The preorder for the 9th Liz Lisa x My Melody collab on Tokyo Kawaii Life was set for March 18 at approximately 19:00 Japan time.
There was no countdown as there had been for a handful of previous releases, and the listings for the MM collab items kind of just popped up in the middle of the regular new releases for this week, with stock available to be added to your cart immediately.Since the tote appeared first, I added that to my cart and then quickly went back to refresh for the OP. I added the pink version of the OP first since that was my first priority and then went back and added white. I looked over my cart very quickly to verify what I was purchasing and checked out quickly so as to avoid any server issues with other people bombarding the site. I was able to complete my purchase with so little issue that I was almost afraid I didn't do it right wtf.
The first accessories appeared at around 18:27 starting with the charm and the pouchette followed by the phone case and then tote. The OP listing appeared last at around 18:29.
Pink OP sold out by 18:40 (sorry, don't have an exact time but likely a few minutes earlier) and white sold out shortly after although it took longer for the listing to update as "Sold Out". At some point, the listings for the accessories disappeared (so you weren't able to add them to your cart even if there was stock) and then reappeared later in the night.
(All times are in Japan time.)
Thankfully all went well, and I received an alert that my order shipped from TKL on 3/24/2016. On 3/26, I tried to pay for SAL small package shipping since the package weight was under 2kg, but Tenso rejected that a day later, and I had to go with EMS. Because of delay, my package shipped out a bit later on 3/28. I received it on 4/4 (7 days later).
Liz Lisa x My Melody cherry print OP in white and pink (161-6026-0) -
☆LIZ LISA×My Melody☆チェリー柄ワンピース
Liz Lisa x My Melody 9th collab OP in white with Liz Lisa 3D flower pumps -
with Liz Lisa heart suede pumps and Forever21 heart pouch ("hair accessories" are earrings also seen above handmade by @rebikkuma) -
with Liz Lisa knot wedge sandals, Liz Lisa x Yui Kanno collab rose drop cardigan, Liz Lisa beret and Liz Lisa x My Melody 9th collab tote -
Liz Lisa x My Melody 9th collab OP in pink with Liz Lisa flower wedge lace-up back sandals and Liz Lisa rose hair clips -
with Liz Lisa (pom pom) pumps, Liz Lisa x My Melody 9th collab tote, Liz Lisa batwing cardigan (I stole the fake pearl necklace from a doll I had as a child years ago before we gave it away wtf. Added the earring as a "pendant" to cheat replicate this necklace from Liz Lisa lol) -
with Liz Lisa pom pom knee-high boots, Liz Lisa x My Melody fukubukuro pom pom coat, Samantha Thavasa purse -
Liz Lisa x My Melody tote bag (161-9904-0) -
☆LIZ LISA×My Melody☆トートバッグ
with Liz Lisa off shoulder ribbon blouse, Liz Lisa opal flower skirt and Liz Lisa ribbon pumps -
with Liz Lisa faux 2-piece OP, Liz Lisa flocking cardigan and Liz Lisa (pom pom) pumps -
Short YouTube video including close ups and coordinates in motion <3 -
I love all three items I received from this collab, and I definitely feel lucky that I was able to get everything I wanted from my 9th collab "wishlist" online so that I didn't have to worry about hiring a shopping service. If you're planning on trying to get items online for other popular releases, there are a couple of things I would suggest - be in a place with a solid internet connection, log into your TKL account in advance (and have your address, payment info etc set up or ready) and don't stop refreshing. And definitely know that the release time announced by TKL is approximate. In past releases, the listings have dropped 15 minutes early, 2 minutes early, 1 minute late, etc. This time, it was just a bit more than 30 minutes early. Since the release is nearly always during my average sleeping hours, I don't personally stay up the whole night since I need to wake up early for work, but I definitely like to give at least 45 minutes cushion or more. Even at that, I do consider it a little risky though because who knows what TKL will do? Good luck!
I also posted scans from the Liz Lisa My Melody mook corresponding to this collab. Check it out if you're interested!