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Integrity Toys Wows With Funny Face Collection

Integrity Toys gave collectors a glimpse into 2013 Saturday with photos of four of its collector doll lines for 2013.  They showed WClub members photos from Wave 2 of Jem and The Holograms, Dynamite Girls, Tulabelle and Funny Face.  Carole Roth, Vaughn Sawyers, David Buttry and Chris Stoekel, also shared some of the thoughts and design inspirations behind these four lines.  I have always been a fan of these webinars by Integrity.  I think it’s brilliant because you can get all the information while sitting in the privacy of your own home instead of having to spend money to go to a venue like Toy Fair or IDEX.  I have said this before and will reiterate.   I believe it is a brilliant business move by IT because now collectors don’t have to spend the money on expensive travel and hotel rooms.  That money can instead go towards dolls.  It is more money in Integrity’s pockets and happier collectors….win, win.    Case in point…here is how I spent my Saturday morning gathering info for this blog post.

2013 IT Spring collection

…Yes….my daughter and I enjoying the Webinar…in PJ’s with my ever present cup of java. Smile

Funny Face graphic

I did a previous post about Integrity Toys and Paramount teaming up to do a Funny Face Collection.  I had a number of guesses about what would be produced. You can find the original blog post here https://insidethefashiondollstudio.com/2013/01/08/integrity-toys-is-putting-on-its-funny-face/

When I jump on my speculation train with these doll lines, I don’t often see my guesswork realized and then taken up about two more notches.  That is what Integrity Toys has done with their Funny Face collection.  They did everything I was hoping they would do….and then they did what I only dreamed they would do.  HOLY COW!!!!  The inventiveness and sheer magnitude in this line is leaving me speechless here…..speechless and penniless.  Chris Stoekel, talented new designer with Integrity Toys and part of the team responsible for this collection, introduced and talked us through the the Funny Face lineup for the webinar.  Phenomenal job Mr. Stoekel and Integrity Toys design team.  I tip my hat and open my wallet to you.

** All photos are courtesy of Integrity Toys**

Item # 14011
Take The Picture!
Dressed Doll
The Funny Face Collection
Limited Edition of 400 Dolls
Suggested Retail Price: US $150.00
Estimated Delivery Date: Week of February 11th, 2013

She has the original Vanessa head sculpt on a Poppy Parker body (with the kitten heel feet).

Take The Picture 3

Take The Picture 4

**Please note that the photos are of prototype dolls and subject to changes and modifications.

Take The Picture 1   Take The Picture 2

Not to toot my own horn (Oh come on Rebecca, you know you have to….toot that horn!), but I even nailed the name on this baby in my previous blog post.  We all knew this outfit would have to be one of the ones produced.  I adore the jewelry on her.  It is the most detailed on a reproduction of this iconic outfit that I have seen to date.  STUNNING!

Item # 14012
Think Pink
Dressed Doll Mini-Gift Set
The Funny Face Collection
Limited Edition of 400 Dolls
Suggested Retail Price: US $150.00
Estimated Delivery Date: Week of February 11th, 2013

She has the Imogen head sculpt on Monogram body (with Victoire legs).

Think Pink 3

Think Pink! 1

Think Pink! 4

**Please note that the photos are of prototype dolls and subject to changes and modifications.

Think Pink! 2Think Pink! 6

Think Pink! 5

Think Pink

SQUEEEEEEELLLLLLLL!  Okay…a little background for you guys.  My signin name for all of the doll boards that I post on is Think_Pink.  I came up with that name because of THIS song in THIS movie.  Let’s just say it resonates with me big time.  When this baby flashed up on the screen I had an honest to God full circle out of body experience.  I believe my words to my dealer later were “I don’t know who you will have to kill to get me this gift set….but do it.” 

All kidding aside (no…I won’t kill for a doll…I am not that far gone…yet), I have to give the Integrity Toys design team a big round of applause.  I was all prepared to see dolls with Jo Stockton costumes.  I never even considered they would produce some iconic fashions from other characters or musical numbers from the movie.  This is just so creative and downright delightful.  It’s like a free amuse bouche at the beginning of a meal in a fancy restaurant…that unexpected treat that opens up your palate for more…and I was so ready for more after they showed this one.  Well played sir….Well played.

Item # 14013
The Quality Woman
Dressed Doll Gift Set
The Funny Face Collection
Limited Edition of 400 Dolls
Suggested Retail Price: US $199.00
Estimated Delivery Date: Week of February 11th, 2013

She has the Katy Perry face sculpt on a Victoire body.

The Quaility Woman 3

The Quaility Woman 4

**Please note that the photos are of prototype dolls and subject to changes and modifications.

The Quaility Woman 1The Quaility Woman 2

The Quaility Woman 5

Again…they give us a character other than Jo Stockton from the movie.  Who could forget the indomitable Maggie Prescott, fashion editor.  She was the Anna Wintour of that movie…and the actress who played her is one of the most fascinating people in 1940-1950’s Hollywood.  If you have a moment, read about Kay Thompson.  This is perhaps the least glamorous of all the Funny Face offerings but I appreciate the sense of completeness this gives to the collection.  This character was very important in the movie and it feels so very right to have her represented in the group.

Item # 14014
On How To Be Lovely
Dressed Doll Gift Set
The Funny Face Collection
Limited Edition of 400 Dolls
Suggested Retail Price: US $199.00
Estimated Delivery Date: Week of February 11th, 2013

She has the new Veronique face sculpt on a Poppy Parker body.

Oh How to be Lovely 3

Oh How to be Lovely 4

Oh How to be Lovely 2

**Please note that the photos are of prototype dolls and subject to changes and modifications.

Oh How to be Lovely 1

Holy shitake mushrooms people!!  I know I was hoping for the pink princess gown but I was preparing myself for disappointment.  I was so very thrilled to see she was being produced and THEN….the same gift set has the bridal outfit too.  SQUEEEEEEEEELLLLLLL!  I am not sure where the yellow outfit is in the movie???  Will have to watch the movie again just to find it.  This one is using the new Veronique head sculpt.  Can I just say how flippin’ cool it is that they are using a variety of different head sculpts for the Jo Stockton character.  Each one has a different nuance and gives me a reason to feel better about buying yet another Funny Face gift set.  Smart business…it is how Disney does it…gets you in there and makes you happy and gives you a reason to justify spending money…Brilliant.

Now, I would have been happy if they just stopped the line here.  In the gift sets above, they had already produced most of the outfits I wanted to see done and I would have spent my money and walked away a happy camper.  After this point in the webinar — and I am going in the order of how they were revealed to us — Integrity gave us a ginzu cutting knife infomercial moment….”But wait, there’s more……..” and proceeded to blow the doors off of my speculation train.

Item # 14015
Bonjour, Paris!
Dressed Doll Gift Set
The Funny Face Collection
Limited Edition of 400 Dolls
Suggested Retail Price: US $199.00
Estimated Delivery Date: Week of February 11th, 2013

She has the original Veronique head sculpt with Poppy Parker body.

Bonjour Paris 2

Bonjour Paris 1Bonjour Paris 3

Bonjour Paris 6

Bonjour Paris 5

Bonjour Paris 4

**Please note that the photos are of prototype dolls and subject to changes and modifications.

Bonjour Paris 7

HOLY….I’m running out of expletives here people.  I think I may have just laid down on the floor at this point..I don’t know..my memory was kind of hazy because I thought I was dreaming this up.  AAACCCCKKK!  How cool is this gift set?!!!  The attention to detail speaks directly to the care IT took with this project.  As a huge fan of the movie, I just want to cry with gratitude  {{sniff, sniff..just take my money already would ya..sniff, sniff}}

And now….for the pièce de résistance or the proverbial “home run” from this collection.

Item # 14018
A Woman Who Thinks
Dressed Doll Mini-Gift Set
The Funny Face Collection
Limited Edition of 400 dolls
Suggested Retail Price: US $150.00
Estimated Delivery Date: Week of February 11th, 2013

She has the Anja face sculpt on the Monogram body (with Victoire legs).

A Woman Who Thinks 2

A Woman Who Thinks 4

**Please note that the photos are of prototype dolls and subject to changes and modifications.

A Woman Who Thinks 3A Woman Who Thinks 1

A Woman Who Thinks 5

faint

“We apologize for the interruption in this blog post.  Our author has just fainted.”

In a million years I would have never guessed this one and I am kicking myself because I should have guessed…I mean come on!  Dovima is definitely an iconic figure not just from the movie but of that time too.  The only thing missing from this gift set is the “Minute Men from Mars” magazine.  In the full course meal of this collection, Integrity moved us from a palate teasing amuse bouche to a rich, decadent chocolaty dessert.  Yummmmmm!

Dovima and magazine 2

All of the dolls shown in this blog post above are only available through the authorized Integrity Toys dealers.  If you want any of these, I would call now. 

If you made the wise decision to sign up for the  WClub this year, you also had the opportunity to enter a lottery for yet another gift set.

Available by lottery only to WClub members

Item #14016
Let’s Kiss And Make Up
Dressed Doll Gift Set
The Funny Face Collection
2013 W Club Exclusive Lottery Doll
Suggested Retail Price: US $199.00 US
Limited Edition of 400 Dolls
Estimated Delivery Date: Week of February 11th, 2013

She is closed mouth 2nd edition Vanessa on Poppy Parker body

Let's kiss and make up 1

Let's kiss and make up 2

Let's kiss and make up 3Let's kiss and make up 4Let's kiss and make up 5

Two outfits that I didn’t even consider that they would produce..AND THE FLOWER SHOP DRESS!!  Oh mighty lottery gods please be kind to me.  If I don’t win the right to purchase, I will be sulking in a corner for weeks on this one folks.

Of this entire group, many are asking “Who is your favorite?”  Chris Stoeckel shared in the webinar that Dovima and “Think Pink” were his favorites.  Those are two of my favorites as well.  I would also have to add “On How to be Lovely”. 

I will not be doing a blog post on Wave 2 Jem and The Holograms or Tulabelle.  Feel free to head over to Shuga’s blog where I am sure she will have a very comprehensive and fun writeup on these lines.  I will post info on the Dynamite Girls tomorrow.

11 responses

  1. Wow! Just Wow! I have tried to make many of these outfits for the bigger girls over the years. This is a wonderful collection. I am kind of glad that I don’t collect the small girls. I would be in the poor-house!

    January 28, 2013 at 9:28 am

    • {Rebecca is responding direclty from the poor house} LOL! Amazing aren’t they?! With your skills Diane, you could most definitely do these for the larger scale dolls. I will be so excited to get these. Speaking of larger scale dolls…did you check out Shuga’s blog and the 16 inch Poppy Tulabelle? She is adorable!

      January 28, 2013 at 12:36 pm

  2. Madame L

    I was thinking of your previous blog post speculating about this collection when it was being revealed during the webinar on Sat. and wished I could have been a fly on the wall to see/hear your reactions!! Especially when Think Pink hit the screen (so pretty)!! I was also floored by the variety and the shear number of characters and fashions included. Totally agree that it was super smart on IT’s part to use so many different facemolds and WOW the number of fashions – amazing!! Of course, I squealed and shouted “Yes!!” when I saw the Dovima doll and was thrilled they included her. Unfortunately, the $199/per set pricepoint and Feb. release put most of this collection outside my budget, especially since I found myself unexpectedly head-over-heels in love with the Tullulah gals and ordered 4! So, I am only getting Dovima, but had to enter the lottery for that truly fabulous gift set (fingers crossed!). I wish they had done some individual fashion-only sets as part of collection instead of all giftsets (especially for those that love our Sabrina Poppies), but individual fashions have been a tougher sell. I am definitely looking forward to your pics of these fabulous sets!!

    January 28, 2013 at 1:38 pm

  3. Omg it took me some time to get myself off the floor. I died and then I lived and then I died and it was over and over as each doll was revealed. This whole collection is just a home run… I don’t think I’ll stray from the Jo Stockton dolls but if I come across the others later on secondary market I might not be able to stop myself from buying once other pictures start coming up online.

    Btw! The yellow dress is showing very briefly in a scene where Jo is going on stage at the Duvall fashion show and she’s asking if Maggie has been able to reach Dick at the hotel. 🙂

    January 28, 2013 at 2:54 pm

  4. Robyne

    I felt like one of those lifeless bodies on a gurney where they keep hitting you with the electric shocks to revive you. I would calm down, another slide would come up, and I would actually jerk in my chair. By the end of the FF review I was a pool of sensory-overloaded jelly. The whole time I kept thinking, I beg Rebecca is lying flacid on the floor from a full blown seizure.

    January 28, 2013 at 7:55 pm

  5. Ro

    I agree with you that the webinars are a brilliant marketing strategy by IT – I know conventions are fun to attend but spending less on hotels and flights leaves more for dollies.

    p.s. The first photo is priceless! LOL

    January 29, 2013 at 5:05 am

  6. NylonBleu

    OK OK, mon dieu !!!!! I have not resigned in the Wclub, because it is just impossible to order any dolls from France, I was so frustrated last year ! And I think I would have been equaly frustrated this year, seeing all those beauty (especialy the outfits) and not being able to buy even one of them !!!! I can’t wait to see pictures of the people collecting those ladies ! For myself, if I can find one or two outfits, I will be happy with that…….

    January 29, 2013 at 6:51 am

  7. Leandro Gonçalves de Almeida

    Perfect I am Leandro from Brasil ,Fun face Audrey hepburn perfect

    January 29, 2013 at 10:53 am

  8. Re the never ending fascination w/this movie. Check out Vanity Fair Sept 2012: 25 Most Fashionable Movies. Funny Face #11 in the slide show … #9 is Breakfast at Tiffany’s (staring DORIEN LEIGH, Suzy Parker’s older sister, was Capote’s inspiration). A pal is writing a book on B at T. He told me Dorien and Suzy were inspirations for 2 Audrey films.

    I didn’t share that w/you all earlier, cos I didn’t know that’s widely known. I don’t give away info ppl tell me when they haven’t published a book or finished a project.

    “It makes a musical of the real-life collaboration between fashion phenomenon Suzy Parker, a beauty with brimming energy who cared more for ideas and art than for café society, and wunderkind Richard Avedon, who in his Paris reports for Harper’s Bazaar used Parker’s energies to bring action to fashion photography, transforming the “sitting” into a “shoot.”

    The image they used, she in her little black dress, hat and balloons, is one of my fave of the dolls above. IF I bought one, it might be that one. I love her standing in front of the Eiffel Tower. Sigh.

    http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2012/09/photos-the-25-most-fashionable-films#slide=11

    Checked issue from local library, and found this last night in bed. Enjoy! AND there’s a story on the Paris Ritz hotel … which photo do they open the story? Audrey and Gary Cooper, Love in the Afternoon. Vanity Fair LOVES Audrey!

    http://www.vanityfair.com/society/2012/07/paris-ritz-history-france

    February 2, 2013 at 9:59 pm

  9. storm131

    I was so pleased that Integrity decided to pay tribute to this wonderful movie. The dolls and outfits are gorgeous, but I do have two complaints.
    Firstly, I’m not sure why three similar outfits for the Quality Woman gift set were chosen when the character in the movie the doll is based on, Maggie Prescott, wore other more interesting ensembles.
    Secondly, while beautiful in every other respect, the Take the Picture outfit was strangely inaccurate in that the flared train was replaced by two flat floating panels. It makes it much less dramatic and elegant.

    April 13, 2013 at 10:38 pm

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