Since we'd had problems with the EMS deliveries (the person who brings the packages doesn't know the code to the front door), we put a huuuge note on the door telling to call me so I can come to open the door. To our surprise our doorbell rang in the morning and after chatting a while with the lady, she told me that she'd been on parental leave for a while and didn't know our door code after getting back to work (these are new buildings), but now she knows and can deliver our packages from now on! :3 Great news!
Anyway, here comes the box opening of Susumi alias Susu-chan! ^o^
The outer box, which hadn't taken any damage during the shipping!
Seagull Jaanatar is my assistant here and helping with opening the box :'D
The inner box!
There are a few cute pictures of Mariko on the box ;3;
Waaah, I can already see her face a bit *O*
Lol, cyber age?? XD
Out of the box~ She was packed very safely :3
;____; ♥ That face, love at first sight~~
From the promo pictures her eyes seemed brown (at least on my screen), but in person they actually have a green/olive tint! Not what I had expected, but still really pretty for default eyes :) And it's fun that my eyes are actually the same; sometimes they seem brown, sometimes they look more green-ish XD
Hahah she looks like a baby wrapped in a blanket like this XDD
The outfit and other accessories she came with ♥
A lovely thank you rose ;___; I saw a picture of these roses on Twitter, but didn't realize that Volks is going to send them with the dolls! Such a lovely gesture, I think~ I might remember wrong, but I think the roses in the Twitter picture where actually dark red D: I really love this pink one though, I generally prefer pink roses over red ones, hahah...
Two leaflets, one with photos of Mariko and "instructions" on how to put on her outfit, the other has general DD information, like photos of all the different bodies (+ measurements), hand and other extra parts, eyes, etc.
Inside the Mariko leaflet
Back of the Mariko leaflet
A funny comparison, my hair color matches pretty much 100% with Mariko's wig :''D
After dressing Susu up, I thought I would take just one quick test photo, but she's so damn adorable and inspires me so I went quite photo happy ^^;
It's a bit hard to explain and might sound weird, but I really see myself in this doll... Her hair and eyes are like mine, and she has this very insecure, anxious and even a bit sad expression on her face. I see so much when I look at her ;__; To me she's not just an ordinary doll, even the word "grail" doesn't quite explain how much she means to me... She symbolizes myself, who I am, what I've been through and how despite everything, I've always been a dreamer and believed that there's a way to achieve your dreams. A few years ago I would've never thought that I'd one day hold this doll in my arms ♥
Susu really likes the cute pouch that matches her yukata~ ♥
Shoes and cute toes! ♥♥
That was the photo spam, for now >:3 I've ordered Susumi a pair of eyes, as well as some clothes and shoes from Taobao, but those will still take a while to arrive, so for now she'll be wearing her pretty default gear~ Though I might try on some of the wigs that I have and see how she looks with them! I also need to order some extra hands from Volks, since she only came with one pair and I want to have more for a variety of poses :3
I'd love to do a custom faceup on Susu at some point, but her default looks pretty so I'm in no hurry. I also want to be extra cautious with her and find out what products are 100% safe to use and won't stain her pretty face ;___; Vinyl is such a scary material compared to resin and I really don't want anything to happen to my Mariko...
Okay, I guess I'll go now and finally eat some breakfast... It's almost noon and I still haven't eaten anything, I've been so excited about this girl ^^;; But I'm really, really happy to have her home at last, the whole morning I've been smiling ear to ear~ ♥