Saturday, April 8, 2017

New East 59th Street Collection by Integrity Toys!

Vintage glamour returns. Many of us were missing Victoire, myself included...and I am losing any hope that Katy Keene will come back. This new vintage line designed by Chris Stoeckel is very welcome. The four doll collection has a wonderful backstory around the fashion and marketing world in the Mad Men era 1950s New York. The initial descriptions tell us that Victoire Roux will be joining this line later on. Victoire's story was in the forties so I am assuming we will get a slightly more mature Victoire.  I imagine they will need to do a new sculpt for her to make her work with these wonderful new faces for these ladies. Victoire currently is more stylized...but perhaps with a less stylized facial screening the current mold could work? We shall see. It is all very exciting. It also sounds like there will be a vintage homme coming eventually as well. Yummy. This era makes diversity a challenge but I really hope they add a character of color in this line too...maybe a Broadway actress?

I think the box design is very cool and looks sophisticated. The design of the fashions is wonderfully versatile and encourages play and redressing in a clever way. I just love the whole spirit around these dolls and the direction that Integrity seems to be taking with creating an 'experience' around their dolls with these added bonuses of 'day to night' changeable fashion, detailed accessories, and boxes that serve an additional function for display or play.

I also wonder if they are planning to tie this line into the Industry line...there is a reference to Constance's Markboro print ad still be talked about by "industry insiders" decades later. Perhaps another grandchild or maybe one of these characters kids will be one of the 'older' characters in that line up? Hmmm...


The edition sizes on these are fairly conservative and selling out fairly fast. Get them while you can.


Item # 73001
Luxurious Leisure
Constance Madssen™ Dressed Doll
The East 59th™ Collection
Approximate Ship Date:  
Summer 2017
Edition Size: 400 Dolls Worldwide
Suggested Retail Price: $135.00 US
Head Sculpt: Constance Madssen (New Sculpt!)
Hair Color: Raven
Body Type: EAST 59th 1.0
Foot Sculpt: Traditional High-Heeled Feet
Skin Tone: Cream

Great pieces in this set. Had I not just ordered Cruella, I might have bought this set for that little cigarette holder alone.

Item # 73002
Classic Glamour
Evelyn Weaverton™ Dressed Doll
The East 59th™ Collection
Approximate Ship Date: Summer 2017
Edition Size: 400 Dolls Worldwide
Suggested Retail Price: $135.00 US
Head Sculpt: Evelyn Weaverton™  (New Sculpt!)
Hair Color: Flame Red
Body Type: EAST 59th 1.0
Foot Sculpt: Traditional High-Heeled Feet
Skin Tone: 
FR White

I ordered Classic Glamour Evelyn.  I am wild about that hair color and the sculpt is so fierce!

I will likely take out the giant cinnabun and leave it in a high ponytail..or perhaps let it down completely?  I like the color of the fashion and the lovely capri pants. Collectors are poo pooing the plastic shoes on these dolls. I am a bit ambivalent. I wonder if they can wear the older FR molded shoes too?  I was trying to sell the Point of Departure Eugenia blue suit from the Jet Set Convention gift set...but I am thinking I will keep it for this girl as that periwinkle hue will be gorgeous on this gal and it has a vintage inspired silhouette. Actually it could be a great mix and match set to add in with this grouping of fashions with the bright blue and the periwinkle.


Item # 73003
Glittering Gala
Evelyn Weaverton™ Dressed Doll
The East 59th™ Collection
Approx. Ship Date: Summer 2017
Edition Size: 400 Dolls Worldwide
Suggested Retail Price: $135.00 US
Head Sculpt: Evelyn Weaverton™  (New Sculpt!)
Hair Color: Brunette
Body Type: EAST 59th 1.0
Foot Sculpt: Trad. High-Heeled Feet
Skin Tone: FR White

This one is tempting too...but I am not a ball gown gal. The jewelry is GORGEOUS and I really love the sequin sheath though.

Item # 73004
Captivating Cocktails
Constance Madssen™ Dressed Doll
The East 59th™ Collection
Approximate Ship Date: Summer 2017
Edition Size: 400 Dolls Worldwide
Suggested Retail Price: $135.00 US
Head Sculpt: Constance Madssen™  
Hair Color: Luxe Blond
Body Type: EAST 59th 1.0
Foot Sculpt: Trad. High-Heeled Feet
Skin Tone: Cream

I love this hair color...but was not feeling the facial screening on this one.  I also really like the fashion and that menu is adorbs. So I think I am caving and getting this one too. Perhaps I will like the screening better in the flesh.



Friday, March 31, 2017

IT Convention 2017 and the Year so far in My Doll World: There will be blood...

The bloodletting has begun. Hold your credit card out in sacrifice to the doll overlords. There will be no mercy. You will want them all and do anything to get them. Maybe a little dramatic...? But sometimes doll collecting feels like a high stakes, cut throat death race (*cough* trouble eden ebay prices). It seems like every year I swear that I will cut back only to give in again and get bled dry.

In case you missed it (and if you missed it...then you REALLY missed it), the IT Fashion Fairytales Convention registration went on sale last Sunday.  Much tears and sweat and cursing were had by all who tried (and tried and tried and tried) to register.  The 500 spots sold out in record time and the process was riddled with server errors and time-outs evidently caused by a naughty member using bots or something high tech and jerk-like.  I sadly cannot go this year because the final saturday of the convention is the exact same day as one of my first dress rehearsal (le sigh). Luckily I have a proxy...so I will at least get the goodies.  If you missed out on registration (or just gave up) you should definitely ask to be put on the mailing list as there are often cancellations and IT has even been known to open up a few more spots on occasion. One never knows.

Here we are at the end of March and still no word when this year's Poppy and Fashion Royalty lines will be launched...or if there will be a second Nu Face, a return of Victoire Roux, or even some brand new lines. So far we have had The Industry and a mini Nu Face collection (which technically launched in 2016 right?). It looks as though we might have another DIRE repeat of last year where the collections were announced in summer and arrived at about the EXACT SAME TIME as the convention. I don't think we've seen any of the club exclusive dolls either...oye. Brutal for the wallets of collectors.

I'm hoping to not love much this year as I have already bought more than my share. I picked up Madison from Coven for a steal (so I can have a Madison AND a Chanel Oberlin). I already pre-ordered Liu Liu and Tate from the Industry...but then Happily.com had a crazy good St. patty's sale where I was able to pre-order the Tulabelle for 20% off. In a frenzy...I ordered a second Liu Liu so that I could give Tulabelle the flat feet lower leg option as well. I'm nuts. THEN I scored Trouble Eden in the lottery and of course pre-ordered a Lilith to join her later.  Then in another moment of weakness, I ordered Zipper...I don't even know why??? I think I will sell him nude. I also got lucky and was able to get Defiant Rayna off the waitlist (after passing on her during the pre-order window due to her jacked up face). In the flesh she is fabulous and I am so pleased. She looks great with the other Reckless Girls that I have (Eden, Erin, and Giselle).

So yeah...that is a whole mess of dolls and it is only MARCH. I have been purging though. I try hard to keep my collection down to only one or maybe two sculpts of the same doll (Poppy, Jem, and Jerrica are the exceptions). Some many of the ladies have been kicked off the island to make room. But I am definitely going to need a second Detolf stat.

So...back to the convention news. The theme is both interesting and terrifying. I am hoping it is not a bunch of FR dolls dressed in princess dresses...or maybe I do since I won't actually want them then. I am probably most excited for the Style Lab which will feature the new Industry Dolls instead of Color Infusion. I look forward to getting more fashions and shoes for the Industry gals and I'm hoping they will surprise us with some cool stuff. They have suggested Poppy will appear...which has left people wondering if this will be in Grandma Poppy form?  Who knows. I really want a fashionable Silver Dragon Lady doll for this line. I just pray it is not a bunch of cutesy fairy tale and lolita looking dolls. Not my thing.

They have given us another upgrade option in the form of Tatyana as Cruella. Annoyingly, we only have fashion sketches (which look great though) and so ordering her sight unseen is a bit nerve-wracking. I decided to take a gamble and get her. I don't have a Tatyana yet and the hair seems interesting to me.  I also want the cigarette holder and I am hoping the carrying case is cool. I did not get Sister Moguls and sold the Le Fete Elyse...so maybe this one will be amazing. I hope so as $200 is mighty steep. I doubt I will keep the long black skirt...but I am excited for the fur, the dalmatian shirt, and the red pumps. I plan to make some red high waist pants for this set and maybe something inspired by Cruella on Once Upon a Time.

Item # 91431
Fashionably Ruthless
Tatyana Alexandrova™  Dressed Doll Gift Set
The Fashion Royalty® Collection
2017 Fashion Fairytale Upgrade
Limited Edition Size: TBA



Head Sculpt: Tatyana Alexandrova™ 2.0


Body Type: FR V6.0
Skintone: Porcelain
Hair Color: Platinum with Streak of Raven
Eyelashes: Yes

Monday, March 13, 2017

Reckless Twin Surprise!

W Club just offered a bonus surprise to members that probably resulted in a collective "squee" heard round the world.  We got the chance to enter for the Eden Trouble doll and at only 700...people were considering mad voodoo to ensure that they get her. (I was one of them...I don't have style mantra Eden and I WANTS THIS ONE...MY PRECIOUS!) I ended up with three memberships this year (long story)...so here's hoping one of those memberships will score me this girl.

The surprise was that IT decided to give all members the right to buy Smoke and Mirrors Lillith, created to keep club members that don't win Lillith from rising up in anger. I think I might even like her a bit better...but of course I still want Eden.  I'm tempted to get two because I would like to give her an ombre effect perhaps.

Item # 82074A
Smoke & Mirrors
Lilith™ Dressed Doll
The NU. Face™ Collection
W CLUB EXCLUSIVE
Approximate Ship Date: Late Summer 2017
Limited Edition Size: TBD 
Suggested Retail Price: $140.00
Head Sculpt: Lilith
Body Type: NU. Face 2.0 (With Waist Joint)
Skintone: Cream
Hair Color: Smoky Silver
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied
Quickswitch: No

New Industry Dolls from IT

I'm running a but behind on ye olde blog due to ye olde life.  So here is some old news...

Dave Buttry's Industry line has debuted. I was pretty excited about the line after the super adorbs giftset we got at the 2016 Supermodel Convention.  The initial promises of a variety of ages also had me interested.  The reality was a little lacking for me, mostly because of the blah color palette.  Yes, I know black is always fashionable, but I prefer a bit more color...or at least some pops of color mixed with the funereal blackathon. I guess when I heard a variety of age ranges...I, like most, thought Grace Coddington or Anna Wintour...not a doll in her thirties (gasp....SO OLD). Le sigh.  Hopefully a silver dragon lady is coming later.  For now you can always use the older Coven ladies for your bitchy fashion editor character. I still live in hope that Integrity will add a full figure sculpt to its lineups soon.  And again...where are the AA characters? The makeup artist...totally could have been AA instead of another pasty platinum guy that looks just like three other dolls we got recently.

Item # 88002
Come Thru!
Tulabelle True™ Dressed Doll
The Industry™ 
Approximate Ship Date: Late Spring/Early Summer 2017
Edition Size: 600 Dolls Worldwide
Suggested Retail Price: $125.00 US
Head Sculpt: Tulabelle

Hair Color: Light-Auburn

Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied

Body Type: The Industry 1.0

Foot Sculpt: Traditional High-Heeled Feet
Quick Switch Feature: No 
Skin Tone: Japan

They killed the accessories in this line.  I love this new chunky jewelry and the clutch wallet purse is so cute. And the coffee mug!!! Squeee. This hair is fun too and a nice color. However, I already have the You Better Werk Tulabelle...so in the vain hope of keeping my collection a manageable size, I really try not to repeat sculpts/characters. Currently the blonde Tula is winning for me.  I might try to get this outfit later as I think the individual pieces are really cute...I just wish there was more color.  Like those tights could have been blue...or the boots.


Item # 88003
Style Savior
Liu Liu Ling™ Dressed Doll
The Industry™ 
Approximate Ship Date: Late Spring/Early Summer 2017
Edition Size: 600 Dolls Worldwide
Suggested Retail Price: $125.00 US
Head Sculpt: Liu Liu Ling (New Sculpt!)
Hair Color: Pale Pink
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied
Body Type: The Industry 1.0
Foot Sculpt: Flat (Articulated at the Ankles)
Quick Switch Feature: No 
Skin Tone: FR White
Yeah, I preordered this one.  I think she is adorable.  I like the big coat too and the little bag. The dress is okay...again, I think some festive colored tights would have helped this one along...or at least put a color lining in the coat. I love the hairstyle and color.  I think she needs a bit more eye liner to pull this look off though and I will likely add some more.  I also think I might give her some tattoos. I'm excited for the switchable lower legs. I hope shoe packs happen soon!

There was MUCH whining about this sculpt and faceup being too "playline" (referring to Miss Babs). I will wait to reserve judgment in person.  I think she's sweet but I would have liked a bit more attitude. But usually these dolls look way better in person. I also welcome some more sweetness in some of the sculpts because a bunch of Agnes "I'll Cut You" Von Weiss would get boring (and dangerous...cuz she will cut you).

Item # 88004
Zine Queen
Binx Barone™ Dressed Doll
The Industry™ 
Approximate Ship Date: Late Spring/Early Summer 2017
Edition Size: 600 Dolls Worldwide
Suggested Retail Price: $125.00 US
Head Sculpt: Binx Barone (New Sculpt!)
Hair Color: Brunette
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied
Body Type: The Industry 1.0
Foot Sculpt: Traditional High-Heeled Feet
Quick Switch Feature: No 
Skin Tone: New Hispanic

I like the blue here in the coat and socks.  Someone suggested that the dress would have been cool in white.  I agree. Fun ipad and glasses...but not enough to tempt me at the moment.

Item # 88005
Believe the Hype
Tate Tanaka™ Fashion Figure
The Industry™ 
Approximate Ship Date: Late Spring/Early Summer 2017
Edition Size: 600 Fashion Figures Worldwide
Suggested Retail Price: $125.00 US
Head Sculpt: Tate Tanaka (New Sculpt!)
Hair Color: Raven
Eyelashes: No
Body Type: Homme 1.5
Foot Sculpt: Homme
Quick Switch Feature: No 
Skin Tone: Japan

Ordered!  I love the coat and bag.  He has a nice sculpt too. I like how the worked in backstory from the Poppy Parker line to make a connection between past and present for these characters.


Item # 88006
Beauty Boss
Cabot Clark™ Fashion Figure
The Industry™ 
Approximate Ship Date: Late Spring/Early Summer 2017
Edition Size: 600 Fashion Figures Worldwide
Suggested Retail Price: $125.00 US
Head Sculpt: Cabot Clark (New Sculpt!)
Hair Color: Platinum
Eyelashes: No
Body Type: Homme 1.5
Foot Sculpt: Homme
Quick Switch Feature: No 
Skin Tone: FR White

So I thought I was going to get this just for the makeup case...but then I found an even better case and amazing mini makeup made by Re-Ment so I skipped Cabot and ordered those instead. He looks too much like the Director's Cut Ace McFly from the Cinematic convention...plus I still have the platinum hair Turn It Up Callum from last year.


Monday, February 13, 2017

Poppin' Tags: Up-cycling Your Tiny Couture! Use Thrift Store Finds for Doll and Human Projects! Part One

Fabric ain't cheap y'all.  Even though you don't need a whole lot to make Babs a new gown...I half a yard of silk is going to set you back around $10 bucks at most fabric stores (assuming you are lucky to live near a store that carries silk)...plus you still need lining, thread, and closures...oh and beads...etc. For that same $10 you can often get a WHOLE DRESS with way more yardage and re-usable bits at a thrift store! It's a concept known as up-cycling...all the hip kids are doing it. It is good for the world and your wallet.  Take someone's sad nineties bridesmaid dress and make it into something cool...or make it into many cool somethings and sell them...or wash your car with it...whatever the case, these things don't need to end up in a land fill.  Make do and up-cycle!




Here are some tips for shopping:
  1. Learn how to read labels for fiber content.  Learn names of fibers (i.e. Viscose is another name for rayon.  Elastane is the same as spandex. Cotton is well...cotton.)
  2. Look past the design of the garment itself and focus on the materials. Yes that 80's business lady blazer might be HIDEOUS with those wacky lapels and shoulder pads...but the wool is a great color and it has some amazing lace on it. 
  3. Don't ignore the trims and linings. Heck I have bought a whole sweater just to "scalp" it for the buttons. Great buttons can be up to four dollars PER BUTTON. Buying a five dollar blazer for the six rhinestone buttons on it will save you money. You can always take the buttons off then donate the blazer back to the store if you have no better use for it. Generally, the clothes not sold on the floor are repackaged and sold as bulk fabric to be used to make things like rugs and all kinds of random stuff. 
  4. Always a bridesmaid...check the fancy/specialty dress section. A fancy dress will usually cost a bit more at the thrift store than regular apparel but generally it has more fabric in the garment, a higher quality fabric, plus linings, and structural elements that can be reused (bonings, crinolines, hooks and eyes, zippers).  There is often beading, laces, and trims that can work well on a small scale and is very expensive at fabric stores. A late 80's Princess Diana poof-tacular wedding gown of silk might cost something like $50 at a thrift store.  If you can confirm that it is silk (check the tag or learn to spot silk fibers...) than you have just netted at least four yards of silk that generally retails for at least $20/yard along with lining, tulle or crinoline, lots of little covered buttons, beaded lace (which can cost like $70/yard for the nice stuff), ribbon hanging loops...all sorts of re-usable goodness.  The silk can be dyed to whatever color you would like. White lining is oh so useful in all doll garments to prevent staining..and if you have ever had to cover your own tiny buttons then you know how valuable those things can be (I would rather clean grout with my own toothbrush than make tiny covered buttons for the back of a wedding dress...the worst).
  5. Look in the kids and baby section for small scale prints perfect for doll clothes.  The prints on children's clothing tend to be a smaller scale (especially babies). I have had great luck finding tiny prints in the kid department.
  6. The bigger the size...the better the deal.  A larger size means more yardage for the same price. An XXL leopard print silk blouse for $4 will get you nearly three yards (pieces obviously) of fabric!
  7. Spandex and stretch knit are pricey and good prints are hard to find in the fabric store. Old swimsuits and workout wear are a great way to get some cool prints and nice quality performance knits for the dolls. 
  8. A thrift store gives you so many more options for materials than your local Jo-Ann or Hobby Lobby.  Assume that most fabric stores have materials chosen by a small group of corporate buyers. The selection from store to store is fairly uniform. At a thrift store, you will get donations from ALL kinds of folks and all walks of life. I have found vintage lace gowns, amazing hand embroidered silk saris (a sari is nearly six yards of fabric...for like $6...crazy talk), cheeky prints from the 80s, and nearly every color imaginable in every fiber available all in one humble Goodwill. 
  9. Check for stains and smells. Small spots or holes you can deal with and work around...big stains and holes make it trickier.  If it is a natural fiber you might be able to get it out with a wash or a dry-clean. Greasy stains rarely want to come out of synthetic garments. Also look for signs of recent (or current!!!!YIKES!) infestations from things like moths and other evil bugs.  (I got a WICKED spider bite from a critter at the thrift store. I was hoping for mutant costume thrifting powers...but alas, I only got swelling and itchiness and the major wiggins). You can't do much with a moth eaten wool garment. Strong smells in garments can usually be killed with a wash or dry-cleaning...but as a rule I usually avoid buying anything that smells really bad and wash everything that I can wash when I get home.  If the fabric is killer but the garment has strong B.O. you can try a Dryel treatment at home. Also, vodka is a champ at killing odor in garments. It is also a champ in your orange juice. Just saying.
  10. Check the crafts section of the store (if they have one).  I regularly found giant bags of notions, threads, trims, and fabric yardage at my local Unique Thrift in Chicago for like $3 a big bag. 
  11. Check the toys section and the "special merchandise sections"...you never know when you might find a vintage Blythe just shoved in a corner.  It could happen!  I once scored a huge bag of NRFB Ashton Drake Gene fashions plus a Gene doll for $20!  
  12. Check accessories...ties and scarves can be a great source for nice silk prints.  I got a legit Hermes scarf at the thrift store...I nearly pooped my drawers when I found it. I assume that some fashionable granny kicked it and her idiot son just hauled everything she owned to the goodwill and sad farewell. I did not cut the scarf up obviously.  I wear it. 
  13. Check for store discounts and sales.  Unique Thrift stores in Chicago have half price days regularly. Some Salvation Army stores do sales around holidays. Savers stores and some Goodwill's have frequent buyer rewards programs or punch cards. 

My next post will talk about tips for using thrift store finds to create doll fashions.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

New Custom Jem & Misfits Fashions on my Etsy Store!

I churned through a bunch of outfits this weekend and got the photos uploaded.  Check them out!
 https://www.etsy.com/shop/copioussparetime?ref=hdr_shop_menu











Tuesday, January 31, 2017

My first custom Blythe...Rosie Gold


Well I did it.  I did some sculpting on the face using an exacto and a battery sander/dremel type tool...mostly in the lip and nose region.  I did some festive eyelids and altered her so that she has sleep eyes. I did fairly simple face shading and added some subtle freckles. She has rose gold lips. I use watercolor pencils, soft pastels, and acrylic paint then sealed everything with Testors dulcotte (the lazy man's Mister Superclear).


I made fun new pull strings with some cording, beads, and charms that I had (including a vintage owl earring). I also did all new custom eye chips that I either hand painted or made with paper and fabric and glitter. The glitter eyes could be better and I will definitely redo them.  The glue did not dry as clear as I had hoped so the glitter is a bit cloudy.  I dressed her in some random barbie clothes.  I have not finished any sewing projects for her yet.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

2017 Integrity W Club Details Revealed

Well, the best laid plans...I had high hopes of being strong and resisting.  But I just caved and ordered them all.  I don't even like most of them. Oye.  Clearly it is some sort of illness.  I can't be trusted.  More thoughts below...

The Basic Info from the W Club:

We have one membership level to cover the entire Club and new this year, we have four "upgrade" options to choose from-- three upgrade dolls and one diorama! The upgrade options include the Riviera Drama Agnes Von Weiss™ Fashion Royalty® upgrade doll (as voted on by 2016 W Club members!), the Popster! Poppy Parker™ upgrade doll, the Majesty Giselle Diefendorf™ NU. Face™ upgrade doll and the new 2017 POPUP! exclusive diorama playset!
And as an extra-special perk for 2017, if you purchase all three upgrade dolls with one membership, you’ll get the new 2017 POPUP! exclusive diorama playset for FREE!! This virtually covers the price of your base membership!
In addition to the upgrades that you can purchase now, during the Club year, every W Club member will also have the guaranteed ability to purchase at least FIVE different Club-only exclusive dolls including two (2) Fashion Royalty dolls (which may include NU. Face), two (2) Poppy Parker dolls, and one (1) additional exclusive doll throughout the Club year.


Riviera Drama

Agnes Von Weiss™ Dressed Doll

The Fashion Royalty® Collection
2017 W Club Upgrade Doll
Approximate Ship Date: Summer 2017
Edition Size: TBA 

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...the club did a new thing and provided a poll for 2016 members to choose one of the upgrade dolls for 2017.  We had the option to decide between skin tones and sculpts (Vanessa 1.0, Jordan, and Queen B Aggie). And then we got another choice on hairstyle and fashion. Sadly, none of my preferences made it to the final round.  Se la vie. While this was a neat idea, we are being asked to blindly throw money at a super vague fashion sketch. My first instinct was...meh. But then I remembered that this Agnes will have the new "EXPLOSIVE" body with no waist joint (which was totally worthless in terms of posing), better knees, and the ability to pop out the lower leg to do flat feet later one. So I thought I would get her for the body for one of my Elyse gals at the very least. Then if Agnes turns out hideous...I can sell the head and fashion. People seem to be excited about Raven Agnes. I've owned two (Helper Raven Agnes & the club giftset one...) and sold them both. I wanted an A-Tone Jordan myself. The "Riviera" theme could be fun. We have not had a resort collection in a while (not since the Tropicalia convention really). I am hoping for color: both in the fashion AND the ladies. 


Item #PP112
Popster!
Poppy Parker Dressed Doll
2017 Club Upgrade Doll
The Swinging London Collection
Approx. Ship Date: Summer 2017
Edition Size: TBA

Doll Tech Specs:
Head Sculpt: Poppy Parker
Hair Color: Warm Brown
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied
Body Type: PP 1.5
Foot Sculpt: Original Poppy Feet
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: FR White


I have high hopes for Swinging London. This one, though cute, does nothing for me. I am hoping for more boho or at least more funky.  Someone will want her though.  It is a pretty hair color and will redress nicely for those who like their Poppy modern. Again, this one will have the new Poppy 1.5 body with remove-able lower leg and feet. So she will likely get body swapped and resold.



Item #82069
Majesty
Giselle Diefendorf™ Dressed Doll
The NU. Face Collection
2017 Club Upgrade Doll
Approx. Ship Date: Summer 2017
Edition Size: TBA

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


LOVE THIS LOOK!!! I am less inspired by the doll herself.  I already have a brunette AKA Gigi so I think this gal will get body swapped and tossed out nekkid to fend for herself on the dolly for sale market. The fashion is very sweet and exactly that bohemian look that I have been craving.  I want to add a dash of color though...maybe a shawl or something? Or long beaded necklace? The accessories are KILLER!  Those shoes!  That purse! That bracelet.  OMG.


Item #15076
POPUP!
Diorama Playset
2017 Club Upgrade Diorama
Approximate Ship Date: Summer 2017
Edition Size: TBA

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


So this comes as a bonus gift if you ordered all three upgrade dolls. I thought why not? It could be cool? It is made so that it will safely fit inside of an Ikea Detolf cabinet.  Again, we are being asked to plunk down $49 bucks on a mock up image. That could go sideways in a hurry. Fingers crossed that it comes out cool.  I keep hoping for a nifty Poppy trunk box a la the Jem Backstagers.

There seems to be no promise of Jem Club dolls...only priority purchase window for club members. There are four coming (which may or may not included the 'completer pack' that has been discussed).  The license ends in 2017. It has been a good run. As far as I am concerned, I'm interested in updated Holograms and another Roxy maybe. And one final awesome Jem giftset with Synergy.  That's my dream. 

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Farewell 2016- A Genuine Molded Plastic Round Up.

Well. 2016 was not my favorite year. A lot of that was politics related. I finished my first year of my new job (which is great) but we are still not wild about Charlotte or the state of North Carolina. As is often the case when one is not completely happy, one compensates in other ways. To say that I indulged in plastic divas this year would be an understatement...I like to think it was no worse than previous years, but I know that is not the case.  However, I did purge at least a quarter of my collection before we moved here in the fall of 2015.  I then sold a good chunk of my Tonner collection too. I have a spreadsheet listing all my doll holdings and the number is relatively steady with outgoing dolls matching incoming for the most part. Of course, based on my financial realities, I should have sold everything and cut up my credit cards.  Best of intentions right? Maybe I will be better (stronger) in 2017? It could happen. Stop judging me.

Here's What Was Good...

Poppy Parker Bon Bon Collection...
Such a great line of gorgeous dolls. The best part was the mix and match potential across some of the outfits and the added value little accessories that help sell her delightful story line.  Oh La La was my favorite.  I also purchased Tres Bon Chic and Springtime Paris to get the outfits and that doggie. I regret not getting Bon Jour Poppy. I hope I can find the outfit later.

Anika Luxotica-Cyborg Dasha...
OMG I love this doll and everything about her.  I really hope we see more edgy non-traditional dolls like this from IT. She inspired me to do a bunch of sewing and I bought a great outfit for her from Culte De Paris. I keep hoping they will do a male cyborg now.




Grail Doll Acquired..
I finally got my grubby mitts on It Girl Poppy. Huzzah! She is so fierce! I would love to see Poppy dolls with the 'exploding body' thing like on the recent FR and the new Tulabelle Industry dolls. Poppy's hideous ankle joint could be replaced with a high heel leg like It Girl and a flat foot one as well.

More Copious Spare Time...
One of the marvelous perks of my new gig is a reasonable amount of personal time to pursue my hobbies. So I have been sewing like the wind. I started my Etsy Store and was able to have a nice table of goods at the Integrity Convention to basically cover the costs of my attendance. I have even had time to do quilting again.  More on that in a later post.

Body Equality for ALL!...
Mattel added three new body types to its play line dolls: tall, petite, and curvy. I got myself the cute little pink haired plump gal. I am also hoping to get the Harlem Madam Lavinia doll to make a Queenie custom for my Coven Doll Collection. This doll features the curvy body with articulation. I am hoping that they release some more Curvy articulated dolls.  I would like to make myself a Mini-Me doll.

Hey...I Bought a Barbie...more like four Barbies...
You heard me. I was wooed back.  First came the curvy girl...and then I could not resist the adorable Charlotte Olympia set for the fun accessories and fashion. The lack of articulation makes me nuts though. I need to see if a Made to Move doll body will work for her or maybe I will get Park Pretty to body swap and also because the yorky and latte cup are cute. Then I purchased an Anna Sui doll via eBay and an old Todd Oldham doll for the fashion.  Its a slippery slope yall. And the final Barbie splurge was for the Silkstone Kitty Corner Francie. She is beyond cute. I always loved Francie.  I also justified the purchase so that I would have a vintage body style to use as a model for my etsy store. Again, the lack of articulation is totally annoying but I heard that the new articulated Silkstones were not the best so I guess I am stuck.

2016 Integrity Supermodel Convention
Lots of fun. I got to spend quality time with my mom, who I dragged to the convention. I met lots of new people this year and had a swell time. I was very pleased with the Color Infusion Style Lab fashions and Jaeme Costas was a knockout. Tobias was another winner. The Poppy dolls were gorgeous and I was so happy to add Just My Style Poppy to my Poppy Posse.  I adored the Tulabelle gift set and the pop art color. Glamazon Adele was stunning. I also still have Cover Girl Vero hanging around and she is growing on me. I think Check Me Out Colette is going to be my Quinn for my custom Scandal dolls. I also had a wonderful time room shopping and indulged more than I should have...but all in good fun right. I am really hoping the timing works out for me to attend again in 2017.  A lot of it depends on when the plays open at the university and I am waiting eagerly to get the final schedule.

What Was Not So Good

Sticker-gate!
Oye...what a mess. IT messed up on this one. Using decals for the eyes without telling buyers a head of time was not the best move.  When the truth came out (or was rather uncovered by a collector who found a decal eye stuck in a doll's hair), I think it could have been handled better. The company response was a bit condescending initially....especially since the end results of the "new water slide decal technology" were so mixed. I think it really soured many collectors on the company in a way that could have been avoided.

Out With a Whimper...
Tonner as we know it is no more.  Frankly, their product has not been up to par or even remotely interesting to me for some time.  I grew tired of Ellowyne's frills and the bland Tyler fashions.  I believe I only purchased two new Tonner items this year: the Harley Garage outfit and a blonde basic De De Denton to be my Power Girl doll (I had the outfit but was lacking a big athletic doll for it). I also picked up an old outfit: the super adorable Girl Friday fashion.  But yeah, I don't understand the recent company memo that came out announcing the new Phynn & Arrow name with a total lack of information about what they will actually be doing. Evidently, they will still be doing the licensed dolls.  I assume that means we will still be getting more DC Stars, Wizard of Oz, and Gone with the Wind dolls and eventually we will see the promised Outlander and Empire lines. I guess we have to be patient and hope that something cool will come out if it. The doll world could really use a shake up and it seems to me that technology such as 3-D scanning and printing would help it along. But what do I know.  Tonner had some amazing innovations during its long run and there is no doubt that Mr. Tonner is a great sculptor.

Jem Trunk Sets...or why I should wait before I buy...
Don't get me wrong. I loved these Backstager sets and totally bought them. What was not so good is that they all went on sale for like $40 less about three months later. Brutal. It kind of made me never want to order anything full price from the Jem line ever again. Of course, then I turned around and bought the Stormer with the bonus outfit...but yeah.  It is a sickness.  I decided to pass on the rest and hope they go on sale later or end up as a salesroom deal at the 2017 Convention.

Woeful Lack of Diversity in the Mainline IT Collections
When Mattel is showing you up...you got a problem. Adele, Jordan, Annik, Dominique, Isha, etc...all MIA. I think we only had one Kyori and the recent Nu Face Reckless Nadja in regular lines and the WONDERFUL Marie Laveau in the Coven line. There were also two FR16 gals and Dree Hill and Tenzin in the Color Infusion music capsule collection. Maybe there was a pasty Natalia too. The numbers were in the single digits to be sure. It was wildly disappointing to many collectors.

Where are the ladies?
Can you not find one female designer IT? Even if she is just a guest designer on occasion...

No Misty or Cordelia???
The long overdue and anticipated Coven line was finally announced.  Huzzah!  But wait....WHAT??? No Misty Day or Cordelia???? Crazy talk. Fingers crossed that they held these two fan favorites to be the anchors on a second wave of dolls. Though I speculate that they may have lost sales BECAUSE people did not want to buy the first wave and risk not getting Misty and Cordelia.  But I could be wrong. I am not taking my chances and I have already acquired dolls to just make my own versions in case IT does not make official versions.  Yeah...all in my copious spare time right?

To the FUTURE!!!!

To No Longer Being a Completionist!
I gotta say, it is such a relief to not HAVE to buy everything. Of course no one is forcing me, but for awhile I had every IT Jem offering.  Once I was able to let go of a doll I did not like...I was able to let go of several others and pass on some new ones as well. Only get what you love...only keep what you love...if you stop loving it, let it go.

Swingin' London Poppy Collection...
Mod Poppy is always welcome.  If the two dolls from the 2016 Convention (Kicks and Big Eyes) are any indication, this will be a highly desirable lineup. Since I have both Big Eyes and Kicks, I am not so sure how much room I have to add more dolls.  I'd love more outfits though. I would be interested in a friend doll if the promised Ginger is a winner. I'm hoping for some bohemian retro Biba looks and maybe some Poppy girls with streaks or highlighted hair?

IT Designer Jessy Ayala
I cannot wait to get those Nu Face Reckless dolls in hand. Jessy is promising to be a really exciting new designer in the company bringing a youthful edge to his work.

2017 Fashion Fairytale IT Convention
Oh I hope I can go. The theme promises to be super fun and I am dying to go to Harry Potter world. Plus flights to Orlando are usually cheap. Right after I got home from this last convention, I set up an online savings account with capital one that automatically withdraws a little from each check...so that I will have no choice but to have a stash of money saved in advance of the convention and then will have a budget to stick with to avoid the 'convention mania' (that madness that takes over and makes you buy everything even though you don't really like it or need it).

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Down the Blythe Rabbit Hole...

A couple of years ago I bought Nikki Lad Blythe.  She was an adorable tom boy doll.  Then I was getting married...so I sold a TON of stuff so that we wouldn't be one of those idiot couples that end up in a bunch a debt from their wedding (no I would rather be an idiot doll collector in a bunch of debt from these genuine plastic divas demanding I purchase them all the damn time).  I sold her and did not look back....

Until I did. And here we are kids...I just got my first 'factory blythe'...meaning she is like an off brand Blythe un-officially cobbled together from official parts. I have been watching customization videos like crazy on ye olde you tube.  I got her last week and have already taken her a part, sanded her face, and used a dremel and files to give her lips and nose a new shape.  I have ordered the most freaking adorable pair of little pink nike sneakers for her and have been sewing up a storm. I am going with a rose gold glam look for her makeup and she will be like a glamorous rosey pink version of Luna Lovegoode.