Back in March 2017, I purchased Dollybird vol. 25.
It was the issue that featured the lovely Wizard of Oz Himeno on the cover.
The book had a lot of awesome tutorials, patterns and dolly images like the exclusive Hetalia: Germany and Wizard of Oz Himeno dolls.
But the one thing (or I should say) the 2 things that stuck with me the most were these tiny adorable girls of the Print Dress Lesson by Dolchu.
There was something about those 2 that drew me in.
It could’ve been that the tiny girls reminded me so much of the Lil’ Fairies.
Cute, little helpers.
But it was probably due to my weakness for all dolly things cute and tiny.
So when I discovered that Dollybird would be offering 2 girls: chuchu doll Hina Classic Sailor and chuchu doll Hina Military Sailor, for sell as part of the Dollybird Vol. 26 issue, I knew I had to get them.
However, at that time, I had no idea what each girl would cost.
But my mind was already made up, I was going to place my order.
No matter the cost.
It took a while for Dollybird to reveal the price.
And I gotta say, when my eyes ran across the price, it left me gasping for air.
I wasn’t prepared for that price tag of ¥12,960 about $116 (and that’s not including the proxy fees) for these 11cm girls.
If I order Hina she'd:
- be among the smallest girl in my collection
- cost a bit more than any of the Lil’ Fairies I have so far
- be the 1st doll whose outfit I’d have to put together (explained in detail in the About DOLCHU & Chuchu Dolls section)
Was I ready to make that type of commitment?
The answer was yes!
So on October 7, 2017 I placed my order for classic sailor Hina with FROM JAPAN (affiliate link).
And if by some awesome chance my money tree begins to grow, I’ll place my order for the military sailor Hina (c’mon tree grow already!)
The ordering process was quick and easy.
And thankfully, the Yen to USD conversions wasn’t as bad as I had originally thought.
So now the challenging part begins, waiting for Hina’s arrival, summer 2018.
About DOLCHU & Chuchu Dolls:
In Dollybird volumes there is a section called Print Dress Lesson by Dolchu.
DOLCHU is a customizer and designer.
Dollybird has featured DOLCHU in several volumes.
DOLCHU has a beautiful design and style.
And I’m feeling very fortunate to have this opportunity to own a doll designed by DOLCHU at ¥12,960.
Despite initially have the wind knocked out of me due to sticker shock, I'm happy to get Hina at this price.
Especially after seeing how one of DOLCHU’s custom Dollfie Dream dolls recently ended on Yahoo! Auctions at a final bid of ¥524,000
In the Print Dress Lesson section there are patterns designed by DOLCHU.
All you need is a printer, printable fabric, and fabric adhesive, to assemble DOLCHU's outfit.
The Print Dress Lessons also showcase 2 adorable mascot characters.
Who are called chuchu dolls.
They have Obitsu size 11cm bodies and their faceup and clothes are designed by DOLCHU.
Not only do these cute girls model the outfits but they assist in putting the dresses together.
The Dollybird vol. 26 chuchu doll Hina girls will come with a print dress kit.
Which means I'll have to assemble the outfit before Hina can wear it.
I'm a little anxious about putting together her outfit.
Working with printable fabric is new to me and I hope I don't mess things up :0
So I plan to practice putting together printable fabric, before Hina arrives so I don’t ruin her outfit.
If you're interested in making DOLCHU outfits visit here to download the Dollybird Print Dress Craft patterns.
Hina Classic Sailor:
Hina Military Sailor:
chuchu doll Hina's Product Information:
- Body: Obitsu 11cm
- Printed Dress Kit
Where to Buy:
- Hobby Japan Online store (you’ll need a proxy shopping service)
Release Date: Summer 2018
Price: ¥15,000 about $134
Connect with DOLCHU:
Wrapping It Up:
I learned a valuable lesson from this experience, never underestimate the cost of a Dollybird exclusive doll, big or small.
When it comes to exclusive dolls, Hobby Japan does not play around with their prices.
I look forward to sharing my chuchu doll Hina with you, Summer 2018.
I am surprise how all logic went out the window the moment I came across the girls' announcement.
Let's hope this type of behavior doesn't become a trend for me 😉
Was there ever a time when you knew you had to have a doll no matter what?
Were you able to conquer those feelings the next time they reared their tempting little head? Or do you not resist it & give into the dolly goodness that beckons you?
Share your experience in the box below.
I look forward to chatting with you about Dollybird’s chuchu doll Hina.