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2017 WClub Registration Begins!!

©2017 Integrity Toys, Inc

While some other clubs {cough…BFC…cough} have deferred  their opening, Integrity Toys has just announced open enrollment for their 2017 WClub.  Integrity Toys never fails to pull out the goodies for their WClub and this year is no exception. 

©2017 Integrity Toys, Inc

Let’s start with the upgrade dolls!  There are three this year and if you sign up for all three…there is a gift involved!!

Riviera Drama
Agnes Von Weiss™ Dressed Doll
The Fashion Royalty® Collection
2017 W Club Upgrade Doll
Approximate Ship Date: Summer 2017
Edition Size: TBA (Determined by the total amount of orders received)

Doll Tech Specs:

Head Sculpt: Agnes Von Weiss
Hair Color: Raven (Black)
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied
Body Type: FR 6.0
Foot Sculpt: High-heeled / Traditional
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: Cream

So…this year Integrity Toys and the WClub did things a little differently.  They basically polled the 2016 WClub members to see what face mold, skin tone and hair color combination they would like to see in a club upgrade doll.  They gave members a little over 2 weeks to vote and here are the results.

©2017 Integrity Toys, Inc Riviera Drama Agnes

It would appear that the majority of members voted for a cream skin toned, raven haired Agnes.  This was actually my vote so I’m kind of stoked to see the actual product.  I have to admit…I am a little nervous about ordering a doll that I have only seen a sketch of but it is what I voted for so I’m in.

Popster!
Poppy Parker Dressed Doll
2017 Club Upgrade Doll
The Swinging London Collection
Approximate Ship Date: Summer 2017
Edition Size: TBA (Determined by the total amount of orders received)
 
Doll Tech Specs:
 
Head Sculpt: Poppy Parker
Hair Color: Warm Brown
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied
Body Type: PP 1.5
Foot Sculpt: Traditional / Original Poppy Parker Feet
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: FR White

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©2017 Integrity Toys, Inc Popster! Poppy Parker

©2017 Integrity Toys, Inc Popster! Poppy Parker

©2017 Integrity Toys, Inc Popster! Poppy Parker

©2017 Integrity Toys, Inc Popster! Poppy Parker

As David Buttry told us at the last IT convention, Poppy is headed to London in the 60’s.  This lady certainly embodies that!  I love that she has this lovely brown hair.  While the 60’s are not a time period that I like to collect fashion wise, I can still appreciate the design and aesthetics of this Poppy.  Love her white gloved hands and jaunty hat.  Thumbs up David!

Majesty
Giselle Diefendorf™ Dressed Doll
The NU. Face Collection
2017 Club Upgrade Doll

Approximate Ship Date: Summer 2017
Edition Size: TBA (Determined by the total amount of orders received)
 
Doll Tech Specs:
 
Head Sculpt: Giselle Diefendorf
Hair Color: Soft Bronze
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied
Body Type: NF 2.0
Foot Sculpt: Traditional NF Feet
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: FR White

©2017 Integrity Toys, Inc Majesty  Giselle

©2017 Integrity Toys, Inc Majesty  Giselle

©2017 Integrity Toys, Inc Majesty  Giselle

©2017 Integrity Toys, Inc Majesty  Giselle

Oh…my…Word!!!  You had me at the Fabergé egg purse people!!!  Don’t even get me started on the shoes.  Modern day spats is what I am seeing…and me likes.  I love this look.  It is feminine and modern at the same time.  I love that the Integrity team has found fabrics and trims that fit in so beautifully in this scale.

But wait there is more!!!

If you order all three upgrade dolls, the WClub is throwing in a bonus.  Dioramas people…Dioramas!!

POPUP!
Diorama Playset
2017 Club Upgrade Diorama
Approximate Ship Date: Summer 2017
Edition Size: TBA (Determined by the total amount of orders received)
 
Tech Specs:

Approximate Width:  14" Wide
Approximate Length: 13" High
Approximate Depth:  6" Deep
Material: Cardboard / Stock and Acrylic Parts

©2017 Integrity Toys, Inc POPUP! Diorama popup

This can be purchased separately as well but if you order all of the upgrade dolls they will send this to your for free.  Nice little enticement I must say.

Ok…so what are the perks this year?…besides the upgrades dolls and bonus options?

  • The option to purchase at least 5 exclusive Club-only dolls, including 2 Fashion Royalty dolls (which may include NU. Face), 2 exclusive Poppy Parker dolls, and 1 additional exclusive doll, plus additional surprise items!
  • Coupon!  Each W Club membership that you purchase will automatically add a special $25 coupon to your IT Direct Coupon Wallet that can be used towards ANY IT Direct shopping cart purchase of $99 or more online only during the 2017 W Club year! No more restrictions to W Club exclusive items– as long as your order is above $99 before shipping and tax, you can apply your coupon towards any order of your choice!  {this is subject to restrictions..please refer to WClub for further information}
  • Special priority for JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS™ Collection products
  • You’ll get access to our MEMBERS-ONLY exclusive online events where the IT design team unveils their latest creations.
  • Special online ‘right to buy’ lotteries
  • First crack at Convention tickets before it’s released to general public ( worth the membership alone people…I’m serious!)

I have said this for many years and I will say it again.  This club membership is a MUST HAVE for me.  I have signed up for many years now and have ZERO regrets on this. 

Registration is from now until 9:00 PM ET (New York Time) on February 21st, 2017.

Information about the club and link to registration can be obtained at http://integritytoys.com/w-club/

Let…it…Begin!!!!

-Rebecca

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Soda Shop Barbie

Bill Greening has given the BFC his next installment in the Willows, WI line that is continuing to pay homage to Midwest Americana nostalgia.  This one is only available to BFC members, and a nice perk of membership this year in my opinion.  How can you not find this one adorable?!!  That face!!  Awwwww….makes me want to pull up an upholstered chrome stool and slurp down a milkshake.  Nostalgia isn’t cheap though folks…she comes with a hefty price tag of $75.  You do get some adorable little extras though.   And, it’s pink and there is a poodle involved…enough said, I’m buyin’.   Excellent work Mr. Greening!!  One question though, where are the saddle shoes?!  Guess they really wouldn’t have gone with the look.

Winking smile

Soda Shop Barbie® Doll ( BFC Exclusive)

Gold Label®

Designer: Bill Greening

Release Date: 2/10/2016

Retail: $75.00

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©2016 Mattel, Inc.

©2016 Mattel, Inc.

©2016 Mattel, Inc.

And…what about that set!!!  Me likes.

-Rebecca


Let It Begin!!! WClub 2016 Opens for Enrollment

 

©2016 Integrity Toys Inc

©2016 Integrity Toys Inc

If you are even a little interested in this club, SIGN UP!!  This is a limited time enrollment folks and they only leave it open for a couple of weeks.  Once it is closed…it’s closed until this time next year.  For the 2016 WClub, the powers that be at Integrity Toys have what looks to be an amazing lineup of enticements to get you to buy a lot more than the base membership.  Let’s take a look at the goodies shall we.

Base membership ($50) will get you:

1. Awesome Club Exclusive Dolls! At minimum 5 exclusive dolls per membership ( 1 FR, 1 NuFace, 2 Poppy Parkers, 1 JEM)
3. Store Coupon of $25 ( Note* some exclusions do apply – read fine print)
4. MEMBERS-ONLY exclusive online events where the IT design team unveils their latest creations.
5. "Right to buy" lotteries
6.  More exclusives
7. The chance to purchase your convention passes before members of the general public

Oh but wait….there’s more!

Did someone say “upgrade dolls”?, Why, yes they did and there are three!

Take Me On
Vanessa Perrin™ Dressed Doll
The Fashion Royalty® Collection
2016 W Club Upgrade Doll
Approximate Ship Date: Summer 2016
Edition Size: TBA (Determined by the total amount of orders received)

Doll Tech Specs:

Body Type: FR2013
Head Sculpt: Vanessa Perrin 3.0
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: Japan
Color: Deep Brunette
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied

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©2016 Integrity Toys Inc

©2016 Integrity Toys Inc

Oh yes baby…Take me on indeed.  I’m in and apparently this lady is set to travel.  Will need to grab her a coat first.  I am hoping that the eyes are a little less intense as the pictures show but her outfit, jewelry and travel accessories spell “right up Rebecca’s alley”.  And…she isn’t wearing black!!!  YES!!!

Ma Petite Fleur
Poppy Parker™ Dressed Doll
2016 W Club Upgrade Doll
Approximate Ship Date: Summer 2016
Edition Size: TBA (Determined by the total amount of orders received)

Doll Tech Specs:

Body Type: Poppy Parker™
Head Sculpt: Poppy Parker™
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Light Blond Mix
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied

©2016 Integrity Toys Inc

©2016 Integrity Toys Inc

©2016 Integrity Toys Inc

©2016 Integrity Toys Inc

Dear Lord David!!!  You are killing me here.  If you are starting off the year with this bit of scrumptious Bon Bon candy…I will die a happy contented Poppy Parker collector at the end of this WClub year.  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE where you are taking Poppy this year.  Brigitte Bardot incarnate.  To my friend Matt Sutton…Yes, Rebecca’s brain just exploded.

Be Daring
Imogen Dressed Doll
The Nu. Face™ Collection
2016 W Club Upgrade Doll
Approximate Ship Date: Summer 2016
Edition Size: TBA (Determined by the total amount of orders received)

Doll Tech Specs:

Body Type: Nu. Face 2.0
Head Sculpt: Imogen
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: Hungarian
Hair Color: Blond Mix
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied

©2016 Integrity Toys Inc

©2016 Integrity Toys Inc

©2016 Integrity Toys Inc

©2016 Integrity Toys Inc

©2016 Integrity Toys Inc

My reaction?…

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Oh yes again!!!  My poor, poor wallet is toast but Stefan and I are happy.  How amazing is this Imogen?!  Love the smoky eye and beautiful slightly tan Hungarian skin stone.  It’s so edgy chic!!  Perfect for the newly revamped and emerging Nu.Face line.

It looks like the Nu.Face team is going back to Balmain for inspiration here and can I just say…good call on NOT doing the ruffled pants.  Looks like there may be some Alexander MCQueen going on as well with all the skulls.

©Balmain Resort 2016

I don’t know about other WClubbers but this one is a happy, happy camper…one soon to be very poor happy, happy camper.

If you interested in becoming a WClub member or want to learn more, feel free to watch  IT’s video brochure here.  If you already know you want in…go to WClub website and follow the instructions.  I have been a member for many years and have never regretted it nor had any single problem with their website.  Deadline to sign up for 2016 WClub is 9 PM Eastern Time on February 16th, 2016


2016 BFC Membership Renewal Open to Current Members…

…and I am honestly conflicted about it.  I went ahead and purchased a membership ( and had difficulties doing it see story below) but I am conflicted as to whether this is something I would really recommend to a new or even seasoned collector at this point. 

©2016 Mattel, Inc.

©2016 Mattel, Inc.

Here is what I am liking about this years club.

1) AA Silkstone in a blue suit looks scrumptious!!  She will be a BFC exclusive so only available to the club.  This may be worth the $25 alone and is perhaps the main reason I signed back up this year.  Mr. Best, you get my vote…your tech department does not.

2)  Soda Shop Barbie ( part of the Willows, WI  line) is ADORABLE.  Love the poodle skirt and love where Bill Greening has taken and seems to be taking this line.  Well done Mr. Greening.

3) The Free gift is a chair!  And it seems to be the same pattern as the gilt chairs in the dioramas we all love so much from BFMC.  But…it’s black and not gold or gilt.  Hmmmmm… see more on this below.

 

Here is what I am not liking about this years club:

1) The chair is black and not gilt or gold.  I mean we can spray paint…no problem … but there is some work involved with that one.  You need to make sure it’s the right gold…and does that white seat cover come off?  Is it cloth or is it plastic?  It’s totally doable…just wish they had sprung the extra buck and had them sprayed gold is all.  I was kind of primed for the gold based on what was said in the promotional video about the articulated silkstone’s.  But…free is free so guess I really can’t complain.  Will take it and say “Thank you!”

2) The free gift doesn’t come until March?  Why the three month delay?  Yes, I say three months because I suspect this puppy won’t be mailed until late March.  Oh and read the fine print people…in order to get said chair, you need to have signed up by 03/31/16.

3) NOT liking the troubles I experienced on the “improved” website.  I had to sign in multiple times to get my account to recognize me as a BFC member and therefore allowed to purchase a membership today.  Once that hurdle was jumped,  I experienced the “waiting room” and once I made it out of the waiting room and had the item in my cart, I attempted to actually pay for my membership.  Here is what I got

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What!!  My response to the screen was “ You have got to be kidding me!  This was supposed to be the “improved system”.  Do you want my business and money or not Mattel?!!

After about 4 minutes, I went back in and was able  to re-enter all my payment info and successfully complete my transaction but for 4 minutes I contemplated whether or not it was worth it.  This BC website is seriously affecting my love of Barbie and my collecting mojo.  I am just not feeling the love from Mattel when stuff like this happens and the more it happens, it makes me question why I am giving my money to them.  I hate to say it but there it is.  Just expressing my concern and sadness.    Oh and the graphic you see above…the nice one with the pictures and explanation of the club…it’s only visible if you sign out of your membership account and are looking at the BC site as a non -member.  What?!!  So members were not able to actually see the free gift chair on the product page when they paid for their membership but people who are thinking about signing up for the first time can see it?  Can someone please, please explain this one to me?!! 

So…here I am….conflicted because I am in essence advertising the Barbie Fan Club and including links in this blog post for people if they are interested and yet…I am really disappointed at how the roll out of this club has played out.  Is this a harbinger for tough times ahead?  Will I continually have problems purchasing?  Will I have to log in and out of the website to see content that I am interested in?  Will I ever be able to search the BC website and find what I am looking for?  I remain hopeful but guarded.  Mattel, are you hearing any of this?

I guess what I will leave potential buyers with is a big fat CAVEAT EMPTOR .

                                       Caveat Emptor – let the buyer beware

If you are a current BFC member, you can sign up for the club now.  If you are a new member, you can start signing up a week from now on 1/19/2016.