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Little Apple Dolls - Welcome to the In-between

Updated on October 6, 2013

Follow Little Apple Red into the Land of In-between... and Meet the Little Apple Dolls

This page is all about Little Apple Dolls, how to collect them and where to find them.

Little Apple Dolls are a series of cult dolls created by artist Ufuoma Urie. Both eerie and beautiful at once, the dolls are each essentially alike but dressed in different, sumptuous clothing, each holding a pin-cushion apple.

The story of the Little Apple Dolls describes them as the wandering souls of children who have passed into the In-between - they are not dead, but nor are they living.

This page showcases the beautiful dolls along with the story of the In-between, and the latest news on limited editions and other new dolls.

Come, let us step into the In-between...

What are Little Apple Dolls?

Limited Edition LAD Praeses
Limited Edition LAD Praeses

Little Apple Dolls are a range of dolls designed by artist Ufuoma Urie. Appealing to fans of dark fantasy and horror, these Japanese-inspired dolls stand at around 13-14 inches high (except for the large art dolls, which are 3ft, and the mini dolls, which are 4 inches) and come dressed in beautiful intricate costumes.

These dolls are creatures of the In-between; child souls who are neither living nor dead. Their faces are not fully formed, missing noses and mouths which may render them horrific to some but beautiful to others. I find them eerily and hauntingly beautiful.

The first series of dolls was released around 2004, featuring the most famous of the dolls, Sine, Circe and Umbrae. Four more subsequent series followed, along with limited editions and Comic Con exclusives. Packaged in gorgeous white window boxes, each with their own legend, the Little Apple Dolls soon became cult collectables

Creator Ufuoma Urie has since parted company with the distributor of the dolls, Underground Toys, after they ceased to produce them due to "lack of opportunity in the market".

Thankfully, the Little Apple Dolls live on, now entirely 100% artist run!.

The first series of Little Apple Dolls introduced us to Circe, Umbrae and Sine, who are also the subject of the Little Apple Dolls book, "Welcome to the Inbetween".

These dolls have sold out from stores but can sometimes be found on sites such as eBay and Amazon. They have been more recently released as a series of mini dolls.

You can read all about this first series of Little Apple Dolls in my lens "Little Apple Dolls Series 1" below. These are still my most favourite of all the dolls, especially Sine! They have a beautiful otherworldly aura about them.

Little Apple Red
Little Apple Red

Kook and Little Apple Red...

The stories of the Little Apple Dolls are told by Kook, whose friends are Little Apple Red and Charles.

Kook Headcage is a strange-looking little girl who narrates the story of the Little Apple Dolls in the book and on the website. Little Apple Red is an apple plucked from Sine's orchard in the land of the living, who became a special apple, keeper of souls, when Sine passed into the In-between. She put pins and broken glass into the apple and this pin-cushion style fruit is found in the hand of each of the Little Apple Dolls.

The second wave of Little Apple Dolls brought us an overall more modern-looking selection of dolls, namely Erro, Irae, Animula and Mentis. You can read all about them in my lens below, entitled "Little Apple Dolls Series 2".

Best Little Apple Dolls Links

Here's where to find the best Little Apple Dolls info on the web.

Along came Series 3, with four new, more sinister-looking dolls in the shape of Oneris, Sanem, Triginta Tres and Vates. The series was released with a "mystery doll" who turned out to be the first boy LAD, Atrum. You can read all about these wonderful dolls in detail below.

The Book of Little Apple Dolls...

In 2005, a Little Apple Dolls book was released, detailing the story behind the characters and focusing on the legends of Sine, Umbrae and Circe.

Welcome to the Inbetween: The Story of Little Apple Dolls
Welcome to the Inbetween: The Story of Little Apple Dolls

This is a gorgeous little square hardback book with 56 pages, illustrated in gorgeous Gothic colour. It tells the stories of the first Little Apple dolls, Sine, Circe and Umbrae, as well as that of Little Apple Red, in the words of narrator Kook.

Deliciously dark and disturbing, it tells of how children's souls came to be in the Inbetween, and how Sine changed the Inbetween. It tells of Umbrae the demon huntress, and the witch, Circe, who was chaos born of something unnatural.

A brilliant book in its own right, it is a must-have for fans of the dolls.

 

Series 4 saw a return to the more traditional dress of Series 1, with Elysia, Lethe, Sine of Souls and Timor Balatro. Once again the attention to detail was gorgeous. More details on this series coming soon

By the time Series 5 was due for release, Ufuoma Urie and Underground Toys were waving goodbye to each other. Only two dolls made it to release, Nix and Oscen, but what beauties they are!

The popular first series of dolls, Circe, Sine and Umbrae, have been re-released as miniature versions. Standing at just over 4 inches tall, the three are discussed in "Little Apple Dolls Series 1", which you can find below.

Do You Collect Little Apple Dolls?

Which is your favourite doll? Perhaps you love her because of her eerie beauty, or intricate dress, or because you adore her story. Even if you are new to the world of the In-between, take a look at the pics and see which one you most desire! Vote here for your most loved LAD...

Which is your favourite Little Apple Doll?

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There were also some special editions and Comic Con exclusives released, including Mirari, pictured.

Along with the twins Creo and Pestis, three other dolls have been released, namely:

Solus

Praeses

Lanua

These are some of the hardest Little Apple Dolls to find.

Who is Ufuoma Urie?

About the Artist

Also known as Yurie, Ufuoma Urie created the Little Apple Dolls after experimenting with photographs using the pin-cushion apple as a symbol of an inanimate object presenting emotion, whilst exploring myths of creation and destruction.

The name of the Little Apple Dolls come from Latin - for example, Sine means "without", Erro means "to stray or wander" and Irae means "anger" or "rage". Urie's father spoke Latin and she used the language with her dolls in his honour. On the Little Apple Dolls website she explains that the preservation of culture and tradition is important through storytelling and myth, and she likes to weave these elements into the Little Apple Dolls.

For the ultimate in Little Apple Dolls for the avid LAD collector, Ufuoma Urie has released a series of Large Art Dolls. These incredible pieces are LIFESIZED child figures standing at 3ft tall, and cost in the region of 200-275 pounds sterling. Numerous characters have been given the large format treatment but the only three currently available on the Screaming Matriarch site at present are Sine (pictured), Irae and Animula.

Fans of LAD can also buy pin badges, T-shirts and other LAD memorabilia.

The original pin badges include Swirl Face, Skulls, Holding Apple, Little Apple Dolls Fire Logo and the iconic Apple with Pins.

You can find brand new accessories from Urie's Screaming Matriarch site.

There are currently badges, bookmarks, prints, cushions and more available, as well as new limited editions and signed dolls.

You can also sometimes find the older pin badges on eBay and Amazon.

Do you collect Little Apple Dolls? Would you like to? I hope you enjoyed this lens - please leave your stories and feedback here!

What do you think of the Little Apple Dolls? - Please Leave your Comments Here!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY IDEA WHERE TO GET THE APPLES WITH PINS? I HAVE MANY LITTLE APPLE DOLLS WHICH I LOVE LOVE LOVE, BUT SOME ARE MISSING THE APPLES!

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      June Parker 4 years ago from New York

      I hadn't heard of them before either, but they remind me of some Japanese dolls I was given as a child many, many moons ago. Beautiful lens about awesome dolls. Very well done. *Squid Angel Blessed*

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      Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      I am another who had never heard of them. They certainly have an eerie beauty to each doll.

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      Linda Hahn 4 years ago from California

      I've never heard of Little Apple Dolls, but I love them. It seems that I remember something about Victorian death dolls, made to hold the souls of the departed. I do know that some people are completely freaked by dolls, especially when their eyes move for no earthly reason.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      These are certainly unique dolls. Fun lens for the unique lenses quest. :)

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      TopChristmasToysGifts 4 years ago

      I've never heard of this series of dolls.. great selection

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I started collecting LAD just to start a hobby, now it's a real addiction. I have a good start. I spend a little time every night scanning the web. Part of me wants to get every doll.... At least one in box and one out. I'm only halfway in the ones in boxes. Can't wait! They are all so beautiful!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I'm looking for these dolls for my collection. I have sine but she had been opened and taken out when I brought her. If they are all silk strapped in box. I would love to get then from you.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am a passionate collector of LAD dolls. Will pay good money for good condition dolls the dolls I need to complete my collection are Lanua, praeses And Mirari Contact@ Chiyosnakesandspiders@hotmail.co.uk

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      where can I sell little apple dolls? I have all 3 unopened series 1 in perfect condition and no longer have use for them...can anyone tell me apart from Ebay where I can sell and get a good price ...email me codyandsadiesmummy@hotmail.co.uk thank you

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love LAD and collect them with passion. If anybody is selling some of them or knows someone who does, please contact me! vermilion_vampire@hotmail.it

      Thankyou

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: HOW MUCH I'M DESPERATE TO HAVE EM O.O

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      Maurice Glaude 5 years ago from Mobile, AL

      Never ever seen any dolls like these before. Sparks my curiosity they do. I want a couple of those.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am trying to sell my Complete first series and second series dolls. They are all mint in box. email me if interested. BMRotelli@yahoo.com

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @newbizmau: They are even more mesmerizing in person!

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      jlshernandez 6 years ago

      It is the first time I have heard of Little Apple Dolls. These are adorable yet sort of spooky.

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      LouiseKirkpatrick 6 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

      Oh - these are beautiful! Sine is especially gorgeous and I bet the life size dolls are amazing! Fabulous lens - blessed by this Squid Angel as part of the "Back To School Bus Trip"!

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      WhiteOak50 6 years ago

      I have never heard of these dolls before. They are so beautiful!! Fantastic job putting this page together (as always).

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Fabulous lens on a fun topic. These little dolls are new to me and I love them! Blessed!

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Lovely lens! I have Angel Blessed it and lensrolled to Born to Be Angelic

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      Lou165 6 years ago from Australia

      I had never heard of Little Apple Dolls before, but now I want some - they really are a great gift idea for any goth.

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      Lemming13 6 years ago

      Between me and my daughter we only have three dolls, but we love them all; they are so beautiful and sad. Mine is Irae and she stands next to my monitor (along with Cthulhu, Ryuk the shinigami and a tiny Hello Kitty). This is a really terrific lens, thank you.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I want these!!! I love gothic stuff and these are just gorgeous.

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      Robin S 7 years ago from USA

      Greetings from Gothic Temptations! :)

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      julieannbrady 7 years ago

      Ah, these are quickly becoming the "apple of my eye" as they are quite engaging ... and you have presented them in a very tactile manner!

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      WebSpinstress 7 years ago

      I have a small collection of Apple Dolls, with "Sine" being my first and favorite. Lensrolling to Gothic Haunted Forest Bedroom Theme because that's where they are best displayed. :-)