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2014 National Barbie Doll Collectors Convention…

…let the madness begin.  By the time this blog entry posts, I will be boarding a series of flights that will take me deep into the heartland of the United States.  The National Barbie Doll Collectors Convention (NBDCC) is gathering collectors from all over the world in Nashville Tennessee this year and I will be there to report and to enjoy.

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I am especially excited to go and see old and new friends this year because I missed the big dance last year.  I can’t wait to catch up with everyone.  I will be sharing photos and updates on the blog here and on my Flickr account.  Feel free to follow along.  I will try to do my daily updates but am making no promises as I will also be selling out of my room this year.  Things will most likely be a little crazy for a bit.  Here is the sales flyer for what I have.IMG_8288-Edit_edited-1

Fabulous silk scarves for our diminutive divas.  Perfect for table gifts or as a hostess gift for your table hostess.  The scarf sets come with a 5 inch by 5 inch silk scarf, designer scarf box and little scarf ring to keep it in place. 

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Each set is priced at $20.00 with over 40 different designs to choose from.

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I will also be selling furniture. 

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If you are in Nashville this year, feel free to stop by.  I will post the room number once I get in.  Watch for the ITFDS flyers on the sales boards.  Hope to post my first update tomorrow night.  Smile

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Karl Lagerfeld Barbie Announced

WWD announced today that a Karl Lagerfeld Barbie is in the works and set for release later this year.

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source: WWD.com

Hope she won’t be too limited of an edition.  I will be interested to see the actual doll photos.


Poppy Sizzles in Vegas

This year is Poppy Parker’s 5th anniversary and Integrity Toys is certainly showing up to celebrate it.  I shared a photo earlier today of the first exclusive Poppy Parker for IFDC (International Fashion Doll Convention).  Tonight, two additional Poppy Parker dolls were unveiled to much applause.  These were the convention doll and a companion doll that was given to all attendees.  If you are a Poppy Parker fan and chose this year to go to IFDC, you scored a jackpot in Vegas!

** pictures are courtesy of Integrity Toys**

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IT Girl
Poppy Parker 5th Anniversary Collection
2014 IFDC Convention Companion Doll
Limited Edition of 300 Dolls

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

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Glamorous Darling
Poppy Parker 5th Anniversary Collection
2014 IFDC Convention Exclusive Doll
Limited Edition of 300 Dolls

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 

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The WClub has set aside a very few of these for a lottery so if you are a WClub member, look to your emails for information on how to enter.  I predict these beauties will be hot tickets on the secondary markets.  There is a huge demand for Poppy Parker and quite a few collectors have expressed interest in this newer and more sophisticated Poppy Parker look.  As for me, I may be tempted to enter for the brunette and the redhead.  Adorable!


Poppy is in Vegas!!

And she is all grown up.  Each year the IFDC (International Fashion Doll Convention) holds a fun convention in Las Vegas.  I have never gone but I love seeing the photos of the people who do go and it sure seems like a great event.  The timing never seems to work out for me to go to this one.  Anywhoo, Integrity Toys does a number of dolls for this event and the first IT Direct exclusive for the convention was unveiled yesterday.  It was a bit of a shocker for people as Poppy has never been offered up as an event doll before.  Many Poppy Parker collectors are busy texting convention participants or scrolling through eBay listings to get a hold of this one.

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Evening Ingenue
Poppy Parker 5th Anniversary Collection
2014 IFDC IT DIRECT Exclusive

Issue size:  300

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They are really pulling out the stops for Poppy’s 5th anniversary.  Apparently, she is on a hybrid body so not the regular Poppy Parker body.  She does not have the ankle joint either.  I am not sure how I feel about this very grown up version of Poppy.  I am happy though for all the attendees of IFDC to have this really exclusive issue.  Very exciting.  I love how IT is mixing things up.  You never really know what you will get at conventions these days.  It keeps us guessing and I like it.


The Allure of Dior

For most fashion lovers, all you have to say is the word Dior, and we are listening.  Dior has been in the headlines of many collector FB pages and blogs recently because of a brand new exhibition in China right now.  It is called Le Petit Théâtre Dior.

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The exhibit is patterned off of the Théâtre de la mode exhibition that opened in Paris in March of 1945.  Théâtre de la mode brought together European design houses to exhibit couture designs on small wire mannequins.  It was done to reinvigorate a flagging fashion industry after World War II.  The current  beautifully constructed Dior exhibit also uses smaller mannequins to display some of Dior’s most famous fashions past and present.  The fact that these are shown in small scale is enough to get me excited about this traveling exhibit ( oh please, please, please bring this one to the States!).  The real bonus is…and here I concur with my friend Rogier who writes the very informative Dutch Barbie World blog…the exquisite sets they have designed for these small recreations.  To a diorama enthusiast, these are pure heaven.  Yes I would be one of those annoying people at this exhibit who simply would NOT move so you could see what was inside the case.  I would need the entire day to commit to memory every detail in every display.  Seriously….I am not kidding.

One of the cornerstones in this new exhibition appears to be the “Miss Dior” gown.  The original “Miss Dior” gown was designed by Christian Dior in 1949

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source:  www.dior.com

Raf Simons, the current designer for the house of Dior, resurrected this design in his Fall 2012 couture collection and added a more modern spin.

C.Dior Fall 2012 CTR source:  www.style.com

It was used in the ad campaigns for the Miss Dior perfume.

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source:  www.dior.com

Mr. Simons even designed a black version of the gown

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source: http://thestatementbox.com/2013/11/19/miss-dior-exhibition-at-the-grand-palais/

With this new exhibit, Dior has created a small scale version of the iconic gown from 1949 and gave us an absolutely mesmerizing video to show the making of.

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source: www.dior.com

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Many,  many collectors are just blown away by this gown and are lusting after it for their diminutive diva’s.  Wouldn’t you just love to have this in your collection?  Well…maybe you can….or at least something very close to it.  The talented Hilda of Bellissima Couture will be holding a silent auction for a 1/6 scale replica of the “Miss Dior” gown.  Information about the auction should be on her blog today, June 12th. 


Integrity Toy’s Convention Registration is OPEN

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THE 2014 INTEGRITY TOYS CONVENTION: GLOSS

HYATT REGENCY

ORLANDO FLORIDA

OCTOBER 30 – NOVEMBER 1, 2014

The Theme is “Gloss” and in I.T.’s own words  “This year, we take you to the world of glam, the upper echelon of fashion and fame!”  Oh what does it mean?!  I don’t know but whatever it is…it is sure to be good.  I have been to the last three of I.T.’s annual conventions and they have never disappointed.  I know there is always a first time for everything but frankly, I go to these conventions for the people and not the stuff.  Don’t get me wrong, stuff is nice but the people really are the biggest part of convention.  You get to hang out with people who like to collect what you collect and are willing to talk from morning to night about it.  It is one big fashion doll love fest. 

Admission costs $475.00 ( $450 if you register early, info on the website ).  There are special rates for the hotel as well.  Here are some of the perks awaiting convention goers:

-A welcome bag with a very special giveaway right when conventioneers 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 I.T. 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, they 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!

And more….Halloween costume contest, workshops, exclusive convention collection, Color Infusion Style lab, raffles and design competitions.  Also, for WClub Members only, a WClub luncheon featuring the return of the Nu.Face collection.

If you are interested in finding out more about , You will find all the information about the convention and how to register here  I.T. Convention info

If you want to go to this convention, keep in mind that the sooner you sign up, the better your registration number will be.  What does this mean?  Well, if they do what they did last year ( and I hope they do), your registration number determines the order you get to go into the sales room to purchase all the convention collection goodies. 


Reverence for the Repaint…Part II

Here is the third and final repaint I received from from the amazing repaint artist Jon Copeland.  She was originally a Suite Retreat™ Barbie® Doll.

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source:  www.Barbiecollector.com

This is what Jon Copeland did with her.  STUNNING!

Gown and Hat:  Bogue’s Vogues

Gloves, shoes and jewelry:  Mattel

Fur:  Dimitha

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It’s been a while…

…since I have posted.  For the past month, I have been photographing big dolls on stage as they fly through the air in time to music.

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Yes, that’s my dancer daughter in the front.  Proud mama moment.  Now that dance recital season is over with photos processed and on my website available for happy parents to purchase, I can turn my time and energy to other photography projects.  Namely, I can get back to photographing some new acquisitions into the collection.  Before I do that however, I wanted to share something.

As a person who loves images and has an even greater love for capturing images, I enjoy going to Flickr to get inspired.  I am constantly amazed at the wealth of creativity that can be found there.  Yesterday, I saw a photo by a Flickr member whom I follow and who I truly enjoy trading witty comments with.  On Flickr, her name is Malibu T.  I knew she was a talented painter based on the photos she has shared but I was floored by the project she just shared. 

This is what she started with: A Mattel Enchanted Evening Castle

Enchanted Evening Castle source:  Mattel, Inc.

And this is what she did with it:

** all photos below are under Malibu T’s copyright and are being used with her permission**

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Holy cow!!  She has also gone way above and beyond by sharing on her Flickr page how she did this.  If you want to read about it, go here.  Way cool!!

Yes, I know I am behind on responding to comments.  I will be getting to those tomorrow. Smile


Reverence for the Repaint

I can do many things when it comes to doll collecting.  I cannot do what Jon Copeland does.  I can’t even contemplate it.  I can, however, observe, enjoy and photograph it.

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For those who are interested, she was originally a Mila™ Barbie® Doll.


Mattel Launches Commemorative Gone With The Wind Dolls

Holy cow!! Gone with the Wind is 75 years old?!  Seriously?!  In commemoration, Mattel has launched a trio of dolls.  Rhett and two versions of Scarlett.  The face mold looks really accurate for Vivian Leigh. 

Photo source:  Barbiecollector.com

GONE WITH THE WIND™ SCARLETT O’HARA™ Doll

Designed by: Monica LaValle

Release Date: 5/20/2014

Retail:  $80.00

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GONE WITH THE WIND™ SCARLETT O’HARA™ Doll

Designed by: Monica LaValle

Release Date: 5/20/2014

Retail:  $34.95

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GONE WITH THE WIND™ RHETT BUTLER™ Doll

Designed by: Monica LaValle

Release Date: 5/20/2014

Retail:  $34.95

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I adore the red gowned Scarlett.  I wonder though… why the huge price difference between the white gowned Scarlett and the red one?  Are there $45.00 worth of extra flounces on that white gown?  If there is a 1/6 scale historic replica hoop skirt under there then they may have a point.  If they don’t, commemorative or not, “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a ….” .    You fill in the blank.

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Tulabelle 2014

I.T. and David Buttry gave us another fabulous Tulabelle collection to pour over.  Just to remind people who this lady is…she is Poppy Parker’s granddaughter so some of the pieces she has in her wardrobe are vintage pieces from her grandmother’s fashion career.  Note: Gold lame coat on “Front Row” is same coat Poppy wears in “Spy-A-Go-Go”.  Cool continuity David!

Available at all Integrity Toys Dealers

Photo Source:  Integrity Toys

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French Kissed
Tulabelle™ Dressed Doll
Suggested Retail Price: $140.00 US
Limited Edition Size: 300
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Late Summer 2014

Doll Tech Specs:

Body Type: Fashion Teen (16-Inch)
Head Sculpt: Tulabelle
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tones: Japan
Hair Color: Platinum
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied

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Touch of Grace
Tulabelle™ Dressed Doll
Suggested Retail Price: $140.00 US
Limited Edition Size: 300
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Late Summer 2014

Doll Tech Specs:

Body Type: Fashion Teen (16-Inch)
Head Sculpt: Tulabelle
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tones: Japan
Hair Color: Bright Auburn
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied

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Player Slayer
Tulabelle™ Dressed Doll
Suggested Retail Price: $140.00 US
Limited Edition Size: 300
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Late Summer 2014

Doll Tech Specs:

Body Type: Fashion Teen (16-Inch)
Head Sculpt: Tulabelle
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tones: Japan
Hair Color: Golden Blond with Light Brown
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied

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Front Row
Tulabelle™ Dressed Doll
Suggested Retail Price: $140.00 US
Limited Edition Size: 300
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Late Summer 2014

Doll Tech Specs:

Body Type: Fashion Teen (16-Inch)
Head Sculpt: Tulabelle
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tones: Japan
Hair Color: Raven
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied

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If I collected this size of doll, I would be ALL OVER THESE.  Front Row is my favorite.  I desperately want that dress in 1/6 scale.   Please, please, please!!


Poppy Parker 2014 Reveal

The theme for this years very popular Poppy Parker line is “The Girl from I.N.T.E.G.R.I.T.Y.”  Poppy and her friends are spies for this collection.  The accessory of the collection is a gun.  Each doll comes with one.  Gun control issues aside for a moment, it is kind of a cute accessory for this theme…if one can call a gun “cute”.  There were some big surprises with the reveal this year.  The biggest one was the addition of the quick switch head feature in the Poppy Parker line.  This means Poppy’s head can be popped off ( yes…pun intended) and switched to another head.  In this case, it is the villain ( Loni Lawrence who is called Sebina in this collection) who can quickly disguise herself as Poppy…or evil Poppy as she is being called.  COOL!!!  Second surprise of the collection was the addition of two spy agent friends Penelope Chase (Collette face mold) and Kimiko Gunn(Ayumi face mold).  This is brilliant in my opinion.  It is a great way to bring back some favorite collector face molds in new and fresh ways.  The designers at I.T. never fail to impress me with their creativity in this.  Nice work David!

Photo source: Integrity Toys

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Agent Lotta Danger
Poppy Parker™ Dressed Doll
Suggested Retail Price: $120.00 US
Limited Edition Size: 800
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Summer 2014

Doll Tech Specs:

Body Type: Poppy Parker (12-inch)
Head Sculpt: Poppy Parker
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tones: FR White
Hair Color: Auburn Mix
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied

 

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Wow!!  Poppy Parker in a cat suit with a gun holster.  Guess she is all grown up now.  I love the look of this one and I really like the black gloved hands she comes with.  Will most definitely be using those on other Poppy’s as well.  I adore my 60’s  Poppy “The Happpening” from last year so I am liking this cinnamon haired version.  Boots should have been just a touch taller…IMO.

Spy-A-Go-Go
Poppy Parker™ Dressed Doll
Suggested Retail Price: $120.00 US
Limited Edition Size: 800
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Summer 2014

Doll Tech Specs:
Body Type: Poppy Parker (12-inch)
Head Sculpt: Poppy Parker
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tones: FR White
Hair Color: Warm Brunette
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied

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A spy in gold lamé!  She is not a low profile spy.  Gold lamé has never been my thing but it screams 60’s .  I love that David Buttry paired it with this mint green.  Goldfinger has got nothing on this girl….if you want gold…it’s here.

Agent Kimiko Gunn
Tina Tanaka™ Dressed Doll
Suggested Retail Price: $120.00 US
Limited Edition Size: 700
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Summer 2014

Doll Tech Specs:

Body Type: Poppy Parker (12-inch)
Head Sculpt: Ayumi 1.0
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tones: Japan
Hair Color: Raven
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied

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Adorable!!  Not everybody can wear orange but this girl can.  Love the little crop jacket on this one.

Agent Penelope Chase
Jolie James™ Dressed Doll
Suggested Retail Price: $120.00 US
Limited Edition Size: 350
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Summer 2014

Doll Tech Specs:

Body Type: Poppy Parker (12-inch)
Head Sculpt: Colette
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tones: FR Black
Hair Color: Brunette/Raven Mix
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied

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How adorable is she?!!  Nothing this sweet could keep a gun in her purse…come on…even if it is pink.  I guess that is why she will make a very good spy.  Nobody would expect it.

Sebina Havoc: Mistress of Disguise
Loni Lawrence™ Dressed Doll
Suggested Retail Price: $120.00 US
Limited Edition Size: 700
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Summer 2014

Doll Tech Specs:
Body Type: Poppy Parker (12-inch)
Head Sculpt: Loni Lawrence / Poppy Parker (Alternate head)
Quick Switch Feature: Yes, Version 2.0s
skin Tones: FR White
Hair Color: Golden Blond with Platinum Streak (Loni) and Silver Ash (Poppy Disguise)
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied

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But Wait!!!  There’s More!!!

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I was on the fence about getting this Loni version because I adore the streak in her hair but then I.T. threw in the quick switch silver haired Poppy head ….Game Over…I’m buying.  Brilliant idea to try out the quick switch head model with this collection.  We needed an evil Poppy to go with this theme and it’s a perfect way to do it.  This is also a very satisfying way to honor Poppy’s 5th anniversary for collectors.  Thank you David and Integrity Toys!

Sebastien Havoc: Brother in Arms
Lex Lawrence™ Dressed Doll
Suggested Retail Price: $120.00 US
Limited Edition Size: 700
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Summer 2014

Doll Tech Specs:

Body Type: FR Homme (12.5-inch)
Head Sculpt: Francisco Leon
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tones: FR White
Hair Color: Golden Blond with Light Blonde Streak
Eyelashes: No

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Does this guy come off as looking like a ferret to you?  He does to me.  I guess it is appropriate for an evil spy.  I see this one and all I can hear in my head is the sprocket theme from SNL and the German accented phrase “ Would you like to pet my monkey?”  He is very cool and I love the Euro chic black leather jacket.  I can’t get past the ferret face though.

Mayhem in Monte Carlo
Poppy Parker™ Dressed Doll
Suggested Retail Price: $120.00 US
Limited Edition Size: 800
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Summer 2014

Doll Tech Specs:

Body Type: Poppy Parker (12-inch)
Head Sculpt: Poppy Parker
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tones: FR White
Hair Color: Strawberry Blond
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied

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Mayhem in Monte Carlo Poppy Parker 4

Does she carry the gun in her handbag?  Will it fit?  These are the insane questions that keep me up at night LOL!  Perhaps she can hide it under the shoulder bow.  Okay, okay…I digress.  I love the soft updo with this one.  The pink gown with black stitching and beading is beautifully feminine.  The jewelry is fabulous as well.  I am not feeling the “Mayhem” but I can definitely see this one going to the casino in search of the ferret faced Lex.

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Chip Farnsworth III™ Dressed Doll
Suggested Retail Price: $120.00 US
Limited Edition Size: 700
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Summer 2014

Doll Tech Specs:
Body Type: FR Homme (12.5-inch)
Head Sculpt: Chip Farnsworth III
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tones: FR White
Hair Color: Black
Eyelashes: No

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Arm candy indeed!!!  This one is worth it for the jacket alone.  I mean come on…the portrait just oooozes the phrase “Bond….James Bond”.  Don’t they make the perfect couple?!  He needed to have secret spy documents in the briefcase or at least a grenade or something right.  Does the watch cut through a door?  Probably. 

There was also some information and a picture released about a Poppy Parker shoe pack coming in August/September.  It was listed as another IT direct release which most likely means….lottery.  Picture is available to WClub members on the Vimeo release of the Webinar.  Members should have received info with instructions on how to access it. 

This was a really fun collection.  I am not a big fan of the 60’s fashions but I found myself ordering quite a few of these because they were just so dang fun and cute.  Excellent work David and I.T. 

Information on the other two lines, Jem and Fashion Teen Poppy coming up later today.


Integrity Toys Reveals FR/FR2 for 2014

This past Saturday morning, WClub members were treated to the release of information on 4 of Integrity Toy’s product lines.  I will be sending out 4 different blog posts to give information on these lines.  If you are interested in any of these items, you should contact an Integrity Toys Dealer ASAP to secure your selection.  Many of these items are already selling out  as WClub members were allowed to order early.

First reveal up is the 2014 FR line.  This years “Safari” inspired collection was a collaboration between designers Vaughn Sawyer and Jason Wu.  This years collection focuses on the 8 core characters going forward with the new FR/FR2 concept. I would call it “Safari Chic” with some especially fine detailed accessories.  It is a strong and fairly cohesive collection. I adore the color palette used in everything.  The facial screenings are strong and sophisticated.  The accessories are amazingly detailed (check out all the patterns and stitching on the purses alone). 

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Photo source: Integrity Toys

Elusive Creature
Natalia Fatalé™ Dressed Doll
The Fashion Royalty® Collection
Edition Size: 800
estimated Ship Date: Approximately August/September 2014
Suggested Retail Price: $135.00

Doll Tech Specs:

Body Type: FR 2013
Head Sculpt: Natalia Fatalé 2.0
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tones: Hispanic
Hair Color: Serengeti Blond
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied

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Elusive Creature Natalia 5

I adore the boots in this outfit and that bag!  I was kind of bummed I did not pick up the gorgeous Natalia at convention last year…now I get to make up for it.  One critique though…could we please see some other kind of hairstyle on poor Natalia.  The girll has had the same hairstyle for the last couple of  releases. 

Faded Desert
Kyori Sato™ Dressed Doll
The Fashion Royalty® Collection
Edition Size: 700
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately August/September 2014
Suggested Retail Price: $135.00

Doll Tech Specs:

Body Type: FR 2013
Head Sculpt: Kyori 2.0
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tones: FR White
Hair Color: Dusk Brunette
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied

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Faded Desert Kyori 3

Faded Desert Kyori 4

Holy accessories batman!  You had me at the shoes…at the shoes.  The bag is a miniature copy of the Jason Wu “Jordan” bag.  I love the soft neutral colors of this one.  I also love the new facial screenings in this collection…most evident in this Kyori.  Again, this is all about the details…and there were plenty to admire in this entire collection.  I love the cross lacing on the skirt.

City Prowl
Eugenia Perrin Frost™ Dressed Doll
The Fashion Royalty® Collection
Edition Size: 800
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately August/September 2014
Suggested Retail Price: $135.00

Doll Tech Specs:

Body Type: FR 2013
Head Sculpt: Eugenia Perrin-Frost
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tones: FR White
Hair Color: Desert Dune Blond
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied

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Okay….one word….”Meeeeeeeow!”  This lady is a total cougar right?!  She needs a younger man model following adoringly behind her.  I think my DG Adrian will work for that LOL!  Yes, I already have a set of photos in mind for this one.  I adore this look.

Full Spectrum
Véronique Perrin™ Dressed Doll
The Fashion Royalty® Collection
Edition Size: 700
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately August/September 2014
Suggested Retail Price: $135.00

Doll Tech Specs:

Body Type: FR 2013
Head Sculpt: Véronique 2.0
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tones: Japan
Hair Color: Brownette
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied

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Not sure how this fits with the safari theme but I love the simple elegance of this one.  I adore the cutout back and the short haired Veronique.  Trés Chic!

Vivid Encounter
Adèle Makéda™ Dressed Doll
The Fashion Royalty® Collection
Edition Size: 400
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately August/September 2014
Suggested Retail Price: $135.00

Doll Tech Specs:

Body Type: FR 2013
Head Sculpt: Adèle 3.0
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tones: Light Honey
Hair Color: Raven
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied

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The necklace on this one is a stunner.  It is a compilation of little flowers and leaves.  The seaming on this gown is very intricate too.  Again, I really like the facial screening.

On The Rise
Elise Jolie™ Dressed Doll
Suggested Retail Price: $135.00 US
Limited Edition Size: 700
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately August/September 2014

Doll Tech Specs:

Body Type: FR 2013
Head Sculpt: Elise Jolie
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tones: Japan
Hair Color: Black Panther
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied

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Wow!!  Elise is one of my favorite face sculpts and this one does not disappoint. 

And….for those lucky enough to have signed up for the Wclub this year…there was a special unveiling event doll available to preorder

Event Doll

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Agnes Von Weiss™ Dressed Doll Mini Gift Set
The Fashion Royalty® Collection
2014 W Club Online Event Exclusive
Suggested Retail Price: $135.00 US
Limited Edition Size: TBA
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Late Summer/Early Fall 2014

Doll Tech Specs:

Body Type: FR 2013
Head Sculpts: Agnes Von Weiss
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tones: Japan
Hair Color: Strawberry Red
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied

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I am thinking…Best…Event…Doll…Ever!  How can I pass up a redhaired updo Agnes?  I can’t. 

I.T. also announced and showed a photograph of the an IT Direct shoe pack coming out in the fall.  IT direct means lottery people.  There were four pair of fantastic shoes shown in this pack but no pictures were released outside of the video.  I.T. has asked that we not duplicate any portion of the webinar so I can’t share a photo here.  If you are WClub member, you can view the Webinar in it’s entirety on Vimeo.  Just look in your email for a message from the Wclub for the address and password.

Poppy Parker 2014 release coming up in a minute….literally….one minute.

 


A Dulcissima Bride

If you look up the translation for Dulcissima it says “Sweet” or “Sweetest”.  I think this recent addition to the BFMC Alta Moda collection comes off as more sultry than sweet.  However you see this one..sweet or sultry, she is a beauty.  While her original Dolce and Gabbana inspired outfit may have not been my thing, dressing her in this Joe Tai bridal fashion definitely suited me and my collection.

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-Rebecca


Worth The Wait

Patience is indeed a virtue.  It is a  virtue I don’t happen to have a clear grasp of most days.  When I send a doll off for repainting, I want it back like yesterday.  I like to send a doll off to a repaint artist and give general likes or dislikes but I don’t give specifics about what I want done.  I usually like to leave it in the talented and capable hands of the artist and I get what I get.  I sent a few ladies off to Jon Copeland of SeloJDesigns a number of months ago and while the wait to get them back was longer than he or I would have liked….it was entirely worth it.  I received three sublimely unique and beautifully painted OOAK’s that I am completely in love with.    I will be photographing and showing them over the next couple of weeks.  They are treasures…each and every one.

I am also going through a a bit of a wedding kick ( you know…the whole June thing) so a few brides will be thrown in the mix as well.  My bride fetish and one of my new OOAK’s from Jon combined in the doll room this afternoon for a truly enjoyable photoshoot .  I had roughly 30 minutes of sunshine today to do this set of photos.  I believe I maximized the time well Smile

 

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Jon….MWAH!


The Art of Redressing

I look at this process as an art form.  Others may not but I do.  One of the many meanings of the word “redressing” is to set right; remedy or rectify.  However you view it, most of us at some point as collectors participate in it…the redress.  The sometimes exhaustive process of finding the perfect dress for the perfect doll gives me mental hives at times. I have some definite preferences when it comes to redressing, displaying and photographing a doll.    I may get a doll in and while I love the face, the dress does not speak to me…as in the case of my latest acquisition Principessa.  It is not that I think the dress is bad.  I just didn’t feel it on this doll.  Many times the disappointment with a fashion is tempered when I see it displayed on another doll.  This happened to me just last night when I saw the Principessa wedding gown displayed, slightly altered, on a different doll.  The dress had a whole new life for me. 

These next two photos are from the collector and photographer Julia Castro Fuentes whose  photos I have followed for years.  I love her eye for color, lighting and styling in her doll photography.  She has an enviable collection and an even more enviable talent behind the lens.  To see more of her fantastic work, feel free to visit her Flickr photostream at https://www.flickr.com/photos/castrojulia/.  The two photos below are under Julia’s copyright and are being used on ITFDS with her permission. 

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© Julia Castro Fuentes Photography

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© Julia Castro Fuentes Photography

I realized when looking at Julia’s photos, that this dress had a whole lot of potential.  I also realized…it looked WAY better on a brunette..in my opinion.  With that revelation in mind, I searched the doll room for a better model for this dress.

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And…the sunny window setup.  Many times one of my kids holds the reflector for me ( a job that they crankily do for their dear old Mom) but, I also find an extra music stand works really well too.  My trusty tripod is never far but many of the shots in this set were free handed…that lovely sunshine makes things easier with that.  I used a Canon  Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens with these shots.

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-Rebecca


Redressed Principessa

I am happy to have received this one and shared some much needed photographs.  I love the fact that when Mattel fails to come through with information or images, the collector community steps forward and supplies what it can.  Case in point, it looks like those of us who have received this doll first, are posting photos for those who are hungry for more information.  Kudo’s to the collector community for “marketing” this doll. 

For those of you interested in what this lady looks like redressed and  what is happening under that veil…here you go.

Model:  Principessa™ Barbie®

dress:  Bogue’s Vogues

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The braid is not too bad.  I am not real happy with how it is left on the side of her face without being tucked in somewhere.  I wish it went all the way over and under the other side.  That would have been a cleaner look in my opinion.  As it stands though it is not horrific…just could be better.  You can tuck the little end of the braid into the surrounding hair but you will still see the bulky rubber band that secures the braid at the end.  Solution….photograph from the left….or..you could just do away with the braid all together.  I think I might do that at some point in the future.  For today, however, I just put on my big girl pants and dealt with it. 

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I thought the hairstyle of this one was perfect for a 1950’s shirtwaist from Mr Bogue.  I put holes in her ears ( nope..she does not come with predrilled holes) and inserted some pearl studs.  Now she looks finished. 


Principessa Bride Silkstone Is In The House!

I really don’t know what is going on with Mattel marketing this year.  I have never received a doll before the promotional photos are out.  I wonder if this will be the norm to follow.  Anywhoo…my fabulous dealer Barb of Windy City Dolls emailed me and said she had this beauty in and I jumped at the chance to get her. 

Normally, I put a link in my blog post to Barbiecollector.  Since Mattel doesn’t even have a promo shot out on this one yet let alone a way to purchase this beauty…no link to you Mattel.  I will link to my dealer instead. 

Principessa Silkstone Barbie

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She comes with a little bouquet, a small prayer book and white slingback pumps.  She has a little tiara veil and short gloves.  One notable omission….no earrings or jewelry of any kind.  What bride goes to her wedding without some bling?  Just my humble comment but geez guys…you would think over $100 bucks would give you at least a pair of pearl earrings.  Just sayin’.  I plan on adding my own.

Here face is really pretty.  I wasn’t really sure about the glitter at first but I must admit…it is kind of growing on me.  I think it will work really well for redressing.  And…redressing will be happening here.  The dress, while cute, is just not working for me. 

The hair is different on this one too.  She has a braid under the veil…

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The braid is just kind of left there on the right side of her face…not tucked in or anything.  I will have to do something with that when I redress.  I will go into that in a future post.  After deboxing her, the appeal of this one is increasing.  She really is quite pretty.

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Then I pulled out the big camera and liked her even more Smile

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Pastel Fiorella

I just had to rip those black bows off.  I adore the face paint on this one but the black bows, dress and knee socks had to go to another doll.

Model:  Fiorella™ Barbie® Doll

Dress:  Bellissima Couture

Hat:  by the fabulous Judy O of Aponi Designs

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The WClub Announces their First Exclusive

to members…..VICTOIRE ROUX™!

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La Grande Seduction (The Great Seduction)
Victoire Roux™ Dressed Doll
2014 W Club Exclusive
Limited Edition Size:  TBA
Estimated Shipping Date: Approximately Late Summer 2014

Doll Tech Specs:
Scale: 12-inch / 1:6
Head Sculpt: Victoire Roux
Body Sculpt: Integrity / Victoire Roux
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair: Deep Brunette
Quick Switch Feature: No
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied

La Grande Seduction Victoire 2

source:  www.Integritytoys.com.

La Grande Seduction Victoire 4

source:  www.Integritytoys.com.

La Grande Seduction Victoire 3

source:  www.Integritytoys.com.

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source:  www.Integritytoys.com.

La Grande Seduction Victoire 5

source:  www.Integritytoys.com.

I am not feeling the dress.  It’s different but it feels kind of clumpy on her.  Also, I am a lover of updo’s…you all know this…but I am feeling a little “updo fatigue” with this one.  Her face is beautiful and I love the raven hair.  I am not sold on the lip color yet but I think it is workable.  I really like the jewelry.  Has anyone “easily” gotten that hair comb thingy to work yet?  If so share how you did it.  Enquiring minds would love to know.   I am still going to order but I think she will be redressed fairly quickly.

WClub members have until Monday,April 14th at noon EST to order.


Unexcused Absence…

I have been tardy from the blog and I admit it.  There are good reasons for it , I promise.  For the past three weeks, I have been busy prototyping some items that I am hoping to sell at Barbie convention and through the blog (Etsy shop still being set up) as well.   While I can’t show many of the items yet, they are all in stages of doneness in my laundry room…I offer up some sneak peeks at the end of this post.  In the meantime, I decided to put Miss Poppy in the window for a photoshoot inspired by the beautiful spring green color that is popping up(LOL! pun intended) all around the Pacific Northwest right now.  Spring has sprung in the garden…and in the studio as well.

Model:  I Love How You Love Me Poppy Parker

Dress:  Bogue’s Vouges ( https://www.etsy.com/shop/boguesvogues)

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Here are a few sneaks of what I am working on….

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The piece above was repainted by a very talented artist I am proud to call a friend.  There will be more about her and her work in a future post.

-Rebecca


It’s ITBE time for the WClub

If you are an Integrity Toys’ Basic Edition fan and a WClub member,  you are a happy camper right now.  Hopefully you are a lucky happy camper.  Integrity  announced a quartet of new additions to the ITBE line and they will be available only to the WClub members.  They will also be available via lottery only.  I have not wandered into the ITBE tidal pool….yet.  This time I may have to dip my toe in for one

Ok WClub members, you have until  Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 Noon ET (New York Time) to enter the lottery for these.

Second Skin
Basic Edition Dressed Doll
IT Direct Exclusive
Limited Edition of 300 Dolls
Suggested Retail Price: $75.00 USD
Estimated Ship Date: Once "right to buy" lottery ends (in-stock March 2014)

Body Type: Old FR Body with Larger Bust
Head Sculpt: Vanessa 1.0
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: A-Tone
Hair Color: Deep Brunette
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied

ITBE Second Skin

source:  www.intetritytoys.com

Morning Dove
Basic Edition Dressed Doll
IT Direct Exclusive
Limited Edition of 300 Dolls
Suggested Retail Price: $75.00 USD
Estimated Ship Date: Once "right to buy" lottery ends (in-stock March 2014)

Body Type: Old FR Body with Larger Bust
Head Sculpt: Kyori 1.0
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: FR Black
Hair Color: Raven
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied

ITBE Morning Dove

source:  www.integritytoys.com

Red Strike
Basic Edition Dressed Doll
IT Direct Exclusive
Limited Edition of 300 Dolls
Suggested Retail Price: $75.00 USD
Estimated Ship Date: Once "right to buy" lottery ends (in-stock March 2014)

Body Type: FR Monogram
Head Sculpt: Janay
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: Miami
Hair Color: Shimmering Blond
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied

ITBE Red Strike

source: http://www.Integritytoys.com

Night Strike
Basic Edition Dressed Doll
IT Direct Exclusive
Limited Edition of 300 Dolls
Suggested Retail Price: $75.00 USD
Estimated Ship Date: Once "right to buy" lottery ends (in-stock March 2014) 

Body Type: FR Monogram
Head Sculpt: FR Monogram
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Silver
Eyelashes: Yes

ITBE Night Strike

source:  www.Integritytoys.com

What can I say…I am a sucker for the monograms.  Even though Integrity has retired this line, it is great to see them pop up in another iteration from time to time.  Thank you Integrity Toys!


You’ve Got a Friend

I have a friend who is going through a hard time right now.  I always say that one of if not the most amazing things about the collecting community is its strength and ability to support its members.  This friend is a doll collector and in the midst of the gauntlet she is walking right now, she still thought of others and helped out a few collector friends this week.  Her grace and strength humbles me.  My friend…this one is for you.

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Models:  Fascination Monogram, Breathless Veronique FR2,Sweet Smell of Success Veronique FR

Gowns:  Illumination Monogram, Fine Romance Eugenia FR, Dressmaker Details After the Ball

Set:  Suzy Goose Piano

Flame brush:  http://firebug-stock.deviantart.com 

 


Time for a Spring Fling…

…with Poppy Parker.  As the light gets better in the Pacific Northwest of the US, it is imperative to take advantage of it.  We had a few sun rays the other day so I had to grab my camera and a few models ready to show off some spring colors.

Model:  Sweet in Switzerland Poppy Parker

Shirt, Skirt, belt and shoes:  Fashion Royalty Spring Forward Eugenia

Hat:  Barbie Basics hat that I refashioned into something completely different.  {You have to imagine John Cleese saying that}.

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Quick behind the scenes look

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