I was very fortunate to be able to acquire some of the outfits from the recent online After Event from Volks Dolpa 33. Today I’ll review the Tree Fairy set from the Designers Collection. This was a very popular item since it is compatible was virtually all of the 1:3 sized dolls. The Volks website says it’s will fit SDGr Girls, SD16 Girls, Dollfie Dreams with M or L Bust and also the DDdy. Aerie will be modelling and she has a L-bust.
This weekend was the final one that the Volks USA Tenshi-no-Sumika would be open to the public before closing it’s doors indefinitely. AlphaZ enjoyed his visit in early February so much that he was determined to go back one last time. On Saturday there was a discount sale, as well as the opportunity to purchase some of the showroom’s display dolls at the “Dollfie Orphanage.” I arrived with our aunt around 10am and we drew numbers out of a box to determine what order we would enter the line – I got #96, and there were about 160 people in line by the time the shop opened. I met Obiwanivan and JoltFiend while we were waiting around for the store to open.
This weekend when I was at the Volks USA showroom for their final weekend events, I noticed this dapper young boy sitting amid the dolls in the Dollfie Orphanage and his big blue eyes caught my attention. He is a discontinued standard model – Super Dollfie Ryo (凌). I didn’t go into the store event expecting to come home with anything but he looked so polite, shy and oddly familiar that I decided on the spot to adopt him. When I was chatting with my sister about him afterwards, it’s no wonder that he looked familiar – his headmold is the F-11, which is “Nono.”
His headplate says 05.05 so he is an older doll, and his face was painted to look like the pictures in his paperwork. Many of his seams have been sanded and he is in very good condition considering his age! That is what I love about collecting Volks resin dolls – I know that even as they age they will look beautiful. He came “as-is” with the wig, outfit and boots you see here. The outfit is quite special since it is from the 2011 Full Choice System release and I love the boots (they are similar to another pair I already own!).
Super late night video blog!
– ♥ Archangeli
One of the highlights of my trip to Japan in October was having the chance to visit the Volks Tenshi-no-Sato showroom in Kyoto. It is their gorgeous flagship location and an absolute must for any Volks doll collector. Admission is free, however reservations must be made in advance by simply emailing Volks. The staff at the store had no record of our reservation, but luckily AlphaZ had a copy of the confirmation email saved on his phone! (For future visitors, I recommend printing out a copy of your reservation just in case!) It was actually quite easy to get to Tenshi-no-Sato from the train station, however I found this guide on Angelden.net to be very helpful.
Unlike other Volks showrooms that also carry their hobby kits (model airplanes), Tenshi-no-Sato is dedicated only to dolls and the special relationship that owners have with them.
After unpacking, we left our bags with the staff and borrowed a lovely basket to carry our dolls in during our visit.
There are indoor photo areas, but the true gem is the Japanese garden outside. Since the weather was beautiful and sunny we went outside to take advantages of the beautiful garden.
This is, in my opinion, one of the most hilarious items that Volks has ever released. I don’t know anything about the game that Alice is from, so to me this is an amusing mascot suit.
First of all – this penguin suit is 25 inches tall! It is HUGE! It comes loosely wrapped in a plastic bag so shipping it is difficult unless you want to compress it and ruin the faux fur. The fur is very soft and lovely to the touch.
Just to show how big this is 0_o”
It comes with a cushion to stuff inside the penguin when there’s no doll inside. The cushion is made of rough broadcloth as if it were an afterthought.
The penguin is sized best for a Dollfie Dream Sister (i.e. Alice’s size), but with some awkward bending I was able to fit a DD2 inside. The inside of the suit is completely white inside and the suit zips up the back with a zipper. I think that fitting a DD3 inside would be very difficult and you would risk damaging the zipper as I had a bit of resistance with the DD2.
I was worried about the black felt around the face hole possibly staining but after stuffing the doll inside (because that’s what it felt like I was doing…) I gently pushed the head backwards a bit into the suit so that it wasn’t touching the black felt. After 10 days inside, my test doll had no marks on her. (Here’s a sad looking Mel in the penguin suit… no wig LOL)
When I first saw it last October in the Volks Osaka showroom I laughed so hard, and passed on buying it, but it was available for purchase from Volks USA a few weeks ago and I decided that maybe it would be amusing to have it to so that I would have all of DDS Alice Kuonji’s accessories.
This was a rather expensive and silly impulse purchase, but it is so soft and cute and ridiculous that I love it!
– ♥ Archangeli
[This article was originally published by June 10, 2010 by d.ark, who sadly passed away in May 2012. I found this article extremely useful and am republishing it here so that others can benefit from her advice.]
Content of Dolpa for Dummies
Dolpa For Dummies
How to Get Your Dolpa Guide Book
To reserve a Bento Box or not to reserve a Bento Box
Getting to Big Sight
At Big Sight – Getting Into Those Queues
Queuing for Limiteds
Queuing for Sumika items
Doing the Dolpa
Lottery for One Offs and Limiteds
Getting your bingo plates and how to play