When I first heard about the steampunk Pullip dolls, I just about lost my mind—I love Pullips (I’ve collected them since about 2004), and dressing Pullip and her friends in the the elaborate pseudo-Victorian stylings of steampunk seemed like a natural.
It was an exciting day for me when my Eos arrived. I decided that she looked too awesome to leave her in the box, so I unboxed her.
The first surprise was her hair. From the prototype photos, I’d thought she had close-cropped hair in a gamine sort of style, but when I finally got her out of her box (which took about 20 minutes—Groove is pretty serious about her not moving around inside the box during transit), I discovered a huge twist of snow-white hair behind her back, tied up in a hairnet and lashed into place. After a few more minutes’ work and a light going-over with a brush, she had glorious, nearly floor-length locks.
Like a lot of Pullips, her outfit is very detailed, with the detail carried to an incredible level in this limited edition. Her shirt is brown and vaguely military-looking, with a fairly long collar, and made of an appealingly rough-woven fabric. A faux-leather tie is tied loosely around her neck.
Over the shirt, she wears a black faux-leather corset. Those gloves (or mitts, really) are very long, and worn scrunched up. To pose her like this, you’ll need to remove the gloves and get her arms out of the plastic wrap in which they’re encased—no doubt done to prevent dye transfer. If you don’t remove the plastic wrap, you’ll never get her arms to bend!
That’s a skirt, not pants—check out the detail on the medallions and the looped chain, as well as the trim on the bottom hem of the shirt, which adds a feminine touch to the militaristic cut of the garment.
If you peek underneath, you’ll find that she’s wearing dark gray lace panties. (It’s hard to explain to people why dolls need to wear panties.)
Her leggings are faux reptile skin in the front and cable-knit in the back. And her boots are worn folded over, although the tops can be folded back up if you like.
And that’s just what she’s wearing when she arrives! She also has her amazing helmet and lens headpiece, both of which are packed separately. The helmet is made of several different colors of faux suede, very soft and lightweight but still looking a lot like the genuine article; there are random studs and metal protrusions all over it, and lengths of chain attached and looped around.
The lens headpiece is also amazing, with more knobs and metal stuff of mysterious function, and random straps that seem to have no purpose other than to hang there and look fantastic, which they do quite well.
And then there’s the wings! Early product photos were unclear as to whether she had one wing or two, but there are indeed two. Some care is needed when unpacking them—they’re made of a thin, lightweight plastic and are a bit fragile, but Groove has packed each of them into its own plastic bag and taped them safely to the inside of her box.
The wings are held apart from each other with a short plastic bar which is installed between them.
The wings are mounted to an ornate assembly that hooks over the doll’s shoulders. As light as they are, their weight makes it a bit difficult for the doll to stand while she’s wearing them, and some adjustment will be needed. Using a stand would probably be a good idea too. (We’ve added an additional plexiglas rod to keep the wings from slipping; it’s got a black knob on one end and is visible right behind her elbow in this photo. This plexiglas rod is not included with the doll. Some customization of the wing support rigging, perhaps with an added strap across her lower back, might not be a bad idea.)
Eos is armed with a “light beam gun,” which is a charmingly cobbled-together-looking thing in goldtone plastic. Among other things, it has a faucet and hot-and-cold-water taps mounted to it, and the barrel rotates. It’s difficult to tell which end is up with this weapon—in some of the prototype photos, the doll is shown holding the gun reversed from other photos—but I suppose ultimately it doesn’t matter; the functionality of this weapon seems to be another of Eos’s secrets. A goldtone faux-leather strap lets her sling it over her back or shoulder.
She also has a staff, which has been painted to look weathered, and features more random attachments of chain. There is also a shower head on the staff; she definitely got full use out of those old bathroom fixtures she apparently found in her workshop!
Eos is so stunning, I can hardly wait for the rest of the dolls in this series! Gyro (Tae Yang) is scheduled to be released in September; Rhiannon (Byul) will be available in November, and Ra Muw (Dal) will make us wait all the way till February of next year for her arrival.