Sunday, July 10, 2016

Mission LoveJoy-IFDC 2016 Integrity Exclusives

Oh man.  I ADORE the Dasha cyborg doll. Those clear cyborg limbs are fantastic.  Needless to say I entered in the lottery...though she is pricey at $175 so I'm going to have to sell someone to pay for her. She is so unique though and her screening and hair are FIERCE!  Marius's socks and outfit are adorable.  I hope I will be able to snatch them up loose some day. His sculpt in the promo pics is a bit blah...but the IRL pics coming out of the convention make him seem MUCH more appealing. Anja is cute but not really my thing.

Also, it is nice to see a return to some more elaborate stories for these dolls. I enjoy getting backstory.

Amazing accessories too.  TINY TEST TUBES!!!! If I get Dasha, I plan to paint some hands silver to be more roboty.  Fingers crossed!!!!






Item # 75020
Anja™ as Agent 355
IFDC 2016 IT Direct Exclusive Dressed Doll
Approximate Ship Date: After Winners' Payments are Received
Limited Edition Size: 500 Dolls Worldwide
Suggested Retail Price: $150.00
IFDC / IT Direct Exclusive
 
Doll Tech Specs: 
 
Body Type: FR2013
Head Sculpt: Anja™
Quick Switch Feature: No 
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Brunette
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied

Parisian top model Anja was noticed in some of W Cosmetics' most notorious campaigns and was ready for new challenges, when her agent came up with the idea that she should give acting a shot. Soon after her very first audition, Anja immediately landed the role of Agent 355, a new kind of ultra-glamorous female spy set to save the world in the latest designer garb! Inspired by current runway looks (and OK, a lot of Las Vegas glitz!), Integrity Toys' Alain Tremblay styled Anja for the title role in Mission Lovejoy, a story he invented just for this year's IFDC convention!

Anja™ as Agent 355 is ready to solve the mystery of Professor Young's disappearance, as she travels abroad and uses every tool in her arsenal to rip him and his secret formula away from the clutches of the evil Anika Luxottica, a cyborg incapable of love and kindness.  In her own uniquely glamorous way, Anja jumps into action wearing her designer inspired sequined tuxedo and killer high-heels like every spy should, gun and camera in-hand! "M" and "Q" gave Anja a detailed mission pack that includes a map, a picture of the mysterious Professor Young and a mission brief. Now, it's up to her to prevent the cyborg from unleashing Young's lethal love potion on the world!
 
Anja™ is a fully articulated 12.5-inch doll with fully rooted hair and hand-applied eyelashes. For adult collectors ages 15 and up only. This doll cannot stand alone; a doll stand is included.

Item # 75019
Marius Lancaster™ as Professor Young
IFDC 2016 Exclusive Companion Fashion Figure
Approximate Ship Date: After Winners' Payments are Received
Limited Edition Size: 500 Dolls Worldwide
Suggested Retail Price: $150.00
 
Doll Tech Specs: 
 
Body Type: FR: Homme
Head Sculpt: Marius Lancaster™ (Brand New Sculpt!)
Quick Switch Feature: No 
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Blond
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied

When Hollywood pretty boy Marius Lancaster's agent called to tell him that he had landed a major role in Agent 355, he thought to himself: "Sweet, I've got it made, I'm a spy!"

He wasn't as thrilled though, when he found out that he would essentially be "the damsel in distress" and not the spy of this new epic adventure- he wasn't too sure what that would do for his macho "ladies' man" image. To his surprise, the experience on set was one of the best that he ever had and the chemistry with the movie's two lead actresses was pretty hot on film to say the least, especially in that famous scene when Agent 355 comes down from the ceiling to rescue him from Anika's laser cutting table at the last possible second, before the laser cuts him in half! His performance as a fashionably geeky professor in desperate need of rescuing did not go unnoticed by the movie-going public and since his appearance in Mission Lovejoy, the casting offers have been pouring in left and right! So, being a "mister in distress" is not that bad after all it seems, especially when you have two of the most beautiful leading ladies fighting over you... We'll definitely be seeing this guy again in the near future!
 
Marius Lancaster as Professor Young is a brand new character making his debut in the family of Integrity Toys male figures and comes dressed in a classical, slightly geeky look, complete with red silk tie, handkerchief, super cute argyle socks and oxford shoes, black reading glasses and a watch. Our leading man comes with his half of the formula of the love potion that he invented and a super fun set of colored test tubes in a rack, a never seen before accessory created just for this set!
 
Marius Lancaster is a fully articulated 12.5-inch fashion figure with fully rooted hair. For adult collectors ages 15 and up only. This doll cannot stand alone; a doll stand is included.

Item # 75018
Dasha™ as Anika Luxottica
IFDC 2016 Exclusive Convention Dressed Doll
Approximate Ship Date: After Winners' Payments are Received
Limited Edition Size: 500 Dolls Worldwide
Suggested Retail Price: $175.00
 
Doll Tech Specs: 
 
Body Type: FR2013™ (Includes two sets of limbs, transparent and solid).
Head Sculpt: Dasha™
Quick Switch Feature: No 
Skin Tone: Cream
Hair Color: Silver
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied

When Dasha™ was offered the role of super villain Anika Luxoticca in the latest Agent 355 movie, she just couldn't resist. How can anyone pass up the chance to become a half-woman, half-machine cyborg looking for a potion that will allow her to feel love again? With her exotic accent, Dasha immediately became a hit with fans of the spy genre!
 
Anika Luxottica is ready to fight for her right to love and has captured Professor Young, a hip and happening scientist who has invented a love potion so potent that no human on Earth, both male and female, can resist once it's been ingested! Transformed into a cyborg following a freak lab accident that left her "transformed" for life (as she sees it), Luxottica can hide her mechanical limbs by switching them for solid colored ones at will. Dressed in a futuristic lab gown and techno heels, Anika comes complete with two full sets of limbs that can be switched at will and her half of the mysterious love potion. Will she be able to pry the other half out of Professor Young's grasp? What will she do to get it and feel again? You decide!
 
 
Dasha™ is a fully articulated 12.5-inch doll with fully rooted hair and hand applied eyelashes. For adult collectors ages 15 and up only. This doll cannot stand alone; a doll stand is included.
 
*Please Note: The green test vial accessory is only included with the Professor Young figure and not with Anika Luxottica. 




Saturday, June 18, 2016

Gimme Gimme Gimme Pizzazz! #immacraftybeaver

So this whole professor gig has some obvious benefits...the biggest being the lack of regular work hours for the summer. Granted, I still have TONS of work to do...namely research, creative research, yet still more research, and then...oh yeah...I have to learn how to direct a play this summer.  No biggie right?  ummmm...

I just got home from Chicago where I opened two plays: Northanger Abbey and Spinning.  Both are getting great reviews.  Northanger is some of my best work to date! All the travel and long hours has left me a bit brain fried this week.  So I decided to give myself a little "brain vacation" and focused on making some tiny clothes for my beloved Jem dolls!  So this week I finally finished four dresses for the Flipside fashion "Up and Rockin" in the yellow variant.  I still need to make the tights, belts, hats, and Jerrica's turtleneck...but once they are done I will have photos and some for sale.  I also make some more t-shirts for Jem and the Homme Males...likely something for Integrity Convention table gifts in October.

I was hitting the thrifts stores this week looking for costume pieces for Michigan Shakespeare Festival's As You Like It opening in July...and found the PERFECT dalmation print in a knit dress to make the Gimme Gimme Gimme outfit for Pizzazz.  Last week at a Jo-Ann in the Chicago burbs, I found some neon yellow pleather in the clearance section and bought some knowing that it would be PERFECT for the belt.  I had just planned to print my own fabric for the mini-dress this week when TA DA...I found a dress for $3 at Goodwill. (I also got bit by a brown recluse spider at said thrift store...hoping I get mutant costumer superpowers and NOT a necrotic infection).  It is enough fabric to make at least 20 mini dresses.  I got 10 made total...one for me, one to sell on a nude pizzazz, and the rest up for sale on ye olde etsy, eBay, Mister Dollface, and the W Club forums.

I have not sold doll stuff on etsy before.  I am getting tired of the money loss from eBay and trying to avoid it.

Anyway...many more fashions coming this summer.  I have some things started for the Misfits and Jem gals too.  Working on making some of my personal favs!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

DC Bombshells Sewing Patterns!

Just got back from a quick run to ye olde Jo of Ann...and found three new costume patterns for Bombshell Wonder Woman, Supergirl, and Batgirl!  They are adorable...and patterns were on sale for $1.99...so they jumped into my basket.  I might actually make Wonder Woman's blouse as I would totally wear that.

They also had a pattern for old school Joker and from the Marvel side of the nerd-verse...a cool Deadpool costume pattern!

Tonner Finally Tempts Me- DC Gotham Garage

 It has been a LONG time since I have wanted to get a new Tonner doll. The last one I picked up was a Sydney Nu Mood via eBay to use as a body transplant for my Diana Prince-Princess of Paradise Island so that she could have flat feet to wear the festive Greek numbers I have made or collected. (BTW...this doll is GORGEOUS.  Great hair and makeup AND the outfit is stunning. Great accessories too...wait what's that?  Did you say accessories?  Yes!  Remember when the dolls came with extra things that weren't lame?  It's true...it totally used to happen. But I digress...).  Poor old Sydney is now re-bodied and on Mister DollFace.

Tonner just launched two new dolls, Catwoman and Harley Quinn, in a line called Gotham Garage. They are painfully priced at $190 and limited to 300.  I love them...but hoping they hang around long enough to get put on sale because Integrity has ALL MY MONEY at the moment what with convention and all the awesome Jem shenanigans as of late. Catwoman looks so much like the comic book version with the short hair.  I am also a big fan of this sculpt.  Harley is amazing.  The tattoos on both of these make them so fun and the outfits are also a win.  I am especially tempted to get Harley because of the sculpt used.  I have the original Harley using the Cinderella sculpt. I have never been a fan of that mold...she always felt like a bitchy teen cheerleader to me. I also think this version will look great with my custom sexy Joker that I made.  (Pics coming).




Sunday, May 29, 2016

New Integrity 2016- The Industry Preview

Not sure about this one.  I just don't think I have the mental bandwidth to deal with another body type at this point in time.  I think it is an interesting concept and I might be tempted by it later...but for now I am resisting. Lots of folks seem excited that this doll will be able to wear the older shoes and possibly Barbie doll shoes.


Item # 88001
Lady Stardust
Tulabelle™ Dressed Doll
THE INDUSTRY™ Collection
Approximate Ship Date: Late Summer 2016
Limited Edition Size: 500 Dolls Worldwide
Suggested Retail Price: $120.00
 
Doll Tech Specs: 
Body Type: THE INDUSTRY™ (New Sculpt!) 
Head Sculpt: Tulabelle™ (12-inch / 1:6 Scale)
Quick Switch Feature: No 
Skin Tone: FR White 
Hair Color: Ash Blond
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied

As a writer, fashion influencer, muse, granddaughter of a fashion legend and in-demand "it girl" at events, Tulabelle was just assigned to write about the new bad boy of fashion and she was dressed to impress.  After an hour of serious debate, she decided that she was in a glam rock mood today.  On went the vintage 70s gaucho pants, new designer platform boots, sheer chiffon blouse and her favorite crazy black and white striped "fur" trimmed coat. A silver clutch, studded bracelets and her thunderbolt earrings complete the vibe.  "There!  Glam Rock chic with a subtle edge; I'm ready to take him on now!".
 
Tulabelle™ is a fully articulated 12-inch doll with fully rooted hair and hand applied eyelashes. For adult collectors ages 15 and up only. This doll cannot stand alone; a doll stand is included.

Integrity 2016- Poppy Bon Bon Collection


They already got me to order the super cute W Club Oh La La Exclusive Poppy set a couple of weeks ago. Now we get to see the rest of David Butry's newest Poppy Parker Bon Bon Collection and it is equally tempting.  This super cute grouping and has great mix and match potential.  I am resisting all but one...I had to get Springtime in Paris mostly because of the wicker purse, the purple glove hands, and the poodle. Even though most of integrity's dogs look like horrible fur experiments...I still find them cute and irresistible. Plus that dress is adorable! I think it will look sweet on the Lilac Mood Changers Poppy. I like this high pony tail on the doll proper but  I already have a raven poppy (Mood Changers) so we will see which one stays and which one goes. I am trying to keep the collection from getting too huge again...a lofty goal what with convention coming in October.  I recently widdled the Poppy girls down: (Mood Changers Raven & Lilac, Girl from Integrity, and Out of this World...IT Airways is still lurking...but will be hitting the nude doll highway soon). I will soon add another platinum with Oh La La...and I keep hoping for a really killer red head.

I am hoping I can acquire the outfits loose for Bonjour Mademoiselle and Tres Chic to go with the Oh La La fashions.  It looks like the yellow suit on Tres Chic is the same color/fabric as the shorts in Oh La La.  Tres Chic's coat is perfect...plus train case! So cool. People seem to be losing their minds for the two lottery dolls (Powder Puff and Miss Amor).  I am not one of them. The Powder Puff does nothing for me. Miss Amor has really gorgeous screening and hair color but I don't go in for the ballgown dolls myself. I am entering the lotteries for a pal though. This line features a bunch of different screening types from past dolls. I love Magnifique's screening. She reminds me of the IFDC Poppy's from a few years back with the fashion feet. (I still hold out hope of getting that redhead one day).  I am surprisingly tempted by this one. Her jewelery s GORGEOUS and the outfit would be great for Victoire.

I love nearly all of these...(save for Night at the Ballet...a little too Mother of the Bride wedding suit to me...and the hair is blech).  I like the lemon yellow blonde but not a fan of the dress on C'est SI Bon. It looks a bit lumpy? I hope people let some of the fashions go...normally I would buy them and just sell the nude dolls as Poppy usually resells fairly well...but damn...just too much to pay for now.  The twins just dropped, plus Jem doll pre-order, plus a possible comic con jem in July, convention installments, plus the convention collection/color infusion pre-order, and I still have Callum and Jaeme waiting to get picked up from Gigi's next week.  Le sigh.
Item # PP100
Bonjour Mademoiselle
Poppy Parker™ Dressed Doll
The Bonbon Collection
Approximate Ship Date: Late Summer/Early Fall 
Limited Edition Size: 800 Dolls Worldwide
Suggested Retail Price: $120.00
 
Doll Tech Specs:  
Body Type: Poppy Parker™ 
Head Sculpt: Poppy Parker™ 
Quick Switch Feature: No 
Skin Tone: FR White 
Hair Color: Raven 
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied

As Poppy arrives at the airport in Paris, she is greeted by her French chaperone Mrs. Chatelain, who was provided by the Paris modeling agency.  "Bonjour Mademoiselle!" are the first words Poppy hears and she is delighted to make her first acquaintance in France.  Poppy's travel ensemble includes a lovely sea foam sheath dress and a black and white houndstooth coat with matching beret. A pair of assorted duo-toned kitten heels and a fully functional customized travel train case given to her by her grandmother finish off this lovely ensemble.


Item # PP106
Powder Puff
Poppy Parker™ Dressed Doll
The Bonbon Collection
IT Direct Exclusive
Approximate Ship Date: Late Summer 2016 
Limited Edition Size: 700 Dolls
Exclusive Retail Price: $120.00

Doll Tech Specs:
Body Type: Poppy Parker™ 
Head Sculpt: Poppy Parker™ 
Quick Switch Feature: No 
Skin Tone: FR White 
Hair Color: Dark Brown 
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied

On a quiet night late in the evening, a girl likes to collect her thoughts about all of the things she's experienced and all of her hopes and dreams in her diary.  They are kept private behind a lock and key.  Only Poppy and her teddy bear Plato Parker know where she keeps it. At Lemieux, her favorite boutique, Poppy purchased a sumptuous baby blue peignoir set that she is wearing this evening. An adorable baby doll nightie with delicate ribbon and lace detailing, a dramatic layered full-length sheer robe, and matching blue satin mules with pompom accents make her a sweet confection, perfect as a Parisian dream.
 
Item # PP099
Très Chic Boutique
Poppy Parker™ Dressed Doll
The Bonbon Collection
Approximate Ship Date: Late Summer/Early Fall
Limited Edition Size: 900 Dolls Worldwide
Suggested Retail Price: $120.00
 
Doll Tech Specs:  
Body Type: Poppy Parker™ 
Head Sculpt: Poppy Parker™ 
Quick Switch Feature: No 
Skin Tone: FR White 
Hair Color: Natural Red 
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied

Poppy spends one of her first days in Paris shopping at all of the boutiques on the Champs-Élysées with her model friends and chaperone.  There is so much to see! Poppy decides to wear her smart yellow suit with black accent belt and top it off with a dramatic flocked hat, black gloves and faux pearl jewelry! A look that is perfect for spending a wonderful day shopping.

Item # PP102
Night At The Ballet
Poppy Parker™ Dressed Doll
The Bonbon Collection
Approximate Ship Date: Late Summer/Early Fall  
Limited Edition Size: 700 Dolls Worldwide
Suggested Retail Price: $120.00

Doll Tech Specs: 
Body Type: Poppy Parker™ 
Head Sculpt: Poppy Parker™ 
Quick Switch Feature: No 
Skin Tone: Japan 
Hair Color: Ash Blond 
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied

The modeling agency has invited all of the American models to the Palais Garnier for a night at the ballet.  Poppy simply cannot decide what she should wear.  She decides on a lovely turquoise brocade cocktail dress with a tulip skirt and coordinating jewelry.  She throws on her faux fur wrap, grabs her matching clutch, tucks her tickets inside, and she is out the door. 
 
Poppy Parker is a fully articulated 12.5-inch doll with fully rooted hair and hand applied eyelashes. For adult collectors ages 15 and up only. This doll cannot stand alone; a doll stand is included.

Item # PP098
C'est Si Bon
Poppy Parker™ Dressed Doll
The Bonbon Collection
Approximate Ship Date: Late Summer/Early Fall
Limited Edition Size: 600 Dolls Worldwide
Suggested Retail Price: $120.00
 
Doll Tech Specs:  
Body Type: Poppy Parker™ 
Head Sculpt: Poppy Parker™ 
Quick Switch Feature: No 
Skin Tone: FR White 
Hair Color: Lemon Yellow 
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied

It's Poppy's first night in Paris and there is party in honor of the visiting American models. As a gift, each girl received a Paris original to wear to the event. Poppy chose a black and white polka dotted cocktail dress with black gloves. She topped of the ensemble with a black tulle spectator headpiece that she brought from home. What could be more French than polka dots in Paris?
 
Item # PP105
Paris In The Springtime
Poppy Parker™ Dressed Doll
The Bonbon Collection
Approximate Ship Date: Late Summer/Early Fall
Limited Edition Size: 900 Dolls Worldwide
Suggested Retail Price: $120.00

Doll Tech Specs:  
Body Type: Poppy Parker™ 
Head Sculpt: Poppy Parker™ 
Quick Switch Feature: No 
Skin Tone: Japan 
Hair Color: Raven 
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied

It's Springtime in Paris and Poppy is in love... with a poodle named Phoebe.  The dog belongs to Mrs. Chatelain and Poppy enjoys taking Phoebe on long walks on days that she is free from modeling assignments.  Today, they are walking through the Jardin des Tuileries.  It's a lovely place where Poppy can gather her thoughts and take in all of the beauty of the flowers.
 
Poppy Parker is a fully articulated 12.5-inch doll with fully rooted hair and hand applied eyelashes. For adult collectors ages 15 and up only. This doll cannot stand alone; a doll stand is included.

Item # PP103
Magnifique
Poppy Parker™ Dressed Doll
The Bonbon Collection
Approximate Ship Date: Late Summer/Early Fall
Limited Edition Size: 900 Dolls Worldwide
Suggested Retail Price: $120.00
 
***AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE PRE-ORDER FROM YOUR FAVORITE IT DEALERS!***
 
Doll Tech Specs: 
 
Body Type: Poppy Parker™ 
Head Sculpt: Poppy Parker™ 
Quick Switch Feature: No 
Skin Tone: FR White 
Hair Color: Luscious Red 
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied

Jean Pierre Jourdan is the most popular couturier in Paris. Poppy has been selected to model his stunning creation in his latest fashion show. The strapless white brocade gown is contrasted with an obi style waistband and long dramatic train in lilac.  A matching clutch bag, shoes, and long white opera gloves complete this stunning couture ensemble that is truly Magnifique!
 

Item # PP104
Miss Amour
Poppy Parker™ Dressed Doll
The Bonbon Collection
IT Direct Exclusive
Approximate Ship Date: Mid-Late Summer 2016 
Limited Edition Size: 700 Dolls
Exclusive Retail Price: $120.00

Doll Tech Specs:
Body Type: Poppy Parker™ 
Head Sculpt: Poppy Parker™ 
Quick Switch Feature: No 
Skin Tone: FR White 
Hair Color: Ash Brown Mix 
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied

The most exciting modeling experience Poppy has ever had is working for the fragrance company Amour.  Poppy will be featured in their latest campaign.  She will represent the face of the brand as "Miss Amour".  Poppy received another ensemble created by the talented Jean Pierre Jourdan to wear in the photo- a frothy ball gown of gathered pale pink tulle accented with a black belt and flower detail at the waist.  A pink satin cloth and matching shoes especially made by Jean Pierre are sure to make everyone fall in love with Miss Amour.
 
Poppy Parker is a fully articulated 12.5-inch doll with fully rooted hair and hand applied eyelashes. For adult collectors ages 15 and up only. This doll cannot stand alone; a doll stand is included.
 

Integrity 2016 New Releases- Jem and the Holograms On Stage Collection

Well, I thought I was going to be strong. After finally breaking the "completion curse" and selling off some of my least favorite Jem dolls (Astral, Anthony, Broadway Magic, Craig Phillips, Raya), I now feel free to ONLY get the must haves. However, this collection was too tempting to resist. There was a nice deal for Club members to get an extra $25 off if you pre-ordered the whole jam. Riot, the doll I am most jazzed for, is already in stock and I was able to combine the shipping with the twins set.  What can I say...I'm a pushover.
The boxes are super neat. I might just have to get a second Detolf cabinet in order to display all my Jem dolls and one or two of these cases. I have the original Hasbro Rockin' Backstager as well and I will be interested to see how they look next to each other. Though perhaps I will just send it to my office for display with my vintage Jem and Pizzazz. I have been slowly letting my doll collection infiltrate my office (because THAT'S WHAT TENURE'S FOR!!!) and the kids find my collection of toys amusing. To quote one student, "At first I thought you were so serious, and now I see that you're just a big nerd like us." A very astute observation.
Riot and Kimber were no-brainers.  I love both outfits for Riot. So perfect and detailed. I like this version of the doll better and will likely sell the first Riot nude.  The Hungarian skin tone works well with his hair. Mean and Hard Kimber is amazing and I love the different hair colors on the two heads.  I wish the second outfit was Permanent Wave but I do like the gold boomerang fashion.  I also love Designing Women outfit on Pizzazz and the two heads are fun.  Stormer is the least interesting to me.  Neither are my favorite Stormer fashions.  I would have loved the weird maple leaf sweater or the outfit with the brown bomber jacket that she wears in The Bands Break Up. I might have been more excited if she had a different hairstyle.  I will wait to see her in person.  I already have the first Stormer plus a spare nude version...so someone is getting evicted.




Item # 14058
Rock 'N Roll Royalty
RIOT LLEWELYN™
Dressed Fashion Figure Gift Set
The JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS™ Collection
Approximate Ship Date: In-Stock, Ships Immediately
Limited Edition Size: 500 Dolls Worldwide
Suggested Retail Price: $150.00
***IN-STOCK AND AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE PURCHASE FROM IT DIRECT!***

Doll Tech Specs: 
Body Type: FR HOMME™ 
Head Sculpt: RIOT  
Quick Switch Feature: No 
Skin Tone: Hungarian
Hair Color: Glam Rock Blond 
Eyelashes: No

RIOT LLEWELYN™ is ready to rock! Containing all of the pieces required to create some of RIOT's most fierce glam rock looks, our favorite bad boy of rock 'n roll truly looks like Royalty dressed in his military-inspired stage look or his new romantic look! This ultra-limited edition fashion figure is offered in a luxurious gift set package that turns into RIOT's private dressing room, complete with neon yellow acrylic stool, a fold down dressing table, hangers and a closet to store his priceless costumes and stage gear!
RIOT LLEWELYN™ is a fully articulated 12.5-inch fashion figure with fully rooted hair. For adult collectors ages 15 and up only. This doll cannot stand alone; a doll stand is included.



Item # 14068
The Bands Breakup
Mary "STORMER" Phillips™
Dressed Fashion Doll Gift Set
The JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS™ Collection
Approximate Ship Date: Late Summer 2016
Limited Edition Size: 500 Dolls Worldwide
Suggested Retail Price: $150.00
***PRE-ORDER FROM IT DIRECT!***

Doll Tech Specs: 
Body Type: JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS™
Head Sculpt: Mary "STORMER" Phillips™ 
Quick Switch Feature: No 
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Electric Blue
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied

Mary "STORMER" Phillips™ is done with the Misfits and she's ready to conquer the world with her new duet partner KIMBER BENTON™ at her side! Containing all of the pieces required to create two of STORMER's most outrageous stage looks, everyone's favorite Misfit is based on some of the looks she wore in the fan favorite episode "The Bands Breakup" from the hit 80's TV series JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS™! This ultra-limited edition doll is offered in a luxurious gift set package that turns into STORMER's private dressing room, complete with neon pink acrylic stool, a fold down dressing table, hangers and a closet to store her wild costumes and stage gear!
Mary "STORMER" Phillips™ is a fully articulated 12.5-inch doll with fully rooted hair and hand applied eyelashes. For adult collectors ages 15 and up only. This doll cannot stand alone; a doll stand is included.

Item # 14067
The Bands Breakup
KIMBER BENTON™ 
Dressed Fashion Doll Gift Set
The JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS™ Collection
Approximate Ship Date: Late June/Early July 2016
Limited Edition Size: 500 Dolls Worldwide
Suggested Retail Price: $150.00
***PRE-ORDER FROM IT DIRECT!***

Doll Tech Specs: 
Body Type: JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS™
Head Sculpt: KIMBER BENTON™ 
Quick Switch Feature: YES 
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Colors: Hot Pink (Good Kimber) / Fire Orange (Bad Kimber)
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied

KIMBER BENTON™ is done with the HOLOGRAMS and she's ready to conquer the world with her new duet partner Mary "STORMER" Phillips™ at her side! Containing all of the pieces required to create two of KIMBER's most outrageous stage looks, everyone's favorite HOLOGRAM is based on the look she wore in the fan favorite episode "The Bands Breakup" and the "Bad Kimber" look from the episode "Scandal" from the hit 80's TV series JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS™! Using the Quickswitch system, you can turn your doll into either look using the two heads supplied. This ultra-limited edition doll is offered in a luxurious gift set package that turns into KIMBER's private dressing room, complete with neon yellow acrylic stool, a fold down dressing table, hangers and a closet to store her wild costumes and stage gear!
KIMBER BENTON™ is a fully articulated 12.5-inch doll with fully rooted hair and hand applied eyelashes. For adult collectors ages 15 and up only. This doll cannot stand alone; a doll stand is included.

Item # 14078
Designing Woman
Phyllis "PIZZAZZ" Gabor™
Dressed Fashion Doll Gift Set
The JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS™ Collection
Approximate Ship Date: Late June/Early July 2016
Limited Edition Size: 500 Dolls Worldwide
Suggested Retail Price: $150.00
***PRE-ORDER FROM IT DIRECT!***

Doll Tech Specs: 
Body Type: JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS™ 
Head Sculpt: Phyllis "PIZZAZZ" Gabor™
Quick Switch Feature: YES 
Skin Tone: Japan
Hair Color: 80's Chartreuse (Both Heads)
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied

Phyllis "PIZZAZZ" Gabor™ is the ultimate villain in the JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS™ series and here, she shows us her fierce fashion sense! Featuring two glamorous looks from the hit 80's TV series, Designing Woman PIZZAZZ features two different switchable heads that sport a hair color reminiscent of the original 80's PIZZAZZ doll by HASBRO! To mix things up, while the makeup on one head was inspired by the original 80's doll, the second head was inspired by a never produced prototype doll- talk about attention to detail! This ultra-limited edition doll is offered in a luxurious gift set package that turns into PIZZAZZ's private dressing room, complete with neon pink acrylic stool, a fold down dressing table, hangers and a closet to store her electrifying costumes and stage gear!
Phyllis "PIZZAZZ" Gabor™ is a fully articulated 12.5-inch doll with fully rooted hair and hand applied eyelashes. For adult collectors ages 15 and up only. This doll cannot stand alone; a doll stand is included.



Friday, April 15, 2016

2016 W Club Oh La La Poppy!



ADORBS!  I am a sucker for platinum and even though I have Out of this World, this one is different enough with the updo and dramatic screening.  Many have been commenting on how this Poppy looks more mature.  I agree. The giftset is nicely priced with wonderful pieces.  I adore the little bag and the great colors here.  CORK WEDGIES!!!  I was not a fan of the Upgrade Poppy in the gingham dress, but if the rest of the Bon Bon Collection is more of this, I might be in trouble.

Item # PP101
Ooh La La!
Poppy Parker™ Gift Set
The Bonbon Collection
2016 W Club Exclusive
Limited Edition Size: TBA 
Estimated Ship Date: Mid to Late Summer 2016
Special W Club Price: $150.00 + Shipping, Handling and Applicable Sales Tax*. 

*A non-refundable deposit of $25.00 due immediately at pre-order, balance of $125.00 + shipping and handling (and tax for Maryland residents) due approximately Mid to Late Summer 2016.
Doll Tech Specs:
Head Sculpt: Poppy Parker™
Body Type: Poppy Parker™
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Platinum
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied
Poppy Parker explores the City of Lights with glee, her ears filled with romantic songs! Composed of all of the elements for Poppy to easily go from day-to-night and back, the Ooh La La! gift set is designed to give Poppy Parker fans tons of redress possibilities by creating their own mix-and-match combos! This exquisite Poppy Parker doll also marks the debut of a brand new eye screening!
Poppy Parker is a 12-inch fully articulated vinyl fashion doll with a scrumptious fully rooted hairstyle and delicately hand-applied eyelashes! This absolutely fabulous gift set includes Poppy's Parisian mix-and-match separates, colorful bracelets and silver hoop earrings, her delightfully printed tote, two pairs of interchangeable hands, a pair of authentic cork wedgies, bright red slingback shoes and a doll stand, all packaged in a gorgeous window box gift set! A numbered certificate of authenticity is also included. For adult collectors ages 15 and up.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

2016 Resolutions...Making an Effort, Making Better Choices, Simplify, Joy, & TCB in a Flash!

So another year, another round of resolutions.  2015 brought lots of change for me.  I left a job that I had for fifteen years...basically the only 'real' job I had ever had (not counting Dairy Queen).  I moved away from my family, friends, and creative home (Sweet Home Chicago) and set up a new life in Charlotte with a new job as Assistant Professor of Costume Design.  The transition has not been easy.  Moving was HORRIBLE. The new job is great but brings some new stress (cough *tenure terror* cough).  My new house is a bit smaller than the old apartment but much better for the tiny human boy child.  The kid is doing great.  He seems to be enjoying himself. My husband is utterly miserable and I am slightly miserable.  It's lonely in a new place and making new friends is not the easiest thing to do but we are trying.  The theatre scene in town in non-existent. It is tragic and depressing. The food is decent.  The weather has been gloriously mild.  I laugh when I see people around here bundled up for 45 degree weather.  That is like bathing suit weather for me.  I love it.  I am sure I will change my tune when it is like 115 in July.

So with that update, here are my resolutions...

  • Make an Effort!
    • A standing resolution that I make every year.  Basically a mantra.  Something that I remind myself everyday and can always achieve...whether it big or small.  Some days this is making the bed, getting to the gym, putting on eyeliner...little efforts add up
  • Make Better Choices!
    • This is mostly food and diet related. I am struggling to lose my baby weight. I am hoping that this resolution will help. 
  • Simplify!
    • We were forced to purge a lot when we moved.  I still have TONS OF CRAP though.  So much yarn and fabric and dolls and clothes and makeup...just stuff.  I am working to reduce the stuff by selling, donating, or using what I already have and trying to limit new purchases. I have many many dolls go in the last month.  It was initially very difficult to do...but once I ripped the band-aid off, it has been much easier. Even the husband has been surprised.  I am hoping I can parlay this good will into a much needed second doll display case so I can get more of my beloved dolls out of boxes and onto shelves..which will help me get things looking less cluttered around here.
  • Joy!
    • This is sort of based on that Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up book...if I thing does not give me great joy...then I don't need it.  I am trying to remind myself of this...don't purchase the blouse unless it makes me look and feel amazing.  Don't hold onto that doll unless you are filled with happiness when the lid comes off the box. Etc...
  • TCB in a Flash!
    • TCB reminds me to get things done.  Efficiency in the things that I have to do gives me more time for the things that I want to do. I bought a planner.  I have been making goal lists for the weekend.  I am limiting my time on time wasters (social media) and trying to accomplish chores while watching TV programs.  So far so good.  I got crazy amounts of work done today and spent some quality time with the tiny man child. 

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Integrity ITBE Grab Box Frenzy-My Results...#ihavenowillpower

Integrity offered some grab boxes during the month of December for club members.  The Mystery boxes featured one of eight new ITBE dolls (Jasper, Jordan/Tatyana, Ayumi, Darla, Josephine/Gaga, Finley Brunette, Finley Blonde, & Mongram) and extras.  Initially you could only order one, then it opened up.  It seems like the best option, if you had the available cash or credit to do it, was to order eight at once.  If you did that, you did not get any repeats and were thus guaranteed to get all of the sculpts.  I had one box to my Poppy Airways order and then another when I paid for Jem's Craig Phillips.  The first two orders yielded a Brunette Finley (gorgeous!) and DG Design a Doll extras (which I already had).  The second order had Darla (very cute but I don't think I am keeping her) and the DG winter fashion that everyone seems to have gotten in their orders.  Also the adorable sandals from DG Tooka.  I like the little winter fashion though.  It will be cute on Poppy.  I really wanted to get my hands on Ayumi though and her prices are crazy on evil-bay.  Plus, it seemed like later orders were coming with some amazing extras.  So I decided to go for broke and order five knowing that I could likely sell repeat dolls and would maybe get the Ayumi and something else good.  BEST CHOICE EVER!  I am so excited about Ayumi. I don't have the sculpt yet and I just love her.  I am also liking Brunette Finely. I think I will trade or sell the others.  Jordan and Ayumi seemed to be the most popular with Josephine and the Finleys right behind them. I think Darla won many people over. Monogram and Jasper seem to be acquired tastes....with people wither loving or hating them.  I think the Monogram is pretty unique in that skin tone...but she does not really fit in my collection.

My Extras Haul:
Outfit from Adele Soul Deep from the 2010 Dazzle Collection
Partial Victoire Roux Fauberg St Honore Fashion from 2011 Jet Set Convention
Dressmaker Details Savoir Flair outfit
Dressmaker Details Wind Song outfit from 2009 FR Convention
DG Wool Tweed Winter Chill Outfit variation x2
Black DG Mary Janes
DG Tooka sandals
DG Build a Doll extras from the convention (iconic or jetset?)

Dolls:
Darla x2, Monogram, Brunette and Blonde Finley, Ayumi, & Josephine

My extras proved to be amazing.  I am most pleased with the partial Victoire Roux fashion as I loved it when it was introduced at convention but did not get the coupon to buy her. The Dressmaker fashions are also swell...lots of detail and goodies.  The sequin dress from Adele is super cute and has amazing shoes which will be great for Ayumi (until I am able to get an updated nuFace body for her).

The link to purchase the boxes went poof without warning the other day leaving many disgruntled and even more relieved to have the temptation gone.  When last checked, folks estimated that there were at least 500 boxes left according to the shopping cart.  Of course we don't know that for sure.  Now to speculate what Integrity might do with these possible extras.  Perhaps we will see them make a comeback at the 2016 Convention in Chicago?  What did you get?


Monday, January 4, 2016

Planners: A Thing I Didn't Even Know Was A Thing That's Soon To Be My Thing

So I had been pondering going back to the antiquated world of paper for my calendar.  In an effort to get off of my phone a little more, I thought an old school planner or datebook might be a good fit.  Little did I know I would be diving into a whole new hobby (the LAST thing that I need). I had a Dayrunner back in the oldey timey days before smart phones...but it was far from cute or sexy.  When I started searching for the modern equivalent, I fell down a rabbit hole on Pinterest.  Evidently this is a thing.  Planners are an obsession. It seems like it is another form of journaling for some or a creative thing for others.

I am obsessed with all things rose gold and went looking for something in that flavor. Kate Spade has a gorgeous but pricey one. There was also an offering from Erin Condren...but I wanted something less binder looking. I ended up going for a regular shiny gold version from Dokibook. I plan to do it in mint and peach and black accents.  I got some cute filler papers and post-its from the Target One Spot this weekend.  So yeah...looks like I have another thing. But I am hoping this planner will be a way to do some 'planning' (crazy I know) and better organize my week.  I am struggling with that trendy bit of wackiness called "work-life balance".  I need to teach, research, design, lose weight, keep my kid love and alive, stay married, and pay bills...oh yeah, eat and sleep and exercise...and perhaps a bit of fun.  Yikes.  Well I will keep you updated.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Katy Keene & New Friends: Cinematic Color Infusion Jaeme and Sterling

Well it has NOT been a season of restraint for me.  While I managed to resist the recent Tonner sale, it was less about will power and more about all my doll funds going to Integrity. I picked up Jaeme Costas and Sterling Riese to be pals for Katy Keene.  They look fabulous and I am very pleased with the trio.  Jaeme is still available from Integrity last I checked...she is gorgeous.


Jaeme, Sterling, & Katy

W Club Jackpot! J'Adore La Fete Elyse


Um...yeah I ordered this in a hot second.  So amazing.  I love the case. I cannot wait to see it all laid out in the box.  I am a huge fan of the Elise sculpt and love the raven hair and red lips.  I already had the stunning Workshop 2013 Elise with the FR White tone and raven hair...but I think I like this one better (sent the old one to eBay).  I could do without the ruffles...but I love the colors and the suit.  I wish one of the shoes were a different color...but overall this set is a stunner.  This is the kind of thing that makes me want to get a second membership for next year.  (Which I might do anyways so that my mom can go to the w club lunch at the Chicago convention next year).

Update: June 2016...so yeah...I just let someone else take this one over. Though I am sure I will regret it, the more I looked at the ruffles, the more I realized that I would never want to put her in these outfits. So here's hoping there will be an amazing convention Elyse that will make me forget about this beauty.

Item # 91387
J'Adore La Fête
Elyse Jolie™ Dressed Doll Gift Set
The Fashion Royalty™ Collection
2015 W Club Exclusive
Limited Edition Size: TBA 
Estimated Ship Date: Late Spring / Early Summer 2016
Regular W Club Price: $225.00 + Shipping, Handling and Applicable Sales Tax*.

Special W Club 10th Anniversary Price: $175.00 + Shipping, Handling and Applicable Sales Tax*. 

  
*A non-refundable deposit of $25.00 due immediately at pre-order, balance of $150.00 + shipping and handling (and tax for Maryland residents) due approximately late Spring/early Summer 2016.

Doll Tech Specs:

Head Sculpts: Elyse Jolie
Body Type: FR2013
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Colors: Raven
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied

Elyse Jolie sparkles to high-heaven in this elaborate gift set! Perfect to go from day to night, this set contains everything Elyse will need to get ready for her big evening at the Perrin family mansion! The new year will definitely start with a bang!

Elyse Jolie is a 12.5-inch fully articulated vinyl fashion doll with a luscious fully rooted hairstyle and delicately hand-applied eyelashes! This absolutely fabulous gift set includes three complete outfits for Elyse: an elaborate lingerie set, a luxurious two-piece suit and a fabulous gown to ring in the new year! A jewelry set, a clutch purse and two pairs of faux-leather shoes are luxuriously packaged in a gorgeous carry-on trunk, perfect to cherish this treasure and her delicate accessories for years to come! A doll stand is also included. For adult collectors ages 15 and up.

**Pictures of prototype shown below; final production colors and textures may vary slightly. Dress form and other staging props are not included.**

Sunday, October 25, 2015

She's Gotta Have It: My Picks from the IT 2015 Cinematic Convention

Well, it is not fun being at home.  I had a whole year without a doll convention...and now I am in a new city without a doll club as well.  Basically I have no one around me who understands my 'crazy'.  Le sigh.  I really want to go next year if only to be among my people.  Here is hoping the location and my teaching schedule will let that happen.  If not, I may just get a proxy again.  Then I won't have to deal with the stress of getting stuff.

Looking back on the offerings and news from the last few dolls, here are the things that excite me the most!

Director's Cut Ace McFly: I am loving this one.  The outfit is amazing.  I think it would be awesome to pose Ace in this and a raven hair doll in and variation of the Wild One outfit but with a black t-shirt and white jeans...TWINSIES! They could be dates for Lilith and Eden.  I am trying to get my hands on this one via ebay, the forums, or a trade. 

Moving onto the Style Lab Color Infusion dolls...these were much less funky offerings than they have been in previous years. I had secured the women's fashions right around cost before they were revealed and I am glad (and so is Katy Keene).  My favorites are Rebel Desire and Shanghai Bound.  Since most of the gown looks are actually separates, there is actually some fun mix and match potential here when you look at the pieces.  The purple halter from Shanghai is going to look swell with the pencil skirt from Rebel. 

For the men's looks, I already bought Tropical Sunrise via ye olde ebay.  It will be perfect for my Jem guys.  I am still trying to get my hands on Wild One.  I plan to use it for the aforesaid twins idea or to be a Zipper for my Misfits.

As for the convention collection, I am trying not to want any of it too badly.  Though I think it was a really solid collection, same for the salesroom exclusives, none of it really fits in my collection. The Agnes set w/the bonus outfit is really awesome, but I just can't see it on my shelf with what I have now.

While the Poppy's were all adorable, I am saving my pennies (and wishes should she be a lottery) for the IT Airways giftset.

I loved the platinum Sneak Peak Eden.  I am hoping that at 600 pieces and being a basic dolls....and with the recent club giftset, people will not want to hold onto theirs and won't be charging mad dollars to sell her.  Fingers crossed.

The two gala dolls were great. I don't need them luckily. The new sculpt is gorgeous and Elise is always stunning.   I look forward to seeing this new sculpt in the regular line.

Some of them I am super excited about some of the news coming out of this convention for next year. Of events I am super excited about some of the news coming out of this Convention for next year. A 12 inch Tulabelle line entitled "the industry" sounds very promising. I am hoping it is filled with playful modern looks with lots of color. Poppy Parker going back to her 1960s looks is also a great thing. I am sure the bonbon poppy goes to Paris line will be huge and suck up a lot of Dolly dollars. The biggest in best news of all is that the convention is returning to Chicago in 2016! That will make it so much easier for me to either attend or send someone in my place should my work schedule allow for it. It also makes it less expensive since I can just stay with my family or friends if I need to (though staying in the hotel is always fun).

 So in closing, I thought the convention offerings this year were cohesive and very attractive. However, they are not to my personal taste so it is a very good thing that I did not shell out to attend.  I think that if you were a lover of retro glam Then you would have been in heaven with this convention. I am NOT a fan of ball gowns and I love color. The Cinematic theme meant lots of black and white Dolls in glam looks inspired by classic cinema and movie stars. I prefer more funky modern-day wear. I prefer more funky modern day where or couture runway looks. It's no big deal though. I'm sure IT will figure out a way to pry money from my hands in the coming months.