Dolly Review: Groove Pullip Victorique de Blois

January has been a very ‘groovy’ month with three new Pullips arriving at my doorstep!  Tomeo Mami, I reviewed earlier.  Up for review today is Victorique de Blois from the popular anime ‘Gosick’.

Gosick's Victorique

Gosick’s Victorique

I haven’t seen ‘Gosick’, so I don’t have any experience with the character. This isn’t the first doll we’ve seen of Victorique, though.  Volks created a super dollfie of her back in 2011 for one of their doll parties and sold her for over $1,000!  (Needless to say, I will probably never be able to afford a Volks!)

Gosick Victorique

Gosick Victorique

But let’s talk about Pullips 12″ Victorique de Blois.  Like all Pullips, Victorique is wigged.  Her dirty blonde hair is super long.   In the box, it’s held in two pig tail strands, but don’t let that fool you, her hair is meant to be down.  There is a slight curl at the ends.

Victorique

Victorique

Victorique has smooth, silky hair.  It has a different texture than what I saw on Tomeo Mami.  Her bangs start high on her forehead.  I like the fact that they kept the ends of her side bangs longer than the rest.

Victorique

Victorique

Victorique is on your typical Pullip body.  As I’ve mentioned before, I am not a huge fan of the factory body on Pullips.  I think they should have better joints on them if we’re going to pay the prices we pay.

Victorique with Nano Freya

Victorique with Nano Freya

Victorique

Victorique

In terms of posing, Victorique follows suit with other Pullip dolls.  She has joints on her shoulders, elbows, wrists, thighs, knees and ankles.  She also has a joint under her bust that allows her a little more room for posing.  Her neck joint allows her head to turn left and right, but not tilt.  Since many people have had success with re-bodying their Pullips on more poseable obitsu bodies, there is an easy fix, it seems, for this issue!

Victorique

Victorique

I really like this girl’s face.  The dark green eyes Victorique has are quite piercing alongside her mauve colored cheeks and lips. Her skin is a very light peach.  I like the combination of the green and mauve.  Because Victorique’s hair isn’t very vibrant in color, her face really stands out.  She has an intriguing, inquisitive look to her, especially when she side glances!  Victorique has ‘real’ eyelashes attached to the base of her lids and painted eyelashes lining the eye.

Of course, like most Pullips, Victorique has the ability to blink and/or wink.

Eye Mechanism

Eye Mechanism

There are three different knobs in the back of a Pullips heads. The center knob moves the Pullips eyes left to right. The knobs on either side allow the eye lids to open and shut.  The eye mechanism on Victorique works fine and isn’t sticky at all!

Victorique

Victorique

Victorique wears a black Victorian style dress that goes down to the floor.  It is accented with light grey elements, like the thin grey apron on the skirt, and more delicate lace like elements, like the lacy edges of the three quarter sleeves. Victorique has a lace like under skirt to add a bit of life to her dress.

Victorique

Victorique

Victorique

Victorique

Victorique wears black boots over white tights.  You can’t actually see these, because her skirt is so long.  I really like the boots, though.  They may be simple, but the style is pretty great.

Victorique

Victorique

Victorique doesn’t come with a second outfit, like many Pullips do, but she does come with a black bonnet.  You fasten this like you would any old bonnet, by tying it under her neck.

My final thought? I’m the first one to admit that dolls with hair to the floor aren’t exactly my cup of tea.  It’s manageable and pretty when you first take them out of the box, but after awhile, it gets tangled or loses its styling or just gets staticky.  I think Victorique looks great with the long hair, but my personal preference would be to have made it shorter.  Granted, as she is based on an animated character, Groove didn’t have much choice in that matter.

Victorique

Victorique

I like the fashion on her, too, but think she might have to take a break from it every now and then.  Her pale skin and the dark fabric makes her a bit hard to photograph.  I wouldn’t mind introducing some color into this dolls attire!

Victorique

Victorique

Victorique is a doll with character.  Yes, I may not be a fan of the length of her hair and she may be dressed in something that covers a lot of skin, but her face is pretty striking!

Victorique

Victorique

I love the color pallet Pullip chose for her features.  Overall, they did a really great job taking this anime character and turning her into a Pullip!

Victorique

Victorique

Victorique is available wherever Pullips are sold, including The Junky Spot!  The Junky Spot is my favorite BJD shop and has some pretty awesome prices on Pullips.  Definitely check it out, especially if you’re in the States!

Here’s a video review for Victorique.

What do you think of Victorique?  Do you think she measures up to her animated counterpart?  Share your thoughts below!

January 28, 2014. Tags: . Uncategorized. 4 comments.

Dolly Review: Groove Pullip Tomeo Mami

I think I really need to call 2014 the year of the Pullips!  First, there was the purchase of my own Taeyang Gackt and then there was a mystery box featuring two Pullips sent for review from my favorite online BJD store, The Junky Spot!  Needless to say, that’s a lot of Pullip‘s to grace my doorstep within one month!

Tomeo Mami

Tomeo Mami

This Pullip, the first of at least two Pullip reviews, should be quite familiar to ‘Puella Magi Madoka Magica’ fans.  She’s none other than Tomeo Mami.  Mami was introduced early on in the anime series ‘Puella Magi Madoka Magica’.

Madoka Magica Characters

Madoka Magica Characters

A 12 episode series, ‘Puella Magi Madoka Magica’ is a dark magical girl tale that follows a select number of girls as they are offered the chance to become more than ordinary.  I had tried to watch this a few months back and got through half of it, but it just wasn’t my thing.  Many people, though, really enjoyed this anime.  It’s no surprise that Groove collaborated with the production to create Pullip’s of not just one, but three characters.

Tomeo Madoka

Tomeo Mami

Tomeo Mami is an adorable Pullip.  Groove did a great job taking the anime characters look and recreating that in doll form.  We’ll start off with the basics.  Just like most Pullip’s, Mami is around 12 inches tall and is wigged.  Officially, the wig is non-removeable, however I’ve seen many reports that the wigs have very little glue holding them on the dolls head.  This makes me believe it would be pretty simple to switch up Pullip wigs if you wanted to! That being said, unless you start trying to remove the wig, it hugs her head well and you don’t have to worry about it falling off.

Tomeo Mami

Tomeo Mami

Mami has pale yellow hair styled in two long sausage curl pigtails, with bangs/fringe.  I find her hair to be rather soft and it seems to be keeping the sausage curl really well!  I’m very happy she has hair that is manageable.  I’ve found many Pullips to have hair that is a bit too long for my taste, but this is just right.

Tomeo Mami

Tomeo Mami

Tomeo Mami

Tomeo Mami

Pullip’s factory bodies are the main reason I don’t have many of them in my collection.  I’m not 100% happy with the limited jointing on Pullips.  As it stands, the factory bodies allow for some movement, but far less than your typical bjd or obitsu body.  Mami body is put together similar to a Monster High Create a Monster, so don’t worry if you find that you accidentally pulled off a hand while changing her outfit!

Tomeo Mami (MiWorld Lollipop not included with doll)

Tomeo Mami (MiWorld Lollipop not included with doll)

She has joints at her shoulder, elbow, wrist, thigh, knee and ankle.  She also has a joint right under her bust, which doesn’t do much other than help her tilt slightly forward or backward.  Her head turns left and right, but does not tilt up or down because it’s not on a ball joint.  Pullips don’t stand well on their own b/c of the body proportions, but come with a stand for display purposes.

Tomeo Mami

Tomeo Mami

One of the high points for me when it comes to Pullips are their faces.  Pullips faces are oversized, so while they’re on a 1/6 scale body, their heads come off larger, more similar to an MSD bjd than a 1/6 scale BJD.  I love that.  With their oversized heads come large, anime like eyes.  Another thing I love!  In Mami’s case, her heart shaped face features large dark yellow eyes.

Tomeo Mami

Tomeo Mami

She has light brown eye brows, hidden by her bangs/fringe and dark brown eye shadow highlighting her lids.  She has light blushing on her cheeks and natural colored lips done up with a bit of gloss.

Tomeo Mami

Tomeo Mami

There is something to be said about the simpleness of her face up.  It gives her look a sense of maturity, I think.  I also love the dark yellow eyes.  Some times, Pullip eyes are some very strange colors and they don’t always appeal to me.  However, for being a color I’m not used to on dolls, I really think these eye chips look great in Mami!

Eye Mechanism

Eye Mechanism

As expected, Mami’s eyes move left and right when you move a tab in the back of her head.  Her eyes also close when you hit another tab in the back of her head.  Both functions work fine on Mami.

Winking Tomeo Mami

Winking Tomeo Mami

Eyes Closed Tomeo Mami

Eyes Closed Tomeo Mami

Mami wears an adorable hat.  It’s the same brown seen on her outfit and looks adorable with the sausage curls.  The hat is decorated with a flower button and a white feather.  The hat can be attached to the dolls wig with a hair clip that is sewn in to the hat itself.

Tomeo Mami

Tomeo Mami

See the clip?

See the clip?

There are many pieces to Mami’s outfit.  Mami comes dressed in her magical girl outfit (ie: the outfit she wears when protecting the city from harm).

Tomeo Mami

Tomeo Mami

This includes a good number of separates.  What you’ll notice right off the bat is her amazing brown buckle corset.  It is fastened with velcro over her white high neck short sleeve blouse, also fastened with velcro.

Tomeo Mami

Tomeo Mami (ignore the stand!)

The blouse and the corset really bring out this doll’s large chest.  I was surprised by her chest size in this outfit, actually, because my other Pullips have much smaller busts.

Tomeo Mami

Tomeo Mami

Before investigating, I assumed she was just on a different kind of body.  It turns out, however, that Mami is wearing a padded bra.  Yep, you read that right!  Under the blouse is a dolly sized bra that covers all the important bits while adding to them a twinge.

Tomeo Mami

Tomeo Mami

In the box, it looks like Mami wears long sleeves.  In actuality, she wears a short sleeved blouse and arm warmers.  The arm warmers are the one part of this outfit that have given me a bit of trouble.  They looked great out of the box, but after a bit of posing, they wrinkled and stretched out quite a bit.

Tomeo Mami

Tomeo Mami

Continuing down, Mami wears a mustard yellow skirt.  It works really well with the brown on the corset and the pale yellow of her hair.  There’s a little bit of tulle lining the skirt, and of course, the doll is wearing undies!  One thing I love about this Pullip in particular is that the skirt is long enough to cover everything that needs to be covered, which isn’t always the case with anime inspired dolls!

Tomeo Mami

Tomeo Mami

Instead of tights, Mami wears striped thigh high’s, the majority of which are covered by her brown knee length boots.  Her boots are made of a rubber like material and are easy to put on and take off.  They stay on well, too.  I was very happy that the shoes were fine outside of the box.  Two of my Pullips purchased previously had issues with the shoes being sticky.  Thankfully, these are were just fine!

Tomeo Mami's School Outfit

Tomeo Mami’s School Outfit

Also included in this set is Mami’s school outfit!  This three piece set includes raspberry tights, a blue checkered skirt and a light yellow uniform top with white sleeves and red highlights.  What you should also see on the top is a red bow in the top center.  This bow, unfortunately, fell off almost instantly after I tried this outfit on an obitsu body I had handy.  It seems it was only held on with one or two tiny stitches.

Tomeo Mami comes with a few flower shaped accessories.  Not sure what they are!

Tomeo Mami comes with a few flower shaped accessories. Not sure what they are!

Mami comes with a few extra’s in her box.  Besides the outfit, you’ll receive some flower like button accessories.  I don’t know what these are.  They must have something to do with the anime, though!  She, also, comes with a stand and her trading card.  EDIT: DollGirl4 said that Mami wears these flowers in her hair while dressed in her school outfit!  Mystery solved!

Mami is a very cute doll and her transition from anime to Pullip was done really well!  I think the Pullip stock bodies could do with a little work.  I wish they had a twinge more posing ability.  (I plan on switching the stock body out with an obitsu body soon to rectify this!)

Tomeo Mami

Tomeo Mami

Tomeo Mami (MiWorld hotdog not included)

Tomeo Mami (MiWorld hotdog not included)

Tomeo Mami

Tomeo Mami

Putting the body issue aside, I really like this Pullip Tomeo Mami.  She has a pretty face, a fun hair style and is a great representation of her animated character!  I think she’ll be a great addition to my (small) Pullip collection!

Mami is currently available at The Junky Spot, as well as other online Pullip retailers!

What do you think of Mami?  Share your thoughts below!

Please note: This doll was sent to me for a fair and honest review.  The opinions stated are my own.

January 19, 2014. Tags: . Uncategorized. 7 comments.

Dolly Review: Chirstmas Kurhn, a Chinese Fashion Doll

I showcased a number of my holiday gifts in a YouTube video posted shortly after Christmas.  One of those was a doll called Kurhn.  She’s a Chinese fashion doll.  I purchased a Kurhn last year, but have been patiently waiting to get my hands on another!  Calling this a ‘review’ might be a little much.  Really the point of this post is to show her off!  If you are looking for lots of details, why not check out the first Kurhn post I did.

Christmas Kuhrn

Christmas Kurhn

This is a basic Kurhn doll.  She looks pretty Christmas’y, so we’ve dubbed her a Christmas Kurhn!  Isn’t she adorable?!  Kurhn comes on a basic body, which means she isn’t jointed at the elbows like some other models.

Christmas Kuhrn

Christmas Kurhn

She has an adorable brunette bob that frames her face.  The hair bow is sewn into her head, which is great, as I don’t plan on changing her!  Kurhn wears a fantastic dress, very classic and elegant! Under this dress is a slip that adds lift to the skirt.

Christmas Kuhrn

Christmas Kurhn

The dress is red and white with a pretty picture of a bird stenciled on the front panel.  I really like this dress.  It’s so pretty!  It’s something I would want to wear.  She wears white tights and finally, red open toed shoes.  The shoes make it a twinge harder for her to stand, but if you get her just right, she’ll stand fine.  I must admit, though, the shoes do make me laugh a little, as the poor girls toes don’t actually reach the ‘open toe’ portion of the shoe.

Christmas Kuhrn

Christmas Kurhn

The thing I really love about this Kurhn is her face. Like my other doll, she has large, round brown eyes that really make her stand out among the rest. She wears minimal make up, with slight blushing on her cheeks and light pink lips. Interestingly enough, she has a different kind of eye than my original Kurhn.  Christmas Kurhn’s eyes are larger, it seems, than my first Kurhn.

Christmas Kuhrn and Living Room Kurhn

Christmas Kurhn and Living Room Kurhn

Kurhn dolls weren’t made to copy the western look or the anime look.  They have their own unique aesthetic, which if you ask me, is adorable!  This is a line that I will never get tired of!

Christmas Kuhrn and The Doctor

Christmas Kurhn and The Doctor

Christmas Kuhrn

Christmas Kurhn

Christmas Kuhrn

Christmas Kurhn

As with my first Kurhn’s photoshoot, the Doctor wanted in on the action.  I think he’s a great scale for these Kurhn dolls.

Christmas Kuhrn and the Doctor

Christmas Kurhn and the Doctor

Christmas Kuhrn

Christmas Kurhn

Here’s a video review featuring this adorable doll!

Did you receive a Kurhn recently?  Which one?  Do you have a favorite?  Share your thoughts below!

January 17, 2014. Tags: . Uncategorized. 8 comments.

50th Anniversary Skipper on Barbie Collector

Hip hip hooray!  It’s 2014!  You know what that means?  It means Skipper is turning the big 5-0 this year!  Can you believe it?  In honor of Skipper turning 50, Mattel sneakily placed a 50th anniversary Skipper on their website.  (Big thanks to YouTuber Tina for the heads up!)

50th Anniversary Skipper

50th Anniversary Skipper

Skipper is currently out of stock on Barbie Collector, but retails for $39.95.  She uses a ‘New Repro Skipper’ headmold, which is very well done!  Skipper is dressed in her birthday best, a reproduction outfit from 1965, aptly named ‘Happy Birthday’.  If you feel like you’re having de ja vu, you aren’t!  We saw this fashion on the 30th anniversary porcelain doll, too.

Accessories

Accessories

Besides the outfit, this doll comes with a number of reproduction accessories, including an adorable birthday cake!

Skipper

Skipper

The fact that Mattel released this reproduction Skipper right out of the gate makes me very happy!  I have to admit, though, that I’m a little disappointed by the fact that this Skipper is in the Happy Birthday outfit. I guess it makes sense, but we’ve already seen this on an anniversary doll.  That being said, I love her cute little face!  I’m hoping we see more Skipper related merchandise as 2014 progresses!

What do you think of this 50th Anniversary Skipper? Is this enough?  Is it too similar to past releases?  Share your thoughts below!

January 15, 2014. Tags: . Uncategorized. 16 comments.

Dolly Review: MiWorld Sweet Factory, O.P.I and DQ

Late December, I wrote about a new toy line called ‘MiWorld’.  MiWorld consists of miniature store fronts, like Claire’s, Sweet Factory and DQ.  As a fan of realistic miniatures, I was super excited to get my hands on a set.  This Christmas, I was lucky enough to get not only one, but three sets!

Before I get into the specifics, here’s a quick rundown.  There are two kind of MiWorld sets, deluxe double rooms and single sets.  The double room sets are Claire’s and Sweet Factory and consist of two floor pieces and four wall pieces. Deluxe sets also include a Shop Girl!   The single room sets include O.P.I, DQ and Sprinkles.  They consist of one floor piece and two wall pieces.  Each set includes realistic miniature accessories to create a fun, true to life environment.  A store with no customers or staff members would be kind of boring, right?  So the shop doesn’t turn into a ghost town, a selection of Shop Girls are available for purchase, too, along with smaller accessory packs to add to your store fronts.

Stackable!

Stackable!

MiWorld sets are meant to stack.  While currently the cardboard floor of the double rooms leaves no gap for single rooms to be stacked on top of it, I have heard that future sets will correct this issue.  At the moment, it’s easiest to stack like rooms on like rooms and to connect deluxe sets to single sets side to side.  Of course, those who are crafty could easily create holes in the proper spot to stack single room sets on a double room.

Each set has some smaller than average pieces.  The age range on these is seven and up, but if you have a younger child around or even a pet, you’ll want to keep an eye on the pieces and pack them away if they are in reach of those younger than seven.

Sweet Factory

Sweet Factory

Let’s dive into the MiWorld sets I received during the holidays.  We’ll start with the deluxe Sweet Factory.  Setting up the Sweet Factory was pretty easy.

Pieces

Pieces

Once you place the cardboard floor on the two plastic bases or floor boards, all you have to do is ‘click’ the plastic (already decorated) walls into place.  An L shaped piece holds the walls together so they aren’t wibbley wobbley.  Be careful with the L piece, though, because it likes to pop out when moving the shop. It’s very small and easy to lose.

Sweet Factory

Sweet Factory

Sweet Factory comes with a good number of accessories to create a realistic world.  After setting up the walls, you’ll have to put a few of the pieces together.  Also, there’s a lot of stickering.  For example, the lollipops are all stickered with a rainbow graphic.

Pieces

Pieces

Candy Jars

Candy Jars

Lollipops and Gumball Machines

Lollipops and Gumball Machines

Cashier Station

Cashier Station

There are a handful of cardboard accessories, namely the mints, chocolate covered raisins and the box of chocolates.  Have some double stick tape handy when putting theses together.  I found that the packages wouldn’t stay closed without tape.

Shop Girl in Sweet Factory

Shop Girl in Sweet Factory

Sweet Factory comes with its own Shop Girl.  This shop girl is scale to the shop.  Something to keep in mind is that the shop girl comes apart at the waist.  Her feet also come off.  I think this is because Jakks Pacific wants them to be customizable.  However, since I only have one shop girl, I’m not sure!  She has limited jointing, but stands well.

Shop Girl with the Eleventh Doctor

Shop Girl with the Eleventh Doctor

Who else is scale to this set?  Well, that’s a bit hard to figure out.  I tried multiple dolls in the set and have figured out that, in general, action figures seem to fit.  I had the best luck with my Doctor Who action figures.  That was a pleasant surprise because up until now, they’ve only had their TARDIS to hang around!

The Doctors in Sweet Factory

The Doctors in Sweet Factory

The Ninth Doctor in Sweet Factory

The Ninth Doctor in Sweet Factory

'Are you my mummy?  Can you buy me this lollipop?'

‘Are you my mummy? Can you buy me this lollipop?’

Also scale-ish turned out to be my Pokemon action figures from years ago.  They usually reside in my AG Mini rooms.  Nano Freya, from The Junky Spot, was a smidgen too big, but still works if photographed just right!

Brock, making eyes at the Shop Girl

Brock, making eyes at the Shop Girl

Nano Freya

Nano Freya

Brock, taking a lollipop

Brock, taking a lollipop

Here are a few other size comparisons.  You may recognize the others featured in the shots below.  In general, Lottie is far too big and the Lalaloopsy mini figures are far too small.  Polly Pocket, in the end, was too small, as well.

Lottie vs Shop Girl vs Polly Pocket

Lottie vs Shop Girl vs Polly Pocket

The Doctor vs Shop Girl vs Nano Freya

The Doctor vs Shop Girl vs Nano Freya

Single Sets

Single Sets

O.P.I is a single room set. While it doesn’t include a Shop Girl, it is a pretty neat room.  It has one of my favorite accessories in it– nail polish!  It also comes with a salon table, two chairs and a massage chair.

O.P.I

O.P.I

The walls are full of color.  I love the energy that this store gives off.  The walls look great in photographs, too!

O.P.I

O.P.I

O.P.I had fewer stickers than Sweet Factory. Most were the O.P.I logo.  There are a few small pieces in this set.  For example, four of the awesome nail polishes come out and are very small.  The lamp on the table is two pieces, so when taken apart, those pieces are, also, small.

Nail Polish

Nail Polish

O.P.I

O.P.I

Visually, I really do like this room.  My only concern is that there might be too much crammed into such a small space.  However, any toy with a miniature nail polish display scores high in my book!

O.P.I

O.P.I

Nano Freya in OPI

Nano Freya in OPI

The Doctors in OPI

The Doctors in OPI

DQ, or Dairy Queen, is another fantastically visual set. It has far more accessories than O.P.I and feels a little more open.

DQ

DQ

DQ comes with a front counter, a table and chair,  a cardboard sign and lots of food accessories. As a fan of food related Re-Ment and Iwako erasers, this totally appealed to me!  The walls, again, are pretty great.

Mini food items

Mini food items

Again, you’ll want some double stick tape on hand for the cardboard accessories.

Mini food items

Mini food items

I love the ‘kitchen’ in the background and how real it looks when photographed.

Shop Girl (not included) in DQ

Shop Girl (not included) in DQ

The Pokemon Gang in DQ

The Pokemon Gang in DQ

A Lalaloopsy Mini in DQ

A Lalaloopsy Mini in DQ

Misty and Shop Girl in DQ

Misty and Shop Girl in DQ

There is an online element to these sets.  Unfortunately, it didn’t work for me.  If you have an apple device, you can download the app to really make your shops come alive.

Online

Online

My phone, the only thing I would play this on, is an android device and only has access to Google Play.  At the moment, the app is not available in Google Play.  To be honest, though, the draw for me isn’t the online element of these sets, it’s the sets themselves!

Busy at the Sweet Factory!

Busy at the Sweet Factory!

The Three Doctors at the Sweet Factory

The Three Doctors at the Sweet Factory

Checking out at Sweet Factory

Checking out at Sweet Factory

Sweet Factory

Sweet Factory

In the end, I had a lot of fun playing with these MiWorld sets.  I don’t have many figures that are scale to these, but it was so much fun photographing what I do have in these mini rooms.  I love that they are meant to stack  and am happy to hear that future rooms will  make it a little easier to stack single rooms onto double room sets without work on the consumers part.  The rooms are stable, though you’ll want to keep an eye on the L piece if you’re moving the room.  What I love most about these sets has to be the colorful backdrops they have given us and the realistic products.

What do you think of MiWorld?  Do you know of another doll that would be the right scale?  What shops would you like to see?  Share your thoughts below!

Update:  One reader asked about how the accessories might work with Pullip dolls.  Below are a few reference picture!  The pieces are still a bit small, but I think they work relatively well…

Pullip with MiWorld Hotdog

Pullip with MiWorld Hotdog

Pullip with MiWorld nail polish

Pullip with MiWorld nail polish

Pullip with MiWorld DQ drink

Pullip with MiWorld DQ drink

Pullip with Sweet Shop Chocolate Covered Raisins

Pullip with Sweet Shop Chocolate Covered Raisins

Pullip with Sweet Shop candy jar

Pullip with Sweet Shop candy jar

Tomeo Mami (MiWorld candy not included)

Tomeo Mami (MiWorld candy not included)

Tomeo Mami (MiWorld Lollipop not included with doll)

Tomeo Mami (MiWorld Lollipop not included with doll)

January 11, 2014. Tags: . Uncategorized. 14 comments.

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