Pineapple Princess Neo Blythe

I am astonished at how quickly this doll arrived!  She shipped from Japan on Friday, and arrived Monday morning!!  You have to pay through the nose for shipping when you buy from Junie Moon, but at least you get your money’s worth.  (I regret that I couldn’t post about her arrival yesterday, but I went to my parents’ place for lunch — so soon after her arrival that I didn’t have time to open the cardboard box she shipped in! — and didn’t get home again until almost ten o’clock.)

The first thing you notice about Pineapple Princess is her fun box.  Check out the full pattern (from the side of the box):

(And no, that’s not upside down.)  This is a blue version of the print on her dress.  And I have to say, I’d like to have a jacket for her in this blue version.  Or a blue dress.  Or something.  It’s such a fun print, you know?

So, here she is, out of the box.  Pineapple Princess is the first Blythe to be released with the new translucent mocha skin tone (at least, that’s how I interpret the phrasing on the Junie Moon order page), and I have to say that it’s absolutely gorgeous.  The one drawback to the skin tone is that her torso doesn’t quite match her arms, legs and head.  (Maybe for later translucent mocha releases, they’ll be able to address that.)

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Bubbly Bliss (Midi) Blythe

I figured I’d still try to do an alphabet theme for the April Alternative Challenge, so for this first week, a letter from the first quarter of the alphabet.  And that makes a perfect time to show off Stella, Miss Bubbly Bliss, both my first Middie and my first translucent Blythe

I don’t know if it’s because she’s a Middie or if it’s because she’s translucent, but her limbs have a soft, flexible feel to them that my Neo Blythes don’t have.  I feel like her face is more expressive than the Neo Blythes; either because it can be angled as well as turned, or because the wheel to move her eyes gives them a larger range of positions than the four positions for eyechips in a Neo.  (Probably both?)

Her strawberry blonde hair came in two huge banana curls; I’ve done my best to spread them out while not losing the curling waves, but it doesn’t look as good as the promotional photos.  (There’s a shock, right?)

As you can see in this close-up, she has a special color of eyelashes, which are — I think — supposed to match her hair.  This shot also lets you see the stars at the top of the bodice of her dress, and the little bubble-like beads on the straps.

But you may be thinking “wait, didn’t the promotional shots show another accessory?”

This is how I’ve been having her wear her headband between deboxing and today:  loosely balanced on top her head like a rakish little crown.  I really like how it looks this way.

But in the interest of photography, I tried to put it on her “properly,” like a normal headband.  Elastic headbands that go all the way under the back of the head and I, well, we have a troubled relationship.  We’re not really on speaking terms, though I still have a few tossed higgledy-piggeldy on my dresser with an assortment of other hair accessories I don’t use anymore.  But I thought it would be all right on a doll.  The head isn’t constantly moving around and inviting the band to slip, so it should be all good, right?

Wrong.  It might be okay on a Barbie or something, but on a doll whose head is bigger than her body?  Just getting it in place was ridiculously difficult, and then it was messing up her bangs and pushing altogether too much of her hair away from her face.  And when I tried to adjust it a little, I ended up yanking one of the stars off. 😦

So it’s staying a crown on Stella.  (Weirdly, I just stuck the loose star back in place, and it’s staying there.  Even though it had been sewn in place, not glued.)

A nice little comparison shot of the three sizes of Takara Blythes.  Though I could have sworn the Petite was actually facing the camera at the time when I took the photo.  *sigh*  I decided to use Dark Rabbit Hole for this shot instead of Romana so that all three dolls would be stock.  (Even if Stella isn’t wearing her headband “correctly.”)  I wish Petites had the ability to tilt their heads up like Middies.  Or, for that matter, that they just didn’t look so downcast all around.  (That’s one thing at least that can be said for the LPS version:  they look straight ahead instead of down.)

Now, earlier, I said something about how the face of my Haruka (Sailor Uranus) doll had a luminosity that put me in mind of photos of translucent Blythes.

Well, as you can see here, the two types of plastic are decidedly dissimilar, so I’m still at a loss to explain just what it is about the plastic (vinyl?) of that face that’s so unique, so hard to describe.  (Not to mention hard to photograph!)  Just thought I’d tack that on here, since I mentioned it before.


Not a stunning post — Stella deserves better — but it’s better than I’ve done in a while; at least I managed to clear off the photography area in the doll room for some pictures.  But the door into the room’s been kept shut all winter (for a number of reasons, including the cost of heating this house) so the air in there is all strangely stale, and I’m still recovering from being sick, so being in there isn’t good for me right now, and I didn’t want to risk any more photos.  (Oh, speaking of photos, the link to the gallery for this post is here.)

Fortunately, next week’s post is going to be shaking things up a little, and won’t involve any photos of my own doll collection…even though there will still be plenty of doll photos!

And with that little mystery, I shall take my leave. 😉