Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Metamorphosis Erin- Heirloom Collection 2017 W Club Doll


Finally we get out second club exclusive doll. Designed by Jessy Ayala, this gal is another edition to the wonderful Heirloom Nu Face Collection. The inspiration for the casual outfit seems to be a Kendall Jenner look. I think the set is lovely and fresh but totally not my style. I so so so want the gold crown and the choker necklace but to buy a whole gift set for two accessories would require me to admit that I have a problem.  That is just insanity...so I must pray I will be able to score the headband later. What I like about the set: new and fresh and (mostly) not recycled. The cut of the bodice on the dress is the same as the bonus red dress from the Orlando Gloss convention a few years back but paired with the flowing high-low skirt makes it read new. The drape of the one-shoulder top with the leg-o-mutton sleeve is great and works in this scale. What I don't like: the color is lovely but seems completely out of place when you put this girl in with the other designs from the Heirloom collection. I don't think she would display well with the others.  I also wish they picked another color for one of the pairs of shoes...what about gold? Or Blue? Or a pop of red? I also would have been interested in seeing the blouse and skirt be separates in order to mix and match the pieces. That might have pushed me into the "hell yes where's my card" category.

The screening is gorgeous and Erin remains a stunning sculpt. I am surprised they are doing back to back Hungarian tone dolls but she does look nice in this tone with the white of the top and dress.  I love the pretty braid.

While a lovely package, I don't do gowns...and I am really trying so hard to be good with convention coming my way...plus all the nonsense I ordered already from the Heirloom and La Femme collection. Oh and Poppy...damn your irresistible cuteness Poppy.

Friday, June 30, 2017

La Femme Update...

So I am weak. I had initially decided to pass on the Agnes event doll...but then I kept thinking about her swell short hair and the FR White skin tone with the awesome shirt and pretty eyes...and then I went and ordered her. Sigh.  I can always sell the lace skirt. I think the shirt will be a great wardrobe piece. I wonder if it is a bodysuit like some of the other blouses in the Nu Face Heirloom collection? These pieces will also be nice to mix with the Cruella De Ville doll coming from the convention collection.  And that little clutch is too cool. See...this is what I did to talk myself into ordering her. I must be stopped.



So then, of course, the evening after the pre-order deadline for Agnes, Integrity lets us know that Bronze Seduisante Elyse will no longer be a lottery doll and that everyone can get her...needless to say, everyone lost their minds with gratitude. I ordered her of course because I do love me some Elyse and I am excited about the flat feet. I am definitely going to make a skirt or kimono top to go along with the suit.

It seems as though both of these collections were huge hits and much of it is sold out. Adele is the standout favorite and it is too bad that they did not give her a larger edition. I managed to secure a split for Heiress Erin's sweet outfit. That little train case and spider ring were keeping me up at night and I decided I need to have it.

And now IFDC is coming up and I have often been wild about Integrity's offerings there. I am considering attending that convention myself next year. Here is hoping I hate the dolls this year because I really don't need any more plastic temptation. I am already worried about Tonner's Wonder Woman dolls. I really hope they are hideous and/or way too expensive....so then I can just be happy with a Collector Barbie version...or even splurge on a Hot Toys.

Well, regardless, these recent purchases mean I need to do some serious purging of the current collection. There are definitely some girls that I have been neglecting that could be sent packing. It is always hard to let some of these things go...but as I have written about before, sometimes collections get so large that they become a burden. I am trying to keep it tight, fresh, and fun...

Thursday, June 29, 2017

A Final Farewell Bonus from Integrity for Jem Fans

Integrity just wowed Jem fans with one last request...a final farewell Jem and Glitter & Gold Shana and Aja dolls.  This was totally unexpected and a really amazing gift for club members. Again, Jem fans that did not join this year must be really crying because these dolls are exclusive to club members only. We only have the cartoon art to go by and we won't see the dolls until the fall. I bought two of each of the holograms and only one of Jem. I have multiple memberships so I went ahead and speculated that I would at least be able to sell the extra set for what I paid and help a non-club member out.  I might make a custom outfit to add with the set or something.  I am hoping that Aja and Shana have better hair than the first versions or a variation in makeup style.  I plan to do an up-do with one of them.

I could care less about the Glitter and Gold fashions. They were never my favorite and I rarely display the Jem dolls in "on stage" mode. I might sell them off. We shall see. Adding in the extra fashion for Raya and Kimber was a nice touch though. I am excited about Farewell Jem. I always liked that fashion and I am excited to see what Integrity will do with it.

Now to figure out how to pay for all of this. Oye.

Item # TBA
Glitter 'n Gold
SHANA ELMSFORD™ ON-STAGE MINI-GIFTSET
THE JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS™ COLLECTION
Edition Size: TBD
Estimated Delivery: Winter 2017
Retail Price: $150.00 US
Head Sculpt: SHANA
Body: Color Infusion 1.0
Foot Sculpt: High-heeled
Skin Tone: FR Black
Hair Color: Lavender (same shade (or close to) original Shana doll)
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied
Quickswitch: No
W Club Exclusive


SHANA ELMSFORD is well known for her design talents and for all of the truly outrageous looks she created for her friends and band members, THE HOLOGRAMS! Since JEM and RIO PACHECO got the Glitter 'n Gold treatment, the rest of the band has been asking to get matching looks and we are thrilled to finally be able to bring you this fantastic final SHANA doll, wearing her version of the Glitter 'n Gold look AND also, she comes with a bonus dress for her band-mate RAYA ALONZO to wear on stage, as well!
SHANA ELMSFORD is a fully articulated 12.5" doll with fully rooted hair and comes complete with two Glitter 'n Gold stage looks, one for herself and a bonus one for her friend RAYA ALONZO (RAYA doll not included, outfit only). Two pairs of shoes, a doll stand and special paper accessories are also included. For adult collectors ages 15 and up only. 

Item # TBA
Glitter 'n Gold
AJA LEITH™ ON-STAGE MINI-GIFTSET
THE JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS™ COLLECTION
Edition Size: TBD
Estimated Delivery: Winter 2017Retail Price: $150.00 US


Head Sculpt: AJA
Body: Color Infusion 1.0
Foot Sculpt: High-heeled
Skin Tone: Japan
Hair Color: Sky Blue (same shade (or close to) original Aja doll)
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied
Quickswitch: No
W Club Exclusive
AJA LEITH is the most rockin' and rollin' HOLOGRAM and we are honored to bring fans the final version of this character that everyone's been clamoring for! Since JEM and RIO PACHECO got the Glitter 'n Gold treatment, the rest of the band has been asking to get matching looks and we are thrilled to finally be able to bring you this fantastic final AJA doll, wearing her version of the Glitter 'n Gold look AND also, she comes with a bonus dress for her band-mate KIMBER BENTON to wear on stage, as well!
AJA LEITH is a fully articulated 12.5" doll with fully rooted hair and comes complete with two Glitter 'n Gold stage looks, one for herself and a bonus one for her friend KIMBER BENTON (KIMBER doll not included, outfit only). Two pairs of shoes, a doll stand and special paper accessories are also included. For adult collectors ages 15 and up only. 

Item # TBA
This is Farewell
JEM™ Dressed Doll
THE JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS™ COLLECTION
Edition Size: TBD
Estimated Delivery: Winter 2017
Retail Price: $130.00 US

Head Sculpt: JEM
Body: Color Infusion 1.0
Foot Sculpt: High-heeled
Skin Tone: Japan
Hair Color: Pink
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied
Quickswitch: No
W Club Exclusive

While she wore this costume multiple times during the course of the hit 80's cartoon show, this outfit worn by our truly outrageous star is mainly remembered as the one she wore in the very last scene of the very last episode of the show titled "A Father Should Be" as she waved goodbye to her fans for the last time.

This final JEM doll is a fully articulated 12.5" fashion doll with rooted hair and hand-applied eyelashes. Jem comes dressed in her final on-stage look, which is composed of a glitzy two-piece pant suit! She comes complete with shoes, head-scarf, her signature JEMSTAR earrings, a microphone and a few surprise paper accessories. For adult collectors ages 15 and up only. This doll cannot stand alone; a doll stand is included.

Monday, June 26, 2017

2017 Fashion Royalty Collection: La Femme

The story centers around a trip the the French Riviera for a European Fashion Conference. The fashions seem inspired from several sources. I see some Dolce & Gabbana, Caroline Herrera, maybe Chanel?
Item # 91418
Vivacité
Eugenia Perrin-Frost™ Dressed Doll
La Femme
The 2017 Fashion Royalty® Collection
Edition Size: 1025
Estimated Delivery: Fall/Winter 2017
Retail Price: $145.00 US
Head Sculpt: Eugenia
Body: FR 6.0
Foot Sculpt: High-heeled
Skin Tone: Hungarian
Hair Color: Soft Ebony
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied
Quickswitch: No
Available from IT Dealers
As soon as she heard about the big annual ETSA conference that was about to take place in the South of France, Eugenia grabbed her cousin Vanessa and immediately insisted that they make the trip with Adèle Makéda. Who better than those two to keep things smooth and make sure that no one from a competing firm could show up to rain on their parade? No matter what, all reasons are good to visit the Riviera!

Eugenia Perrin-Frost is a 12.5" fully articulated doll with fully rooted hair. Eugenia channels her inner French girl with this soft and ultra-feminine look that just is just too adorable and sophisticated for words! Dressed in a pair of perfectly fitted capri pants and a sensuous off-the-shoulder blouse (with an extra-long bow detail on the back), Eugenia is ready for an afternoon stroll among the stalls of her favorite florists, where she picked up a most delicate bouquet of fresh roses. For adult collectors ages 15 and up only. This doll cannot stand alone; a doll stand is included.

Cute purse and blouse. I don't understand why they did not give us a view of the back with the bow detail. Lovely screening on her. For some reason, I have yet to own a Eugenia. While I like this outfit and the doll is pretty, I am passing. Her edition size is mighty high so perhaps I will be able to nab her later if I change my mind.

Item # 91414
Coquette
Jordan Duval™ Dressed Doll
La Femme
The 2017 Fashion Royalty® Collection
Edition Size: 725
Estimated Delivery: September 2017
Retail Price: $145.00 US
Head Sculpt: Jordan
Body: FR 6.0
Foot Sculpt: High-heeled
Skin Tone: A-Tone
Hair Color: Sand Blond
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied
Quickswitch: No
Available from IT Dealers
 
Natalia Fatalé is not about to let the Perrin family get the best of her and of course, since it would be too suspicious for her to attend the conference in person, she sends her number one confidante, sometimes-model and all-time trouble maker, Jordan Duval. Wait 'til Jordan comes back to Paris with the news that everything is about to change in their little world. Natalia will be green at the thought that she didn't attend the conference herself! It doesn't matter though, the only person everyone talked about was Jordan! Her fantastic style was the talk of the town!
 
Jordan Duval is a 12.5" fully articulated doll with fully rooted hair. For her "recon" mission on the Riviera, Jordan opted for a re-invented version of the classic hostess outfit with a floor length, detachable turquoise satin skirt over delicately striped satin capri pants, topped by a faux-leather bustier that gives this sunny look an ultra-modern, yet soft and sophisticated edge. Jordan also opted to complete the look with colorful accessories that truly make her perfect cocoa skin tone stand out and shine! For adult collectors ages 15 and up only. This doll cannot stand alone; a doll stand is included.

This seems like the blonde Jordan that club members could vote on as an upgrade doll option. She looks great and the coral with aqua is a lovely combo on her. I am resisting though. I don't like this sculpt all that much. These shoes are snoozy too and look like old school Gene ribbon heels. I imagine she will be a sell out because we have not seen a Jordan FR doll in quite a while.


Item # 91415
Sophistiquée
Vanessa Perrin™ Dressed Doll
La Femme
The 2017 Fashion Royalty® Collection
Edition Size: 825
Estimated Delivery: Fall/Winter 2017
Retail Price: $145.00 US
Head Sculpt: Vanessa Perrin 3.0
Body: FR 6.0
Foot Sculpt: High-heeled
Skin Tone: Cream
Hair Color: Pale Crimson
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied
Quickswitch: No
Available from IT Dealers
When the plan took shape for representatives of W Cosmetics to attend the ETSA conference that was taking place in the South of France this year, it didn't take much convincing for Vanessa to to jump on board. For weeks now, she had been hearing about changes that were coming and she wanted to be there to find out about everything before everyone else. Vanessa was definitely a Perrin, always right at the center of the action!
 
This stunning Vanessa Perrin doll is a fully articulated doll with rooted hair. Dressed to accompany Adèle Makéda and her cousin Eugenia on a trip to the French Riviera, Vanessa wears an ultra-modern look, composed of an intricately detailed blouse with long criss-cross ties on the sleeves and a sheer black lace skirt. Since it can get chilly at night, she took along her favorite faux-fur shoulder wrap, which incidentally happens to be one of her favorite fashion pieces! For adult collectors ages 15 and up only. This doll cannot stand alone; a doll stand is included.

Um...collectors have been calling this one "Dressed in the Dark" Vanessa. I think the pieces are interesting but the styling is indeed a bit eccentric. I think it is the skirt that throws it for me. Maybe a pencil or even a hobble skirt? Those shoes and purse are amazeballs though and I do indeed plan to find this fashion loose later on. The doll looks more like Erin than Vanessa to me.


Item # 91419
Séduisante
Elyse Jolie™ Close-Up Doll
La Femme
The 2017 Fashion Royalty® Collection
Edition Size: 825
Estimated Delivery: Fall/Winter 2017
Retail Price: $120.00 US
Head Sculpt: Elyse Jolie
Body: FR 6.0
Foot Sculpt: High-heeled and Flat Feet (One Pair of Each Included)
Skin Tone: Light Honey
Hair Color: Dark Mocha
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied
Quickswitch: No
Available via IT Direct W Club Lottery
When the girls arrived in the South of France, they were delighted to run across Elyse Jolie, who, unbeknownst to them, had been on vacation under the sun for quite sometime already! Sporting a luscious new "bronzé" look, this leading lady of Fashion Royalty shines like a star! 
 
This absolutely gorgeous, fully articulated Elyse Jolie close-up doll measures 12.5" tall and features fully rooted hair. Seen here for the first time in the Light Honey skin tone, this wonderful addition to the Fashion Royalty collection marks the debut of the new interchangeable lower leg feature and includes two sets of lower legs, one with the traditional high-heeled feet and another with flat, removable feet, as well as corresponding shoes to fit each. Elyse also comes with her own faux-leather beach bag, jewelry and glamorous wide-frame sunglasses. For adult collectors ages 15 and up only. This doll cannot stand alone; a doll stand is included.

Yet again another reason my three memberships are a good thing! Here is hoping it helps me win this gal. I love the Elyse sculpt and she sure does look good in the darker tone. I am also excited about the flat feet. I am surprise they could not at least give her a sarong or beach kimono. I plan to make some to go with this great swimsuit though.  I think people are going to lose their mind about getting this one. Prepare for blood shed. Once again, I think they could have easily pushed this to an edition of 1000. She is really unique.  

Item # 91417
Exquise
Adèle Makéda® Dressed Doll
La Femme
The 2017 Fashion Royalty® Collection
Edition Size: 725
Estimated Delivery: Fall/Winter 2017
Suggested Retail Price: $145.00 US
Head Sculpt: Adèle Makéda 2.0
Body: FR 6.0
Foot Sculpt: High-heeled
Skin Tone: FR Black
Hair Color: Rich Sable
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied
Quickswitch: No
Available from IT Dealers
 
When W Cosmetics owner Véronique Perrin opted to put her close friend Adèle in charge of the W Cosmetics delegation at the annual European Trendsetters' Association (ETSA) meeting in the South of France, she knew she had made the right decision. Who better to represent one of the key players of the beauty industry than one of the top trendsetters on the planet for 5 years running (according to Pop Magazine)? Little did any of them know that their presence there would plant the seed for a major switch in their world, the world of Fashion Royalty!
 
Adèle Makéda was born to play the role of W Cosmetics' official representative. Fully articulated and standing at 12.5" tall, this sensational version of one of FR's founding characters features fully rooted hair. For her trek down to the South of France, Adèle opted for an impeccably tailored, red-hot pant suit that features a sophisticated removable cape that transforms the jacket into a vest and allows her to wear this look in multiple ways. She then added a custom-printed head scarf (to protect her finger wave hairstyle), faux-leather gloves and a fashionable hat to complete her look. This lady definitely knows how to travel in style! For adult collectors ages 15 and up only. This doll cannot stand alone; a doll stand is included.

Yeah this one is pretty amazing. The whole package is pretty perfect. If I had not landed the Glamazon Adele from the last convention, then I would definitely have tried for this one. Really stunning.


Item # 91420
Merveilleuse
Agnes Von Weiss™ Dressed Doll
La Femme
The 2017 Fashion Royalty® Collection
Edition Size: TBD
Estimated Delivery: Fall 2017
Suggested Retail Price: $150.00 US
Head Sculpt: Agnes Von Weiss
Body: FR 6.0
Foot Sculpt: High-heeled
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Champagne Blond
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied
Quickswitch: No
Available from IT Direct as a Club Event Exclusive Doll
 
When Agnes arrived at the annual meeting of the design houses to discuss trends and fashion directions for the upcoming season, she had ideas of her own. She made an entrance and her new look immediately sent a message to everyone present that her look was the "IT" look everyone should go for!
 
Agnes Von Weiss is a 12.5" fully articulated fashion doll with fully rooted hair, combed into a short, sophisticated style. In this look, she channels a world famous American designer (one of her idols) in a high-contrast, ultra-dramatic ensemble composed of a show-stopping sateen blouse with romantic puff sleeves and a v-neck mandarin collar, coupled with a high-waisted, very sheer, black guipure lace mermaid skirt lined with delicate dotted tulle. Since Agnes is all about making an impression, of course she has to have the latest fashionable accessories to complete her look and she doesn't skimp here with her exclusively designed leopard clutch purse, closed-toe heels and custom jewelry set! For adult collectors ages 15 and up only. This doll cannot stand alone; a doll stand is included.

Evidently Tyler Wentworth was a guest designer here. I do love the sleeves and the short hair on Agnes. She looks very Grace Kelly to me...well....maybe a bitchy Grace Kelly that will cut you.  I am passing though. I don't do evening wear. Also, AGNES AGAIN. Did we really need two Agnes dolls for this collection? The Riviera Drama Agnes fits in nicely with the other gals so it might have been nice to get Kesenia or Isha.

It has been awhile since I have not pre-ordered anything from an FR collection. Hmmm.  


 

2017 Nu Face: Heirloom Collection

IT Designer Jessy Ayala presents a collection based around one key personal vintage object and seems to be inspired/lifted from the Fall 2016 Louis Vuitton collection. Several of the characters finally got last names. We also have the return of the Close-up dolls (but at a shocking price point frankly). Many are likely sold out from dealers already so do not delay if you want to get these.

Item # 82084
Charmed Life
Imogen Lennox Dressed Doll
The Heirloom Collection
The 2017 NU. Face™ Collection
Edition Size: 725
Estimated Delivery: Fall/Winter 2017
Retail Price: $140.00 US
Head Sculpt: Imogen
Body: NF 3.0
Foot Sculpt: High-heeled
Skin Tone: Japan
Hair Color: Ginger
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied
Quickswitch: No
Available from IT Dealers
Imogen Lennox comes from a long line of beautiful women and when she was scouted by the NU. Face agency, clearly she stood out from the crowd. Her unique look always gives her an edge and she's in high-demand, whether she's doing runway shows in London (her native city) or traveling to some exotic locale for a stunning photo shoot. No matter where she goes, Imogen always takes her lucky brooch with her. It has been in her family for generations and has become an intricate part of her look!

Imogen is a fully articulated 12.5 inch fashion doll with fully rooted hair. In this collection, her edgy look is composed of a whimsical bouffant satin skirt over a 3/4 sleeved brocade bodysuit, which sports an elaborate lacing detail at the back. She completes this cool look with a metallic-finish purse, short lacy gloves and over-sized chunky boots. Her unique screening also features soft freckles. For adult collectors ages 15 and up only. This doll cannot stand alone; a doll stand is included.

The freckles are cute on her and the boots are adorable. This hairstyle bores me though and I am not feeling the fashion. 

Item # 82085
Heiress
Erin Salston Dressed Doll
The Heirloom Collection
The 2017 NU. Face Collection
Edition Size: 725
Estimated Delivery: Fall/Winter 2017
Retail Price: $140.00 US
Head Sculpt: Erin 2.0
Body: NF 3.0
Foot Sculpt: High-heeled
Skin Tone: Latino
Hair Color: Amber Brown
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied
Quickswitch: No
Available from IT Dealers

Erin Salston will not settle for less than the latest designer clothing, but she will make an exception for her mother's antique "FR" mini-case. How can anyone resist such a timeless piece of fashion art? She certainly can't and that little case always goes wherever she does!
 
Erin Salston is a 12.5 inch fully articulated fashion doll with rooted hair. In this collection, Erin travels to her next modeling assignment wearing the latest designer jacket, which she unexpectedly matched with a shiny lurex skirt with a black net overlay, perfectly on-trend this season. Erin completes the look with high-heeled lace-up booties, mesh stockings and of course, her favorite FR mini-case. For adult collectors ages 15 and up only. This doll cannot stand alone; a doll stand is included.

Super cute shoes and I love the jacket. I might try to score this fashion later on. I am also wild about the jewelry on all these gals this time around.


Item # 82083
Neo-Romantic
Rayna Ahmadi Dressed Doll
The Heirloom Collection
The 2017 NU. Face Collection
Edition Size: 775
Estimated Delivery: Fall/Winter 2017
Head Sculpt: Rayna
Body: NF 3.0
Foot Sculpt: High-heeled
Skin Tone: Latino
Hair Color: Dark Espresso
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied
Quickswitch: No
Available from IT Dealers

Rayna Ahmadi is a major fashionista and she loves fashion so much that she has an entire room in her fashionable London flat dedicated to her extensive collection of fashion accessories and jewelry of all sorts. Of course, the one thing that totally stands out is her large cuff bracelet, which is an antique jewelry piece that was handed down by her grandmother. Generations of women in her family have worn this piece and it has now become her signature!
 
Rayna is a beautiful 12.5 inch articulated doll with fully rooted hair. For this collection, Rayna dons one of her favorite looks; an edgy urban style with enough sex-appeal to make sure everyone remembers her name no matter what she does! Composed of a fitted knitted turtleneck bodysuit with oversized drop-shoulder sleeves under a pair of daringly low, ultra-fitted motocross pants, Rayna is ready to set new trends! For adult collectors ages 15 and up only. This doll cannot stand alone; a doll stand is included.

I really love this one.  I already have a Rayna that I like...but I might actually prefer this one. Those pants are amazing too.  I also love the glasses and the skin tone on her.  I love that they gave her a last name of Middle Eastern origin.  Clearly IT heard the requests for more diversity and representation in the line. This is the only one that I have pre-ordered. I resisted until today...so usually if I keep thinking about a doll all weekend long...and then I am still able to order her, then she is actually a must-have and not an impulse buy. I am really trying to be better about that. I think I will decide on which Rayna sculpt will stay when she arrives in the fall.


Item # 82086
Vanity & Glamour
Nadja Rhymes Close-Up DollThe Heirloom Collection
The 2017 NU. Face Collection
Edition Size: 725
Estimated Delivery: Fall/Winter 2017
Retail Price: $120.00 US
Head Sculpt: Nadja 2.0
Body: NF 3.0
Foot Sculpt: High-heeled
Skin Tone: A-Tone
Hair Color: Sterling Silver
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied
Quickswitch: No
Available from IT Dealers

Nadja Rhymes always loves to show her sensuous side in a fabulously glam way! Dressed to seduce in this gorgeous lingerie set, Nadja poses with her favorite hand-held mirror. Will the mirror tell who is the fairest one of all? It's safe to say that in her case, it's totally her!

Nadja Rhymes is a 12.5 articulated doll with fully rooted hair. This "close-up" version of everyone's favorite NU. Face model wears one of the most beautiful lingerie sets ever created for a doll this scale. Wearing a delicately constructed black shrug embelished in black petals over her sexy lingerie set, this girl is a real knockout! Nadja includes shoes, jewelry and her lovely vintage chrome handheld mirror. For adult collectors ages 15 and up only. This doll cannot stand alone; a doll stand is included. 

And yet more ponytails. The color is interesting but I am not feeling the purple lips. That shrug adorbs but I don't display dolls in underwear. I also don't get the price point. We just got a Close Up Vanessa with a purse and jewels for $20 less. The fabric for the shrug must have been hella expensive. I look forward to a day when I can purchase a Nadja fully dressed.  Two dolls in a row have looked a bit too much like the work hard for the money...


Item # 82087
Hauntingly Lovely
Ayumi Nakamura Close-Up Doll
The Heirloom Collection
The 2017 NU. Face Collection
Edition Size: 825
Estimated Delivery: Fall/Winter 2017
Retail Price: $120.00 US
Head Sculpt: Ayumi 3.0
Body: NF 3.0
Foot Sculpt: High-heeled
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Baby Blond
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied
Quickswitch: No
Available from IT Dealers
Ayumi Nakamura loves to blend her style with her friend Nadja's and the two have been seen modeling for one of the top lingerie designers on the planet. Since they love contrasts, Ayumi wears a delicate cream-colored petal embroidered cardigan over her own devilishly amazing lingerie set, while she brushes her lovely tresses, waiting for her turn to go in front of the camera.
 
Ayumi is a 12.5 inch articulated fashion doll with rooted hair. She comes dressed in a luscious lingerie set, coupled with a delicious little knitted cardigan that features perfectly scaled petals all over the sleeves. Ayumi comes complete with her mother's cameo ring and heirloom silver plated hand-held brush and leather shoes. For adult collectors ages 15 and up only. This doll cannot stand alone; a doll stand is included.

Look at that ring!!! I almost bought her for the ring. Very pretty screening and the looks swell in the blonde with the bangs. That cardigan is super sweet and the boots are killer, but for that price I want clothes, not lingerie.

Item # 82082
Poetic Beauty
Lilith and Eden Blair Twin-Doll Gift Set
The Heirloom Collection
The 2017 NU. Face Collection
Edition Size: 925
Estimated Delivery: September 2017
Retail Price: $199.00 US
Head Sculpt: Lilith and Eden
Body: NF 3.0
Foot Sculpt: High-heeled
Skin Tone: Cream
Hair Color: Mahogany (Lilith) and 
Pale Honey (Eden)

Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied
Quickswitch: No
Lilith and Eden like to create traditions of their own. The sisters are so close, that everything they do is a moment to cherish and remember. Still, like all the other girls at the NU. Face agency, they have their own little accessories that they would consider their "lucky charms" and they never leave home without them!
 
LIlith and Eden are a fantastic duo of 12.5 inch articulated dolls with rooted hair. Each doll comes dressed in a totally edgy look composed of multiple pieces that overlay to create modern urban ensembles that are sure to take a special place in any collection. Each doll in the set comes with retro-inspired handbags, lace-up high-heeled boots, and those lucky tassel earrings that the sisters love so much!  For adult collectors ages 15 and up only. This doll cannot stand alone; a doll stand is included.

I am feeling a little twin fatigue at the moment, but I do love these fashions. I like the dark auburn haircolor on Lilith and her screening is great. I was thinking that this dark redhead might be cool to display with the recent Reckless redhead Eden? This price point on this two doll set is amazing for what you would get. This is a lottery set and I think they could have easily pushed the edition size to 1200 and still had some people clawing each others eyes out to get there hands on them. I will definitely try for them if only for that amazing dress on Eden and the killer boots. Really glad that I have three memberships this year.

I was hoping for Annik, Collette, or Dominique in the really Dark A-Tone color. Se la vie. Still, it is a nice solid collection and the club upgrade Giselle seems to fit in nicely with here romantic lace dress and vintage egg purse. Still a bit too much black for my personal taste, but black is the tent pole of all fashion so there is no escape. The accessories across the board and fantastic and add so much detail to all the fashions. I likely would have ordered more and might still get some of the fashions if I can find them later this summer. I am, however, feeling the strain of convention budgeting (or lack thereof) and hitting the critical mass moment in my doll cabinet. I plan to get a second Detolf in July when there is a sale for -pre-college planning so I can split up the vintage style dolls (East 59th, Katy Keene, Victoire, and Poppy) from the modern gals. I also need to do another purge of course but it is so hard. Right now things feel a bit schizo in the cabinet and it seems like eliminating an entire line would be the most sensible. Katy Keene feels like the oddball but darnit I do love that sculpt. Maybe she can go to my tiny office doll collection to make some space?
 
 

Monday, June 12, 2017

Final Jem Gift Set and W Club Exclusive Studio Playset. Farewell Jem... (or is it really Farewell?)

Well by the time the link for the public goes live tomorrow, these might already be history. Allegedly this is the end of the line. The email, however, hints that there might be more surprises in store. Many collectors are hoping for another issue of Aja, Shana, and Roxy..even if they are nude or baggy dolls. We shall see. I'm sad to see the line end, but frankly I don't have space for the dolls that I already have. I am also really enjoying making the fashions from the show on my own.

This final set is pretty nice.  This is not an outfit that I would have tackled on my own and the results from Integrity are pretty wonderful.  The detail is excellent and the swapped sculpts on Jem and Jerrica is a great bonus. Plus, look at Jem's AMAZING shoes! All in all, it is a decent value for the set (two dolls for $175) and with a smaller edition size of 400 pieces, it is likely to sell out.  I am still surprised that we did not get at least a cardboard cutout Synergy console. I have the materials all ready to make my own...but I still hold out some hope that we will get one last surprise.

W Club members are also able to order the exclusive Studio Playset replicating KJem Radio Station and LinZ's tv studio. Jem fans that did not join the club this year must really be kicking themselves. The set looks really swell and also features the starstruck guitar and some fun furniture pieces. It is a pricey $85 and I am really undecided. I want some of the pieces but have no room to display the set. I'd love the guitars and stand plus the furniture...but are those things really worth $85?  Oye.  I might just pass for now and tempt fate that if I change my mind later, I can take over someone's order or buy the things that I want piecemeal.

Item # 14096
Sophisticated Lady
JEM/JERRICA BENTON™ DUO-DOLL GIFT SET
The JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS™ COLLECTION
Adult Collectible
Approximate Ship Date: Now In-Stock (Shipping shortly after payment is received)
Limited Edition Size: 400 Gift Sets Only
Price: $175.00 + Shipping, Handling and Tax Per Gift Set
 Head Sculpt: JEM & Jerrica Benton
Body Type: JEM / Color Infusion 1.0
Skintone: Japan (Both Dolls)
Hair Color: Pink (Jem) and Blond (Jerrica Benton)
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied
Quickswitch: No

Pragmatic music executive JERRICA BENTON and the glamorous JEM are fully articulated dolls with fully rooted hair and hand-applied eyelashes. Dressed to impress as always, JERRICA wears an 80s inspired two-piece ensemble in complementary shades of purple and lavender, offset with a bright pink hat, neck scarf and scarf belt. She also completes the look with faux-suede booties, a dark purple bracelet and her signature JEMSTAR earrings, which allow her to turn into the fantastic JEM! Once transformed into JEM, she wears a truly outrageous two-piece skirt suit with strategically placed embroidery details that add all of the glamour that she needs for those exciting interviews and special appearances! JEM also wears a matching embroidered hat, a beautiful necklace and some killer pumps to complete her fantastic look!  Two individual doll stands and a certificate of authenticity are also included. For adult collectors ages 15 and up only. 



Item # 14095
STUDIO PLAYSET
The JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS™ Collection
Adult Collectible
Approximate Ship Date: Early Fall 2017
Limited Edition Size: TBA (Edition size based on total orders received)
Suggested Retail Price: $85.00 + Shipping and Handling Per Playset
 
Tech Specs
 
Materials Used: Plastic, Acrylic and Card Stock (Backdrop)
Approximate Dimension: 16" High X 16.75 Wide X 6.5 Deep
Complete Parts List:
1X Reversible Backdrop (Card Stock)
1X TV Set With Six Interchangeable "Topic" Images
1X Radio Station Shelving Unit
6X Miniature Music Records
1X Lin-Z TV Logo / Sign
1X KJEM Radio Logo/ Sign
2X Microphones With Articulated Arms
4X Miniature Mic Flags (2 for KJEM and 2 for Lin-Z TV)
2X Mic Cables
2X Mic Wireless Antennas
2X Neon Stools
1X Guitar Stand
1X Starstruck Guitar
1X Lightning Strikes Guitar
4X Acrylic Lighting Bolt Decor Pieces
2X Articulated Spotlights
1X Interview Table
1X Pair of Headphones
1X Mixing Console
1X Instruction Sheet
1X Certificate of Authenticity

Ultra detail-oriented and constructed to last, this amazing playset will take you right back to the 80s and allow you to display your JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS collection like never before! The perfect backdrop to many of JEM's adventures, here Lindsey Pierce can finally have a studio of her own to make all those cool announcements and play those exciting 80's music videos! Alternately, the set can be assembled to re-create the KJEM Radio station set from the 80s, however in a more modern, easier to display mode. As a fantastic bonus, the set includes two ultra-rare guitars from the show, Shana Elmford's ultra cool "Lighting Bolt" guitar and the #1 fan requested guitar, the "Starstruck" Guitar!

The set includes all of the components listed above and will be shipping flat to reduce shipping fees. Minimal assembly will be required, easy to follow instructions will be provided. Designed to fit most modern display cabinets! For adult collectors ages 15 and up only. 

NOTE: The sets and components shown in the following photos depict a prototype. Please note that final colors and textures may vary slightly. NO DOLLS ARE INCLUDED WITH THIS SET. All dolls shown are for display purposes only and are sold separately.