Monday, April 6, 2015

First Impressions On New Pullip 2015 Releases Part 1

It seems like Groove is on a roll and is really pushing out  Pullip dolls! It's still pretty early in the year, and it feels like that there are already so many new dolls coming out! So far, it's been almost nothing but anime collaboration dolls that have been or will be released, and to be honest, despite the fact that I love anime, I'm actually a bit disappointed that we've yet to see a more original doll that isn't based on some character. Truthfully, most of these releases aren't very exciting to me, but even so, that doesn't mean that there aren't any that have caught my eye or that I don't have anything good to say about this new batch of dollies! Whether I'm absolutely in love with one of these new dolls or am completely indifferent to them, there's no denying that there is still a lot to say about each of them, and because of that, I feel very compelled to share my opinions and first impressions on them with you readers, and hopefully some of you will chime in and tell me your thoughts, too! With that said, let's get started, shall we?

First up, we have Pullip Laura! For those of you who may not know, Laura is a collaboration doll with Pure Embers! The doll is even named after her, which I think is really cool. I am really happy for pure_embers to be able to have one of her dolls become an official release, I think she deserves it! Her photography is amazingly beautiful and brilliant and she is such a creative person, however, I can't say I'm much of a fan of this doll. I feel really terrible for saying that, especially because I so love Pure Ember's work and I think what she does with her dolls is amazing, but I just can't get over the fact that this doll is essentially Seila, only with a different wig, eyechips, and outfit. It just seems a little lazy on Groove's part. I mean, I love the idea of them reaching out and collaborating with people who are exceptionally talented AND who are a part of the doll community, that's absolutely wonderful and it's so awesome seeing them get the recognition they deserve, but this isn't the same as their past collaborations with Poison Girl and Sheryl Designs. At least with those collaborations, we were getting dolls with unique and original faceups, while with Pullip Laura, we're getting a rehash of an old doll. If anything, I wish that Groove would have at least tried to change up Laura's look just a little bit, like maybe give her some bolder and more determined eyebrows to make her look as if she has a little attitude to go with that outfit she's wearing, as her expression doesn't seem to quite fit her overall image. A bolder lip color would have been nice, too. Any sort of change would have been nice just so it would seem more like Pullip Laura was her own doll instead of a copy. I'm sure that they could have gotten Pure Embers involved in making changes by consulting her and asking for her ideas for her faceup design. I will say though, I'm really loving her outfit. It looks to be of good quality it's dark and sassy, and a little sexy too! I also think it's interesting that the eyechips on her look to be new and  different from the usual stock eyechips. Overall though, that's not enough for me to want to buy this doll, and I would much rather get Seila over Laura.

Next, we have Pullip Kanaria! Groove has released a set of Rozen Maiden dolls in the past before and just last year, they began to remake this line of dolls in honor of the new Rozen Maiden anime that aired in 2013! For the most part, I have to say I really love these new Rozen Maiden Pullips, but I'm kind of unsure about Kanaria. I really adore her wig, as it's such a pretty mix of what looks like green and blonde. It's definitely a very unique color; I can't even think of a Pullip with a remotely similar hair color! Also, how cute are those big, bouncy curls?! I absolutely love her hairstyle! She even has that little piece of hair sticking up, just like the actual Kanaria! I just hope that her hair really does look as nice in person as it does in her pictures! Her stock also appears to be of very good quality and I think it's really cute! Looking at her makes me think of a pumpkin, and I mean that in the best way possible! I think it's definitely an improvement from Dal Kanaria's outfit!  However, I'm a bit iffy when it comes to her faceup. For one, she reminds me a bit of Pullip Mami Tomoe, so it isn't too original looking, and secondly, I don't really know what it is, but something about her face also looks a little strange to me. I want to say it's probably her eyebrows and how short they are (though I understand that she may have been given those eyebrows to stay true to the character's design), or maybe it's the lack of color in her faceup. She does look slightly washed out to me, and I think maybe they could have added a pop of color somewhere on her. Right now, my opinion on her is pretty neutral. I may consider getting her in the future, but for now, I'm just going to wait for owner photos of her to start surfacing before I make my final decision! 

That's all I have to say for now! The next post will be about the new Pullip Souseiseki and Pullip Suiseiseki!

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