I have been dreaming of getting another Licca Castle doll and it was a difficult decision because there are so many pretty dolls to choose from. I finally chose: Licca Castle Special Toy Box Doll .
The website describes her as having blonde-white hair with purple/brown eyes and pink lips.
Since Licca Castle does not ship to my country, I asked the help from Ms. Chiemi Takeda, Etsy owner of Found in Japan. If you remember, I bought 2 Licca Castle dolls from her previously! This time I wanted a doll featured on the Licca Castle website and not from her Etsy Shop. I used her Online Purchase Service (described here on her Website). She charges a small fee for ordering your dolls and processes your order very quickly. I sent her my request and she had my invoice prepared and order done the very same day.
Licca Castle dolls are more expensive than the Licca Playline dolls but they are worth it. Their face-up is so much more defined and the quality of their hair is totally in another league. Super smooth and silky.
Ms. Takeda explained to me the reason behind this doll's name. Licca Castle collaborated with 20 doll outfit artists and created dolls and outfits for their 20th anniversary special event. "Special Toy Box" is one of the artists. She mainly makes Momoko's outfits, and they sell out very quickly when she opens her web shop. Below is her website and blog.
Here is how the doll is packaged.
With hair swept in the front.
I am so happy with this doll. She looks so precious and dainty. I was a little surprised when I first saw her because she didn't look like her stock picture. But that was because her hair was messy in the box and her bangs were flattened by the plastic holder around her head. But once I got her out of the box, she looked exactly like her stock photo. Once noticeable difference though is that the dress she wears in her stock photo is not the same as the dress I received. That is not a problem for me since I don't mind this dress. It's well made, it's soft and it fits her nicely.
She was priced at 5,000 Yen + 400 Yen Japanese sales tax (8%) and 270 Yen for domestic shipping. Add on the commission and the shipping fee to me and her final cost was around $80. Was she worth all that money? I think yes. In fact, my only regret is that I didn't get a second doll. But my wallet agrees that one is enough for now :)
I need to take better pictures of her though because I took these photos really quickly yesterday, in-between feeding the baby and looking after my son and my 5 nephews (who have somehow elected to play at my house since the end of school)... So I feel I am not doing her any justice with my terrible photos! So hopefully she will get some deserved time in front of the camera soon! And I think I will name her Emma. Do you think it suits her?