Puddle 2014

Saturday was Puddle, a convention that celebrates all things Pullip and friends.  Started in 2007 by fans of the doll line, Puddle is held yearly in the suburbs of Chicago and is attended by collectors from all over the United States.  While I’ve known about Puddle for a few years now, this year was the first year I attended.  Because there’s safety in numbers, I invited my mother along for the ride.  She’s the best convention partner around!

Our Puddle adventure started bright and early at around 8:30AM. Once we checked in, we both grabbed our goody bags that included things like original laminated art, candy, outfits, eye chips and other small things.

Goody Bag Dress

Goody Bag Dress

My bag included an outfit donated by Sewgrandmacathy in cute Hello Kitty fabric and my mom’s had a pair of dolly sized skinny jeans.  I don’t have a doll to model this yet, but will post a photo on my Facebook page when I do!

Inside the Convention Room...

Inside the Convention Room…

Inside the convention room were various tables. Of course, the center was filled with tables for attendees to sit at and display their dolls.  Mingling was very much encouraged throughout the convention.  As I’m not the best at socializing with strangers (I can’t help it, I’m a bit shy), I welcomed the initial ice breaker, which focused on us walking around with a sheet of paper getting signatures from people who had brought or done various Puddle/Pullip related things.  Upon completion, we received a raffle ticket for a chance to win outfits and other fun dolly items.

One table featured free issues of Dolls Magazine, recent and not so recent!  Dolls Magazine even offered attendees a free digital subscription to the magazine.  While I have my issues with doll magazines of today, I am not one to pass up a free issue or two.

Dealers Tables

Dealers Tables

The area that I was most excited to see was the row of dealers table at the end of the room.  You all know this by now, I love shopping, especially at conventions.  As Puddle is a smaller fan gathering of under 100 people, I didn’t expect to see lots of dealers.  My assumption was right.  There were just under 10 dealers selling their wares.  I was happily surprised by the vendors that did attend Puddle, though.  I was able to pick up some super cute outfits that were not only Pullip friendly, but Hujoo and Makie friendly, as well!  Ironically, while I came in thinking I would enhance my Pullip collection, I mostly enhanced my other 1/6 sized dolls closets!

As far as activities went, the morning portion of the convention was mostly mingling, shopping and trading, ice breakers and group photos.  The afternoon activities included an open customizing Q and A and a variety of contests.  My mom and I only stayed through lunch, because we had to get back home to take care of something, but the morning turned out to be pretty fun!  I met a lot of nice people and had the shock of a lifetime when someone asked me if I was on YouTube.  It turned out she was a YouTube subscriber of mine!  Small world, right?

And the dolls people brought?  First off, there were so many!  Attendees literally brought suitcases of dolls to show off on their table.  I’m positive the dolls outnumbered the attendees!  And there weren’t just stock dolls!  The majority of what I saw were custom dolls.   There was a huge variety of types and sizes of Pullips, Taeyangs, Dals, etc on display.  Like my mom and I, people brought other non Pullip dolls, too.  I saw many Blythes and surprisingly, I found some of them really cute! (I’m not a huge Blythe fan…)  Here are some of the dolls that came to Puddle.

Group Shot- Left

Group Shot- Left

Group Shot Middle

Group Shot Middle

Group Shot- Right

Group Shot- Right

Here are some of my favorite dolls collectors brought to Pullip.

I love the Taeyang in this shot!

I love the Taeyang in this shot!

The two middle Pullips are adorable!

The two middle Pullips are adorable!

This Doctor Who themed Pullip is on the Victorique stock body I reviewed a while back!

This Doctor Who themed Pullip is a customized Victorique!  I reviewed one of those a while back!

How cute is Harry Potter?!

How cute is Harry Potter?!

Another cute rainbow themed custom

Another cute rainbow themed custom

This girl is adorable.  The bob, the eyes, the jacket-- so cute!

This girl is adorable. The bob, the eyes, the jacket– so cute!

Jedi Knights are always cool.

Jedi Knights are always cool.

This girl was just so different than the rest. Her freckles are great!

This girl was just so different than the rest. Her freckles are great!

Puddle's theme was rainbows.  This dress turned out amazing, do you think?

Puddle’s theme was rainbows. This dress turned out amazing, do you think?

I love the purple wig and the make up free face on this Pullip!

I love the purple wig and the make up free face on this Pullip!

Hello Kitty.  So cute!

Hello Kitty. So cute!

And there were two very large displays that need to be featured here.

Large display of adorableness.

Large display of adorableness.

Rainbow Brite and the Color Kids, need I say more?  This was by far the coolest collection brought to Puddle.

Rainbow Brite and the Color Kids, need I say more? This was by far the coolest collection brought to Puddle.

So, the question I’m sure your asking, what did she buy?!  I went into Puddle thinking I would pick up a Make It Own or My Select set to customize my own doll or even get a head start on my next Once Upon a Time based doll.  Unfortunately, none of the vendors had those sets.  The backup plan was to find someone selling nude dolls at a price that warranted customizing them.  Following suit, no one had affordable stock bodies for me. Two disappointing strikes. In the end, I decided to focus on outfitting my dolls, because most of the vendors were selling clothing and at affordable prices, to boot! (Azone was selling, but while I love the look of their 1/6 scale figures, I can’t pay over $100 for them.)

My Makie in her new Sailor Moon cosplay

My Makie in her new Sailor Moon cosplay

I brought my Makie along, because, while I love the doll itself, the outfits from MakieLab’s need work.  My first purchase at Puddle was an adorable Sailor Moon themed outfit for Siena, my Makie.  Being a two piece outfit, I didn’t have to worry about Siena’s strange torso.  The top fit really well, too, as it’s not supposed to be skin tight.  This outfit was made by Quamara of Quaint Quintessence.

Doctor Whooves Cosplay (modeled by my Makie)

Doctor Whooves Cosplay (modeled by my Makie)

Doctor Whooves (back)

Doctor Whooves (back)

Twilight Sparkle cosplay (modeled by Hujoo)

Twilight Sparkle cosplay (modeled by Hujoo)

Twilight Sparkle Cosplay (back)

Twilight Sparkle Cosplay (back)

Quamara had a ton of cute pop culture’y pieces at her booth, including two piece sets (a hoodie and skirt) themed around My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.  Of course, I couldn’t pass those up.  I picked up Twilight Sparkle and Doctor Whooves.  The great thing about these is that, like the Sailor Moon outfit and my Makie, these outfits fit my Hujoo!

Re-Ment

Re-Ment

Because I can never pass them up, I picked up four Re-Ment mystery boxes from Sakura’s Blossoms.  I’m a sucker for miniature food items, even though I don’t have a doll house to really display a lot of the pieces I own.  (The fact that Anime Central had ziltch when it came to Re-Ment aided in me buying these at Puddle!)

Coat (modeled by Bobobie Sprite)

Coat (modeled by Bobobie Sprite)

My mom picked up an awesome MSD sized jacket for her Bobobie from Kaleidoscope Coats, a newer vendor to hit the dolly market. These coats are super neat and almost otherworldly.

Coat (modeled by DIM Fantasia)

Coat (modeled by DIM Fantasia)

I picked up a cool earthy jacket that cuts off at the waist.  Currently, Breena, my Doll In Mind Fantasia is wearing it, though she needs a new skirt or pants to match it!

Catwoman and future Regina Mills/Evil Queen custom

Catwoman and future Regina Mills/Evil Queen custom

The last thing I picked up is the piece I went back and forth on most.  I went into the day thinking that I wouldn’t pick up any stock dolls.  However, Shifty Lizard was at the convention, which made things a little more difficult.  I truly wasn’t going to buy anything from their booth, because their prices were high, but then I saw a discounted Catwoman Pullip. The doll was being sold at a discount because the goggles were loose in the package.   What really caught my eye was the doll under the outfit.  The stock doll immediately reminded me of Regina/The Evil Queen.  In the end, I picked her up in hopes to add to my Once Upon a Time custom collection.

My mom made out pretty well in the swap/buy/trade portion of the morning, picking up a handful of wigs at 3 bucks a pop!

I must admit, I did expect more wig and shoe options on the vendor floor and I definitely expected more nicely priced nude dolls or a Make It Own set or two.  However, I am happy with the majority of what I picked up, especially in regards to the outfits!  My dolly budget is, of course, blown for the month, which means I will most likely see every single new Monster High or Ever After High dolls released recently on store shelves!

Group Photo

Group Photo

More importantly, I had a fun time interacting with other doll collectors!  It’s always interesting (in a good way) to be around others who like the same things you do and can relate to the hobby based things you might do!  Overall, I’m glad I finally got to attend Puddle.  It was a fun way to spend a Saturday. I can’t wait till next year!

For more photos, check out my Facebook page.  You’ll see table photos galore over there!

My mom's MIO Isul and my custom Emma Swan

My mom’s MIO Isul and my custom Emma Swan

Did you attend Puddle or another local doll con recently?  What did you think?  Did you buy anything fun? Share your thoughts below!

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June 11, 2014. Tags: , , , , . Category: Articles and Doll Histories, Category: Picture Heavy Posts and Impulse Buys, Category: Uncategorized.

12 Comments

  1. ghouliette replied:

    What a great review! It looks like everyone had a great time at Puddle. And I can totally see your Catwoman Pullip as Regina the Evil Queen. I can’t wait to see your customization of her!

    • kewpie83 replied:

      Thanks! Now the hard part begins– choosing an outfit for Regina! I know I want an Enchanted Forest look, but which one?!

      • susie replied:

        Do you know if you are getting holly and poppy ohair I know its off subject

        • kewpie83 replied:

          I don’t know yet. I most likely will, as I want at least one basic doll of each character. :)

  2. Toleka King replied:

    Thanks for the great review and for mentioning my shop. :) I remember you stopping by. It was nice meeting you. I hope to see you again next year. Please let me know what wigs you would like to see more of. I’m always open to suggestions.

    • kewpie83 replied:

      No problem! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I still love that two toned wig you guys had with you– if only I had been shopping for a Pullip sized wig. ;) Next year, I guess!

  3. Raye replied:

    I remember you! I doubt you remember me, but I sat at the table next to you (the closest one to the door) and asked your mom about the dolls you two brought. I loved seeing the Makies; I had been intrigued by them and was really glad that someone brought some to the convention so that I could hold them and take a good look at them. :)

    • kewpie83 replied:

      Thanks for stopping by my blog! I’m sure I’d recognize you– I went around that table a gazillion times looking at all the cute dolls on it! My mom and I loved being able to show off our Makies. I know what you mean about being intrigued by them. That’s one of the reasons I was so keen on getting one! You weren’t the only one who mentioned wanting to see that brand in person. Did you have fun at Puddle?

      • Raye replied:

        Oh, I had a lot of fun! A few things could have been organized a little better but TrueFan and babelglyph seemed really open to suggestions so I’m sure they will make some changes next year.

        I had short brown hair, glasses and was wearing a purple shirt with a grey cardigan. I had the Ala that was bald for most of the show, too, lol. I also spent a lot of time waxing poetic about spending waaaaay too much money.

  4. Danica (thekawaiione) replied:

    Thanks for this post on Puddle, like you I’ve known about it for awhile, but have never attended. It’s always nice to read about others’ experiences at conventions/meet-ups like this. ^^

    Also a small note, in the group of pictures of your favorite dolls, the two pullips in the middle that you mention in the second image and the Harry Potter doll are actually Isuls~ They do look quite similar though being ‘siblings’ (the mouths are the most noticeable differences).

    • kewpie83 replied:

      Puddle is a fun way to spend a day, that’s for sure! You should think of attending next year! Thanks for the tip on the Isuls! Since I was unaware of all the different off-shoots of Pullips for years, I totally group them together in my head! I’m trying to stop using Pullip as a blanket term for the whole series of dolls. ;) It’s like when a person has a group of Barbie’s and just calls them Barbie’s, even though there’s mostly Teresa’s, or something like that!

  5. Nicole Tan replied:

    You’re so lucky that you can attend Puddle! I love pullips and this seems like the kind of thing I would love but I live in Asia. :(

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