My SQ 2016 Madogatari Collection

There are some anime that are able to cut deep into your feelings. One of those anime is Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica from 2011 that made me cry my eyes out for hours after I finished watching it. Even now it makes me sad, when I think about tragic heroines Homura and Madoka. Now what does this series about magical girls has to do with the wildly popular light novel and anime-series Bakemonogatari?! Both are produced by studio Shaft, my favorite animation studio (last season’s 3-gatsu no Lion was amazing as well)!

My SQ Madogatari figure collection!
My SQ Madogatari figures: Shinobu, Hitagi and Kiss-Shot Acerola-Orion Heart-under-Blade!

Due to the studio’s 40th anniversary, Shaft made a Madogatari exhibition last year, in which they did a mash-up of both anime, which are also their commercially most successful. The figures I own are from a brand called SQ and were prizes in claw-machines in Japanese arcades. I will say it right away: Never have I ever won anything by playing one of those! I am the type that either goes to Akihabara or Nakano Broadway to purchase them directly for 10-15 bucks each. If I tried to win them, I would spend more and still had to go home empty-handed. The next problem was luggage-space and so I had to make the decision of only bringing the Bakemonogatari characters home with me. Basically because they are wearing the fancier costumes. Each figure was also available in a sepia-colored version. Continue reading My SQ 2016 Madogatari Collection

Review: Pullip Chloi Doll Carnival 2010

Pullip Chloi is just like her twin Clara a Doll Carnival 2010 limited release. There are 600 Chlois worldwide!
Pullip Chloi is, like her twin Clara, a Doll Carnival 2010 limited release. There are only 600 of her!

Last week I wrote about Groove’s 2010 limited Pullip release Clara and today it is time for her twin sister Chloi. Like Clara, Chloi also had the limited number of 600 pieces and was a special Doll Carnival Pullip. I bought both twins from Mandarake Japan, where rare dolls tend to show up once in a while. Continue reading Review: Pullip Chloi Doll Carnival 2010

My Dolly Week #7: Happy Palm Sunday!

Welcome to the seventh Dolly Week post! These are the weekly posts, in which I like to talk about all the random dolly- or toy-related things that crossed my way in the last seven days! Happy Palm Sunday! Can you believe that Easter is closing in?! (I mean, we all kind of have to, but still!)

Alice and Blythie wish you a happy Palm Sunday! Please stay warm and don’t catch a cold!!!

First of all: Komonogatari now has its own Twitter and Instagram and the links are in the side bar. Please feel free to check them out and I will post regular updates! Slowly I am getting the hang of it. Continue reading My Dolly Week #7: Happy Palm Sunday!

Tokyo Disney Sea Mascots Haul 2016

Disney Sea is a wonderful place to find the cutest treasures!
Disney Sea is a wonderful place to find the cutest treasures! Meet Gelatoni, Duffy & Shellie May!
Finally I know the name of this kitten!
Finally I know the name of this kitten!

Last year one of my dreams came true: After wanting to visit a Disney Park for nearly two decades, I finally got to visit Disneyland Tokyo. But there is not only one Disney Park in Tokyo, but also Disney Sea, which is located right next to it. Both visits were absolutely spectacular, but there was something about Disney Sea that I enjoyed a little bit more-not only from an experience-, but also from an exclusive merchandise-perspective. You all have to know that Disney movies are the foundation of my childhood (especially Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Robin Hood and The Lion King), but I am not very savvy when it comes to lesser known characters. Combine this fact with my inner cat lady and now imagine that everywhere in Japan a pistachio-green colored cat appears in form of bag charms or even as a bag itself. I did not know its name, only the horrendous prices for its merchandise on the secondhand-market. 2016 finally made me wiser: It is Gelatoni, the Mediterranean friend of bears Duffy and Shellie May. Altogether they are the exclusive mascots for Tokyo Disney Sea and not to be found in regular Japanese Disney Stores! Continue reading Tokyo Disney Sea Mascots Haul 2016

Review: Pullip Clara Doll Carnival 2010

Pullip Clara is a limited Pullip that was released in 2010.
Pullip Clara is a limited Pullip that was released in 2010. Only 600 Pullip Clara were made!

Pullip Clara is a release from 2010 and a very limited at that. She was especially made for the Doll Carnival as part of a duo with Pullip Chloi, her twin sister. Only 600 dolls of Clara and Chloi were sold each. I was able to acquire the lovely sisters through Mandarake and will post a review on Pullip Chloi next week. Today let’s focus on the pink twin! Continue reading Review: Pullip Clara Doll Carnival 2010

My Dolly Week #6: Lots of Blythe-Love!

Welcome to my weekly post about all things that relate to dollies!

Neo-Blythe Ufo A Go-Go tried living with the pandas for a week!
Neo-Blythe Ufo A Go-Go tried living with the pandas for a week! Perfect disguise!

This week I fell down the rabbit hole to all things Blythe-related. Last week I already mentioned that I have not been to the physical Junie Moon store in Tokyo yet and now I found out that there is a brand-new store in the Marui Annex building in Shinjuku, where I actually spent some time last year because this department store also contains restaurants and a cinema. The best thing about this store is that it has its own instagram, where you can check out the beautiful interior and cuties on display. I love what they did to Ufo A Go-Go’s hair. I tried to copy it, but I still have a long way to go how to handle my dolls’ hair. In general my Blythe’s hair feels quite different than my Pullips’. More slippery and greasy?! Continue reading My Dolly Week #6: Lots of Blythe-Love!

S.H.Figuarts: Sailor Moon Crystal Season III

This Sailor Moon Crystal S.H.Figuarts release came out in January 2017!
This happens, when I go freestyle on a figure: Usagi wants you to rock on!!!

If you are new to the world of S.H.Figuarts just like me, the easiest way to describe them would be high-quality action figures. In the past I was somehow always able to resist them, but when the Sailor Moon Crystal Season III figure was announced in the fall of last year, it all changed. She got pre-ordered and finally arrived in January. Continue reading S.H.Figuarts: Sailor Moon Crystal Season III

Review: Pullip Nana-chan

Pullip Nana-chan was released in 2014. Like all kitties she loves shopping bags!
Pullip Nana-chan was released in 2014. Like all kitties she loves shopping bags!

Some Pullip just steal your heart right away. Pullip Nana-chan is one of my biggest favorites that, in my opinion, belongs into every Pullip or even doll collection. I might also have to mention that cats are my favorite animals and this just added another reason to my long list, why Pullip Nana-chan is simply amazing. Nana, which is number seven in Japanese, is a collaboration doll with singer Mi-chan and Silver Butterfly. Nana-chan is designed with Mi-chan’s actual cat Nana-chan in mind. Mi-chan also got his own Taeyang doll. Silver Butterfly designed the clothes. She was released in 2014. Continue reading Review: Pullip Nana-chan

My Dolly Week #5

Pullip Alice du Jardin happily awaited spring!
Pullip Alice du Jardin happily awaited spring!

Another seven days have passed and it is time again for my weekly segment, where I like to ramble about dolly- and toy-related things. There were some quite interesting news this week, when Groove posted again about their Disney Cinderella collaboration and some online-stores started their pre-orders. Even though I am not eager to add her to my collection, this is great for collectors (Disney or Pullip) that want her. She will be out in Japan in April. Continue reading My Dolly Week #5

Review: Pullip Creator’s Label Galene

Pullip Creator's Label Galene
Pullip Creator’s Label Galene is a creation from mitsubachi@BabyBee and Silver Butterfly.

Pullip Galene is a Creator’s Label release from 2012. Mitsubachi@BabyBee created her face-up and Silver Butterfly her stock-outfit. The meaning behing her name is galena/blue lead, which explains the soft colors of Galene’s overall look. Out of all the Pullip that were sold-out, when I finally started collecting, Galene initially wandered on top of my list of grails. I missed out on her at least a few times, when I finally saw that the price of a listing on ebay had been significantly reduced. And this is how a brand-new Pullip Galene found her way into my collection. Continue reading Review: Pullip Creator’s Label Galene