The Von Weiss Royal Gala. We were all excited to see what doll went with the dress we received at registration.
It was Vanessa! And another tweaked face mold one at that. This is a facemold that has its fair share of controversy. The beloved original face mold was retired (rather abruptly) and a new face mold was revealed. Many Vanessa collectors objected strongly and last year at convention an original Vanessa on FR2 body was offered for purchase at WClub luncheon. The convention giftset doll was supposed to invoke a more original face mold feel. You will have to ask an original Vanessa face mold aficionado if Integrity hit the mark. I think she is beautiful.
“High Point” Vanessa
The centerpiece dolls were stunning at the event.
“High Profile” Eugenia
We were all hopeful that everyone would get a chance to purchase them…but alas….no. I was not lucky enough to win the chance to buy but our lovely table hostess Hilda did get one and she is going to let me photograph her. You are the best Hilda!!
We had a fabulous dinner (the food was really quite good the entire convention)and then it was time for the convention doll reveal. Jason Wu took to the stage and showed us……
“Frame by Frame” Imogen
She came in a really cute circular travel case too.
Now this was a curious convention doll. First of all, she looks more like what one would expect as a gift set convention doll …notice the three compartments that would have been perfect for the three meal events we had. I would have expected the Vanessa doll to be the convention doll. Makes me wonder if this was the original plan. This was definitely grounds for some speculative discussion in the hours after the final dinner. I am not sure about Imogen yet. In the box, she is just not inspiring me. I have, however, seen some stellar photos of her deboxed by Shuga (http://www.flickr.com/photos/shuga-shug/8038060307/in/contacts/) and they are showing me her potential.
The last fun piece of information released last night was the destination of Integrity Toy’s 2013 convention.
We are going to L.A. people!!! They released the dates this morning..October 31st-November 2nd at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, California. More information will be available in Spring of 2013.