Custom Pullip – The Ugliest Wife

I have a custom Pullip doll problem now.  They say Pullip dolls are gateway dolls to other BJDs, but my gateway has led me to late night Etsy and Flickr obessions, scouring for artists who do custom faceup repaints of Pullip dolls. Is there a support group for me out there somewhere??

Exhibit A: The Ugliest Wife.  The shop name alone makes me think of a Grimm’s fairy tale, and I was completely taken with the artist’s work on ball jointed dolls. I even saw a few Pullip dolls in her repertoire. I reached out to her about a commission, and after about six weeks, I received this package in the mail…

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At first, honestly, I thought the faceup was so overwhelming! Yes, I asked for dramatic, but I was scared that I wouldn’t quite do such a different face justice with my amateurish customizing skills.  I went through a few makeovers to get her look just right…July 2015 151July 2015 150   July 2015 154  July 2015 159

I liked her as a brunette, but I just happened to receive a greenish brown wig that week, and I thought it would be perfect for her. I certainly didn’t want one centimeter of her face covered up, not even by bangs!  July 2015 229 July 2015 230Highly recommend her for custom work – you can find her on etsy at: the Ugliest Wife.


Pullip Oscar Francoise from the Rose of Versailles

I jokingly called this Pullip “Napoleon Bonaparte” because that outfit is something else! I remember the manga, The Rose of Versailles, also called “Lady Oscar,” about a girl masquerading as a man so that she can take her father’s place leading the Queen’s guard.


I love the manga-feel of both this doll and Marie Antoinette, with their big blue sparkling eyes.  But can we talk about this outfit?

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Girlfriend is dying to get out of this outfit and into something a little more comfortable! She does look great with Marie, though…

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I know this doll is quite overlooked, and I imagine her stock is a little…drab next to other, more fantastically stocked dolls. But look what happens with a little makeover…(Pullip Ally is now her BFF):

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Custom Pullip – Little Seraphic Dolls

I am lucky enough to be able to afford these Pullip dolls which have become quite the expensive addiction. Lately I’ve found myself completely enchanted by artists who do custom BJD repaints, like Little Seraphicdolls.

I had seen a handful of their custom Pullip dolls on eBay from time to time, but didn’t know much about them. Then I saw that Hazel was for sale….

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These dolls are so unique and have a very interesting look to them. Those crazy lips! The big teddy bear eye chips! July 2015 138 July 2015 141  July 2015 144 July 2015 146 July 2015 148

Here are a few pics that the artist posted of Hazel. Just stunning!

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Kawaii Stuff in Torrance, California

I live two hours from Los Angeles, which is both a good thing and a bad thing. Bad because the traffic is awful and some of those things you hear about people from LA (shallow, superficial, addicted to plastic surgery) are true.  Good because it’s culturally diverse with a thriving Asian culture.

I decided to venture to Torrance one afternoon to track down a few Japanese shops that I’d found online. If you’re ever in the area, check them out!


This shop carries authentic kimono fabric! I went crazy here as my mom has an Etsy shop that specializes in doll clothing made from Japanese fabrics.

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This place was an odd mish-mash of awesomely cute things like blind boxes, plushies, and Tokidoki brand goods.

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This place was wall to wall Rilakkuma.  It was small but jam packed with cuteness.

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I was good, even after a trip to Mitsuwa, a huge Japanese marketplace with a mochi display case to die for.

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I did score a handful of blind boxes…

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And then ended my trip with a drive by the ocean…

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Pullip Batgirl Wonder Festival Japan

Do you know how hard it is to find Pullip Dolls with skin tones that aren’t fair, pale,  or ghoulishly pale? Pretty hard, actually, and I can’t help but wonder if Groove has a thing against diversifying their line.

A happy exception to the sea of pale is Pullip Batgirl Wonder Festival, the blue-haired counterpart to San Diego Comic Con’s Batgirl from 2011.

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This gal is very unique, from her blue/black hair, her dramatic lips, and her silver metallic eyes. It’s a very intense look, and certainly nothing like a Batgirl I recall from the comics. Still, finding a doll with that skin color is like finding a four-leaf clover!May 2015 020 May 2015 023 May 2015 028 May 2015 058 May 2015 059 May 2015 061 May 2015 063

I ended up giving her a bit of a makeover, because that batsuit was itchy.

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Pullip Si Anna by Groove

“Sha bebe!”

Believe it or not, that is a common expression in Louisiana that means “Oh how adorable!”  or “That is precious beyond words!” Growing up on the bayou, I said it myself quite often, thinking everyone used “Sha!” to describe something cute.

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April 2015 090Yes, her frock is a little over the top. Yes, that’s real fur lining her hoodie (shudder). But that face, ya’ll.  Those ringlets. It’s a shame this doll is often overlooked.

She also comes with righteous gear, as if Bloomingdales or Henri Bendel was having a sale and she came prepared to power shop. April 2015 088  April 2015 091 April 2015 092 April 2015 093 April 2015 094 April 2015 095 April 2015 096 April 2015 097If you haven’t considered Si’Anna, she’s worth another look! I actually re-dressed mine so that she’s much more like the innocent girl and less like the 80’s Grace Jones rocker babe. An outfit can make a world of difference!

Pullip Sailor Mars by Groove

Insert catchy Sailor Mars quote here!

Sorry, I don’t have one. This dolly was a surprise, actually. I had gotten Sailor Mercury from Groove previously and was unimpressed by her weird faux-leather stock. Yes, I know that’s what their outfits look like, but when comparing these dolls to, say, Romantic Alice, it’s tough not to judge the sad plastic Barbie pumps and bare legs (they must be chilly!)

That being said, it’s hard not to be a Sailor Moon fan.  Sailor Mars is actually Rei Hino, the second Sailor Soldier to be discovered by Usagi and the secondary leader of the Sailor Soldiers after Minako Aino. She possesses powers associated with fire, as well as psychic and spiritual ones.

This doll came from an eBay auction and I was shocked to get her at a low price.  In person she is lovely, especially her purple (!) hair which is incredibly soft.

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Pullip Pullipphine by Groove

You’d think that a bride Pullip would be boring, and by some accounts, I think Pullip Pulliphine has been overlooked by collectors because 1) there was already a Bride Pullip (see Eternia), and 2) brides are too easy.

Well that’s too bad because Pulliphine is a most beautiful bride, with a dress that is amazingly well-made.

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She rather reminds me of Kate Middleton with her regal look, don’t you think? The only curious thing about this doll is her expression. She’s not overly happy, but rather subdued…perhaps resigned. Was she set up with a neighboring country’s prince in order to secure her homeland’s peace? Is she actually in love with a peasant boy? You can’t help but let your imagination wander a bit with this doll.

San Diego Comic Con Recap and Mattel Exclusives

Ever wake up and say to yourself, “I want to play dress up and be almost naked in public?” If ever there was an appropriate day to feel like channeling your inner warrior goddess, it would San Diego Comic Con.

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Yep, that’s me, middle-aged, shameless, and strapped into a red leotard that was better suited for a twelve year old.

This was my first year attending the event, which took over downtown San Diego, a city I am lucky enough to call home. I’m not very good with crowds, but somehow dressing up gives one courage…

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If you’re asking yourself, “Who are you supposed to be, anyway?” The answer is Zealot, a character from a mid-90’s comic book called WILDCATS. It was Jim Lee‘s big debut comic after he left Marvel. (Bet you didn’t know I was a comic book geek!)

Zealot was a lean, machine, fighting machine, and for some reason she really resonated with me. So my costume was dedicated to her. Since there was no costume store that would carry such an obscure costume, that meant some creative glue-gunning and spray painting…

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I couldn’t be prouder of the results! Anyway, the big “get” at Comic Con this year were the Monster High and Ever After High exclusive dolls. I just so happened to score them both! July 2015 287 July 2015 309July 2015 288

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And Monster High’s Valentine and Wisp two-pack!July 2015 306

I also scored a handful of Skelanimals super heroes. The Penguin Robin may be my favorite…  July 2015 312

Overall, I had an “ok” experience, but find myself wanting to go back just to redeem myself after walking in ridiculous shoes for an hour and not seeing very much. Next year – flip flops and jeans!

Pullip Cinciallegra by Groove

Coming to you from the land of overlooked Pullip dolls is Cinciallegra!

Perpetually in stock at Pullipstyle because collectors likely don’t know what to make of her, I will admit that I, too, was both interested and uncertain about what to do with this girl and her gauzy stock. How tightly wound was that wig, anyway? Are her eyebrows severe? All of this is hard to tell from the stock photos.

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Cinciallegra is a very sweet doll with a unique look that I thought had lots of potential. The few snaps of photos I had seen on Twitter were so promising, and I gasped at the sight of one pic that showed our gray-haired maiden completely re-done with a new wig, eyes, and dress. I took the plunge. April 2015 237 April 2015 239

It turns out that hidden underneath that gauze was a lovely polka dotted dress! I removed the white webbing at once so the girl could enjoy her gown. April 2015 240 April 2015 241 April 2015 242 April 2015 244

Lastly I gave her a makeover, with a new Leekeworld wig and blue Almond Doll eyes (expensive but gorgeous). Here’s are pics of her still in need of a bang trim but you get the idea.April 2015 272 April 2015 275