Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Integrity Toys 1st on-line presentation 2013: Funny Face


The fourth and final line presented at the on-line event was the one most anticipated, as an ad had run in DOLLS magazine (much like Tulabelle) and also previewed at the 2012 convention and the W Club. Furthermore it had the success of last year's Sabrina line to buoy it. The result left all fans breathless. To me it is the best collection ever presented by Integrity Toys - and the one most likely to break us financially. Six dolls, most in giftsets of two to three outfits each and one more as the event doll that will be allocated to lucky W Club member via lottery. Each doll is only 400 pieces so it was only natural some would be sold out. If the prices were lower, I bet all would already be sold out.
This time Integrity did not use one sculpt only for the main character. It also did not give us only one character. A variety of sculpts and bodies were used with great success. Needless to say that after the event, I watched the film again, spotting the outfits in the film and enjoying the incredible talent that created it. As a reminder, Givenchy created all of Audrey Hepburn's Jo Stoctkon character Parisian outfits while Edith Head designed the rest. But enough rambling, let's see the dolls!

Item # 14011
Take The Picture!
Dressed Doll
The Funny Face Collection
Limited Edition of 400 Dolls
Suggested Retail Price: US $150.00
Estimated Delivery Date: Week of February 11th, 2013


The iconic moment in the film that Audrey is running down the steps below the statue of the Winged Victory of Samothrace in the Louvre, shouting to Fred Astaire "Take The Picture". There were two previous incarnations of the outfit on dolls, one by Mattel for a convention and one by Madame Alexander in 16" size. It is a magnificent reproduction. And the moment means a lot to me as this is my favourite sculpture in the world.



"Take The Picture!" is a 12" fully articulated vinyl doll with rooted hair and hand-applied eyelashes featuring Integrity's Poppy Parker body (with kitten heel foot) and the original Vanessa Perrin head sculpt (i.e. Vanessa 1.0). The outfit consists of a long form-fitted red satin gown, dramatic white opera gloves, a jewellery set, matching kitten heels and a bright red chiffon shawl. It also includes an alternate set of hands, a doll stand and a certificate of authenticity. Magnifique!



Item # 14012
Think Pink
Dressed Doll Mini-Gift Set
The Funny Face Collection
Limited Edition of 400 Dolls
Suggested Retail Price: US $150.00
Estimated Delivery Date: Week of February 11th, 2013


One of the most memorable musical numbers in the film is "Think Pink" with the indomitable Kay Thompson (more about her later). So it was only natural that one outfit at least would be selected. Well, guess again: there are two. The 12" fully articulated vinyl doll has rooted hair and hand-applied eyelashes and sports the FR: Monogram body (with Victoire Roux legs) and the Imogen head sculpt. The first look in the set (which is worn by a dancer in the film, when a bunch of painters change the colours of the office doors to pink and ladies appear to dance among them) is composed of a two-piece bright pink business suit with a white pill-box hat, short gloves and matching shoes. You can see it in the photo below, on the far right.



The doll is evoking the model Sunny Harnett who appears in the film along more famous models Suzy Parker and Dovima (who has a speaking role). Suzy appears with many outfits in the sequence but most notably the second outfit of this gift set  This look is composed of a pink satin two-piece gown with a transformable pink faux fur peplum that turns into a cape, as shown in the film.  Pink opera length gloves, bright pink satin shoes and a jewellery set complete the outfit. It also includes an alternate set of hands, a doll stand and a certificate of authenticity.






Wish I had the car to go with the doll!



Item # 14013
The Quality Woman
Dressed Doll Gift Set
The Funny Face Collection
Limited Edition of 400 Dolls
Suggested Retail Price: US $199.00
Estimated Delivery Date: Week of February 11th, 2013





As mentioned above, Kay Thompson (as Maggie Prescott) is the actress that sings "Think Pink". A veritable force of nature, Ms. Prescott was a multi-talented artist, with only five films, lots of jazz singing and of course writer of the Eloise books. She was a musical coach in MGM and was loaned to Paramount for Funny Face (along with most of the cast and crew). This gift set (named after her ideal woman to represent her magazine, Quality) gives us three of her outfits in the film, unfortunately not the best ones. I am posting stills from the film so you can see the outfits as worn by her, above is the blue and beige one. I think the shirt colour is not a  match.



You can see the black and white ensemble above. I love that they have the accessories down pat. Her hair could have had less volume though.



The third one is the grey suit in "Think Pink". The shape marks the transition from the "New Look" sharp waist to the more boxy "Trapeze" and "A-line" silhouette of the late fifties and early sixties.


So what about the doll? "The Quality Woman" is a 12" fully articulated vinyl doll with rooted hair and hand-applied eyelashes featuring Integrity's Victoire Roux body and Katy Perry sculpt (I asked about it in the on-line event!) in the role of Maggie Prescott. The set of three looks also features two pairs of shoes, gloves, three hats, a purse and a jewellery set. It also includes an alternate set of hands, a doll stand and a certificate of authenticity.


I think they could have missed the two-piece ensembles and have done the following two:



Or even the two shown below:



Item # 14014
On How To Be Lovely
Dressed Doll Gift Set
The Funny Face Collection
Limited Edition of 400 Dolls
Suggested Retail Price: US $199.00
Estimated Delivery Date: Week of February 11th, 2013






"On How To Be Lovely" indeed! Could not have chosen a better name! Three outfits here and all incredible. The doll has rooted hair and hand-applied eyelashes featuring Integrity's Poppy Parker body and the new Veronique Perrin sculpt (who looks uncanilly here like Michelle Dockery who plays Lady Mary in Downton Abbey) . This gift set is composed of three complete looks as worn by the character of Jo Stockton in the film: the pink cape and white column dress worn in her transformation scene (above), the delicate wedding outfit worn during the photo shoot with Fred Astaire and at the finale of the show and the film and also the yellow dress worn in the fashion show (below). This set also features the accessories to finish the looks and of course the bridal bouquet. It also includes an alternate set of hands, a doll stand and a certificate of authenticity. 





I wish we had more photos of the bridal gown, the actual dress from the film has so many details!

Item # 14015
Bonjour, Paris!
Dressed Doll Gift Set
The Funny Face Collection
Limited Edition of 400 Dolls
Suggested Retail Price: US $199.00
Estimated Delivery Date: Week of February 11th, 2013





Another Jo gift set! More outfits! "Bonjour, Paris!" is a 12" fully articulated vinyl doll with rooted hair and hand-applied eyelashes featuring Integrity's Poppy Parker body and the original Veronique Perrin (i.e Vero 1.0) sculpt in the role of Jo Stockton. This gift set is composed of three complete looks as worn by the character of Joe Stockton in the film. This set also features accessories to finish these gorgeous looks and a bouquet of miniature balloons to recreate the iconic Parisian photo shoot scene at Champs Élysées   It also includes an alternate set of hands, a doll stand and a certificate of authenticity. The outfits are:

1. "Beautiful" dress and cloak. They missed the matching scarf though.





2. Catching a fish outfit - looks divine!



3. Balloon dress at Champs Élysées - it even has the balloons!





Item # 14018
A Woman Who Thinks
Dressed Doll Mini-Gift Set
The Funny Face Collection
Limited Edition of 400 dolls
Suggested Retail Price: US $150.00
Estimated Delivery Date: Week of February 11th, 2013




The best doll of the bunch strangely enough is not one of the Jo Stocktons but the one portraying Marion, or better yet, Dovima, the iconic 50's model who was an Avedon muse (she is in the famous elephant photo of his) and plays a parody of herself in the film, down to the comic she reads in a scene (she had a huge collection). "A Woman Who Thinks" is a 12" fully articulated vinyl doll featuring the FR: Monogram body (with Victoire Roux legs) and the Anja head sculpt in the role of Marion. Anja looks amazing as Dovima! This mini-gift set is composed of two complete looks as worn by the character of Marion in the film - the black scalloped neckline dress and the yellow full skirted one (the She-bop as they call it in the film). The set also features the accessories to finish these looks (unfortunately no comic or statue, LOL). It also includes an alternate set of hands, a doll stand and a certificate of authenticity. 





There is no image available on-line for this one, I had to make my own capture from the DVD!



And there was one more doll - the event doll. Another Jo Stockton one, but only available to W Club members through lottery. I entered the lottery and hope to win.

Item #14016
Let's Kiss And Make Up
Dressed Doll Gift Set 

The Funny Face Collection
2013 W Club Exclusive Lottery Doll 

Suggested Retail Price: US $199.00 US

Limited Edition of 400 Dolls
Estimated Delivery Date: Week of February 11th, 2013


"Let's Kiss And Make Up" is a 12" fully articulated vinyl doll featuring Integrity's Poppy Parker body and the closed mouth Vanessa Perrin sculpt (i.e. Vanessa 2.0, looking even more like Michelle Dockery than Vero's  2.0 sculpt does) in the role of Jo Stockton. The set is composed of three complete looks as worn by the character of Jo Stockton in the film: The Anna Karenina photo shoot suit, the yellow flower shop dress and the beige fashion show suit. This set also features the accessories to finish these looks: three beautiful hats, a travel purse, three pairs of shoes, a rose bouquet, a faux-mink coat, an umbrella (non-working) and the little dog of course! It also includes an alternate pair of hands, a doll stand and a certificate of authenticity. Here are the outfits:

1. The Anna Karenina train station suit:



2. The flower shop dress:



3. The beige suit from the fashion show (umbrella included but does not open):





So many dolls, so many dresses such an extraordinary collection. I'm going for broke trying to get them all and hope to manage it. Audrey is one of my muses and icons and it is a perfect homage to her and to this visually brilliant film.

Most film stills and valuable information for the film's costumes came from this lovely blog.

Please note that the photos are of prototype dolls and subject to changes and modifications. All photos and doll information contained herein is copyrighted Integrity Toys, Inc. and Intercap Merchant Partners, LLC 2013 and may not be reprinted or disseminated without express written permission.

7 comments:

  1. una coleccion preciosa y muy completa, espero que puedas conseguir algunas , gracias por compartirlo

    besitos

    Mari

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  2. You're an awful reviewer, as usual.

    Rudy.

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    1. You're just plain awful Rudy!

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  3. @Rudy - So that means you usually read my posts - if they bother you, simply stop. On the other hand this is not a review, just a presentation - the review is done only on dolls I have at hand.

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  4. Great post! Thank you for all the movie stills for comparison!

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  5. Rudy! Your comment is a waste of space! Thankyou for the film stills to go with the fashions Stratos!
    Brilliant!

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