Barbie for big girls.

Fashion Royalty Convention 2011–Day Three

The third and last day of convention started with great anticipation.  Who would the convention doll be????  We had received pieces at each meal to complete a giftset on the last night of the convention.  I was under the assumption that that was the convention doll but oh noooooo.  The giftset, I was told the night before, was in ADDITION to a separate convention doll.  I was in shock. Therefore, I awoke with great anticipation of not one but two fantastic dolls at the evening event.

My schedule was as follows:

Wake up and consume massive amounts of coffee to get me going.

Morning – hit the competition and raffle rooms to take photos and visit the museum for photos.

Lunch – WClub FR2 luncheon

Afternoon – Workshop/seminar on how Integrity toy dolls are made.

Evening – Gala diner

I started out in the competition room where some serious diorama artists showed off their amazing work.

This one was my favorite and done by the amazing Audrey of Diva Details.  It was a complete and unexpected gift to get to meet and spend some time with her at this convention.  One of the many highlights of my convention experience!

Next up was a trip to the museum and what an experience that was.  Since I am not the best with words,  I will just let the pictures tell the story.  This museum showcased some rare prototype items from  Alain Tremblay’s ( Market Director for Integrity Toys) personal collection.

Here was one item in the the museum that I would just die to see produced….I don’t care how much it would cost ( well I do care but I would pay big bucks LOL!).

LUGGAGE!!  I mean there is a steamer trunk!!!!

And a portable bar!!!!  Oh please could they produce these….contact Alain Tremblay at Integrity Toys if you want to see these produced.  If enough of us beg him, he may relent and get them produced heeeehee.

Okay enough of me and my luggage fetish…on to the rest of the museum.

The new Breakfast at Tiffany’s line was there as well as the new Monograms coming out for the holiday’s.  Also, the new Poppy Parker and Darla prototypes that have not been released were there and they were really cute.  I think they look better in real life than in their promo shots.

After the museum, it was time for the luncheon.  This was an event where we did not have assigned seating so it was find a friend and sit down.  Once you found a table you were greeted with this fantastic centerpiece doll.  A lovely FR2 Tatyana “Exceptional” Three people from each table were selected at random to win a chance to buy her.  Thanks to the lovely and gracious Judy at our table, I was able to purchase her…yipeeee!

Each place setting was set with this.

 

The box was a set of mini acrylic ghost chairs.  How adorable!  The envelope was a surprise……oh what could it be?!

** Photo is a snapshot of photo that is property of Integrity Toys Inc.  **

Surprise!!  Many people were upset by the recent change in the Vanessa face mold so Integrity Toys made an old sculpt Vanessa doll on a FR2 body available for purchase by all WClub Convention attendees.  How exciting!!  Did I buy her you ask?  Well Duh!

6223427275_1554ebd9826223434319_e09c6004d3

Well…once I retrieved my “smoking” credit card back from Integrity Toys, I awaited the start of a workshop/seminar on how Integrity Dolls are made.  They did not allow any photos or videos of this workshop.  It was very informative and I enjoyed learning about the different processes and components that go into manufacturing each and every doll.  Given the number of steps they go through and how many of those steps have to be redone because something is not right, I am amazed that they are able to produce the number of dolls that they do.  From time to time there can be errors in production such as the trouble with Malicious’ necklace.  It was a production error for which they take full and complete responsibility.  After this seminar, and understanding a bit more about the process, I am shocked that there have not been many more production issues.  It really is a fairly complex and many times a frustrating process.  At the end of the seminar, we learned that  we had been seeing photos of a doll being produced and it was available for purchase by anyone who attended the workshop.  Yep…got in the line for that one too heehee.  I think she is gorgeous!

 

At last, it was time to get ready for the Gala Diner and see the unveiling of the giftset doll AND find out who the convention doll is.   I had some fun with some dear convention friends old and new before the ballroom opened up.

We entered the ball room and were immediately struck by the centerpiece dolls.  Oh my word!!  I instantly fell in love.  I mean it was PINK!  Ladies and Gentleman, may I present Beyond the Still Monogram.

6224368839_55947b3fd1_z

A huge and heartfelt “Thank You!!” to Bittersweet who was sitting at my table.  She graciously allowed me to purchase this lovely lady.  This is one of my favorites from the convention.  Just love her!

At each of our place settings there was the giftset doll “Point of Departure”Eugenia! ( ** pardon the blurry photos….it’s the best I could do with a cell phone camera…but hey…I could upload it directly to flickr that way Winking smile)

6224352687_d4cde34242_z

** Photo is a snapshot of photo that is property of Integrity Toys Inc.  **

After a lovely dinner, Jason Wu took the stage with his Integrity team and announced as they were celebrating their 10 year anniversary, it was only fitting that the convention doll should be the lady that started it all off for them…….Veronique.  Fashion Royalty 2011 Convention doll “ Air Apparent” Veronique

** Photo is a snapshot of photo that is property of Integrity Toys Inc.  **

6225154196_7abbfe2456_z

Now…..how on earth do I get all this stuff home???!!!!   To be continued…..

11 responses

  1. Congrats on all your new goodies! I think you’re gonna have to clear out a whole other room! lol But it does sound like you had a super fun time, add me to the list of jealous buds. 🙂

    October 11, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    • LOL!! I know…I am running out of space so now what?! I know things are going to be fantastic at Barbiecon too so things are only going to get more crowded in the doll room. Thank you for the lovely comment my green eyed friend.

      October 11, 2011 at 10:29 pm

  2. That tiny luggage is to die for! Such detail and so fine looking. Thanks for all the great pictures.

    October 11, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    • I am glad you are continueing to enjoy the coverage Terri. I so wish they would produce that luggage. It was truely something else.

      October 11, 2011 at 10:30 pm

  3. PeterVermont

    omg – love it all – especially the dioramas! thanks for the amazing coverage!!!!!!!!

    October 11, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    • You are so welcome Peter! These dioramas were TO DIE FOR!

      October 11, 2011 at 10:31 pm

  4. Great coverage, my friend! It makes me miss you and all our friends…doesn’t it feel strange to finish dinner and have to clean up rather than have someone reach under the table and give us a doll?
    xo H

    October 12, 2011 at 7:59 am

    • LOLLLLL! You are the absolute best Hilda. Miss you too. I am already saving up for Orlando. I keep expecting more texts with ” Aaaack” and “OMG”…heehee. Our poor swollen credit cards.

      October 13, 2011 at 8:36 am

  5. MashauDe'

    I am still dreaming about that tiny luggage! Thank you so much sharing.

    October 12, 2011 at 6:16 pm

  6. MashauDe'

    You look beautiful in the picture,and you are wearing one of my favorite colors.
    Amethyst is my birthstone love the purple it is your color!!!!

    October 12, 2011 at 6:34 pm

  7. You’ve done a brilliant job of capturing the convention through your pics and commentary. And it was such a pleasure to meet you!!! You are as lovely in person as you are online if not more so, and truly, it was one of the highlights of my convention experience, too. Thanks also for your comment about my contest entry. It’s people like you who make it worth the effort.

    October 13, 2011 at 10:33 am

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s