but incapable of holding her up, though.  And her hat is only balanced on top of her head right now.  I couldn’t get it back on her head properly without messing up her hair.  I don’t like full-size dolls in furry suits, but for some reason I don’t mind them on the dolls in this scale.  Not sure why that is.

Little+ Dormouse
Little+ Dormouse

Her hair’s always falling into her face and making her look sleepy, which is appropriate enough for the dormouse. 😛  But that means you can’t see her eyes at all.

The Dormouse's eyes
The Dormouse’s eyes

…they’re purple.  BTW, as you can see, the strap on her hat broke.  It’s because she kept getting knocked off the shelf she used to live on.  That was why she and the March Hare were the first residents of the shadow box they now live in, along with a little Dal (I think her name is Ximing? Something like that) who’s now been displaced by the Queen of Hearts whose hat was also disrupted by constant shelf-falls.

Little+ Humpty Dumpty
Little+ Humpty Dumpty

Most of these Little+ dolls are staying in their boxes until I have arranged the right new set-up in my house to properly display them.  The boxes protect them, you know?  (Given what’s happened to some of them, like the Dormouse’s hat, that seemed like a good idea after a while.)  Anyway, I’m showing them in roughly the order in which I got them, in case anyone’s wondering about the order.

Little+ Queen of Hearts
Little+ Queen of Hearts

Does that picture look squished to you, or is it just me?  Uh, anyway, her bonnet/headdress/thing came off when I was opening her, and I had to do the best I could to get it back on properly, and I’m not sure I did it right. 😦

Look at those curls!
Look at those curls!

I’m not sure why the flash going off made the picture darker

Little+ White Rabbit
Little+ White Rabbit

Something about the expression on the rabbit hat, as it looks in the package there, is very Muppet.  Or maybe that’s just me?  Sadly, Tuesday Mornings’ price sticker left a horrible residue this time. 😦

Little+ Blue Alice
Little+ Blue Alice

When PullipStyle called these dolls “samples,” I assumed they were loose.  I didn’t realize they were still in the box, just with a sticker on the front that said “sample.”  That just makes it all the more of a bargain, you know?  I have to be honest, Alice herself was not really on my “oh, man, I wish I could add her to the collection!” list for these, since I felt like I could use a full-size, and just be like “Well, she just ate a mushroom” or whatever.  But I’m glad they had her, too, ’cause look at her!  Isn’t she lovely?  And she’s got little hearts on her eyechips and everything!

Little+ Cheshire Cat
Little+ Cheshire Cat

I’ve been seeing pictures of this one on Amazon for a while and sighing with despair, because there she’s like $40-50, which is outrageous for a Little Pullip+.  Or I think it’s outrageous, anyway.  (Others are free to disagree and pay whatever they like, so long as they don’t expect me to do the same.)  But I absolutely loved the doll, right?  So I’d been really wanting her, but what could I do about it other than sigh and want idly?

Where they're living right now
Where they’re living right now

This is the crazy location where these girls are living right now.  It’s only temporary–obviously, considering it’s like three dolls deep (there’s a middle row you can’t see)–until I can clean my house and get better displays in the portions of the house currently being used for nothing but garbage, but at some point I hope to get them a proper display together.

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…