22 February 2018

Printemps doll (Sekiguchi, 1970s)

The Japanese Sekiguchi company is known for their famous Momoko fashion dolls and Monchhichi. In 1976 (according to not verified sources on internet) they produced the doll line "Printemps". Printemps dolls have a stuffed body and vinyl hands, feet and head. They all wear different outfits of high quality. Information on these dolls is scarce, so I don't know how many different models there were made, and for how long. There were two sizes available: 48 cm or 19 inch and 60 cm or 23 inch.

My doll is the small size. 



Printemps dolls have unusual eyes that are black (or dark blue, it's hard to tell for sure), but they are reflective and get a unique appearance when they catch the light. If you enhance the picture, you can see more details.


Printemps dolls have a bit of a macabre feel about them which I like very much. Little Apple dolls share the same aura and have strange eyes in common with their stuffed new friend.

"Here, an apple. It's for protection and is spiked with little sharp nails. Don't bite in it please."*

"Oh dear, I'm surrounded! Help!"

Follow this link to the Sekiguchi Printemps group on Flickr.

I also found these pictures of a brochure and one from the text on the wrist tag on Pinterest (sources unknown). A translation would be very much appreciated :-).



One of the reasons I love these dolls, apart from their intriguing eyes, is the fact that they remind me of Asian ball jointed dolls, first produced in 1999 by Volks. Several Printemps dolls were dressed in Lolita style outfits (yes, according to Wikipedia it was already a trend back then, although not called "Lolita" yet), still a popular clothing style for BJDs. So in a way they are the mothers (and fathers) of modern BJDs!
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*The Little Apple dolls in the pictures are Creo and Pestis, twin sisters of which one once created, and the other one destroyed. They now are trapped in the Inbetween, a world between life and the hereafter, created by artist Ufuoma Urie, where all the Little Apple dolls exist. It's a strange world located in an orchard, where spiked apples protect the children against evil.

And with this cheerful story this entry has come to an end ;-D!

"Are they gone? Phew, they are!"

38 comments:

  1. Twoja Printemps bardzo ciekawą jest lalką <3
    coś między Mamoko a Mangą :D
    a może faktycznie jest protoplastą obu :)
    Pozdrawiam serdecznie :)

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    1. Cześć Swiat, tak, całkowicie zgadzam się! Jest ciekawe lalki historii. Serdeczne pozdrowienia :-)

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  2. Very interesting doll. Her eyes are amazing...

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    1. Hello Dlubaniny, it's such a unique doll in doll history :-). Her eyes are very strange, I wonder how they were made! Hugs :-)

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  3. Strange dolls, but I like them! You're lucky :)
    There's a Printemps boy doll on our domestic "ebay" in Hungary. He is in good condition, with original clothes and I really want to buy him... but sooooo expensive (60000 HUF~about 230 USD)

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    1. Hello Barbidou, the prices are almost always so high, it's frustrating. Mine was 85 Euros (26617 HUF), but I had so much work to make her look okay again! She's displayable now, but not perfect at all. Still I'm extremely happy that I found her :-).
      Good luck, I hope you will be able to find such a doll too! Or, that you decide to buy the boy :-).

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  4. Ma niesamowite oczy. Bardzo ładnie ją odnowiłaś. Ciągle odkrywam nowe lalki. Miło je zobaczyć na Twoim blogu.:)

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    1. Witam Szara, jestem zadowolony, podoba Ci się jej :-). Ja także odkryć nowe lalki na swoim blogu, to bardzo ciekawe! Jestem bardzo zainteresowany w historii lalek, to fascynujący świat :-). Serdeczne pozdrowienia :-)

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  5. those dolls have big eyes that remind me of 'manga' drawings, so it's no surprise that they're japanese.
    i'm very pale-skinned, but not as much as the dolls with the nailed apples in their hands. :)

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    1. Hello chema, I think Japanese dolls, fashion and things in general are often so unique, I love the Japanese sense of style!
      The Little Apple dolls win the prize of the palest of all :-D!

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  6. She is so unusual. I'm not sure if I like her. ;) But her eyes are truly intriguing... I share her relief that two Apple dolls are gone. :D

    Congratulations for getting such an intresting doll and making her look so well.

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    1. Hello Kamelia, I'm not sure if at the time they were made, a lot of parents or children liked them, it's a style of doll that one either loves, or doesn't find appealing at all, at least I think so :-).
      Those eyes are really strange, it's plastic but looks like glass a bit!
      Luckily the Little Apple dolls didn't take her with them ;-D! Those two can't be trusted if you ask me lol!
      I'm glad I could give her a make-over, and now she smells so nice :-).

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    2. I agree. But no doubt it's a very interesiting doll, worthy to have. :)
      Apple dolls are so scary... :D
      Smell is a very important thing. I can't stand smelly things. But I can't stand some odours too - I had to sell Fruit Fantasy Barbie, because I couldn't stand it. Not only the doll herself, but the whole drawer I put her in was full of this strawberry aroma... Bleh. :P

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    3. Hello Kamelia, if you ever decide to buy a Paola Reina doll: they have a strong artificial vanilla scent. And some other dolls made in the same factory have the same smell, the Folk Artesania doll I bought smells the same!

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    4. Witam Cię serdecznie. Czy dobrze zrozumiałam, że wszystkie lalki Paola Reina mają zapach wanilii?
      Przedstawiona lalka z granatowymi oczami jest niesamowita!

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    5. Witam Olla, Las Amigas, Las Reinas i podobnych lalek ma zapach wanilii, ale jest silny i sztuczny zapach. Lalka już wspomniałem ma ten sam zapach. Lalka I umieścić w polu z lalkami i całe pudełko rozprzestrzeniała zapach :-)!
      Printemps lalka ma niesamowite oczy, nie ona :-).
      Serdeczne pozdrowienia!

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  7. They're interesting to look at, but some of the expressions are a touch unnerving. I think I'd have to really get used to them before I'd be comfortable setting them on a shelf to watch a room.

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    1. Hello Sheila, that's true, it's what I like about them, but I can understand that you find them a bit unnerving :-). I don't know if you are familiar with ball jointed dolls, but some companies make very unusual and strange dolls. Doll Chateau is such a company. I like some of their dolls a lot, but they are really strange and a bit eerie.

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  8. She looks much better now. Her eyes look like there was smoke trapped inside or like they were frozen. Lolita fashion really suits her and she isn't as spooky as Little Apple dolls. :)

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    1. Hello Nana, I'm glad she's rescued :-). It's true, the eyes look like that. The Little Apple dolls are my scariest dolls by far! I have 9 of those creatures, of course I love them all :-).

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  9. Hi Millicent! This was a new doll to me. She is cute and scary in a same package. The position of her eyes makes her look a bit sad?

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    1. Hello Riitta, She does look sad, and a bit lonely too. For me these dolls are more a kind of art dolls in stead of children's toys :-).

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  10. She's lovely... but I must admit the eyes are a bit sad and alienesque. :)

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    1. Hi Sam, lol, they are a bit like the eyes of little gray men! Or little green men :-).

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  11. I learned something new today! I have never heard of Printemps before, but yours is quite lovely! The photo with the multiple Printemps shows the beauty and range of the doll. I too love Japanese dolls. I only have 1:6 scale such as Momoko, Ruruko, Licca-Chan and the like. We will be hosting a Japanese High School student for a week next month, so I will have to see what she knows about these dolls. The Little Apple dolls are really quite scary! I would probably wake up at night and have quite a fright!

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    1. Hello Phyllis, It's not easy to find information about these dolls! I wish I could find more details about them, like names, or the entire range.
      I still don't have a Momoko yet, but I have a few on my wish list! They are so delicate and elegant! Ruruko dolls are so incredibly cute, I love them :-).
      Oh, it's great that a Japanese student is staying over, it undoubtedly will be a very interesting experience for the student and for you and your girls!
      Hahaha, the Little Apple dolls are scary looking indeed, and the stories that come with the dolls are of the horror genre. The artist that makes them has a vivid imagination! I have a few that are even more scary looking than these two lol!

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  12. Wow, what a beautiful doll! And this is so timely because a few days ago, someone asked if I collected these dolls and I had no idea what they were. With her big eyes, she is strange but beautiful (and really well dressed)!

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    1. Hello April, what a coincidence! I'm glad you like her! I like the outfit too, and it's very well made!

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  13. Hola Millicent, no conocía estas muñecas, sus ojos son realmente diferentes y originales, y su vestido me gusta mucho.
    SAludos.

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    1. Hola Ilona, son de hecho diferentes :-). El vestido es de Sekiguchi también, es la original. Me gusta mucho :-). Saludos!

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  14. It's the first time I see Printemps doll. She is certainly interesting, but her eyes are a bit scary and... strangely alive. Still, she is a beauty.

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    1. Hello Chiriann, the eyes are indeed very strange, especially for a toy in stead of a collector doll for adults. She is so different but I think she's beautiful too :-).

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  15. Uff, scary dolls. I much prefer the apple girls than the other one although all of them are a bit sinister for me, sorry. Nevertheless, I really appreciate to get informed of other unknown dolls, there are so many, and I know so few!!
    Kisses, my sweetie!

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    1. Hello Rosana, I agree that these dolls are very specific, I can imagine that not everybody likes them! I also have two Zwergnase dolls that have a facial expression that not everybody likes :-).
      There are so many dolls out there to discover, it's a fascinating world!
      Kisses back! x

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    1. Hello Urszula, I'm glad you like it :-)!

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  17. oczy pełne piorunów i błyskawic
    wielce intrygują i hipnotyzują!

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    1. Witam Inka, gdy Światło odbija się, oczy są rzeczywiście hipnotyzujący! Nigdy nie widziałem takich lalka oczy przed, ale lubię je dużo :-).

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