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Dollshow 25

Last Sunday was the Dollshow, once again. You can guess that by then I was back from Kyoto and ready for hours of dolly craziness. ^^ The day was a little more difficult, as I hadn’t had much sleep the last days in Kyoto (I’m pretty sure our room had bad vibes, as time went by my sleep got worse and worse, to end with almost no sleep and a horrible nightmare the last night… :s) and getting up early and standing up for hours left me totally exhausted in the evening. But all the pretty things and nice chat with dolly people really made up for it, and once again I spent a great day!

Highlights of the day:
– lots of beautiful dolls/clothes/accessories
– really nice people that I enjoy seing at events
– looooots of pictures taken back home (my camera says 663 pics… O_O )
– lots of dolly news to share
– explanation of the Jun Planning/Groove thing
– a good entrance ticket (n°80)!
– tea time with two friends afterwards (scone & cinnamon roll with hot chocolate, yummy!)

Of course as usual I plan to upload all the pictures I took on my Flickr, although it might take some time. And I plan to write a few separate reports here about what I saw. Part of it deserves more details than just pictures.
Here’s a teaser to help you wait:
– description of the prototype Pullip/Taeyang/Dal/Byul dolls exhibited (no pictures allowed :()
– next Momoko CCS collection (autumn/winter 2009)
– new BJD I just discovered and found absolutely beautiful (the custom work done on them helped)
– some less known cute or interesting dolls
– pictures of the Mottee samples
– pictures of the new Momolita items
– new doll from Zero Goods Universe/Momolita
– next Dollybird magazine and the related exhibition
– next Momoko releases, which I also photographed at the Ninita event, but still haven’t uploaded the pics

That’s all I can think of right now. But that will probably keep us busy for some time! 😉

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Travelling

I’m in Kansai for almost a week. Of course some of the little ones came with me. ^^ Hopefully you’ll see some pictures of them during their sightseeing. I’ll be checking my emails but I won’t have much time to write, so do not worry if you write to me and I take a little while to answer. Everything should go back to normal after the 26th. For those who might be interested in Dollshow items, you can still contact me of course, I’m going! 🙂

And now off to bed!

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Mike no Odeco-chan

This cute little doll is one of the one of the one of a kind dolls that were sold and then exhibited at the Odeco & Nikki anniversary event. I got lucky and won the right to buy her through the lottery. She’s number 035.

Isn’t she cute? I’m not usually a big fan of tanned Odeco-chan, but I have to say this one is really adorable. I love the combination of tanned skin + freckles + bright blue eyes + pink eyeshadow. It seems they all had pink eye-shadow (or most of them had at least). I think it looks really cute. And original for a tanned dolls. The long multi-colored dark hair work great with her skin, better than it did with the fair skin dolls.

Saddly I won’t be able to keep this cutie at home. I’m in need of money right now. So I guess my loss will make someone else happy. ^^ She’s already been put for sale on some forums (TIB, myMomoko, Shopadollic), if you’re a member of those you can go check it out. Or you can go check my sales blog to find the details.

Since the doll wasn’t “nrfb” at the beginnning (she’s been exhibited at the show for a few days, then put in her box still wearing her wig and clothes), my girls claimed they had the right to at least get a shot with our “famous” guest while she was still here. So that they have a souvenir of meeting a limited doll. Here it is:

I’m happy I got to see her close and I hope she will find a good and loving new home. 🙂 She deserves it.

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Boutique de poupées

Just a quick note to let you know that I opened a sales blog besides this dolly blog, so that I could advertise my sales. I have a lot of stuff here that has never been used and need to go. Most of the things will be sold on forums, but I like the idea of also having a place to centralize everything. So go check regulrarly as I will be adding more stuff! ^^

Here is the link: Boutique de poupées

You can also find it at the top of the right column.

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DollyDolly 19

“Licca-chan”, you said?

This is the cover of the next DollyDolly. I can’t tell you much more about it now, it will have to wait until it’s out and I bring it back home with me. I can’t wait!

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I just wrote a review of the book for another website, I thought it could be interesting to add it here also. For those of you who are curious. ^^

はじめましておでこちゃんとニッキ (よみきかせえほん) はじめまして おでこちゃんとニッキ by まなべなみえ

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book is based on a series of dolls created by Petworks (a Japanese company): Odeco-chan and Nikki. One of the doll, Odeco, is a little girl, and the other, Nikki, is a cat. They’re always released two by two, one of each type, and are supposed to be best friends. Each release comes with a cute card featuring an illustration and sometimes a little comic strip. They’re always very cute. I started collecting the cards even before I got really interested in the dolls.

This book is an illustrations book, mainly targeted at children and fans of Odeco-chan & Nikki. The illustrations were made by the usual illustrator and author who work of their story. It tells the story of how Odeco-chan and Nikki got to know each other and become friends.

It’s a very cute story. Of course it’s in Japanese, but since it’s targeted at children it’s very simple japanese that any beginner should be able to read (it’s written in hiragana and katakana) and understand. And I guess the illustrations are probably enough to understand what’s happening. I didn’t except to really like that book (I had a look at it because I collect the dolls), but I did. After reading it I had to get a copy. It’s so cute and refreshing. If you like children illustrated books and cute little friendship stories (it’s quite simple and short though), you might like this book. 🙂 Or if you like the Odeco & Nikki dolls of course!

In other news, I came back one again to the anniversary event on Saturday. They were doing a small signature session! I got my copy signed, as well as the copy I was offering for sale. And I got two more copies, one for a present and another one for you to get (aka, to sell)! So now I have two signed copies that I won’t keep. I’ve been contacted by two persons for them though, so they’re on hold. I’m waiting for their definitive answer. If you’re interested you can still contact me and I’ll put you in line in case they don’t take them. Both authors were here, the illustrator and Manabe-san. I’m not sure what was Manabe-san’s role? Invent/write the story? Write the text? I didn’t think of asking. ^^;

But I did ask some questions to Sekiguchi/Petworks’ manager (actually I’m not sure exactly what his role is, but he’s always there to the events). The PostPet plush that was displayed will be released. But they don’t know yet when or how (like in CCS/deconiki handling stores or PostPet stores?). The future key-chains (the pink ones and the Mirai no Odeco&Nikki ones) should be out by the end of summer. And they still do not know whether they will release the cloth Odeco & Nikki dolls. They want to, but they’re studying the cost and how it could be made. And I got the confirmation that there won’t be any piece of CCS clothing for sale outside of the CCS09S/S sets this summer. Only the sets. And maaaybeeee, some yukata dolls. But it’s not for sure. If you don’t understand what I’m talking about, you should have a look at my pictures from the event on Flickr. 😉

I’ll leave you with a panoramic view of the one of a kind Mike no Odeco-chan & Nikki dolls, taken by a friend. Very impressive picture. ^^

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