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Poppy Goes to Paris–A Recap

This years theme for the Poppy Parker collection by David Buttry hit a chord with many collectors.  I know it hit this collector right in the wallet.  I absolutely adored it and can’t wait to see what David has in store for us Poppy collectors at the Integrity Toys convention in October.  While we wait for convention, I thought it would be fun to get a group shot of the Poppys we have enjoyed so far this year.  Since Poppy is in Paris, I drew inspiration from one of the most iconic Parisian fashion houses of all time…Dior.

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Ma Petite Fleur Poppy Parker – WClub 2016 Registration upgrade doll

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Powder Puff Poppy Parker – IT Direct Lottery doll

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Paris in the Springtime Poppy Parker – 2016 Poppy Parker The Bonbon Collection

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Night at the Ballet Poppy Parker – 2016 Poppy Parker The Bonbon Collection

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C’est Si Bon – 2016 Poppy Parker The Bonbon Collection

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Miss Amour Poppy Parker – IT Direct Lottery doll

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Magnifique Poppy Parker – 2016 Poppy Parker The Bonbon Collection

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Très Chic Boutique Poppy Parker – 2016 Poppy Parker The Bonbon Collection

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Ooh La La Poppy Parker – WClub Exclusive doll

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Bonjour Mademoiselle Poppy Parker – 2016 Poppy Parker The Bonbon Collection

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-Rebecca

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Defiant Rayna

Ok, so each year at Integrity Toys convention there are design competitions.  The person who wins the judges award for the advanced design competition at the convention has the option of having their design actually produced.  Integrity Toys started doing this a couple of years ago as a perk to entering the design competition.  This past year, the winner of this award was Jason Kramer.  His design was a combination of street grunge and haute couture.  Not easy to do folks but he managed to meld it into a cohesive and stylish design.  Interesting to note…this was Jason’s first Integrity Toys convention.  This is not, however, his first foray into designing.  He is Artistic Director and Lead Designer at a costume design company that specializes in custom made dance wear.  Jason, we are so glad you came to your first convention!!  We hope you return!

©2016 Integrity Toys, IncDefiant
Rayna™ Dressed Doll
The NU. Face™ Collection
2015 Design Competition Award Doll by Jason Kramer
Limited Edition Size: TBA
Estimated Ship Date: January/February 2017
Special W Club Price: $135.00 + Shipping, Handling and Applicable Sales Tax*.
General Public Price: $145.00 + Shipping, Handling and Applicable Sales Tax.

Doll Tech Specs:
Head Sculpt: Rayna™
Body Type: NU. Face 2.0
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: Hungarian
Hair Color: Golden Bronze
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied

Note: Pictures of prototypes shown below; final production colors and textures may vary slightly.

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PRE-ORDER BEFORE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2016 AT NOON EASTERN TIME!

-Rebecca


Magnifique is Fantastique

When I saw the name on this doll I kept singing the words from a song in “Devil Wears Prada”…”Supersonic, maginfique, tres tres cool and tres tres chic”. 

She is definitely tres, tres chic.  the hair color is vibrant and beautiful.  It needs to be trained a bit when you take it out of the hair net but not too bad (it was packed with hair off to the side so you will need to push it or train it down to sit down against the neck). 

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Magnifique
Poppy Parker™ Dressed Doll
The Bonbon Collection
Approximate Ship Date: Late Summer/Early Fall
Limited Edition Size: 900 Dolls Worldwide
Suggested Retail Price: $120.00
 
Doll Tech Specs:
 
Body Type: Poppy Parker™
Head Sculpt: Poppy Parker™
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Luscious Red
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied

The promo shot shows her as this…

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What arrived was…I believe…better than the promos but with one caveat.

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Magnifique is Fantastique

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Magnifique is Fantastique

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Magnifique is Fantastique

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Magnifique is Fantastique

She has a very sharp look to the left eye placement that frankly…borders on “wonky eye” for my taste.  I have photographed her at her best advantage but I had to work at it.  Not sure how I am feeling about that.  She is gorgeous.  Coloring and facial color screening is spot on.  Dress is beautiful and jewelry is beyond…really beyond.  But…that far to the left stare is looking slightly wrong for me.  Not sure what I am going to do yet.  Maybe it’s just mine so will be interested to hear what others are experiencing. 

-Rebecca


The Sleeper has Awakened

Ok..I have to admit the title was for all you “Dune” geeks out there LOL!  This line may be from the book and movie “Dune” but we have a bit of a sleeper situation going on in the Poppy Parker Bon Bon collection.  Her name is Night at the Ballet Poppy Parker and she has turned out WAY better than the promo shots.

Here is what we were expecting…

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Not bad but I have to admit…she was my least favorite in the whole lineup and I almost didn’t order her.  Boy oh boy am I glad I did because this is what arrived on Saturday.  Check out the gorgeous green eyes on this lady!

Night At The Ballet
Poppy Parker™ Dressed Doll
The Bonbon Collection
Approximate Ship Date: Late Summer/Early Fall 
Limited Edition Size: 700 Dolls Worldwide
Suggested Retail Price: $120.00
 
Doll Tech Specs:
 
Body Type: Poppy Parker™
Head Sculpt: Poppy Parker™
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: Japan
Hair Color: Ash Blond
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-The Sleeper has Awakened

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-The Sleeper has Awakened

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-The Sleeper has Awakened

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-The Sleeper has Awakened

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-The Sleeper has Awakened

Couple things to note:

1) The hair on my doll needed a little tweaking after I took the hair net off.  It didn’t take too much to put it all back in order.

2) The necklace is just gold, no stones.  This seems kind of weird to me as the bracelet has beautiful blue stones in it but there you go.  It looks like it should have a few stones in the necklace or it looks like there was space for it but there aren’t any.  Don’t know if this is an oversight or just a last minute budget cut but a number of people have commented on FB that they don’t have any stones in their necklaces either so I don’t think it’s just me.  The promo shots of the accessories don’t really show the necklace that well so it may have been intended to be just plain gold all the way along.  Just wanted to make people aware.

Huge thanks to my dealer Barb at Windy City Dolls for getting these new Poppy’s to me so quickly!!  You are the best.

Let the redressing and photographing begin!!!

-Rebecca


Singing in the Rain

Trying to photograph things in natural light in the Pacific Northwest is pretty much a crap shoot even on a good day.  Last week, we enjoyed days and days of 90 degree weather and loads of sunshine.  This week it’s 62 and what else…rain.  I would have shot this last week, if I had had what I wanted to shoot last week.  Unfortunately, I didn’t receive the item I wanted to shoot until this week.  Here was my perfect location…

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Loved the natural texture of this and the green moss that spindled out like vines.  But…

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It was rather wet. 

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And not looking like it was going to change any time soon.  So what do you do?  You change your shoot location and make the best of it.  So this is the rain part of the title so where is the singing?

Have you ever had that moment when you dressed a doll in something and it just “sang”? You know what I mean right?  It just makes you go “ Oh man…that looks so amazing on her!”  I had that happen this week and while my first choice for background did not pan out, I found a couple alternate solutions that worked out just fine.  I was still singing even though it was raining.

Model:  Out of Sight Nadja

Dress: SL Doll Fashion

Jewelry:  Integrity Toys Inc. ( Lash Out Poppy Parker, Perfectly Suited Giselle and As Dusk Falls Eugenia)

Shoes:  Bellissima Eugenia

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©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio - Singing In The Rain

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©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio - Singing In The Rain

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio - Singing In The Rain

This gown is gorgeous!  Very well made and tailored.  It arrived quickly and well packaged.  Love this vendor on Etsy and have purchased a number of things from them.

-Rebecca


Naughty or Nice?

Ok, I have to explain the title a bit.  As you all know, I am a huge fan of Poppy Parker and her creator David Buttry.  For me, she was the gateway drug from Barbie to Integrity Toys.  I realize I need a 12 step program for my addiction but I’m not ready to commit to the program just yet. Winking smile

Recently, Integrity Toys held a lottery to purchase two beautiful Poppy Parkers and I was lucky and incredibly thrilled to be picked to purchase not just Miss Amour but the fabulous Powder Puff Poppy Parker as well.  I have to thank my daughter for the opportunity as it was her membership that won it and she willingly handed over the option to purchase.  Collectors are receiving these dolls and posting some amazing images.  This doll is so sweet.  Mostly she is portrayed as “nice” and I like it that way.

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For these images, however, I decided to portray her in a slightly different way.  David Buttry had mentioned in his webinar announcing the Bon Bon Collection that one of his inspirations for this particular doll was the movie “Valley of the Dolls”.  I decided to go a little more with that theme.  So Poppy comes off as a bit more on the naughty side in these pictures.  I want to point out however..that Chip has appeared to have “put a ring on it” at least.

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©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Poppy Parker Naughty Or Nice?

-Rebecca


Emerging Rebel Kyori – Will The Eyes Have It?

The first doll of Integrity Toys’ Fashion Royalty “A Delicate Bloom” Collection is starting to hit collectors’ doorsteps.   Her name is Emerging Rebel Kyori and true to her name she is entering the collecting world with some controversy.  The title of this blog post is kind of a play on words.  When you vote to pass a measure for something the verbiage is always, “Those in favor say ‘AYE’“ and if there are more yes’s than no’s the motion passes or “The Aye’s have it.”  There is a current issue being voted on by collectors of Integrity Toys and it’s all about the eyes.   

Let me explain:  Integrity Toys is trying out a new process with the eyes on some of their dolls.  Instead of painting the inner eyes (outline, white, iris, pupils and "catch light" dots)  they are using water decals.  Per IT, the reasoning for going to these decals was to offer more consistency in eye placement and facial screening.  (Too many “wonky eye” issues with the previously used methods.)  Some collectors are concerned about the durability and quality of these decals.  Given all the concerns, I was curious to see for myself if there were negative aspects to these decals from an aesthetic perspective as well as a photography perspective.  I was concerned as to whether or not these decals would make the eyes appear more “dead” in a photograph.  If something is too matte, it won’t reflect light effectively and gives off a dead appearance.  On the other side, if something is too shiny (especially the eyes) it can create too much of a reflection that you have to clean up in Photoshop afterwards… and… that is a big pain in the back side, believe me.  Who wants to spend hours in post-process just because of shiny eyes?  Not me.

So… I was curious to see what would happen when I photographed one of these dolls with these decal eyes.  What did I find?

1.  From an aesthetic aspect… just looking at her… I wasn’t noticing anything concerning.  Her screening is appealing and I think she is a pretty doll.  The eyes don’t stand out as odd or off in any way.  She does have a very far “to the side” eyeball placement and some are finding that fact unappealing.  I can understand this.  That doesn’t work for everyone.

2.  From a photography stand point… there are some differences.

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First and foremost, the eyeball is printed not painted so there are dots of color not continuous color.  Is this a problem?  Not normally in my opinion.  As you see this image on your computer screen or phone, you are seeing it as dots of color as well — they are just really, really small dots.  Let’s face it, most of us are not going to be looking at this doll under a microscope. 

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Can you see the dots in the picture above?  Maybe a little but not much.  Our eyes and brains are really good at melding those dots together to make it look like one cohesive color.

Secondly, I’m not going to lie — these decals catch the light differently, so when photographing, that needs to be factored in.  Is this a deal breaker?  For me, not really.  It’s just something different.  Now, as to whether these decals will hold up over time… only time will tell that one.  For now, I am willing to give them a chance.  For now, I’m voting “aye”.

Enough about the eyes — let’s talk about the accessories and dress!  I love this dress!!!  It is so elegant and fits her beautifully.  The lavender shoes are perfection and the grey glasses and oversized bag are refined and chic.  I don’t know who is taking over jewelry at IT but all I can say is, “Keep it going!!”  The earrings and bracelet are a new design and I adore them.

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Kyori’s hair color was described as medium brown in product write-ups.  Have we seen Kyori with these lighter brown tresses before?  I like it.

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©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio - Emerging Rebel Kyori-Will The Eyes have It?

-Rebecca


A Terrace in Paris

For those of you awaiting the next installment of “The Art of Fashion Doll Photography and Blogging”, it’s coming.  Most likely tomorrow.  I forgot to factor in that we were running our son to college ( 5 hours away) this past week so that cut into the available time I had.  Fear not…it’s in process for publication in the next couple of days.  This also explains why I have not responded to comments in a week.  I will be getting to those as well.

In the meantime, I have been sitting on these shots since the initial posting of “J’Adore Miss Amour” and I can wait no longer.  These shots came about because 1) I can’t get enough of this pink confection Miss Amour and 2) I had these fun pink balloons and had to use them and 3) I didn’t get a chance to include the adorable little perfume bottle in the last set of shots.   ©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio - A Terrace in Paris

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Now…is she looking at the tray like “I love this perfume and I need to use some” or is she saying “This shoot is boring…I need a drink!”  You make the call.

P.S.  I have to send  a shout out to my friend Rogier at Dutch Barbie World for a little bit of art direction on this one.  You were right and It was much appreciated!

-Rebecca


J’Adore Miss Amour

The title speaks for itself.  When I first saw this doll my reaction was this…

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And..that has not changed upon receiving her.  She is EVERYTHING I was hoping for and more.  David, I bow down! Bowing gif

Miss Amour
Poppy Parker™ Dressed Doll
The Bonbon Collection
IT Direct Exclusive
Approximate Ship Date: Mid-Late Summer 2016
Limited Edition Size: 700 Dolls

Doll Tech Specs:
 
Body Type: Poppy Parker™
Head Sculpt: Poppy Parker™
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Ash Brown Mix
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied

Head Sculpt: Poppy Parker™

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio - J'adore Miss Amour

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio - J'adore Miss Amour

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio - J'adore Miss Amour

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio - J'adore Miss Amour

This amazing creature is gorgeous.  The dress is beyond people…just…BEYOND.

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It’s inspired by Dior I and many believe, what is not to love about that.  Fashion inspiration image find goes to Nata-Leto on Flickr.  Big THANKS to Rogier Corbeau of Dutch Barbie World for letting me use this image.

https://dutchbarbieworld.wordpress.com/2016/05/25/bon-bon-poppy-goes-to-paris/

The jewelry is fabulous!

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©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio - J'adore Miss Amour

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio - J'adore Miss Amour

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio - J'adore Miss Amour

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio - J'adore Miss Amour

Me likey!!….Me likey a lot!!!!

-Rebecca


A Picnic in Paris

Now that Integrity Toys has announced their collections and all of our collector wallets are sad and limping, I thought it was time to return to Paris for some fun.  If I was returning to Paris, Ms. Poppy was going to join me.  This new “Ooh La La” Poppy Parker is my current muse and I am loving the giftset mix and match options. 

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©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio - A Picnic in Paris

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio - A Picnic in Paris

You have to love rement! 

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©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio - A Picnic in Paris

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio - A Picnic in Paris

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio - A Picnic in Paris

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio - A Picnic in Paris

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio - A Picnic in Paris

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio - A Picnic in Paris

-Rebecca