Thursday, April 24, 2014

Exciting news!

Well, exciting to me, anyways, lol!

This morning I woke up to find not just one, but BOTH of the
series 10 Ex Cute Aika girls up on www.hlj.com for preorder!

I suspect they will be available during the preorder period,
and then go "Order Stop" when the order period is over.

Preorder period:
NOW- May 19th
(remember, in the USA, May 19th will really fall on May 18th, because of time differences)

Her release date is scheduled for "August"
©Azone ©HLJ

Smiling Aika:

©Azone ©HLJ

 Open Mouth Aika:


16 comments:

  1. Heather, you are a gem. I just logged in and saw your post on my dashboard and then ran over to Hobbysearch straight away and saw these two on there. I was relieved to see they hadn't sold out yet. I managed to snag the smiling Aika. She comes up as the Cheshire Cat so I am wondering if there's an Alice theme going on although I haven't seen Alice yet? I'm pretty stoked as now I have the Mad Hatter, The Cheshire Cat and now I just need Alice to round out the group.

    Thanks so much for alerting us to the preorder being open. It is very much appreciated.

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    1. No problem!

      Actually, Chesire Cat Aika is an older release, the Ex Cute series 10 girls are going to be past releases... at some point (none of us are really sure when) Azone had voting for the most popular of the past released girls, and for Aika, it's the Chesire Cat Aika!

      So the rest of the releases might not be Alice in Wonderland themed (although there is a really cute Alice Koron, so maybe? :) )

      I think these girls might be up for preorder until May 19th. This is the first Azone girl I've seen where they did a preorder period, rather than just "Here's when preorders start"... so I'm hoping they're going to be taking as many preorders as people want to give them during that period. (I'm not saying they've never done this before, but since I've been collecting, this is the first time I've seen them do this) :)

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    2. Well, I hope they continue with preorder periods because it makes it less stressful and disappointing for people like me who are never quick enough to snag an Azone doll during a "regular" preorder.

      And I really like the idea if they are re-releasing older dolls from the Ex Cute line. It means I might actually be able to pick up some of the older ones I like but have long been sold out. Out of curiosity, which dolls ended up with the higher votes? Do you think they might re-release any of the sold out forest girls? I really like the fox girl.

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    3. I don't know... I know that's their thing for the Series 10 girls... but all we can do is cross our fingers and hope they carry it into future doll orders. My guess is it probably won't happen, just because the Mia and the Mio they've just released weren't done that way. Who knows though, maybe we'll get lucky? XD

      They're only rereleasing for the Series 10, so there will be one rerelease of each of the main Ex Cute girls, and those gals were chosen by popular vote (although most of us never saw hide-nor-hair of the voting ballot)... so I can't help in telling you who was chosen (although I suspect that's a closely guarded secret anyways, you know, for the excitement of it all, since they usually release about 1 series a year, this will be the 2014 project... they gotta make it last, LOL)

      I also can't say who will be chosen, because, not having seen any ballots... who knows who was even on them?!
      Seriously... when did they carry out this top secret mission of voting???

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    4. I was just wondering that? Where is this voting ballot and who were selected to vote in it? I'm wondering if it was the staff of Azone or maybe it was specific to Japan only? That is a shame if it was as these dolls are quite popular with the Westerners as well.

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  2. Hello from Spain: great news!! this doll is lovely

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    1. She is! I can't wai tto see more!!

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  3. I like that there's a pre-order period rather than "a few seconds or you miss it". She's really cute and I like the smiling version *slightly* more but I have to regretfully pass. Azone is just killing me with all these releases lately. I have two pre-orders in and I've barely gotten to do much with the girls I already have.

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    1. I know how you feel!! I'm passing on this gal too, because I already have two smiling Aika gals and two open mouth Aika gals... and truth be told, this one does not win out over my Majokko Aika (the first Pure Neemo I ever bought!)

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  4. Thanks a lot for sharing ! :)

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  5. I have preorder her ! My first big Aika soooo cute!!!!!

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    1. Oooh! Congrats!! I can't wait to see your pics of her!

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  6. She's very sweet Heather, like the outfit too. :)

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    1. She's absolutely a cutie, I can see why she won XD

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  7. Both of these girls are so adorable! I honestly can't decide which is the cutest. :) I love that they have a long order period for a change. I would be wonderful if releases got a even a little bit easier to order in the future.

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