The obligatory Black Friday-Cyber Monday sale has been posted in my Etsy Shop:
If you’re not familiar with the new “MIO” (Make It Own) line, it’s a bunch of blank dolls sold in the Pullip line without any makeup, clothing, etc. A lot of doll collectors were begging for these in the mid-2000s, but it was the opinion at the time that a low-cost blank doll would harm the regular release market because people would buy blank dolls instead. I always thought that was pretty silly, because most people aren’t going to be able to do anything like with a blank doll as a factory-faceup doll, especially back then when there were far, far fewer high quality customizers available to commission. But anyway, for some reason they changed their mind, and now you can buy blank dolls to customize! Yay!
…now what do I do with my accumulated ‘For Customizing’ doll stash?
I was sent MIO dolls by both Truefan and Pullip Junk to review after Groove sent them MIO dolls to review. I have now helped Pullp Junk do a custom on her own, and finished the faceup on a Dal for PUDDLE 2014 for Truefan and did an Isul to my own specifications, so I feel like I have had enough experience to be able to form an opinion.
Pullip Junk has done a pretty thorough review of the MIO stuff on her blog. I suggest you read it, if you haven’t already. My review is going to be strictly from a customizing perspective. Read more »
While doing some chores yesterday I came across Clawdia and Honey Swamp at Target. Which is great, because of the 4 new girls from the Hauntlywood set, those were the 2 I wanted!
Unfortunately, this is not going to be as in-depth a review as the others because frankly I’m sick and I have a wake to go to and it has been a really shitty couple of weeks. So finding the new dolls? That was pretty nice.
I love Honey Swamp. She has a wonderful color palette, fabulous shoes, a unique body sculpt, LOVE HER HAIR, and the only thing I can possibly complain about is her belt, which slides up to just under her boobs because it doen’t work with her outfit. (I took it off for the pic)
Clawdia Wolf is fabulous. I really like the adult MH body girls, her open-mouthed grin even has sculpted fangs! I feel like she’s too heavy on the red/gold combo though, especially when she has such dark skin (it’s darker than Clawdeens) it’s all strong/bold on strong/bold. Maybe if the red was a little more purple toned, or the gold was a little more pale gold instead of neon gold. But it doesn’t really matter, because she’s still fabulous.
Also very happy I found them in person because I ordered some of the new dolls online as I am dreading holiday crowds and half of them had eye wonk :( Oh well. Customs.
As I’ve had a lot of requests for this pattern fitted to Pullips, I put up a Pullip & Dal kimono pattern on Etsy. This is an experimental pattern for two reasons:
First, this is a pattern with 2 different doll sizes included in the pattern. It may be too confusing for people, but I hope it works, because I love making each pattern as versatile as possible.
Second, this is a Pullip Type 4 Pattern. It is the first and only pattern I have made specifically for Type 4s. People have asked for it, but I don’t know how many people would actually have a use for it. Pullip people don’t sew as much as MH people. So if this pattern doesn’t sell, there will be no more Pullip patterns. If it DOES sell, there will.
So if you want to see more of them, you have a vested interest in spreading the word. And it’s only $2!
Lazicki’s Bird House & Rescue is a bird rescue. The building it is run out of is going to be demolished at the end of the year, and they need to raise money to move to and renovate a new site to continue running the rescue. It’s not a lot (only $10,000 and they are almost half way there!) but they are running out of time.
Why are bird rescues important when animal rescues are everywhere? Parrots are extremely intelligent, and they develop behavioral problems like self mutilation if they are left alone in a cage all day, just like a person would if left in solitary confinement for years at a time.
If you look at pictures of some of the birds waiting to be adopted, you’ll notice lots of them have bald spots–they’ve been plucking out their own feathers. Some of them even start tearing up their own bodies. Even though they’re the third most common pet, most shelters don’t even take birds, and when they do, birds like this will get euthanized instead of rehabilitated because the shelters just don’t have the capabilities.
So spread the word if you know any other animal lovers, and donate if you can.
New pattern set now on Etsy!
This is another unisex pattern set… I find I have to choose between making clothes versatile (so you only have to sew it once to share it among more dolls) or making them look really tailored. Some patterns, like letterman jackets and hoodies, aren’t supposed to look tailored, so it works out well. I think I’ll always choose “Clothes designed to look well on one type of doll” vs “Clothes that look OK on a lot of dolls.”
In similar news, I think I’m going to make a type 4 Pullip kimono pattern next. Enough people have asked for it, and I guess I could test the waters for a type-4 pattern.
I know. It took forever. And I already had a pattern like this for Pullip, so what’s the big deal, right? There’s a lot more variation between MH and EAH dolsl than there is in Pullip dolls. There isn’t a huge variation between heads, no dolls with gigantic ears, or weird sculpted hair. But anyway, it’s all done. I’m going to make a couple more sets and take more pictures, but I wanted to get it in in time for Halloween. Not that I wear MY kigurumi on Halloween… I wear mine all the time :D
At the closing of the last essay, there wasn’t much of a community to speak of, certainly not a cohesive one in which one can accurately poll the size of the fandom or where the fandom is immigrating from. I now use the word ‘Fandom’ instead of ‘Community’ when talking about Pullip collectors.
Given that Pullip prices (for out of print dolls) peaked in 2008, I suspect this is about the point where most adult collectors who had their own disposable income began moving on, possibly helped by the financial crisis in 2008. The fandom still grew, because there were lots and lots of teens and pre-teens getting their parents to buy them Pullips (throughout the financial crisis, sales of luxury goods has not faltered. Look it up if you don’t believe me). By 2009-2010 there were more people leaving the fandom than entering it.
Where did they go?
Pretty isn’t she? That’s the faceup she COMES with! Read more »
This is a continuation of part 12, because it got too big for one blog post.
The next big influx of fans came with the Rozen Maiden releases in late 2006. Now Pullip was introduced to a gigantic audience: anime fans! And Pullip, with her big anime-type head, is a natural fit for anime fans.
Side effect: The sudden influx of new people was a bit larger than the existing fandom could manage to integrate and maintain a standard of decorum without mods who actually mod-ed. Other, fan-run forums began to spring up and become more popular, and the fandom became less centralized. Read more »
Part 12: Where did they come from?
Not the dolls, that we’ve already covered. Now we’re covering the fandom. And forgive me, but I will be speaking from a north-American centric perspective. I don’t really know about the other groups well enough to write about them from any authority.
So: In the beginning…