I don’t collect Monster High dolls, but I recognize how perfect they are for customizing. The face molds are very angular and defined, and I can see the beauty of using these girls as canvases.
One of my favorite characters from the series is Lagoona Blue, a sea monster from the Great Scarrier Reef. Cute, I know. My good friend Matt gifted me with this lovely custom girl, and I am always in awe of his work. I adore that he softened the doll’s look, and check out those little rhinestones!!!
If you are looking for custom faceup work on Pullips or Monster High dolls, I highly recommend Matt! You can reach him via his tumblr at http://mattysdollies.tumblr.com/
I had never heard of Rozen Maiden before I met Pullip, but she was kind enough to give me an introduction to these lovely ladies. Manga can be very deceiving – you’d think a story about 7 dolls looking for masters would be cute and sweet. When you find out their mission is to destroy each other to become the ultimate doll for some Svengali-esque doll-maker, well, you get a swift kick in the pants about how the Japanese throw down.
But I digress. I was pleased to have Suiseiseki come to hang with my Pullip doll crew, and would you believe she had zero intention of destroying her fellow dolls? She was just happy to get out of this box.
Ah, that’s better. For once my backyard served as a proper backdrop of Suiseiseki, as her character (and her twin sister’s) are considered gardeners.
Love the mismatched eyes. And that green velour outfit is just stunning. I know people have criticized this re-release of the Rozen Maiden girls, but they’re certainly made very well!
I haven’t been collecting Pullip dolls for very long, but in all the feverish research I’ve done online, I’ve found a a few favorite artists who create OOAK works of art in the form of my favorite dolly.
One of those artists is Nerea Pozo, a lovely lady who creates brilliant dioramas, miniatures, artworks, and custom dolls. This is Enme Printemps, a doll that was gifted to me! She came with four outfits and accessories and original artwork!
Can’t recommend her enough! Check out more of her works:
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
“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.
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.
If Pullip Xiao Fan is indeed Chinese, maybe she is Miao Yin from Big Trouble in Little China: