PUDDLE 2015 Recap – Pullip and Dal Convention in Chicago

This was my second year attending PUDDLE, the Pullip and Dal Lovers Event held outside of Chicago in a sweet little town called Elk Grove Village. This year was a little more hectic than last year, as my mom was a vendor (shameless plug – SetsieSilhouette on etsy).

What can I say about PUDDLE? It’s a Pullip doll free-for-all and there is so much to see that your eyes burn by the end of the day from trying to absorb as much cuteness as possible. I was super thrilled to meet a handful of awesome folks from Facebook and YouTube, and that alone made the trip worth it.

Here are some photo highlights (these are not my dolls by the way, though I wish they were!) June 2015 116

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A truly fun event that’s perfect for anyone who’s ever thought, “Am I weird for liking dolls?” The answer doesn’t matter, especially with so many kindred spirits out there!

Pullip Nanachan by Groove

Mamma mia the kawaii! Pullip Nanachan is an absolute dream. DREAM. The girl can’t take a bad photo, even smothered behind  a plastic film and strapped into a box.

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I pre-ordered with the huddled masses around Christmas last year, and we all waited with baited breath to see if the J-Pop singer Mi-Chan’s cat likeness could truly be captured in a Pullip doll. Answer? YES.

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Nanachan comes with fur ears and a removable fur tail. No shoes, though…which is weird until you imagine a cat wearing shoes.  She is a vision!

Pullip Aya by Groove

Holy hair, Groove! I had seen pics of Pullip Aya and asked myself, “But why?” I’m being hard on her and she’s now angry at me, but in all seriousness I did not understand at all what Groove was thinking when they designed Pullip Aya, aka Pullip Las Vegas Showgirl.

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I was curious enough to do some research on her, as she’s such a pretty doll with the most unusual stock.  In Japanese fashion, while Lolita style is considered little girl like and innocent, “Hime” style, or Gyaru is more sophisticated and over the top high end fashion.  Here’s a great excerpt I found on Wikipedia about Hime Gyaru:

“It is one of the more over the top and also one of the most expensive style of dress of all of the categories. The hime style is largely based on the Rococo era. Gyaru of this style wear dresses or skirts in pink or other pastels with lots of lace and bows. Rose patterns, pearls and crown motifs are also very common. Headpieces range from large bow clips with pearls to rose accents, while the hair is either bleached, poofed up in a bouffant at the top and curled or a wig/extensions are worn. The make-up style has even more exaggerated eyes than the typical gyaru. Hime gyaru does not only include clothes, but many girls see it as a way of life and make or buy custom-made decor for their homes. The style blossomed in the early 2000s but has since declined or turned more casual (this version is referred to as hime kajii), even if the old one is still present. Not to be confused with Lolita fashion.”

If that’s the description, Aya is your pinup! I couldn’t resist giving her a make-under, though, and found her to be equally charming without her low-cut dress and dangling earrings.

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Pullip Custom Ellie by Lavender Leigh Dolls

It’s no secret that I slapped my name on a Facebook forum, not sure what to expect. But the thing about YouTube is that you can’t share pictures, and what fun is that? There are a million talented people out there, and I was tired of talking to a camera.

One of those extremely talented people is my friend Amanda, who harbored this secret…she’s a doll artist superhero! After seeing a few of her pics, I begged her for a custom. (Begged is putting it mildly.) The result is this gorgeous custom Pullip “Ellie” branded with Amanda’s “Lavender Leigh” signature.

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Imagine my jaw on the floor when I opened the little box and found that face plate! It took a while for me to find an adequate look for Ellie, who truly deserved the best. She went on a shopping spree… April 2015 301 April 2015 304 April 2015 342 April 2015 420 April 2015 423

I finally landed on this pink haired look and kawaii style that I felt fit her perfectly. If you’re interested in learning more about Amanda’s Lavender Leigh dolls, message me!

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Pullip Xiao Fan by Groove

“Pullip is in a Chinese dress this time!” This is the exclamation from Groove in their description of Pullip Xiao Fan, who must be absolutely shocked to have found herself looking Chinese-ish. You’d think she might be less shocked to find she is actually an Alien.

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Xiao Fan came to my happy Pullip family via eBay, and I am embarrassed to say that I hadn’t given her too much attention until then.  I figured she would arrive in so-so condition with a crackly Type 3 body and a bad wig. I was wrong on both accounts. Her purple hair was soft and her stock was incredibly well made and quite lovely. The only thing I wasn’t crazy about was the giant flower in her hair.

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If Pullip Xiao Fan is indeed Chinese, maybe she is Miao Yin from Big Trouble in Little China:

Custom Pullip My Select Paja – PUDDLESTYLE Donation

I couldn’t be more excited about attending PUDDLE this weekend! If you’re not familiar with the event, imagine some of the most devoted Pullip and Dal collectors gathering one place for an event that includes fun prizes, great shopping, and camaraderie.

Each year PUDDLE has a theme, and next year’s theme is Fairy Tales. My mom and I decided to sponsor the event and are donating this lovely fairy doll – Icarena – as a prize.

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The wig is from Denver Doll Emporium (a great source of affordable Leekeworld wigs), and the eyes are from Cool Cat. The wings are from Mei4Life, and of course the dress and hair wreath are from my mom’s shop, SetsieSilhouette.

Icarena has her own fairy tale (Thank you Beatriz!) which will be included with the doll.

We hope you can join us in Chicago!

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 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.