Little Apple Dolls - Welcome to the In-between
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?
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.
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.
- Little Apple Dolls Official Site
This site is the official home of Little Apple Dolls, and includes Urie's blog as well as showcases of the latest limited edition dolls and art dolls. Find all the latest news here!
- Screaming Matriarch Store for Little Apple Dolls
This is the artist's official store, with signed dolls, limited edition dolls and accessories available to purchase.
- Little Apple Dolls at Underground Toys
Despite parting company with the dolls' creator, there are still some Little Apple Dolls available to buy on the Underground Toys website, along with cool LAD pin badges.
- Little Apple Dolls on Flickr!
The LAD Group on Flickr showcases beautiful shots of the dolls from fans' collections.
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.
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!
Find Little Apple Dolls on Amazon
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?
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:
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!