November 2017 Pullip x Gouk Miyabi Collaboration Dolls: Shion and Kagezakura

Pullip x Gouk Collaboration Dolls

To be honest, I was starting to think that Groove was going to stop making Pullip. Production of new dolls was slow, orders for the excessively popular MIO kits are delayed, and I was wondering if this was the end. Then, these two new Gouk Miyabi collaboration dolls appear, and I’m very heartened. If this is the direction Groove is going in, I couldn’t be happier. Shion (left) and Kagezakura (right) will be released in November 2017. My thoughts on the dolls are below, pre-order links and a full image gallery are at the bottom of the page.

Pullip Shion

Pullip x Gouk Collaboration Doll: Shion

Pullip Shion appears first in Groove’s blog announcement, so I will put her first here as well. Shion is a traditional-looking doll and reminds me a bit of Xiao Fan. She’s very pale and has dark, shoulder-length hair with bangs. Her outfit seems no-frills to me, but also very clean. I especially like the use of chrysanthemums, one of my favorite flowers.

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Re-ment Little Twin Stars Kira Kira Yume Kawa Cosmetics Set

The Little Twin Stars Re-ment collection grows ever larger with the addition of Kira Kira Yume Kawa Cosmetics. Click on the image above to view much larger. The sets look very cute, and I especially like that the mirror in Set 4 and the table in Set 5 can be combined into a mirrored dressing table that can be seen in the top right of the promo picture above. This series releases in October 2017; the sets are listed and described below, and at the very bottom you can find pre-order links.

Set 1: “New cosmetics” has a really cute white shelf, a compact, 2 piece lipgloss, blush brush, and makeup orb that opens. It also has a LTS makeup pad? thing? with a face on it.

Set 2: “Eye cosmetics,” the eye makeup set has false eyelashes, 2 piece mascara, pink eyelash curler, green candy-shaped bag(?), and gold moon eyeshadow.

Set 3: “Jewelry box” includes a really cute turquoise jewelry box that I hope opens, pink star mirror, LTS brooch, star necklace, and scent diffuser reeds in a star-shaped jar.

Set 4: “Mirror” has a pink mirror, but I’m having a hard time figuring out what the other items are. Maybe the white and purple tart-shaped item is a seat, and there’s a lotion tube, but what the lanyard thing is I’m not sure.

Set 5: “Nail” has the pink and white table that can be combined with the mirror in Set 4, plus two nail polish bottles, what I presume is a nail polish remover bottle, two toe spreading sponges, and an opening orb, maybe with star cotton balls?

Set 6: “Hair care” includes a hair dryer, bow hair band, brush, two star rollers, and presumably some hair product bottle.

Set 7: “Bath items” has a yellow star bowl, blue toothbrush, soap in dish, Kiki and Lala bath fizzies, and Kiki and Lala soap dispensers.

Set 8: “Date” includes a really cute purple and white purse, a bottle of perfume, star earrings, and 2 piece lipstick.

Which are your favorite sets? Will you be getting them all or just picking up a few? I like pretty much every set aside from 6 and 7, which aren’t as appealing to me.

Pre-Order Links

AmiAmi 3,230 JPY
e-Traders Place $40 USD

Doll Haul: MH Scarnival Draculaura and EAH Spring Unsprung Kitty Cheshire

Monster High Draculaura - Scarnival Editio

Monster High Draculaura – Scarnival Edition

I’ve been slowing down on my stock Monster High collection lately because I’ve been way more focused on building my custom doll collection, but I’ve been eyeing Scarnival Draculaura for weeks. While I was at Wal-Mart today doing super psychotically early Christmas shopping I decided to pick her up and I’m very happy that I did. She’s a basic release doll (aka no stand and cheaper) and she comes with a really cute outfit, heart heeled shoes, a plush bat, and a balloon game. Out of the box her hair was super soft, it seems like a totally different hair material than my other Draculauras too (Sweet Screams, Haunted, Monster Exchange, and Boo York Frightseers). I don’t really have a basic Draculaura so I’m happy to have Scarnival now. I almost bought the Scarnival boys too, but I don’t have any Mansters and I’m not really sure I want to start collecting them so … for now at least, it’s just the girls.

Ever After High Kitty Cheshire - Spring Unsprung Edition

Ever After High Kitty Cheshire – Spring Unsprung Edition

I’ve wanted the Spring Unsprung Kitty Cheshire since I started collecting Ever After High dolls (um, over the summer), and today the Haunted Wal-Mart by the Hauted Toys R Us that always gets new releases had two of her in stock, one of which didn’t have damaged makeup. I call them the Haunted stores because they 1) somehow always have both new and really old doll releases and full shelves and 2) the Toys R Us is in a huge plaza, far back from the road, where every other business is closed except them. Anyway, since the summer collecting frenzy I’ve decided to only collect Alice in Wonderland EAH dolls so Kitty Cheshires are allowed in the house. I was a little on the fence about it, but now I’m so glad I brought her home. I need to get an original release Lizzie Hearts and a Bunny Blanc (who I almost bought today at TRU) and the Wonderland collection is set. I’m hoping for a Spring Unspring Madeline Hatter and Bunny Blanc because it’s easily my favorite EAH series. The Kitty Cheshire above had some issues with her pigtails being a little ratty out of the box so I boil straightened them today. The vines around her shoes are asymmetrical too, but there are no huge flaws, which is great, especially because I don’t want to try and track down a store exclusive doll a year out (cough, Haunted Rochelle, cough).

Anyway, that’s today’s doll haul! A small one but I got some great girls. Three cheers for doll collecting!

Doll Haul: Monster High 13 Wishes Frankie, Exchange Lorna McNessie, and Fashion Scarah

Frankie Stein - 13 Wishes Haunt the Casbah Series

Frankie Stein – 13 Wishes Haunt the Casbah Series

First off, I think that 13 Wishes Haunt the Casbah Frankie Stein has got to have one of the longer titles of any of the Monster High dolls. Second, I was so happy and surprised to find this Frankie in a random Wal-Mart. It was the most surreal experience, they must have been cleaning their stock room, because there were a ton of older releases on the shelves with just one doll available. I walked around with eight dolls before narrowing it down and I’m separating the Monster High and Ever After High dolls into two Doll Haul posts because of it.

I’ve been eyeing this Frankie release for a while since it’s so beautiful and comes with great accessories. She seems to be full price online still, and I’ve had so many bad experiences buying MH off of eBay lately, that I was very happy to find her in person. The box was damaged, but that doesn’t matter to me, and she was on sale for $17. Her eyes have some slight paint flaws, but the hair and doll itself are both in good shape.

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