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Jason Wu 10th Anniversary Dolls

Jason Wu is releasing a commemorative collection of 10th anniversary dolls to showcase some of his favorite designs from the last ten years of his career.  Today Bergdorf Goodman released a very limited edition set of dolls to the expectant arms of many willing and waiting collectors.   A few lucky collectors were able to obtain them…many others did not.  The funny part …or perhaps not so funny…is that we really don’t know who will end up with these dolls and who will not.  Before I go any further, lets share images of what people were willing to get up at the crack of dawn to try to purchase.

©2017 Bergdorf Goodman Jason Wu Doll Jason Wu 10th Anniversary Collection Doll with Long Skirt

©2017 Bergdorf Goodman Jason Wu Doll Jason Wu 10th Anniversary Collection Doll with Long Skirt

©2017 Bergdorf Goodman Jason Wu Doll Jason Wu 10th Anniversary Collection Doll with Long Skirt

©2017 Bergdorf Goodman Jason Wu Doll Jason Wu 10th Anniversary Collection Doll with Long Skirt

Inspired by Jason Wu Fall 2011 RTW

diane-kruger-jason-wu-fall-2011

©2017 Bergdorf Goodman Jason Wu 10th Anniversary Collection Doll with Trousers

©2017 Bergdorf Goodman Jason Wu 10th Anniversary Collection Doll with Trousers

©2017 Bergdorf Goodman Jason Wu 10th Anniversary Collection Doll with Trousers

©2017 Bergdorf Goodman Jason Wu 10th Anniversary Collection Doll with Trousers

Inspired by Jason Wu Spring 2011 RTW

©2011 Vogue, Inc

 

Let me set the stage.  If you are a WClub member, you received a “heads-up” that these dolls would be made available online only at Bergdorf Goodman on November 17th at approximately 9:00AM EST.  This is one of those “PERKS” I talk about getting with a WClub membership that basically pays for the membership alone.  Just sayin’…on to the scene.

Let’s be honest here people…for those who collect and love the hunt, this was catnip.  With that information tucked away, many intrepid collectors from all over the world attempted to attain these allusive collectibles.  When I say allusive…I mean it.  Edition size is 200.  That is SMALL.  That makes these babies basically a holy grail in the fashion doll collecting community.  It was a safe bet to say that there would be high demand and low supply.  Basically a blue light Kmart special kind of event. 

So, we had the approximate time and the place and most of us assumed that searching the website for “Jason Wu” or “Jason Wu doll” would be enough to find these beauties once they were released on the site.  Some of us started early…as in predawn on the 17th.  The search, it turns out was not as simple as typing in the logical “Jason Wu” oh no…it was to be more complicated than that.  And here is the interesting thing I found today.  It was the community and the loyal and helpful members of that community that essentially helped fellow collectors find the elusive links or gateways that allowed many to attempt to purchase these dolls.  Thanks to one member in particular in the WClub, many of us were able to use a shared link and attempt to purchase these dolls.  I will say outright here and now that many of us owe Blaiseworld on the WClub a big martini and undying thanks for directing us to the dolls.  When many were expressing difficulty in finding the dolls after the designated time had arrived, Blaisworld shared the link that allowed us to get these in our carts and for all intensive purposes, purchase. 

Why am I being so cagy about “purchase”?  Excellent question.  Many of us were able to put these babies in our cart and go through the regular checkout step.  Many of us received the hallowed “confirmation” email.  And then…many received the dreaded “cancellation” email.  So many received cancellations that it has left everyone feeling like we don’t really know if we will get these dolls or not.  There does not seem to be a rhyme or reason to the cancellations and there will be approximately a week delay to find out if these things will ship ( apparently the container ship with product has not arrived at BG yet).  Most of us wait in anticipation hell…afraid of the pings of those incoming emails …afraid they will be cancellation emails.  I am seriously developing a nervous tick with these pings LOL!  As of this point, I am in anticipation of these dolls but I don’t fully expect them.  Jason Wu shared on his Instagram that these dolls sold out in 1 hour so I am hopeful if I made purchase within that 1 hour that I will receive them.  I don’t really know for sure though until I get the first step to the holy grail…the “shipping notice”. 

I have said it before and I will say it again, Elyse and Eden/Lilith are my favorite face molds.  I am interested in anything with these face molds.  Added to that, the idea of having a miniature Jason Wu creation is flippin’ cool.  I wish the edition size were such that those who wanted one could obtain one.  In the absence of that, I have to say it was an an exhilarating yet maddening experience today as I ran into roadblocks.  In the end, the roadblock was moved aside by a person I did not know personally but whom helped many collectors find their way to purchase.  That is the true meaning of this day to me.  This person didn’t have to help, but they did…and it helped many.  Wow.  Even if I don’t end up getting these dolls, I am humbled by the willingness of a few to help their fellow collectors.  They didn’t hoard the information to themselves or hand it out to a select few…they gave it to the community.  I find this over and over within this collecting community…a willingness to help eachother.  Yes, yes, there are a few actors that are in it primarily for the profit and the gain but I would have to say, for the most part, the community wants to help….and in a world that is already pretty darn difficult right now…that made me smile.

Hoping to get these dolls but smiling in the midst of this uncertainty,

Rebecca

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26 responses

  1. Rosanna Viteri

    Very well said, I also owe my order to the people who keep reposting the links, now this week is going to be tortuous until I know that I was one of the lucky 200. I’m lighting a candle to San Judas Tadeo. Amén

    November 17, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    • I am right there with you Rosanna 😉

      November 18, 2017 at 8:47 am

  2. I wish they would do some more dolls with forward glancing eyes all these side looks can really be Of outing on a beautifully dressed doll

    November 17, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    • I hear you Victoria. Too much of one particular facial screening can get old. It would appear that Jason Wu really likes this particular facial eye screening 😉

      November 18, 2017 at 9:08 am

  3. Yes, it is a fabulous community isn’t it, and I hope you are successfull. I already have my velvet finish Elyse and I’m more than happy with her.

    November 17, 2017 at 11:40 pm

    • Yes she is beautiful but I would have liked her with forward glancing eyes

      November 17, 2017 at 11:53 pm

      • Ah, I repaint anyway. I’m not particularly fond of side glancing eyes, I don’t know why, possibly because it signals submissiveness, or depression, or both.

        November 28, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    • I am glad to hear you have obtained an Elyse and are enjoying her!

      November 18, 2017 at 9:08 am

  4. J Fredrick

    I am a lowly Barbie Fashion Model Collector. I started collecting the annual collections several years ago. My question is, do you know what’s going on with them? This year as far as I have seen there were only 3 dolls in the collection. Any idea what is going on?

    Thank you,

    J Fredrick

    November 18, 2017 at 4:31 am

    • Hello J. There is nothing lowly about being a BFMC collector. I am still a huge fan…of the older versions not so much of the newer articulated body. I share with you a sadness for the lack quality or quantity products offered by the BFMC at Mattel. I have many ideas of what is going on and sadly none of them are encouraging. Frankly, as I am writing this response Mattel and Hasbro are reported to be in talks of a takeover. I have been following the alarming stock price decline in Mattel over the last year…the stock price fell off of a cliff this year because Mattel’s earnings were horrible and they missed their dividend projection to shareholders..by a bunch. That is essentially a kiss of death in the stock world. If you can’t pay your shareholders what you kind of promised them, it points to serious financial difficulty. Shareholders have been fleeing which has resulted in dramatically lower stock prices this past year. The low stock price has made Mattel a prime target for takeover…enter Hasbro. I believe this serious financial difficulty has resulted in the abandonment of the Barbie adult collector series. The quality of the BFMC has been declining for years. Cost savings measures I’m sure. There have been some bright spots for collectors from Mattel , just not a lot the past couple of years in my opinion. I don’t see that changing. Just my humble opinion. The future for Barbie is very unclear to me.

      November 18, 2017 at 9:23 am

      • How interesting, and I agree with you completely. I still love my Barbies, and as I was setting up my small collection of Byron Lars the other day and thinking that Mattel hasn’t done much in the way of interesting stuff for a number of years (for collectors?). They’ve done some great movie characters and fantasy figures. The other thing I think Mattel ignored was the move to articulation by doll collectors. Even if we still love our older Barbies there is no putting that genie back in the bottle. Actually, the Made to Move B’s are very good, with a range of movement and posability that is very naturalistic and I’ve put some of my favourite B heads on them (and others, but don’t tell Barbie).

        November 18, 2017 at 2:30 pm

      • {in reply to Julie’s comment to my Mattel’s current business mode..in case this comment shows up at the end of the thread…sometimes WordPress won’t let me comment to a comment} Yes, I agree. LOVE the made to move body and wish they had incorporated some of that design into the BFMC articulated body. I also admit to changing some of my B(and other) heads onto the MTM body 😉

        November 18, 2017 at 3:41 pm

  5. micheal

    You summed up the day perfectly,form the frustration to the helpful member(s).

    November 18, 2017 at 9:06 am

  6. Love the details and the dolls!!

    November 18, 2017 at 9:36 am

    • They will need additional fashions to showcase their fabulousness 😉 I will be looking your way.

      November 18, 2017 at 3:13 pm

  7. Jenn

    I hope your order is honored/filled, Rebecca.
    I’m not going to know either…till a Fed-Ex Guy places a BG Package in my hands. Who knows. What a hot mess…*sighs*

    November 18, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    • waiting with hope along with you.

      November 18, 2017 at 3:14 pm

  8. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that you have them! So much stress, I’m sorry to read that. But what a lovely co-collector that she shared the info, that’s very very sweet!

    November 18, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    • Thank you! Yes…very stressful and the wait will continue the stress. There is always another doll down the road though..if this one doesn’t work out. 😉

      November 18, 2017 at 3:42 pm

  9. Tracy Jaffe

    Beautiful gown! I am always amazed how they get the beaded detail on that little doll. Is it done by hand or a special fabric?

    I will be amazed when they get a smiling doll too!

    ________________________________

    November 19, 2017 at 9:26 am

    • Well hello there Tracy! I am always amazed at the detail they are able to do in this scale as well. That is part of the incentive to collect for me. I would suspect that for these dolls…at this price…this is hand beaded. But don’t quote me. As far as the smiling…these are Fashion Royalty dolls so smiles are not going to happen LOL.

      November 19, 2017 at 9:38 am

  10. Yes Rebecca ❤️
    A very accurate recount of the process for all of us Elyse enthusiasts for this Bergdorf release !! Not an organized release at all !!
    I also, helped out another W Club member earlier in the day regarding this release, and they, in turn, lent a hand when my search in the site kept on coming up empty with no search results being found.
    It is wonderful to see our community come together to share and support our collective passion 😍
    Very appropriate to give thanks this week also.
    Enjoy the holiday !! Xx K

    November 20, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    • Thank you my dear! I’m glad the day worked out for some. Wish it had worked out for more of us.

      November 28, 2017 at 11:18 am

  11. Anuj Agarwal

    Hi Inside the Fashion Doll Studio Team,

    My name is Anuj Agarwal. I’m Founder of Feedspot.

    I would like to personally congratulate you as your blog Inside the Fashion Doll Studio has been selected by our panelist as one of the Top 100 Doll Blogs on the web.

    https://blog.feedspot.com/doll_blogs/

    I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world. This is the most comprehensive list of Top 100 Doll Blogs on the internet and I’m honored to have you as part of this!

    Also, you have the honor of displaying the badge on your blog.

    Best,
    Anuj

    November 27, 2017 at 3:58 am

  12. Congratulations, well deserved!

    November 28, 2017 at 2:34 pm

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