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8:00 PM on 04.10.2013

Miyazawa Model Expo 31: Azone and Groove

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...

Natalie Kipper


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Doll Break: It's an Innocent World photo
Doll Break: It's an Innocent World
by Brigitte Coovert

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 balking at the higher price point, the dolls kept on coming. However, my enthusiasm might be waning since Groove seems to be really pushing the price envelope, as you will soon learn.

Also, as you may have already guessed from the giant eyes staring out from the header... my Innocent World Byul Hermine is home! I took way too many photos this week so be sure to check out the gallery on your way out.

Below you'll find my mini-review of Hermine, news of upcoming Innocent World dolls, more Hello Kitty Re-Ment, and some clothes from Wonderland. Hit the jump to read on!

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Doll Break: Dolly Deluge photo
Doll Break: Dolly Deluge
by Brigitte Coovert

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 demanding that you deal with it. Because of this I found myself moping around a lot and thinking I would need to delay the column when suddenly I was hit by a deluge of doll news! It not only cheered me up, but it provided a welcome distraction from real life. Thank you, hobbies!

This time around, there's an really beautiful collaboration with Groove that's just been announced, a whole new line of dolls from the makers of Lalaloopsy, some high-end handmade doll goods, and a mini section on customizing Monster High dolls. Hit the jump to read on!

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10:00 AM on 08.06.2012

Doll Break: The Little Things

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...

Brigitte Coovert



Doll Break: Coming Back and Looking Ahead photo
Doll Break: Coming Back and Looking Ahead
by Brigitte Coovert

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 to the store to browse, being out of cash meant stepping away from collecting dolls for a bit, I didn't sell off my collection, but I did take a break. It wasn't long before having the cash that came with getting a "real" job (again) changed things right back. A few paychecks,  in I found myself with a tiny bit of extra cash, pawing through the last few years of Groove releases, daydreaming about what I could buy. What to buy ...

In this edition of Doll Break I show off some of my latest purchases, the October releases from Groove, and one really neat handmade find. Hit the jump to read on!

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Doll Break: Hello Dolly photo
Doll Break: Hello Dolly
by Brigitte Coovert

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 with it daily. On Day One of flood triage, everything from my bedroom was in the living room as the first wave of workmen walked in the house. I explained what had happened and the first thing they said was, "Aww, poor kid." The contents of my bedroom had somehow been interpreted as the contents of a child's room.

It was at that moment that I realized that I didn't have the "just a few things" that I thought I did; that I had somehow, some way, become a doll collector.

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2:00 PM on 07.20.2012

SDCC 2012: Groove Inc./JUN Planning

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...

Brigitte Coovert

10:00 AM on 03.29.2012

Reserve or Regret? Import round up for March 28, 2012

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...

Jonathan Tubbs

10:00 AM on 03.20.2012

Reserve or Regret? Import round up for March 19, 2012

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...

Jonathan Tubbs

4:00 AM on 10.27.2011

Kaigara Burakko's sea otter girls are now up for pre-order as plushes

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...

Natalie Kipper

9:00 PM on 06.06.2011

Vocaloid's Luka and Kaito get their groove on with these new dolls from Groove

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...

Jonathan Tubbs



10:00 AM on 05.20.2011

Kuroshitsuji Sebastian and Ciel mini dolls from Groove are precious

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...

Colette Bennett