Cuddling (Sort of)

“Something feels a little off, somehow…”

Yeah, two Pullips were definitely not intended to be put in these kinds of poses.  (That, perhaps, should not surprise me.)  Particularly not sample dolls whose joints are all slightly loose.

…which reminds me.  I need to look up if they’d have come with the sword and mirror if I’d bought them new, or if Groove just didn’t bother with those.  (Since the dolls can’t actually hold them anyway, it doesn’t seem a terribly pressing concern; I’m just curious.)

They’re sitting in a heavy metal chair, a bookend from Barnes & Noble.  I had been eyeing those things for a long time, so when I had a % off coupon and no expensive books I wanted to use it on, I figured why not go ahead and get it?  I thought “yay, finally a chair that won’t fall over due to the weight of a Pullip’s head!”  Problem is the seat’s too low and the back’s too high. 😦  The legs have to be sticking straight out (like a very tall person sitting on a footstool) and the back of the head collides with the back of the chair.  Super disappointing.  I forgot to test it with a Blythe, but I think the same thing will happen.  (After all, Blythe heads are even bigger than Pullip heads.  But maybe they don’t extend as far back behind the back of the body?)  The chair’s not bad for a Shibajuku, though, so that’s some small comfort.  (But I couldn’t have returned the bookends explaining that I didn’t want them because my dolls didn’t fit in them properly.  They’d have thought I was crazy.)

…I totally need to add more variety to this month’s photos.

Maybe I should dig out (rather, dust off) those two Play Arts figures…

What’s that?

“What’s that, Michiru?”
“Shh, you’ll wake him…”

 

Yeah…that was random, I know.

I have no idea what that little fox thing is, either.  (I mean, other than some kind of kitsune spirit.)  He’s a blind box figure from something I don’t know.  But they had him at the anime store, and he was too cute to pass up. 🙂  I think he’s from that online game that the new Isul is a tie-in for.

 

Holding Hands, v.2

Trying to pose two Pullips even remotely romantically turns out to be well beyond my feeble skills. 😦  Also, those skirts keep turning…neither of them is on straight, and I didn’t notice until just now.  But that’s nothing compared to trying to get their tiaras on.  I need to rig up something with wires or something.  Those clips they’re attached to are worthless.

Groove’s sample sales are dangerous things. 😛  I also picked up Sailor Jupiter…and then when I checked back about a week later, I saw they’d put up a bunch of J-Dolls, so I ended up getting Sailor Mercury and Byul Cheshire Cat du Jardin as well as a J-Doll to be a clothes-changer.  (All my other J-Dolls have stayed stock.  This new one comes in an outfit that’ll be awesome on Haruka…)

Puppy Love

These two were so cute together in Season 3!  And they were definitely acting like burgeoning childhood sweethearts.

These little figurines are what seems to be called “desktop figurines” that are intended to interact with everyday objects on the space of your desk.  So Chibi Moon is supposed to be on the edge of a glass, while Saturn would be sitting on a book or a computer monitor, or whatever.   I got them in a set of 5, but I haven’t assembled the fifth one yet.  (The other two you’ll be seeing later on.)

Is it just me, or is Saturn one of the most under-merchandised characters on the show?  I’ve come across very little of her, and her SHFigurarts’ price has already skyrocketed to somewhere in the neighborhood of $95.  (Even more expensive than Jupiter!)  Makes me want to pick up the Dal version even more, but then I’d want to have someone customize a Yeolume into Chibi Moon.  (I can’t help it; she needs to be smaller than Dal!)

Holding Hands

And now you know why I wanted to rush that Princess of Power post through before June:  I wanted to photograph Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune in the Crystal Castle.  Because seriously!  Isn’t it a perfect set for them?  (After all, isn’t the future Tokyo called Crystal Tokyo?)

There are, of course, more photos coming.  Though not quite as many as I wanted to take.  I’ll have to do another photo session after I do some actual planning.  (I was kind of winging it…)  I need to plan how to best use some of the alternate faces and hands.  (Though one of the faces Haruka came with isn’t even hers!  That one’ll be harder to find a good excuse for…)

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Technically, that piece that’s two clasped hands is supposed to be used to have Michiru hold her own hands clasped in front of her.  But I’d seen promotional photos of the Figmas of Tomoyo-chan and Sakura holding hands by way of Tomoyo-chan’s clasped hand piece, so I figured if it worked there, it should work here, too.  (Not that I’ve tried that with my own Tomoyo-chan and Sakura yet…)  It doesn’t really work, though. 😦  I mean, it looks sort of okay in the photo, but the hands kept detaching from one or the other of them, and made posing them almost impossible.  I wanted a more complex pose, but I quickly got too frustrated, and went with this simple one instead.

Also, sorry for the slight up skirt on them.  Those freakin’ things are too short!  If they were cloth, gravity would prevent at least some of the panty shots, but unfortunately…  (Okay, I know they’re not technically panties, because they’re sort of wearing leotards, but…)  Well, at least it’ll be easier to avoid panty shots with dolls.

Sailor Senshi (+ a Comparison)

I’ve been meaning to get these photos taken for a while now, but I’ve been sick.  However, on learning that today is the 236th anniversary of the discovery of the planet Uranus, I realized it just had to be today.

Over…what’s it been, two years?  Well, however long it’s been, as you likely know, Groove’s put out a large number of Sailor Moon Pullip dolls.  And the more they put out, the more I got irritated that I didn’t really know the franchise, so I didn’t know if I wanted the dolls.  (Though obviously, getting them would be a bad idea all around, because I don’t have all the money in the world, and I have already run out of space in this house.)  I kept saying to myself “gee, maybe I should actually watch that show someday.”

Yes, you heard me right.  I’d never seen Sailor Moon before.  Because it came to America at just the wrong time, you know?  I was getting into anime by that point, but I’ve always been a “subtitle only” type of gal.  (Though I’ll make the occasional exception in the case of theatrical Studio Ghibli releases.)  And it was so much a “for kids” production (and I was in my 20s), and it sounded so stupid, and blah blah blah.  So, fast-forward to present day.  One day last year, I went into the used everything store I like to go to, and in one of their toy cases I see three dolls on the top shelf:

Two of them were super-cheap ($9.99 if you can believe it!) and the third was ridiculously not-cheap (I think she was $35.99!) but there they were, and certainly cheaper than the Pullip versions!  Well, one of their sale weekends (when used toys are 33% off) rolled around, and I decided to go ahead and chance it on the cheap ones, because they were so very affordable.

But that left me with two dolls of characters I knew nothing about.  I mean, from the Pullip releases, I knew they were Sailor Neptune and Black Lady, but that was all I knew.  (Well, okay, I knew a little more than that:  I knew what Black Lady’s deal was (sort of) and I knew that Sailor Neptune was half of the lesbian couple that the dub tried to claim were “cousins.”)  So I decided it was high time that I finally watched Sailor Moon.  But the show’s not on Netflix, and trying to buy the DVDs of the whole show was gonna be nuts.  Then my co-worker let me know the show is on Hulu (subtitled, thank God!) so I signed up for that service, and started watching.

And to my surprise, I was really digging it.  I mean, yes, it’s silly and juvenile, but there’s a charm to it.  And the first season had a very Ranma 1/2 feeling to the animation, and especially to the opening credits.  (The fact that Makoto is definitely an escaped Ranma character absolutely added to that feeling, of course.  I so want the SHFigurarts of Sailor Jupiter so she can interact with my SHFigurarts of Ranma-chan…but she’s so freakin’ expensive!)

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