Dolls Party in New York 4

We just returned from Dolls Party in New York organized by VOLKS. (June 19-20, 2010).

The event short name is "dolpa" and VOLKS tries to hold it annually for the people who bought their dolls to appreciate the customers and let everybody enjoy and show off their dolls to others. Usually some special limited edition dolls are created for each event too with a chance for participants to have a chance at buying.

The party was centered around "Alice in Wonderland" theme.

Since we live in TN and the air travel was somewhat expensive we decided to go by car which turned out to be not so hard.

This was a first dolpa we attended.

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When we arrived some 20 minutes before starting time there was a huge line already.

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While waiting in line people started to prepare their dolls and admire others dolls too.

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This doll has the same haircut as the owner.

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Finally after standing in line for about 1 hour we are in!

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Registration desk.

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A cool participant with a cool "son".

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Views of the entire hall.

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Some owners dress like dolls too.

After settling I started to walk around and taking pictures of all nice dolls I saw (they all were nice, but I started with the best).
Typical for this sort of events the lighting conditions were pretty bad, and I did not get my colored gels to white balance my flashes, so the surroundings are all yellow in the flash shots.

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These were set up on a table next to where we were sitting.

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Secretary of VOLKS giving some announcement.

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This group is cool too. The one with Scythe is Dollfie Dream modelled after character Sasara from Anime "To Heart 2" near her is Dollfie Dream Airi from "Queen's blade OVA"

Aside from owners bringing their dolls, the event had 11 "one-off" dolls which means there were only 1 of each ever made with a lottery to win a chance to buy each one.

Also additionally FDQ magazine was holding their own lottery for subscribers to win a chance to buy limited edition The Hatter (Williams) and Red Queen (Crystal) dolls, only 25 of each was made.

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The Hatter. I really liked it, but we were not subscribers and when I contacted FDQ beforehand, they said they sent lottery tickets out already so no way to enter for me. But at the dolpa when I approached them about this matter I was told they'd let me participate if I become a subscriber right away. I jumped on the chance of course.

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a close up of The Hatter. Good news for me - I won in the lottery and hopefully will get one like this in August. A lot of people wanted him so I was really lucky.

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And this is the Red Queen. Much fewer people wanted her so as a result there were some left after the lottery. As such we decided to get her as well in addition to The Hatter.

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Close up of the Red Queen.

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Also typical for this event there was a "photo space" with doll furniture for people to make pictures of their precious dolls. There was even some additional lighting available. Too bad the reflective wall limited ways to place lighting.

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This set was installed at a "reserved" table.

Unlike VOLKS shops you can freely make pictures of their dolls including one-off models, so here I have all 11.

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Before start of the tea party Mr. Shigeita the president of the VOLKS company gave an opening speech

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Also before the party it was announced that the "sleepy mouse" was lost and a search was initiated. He was found under some chair and the lucky person in that chair got to keep the doll.

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All VOLKS employees dressed in card-clothes right before tea.

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VOLKS employees are readying lottery prizes.

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Our Hina-chan and a her new friend the White Rabbit that is one of the few limited dolls for this dolpa.

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Aside from lotteries to buy various stuff there was also a lottery with just prizes like some doll clothes, furniture, some small dolls, postcards and so on. We did not win anything, though.

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Two of the lucky lottery winners.

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People made a lot of soap-bubbles out of provided "drink me" bottles.

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Some "eat me" candies were also available.

After the lotteries there was some more time to go around and take some more pictures. Since my lighting kit was kind of long and hard to setup, I decided to shoot with available light instead (all the following pictures).

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These two gorgeous pairs were set up on the table where we were sitting at.

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Chinese girl and some would be groom in the background? ;)

Aside from the rabbit other limited items for this party (that we did not get) included:

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Little Lorina (in green dress) and Little Alice (in pink dress). They were nicely set up near an empty frame to give an appearance of a mirror.

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White Rabbit (normal and "sweet dreams" version).

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Opera Pink Cat (outfit only).

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VOLKS employees again.

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Another happy owner.

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Lucky winner of one of the one-offs.

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Her name is Ami.

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Little Lorina with a rabbit.

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A setup from photo space by someone.

First day concluded at about 7 pm.

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