Thursday, December 4, 2014
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
***UPDATE***Integrity has just informed us that Techrat will indeed have his part further off center! And his shoes are high tops as well! It is great that they listen to fans.
Dressed Fashion Figure
The JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS™ Collection
Official 2014 W Club Exclusive
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Anyway...I find the show pretty humorous..funnier than SNL at the very least.
Monday, November 10, 2014
Véronique Perrin® Dressed Doll
The 2014 Integrity Toys Convention: Gloss
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.
Natalia Fatalé™ Dressed Doll
The 2014 Integrity Toys Convention: Gloss
Kyori Sato™ Dressed Doll
The 2014 Integrity Toys Convention: Gloss
Eugenia Perrin Frost™ Dressed Doll
The 2014 Integrity Toys Convention: Gloss
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.
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
Sunday, November 2, 2014
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
Friday Night Bazaar Red Fashion $ 70
La Villa Lumiere Simonetta $150
Adorned Vanessa $225
Cold Shoulder Eugenia $225
Nocturnal Glow Veronique $170
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 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...
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
Um yeah...this doll is so cool. I missed out on the IFDC girls so I am pretty sure she is staying.
Hmmm. Not sure. Once again I prefer the day wear/sportswear looks on my dolls so cocktail stuff does nothing for me.
Totally gorgeous...but yeah I don't think she is for me.
Also stunning...but I love Fashion Explorer more.
This one might stay. I like the fashion and the doll. A lot!
She looks amazing. I love the screening and skintone. I might keep her and sell the outfit.
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).
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.
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
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.
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.
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).
So yeah the thursday keepers for me are the Welcome Erin outfit and accessories, Le Smoking Adele, Victoire Giftset, and Wild Thing Poppy.
Sheer Sensuality Vanessa Perrin Centerpiece- Vanessa 1.0 original sculpt LE350
IT Water Bottle
Azone Gold Booties
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
Sensuous Affair Giselle- Centerpiece Nu Face W Club luncheon
Intrigue Elise-Centerpiece LE 300
Intimate Reveal Agnes Souvenir Convention Doll LE500
Wild Thing Poppy
Hanne Erikson After Hours
Dial V for Victoire Mini Giftset
ITBE Jolt- Amelie/Misaki
FR2 replacement bodies!
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
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?
Watch Workshop Chip
Friday, October 24, 2014
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
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
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
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
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.
Friday, September 26, 2014
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...
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
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.
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....