This FAQ is designed to answer questions about my series of Zombuki art dolls, which include Pullip, Dal, Byul, Blythe, and Little Pullip dolls. If you have a question for me that isn’t answered below please leave a comment and I’ll do my best to answer it!
What are Zombuki dolls?
Zombuki dolls, as a concept, are my own invention, a combination of the words “zombie” and “kabuki” named with the help of a friend, they are meant to represent a hybrid of many different styles and cultures. Each one is made to be truly unique with its own, strong personality. The first Zombuki was made using Pullip, a type of Japanese fashion doll, but now Zombuki are made with many different doll types.
What are all these dolls?
A Pullip is a type of fashion doll made by Groove Inc. (formerly Jun Planning) in Japan and launched in July of 2003; all of their dolls can move their eyes. Pullip dolls stand about a foot tall, are relatively articulated (more so than a Barbie); they have had four different body types over the years. Dal and Byul are slightly shorter than Pullips and are made by the same company; Byul has a slightly larger head and Dal and larger eyes. Taeyang are male dolls that are taller than Pullips and Isul, a younger male doll, has also been released. There are also Little Pullips and Little Dals that are “chibi” forms of these dolls, they cannot move their eyes.
Blythe dolls were originally made by Kenner is 1972 and started being manufactured by Takara again in 2001, their bodies have very little articulation, but they have four pairs of eyes that switch each time you make the doll “blink” (via a string); their heads are very large. A smaller-sized version of Blythe was released in 2010 named Middie Blythe.
Kokeshi are a type of traditional wooden Japanese doll with a head that is similar in proportion to the other dolls above. All of my kokeshi are initialed on the bottom as a part of the kokeshi tradition.
Monster High dolls were launched in 2010 by Mattel. Based on classic horror movie monsters, the dolls have disproportionate limbs and come in a rainbow of skin colors. Their eyes are painted on but the forearms and hands can be swapped; Mattel has also released fully customizable blanks dolls in the same mold.
How did you start customizing dolls?
Technically I made my first custom dolls in High School when I mangled some generic Barbie dolls that I bought at the grocery store. I didn’t touch dolls again until I started buying Pullips after I graduated from college, eventually I ended up with some that I didn’t want anymore and my natural desire to tinker took over …
The designs for the first two Pullip dolls that I customized were fan works based off an America’s Next Top Model photo shoot from Cycle 3. I made Eva (named after the model who inspired her), my first custom, on a lark and assumed that no one would like her. Six months later I made Kaikai and then I realized that people really seemed to like them for more than just their novelty. After that I began to make my own designs. Please note that, because I did not design them, the first two dolls are not found on the site.
Do you accept commissions?
Commissions are open for summer 2016! Commissions are open for everything but kokeshi.
How do I get a Zombuki of my own?
What do Zombuki dolls come with?
It varies on a design-by-design basis, but at minimum, a Zombuki will come with coordinated clothing and a doll stand unless we arrange otherwise.
Where did you get your wig/clothes/etc. on Zombuki X/Y/Z?
I try to post where I got things on specific photo posts in the blog, but if it doesn’t say please feel free to ask in the post/photo comments section and I will answer as soon as I can.
How long does it take to make a Zombuki?
It varies depending on my schedule, but once they’re started it shouldn’t take longer than a month. If you are getting a Zombuki on a three-month installment plan your doll will be ready to go home, at the latest, by the last day in the month of your final installment. If you pay in a lump sum I will do my best to get your girl to you as soon as I can and can give you a more solid idea at the time of purchase based on my schedule. I will also email you photo updates before the photos are published elsewhere.
What do Zombuki dolls cost?
It varies depending on a number of factors so it’s best to ask when contacting me. Additions like the horns that some dolls have cost extra, for example. Generally they currently range from $350-650. Lil’ Head Zombuki dolls are less expensive than the traditional Zombuki line. Another way to lower is cost is to provide the base doll for me or if you want the doll to come without extras like an outfit.
Do you offer discounts?
On occasion I will offer discounts for multiple-doll purchases, feel free to ask about discounts when you contact me!
I want to reserve a Zombuki but I can’t pay right away, is that okay?
Yes! To reserve a doll you need to make a deposit, if you choose to do a 2-3 month installment plan to pay for the doll it will be the first month’s installment.
I want to start the process, how do I contact you?
You can use my contact form or leave a comment (they’re private until I approve them).
Still have questions?
Just leave a comment and I’ll do my best to answer it!