Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Tech Rat! Integrity Dolls Jem W Club Exclusive

Reception has been pretty mixed on this one.  I am pleased with him and ordered without hesitation.  The biggest complaint heard is that his head seems to be too bald.  I agree that it does not seem that severe when you look at the cartoon and I would not be unhappy if the production doll gets tweaked (All photos are of a prototype doll).  People also want his other gray outfit more.  I like the red one better myself.  The extra head is a strange but nifty bonus.  There is an contingent of Jem collectors that feel this extra head makes this doll "not theirs" (which is bizarre).  Yes, this head is clearly added to tempt non-jem collectors to buy what would otherwise be a very oddball doll for them.  I don't see why people would fault a company for trying to make money.  If dolls don't sell, then we are unlikely to get more dolls. People also seem annoyed that we have not gotten Eric.  I really think Eric is going to be in the next big wave and will have some decent crossover appeal for the Homme collectors.  I would also not be surprised to see that sculpt used for the recent CI Callum becomes Eric.  I hope they offer some homme bodies to buy for the extra head at some point.


Item # 14063
Techrat™
Dressed Fashion Figure
The JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS™ Collection
Adult Collectible
Official 2014 W Club Exclusive
Limited Edition Size:  TBA  
Special W Club Suggested Retail Price: $130.00 
Estimated Shipping Date: Approximately Spring 2015
Doll Tech Specs: 
Scale: 12.5-inch / 1:6  Scale
Head Sculpt: Declan X2 (partially rooted and fully rooted)
Body Sculpt: FR: Homme
Skin Tone: FR White 
Hair: Black
Quick Switch Feature: Yes
Eyelashes: No
Seen here in doll form for the very first time in the history of the brand, this mysterious character is definitely a fan favorite and the W Club couldn't be happier that the design team chose TECHRAT as this year's JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS exclusive figure!

TECHRAT is a fully articulated 12.5-inch luxurious vinyl fashion figure with fully rooted hair. He comes dressed in his totally edgy, layered 80's look, funky shoes and comes with his cutting edge, period accurate personal computer, perfect to hack Starlight Music's database and wreak havoc in Jerrica Benton's business plans! As a bonus item for our members, this doll also includes a second long-haired head that can easily be swapped using the Homme version of the QuickSwitch system! A doll stand is included. For adult collectors ages 15 and up. **CLEAR COMPUTER STAND IS NOT INCLUDED!
 
**IMPORTANT NOTE: Prototype shown, colors may differ depending on your computer monitor. Clear computer stand not included.
 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Randomness- Tonner LOTR Arwen in Key & Peele Opening Credits

I was watching Key and Peele on Hulu the other day and imagine my surprise when I see a Tonner Arwen doll pop up in the title sequence!  The opening is a fun parody of HBO's True Detective show.  They used Arwen in an earlier sketch (shows up around the 2:23 minute mark along with other toys...).

Anyway...I find the show pretty humorous..funnier than SNL at the very least.

Monday, November 10, 2014

IT Gloss Convention Dolls & Photos...AKA Why I am so Broke...

I spent the weekend de-boxing and prepping things for sales.  This time last year I was doing the same thing though I seem to be keeping WAY more this time around (which means some of last year's spoils need to vacate). 

Nocturnal Glow
Véronique Perrin® Dressed Doll
The 2014 Integrity Toys Convention: Gloss
Limited Edition of 500 Dolls

I am still tempted to keep this one.  I really like this dress but I just don't do evening wear.  I so prefer day and cocktail looks that can be mixed and matched.  The ballgowns and evening dresses do nothing for me. Same goes for Grandiose Natalia.  I like the doll and the makeup but the fun red in her eye makeup also makes her pretty specific to this dress.  I think I will just bide my time for the perfect Natalia for me.  That being said, both of these dolls are stunning and I love the 1970s Halston vibe on Natalia.

Grandiose
Natalia Fatalé™ Dressed Doll
The 2014 Integrity Toys Convention: Gloss

Limited Edition of 500 Dolls





Oh Kyori...sigh.  You are going to be a challenge.  I am trying REAL hard to stick to the ONE SCULPT TO RULE THEM ALL thing...and I do really love last year's Dangerous to Know aka Anna May Wong Kyori. I am already breaking this rule with reckless abandon (*cough* Elise/Agnes * cough*).  But I love this glam fair and face.  The jumpsuit would also look real swell alongside Le Smoking Adele and Intrigue Elise.  Hmmm.

Item # 91357
Nightshade
Kyori Sato™ Dressed Doll
The 2014 Integrity Toys Convention: Gloss
Limited Edition of 500 Dolls










Finally, one that does not tempt me in the least.  Eugenia is very pretty but totally not for me.  At least I had one easy choice to make. 

Item # 91358
Cold-Shoulder
Eugenia Perrin Frost™ Dressed Doll
The 2014 Integrity Toys Convention: Gloss
Limited Edition of 500 Dolls








Again, also not tempted in the least by Adorned.  I am still wild about my Fashion Explorer Vanessa. This one looks great with the 'Farrah" hair and I love how her eyes match the gorgeous blue of the dress. But again...not my jam.
 

Item # 91359
Adorned
Vanessa Perrin™ Dressed Doll
The 2014 Integrity Toys Convention: Gloss
Limited Edition of 500 Dolls



I wanted to like Simonetta and I will wait to see her in person before I make my final ruling.  So far I am a little cold.  The fashion is nice but I also have all the little black dresses from both Sabrina and Breakfast at Tiffany's so I don't really need yet another one.  I think maybe I would like her more if she were tan?  Or maybe as a red head?  Some were saying that she looks "cartoony"...and I am like, "duh" that is the whole aesthetic of these dolls.  There is nothing realistic about Victoire either.  They look like fashion illustrations and vintage fashion dolls.

Item # 76020
La Ville Lumiere (The City of Lights)
Simonetta Bertorelli™ Dressed Doll
The 2014 Integrity Toys Convention: Gloss
Limited Edition of 600 Dolls 







Yeah, platinum blonde Poppy is a total no brainer. Slam dunk! This one will make up for missing out on the silver hair Poppy that came with the Loni Mistress of Disguise doll. She is going to look swell with the W Club Girl from Integrity Doll and her black bob.  



Dark Moon
Poppy Parker™ Dressed Doll
The 2014 Integrity Toys Convention: Gloss
Limited Edition of 500 Dolls 






And Now onto the IT Direct Dolls.  I did a good job resisting MOST of these.  Hanne is pretty in this skin-tone and her makeup and hair are amazing.  It is the first time that I have liked this sculpt. The dress is lovely.  It reminds me of Red Hot Tyler, which is quite possibly the best convention doll Tonner has ever done. I am trying to avoid the FR16 line though...for sanity's sake.



Afterhours
Hanne Erikson™ Dressed Doll
The 2014 Integrity Toys Convention: Gloss
Limited Edition of 300 Dolls


The "Malibi" ITBE dolls were cute but once again, totally not for me.  They reminded me of a trio of bitchy mean girls.  

Jolt! (peach)
Dressed Doll
The 2014 Integrity Toys Convention: Gloss
Limited Edition of 500 Dolls

Item # 15061
Oomph! (Pink)
Dressed Doll
The 2014 Integrity Toys Convention: Gloss
Limited Edition of 500 Dolls 

Zing! (Turquoise)
Dressed Doll
The 2014 Integrity Toys Convention: Gloss
Limited Edition of 500 Dolls 














Wild Thing Poppy is wonderful.  I love her hair and screening.  I already have her on the shelf.  Huzzah. The outfit is wonderful but those boots are not for the faint of heart or the fat of fingers.  Those are all tiny buckles that need to be individually adjusted my friends...no easy task.  It could be an Olympic event.  She might never get redressed at this rate.  Keeping that pirate hat on was also a chore.

Wild Thing
Poppy Parker™ Dressed Doll
The 2014 Integrity Toys Convention: Gloss
Limited Edition of 600 Dolls 




Victoire is also already deboxed and on the shelf.  Totally love this mini-giftset and the story behind it. I plan to make some accessories to go with the set (a little stripe shirt and a red scarf...a beret...etc).  The jewelry is amazing.  I also love the redhead ponytail and the delicate pink-toned makeup on her.  She is adorable.

Dial "V" For Victoire
Victoire Roux™ Dressed Doll
The 2014 Integrity Toys Convention: Gloss
Limited Edition of 500 Dolls 


So to round it up, from the convention collection proper, I seem to only be keeping Dark Moon Poppy. Still waiting on a decision about Kyori when the collection finally arrives.  Then the rest get sold so that I can afford to keep these other gals.  From the IT Direct Exclusives, I kept Wild Thing Poppy and Dial V Victoire.  


Scandal Collection at Limited...Fashion for your Inner Gladiator

So Scandal is my weakness.  I love that ridiculous show.  One of the key reasons why I love it is all the fabulous winter white outfits and cape coats seen on its star Kerry Washington. The characters on this show wear clothes that look powerful, smart, and sexy.  Well Miss Washington and the show's costume designer Lyn Paolo have teamed up to create a clothing line for Limited.  I checked it out in person the other day it is positively yummy.  Of course, it is not the cheapest stuff ever...but the price points are fairly consistent with stores offering women's work wear (Ann Taylor, J Crew, etc) and the quality seemed nice.  I was particularly fond of the whole color story of the line and the amazing cape coats.  I might save some money and buy pieces when they go on clearance.

 I am trying to slowly up my clothing game lately...but I am also trying hard to lose all this darn baby weight and the going is SLOOOOWWWWW! Twice as slow as when I lost all the weight the first time.  So I don't really want to drop a bunch of money on things that HOPEFULLY won't fit in three months. But blouses and coats should not be a big deal as lord knows my boobs are here to stay no matter what my waist size is :).  I might have to make myself some of these cape coats.  I have a couple of nice patterns for these already.

I keep hoping that Integrity will pick up the license for this show.  Olivia and Abby would make fabulous dolls.



Friday, November 7, 2014

Article about Jason Wu and Boss at Style.com

Check it out!

He is such an interesting guy.  It has been a real pleasure following his career.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

FS/FT: Post Gloss Convention Purge

I don't have these in hand yet.  They will be shipping to me so I am looking to put these on hold for people and then will take payment or trades once they arrive (and I have made sure they are all okay with no issues).  Prices do not include shipping.  I will ship international but I won't lie on the custom forms. I might have more for sale later...have to look at them in person!

I am looking for the Montaigne Market Elise complete fashion only (up to $150 in credit), Jem & Misfits Backstage Essentials Jackets ($20 each), & IFDC It Girl Poppy (up to $225 in credit).

Welcome Doll Erin Nude $90 HOLD
Sheer Sensuality Vanessa Centerpiece $250 SOLD
Friday Night Bazaar Red Fashion $ 70
Intimate Reveal Agnes Outfit Only $105 SOLD

Convention Collection:

La Villa Lumiere Simonetta $150
Adorned Vanessa  $225 
Cold Shoulder Eugenia $225 
Nocturnal Glow Veronique $170

Color Infusion:

Alysa $70
Kika Yung $70
Janay/Regine $70 HOLD
Tilda Brisby/Roxy $70
Ace Mcfly/Riot $125 HOLD
Kieron Morel $100 HOLD
Sterling Riese/Rio $100

2013 Premiere Convention Dolls:

Bewitching Veronique complete $165
Bellissima Natalia complete $250

Regular Line Dolls:

Faded Desert Kyori nude $70
On How to be Lovely nude $60 (wrist joints a bit loose)
Young Sophisticate Poppy nude $100
Lotta Danger Poppy nude $100

IT Convention Saturday Haul-Thoughts from a Distance



It seems like the Studio 54 vibe did not carry into Saturday's dolls.  All the offerings today seem much more current, edgy, and dark.  The makeup on all the dolls from Saturday were STUNNING.

Nu Face Debut at the W club Luncheon...

Sensuous Affair
Giselle Diefendorf™ Dressed Doll
W Club Luncheon Exclusive Centerpiece Doll
Limited Edition of 400 Dolls

My proxy got the Giselle Centerpiece for me!  Woot.  I don't currently have a Giselle and this one is nifty...though I think I like Giselle better as a redhead.  I do like the hair color mix (blonde and platinum silver it seems).  And look at those boots people.  Amazing.


Chrome Noir
Erin Salston™ Dressed Doll
W Club Luncheon Exclusive Giveaway Doll
Limited Edition of 400 Dolls

Erin is lovely.  I am a little torn as she looks amazing but I also REALLY love my High End Envy Erin and try not to repeat sculpts.

Tantalizing
Dominique Makeda™ Dressed Doll
Official Workshop Doll
Limited Edition of 300 Dolls
I did not get the Workshop Dominque. This I definitely regret as she is AMAZING.  I just love her hair and her lips.  Le sigh.  


Evening Siren
Ayumi N.™ Dressed Doll
IT Direct Store Exclusive
Limited Edition of 600 Dolls

I also did not get Ayumi due to some name confusion with my proxy.  Her edition size is high though so there is a slim chance they might have some leftover for a lottery.  But I think I can live without her.  Again, I don't do evening gowns for her outfit is lost on me.  Here's hoping they do another one that I like better.

Saturday Dinner:

Intrigue
Elise Jolie™ Dressed Doll
Official Table Centerpiece
Limited Edition of 300 Dolls


Intrigue Elise reminds me of Montaigne Market just in platinum blonde.  The tuxedo is fun looks great next to Le Smoking Adele on the shelf. The one per sculpt rule does not apply to Elise or Agnes so she will be mine!  I adore Platinum and love the whole look of her.  Such an ice princess!









Intimate Reveal
Agnes Von Weiss™ Dressed Doll
Official Convention Souvenir Doll
Limited Edition of 500 Dolls


AGNES!!! Oh man she is gorgeous.  I love the smokey eye and pale lip with this dark ponytail.  She reminds me of the Helper Zinger doll that all the world covets.  The gown is great but once again, not my style so I will unload that one and keep this gorgeous lady.  Weeeee!  My screening seems a bit off on her face around the eyes but she is still gorgeous,

Next year's convention is in Long Beach, California.  Not sure I will be able to do it but I will definitely try to get another proxy if I can't be there in person.  At that point I should be able to skip out on the wee lad for a weekend.  It depends on flights and how much the hotel will be.  If they do the friday night bazaar thing again then I might do it.  I would love to sell things but room sales for me in the past have been really hit and miss.  I always feel so awkward doing them but do much better in a salesroom.  I have enjoyed the Integrity conventions I have attended SO MUCH and the value is so good for what you get.  My Tonner collecting has really slowed down and is pretty much limited to Wonder Woman related swag at this point so I don't feel any angst skipping that convention these days (at least not while he is on this perpetual cinderella sculpt, fantasy fashions, and deja vu kick as I have no interest in them at all). Plus it would be fun to go to California when I have some energy.  I was at the super-uncomfortable point in my pregnancy last year (well really there is no 'comfortable point' in pregnancy) so I was not able to get out and about much last time.  So if I start saving now...hmmm.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

IT Gloss Convention Collection-Thoughts from a Distance

Of course, all decisions will be made once the gals and here in person.

Overall, they are totally gorgeous.  I think the clear nod to the Studio 54 Disco fashions is fun.  I am not really an evening gown person though so I am not sure how many will stay because of this...some might get redressed and their outfits sold.

Nightshade Kyori

I really like the hair and makeup on this one.  The jumpsuit is also pretty slick.  I am pretty torn on this one as I still completely adore last year's Dangerous to Know Kyori and I really try to stick to the one sculpt to rule them all way of collecting.  So whether she stays is still up in the air.

Dark Moon Poppy

Um yeah...this doll is so cool.  I missed out on the IFDC girls so I am pretty sure she is staying.

La Villa Lumiere Simonetta- Studio IT Alysa sculpt

Hmmm.  Not sure.  Once again I prefer the day wear/sportswear looks on my dolls so cocktail stuff does nothing for me.

Cold Shoulder Eugenia

Totally gorgeous...but yeah I don't think she is for me.

Adorned Vanessa

Also stunning...but I love Fashion Explorer more.

Nocturnal Glow Veronique

This one might stay.  I like the fashion and the doll. A lot!

Grandiose Natalia

She looks amazing. I love the screening and skintone.  I might keep her and sell the outfit.

IT Gloss Convention Friday Haul...Thoughts from a Distance

So...day two.  Color Infusion! I am definitely glad that I pre-ordered the entire collection. All of the Homme fashions are amazing.  I am especially in love with the leopard loafers seen on Declan, the tweed suit on Rio/Sterling, and the anorak on Ace/Riot!  As for the Homme Dolls, obviously I will reserve final judgment until I see them in person...but I am pretty pleased with the Rio/Sterling, Declan, Tenzin (the Asian guy), and the long haired Callum Windsor.  I like Ace/Riot and Remi with his festive Afro but not sure if I will keep them.

The girls are really fun.  A fellow Jem fan pointed out that the "Darby Kenner" name and even the hairstyle is a clear nod to 70's fashion doll Darci by Kenner.  There was even a Darci Perfect Pose playset...hence the Color Infusion Perfect Pose name!  Very fun.  I adored my Darci doll as a kid.  So the blonde Darby/Rapture doll is a definite keeper for me (plus I love the Rapture sculpt!) I also love Blue/Kimber, and Monroe/Pizazz.  The rest of the girls are potentially on the chopping block.  I loved the outfits on Adaline (ladies night), Blue (love hangover), Monroe (jungle boogie), and Janay (solid gold).

Angel in Blue
Poppy Parker™ Dressed Doll
Official Convention Centerpiece Doll

Limited Edition 300 Dolls

So clearly the Gloss theme is focusing its design inspiration on the 70's disco look.  We are seeing a lot of Studio 54 or American Hustle looks and things that are reminiscent of Halston and Dionne Von Furstenberg wrap dresses.  But I never expected that look to carry into the world of Poppy Parker.  The centerpiece poppy was a bit of a shocker to many.  I did not win her and that was just fine with me because she is not really my style.  I bet she will be great for redressing though.

Starlight Poppy Parker™ Dressed Doll
Official Convention Giveaway Doll

Limited Edition of 500 Dolls

The luncheon souvenir Poppy Starlight is completely adorable.  She was also one of the dolls that did not make it to the con until Saturday.  I can't wait to see her in person.  The hair color looks really pretty on her.  During the luncheon program, David Butry showed images of popular mod models that will be the inspiration for next year's lineup The Model Scene. There was also a teaser pick of the W Club Holiday Poppy.


Illustrious
Luxury Wear Costume (Outfit only)
Official Convention Souvenir
Limited Edition of 500 Outfits

Friday Evening Bazaar was a hybrid dance party/vendor salesroom event.  They gave out a very nifty looking red evening gown (have not learned the name yet).  It seems a bit similar to the purple dress on Sheer Sensuality Vanessa.  I don't really do ball gowns so I will likely be selling/trading this.

So Friday Keepers: Starlight Poppy, Tenzin, Declan, Sterling, Callum, Darby, Monroe, and Blue.  Oufits: all of the Homme fashions, Ladies Night, Love Hangover, Jungle Boogie, and Solid Gold.

Friday, October 31, 2014

IT Gloss Convention Thursday Haul and Thoughts From a Distance

It is tough having a proxy...I miss being there horribly. And it is sort of exhausting super-stalking everyone on flickr and the boards for info. But it was the more sensible way to get the swag this year (not wanting to leave the wee lad for the long weekend).


Official Welcome Bag Doll and Companion Accessory Kit
The 2014 Integrity Toys Convention: Gloss
Limited Edition of 500 Dolls and 500 Accessory Packs


I believe this doll is on a Poppy Parker high heel foot body (last seen at IFDC) and is a part of the ITBE line.  This is the first Erin/Collette sculpt.  I think she is super cute but I am not sure I will keep her.  I will definitely be keeping the outfit because I think it will fit in perfectly with the Urban Safari fashions from the recent dolls.

Sheer Sensuality
Vanessa Perrin™ Dressed Doll
The 2014 Integrity Toys Convention: Gloss Official Table Centerpiece
Limited Edition of 350 Dolls

Thursday Night Dinner featured Sheer Sensuality Vanessa as the centerpiece doll.  She is LE 350 and features the Vanessa 1.0 sculpt.  My number was pulled so I will have the tricky decision to make about whether she stays or goes.  Likely she will go.  I am hoping I can use one of these dolls to secure Montaigne Market Elise!  This Vanessa is super pretty though.  I finally see why everyone is wackadoo for the original sculpt.

Le Smoking
Adèle Makéda® Dressed Doll
The 2014 Integrity Toys Convention: Gloss Official Souvenir
Limited Edition of 500 Dolls

The Thursday night souvenir doll was the KICKER!  Le Smoking Adele is gorgeous!  The white suit is super glamorous.  I am pretty sure I will be keeping this one.  I don't have an Adele yet and this version seems very versatile.  Unfortunately she is one of the dolls in custom limbo.

I believe my wonderful proxy also got me a grab bag in which there was a Stormer doll (weee! a future custom coming or at the very least a body donor for one of the bonus Clash heads).

The IT Direct Salesroom dolls were tempting.  I totally want the Victoire Mini Giftset (and I think I got one).  I passed on the ITBE 'malibu' girls.  I don't do FR16 so Hanne was not for me. Hopefully I will be able to get the Wild Thing Poppy at some point because I love both the outfit, her hair, and the screening (and was unable to get an IFDC Poppy).

***UPDATE: I got Wild Thing Poppy!   Weee!

So yeah the thursday keepers for me are the Welcome Erin outfit and accessories, Le Smoking Adele, Victoire Giftset, and Wild Thing Poppy.





IT Gloss Convention Doll List...In progress

Doll count: 39

Thursday:
Welcome Doll Erin-original sculpt on high heel Poppy body LE5o00
Accessory pack for Erin with fur vest and hat LE 500
Sheer Sensuality Vanessa Perrin Centerpiece- Vanessa 1.0 original sculpt  LE350
Le Smoking Adele Makeda- Adele 2.0 w/model muse skin tone LE 500
IT Water Bottle
Azone Gold Booties

Friday:
Angel in Blue Poppy Centerpiece LE 300
Starlight Poppy Souvenir LE 500
Friday Night Bazaar Red Fashion (variation of Vanessa's purple dress) LE 500

Saturday:
Sensuous Affair Giselle- Centerpiece Nu Face W Club luncheon
Chrome Noir Erin Souvenir
Evening Siren Ayumi Companion- new sculpt LE 600
Intrigue Elise-Centerpiece LE 300
Intimate Reveal Agnes Souvenir Convention Doll LE500

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
FR2 replacement bodies!

Convention Collection:
Nightshade Kyori
Dark Moon Poppy
La Villa Lumiere Simonetta- Studio IT Alysa sculpt
Cold Shoulder Eugenia
Adorned Vanessa
Nocturnal Glow Veronique
Grandiose Natalia

Color Infusion:

Ladies:
Adaline King/Jetta in Ladies Night
Alysa in Bad Girls
Blue/Burkhart/Kimber in Love Hangover
Kika Yung/Aja in Foxy Lady
Monroe Jillian/Pizazz in Jungle Boogie
Janay/Ragine in Solid Gold
Darby Kenner/Rapture in Night Fever
Tilda Brisby/Roxy in The Hustle

Hommes:
Tenzin Dahkling in Boogie Shoes
Sterling Riese in Sugar Pie Guy
Kieron Morel/Remi in Superfly
Declan Wake in Disco Nights
Ace/Riot blonde in Macho Man
Callum Windsor in What's Going on?

Workshops:

Watch Workshop Chip
Tantalizing Dominique

* All the dolls arrived!  The day is saved. Reports are that the IT staff worked all night in their costumes getting all the collections together.  Love those folks.

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
773.334.3650



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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)
Copyright © *|2014|* *|Access Contemporary Music|*, All rights reserved.

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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 TODAY...so 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 SURPRISE...it 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
Edge
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.