Today’s arrival is one that I’m veeery excited about! Ｏ(≧∇≦)Ｏ I have a grail of each type of the collectibles that I’m into: from BJDs it’s Dollshe SA Husky, from Pureneemos Komorebimori no Doubutsutachi Usagi-san Miu and from figures it’s Alter’s Momohime. All of those three I’ve been able to bring home, thankfully, but I was still missing my grail Dollfie Dream – until now.╰(✧∇✧)╯
I didn’t follow Dollfie Dreams very closely for many years, like Azone’s dolls, because I already had my hands full with BJDs and didn’t want to venture into other types of dolls. So, I never saw the actual release of Mariko-sensei, only after when the owner photos started popping up, I was like “Heeey, that’s a super cute face, what DD is this???” but I wasn’t too keen on the large bust body… then later they released the School girl version and I fell in love – but so did a lot of other people, ahah~ But yeah, I wasn’t collecting DDs then so I missed out on her… and then the second hand market prices have been rather high for both versions of Mariko, so I wondered if I’d ever be able to get this girl at all.
Only in the beginning of this year when one of my flickr friends got Mariko, I started thinking that hmm… maybe it wouldn’t be impossible for me to find her someday, too. I started stalking DoA’s marketplace, Mandarake etc so that I’d get a better idea of Mariko’s pricing on the aftermarket. On Japanese sites her price was a bit more reasonable than on international doll forums and such, so I thought that I’d have to keep my eyes open for when a good deal comes up. Then I heard rumours about a possible re-release of one of the Akihabara girls for DD Fes this summer, and thought that well, maybe they’ll re-release Mariko… although, would they make a third release of her? I didn’t dare to hope for a re-release because I was afraid I might end up disappointed… but lo and behold – the Akihabara girl that they ended up releasing WAS Mariko! And she was semi-white and had M-bust like my favourite School girl version of her. Even the same wig – and with a super cute yukata to boot! This was just too good to be true! ヾ(｡^ω^｡)ノ
But of course, there were plenty of other people who were after Mariko as well. ヽ(*´∀`)ﾉﾞ I thought that I’d take part in the lottery, but I wasn’t at all confident that I’d win. Especially when the news of a renewed lottery system was announced – there was a much longer period for applying so I thought that there are gonna be tooooonnssss of entries for sure. There’s no way I’d win. I didn’t even say anywhere in public that I took part in the lottery because I was so sure that I’d loose (I only told Yenna and Aatos). The whole, what, month of waiting for the results I was being a huge pessimist about the whole thing, thinking that because I want Mariko so much, there’s no way I’d be able to win her. Yenna should receive an award for the most patient and best friend ever because she put up with my whining through all that time, ahah! Sorry… (･∀･；)
Finally the day of the results dawned and there was maybe 1% of hope thinking that maybe I’ll get an email… but the rest of the 99% were all pessimistic thoughts. Then Yenna got an email saying she won Kirika and I was all yaaaaay at least one of us won – because I really liked Kirika, too, but wasn’t able to enter for her – and since I didn’t get an email then, I thought that yeap, okay, I didn’t win anything. Well, time to move on…
But a couple of hours later, I have a new email. I go check my mailbox and… Volks… what… WHAAAAT??? щ(゜ロ゜щ) I ACTUALLY WON MARIKO?! MY GRAIL DOLLFIE DREAM MARIKO?! ME???? What in the world???? (」゜ロ゜)」I stared at that email with my mouth open for several minutes before I managed to tell Yenna that I won, too.
I was in disbelief for several days, but once Volks confirmed the payment for Mariko, I got super excited… but then she took several days to ship and I lost hope again, ahah… (-∀-`; ) But when she finally did ship, I got all super excited again!!! ヾ(*’Ｏ’*)ｲ And thankfully the customs & postal service people were quick once she arrived in Finland, so I got her home today – and already at 7:30am! (ﾉ^∇^)ﾉﾟ Which was a good thing because I woke up at already 5:50am since I was too excited about Mariko’s arrival and couldn’t sleep, lol~ I waited for the mailman outside, it was a little chilly but luckily I didn’t have to wait more than 20 minutes – and I spotted a little squirrel friend that entertained me during most of that time, haha~
Once I got back indoors with the package, I was super excited to open it and see Mariko’s cute face in person – but I decided to take box opening photos, since she’s the first fullset doll that I’ve gotten from Volks… my other DD girls have been bought as parts, so neither had a proper arrival. There are quite a bit of photos since I wanted to document as many details as I had the patience for, ahah… so, beware!
… this is one super long entry, whoa… I’m really tired so I’ll try to wrap this up quickly. But yeah, I named Mariko Megumi, because I’m fond of that name (one of the reasons are some of my fave seiyuus, Ogata Megumi and Hayashibara Megumi ahah) and its meaning is pretty appropriate: a blessing. Because she’s my grail Dollfie Dream and it feels like it was a huge blessing that I was finally able to bring her home against all odds!! （●´∀｀）ノ♡ The kanji I chose for her is: 恵弥, which could be loosely translated as “a great blessing”. Her nickname is Megu, or Megu-tan, because… she’s just so cute! So she needs a sickeningly cute nickname, ahah~
Geez, though, I wnt through a real HELL trying to remove her eyes so that I could paint her… Volks uses hot glue to attach the eyes and that stuff is no joke! ( ͒˃⌂˂ ͒) At first I tried heating it with the hairdryer, but it started burning my fingers (despite gloves) and wasn’t very effective anyway… it stiffens right up ’cause it gets cool again super quickly. So I boiled water and Megu’s head went for a swim in the sink… then the glue peeled off nicer, BUT it still managed to cool & stiffen up really quickly, so I had to submerge her head several times… AND boil another batch of water so that I could get most of the glue out. And there’s still some of the glue inside her head, but I. just. could. not. deal with it anymore. (；￣Д￣）I’ve got no clue how to effectively get the glue off her eyes, I don’t know if submerging those in water might ruin the eyes…
Now I understand that why when most people arrange splits for these fullset DDs, group the head and eyes together. I mean, no sane person would want to mess with that glue unless they absolutely had to. It’s like, hey here’s your new Volks doll, welcome to the glue hell! （；¬＿¬)
… but yaaay, I’m super excited to have Megu home! ヾ(≧∪≦*)ノ〃She’s everything and even more than what I expected her to be! So cuuuute! I could just sit and stare at her for days, lol~ Her wig is on the way and I’m waiting for Lizanna’s custom colour event to order her some pink eyes – in that last photo I altered the colour of the default Mariko eyes because the olive green doesn’t really suit my Megu. Her wig is going to be this natural ash blonde… I only have platinum blonde wigs for now, so she’s a little too blonde… but I’m trying to keep away from all the brown wigs so that even this girl won’t end up as a brunette – not right away at least, lol! (*≧▽≦)