Last Sunday there was a small meeting of the London Fashion Doll Club. I thought I would use the opportunity of a sunny London afternoon on Southbank spent with friends to film the unboxing of my latest Poppy ParkerMisty Hollows doll by Integrity Toys. She is an IT Direct exclusive and belongs to the latest Swinging London Collection. She arrived a few days before but I managed to resist the temptation to open her sooner!
Below you will see the video that was taken by my friend Sofia. See if you can spot the deliberate (!) mistake in my naming of a famous London Landmark! There is also a guest appearance by a certain London celebrity, Mr Squirril. I promise no animals (or dolls) were harmed in the production of this video…
Poppy Parker Misty Hollows Deboxing Video
I really love this Poppy Parker. She certainly captures the Swinging London of the mid to late 1960s very well. Her hair is awesome but I will be giving it a bit of a wash to remove the product they put in it at the factory. As it is not a fixed style she doesn’t really need it. Also, the way she is packaged around the wait has flattened the pile of the velvet there. You can probably make it out in the pics below.
More Pics of Poppy and the other Dolls the Group brought to the meeting…
Barbie didn’t like being called Grandma!
Poppy in Swinging London
Be sure to check out the other videos on our DollObservers.com YouTube Channel. I hope to be adding more deboxing videos over the coming weeks! And if you live in London, or can travel, then do feel free to join us at one of our LFDC meetings. We try to meet on the last Sunday of every month.
Do you have the Poppy Parker Misty Hollows doll? What do you think of this video? Would you like to see more? Do let me know in the comments section below.
In the second part of the unveiling in the Integrity Toys W Club webinar, designer Jessy Alaya and IT stalwart Alain Trembley took us through the long awaited 2017 Fashion Royalty collection called, La Femme. Jessy told us that his influence for this collection was the W Club Exclusive Riviera Drama Agnes and the glamour of the French Riviera. He also wanted to celebrate femininity in all it’s splendour.
There are 6 dolls in the collection, including an Exclusive Event Doll via IT Direct.
Vivacité Eugenia Perrin-Frost Dressed Doll, Fashion Royalty La Femme Collection
As soon as she heard about the big annual ETSA conference that was about to take place in the South of France, Eugenia grabbed her cousin Vanessa and immediately insisted that they make the trip with Adèle Makéda. Who better than those two to keep things smooth and make sure that no one from a competing firm could show up to rain on their parade? No matter what, all reasons are good to visit the Riviera!
Head Sculpt: Eugenia
Body: FR 6.0, Foot Sculpt: High-heeled
Skin Tone: Hungarian
Hair Color: Soft Ebony
Edition Size: 1025 at $145
Coquette Jordan Duval Dressed Doll, Fashion Royalty La Femme Collection
Natalia Fatalé is not about to let the Perrin family get the best of her and of course, since it would be too suspicious for her to attend the conference in person, she sends her number one confidante, sometimes-model and all-time trouble maker, Jordan Duval. Wait ’til Jordan comes back to Paris with the news that everything is about to change in their little world. Natalia will be green at the thought that she didn’t attend the conference herself! It doesn’t matter though, the only person everyone talked about was Jordan! Her fantastic style was the talk of the town!
Head Sculpt: Jordan
Body: FR 6.0, Foot Sculpt: High-heeled
Skin Tone: A-Tone
Hair Color: Sand Blond
Edition Size: 725 at $145
Sophistiquée Vanessa Perrin Dressed Doll, Fashion Royalty La Femme Collection
When the plan took shape for representatives of W Cosmetics to attend the ETSA conference that was taking place in the South of France this year, it didn’t take much convincing for Vanessa to to jump on board. For weeks now, she had been hearing about changes that were coming and she wanted to be there to find out about everything before everyone else. Vanessa was definitely a Perrin, always right at the center of the action!
When the girls arrived in the South of France, they were delighted to run across Elyse Jolie, who, unbeknownst to them, had been on vacation under the sun for quite sometime already! Sporting a luscious new “bronzé” look, this leading lady of Fashion Royalty shines like a star!
Head Sculpt: Elyse Jolie
Body: FR 6.0
Foot Sculpt: High-heeled and Flat Feet (One Pair of Each Included)
Skin Tone: Light Honey
Hair Color: Dark Mocha
Edition Size: 825 at $120 (Available via W Club Lottery)
Exquise Adèle Makéda Dressed Doll, Fashion Royalty La Femme Collection
When W Cosmetics owner Véronique Perrin opted to put her close friend Adèle in charge of the W Cosmetics delegation at the annual European Trendsetters’ Association (ETSA) meeting in the South of France, she knew she had made the right decision. Who better to represent one of the key players of the beauty industry than one of the top trendsetters on the planet for 5 years running (according to Pop Magazine)? Little did any of them know that their presence there would plant the seed for a major switch in their world, the world of Fashion Royalty!
Head Sculpt: Adèle Makéda 2.0
Body: FR 6.0, Foot Sculpt: High-heeled
Skin Tone: FR Black
Hair Color: Rich Sable
Edition Size: 725 at $120
Merveilleuse Agnes Von Weiss Dressed Doll, Fashion Royalty La Femme Collection
When Agnes arrived at the annual meeting of the design houses to discuss trends and fashion directions for the upcoming season, she had ideas of her own. She made an entrance and her new look immediately sent a message to everyone present that her look was the “IT” look everyone should go for!
Head Sculpt: Agnes Von Weiss
Body: FR 6.0, Foot Sculpt: High-heeled
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Champagne Blond
An Event Exclusive IT Direct Doll
Edition Size: TBA at $150
So was the 2017 FR collection worth waiting for? You bet it was! Jessy Alaya has really sealed his status as an iconic designer for the IT line. Each doll is unique yet cohesive to the Collection theme. I love all of them. However, we can’t always have everything that we want so I settled for Vivacité Eugenia because she sums up Riviera chic perfectly, Exquise Adèle because she is pure sophisticated glamour and I LOVE her short Marcel Wave hair style. I also ordered Agnes because as a W Club member it would be rude not to!
So what do you think of this collection? Did you order any dolls? Let me know in the comments section below.
This last Saturday saw the first Integrity Toys W Club unveiling webinar of 2017. Members were informed a couple of days beforehand that this would be for NU. Face and Fashion Royalty thereby ending much speculation, especially as the FR collection had been so delayed.
This was my first webinar for quite some time, as I did not join the W Club in 2016, and was very much looking forward to this one. It is always interesting to hear the designers talk about their influences and inspirations behind their collections.
The designer for both collections is the young up and coming IT designer Jessy Ayala who was responsible for the hit Reckless collection last year. H talked us through each of the dolls with Carol Roth hosting as usual. The first collection unveiled was the Nu. Face Heirloom Collection. There were 7 dolls in all, including a Lilith and Eden gift set.
Charmed Life Imogen Lennox Dressed Doll, NU. Face Heirloom Collection
Imogen Lennox comes from a long line of beautiful women and when she was scouted by the NU. Face agency, clearly she stood out from the crowd. Her unique look always gives her an edge and she’s in high-demand, whether she’s doing runway shows in London (her native city) or traveling to some exotic locale for a stunning photo shoot. No matter where she goes, Imogen always takes her lucky brooch with her. It has been in her family for generations and has become an intricate part of her look!
Head Sculpt: Imogen
Body: NF 3.0, Foot Sculpt: High-heeled
Skin Tone: Japan
Hair Color: Ginger
Edition Size: 725, $140.00
Heiress Erin Salston Dressed Doll, NU. Face Heirloom Collection
Erin Salston will not settle for less than the latest designer clothing, but she will make an exception for her mother’s antique “FR” mini-case. How can anyone resist such a timeless piece of fashion art? She certainly can’t and that little case always goes wherever she does!
Head sculpt: Erin 2.0
Body: NF 3.0, Foot sculpt: high-heeled
Skin Tone: Latino
Hair color: Amber Brown
Edition Size: 725 at $140.00
Neo-Romantic Rayna Ahmadi Dressed Doll, NU. Face Heirloom Collection
Rayna Ahmadi is a major fashionista and she loves fashion so much that she has an entire room in her fashionable London flat dedicated to her extensive collection of fashion accessories and jewelry of all sorts. Of course, the one thing that totally stands out is her large cuff bracelet, which is an antique jewelry piece that was handed down by her grandmother. Generations of women in her family have worn this piece and it has now become her signature!
Nadja Rhymes always loves to show her sensuous side in a fabulously glam way! Dressed to seduce in this gorgeous lingerie set, Nadja poses with her favorite hand-held mirror. Will the mirror tell who is the fairest one of all? It’s safe to say that in her case, it’s totally her!
Head Sculpt: Nadja 2.0
Body: NF 3.0, Foot Sculpt: High-heeled
Skin Tone: A-Tone
Hair Color: Sterling Silver
Edition size: 725 at $120.00
Hauntingly Lovely Ayumi Nakamura Close-Up Doll, NU. Face Heirloom Collection
Ayumi Nakamura loves to blend her style with her friend Nadja’s and the two have been seen modeling for one of the top lingerie designers on the planet. Since they love contrasts, Ayumi wears a delicate cream-colored petal embroidered cardigan over her own devilishly amazing lingerie set, while she brushes her lovely tresses, waiting for her turn to go in front of the camera.
Head Sculpt: Ayumi 3.0
Body: NF 3.0, Foot Sculpt: High-heeled
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Baby Blond
Edition size: 825 at $120.00
Poetic Beauty Lilith and Eden Blair Twin-Doll Gift Set, NU. Face Heirloom Collection
Lilith and Eden like to create traditions of their own. The sisters are so close, that everything they do is a moment to cherish and remember. Still, like all the other girls at the NU. Face agency, they have their own little accessories that they would consider their “lucky charms” and they never leave home without them!
Head Sculpt: Lilith and Eden
Body: NF 3.0, Foot Sculpt: High-heeled
Skin Tone: Cream
Hair Color: Mahogany (Lilith) and Pale Honey (Eden)
Sold as a Right-to-Buy Lottery doll via IT Direct
Edition size: 925 at $199
I think Jessy has given us a magnificent collection. Each of the dolls is based around the idea of an Heirloom (the brooch belonging to Imogen, the mirror belonging to Nadja). There is a Victorian influence throughout the collection in line with Jessy’s vision of a mansion setting for the dolls. I wanted them all but I controlled myself and only ordered Nadja as she is fierce as hell and I love the mirror accessory so was too good to give up. Judging by the way she has sold out with my dealer I am very glad I did!
What do you think of this collection? Did you order any dolls? If so let me know in the comments section below.
With the introduction of our Salesroom, we have a FashionExclusive by Andymy Designs called Windy Times In London. I caught up with Andymy Designer and DollObservers.com member, Andrei Teican, to get the lowdown on the outfit, his brand, and to get an insight into his design process.
Simon: What inspired you to start your own designer brand for fashion dolls?
Andrei Teican: It might sound a bit like a cliché, but since I was 3 years old I was fascinated by Fashion and Dolls. I would always visit my neighbours to play with their dolls, and I would always find a pen and paper to draw women in skirts and dresses, with fancy hats, and purses, and always high heels.
So, the dream was to become a Fashion Designer but creating this brand came as a desperate act in hard times to keep my mind and hands busy with the Art after I had to give up to college and the big city, to return home. And so Andymy Designs was born, not from inspiration but for the love of both fashion and doll combined.
Simon: You also designed, and brought to market, your own fashion doll, Luna. Tell us about that.
Andrei and his Luna doll
AT: For the same love of dolls and Fashion, I created my own model, Luna Doll, a doll that stands tall at 13’5”. It’s the First Romanian Fashion Doll created, and it is my Model. (YAY!)
Luna Doll came out introducing the Twins: Emely and Amelie De’Luna 2 different girls, like Ying and Yang but with a big heart and unconditional love between them, and they both are LE of 250 each.
People always wonder, why this height: As a collector and designer I felt the need to make a middle sized doll because it is the perfect size to create the perfect doll Fashion. 12”doll’s fashion lacks the power of details and cuts and fancy ornaments that are hard to find in a small size. 16” doll’s fashions, needs extra: more cuts, more fancy ornaments, more details, otherwise the fashion looks dull compared with the detailed doll.
I am aware, and I did take a risk and right now, I can say that Luna Doll is a doll that doesn’t have the immediate success like other dolls, but I know that she will grow in time. I already have some plans about some extra limited Fashions for her, but that is still a secret 😉
She was created in a 6 months timeline and it was done through a project with the help of the company where I work. I met the doll making factory, gave them all the info needed to make the doll, I almost went “loco” with the factory but in the end, I have made my first doll.
Simon: What are your main influences in your designs?
AT. The main influence is the Fabric because you cannot use all the fabrics you have in a warehouse to make the fashion. Then comes the modern designers, sometimes the old styles influence my designs, but mostly I get it all from the workplace.
All my designs are experiments, I could never remake a human-sized outfit like others are doing because otherwise, I would be a seamstress and not a designer.
Simon: You have kindly designed a DollObservers.com exclusive fashion. Tell us about it.
AT: I did! And when you came with the idea of doing it, I said I have the perfect Fashion: Windy Times in London! The perfect Casual look for a business, classy woman on a windy day in London. A sand coloured wool Coat, with a front closure with 2 buttons, (hook and thread closure) over a short sleeved, metallic silver jersey dress, easy to wear with shoes or boots. This outfit is a must have in any wardrobe. You can easily accessorise it with a belt, brooches, pearls due to it’s simple, clean lines.
This outfit is a must have in any wardrobe. You can easily accessorise it with a belt, brooches or pearls due to it’s simple, clean lines.
Simon: What is your personal doll collection like? What dolls do you collect?
AT: Full of Integrity Toys: Fashion Royalty, Nu.Face, some Poppy’s Fr16, 2 Boys, and 90% are naked on shelves. Because I need them up and ready to dress them up and take pictures. I also have 2 Antoinette from Tonner and that’s quite all.
I can say that I enjoy looking at Barbie sometimes, but she doesn’t fit with my aesthetics, and style, reason why the Barbies I end up with are later up on Ebay.
Simon: How do you see the future for your fashion brand and for Luna?
AT: The future is uncertain, but I don’t want this to ever stop. I love dolls and I love fashion; I love the doll community and it makes me feel like home when I meet with them.
I can say that my dream became true. Now is time to work and sweat some more to always keep Andymy Designs in the fashion trends.
As for Luna, I want to bring more dolls in the future, but with a more detailed aspect, keeping her size. I wanted to bring something new to the market, so I will make it Work.
Evolution is necessary, and my fashion Brand and Luna are still new in the industry of Dolls, so my proposal is to keep an eye on me via social media like Facebook, Instagram or my website, www.andymydesigns.com, to see what I have in store for this Market.
Simon: Thank you so much, Andrei, for this very interesting interview. And thank you so much for designing a Fashion Exclusive just for us!
Be sure to check out our Saleroom, a place to buy and sell Fashion Dolls as well as their Fashions, and Accessories.
Today Barbie announced the expansion of its Fashionistas line with 15 new and diverse Ken® dolls, featuring three body types – slim, broad and original – and a variety of skin tones, eye colors, hairstyles and modern fashion looks. The new Ken dolls join an expanded Barbie® Fashionistas® line, making it the most diverse fashion doll line in the marketplace.
In 2016, Barbie introduced three new Barbie body types – tall, curvy and petite – along with new skin tones, eye colors, hairstyles and countless on-trend fashions and accessories. The Barbie brand has always reflected the times, so modernizing Ken is the next step in the brand’s evolution to offer more diverse products.
“By continuing to expand our product line, we are redefining what a Barbie or Ken doll looks like to this generation,” said Lisa McKnight, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Barbie. “Evolving Ken was a natural evolution for the brand and allows girls to further personalize the role they want him to play in Barbie’s world.”
The line includes 15 new Ken dolls with three body types, seven skin tones, eight hair colors, nine hairstyles and modernized fashions, ranging from casual business attire to athletic wear. The brand is also introducing 25 additional diverse Barbie dolls. These dolls join the 100+ diverse looks launched in the Barbie Fashionistas line in the last three years.
The Barbie Fashionistas segment continues to exceed expectations, as sales of the line see high double-digit growth globally and was named “Doll of the Year” at the Toy Industry Association’s Annual T.O.T.Y. Awards. Diversity continues to roll out across brand content, marketing and product, including the Fantasy, Entertainment and Careers segments.
The new Fashionistas launch at retailers nationwide and “The New Crew” can be seen on www.Barbie.com.
What do you think of the new Ken(s)? Let me know in the comments section below.
On the second Saturday of June, we celebrate World Doll Day. The event was first thought up by renowned doll collector and prolific author of doll books, Mildred Seeley. She wanted the day to be a celebration of dolls, but also a day when we think of those less fortunate and give or donate a doll to a child or adult in need. Or just out of pure love and kindness.
This is the letter Mildred wrote in 1986 that started it all:
So, you have not heard of World Doll Day? This is not surprising as of an hour ago, I hadn’t conceived the idea. To make it happen. I need cooperation of every doll collector, every magazine editor, doll newsletter, doll shop, library, doll maker, mother, grandmother, father, grandfather, and all the stray aunts and uncles. The first World Doll Day is the Second Saturday of June 1986. Give a doll to a grownup, child in the family or just a friend. If you don’t have a child to give a doll to – find one. There are many children with no dolls.
The World Day Day logo was created by artist Boots Tyner and represents a child with a German bisque doll–her gift. The logo was designed for free use to promote this special day.
Think of it this way and ship a doll to another country. I have always felt that the common doll could be an instrument of world understanding. From the first time I started writing books on doll making, I had the hope that dolls would help make friends all over the world and develop a little love among all.
World Doll Day will also be a day for doll exhibits. It is my hope that all libraries will have a special doll exhibit. Museums will publicize their doll exhibits and have special doll exhibits at this time. Magazines will put out special editions. Doll stores will put on campaigns weeks ahead. Doll Makers will make special dolls for World Doll Day. There will be doll competitions with World Doll Day awards, plaques and trophies.
The logo is made from artist Boots Tyner’s doll representing a child. The child carries a German bisque doll to represent this doll collectors gift. Feel free to copy the logo or have one made.
Everyone can enjoy the fun as there are no fees, no permission needed, no obligations, nobody owns the day, no club, no company. It’s a free- for- all, take up the day, its ideas and fly with it. Lets do it now. World Doll Day.
If you think World Doll Day is a good idea, then appoint yourself a committee of one to do something about it–only then can it become a reality. Would you tell five people, ask them to tell five people, and each of them tell five people and so on. World Doll Day’s birthday is June 14, 1986.
Mil and Vernon Seeley
P.S. This letter may be copied and copied again and again until the world knows about World Doll Day.
It has been a while -but finally- the first W Club Exclusive Doll of 2017 is here… and she is Poppy Parker, set on mounting a British Invasion! With this release, it certainly seems that Integrity Toys are listening to their fans, as there are a lot of ticks on many a collector’s wish list. Union Jack dress? Check. Red hair, anyone? Double check! Loads of accessories? Absofreakinlutely!
She certainly ticks a few of my own wish list requests, not least of which are the cool accessories. I also love the Union Jack mini dress and she also rocks that raincoat and boots. I really think they have nailed the London Mod look with this release. If there is anything that I am not so keen on it is the pillar box red hair (although very London). It may grow on me when I see her IRL.
Poppy Parker British Invasion
Did you notice the wonderful phone box packaging?
Here is the official Poppy Parker British Invasion blurb:
When the London Tourism Bureau heard that the fantastic Poppy Parker was in town, they couldn’t resist asking her to dress up and take part in one of the most sensational promo campaigns of the time! To this day, everyone is still talking about the day Poppy Parker came to London and made her mark in one of her most iconic looks yet!
Poppy retails for $125 and is available to every W Club member who wishes to order her. No lottery.
Now Take a Seat in Poppy’s Egg Chair
Not only is there a W Club Poppy doll there is a fabulous accessory to go along with her – a beautiful Egg Chair. This is a recreation of the iconic 60’s classic.
The chair costs $40. If Poppy and the chair are ordered together there is a $5 discount.
Below you can see Poppy with her cushion accessories which come with her and are perfect to use with her gorgeous Egg Chair.
So with you be ordering Poppy, her Egg chair, or both? Do let me know in the comments section below.
The Poppy Parker Swinging LondonCollection was announced at the launch of the 2017 W Club with the Upgrade Poppy Parker doll, Popster. Now, finally, Integrity Toys have unveiled the first wave of the groovtastic collection in all its Mod-ern glory. There are six dolls in all, including a two doll giftset and a Special Event W Club member exclusive.
Designed by David Buttry, as always, they take the Poppy storyline to the Swinging London of the mid to late 1960s when it was the centre of the hip and happening Mod Scene. This was the time Britain rose out of the gloom of the post-war era and youth culture was born and embodied by the fashion of the time. Skirts were short and the Twiggy and Jean Shrimpton were the first supermodels that every young woman wanted to emulate. The dolls feature a new 1.5 body with limbs which come apart.
Sign of the Times Poppy Parker Swinging London Collection 2 Doll Gift Set
Poppy is in London and she’d like a Carnaby Street makeover. She hits some of the most popular London boutiques like “Sign of the Times” and gets her hair and makeup done at the grooviest salon in London… Sid Vasoon. Newly arrived from her modeling stint in Paris, Poppy knows it’s time for a new look and this gift set totally delivers! Here you get not one, but two fabulous Poppy Parker dolls in the same super fun collector friendly package, showing Poppy upon her arrival to London from Paris and then post her sleek Mod makeover! Each fully rooted and articulated doll features very distinctive looks, designed to illustrate Poppy’s passage to a new evolution of her look as a “Mod”ern teen idol!
The Sign Of The Times Gift Set is priced at $180 and is available through IT Dealers.
Glad All Over Poppy Parker Swinging London Collection Gift Set
Poppy has arrived in London and she’s so excited to see the debut collection of her clothing line, “Poppy Gear”. She’s having fun trying on and modeling a few of the new dresses from the collection. She’ll be the focus of the ad campaign, modeling the dresses. This totally groovy gift set features a fabulously youthful rendition of Poppy Parker, which features fully rooted hair and delicately hand-applied eyelashes. Poppy comes with three ultra-colorful mini-dresses, three pairs of shoes and all sorts of fun little mix-and-match fashion accessories to create many fun looks! It comes in a brand new Mod-themed collector package that you won’t want to miss!
This three outfit Gift Set is priced at $160 and is available through IT Dealers.
Sunny Slickers Poppy Parker Swinging London Collection
Poppy is on a photoshoot in the streets on a rainy day for makeup company Miss London promoting their new line of lipsticks called Sunny Slickers. Dressed in super vibrant colors to really bring out her lovely features, Poppy puts some pop in her step in a totally groovy rendition of the traditional rain coat. Set to stay perfectly dry on any rainy day, Poppy’s colorful look could bring a ray of light on any dull and dreary rainy day! Comes complete with adorable clear vinyl boots and a fully functional clear vinyl miniature umbrella.
Sunny Slickers is priced at $130 and is available through IT Dealers.
Downtown Poppy Parker Swinging London Collection
On a day off from work, Poppy has decided to take in another day of sightseeing “Downtown”. With her brand-new 35mm portable camera in tow, Poppy will soon be in awe of all the incredible sites and attractions the city has to offer! Poppy is a fully articulated doll with fully rooted hair and hand applied eyelashes. Perfectly clad in her super modern pastel tweed suit, Poppy is set to take London by storm; she just wants to see it all and not miss a beat!
Downtown Poppy Parker retails for $130 and is available from IT Dealers.
Welcome to Misty Hollows Poppy Parker Swinging London Collection
While in London Poppy was asked to be a special guest star on a few episodes of her favorite British Spooky TV series, “Misty Hollows”. This was quite an honor, as she had been watching this show back home even before it became cool to do so! Poppy Parker is dressed perfectly to play the part of the “spooked out” neighbor in this classic British TV series! This absolutely stunning edition of everyone’s favorite teenage model comes dressed in a fashionable Victorian inspired Mod dress, complete with lace cravate and matching ribbon in her hair. Since we couldn’t leave our girl in the dark, Poppy also comes with a super detailed miniature candle and holder*, perfect to shine some light on the mystery surrounding the plot she stars in!
Misty Hollows Poppy Parker retails at $130 and is Special Event doll for W Club Members only.
Although we have seen similar outfits in past Poppy Collections, but then she does exist in the 60s after all, I think David Buttry has perfectly captured this era of 60s with his Poppy Parker Swinging London Collection. The collection will obviously draw a comparison from Barbie’s own Mod Era and will no doubt tempt some B collectors to make a purchase. Glad All Over is particularly reminiscent with her straight bangs and ribbon hairstyle.
Twist n Turn Barbie ushered her into the Mod Era
Whilst I am a fan of the mod era I only really loved the Misty Hollows Poppy from this Collection as she reminds me of one of my favourite actresses, Julie Christie, with her silver blonde hair and understated screening. I am more of a maxi than a mini fan and as we are promised a more dressed up look for Wave Two I am hoping to see something later in the year to tempt me!
What else is in store?
Earlier today David Buttry did a Q&A for W Club members and here are some tidbits we learnt:
The box has been designed by Alain Tremblay and will feature a London phone box type design
There will be no male dolls in the collection
There will be another (one doll) gift set in Wave 2
No news on when Wave 2 will be released
The fabric used for the Misty doll is velvet
In other exciting Poppy news, it was announced yesterday at the Italian Doll Convention that there would be an exclusive Poppy Parker there next year. This will be the first such European exclusive. I know where I will be next May!
So what do you think of Wave 1 of the Poppy Parker Swinging London Collection? Have you managed to get the dolls you wanted? Let me know in the comments section below.
At the GAW convention in April Bill Greening unveiled his latest repro doll, the 50th Anniversary Barbie Hair Fair. She was an instant hit and is the first repro Mod Era Barbie repro for some time. I’m not sure why she is being pitched as a “vintage repro of this popular doll” when the original was a replacement head and wig set and was never sold as a doll. Please feel free to correct me if I am wrong. However, having said all that, she is actually rather wonderful!
The original 1967 Hair Fair Barbie
Hair Fair Barbie repro is dressed in a reproduction of the popular and Mod-est of Mod outfits, the 1967 Sunflower #1683. The outfit will include hot pink shoes and the earrings and bracelet accessories.
In the late 1960s, the hot trend was hair! From big hair to ever-changing hairstyles, even Barbie® embraced this mod fashion trend in 1967. She’s hard to come by for vintage collectors, but soon you’ll be able to get a 50th Anniversary Barbie™ Hair Fair Doll reproduction for your collection!
The Hair Fair Barbie Repro will be available later this month from The Barbie Collection and will retail for $50.
So what do you think of the Hair Fair Barbie repro? Will you be one of the first to order her?
Today sees the official unveiling of the prototype Riviera Drama Agnes Von Weiss W Club Upgrade doll. You may remember that this particular doll was the result of an Integrity Toys W Club Members’ poll at the end of 2016. Her entire look – skin tone, hair, and outfit – were the results of the popular vote. So too was her character being chosen in the first place.
Riviera Drama Agnes seems to have divided some fans with her emerald jumpsuit, raven side-do, and heavy makeup/nude lip combo. Personally, I’m loving her look, and her raven hair in particular. I can see her sipping cocktails in some beachside terrace or luxury yacht.
Our first glimpse of Agnes was an artist sketch when the 2017 W Club was announced.
Here is Agnes’ Official Blurb:
Even the powerful Agnes Von Weiss needs some time away from it all at times, but the Baroness is not your usual tourist! No vacation would be “normal” as far as everyone’s favourite socialite is concerned if it did not involve a little, *ahem*, a lot of drama like only she knows how to create. If you ask her, she’ll tell you that it’s all in good fun… But, the other guests at the resort would probably beg to differ. In any case, Agnes does it all in style and like her or not, she never leaves anyone indifferent!
Riviera Drama Agnes Von Weiss, The Fashion Royalty Collection 2017, W Club Upgrade Doll
So what do you think of the final doll? Let me know in the comments section below.
DollObservers.com is having a Spring Giveaway! Up for grabs, we have a Marcelo Jacob one of a kind 12″ fashion doll pantsuit in a green and floral design. This outfit is simply perfect for Spring! Marcelo is a very talented designer of doll clothes based in Spain and he was kind enough to donate this outfit for a member giveaway. All you have to do is be a member of the site and like and comment on the post currently pinned to the top of our homepage.
If you aren’t already a member then be sure to register now. The winner will be picked at random and announced on 30/04/17.
For more info about Marcelo and his amazing work check out his website: marcelojacob.com
Our latest member to be featured in an interview needs little introduction, for Terri is possibly one of the most prolific and well-known fashion doll bloggers on the Internet. With her blog Collecting Fashion Dolls by Terri Gold. I’m sure all of us at one time have read one of Teri’s insightful reviews or been in adoration over her stunning photography. So it was a special treat to see that Terri become a DollObservers.com member.
Recently Terri also kindly agreed to an interview, giving us a real insight into her creative process, collection, and life in general. I hope you enjoy it!
DollObservers: What made you join DollObservers.com?
TG: I had seen it on Facebook and I think a specific doll was featured that interested me.
DollObservers: When did you start collecting/playing dolls?
TG: I began playing with dolls as a child. My first dolls were Toni, Little Miss Revlon and Ginny. By the time Barbie hit the scene I was outgrowing dolls and I never got involved with them. Many, many years passed during which I did not play with or collect dolls but I never got tired of little things. I built scale model furniture and created rooms – which I still have – although some of my dolls have now stolen items from those miniature rooms.
My first experience with a Barbie doll ended badly. She was a skier. (Ski Fun Barbie?) My young son got a hold of her and brushed her hair. She looked awful after that and I threw her away. One Halloween weekend a bunch of years ago, my husband and I were in Manhattan for a photography convention at the Javits Center. While wandering around Toys-R-Us in Times Square and I saw the Bratz dolls. I don’t know why they appealed to me so much. I started collecting them. I discovered a Bratz group on Yahoo. From there I found other doll groups and doll boards, one of which led me to the Tonner Doll Company. The wild coincidence is that I lived only 11 miles from Tonner’s offices. I went to what they called a Trunk Sale and bought my first Tyler dolls. I had already been buying Tiny Kitty dolls. The doll doctor, Noreen, predicted that there would be no going back. Who knew she was right?
DollObservers: The dolls in my collection:
TG: The most numerous dolls in my collection are from the Tonner Doll Company. I have a very large collection of Tiny Kitty dolls, their furniture, cases and props. My other Tonner dolls are the 16-inch Tyler types and Antoinette dolls. I love Tonner’s fashions and often buy back items that I sold years ago. I can gaze at my showcases every day and not get tired of the dolls inside. The next largest group of dolls are those manufactured by Integrity Toys. I had at least 100 of them at one time, but in the last three years, I’ve whittled them down to my very favourites.
I got into Gene for a while and currently have a nice selection. I love props, and the Tonner Doll Company and Ashton Drake have made wonderful furniture for the 16-inch dolls. It takes up a lot of room, but it’s worth it. I have a lovely collection of Silkstones and Madame Alexander Cissettes. The Monster High populates a big shelf, and there are several boxed vinyl Barbies. I have a few big Cissy dolls and a collection of Somers and Fields Daisy and Willow dolls. Rounding out the collection are my resin BJDs. They range in size from 4.5 inches to 17 inches and are from different manufacturers namely Soom, Fairyland, Jamieshow, Ficon and Superdoll.
DollObservers: You write an incredibly successful fashion doll blog. What made you start the blog and what is it that you most enjoy about owning a blog?
TG: I just looked back at my first post, which was 10/20/06. It shows two pictures of the first re-root I ever did and was written during the Fashion Royalty convention, which was held in Baltimore. I suppose I needed to connect to the doll world in a more complex way than just being involved on doll boards.
Two years later I moved the blog from Yahoo to Google Blogger, so there are two dates on those early posts. Approximately a year ago, I changed photo servers, and many of the images on the blog are blank. Other than the work involved in ‘housekeeping’ a blog I like being able to do research and give background information on dolls. For a few years, I did a popular weekly “Photo of the Week Award” in which I featured a great picture and the collector who created it.
One of the best things about writing a blog is the people who write to me – usually off the blog – about all sorts of issues. It’s amazing who’s out there and the feedback I get is really great. I love it. According to many people, I am the only blogger who is willing to tell the truth about certain products. This has also created a group of haters. Do you know what they say about how to start an argument? Post an opinion.
Having written for so many years has created a wonderful diary. I do recommend it.
DollObservers: Any tips for members who might want to start their own blog?
TG: Make it personal but create boundaries; it is the Internet and your personal family issues, economic situation and very personal problems do not belong in a blog.
Put yourself into the blog with your opinions and feelings. Give people a reason to keep coming back. Develop a style uniquely yours. Be a reporter and develop a certain distancing diplomacy because if you are honest and post opinions, the haters will come out of the woodwork. Don’t slander people and don’t break the law. Post great photos and edit your own to show only one or two of the same doll. It is unnecessary to post ten pictures of the same doll in slightly different posts. Pick the best and store the rest.
DollObservers: Your doll photography is phenomenal. What top tip do you have for budding doll photographers?
TG: Read your camera manual. Put your camera on a tripod if your pictures are out of focus. Comb your dolls’ hair. Simplify the settings. There are many how-to pages on the Internet. Read a few.
7. What does your family make of your love of dolls?
TG: My husband is very supportive. He attends conventions and other doll events with me. The young children in my family love the dolls. The rest don’t care. The only questions I’ve ever been asked by a family member is, “How many dolls do you have?”
DollObservers: Other than playing with dolls what else do you do to relax?
TG: Yoga, gardening, reading, cooking and TV. We’re a few months into a new home so there is a load of stuff to do. It’s not exactly relaxing but it’s necessary.
DollObservers: Lastly how would you describe yourself in 3 words?
TG: Irreverent, hungry and fun-loving.
This interview was first published on May 12, 2013