Pullip Marie Antoinette by Groove

You can imagine how wonderful a gift it is to receive Pullip Marie Antoinette, who I had been eyeing for some time but simply could not bring myself to buy because of her hefty price tag. Is she worth the dough? Oh yes. She is magnificent!

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This Marie Antoinette is based on the character from the shojo manga, The Rose of Versailles, also called “Lady Oscar” because the main character was a woman masquerading as a palace guard for the Queen. I recall this story as a child because I had easy access to comics and manga, and I was enchanted by the overly floral artwork.

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The doll is an absolute vision, and aside from her real (UGH) fur lined hat, her outfit is just beautifully detailed.

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Here is my video review of her:

Ever After High Date Night Doll 2-Pack

This is the cutest darn thing I’ve seen in awhile. You may know I collect all kinds of dolls, including Mattel’s Ever After High Dolls.

I’ve been pulling for Dexter Charming to win Raven Queen’s heart for some time, so when Mattel released this two pack, I was obviously thrilled. (No fairy tale puns in this post, I promise).

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I love that their hands are tied together! If you haven’t checked out the YouTube Channel:

Pullip Kirsche by Groove

A “vivid Lolita” is how Groove describes Pullip Kirsche, and she sure is attention-getting. Yikes. I bought this gal used on eBay and she was in less than stellar condition, but she did come with a surprise ladybug pet that was covered in lint. (He just needed a lint brush bath.)

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I had see Kirsche in Flickr photos and I was mesmerized with her red hair. But her outfit was so mis-matched to me and her hair was in really poor condition.  Her face, however, was adorable. April 2015 013 April 2015 014 April 2015 015 April 2015 016 April 2015 017

I decided to give her a bit of a makeover, and snipped the ends of her hair and re-chipped her eyes. The goal was to keep her true to her look, with an update.  I used KiraKiraMeansSparkle chips and a borrowed outfit from J-Doll Negen (De 9 Straatijes)

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Ai Ball Joint Dolls by Groove

These cute little things popped up on my radar when I visited my first Tuesday Morning store last December.  What a mysterious place Tuesday Morning is…hiding among the discounted bath towels, gardening tools and marked down craft items are sometimes wonderful array of hard to find dollies!  They usually sell around $29.99 USD, if you’re lucky enough to spot one, they can be a real treasure.

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Ai Dolls are teeny ball joint dolls (BJDs for you newbies) who stand under 5 inches and are incredibly detailed. They have several face molds and are very articulated (if not a bit fragile). You can read all about Ai BJDs here at PullipsandJunk.

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If you’re interested in collecting Ai dolls, beware of high prices! JP Groove has them in stock (As of May 2015) and I’ve found very reasonable prices on eBay.

Pullip Princess Knight Sapphire

Now here’s a doll I haven’t seen a lot of! Princess Knight was an anime I remember seeing as a child, and I had no idea that it was originally broadcast in the 50s! In the 70’s it was dubbed in English and called “Choppy and the Princess”, and told the story of a courageous Princess who had to impersonate a boy to hold on to her kingdom. Back then it was easy to call society a “man’s world,” and girls had to fight to protect what was rightfully theirs (funny, doesn’t feel like a lot has changed sometimes).

When Groove released the Pullip version, I can imagine that collectors were either thrilled (die-hard anime nerds) or perplexed (what kind of princess looks like Zorro and wears tight white pants and a floppy hat?).

I thought she was lovely if not a little overshadowed by other “princess” Pullips.

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Here’s my video review:

 

Pullip Marianne by Groove

Confession – I had been looking at Marianne for quite some time, and I was very intimated by that hairpiece. After a doll’s eyes I am drawn to their hair, and this pre-French Revolution lass just wasn’t exactly my cup of tea from the stock photos.

That was until I saw her in person. WOW-wee! What a beauty.

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Everything you see in her hair is attached in some fashion, whether it’s by string or strip of fabric and glue. The rolled hairpieces on the side feel like they have Styrofoam in them and they too are attached to her wig.

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Her outfit is an exercise in over-the-top, and I was a little shocked by the contrast between the super-formal front and the casual eyelet back. A “business up front, party in the back” approach… interesting.

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The doll itself is very pretty, but not exactly my style. I will admit that I got her from the “dented box” section on Pullipstyle, and that was enough for me to bring her home.

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Handmade Pullip Jewelry by SWeet B Designs

I have become that woman who won’t spend $20 on a t-shirt for myself (unless it’s on clearance) but will shower my dolls with the most fab accessories.

Case in point? These adorable necklaces and bracelet from SWeet B Designs.

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My friend Sara is so meticulous! These pieces are so adorable and unique, and really add to the doll’s outfit. I always say that the thing I love most about Pullip dolls are the details, so I think adding a few of my own is a great next step!

MattysDollies Custom Pullip Make it Own MIO

I have met some of the most amazing and creative people over the last year, including my pal Matt, who does amazing custom dolly work (check out his page at http://mattysdollies.tumblr.com/)

I was insanely lucky to be the beneficiary of one of his gorgeous OOAK Monster High dollies (her review is coming soon!), but in the meantime I thought I’d share this lovely lassie that he customized for me – my Emma Grace.

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A few details on Emma, in case you’re curious:

Granny’s Attic Antique Mall

“Hey, let’s go antiquing!” That’s something you will never hear me say.

However, a quick search of “dolls” on Yelp led me to Granny’s Attic Antiques in Temecula, California this fine Monday afternoon and I was curious enough to make a road trip.

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Imagine a Costco-sized building broken into 100 stalls of quirky, creepy, historical, and beautiful junk. That was Granny’s, and it was a crazy labyrinth of kook that had me imagining the horror movie just waiting to be filmed there…

Two teens find themselves locked in the antiques warehouse after midnight…

YIKES! Anyway there was indeed enough absurd creepiness to scare even the toughest cookie, such as…

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Two tiered rack of discarded, dead-eyed baby dolls. Check.

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A Rosie O’Donnell doll. Because that red pantsuit is fierce.

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Old, creaky carousel horse. Don’t read Something Wicked This Way Comes.

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Lancelot waited patiently for an unknowing victim to take him home.

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Down this way, my pretty…we won’t hurt you…

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And… a talking Rex Harrison doll complete with oddly bulging pants.

Now that that’s out of the way, I did have a little fun looking at vintage Barbie dolls and other 80s knickknacks. In the end all I could bear to buy was a Sugar Plum Fairy for $10.

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Definitely worth a visit if you’re ever in the area!

Custom Pullip Asuka Langley – Emmaline Shortcake

I don’t always show off my modified dolls, but this one is a real treat for me. What a surprise little gem she turned out to be! This is my Asuka Langley Pullip doll, which I have decided to transform into Emmaline Shortcake – my vision of Strawberry Shortcake‘s daughter.  My mom, who graciously took a day off from working on clothes for her etsy shop, make me this outfit and hat.

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