Eepp, I’m really excited to introduce today’s arrival! (´∇ﾉ｀*)ノ ♥ A while ago I got very lucky while browsing Y!J and managed to buy a doll that I didn’t think would pop up for sale for a reasonable price anytime soon~ The doll in question is one of my huge favourites from Azone’s dolls, so I was very excited when I found her and was able to win her (yaay for buy it now prices, no bid wars!) and today I was even more excited when I finally got the package in my hands~ ヾ( ≧ ω≦ )ﾉ” Those of you who follow me on instagram already know which doll it is – and, well, I already spammed a couple of photos in twitter and flickr as well. But let’s try to keep up the suspense for a bit, ahah! (･∀･；)
Let’s open the box and see what’s inside, shall we?
Apparently it was a very fragile box, lol! ( ´艸｀) Iru is showing the scale… you can probably guess that it’s not a picconeemo nor a pureneemo now.
When I opened the shipper, I laughed a bit ’cause my buying service had recommended adding protective packaging. (ᗒᗜᗕ)՛̵̖ Yeah, I think the doll was perfectly protected with all that padding!
If you’re familiar with Azone’s big girls, you can almost guess which one is in the package based on this view. It’s the first release of Alice, but… which one?(๑°艸°๑)
Even after removing the padding from the shipper and the bubblewrap on the doll box, there was still a plastic bag to take off. Veeeery well packaged, this doll. (´∀`) Also, the tape was super cute! ♥
A better view of the lovely box~ （人*´∀｀）
The top cover slides off and there’s a basic white box that has a lid… so you still couldn’t see the doll at this point.
If the stamp on the box didn’t give it away already, then here it’s pretty clear which version of Alice my girl is – and whoa, even more bubblewrap and plastic bags inside the doll box too! Σ(`･Д･ﾉ)ﾉ
From the backside of the box, a photo of my newest cutie: the limited version of Time of Grace Alice (first release) with the all-white outfit and white hair~ (灬♥ω♥灬)
Alice had a bunch of paperwork with her: the usual one that you get with Pureneemos and Picconeemos as well, instructions for dressing her (as usually the big dolls come nude – mine was dressed because I bought her second hand and she’d been displayed in her dress), a smaller leaflet and a bigger leaflet.
The big leaflet has photos of both versions. I’m guessing this might’ve been an ad that you could pick up from Azone’s store? (・・。)ゞ
The smaller leaflet has the pieces of her outfit listed and also a story but I was too lazy to photograph it for now. (( ´∀`;)) Maybe if I translate it someday, I’ll photograph it as well. I got the complete fullset apart from the headband.
When I flipped over the instructions for dressing her, there were instructions for removing the neck mechanism from the head and putting the head onto the body, as well as instructions for hands and some styling tips for the hair.
But now, onto Alice herself! Poor girl was covered in plastic bags, ahah… (･∀･；)
Now I can get a better look at her. So cute~ (♡´❍`♡)*✧ ✰ ｡* She had a ribbon tied on her head to replace the missing hairband. I’ll have to make her a hairband with a bow myself – thankfully I have the needed supplies for that! (╯•ω•╰)
The bigger Azone girls have Obitsu bodies (and a few have a collab body between Azone and Obitsu, the AZO2 type body that is more curvy) and they have magnets in the feet so they come with these metal stands – very handy! (๑•̀ㅂ•́)و✧
As usual, I had to do something about her hair right away, haha… now I can see her cute face even better~ (人´ω｀*)♡ The hair is super easy to style on these bigger Azones because they’re… well, bigger! (๑´ㅂ`๑) With the smaller dolls it’s more challenging to get the bangs to stay parted neatly like this without any products. I did put a bit of Volks wax into Alice’s hair, though.
I really love Alice’s face, she’s my favourite among Azone’s big girls! (•‾⌣‾•)و ̑̑♡ Her eyes are really pretty and I love, love, love that kitty-ish mouth~ So cute, nyuuu~! (♡ >ω< ♡)
Put her shoes on… the stand no longer helped with shoes on, probably because the soles are so thick and the magnets aren’t super strong. But she stands very well on her own, too. After handling Dollfie Dreams, the soft & squishy Obitsu torso feels a bit funny, ahah~（ ´∀｀）
Speaking of DDs, I had to compare Alice to Ren. Alice is on the 48cm tall Obitsu body, so Ren on her DDdy body is a whole lot taller! (｡’▽’｡)♡
Front view. I can’t handle how she’s like a giant neemo, BUT also so much smaller in comparison to my DDs~ Too cute!! (੭ु ›ω‹ )੭ु⁾⁾♡
I wanted to compare Iru’s hair to Alice’s, since they’re my white haired girls. Alice’s hair is a tad more warm in tone, although it’s not very obvious IRL and it’s even more difficult to notice in photos. The white fiber is super shiny and reflects colours like whoa~ It’s really pretty! (ღ˘⌣˘ღ)
I’m so happy to have this girl at home, my gosh! (/∇＼*)｡o○♡ I already thought that Alice is super cute in photos but wow, in person she’s even cuter! Such a sweetheart and gosh, I really love her outfit~ ´͈ ᵕ `͈ ♡°◌̊ I can’t wait to have the green pureneemo version of this dress! I’d also love to get the white one in Picconeemo size for Iru and then a blue version for Alice if I could get my hands on some extra cash and the dresses are still available~ ♥ At first I thought that it’s a bit of a shame that this Alice is all white, but… there’s something really charming about all-white dolls. And I mean, I tend to dress Iru in all whites, too, so I wonder if the same will happen with Alice now, ahah… it’s entirely possible. She definitely looks great in white and those pretty teal blue eyes really pop up thanks to all the whiteness, too! (*´ ˘ `*).｡oO ( ♡ )
For a long time I kept calling this girl Arisu ’cause I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to add her into my Azone family at all, so I didn’t have a name nor a character already picked out for her. I mean, Azone did release a new version of Alice just recently, Time of Grace II ~A dream of Princess~, but I wasn’t a big fan of the outfit (the fabric of the dress looks somehow really cheap to me and reminds me of some of the barbie dresses I had as a kid) nor the fact that she had a wig. ( ´△｀) For customisable dolls like DDs, when you can paint their faces and change the eyes, I like using wigs… but since Azone dolls have these decal faces, I like them more with rooted hair. Also, the wigs looked somehow really poofy, while rooted hair is sleek and makes her head look more dainty. So yeah, I figured that I’ve got to hunt down this older release if I want to have Alice – and luckily I found her! ♥～(‘▽^人)
But yeah, the name that I eventually decided on for her is Hisame, 氷雨, which means “chilly rain”. I thought that a name that would have something to do with winter, snow or ice would suit her because she’s all white and then has those pretty teal blue eyes~ ( ˘͈ ᵕ ˘͈♡)˚๐*˟ ♡ Her nickname is Ame-chan, because I already have Hisoka who is nicknamed Hisa, haha. (´つヮ⊂)
But gosh, I really like this girl! o(≧∇≦o) ♥ The Obitsu body took a bit of getting used to because it’s a little different from DDs, obviously – especially the torso that is this really soft and squishy vinyl and it bends super easily like whoa – but once you get the hang of it, it’s a really nice body and poses great! I’ll have to take some posing photos when I have time~ ヾ（〃＾∇＾）ﾉ♪ Also, the size is very nice to handle, especially since I started the doll hobby with 41~45cm resin dolls in 2005 and the 40~50cm range has always been my favourite, so Ame-chan at 48cm is a really nice size! (´∀｀)♡ A fun fact of the Obitsu 48cm body is that her feet are really small: she can wear MSD BJD shoes. Some of the shoes that I have are a bit tight, but fit nicely. Her own shoes are quite roomy in comparison to MSD shoes… but then SD shoes for DDs and 60cm+ resin girls would be waaaay too big for this girl.
Later I braided Ame’s hair and it took me over an hour because I wanted her braids to be as neat as possible. Σ(´ﾟωﾟ｀ ) I also wanted to avoid having a bald spot at the back of her head, so I spent a while combing and arranging the fibers.
I took a couple of photos with a backdrop. She looks soooo cute with braids! ヾ(o≧∀≦o)ﾉﾞ ♥
Really, just… too cute!! I’m completely smitten with this girl~ ₍՞◌′ᵕ‵ू◌₎♡