I just discovered a Chinese company who makes various small Asian Balljointed Dolls with cute anime faceups and full outfits. These dolls use the Obitsu 11cm scale bodies and are fully strung and jointed. They are capable of standing on their feet without a doll stand.
The hair and eyes are all just painted and sculpted on which is different from most traditional BJD dolls. Another difference is that since it is a blind box, you don’t know which doll you will receive.
Another attractive difference is the price. I purchased mine at www.StrangeCatToys.com but I later found out I overpaid. 🙁read more
Another month, another awesome box of anime and manga goodies from www.boxychan.com – You can check out some of my other boxychan reviews here, and here. – I’ve been subscribed since May, but haven’t reviewed every box. I do put pics of every box on my instagram though which you can find here instagram.com/xenokitten – Boxychan and Pusheenbox remain my top two favorite subscription crates. I subscribe to both with my own money and am in no way compensated for blogging about them. They don’t even have a referral program – I just love boxychan so much, and I think it is far less widely known than similar boxes such as Geek Fuel and Doki Doki.
This month’s Boxychan has a beautiful figure from Madoka Magica O_O!! It’s by far my favorite figure I’ve received in one of these subscription crates. The box also includes 1 manga and 1 anime dvd EVERY month – This month my box included Kite Remastered (It’s a little bit too violent for my tastes, I recall watching this one back in the 90s and not liking it too much), and VS Aliens – which I have never heard of and haven’t read just yet. This month’s box also included a post card and cute little charm thing.
The anime box is $25 a month – The Madoka Magica figure they sent me retails for just under $20 alone. (Which you can verify on Amazon here, or pick one up for yourself if you feel so inclined – it’s a beautiful figure!) When you add in the cost of the manga (amazon has it for $9.95), and the anime dvd ($8.27 on amazon) that brings the value of the box up to just under $40. Which means you get the items for almost 50% Off. Plus there’s the fun element of surprise. Not knowing what will be in each box every month. It’s like having a birthday or christmas 12 times a year lol.
Here are some pics I took from the October Boxychan Anime box.
My birthday was last month. I turned 35. Eek, scary to be getting so old LOL. My best friend got me two wonderful subscription boxes for my birthday. The first is Betoyo, a box focusing primarily on anime figurines. I’m a doll or figure collector and also love the excitement of opening blind box figurines. This box is perfect for anime fans looking to add to their figure collections.
The June Betoyo Bento had a lot of adorable things packed inside. The highlights of the box were the “Fate” figure on the motorcycle, a figure from Sword Art Online, and a beautiful wall scroll from the popular “Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress” anime.
I don’t think I actually took a pic of the box – oopsie. — But inside the box was a beautiful “gift bag” from Touken Ranbu. Us girls love our bishounen, Am I Right? 🙂
The bag has artwork on both sides, one showing the majority of the cast members, and the other side a nice closeup of Kogitsunemaru.
It’s a big bag too – and since it was a birthday gift to me it was kinda awesome that it was essentially “gift wrapped”. Nice packaging! and if you have other friends who love anime, you can keep this bag and use it to wrap other gifts for friends in the future. Very useful.
OK let’s see what’s inside this month’s Betoyo Bento! 🙂
Hmm… the large giftbag makes it look a little empty in there! Still exciting though, lol!
First Up, Touken Ranbu Blindbox Figure. I love blindbox figures, it’s always so much fun wondering which one you will see when you open the box.
This collection includes 6 different figures, 1 per box of course. I’m not sure of the rarity of the items inside.
Packaging is a little bit bent, but so adorable. Here are the other sides of the box:
Wait “Made in China”? Why not “Made in Japan”? — Most likely counterfeit goods. This does not really bother me to be honest, but I know many doll collectors that are adamantly against any counterfeit items. — also another figure you’ll see later further down in this post broke apart and I was told by another user via instagram the same thing happened to them and that they learned it was because the figure was counterfeit. — so if you do not like counterfeit items – this box is NOT for you — but if you just like cute things, and don’t really care about “resale value” “collector value” and are ok taking a gamble with “quality”, and have no moral objections, then it’s still a great box for the money – and the figures still look adorable in your collection!
Also I didn’t realize what this box was trying to tell me – I think the “face” is painted on both sides so you get two facial expressions per figure and you can also swap faces between the figures, giving you a lot of options for how to display your figure. – I didn’t realize that, so the photos you will see only show one side of my figure’s face.
Alright, let’s open this puppy.
I got the white haired one. 🙂
Quality wise it’s kinda a “meh” – not real excited about this item. It just doesn’t look that “nice” 🙁
Next up, the wallscroll from kabaneri – I really like this item. I’ve yet to watch the anime, but seeing this beautiful artwork makes me want to check it out. She is very kawaii! The wallscroll has beautiful bright vivid colors and cute artwork. Love the kawaii girl in the kimono!. This will look great in my doll room. Very pleased with this item. And yes, it is printed on fabric, not paper, which will help ensure durability and longevity of the item.
It is what I would call a “mini” wallscroll. Here it is next to me for comparison (sorry for bad lighting. The first pic was taken outdoors and more accurate to the beautiful colors of this item. This next pic is indoors in dim lighting in the evening.
Next up another blind box, this one is Sword Art Online – this item is epic fail in my opinion. Here’s some pics of the box, which are about the only pics I have of this item because… it didn’t fit together “well” so I applied a LITTLE bit of pressure, trying to put it together, and it CRUMBLED, in multiple pieces, just by pressing a LITTLE bit firm with two fingers. Quality Issues here. — I am TOLD by someone on instagram that the same thing happened to them and they found out that the item was counterfeit, but cannot confirm the accuracy of this information. — Once again, the majority of the items say Made in China, which is typically an indicator of counterfeit items – so I would not be surprised if that was the case.
This lil one would have been cute – had it fit together and not broke apart with the slightest bit of pressure. – Your Mileage may vary.
I’ve saved the best for last – this item in my opinion makes this entire box well worth the subscription cost. It’s larger than the other items as you can see – but that’s not all – it’s well made (even if it is counterfeit, this one is not bad at all.) It has substantial weight to it, it’s painted a heck of a lot better than the other 2 figures, and it stands up, goes together well, and just looks awesome. The little motorcycle is so cute! I love this figure. Very much!
It comes with two bodies, one for sitting on the motorcycle and one for standing – and it stands well on it’s own. The standing body also has a katana. The two bodies are easy to interchange and fit together perfectly. My favorite thing about the figure may be the way her “hair” looks like it’s blowing in the breeze, which looks awesome as she’s “riding” her tiny motorcycle.
Look at my awesome figure; you know you is jelly 🙂
But you don’t have to be jealous, because you too can have an awesome Betoyo subscription box – it’s just $28 a month and yes, there are some flaws or issues, but I personally feel that all of the items combined are worth at least equal to if not over the cost of the subscription – I would subscribe if I had the funds, but I decided instead to subscribe to the other box my friend got for me for Boxychan (you’ll see a review later today for that one) – and I am already a subscriber to another box, the Pusheen Box which I reviewed here.
Anyways, if you liked the items here, be sure to sign up at Betoyo Bento to get in on the next box! http://www.betoyo.com/
Also because I’m lazy, and just a hobby blogger doing this for fun, I’m sometimes slow to post these pics – so if you want to see more pics like this, and see them a few weeks sooner, check out my instagram account. https://www.instagram.com/xenokitten/
As you can see from my instagram posts – I got my DokiDoki Crate today. My final verdict is do not subscribe to this crate — It has cute stuff, but the stuff inside was worth MAYBE 10 bucks, and that’s REALLY fricken stretching it lol. — I’d say its worth about 5 bucks. I paid $15 with a coupon. Regularly they charge $30 — which is almost criminal if you ask me. It was FULL of TINY teeny tiny JUNK. I subscribe ALSO to Pusheen Crate which is the same price and full of SUPER high quality, wonderful, LARGE items. — This is like literally full of 25 cent trinkets, no lie.— Some of them are adorable of course — but I feel they are charging too much. This box should be about 10 a month, tops. maybe 15 to count for shipping and handling, max.
It does have some exclusives (the yellow plush) and some nice and cute things (the snoopy blindbox figure is brand new in Japan and hard to find or so I’m told. – and since it’s “Series One” it’ll probably go up in price). I even really like some of the lil “trinkets” and “cheap items” – the pink “blob” charm “bracelet” or purse/cell phone charm thing is really cute and feminine. I also like the panda “button” pin a lot. But really I’m not seeing much worth the high subscription price here. — The snoopy figure is REALLY well made, A+++. It’s heavy, articulated, bends, poses, and is really cute. — I think he alone is probably worth 10 bucks, which then justifies I guess the other stuff being cheaper — For the price I paid which is half off of what they normally charge. I even wrote in the cancellation request when they asked, I said value not worth price and told them if it was around $18 I’d probably have stayed on board. Which Just FYI, is about the cost of Kawaii Box, and I feel their items are of similar quality. Just not worth $30 when there’s better boxes out there in terms of quality for that price.
The next crate I get will be Betoyo, a subscription box just for figurines for $28 a month, – I will sign up probably next month. Stay tuned for more box openings and reviews. Summer Pusheen Box will also be shipping out soon so stay tuned for that as well.
Here are the pictures from my Doki Doki June 2016 Crate. If you’d like to see comments (both my own and others’ replies to them) about each item please check out my instagram account here. thanks. http://instagram.com/xenokitten
Edit: On my instagram on the notes about the snoopy figure, I totally had a brainfart moment. My snoopy is actually one of the most rare. The chances of finding him are 1 out of 60. For some reason I was reading it as there were 60 available lol. (when really there’s thousands of them but yeah, brainfart) While the others are like 1 out of 3 odds, etc. So My snoopy kicks ass and happy with that – I’d be happy with him even if he was “common” cuz he’s cute and well made. 🙂
Edit: Moved pics to a floating Div to make this post easier to read. EDIT again: turned off inline related posts for this post because they were again breaking this post and making it harder to read – sorry!
Today I’m reviewing my Fairyland Celine Minifee in Normal Skin with Default Faceup from Fairyland.
She has the Moe bodyline. I’ve had her now for about 1 year and ordered her during a period of time where Fairyland was experiencing a lot of delays in delivery time due to the popular nature of their sculpts, and high demand for their dolls.
I don’t know if their delivery time has improved any since then, but I would warn that you’re in for a long wait because Fairyland is one of the most popular makers of these types of dolls. I waited about 8 months for mine. Ordered her around christmas and she came near the end of June.
But it was worth the wait – these dolls are the most amazingly engineered balljoint dolls I’ve had the pleasure of owning. It’s the only doll in my collection which can stand on one foot.
And it’s not even like you have to fuss and fidget with them to make them do this. They just DO it.
These things are like rock solid.
I’ve read the Moe line is the best for holding a pose, which is what my girl happens to be.
I love how they have excellent range of motion AND the ability to hold a pose for pretty much forever. Right out of the box too, no sueding or wiring or anything needs to be done.
As far as looks go, Fairyland dolls have large heads for their small bodies.
The Moe line also has large breasts and a mature sleek figure.
Minifee are more slender than some other similar sized “MSD” dolls so when ordering clothes you should look for ones marked Slim MSD or Minifee specifically. For example, I got these two dresses on Etsy.
And you can see that, when dressed, it somewhat hides her very large chest, so you can still get away with dressing her much younger than she appears.
My favorite part about the body are the magnetic hands which you can purchase additional hand parts to get lots of cute poses. I ordered mine A la cart which allowed me to choose which hand parts I wanted. The hands are SOOOO cute. I just think the magnetic hands are a nice touch which allows you to further customize your doll. I wish more companies offered these little extra touches.
The minifee moe has small feet, I’ve heard they can wear YOSD shoes, but my girl goes barefoot so I haven’t tested this yet.
Also she has cute little dimples above her butt lol. It is a very nice, detailed sculpt.
The Celine sculpt even has two little teeth that peek out of her mouth. Sometimes (most of the time) the teeth are not visible in photos. It’s one of very few asian balljointed dolls (ABJD) that I know of which has teeth. It makes her cute and unique.
Fairyland does not offer custom faceups – I guess maybe because they are so backed up and have so many orders all the time that it would push their delivery dates out even further.
This is a bit sad, because, although the default faceup is “nice” – to me, it’s so light, that it almost looks like a blank doll. Mine came with large dark blue, almost black eyes which combined with her very light and natural faceup, kinda make her look like a real little korean girl, which is cute in it’s own way. I’m not sure WHAT I would want exactly for a faceup, but when you pay extra money and get something you can barely even see, it’s kinda a miss.
Maybe she just needs darker brows and some more blushing, not sure. — By contrast, my Fairyland Celine Moe F60 (a larger version of this doll ( I love the Celine sculpt lol ) has much darker makeup but I also ordered darker skin. Anyways, it’s not a big deal because you can always do your own faceup or have an artist do one for you after you buy the doll. I just thought I should say something about it, because it’s definitely a lot paler than what I was expecting.
Fairyland has had some inconsistencies with the quality of their resin. I’ve heard of it cracking, having scratches, or bubbles, or what some users describe as “snow flakes” especially on the tan skin. My tan doll does have a few VERY small dots that are lighter colored especially by her wrists. I don’t know if they attempted to sand it or what happened here; she also had a couple of VERY light scratches on her legs – but to me they look OK. My minifee though, who is what this review is about, was in excellent perfect condition. I just felt I should mention that Fairyland doesn’t always have the best track record for quality, and they are one of the most expensive and most popular doll makers in the hobby. You can do your own research and make your own decisions about it. For me, I didn’t have too many problems, but your mileage may vary.
Fairyland as a whole DOES try to please its customers; they have a ton of special events, where if you order a doll, you get extra parts like wings, or animal parts, or even another doll, or head, etc. They have these events about once every 3 or 4 months so you should DEFINITELY wait to order a doll until they have another event.