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THE DAY OF THE GRAIL HAS COME

FINALLY ........
AFTER ONE YEAR OF SEARCHING.
He's finally here. The grail of all grails.


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NATU POKEDOLL!
O -- M -- G


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Seriously... I can't even .__. MY FAVORITE POKEDOLL AND ONE OF MY FAVORITE POKEMON EVER
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This was honestly the grail of my life! And he was a pain in the ass to get, seriously. ;_; Hear this AMAZING story...
I began searching for this little bird last year in November, and he soon became the number one top want on my wants list. I tried to get him several times, but always failed.
1) Last year around Christmas, one showed up but I missed out on him because I was at my parent's.
2) One popped up on Yahoo Japan for an insane amount of money, and of course, no one bought him. So I waited until the seller decreased the price. Once the price was at 140 dollars I hoped he would go further down, but someone else got Natu before me.
3) In May, another one popped up on ebay, and this was finally a realistic chance for me to get one! I bid all I could, and thought I'd finally get my grail until the very last few seconds, but... I was sniped in the end. ò_ó (I curse you, whoever has done this because it was really mean)
4) Only a few days later of this, another one showed up in a group auction on the community. Unfortunately, I couldn't get him there either because I was outbid.
5) After this, I found an amazing deal, which, unfortunately, didn't work out. It's not anyone's fault though and I didn't really expect it to really work out in the first place.
6) After another time of waiting and waiting, I finally decided to take things in my own hands! So I browsed old community posts and wrote pms to older members who had Natus, asking them if they'd be open to the thought of selling it. And you won't believe me, I finally found someone! It was the wondeful community member kasai_kitsune! And I thought I couldn't be luckier when she even asked for a partial art trade!!!
I was just like...

Seriously, what??!! I couldn't even believe my luck! This is simply AMAZING! THANK YOU SO SO MUCH! THIS IS A DREAM COME TRUE! <33 kasai_kitsune was so insanely nice and sweet throughout the whole transaction.
So when I came home from Christmas at my parents', a package was sitting in front of my door and I totally freaked out! :'D

kasai_kitsune even included that sweet note in the package:

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Now, look at some photos I took in daylight... he is the cutes thing ever!
My baby ^_____^ I am seriously the happiest person in the world right now. :'D

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JUST. LOOK. CUTENESS OVERLOAD.

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When Natu arrived, at first, Xatu approached and was a little bit confused!

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But then, little Natu hopped out of his wings and approached Natu in a friendly manner ^_^

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They quickly became friends!

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Here is my whole Natu family now. :>

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And what's this Natu in front you ask?
This is an amazing custom figure my boyfriend made me for Christmas! <3 It's a Natu holding a heart. *__* How sweet is this. :x He has a few paint marks on him because my boyfriend never made a figure before, but he's so cute and amazing nevertheless!
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When Natu came, it had also snowed outside.
Natu couldn't believe he waited in his tiny little package while it snowed outside! :o

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<3



But this is not everything I have to tell you. There is something even more amazing:



When Natu arrived, I had a look at his tush tag, and I was really confused about it. It showed the date 2002 on it. o___o

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Weird, right? Isn't Natu just a 2006 US release?
I researched a bit, and found out something really amazing which I think not many know about! Maybe some of you have heard of the super early 2002 American Pokedoll releases which just have a single flat piece of paper as a tush tag. There are for example Phanpy, Corsola, and as far as I know, also Clefairy.
You can see Phanpy in this post: http://pkmncollectors.livejournal.com/10828226.html

Now, it turns out that there are also 2002 Japanese Pokedoll releases!
I found out because of these posts showing a 2002 Japanese Umbreon Pokedoll:
http://pkmncollectors.livejournal.com/13063381.html
http://pkmncollectors.livejournal.com/12234559.html
Many said they were bootlegs but they are wrong! Someone found a link in an old Nintendo magazine indeed showing these 2002 Japanese Pokedoll releases, including Umbreon, Espeon, Togepi and Magikarp:
http://www.nintendo.co.jp/nom/0205/03/02/index.html

Apparently, all of these Pokedolls have these super weird tush tags that don't have a serial number on them.

Luckily, I talked to areica96 who has that exact same 2002 Natu with a paper hang tag (the red Pikachu tag)! I compared their tush tags and they look exactly the same. So it turns out I am now the parent of a super rare 2002 JAPANESE Natu Pokedoll! Oh my f... god. xD This is simply amazing! I didn't even know about this until that very day my Natu arrived at my home.

So, ladies and gentlemen, I guess you all have to revise your Pokedoll knowledge! I hope this helps someone who was worried because of some of their Pokedolls. You might hold something super amazing in your hands. :) One of the very first Pokedolls released after the plush plush series!


Thanks for reading and watching. :)
Natu and I say goodbye for today and wish you an amazing day/evening/night wherever you live :)

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