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Hometown Dolpa Sendai Archive
Posted by Leah Bayer on July 30, 2012 | 2 Comments
It looks like Volks USA is gearing up for the Hometown Dolpa Sendai lottery! Sadly, we have a lot of bad news for all you doll collectors out there. Firstly, Miki and Haruka will NOT be seeing a US release, in fact they aren’t even confirmed for an international release yet. A shame, since I was really looking forward to Miki. The second bit of bad news is that they’ve changed their exchange rate: while dolls used to be about $600 on the USA site, Sakura is $811! Which kind of negates the point of the US lottery to be honest, since not only are the prices the same but you have a 3 month wait. That used to be a fair tradeoff for the pricing, but I think the US lottery is going to fall in popularity soon enough.
The items up for lottery are DD Sakura ($811), SDGrB Hasekura ($1,581), Sakura’s Battle Outfit ($176), the Magical Ruby set ($131), the Magical Aqua set ($127), and finally DD Rise‘s glasses ($52). They open on August 12th at 11AM PST and close on August 15th at 11AM PST and you can check out all their pages here. I think Rise’s glasses are the only thing I’ll be going for this time!
Posted by Leah Bayer on July 13, 2012 | 3 Comments
Of the 3 Dollfies that will be at Hometown Dolpa Sendai, the one I’ve been anticipating the most is Miki Hoshii from Idolm@ster. While she’s been portrayed as a “set” of sorts with Haruka Amami, Miki is the clear winner as far as my taste in dolls go, with a gorgeous face and a great outfit. She also shows off the new sealmess torso to its full potential, with even a hint of doll underboob! She’s on a Dollfie Dream Sister body with an L bust, making her the first to have this particular body type: Mariko was a shapely-L, but on a white-skinned body. Given the fact that it’s also the new seamless torso and Miki’s appealing face I have a feeling she’s going to be hard to get, but no way that’s going to stop me from trying!
[via the DD blog]
Posted by Leah Bayer on July 12, 2012 | 2 Comments
Two of the three Hometown Dopa Sendai releases are Idolm@ster girls, and it’s no surprise that Volks went with some of the more popular idols. In fact, the first Idolma@ster Dollfie Dream Sister is also the same character (in the same outfit) that MegaHouse went with to kickstart their new line. I have to admit that I am not really sold on the face: granted, its pretty true to character, but for the most part I am not a fan of open-mouthed DD girls. Her eyes, though, are gorgeous! She’s also sporting the new Dollfie Dream Sister torso, which is seamless. It seems like that would limit poseability quite a bit, and indeed Haruka is just shown off here standing around. They’ve pulled off revealing outfits before without showing the seam (like Akira’s Kitty Magician ensemble) so I’m not entirely sure why this is a necessary upgrade: of course, I’ll reserve judgement until I actually get one to fiddle around with.
[via the DD Blog]
Posted by Leah Bayer on July 10, 2012 | 3 Comments
Hometown Dolpa Sendai is about a month away, and we actually got a peek at the 3 Dollfie Dream releases a bit early this time! The “big” release is Sakura Shinguji from Sakura Wars/Sakura Taisen, who we’ve already gotten a closer look at. I am still not a fan of the face sculpt they went with, but what I do really like is her alternate battle outfit! Like Sakura this will be a lottery item, with a retail price of ¥12,800. And thankfully the rumors about Sakura being an event-exclusive seem to be false and she will have an International lottery event (though no word on the US lottery right now)! I’m really hoping that Sakura is popular enough for us to see more girls from the series: it has a bunch of designs I’d love to see in doll form.
[via the DD blog]
Posted by Leah Bayer on July 5, 2012 | 3 Comments
We found out the 3 dolls that would be released at Hometown Dolpa Sendai a few days ago, but it’s hard to judge them based on blurry pictures-of-pictures. Of course Volks is swooping in with some nicer shots of these lovely girls, and unsurprisingly Sakura Shinguji from Sakura Wars/Sakura Taisen is up first! This is a project that they’ve been hyping for months and months, so we can guess that a lot more work went into her than other DD releases.
The level of detail is clear in her outfit, weapon, and wig, which look amazing. However, I am so not sold on the face as it looks nothing like Sakura. Granted, I don’t require my DDs to look identical to the character, but not only is she very un-Sakura, she also looks like several of Volks’ previous releases (the DDH-06 and Reimu). I was hoping for something unique for her, though I’m sure she will still sell very well. Her retail will be ¥59,000 and she’ll be released at the event, which takes place August 12th. There’s a nasty rumor floating around that she might be event-only (i.e. no lottery) but it has yet to be confirmed.
[via the DD Blog]
Posted by Leah Bayer on June 29, 2012 | 8 Comments
New Dollfie Dream reveals are always an exciting event. Hometown Dolpa Sendai and the DD Gathering are coming up soon, and we’re getting the reveals about a month early as usual: there will be three new DDs at the event. The first is DD Sakura Shinguji from Sakura Wars/Sakura Taisen, who we’ve know about for a long time now. She will be a DDIII S-bust priced at ¥61,960. She will also have an alternate battle uniform outfit!
Next up is the surprising reveal of two of the Idolm@ster girls in their Luxury outfits! Haruka Amami will be a Dollfie Dream Sister M-bust priced at ¥59,850. Then we’ve got Miki Hoshii, also a DDS, with an L-bust who will also cost ¥59,850. It seems like either Volks is doing some fancy photoshopping or we might be getting yet another updated body: note that there are no seamlines on Miku & Haruka’s busts. I am absolutely in love with Miki’s face: she is gorgeous! Haruka does have an interesting sculpt and I’ll be looking forward to more shots of her, but at the moment I am disappointed with Sakura, who looks to much like the DDH-06 for my taste.
[UPDATE] Updated will full body shots of Haruka & Miki.
[UPDATE 2] It seems like Miki & Haruka will come with not one but two extra outfits each–Floral and school-themed! Pictures in the gallery [via HunwariTime]