A while back, I made it a goal to create a Once Upon a Time inspired Pullip collection. Last year, I showcased my Emma Swan. Today, I’d like to introduce you to Mary Margaret aka Snow White. Mary Margaret is played by actress Ginnifer Goodwin in the hit TV show.
Once Upon a Time chronicles the lives of storybook characters who were cursed by the Evil Queen to live in a ‘world without magic’ known as Storybrooke, Maine. Mary Margaret is Snow White’s Storybrooke identity.
The first thing I needed for this custom was the perfect stock face. I found that in the Roman Holiday Pullip. Her dark eyes and pale skin tone lent itself perfectly to the character.
Her stock wig was practically perfect, as well, though it’s not 100% screen accurate. Roman Holiday has a short hairdo, styled with high, tight curls in the back and short bangs in the front.
It’s not exactly Mary Margaret’s boy cut, but I can live with it for now. In a way, it’s a nice call back to Mary Margaret’s Enchanted Forest look. Ideally, I would like to find the stock wig for Sabrina, another Audrey Hepburn inspired Pullip, because that wig looks like it could be perfect.
The outfit fell into my lap. Like my Emma Swan custom, I thought it would be best to hire someone on Etsy to make a screen accurate outfit for this Pullip. While searching Etsy for possible designers, I stumbled upon a complete outfit that was perfect for Mary Margaret. It was designed by SquishTish. I wasn’t disappointed in the least!
While it isn’t an exact copy of anything specific, the style is on point with the character, with the stylish cape jacket, colorful sweater and skinny pants. Originally, this outfit came with a white tank top, but I switched that out to this striped shirt to fit the Pullip stock body better. The outfit was originally designed for an obitsu body, but even with teflon tape, the head was way too wobbly for me to replace the stock body for this custom. Mary Margaret was seen wearing very similar outfits to this in the past, especially in season 1. The shoes were purchased at Puddle 2015.
I’m very happy with how this Mary Margaret inspired Pullip turned out. I think she looks great. I’m not sure who my next Once Upon a Time custom will be, but I do hope to get to it soon. Creating these Pullips has been so much fun so far!
Video debut below:
Have you created a doll inspired by a TV or movie recently? Who? What do you think of this custom Mary Margaret? Are you a fan of Once Upon a Time? Who’s your favorite character? Leave your thoughts in the comment area.
A while back, I did a video for The Junky Spot talking about Groove’s Make it Own Pullips. I am finally ready to debut the finished doll! It took a while to get to this point. I had decided earlier that I was going to just use the outfit that came with my original Jem doll, since my doll doesn’t wear it, but needed to work out the other details like wigging, body or shoes.
First, I needed to find the perfect wig. It took a few weeks of searching, but eventually, I found something that spoke to me from For My Doll. I lucked out and found a great group order over at Den of Angels, which allowed me to save on shipping. Nothing is worse than finding the perfect wig, just to realize shipping would be twice the cost of the product. Though it may surprise some, it’s not overly pink. I wanted it to be a call back to the original Jem doll that was released ever so long ago. If you recall, she didn’t have a head of bright pink hair, but a mixture of both blonde and light pink hair. That’s the look I wanted.
The second thing I needed to take care of was finding a better body for her. The Pullip body has issues. It lacks posability that other doll lines have. To fix this problem, most turn to Obitsu bodies. I decided on getting a 27cm soft bust body, to add a bit of height to her. In hindsight, I should have gotten one with a little more of a bust, to make the dress fit a bit better, but alas, it is what it is. In pure Junky Spot fashion, it arrived just a handful of days after ordering.
I ordered shoes from a seller on Etsy, Sunnybobo. I wanted something more chunky than heels for this doll, because a huge goal of mine was for her to stand on her own and I didn’t trust heels to allow her to do that.
After two months of waiting, I can finally say my Custom Jem Pullip is complete. Put your hands together for Jem!
Now, I am going to wait for The Junky Spot to get in more Make It Own kits, in hopes of making Shana, Aja and Kimber. Maybe even a Synergy! Of the four, I think I’d like to try Kimber next. She was always my favorite Hologram.
Have you created something ‘truly outrageous’ recently? What was it? Share your thoughts in the comment area!
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.
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 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.
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.
Here are some of my favorite dolls collectors brought to Pullip.
And there were two very large displays that need to be featured here.
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.)
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.
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!
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!)
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.
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!
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!
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!
Did you attend Puddle or another local doll con recently? What did you think? Did you buy anything fun? Share your thoughts below!
2014 has been a very Pullip filled year so far for me. Recently, I discovered two super awesome Pullip related products. The first was the My Select line, which helped me put together my Emma Swan custom. The second was this Make It Own kit. This Make It Own kit is pretty neat. It is an affordable option for people who may like the aesthetics of the Pullip, Taeyang, Dal or Isul face, but would prefer it to be 100% customizable from the get go.
From the outside of the box, this kit could look a little scary. The directions in back are limited and the large amount of Japanese writing could be daunting. But don’t worry! You can do it.
So what is this Make It Own kit? Here’s a quick run down. Make It Own kits are essentially a do it yourself Pullip! Inside the kit, you get all the pieces necessary to create your own blank doll, from head to toe.
The kit contains a stock body, a blank head and everything you need to put together the eye mech that makes Pullip dolls unique.
Clear eye chips and black eyelashes are included, so you can choose the eye color of your doll, too. This set does not include an outfit or wig. Also, as this is a blank head, you’ll need to do your own face up.
These sets are under $40, which makes customizing a much cheaper endeavor than before! I know my Pullip collection would be much larger had these cheaper options been available years ago.
Now, your next question– how did it go together? Full disclosure, I ended up giving this set to my mom to work on. She has the Wizard of Oz Pullip set, but nothing that is ‘basic’. I thought this would be a fun project for her. Plus, I didn’t have a ton of time to dedicate to making this Isul awesome. My mom, however, did!
She made this blank Isul into Alaric. The only problem she had putting this set together came when inserting the winking rods. Our kit was packaged with two right winking rods. Because the left and right rods are shaped differently, we had to contact PullipStyle to get a left rod before this guy could be finished.
PullipStyle sent the replacement out quickly and in three days time, we had the proper winking rod and could finally call this guy done!
What do you think of these Make It Own kits? Share your thoughts below!
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.
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.
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.
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!
And here’s a few with my current Captain Hook…
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!