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.

Integrity Toys 2016 unveil: Poppy Parker - The BonBon collection

A bit later than usual (a week to ten days later than last year I think) comes the first wave of new releases from Integrity Toys. Poppy Parker is the major line is this wave and it is of course the BonBon collection, samples of which we got to see earlier in the year: the upgrade Poppy (Ma Petite Fleur)  and the W Club first doll, Ooh La La. As a refresher, let me remind you that the concept of the collection is that Poppy is on her first trip to Paris for modelling and so, as David Buttry told the W Club in the video accompanying the release, it draws elements from Parisian couture as well as from the very first Poppy Parker collections. So they use not only a new screening (like the one of the W Club doll) but also those from the first collections - remember those dolls are still very sought after. The dolls are available to pre-order from IT dealers except two of the dolls, which will be available later through lottery.

I have to say that I was a bit underwhelmed reading the presentation email. It's not that the dolls are not beautiful but I only wanted one to join my collection - and that one is due for a lottery in the coming months. I think I expected something different design-wise, more like ooh La La and less like Parisian mannequins of the early 60s (which A Funny Face has already covered for me to perfection). I am sure people will love the collection, as it has been a while since the designs had the early part of the decade as an inspiration, but to me it simply did not click. I will be writing my particular thoughts about each doll below - lets fly to Paris!

Item # PP100
Bonjour Mademoiselle
Poppy Parker™ Dressed Doll
The Bonbon Collection
Approximate Ship Date: Late Summer/Early Fall 
Limited Edition Size: 800 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 Colour: Raven 
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied


Poppy's ensemble includes a sea foam sheath dress and a black and white hounds-tooth coat with matching beret. A pair of assorted duo-toned kitten heels, a fleur-de-lis brooch, a pair of stud earrings and a fully functional customized travel train case finish off this lovely ensemble. Poppy Parker 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.


According to her serial number, this is the 100th Poppy version released by Integrity. I was expecting them to have a very special doll with that number, but it seems they did not consider it important. This one, while looking great, simply reminds me of one of the Mood Changers Poppies, down to the colour of her dress. If I did not have that one already, I might be getting this one, but now it simply does not interest me at all., And yes, that's the travel train case we have seen before in Sabrina, albeit in a different colour and print.

Item # PP106
Powder Puff
Poppy Parker™ Dressed Doll
The Bonbon Collection
IT Direct Exclusive
Approximate Ship Date: Late Summer 2016 
Limited Edition Size: 700 Dolls
Exclusive Retail Price: $120.00 - NOT AVAILABLE THROUGH DEALERS


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


Poppy wears a baby blue peignoir set that consists of a baby doll nightie with delicate ribbon and lace detailing, a layered full-length sheer robe, and matching blue satin mules with pompom accents. She comes with the teddy bear, a ring and stud earrings as well as a leather-bound diary with a lock. Poppy Parker 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.


This is fluffy and cute all-right, but I don't do fluffy or cute in my collection. The teddy bear is a nice touch as is the diary and I love the ring. The hair-style I could live without. The outfit was inspired by one David saw in the film "The Love God?". I guess the pink one?


Item # PP099
Très Chic Boutique
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 Colour: Natural Red 
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied


Poppy wears a yellow suit with black accent belt and tops it off with a bell-shaped flocked hat, black gloves and faux pearl jewellery - earrings, necklace and bracelet. She comes with a handbag and a shopping bag. Poppy Parker 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.


This one again reminds me of a Mood Changer Poppy, the red-head. If her skin tone was Japan or Cream, I probably would try to get her. Nice suit, boring jewellery. Gorgeous handbag.

Item # PP102
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 Colour: Ash Blond 
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied


Poppy is sporting a turquoise brocade cocktail dress with a tulip skirt and coordinating jewellery: earrings, necklace and bracelet. She finishes it off with a faux fur wrap, matching clutch and shoes.  Poppy Parker 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 silhouette of this dress does not photograph well. I wonder how it will look in real life. I do not like the brocade pattern at all, but the colour combinations are lovely. Great jewellery set. The shoes look poor for this type of outfit. she needed something more glamorous here.

Item # PP098
C'est Si Bon
Poppy Parker™ Dressed Doll
The Bonbon Collection
Approximate Ship Date: Late Summer/Early Fall
Limited Edition Size: 600 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 Colour: Lemon Yellow 
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied


Poppy wears a black and white polka dotted cocktail dress with black belt and gloves. She tops it off with a black tulle spectator headpiece along with earrings, necklace and a black clutch. Poppy Parker 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.


I would get this one if the polka dots were smaller (I know, I'm picky) and the top tier of the skirt (the polka dot part) sat better on the tulle layers. There is a special construction at the back but it gets lost in black. The dress is actually a copy of a Lanvin dress designed by Antonio Castillo in 1957, now in the V&A museum, donated by Stella, Lady Ednam (see photo below).



Lanvin dress by Antonio Castillo, 1957, given to the V&A by Stella, Lady Ednam, photo copyright V&A museum

Item # PP105
Paris In The Springtime
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: Japan 
Hair Colour: Raven 
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied


Poppy wears a printed (custom made by Integrity Toys) dress with black waist bandeau and neck trim. She has a little poodle with her and comes with a bag, sunglasses, earrings, bracelet and shoes. Poppy Parker 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.


This is the closer it gets to the previous Poppy releases of this collection. Lovely dress and cute dog. She's like the opposite version of the W Club Poppy. I like the doll but not that much to buy her.

Item # PP103
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 Colour: Luscious Red 
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied


Poppy wears a strapless white brocade gown, contrasted with an obi style waistband and long train in lilac. A matching clutch bag, shoes, and long white opera gloves complete the ensemble. The jewellery set includes earrings, necklace and bracelet. Poppy Parker 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.


This is a case where the accessories are more interesting than the dress itself. I love the jewellery and bag very much but the dress looks a bit simple for them. Maybe if it her a couture detail at the front of the bodice and the train was double-faced (white on the top. purple at the bottom for example) it would look more spectacular. The shoes could have been better - why not high heeled sling backs? Or a jewelled buckle on them? As for the doll, the intensity of the eye-shadow is off-putting. The lipstick looks a lot like those used in the era.

Item # PP104
Miss Amour
Poppy Parker™ Dressed Doll
The Bonbon Collection
IT Direct Exclusive
Approximate Ship Date: Mid-Late Summer 2016 
Limited Edition Size: 700 Dolls
Exclusive Retail Price: $120.00


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


Poppy wears a frothy ball gown of gathered pale pink tulle accented with a black belt and flower detail at the waist. A pink satin cloth and matching shoes as well as earrings, bracelets and a ring finish off the ensemble. The bag has a flower closure to match the outfit. She comes with the perfume bottle as well. Poppy Parker 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.


I love this doll. It reminds me of Chanel Couture so much, while it is actually homage to a Dior 1963 dress designed by Marc Bohan (see last photo). Doll, outfit, accessories are all perfect. David said it is the grandest gown they have made for Poppy so far and I agree. I hope to win her at the lottery. Perfection!



Christian Dior - Spring 1963 - Design by Marc Bohan - Embroideries by Saint-Gall - L’Officiel

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