Sunday, October 25, 2015

She's Gotta Have It: My Pics 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.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

IT Cinematic Convention-Saturday Musings from Afar-W Club Luncheon & Gala Dinner

This afternoon was the W Club Luncheon.  For those not familiar with the IT Convention, the w club luncheon is an extra fee event open only to club members.  In the past, the souvenir has usually been an outfit.  Last year, we got Erin S.  There are typically enough centerpieces so that everyone can buy one and there have even been extra dolls to purchase in previous years.

This year the centerpiece is Veronique in a white dress with platinum hair.  It looks like she is inspired by Jean Harlow. The souvenir for the event was a super cute basic doll: Nu Face Sneak Peak Eden.  I love the platinum hair and the red lips.  I would love to get this doll.  I am surprised that the edition size was 600 for her.  Here is hoping I can get one later without selling a kidney.

The big news is a 12" Tulabelle line coming out next year! I am excited.  I look forward to another quirky fashionista.  

Now I am just sitting in a state of utter terror that something amazing will come out tonight and I will never in a million years be able to afford it.  Le sigh.  At least there is always another convention and yet more dolls coming to ease the pain.


The table centerpiece is a swell looking brunette Starlet Elise Jolie in a complicated couture cocktail dress.  I am guessing a Jason Wu piece (but I haven't found it yet).  I like her but still not a must have.

Friday, October 23, 2015

2015 IT Cinematic Convention Friday Doll Musings from Afar-Poppy Parker Luncheon

The Poppy Parker luncheon delivered two cute late sixties glam dolls.  Love and Let Love had a swell sequin one shoulder gown with wonderful eye makeup. Paper Doll's dress is cute and I like the pink makeup. Her hair bump does not do it for me.

They revealed the inspiration for next year which is late sixties Catherine Deneuve, Brigitte Bardot, Audrey Hepburn, and Anna Karina. The line will be called Bon Bon: Poppy Goes to Paris.

A super adorable travel gift set that will finish out the Model Scene line was also revealed.  IT Airways gift set features a brunette bob with bangs wearing a pink uniform suit; a coat with funky boots, helmet hat, and travel bag; and a colorful mini dress.  I think she will be a W Club Exclusive.  I hope it is NOT a lottery as I think it will be in high demand. (But of course, it will be a lottery...and my luck with Poppy lotteries has been utter crap). I will try for it as I think it will work well with my mod spy Poppy collection.  The collection was based on the spectacularly weird and wonderful uniforms from Braniff Airlines.

Okay. I will update this later tonight after the pics from the bazaar come out. 

Thursday, October 22, 2015

IT 2015 Cinematic Convention- Sleepy Thursday Musings from A Far...

The Adele Makeda Time and Again Centerpiece doll is very classy.  I love the big hair on her.  She has a great Olivia Pope vibe.

After getting better looks at the Style Lab Dolls, I would love to get my paws on the Jaeme/Jerrica doll.  She looks great in that tan skin tone.  I also want to find some of the men's fashions.

Seeing real pictures of the  most recent Nu Face collection, Nadja is STILL the winner but I do really like the Ayumi as well.

This time zone thing is kicking my behind....I am having a hard time staying up to see the souvenir doll for tonight....might have to update this later.


Out of Sight Nadja yall...I love this sculpt.  I am pretty tempted to hunt her down as I also don't have any short haired flocked dolls.  Kudos to Integrity for there ongoing dedication to giving us gorgeous dolls in all beautiful colors (now if we can only get one in a plumper size...I would love an Adele doll...just saying).

Pics of Adele and Nadja here...

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

IT 2015 Cinematic Convention Color Infusion Thoughts

Nigel North as Marlon Brando is the standout here.  He looks amazing. I kind of want the outfit so that I can make a custom Zipper for my Misfits. I also love the Elvis thing with him. No Asian sculpt this year!  Crazy-ness. I am really glad I held onto the guy from last year.

I will definitely keep some of these for Katy Keene.  I love the Lavender Lady look on Rebel Desire.  I will likely keep the gold gown too and maybe one of the black or the lovely brown gown with the nifty midriff modeled off a Lauren Bacall dress.  I think it's great they made several of the dresses into body suits and skirts.  It adds more versatility.  There is some great jewelry and footwear in this group too.  Glad I got these.  Now to hunt down the Wild One leather outfit and the James Dean Tropical Sunrise fashion.

IT 2015 Cinematic Convention Musing from Afar- Wednesday

So thanks to the magic of Flickr...We have already seen the bulk of the convention collection.  So far, nothing is making me weep with sadness that I won't have it. What a relief!  I mean SURE I would love to have some of them, but nothing is killing me.  The Agnes gift set is very cool with the lingerie and the Dietrich suit but I prefer my Agnes more modern and less retro.  Giselle with the short hair is cute but I am not into the suit.  It is too much like the awesome tuxedo jumpsuit from last year's Elise centerpiece.  I swear I recognize Star Power Vanessa's dress from a film...but I have not been able to figure it out.  I think it is in one of my costume books at work.

Currently I am most interested in the In Rouges Erin and the Workshop Lilith.  I like the hair and the pleated skirt is adorable. Lash out Poppy Workshop doll is also gorgeous with the platinum hair and the green eye shadow. I do love that Agnes.  I am trying not to think about her too much. I also love the outfit on the Workshop Ace...and platinum hair! Swoon. He will be impossible to get.

More about Color Infusion later...

Still trying not to think about Agnes.

IT Cinematic Convention Swag Doll List

Current Doll Count: 38
Fashion Only Count: 13

Other: (3)
High Frequency Kumi ITBE Cocktail Party LE215
Heart Stopper Natalia 1.0 Mold ITBE Cocktail Party LE215
Reigning Grace Eugenia-W Club Upgrade Doll

Souvenirs: (4/1)
On Set Blue Retro gown LE600
Out of Sight Nadja R. LE600
Paper Doll Poppy Parker LE600
Sneak Peak Eden LE600
Making an Entrance Carolin Stone (Nu face) LE600

Centerpieces: (4)
Time and Again Adele Makeda  LE450
Love and Let Love Poppy Parker LE450
Stage Presence Veronique Perrin LE450
Starlet Elise Jolie

Convention Collection: (7)
LE 600 each
Beautiful People Chip Farnsworth III
In Rouges Erin Salston
Inner Spark Natalia Fatale
Feminine Perspective Agnes Von Weiss Giftset
Perfectly Suited Giselle Diefendorf
Sparkle, Poppy Sparkle! Poppy Parker
Star Power Vanessa Perrin

Workshop Dolls: (3)
LE 450 each
Director's Cut Ace Mcfly
Up All Night Lilith
Lash Out Poppy Parker

IT Direct Salesroom (ticket to purchase): (5)
Come Live With Me Nigel North
First Blush Ayumi
Traveling Incognito Poppy Parker
Idol Worship Kyori Sato
Evening Blossom Dominique Makeda
Mystery Box

Color Infusion Style Lab: (12)
LE 600 each
6 Female Dolls-Monroe Jillian/Pizazz, Adaline King/Jetta, Fabriana Diaz/Raya, Jaeme Costas/Jerrica, Fan Xi, Dree Hill
6 Female Fashions-Golden Moment, Mine all Mine, Dark Victory, Shanghai Bound, Passion, Rebel Desire
6 Male Dolls-Tobias Alford/Anthony?, Callum Windsor, Declan Wake, Miles Morgan/Nigel North, Sterling Riese/Rio, Kieron Morel
6 Male Fashions-Stars in Your Eyes, Debonair, Blue Suede Shoes, Natural Talent, Tropical Sunset, Wild One

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

IT Cinematic Convention Pity Party

I often get comments that I look like Claire Danes (albeit a mucho chubby Claire Danes since I had the wee bairn)...and I am pretty sure I UGLY CRY like Claire Danes.

The Integrity Toys Doll Convention starts tomorrow.  I am not there.  Sadness.  I also do not have a proxy this year (unlike last year).  Even more sadness.  I have a horrible sinking feeling that everything is going to be stunning and amazing and I will not be able to get my hands on any of it.  Buckets of sadness.

Currently, two things are keeping me upright.  One, I was totally uninterested in that Reigning Grace Eugenia. So if everything is in that vein, then I will not be so horribly sad. (She says trying to convince herself that it will be true). Two, I was able to secure all the women's Color Infusion fashions "for a reasonable price"...basically at cost plus shipping.

The dolls from this convention could go so many ways.  The classic Hollywood look of Reigning Grace (based on Rear Window Grace Kelly) indicates that they might be using Old Hollywood for inspiration for the FR Dolls in the collection and as souvenirs.  They did this back for the Premiere Convention with the Kyori, Vero, and Natalia dolls (and did it very well).  Those dolls were in evening wear, so possibly this time they will stick with cocktail or day wear.  Of course, Poppy will likely draw inspiration from a film look of the late sixties or early seventies.  It might be fun to see a Sci-fi Barbarella look on her. Perhaps the Nu Face girls will be from a more recent film.  I will absolutely cry if they do Nu Face as Clueless characters (which is entirely possible since it is a Paramount film and Integrity has a business relationship with Paramount already).  The Color Infusion style lab is a total toss up.  In recent years the vibe has been dark and gothic (2013) or disco fever (2014).  I secretly hope for some 1980s love since these are the same bodies as the Jem dolls and the 80's rules. I would love to see a retro look on them too...especially since that style would work for my Katy Keene doll who is woefully lacking on suitable wardrobe at the moment.

The thing I am currently sweating is that Agnes gift set in the convention collection.  I love Agnes and LOVE gift sets. The pre-sale prices have been brutal.  I am game to pay extra....but not like $400 extra.  So I am hoping that if I wait patiently, I will get one in my price range. Of course, that is assuming that she ends up being a must-have.  I might find that some other doll entirely ends up being on my drool list. I still have the Giselle centerpiece from 2014 and the Workshop Elise as potential trade bait as well if I get desperate. I love both of those dolls...but a real stunner could sway me.

So here is hoping everything is glittery updos and ballgowns!  (which I hate).  More money to save for next year's convention.  Oh the anticipation is killing me already.  I do hope it is closer to my new home in Charlotte next year...or back near Chicago.

I will keep the blog as updated as I can with convention news and reviews from affair.  Join the convention Pity Party Coverage right here...bring your tissues and credit cards.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Madame Alexander DC Dolls- Wonder Woman, Harley, and Poison Ivy

These were completely off my radar.  Somehow I am still on a Madame Alexander mailing list even though I have not bought an Alex doll in over a decade. These are new 16" dolls using the Alex articulated body. Wonder Woman's outfit is reminiscent of Linda Carter's oddly cut star spangled panties and gold chicken bodice.  If she ever goes on mega sale, I might be tempted.  Harley Quinn comes with a swell mallet but there is no photo of her without her mask or hood, so we have NO IDEA what lurks beneath that mask. The facial screening with the open smile is a little weird and her body suit needs to be way tighter. I think Ivy is the most successful.  I would love to see the leafy bathing suit thing in person and the leaf boots also look fun.  The tights are something we have not seen in previous doll versions.  Her screening looks nice and overall she captures the feeling and look of the character.

At $199 each, these are fairly in line with Tonner's DC Dolls prices but the MA Alex dolls have way more articulation. I am not a fan of the more simplified sculpt and cartoony facial screening on these dolls though. I have also had mixed feelings on the execution of the fashions (though I have had the same problem with Tonner in recent years).  The photography quality and the lack of detailed photos is real shame here.  If you think I am dropping $200 on a doll with only ONE PICTURE then you are clearly sniffing glue MA.   The always amazing website, Experience the Wonder, still only has promo pics of the Wonder Woman.  I will wait better pics from collectors before dropping cash.

Never Ordinary Lilith and Eden Nu Face GIftset-W Club Exclusive

Finally some love for the Nu Face gals in the W Club.  I was excited as I have missed out on several chances at the infamous twins.  I am not sure if this will be the set to die that quintescential version of a character or sculpt that once you own it, you feel like you can rest easy knowing it cannot get any better than this doll.  I like these, but I am not in love with them.  It might be more of a "love the one your with" option for me.  I like the screening a lot.  I even like the funky hairdo that seems to be polarizing for many collectors.  I like the look and cut of the fashions but I am not in love with the colors.  The original inspiration from Balmain features gorgeous orangey reds and greys that are totally drool worthy.  BUT....the coats are amazing.  I love the jewelery and the price is amazing for two complete dolls that, up until now, have been nearly impossible to get for a good price.  So I have ordered knowing they will fill a niche for now.  Who knows though, in person they could very well have that spark that I am not getting from promos.

Item # 82060
Never Ordinary
Lilith and Eden™ Dressed Duo-Doll Gift Set
The Nu.Face™ Collection
2015 W Club Exclusive
Limited Edition Size: TBA 
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Late Q1/Early Q2, 2016
Regular W Club Price: $225.00 + Shipping, Handling and Applicable Sales Tax*.
Special W Club 10th Anniversary Price: $199.00 + Shipping, Handling and Applicable Sales Tax*.
Doll Tech Specs:

Head Sculpts: Lilith and Eden
Body Type: Nu. Face 2.0
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Colors: Pale Blond with Platinum Streak (Eden) and Raven with Brunette Streak (Lilith)
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied

The most popular team of models in the industry, twin sisters Lilith and Eden return in front of the cameras to model for their favorite designers! Looking sleek and fresh in their ultra modern hairstyles and fashionable clothes, these sisters are absolutely ready for their close-up!

Lilith and Eden are 12.5-inch fully articulated vinyl fashion dolls with new, never seen before duo-toned fully rooted hairstyles! Lilith comes dressed in sleek form fitted matte jersey pants and a purple satin top with black lace overlay, covered by an intricately constructed faux-leather jacket with corset seaming. She completes her look with a faux suede tote, faux leather high-heeled sandals and the introduction of a brand new set of jewelry debuting here in this set for the first time. Chic and edgy Eden wears a pink organza cocktail dress with a contrasting black lace overlay and piping detail under a boiled wool look blazer. She comes complete with accessories that she can share with her sister: a paneled clutch, ankle booties with chain detail and a gold collar necklace with contrasting black epoxy inset detailing. Each doll comes with her own Nu.Face branded doll stand! For adult collectors ages 15 and up.

30th Anniversary Award Night Jem! W Club Exclusive Doll

I will admit that I was hoping for someone OTHER than Jem for the W Club doll this time.  My shelf is getting mighty crowded.  I was semi-tempted to pass on this one...but the Jerrica sculpt, the makeup, the hair, and that AMAZING necklace thingie won me over.  I was never in love with this fashion but it is pretty nicely executed and does look like the cartoon.  Along with the announcement, club members were treated to a very nice Q & A video with designers Vaughan and Alain.  Some hints for the future include more guys and gals, another year for the line, and polls in the club forum to help collectors show their enthusiasm for what might be produced next.

Item # 14064
Award Night
JEM Dressed Doll
2015 W Club Exclusive
Limited Edition Size: TBA 
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Late Q1/Early Q2, 2016
Regular W Club Price: $130 + Shipping, Handling and Applicable Sales Tax*. 
Doll Tech Specs:

Head Sculpt: Jerrica Benton
Body Type: Jem / Color Infusion
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Pink
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied

JEM is 12.5-inch fully articulated vinyl fashion doll with glamorous rooted pink hair, luscious hand-applied eyelashes and a pretty closed mouth smile. JEM's signature Award Night look is comprised of a ruffled pleated pale pink gown accented with a gold bodice and an exclusively designed neck piece. JEM comes complete with her yellow flowers, her JEMSTAR earrings and shoes. Certificate of authenticity and doll stand also included! For adult collectors ages 15 and up.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Shopbop Jem Items Now on Sale!

And yikes are they pricey. I already secured my doll luckily.  And if you have amazon prime then you can get shipping for free. I did not anticipate the fashion items being so expensive.  I am really tempted by the cashmere scarf at $130. The jewelry is amazing and I would kill for the sunglasses but totally not in my budget. With luck, the stuff will go on sale later.,os=7,link=Mobile-JEMHOAssort01-CTA-100115

Friday, September 25, 2015

30th Anniversary "Showtime" Jem Exclusive to ShopBop & More Jem Swag

After some wild speculation, we finally have photos of the ShopBop exclusive Jem.  Showtime Jem is basically a Classic Jem with the color variations seen on the cartoon.  The price is pretty reasonable and I think this is a nice way to give people another chance at the iconic look for Jem while still keeping the original Classic Jem special.  The edition size is very worrisome though.  I think they could have done 750 at least.  I know there are many collectors that missed the first version of her and yet more still that would like this color variation. Shopbop has limited it to two per customer and these could very well sell out in a hurry.  I still have not decided to try for her or not.  I would love to get the outfit variation but it is not really necessary.  I was even considering selling my Classic Jem recently...hmmmm.  Decisions.  Maybe if I do get this one, then I would sell Classic Jem.  

The non-smiling Jerrica face is a nice touch.  The original Hasbro Jem was similarly non-smiling. The grumpy Jem sculpt was replaced with a toothy grinned Jem for subsequent releases.  Now if we can get a Jerrica with the smiling Jem mold...that would be swell.  We still have the W Club Jem doll to come this year.  I am guessing it will be the long awaited Eric Raymond doll.  I keep hoping it will be a two doll set with Eric and Jerrica as his assistant in her adorable sweater vest outfit.

I am less concerned about getting this doll as I am about getting some of the other Jem swag.  I am hoping for some new fun shirts and maybe a bag or coffee mug.

Item # 14098
SHOPBOP Exclusive
Dressed Doll
Limited Edition Size of 500 Dolls
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately October 2015 (from SHOPBOP)
Retail Price: $119.00 US + Shipping and Handling.

Doll Tech Specs:

Body Type: JEM / Color Infusion
Head Sculpt: Jerrica Benton
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Pink
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied

30 amazing years ago, JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS took the world by storm and left an undying mark in the hearts of fans everywhere!

To mark this most remarkable moment in the history of the brand, HASBRO and Integrity Toys in partnership with SHOPBOP are proud to bring you the exclusive SHOWTIME JEM doll!

Dressed in a color variation of her truly outrageous sensational 80's signature look, JEM shines like never before! Includes her light pink nylon asymmetrical mini-dress, glittery fringed belt, matching cuff bracelet, JEMSTAR earrings, metallic stockings, shoes and wireless microphone. Fully articulated 12.5-inch vinyl doll with rooted hair and hand applied eyelashes. A doll stand is included. For adult collectors ages 15 and up only.

This is a SHOPBOP exclusive.  This is the information that they provided us with and is subject to change. We are passing it on merely as a courtesy to W Club members.
*Launch Date, October 1, between approximately 7:45 AM and  8 AM EST

*Limited quantities, maximum 2 units per order
*Retailer ships internationally
*Doll retail price - $119.00 US + Shipping and handling (Free express shipping options available)
Shopbop presents an exclusive collection of apparel, accessories and jewelry featuring a modern take on the glitter and glam that define JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS and its '80s rock sensibility. In addition to the special-edition JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS legacy doll, the fun and flashy assortment includes Wildfox graphic tees, Vita Fede neon bracelets, a Tamara Mellon leather skirt, Sonix iPhone cases, Swell bottles, A Morir sunglasses, Noir jewelry, and more.
About Shopbop

The go-to online retail destination for modern style, Shopbop offers a comprehensive, hand-picked collection of apparel and accessories from the industry's foremost contemporary and designer labels. Since its launch in 2000 as a denim-focused e-commerce platform, Shopbop has grown into one of the world's leading fashion authorities. Along with renowned customer service, Shopbop delivers unparalleled wardrobe advice, cutting-edge editorial lookbooks, innovative features, and exclusive collaborations with forward-minded brands. The result is a highly personalized, satisfying, and-above all-fun shopping experience that caters to style-minded women around the globe. In 2006, BOP LLC was acquired by, Inc., the world's largest internet retailer, enabling Shopbop to expand its services to enhance the customer experience. A trusted, globally recognized fashion merchant, Shopbop sells only quality, authentic designer merchandise. Shopbop is part of the Inc. group of companies.
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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

IT News: MLP Inspired Dolls = Apocalypse (evidently)

Yeesh.  I will never understand the "get off my lawn" mentality of some doll collectors.  When IT unveiled the newest line, a Hasbro My Little Pony inspired doll line, you would have thought it was the end of the world. Granted, this is a slightly unusual idea that will only appeal to a small section of current IT collectors...I am pretty confident that the whole point of this BUSINESS MOVE by IT is to appeal to NEW COLLECTORS!!!!  My Little Pony is super popular y'all.  It has appeal for people into retro 80's kitsch and is also popular with new younger collectors.  This is a move that is bound to generate some press AND bring new people to Integrity.  NEW COLLECTORS ARE GOOD FOR EVERYONE!  So while some of you are huddled in your fall out shelters with your NRFB Ponytail Swirls and Vanessa 1.0 facemolds and a pristine Bergdorf Poppy...the rest of the sensible world will just keep on collecting and just NOT BUY THINGS WE DON'T LIKE.  Why folks gotta hate on each other? No one is forcing you to buy anything.

I also don't get the hate towards new collectors coming into the W Club and on boards.  Jem fans who joined IT did not always get a warm reception.  I fear this will continue to happen as long as people live under the completely ridiculous notion that they are getting LESS of the the things that they love because IT is diversifying with newer lines and styles.  That is what healthy businesses do people.  New blood is crucial.  I read a post where someone said, "I hope we don't get all those bronies joining the w club"...and I realize this is silly doll collecting...but damn, what sort of narrow minded horse poop is that kind of talk?  If we can't be inclusive and welcoming in a DOLL FORUM well then...I guess people should all just take their dolls and go home.

And for the record, I am unlikely to buy these but I will wait and see them before I make my final judgement.  I was a MLP fan back in the day but don't really have a big draw to it right now.  I am intrigued to see the new body design for the female doll mentioned in the press release.  I am guessing it will be a hybrid of the JEM body with a smaller bust line perhaps?

FR: As Dusk Falls Eugenia Doll

New doll...only a little time left to order her from IT.  There is no limit on this one.  I am passing.  I love the hair color and that belt is amazing...but I don't need another evening gown. I especially don't need another BLACK evening gown.  

Item # 91388
As Dusk Falls
Eugenia Perrin Frost™ Dressed Doll 
The Fashion Royalty® Collection
2014 Design Competition Award Doll by Julia Leroy
Edition Size: TBA (Based on all orders received, see ordering information below)
Suggested Retail Price: $150 public/$130 W Club Members (+ Shipping and tax if applicable)
Estimated Delivery Date: Approximately Winter 2015/2016

Doll Tech Specs:

Head Sculpt: Eugenia
Body Type: FR 2013
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Colors: Golden Blond
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied

Eugenia could not be more proud to walk the red carpet wearing her sleek new "Culte de Paris" gown by Julia Leroy!

Eugenia Perrin Frost is a 12.5-inch fully articulated vinyl doll with sophisticated fully rooted hair and hand-applied eyelashes. The doll comes dressed in a look based on Julia Leroy's award winning design from the 2014 Integrity Toys Design Competition, which took place at the Gloss Convention in Orlando, Florida. This fabulous  doll comes complete with matching accessories and shoes!  A doll stand is also included. For adult collectors ages 15 and up.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Out of This World & Mood Changers Poppy Parker Dolls

It has been raining dolls around here.  Integrity's timing has been impeccably disastrous for my wallet. Techrat, Veronique giftset, upgrade Agnes and Faux Sean, Dania, Paris Jem...and I am still unable to debox them as I have not completed the display case set up.  I still have to refinish a table on which the display case will set.  Hoping to get that done today as I am eager to get these dolls on display and get the boxes up into the attic (or the recycling bin...haven't decided how I am handling The Great Box Dilemma).

In my recent doll purges before the move, I widdled my Poppy collection down to just the Girl from Integrity.  I ordered the 2015 W Club Mood Changers doll because I wanted the long raven hair Poppy with the aqua makeup.  She does not disappoint.  I was planning to sell the other two heads but both are really tempting in person.  Le sigh.  The best laid plans.  I am giving it another week to decide.  I bought the extra bodies so I could sell them a a full doll...but I fear they might be staying awhile.

I also sprung for Out of This World Poppy because I thought she would be a perfect spy companion.  I am a sucker for platinum hair and loved the combo of the hair with the pale frosted lips. I opened her and made an audible gasp. GORGEOUS! Really... I think I can stop collecting Poppies because I cannot imagine them making anything better than this doll.  I think this is going to be one of those dolls people will kick themselves for not getting later.  The outfit is adorable and very detailed.  Future mod perfection. And the over the knee silver boots are swell.  The earrings are dangling silver triangles and the over-sized sunglasses are a great touch.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Tulabelle 2.0! Sassy new updated look.

Integrity won me over years ago with their amazing detail and fashion forward designs for 1/6 scale dolls. When they launched the Tulabelle line, I was in love with the youthful looks and the amazing value.  For at least fifty dollars less than other 16" dolls from competing companies, you would get a nice doll, amazing shoes and jewelry, a killer outfit, and a great handbag or hat.

IT has come back with a new wave of Tulabelle dolls but with a brand new "mature" head sculpt.  Other collectors have noticed a likeness to FR16 doll Hanne Erickson.  I can see the similarities (especially in Idol Thoughts) but I also still see the influence of Poppy Parker (the grandmother of Tulabelle).  The new sculpt definitely fits more in the realm of the FR16 models.  The original Tula sculpt is much more cartoony and youthful by comparison.  I like the first one...but I also like this new one.  I am trying hard to cut back on doll purchases in general...that said, I am REALLY tempted by the Sweet Tartan doll.  I like the red hair and the outfit.  So I might see if I can get her later on sale.  If not, I will hold out for the future version that screams at me to buy it.  I am tempted...but it is not keeping me up at night quite yet. Of course, it has only been a day.

In previous Tulabelle lines we have gotten at least one fashion that is a nod to a Poppy item in her closet.  I am really hoping to see that cute sequin mini on a future poppy.

I love the outfit on Idol Thoughts. Amazing detail and the clever t-shirt with the mod Poppy face is perfect. This is one of those outfits that just makes everything that Tonner has given us in the last five years look like velcroed playline Barbie clothes in comparison.  I mean looks at those pants people!  And those sleeves?  

Item # 86012
Idol Thoughts
Tulabelle™ Dressed Doll
Limited Edition Size of 400 Dolls
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Winter 2015
Suggested Retail Price: $150.00
Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer Starting Today!

Doll Tech Specs:

Head Sculpt: Tulabelle 2.0
Body Type: 16" Poppy Fashion Teen
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Light Blonde
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied 

Tulabelle is a 16-inch fully articulated vinyl fashion doll with root hair and hand-applied eyelashes.  Tulabelle is dressed in an eclectic ensemble perfect for mixing and matching with other pieces. The fashion consists of a coral pink jacket with blouson sleeves, cropped sleeveless top with Poppy Parker™ screen print in navy blue, green trousers, and orange platform pumps. A navy faux leather clutch finishes off the ensemble.  A doll stand is included. For adult collectors ages 15 and up.

Fashion Saga is very Dita Von Tess to me.  Again with the amazing accessories.  

Item #86013
Fashion Saga
Tulabelle™ Dressed Doll
Limited Edition Size of 400 Dolls
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Winter 2015
Suggested Retail Price: $$150.00
Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer

Doll Tech Specs:

Head Sculpt Tulabelle 2.0
Body Type: 16" Poppy Fashion Teen
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Raven
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied  

Tulabelle is a 16-inch fully articulated vinyl fashion doll with stylish fully rooted hair and hand-applied eyelashes. Tulabelle is dressed in an off-white cropped jacket with embroidered detail on back, gold sequin halter top, and a black faux leather skirt with laser cut star pattern. Signature purple platform shoes and a faux leopard print fur clutch complete this fun look.  A doll stand is included. For adult collectors ages 15 and up. 

My favorite is Sweet Tartan.  I love the hat and the asymmetrical blouse.  Also a fan of the Dr. Martens and the silver envelop clutch.  Hello bug pin  and are adorable.  The red hair and the screening are doing it for me.  Again totally tempted.  We will see if she still is haunting me next week.  
Item #86014
Sweet Tartan
Tulabelle™ Dressed Doll
Limited Edition Size of 400 Dolls
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Winter 2015
Suggested Retail Price: $$150.00
Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer

Doll Tech Specs:

Head Sculpt Tulabelle 2.0
Body Type: 16" Poppy Fashion Teen
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Titian Red
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied  

Tulabelle is a 16-inch fully articulated fashion doll with long, flowing fully rooted hair and hand-applied eyelashes. Tulabelle wears a fashion consisting of tartan metallic lurex leggings, a navy blue blouse with asymmetrical front placket and a thick white knit pull-over sweater. A navy blue knit beanie with net detail, yellow faux leather combat boots, and an oversized silver metallic faux leather envelope clutch finish this casual ensemble. A doll stand is included. For adult collectors ages 15 and up. 

This one is mighty cute.  That mod sequin mini dress is very fun. I also love the funky orange vinyl clutch and the heel-less platforms.  

Item #86015
Mod*ern Love
Tulabelle™ Dressed Doll
Limited Edition Size of 400 Dolls
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Winter 2015
Suggested Retail Price: $$150.00
Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer

Doll Tech Specs:

Head Sculpt Tulabelle 2.0
Body Type: 16" Poppy Fashion Teen
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: Japan
Hair Color: Silver
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied  

Tulabelle is a 16-inch fully articulated fashion doll with fully rooted, short cropped hair and hand-applied eyelashes. Tulabelle is wearing a multi-colored pattern sequin mini dress with three quarter sleeves, a short hot pink fur coat with lilac stripe detail, and purple tights. An orange shiny faux leather shrimp shaped clutch and hot pink faux suede platform Mary Jane shoes finish off this fun and mod inspired ensemble. A doll stand is included. For adult collectors ages 15 and up. 

Hate the hair on this one, but I get what they were going for...I just think it makes her hard to redress. The outfit is wonderful. The jewelry is fantastic. The detail on the bustier is great. The facial screening and hair color are also lovely.
Item #86016
Wicked & Divine
Tulabelle™ Dressed Doll
Limited Edition Size of 400 Dolls
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Winter 2015
Suggested Retail Price: $$150.00
Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer

Doll Tech Specs:

Head Sculpt Tulabelle 2.0
Body Type: 16" Poppy Fashion Teen
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: Japan
Hair Color: Golden Blonde
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied  

Tulabelle is a 16-inch fully articulated fashion doll with rooted hair* styled in an extravagant, high-fashion double updo. Tulabelle is wearing a gold brocade hot pant suit, shocking pink satin bustier, black fishnets and black, pink and gold faux leather platform heels. A black faux leather clutch and gold chain choker necklace finishes off this edgy look. A doll stand is included. For adult collectors ages 15 and up.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Collector's Shame: Moving as a Wake Up Call & Healthy Collecting Strategies

-"I just know I left that Arc of the Covenant around here somewhere..."

I just moved from Chicago to Charlotte.  I knew we were moving when I took my new job in late April and that I had to be in Charlotte August 1st. I thought that I had started early enough to not make it a horrible experience...but alas, I think that there is no way that moving is anything less than a horrible experience.  I liken it to a root canal only slightly less enjoyable.

Quite possibly the worst part of it was the severe wake up call that I had in regards to my spending and collecting habits.  It was abundantly clear after two weeks of packing that I had a metric crap ton of stuff. Insane amounts of stuff. Ludicrous amounts. More stuff than anyone should have. Fabric, yarn, fiber, magazines, books, action figures, dolls, makeup, clothes, etc... I wistfully looked at those festive hipsters living in tiny houses in exotic places like Portland and wished I could have such restraint. While packing I quickly began to make hard choices about what I could keep and still live with myself...and what I could sell or donate. It was brutal. I did end up selling quite a bit and made enough money to help cover a decent chunk of my move.  I was not able to sell everything that I wanted though due to time.  I left a lot of money on the table and ended up donating a bunch of stuff that I could have easily sold on eBay if I had been more organized.  But I also could have been restrained in the first place and let go of things I was hording well before I got to this crisis point.  I let my collections go unchecked for years.  The intense amounts of stuff became a weight on me.  As I made what had to be the last of fifteen trips to the thrift store, I felt a strange mix of regret...but also the unmistakable feeling of freedom.  It felt good to let it go.....which was extremely surprising to me.

But let me be clear.  My distress was not in the fact that I collect and have a ton of was that I was in denial about the amount that I had.  There was a surprising amount of collected/hoarded objects that I had just swept from my memory.  That doll I got to re-root.  A whole box of repaints in progress.  One that I thought I had sold but the sale did not happen yet the doll remained out of sight and out of mind in a package addressed to no one. Much of that stuff came along for the ride.  Much of that is now sitting in my new guest bedroom...or shoved in a closet where I will have to face it soon.  Or shove it somewhere in the attic only to be rediscovered during my next move...hitting the rest button on my 'collector's shame' again.

This move was all about new beginnings.  We are starting a new chapter and I am trying to apply that to all aspects of my life.  So with that lofty motivation, I am trying to keep my urges in check.  Being more frugal in spending and getting rid of the things that are likely to occupy those boxes left unpacked and ignored.

The new house is great but I have much less room to display my collections (and little to no room to store what is not on display).  We are trying to maintain a more respectable (read "grown up pants") look so I have currently cut back my collection space to a new Ikea Detolf cabinet in my bedroom.  The cabinet is glass and can be locked to keep sticky toddler fingers off of Mommy's toys (another reason for minimizing the collection). The only drawback is with the shelf height of the Detolf.  It is not conducive to the taller Tonner dolls.  I can display some of those on top of the cabinet perhaps or seek another display option just for a select few of them. I am also bringing a few things to display in my house at work.  I think a small selection of my Wonder Woman swag will end up there. Perhaps the Tonner superheroes can work in my office?

Why the cutback in displayed collection?  We wanted to keep the dolls out of the guest room.  Some of this is at request of my husband but I am also getting tired of the everyone calling my dolls creepy.  Whatever.  I will go into this in another post (read RANT). But I also thought that cutting back would have a couple of added benefits for me.

First, a smaller display place would make me focus my collections.  I would have to CURATE what would be on display and ROTATE what would not fit.  Rotating would encourage PLAY.  It would mean getting dolls in and out more and changing them.  This was something that I got lazy about when I had more space. I had multiples of dolls and characters but things were also crowded.  So even though I had more dolls out, I played and actually saw less of them.  It could also allow for more diorama type display which would indulge my love for miniature creation.  I could make some mini-furnitures as such (in my copious spare time).

Second, a smaller space would force me to REDUCE and keep only my very favorites and PURGE the rest. Then, if I have dolls that fail to make it into the rotation after a year, I can take that as a clear indicator that they be purged.

Third, the display case is in my bedroom, so I see it regularly and often.  Having it there will let me enjoy it more.

And finally, I am choosing a select few dolls to bring to the office for display.  I figure it is my office...and I can do what I want with it.  This is something that I love and if I want to have a shelf of Wonder Woman swag...why the heck not.  It is no weirder than the Anthropology prof with a shelf full of fertility gods.  It means that I will also enjoy my hobby throughout the day.  I like that idea.

So the new plan is to Rotate, Curate, Reduce, Purge, and Play. (and Document).

The new game plan is also to Document.  I have been spending time listing my dolls in a spreadsheet and recording prices, place of purchase, dates, sculpts, skin tones, etc.  This is crucial for insurance purposes of course.  This is also a great way to get a handle on just how much you have in a collection.  I have been tracking what I still have out on pre-order and what I am planning to sell.  I can make more informed estimates about saving for future purchases based on previous spending habits.  It is a real eye opener to see it all laid out before you.  I plan to further document each doll as I unpack it for display by photographing them all. I was thinking of using CLCTIN.  It is sort of like a social media/facebook presence for your collections.

My big question right now is about boxes and storage.  It would certainly free up a ton of space if I ditched the original packing and shippers. However, it is so easy to store them in the original packaging and of course makes it easier and sometimes more valuable to sell with the boxes.  I have an attic space but have not investigated it yet.  Oh how I wish I had a massive garage.  But of course, I would expand to fill the spaces if I had them.  My current restrictions are likely exactly what I need in order to learn some better habits.

So in addition to documenting everything, I am really trying to make better choices.  As I begin to unpack and curate, I am definitely going to be making some hard decisions about who stays and who gets kicked off the island.  This cabinet has four glass shelves.  My Jem collection alone would barely fit this thing.  In addition to Jem, I have the Tonner Superheroes, my steampunk vamps, my Audrey Hepburn movie dolls, Poppy Parker spy dolls, Fashion Royalty/Nu Face, and a few color infusion guys and gals.  I also need to really check myself before I jump in and pre-order something new.  How does this new doll fit with my current collection?  Does the new doll repeat something that I already have?  Will the new one replace an old one (meaning I sell the old to make way for the new)?

Right now the Jem collection is the largest, followed by Wonder Woman.  I have repeats in the Wonder Woman stuff that could go away without too much trauma.  With Jem though, I currently have every doll made so far and I am finding it really difficult to think about selling some of the repetitive dolls.   Oh decisions, decisions.

So what do you do to keep yourself in check?  What has worked?  What has failed?  Have you just given up and bought a trailer out back for your dolls?

New Jem Dolls!!! Starstruck Jem & Craig!

Finally.  Some new swag!  I am excited about the Starstruck outfit. I was always a big fan of this outfit on the cartoon and begged for the Hasbro outfit as a kid. It looks very well executed and those boots!!! BOOTS!  Love them.  I, like many collectors, were bummed that we are not getting the star-shaped guitar.  I might have to make my own.  The accessories on both of these dolls are a bit lackluster.  It would have liked to see acoustic drums for Craig. I am not completely in love with Craig.  I wish they would have used a new sculpt instead of repeating Riot. With the edition sizes being so low on these IT Direct exclusives, I dare not risk skipping him for fear that I would never be able to afford him if I change my mind later.  I plan to have him wear my vintage Hasbro green bomber jacket.

Item # 14061
Starstruck Jem™ 
Dressed Fashion Doll 
Adult Collectible 
Limited Edition Size of 500 Dolls 
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Early Winter 2015 
Suggested Retail Price: $130.00 + Shipping and Handling 
Available for pre-order only via IT Direct (details below).
Doll Tech Specs:
Head Sculpt: JEM™ 
Body Type: JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS™ / Color Infusion™
Skin Tone: Japan
Quick Switch Feature: No 
Hair Color: Pink/Blond Mix 
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied
Based on an outfit initially called "Starstruck Guitar" released in 1986 as part of the original 80's toy line by HASBRO, Starstruck JEM is the design team's representation of this truly outrageous look. Contrary to the toy line where HOLOGRAMS band members were meant to wear this costume, it became a key look for JEM instead and was seen in many memorable episodes such as "Glitter 'n Gold" and "The Talent Search". Our version of Starstruck JEM features glittery golden makeup, a luscious two-toned hairstyle, a head band that matches her outfit and a flashy golden microphone, all she needs to rock on! 

JEM is a fully articulated 12.5-inch vinyl fashion doll with fully rooted hair and hand applied eyelashes. JEM comes with her signature Starstruck look, a golden microphone and mic stand, a golden record award, Jemstar earrings, bracelets and high-heeled boots. A doll stand is included as well. For adult collectors ages 15 and up. 

Item # 14062 
Craig Phillips™ 
Dressed Fashion Figure 
Adult Collectible 
Limited Edition Size of 500 Fashion Figures 
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Early Winter 2015 
Suggested Retail Price: $130.00 + Shipping and Handling 
Available for pre-order only via IT Direct (details below).
Doll Tech Specs:
Head Sculpt: Riot Llewelyn™ 
Body Type: Color Infusion 
Skin Tone: FR White 
Quick Switch Feature: No 
Hair Color: Electric Blue 
Eyelashes: No
When we first meet Craig Phillips™ in the episode "The Talent Search", we soon discover his big secret: he is the brother of Mary "Stormer" Phillips of the Misfits! With this little fact unknown to JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS, Craig is invited to enter a talent search competition to become the band's new drummer after meeting AJA LEITH, one of the Holograms! Craig is a loyal and kind friend and will do anything to defend those he loves (especially his sister and new love AJA LEITH)! Part of a British band called the Blue Bloods, Craig loves to visit America often to see his sister and his friends, THE HOLOGRAMS!
Craig Phillips™ is a fully articulated 12.5-inch vinyl fashion figure with fully rooted hair. Craig comes dressed in his signature look as seen in the hit 80's series, composed of a hot pink short sleeved polo shirt, high-waisted white jeans and tennis shoes. Craig comes with his instrument of choice, his elaborate drum kit! Two different interchangeable band logos are included so that you may chose which band Craig will play for, JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS or THE BLUE BLOODS! A doll stand is included as well. For adult collectors ages 15 and up.