Collection Close Up: Pinky Street (Pinky ST)

I picked up my first Pinky Street (or Pinky ST, as I’ll refer to them from here on) figure at Anime Central, sometime in the early 2000’s. Pinky ST figures, roughly 4″ tall and made of PET plastic, were invented by BABYSue and produced by the VANCE PROJECT. They’re 1:18th in scale.

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Pinky: ST

Pinky ST’s made their debut in 2003 with three figures: Yoshiko, Sue and Tamae. Each were designed with interchangeable outfits in mind. For example, the head, hair pieces (like pony tails), tops and bottoms of Pinky’s come off so you can mix and match the different character’s looks.

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My first Pinky ST was Moe, from series 2 (below), which was released in 2003. Moe came dressed in her schoolgirl outfit and an extra cheerleader outfit. I liked her long brown hair and purple eyes. For years after, I made it my goal to find a new Pinky ST at every anime con I went to and for a while, it was pretty easy to do.

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There were a number of different Pinky ST releases over the years, including anime collaborations. Pinky:cos releases covered a wide selection of anime titles, including: Neon Genesis Evangelion, Shingetsutan Tsukihime, Gunslinger Girl, Monster Hunter, Kobato, Summer Wars, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Sky Crawlers and my personal favorite, Fruits Basket.

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There were other anime releases besides those mentioned, as well, but I can’t find a good reference guide for Pinky ST releases, at the moment. Besides basic figures, they also released Pinky ST’s that came equipped with their very own car or scooter.

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Pinky ST’s were produced pretty steadily until their eventual demise, coming in batches of two or three, with limited releases here and there. The later series, series 8 through 11, saw some changes. The packaging was changed to smaller, rounder blister packs and the girls were packaged without a second body.

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Pinky St figures stopped production around 2011. They went out with little more than a whimper. News on releases slowed to a halt and the company just continued on. As far as I know, there wasn’t a formal announcement; the line just sort of died. Up until earlier this year, the Pinky Street Forum was a great place for people to find out about the line, but, alas, it seems to have closed up shop as of Feb 2017.

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The forum was pretty active during the Pinky ST heyday, but, like many forums that lost their doll/toy line, fizzled out towards the end. While it was popular, the forum was a great place for information, photos and buying/selling. I wish it had stayed up, for the information alone, but I’m sure it was costing someone money and understand why they’d let it go.

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Like other dolls and figures, there’s some amazingly adorable customs floating around the web, like these Monster High inspired Pinky ST’s or these My Little Pony Pinky’s!

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One word of warning. Pinky ST’s have a tendency to fall over. Over the years, the torso’s have a habit of tipping backwards. If you don’t care to change their look, you may want to consider gluing them together or putting putty inside the torso and leg connector. I, personally, haven’t tried this, but I don’t see why this wouldn’t work. You’ll find this also happens with the arms, hair pieces and heads of certain Pinky ST’s, as well. Some of my girls fall apart really easily, while others are still holding strong.

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Pinky: ST

You can still find Pinky ST figures pretty easily on eBay, so if this post tempted you, go there to check out some of the other releases. It’s been years since I’ve seen them at an anime or comic on, so online is your best bet at finding these cuties. My collection is rather small compared to everything that was released over the 8 years they were produced. Do you own any Pinky ST’s? What are your thoughts on this line? Share your thoughts in the comment area.

June 30, 2017. Tags: . Uncategorized. 15 comments.

Ken Doll Updates

Mattel announced today that Ken was getting a little makeover. Joining the female Fashionista dolls, who were given unique body types over the past few years, as well as new and exciting hairstyles and skin tones, is Ken, who was just given two new body types! Ken is now available in three different body types: Original, Broad and Slim.

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There will also be more variety in hairstyles, faces and skin tones, as you can see in the promo pic above.

New Ken (Mattel Promo Photos)

New Ken (Mattel Promo Photos)

New Ken (Mattel Promo Photos)

In total, we’ll be seeing 15 new Ken dolls. 10 are apparently available now, with five more coming later. While I’m glad they are expanding on the Ken brand, I am a little disappointed that they have yet to release a Made to Move Ken. I want some articulation in my Ken dolls. (Or some bodies for some Taeyangs, assuming they would be as interchangeable as the Made to Move Barbie bodies are with Pullips!)

According to the GQ article linked in the first paragraph, the Ken packaging won’t be marked Broad, Slim or Original, so you’ll have to guess when browsing the toy aisles. Hopefully, the differences of each are more visible in person. I personally don’t see much difference (based on the photos) between Original or Broad. Online, you’ll see dolls listed by their body type.

For more details on how to pre-order the new Ken, check out the Barbie website! What do you think of the update to Ken? Leave your thoughts below!

June 20, 2017. Tags: . Uncategorized. 12 comments.

World Doll Day Toy Drive Update and Thanks

World Doll Day has come and gone, but there’s still a few weeks left to donate a doll or toy for our toy drive! (Yes, this isn’t my toy drive, it’s all of ours!) You can read more about it here. At PUDDLE this year, one of the activities I coordinated was the World Doll Day Doll and Toy Drive, with donations going to the Marillac St. Vincent Family Services Christmas Store. PUDDLE attendees came prepared to give, adding over 30 toys to the 20 or so we received during the drive through reader donations, pushing our total donations to over 50 dolls!

World Doll Day Donations

I’m incredibly pleased with the enthusiasm you all showed me during this doll/toy drive. I went into it a bit leery, not sure how it would work or if we’d get anything, but your donations helped us ensure that 50 children will feel some holiday cheer come December. Thank you SO much for your donations. If you’d like to send in a last minute doll/toy/gift card, feel free. I won’t be dropping these off till early July, so you have until the end of this month. Details on the PO Box are in the announcement post.

I suppose I should end this with a question, because that’s proper blog etiquette. How did you celebrate World Doll Day? Share your thoughts in the comment area.

June 18, 2017. Tags: . Uncategorized. 4 comments.

PUDDLE 2017 Recap

2017 marks our fourth year attending the Pullip and Dal Doll Lovers Event, also known simply as PUDDLE. PUDDLE is a large fan gathering held in Elk Grove Village. This year marked its 10th anniversary. With record attendance numbers, PUDDLE’s demographics are very diverse. Unlike past years (or maybe just more so this year), PUDDLE had a vast age range attend. There were solo collectors, mother/daughter duo’s and even full family units in attendance. It was amazing to see the interactions between long time collectors and younger collectors, just starting out on their Pullip adventure.

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PUDDLE is more of a fan gathering than a convention. Everything from the vendors table, to the contest area, to attendee seating takes place in one big room. This year, there were many great vendors selling their goods, including: doll vendors Shifty Lizard and Denise’s Dolls, Etsy sellers Quaint Quintessence, Mota de Algodón, EmmerzApparel, Darling Clover, KaleidoscopeBJDWear, KuddlePussKustoms, The Little Iron Bed, Pullip Party, Doll Angel Exclusives, and web store Sakura’s Blossoms.

There are no panels at PUDDLE, but besides socializing (which makes up much of the day), there are some exciting events  for attendees to participate in. The day started off with the Dress Like Your Doll contest. Had I remembered I could have used any doll as my inspiration (not just Pullip and friends), I totally would have entered. However, I know I wouldn’t have won! There were so many amazing costumes on the stage that I’m surprised the judges could choose a winner.

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One of the cool parts about PUDDLE is that Pullips are on display everywhere! Attendee tables have spots for people to display their favorite dolls of all shapes and sizes. After the mid-day break, the competition tables were cleared for all the customization contest entries, which made for even more Pullips on display.

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My mom and I entered a few of the custom contests, as well as the Best in Theme diorama contest. My mom, Barbe0913 on YouTube, ended up winning 2nd place for her ‘Curiouser and Curiouser’ Mini entry. Congrats, mom!

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To see more of the Pullips on display at PUDDLE this year, check out the flickr album! Each year, PUDDLE has a craft corner. This year’s craft corner was really fun. We made Kate Middleton inspired hats out of felt, tulle and other accessories. The basic hat shape was super easy, too! Joan, who ran the table, was kind enough to have pre-made some felt flowers, which I used on the hat below.

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Shopping is a huge reason we go to PUDDLE, besides seeing all the awesome collectors, of course. My goal this time around was to outfit my newest Make It Own Taeyang. He arrived at PUDDLE looking super dorky. He was also bald. He left PUDDLE looking like a stud in a Kaleidoscope jacket, long sleeve shirt and jeans (shirt/jeans from Mota). I nearly left without a wig, but at the last minute, I found a (slightly too big) ginger male cut wig that seemed to match him perfectly. Eventually, he even found himself with shoes, thanks to our consolation prize in the Best in Theme contest.

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The outfit below is sized for Pullip, but since my Pullips are all in permanent outfits, it ended up on my Dal. I think the colors in the shorts match my girls face up really well. And the headband is so cute! This is from Mota.

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My mom ended up getting a doll at PUDDLE. Not a Pullip, but a Tangkou. Emily, a vendor who makes super cute outfits, did the face up. Tangkou’s are kind of a Pullip/Blythe hybrid. They have an eye mech similar to a Blythe, which allows their eyes to change color. Prior to seeing this one, I hadn’t thought much about Tangkou’s. This pretty one makes me think I may have misjudged them!

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For more PUDDLE coverage, check out the video below. My mom and I talk about the show and show off a few other items we picked up.

For more information on PUDDLE, keep an eye on their website and Facebook page. To everyone who said hello to us during the show, it was great meeting you! Hope to see you again next year! Did you attend PUDDLE or another doll show recently? Share your thoughts below!

June 17, 2017. Tags: . Uncategorized. 1 comment.

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