Now, if you’ve been reading this for a while, you’ve probably seen two of my hobbies–Baking/Cooking and Playing Video Games. The latter especially as there’s just more to say about it. However, I also really enjoy Collecting. I have many collections such as a Souvenir Penny Collection, Coin Collection, Seashell Collection, Rock Collection, various Plushie Collections (Such as Beanie Babies), Sand in a Bottle Collection, Card Collections, and the subject of this entry, a Doll Collection.
I’ve had all kinds of dolls since I was younger starting with Barbie Dolls and Porcelain Dolls I received as gifts. To this day, all my Porcelain Dolls are still in boxes on display. I haven’t played with any of my Barbie Dolls in years, but I still have several including my favorites which was a Barbie with sparkly gold hair I affectionately named Goldie and one I made through a very old Create Your Own Barbie opportunity they did (They have something similar now, but it’s not as customizeable). It gave me the opportunity to have a dark brown haired/brown eyed doll with light skin–something that was and still can be pretty uncommon. Usually, if you managed to even find a brown hair/brown eyed doll, they would normally have tan or dark skin. Similarly, if you somehow did see light skin, they would have hazel or green eyes and sometimes even blue. So for me, that was really special and I was glad I managed to make two before it was taken offline. I still have both, though, they are currently being kept in storage.
One of my very first “expensive” dolls though was an American Girl Doll. I had Samantha who had a very large effect on me. She was everything I wanted to be from her style to her personality. She’s probably the closest to a role model I had. You can learn more about Samantha here.
Her Christmas Teddy Bear and Music Box are still some of my favorite things.
Eventually, a friend of mine, Kilani, showed me Pullip dolls. I had only previously seen Blythes which I wasn’t a fan of and dolls like Volks which are pretty pricey and also just didn’t have any that caught my attention. I had debated on getting one for a long time and eventually was won over by Sacralita:
I changed her outfit from default, though, since Sacralita was the very first Pullip I adored I did get another to keep in her normal outfit:
We also each got a smaller Azone Doll–a Cute Secret Wonderland Chiika.
I got the pink haired one while she had gotten the other. I still remember us chatting anxiously while waiting for the sale to go up. Sadly, she is currently up in my old room–I’d love to get her with many of my other dolls soon
I ended up collecting Pullips for quite a while, but haven’t bought a new one in a long time choosing to only buy dolls if I liked them completely as is–that means no new eyes/hair/wig/outfit. Though, I am really tempted to try and get the Princess Serenity Pullip (I’m also still debating on the Heiwa Dal and Favorite Ribbon Pullip). Moving back to those I have, I ended up getting quite a lot. I don’t fully regret purchasing so many, but I do regret not being more picky with them and have been debating on selling some of the ones I’m not as attached to. Here are just a few of my favorite Pullips (besides Sacralita) I’ve gotten over the years:
(You’ll notice some of these are customs such as the holiday-spirited Noella I bought off Yahoo!Japan Auctions and the fantastic Fanatique by the very talented Requiemart–she also made me this lovely MLP, Cascade):
As I lessened down with Pullips, a few of my friends who had collected Pullips started collecting Ball-jointed Dolls. They were pricey and having already started being much more picky, I didn’t think too much again. That was until I stumbled upon LittleFee Luna. I instantly fell in love with her design and color scheme, but she had already sold out quite a while ago. So, I made buying threads and eventually found a seller who sold her even cheaper than her original price:
She was my very first BJD and has sat on my desk since.
My second was Emilia, an Iplehouse Doll:
I managed to get her with her full set from someone else, also lower than her price which was nice. Sadly, she did not come with her flowers for her hair. I’m still hoping I’ll find them for sale at some point.
And finally, today and the entire reason I started this entry, Mirai, my Smart Doll arrived today. A friend has been encouraging me quite a bit to pick it up and as a bit of an early gift from my family, I managed to get her during the recent order opening. I am very happy she is finally here and all dressed up in her new outfit:
I haven’t decided yet if I will keep her wig as is or not, but she still looks adorable. <3
As for future dolls... besides the Pullips I mentioned earlier in the entry, the two BJDs I have been keeping an eye out on are Irene and Sophia… Regardless, they are a long long long long long way off.