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Thursday, February 28, 2019

J-Doll Petit Champlain

It's been a difficult winter for me. I have low Vitamin D year-round, as well as issues with Seasonal Affective Disorder. My therapy light helps, but it's so big that I struggle finding a place to use it. It's cumbersome, and falls over easily.
For a while, I was shirking my regular use of it, and then I tried using a smaller light that my husband got, that looks more like a regular desk lamp. That didn't help me, and I spiraled into insomnia and joint pain. I may have found a workable place for my light, I hope, and I've been more disciplined in using it. I'm actually falling asleep before 5 AM nowadays, but I'm still working on getting things done like I used to. It's taken me days to write this post, even, because I can't seem to concentrate.

None of that is an excuse for why I haven't put up a post about this particular J-Doll yet. I bought her back in June of 2018! I just had other things to blog about, and somehow she got put at the back of the list. But talking about her now makes for a relatively easy post, so her time has come. I've blogged about J-Dolls before, as I own several. They were produced by Jun Planning, and then by Groove. They were made by the same company that makes Pullip dolls, and the bodies are similar to two of the body types that Pullip dolls have had, the Type 3 and the Type 4. If you want to see a comparison of the two bodies, go here. Otherwise, let's talk about Petit Champlain. J-Dolls were named after famous streets in different areas of the world. In this case, Petit Champlain can be found in Quebec City, Canada. She is the second "Canadian" doll to join my collection; the first was Stephen Avenue Walk, who hailed from Calgary. The outfits the dolls wear marginally reference their namesake areas. Petit Champlain's dress is definitely styled after a French can-can costume, so there you go, I guess. Since this new doll has a French background, I'm going to call her Sophie.

Here she is in her box. I picked her up at a Tuesday Morning store for a great price. The price sticker describes her as a "large Pullip." I did find a mini Pullip at Tuesday Morning on another trip, but I'd still not describe Sophie as a large Pullip. Maybe medium-sized.


Her hair was tied back with a small piece of thread, that was slipping down, and was eventually just going to fall off, so I took it off after taking a picture. I should have taken a picture of her from the front with her hair pulled back too, but her hair looked messy in the front from the tie coming loose, which is why I undid it in the first place.
Her outfit is definitely one of my favorites among the dolls that I've bought. She doesn't have a too-small jacket, her outfit hasn't stained her body, her shoes aren't going to fall apart, and the blouse is separate from the corset/skirt combo, so she could wear it with something else, although the pintuck stitching on the front of the blouse is crooked, so she'd probably still have to wear it with something like a high-waisted skirt, or a jumper. I am impressed that the blouse has princess seams, though. Sophie has plastic around her legs to prevent the black lace stockings from staining them. I should redress her at some point, I suppose, but I like her the way she is, too.






Since not all of you are familiar with J-Dolls, here for comparison is Sophie with Rachel, another one of my J-Dolls. Rachel hails from Abbott Street in Cairns, Queensland, Australia.
Once I started doing this review, I realized that I'm not sure where I put the pink hairbow that Sophie came with! I hope I didn't accidentally throw it out, even though it's something easily replaceable. Overall, she's one of my best J-Doll buys, and I'm glad that she's in my collection.

17 comments:

  1. Poor Barb, you're getting just as bad as me about buying a doll and then waiting weeks or months to review her! Of course you've got a better excuse than me (I'm just lazy). I love your J-doll posts! Did you get all of yours from Tuesday Morning?

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    1. Actually, this is the only J-Doll I've bought from Tuesday Morning! The other ones have come from eBay, Groove, and Amazon. I was so excited to find this one.

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  2. Every time you post about J dolls, I want one. . . But every time I have doll money, I forget all about them.
    I'm glad you posted this. I know how you suffer in Winter (and Winter in Ohio sounds a lot like my idea of hell) and I'd noticed you hadn't posted or even commented on other people's posts lately. This morning, I was actually thinking of leaving a comment asking if you were ok, but wasn't sure if that would be weird.

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    1. No, I would have appreciated your comment, Rachael. Fortunately, I've been able to pull myself back together, and I hope to be a lot more active online again. Is there anyplace in Australia that gets gray, snowy and below freezing temperatures in winter?

      I know what you mean about wanting a doll item and forgetting about it when you're able to buy something. I imagine one will come your way some day if you decide to get one.

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    2. There are places were it shows and there are snow fields not far from where we used to live but I think a lot of the snow ends up being man made. We tend to have more of an issue with everything bursting into flames.

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  3. Hi Barb,
    Sorry you've been unwell, I hope things pick up for you...perhaps a little more dolly time will help you relax and sleep better (or is that just wishful thinking?). Your Sophie & Rachel J Dolls are quite pretty, they are not dolls I am familiar with so I might have to investigate them. :)
    Big hugs,
    X

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    1. Xanadu, they're very similar to Momoko dolls as far as the size, figure, and even the face, I think. J-Dolls have inset eyes which gives them a look of their own apart from Momokos, and of course the clothes aren't generally as nice as I have heard Momoko clothes are. J-Doll limbs and wrists can have issues with cracking, but I've heard that Momoko dolls suffer from the same.

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  4. Oh, Barb, why are you tempting me. There's a Petit Champlain for sale right now on a forum, but at 100+ euro... X_X
    Anyway, hope you're feeling better now that the days are getting longer. I'm always miserable in summer, now I'll try to think of how it benefits other people.

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    1. I know you like Petit Champlain. I wish you could find J-Dolls where you live, for better prices.

      I am getting better with the longer days, thank you. I'm not exactly fond of the hot summers either, but I do love the sunshine. I'm not sure how people who live up close by the Arctic Circle handle dark winters.

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  5. Dear Barb, I hope you are better. I am happy to read your posting whenever you make it.
    I did not know about these dolls. They sure are cute.

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    1. I didn't know about these dolls either, until I saw another blogger talk about them. Sometimes we can be quite the enablers. I've gotten to like several of the types of dolls coming out of Asia since I started learning about the J-Dolls. I'm not sure if that's good or bad. I am doing a lot better; thank you.

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  6. Hi Barb! Too bad you haven't felt well lately, but I hope you feel better. I'm glad to see I'm not the only one that has dolls sitting on a box for ages before they are unboxed. The doll is very pretty, I love her eyes.
    Take care.

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  7. I do feel better, thank you. I love Sophie's eyes, too. I think inset eyes are one thing J-Dolls have over Momokos.

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  8. I have one J-Doll I got from my doll collector friend. I love her, however she is redressed and rewigged.My dream is J-Doll PROMENADE DES ANGLAIS. However the prices are now very high for her. Your be J-Doll looks so cute. I really like her😊

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    1. The Promenade de Anglais doll is pretty. It's too bad the prices are so high on J-Dolls, and that they are so hard to find. Maybe you could make a similar outfit for the J-Doll that you have?

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    2. Probably I will, but still ok will dream about the original one. In my mind she is perfect Emily of New Moon with her imagined silver dress😊

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