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Sailor Chibi Moon photo
Sailor Chibi Moon

Get into the Groove with the DAL Sailor Chibi Moon doll


Pink Sugar Big-headed Girl Heart attack!
Apr 05
// Soul Tsukino
Groove has opened pre-orders for the newest installment of their DAL line with Sailor Chibi Moon from the monumental anime Sailor Moon. The future daughter of Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask comes in her Sailor Scout uniform and ...
Pullip Sailor Mercury photo
Pullip Sailor Mercury

Sailor Mercury is revealed as the next Sailor Moon series Pullip


Available for pre-order now!
Aug 29
// Natalie Kipper
The brains of the Inner Senshi, Sailor Mercury, is joining Sailor Moon in the realm of Pullip dolls. This may just be me, but Mercury seems to look a lot better in this line than Moon does. Maybe it's the haircut. Groove also...
Pullip x Sailor Moon photo
Pullip x Sailor Moon

Pullip transforms into Sailor Moon in this crossover


There is even a plush Luna accessory!
May 21
// Natalie Kipper
I may not be the biggest Pullip fan. In truth, they tend to weird me out. But slap the Sailor Moon likeness on one of the dolls and suddenly I want one. The doll in question is not only dressed in the magical girl's sailor ou...
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Miyazawa Model Expo 31: Azone and Groove


Dolls as far as the eye can see
Apr 10
// Natalie Kipper
Dolls were the name of the game for both Azone and Groove over at Miyazawa Model Expo 31. Azone's wares were more typical fare, showing off new toys of Puella Magi Madoka Magika's Madoka, Sword Art Online's Asuna, and Tsukiko...

Doll Break: It's an Innocent World

Sep 03 // Brigitte Coovert
Remember when I was waiting for my Byul doll to show up, and then I didn't say anything for weeks? Well, say hello to Innocent World Hermine! Lovely. I'm such a sucker for these Japanese fashion brand collaborations and I think Hermine probably has my favorite outfit of the three Innocent World dolls that Groove has released so far. She comes with an adjustable head band, faux fur stole, dress, shirt, bloomers, socks, shoes, and the saddest excuse for a petticoat I've ever seen. Saddest petticoat aside, the quality on the clothes is quite nice, though for these more expensive collaboration releases, I really wish Groove would go the extra mile and replace the velcro with snap closures and line the garments. Who am I kidding? Snap closures would be a giant leap forward by itself. It took a long time for the Byul face to grow on me, but now I just love them. The wig on Hermine is very soft and the quality is beautiful. The exception being the wig "scalp" showing above her right eye, which you can see clearly in the photo above, but it might just effect my Hermine. Still, I've been surrounded by these dolls for years and even I found that distracting. The braid is a cute touch and I think it adds a needed something "extra" to the hair. Another odd thing is that her eyes aren't foiled at all, meaning they are just translucent chips and you can see the shadow of the darkness inside the head coming through them. Man that sounded creepy! Still, not foiling the eyes seems lazy. The painted eyelashes and eyebrows are both very natural and soft feeling, which definitely mirrors the tone of the Innocent World brand. All my gripes aside Hermine is a beautiful and sweet looking doll with an amazing, deer-covered outfit (they're even on the socks!) so I'm completely happy with the purchase. I love that Groove took the time to actually reproduce these patterns in miniature and the clothes are definitely higher quality than with a standard release. Here, you can see Hermine with my Pullip Tiphona, who I still think is a total knockout, and you can see tons more photos of Hermine plus a few more a Tiphona in the gallery. I went complete snap-happy with these dolls so I hope you enjoy all the bonus photos! Just when I thought I was nearly caught up on my Innocent World x Groove doll collecting ... boom! The November releases are announced. That's right, another round of Innocent World collaboration dolls! First up is Dal Kleine, looking very sweet in chocolate and rose pink. I like the contrast between the darkness of her outfit and the unusual, caramel-colored hair, though I think I see another pair of un-foiled chips ... sigh! I love the shoes and socks and the wig is very cute; I'm such a fan girl of course this doll is on the wishlist, who am I kidding? Not all sites have her up yet, but for now you can pre-order Kleine on Hobby Search or AmiAmi for around ¥15,500 (a whopping US$198). The other Innocent World x Groove collaboration doll for November is Pullip Fraulein. I have to say that, as much as I want to like this doll, she feels very similar to Innocent World Dal Clair, from the tiered, dark lolita-esque outfit to the long ringlets of the hair. The only wig difference seems to be the color and this is the only Innocent World doll from Groove that isn't blonde, so it feels almost out of place. The hat looks a bit sloppy; some times you need to make things out of something other than floppy fabric, but the shoes have potential. I'm planning on skipping this release to get Clair and round out Series 1, but if you're interested in Fraulein you can pre-order her on Hobby Search or AmiAmi for around ¥15,500 (US$198). Honestly, I'm still trying to mentally process why these Series 2 releases, which seem less complicated than Series 1, are nearly US$75 more expensive. That makes no sense to me. If any part of you saw these two dolls and thought, "I want their clothes!" then Innocent World has you covered. As seen in Kera Vol. 170 (thanks Groove blog), Innocent World has coordinated these two dolls with two outfit set releases. Dal Kleine wears the Chocolate Teddy Bear Jumper in pink (though in most shots on the site it looks yellow) while Pullip Fraulein wears the Antique Doll Dress (Ariel). I know these clothes are meant to be worn in real life and it makes me feel a strange combination of old and in the wrong culture. I would love to wear floofy, Victorian-inspired dresses all day while drinking tea in a well-lit room, but I'm also an adult with a job and not 8 years old. These outfits are perfect, perhaps, for a convention or meet up, but I still honestly feel too old for these outfits in any context. Frankly, the girl on the left looks way too old for that teddy bear, while the girl on the right just looks very eccentric, which I approve of. There's a thin line between cute and creepy, ladies, and while I'm all for giving the middle finger to adulthood and perpetually dressing like a child, I also think there's a time and a place for it, with the necessity of not infantalizing oneself. Remember, if an adult man were walking around in a sailor suit with a giant lolly, you'd lock your doors. Ditch the teddy bear. The new Re-Ment releases have been announced and it looks like there's even more miniature Hello Kitty food offerings for you to enjoy. This time around, the name of the set is even more of a mouthful than normal: Hello Kitty Warm Eatery Hokahoka Syokudou. What ever you say, Re-Ment! At this point, I'm just wondering when Re-Ment will just come out with an entire miniature Hello Kitty-themed house play set, which I will buy, of course. Warm Eatery Hokahoka Syokudou is scheduled for release in October and you can pre-order it now at eTraders Place for US$42. I'm not sure I'm feeling tempted by this set but I do like #6 and #7, miniature soy sauce = adorable. Last but not least, the always lovely Brilliant Haute Couture has released a fabulous Alice set for Blythe dolls as well as a very sweet, pink yukata set (see gallery for pics). Alice is a really standard doll trope, so if you don't already have your Wonderland swag on lock, this set might be for you. It runs US$53 and does not include the shoes, but BHC has an excellent reputation for well-made, limited-run sets, so I'd wager it's worth the cost. The yukata set is equally adorable and US$49. Before I go, I am also very happy to announce that the mint Jardin du Alice Pullip and matching carrying case that I posted about are, in fact, not a Kera Shop exclusive! I've never been so happy to be wrong. Pre-orders are still open for the October Pullip release at HobbyLink Japan, Pullip Style, Hobby Search, and AmiAmi. Lowest pre-order price I found is US$120, which I may have to pounce upon. Thank you for reading Doll Break! There are tons of bonus photos in the gallery so be sure to check them out. Please remember to leave tips/corrections in the comments or e-mail me at brig@tomopop.com. For fellow Groove collectors, I'd love to know what you think of the price spike on these new Innocent World dolls!
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This week on Doll Break, it's (almost) all about Innocent World dolls from Groove. It was fairly recently that Groove started making collaboration pieces with major Japanese fashion brands, but with fan girls like me not b...

Doll Break: Dolly Deluge

Aug 13 // Brigitte Coovert
All week, I've been abuzz about this beautiful new mint colorway of the Alice du Jardin doll from Groove. Of course, I've also been in a cloud of willful denial, hoping it would pop up on my regular sites, but no; it's a Kera Shop exclusive. You can reserve her now for ¥12,600 (US$161) and she will be released around mid-September. I'm crazy about this release and I'm not sure why: the standard colorway is pretty, but this one is an even more stunning version of an already lovely doll. However, there is absolutely no way I'm paying that much money, so I might content myself to get the standard colorway, which was released in April and is still readily available. Ah, but here's the rub! Kera Shop is also releasing this amazing Angelic Pretty x Gothic and Lolita Bible collaboration Pullip carrying case in conjunction with the mint Jardin Alice! It has a throne for the dolls to sit on and if you want to take it out, you can use it as a wardrobe for clothes. You can reserve it for ¥9,030 (US$115) with an early October release date. Again, there's no way I'm paying that much, but now that the company has produced it my hopes have been raised that there will be a more affordable colorway released for us commoners down the road. Lots more of the official Kera Shop photos of the case are in the gallery, including some of mint Alice secure and ready for travel. I don't have any of the Azone dolls in my collection, just a few pieces of clothing, but that might change soon. I stumbled upon this gothic darling. Part of the Sarah's a la Mode series, she will be released late in August. Lise (which I've also seen written as Rise) is around ¥11,500 (about US$150), but the detail on the clothing is amazing so she may very well be worth the cost. Pre-orders are still open at HobbyLink Japan, AmiAmi, and Hobby Search. Speaking of new dolls, I've been looking forward to seeing the new Novi Stars line by MGA Entertainment, the makers of Bratz and Lalaloopsy (so I just learned). They're alien girls and they've come to Earth for  ... fashion and pizza. Okay, so they're marketed toward kids and I literally had to reach over the head of a 10-year-old girl to look at one on the shelf, but hey, they're interesting and the US$20 price point is a relief from time to time. Each one has a shtick: Mae Tallic talks, Allie Lectric lights up, Una Verse has clear legs filled with glitter and water, and Ari Roma is scented. What I like, aside from the designs in general, is that they remind me of toys from the '80s where they've have some crazy random thing that was supposed to "sell" them for kids. An example was those Barbie roller blades that "twinkled," but were just fixed with lighter sparkers thus some kid lit their house on fire, remember? Anyway, I didn't think I'd be able to find these Novi Stars locally, but I (obviously) did, and my first impression is a positive one. I bought one so expect a proper writeup next week with photos! While I was at the store scoping out the Novi Stars, I decided to pick up some parts for a Monster High custom I'm attempting to finish. It grew out of one of the Create-a-Monster kits that they make and it has started to spiral out of control a touch. Why? Because the kits don't actually come with all the parts you need to make a doll and the parts they do include are, from my experience, not interchangeable with stock dolls. Goodbye, Plan A! One of the people out there helping Monster High customizers deal with this crazy is Rachael of Jemgirl Creations. She makes replacement torsos for MH dolls along with amazing shoes plus all kinds of Blythe goods. You can buy these torsos as a set or individually and she even has a clear one available that would probably look great with the new ghost girl kit. Thank you to Rachel for giving us permission to use your photos! Okay, why be coy: here is a piece of the aforementioned Monster High custom that's driving me crazy. It all started with the skeleton add-on kit that I foolishly presumed would be interchangeable with a Laguna Blue I already had at home. Not so! On top of that, I discovered that the wig that comes in the kit was hands down the worst quality wig I have ever had the displeasure of handling. It was a dry, frizzy mess and the customizer in me cried out "Unacceptable!" Before I knew it I had ripped out all the hair, removed the paint with acetone, and was knee-deep in a Saran reroot. I've rerooted about two dozen G3 My Little Ponies and one Blythe doll, but I feel like this MH reroot is taking forty forevers. It's probably because I'm taking the time to do it properly — just because it's a US$20 doll doesn't mean I should do a US$20 job — but it drove me a bit nuts and I had to take a break. I'm feeling a bit more inspired now, so I hope I'll be able to show off the fruits of my labor soon. Cross those fingers. Moving on from customizing to handmade, if you happen to have a pile of cash burning a hole in your pocket there's a new release from high-end doll fashion design house Jojiko. The Sweet Pink Hearts Lolita Dress is full of pink, ruffles, and other such girlie charms; I for one think that it's darling. At ฿4,491 (that's Thai baht) or about US$145 it's an investment, but if this dress is your cup of tea, it's an investment I recommend. I happen to be fortunate enough to have the Pink Rabbit Lolita set in my collection and I can say that, without a doubt, their clothes are worth every cent. If you're outside of Thailand, I suggest just scrolling down the page and emailing them directly to order. Thank you to Kanjana for letting us use her photos! Staying on the topic of high-end doll goods, if you're a fan of Marina of Enchanted Doll but can't afford one of her amazing handmade ball-jointed art dolls (approximate cost, my yearly salary), then this new Enchanted Doll face necklace might be for you! They are made to order and cost $98 CAD, which is approximately US$98, and are cast in silver. I love the Enchanted Doll line, but this isn't my cup of tea. My favorite part is probably the crown bail, I cannot deny the attention to detail on it, and it's lovely. Thank you for taking another Doll Break with me! I'll have tons of my photos to share with you next week so I hope you'll stop in again and as always feel free to email tips/ideas to brig@tomopop.com or leave a comment below!
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Welcome back to Doll Break! This week was "one of those weeks," by which is mean one of those weeks that gives you perspective into what's really important in life by placing upon your head a huge potential disaster and de...

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Doll Break: The Little Things


Aug 06
// Brigitte Coovert
Waiting is the hardest part, or so they say, and right now I'm waiting for my Innocent World Byul Hermine to arrive at my doorstep. In the meantime, this Doll Break will feature the two newest members of two of my mini col...

Doll Break: Coming Back and Looking Ahead

Jul 30 // Brigitte Coovert
... And so I bought Tiphona. Released in July 2010, Pullip Tiphona is a collaboration with the Japanese clothing brand Innocent World and is one in a set of three dolls. I desperately wanted the entire set a full two years ago when they came out, so I didn't have to think about it too much before adding her to my cart. This doll is absolutely stunning; she actually reminds me a lot of Paja, and I'd be surprised if I even end up even changing her out of her stock outfit. I have high hopes about getting her two companions (Dal Clair and Byul Hermine), so hopefully you'll see them here before too long. Spoiler: After I finished writing my first draft I went ahead and ordered Byul Hermine. I cannot wait to see her! One of the things I love about the Innocent World collaboration dolls is that the clothes that they're wearing are real clothes reproduced in doll size. The purse isn't perfect and the socks are a bit too bulky to fit into the shoes comfortably, but on the whole, the quality of the outfit is really impressive. It's kind of an unusual thing to have the dolls wearing "real clothes" and it's fun to know that the human-sized version of this outfit is floating around out there. It helps a lot that I'm a fan of Innocent World in general and these collaboration dolls will probably be the only pieces of Innocent World clothing I'll own. Just because I was on a collecting hiatus doesn't mean that I only spent my money on responsible things like groceries and gas and a new water heater, oh heavens no. After many excuses, I bought my first Lalaloopsy mini last October, Candy Broomsticks to be precise, and I have all of seven of them in the collection right now. My most recent Lalacquisition is the super cute Scoops Waffle Cone you see above; adorable! I love the odd little accessories Scoops comes with, like the crazy ice cream kitty, and the fact that she's wearing what appears to be very high-top pink Converse. I also love that I can buy these at a local shop, unlike my Groove dolls, but I ended up having to buy this one online after only finding damaged ones on the shelves. Still, US$6? Super cute? I can live with some small flaws. Onto things I don't own ... yet. This week, I spotted this amazing, beautifully odd paper doll from Ana Camamiel on Etsy. It's called "Lolivamp" and it's illustrated and assembled by Ana. The doll is sweet, fun, dark, and definitely different. Ana also has more paper dolls (nearly 40!) in her Etsy shop, so if you collect paper dolls and love handmade, her shop is a must-see. Thank you to Ana for giving us permission to use her photo! I am really excited about the J-Doll for October, La rue de Rivoli. I've had my eye on the J-Doll line for a while, but I've never invested in one. That will be changing in October because this is a must have for me. I think it's the whole candy strawberry confection feel, plus pink and seafoam is one of my favorite color combos for dolls (note: it's the same color combo as Lolivamp above). I was hesitant to get a J-Doll before because they have the same body as Pullip, only with a tiny a.k.a.  "normal" sized head, and I wasn't in love with the Type 3 body. This release uses the Type 4 body which I like a lot more and it makes the US$150 price tag more bearable when you know you won't have to swap the body out. Speaking of the Pullip body, the October Pullip release is this gorgeous, lolita-infused version of Snow White. There are nods to the Disney Snow White, but this doll is definitely it's own thing. The austerity of a mostly white doll with red accents makes me think of the blood-flecked snow of the original fairy tale. Her "Feel Like So" is "The white fingertips that touched the forbidden fruit, the luscious smell of honey that overflows under the alluring skin heard someone's voice beyond the ceasing conscious ... Feel Like So." For those unfamiliar, all Groove releases have a "Feel Like So," which is just a tagline for the doll and which is almost always completely bizarre, thus making it rather fun. Keeping Snow White company in October is the Dal release Sentimental Noon. I love everything about this Dal, the red and white color scheme, the bubble skirt (more photos in the gallery), the delightfully bizarre name. She's supposed to be one of the dwarves that Snow White lives with. Her Feel Like So reads, "There is nothing as sad as this. I'm sure a person who will save the girl who looks like she's sleeping, will surely come!!!" With the press release adding, "The combination of [big] white clown hat and bright red hair bring out the best of both." I concur! The hime haircut is really cute too and I'm thinking I might have to pick this one up. Groove is also releasing Taeyang Mad Hatter from the Jardin du Alice series and a new Preppy outfit set in October, both of which you can see in the gallery. Groove releases can be pre-ordered at HobbyLink Japan, AmiAmi, Pullip Style, and Plastic Pop. Tips and ideas for upcoming Doll Breaks can be sent to brig@tomopop.com. Thanks for reading!
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I took a hiatus from doll collecting officially about a year ago. That meant no more spending money, barely following the news; I was broke and dolls can be an expensive hobby. I never liked window shopping and I never go ...

Doll Break: Hello Dolly

Jul 26 // Brigitte Coovert
Well that's life ain't it? Here we are some seven years later and I'm still collecting them. This column is kind of a "Tales from the Doll Side," my weekly-ish take on what's going on in the world of dolls from my perspective. There will be news and announcements for collectors and customizers alike and any tips that you may have can be emailed to brig@tomopop.com. It's a subjective view of doll collecting, my journey, about the strange state of being a lady with a serious job who still freaks out when a new must have item materializes on her screen, who has not one, but two 3-foot-high metal storage drawer units packed with doll clothes in her home, who has customized over 60 Groove dolls, and who has never stopped wanting MOAR. It's very appropriate to me that I start this column when I do, Groove just recently released the Regeneration Pullip Paja doll - seven years after her original appearance sparked the beginning of my collection. I look at the original Paja next to my laptop as I type this and I don't regret for a moment being that "poor kid;" if being a grown up means getting rid of my toys, I'll be a little girl until the day I die.
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When I was 25, my house flooded. Not so much that anything important was destroyed, but enough that every part of the house became filled with things from every other part of the house and a parade of workmen had to deal w...

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SDCC 2012: Groove Inc./JUN Planning


Jul 20
// Brigitte Coovert
There's was no way 2012 SDCC coverage could pass without a stop by the Groove Inc./JUN Planning booth, or as I think of it, dolls! The exclusives were a Dark Knight Returns Batman and Wonder Woman, but if you couldn't make it...
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Reserve or Regret? Import round up for March 28, 2012


Mar 29
// Jonathan Tubbs
I'll let you know now, this is going to be a disappointing day for Reserve or Regret. You might as well just leave your wallet in your pants. ...if you're wearing pants. We tend to go pantless around here at Tomopop. And if y...
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Reserve or Regret? Import round up for March 19, 2012


Mar 20
// Jonathan Tubbs
After yesterday's disappointment, maybe your wallet will be much happier with today's selection from Reserve or Regret. You, however, might have different feelings after missing that money you don't have. Today brings trading...
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Kaigara Burakko's sea otter girls are now up for pre-order as plushes


Oct 27
// Natalie Kipper
Okay, this is series, featuring dancing sea otter girls that sing about what kinds of items they can use as bras, is quite possibly the oddest thing I have seen all month. I don't know if I should be disturbed or charmed...
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Vocaloid's Luka and Kaito get their groove on with these new dolls from Groove


Jun 06
// Jonathan Tubbs
It's hard to ignore the popularity of Hatsune Miku of Vocaloid. Even doll maker Groove wanted a piece of the action by releasing a Pullip doll (reviewed) of this virtual idol. But it's always about Miku when it comes to Vocal...
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Kuroshitsuji Sebastian and Ciel mini dolls from Groove are precious


May 20
// Colette Bennett
If you've read Tomopop for a while, you already know that I have a hardcore crush on the characters of Kuroshitsuji, especially the handsome, not-quite human butler Sebastian Michaelis. In fact, I've reviewed the Nendoroid ve...

Tomopop Review: Groove Byul Lunatic Humpty Dumpty

Apr 06 // Brigitte Coovert
Figure Name: Lunatic Humpty DumptyFigure Maker: GrooveRetail/List Price: ¥8,500Available at: HLJ That's a box alright! For those not super familiar with the Groove line, they each have a slightly different color scheme on the box that fits the theme of the doll. It's a cute touch. You'll have to fast forward about 40 minutes for unboxing because they're really secured in there. Here's Humpty Dumpty's stock outfit. Normally, the first thing I do when I get a new doll is take the stock outfit off so I can take the protective plastic off of the body, but this time I couldn't do it. The photo above is actually the last photo I took because the top, which is a padded shirt, vest, and belt combo, is actually sewn together. You can't really get it off without cutting it apart and even then I actually just had to cut it completely off the doll. Maybe I'm nuts, but I could not get this thing apart without scissors. Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall ... man, I'm creative! Humpty has some interesting stock pieces: her checkered pants and harem pants are really odd and cool, I like how different the egg hat is, the rest of the outfit is alright, but I really hate the boots. They are, however, totally awesome for photos because she can use the extra bootage to stand up by herself, which I love. Incidentally, I didn't hate the boots the first time I got them, but they keep reusing the molds and this is the third pair I own. It just feels lazy to keep reusing and recoloring the same boots. Now we get to the good stuff! When I said the set was kind of crazy, the details are what I was talking about. It's easy enough to slap a strange outfit on a normal doll, but they gave her really quirky makeup, too. The eyelid crease and double eyelashes are great, her eyelids have a kind of coppery finish, and the lips are crazy — light on the outside and magenta in the middle. The eyes themselves are really unusual, too, a dark evergreen with a metallic gold ring around the pupil ... fab! Humpty's wig is wonderful, too. It's just not a color mix I've seen before, two kinds of steel blues, though the wig itself will need some love if you decide to redress her because her ponytail is tied with thread that you need to cut out (you can see the photo in the gallery). OMG Humpty noooooooo! Not surprisingly, this was the hardest picture for me to get, ha! What Humpty Dumpty photo shoot would be complete without the fall? Hello! Oh thank goodness, she's okay. Dolls always look so funny when they climb walls, don't they? You can see the way the hair is tied into the ponytail in this photo and mine had glue in it, so I had to cut it out. There wasn't a lot of hair loss on the whole, but at the same time, it seemed unnecessary. I thought the little mini ponytail up top would be awful, but when I took it down, it blended into the wig without a lot of hassle. Yay, standing! I love taking standing photos with dolls, they're hard to get, which makes it fun, and then I feel all proud of myself even through strangers are staring at me from their lawn chairs. It was really windy while I was at the park, but I had a shrub protecting Humpty Dumpty, so she only pitched forward once and I managed to catch her. That's Humpty Dumpty's trip to the park! Pretty, isn't she? If Byul dolls freak you out, but you love fashion dolls in general, trust me, she'll grow on you! [Thanks to HobbyLink Japan for providing Tomopop with this review sample!]
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Groove's absolutely adorable Humpty Dumpty Byul is part of their Lunatic Alice series and I just got her! About an hour later, she was safely out of the box, then the next day it rained, but the day after that she was at the ...

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Groove reveals surprisingly traditional June J-Doll Aiguo East Road


Mar 29
// Brigitte Coovert
Aiguo East Road, the June release from J-Doll by Groove, is a surprisingly traditional one. For those not picking up what I'm putting down, it's a June doll and she's a bride! Quite a while back there was a bride Pullip relea...
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The Angelic Pretty Groove doll line is out now


Mar 28
// Brigitte Coovert
Remember when we posted about the Groove Angelic Pretty dress set? Well the gorgeous Angelic Pretty doll series from Groove just hit the shelves and I have to show them off! These dolls are too adorable. They are Prupate (Pul...
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Get your guns on! ...for pre-ordering Groove's Sengoku Basara dolls


Mar 25
// Jonathan Tubbs
It was recently announced that doll maker Groove would be releasing a set of dolls based on the over the top, action title Sengoku Basara by Capcom. Announced were the six sword wielding Date Masamune, the hot blooded Sanada ...
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Groove announces Angelic Pretty clothing for their doll line


Mar 22
// Brigitte Coovert
This is very exciting news to me. Way back when the Groove dolls were made by a company called Jun Planning they would occasionally release sets of clothes for their dolls. It looked like Groove hadn't adopted this custom unt...
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June Groove releases bring Sengoku Basara to doll life


Mar 19
// Brigitte Coovert
I know next to nothing about Sengoku Basara, it's Capcom related and has something to do with Sengoku era Japan. Scheduled for a June release are a full series of dolls based on the characters, which looks to be a new trend o...
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Groove posts more photos of the Dollte Porte series


Mar 17
// Brigitte Coovert
Groove has released white background photos of the Dollte Porte series consisting of Vesselle (Isul), Leroy (Byul), Charlemagne (Dal), Henri (Pullip), and Alfred (Taeyang). The photos are great and show all the wonderful deta...

Show and Tell: Dal Dotori

Mar 04 // Brigitte Coovert
So I said "mori," and you might be thinking, "What in the world is that?" Mori is a Japanese fashion and decorating style whose look evokes a feeling of life alone in the forest. "Mori" is actually Japanese for "forest" and Dotori definitely looks at home in the tree. Dotori's hat with ear muffs, the use of vintage style prints on her outfit, loose, layered clothing, apron, and mary jane shoes, are all parts of the mori fashion style. In line with the mori style, Dotori's makeup has more natural feel to it. She has peach and yellow eyeshadow with lots of rosy, pink blush and a natural lip color. Her eyebrows are especially adorable and match her golden blonde braids, which you'll see more of shortly! Dotori also has cranberry red colored eyes, one of my favorite colors, and her lower eyelashes are alternating navy blue and brown. I love a doll with an unusual hairstyle and Dotori definitely has that! Her two long braids come styled in two loops that can be taken down, but I really love how they look as is. They look so cute peeking out from under her hood while she's climbing through the large trees. Outside is my favorite place for doll photography, especially when they're in trees, but doll photography is definitely not glamorous! Not only do you have to deal with weather and curious people, but bugs are always interested too. While I was taking these photos I almost stepped on a snake and the tree I was taking photos in was covered with tiny worms on threads. Yes, I got totally bombarded with baby worms. All in the name of doll photography! Her hair is pretty cute without the hood, too, though now that I'm home the hood is back on! You can also see her little corduroy purse better here. It was windy on the day I was taking photos and the purse blew away six times while I was trying to get this shot! Remember to do an inventory of your doll's props before leaving the park, kids! To this day there's still a missing doll sock that I can't account for. A closeup to end Dotori's adventure in the great outdoors! Her look is just perfect to me, I even love her name, and hopefully you had fun going to the park with us!
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After so many years of collecting the Groove line of dolls - which includes Pullip, Dal, Byul, Isul, and Taeyang - I've gotten pretty choosy, but when the mori-style Dotori was released late last year I knew that I absolutely...

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Groove's May 2011 pre-orders are all live


Feb 25
// Brigitte Coovert
All of the upcoming May 2011 Groove releases that we've been covering are now live. The Dollte Porte collection contains some familiar faces, plus there are some new ones to show off! Alongside the Dollte Porte family the "Li...
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A closer look at Groove's Dollte Porte collection


Feb 23
// Brigitte Coovert
Slated for release in May 2011, Groove's Dollte Porte collection is a sight to see. Including a doll from every mold they make this massive family also boasts a first: having people-sized clothes made from their outfits. That...
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Groove's March 2011 Isul is Duke


Feb 14
// Brigitte Coovert
The March 2011 Isul from Groove has been revealed and it's the rather collegiate-looking Duke (not the be confused with The Duke) who may or may not be charming his way into your home. To you, he wonders aloud: "I wonder if I...
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Snow Miku comes to the Pullip collection


Feb 08
// Colette Bennett
Seems like more of our readers disliked the recently announced Vocaloid doll collection from Groove than liked it, which surprised me as I thought they were very well done. In fact, I was still reeling fro...

Tomopop Review: Groove's Taeyang Gyro

Aug 28 // Colette Bennett
Some dolls do not come with stories, but I find it cool that Gyro does. He's actually an eccentric inventor (hence the outfit) that searches the world for treasure. He's also searching for Eos, the first release in the Steampunk line. I bet they'd make a fine couple, if they were ever to cross paths.Every Pullip doll comes in a fairly attractive box (check out the gallery for side and back shots). Thin cardboard, so they are unfortunately easy to tear if you are not careful. But shelf it after you get your little lady or gentleman out, and you ought to be just fine.Each doll also comes with their own ID card and certificate of authenticity, which shows which number you have of the limited number made, when it was released, and what collection it is from. I also like that if you flip the card over it says "Taeyang — Pullip's boyfriend". That lucky bitch.Gyro is, essentially, a mad pimp. In an outfit like this, that's all you can be, really. I admit that in his full regalia, I think it's a bit much. I like my designs simple, personally. And without the hat, but with the eyepiece. Gyro can wear it on his head, which I kind of prefer, or he can wear it over the eye. More pics of that later, but, if you want to see it up close, here it is. Pretty cool, actually. Speaking of accessories, Gyro also comes with this gun. The gun is perplexing because his hands are not adjustable, he does not come with extra hands, and he cannot hold it. He's defenseless. Oh well, at least he's pretty. Also, you get a stand, which is the exact stand my Sebastian came with. I like these stands because they can be hidden under clothing. Although in many cases, the Pullips can stand up by themselves, so you may not even need it. Anyway, about Gyro's detail work ... there is a lot of it. A remarkable amount, in fact. The closer you get, the more of it you see. Not that I had any problem getting close to this handsome dude, heh. So, let's begin with this crazy jacket. The amazing thing is all this tiny attention to the extras. For instance, here you can see that each buckle is actually fully functional. The arm piece actually lays over the jacket and attaches with three small bits of Velcro, but can be easily removed if you wish, which looks like this (still pretty damn hot!). If you do decide to use it, though, check out the teeny scroll and all those little gears. Fantastic! One detail I was especially underwhelmed with was Gyro's shoe choice. This guy needs to be wearing boots -- he's into steampunk, after all. But what they did here was give him these shin guards that look like boots, but then normal black loafers and — get ready — white socks. Um, NO. You won't notice when he is standing, but this just does not fit as far as I am concerned. Anyway, enough nitpicking. Let's take some of Gyro's clothes off (ooh!).So once the coat comes off, this is what you get. Gyro wears a long-sleeved black button down shirt, a pinstriped best, and a huge red tie. His pants are the military style riding breeches, also pinstriped, and tuck nicely into the lacing around the calves.I'm convinced that Gyro knows he's hot. I mean, look at the guy.Much like Jonathan's feelings about his new dollfie, I am also in love with Gyro's face. He's just so pretty. He also has one amber eye and one gray eye, which is a nice touch. Limited to 2000 numbered pieces, I think Gyro would make a stunning addition to any collection. Priced around $178, he is still available for sale through some retailers. Eos, the first doll in the series, is still available as well. For collectors fascinated by ball-jointed dolls but not quite ready to sink $500+ into the hobby, Groove's Pullip line is a great place to begin. The fully poseable collectibles certainly feel high quality, and there's clearly nothing spared in attention to detail. If you flip out after that and start spending thousands on dolls, though, don't blame me. I was just the messenger.[Thanks to HLJ for the review sample]
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I had never heard of Jun Planning or their Pullip and Taeyang doll lines before I got an eyeful of the Kuroshitsuji Sebastian they announced in late 2008. I bought it, naturally, and soon I found myself paying much closer att...


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