The Poppy Parker Swinging London Collection 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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.