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Announcing The 2015 Katy Keene Collection

Integrity toys announced on Saturday that they have secured licensing for and have developed a collection of dolls based on the Archie Comic character Katy Keene.  Vaughn Sawyer was lead designer for this collection.  Keep in mind that these dolls are all on CI bodies which means their shoes will be larger and the clothing will fit slightly larger than FR2. 

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Winning Number
Lucki Red Lorelei™ Dressed Doll
Limited Edition Size of 425 Dolls
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Late July 2015
Suggested Retail Price: $145.00 US

Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer

Doll Tech Specs:

Body Type: Color Infusion
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: B-Tone
Hair Color: Red
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied

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the face sculpt used here is the Jem sculpt.

The Odds are Stacked
Gloria Grandbuilt™ Dressed Doll
Limited Edition Size of 500 Dolls
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Early July 2015
Suggested Retail Price: $145.00 US

Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer

Doll Tech Specs:

Body Type: Color Infusion
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: Japan
Hair Color: Pale Blonde
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied

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Face sculpt used is the Tilda Brisbie(CI) or Roxy mold

Blue Serenade
Katy Keene™ Dressed Doll
Limited Edition Size of 500 Dolls
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Early July 2015
Suggested Retail Price: $145.00 US

Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer

Doll Tech Specs:

Body Type: Color Infusion
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Black
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied

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Face sculpt used is Darby Kenner (CI) or Rapture mold.  Of note here is that the gown design is taken directly from the original comic strip or paper dolls designed for the comic strip.

Shimmering Dynasty
Katy Keene™ Dressed Doll
Limited Edition Size of 500 Dolls
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Early July 2015
Suggested Retail Price: $145.00 US

Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer

Doll Tech Specs:

Body Type: Color Infusion
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: Japan
Hair Color: Black
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied

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Face sculpt used Darby Kenner (CI) and Rapture.  Because the cartoon enjoyed a resurgence in the 80’s the designers felt they wanted an 80’s inspired gown for Katy.  Dynasty meets Katy Keene.

Everything’s Keene
Katy Keene™ Dressed Doll Gift Set
Limited Edition Size of 500 Gift Sets
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Late July 2015
Suggested Retail Price: $185.00

Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer

Doll Tech Specs:

Body Type: Color Infusion
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: Cream
Hair Color: Black
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied

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Very Dita Von Teese like.  Face Sculpt is again Darby Kenner or Rapture.


2015 FR16 Collection Revealed

Vaughn Sawyer, senior design team member was on hand Saturday to walk collectors through the 2015 FR16 lineup.  Here is the information he shared.

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Super Natural
Anais McKnight™ Dressed Doll
The FR:16™ Collection
Limited Edition Size of 400 Dolls
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Late August 2015
Suggested Retail Price: $175.00

Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer

Doll Tech Specs:

Head Sculpt: Anais
Body Type: FR:16™
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: Light Honey
Hair Color: Bronze
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied

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Incognito
Elsa Lin™ Dressed Doll
The FR:16™ Collection
Limited Edition Size of 400 Dolls
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Late August 2015
Suggested Retail Price: $175.00

Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer

Doll Tech Specs:

Head Sculpt: Elsa
Body Type: FR:16™
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Chocolate Brown
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied

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Fall Phenomenon
Elsa Lin™ Dressed Doll
The FR:16™ Collection
Limited Edition Size of 400 Dolls
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Late August 2015
Suggested Retail Price: $175.00

Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer

Doll Tech Specs:

Head Sculpt: Elsa
Body Type: FR:16™
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: Japan
Hair Color: Black
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied

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Shades of Grey
Hanne Erickson™ Dressed Doll
The FR:16™ Collection
Limited Edition Size of 400 Dolls
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Late August 2015
Suggested Retail Price: $175.00

Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer

Doll Tech Specs:

Head Sculpt: Hanne
Body Type: FR:16™
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Black
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied

Shades of Grey Hanne Erickson 1

Shades of Grey Hanne Erickson 2

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Exuberance
Hanne Erickson™ Dressed Doll
The FR:16™ Collection
Limited Edition Size of 400 Dolls
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Late August 2015
Suggested Retail Price: $200.00

Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer

Doll Tech Specs:

Head Sculpt: Hanne
Body Type: FR:16™
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: Japan
Hair Color: Titanium Blond
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied

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New licensed product for 2015 announcement up next in a minute


2015 Poppy Parker Collection Revealed

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David Buttry walked collectors through the new offerings for 2015 in the Poppy Parker collection.  This doll line is an increasingly popular line for Integrity Toys and David Buttry brings a wonderful vision to his designs and this collection.  He stated in the webinar that his inspiration for this collection started with a documentary about Diana Vreeland, legendary fashion icon and editor of both Harpers Bazaar and US Vogue. The 1960’s will come alive again through Poppy Parker this year.

For those of you who are not WClub members and have not been in contact with dealers regarding these dolls, run don’t walk to your IT dealer and get on the list for anything you want.  The grapevine reports that many of these Poppy’s are already sold out.

Go See!
Poppy Parker™ Dressed Doll
The Model Scene Collection
Limited Edition Size of 750 Dolls
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately First Week of June
Suggested Retail Price: $120.00

Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer

Doll Tech Specs:

Head Sculpt: Poppy Parker™
Body Type: Poppy Parker™
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: Japan
Hair Color: Light Brown
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied

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The name of this girl says it all.  She is all suited up and accessorized  for a modeling “Go see”.  The little blue portfolio with pictures is a nice touch.  She is adorable and for those collectors that are happy to enter into and stay in the 60’s for a while, this collection will be right up your alley.  I am still a fan of the 1950’s Poppy so most of this line is a pass for me.  I am happy for those collectors who do favor this time period. 

Spring Song
Poppy Parker™ Dressed Doll
The Model Scene Collection
Limited Edition Size of 800 Dolls
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Mid-June 2015
Suggested Retail Price: $120.00

Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer

Doll Tech Specs:

Head Sculpt: Poppy Parker™
Body Type: Poppy Parker™
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Pale Blond
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied

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Awwww!  David said this was an ode to the Breck Ad girls of the 60’s.  I totally feel that.  Adorably sweet.  Humming “Everyone knows it’s Windy”. 

The Camera Loves Her
Poppy Parker™ Dressed Doll
The Model Scene Collection
Limited Edition Size of 800 Dolls
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Mid-July 2015
Suggested Retail Price: $120.00

Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer

Doll Tech Specs:

Head Sculpt: Poppy Parker™
Body Type: Poppy Parker™
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: Hungarian
Hair Color: Silver Ash
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied

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Whoa!  You have to give it to a designer when they really take themselves outside of the box and go with it.  While the 60’s is not my favorite fashion era, you have to love the full out no holds barred drama and fun of this look.  This is total 1960’s Verushka Vogue.  This is also, according to David,one of his favorites from the collection.  Far out!  I am shocked this wasn’t one of the centerpiece dolls for upcoming Cinematic convention.

Verushka 1960's Vogue

Peace, Love and Soul
Darla Daley™ Dressed Doll
The Model Scene Collection
Limited Edition Size of 500 Dolls
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Early July 2015
Suggested Retail Price: $120.00

Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer

Doll Tech Specs:

Head Sculpt: Darla Daley™
Body Type: Poppy Parker™
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: FR Black
Hair Color: Black
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied

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My first response to these photos was “Hello, Foxy Brown!”  Poppy is headed full steam into the 60’s and so is her friend Darla.  Now I am humming “age of Aquarius.”

Pam Grier as Foxy Brown—gorgeous!

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Hot Shot
Nigel North™ Dressed Doll
The Model Scene Collection
Limited Edition Size of 600 Dolls
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Early August 2015
Suggested Retail Price: $120.00

Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer

Doll Tech Specs:

Head Sculpt: Nigel North™ (NEW CHARACTER!)
Body Type: FR Homme
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Blond Mix
Eyelashes: No

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“Yeah Baby”.  Nigel seems to have a little Austin Powers going on. OK…now I am hearing Soul Bossa Nova by Quincy Jones ( Austin Powers theme song).  How can you not hear that theme with this groovy guy.  This is a new face sculpt and screening according to David.  Love that he has a camera. 

The Midas Touch
Poppy Parker™ (AA) Dressed Doll

The Model Scene Collection
Limited Edition Size of 600 Dolls
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately First Week of July
Suggested Retail Price: $120.00

Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer

Doll Tech Specs:

Head Sculpt: Poppy Parker™
Body Type: Poppy Parker™
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: FR Black
Hair Color: Dark Brown
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied

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YES!!  Collectors request for an AA Poppy have been answered.  Thank you David and I.T.!!  This is one from this 60’s themed line that I am hoping to get.  David called her a 60’s Beyonce.  Nailed it.  You will see her skin tone is FR Black which is the same color as Adele.  Can’t wait to see this lady in real life.

Wedding Belle
Poppy Parker™ Dressed Doll

The Model Scene Collection
Limited Edition Size of 900 Dolls
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Early August 2015
Suggested Retail Price: $120.00

Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer

Doll Tech Specs:

Head Sculpt: Poppy Parker™
Body Type: Poppy Parker™
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: Hungarian
Hair Color: Brown
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied

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Squeeeeeeaaaal!  A bride Poppy.  Doesn’t get any better.

Out of This World
Poppy Parker™ Dressed Doll

The Model Scene Collection
Limited Edition Size of 900 Dolls
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Mid-July 2015
Suggested Retail Price: $120.00

Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer

Doll Tech Specs:

Head Sculpt: Poppy Parker™
Body Type: Poppy Parker™
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: Japan
Hair Color: Pale Blond
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied

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Poppy channels Barbarella!  Love the frosty ice queen screening on this one.

It also looks like a Poppy Lottery item will be coming our way later on this summer.

Hippie Dippy
Poppy Parker™ Dressed Doll
The Model Scene Collection
Limited Edition Size of 700 Dolls
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Mid to Late July 2015
Suggested Retail Price: $130.00

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Doll Tech Specs:

Head Sculpt: Poppy Parker™
Body Type: Poppy Parker™
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Titian
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied

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All in all a HUGE Poppy lineup for 2015. There is something to offer a broad range of fashion tastes. David, our hats are off to you and…I would guess many wallets are open to you too .Winking smile

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2015 FR16 collection up next in a minutes


2015 Fashion Royalty Collection Revealed

This past Saturday, Integrity Toys revealed 4 separate doll collections to their WClub members through the increasingly popular webinar.  I wish I could say that things went well as years past but this year a few technical glitches meant that a portion of viewers did not get to see the webinar live.  I was one of the lucky ones who had good video and audio during the entire thing but the messages on the forums right after the webinar brought to light that many attendees did not have that experience.  Integrity Toys handled the situation about as well as anyone could.  They  acknowledged the issue, apologized for the problems and were very quick to get the recorded video out to those members who missed it within an hour after the webinar.   Not only that, they had recap emails with pictures in WClub members email boxes within minutes of the webinar ending.  Just goes to show, tech issues are not relegated to Mattel alone.  Integrity Toys handled their situation better in my opinion though.  People were still able to purchase product. 

First collection up for review on ITFDS is the 2015 Fashion Royalty Collection.    Vaughn Sawyer, senior designer with I.T. presented the line and explained that the direction from Jason Wu and inspiration for this years FR line was based on debutantes and socialites of the early 60’s.  Chic, elegant, sophisticated were some of the buzz words used.  I would also throw in subtle and understated in the mix to describe this collection.  All good words in my opinion and right in line with what I like to collect.  This collection is cohesive.  Some may call it too subtle and understated…I would not agree but see their point. 

Also, For those of you who are not WClub members and have not been in contact with dealers regarding these dolls, run don’t walk to your IT dealer and get on the list for anything you want.  The grapevine reports that many of these dolls are rapidly approaching sell outs.FR Logo

Style Notes
Isha™ Dressed Doll
The Fashion Royalty® Collection
Limited Edition Size of 700 Dolls
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Late August 2015
Suggested Retail Price: $135.00

Available through I.T. dealers

Doll Tech Specs:

Head Sculpt: Isha
Body Type: FR 2013
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: Latino
Hair Color: Dark Espresso
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied

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Love that they are including gloved hands with some of these.  Also, it is amazing how little details just fill in the story.  What do I love most about this navy and cream herringbone sheath?  I love the little navy collar and the amazingly detailed designer belt in miniature.  Don’t even get me started on the adorable shoes and bag.  Also, this collection brings in a new set of sophisticated jewelry.  Thanks I.T.!!  Isha’s hair is braided according to Vaughn.

Prestige
Natalia Fatalé™ Dressed Doll

The Fashion Royalty® Collection
Limited Edition Size of 700 Dolls
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Mid-July 2015
Suggested Retail Price: $135.00

Available through I.T. dealers

Doll Tech Specs:

Head Sculpt: Natalia 2.0
Body Type: FR 2013
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: Latino
Hair Color: Walnut
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied

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Do you love cloche hats?  If so, this was your collection.  It was definitely a highlighted accessory and shows up in multiple offerings.  Plaid also seems to be a favorite print.  Was plaid a 1960’s socialite/debutante staple??  Have no idea.  While I love Natalia and was overjoyed to see her in a different hairstyle ( no blond waves!!), this outfit left me kind of “meh”.  Then…they had to throw in the hot pink purse and shoes along with enamel earrings and silver ring.  The accessories were the tipping point.  I’m in. 

Decorum
Eugenia Perrin-Frost™ Dressed Doll

The Fashion Royalty® Collection
Limited Edition Size of 800 Dolls
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Early August 2015
Suggested Retail Price: $135.00

Available through I.T. dealers

Doll Tech Specs:

Head Sculpt: Eugenia
Body Type: FR 2013
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: Japan
Hair Color: Caramel Brown
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied

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More cloche hats and plaid people.  I love the rose and khaki colors together.  To me, the previous Natalia and this Eugenia say “Ladies lunch”.  I adore the crossover ponytail that shows up multiple times I believe in this collection.  Perhaps an influence from Jason’s past runway shows.

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Hair from Jason Wu’s Fall 2013 runway show.  ( picture is hilarious as woman in front of model gives off a Kilroy was here vibe LOL!)

Refinement
Vanessa Perrin™ Dressed Doll
The Fashion Royalty® Collection
Limited Edition Size of 800 Dolls
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Mid-July 2015
Suggested Retail Price: $145.00

Available through I.T. dealers

Doll Tech Specs:

Head Sculpt: Vanessa 3.0
Body Type: FR 2013
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Ash Blond
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied

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To be honest, not a fan of the plaid coat but…am willing to go with it to get this chic black satin blouse with tone on tone black plaid pencil skirt.  The light blue purse with little aqua accents and silver accessories puts this well into “what I like” category.  I am hesitant on the lip color and am hoping it is not as purple in real life as it appears in photo.  If I am wrong, a lip repaint will be in her future.  Otherwise stunning face with beautiful eyes and gorgeous ash blond waves.

Fine Print
Elise Jolie™ Dressed Doll
The Fashion Royalty® Collection
Limited Edition Size of 800 Dolls
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Early August 2015
Suggested Retail Price: $145.00

Available through I.T. dealers

Doll Tech Specs:

Head Sculpt: Elise
Body Type: FR 2013
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: Cream
Hair Color: Red Amber
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied

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OK…first off…my favorite face mold is Elise.  One of my favorite coat fashions is a shawl collar camel coat.  This Elise is a redhead and she is carrying a cream color Birkin for pete’s sake.  Game over….had me at Elise.  The rest is just rich yummy gravy.  I could go on and on about the camel gloved hands too. This was my favorite of the collection and the one “must have” for me of all the released doll information on Saturday.  I believe Vaughn called this hairstyle a “tucked bob” in the webcast and this Elise is back to her original pale skin tone.

Fame Fable
Kyori Sato™ Dressed Doll

The Fashion Royalty® Collection
Limited Edition Size of 700 Dolls
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Mid-July 2015
Suggested Retail Price: $135.00

Available through I.T. dealers

Doll Tech Specs:

Head Sculpt: Kyori 2.0
Body Type: FR 2013
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Bombshell Blond
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied

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Love the platinum blonde tresses on this version of Kyori.  While the previous ladies revealed could all be doing “ladies lunch” this lady is all about dinner.  She is all about dinner and perhaps an agenda after dinner.  The sexy plunging neckline and clean simple accessories spell CHIC.  The detail on that clutch is beyond amazing. 

Timeless
Adèle Makéda™ Dressed Doll

The Fashion Royalty® Collection
Limited Edition Size of 700 Dolls
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Early August
Suggested Retail Price: $135.00

Available through I.T. dealers

Doll Tech Specs:

Head Sculpt: Adèle 3.0
Body Type: FR 2013
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: Dark A-Tone
Hair Color: Black
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied

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If Kyori was chic and sophisticated dinner, this Adele would be frothy Cinderella princess gala evening.  My first though and that of many others in the WClub was this was a direct channeling of Lupita N’yongo and her blue Prada gown from the 2014 Oscars.  Indeed, all you would need to add is a silver headband to this Adele, and you would have Lupita ( well…you would need plunging neckline too).  ADORE this Adele.  Head to toe, a winner.  Vaughn shared that this dress is all one piece for you redressers out there.

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Perfect Reign
Tatyana Alexandrova™ Dressed Doll

The Fashion Royalty® Collection
Limited Edition Size of 700 Dolls
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Late August 2015
Suggested Retail Price: $135.00

Available through I.T. dealers

Doll Tech Specs:

Head Sculpt: Tatyana 2.0
Body Type: FR 2013
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: Japan
Hair Color: Honey Blond
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied

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Wowza!  If Adele is the Cinderella of the collection, this Tatyana would be the Anna Karenina.   No sweetness here…just sophistication and haughty Eastern European cheekbones LOL.  LOVE the face on this one.  Paired with this beautiful honey blond instead of black hair, she is a knockout.  The redress potential on this one I predict will be very high.  Can’t wait.

When IT does a webinar, they invariably offer up an event doll to club members.  As this is Integrity Toy’s, 20th year and the 10th anniversary of the WClub, a special giftset was offered to WClub members. 

Royal Treatment
Véronique Perrin™ Dressed Doll Gift Set

The Fashion Royalty® Collection
2015 Online Event Exclusive
Limited Edition Size: TBA (Edition Size Based on Orders Received)
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Fall 2015
Suggested Retail Price: $225.00 + Shipping and Handling

Doll Tech Specs:

Head Sculpt: Véronique 2.0
Body Type: FR 2013
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: Cream
Hair Color: Pale Blond (Pulled back into a low center parted ponytail with criss-cross detail).
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied

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The reception of this giftset has been lukewarm at best.  Many are complaining of the high price point for this and I can see where they are coming from.  Frankly, the polka dot dress doesn’t live up to the sophisticated look of this line.  I much prefer the black and white polka dot gown we received on WClub luncheon Elise from 2012 Tropicalia convention.  This particular Veronique has a very different look to her. She has cream skin tone which has never been used on a Vero before. All this being said, I think this might be one of those sleeper dolls.  You know…the one that people pan at first then when it ships and people start photographing, people say “ Oh my word, I had no idea she could look that good!”.   Time will tell.

Poppy Parker collection up next in a minute.


Valium Wasn’t Enough

Nope…Can’t touch this

Classic Evening Gown Barbie® Doll

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Apparently even Valium wasn’t enough to carry the day for Mattel’s latest scheduled platinum sale.  According to Mattel, a server error before the sale even started was enough to cancel the entire thing for that day and no date has been named for its release as of this posting.  I have experienced Mattel and Barbiecollector system issues for years (YEARS!) before this hence my previous blog post “Get your Valium Ready” but even I did not anticipate a complete customer fail.

Customer Fail = to fall short of success or achievement in something expected, attempted, desired, or approved. 

What?!!!  This begs the question, if one server error was enough to bring this sale down, exactly how many servers were allotted to this event?  I am thinking….2.    Come on people.  It is a platinum sale.  You hold it once a year.  You know…I can believe that weird system things happen.  Believe me, I have experienced just such a thing.  The system issues that Mattel and BC experience at these platinum sales are consistent not just a “one-off” thing.  To come in two minutes before kick-off and say “We are sorry, but we have a system problem”, just comes off as poor planning to me. 

Don’t want to arm chair quarterback here but, if you don’t have the server capacity or you have had problems previously with the capacity, one would think you would have a back up plan…perhaps RENT some additional server space or start to question the ability of your system to handle  the load you place on it during these high volume sales.  There are companies like Amazon and Microsoft that offer up services to handle and solve such issues each and every day.  If you can’t diagnose and treat the issue, perhaps it is time to seek outside help.  Just a thought.  In the meantime, Mattel and the BFC have left their most avid and loyal collector customers with a decidedly sour taste in their mouths.  I have no idea if it is the IT staff at Barbie collector who plan poorly or Mattel Inc. itself that simply has not allocated the funding and resources necessary to handle these sales.  It is entirely possible that Mattel has told Barbie Collector and its IT staff they must make bricks with no straw on this one.  If that is the case, I feel for them.  Either way, it leaves the collectors questioning whether they want to purchase the product or not.  Not a positive customer experience.  Not a good day for Mattel and the BarbieCollector brand.

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As of this posting, no available date of sale has been given by Mattel or Barbiecollector for this doll.


Get Your Valium Ready

Mattel is serving up their first platinum edition doll of 2015 to BFC members next week.  You have to be a BFC member to have a chance at this doll and you have to be a prepared and ready BFC member to have a chance at her.  I highly recommend valium while doing this LOL!  There will be system delays ( cough…crashes…cough), there will be frustrated collectors, there will be disappointed collectors and there will be euphoric “ I made it through the obstacles and got it” collectors.  There will also be, I suspect, a fair number of scalpers in there just trying to score a doll they know they will be able to make a profit on later.  It is the nature of the beast when you have low supply and high demand.  So what is all this fuss about you ask…..let me show you.

Classic Evening Gown Barbie® Doll

Platinum Label®

Designed by Linda Kyaw

Release Date: 5/13/2015

Product Code: CGT31

No more than 1000 units produced worldwide.

Retail:  $85.00

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Doll Details

Body Type:
ModelMuse

Skin Tone:
Neutra

Facial Sculpt:
Aphrodite

Fashion Sewn On?:
No

Eyelashes:
Painted

Included with doll:
Shoes, Earrings, Bracelet, Doll Stand

I have to admit…she is pretty.  I would not expect anything less from Linda and her beautiful and classic sense of style.  The jury is still out in my mind if I will enter the shark tank for this one but I wish luck to everyone who wants to try for her.  May the force, fast internet connection and the healthy spirit of the hunt be with you.


Little Red Dress

My fabulous dealer Barb of Windy City Dolls sent this lovely lady to me last week and I finally had a moment to get her out of the box and in front of the camera.  She does not disappoint.   The fabric of the dress is nice and soft.  Very feminine. 

©2015 Inside The Fashion doll Studio

I had heard some concerns from other collectors regarding her hair.  The promo shots showed an elaborate updo.  The question was…how will this translate to actual production ?  Will the hair look like the promo shot or will it be “one hot mess” when it arrives?  I opened the box and am happy to report that the hair does in fact closely mimic the promo shot, or at least mine does.  I also love the honey highlights in this hair. 

©2015 Inside The Fashion doll Studio

©2015 Inside The Fashion doll Studio

©2015 Inside The Fashion doll Studio

And really the best side of this coiffure…

©2015 Inside The Fashion doll Studio

I am not going to lie, I had to make one little adjustment to the hair.  One of the curls in the back was not as tight as it could have been and it stood up too high for me.  I solved it with some hair gel and a pin.  If I were braver, I would give her a little bit of a bang trim too.    There are visible rubber bands in this coiffure …not a particular favorite of mine… but given the ornateness of the design, I am willing to live with it. 

©2015 Inside The Fashion doll Studio

The grey eyes with a hint of yellow are fabulous!  The smoky eye liner goes very well with the red lipstick, hat and gown.  I ADORE the fact that there are earrings with this one.  Perhaps the last set of earrings we will see on a Silkstone ( or so it would seem by the promo shots)

©2015 Inside The Fashion doll Studio

©2015 Inside The Fashion doll Studio

I am very pleased with this latest BFMC effort by Robert Best.  I mean come on…how can I not love a Silkstone in a Dior inspired dress .  Photos below are both 1950’s Dior dresses. christian-dior-1950s-dresses-i5

source: http://hellomydearblog.blogspot.com/2010/03/j-dior.html

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source: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/110197522106507198/

-Rebecca


Reigning Grace

Ok WClubbers and anyone interested in 1/6 fashion dolls, here is Integrity Toy’s first indication of what this years convention and convention collection will give us.  Information was released for public consumption on the doll that will be available to all WClub members.  Integrity Toys convention attendees will get a special price on this fashionista.  The first look, however, or the feel of this years convention theme would indicate “Nirvana” for those who appreciate classic Hollywood history and costuming.  Needless to say, this first look into the convention has activated the “pavlovian “response in this collector.  I believe I am wearing a bib while I type this post to control the drool…I am that stoked based on a mere sketch of a doll.

Reigning Grace

Eugenia Perrin Frost Dressed Doll
The Fashion Royalty® Collection
2015 Cinematic Convention Upgrade
Limited Edition Size: TBA
Delivery Date: Approximately Late October 2015

Reigning Grace Eugenia

Sketch by Jessy Ayala.  Source for photo WWW.Interitytoys.com

WClubbers, check your email for the link to purchase this exclusive.  If you are not in the club, Ebay will be your best choice after this baby is released at convention. 

Thanks to Travis and Veronica of the WClub, we are directed to the influence for this lovely fashion and a window( yes…pun intended) into the upcoming convention’s inspiration.  This dress is a dead ringer for one of Grace Kelly’s costumes in Rear Window designed by Edith Head.

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Classic “Cinematic” styling and influence.  If this is what is in store for us at IT convention, I will be apoplectic with glee.  I know it is just a sketch of a doll and I know that it may not mean a whole lot but the promise of a convention that will pay homage to historic Hollywood design and costuming is absolutely buoying this post.  I.T. , you are setting a high bar.  I am hopeful you will meet and exceed it.


New Silkstones Available at Barbiecollector

Finally Mattel has released these beauties for purchase.  They are available at your local dealers and at Barbiecollector.

Little Red Dress Barbie® Doll

Gold Label®

Designed by: Robert Best

Release Date: 4/15/2015

Product Code: CGT26

No more than 9100 units produced worldwide.

Retail:  $75.00

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And….this one has earrings!!!  It will be interesting to see how the hairstyle stacks up with the promo shots on this one.  Will report on that once I have one in hand.

Bouclé Beauty™ Barbie® Doll

Gold Label®

Designed by: Robert Best

Release Date: 4/15/2015

Product Code: CGT25

No more than 9700 units produced worldwide.

Retail:  $100.00

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©Mattel

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©Mattel

Ok…looks like we sacrifice earrings for bows on the shoes ( which are really cute), necklace and gloves.  No Chanel inspired purse or earrings.  Now you tell me people…what Chanel fashionista is going out without a pair of earrings in this outfit.  If you are going to spend the time emulating Chanel, a pair of pearl studs is MANDETORY in my opinion.  Just my humble opinion.  No pearl studs with this is a CRIME and charging $100 for this without the pearl stud earrings is crime with malice.  Ok, maybe over the top but Chanel and pearls are synonymous in my book.  We did get pearl buttons with this outfit though, nice touch, and perhaps we can snip those off and put them in her ears {Snort!}  {rant over…well for now anyway}  I’m going to find an extra pair of pearl studs now so this lady can be completed when she arrives.  Yes, pearl studs aside, I am still buying.

The other concern here is nobody is quite sure what her hair is going to look like.  These promo shots show curl in her hair whereas the 360 degree feature at BC.com and earlier promo shots show her with no curl, just straight hair.  My bet is on the curl.  We will just have to see.

-Rebecca

**photos used in this post are © Mattel**


2015 Integrity Toys Convention is Announced …

…and the only words I can give you if you are not a WClub member are:

“You can’t touch this!”

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Last year, the Integrity Toys convention sold out in 48 hours.  The information for signup was given first to WClub members yesterday around 1PM PST.  There were 500 spots open for the three day event and they were “gone baby gone” by yesterday evening.  The unprecedented sellout speaks volumes about this company and the growing popularity of their products.  It will be interesting to see if I.T. decides to open this convention up to a bigger audience.  I am on the fence about it.  On one side I would love to see the event grow to accommodate all who wish to attend.  On the other side, I don’t want to lose the intimate family reunion feel of this collector weekend.  Clearly, Integrity Toys is doing something right if their conventions are sold out within hours of announcing to  their most preferred customers.  Way to get people to sign up for your WClub next year guys….well done!  Lesson learned…if you want to attend an I.T. convention…you really do need to be in the club…the WClub that is.  If you would like to join the wait list for this event go to the Integrity Toys website or FB page.  I would post the link but as of this posting, they have not updated their site or FB page.  Just keep checking back, I am sure they will have a link for the waiting list soon. 

Convention will be October 21-24th in Long Beach California.  The theme is “Cinematic” and according to the literature it will be a mix of Fashion Royalty old Hollywood glamour mixed with Nu Face current brat pack red carpet Hollywood chic.  This year Integrity Toys is celebrating 20 years of being in business so who knows what they have in store for convention goers.  They have also changed up things a bit by offering a special bonus cocktail party and souvenir doll to people who signed up for the “early bird” registration.  This type of registration requires you to pay your registration fee of $475 up front instead of in installments( installment method requires payment of $500 over a couple months).  It is basically a perk for people who pay all up front.  It is a smart business move on Integrity’s part because they get money with which to pay their convention costs earlier rather than later.  They also let their WClub members know a couple weeks in advance that they would be announcing the convention registration.  This was thoughtful on a couple of different levels.  It let people know that it was coming up so nobody should have been blindsided with a big $500 fee out of nowhere .  It  also said “We care about our preferred customers equally”.  It said “we want everyone who really wants to go to have an equal chance of grabbing a ticket.  Lastly, it rewarded the people who have saved up to go to this event and could pay everything up front.

Another big change this year and in my humble opinion a good one was the removal of formal proxies for convention.  A proxy is when you pay someone to attend a convention for you.  In a typical “proxy” situation, a collector will pay the registration fee and possibly hotel and travel charges for someone to attend the convention for them and then they get all the convention goodies( gifts, dolls and convention collection) at convention prices without actually having to attend.  Given the secondary market prices of some of these limited and rare convention goodies, many people did this.  I always wondered why Integrity Toys would even allow themselves to act as the intermediary in these arrangements.  In the past, you could register under your name and your “proxy” would pick up your stuff.  The bookkeeping alone on these arrangements must have been a nightmare.  From a legal standpoint, these arrangements are lawsuits waiting to happen ( calling all lawyers to jump in here with your opinions).  If someone legally registers to receive a product and you deliver that product to their “proxy”, then their “proxy” doesn’t deliver…who is on the hook for the product?  By my estimations, because Integrity Toys put themselves in the middle of that one…they are left having to satisfy both parties.  WHAT A NIGHTMARE.  From a business standpoint, they are smart to get out of the business of  proxies all together.  People can still proxy but it is a private agreement between two individuals.  I.T. is not involved.  As far as they are concerned, they give product ( convention goodies) only to the person registered for convention.  Smart, simple, clean.

Integrity Toys is doing something else different this year as well.  They are giving a special convention doll to the WClub…not just convention going WClubbers but all WClub members if they are interested.  It is a nice way of saying they value their customers and a nice boost to those who want to go to convention but just can’t swing it.  Let’s face it, not everyone can go to these events.  I feel lucky and blessed to have been able to go these past couple of years.  You have to give it to a company that understands their customer base and is trying to speak to it’s ever changing and growing needs.  Maybe I am being too philosophical but I liked the way they are handling it this year. 

So…did I manage to snag myself a ticket in the free for all yesterday???  What do YOU think? Winking smile


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