You’ll remember Doll Angel from my last post spotlighting the amazing Abnegation custom she did for me. Learn more about her in the video linked below!
I highly recommend giving it a watch, even if you’re more of a blog reader than a YouTube watcher. In the video, Doll Angel (aka Nicole) talks about her Pullip customizing journey, her favorite things about the hobby and gives a few tips for those who are looking to start customizing their own doll!
Since Doll Angel was awesome enough to shoot and edit this spotlight for the channel, I encourage you to leave her some kudo’s in the comment area here, on YouTube or via her sites, Flickr, Etsy or Dolly Market.
If you want to be in a Collector Spotlight post, let me know and I can give you details! Thanks for checking out Doll Angel’s story and don’t forget to send some kudo’s her way!
In 2013, I was an extra in the movie Divergent. Extra is the term used to describe background actors in film and TV. They’re the people walking across the street, sitting in a diner or working in the office behind the main characters of your favorite film and TV shows. It’s not a glamorous job, being an extra, but it makes for some interesting stories.
When I heard Divergent was casting background in the Chicagoland area, I decided to submit myself. I had applied to extra in other films, but rarely got called back, so I didn’t expect much. Much to my surprise, I got an e-mail relatively quickly from the background casting agency, confirming my availability to take part in the much hyped movie as an ‘Abnegation Woman‘.
There are some people who consider background work their full-time job. For me, participating as background for Divergent was purely for fun. I thought it would be a nice break from normal life. Besides that, the hours and pay for background work pretty much suck. Living wage, it offers not!
For me to warrant the travel and time off needed to do extra work, a film really has to call to me. With Divergent, it checked all the boxes needed to be ‘worth it’. Would I care to watch the finished film? Check. Would I get to work on an actual set built for a movie? Check. Would I be fit for a cool costume that I didn’t have to bring from home? Check.
All in all, I shot 10 days on Divergent as an Abnegation citizen, jumping between being an adult and a teen, though you’d never know it. I was on set for all the scenes that feature the Abnegation village, in the scene where the families are all heading towards the Choosing Ceremony and in the super wide shot where you see all the different groups of people walking around and getting supplies. In the finished film, you see me for a handful of seconds in only one scene. In the scene, I’m walking away from camera in the Abnegation village, so you don’t even see my face. That being said, it did make for a fun, out of the ordinary week and a half.
So, fast forward to PUDDLE 2016. I was playing around with the idea of immortalizing that moment in my life in doll form and the Pullip Make It Own kit seemed like a really simple way to do that. Essentially, I wanted to create a ‘mini me’ of sorts! Prior to PUDDLE, I had reached out to some Etsy sellers who passed on creating the custom’s outfit. At PUDDLE, Doll Angel had set up shop. I chatted with customizer Nicole and her mom about my idea and they seemed enthusiastic about trying to make my vision a reality. So, a few weeks after the convention, I shot off an e-mail. This beautiful doll below is the outcome.
Nicole created both the face up and outfit on the provided Make It Own kit. I knew the outfit would be complicated to create on such a small scale, however simple the design looks on the outside, which is why I’m amazed at how similar she was able to make the Pullip sized fashion!
Nicole was awesome enough to even make a backpack to represent the times when production thought I was hired as a teen and not an adult! (It was a running gag for me that I never knew if I was going to be a teen or an adult on set! If they called for both types of extra’s, I would just stand smack dab in the middle of the adults and the teens and see what happened.)
And the face up– it blows factory face ups out of the water. It has so much depth to it. I personally love the strong, in your face freckles this doll has. On the back of her head cap, there is a brilliantly drawn image of the original inspiration for this piece. Everything about this face up is so well done.
The wig is a Monique wig. Technically, the hair should be pulled into a bun, but I couldn’t find one with a bun attachment that was easy to get in a hurry! I’m fine with this wig, though, because it fits my current look.
How stunning is this face?! It’s natural, yet striking. (I wish I had an ounce of this talent when it comes to face ups!) The brown eyes Nicole created have more depth than you traditionally get with factory eyes, adding to this dolls lovely appearance.
I am extremely pleased with how this Abnegation Pullip turned out. From head to toe, she’s a perfect little ‘mini me’! If you’d like to see more of Doll Angel’s work or commission her to make an amazing Pullip for you, you can find her at the links below! I highly recommend working with her on a custom one day. She excels at natural dolls like this, as well as cool fantasy ones!
Doll Angel graciously put together a Collectors Spotlight for the site, which should be up before the year is over. Stay tuned for that! And in the meantime, what event in your life would you like to re-create in Pullip or doll form? What do you think of this custom? Do you have questions about shooting the film? Let me know it the comment area!
The Pullip and Dal Doll Lovers Event, aka PUDDLE, was held Saturday, June 4th, 2016. It’s become a bit of a tradition for my mom (Barbee0913 on YouTube) and I to attend. PUDDLE is a one day celebration of Pullip, Taeyang, Dal, Isul and rest of the Groove family. This year, there was apparently record attendance.
What’s neat about this event is that it’s attended by collectors of all walks of life and even though it’s held yearly in Illinois, attendees come from all over the United States. PUDDLE is best described as a fun fan gathering. There are contests, raffles, door prizes and a few organized activities, like the Design Your Own Pullip icebreaker, but 50% of the time, I’d say, is left open for you to shop the vendor tables, mingle with other attendees and check out all the amazing Pullips brought in celebration.
There were a handful of group activities, like the Dress Like Your Doll contest/parade and the Design A Doll breakout session. Yours truly participated in the Dress Like Your Doll contest as Emma Swan. We (Pullip Emma and I) didn’t win, but it was an interesting experience. A lot of cool Pullip and friends were thought up in the Design A Doll Breakout. It would be neat to see these in person one day!
Like the past two years, PUDDLE was a fun way to spend a Saturday. (Shout outs to everyone we saw, by the way!) This years theme? Space! Because of that, there were lots of Star Wars, Star Trek and Doctor Who inspired Pullips on the table displays and a ton of cute sci-fi merch in the vendors area! Both my mom and I came home with some fantastic outfits and accessories for our Pullip family. See what we got in the video recap. (Start 8 minutes or so in if you just want to see our loot!
While we weren’t lucky enough to win any of the customization contests, we walked home with two awesome raffle prizes. I won a pink mohair wig from Sleeping Elf (Etsy) and my mom won a cute Star Trek kimono from Keely’s Cute Kimonos (Etsy). Below are pictures of some of my favorite dolls displayed at this years PUDDLE!
PUDDLE is always filled with some awesome vendors. This year was no exception! Vendors included Denise’s Dolls, Darling Clover, EmmerzApparel, KaleidoscopeBJDWear, Keely’s Cute Kimono’s, Little Lenie, Quaint Quintessence, Sakuras Blossom, Shifty Lizard and customizer Doll Angel. Little Lenie and EmmerzApparel have some great items for very wallet friendly prices! Doll Angel’s customs were pretty amazing, too! Check out her Flickr here.
You can see more photos from the event on my Flickr or Facebook page! (Check out Facebook to watch some of the live broadcasts I did from PUDDLE!)Keep an eye on the event by liking PUDDLE’s Facebook page or bookmarking their website! Have you attended a show recently? Picked up/customized a new Pullip recently? Tell us about it in the comment area!
If you’re like me, you’ve dabbled in replacing your Pullip‘s stock body with an obitsu body. You’ve probably also wanted to rip your hair out, because of the crazy wobbly head (and/or torso) some Pullips have once you do re-body them. There are other options, like Liv bodies, but they’re not very easy to come by these days. Now, there’s an option you can find in your local retail store! Pullip communities over the internet have been buzzing over Mattel‘s new Made To Move Barbie line. The Made To Move line is basic in look and outfit, but offers more articulation than ever before, even double jointed knees and elbows.
The Barbie herself is a bit plain. She has a pretty, clean face. Her workout outfit includes black leggings and a stretchy short sleeve top that is bright pink and blue. Her joints are on full display in the box, where she sits in a yoga-esc position.
Now, I have to admit, I didn’t buy this Barbie for the actual doll. I only bought her for her body! If there’s any way to get my Pullips into better, less wobbly bodies, I am willing to try! After taking out the insanely long neck knob (which I neglected to take a photo off, but rest assured, it’s over-kill for sure), it was relatively simple to tweak it into something Pullip friendly. Usually, I’m sanding for hours, but, in this case, it took less than 30 minutes. Here’s the result of my little experiment.
I love the proportions of the Made To Move body way more than the obitsu’s, to be quite honest. The size of obitsu’s can be odd sometimes and most of what I dress my Pullips in are Barbie clothes anyways! Using this kind of body might help the clothing fit better! And better still, the head isn’t wobbly! It actually fits really sturdily on the body and doesn’t pull back on the torso joint, either!
Video Tutorial Here:
The color matching isn’t perfect, but I’ll take it! Have you tried to switch out your Pullip stock bodies or obitsu bodies with a Made To Move Barbie body? What do you think of this easy to find replacement body? Share your thoughts in the comment area!
Jane Easterly is one of the coordinators of PUDDLE. Jane was kind enough to answer a few questions for this little blog.
Question: Tell us a bit about yourself. How long have you been collecting? What brought you into the doll collecting hobby?
Answer: I have loved dolls since I was a kid. I have most of my childhood dolls, still in good shape although I played with them a lot. My first major purchase in life was Barbie’s British friend Stacey when I was in grade school!
Question: What kind of dolls do you focus on? What drew you to that particular kind of doll (or kinds of dolls)?
Answer: I used to collect Barbie mainly, but since I discovered Dal doll she is my focus (although unfortunately there have not been many Dal releases the last two years). I saw Hina Ichigo Dal in Haute Doll magazine and just flipped for her. I love that serious face – it makes her look like she is always thinking about something. I also like Dal’s age, 13. Still a kid, but growing up. She reminds me of my own childhood. I do also have a few BJDs, a few Monster High, and a few antique dolls.
Question: How did PUDDLE come about? Can you share its origin story with us?
Answer: I love Dal doll so much that I wanted to meet more fans and share my love for her. I knew I could not start a convention for Dal alone, and I like Pullip and friends also, so I started PUDDLE in 2008. The first one was very informal. I picked a date and put out a call on various doll forums. About 35 people attended, from as far away as Minnesota , Indiana , and Ohio , and I could tell there was enough enthusiasm to hold another one.
Question: What goes into planning a convention like PUDDLE? Give us an idea of the process you go through when planning an event of its scale.
Answer: It’s a lot of work! I have to be very organized. Even though the registration fee is low, I take very seriously that people are paying to attend. I have to update the website, reserve the meeting and guest rooms at the event hotel, publicize the event, encourage people to register, solicit donations, keep track of who has paid and who has not, and lots more. Soliciting donations and thanking the donors is really important. Fortunately as the event has grown, so has the number of people helping in various ways. Babelglyph/Crayola Bolger is now the co-coordinator.
Question: What is the aim of PUDDLE?
Answer: The goal of PUDDLE is to share our love for Pullip, Dal, Taeyang, Isul, and other Groove dolls and to have fun.
Question: Who attends PUDDLE? What should attendees expect during PUDDLE?
Answer: People who really love Pullip attend PUDDLE! We have women and men, girls and boys, old and young. People come alone or with friends, parents come with children – last year we had a father and son. The best way to know what to expect is to visit www.puddlestyle.com. We have contests, vendors, icebreakers, and lots of socializing. We have not yet had a workshop or panel, but if someone volunteers we’d love to include one.
Question: Are non-Pullip and family dolls allowed to attend the event?
Answer: Yep, all dolls are welcome at PUDDLE. We love dolls, and it’s the rare doll collector who collects only one type of doll. We love to see example of other dolls, like Blythes and BJDs, and of custom dolls of all kinds. One event, the dress-like-your-doll costume parade, can be entered with any kind of doll. Other contests are reserved for dolls from Groove.
Question: What’s the difference between PUDDLE and smaller fan meet ups?
Answer: One of the great things about PUDDLE is how many people attend – over 100 last year – and from how far away. We’ve had people from Canada , California , Florida , Louisiana , New York . We also have events on Friday from those who arrive early, and we party late into the night on Saturday, so it’s really a Pullip-intensive weekend. It’s also a great chance to buy dolls, outfits, wigs, bodies, and accessories. Seller Shifty Lizard brings two tables’ worth of dolls, and it’s fun just to see all those new dolls in one place!
Question: Can you tell us anything about PUDDLE 2016? Do you have a theme?
Answer: PUDDLE 2016 will take place on June 4, at the Holiday Inn Chicago-Elk Grove once again. In honor of Star Trek’s 50th anniversary, the theme is Space: The Final Frontier, but the theme is very broad. Space, space travel, astronauts, science fiction, the planets, and fandoms like Star Trek, Star Wars, Doctor Who, and Sailor Moon.
Question: How does registration work for PUDDLE 2016?
Answer: Registration is open now!
Question: Where can readers go to find out more information on PUDDLE?
Answer: The best place to start is www.puddlestyle.com. You can also visit us on Facebook and Flickr. If anyone would like to receive email updates, you can email me at jane_easterly(AT)hotmail(DOT)com.
So, now that you’ve heard a little about PUDDLE, join in on the fun! If all goes well, I will be attending 2016’s convention. You should, too! If you have other questions, feel free to leave them in the comment area or email Jane at the address above.
Have you attended PUDDLE? What did you think of the event? Share your thoughts below!