New releases December 2016: Pullip Katrina and Taeyang ReonHARDT

It’s that time of the month again: new doll announcements! While Groove has not officially announced them yet, both dolls are already available on Pullip.net.

Pullip Katrina

p193detailLet’s start with the Pullip. Pullip Katrina is a classy girl! With her large hat and fur coat, she is wearing a very stylish outfit. Underneath her coat she’s wearing a long purple gown, which of course can be worn seperately. Her long dark blonde hair really stands out. Her faceup and eyechips remind us of some older dolls from the Type 3 era, which is a nice break with the more cute girls we’ve seen the past few years. It also looks like her skin tone is tan, a color not seen on regular releases often.

Pullip Katrina looks more mature than most other Pullip releases, thank to her outfit and faceup. She’s really quite different from what we have seen so far. We just really hope the coat is made from fake fur, as Groove has been doing so well with not using real fur for years now.

Taeyang ReonHARDT

t259detailWell, that’s one funky name for sure and for someother reason it reminds us of Taeyangfold. Taeyang ReonHARDT is a companion to Katrina and like her, he is dressed very stylishly. He is wearing a brown suit with stripes, giving him a very mature look. Underneath his suit he wears a dark brown gilet with a flower pattern on the fabric. He is wearing a light blue shirt, but it is a bit hard to tell from the photos if this can be worn seperately from the gilet. It probably can, but we can’t tell for sure.

He also has a more traditional faceup with very dark eyes and red lips. His grey wig is styled in a traditional men’s hairdo, completing his overall look. It’s good to see a Taeyang that is wearing a more normal outfit, compared to the steampunk and fantasy designs we’ve seen the past few years.

 

What do you think of these two? Let us know here or on Facebook!

Clothes review: Bella’s doll clothes

It’s time for a new doll clothes review! This time, we asked Silent Distraction if she wanted to write a little review about two dresses we saw her talk about on Facebook. Here’s what she had to say!

simplybellaPullip Home asked me if I’d like to talk about two new dresses that I’ve purchased recently from Bella’s doll clothes for their new review section. Of course I jumped at the chance to talk about this lady’s work. She has a Facebook page and sells her clothes on eBay. She does post outside of the UK, but buyers need to contact her first to figure out shipping.I placed my order and within two days the dresses arrived. They were nicely packaged inside a cellophane bag which was in a padded envelope.

First impressions did not leave me disappointed, they looked as beautiful as they did online. The fabric is of good quality and the stitching is extremely neat. Both dresses fasten with a thin strip of Velcro on the back. The skull dress is trimmed with some fancy lace.

simplybella2They fit well on a regular Pullip body but the seller also makes the same dresses to fit other sized dolls too if you need something bigger. The waist reminds of an empire line (it sits just under the bust). The length is average, not too short or too long. The top of the dress is lined inside which is a nice touch and leaves a very professional finish around the neck and arms.

I personally think that the dresses are quite versatile. Pullip, depending on what style of girl you’d choose could look very pretty and dainty in one of Bella’s creations but if you decided to put her in a jacket and boots she would definitely have a more edgy appearance!

simplybella3They are adorable and extremely good value for the money, they cost me £6.00 each and had free postage. Overall I’m really happy with them, they are a great addition to any Pullip’s wardrobe.

 

 

If you’re interested in purchasing a dress from Bella’s doll clothes, check them out here:

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This review was written by Silent Distraction

Artist of the Month October 2016: Omocha Crush!

Hello everyone!

omochacrushOf course, now that we’re back with regular updates we are also slowly introducing our regular posts and features such as our Artist of the Month. For October, we found none other than Omocha Crush willing to answer a few of our questions!

Omocha Crush is known for her amazing youtube videos in which she reviews dolls, discusses them and gives tips. Want to get to know her a bit better? Don’t hesitate and visit the interview right away!

Two tutorials added!

Hi all!

naamloos-1We’ve added two tutorials to the site, both made by DoubleOtaku! The first tutorial is a crochet pattern with which you can make a Pullip shawl. This is our first crochet pattern and we hope you like it!

The second tutorial is something completely different: how to make your own dollhouse. For this tutorial you don’t need to be a carpenter, you can start with your own cupboard or shelves. This tutorial focuses on how to make proper walls. We plan on adding another tutorial focusing on decorations later.

Let us know if you like the tutorials and if you’ve used any of our tips, do share your experiences and tips!

Clothes review: Sucre Dolls

One of the things we’ve been wanting to add to the site for a while is reviews. Now, while doll reviews are great and we will most definitely add some to the site at some point, we wanted to expand beyond that. There are a lot of great sites and youtube channels that do doll reviews, so we went looking for something to add to that. We decided to do reviews of doll clothes and accessories made by enthusiasts and other companies. This way we hope to give collectors some idea of what’s out there and what they can expect when they buy from a certain (online) shops.

Sucre Dolls

sucredollsFor our first review, we decided to take some clothes Aienhime recently bought at Jolie Doll in Paris. Jolie Dolls sells clothes in their brick and mortar store made by French designers which often aren’t available online, so it’s a lot of fun to visit the store and to browse all the different clothes.

This outfit is made by Sucre Dolls and consists of a hat, top and white 3/4 pants. In the first photo it is worn by Pullip Ally on a type4 body, in the second by Pullip Kirsche on a SBH-s obitsu. The outfit fits well on both body types, but the top is a bit loose on the type 4. Even so it’s not so loose that it becomes troublesome or that it doesn’t fit right, so the outfit can be worn by either body type without much trouble.

All parts of the outfit are very well made. The pants are a bit simple, but sturdy and fit well without any loose threads. They fit well, but tight, so wearing socks underneath is not possible. As they are simple white pants it would be easy to combine them with another top and with different shoes, making them very versatile. They close in the back with velcro.

The top is pretty long and covers most of the top part of the pants. The fabric is very cute and has cartoon-style trees and horses on it. A little four-leaved clover charm features at the top giving the outfit a nice little extra touch. The top closes with velcro on the back. Like the pants, it’s quite possible to combine the top with different clothes like a skirt.

The top has a design that somehow reminds us of a chef’s hat a little bit: it is quite poofy at the top but the band around the dolls’ head is quite tight, making sure it stays in place properly. The hem is done in the same fabric as the top and features a little bow. The hat is what really makes this outfit stand out. It’s a real eye catcher and gives the outfit that something extra to make it less ordinary.

All in all this outfit is really well made and pretty versatile because it consists of three pieces that can work very well in combination with other clothes. The soft colors used give it a very sweet look and we’re sure it looks best on cute, candy-themed dolls. This outfit is great for beginning collectors as it allows you to mix and match, but more seasoned collectors will surely fall in love with it too!

Unfortunately we are currently not sure if Sucre Doll’s clothes can be purchased online or if she has a website, but some of her outfits have been available on Jolie Doll’s website at some point, so make sure to keep an eye out!

The lovely bag you see in the last photo is made by Cookie’s Fabrik and is not part of the outfit.

New releases: Pullip Lupinus and Dal Quince!

Nope, we did not forget about these two lovely girls in our summer recaps! However, as these two are the most recent announcements and because we feel they’re pretty special, we decided to give them a bit of the spotlight and they’re our first ‘normal’ new releases post since summer!

Lupinus and Quince are a matching set designed by Silver Butterfly, a Japanese designer who has previously worked on Pullip Galene and Taeyang Natsume. this means that these dolls are part of the Creator’s Label series.

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Pullip Lupinus

lupinusObviously, we have to start with the eyes. Both Lupinus and Quince feature something that we haven’t seen on an official release so far: pupil-less eyes. Her pink eyes are striking and very sparkly: they appear to be very detailed and they remind us of gemstones.

Even apart from her eyes, Lupinus is a gorgeous release as well. She is wearing a grey and Ivory maid outfit with long separate sleeves and stockings. She has a large bonnet in white and grey which features loads of lace and two ribbons. To complete her outfit she is wearing a grey cape and she comes with a large bag.

She has large lips but an otherwise simple faceup, which only helps to make her eyes stand out even more.

Dal Quince

quinceLike Lupinus, Quince features striking, pupil-less eyes. Her eyes are more peach than Lupinus’ but feature the same design. In Dal’s smaller head, they seem to pop out even more!

Quince is wearing a very cute peach dress with Ivory details like a large bow around her waist. She is wearing a lovely cape and a very large peach colored bonnet which matches her dress perfectly. She is wearing brown boots and comes with a bag just like Lupinus.

Her dark brown hair curls up at the bottom giving it a lot of volume. Her lips almost appear to be pearly and are very gorgeous indeed.

 

The combination of their extraterrestrial eyes and her down to earth maid outfit instantly make us wonder who she is and what their story is! Is Lupinus Quince’s maid who is accompanying her on her trip to earth? Are they fairies trying to blend in with humankind, or were they normal humans exposed to a supernatural substance? What do you think?

The great Dal, Isul and Taeyang recap!

Hi Guys!

We’re back for our second (and final) recap of the summer releases, featuring all Dal, Isul and Taeyang releases we’ve seen this summer. To be honest, we were pleasantly surprised to see how many non-Pullip dolls Groove has announced! After a period of almost Pullip-only releases, it’s refreshing to see them give their other lines attention.

Dal

Ho-Ho

hohoAccompanying Pullip Ha-Ha (see previous post) is Dal Ho-Ho. Like Ha-Ha, Ho-Ho is inspired by simmer. Her pink and blue outfit is perfect for those lovely summer days and she, too, comes with a very frilly bikini which can be worn separately from the rest of her outfit. She also comes with blue, heart-shaped sunglasses, two headbands, a little toy and what appears to be a flower-like hair accessory.

Her long blonde hair is styled in ringlets and her eyes and eyeshadow are ocean blue, with lovely large hearts. All in all this is a very sweet Dal release without being over the top, and she and Ha-Ha make a great set.

Dal Ho-Ho is already available!

Deneb

denebDal Deneb will be released with Taeyang Albireo to celebrate the Taeyang and Dal 10th anniversary, which is this year. Brother and sister are dressing up for a masquarade ball. Deneb’s gorgeous white outfit comes with a mask and has silver details on the dress. She is wearing very cute silver shoes and comes with a gorgeous headband.

Her dark blonde hair is styled in beautiful curls. Her faceup has very soft features which matches her outfit very well.

Deneb will be available in October!

Alpin

alpinDal Alpin is inspired by the Alps, and it shows! Her outfit reminds us of a traditional Swiss or Austrian outfit and even her name matches the theme. The red top part of the dress can be removed so that she has a black dress as well, effectively giving her two outfits to wear.

Her dark brown hair is in braids and thanks to her long lower lashes her green eyes are striking. She’s supposed to be a set with Isul Eder.

Dal Alpin will be available in October.

Isul

Eder

ederIsul Eder is the first Isul to be released since Hansel and is a set with Dal Alpin. He too features an Austrian/Swiss/southern German theme. He’s wearing a long white coat with plenty of red and green details. There are little flowers embroidered on the black bands of his coat, a lovely little detail which matches Alpin’s dress. Without the coat, Eder wears a lovely white blouse and a red jacket which is a lovely combination as well, giving him multiple options like Alpin.

His blonde hair is quite long and features a braid on the side. His faceup is otherwise pretty basic, which is good because his outfit and hair are already so detailed it might have become too much.

Eder will be released in October 2016!

Taeyang

Albireo

albireoAlbireo is the single Taeyang release this summer and he’s released alongside of Dal Deneb to celebrate his and Dal’s 10th anniversary. His outfit is mostly black with some silver and gold details. Like his sister he comes with an elaborate headpiece and a mask which are both inspired by black swans. The headpiece is more like a crown.

To match his darker outfit Albireo has pretty dark eyes which really stand out. He has gorgeous teal-colored eyes.

Taeyang Albireo will be released in October!

The great Pullip recap!

Hello everyone!

 

First of all, sorry about our absence this summer. Yours truly was faced with some bad medical news which, alongside preparing my wedding, left little to no room for dolls. The wedding is now over (it was lovely! Best day of my life would be an understatement) and the medical news seems to be getting its place in my life, so I have some space for dolls again. I will slowly try to pick up some things for the website, but be aware that updates might still be a bit slow at times.

This summer, Groove announced and released a large amount of dolls. Let’s start by recapping which dolls we have missed! I will dedicate this post to Pullip only, and a later post will recap the Dal, Taeyang and Isul releases.

Wonder Woman Dress Version

wonderwoman-2016Groove surprised us by announcing two Comic Con San Diego exclusives this year, after skipping the event in 2015.

Both girls are based on characters from DC and have been released as Pullip dolls before, but are unique enough to be worthy of their own release!

Wonder Woman Dress version is a wonderful girl wearing an elaborate dress inspired by the Wonder Woman character. Her dark hair and bright lips truly make her stand out.

Wonder Woman Dress Version is now available!

Harley Quinn Dress Version

harley2016The second DC Comic Con exclusive is based on the Harley Quinn character, which is now really popular thanks to the Suicide Squad movie.

Like Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn comes in an elaborate dress inspired by her outfits from the movies, series and comics. It has a lot of frill and she also comes with a mask. Her wig features black and red stripes.

Her face is very pale, and like with the original Harley Quinn release the pale color is only featured on the front of her face, making this girl not very versatile.

Harley Quinn Dress Version is now available!

Ha-Ha

hahaPullip Ha-Ha is quite the summer girl! Not only does she come in the blue checkered jumpsuit, she also comes with a frilly bikini and a pair of wonderful sunglasses. She also has lovely large hearts in her eyes which are sure to enchant you. This release is quite basic compared to some other releases we’ve seen the past few years but that is part of Ha-Ha’s charm; she reminds us of simpler days when Pullip releases were more down to earth and casual.

Pullip Ha-Ha was released together with Dal Ho-Ho and is already available to brighten up your fall days!

Amelia

ameliaPullip Amelia is a very special release indeed! She’s not only Pullip Style‘s second exclusive (the first one was Froggy), but she was designed by Ichigo Klein and RequiemArt, two American designers/collectors.

Keeping in mind costs so that she wouldn’t be too expensive like some other new releases, these women have designed a wonderful and unique doll. Her bunny/pilot theme is visible in all the details (don’t you just love those goggles?), and her ears can be worn on her cap or loose. Her color scheme is bold but seems to fit together so well.

This lovely girl is now available exclusively on Pullip Style!

Queen Serenity

serenityIn case you thought Groove was done with Sailor Moon, think again! In June, Queen Serenity was announced.

She is wearing a white angelic like outfit befitting her queen status and comes with lovely wings.  Her faceup is pretty simple, in line with what we’ve become used to with Sailor Moon dolls.

Her wig is styled in the standard Sailor Moon way and her face features the crescent moon we’ve seen on previous releases.

Queen Serenity was released in August!

Bonnie

bonniePullip Bonnie is something else indeed; don’t be deceived by her cute appearance! Underneath her cute frilly bunny outfit she is wearing a sexy playgirl outfit. Her full lips and long lashes give this girl a wonderful and slightly mature look. She reminds us of Pullip Aya with both her outfit and her faceup. She comes with a rabbit plush toy.

Pullip Bonnie will be available in September.

Marie

mariePullip Marie is a collaboration with Angelic Pretty, a brand which we know from previous collaborations resulting in Pulips Sfoglia and Prupate. She is released to celebrate Angelic Pretty’s 15th anniversary and is wearing a doll-sized version of one of their human dresses.

Marie’s entire outfit is elaborate and comes with loads of little details, from the flowers on her headdress to the puffs on her shoes. She has full lips and her brown hair comes in little ringlets. A gorgeous release to celebrate the anniversary of this special brand!

Pullip Marie will be available in September.

Mistress 9

mistress9The second Sailor Moon Pullip announced this summer is Mistress 9.

Mistress 9 is inspired by Sailor Saturn and it shows: the two dolls share a similar faceup. Mistress 9 is slightly more mature and of course comes in a completely different outfit.

The materials used on the outfit look a bit basic and leaves us wondering if they couldn’t have done a bit more of an elaborate job on her, but she does fit in with the other Sailor Moon dolls.

Mistress 9 will be released on October.

Veritas Special Edition

veritasspecialThis girl is a slightly odd release. As you recall, Groove released Pullip Deep Crimson Veritas as part of their premium line earlier this year. Now AGA, which is the brand which designs Pullip (so not Groove) has announced this new Veritas version, who wears a brown version of the Veritas outfit and has a mocha skin tone. Her hair is white with a blue streak.

The catch? There are only 50 of her produced and she is priced at $450 . Yikes. She sure is a special version of Veritas and it is amazing to see a darker skinned doll, but she is priced very steeply, especially considering she’s just a recolor of a doll which already had 2 releases.

Veritas Special Edition will be available in September.

Cheshire Cat in Steampunkworld

cheshirecatsteampunkWe were slightly surprised, but very exited when we saw Groove had announced yet another addition to their lovely Steampunk Alice line! Based on the Cheshire Cat character, Pullip Cheshire Cat in Steampunkworld stands out from the other Steampunk releases with her bright red hair. Her outfit features the same stripes and gears we’ve seen on the other Steampunk releases and her faceup manages the craziness of the character beautifully.

Pullip Cheshire Cat in Steampunkworld will be available in October.

Taffy

taffyPullip Taffy continues the trend of more unique dolls that we’ve seen so far this year. Taffy looks like a girl inspired by hippie culture, with her own special twist. Her outfit features lovely fabric with gorgeous blue, brown and white details. She comes with both a headband and a large hat and a separate white lace vest.

Her faceup stands out because of her two tones eyelashes and subtle peach eye shadow. And let’s not overlook her long, gorgeous wig!

Pullip Taffy will be released in October.