Sunday, July 10, 2016

IFDC 2016 Integrity Toys convention dolls: Agent 355 - Mission Lovejoy

The International Fashion Doll Convention 2016 - or IFDC as most people know it - took place this weekend in Las Vegas, with a spy/James Bond theme. Integrity Toys, which created the convention dolls once again, did an incredible job and brought to us some great dolls - one of which is almost perfection. Alain Trembley styled all three of these winners and boy, did he do an amazing job. I love the fact that instead of a male spy saving the woman scientist, it is  the other way around, plus the villain of the story is a woman too. These were all available for convention attendees but W Club members also get the privilege to enter a lottery for a limited number of them, so if you are a member, check your email right now! 

Item # 75020
Anja™ as Agent 355
IFDC 2016 IT Direct Exclusive Dressed Doll
Approximate Ship Date: After Winners' Payments are Received
Limited Edition Size: 500 Dolls Worldwide
Suggested Retail Price: $150.00
IFDC / IT Direct Exclusive
 

Doll Tech Specs: 
Body Type: FR2013
Head Sculpt: Anja™
Quick Switch Feature: No 
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Brunette
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied


Anja™ is wearing a sequined tuxedo and high-heels, but her ensemble also includes a gun, a camera, a map, a picture of the mysterious Professor Young and a mission brief. Anja™ is a fully articulated 12.5-inch doll with fully rooted hair and hand-applied eyelashes. For adult collectors ages 15 and up only. This doll cannot stand alone; a doll stand is included. The rope shown is just a prop and is not included with the doll.


Even though many collectors adore the micro-sequined suit, I cannot bring myself to like it. I do understand though that another simple one would be too much, since we have got one in almost every convention collection these past years. The doll's make up looks fantastic and I love that she's wearing a choker, a very of the moment detail. She could be starring in any 70s Bond film as an equal partner to Roger Moore. The camera and map in scale are amazing.

Item # 75019
Marius Lancaster™ as Professor Young
IFDC 2016 Exclusive Companion Fashion Figure
Approximate Ship Date: After Winners' Payments are Received
Limited Edition Size: 500 Dolls Worldwide
Suggested Retail Price: $150.00
 

Doll Tech Specs: 
Body Type: FR: Homme
Head Sculpt: Marius Lancaster™ (Brand New Sculpt!)
Quick Switch Feature: No 
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Blond
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied


Marius Lancaster as Professor Young is a brand new character making his debut in the family of Integrity Toys male figures and comes dressed in a classical, slightly geeky look, complete with red silk tie, handkerchief, argyle socks and oxford shoes, black reading glasses and a watch. He comes with his half of the formula of the love potion that he invented and a set of colored test tubes in a rack, a never seen before accessory created just for this set. Marius Lancaster is a fully articulated 12.5-inch fashion figure with fully rooted hair. For adult collectors ages 15 and up only. This doll cannot stand alone; a doll stand is included.


I can see that the huge wide head trend in Hommes is continuing and this worries me about the main line. If they decide to make new faces for the new Hommes to be unveiled in the near future, and they have this huge wide head, I will not be buying them other than for body replacements. Other than that, the rest of the doll is amazing - great outfit and lovely, detailed accessories. The shoes and socks are TDF.

Item # 75018
Dasha™ as Anika Luxottica
IFDC 2016 Exclusive Convention Dressed Doll
Approximate Ship Date: After Winners' Payments are Received
Limited Edition Size: 500 Dolls Worldwide
Suggested Retail Price: $175.00


Doll Tech Specs: 
Body Type: FR2013™ (Includes two sets of limbs, transparent and solid).
Head Sculpt: Dasha™
Quick Switch Feature: No 
Skin Tone: Cream
Hair Color: Silver
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied


Dasha™ is dressed in a futuristic lab gown and techno heels, and comes complete with two full sets of limbs that can be switched at will and her half of the mysterious love potion. One set of the limbs is semi-transparent and robotic, as she is supposedly an "enhanced" human in the spy scenario. Dasha™ is a fully articulated 12.5-inch doll with fully rooted hair and hand applied eyelashes. For adult collectors ages 15 and up only. This doll cannot stand alone; a doll stand is included. Test tube not included.


I love this doll. Everything is perfection about her, from the hair and make up to the dress and shoes to the transparent set of limbs. I am entering the lottery for her and hope I win - I have never won an IFDC doll in a lottery before. Keeping fingers crossed.


The dolls pictured in this release are prototypes. Final fabrics, colors and textures may vary slightly. All photos and information contained herein is copyrighted Integrity Toys, Inc. and Intercap Merchant Partners, LLC 2016 and may not be reprinted or disseminated without express written permission. Agent 355 and related characters are trademarks of Integrity Toys, Inc. ©2016 All rights reserved. All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. Graphics and Layouts by Alain Tremblay Marketing. Photography by Alain Tremblay.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

V.JOHN releases his first doll - Devoted Affair Molly Hayward

Most fashion doll collectors are already familiar with the name V.JOHN - they snap up his limited edition fashions for their dolls the moment they become available. Now he has designed his very own resin doll, named Molly Hayward and she is a limited edition of 20, available on his website. She is a beautiful doll with a distinct personality and a mixed Asian/American style. I love that he picked copper/auburn hair for his first doll. She looks good posing too.


Devoted Affair - Molly Hayward
$550 / preorder deposit $300
Skintone_Regular Caucasian
Body: 20 Joints
Material: Japan Resin


Hair: Copper auburn centre parted handmade cap wig.
Light brown eye brow
Light Grey handmade glass eyes
Rose and berry lips
Grey fly up eye shadow blended with peach tone shadow


Fashion :
Black lace lingerie knee long dress
Gold and crystal earrings
Black and white horse fur effect drop shoulder coat
Python effect high platform ankle buckled heels
Wooden base doll stand


Dimensions:
Head circumference 12cm
Chest 160mm
Waist 110 mm
Hips 175 mm
Height 415 mm
Foot length 50 mm
Foot width 17 mm
Glass Eyes 8 mm


All photos and information ©  V.JHON DOLL DESIGN  ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

She-Ra exclusive SDCC Mattel doll - with a stolen design for her sword

It has been a few days since images of the exclusive San Diego ComicCon exclusive She-Ra doll from Mattel surfaced on-line, first in USA-Today and later in various websites and forums. She looks impressive and has a new body design that is somewhere between the Made-to-Move bodies and a superhero sculpt. She will retail for $75 and of course you can only get it if you visit ComicCon.


She has different outfits and accessories that are interchangeable, offering a variety of looks.


Some more photos:









The thing is that Mattel (or more precisely, the designer working for Mattel who did this doll) has copied the gold sword from a professional Greek comic artist, Yannis Rubus Rubulias, who had done a fan-art depiction of She-Ra back in 2011.


See what they did?


The resemblance is uncanny. It is not the first time we see this kind of copying in the doll world but a major company doing it is the icing on the cake. Whoever designed the doll should have contacted Yannis to ask for permission and copyright. What do you think?

All doll photos are by Mattel, art by Yannis Rubus Rubulias

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Integrity Toys 2016 unveil: Jem And The Holograms On-Stage Collection

The third line unveiled this month from Integrity Toys is Jem And The Holograms On-Stage collection. All dolls are sold directly from Integrity Toys; one is ready to ship now while three more are available to pre-order now. I liked Riot a lot but he should have had a guitar (or whatever instrument he plays) with him to complete the look. If you're doing a gift set, do it properly. And the price surely can cover that. All the dolls will have special packaging/carry case that turns into a dressing room with wardrobe, make up table and acrylic stool. Also, if W Club members pre-order all four dolls together, they get $25 off.

Item # 14058
Rock 'N Roll Royalty
RIOT LLEWELYN™
Dressed Fashion Figure Gift Set
The JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS™ Collection
Approximate Ship Date: In-Stock, Ships Immediately
Limited Edition Size: 500 Dolls Worldwide
Suggested Retail Price: $150.00 - available for purchase through IT Direct now


Doll Tech Specs: 
Body Type: FR HOMME™ 
Head Sculpt: RIOT 
Quick Switch Feature: No 
Skin Tone: Hungarian
Hair Colour: Glam Rock Blond 
Eyelashes: No


RIOT LLEWELYN™ is dressed in a military-inspired stage look or a new romantic look. This ultra-limited edition fashion figure is offered in a gift set package that turns into RIOT's private dressing room, complete with neon yellow acrylic stool, a fold down dressing table, hangers and a closet to store his priceless costumes and stage gear. RIOT LLEWELYN™ is a fully articulated 12.5-inch fashion figure with fully rooted hair. For adult collectors ages 15 and up only. This doll cannot stand alone; a doll stand is included.


I love the complete set and would probably buy it if it included his guitar as well - without it it feels incomplete. The outfit is gorgeous and could be of use with some of the ladies too with the proper mix and match.


Item # 14068
The Bands Breakup
Mary "STORMER" Phillips™
Dressed Fashion Doll Gift Set
The JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS™ Collection
Approximate Ship Date: Late Summer 2016
Limited Edition Size: 500 Dolls Worldwide
Suggested Retail Price: $150.00 - available for pre-order through IT Direct.


Doll Tech Specs: 
Body Type: JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS™
Head Sculpt: Mary "STORMER" Phillips™ 
Quick Switch Feature: No 
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Colour: Electric Blue
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied


Mary "STORMER" Phillips™ has two different stage looks, based on some of the looks she wore in the episode "The Bands Breakup" from the hit 80's TV series JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS™. This ultra-limited edition doll is offered in a gift set package that turns into STORMER's private dressing room, complete with neon pink acrylic stool, a fold down dressing table, hangers and a closet to store her wild costumes and stage gear. Mary "STORMER" Phillips™ is a fully articulated 12.5-inch doll with fully rooted hair and hand applied eyelashes. For adult collectors ages 15 and up only. This doll cannot stand alone; a doll stand is included.


Item # 14067
The Bands Breakup
KIMBER BENTON™ 
Dressed Fashion Doll Gift Set
The JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS™ Collection
Approximate Ship Date: Late June/Early July 2016
Limited Edition Size: 500 Dolls Worldwide
Suggested Retail Price: $150.00 - available for pre-order through IT Direct.


Doll Tech Specs: 
Body Type: JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS™
Head Sculpt: KIMBER BENTON™ 
Quick Switch Feature: YES 
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Colours: Hot Pink (Good Kimber) / Fire Orange (Bad Kimber)
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied


KIMBER BENTON™ has two stage looks, one based on the look she wore in the episode "The Bands Breakup" and the other on the "Bad Kimber" look from the episode "Scandal" from the hit 80's TV series JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS™. Using the Quickswitch system, you can turn your doll into either look using the two heads supplied. This ultra-limited edition doll is offered in a gift set package that turns into KIMBER's private dressing room, complete with neon yellow acrylic stool, a fold down dressing table, hangers and a closet to store her wild costumes and stage gear. KIMBER BENTON™ is a fully articulated 12.5-inch doll with fully rooted hair and hand applied eyelashes. For adult collectors ages 15 and up only. This doll cannot stand alone; a doll stand is included.


Item # 14078
Designing Woman
Phyllis "PIZZAZZ" Gabor™
Dressed Fashion Doll Gift Set
The JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS™ Collection
Approximate Ship Date: Late June/Early July 2016
Limited Edition Size: 500 Dolls Worldwide
Suggested Retail Price: $150.00 available for pre-order through IT Direct.


Doll Tech Specs: 
Body Type: JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS™ 
Head Sculpt: Phyllis "PIZZAZZ" Gabor™
Quick Switch Feature: YES 
Skin Tone: Japan
Hair Color: 80's Chartreuse (Both Heads)
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied


Phyllis "PIZZAZZ" Gabor™ has two looks from the hit 80's TV series, two different switchable heads that sport a hair color reminiscent of the original 80's PIZZAZZ doll by HASBRO. To mix things up, while the makeup on one head was inspired by the original 80's doll, the second head was inspired by a never produced prototype doll. This ultra-limited edition doll is offered in a gift set package that turns into PIZZAZZ's private dressing room, complete with neon pink acrylic stool, a fold down dressing table, hangers and a closet to store her electrifying costumes and stage gear. Phyllis "PIZZAZZ" Gabor™ is a fully articulated 12.5-inch doll with fully rooted hair and hand applied eyelashes. For adult collectors ages 15 and up only. This doll cannot stand alone; a doll stand is included.


The dolls pictured in this release are prototypes. Please note that final fabrics, colors and textures may vary slightly. All photos and information contained herein is copyrighted Integrity Toys, Inc. and Intercap Merchant Partners, LLC 2016 and may not be reprinted or disseminated without express written permission. HASBRO and its logo, JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS, and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro and are used with permission. ©2016 HASBRO. All rights reserved. Graphics and Layouts by Alain Tremblay Marketing. Photography by Alain Tremblay

Integrity Toys 2016 unveil: The Industry

The Industry is a much anticipated new line from Integrity Toys - Tulabelle goes 12". There were many collectors who loved the Tulabelle line but were afraid to venture into the 16" doll world. So now there is a line that transfers the audacious Tulabelle style into 12". There was only one doll unveiled, which looks like testing the waters to me. She is probably sold out from pre-orders in the official dealers right now but if you want one, contact them pronto. She looks nice but a bit tame for me. I was expecting her a bit more outrageous in style. The sculpt looks interesting, much better than her 1:4 scale incarnation.


Item # 88001
Lady Stardust
Tulabelle™ Dressed Doll
THE INDUSTRY™ Collection
Approximate Ship Date: Late Summer 2016
Limited Edition Size: 500 Dolls Worldwide
Suggested Retail Price: $120.00


Doll Tech Specs: 
Body Type: THE INDUSTRY™ (New Sculpt) 
Head Sculpt: Tulabelle™ (12-inch / 1:6 Scale)
Quick Switch Feature: No 
Skin Tone: FR White 
Hair Color: Ash Blond
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied


Tulabelle wears 70s gaucho pants, platform boots, a sheer chiffon blouse and a black and white striped "fur" trimmed coat. A silver clutch, studded bracelets and thunderbolt earrings complete the outfit. Tulabelle™ is a fully articulated 12-inch doll with fully rooted hair and hand applied eyelashes. For adult collectors ages 15 and up only. This doll cannot stand alone; a doll stand is included. David Buttry, the doll's designer, notes that as a design choice (not a budgetary decision), they chose to use a very fine, micro-velcro closure on the front placket of Tulabelle's shirt. The reason given for that is that the fabric is very sheer and they did not want to have a visual distraction with the use of hooks and loops, so the decision was made to use velcro. I know some collectors who immediately associate velcro with cheap playline clothes so it will  be interesting to see the reaction. It looks nice in the photos.



THE INDUSTRY doll has a brand new, freshly engineered body sculpt. This new body can be completely disassembled and has interchangeable hands. This feature was decided to help dress dolls in tight, form-fitting clothes and eliminate unnecessary closures that add bulk to scaled clothing whenever possible. THE INDUSTRY body is a completely new body sculpt, except for the hands. The arms, legs, torso, and bust are all new sculpts. THE INDUSTRY shares Poppy's hands. The foot is not the same as the Dynamite Girl foot but a new more delicate, detailed foot with a slightly different arch, although within the same size as the Dynamite Girl foot. The new foot allows her to share shoes with other fashion dolls currently on the market. The bottom leg is removable and in the future, some of THE INDUSTRY dolls will have a brand new articulated ankle and foot. This will enable some dolls to have flat feet and others to have a high heel foot in the same collection. The bust size is similar to the current NU. Face bust size. The doll will have a brand new packaging style designed by Alain Tremblay that includes a portrait picture of the doll with each new release. Below is a photo of the nude body:


It looks like a fusion of Nu-Face and Poppy or Dynamite Girls and Poppy bodies. From the very top of the head to the toe, the body is almost 12 1/4" tall. The body is slightly shorter than current NU. Face but taller than Poppy Parker.

Lady Stardust is a direct reference to David Bowie and his song from his 1972 album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Her outfit also references the one Bowie is wearing in this seminal photo by Terry O' Neill while preparing the artwork of his 1974 album Diamond Dogs in London.




The doll pictured in this release is a prototype. Final fabrics, colors and textures may vary slightly. All photos and information contained herein is copyrighted Integrity Toys, Inc. and Intercap Merchant Partners, LLC 2016 and may not be reprinted or disseminated without express written permission.