Saber Lily Dollfie Dream makes it home!

Most of you know that Kev and I went on a shopping trip to Tokyo in January. We were able to fill lots of gaps in our collection, and unintentionally started collecting figures from a couple of new fandoms as well. Most of these new things will be staying in their boxes until we renovate the house and add some more display cases but the main new addition to our life is the Dollfie Dream Saber Lily.

She arrived today and here are some photos of her Box Opening. Here is the box, freshly opened. Saber Lily’s box is huge! The skinny little thing on the side is the box for her sword.

Here’s my cat, Charlie, checking out the contents of the box. It gives you an idea of scale to see his head next to the box.

This is my first Dollfie Dream so I’m not accustomed to how they are packaged. I’m used to the pomp, circumstance and care that resin BJD’s are given in packaging, so to see the doll wrapped in bubble wrap was a bit surprising to me! I was expecting pillows, tissue, layers of foam, etc.

Here’s a close-up of her lovely face-up.

I’ve re-dressed Lily so many times that I’ve become a pro at it, but it’s still an arduous task every time.

Here are some tips for putting on Saber Lily’s outfit:

– put on her panties and stockings first
– remove her top torso and slip the petticoat on from the top (it’s much easier than trying to stretch the elastic over her hips) and the overskirt (do not zip it up yet!)
– pull the garters from her stockings up from under the petticoat and use the elastic from the petticoat to keep them accessible
– put on her bustier; attach the garter snaps and do up the velcro
– I found it easier to tuck the bustier into the top of the petticoat elastic
– zip up the overskirt (do up the little tab first, then zip the skirt to avoid stretching and stressing the waistband)
– carefully put on the top of her dress

The neckband is a bit finnicky to put on because of the tiny loop for the hook. The easiest method I’ve found is to do up the neckband, remove the DD head, slide the neckband onto her neck and then re-attach her head ^__~”

Be careful with wearing the neckband too long. The brown fabric might cause staining if left on for too long.

The little loop at the top of the overskirt is very delicate.

However, it’s much easier to close the loop and THEN do up the zipper than the other way around.
Remember – LOOP first!

And here she is dressed up (sans armor) wielding Excalibur. She’s beautlifully executed and her clothes are very well made.

There are many other blogs out there with detailed photos of her armor and other bits so I don’t really feel a need to over-document this girl. She’s really stunning though, and I’m slowly getting the hang or fiddling with the Dollfie Dream body.

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A new blog takes form.

So I’ve decided to set up a new blog for my dolls, and a bit about my life that isn’t too personal.

My name is Archangeli, at least I’ve been going by that online name for over a decade, so it’s a name I’m comfortable with. If you prefer a “real world” name you can call me Patty. I’ll respond to both. ^__^”

Other than myself, people you’ll hear me refer to every now and again are:

Kev – my hubby and partner-in-collecting. He’s just as much a figure-holic and doll lover as I am.
Machiko – my sister who sparked my curiosity into BJD collecting when she bought a Volks MSD kit in Tokyo about 5-6 yrs ago.
whitefrosty (Alice) – Machiko’s doll addicted friend
Bubba & Charlie – my adorable cats

I used to have a personal blog that I updated my personal events and travels but I was getting weird traffic, so this will be a less intrusive version.

More to come soon…