Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Official 5th anniversary Poppy Parker doll is revealed!

Has it already been five whole years since the Poppy Parker phenomenon was unleashed to the world, batting her pretty eyelashes adorning those doe eyes, pouting her cherry lips to perfection? It must, because Integrity Toys just revealed their official 5th anniversary Poppy Parker doll - albeit as a W Club exclusive.

Item # PP070
Joyous Celebration Poppy Parker™
Fifth Anniversary Souvenir Doll 2014
W Club Exclusive Limited Edition Size: TBA
Special W Club Suggested Retail Price: $120.00
Estimated Shipping Date: Approximately Fall 2014

Doll Tech Specs:
Scale: 12-inch / 1:6
Head Sculpt: Poppy Parker
Body Sculpt: Poppy Parker
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair: Brunette
Quick Switch Feature: No
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied

The Fifth Anniversary Poppy doll wears a gold and cream brocade gown with pink multi-tiered tulle underskirt, long white opera gloves, pink and gold jewellery, pink satin shoes and matching clutch bag. Her dark brunette hair is swept up in a braided bun. Poppy Parker is a 12-inch fully articulated vinyl doll with a rooted hairstyle. A doll stand is included. For adult collectors ages 15 and up.

What can I say? She's fantastic! Just the Poppy one would expect for such an important anniversary. She looks like a Bergrdorf Good man Poppy Parker clone (the one that was sold on Fashion Night Out and is a rare collectible now): she has the same skintone, screening style, the eyelid colour. She has slightly darker lips and better looking eyebrows. For me, she looks much better than BG, who looks a bit washed out next to this one. Her eye shadow looks airbrushed. If it is, she will look even better in real life.

I would have liked something extra with an anniversary doll: a second, day outfit, matching this in tone and style. Like a suit with a portrait neckline. That would have made a great gift set for this occasion. But it would mean a higher price. The accessories are nice but nothing to write home about. A better designed  pair of shoes (sling backs maybe) would have been so much better.

The dress is actually a close copy of a Francie by Mattel gown released only in Japan back in 1967 (code DS2240). Francie rarely had gowns of her own by Mattel and this is quite an expensive collectible: the actual outfit sells around US$1900! Below is a photo of it. You can see it has a brocade upper part (but with a halter neckline that ties in the back) over a ruffled taffeta skirt - in orange red instead of pink. It also had an orange sash to tie around the waist, white plastic clutch bag, short white tricot gloves, graduated pearl necklace, low soft white heels and an eyelash brush. An interesting detail is that the same brocade was used in both Barbie's 911 Golden Girl 1959-1962 and 961 Evening Splendor 1959-1962 outfits, however, it has now been turned inside out (Barbie info from

Photo of Francie gown from eBay auction of user goddessofasia

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