Archive for the ‘Blythe’ Category

Let’s talk about the new Prima! I got to see them at Junie Moon some time ago. Of course I couldn’t take pictures, but I can share what I saw and thought about them. ^^ First, here are the official pics.

Adorable Aubrey

Winsome Willow

Heather Sky

I have to say I was a little disappointed by their dresses when I saw those pics. That bell shape is not the best looking kind of dress you can find. I would have prefered flared skirts to that.

I found their dresses a little less disappointing for real. Maybe it’s the way they were placed in the shelf, but they looked better. Not perfect, but better. And Winsome Willow was really cuter. She’s not really pretty in her promo shot, but she is in real life. More plain than her sisters (to me at least), but cute. Heather Sky has tanned skin, but not very dark. They said in her description that it would be Roxy’s colour, and it seems to be the case. But I can’t be 100% sure that it’s the exact same color, because I don’t own Roxy and I didn’t see any in the shop to compare.

Aubrey is my personnal favourite. I love redhead dolls! And this one definitely is adorable! I wasn’t disappointed. She made me think of Last Kiss: long straight red hair, fair skin. But I’m sure you would find them to be quite different if you put them side by side. There was a Last Kiss doll not far away, so I was able to compare them. Aubrey’s hair is darker, less vivid and orange. Their make-up is different, and maybe they skin will be too, since I know there are different shades of fair skin. And of course their eye-chips are different: Last Kiss has two beautiful special colors (see here) when Aubrey only has default chips (see here).

The result is that I still can’t decide which readhead I want to add to my Blythe family: Last Kiss, Friendly Freckles or Adorable Aubrey? They’re quite different, each of them having its own qualities, and I can’t tell which one I prefer… does that mean I should still wait for another redhead, that would stand out from the others and scream to me “adopt me now!”?


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Bloomy Bloomsbury

At first I thought I wouldn’t like that girl much. I’m not a huge Jane Marple fan. I like a piece from time to time, but not all their collections. The drawing didn’t appeal to me much. But then arrived the official pictures… and I found her very pretty!

I like her clothes and soft looks. But the thing is that on those pictures we can’t really see the difference between her and the other Blythe, and what makes the new FBL mold so special. That makes me think that the final doll might give me a different feeling than with those pictures. And of course I certainly do not have the money to buy her, so in the end it doesn’t really matter whether I like her or not… ^^; But still, I’m as curious as everyone about this new face type.

And guess what? I got to see her for real! I was so excited. She’s on display at the Blythe Fashion Obsession ~ Feminine Flavor ~ exhibition that takes place at the Yûrakuchô Marui One. No pictures allowed of course, and no touching. She was on a top shelf, so I couldn’t get as good a view as I would have liked. But she really seemed different from the SBL and RBL molds. She has those “bigger eyes” that the older Blythe seem to have.  And that you can’t really see on the comparison picture posted on the official site. You can see a few pictures of her taken at an event in Thailand here. The definitely give a better idea of what she looks like.

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Dolly news and new releases

So, I have a lot to write about ! The past weeks have been full of dolls & toys related stuff: events, exhibitions, news and new releases. For those of you who speak french, you can see an overview in two parts of all that on the french side of this blog. I have to admit I don’t have the courage to translate those posts in English right now. So instead I will split them and write several shorter notes. Since I plan to do a massive Flickr update this week, I will talk about the events as I show the pictures. No overview, I’ll write the detailed posts directly. And for the things I couldn’t photograph, I’ll talk about them in between.

Now let’s talk about dolly news!

My Little Candy is out! Her release date was last friday. I could see her exhibited before that at Junie Moon (no pics allowed). She’s very cute! And she really looks like a candy with her hair colors. So sweet!  The picture abovewas taken in a shop on Friday (you can find two others on my Flickr).

Doronjo is partially released. Those who preordered her on CWC’s websites already received her. I got to see her at Junie Moon too. She’s prettier in real life than on her promo pictures. Her outfit seems really well made, not a cheap looking leather, but something nice. Her chip-heart seemed smaller. In the promo pics it seemed to take the whole place in her eye, which bothered me. And her hair is a very nice shade. The only thing is that it seems to be rather thin. It made me think of my Sally Rice’s hair. You already can see a few pictures of her on Flickr.

– the next Momoko release should be up on the official site on March 1st. At least that’s what I understood from Namie Manabe’s blog. She was talking about her shooting. I can’t wait to see what she will look like!

– the CCS Back to Basics sets (the 09S/S collection) are on display at Azone (Akihabara) until March 10th. And this time they show the dolls with their final make-up and shoes! I already saw the clothes and doll-samples at the Dollshow, but the dolls were not complete at that time. And pictures were forbiden. The good news is that I can take pics in the Azone shop!! So be prepared for an update of my Flickr stream very soon with those beauties. And probably a note here about them too.

The other dolly news & new releases will have their own posts, hopefully today. ^^

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New Prima

It’s probable that everyone has already seen them by now. ^^ I don’t know why Takara still bothers releasing the news earlier on the phone website since the pics get posted on the Internet anyway. I went to check on my keitai when I saw the first drawings appear on Flickr yesterday evening (that picture is from Flickr by the way).

From left to right: Adorable Aubrey, Winsome Willow and Heather Sky. As you can guess Adorable Aubrey is another variation around the original Aubrey doll. I guess she really is popular! She will have white skin and I guess the same hair color as all Aubrey. Winsome Willow has natural skin. And they say Heather Sky has a dark skin like Roxy Baby. A lot of people believe from the drawing that she will actually be darker than Roxy. And a friend pointed out that in Japanese they used the word “black skin”, when usually they say “tanned skin”. But I’ve learned that Takara’s drawing are often deceitful, so for now I choose to believe the “like Roxy Baby” part rather than believe this one will be darker. Maybe the use of “black skin” is just because Roxy Baby had a darker skin than their regular tanned skin dolls…

It seems a lot of people are really pleased with those, and will impatiently wait for the pictures. I have to say I’m a little excited by them also. But not for the same reason I guess. I’m not crazy about black blythe and am not impatiently waiting for Takara to release one. Actually my favourite from the drawing is Aubrey: fair skin and red hair? Right for me! But it’s more than just this doll. I think they created a really nice set of Prima this time! Look at them. Aren’t they cute all together on this drawing? They have simple outfits, yes, but really usable. Those dresses are lovely, and with the shoes and headband they have a complete outfit that looks cute. It smells of freshness, spring, innocence, sun and laughing. Plus I really like their long straight hair and the gentle look it give them. Maybe they chose the perfect time to announce them: at the middle of winter, the coldest time of the year for the northern hemisphere, we all need a little piece of sunshine in our lifes to remember joy and warmth. This drawing is bringing me just that in this dull day (it’s been raining since yesterday evening… isn’t winter in Japan supposed to be dry ? 😦 ). And I’m sure people will like the retro feel they have (maxi dress, sandals, long hair with hairband).

Now to the commercial details: they will be at 8400 yens each, and they’re planned for March.

My final word: you did a great job with the concept of those Takara, don’t screw up now!

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My Little Candy

RBL, natural skin. To be released in February, Top Shop limited, 13,440 yens. She’s got a new kind of hair with mesh in a different color.

She’s cute, I like her sweet and harmonious colors. And aren’t those two special colors?? I’m curious about this new hair, I can’t wait to see how it looks like for real. I think she’s got a vintage feel with those outfit and hairstyle.

I was really surprised to see that she’s going to be released in February. We already have Friendly Freckles at the beginning of that month! At least if she was really limited I would have understood, but Top Shop limited is much less limited that CWC or Toys’R Us limited. There are many Top Shops in Japan. We even have one in my town! I guess it will be bad for some wallets, two temptations in the same month… ^^;

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Today I went to the Dollshow in Tokyo. ^_^

I think we can say it’s the biggest doll event in Tokyo. Four floors full of people selling stuff for dolls. Hundreds of visitors who come here to buy, see, play, see their friends. I love those events, although they’re very tiring. Especially when you stay the whole time (from 11am to 4pm) and arrive earlier than 11 to get a chance to have a good number ticket. They give you a ticket when you buy your pamphlet (which describes the shops at each floor). If you arrive earlier than let’s say 9:30/10am, you have to pick your ticket randomly. I guess they do that to prevent people from sleeping there the night before. ^^; When you arrive after, you get them in your order of arrival, but usually I guess you won’t have a number under 500 or 600… Some items here are in very limited quantities, and if you’re interested in those you’d better be there before that. I’ve learned that from experience.

Usually I stay the whole time because you really need that time to see and photograph everything. And now that I have friends there, I chat a lot more, so even that is not enough! ^^; Although I can’t complain that I get to talk with them, because I love that, and it’s a big part of the fun of going there now. If you go each time you get used to it, and it doesn’t seem as magical the 5th time as it was the first. This is sad, I know, but it’s true. :s I think that part of it though comes from the fact that I’m not able to spend as much money now as I could the first times. If you can’t buy, you just take pictures, and then after some time some things look the same. But don’t get me wrong, I will go to the future Dollshow, because even if I get used to it a little, I still love it! I don’t want to miss any.

Today I got to meet Bubujojo, who was there for the first time. She’s really nice! And I’m happy I got to see her work for real (I had seen Jardin de Money when she was exhibited, but it’s not exactly the same), because she makes really cute stuff! I was surprised to see a two foreigners that I didn’t know, among whom one journalist it seems.  And of course I got to see my friends and the people I met before once more, which made me really happy!! I talked a lot with some of them. And I could give them the address of this blog with the brand new cards I made on Friday. ^^ But I’m afraid I forgot to give it to some people, I’m not used to it yet… :s Hopefully I will be able to give them the cards next time!

I thought I had taken less pictures than what I’m used too, because I got late and had to skip more than half of the 5th floor (didn’t get to see Each Style’s booth or the display by F.L.C. for the Hajimete no DCR at Graphic-sha booth -_- ) and got quite quickly through the 4th, but I still have more than 500. So please be patient, I want to start uploading them on Flickr next week, but I don’t know how long it will take, since I have to sort and resize them. I’ll try to write some reports here if I have interesting things to say about some of them. 🙂

And now I’m going to bed because it’s all I dream of since I came back home! See you soon. ^^

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