At the end of my last post on this theme I mentioned that I had recently purchased my first Pullip, and here she is:
Pullip Peter Pan was available on eBay and Amazon UK for a little while, shipped from inside the country too so import tax hassle free. £50 isn’t particularly cheap (not by my standards anyway) but usually Pullips are much more expensive than this over here. Peter Pan is a simple-looking little soul with her gamine bowlcut and her understated faceup and it’s true that if Pullips were widely available in the UK at this price I probably would have felt obliged to go for something frillier and more winsome (Pullip Snow White, sigh). But I’m glad I was steered so firmly in this direction. I just love her.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, I’m a big fan of children’s books. I am particularly fond of Victorian children’s stories like Alice In Wonderland (one day soon, I will show you my small collection of Wonderland dolls) and Peter Pan, so this doll gels with my interests very nicely. I also like the way that Pullip has been cast as Principal Boy and I had no idea that Pantomime tradition was really understood outside the UK (any non-UKers out there, do you have Panto in your country?). It’s occurred to me that maybe it isn’t, and that’s why she’s available over here at a relatively low price – maybe putting her in a male role seemed odder in other countries. What do you think?
Anyway, getting her out of the box took me a while. I had read that these dolls are not easy to get out of their packaging so I was armed with a craft knife and a pair of scissors, but it was still fairly traumatic. The packaging really impressed me, by the way – it was hard to get a good closeup shot of because of all the plastic molding she was packaged in, but the patterns on the insert feature Pan-themed illustrations of pirate flags and ships and islands – very magical.
When I got her out, I was impressed again by her construction. She feels weightier and more stable than my Tangkou, and the shape of her head under her hair feels almost disconcertingly lifelike. That should be creepy (remember, I am a small doll person and lifelike dolls freak me out a little) but it isn’t. Her clothes, as you would expect on a collector doll of this kind, are detailed and extremely good quality – her cape is lined, her tunic is beaded and her hat (which is attached to a hairclip) has a nice little feather in it). Her face paint is ultra subtle in places, for example I can see that she is blushed but not where the blush begins. Lovely. The only downside –
Her eye closing mechanism does not seem to be particularly tight and her eyes don’t close all the way, unlike my Tangkou who looks perfect with her eyes shut. I have no idea if this is a common Pullip fault, or if it’s maybe particular to this line, which might be another reason for the lower price. It doesn’t bother me too much, though.
Eventually, I might give Peter a makeover – nothing irreparable, just a change of clothes – but for now, I like her just the way it is. I don’t know if or when I’m going to get the opportunity to buy more Pullips in the future, but I’d definitely like a few more … We will see.