Did I swear off buying new dolls for the month? Apparently not!
I confess, I've never been a huge fan of the large-headed dolls like Pullip and Blythe - I've admired what other people have done with theirs, but I've never felt a desire to own one myself. But then I happened across a low-priced listing for this Taeyang (male Pullip) Captain Hook, and thought "Why not?"
Since he's my first doll of this type, I wasn't sure what to expect, but overall I'm quite pleased - his outfit is wonderfully detailed (and includes an enormous hat that I couldn't keep on his head) and he has a nicely expressive face. And the body really is fantastically pose-able, just like I've always heard.
If I have any negatives on the doll in general, it would only be that the head feels surprisingly delicate and thin compared to the body's material. Specific to this release, I found that it's quite challenging to keep the hook on as it's not attached as a hand alternative as I'd expected, but is instead a cover that goes over his hand. It's nicely detailed, but it constantly slips off, which is a bit of an annoyance, since I prefer to have him displayed with the hook on.
I also thought that he was a bit over-packaged; A good thing, in terms of keeping him protected en route, but it was quite a challenge getting him unpacked without ripping his hair or stockings.
Overall, I'm quite pleased with this doll - I'll probably not be picking up any other dolls in the Pullip family, but I feel that he'll make a nice display piece both on his own (he's my current desk doll) and with a mixed-style group which is how he'll probably be displayed in the long term when he joins my "bad guy" character shelf.