I have recently been bitten by a new passion in the name of ♥ Pullip ♥
Pullip dolls are ball jointed dolls originally created in 2003 by Cheonsang Cheonha in South Korea and sold by Jun Planning from Japan. Link to the official website is HERE. Since 2009, the dolls have been marketed by Groove which has an USA website too: Groove USA. These are expensive dolls ($120-$150) so shop around before buying them! Some stores do offer great discount price on new dolls.
There have been many lines of dolls created after Pullip. Here below is a list of their name and the meaning in Korean, and their relationship to each other (information taken from Wikipedia) :
Pullip (풀잎, blade of grass/leaf')
Namu (나무, tree) - Pullip's former boyfriend
Taeyang (태양, sun) - Pullip's present boyfriend
Dal (달, moon) - Tayang's younger sister
Byul (별, star) - Dal's best friend
Isul (이슬, dew) - Pullip's younger brother
To complicate things further, each month the company releases a new doll! They have many different collections inspired by popular anime (like Back Butler) or fairy tales (like Alice in Wonderland) or books (like Peter Pan, Ann Shirley of Green Gables and Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz).
While searching for the dolls I wanted to buy, I came across many new terms that I did not understand but I found a website where there is a ton of information about Pullip dolls: Pullip FAQ at PullipsandJunk.com !!!
My Grail Dolls (favorite and most wanted dolls) are the Sister/Brother Combination of Pullip Merl and Isul Lir. If you look at their promo photos, you'll see how beautiful they are! I'll post more about them soon :)