Vampire Princess Miyu

Okay, so I’ve de-boxed the Vampire Princess Miyu doll, and I want to give you the full report on how the Full Action Doll Series works.

But first!

I want to show off some adorable new dolly accessories.  These are all from Olive‘s Etsy Shop, Olive Loop:

Pyrrha in the Fox Ear Hat
Pyrrha in the Fox Ear Hat

I may need to get her a new outfit that’ll match the hat better.  (I found her some black pants to wear so this shirt/dress wouldn’t be quite so revealing.  No idea where they came from, though.  From the creases, I think they were part of someone’s stock, but I’m not sure whose.)

Heart Hat 2
Yeolume in the Heart Hat

Semi-random aside:  I think whenever I re-body Yeolume, I may also paint her lips a little.  I like the rest of her face-up, but her mouth sort of melts into her face.  (Um, that sounded nasty.)

Kaiko rocking out in her new scarf.
Kaiko rocking out in her new scarf.

Another thing I noticed in taking these pictures:  Kaiko really needs new eye chips.  These are totally wrong for her; they’re not even blue.  She needs more anime-style chips.  And a slightly more slender body, so her coat will fit.  (A Monster High body would be ideal, if they made them in her skin tone, but they don’t.  Maybe an Ever After High body would work?)

Okay, now that I’ve shared the cuteness, I’ll get on with the full report on the Tsukuda Hobby Full Action Doll Series Vampire Princess Miyu doll.  I checked it out, and the Toy Box Philosopher hasn’t done a review of this line (not surprising, really, since it’s sort of…uh…low profile in the US), so I’m going to try to cover some of the same bases, though I won’t pretend I can match her quality.

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New Year’s first blather post

Or something like that.  First I want to talk about the preceding two posts, the New Year’s Eve and New Year’s day special posts.

New Year's Eve 1

Barbara’s dress (and shoes) are from the Barbie Look collection.  Neither fits her perfectly, but…they look all right.  (But it’s killing the shoes; the stiletto heels keep bending and warping.)  Ironically, if I had waited until the mail came in (and had checked it before 10 p.m.), I could have put her in her beautiful new red dress from Etsy.  But I didn’t, so she’s still wearing this.  (I’ll show her new dress soon.)

The table came with my sole Ever After High doll, Madeline du Jardin.  (Formerly Madeline Dupres, formerly Maddy Hatter.)  However, I re-painted the roses to be darker, and the table to be sparkly black, so it would look more Monster High.  The food and stuff is totally random, in a variety of scales. *shame*  The cupcakes are Moxie Girls (I think), the stack of cups is Liv (I think), cake slice and the crepe are erasers that I thought might be good for Kaiko (to take the place of KAITO’s signature ice cream bar), the tea pot is Monster High (though I think it might actually be a watering can), and I have no idea where the little pink wine glass came from.

New Year's Eve 2

Yeloume’s dress is Only Hearts Club, but her shoes are…uh…whichever little sister of Barbie those shoes came from.  (Stacie, I think?  Or is her name Courtney?  I know the doll they came with, I just can’t remember her name…)  I think the shoes match the dress better than the shoes that actually came with the dress.  I totally want to re-body Yeolume, btw.  Not only does she have minimal posing ability, but her joints are all quite loose, particularly her hip joints.  I want her to have a body that doesn’t flop around so much, even if it’s not much more posable than the one she’s already got.  (I was thinking a Licca body might be good for her.  I’m going to compare the sizes when I do the body swapping for the Licca Miku duo.)

New Year's Eve 3

No, she did not come in that dress.  She came in a green dress.  (She’s a collector’s doll, as you might guess by the jewelry (which is original to her), the face-up and the eyelashes.)  I found her at Tuesday Mornings cheaply enough that I actually bought two, this one and one to leave in the box.

Pyrrha's party dress 1

I know I’ve previously mentioned that I had bought Pyrrha a new dress, which I had to give a colorfasting treatment before she could wear it, just in case, but somehow I hadn’t actually gotten around to showing it yet.  So here it is.  In an older photo, because Pyrrha is still in pieces, with a blank face. 😦  (But at least I’ve gotten glue sticks, so now her eye chips are also out, and I’ve been able to test the ones I’ve made.  I’ll post photos tomorrow or so.)  The dress is by NinaBella9, who also made her “main” outfit, the whitish two piece with the reddish paisley and the black hat.  (I still don’t know where those shoes came from, though…)  Anyway, the feather boa she was wearing in the New Year’s Eve photo came from Jo-Ann’s…or was it Michael’s?  It’s just an untreated crafting product. 😛  (And may have stained the interior of her kneecap, strangely…)

New Year's Eve 6

I got this little guy at Michael’s.  I know there’s no reason to think of Falcor as flying overhead to herald the new year (even in the book, that never happens), but I’ve been looking for an excuse to do something with him ever since I got him. 😛  (Naturally, the tag called him a “good luck dragon” so they wouldn’t infringe copyright.  But he is so totally Falcor.)

"Akemashite omedito gozaimasu!"
“Akemashite omedito gozaimasu!”

The new Made to Move body is amazing.  (And the $15 price tag is sweet!)  It’s actually better for posing than that Obitsu body I got for Len.  (You know, the one that was too small!)  I’m totally going to get more of these.  Definitely Teresa will be next, but I just had to start with this one, because having her kneel in that kimono was going to look so awesome.  I meant to do something nicer with her hair than the simple ponytail she came with, but…time prevented me from actually doing so.  (Next year, for sure.)

New Year 1

Since this doll had the same face mold as the Barbie from the New Year’s Eve party, I thought I’d just go with the joke(?) that it was really the same doll.  (The pink hair is not, however, a wig.)  This is my favorite Barbie face mold, btw. 😀  (Oh, and this box is where I got the spelling for the Japanese greeting, so if I got it wrong, I apologize.)

New Year 7

And this is the reason this Bratz doll is still in the box:  the box is too cool to open. 😛

New Year 10

Yeah, this one was random.  I had brought the mini Lalaloopsy in to photograph her, then forgot to give her to any of the dolls who could hold her, and…well, Mulan was the next closest I could find to a doll in a kimono.  (If I’d thought about doing this more than a few days before actually doing it, I could have ordered some Pullip, Blythe or Monster High-sized kimonos from Etsy.  But as it is, the one I put on Lea was the only one to spare.)  The reason Mulan’s face looks a slightly different color than her body is that it’s got a color-change treatment on it:  it turns white, so you can give her the half-painted, half-unpainted face like during that one song.  (Yes, this is a doll I bought back at the time the movie came out.)

Okay, so before I finish talking about these posts, the album for the party is here, and the album for New Year’s day is here.  (But the Pyrrha photos aren’t in those albums, only in Pyrrha’s own album.)

Now, other stuff.  I had wanted my last toy purchase of 2015 to be She-Ra related, since it was her 30th anniversary, but since Mattel stubbornly refused to admit that She-Ra was a doll line that had been aimed at girls, all they’re making these days is those hideous action figures that look nothing like the dolls, so I couldn’t buy anything new.  And I hit all the used places around here that reliably carry used/vintage toys on the 30th, but couldn’t find any that I didn’t already have.  (And I didn’t have time to scour the antique malls on the off chance of finding one.)  So I was going to go on Etsy and buy a vintage one there (even though I wouldn’t have gotten her until this year) but the Perfuma I had favorited was “unavailable” when I clicked on her listing, even though it didn’t say “Sold” on my favorites menu. 😦  And I didn’t want to buy one of the wave 2 dolls, since their 30th anniversary would be this year.  (Well, not like there were a lot of them on offer, of course, but I could have gotten an Entrapta…)  Besides, I wanted to recapture a part of my own childhood, not to get a doll I’d never had before.  So I had to content myself with some fan art instead.  Well, “content” is not quite the word, but…it was something I wanted to get, so…yeah.

Moving on, I’m disappointed by the early shots of the new look Mattel is going to give Monster High later this year, but I’ll wait until I see them in person to give a final opinion.  However, this has all the earmarks of executive meddling, by making the dolls simpler, and thus less costly to make, in order to increase the profit margin on each unit.  (Not only was each successive wave getting more elaborate, many of the new characters had entirely new and unique bodies on top of the unique facial sculpts each character had always had.)

Anyway, before I made that Etsy purchase, I let myself into yet another way to drain away my money:  I made my first pledge on Kickstarter.  The project is called Dream Big Friends, for an articulated 10 inch doll called Yuna.  The doll is very cute, and as of about 10:30 this morning, they still needed to raise $100,000 more by January 3rd if the doll was to go into production.  So if you see this before then, check it out and maybe help them out, okay?  (Fortunately, at the moment there don’t seem to be any other doll projects looking for funding, so I may be safe there for the time being…but this morning I already upped my pledge from the “one doll” rewards level to the “two dolls” level, to help out more.)

Anyway, the next few days will hopefully feature a number of posts.  I’ve got a number of photos of Pyrrha’s (unpainted) face “testing out” eye chips, and Mei-lin is nearly finished (once her hair gets here), as is the all-Obitsu male doll.  (Whose name is still uncertain, but I know his epithet already.)  Plus once the other Pullip wig arrives, there’ll be a wig-swapping post.  (Said wig is coming from Quebec, so it shouldn’t take too long.)  Oh, and there’s Hangry’s new outfit (which I actually bought for a different doll) and Barbara’s new dress, so I’ll probably show those in a single post, too.

New Year’s Eve (Dolly) Party

"Welcome to the party!"
“Welcome to the party!”

Barbara’s holding a New Year’s Eve party for all her friends.

New Year's Eve 2

Of course, Yeolume is more interested in the snacks than anything else.  (She’s going to have to go to bed long before midnight anyway…)

New Year's Eve 3

Barbie’s ready to dance long into the new year.

Pyrrha's party dress 2

Pyrrha’s always ready to party!

New Year's Eve 4

Someone seems to be looking for a dance partner…

New Year's Eve 5

Cleo, Draculaura and Frankie are waiting for the rest of their friends to arrive.

The party will keep going until the stroke of midnight, when Falcor the Luck Dragon will fly through the sky to herald the arrival of the new year!

New Year's Eve 6

After (and Before) the Party

So.  Much. Dust!

Some of the dolls in “Skipper’s Halloween Party” have been sitting on my shelf for 15 years.  (Specifically, just about anything Barbie has been around that long.  Including Skipper herself.)  And I don’t dust my dolls very often.  (Because, seriously, that would be a week-long task!)

Before I go into the behind the scenes yammering I wanted to do after every picture, let me first talk about my newest BJD Ai, Bee Balm.

Bee Balm's Box
Bee Balm’s Box

I was really surprised to find three BJD Ai boxes at Tuesday Mornings last week!  (And then I rushed off to one of the other two locations in my area, only to be disappointed to see that all they had was one Little Byul+, and it was one of the two I already had.  When I managed to get to the third location a few days later, all they had was that same Little Byul+!  I get that they’re having trouble selling it, but man!  How frustrating!)  The other two Ais were fully sleeping dolls, specifically Lupinus and Prairie Gentian, if you want to see what they look like.  Thing is, I already have a sleeping Ai, Hyacinth, so…I just didn’t feel the need for any more of them.  But Bee Balm is at least a little awake — and at $30 it felt like a shame to pass her up.

Inside the box
Inside the box

I love the BJD Ai box, shaped like a big white book, and opened just as easily…except that there are magnets in the box to keep it shut, and that I don’t like.  (I never know just how protected electronics are from magnetic interference, and I get sort of paranoid about it, to be honest.)  They’re super-easy to get out, being just tied in there with a couple of ribbons.

However, not all was fun and games.  See all the stuff in there with her?  That’s a large part of her costume.  Specifically, the black tights and T-shirt she’s supposed to be wearing under the bee suit, as well as her antennae-headband, shoes and those yellow puffy things for her arms.  The headband, shoes and puffy things were no problem.

But the black stuff!

The bane of my/Bee Balm's existencec
The bane of my/Bee Balm’s existence

See that tutu she’s wearing?  It’s sort of to give the abdomen of the bee suit some shape, I suppose.  Whatever it’s for, it can’t go much above or below where it is on her in this picture.  It’s not elastic, and it doesn’t have any way to open it; it can only be removed by cutting it off.  It wasn’t too much of a problem getting the shirt and tights on around it, but trying to get the bee suit back on…!

I would never have thought it could be that difficult to get clothes on and off a doll this size, especially not clothes specifically manufactured for her.  (It was even worse than getting Hyacinth’s clothes back over her open hand.)

And needless to say, I had to suffer through the on-and-off of the bee suit twice, because there was no way I was leaving those black things on her, since they would undoubtedly stain like crazy, and I have no intention of leaving her dressed like a bee.  In fact, I’ve already ordered her two outfits from Etsy.  One of them was designed for Hujoo Baby BJDs, which are supposed to be about the same size, but I won’t know until it gets here.  (Like most of what I’ve ended up ordering so far from Etsy, it’s coming from overseas.  Why is it that the stuff I end up ordering is always coming from the other side of the world?)  However, the second outfit, from Silly Kitty, arrived on Friday!

Bee Balm's casual clothes
Bee Balm’s casual clothes

The shirt is absolutely adorable on her, but the jeans were a mistake.  They’re well-made and super-soft to the touch (they only look like denim) but they don’t match the style of Bee Balm’s frilly wig; I should have gotten a skirt to go with the shirt instead of pants.  The other outfit is a dress, so it should look better on her, and then I can hold this outfit in reserve for the Hujoo Baby I want to order from JunkySpot whenever they get her back in stock.  (They have that doll in stock in Apricot, but I want the Chocolate one…though I question the decision to name their colors after foods…)

Okay, so now that that’s over with, I have lots I want to say about the party photo shoot, and/or the dolls involved.

Halloween 1

The disturbing thing about Skipper’s outfit is that that feather was originally pure white.  You should have seen the dust accumulated on the polymer clay rose she was holding.  Scary stuff.  Anyway, her costume was always intended to be Viola; Twelfth Night was the first Shakespeare play I read (back in the 8th grade!) and it remains my favorite.  (I was so ticked off when I saw the movie they made of it, because they completely botched it. 😦 )  Anyway, if you’re wondering where I got the nifty outfit from, the top and hat came on a Barbie clone I showed in my post on clones, and the tights…um…no idea.  Presumably they were Teen Skipper tights. 😛  BTW, the reason I said in the post that she was in college was because how else would she have her own space to have a party?  Besides, she can be in college and still be a teenager!

The painful thing, to me, about this photo is that when I was picking Skipper up again to move on to the next shot, her boot caught on one of the pieces of furniture, and both the table and the counter from the Diener had everything fall off and go scattering about.  (And this was, of course, the first picture I took.  So frustrating!)

Halloween 3

Ugh, where to start?  I sewed those costumes sometime around 1999/2000, and I only had one pair of tights and one pair of socks, so Buttercup ended up with neither, because it seemed like of the three, she was the one who’d be most likely to go without.  They were on display on a shelf with my homemade “Barbie Loves Powerpuff Girls” doll (who was wearing a PPG T-shirt made out of a child’s sock) for a number of years, until I got tired of looking at their shabbily homemade nature, and shunted the four of them into an under-the-bed (or under-the-dresser in this case) container of Barbies and Barbie clothes.  Hence the disaster that was once Bubbles’ ponytails.  (Though to be honest they never really behaved anyway.)  If I ever had a ribbon for Blossom’s hair, it got lost in the bracken that is that container.  So why did I put them on display for the whole world to see?

Uh….because?

I don’t know, really.  I just felt like I needed some little kids at the Halloween party, I guess.  Besides, it’s nice to have costumes that are actual costumes, rather than “ooh, I’ll have this doll wear that doll’s stock!”  (Not to mention a few “well, this doll’s already in costume!”)

"Watashi-wa kirei?"
“Watashi wa kirei?”

Okay, now to explain this.  “Watashi wa kirei?”, “Am I pretty?”, is what kuchi-sake onna says to people she stops on the street.  Kuchi-sake onna, btw, is a yokai (demon is probably the closest single word translation, but misses a lot of the flavor of it, especially since yokai are sometimes benevolent, or at least not malicious) who looks like a beautiful girl wearing a mask over her nose and mouth, of the kind that is commonly worn in Japan when someone has a cold or minor virus, so they can go out and about without getting other people sick.  Anyway, if the victim says “yes” then kuchi-sake onna pulls off the mask and says “Even like this?” with her over-sized mouth.  (Her name means “slit-mouthed woman.”)  Then, usually, the person screams and runs away, and she chases them down and slices them to death with a scythe or a pair of scissors (don’t run with scissors!) depending on the version of the tale.  However, there are a few safe methods to drive her away without being killed, and one of them is to give her candy, or at least sweets.  The book in which I read that part (Yokai Attack!  The Japanese Monster Survival Guide by Hiroko Yoda and Matt Alt) didn’t specify whether the “traditional Japanese sweets called bekko ame” were candy or something a little less easily portable.  If you want to read more about kuchi-sake onna, Alex Hurst did a post about her at Part-Time Monster.  (Topped with a really disturbing .gif of her from a modern horror movie.  Gives me the shudders, so I didn’t want to send you in without warning. 😛  The post is really good, though.)

Halloween 7

Pyrrha’s hat did double duty:  for Romana, it took the place of the Doctor’s brown fedora (you ever tried to find one of those in Blythe size?) and for Pyrrha it’s taking the place of the Evil Queen’s cowl.  I didn’t have a Blythe-sized crown, however, and didn’t want to try making one, so she’s just crownless.  The dress, btw, is off the Disney Store doll, not the Mattel collector’s doll.  (I have that doll, but she’s going to stay NRFB.)

Halloween 8

Until I was re-dressing all these dolls in these outfits, I didn’t stop to think about just how good those outfits really are.  They’re utterly wasted on those ugly little bendy dolls that don’t even look like the characters!  I am now on a quest to get new dolls to go with the outfits. Problem is, I have no idea what doll is the right size for them.  Stacey is the one the clothes fit the best, but that is so not an option.  I’m thinking Obitsu 21cm is probably too big, being Dal/Byul size, but I worry that Pure Neemo XS will also be too big, and that Picco Neemo will be too small. 😦  I need to get my hands on both bodies and check.  (I’ve been overspending a bit lately, though, so I’ve ordered a Pure Neemo XS for now, and then I’ll get a Picco Neemo later if it turns out the XS is too big.)  Also, I have no idea what kind of heads would go with the Pure Neemo XS and Picco Neemo bodies; Obitsu, I guess?  Anyway, I got all the bendy dolls used, so I have no idea what that orange stuff is on Tomoyo-chan’s sock.  (Okay, technically, the bendy doll is Sakura-chan, but why have more than one Sakura-chan and no Tomoyo-chan?)  Yeolume and Jasmine did not want to cooperate with the photo shoot, btw.  Yeolume was supposed to be sitting on the sofa, but wouldn’t stay in position, and I had to use Pyrrha’s chair, and Jasmine’s hair kept making her head tilt backwards.

Halloween 11

Okay, I don’t like that I used both halves of the costume swap.  But Jasmine’s clothes look so good on Janine that I couldn’t resist!  (Janine, btw, was part of a two-pack of reproduction dolls connected to the Ghostbusters animated TV show from the 1980s, which I got on clearance, planning on both re-dressing her and re-painting her hair to some fun color, but when I said so to my brother, he said I was destroying his childhood, so I suddenly felt guilty and merely re-dressed her. 😛 Seeing as the other doll was a pumpkin-headed male doll (sort of Pyro Jack on steroids) I should have figured out where I put him and dragged him out for my Halloween posts, too.  (Now that I think about it, I think he’s in one of those storage tubs under my bed.  They’re mostly filled with SNES and Genesis cartridges, but there are also a few action figures, so I think I must have stashed him there.)  Next year, I guess…  Oh, and she never spoke at the party because apparently she had a different personality on the TV show than in the movie, so I had no idea how she should talk or behave.)  Anyway, she’s bustier than that little Jasmine doll, so the top won’t fasten; it’s being held in place by her arms.  Despite that, she’s one of the ones I’m thinking of leaving in her costume for a while even after Halloween is over.  (Since the whole Cardcaptor Sakura crowd is also going to be left in costume for a while, that works.)

Halloween 13

So much fail!  I had this idea that the photo would be Teresa teaching Bryden how to do the Charleston.  Only then Teresa couldn’t do the pose I wanted, either. 😦  I liked the idea much better when at least one of them knew how to do it.  Also, Bryden’s dress is too big and keeps slipping down off her chest.  (You can see it’s starting to go in the photo…)  Aaaaand I didn’t have any other shoes for her to wear, so she’s barefoot.   *sigh*   Teresa looks good, though, right?  (Of course, she actually lives in that outfit.  I had found that Roaring Twenties Barbie for cheap enough that I got one to keep in box and one to open, and the one I opened got put in a somewhat art deco-style wedding gown, and her outfit went to Teresa here.  Though I should probably have cut her hair at some point…)

Halloween 14

I mentioned my attempted Red Dwarf set of dolls back during that clone post, right?  Well, these two are, naturally, part of it.  I think new Kochanski turned out pretty well…probably because all I had to do was re-dress her and change one part of that coat from pink to black.  Rimmer…well, actually, I think he turned out pretty well, too, but time has not been kind to him.  His hair got badly messed up at some point (it shouldn’t be ploofing up like that on one side) but I’m still pretty proud of the outfit I sewed for him.  (By hand, of course.  Though I don’t think I’d have the patience for that anymore…)  I had to paint on the details like the insignia, stripe, collar, and so on.  (The material was quilted when I got it, however.)  But his boots!  Oh my god, what happened to them?!  Okay, what happened was that those are genuine Mattel-made Ken boots (I think they came off the prince to go with the Rapunzel who was the first playline doll to feature the Mackie face) and they’re made of that faux leather that does not age well.  You know, the stuff that turns all horrible and sticky.  That stuff.  So they’re icky to touch now, and I have no idea what that white stuff is on the side of the one boot.  I wanted to pose him so that was hidden, but…he’s so heavy he had to be leaning against the counter, and once I had him upright on his own, I didn’t dare move anything to try and hide his boots, lest he fall over and disrupt everything.

afterparty 4

It was tempting to include this shot in the Halloween party, too.  Merida looks surprisingly good in the miko outfit!  Though not as good as Rena in Merida’s outfit, of course.  If only it fit a little better, I might make them swap costumes permanently!  (I suppose I could give Rena a new, slightly larger body, but…that seems excessive…)  Rena and Merida are also going to be staying in their swapped outfits for a while.

Halloween 15

Teen Skipper may be my favorite doll in the Barbie line.  (Though I wish I’d gotten more of them in the short time they lasted!  I’ve only got maybe half a dozen.  No, wait, there’s at least 8.  Still…)  But having since gotten used to being able to pose Monster High, Pullip and Pyrrha, it’s hard to go back to the limited poseability in Teen Skipper.  That’s about as far as her knees would bend.  She couldn’t kneel or crouch or anything.  This was the best I could do. 😦  Her elbows are jointed, but not her wrists.  It’s frustrating to work with.  (I know that’s not the point; she’s a play-line doll, and she probably didn’t need anything more than this to be played with, but it’s still frustrating.)

*opening a big treasure chest fanfare*
*opening a big treasure chest fanfare*

And here’s a big expenditure from this past Friday, one which sprang itself on me suddenly. 😛 (Though it’s not actually that big an expenditure:  I’d have spent almost this much at the Groove store if someone else hadn’t bought Elizabeth…)  My old 3DS was an original (not even an XL) so it was actually a bit low on processor power, and Super Smash Bros. was impossible to play on it, because everything on screen was so tiny that I couldn’t see what I was doing in the least.  I’m amazed I was able to pre-order this less than a week before its release, though!  The Majora’s Mask version sold out long before then.  Then again, that one got a lot of hype, and this one didn’t, so that may have something to do with it. 😛  I meant to take a comparison shot of the new one with the old one, but I left the old one at my brother’s place (after transferring my data to the new one) so he could have it, since he hasn’t got one.  Of course, I hadn’t brought any of my games for the system with me, so it obviously didn’t do him much good until the next day. 😛  (Though of course he could always have downloaded some if he was impatient to play something on it.)

Anyway, I’m excited about the new one, even though I don’t really have time for gaming right now.  Not only is the system all cool and decorated, even the box looks cool. 😀

Now, in closing, let me give you two gallery links.  This one goes to the gallery for this post, which contains some extra images showing bits and pieces of the set for the party without any dolls in the way.  (Well, I wanted to take the pictures anyway, so I can see how I put everything up in case I want to do this again next year, so I can achieve something similar but not identical.)  And this one goes to the gallery for the party itself, though there aren’t any pictures in it that aren’t in the post.

Skipper’s Halloween Party

"Welcome to the party!"
“Welcome to the party!”

Skipper decided to hold a big costume party on Halloween, and invited all her friends — and told them to invite all their friends, too!  She got her apartment all decorated for the occasion, and prepared lots of spooky(-looking) treats.  As the hour of the party approached, she got into her own costume:  that of Viola, the heroine of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.  (Skipper is majoring in English Lit.)

"I hope I'm not late?" "You asked that last time Mistress -- I mean, Master."
“I hope I’m not late?”
“You asked that last time, Mistress — I mean, Master.”

The first to arrive was Romana, dressed up as her companion, the Doctor.  But she was also the last to arrive; she and K-9 had arrived after the party was over, then used the TARDIS to get there right on time!  (What good, after all, is a time machine if you can’t use it to get to parties you missed?)

"We save the day!" "It's what we do." "Duh!" (chorus) "We're the Powerpuff Girls!"
“We save the day!”
“It’s what we do.”
“Duh!”
(chorus) “We’re the Powerpuff Girls!”

The Trick-or-Treat set were the next to arrive, though most of them dashed off again as soon as they got their candy.  Kelly and her friends came as the Powerpuff Girls, in costumes that their older sisters had sewn for them.  (Though perhaps not terribly well…)

"Trick or Treat?"
“Trick or Treat?”

The little princess Rapunzel came dressed as a peacock…or a peacock princess?  No one was entirely sure what her costume was really supposed to be, but everyone agreed that she looked adorable in it.

"Watashi-wa kirei?"
“Watashi wa kirei?”

Licca-chan came dressed as Hatsune Miku, but she couldn’t remember quite what she was supposed to say…and said something very inappropriate indeed!  (Though it could, theoretically, get her pelted with candy in the right circumstances if she said it at home.)

"Away with you, peasant! You shall get no hand-outs from the Queen!...and I'm much prettier than you are!"
“Away with you, peasant! You shall get no hand-outs from the Queen!…and I’m much prettier than you are!”

Unfortunately, Licca-chan was asking for candy from the wrong person, since Pyrrha had come dressed as Snow White‘s Evil Queen, and she was really getting into character…

"Shh, don't speak, Mirror. I already know I'm the fairest in the land."
“Shh, don’t speak, Mirror.  Don’t speak.  I already know I’m the fairest in the land.”
"Trick, Treat or Card-capturing?"
“Trick, Treat or Card-capturing?”

Lottie, Jasmine, Yeolume and Stacey all came dressed up as their favorite characters from Cardcaptor Sakura:  Kinomoto Sakura, Daidoji Tomoyo, Li Shaoran, and Li Mei-lin.

"Release!" "Wait, I don't have my camera!"
“Release!”
“Wait, I don’t have my camera!”
"(chanting a spell)" "Go, Shaoran! You can do it!"
“(chanting a spell)”
“Go, Shaoran! You can do it!”

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It’s a good thing that Princess Jasmine came in costume, because Janine came dressed up as her!  (It was still embarrassing for Jasmine, of course, but not as bad as it might have been!)

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Janine found it very entertaining to watch the three ghouls from Monster High who didn’t quite understand the purpose of the party:  they came dressed up as their friends!  (They also seemed to think that the humans were fooled into thinking that they, too, were human.)

"Wait, I think it's like this!" "Maybe it's this way?"
“Wait, I think it’s like this!”
“Maybe it’s this way?”

Teresa and Bryden both came dressed as flappers, but neither one knew how to do the Charleston!  (Watching them try gave everyone a good laugh…until Bryden demanded that one of them do it instead!  That shut them up pretty quickly.)

"Of course, it's embarrassing to be seen with him, but I'm used to that." "What a smeghead!" "Wait, what exactly am I dressed as, anyway? What's a smeghead?"
“Of course, it’s embarrassing to be seen with him, but I’m used to that.”
“What a smeghead!”
“Wait, what exactly am I dressed as, anyway? What’s a smeghead?”

Barbie came dressed as Navigation Officer Christine Kochanski (from the episode “Duct Soup”) and Ken showed up as Second Technician Arnold Judas Rimmer…though apparently he’d never actually watched any Red Dwarf

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When Rena arrived, her Merida costume was so perfect that everyone thought she really was Merida at first!  (The bright red curly hair helped, of course.)

"Hey, the party's over! Wake up!"
“Hey, the party’s over! Wake up!”

As everyone was leaving, Skipper discovered one little guest all tuckered out under the table.  She moved the table aside, but the little girl in the bee costume didn’t want to get up.

"Go 'way! I'm sleepy. Go 'way or I'll sting you!"
“Go ‘way! I’m sleepy. Go ‘way or I’ll sting you!”
"I hope I'm not late?"
“I hope I’m not late?”
"Romana?! But you just left!"
“Romana?! But you just left!”
"Oh, did I? When did I arrive?"
“Oh, did I? When did I arrive?”
"Um, about three hours ago. But can you help me? This little girl was sleeping under the table, and her parents have gone, and I don't know where she belongs!"
“Um, about three hours ago. But can you help me? This little girl was sleeping under the table, and her parents have gone, and I don’t know where she belongs!”
"Of course. Come here, little one. Let's get you home. And let's hurry, before the Doctor notices his clothes are missing..." "He will wake up from his meditation in precisely four hours, Mistress." "Then we need to hurry, K-9!"
“Of course. Come here, little one, let’s get you home. And let’s hurry, before the Doctor notices his clothes are missing…”
“He will wake up from his meditation in precisely four hours, Mistress.”
“Then we need to hurry, K-9!”

Once Romana and K-9 had left with the little girl, Skipper was finally able to slump off to bed, exhausted but happy.

Yeolume

I’m sure it’s common for dating couples to say “I wonder what our kids would look like?”  Or for someone else to look at a couple and say “I wonder what their kids would look like?”

Well, someone decided to ask that question after looking at Pullip and Taeyang, and the result was Yeolume.

Yeolume in her box
Yeolume in her box

Pullip’s future daughter, Yeolume, is 10 years old.  Why?  If we’re just looking through a window into the future, why pick 10?  Why not some other age, an age more compatible with the other dolls?  Or did Yeolume travel back in time to meet her parents while they were still dating?  And if so, why?

(I know, I’m not supposed to ask those questions.  But I can’t help wondering!)

Yeloume thumb

Yeolume is a cutie, but their decision to make her 10 really causes problems.  Because that meant she needed an even smaller body than Dal and Byul.  And when they made that body, they did not make it the same way they’d made the other bodies.  Everyone else has joints at their knees and elbows.  Yeolume’s knees and elbows just bend in a rubbery way, with a thick wire inside to hold the pose.  (But it’s not like Barbie knees that click into two to four positions.  It just…bends.)

I want to quote Dave Lister here, but I don't think anyone would get it.
I want to quote Dave Lister here, but I don’t think anyone would get it.

Have you ever seen the Silly Symphony “Goddess of Spring”?  The rubbery way that Persephone’s limbs contort in that short subject…that’s what Yeolume’s knees make me think of.  …shudder…

For comparison, Byul's knees
For comparison, Byul’s knees

Anyway, let’s not dwell on the negative.  (And the lack of proper movement in the limbs can be seen as nothing but a negative!)

Now THIS is a close-up!
Now THIS is a close-up!

That is a very sweet face.  The face-up is subtle and underplayed, as is appropriate considering she’s only 10.  Her hair isn’t as shiny as it might be, but it sports some wonderful curls:

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Her outfit is nothing special–just a school uniform–but it has some interesting accessories.  She has a tote bag (maybe it’s a book bag?) with a print of a purse on it for some reason.  This one is not necessarily “interesting” in the good way; my internal jury is still out on that subject.

A purse-bag?
A purse-bag?

Her bow is on a headband, which made putting it in the right place on her head much easier than placing the hats-with-clips on the heads of various Pullips.  My favorite of her accessories, for some reason, is her little pink socks.  I’m not sure why, but they just push my “squee” buttons.  (I suppose because if I had a love life, I’d be out buying tiny little socks to put on my children’s feet at this time in my life?  Or they’d be old enough that I’d be missing buying them tiny little socks?  I dunno.  Still doesn’t make much sense.)

Her shoes actually fit, btw!
Her shoes actually fit, btw!

Finally, a comparison shot, so you can see how much smaller Yeolume is than most of the other dolls in the Pullip family.  (I say “most” because my Dal and Byul aren’t in the shot.  On account of the fact that I just decided to snap a picture of her new (temporary) home, with some of my other newly acquired dolls, but my Peter Pan set live elsewhere.)

Group photo!
Group photo!

(You can also see how nice that Gene dress looks on the Moxie Girl Teen doll.  Uh…though I probably should have removed the plush pink orangutan, now that I think about it.  I like giving all my seated dolls toys of their own…oh, but more importantly, I finally got a shot up of Oscar and Andre holding each other!)

Anyway, now that I have at least one each of all the dolls in the Pullip line, I can say that I think my favorite sculpt is actually, somewhat surprisingly, Isul.  Though I like all of them, of course!

(I have a few more shots of Yeolume in an album.)

BTW, I got Yeolume at just the right time.  Or rather, right before the “able to buy her” window closed.  I had been keeping an eye on her price on Amazon for a while, and it had been holding steady, and the seller had 6 left.  Then suddenly it went up $5, and that seller had sold out of her.  I decided I’d better get her before she went up any more, since the only other seller who had one was selling her for $23 more.  By the time I actually got her (less than a week later, since it was an American seller) she was going for over $200.  So I managed to get her right before that window snapped shut forever.  (Well, forever unless they decide to release another Yeolume, that is.)