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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Secondary market sales - Souldoll Little Metel

Metel by alington
Metel, a photo by alington on Flickr.
Another girl I'm regretfully parting with in my collection: Soul Little Metel by Souldoll.

She's a tiny little thing who can wear Barbie clothing. No longer available from the company, Souldoll isn't making these lovely, hard-to-find beauties anymore. Metel has her original face-up in excellent condition, though she is missing eyelashes.

She is a little kicky--she was a project of mine that just never was started. And she tends to be a little demanding--always wanting to be redressed and such--so she needs a new home. She can live with you for $225 plus shipping. You can see her full listing on Den of Angels, or PM me on Flickr.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Secondary market sales - Pukipuki Ante

Pukipuki Ante by alington
Pukipuki Ante, a photo by alington on Flickr.
OK--so this is embarrassing. It's the second time Miss Ante in normal skin and Pukipuki size has been in my collection, and is leaving my collection for greener pastures.

She simply doesn't get enough attention here. I just got this girl from Denver Doll in April. I'm asking $188 plus shipping from the US.

Her full listing is on Den of Angels, or you can PM me via my Flickr account for more info.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

It's been a bit of a lazy day today... and the past few days. I feel fall setting in, despite our lovely weather.

Just a quick note to let you all know I'm still here and thinking dolls, and a quick warm snuggle from Bear, who has been helping me with packaging.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

More dolls on the wish list

Audrey, nYID by Iplehouse

My BJD wish list is growing, and my doll collection is morphing again. While the fashion dolls are being reshuffled, I've realized some changes in my BJD tastes.

Sticking to the theory of collecting what you love, rather than just like, can be painful if you tend to get attached to things. I find that some BJD collectors aren't really collectors in the sense that fashion doll collectors are. BJD collectors are more enthusiasts, which is great. They build up a doll and wardrobe based on her character, without simply collecting things based on how sparkly things are, or how well it happens to fit "the theme" of a collection, or, for example, how nicely it happens to look with the paint in the living room.

So my current BJD wish list is filling up with Iplehouse dolls. I really like Audrey, nYID size. I like her type C make-up best, though I might prefer make-up that is a bit paler in the lips. I have to admit I wasn't impressed with her at first, as I found her type A make-up a little bland. As I've seen more owner photos, though, I've fallen for her. I might order her in peach gold skin, I think.

Bianca, The Addiction, Iplehouse nYID BJD

I wasn't convinced I wanted to add Bianca to my collection until I saw the limited edition Bianca from The Addiction collection. I like fantasy colors in other people's collection, but I think I'd like her in either white skin or peach gold. I'd want to order the YID size from the Doll Choice system. I have to say--I really like the pink fantasy make-up, and I might make a special request for it, for a more couture look for my girl, but she isn't my number one priority at this point.

Lahela - Elder Limited edition BJD from Iplehouse
Lahela is one of those grails for me. Every time I see this girl pop up on Flickr I do a double take. I absolutely love her! I think she needs to come home. Because she was a limited edition, she's only available through Iplehouse's Doll Choice system. I love her natural make-up style B shown above, and I think I love both the light tan and ebony resin options. I might consider a secondary market purchase for this doll--but I think I might prefer an SID or nYID body for her, so a Doll Choice purchase might be a better idea. She is probably next on my list.

Asa - Iplehouse EID BJD
Asa - One of the original Elder size girls from the Iplehouse lineup, I've loved her versatile beauty for a long time. While I'd consider a secondary market purchase with an unusual face-up (and oh--there is one I've been watching), I've fallen in love with make-up style A and the either the new EID body or the SID body.

Let me just state the following on Iplehouse dolls. These dolls are only legitimately sold through the Iplehouse website in Korea. There are many companies who have recast these dolls and sell them on eBay. While they might be cheaper, they are illegal to buy (and sell) in the US. Additionally, recast dolls seriously affect the legitimate artists employed by Iplehouse. Aside from the only large BJD company in the world, Volks (which also makes other items, not just resin BJDs), companies employ less than ten people, and some only run on one to three people.

To me, it's not worth saving a few $100 or even a year's worth of saving on my part, just to get a doll I want a little sooner. I'd rather help keep the company in business, and keep seeing wonderful new sculpts--from this company and others.

Photos are property of Iplehouse.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Yeru: the quest for contemporary clothing

Yeru by alington
Yeru, a photo by alington on Flickr.
My quest for contemporary styles is going well, especially with my last (near excessive) Peak's Woods order. I used a 30% discount certificate, which caused some serious spending--three tiny tan dolls and lots of Nine9Style fashions.

I really love the styling of these clothes! They are well made, though not lined. I think the lack of lining makes them lay well on the BJD bodies, though.

The jeans--OMG--fabulous! Yeru is modeling them here. They including a front zip, stretch denim, working pockets (three or four in the front, and two in the back), belt loops, and real grommets. Also, real flat felled seams are used, and they aren't too thick.

The hoodie includes a matching tank top as well, and it's perfectly scaled--in fabric print and weight. Both are loose fit, so many different dolls could wear the outfit well.

I can't wait for more dolls to model these fabulous new outfits!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

A new girl from Peak's Woods

KoonieS by alington
KoonieS, a photo by alington on Flickr.
KoonieS is my latest arrival from Peak's Woods. She's a Fairy of Bugs size (about MSD), and she's really sweet!

She reminds me of a miniature version of Lottie. Here, she's in her original glass eyes, basic face-up, Peak's Woods wig, and tee by Nine9Style.

Ante in Nine9Style

Ante by alington
Ante, a photo by alington on Flickr.
Minifee Ante got some new outfits in my last order from Peak's Woods. It turns out that Nine9Style's MSD size fits these slim M-line bodies quite nicely.

I'm impressed with the quality as well--the styles are cute, contemporary, and versatile. Ante is wearing the dot hoodie and tee with a tulle skirt, both in white.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Tan Ante

Tan Ante by alington
Tan Ante, a photo by alington on Flickr.
My first Pukifee from Fairyland has arrived, and she's a tan Ante! The tan is a warm pink shade, and she's got cute freckles.

I'll have to take some photos of her sleeping head as well.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013


Fiona by alington
Fiona, a photo by alington on Flickr.
So... I may be having a small problem with Peak's Woods Monthly Fairies. I think they are just so sweet and cute!

This is Fiona. Isn't she so adorable?

Monday, September 9, 2013

Bow Jjang

Bow Jjang by alington
Bow Jjang, a photo by alington on Flickr.
From Peak's Woods limited edition tan Uga Uga tribe, this is a recent arrival for me, and I have to say, I'm thrilled. I adore tan resin!

I'm afraid I will soon own one of each of these adorable little tinies! Bow Jjang has a super cute open mouth, giving her a surprised expression. I ordered her with a basic faceup, and she's wearing a white Cupid curl wig here, and an outfit for Amelia Thimble by Wilde Imagination.

Friday, September 6, 2013

The Addiction: Bloody Tales of Castle Bran

Part II: Teaser photo of Lisa - Vampire head! It looks like gray skin will be an option for Lisa, as well. Ack, she's cute! I love her hands, too.

She goes on sale September 9 through October 9, 2013.

Her base price is $290, and here are some details for you:

  • Skin color options are: white, normal, $15 extra for peach gold or gray, $30 for special real.
  • Basic make-up A or B are available $50, and Fantasy A or B.
  • Fantasy head is available for $90 (white or normal), $95 (peach gold or gray), and $100 (special real).
  • Add $10 for a mobility joint.
  • Fantasy hands are available for $20-42, depending on skin tone and blushing options.
  • Wings are $119, including blushing.
  • Horns are $15, and an additional $4 for blushing
  • The outfit is $109, and includes a dress, underskirt, choker, train, arm warmers and veil.
  • A weapon is also available for $19, or $27 including blushing.
The wig should be ordered separately.

Photos are property of Iplehouse.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The Addiction: Bloody Tales of Castle Bran - Lisa

Eeeeek! Coming soon from Iplehouse! It's a new character, Lisa. She's actually the 35 cm KID size. I've been wanting to add one of these girls to my collection for a long time, and now, I think I've found the perfect excuse!

According to the Iplehouse message board (you'll have to set up a free account and log on to read the full message), this character is inspired by Claudia, played by Kirsten Dunst in the film, Interview with the Vampire. According to Daniel Yoon, her designer, Lisa needed to "have some dark feeling" as well be cute.

Her outfit will be made of taffeta and lace, and will include a little red in addition to black. She will also include wings, similar to the current Addiction series character, Claude.

She should be released soon. Since Claude's pre-order period ends September 22, my guess is that Lisa should go on sale around that time. I'll keep you posted!

Photo is property of Iplehouse.

Sleeping Chloe

Sleeping Chloe by alington
Sleeping Chloe, a photo by alington on Flickr.
Chicline Chloe (by Fairyland) in Beauty White resin is dressed in Tulabelle's Trend Spotted fashion by Integrity Toys in this photo. She's also wearing a wig by Tonner Doll and her own sleeping faceplate.

You can see additional photos on Flickr.