Thursday, October 30, 2014

IT Gloss Convention Doll List...In progress

Doll count: 30

Welcome Doll Erin-original sculpt on high heel Poppy body

IT Direct Salesroom Dolls:

Wild Thing Poppy*
Hanne Erikson After Hours
Dial V for Victoire Mini Giftset
ITBE Jolt- Amelie/Misaki
ITBE Oopmh-Ayumi?
ITBE Zing-Amelie/misaki?

Convention Collection:
Nightshade kyori*
Dark moon poppy
La villa lumiere Simoneta
Cold Shoulder Eugenia
Adorned Vanessa
Nocturnal Glow Veronique

Color Infusion: (these molds are guesses right now...not confirmed)*

Jetta-White Dress
Blonde Tan-red One shoulder top- Raya/fabiana?
Kimber brunette in pink cowl hood top
Kika/Aja in Blue and fur
Pizazz tan in sequin leopard top
Janay/Ragine-gold sequins
Blonde Rapture in black eyelash top
Tan Red head in black fur and stripe wrap dress-roxy/tilda?

Asian Guy-red jacket-tetsuo? Or new sculpt? 
Blonde Rio- tweed coat
Afro Fella-red velvet suit-Remi?
Five o'clock Shadow guy-disco jacket-Declan
Ace/Riot blonde in grey anorak
Long Black hair Vinnie Barbarino-teal bomber jacket-new sculpt? 

Thursday Night Dinner:
Sheer Sensuality Vanessa Perrin Centerpiece- original sculpt
Le Smoking Adele Makeda*- original sculpt
Accessory pack for Erin with fur vest and hat


Watch Workshop Chip

* Evidently several dolls are still in customs or en route to the convention still.  Yikes!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Couture Sewing Behind the Scenes....

Watch this video...

So this is amazing...and I do a great deal of these same steps and techniques when I make a wedding dress for someone...and also when I make costumes.  All of that tedious thread tracing even. I only WISH I had that amazing pleater thingy though.  Hopefully this gives some insight as for why custom made garments cost you lots of mullah...

It also makes me want to wear a labcoat at work.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Fashion sleuthing. ..FR Urban Safari

So I think I might have found some of the design inspiration for the recent  Urban Safari lineup from Integrity Fashion Royalty in the Spring 2011 Gucci designs. I don't know if anyone had found these already. If so then I was not aware.

  There is an orange dress very similar to Elise, a vest outfit like Desert Sands Kyori, and a cropped vest with corset number a lot like High Visibility Agnes. I also spotted seam and laced eyelet details on a skirt. You can see more photos in my Urban Safari board on Pinterest.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

New York Comic Con~Lady Action~Wonder Woman 52 and Supergirl Costumes for $99

I believe this is the Captain Action booth #341...According to a another website, they are seeling the Wonder Woman 52 outfit for $99 or the outfit/Lady Action set for $199...which is a swell deal if that means the outfit plus the doll.  I have yet to find confirmation that this Wonder Woman 52 outfit will come with a wig or not.  So it is a mystery.

The Supergirl outfit looks so much like the original DC Stars Supergirl...I am not sure I even care to get it.  The wig looks nice, but I have never been a big wig doll fan.  I can't tell from the photos if the boots have a heel on them. The biggest difference in the outfits is in the gold belt and gold edging on the boots.  part of me wants to be a Supergirl completist and just get it....

Info on the outfit:

Look up in the sky- it’s our Lady Action Tonner Supergirl outfit! Get ready for the just-announced CBS Supergirl series with this lovely Supergirl outfit especially designed for the Tonner Lady Action Doll. This limited edition comes with wig, cape, boots, belt and Supergirl uniform (Kryptonite not included), and is specifically designed for our Tonner Lady Action cool. Limited to 150 – $99 Limit 2 per household.

So on another site...they say this:
This NYCC exclusive, like the sold-out Wonder Woman exclusive from earlier this year, will be limited to just 100 units and retail for $99. Tonner Lady Action dolls are also available and retail for $199. And as a NYCC special, if you order a Supergirl outfit + a Lady Action doll, you can save $20 off the total purchase.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Tonner 2015 Convention in Dallas 5/28-5/31

So. ..yee haw? Not for me. I will be saving my money for Integrity Convention and a potential trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal.  But collectors have been begging for something out west for years now.  So good for them.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Quality Out of Control? A Bumpy Patch for IT

Yikes.  It has been a rough summer for Integrity Toys.  It seems to have started with the SDCC Rockin' Romance Jem arriving with some mold on her dress. On some dolls, it was minimal...others were pretty significantly covered.  People freaked.  I get it...these dolls are not cheap.  Lots of people have legit allergies and mold in any form or amount is not acceptable.  Mine arrived with a touch of the stuff and I just brushed it off and threw a silica pack in the box to be safe.  I considered myself lucky.  Then my club upgrade dolls arrived.  The Girl from INTEGRITY Poppy had more of the stuff on her.  Again, not a ton...and I just brushed it off.  However, when I undressed her, I also found some weird 'rusty' residue at her joints on her body.  I took a magic eraser to the marks and re-dressed her.  All is well.  Others had dolls with LOTS of mold in addition to linings stained by the rusty stuff, wonky glued eyelashes, missing hands etc.   Jem's Countess doll also had some of the rust but happily no mold.  Other collectors had dolls with uneven buttons, missing jewels, and once again, more mold.

 Now the FR Urban Safari dolls are arriving and the mold is back on many of the High Visibility Agnes dolls.  Happily mine is PERFECT!  Huzzah.  The corset top she came with has some fitting issues, but it is nothing that I cannot fix.  When pictures of HV Agnes and Elusive Creature Natalia started showing up with some strange joints or limbs coming apart...we got an email update explaining a new feature that collectors have started to call "joint speak" (in reference to the 'hand speak" function of changeable hands that came out a couple years back).  According to the explanation, this new feature would potentially allow easier dressing by being able to remove arms at the shoulder, elbows, bust-line, and at the knee. Obviously this would have been handy for that cute Black Orchid dress from the last convention that no one could remove from the doll without taking the head off or un-sewing the straps.  I could also see it useful for knits and other items that would look better without the bulky hook or zipper closures.  Besides being handy for customer service to replace broken limbs and such a bit easier, it could potentially mean pop out lower legs to give us flat feet or ballet feet.   All that is well and good and I appreciate that IT continues to innovate and push their products into new territory.  However, many collectors were upset that they learned about the body changes AFTER receiving the dolls.  There has been speculation that this was a factory error...that these new bodies were supposed to debut in the convention collection dolls and NOT on the Urban Safari dolls.  This feels likely to me because it is not like IT to make an announcement of a new feature so late....but chances are we won't know what actually happened.

All these issues aside, the most glaring problem to me is in the silence from IT on these issues.  From all reports, they have been diligently responding to customer service claims and doing what they can to remedy each individual situation. Meanwhile, the lack of a public formal response to the mold problems and quality control issues is really upsetting people.  Nature abhors a vacuum.  Collectors are getting fired up about things and voicing discontent all over the place. That is never good for a company that depends heavily on a business model where collectors are putting down large sums of money on products sight unseen. These collectors need to trust that the actual production dolls will be as good or even better than the prototype dolls.

I watch A LOT of Scandal.   Olivia Pope would have been all over this situation.  Someone over at IT needs to handle this.  Don't leave your loyal fans hanging.  We want to know that they are actively working to fix these problems.    

*UPDATE* Integrity is indeed on the case.  Fear not everyone.  

Friday, September 26, 2014

Jazz and Drama! 1001 Afternoons in Chicago CD Release Party!

So about two years ago, i worked on adapting "Thumbnail Lotharios" by Ben Hecht into a radio play...which was then paired with original jazz compositions.  My husband also acted in the piece.  The CD is finally coming out next week and there is a snazzy party to boot.  Check it out...

1,001 Afternoons in Chicago CD Release Party
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1,001 Afternoons in Chicago CD Release Party!
The sights, sounds and people who inhabited Roaring '20's Chicago inspired the now-legendary writer Ben Hecht to write a series of short stories one a day every day for a year to be published in the Chicago Daily News.

The best of them have been collected as 1,001 Afternoons in Chicago and six of the best of those are the inspiration for a new radio play, perhaps the perfect medium for these colorful stories, made in a collaboration between Access Contemporary Music and Strawdog Theater.

We recorded the music, we recorded the voices, we put them all together and we're very happy with the results.  Join us October 1st as we celebrate the release of this exciting creation!

You'll get:
A copy of the CD or download code
Wine and beer
Light appetizers
Raffle tickets for theater shows and other prizes
A wonderful view of Grant Park, the centerpiece of the stories
The chance to mingle with other fascinating people like yourself.

October 1st, 7:00 PM
Fine Arts Building, Curtiss Hall
410 S. Michigan Ave., 10th floor
$20 at the door, $15 online, $10 students and seniors


ACM and Strawdog Theatre Company present:
1,001 Afternoons in Chicago

Stories by: Ben Hecht
Music by: Seth Boustead and Amos Gillespie
Directed by: Anderson Lawfer
Script by: Michael Dailey
Musical Direction by Francesco Milioto

Music performed by Palomar
Francesco Milioto - Conductor

Alyson Berger - cello
Douglas Johnson - bass
Christie Miller - clarinet & bass clarinet
Trevor Patrick Watkin - flute
Jeff Yang - violin & viola (CD)
Myra Hinrichs - violin (release party)
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Wonder Woman Shirt on Tee Fury Today $11!

It is adorable.  I could not resist.  Use the code TEEFURY10 to get 10% off (but it will only work after you have logged in).  You can only get the deal get it now.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

New Tonner Diana Prince Wonder Woman Collection

The new Diana Prince line launched today. Much of it looks like it will ship in early October.  Diana uses the Tyler 2.0 sculpt (which I like quite a bit).  The basic doll has adorable red and blue undies, nice star jewelry, and very nifty blue pumps.  She features the new "Fit Body" which is a mash-up of the muscular superhero arms with a regular Tyler bust line I believe. She also comes with the fist hands...which is a nice touch. LE of 500 so it is possible she could sell out pretty quickly.  Price is $119...which seems a little crazy for a basic doll.  But at least the shoes are super cute and there is a necklace.  If only they would glitz up the bases too.  I guess I can do that myself with some decals.

They are also re-releasing the Wonder Woman 52 costume as an 'outfit only'...but this time in the smaller Tyler bust line. (The first version was for the Hero body with the jugs of doom and was a dressed doll.  She is now sold out).  Price is $99.  I think I will just stick with the original version for now which i bought loose on eBay.

Princess of Paradise Island is the other MUST HAVE for me.  She is mighty similar to the original goddess-inspired Wonder Tonner dolls of yore (Athena's Champion for the 17" Athletic Doll in Red and Amazon Princess for the original 16" version).  For some reason, I went and sold my Amazon Princess doll a couple of years ago.  Not sure why?  I was sort of sad about this recently and considered "reBaying" it (reBaying= purchasing something after you had already bought and then sold it on eBay in the past).  But now I am not so sad after seeing this version.  I like her better.  The hair and jewelry are swell and the dress drape is lovely.  She is brutally priced at $199 and limited to 500.  

There are two other dressed dolls in the line: Diana Prince and Undercover.  Diana Prince has a classic updo and a really classy modern evening look.  She is $179.99 and LE 500  I like this but I am not going to shell out full retail for her.  If she goes on sale later on...I will bite.  She is a great looking doll though and I like the whole look.  I think I am most pleased with the overall subtlety and TASTE of this whole line.  I have found that Tonner fashions lately have gotten so over-cute, crazy fussy, and over-done.  I can barely look at Ellowyne anymore and the Cami and Jon stuff is not working for me either.  This Diana Prince line is far from the edgy runway looks you get from Fashion Royalty...but these are lovely classic fashions that are very in line with the character of Wonder Woman and Diana Prince.  I believe that these are indeed things she would wear. I just wish a girl could get a handbag around here...

Undercover is probably the biggest stretch in terms of theme.  I don't remember Diana EVER doing a hair color change in the comic...but whatever. She is $189.99 and LE500 The outfit is swell. And GREAT HERA!!!! IS THAT A PURSE???  I think this fashion would be gorgeous on Phantom Zone Supergirl. It reminds me of all of those wonderful City looks from several years ago that came with great separates, a coat, and a bag.

More on the outfits later....

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

FR Vanessa Perrin EDGE...blondie goodness

We are finally getting the chance to order last year's winning design and convention.  Most had assumed she would be a limited run lottery of doom....but looks like it will be a Vanessa windfall.  Of course surprise came with the usual moans about Vanessa sculpts...but I personally have no favorites between 1.0 and 3.0 Vanessa so I never understand the drama and sculpt-o-versy behind Vanessa vs "Faux-nessa".  I love love LOVE the hair color and screening.  The dress turned out quite nice.  However, I am not really a gown person at all and it would not fit with my collection. I do really like this Vanessa's hair, green eyes, and neutral lip.  I am trying to decide if I will get her just for the doll.  Those shoes and jewels are also pretty swell and I would use the nifty cage belt on other things.

Item # 91354
Vanessa Perrin Dressed Doll
The Fashion Royalty Collection
2013 Design Competition Award Doll by Lisa Ramsammy
Edition Size: TBA (Based on all orders received, see ordering information below)
Suggested Retail Price: 
$150 public/$135 W Club Members (+ Shipping and tax if applicable)
Estimated Delivery Date: Approximately Late Fall/Early Winter 2014

Doll Tech-Specs:

Head Sculpt: Vanessa 3.0
Body: FR 2013
Skin Tone: FR White
Quickswitch Feature: No
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied
Hair Color: Luscious Blond

Always living up to herself, fashionista and top model Vanessa Perrin creates waves with yet another sleek and fabulous, ultra-modern look!

Dressed in a creation by doll artist Lisa Ramsammy of Canada, Vanessa Perrin is a 12.5-inch fully articulated vinyl doll with fully rooted hair and hand-applied eyelashes. The doll comes dressed in Lisa's ultra-modern creation and is completed by the perfect matching accessories and shoes!  A doll stand is also included. For adult collectors ages 15 and up.

**Please note: Integrity pre-production prototype shown; actual product may vary slightly.

Wilde Imagination Outfit and Basic Sale

Outfits are $39 and Basic Dolls are $69.  I could not resist San Francisco Chill to put on Tulabelle.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Reviews: Stage Left's The Coward

This show kicked my ass...lots of work and in a historical period I rarely have worked in but definitely enjoyed.

Stage and Cinema 

W Club Doll Mademoiselle Jolie

New Club Doll!  I love a platinum...AND I don't have an Isha sculpt at the moment.  I am not wild about the dress though nor the hair bump. Love the lingerie and jewels!  So she might get stripped and have a new hair do...then a new outfit.

Every Royal or VIP in Europe knows Mademoiselle Jolie's school for girls in Paris and the entire "who's who" of Parisian society today knows this ultra elegant lady and has fond memories of her kindness, beauty and total dedication to "her girls". Long retired from the scene, preferring to let her daughter Elise Jolie deal with the business, Mademoiselle is still famous today and is a close friend of the Perrin family, Jerrica Perrin being her best friend.
Seen here as she was at the peak of her life as a socialite, this fantastic mini-giftset is inspired by the original one-of-a-kind doll created by Jason Wu for the 2006 convention auction. Here's your chance to finally add this most often requested beloved character to your collection today!
Item # 91352 
Ombres Poétique
Mademoiselle Jolie Dressed Doll
2014 W Club Exclusive Mini-Gift Set
Limited Edition Size:  TBA  
Special W Club Suggested Retail Price: $150.00 
Estimated Shipping Date: Approximately Late Fall/Early Winter 2014
Doll Tech Specs: 
Scale: 12-inch / 1:6  
Head Sculpt: Isha 1.0 
Body Sculpt: FR 2013
Skin Tone: FR White 
Hair: Silver Blond
Quick Switch Feature: No 
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied
At last, the original Mademoiselle Jolie is ready to join the ranks of your collection!

Mademoiselle Jolie in Ombres Poétique is a fully articulated 12.5-inch luxurious vinyl fashion doll with fully rooted hair and hand applied eyelashes. She comes dressed in a lovely, perfectly fitted tulle evening gown and includes a delicately embroidered clutch purse, shoes and jewelry. As a bonus item for our members, this doll also includes an ultra-feminine black lingerie set! A doll stand is included. For adult collectors ages 15 and up

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

2014 Wilde Award Nomination for Costume Design!

Woot.  I got nominated for a Wilde Award in Costume Design for Cymbeline.  And also a honorable mention for She Stoops to Conquer.  Nice.  These are the awards for professional theatre in Michigan.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Adventures in Motherhood: My Baby Must Haves...Month 1-3

So here I am at the six month point.  Baby Joe is a suspiciously good good we think he must be planning something.  But even parents of super magical low maintenance babies still need help.  There have been a couple of stand out items that have really assisted us in the last sixth months....some off our registry and some things bought along the way.

From the first three months:

A bassinet/pack n play: being able to just sit up and grab the kid out of the bassinet next to the bed to nurse was swell...especially in those first couple of weeks when it is three in the morning and you can barely get yourself out of bed. We got ours from a friend and we plan to pass this one along.  Seems like an easy thing to acquire from other parents or buy gently used. Or you could use a pack n play instead...and bonus if you opted for the fancy version that has the changing table attachment. It is also nice to have a changing area in your bedroom as well...seriously it is all about getting yourself (and baby) back to sleep as soon as possible.

Itz Been: a little thingy that has buttons that operate four stopwatches to track things like time between naps, diaper changes, feedings, and even which side baby nursed from last.  I bought this with a buybuybaby coupon for about $15.  We found it pretty useful for the first two I don't even now where it is....i am hoping to hunt it down to pass it on.  I am sure there are free apps that do similar things (or good old pencil and paper)...but this worked for us.

Miracle Blanket: Basically a baby strait jacket...but damn this thing worked like a champ.

Wubbanub:  Love this thing. Joe is not a heavy pacifier user even now and was even less accepting of a pacifier in the first three months.  But when it did work to calm him down this was the one he liked.  I like it because if he lets go of it (with his mouth) when in the car seat, it doesn't go rolling away.  It stays in place.  The little animal is easy for him to hang onto now and he often just plays with it like a toy.  It is easy enough to clean too.  I am still trying to hunt down the illusive red dog though.  (we have the turquoise dinosaur currently). (Kitty also likes him too)

Baby Paper:  Oh man this kid loves his baby paper.  It is his is also nice and portable and simple.  Also I think that would be easy for crafty people to make themselves.  My cat also approves of this one.

Baby Gowns/sleep sacks: Once again...its is crying and needs a diaper change.  You do not want to be futzing with snaps and footies and uncooperative limbs.  If you can...get some with mittens cuffs. (see next entry).

Baby cotton mittens: Trimming tiny baby nails is terrifying...but they grow fast and are velociraptor sharp.  Mittens will keep baby from scratching you and himself.

Aden and Anais Swaddle Blankets: These are amazing...both beautiful and soft.  Good for swaddling, as nursing cover ups, car seat or stroller blankets, hell...they are pretty enough to be fashion shawls.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

FR & Poppy Shoe Packs!

I have been waiting for these since the webinar!  W Club members were able to order these babies yesterday.  I believe the FR pack sold out within an hour and it is no wonder.  LOOK AT THOSE TORTOISE SHELL PLATFORM SANDALS!!!!  I mean seriously, those are amazing.  I am sewing an outfit JUST to go with those shoes.  (I will likely make a couple extra to stay tuned).  The Poppy set is also adorbs.  I luckily remembered to order these right around the time the links went live.  I would have been exceptionally bummed had I missed them.  I think the Poppy set is still available...

Item # 91351
Fashion Royalty 2014 (Designed to Fit the FR 2013 / FR2 type of body)
Add-On Shoe Pack
Limited Edition of 500 Sets Only
Available to W Club Members starting on August 13th, 2014 at Approx. Noon Eastern
Suggested Retail Price: $30.00 US Per Set (plus shipping and applicable taxes)

Item # PP062
The Girl From I.N.T.E.G.R.I.T.Y 
Add-On Shoe Pack
Limited Edition of 500 Sets Only
Available to W Club Members Starting on August 13th, 2014 at Approx. Noon Eastern
Suggested Retail Price: $30.00 US Per Set (plus shipping and applicable taxes)

Monday, August 4, 2014

Drowning in Genuine Molded Plastic

Yikes...I have been on a tear lately.  It has been raining dolls over here. Between pre-orders coming in, club upgrade dolls, a lottery, and a few ebay moments of weakness...I have an embarrassment of riches and almost no time to deal with them. So pictures will some soon.

So the Integrity W Club Upgrade dolls came.  There were some grumblings over Fashion Explorer Vanessa and her forehead.  I don't get it.  Mine is GORGEOUS.  Now granted I am late to the FR collecting game so I have no loyalty to the previous Vanessa incarnations.  I like this one quite a bit.  I love the deep minky brown/black hair in the pony with the side sweep bangs.  I think both her hair and face paint will lend itself nicely to redressing in both casual and evening wear.  The boots and bag are great.  The sunglasses are slightly less exciting.  The skirt is actually blue...which surprised me as I, like most, had thought it was khaki.  I like it though and I think it will mix nicely with the fashion from Faded Desert Kyori.

My Jem Countess doll was supposed to be in the box with Vanessa but SURPRISE!!!! They sent me the wrong doll.  I got the Poppy, Girl from INTEGRITY upgrade doll instead.  I had not ordered her because her outfit did nothing for me...however, I am not sort of in love with the doll itself now that i have see her in the flesh.  She is great and really versatile.  I emailed the club liason about the mix up and the sent me the countess and asked me if I wanted to buy the Poppy.  Um, duh!  No brainer there.  Heck yeah!   I like to think this was an ingenious, almost spy-like infiltration of Poppy into my house in order to force me to buy her with her cuteness.  It worked clever girl.  She is staying.

The countess should be here any day now.  The photos of her look great.  Though she shares a sculpt with Minx, you cannot even tell. I have been trying to acquire the IMPOSSIBLE to find Re-ment Sewing Machine set to create a little fashion designer workroom for Shana and Regine and the Countess.  My first attempt to get the set on eBay was thwarted by a crappy seller who never sent the item.  Le sigh.  I will try again.  It rarely sells for less than $40 (which seems like crazy talk).  I keep hoping I will just come across it for cheap.  I imagine I will have to make the sewing table but I have a couple of the plastic dress forms from the barbie Fashion Fever outfits and the nice FR dress form as well.  I also just broke down and got the really nice Barbie Look 2013 Wardrobe now that it is finally on sale.  I thought I can paper behind the shelves with something Jem-like.  It would make a fun set for this scene and let me display some of my Jem custom fashions and the alternate outfits.  I plan to use the various fashion sketches that came with the In Stitches set and with Regine on the wall.  This means I need to finally bail out Regine and the rest of the last wave from Gigi's Dolls...oh money tree?

So then the Poppy pre-orders just hit as well.  Lotta Danger arrived.  I have not de-boxed her yet as my initial impression was sort of 'meh'...not sure why.  I loved her pictures and she is indeed adorable...but I think I just loved the raven haired Girl from INTEGRITY so much that I am not as crazy for this one.  So I am sitting on the fence about Lotta and not deboxing her until I am sure. I might just keep the outfit and sell the doll.  Spy a Go Go Poppy also got here in a roundabout way.  The doll store sent it to my old address (despite my current one being on the eBay invoice)....grumble. Luckily my old neighbors are awesome and kept her safe until I could liberate her.  She is also super cute but I think I will sell the nude and just keep the outfit (which was the original plan).  After seeing this outfit, I really regret selling my tan Sweet Confection.  I think this would be amazing on her.  Oh well.  I still have the blonde Sophisticate Club Poppy to decide on as well.  She might go into the Lotta outfit instead.

Pret a Partir Victoire Roux also arrived.  The outfit is beautiful and the little train case is perfect.  I will likely sell the doll nude.

Rockin' Romance SDCC Jem is also on the way.  I broke down and got one on ebay for a good price.

And lastly, I managed to get a hold of a grail doll, the Vampire Diaires Katherine Pierce doll.  She is really pretty and the outfit is better than I had expected.  The hat was missing though and I have contacted the seller about it.  I hope they have it still.  I will be miffed otherwise.  Now I just need to get a Stefan.  I had one before but decided to sell him for some stupid reason.  Ugh.

So with this rapid influx of dolls...I need to make some tough decisions about who stays and who goes.  I still have several Tonner dolls to purge...but that is easier said than done.  I might let go of at least one Tulabelle.  I am thinking the very pretty film glamour FR trio from this last years convention might leave.  I love them...but they sure do stick out on my shelf.  I am not usually an evening gown collector.  I am waiting to see which Kyori I like better when Faded Desert arrives.  I try not to have repetitive sculpts in my collection but I do really like the look of Dangerous to Know Kyori.  Hmmm.

Rockin' Romance Jem on Hasbro Toy Shop Now!

She has been up there for a crazy long amount of time today without selling out.  I am really surprised.  They MUST HAVE upped the edition size this year...or she was wildly unpopular.  Whatever the case, you can get her here:

Though the ebay prices for her have been the same or sometimes even less!  My own purchase off ebay ended up being only $3 more than I would have paid on Hasbro.  Many collectors are using ebay in order to get pictures of the dolls ahead of time as well.  There has been a mold problem with some of these dolls and some box ding damage on seeing pictures ahead of time might be worth paying a little extra.  Her face looks really pretty and sweet in the photos that I have seen from other collectors.  Her hair seems a little thinner than the other versions as well.  I was going to skip her...but the Jem completist in me could not let that happen.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Victoire Roux: Pret a Partir Doll

I completely missed posting about this one.  This was a IT Direct club lottery doll.  I could not resist the outfit, that little train case, and those spectator shoes! To die for!  Luckily I won the lottery for her and she is on her way with my W Club upgrade dolls.   I will likely sell the doll nude though since paying for all three was BRUTAL and my Jem dolls are still in doll prison until I can muster the cash.

Item # 76015
Prêt à Partir
Victoire Roux™ Dressed Doll
IT Direct Exclusive 
Limited Edition of 600 Dolls
Estimate Ship Date: Approximately Mid-July 2014 
Suggest Retail Price: US $99.00 + Shipping and Handling*
*(+ applicable sales tax for Maryland residents only).
Doll Tech Specs:
Body Type: IT/Victoire
Head Sculpt: Victoire Roux™
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Golden Blond
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied
"Prêt à Partir" Victoire Roux™ is a fully articulated 12-inch vinyl doll with a stunning golden blond rooted updo hairstyle. Victoire travels in style in this sophisticated two piece ensemble composed of an intricately tailored navy toned cocktail dress and jacket combo. Perfectly accessorized with long navy faux-leather gloves, hat and pumps, Victoire also carries her ultra-sleek makeup carry-on; after all, a girl needs to have her "beauty tool chest" nearby at all times! A doll stand is also included. For adult collectors ages 15 and up. 

IFDC Poppy Parker Dolls....Organ Donation Drive

So Integrity SHOCKED THE WORLD it seems by using Poppy Parker for the IFDC dolls this year.  Poppy has never been used for a non-Integrity convention before but since it is her five year anniversary....they let loose with a more grown-up glamorous look for her.   All three of the dolls have a new hybrid body with high heel feet and no hideous ankle joints.  All other proportions are the same.  I am hoping to score It Girl in the W Club lottery.  Here's hoping my lottery karma is better than it was for Montaigne Market Elise (le sigh....i still want her).  These dolls are not cheap...but It Girl especially comes with such amazing accessories.  I love the aqua outfit color and adore the bright red hair and the 'bitchy bump' ponytail. People are are going crazy for all three and are trying to buy them at a "reasonable price".  (see pet peeve rant on this phrase....).  When will people learn that there is no such thing?  A much better question would be, do you really need that second kidney?

Item # PP072
IT Girl
Poppy Parker 5th Anniversary Collection
2014 IFDC Convention Companion Doll
Limited Edition of 300 Dolls
Suggested Retail Price: $150.00 USD
Estimated Ship Date: Once "Right to Buy" Lottery Ends (In-stock)  
Doll Tech Specs:

Body Type: Poppy Parker Hybrid (w/ High-heeled Foot)
Head Sculpt: Poppy Parker 
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Redhead
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied
All eyes are on Poppy at tonight's special event. She outshines all of the other young actresses and models in her light aqua stylish ensemble making her everyone's favorite IT Girl!

Poppy is accessorized with light silver and aqua earrings, cuff bracelet and ring. A satin clutch, aqua metal sunglasses, and matching closed toe leather platform pumps finish off this winning look. Poppy's vibrant red hair is in an edgy and slightly modern pompadour with curled ponytail. 12-inch articulated vinyl doll with rooted hair. Doll stand included. For adult collectors ages 15 and up.

Item # PP073
Evening Ingenue
Poppy Parker 5th Anniversary Collection
2014 IFDC IT DIRECT Exclusive  
Limited Edition of 300 Dolls
Suggested Retail Price: $150.00 USD
Estimated Ship Date: Once "Right to Buy" Lottery Ends (In-stock)  
Doll Tech Specs:

Body Type: Poppy Parker Hybrid (w/ High-heeled Foot)
Head Sculpt: Poppy Parker 
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Blond
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied  
Poppy Parker attends her very first private Hollywood dinner and is the hit of the evening in her floor length strapless coral and black dress.

Poppy is accessorized with black chrome earrings, necklace and bracelet. A black satin clutch, black patent leather belt and platform sandals complete her ensemble. Her blonde hair is in a half up and half down style that accentuates her stunning necklace and delicate bared shoulders. 12-inch articulated vinyl doll with rooted hair. Doll stand included. For adult collectors ages 15 and up. 

Item # PP074
Glamorous Darling
Poppy Parker 5th Anniversary Collection
2014 IFDC Convention Exclusive Doll
Limited Edition of 300 Dolls
Suggested Retail Price: $175.00 USD
Estimated Ship Date: Once "Right to Buy" Lottery Ends (In-stock)  
Doll Tech Specs:

Body Type: Poppy Parker Hybrid (w/ High-heeled Foot)
Head Sculpt: Poppy Parker 
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Brunette
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied  
Poppy makes her way down the red carpet at the awards show in a gorgeous lilac gown that is sure to stun and make everyone take notice of Miss Parker.

Poppy is accessorized with lilac and silver earrings, bracelet and ring. A purple satin clutch and lilac patent leather platform pumps complete the ensemble. Her dark brunette and black hair is in a side swept style to complete the glamorous look. 12-inch articulated vinyl doll with rooted hair. Doll stand included. 
For adult collectors ages 15 and up. 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Tonner SDCC 2014 Exclusive Vintage Wonder Woman in Resin!

Well I can assume right now that this is out of my league...unless it goes on sale later...I will likely not be able to get her.  I would like the outfit though.  Here's hoping I can get it loose!

- Resin -

LE 100 - Limited!

  • Dressed Tonner character figure™ 
  • Face includes hand-painted details 
  • New Tyler resin head sculpt 
  • Resin Tyler body 
  • Tyler skin tone 
  • Blue painted eyes 
  • Raven removable wigged saran hair 
  • Red shantung bodice with metallic gold embroidery 
  • Navy blue pleated shorts with printed stars attached to the bodice 
  • White faux leather belt 
  • Nude pantyhose 
  • Gold lasso 
  • Black faux leather cuffs 
  • Red bead earrings 
  • Gold crown with red star decoration 
  • Red and white faux leather boots 
  • Stand 
  • LE 100

Friday, June 27, 2014

SDCC Hasbro Exclusive Rockin' Romance Jem

Well here she is.  This might be the first one that I don't need to have...but maybe she will be easier to get than the others.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

2014 Integrity Toys Convention Details!

Get all the registration details here:

Sadness...I cannot go.  I think it is just too soon to abandon the wee lad for a weekend and I don't think it would work out to bring him along this time around.  I did secure a proxy though so I am all good.  Actually it will end up being less expensive in the end since I won't be paying for hotel, airfare, cabs, and meals!  I will miss the fun and excitement and the people the most.  IT throws AMAZING conventions and I swear you will not be sorry.  I have been to three now and all of them were fantastic.  The only potential problem is the Nu Face W Club lunch (as my proxy is not in the W Club so cannot attend for me).  My proxy's friend is in the club and does not think he will want the W Club lunch fingers crossed I can get it from him.

I am curious what's happening with the friday night Bazaar event.  I imagine this means no room sales (which I know some people love but I was always a little uncomfortable with).  I wonder what is happening with the centerpiece?  Will there be one at all?  Does that mean one less centerpiece for the convention or maybe they will offer double centerpieces at another event?  QUESTIONS!!!!!  I am thrilled that I can order all the Color Infusion stuff and won't have to stress about missing out on something this time.  I got everything I wanted last year but I know that many people were disappointed.   The coupon method combined with pre-ordering is a wonderful solution.

For the price of $475.00 US (or $450 if you take advantage of our early bird special (more on that later, read on!),
you'll get:
-A welcome bag with a very special giveaway right when you arrive!
-Two full sit down dinners and a luncheon with highly sought-after swag given out at each event!
-Free access to the new "Hall of Gloss" Friday night event, where guests will spend Halloween night trick-or-treating with our staff (and receive some special giveaway treats)!
-The opportunity to participate in the "Hall of Gloss" Fashion Bazaar, where for the first time in IT Convention history, we are creating a salesroom for collectors to sell and swap their own goodies!
-Access to the Integrity Toys Collection display, where you get to see all of those cool dolls in person!
-Access to the IT Direct Souvenir shop, where you can scoop up all of those special and limited edition Integrity Toys convention exclusive collectibles and other great deals, just for convention attendees!
-The opportunity to participate in our annual Halloween costume contest!
-The opportunity to take part in exciting and unique workshops!
-The opportunity to purchase the exclusive convention collection!
-The opportunity to purchase the ever popular Color Infusion Style Lab dolls!
-For W Club Members only, the opportunity to sign-up for the Members-Only luncheon, featuring the return of the Nu.Face collection!
-Exciting newly revamped raffles with more one-of-a-kind dolls created just for the event by the Integrity Toys design team!
-For our fans with budding design talents, the chance to enter our annual design contest, where this year again, one winner will see their original design turned into an IT production doll!
With delicious meal functions and lots of secret goodies guaranteed, no other convention in the industry gives you this much value for your time and money! Please keep reading-- the sign up details follow!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Adventures in Motherhood: The Little Things

Enjoy every moment...don't sweat the small stuff...sleep when the baby sleeps...etc.  New parents hear this stuff smile and file it away...some in 'good advice' and much in the 'shut the hell up' file.  You pour over baby parenting books and talk about "crying it out" with other parents.  You can have all sorts of plans, but will those plans hold up in the actual moment?

Perhaps reading all these books and discussing parenting methodology ad nauseam is only setting new parents up for failure due to unreal expectations? I certainly experienced this sense of hopeless disappointment in the hours just before my delivery.  It was only when I recognized and accepted the reality of that day and let go of the imagined event in my head that I was able to move forward. I then did what needed to be done in order to enjoy things and get to the ultimate goal (get the epidural so you can quit screaming bloody murder and get that beautiful baby in your arms happy and healthy). 

In the weeks since the baby was born, I have lived many of these idioms.  Yes you try to "sleep when the baby sleeps"...but as a friend pointed out to me, do you also "clean when the baby cleans?"  "Shower when the baby showers?"...  I have also literally cried over spilled milk (when you spend a half hour pumping and only get like 1 oz and then you spill that ounce all over yourself and your down are gonna cry-yei-yei like a big girl).  I have definitely freaked out about little things too (i.e. losing the baby's hospital bracelet resulted in an epic meltdown and tremendous guilt).  Perhaps the biggest thing that I have learned is to alter (not lower) my expectations. I find I am much happier when I go into a day with soft goals.  If I am able to finish a project...fantastic! If not...then it gets moved to the next day. Anything else and I tempt disappointment.  I am much more relaxed and able to enjoy those little moments. 

Now I still need to get a lot of stuff done.  So whenever I do have 10 minutes, I make the most of it. I've become very efficient and I'm able to multitask like I've never multitasked before.  When I do have a project deadline or something I need to get done in a day, I have to make arrangements for some "mommy downtime" and stick to that plan.  Now I am sure that all this efficiency will change when the boy starts getting mobile.  So for now I'll make the most of it.  But you also need to forgive yourself too.  There have been days where I have allowed myself a much deserved 'lie in' on the couch with the wee lad binge watching Scandal.  It was definitely not time 'wasted'...(it was 'handled;)).

Tonight the baby is sleeping in his own room and in his crib for the first time instead of the bassinet in our bedroom.  We didn't plan it.  We just went with the flow and tried it out. So far so good. No tears or drama. I am sure it can't be this easy and that we are about to get whacked with a mega parenting obstacle shortly.  But you can only do your best, educate yourself, listen to the advice, and then roll with it.  It is is messy.  Life is going to barf on your new shirt ten minutes before you have to leave for work.  You could freak...or you could grab a wet one and wipe up the spit then hide the stain with a brooch. Roll with it.

This is not something that comes easy to me. I have been an often scattered person functioning at erratic levels of efficiency with high stress levels at times.  But I guess this little fella coming along just rewrote the code in my goals have shifted...and I don't miss the old me or the old life.

And as my karmic reward tonight, while plugging in the video baby monitor by my bed for the first time, I found the little lost hospital baby bracelet in a pouch on my nightstand where I keep my chapstick and bobby pins.  It's the little things y'all....enjoy those little things.  Savor the small stuff.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Tonner 2014 Convention Items on Sale!

Thus far it looks like nothing has sold out.  I am 'slightly' tempted to get a Lady Action...but I really hate wig dolls.  I think I will just wait for the Diana Prince line in the fall.  Though Lady Action's outfit and weapons pretty fun.  The wonder woman outfit is still available...go get it!  I cannot begin to comprehend the price point on that Anniversary Tyler!  $225!!!! what the???

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