Pullip Sailor Mercury by Groove

If you’re a manga fan worth your salt, you know that Sailor Moon is celebrating her 20th anniversary in 2014. What does that mean for toy and doll collectors like me? Tons of cute stuff!

While in Japan this fall, I was able to pick up a ton of cute Sailor Moon toys and gifts. But the biggest win for me was the new Sailor Mercury Pullip by Groove!

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Now I will be the first to admit that her wig is pretty hard to work with. The color is gorgeous, as is her lovely face. But oh that hair is unruly! It’s ok, though. I’m willing to forgive her since she’s a super hero.

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Here is a pic of her after I put a rubber band around her head to calm down her bangs. The Hello Kitty dress is a Junie Moon purchase.

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Kawaii in Tokyo, Akihabara Madness

In Japan, everywhere you look there is cuteness. I was curious to visit Akihabara, Tokyo’s “techie” and anime district, not having a clue what I might see there. What I was surprised about was how outdated the technology in Japan seemed – from flip phones to DVDs and CDs that in the states are almost obsolete.

That being said, nothing prepared me for the overload of anime cuteness I saw in some of the large department stores.

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These shops were packed with collectibles and jam packed with Japanese teenagers. The Gashopon machines covered walls! I indulged in a few items here and regret that I didn’t get back here.

Elsewhere in Tokyo, one of the things I fell in love with were the Shinto Ema, or “wishes” that people added to temples.  These were small wooden plaques that people drew on in hopes of having their prayers or wishes answered. How creative and talented are these people??

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I continue to be amazed by the people and the culture in Japan!

Kiddyland in Shibuya Japan

I recently got back from a two week toy journey to Japan, and I am happy to confirm that Kiddyland, located in Tokyo’s fun Shibuya district, is as awesome as the pictures you’ll find doing a Google search.

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I know they frown on people taking pictures, which is why I tried to be discreet in sneaking a handful of pics. Honestly I was in such toy overload mode that I can’t believe I got as many photos as I did!

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Check out my Flickr for your full toy fix.

On the third floor were the Blythe, Licca, and Pullip dolls, which I was most excited about! It was so naughty seeing dolls that I knew wouldn’t be available in the states for another month!

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Classical Alice Sepia Version Pullip Doll

Is it laziness that compels Groove to produce the exact same doll in another shade? Maybe. Does it bother me? Nope.

I bought Pullip Classical Alice earlier this year because I just adored her precocious, almost icy beauty. She looked older than her years, and her outfit was just exquisite.

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Then Groove announces a “sepia” version of the same doll, and at first I’m put off. ANOTHER Alice? (Coincidentally, that’s the exact name of a Pullip Doll – “Another Alice.“)

Has anyone actually seen a “Sepia” tone ? It’s that faded, old-school photograph coloring that has faded orange tones. I’m not sure just how “Sepia” this Alice  is, but it doesn’t matter. She’s just beautiful. Stunning. And if it’s even possible, she’s icier than the original, which I really love.

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Pullip Rida by Jun Planning

Pullip Rida is the oldest Pullip Doll I own. She’s a cool biker chic with attitude that came out in 2006.

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I was lucky enough to get her on eBay at a very reduced price – and I marvel at how cool her stock is. She has all the cool punk accessories – leather jacket, red fishnet stockings, studded collar, safety-pinned dress. I dare say that Rida would beat you up if you looked at her sideways.

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Audrey Hepburn Pullip Sabrina by Groove

Who doesn’t adore Audrey Hepburn? The woman was sheer elegance, and this Pullip Sabrina really does her justice.  I love how expressive her face is. I also love that she came with two very pretty dresses!

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Here are pics of her other outfit. This doll would make a garbage bag look good.

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Pullip Myra by Groove

Mae West had some of the best quotes of all time. My favorite is, “I used to be Snow White, but I drifted…”

Pullip Myra reminds me a Mae. Attitude, sass, and beauty, all wrapped up in a pink satin package. I got Myra on eBay at a nice price but without a piece of her stock – her cane. Otherwise she was in excellent condition and I can’t get over how she comes with her own red chair!

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The details of her outfit are really stellar, and her second outfit is just as chic. Now if only she came with actual clothes instead of just her skivvies!

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YouTube Giveaway 2 – Winners Announced!

I just announced the winners of my second giveaway on my YouTube channel…and now I’m sad it’s over. Is that bad?

I was overwhelmed by the response and the kind comments I received from folks all over the world. Makes me feel like I belong! Who knew there were so many doll people? And an even better question – why did I wait so long to show off my crazy collection?

Thanks to everyone who entered!

I See London, I See France…and Pullip Dolls

My brother and I recently went to London (and Paris) for a whirlwind 5-day visit. Why, you ask? Because my brother is a music nut in the same way that I’m a toy nut. He lives in New York City and has seen over 1,000 concerts in his lifetime. (This crazy collecting gene runs deep in our family).

Our intention was to see Kate Bush, a singer from the late 70’s, 80s and uh…beyond who has only toured once – and that was 35 years ago. Kate is a fairy of a woman with a strange, beautiful voice and the face of a doll.  She’s also something of a prized unicorn in the UK. Seeing her meant fighting the entire British population at 2:00AM online for tickets.

Well, the music gods were on our side (as were our credit cards), and off we went.

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But our itinerary was unique in that my brother wanted to see concerts and go to record stores. All I wanted to see were toy shops. We both appreciate the other’s fanaticism, so we made great travel buddies.

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My brother now talks about going to Brussels, Amsterdam, and on the other side of the spectrum, Cape Town. He’s got the travel bug now. I wonder if there are any Pullip shops in Africa? Hmmm…

Creator’s Label Pullip Seila by Groove

If Wednesday Addams had a best friend, she would be Seila. This doll is so lovely, so sad, and so dark that I overlooked her for some time before I curiously looked up pictures of her online.

In person she is a dream. The quality of her stock in incomparable. Her two-toned eyes and sad eyebrows give her so much depth that your heart almost breaks when you see her. She comes with so many peculiar items – a birdcage, a book, a key, and a little monster friend – that you imagine the designers had come up with such a wonderful story for her. Can’t recommend this doll enough to collectors.

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