Collection Close Up: Custom Once Upon a Time Inspired Emma Swan Pullip

Once Upon a Time is one of my favorite shows and it has been since the pilot episode.  For those who haven’t heard of it, here’s a quick synopsis.  Once Upon a Time is a fantasy show that follows storybook characters who were taken, memories ripped from them, from their fairytale home to Storybrooke, Maine, USA.

Once Upon a Time poster

Once Upon a Time poster

Emma Swan, one of the leads, is a woman who grew up in the foster care system and one day finds a boy at her door.  This boy brings her to Storybrooke and from there, she learns that not all is what it appears to be.  I’m notoriously bad at describing my favorite tv shows or books, so even if this doesn’t sound appealing, check it out (today, if possible).  It’s a really, really good show.

Jennifer Morrison as Emma Swan in a Once Upon a Time promotional Still

Jennifer Morrison as Emma Swan in a Once Upon a Time promotional Still

Why am I writing about Once Upon a Time here on this doll blog?  Well, it occurred to me that Once Upon a Time is a series I would love to have in doll form.  Unfortunately, as of this post, I haven’t seen any official releases or even any gossip about any doll lines being planned.  I decided a few months back that if there was to be no official line, I would just customize a few dolls myself and create my own personal Once Upon a Time collection!

I have picked up a few Pullips that I thought had the right ‘vibe’ for particular characters.  For example, I purchased a Roman Holiday Pullip because I thought she was a good fit for Mary Margaret, otherwise known as Snow White.  I also picked up a Taeyang Gackt, because he reminded me of the dashing pirate Captain Hook.  (Admittedly, he doesn’t look a lot like Colin O’Donoghue, but until I find the perfect Taeyang, he’ll have to do!  You can’t deny he has a similar vibe with the eye make up and outfit!)

For Emma Swan, I went the extra mile.  After finding the perfect body and face on a Pullip Select Melissa, I sought out some talented folks on Etsy to see if they could help me with getting the outfit right.

Pullip Select Melissa

Pullip Select Melissa

Before I go any further, let me tell you a bit about the Pullip Select line, because I think a few of you might care to know about it.  For years now, you had to buy a factory Pullip with a factory outfit, making the Pullip’s price a bit daunting, especially for those that like to change the dolls outfits or customize certain aspects of the dolls look.  Pullip Selects are basic Pullips, packaged wearing a doll sized towel, with a factory wig (glued on) and factory face up.  Because the factory outfit isn’t included, these Pullip Selects are under $100.  My Pullip Melissa was only $58.00, which I think is a bargain.  It saved me from paying over $150 on a doll that I was going to re-dress anyway!

Back to my Once Upon a Time Pullip story…  Last month, I contacted Lovely Cie on Etsy and asked if she would re-create Emma Swan’s outfit in a Pullip friendly size.  I also contacted custom Pullip shoe crafter Milky Way Blythe to get the proper footwear.  Lovely Cie was a joy to work with.  She kept me updated on everything, sent me photos to show me what she’d done and in the end, she created a great Pullip sized Emma outfit, complete with jeggings, a white tank top and Emma’s token red jacket.

Milky Way Blythe had the perfect pair of shoes on her Etsy already, so I didn’t have to request a custom order.  Shipping for both the outfit and the boots was super quick, which I didn’t expect as the outfit came from France and the shoes from Hong Kong!

Enough back story. Are you ready for the big debut?  Here you go!  Here’s Emma Swan, making her debut in Pullip form!

Emma Swan Pullip

Emma Swan Pullip

Pullip Select Melissa Face aka my new Emma Swan Pullip

Pullip Select Melissa Face aka my new Emma Swan Pullip

Notice the token red jacket Emma's wearing, crafted by LovelyCie on Eetsy

Notice the token red jacket Emma’s wearing, crafted by LovelyCie on Etsy

Boots, crafted by Milky Way Blythe on Etsy

Boots, crafted by Milky Way Blythe on Etsy

And here’s a few with my current Captain Hook…

Custom Emma and Hook (Taeyang Gackt)

Custom Emma and Hook (Taeyang Gackt)

Custom Emma and Hook (Taeyang Gackt)

Custom Emma and Hook (Taeyang Gackt)

Custom Emma and Hook (Taeyang Gackt)

Custom Emma and Hook (Taeyang Gackt)

So, there you have it!  My custom Emma Swan from the fantastic TV show Once Upon a Time.  I’d like to send a huge thank you out to Lovely Cie and Milky Way Blythe.  This Pullip Select Melissa could have never been transformed into Emma Swan without your talents!

Here’s the video reveal!

So, readers, I want to hear from you.  What do you think of Emma?  Is there a TV or movie character that you’d like to see in doll form?  Share your thoughts below!

May 6, 2014. Tags: . Uncategorized. 29 comments.

Dolly Review: Monster High Zombie Shake 2 Pack Rochelle and Venus

It’s that time again! New Monster High dolls are hitting store shelves!  This review is about the new Zombie Shake two pack featuring Venus and Rochelle.  Venus and Rochelle are two of my favorite Monster High characters.

Box Image

Box Image

Box Image

Box Image

These two renditions of the characters are definitely unique.  I’ve found that my Monster High tastes have moved towards really enjoying these ‘over the top’ lines versus the slightly more safe Monster High lines of the past.

Rochelle

Rochelle

Rochelle

Rochelle

Rochelle is a Monster High character that I feel can blend into the background a bit when included in doll lines.  This one, however, stands out.  She has a ‘dark’ sort of look to her styling that is fantastic.  Starting from the top, she has rooted curly baby pink, teal and black hair.  It’s pulled up into a high ponytail.  Her bangs have the same pink, black and teal highlights.

Rochelle

Rochelle

Rochelle

Rochelle

Long time readers will know that I’m not a fan of super messy hair on my Monster High dolls, or any doll for that matter.  I’m going to cut this Zombie Shake Rochelle some slack, as the messy curls that top her head do fit with the Zombie theme.

Rochelle

Rochelle

A small detail I really love is the easy to miss headband Rochelle wears.  It has a small blue brain on it.  There’s just something about it that I really like!

Rochelle

Rochelle

The teal in Rochelle’s hair is carried over onto her face.  Her pink eyes, which traditionally look larger than other Monster High dolls, are accentuated with a thick layer of black, long painted lashes and lots of teal eye shadow.  There’s also some grey shadow above the teal.  That’s lots of eye make up!  I think it works really well on this doll, due to the over the top nature of the design.  Her lips are a slightly different shade of teal.

Rochelle

Rochelle

Her face has some awesome ‘cracks’ painted into it.  It gives her a neat look!

Rochelle

Rochelle

Her body has ‘granite like’ coloring, complete with light and dark freckles on her face and limbs.  Just like the ‘cracks’ on her face, she has the same sort of painted cracks on her arms and legs. She comes with two removable wings.  My wings stay in pretty well, actually!

Rochelle

Rochelle

Under the black of Rochelle's dress

Under the black of Rochelle’s dress

Her outfit is fantastic.  I really, really like it!  Like many Monster High outfits, it is a little shorter than I’d like.  Other than that, however, I find it super cute.  It’s a short strapless black dress with hot pink designs going across it.  That is covered by a black, sparkly layer of tulle that starts at her neck and moves down to the bottom of the dress. She wears a plastic belt in a blue tone.  The belt sticks out a bit, to be honest, but it adds a bit of needed color, I guess.

Rochelle

Rochelle

Rochelle comes with a molded black purse with a teal pattern on the front.  I’m not too keen on it, as it seems too small for her and doesn’t open.

Rochelle

Rochelle

Rochelle

Rochelle

Rochelle’s shoes are black, just black.  They have a lot of detail on them that is easily missed because they’re only one color.  You’ll see little widows, columns and a gargoyle.

Venus

Venus

Zombie Shake Venus, in terms of design, is fantastic.  My doll, however, has a major body issue, which sours this two pack a bit.  Similar to Rochelle, Venus has a high side pony tail.  Her hair is, as usual, is 1/3rd flocked and 2/3rds rooted.  She has a handful of colors rooted in her head– two kinds of green, black and bright pink.

Venus

Venus

Her pony tail is curled at the end, again giving this look a bit of a ‘messy’ edge to it.  Her flocking is bright pink with green lines going through it.  She has green ‘vine’s shooting up from her pony tail.

Venus

Venus

Her face is awesome.  I love it!  She mostly has green embellishments on her face.  Her eyes are highlighted with green eye shadow and her lips are an earthy sort of green.  Her face has vine like elements painted asymmetrically on it.

Venus

Venus

Venus has (yet another) super skimpy outfit.  Mattel needs to start adding a little bit more fabric to these dresses.  Venus wears a short black and green dress covered by a layer of pink tulle.  She wears a plastic green belt.

Venus

Venus

Her accessories include vines that sit on her arms and legs, a green vine like necklace and bracelet and a super cool earring.  She also comes with a small green purse.

Venus

Venus

To be honest, I kind of feel like the purses in this line were an afterthought.  They don’t open and they seem just a bit too small for the dolls.

Venus

Venus

Her shoes a hot pink.  They have little teeth on them that remind me of a Venus Flytrap.  There’s not a lot going on with her footwear this time around, which is a surprise. Normally Monster High shoes are far more creative than these.

I mentioned earlier that my doll had a body issue that was surprising.  When the Monster High line first hit stores, limb problems were a common issue.  Over the past few years, though, Mattel has pretty much fixed that issue.  My Venus, however, has a limb problem that I haven’t seen for quite some time.  Her left elbow joint just plain doesn’t work.

Venus

Venus

Instead of bending like it should, it likes to pop out instead. I thought maybe it was just too tight, but even after I played with it for a while, it continued to not bend, but pop out instead. I definitely plan on asking Mattel for a new joint.

Rochelle and Venus

Rochelle and Venus

I wasn’t sure about these two from promo images, but seeing them in person, I like them a lot!  I wish a little more thought had gone into the messy hair design and that the dresses were a little longer, but overall, I find these dolls pretty cool!

I posted a video review for Venus late last week.  Rochelle’s is coming soon!

What do you think of this two pack?  Share your thoughts below!

May 5, 2014. Tags: , . Uncategorized. 7 comments.

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