Long time no post! As I recently got back from a rather long trip to Japan, I am still rather jet lagged unfortunately, been waking up at really odd hours… 3-4am?! And only copied a load of photos onto my computer just yesterday. I finally got to go to Dollpa and Doll show this trip and I am excited to share my experiences!
Picture of Tokyo Big Sight below was taken at the end of the day…
So first impression of Dollpa 29 is… queues… and lots of queuing! I was glad we – me, my husband and bluestarbaby did not join the first queue we saw when we just got to Tokyo Big Sight, as it was actually not for for Dollpa, but for a completely different event happening at the Tokyo Big Sight.
We woke quite early for it (not as early as some I know), but then again I woke pretty early most of the trip due to excitement and jet lag… ^^; When the Dollpa officially opened, there was some mascot kitties doing morning exercises! Unfortunately we were too far away to get any decent shots — the picture below is full zoomed in, selectively cropped lol!
This time round I wasn’t too interested in the limited dolls, so I decided to try to line up for the Volks limited outfits (dragging along my poor husband and friend :P) And we stood in line(s) for at least 3 hours ish =_= it was REALLY tiring ^^; I can see why people actually charge XXX amount of money to go do all that queuing!
By the time we were done queuing and buying, we were all super tired… Not sure if I am going to do that again I think LOL! By the time we got to the display table which Haku san kindly informed us about (Thank you thank you thank you!), I missed meeting some people due to being stuck in the queue and walking around afterwards… ;_; Managed to meet Evilnecko, Syaorankun and his adorable waifu Mi-chan, DarluarWu Wolfheinrich, Wisefreeman tho! :) also got a picture of a name card of arab2489, owner of a super pretty Sakuya ^o^
So below are some photos I took around the display tables :D Aki also finally got to come out of the tote bag after queuing with me… ^^; A cute Melty came by and sat next to Aki ^o^
Haku san’s Aura’s (foreground) as sexy as always! behind is arab2489’s Sakya ^o^
Wolfheinrich’s Sakuya, all decked out ^^
Evilnecko’s Saber Alter ^o^
Syaorankun’s Nanoha (background) next to Aki ^o^/
And some other dollfies around on the display area, some on the seller’s booths ^^/
It’s so surreal to see in person this line up of little MDDs, had seen them in photos before XD
Some of the Volk’s official displays! ^o^ We get to see some as we queue up to buy stuff…
I really wanted the dress set in the foreground =_= Too bad it sold out before we could even get close :(
Picture below of the dreaded “sold out” signs being put up to crush our dreams :P
And apparently I missed seeing their “one off dolls” section =_=;;;;; I must had been blind x_x
We were randomly handed some random snacks in these little bags which was a life saver — famished after queuing for hours lol
Took part in the Bingo, not much luck tho :P
Luckily later that day, before the Dollpa ended, I managed to meet a few fantastic Japanese Dollfie Dream photographers, cnvl san, Azure san, Suzuhico san whom I have been admiring their works forever on Flickr! Also managed to finally meet the really kind Namo san and his lovely and talented friend Marimo san! Also managed to visit DDmmf‘s booth, and really lovely and super talented Momolita san’s booth. Those are the priceless things which I gotten! I only wish my Japanese is more fluent so I can speak to them more! Also I managed to miss a few people and booths (argh!)
Group photo ^o^!!! Feel soooo happy, I cannot describe my feelings!
Aki next to DarlaurWu’s Yuki ^o^
I want to mention… I did not take as many photos of the booths and display tables again! It’s a slight improvement from iDoll last time, (where I took close to zero pix :P) We queued up for so long that we were super super hungry, any photos taken before any food was taken = bad photos =_=; I don’t know how people like taitan san of taitan-no.net does it every time! *salute!* ^^;
Taiga scored a MDDIII body finally! I bought one of the silicone head band (not sure what it’s called) — on hindsight I should have gotten more since they weren’t too expensive, Taiga is using it now, worked pretty well holding her wig in place, will definitely want to buy more later when they have it available as regular stock.
Spoilt little Taiga’s laptop tiger was a kind gift from namo san! Hotoni arigatou! ^o^!
Lastly, I would like to mention a particular blog post (reposted on my site with permission) by a late doll friend Anja, helped a great deal during this first Dollpa experience, and she is still very much missed by the people she touched.