Friday, April 17, 2015

A convention doll for W Club members - going or not!

As mentioned in their convention announcement, Integrity Toys announced a convention upgrade doll that can be pre-ordered from all W Club members, whether going to the convention or not. And since the Cinematic event was sold out in 5 hours from its announcement, this is good news for all those on the waiting list (use the link in my previous post to enter) or not going at all. The doll can be pre-ordered until the 27th of April and does not have an edition size yet - demand will determine how many dolls will be finally made. No photo is yet available of the doll, just the concept sketch:

Item # 91385
Reigning Grace
Eugenia Perrin Frost Dressed Doll
The Fashion Royalty® Collection
2015 Cinematic Convention Upgrade
Limited Edition Size: TBA
Delivery Date: Approximately Late October 2015

Special Pricing:
Convention Attendees: $125.00 (pick-up or shipping options will be offered with final payment)*
Non-Attendees (W Club Members only): $150.00 + shipping*

*A $25 deposit is required immediately at pre-order to reserve your doll. The remaining amount will be billed in October. Attendees have a discount ($25) and can pick their doll at the event or have it shipped to their preferred address. Non-attendees will have the doll shipped to them directly. 

The name of the doll is Reigning Grace Eugenia and the concept is that she is going to be an actress, appearing in a film for the very first time. The preview doll is designed by the Integrity Toys design team and this special preview fashion sketch is by Jessy Ayala. She looks gorgeous, classy and regal. Cannot wait to see her first photos. Of course she is channelling Grace Kelly from Alfred Hitchcock's 1954 film Rear Window, as Erich Ben, another fellow doll collector, kindly pointed out to me. Dressed by Edith Head Wonder if all the dolls of this collection channel glamorous movie stars. Some photos of the real dress below - will we get the hat too? And look at that pleating - it starts from the bust. Love it.

All photos and information are copyrighted Integrity Toys, Inc. and Intercap Merchant Partners, LLC 2015 and may not be reprinted or disseminated without express written permission. Preview sketch only- the exact production details of this doll are subject to modification. The actual doll will be revealed closer to convention.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Cinematic: the 2015 Integrity Toys convention

UPDATE: It seems the convention was sold out even before the deadline of going public - so now it is WAITING LIST ONLY - but try anyway as you never know.

This year's Integrity Toys convention, titled, appropriately, Cinematic (since it is being held in California, home of Holywood), was announced on Saturday, with details about registration etc. The bonus this year is that there will be also a special convention upgrade doll that will be available to everyone, attendee or not (attendees only will get a special discount for the doll). More details about that doll will be released tomorrow, but first, let's take a look at what this year's event is all about.

With CINEMATIC, the Integrity Toys creative team is set to explore what makes the celebrity style of vintage and modern Hollywood so fascinating. Your favorite Fashion Royalty characters will explore the glam of a time gone by, while their NU.Face counterparts will be rocking the red carpet dressed with today's modern edge! Poppy Parker, Color Infusion and some of your favourite characters will also celebrate Integrity Toys' 20th anniversary! Here's the list of what the 2015 CINEMATIC Convention Pass offers:

For the price of $500.00 US (or $475 if you take advantage of our early bird special, you'll get:

-A welcome bag with a very special giveaway right when you arrive.

-Two full sit down dinners and a luncheon with highly sought-after swag given out at each event.

-Opportunity to participate in the "Fashion Bazaar", a salesroom for collectors to sell and swap their own goodies (and just like last year, renting a table is FREE and opened to all registered convention guests). Also, at the "Fashion Bazaar", guests can enter the annual costume contest and party with IT staff to the music of a live DJ.

-Access to the Integrity Toys Collection display, where you get to see all of those cool dolls in person; this year's display will feature a short trip down memory lane with an exhibit covering some of the highlights of the 20 years of Integrity Toys in business (this sounds fantastic).

-Access to the IT Direct Souvenir shop, where you can scoop up all of those special and limited edition Integrity Toys convention exclusive collectibles and other great deals, just for convention attendees.

-The opportunity to take part in exciting and unique workshops.

-The opportunity to purchase the exclusive convention collection.

-The opportunity to purchase the ever popular Color Infusion Style Lab collection.

-For W Club Members only, the opportunity to sign-up for the Members-Only luncheon.

-Exciting raffles with one-of-a-kind dolls created just for the event by the Integrity Toys design team.

-For people with budding design talents, the chance to enter the annual design contest, where this year again, one winner will see their original design turned into an IT production doll (we're still waiting to see how the 2014 doll will turn out, but judging from Edge Vanessa, she'll be a smash).

-First come, first served access to the early bird welcome cocktail on Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

The full registration package containing all of the glamorous details of the convention, including more details on themes and activities of the convention will be released in approximately late May 2015. The exact time and date of the registration package being posted will be sent out to conventioneers a few days ahead, so that they can be prepared. The hotel is the Hyatt Regency Long Beach in California.

Here are the two options available this year to purchase your registration package:

Early Bird Special:
$475.00 US (payable in full immediately at registration)

If you pay in full before Monday, April 27th, 2015 Noon Eastern (New York time), you save $25.00. If the convention is not sold out after this date, the full price of registration will be $500.00 US. A new early bird perk is the following: Purchase your pass(es) in full immediately via the early bird option and get the chance to purchase a ticket to the Integrity Toys 20th Anniversary Welcome Cocktail, which will take place the evening of Wednesday, October 21st, 2015 at the convention. A limited edition doll will be included in the price of the ticket. 


Instalment Plan:
$500.00 US (payable in three instalments)

To help guests budget for their trip a little better, this year again, IT is offering an instalment plan. The first instalment of $150.00 US is due immediately at registration to secure your convention pass(es) and then, you will be invoiced via email for the balance in two additional instalments of $175.00 each on May 15th and June 15th, 2015 respectively.

Note: Guests who opt for the instalment plan WILL NOT get the opportunity to access the Integrity Toys 20th Anniversary Welcome Cocktail.

If you wish to register for the 2015 convention, you can click on the following link to begin the registration process now:

 - This year, there are no proxies allowed in the convention. Based on multiple issues with the proxy system in the past (both for the IT team and for the actual guests who were kind enough to act as proxies for other guests), Integrity Toys will no longer accept proxies at their event and will only acknowledge one registrant per registration pass. The convention team will only speak directly with the guests who are registered to actually attend the convention in person. If you find someone to attend on your behalf, please make sure that you both understand that they are the ones who will have to purchase the convention registration or any other items offered during the event in their own name and then, ship them to you afterwards. Any arrangements that you make with this person will be strictly between you and him/her and Integrity Toys will no longer recognize or deal with anyone else other than the guests actually present in person at the convention and whose sole name appears on the ticket.

- There will not be a JEM-specific event or souvenir available at the Cinematic Convention.

- Integrity Toys will accept transfers and cancellations up to 60 days before the start of the convention, therefore until August 21st, 2015. A fee of $75.00 US for transfers or cancellations per convention pass will be applicable. After August 21st, 2015, no refunds or transfers will be accepted and you will forfeit the price of your ticket if you choose not to attend the event. This is not negotiable and out of fairness to everyone, IT will not make exceptions.

- Of course the W Club got this pre-registration information with its members before convention registration opened for the general public on April 14th at 5 PM Eastern Time. The 2015 Integrity Toys CINEMATIC convention is opened to everyone, members and non-members alike. 

If you have any questions about the convention, please direct all of your convention questions to the convention team directly at

I wish all attendees a great time and I will be with you in spirit (I hope to make it one day!).

**Most text and all information contained herein is copyrighted Integrity Toys, Inc. and Intercap Merchant Partners, LLC 2015 and may not be reprinted or disseminated without express written permission.**

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

There's a Cindy Crawford Barbie doll and it is not for sale

Instagram is the medium of the moment for lots of celebrities and professionals alike: it's so much easier to share a photo of something you're doing or your newest creation than writing about it or staging an elaborate presentation. Especially if it can reach thousands of people in an instant. It is not surprising then that it has become the social arena of choice for fashion people. most notably stylists and models. Cindy Crawford is one of the original 90s supermodels that is active on the platform. Just the other day she posted a photo of a Barbie made to look like her:

Since there was nothing published about the doll from Mattel, I did a little on-line search and came up with the goods: the doll is an OOAK creation, It was presented to Cindy way back in 2003 at the CAAF (Children Affected By AIDS Foundation) benefit in Santa Monica, California. The doll is dressed in a Roberto Cavalli gown, the same one Cindy was wearing during the event.

I don't know what made Cindy remember the doll after all this time and post it again (in the text accompanying the instagram post she mentions loving Barbies as a child), but it sure made me wish for a series of dolls in the likeness of supermodels from that era: Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Tatjana Patitz etc. They would be the ultimate fashion dolls. One can only hope. And it doesn't have to be Mattel making them. Looking at you Integrity Toys.

Top photo courtesy of Cindy Crawford (Instagram), middle and bottom photos from Daily Mail/Wireimage

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Tonner 2015 Mainline Collection

Tonner Doll just released their 2015 mainline collection on their websites. We are going to have a look at the fashion dolls from the release and any other doll that could be described as fashion doll as well. First up is the Marley Wentworth collection: Tyler's younger sister is all grown up and has taken her place as the fashion plate of the Tonner universe. She has her own sculpt (which looks good, especially with certain make up colours) and the 16"Chic Body which is a  variation of the Antoinette body, with broader shoulders and a fuller bust. It was first seen on the Carmen Dell'Orefice doll (which we are still waiting to see as a commercial release). 

Positive/Negative Marley Wentworth Dressed Doll
Suggested retail price: $189.99

Marley is a doll with a face that includes hand-painted details, made of  vinyl and hard plastic. She has the Marley Wentworth™ head sculpt with the 16" Chic body in the Bisque skin tone. She has green painted eyes with applied eyelashes, chestnut rooted saran hair. She is wearing a black and white stripe sequin knit dress, accessorized with nude pantyhose, a pair of rhinestone earrings and silver faux leather shoes. She comes with a stand. LE of 500 dolls.

I like her, I really do. So much so that I am pre-ordering her. She looks great. Her face strucks a nice balance between conventionally beautiful and model style, and this colouring fits her well. I have not ordered a Tonner fashion doll since Short n' Sassy Peggy Harcourt back in 2013. The dress is not perfect (at least in the production photo) but the doll looks so good I can get over it if it is not good. No earrings shown in the photos and the pumps look like someone photo shopped the heels). That's not the way to do promo shoots Tonner. And it has been like this for quite some time now.

Skyline Blue Marley Wentworth
Suggested Retail Price: $189.99

Skyline Blue Marley is a dressed doll again in the bisque skin tone, with blue painted eyes and applied eyelashes. sporting raven non-removable wigged saran hair. She is wearing a royal blue dress under a matching royal blue coat with assorted blue gauntlets. Her accessories include nude pantyhose, pink metallic shoes and a purple metallic bag. Stand included. LE 500 dolls.

Not bad but not exciting like her previous incarnation. She looks half done, as if the person making her suddenly decided they had better things to do.If the lapels were normal and the hair in an updo, she could very well have come out of the latest Prada catwalk show - without the luxurious accessories of course.

Rose, Rouge Marley Wentworth
Suggested Retail Price: $179.99

The third Marley dressed doll has the bisque skin tone, with hazel painted eyes with applied eyelashes and strawberry rooted saran hair. She is wearing a pink and red knit dress with flower trim, which comes with a white tulle petticoat. Her accessories include nude pantyhose with attached panties, black faux leather shoes, a green faux leather bag and black sunglasses. Stand included. LE of 500 dolls.

This one looks good. I love the outfit and the doll. If she had earrings and a bracelet/watch, she would be perfect. Her colouring is gorgeous. It seems that red hair in any shade fit Marley well. Can anyone explain why she is $10 cheaper than the previous ones when she has more accessories than they do?

Marley Deluxe Basic
Suggested Retail Price: $119.99

This is the basic doll version of Marley Wentworth. She has a face with hand-painted details, she is made in vinyl and hard plastic, has the Marley Wentworth™ head sculpt on a 16" Chic body in the bisque skin tone, with blue painted eyes with applied eyelashes, She comes with  two wigs: short raven saran wig and long platinum saran wig (that's nice!)/ She is wearing a black lace slip dress over nude panties and black faux leather shoes. She comes with a stand and is a LE of 500 dolls. A nice basic doll but wigged - which does not always go well with collectors. Coming with two wigs though is a plus. Pity they did not include a face close up shot - come on guys, this is a basic doll, don't show me the pumps! Her face makes or breaks her.

Cool Chic - Outfit Only
Suggested Retail Price: $99.99

The collection includes two outfits but only this one was photographed. They have put up a sketch for the other one (a black sequin and net dress with gladiator boots called Crazy Nights) but I do not like that - if you are pre-ordering something, it has to be at least upon seeing a photograph of the finished product. This outfit consists of a black faux patent leather coat with white faux fur collar over a white knit bodysuit and a black faux patent leather skirt. It comes with a pair of black boot tights (veeery fashionable right now, Karlie Kloss rocked a pair a while ago), a white and black faux leather bag and black sunglasses. LE of 300. I do not like the fastenings but the rest looks great. Wonder how well the boot tights will look in real life.

Bianca Lapin dressed doll
Suggested Retail Price : $189.99

Re-Imagination is the Tonner Doll line where dolls are inspired by fairy-tale characters with a twist. Some times they are gorgeous (Vassilissa, The Christmas Carol ghosts come to mind) and sometimes not. This time the collection has Alice In Wonderland as inspiration (again) with quite a twist. Bianca Lapin is of course the White Rabbit (Bianca is white in Italian and lapin is the rabbit in French). She is a dressed doll with the Duchess head sculpt on the 16" Chic body (it seems this is the main body for fashion dolls with Tonner now) in the lily skin tone. She has light blue painted eyes and platinum rooted saran hair. She is wearing an off white knit coat with faux fur trim over a matching faux leather dress with belt over nude pantyhose with attached panties and off white faux leather knee high boots. She comes with a stand. LE of 500 dolls.

Courreges meets Bjork. Quirky and eccentric, like the White Rabbit always should be. If the outfit is finished well, she will rock. I love the boots. Hope the ties don't tear the faux leather apart when put on.

Tweedle DeDe Dressed doll
Suggested Retail Price $169.99

This one has the Jon head sculpt (from Cami & Jon) on the 16" Chic body in the honey skin tone. She comes with brown painted eyes and mink with red rooted saran hair. She is wearing a white and black stripe knit bodysuit under a black shantung dress with attached red tulle petticoat. Her accessories include white and black stripe knit thigh highs, a black and white choker, nude pantyhose and black faux leather boots. Stand included. LE of 500 dolls.

Of course this one is a fashionable, Gaultier-esque version of Tweedledee, one of the twins in Through The Looking Glass. She looks really nice but where are the boots?

Haddy Madigan dressed doll
Suggested retail price of $219.99

The third dressed doll of the Re-Imagination release is a twist on the Mad Hatter character from Alice In Wonderland. She has the Liu Liu head sculpt on a 16" Chic body in the cameo skin tone, with blue painted eyes and mink rooted saran hair. She is wearing a black multi-coloured top with ruffle trim over a matching multi-sequin chiffon skirt with ruffle trim. Accessories include a hat (not mentioned in the description - THE important accessory of the Mad Hatter), black faux leather shoes and nude pantyhose. Stand included. LE of 500 dolls.

The Asian of the group is the most extravagantly dressed, aptly enough for this Mad Hatter inspired extravaganza. Pith her shoes are black instead of rainbow striped coloured. She sports one net gauntlet since the jacket has only one sleeve. Would be lovely to see her with a tea-pot shaped bag and a pair of opera binoculars.

Charlie Dodgson dressed doll
Suggested Retail Price: $189.99

The only male character this time, he has his own Charlie Dodgson head sculpt on the 17" Matt O'Neill™ body in the Tyler skin tone, with blue painted eyes and sandy blonde non-removable wigged saran hair, He is wearing a blue stripe shirt under a dark grey suit. He has grey knit socks and black molded plastic shoes with laces. Stand included. LE of 500 dolls.

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson is the real life name of the famous Lewis Carroll, the author of Alice in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass and other beloved books. Here he becomes a dashing young man in a suit, a bit too plain compared to the rest of the line up. I know he's supposed to be taking on the Alice role in this re-imagined version of the story but he could have been styled a bit more eccentric. After all, Tonner has released tons of male dolls in plain suits. He looks fit to take Marley out for drinks! Handsome face though. Tempting. 

Photos © 2015 Tonner® Doll Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Friday, March 13, 2015

New Jem and The Holograms doll: Lindsey Pierce

There is a new addition to the Jem And The Holograms line and it is the Lindsey Pierce character, a VJ responsible for making the group very famous. She is a fan favourite and was awaited eagerly by collectors of the line. She will be available to pre-order from IT Direct  (Integrity Toys). I like the outfit - it reminds me so much of the early 80s pop star look - Debbie Harry or Olivia Newton-John and pretty much most of the era's ladies were wearing variations of this. Again W Club members will have a day ahead to pre-order. General public will have a chance to buy the doll directly from the Jem & The Holograms dedicated webpage on March 20th 2015, if any dolls are left that is.

Item # 14056
Lindsey Pierce™
Adult Collectable Doll
Limited Edition Size of 500 Dolls
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Late May/Early June 2015
Retail Price: $125.00 US + Shipping and Handling (and applicable sales tax for Maryland residents)

Doll Tech Specs:
Head Sculpt: Rapture
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Pale Blond
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied

Lindsey is a fully articulated vinyl doll with thick rooted curly blond locks and hand applied eyelashes. She comes dressed in an iconic look from the hit 80's animated TV series, which is composed of a one piece bright orange mock neck sleeveless dress accessorized by a wide, low hanging contrasting vinyl belt, bright green tights and gauntlets, a head band, booties, bracelets and gold earrings. She also has a microphone and portable tape recorder. For adult collectors ages 15 and up. Doll cannot stand alone; doll stand included.

**Note: Prototype shown, final production may vary slightly. All photos and information contained herein is copyrighted Integrity Toys, Inc. and Intercap Merchant Partners, LLC 2015 and may not be reprinted or disseminated without express written permission.**