7/01/2015

"Shimmering Dynasty" Katy Keene Doll

There's so much truth to the statement, "When it rains; it pours." Yesterday we picked up nearly 50 artist dolls we'll be selling on consignment. Today "Shimmering Dynasty" Katy Keene and Sybarite "Precious" arrived.  Tomorrow  Kingdom Doll "Eira" is due to arrive and I believe "Midas Touch" Poppy is due very shortly.  A new microwave oven is on it's way to be installed this afternoon and we're meeting with our real estate agent tomorrow for the second foray into the housing market this week. I'm trying to stay calm. I only go crazy when tornado warnings are issued which seems to be almost every week lately in addition to torrential rain and lightning. I need a vacation...but I'd probably be bored to death.
Wait...I forgot one thing. My graphics card dropped dead on Sunday night. Off to the Apple Store I went to have one of their geniuses check it out. Luckily for me there will be no charge to replace the card because there has been an issue with this particular card. Yay. But I'm using a dinky old laptop without Photoshop. The things we become accustomed to....

Anyway, let's discuss Katy Keene. For the first time (for me) from Integrity Toys, the inner doll box was wrapped in tissue paper—just like a Silkstone doll. That was a nice touch.
The box is very attractive with it's KK graphics inside and out.


The gown is exactly as shown in the promotional photos. It's lovely and I hope it fits my other FR dolls.


I'm not a big fan of the painting of this sculpt. It could be beautiful if there were shading but that's not going to happen. I have said it before...Katy Keene should have been created to look like vintage Katy Keene, not a distant relative of Jem who owns a comb.

KK shares Jem's sculpt but not the wild hair.

It would have been appropriate to have cartoonish screening without shading in that case. Just slapping a name on a doll does not mean anything. The graphics on the box are the only authentic Katy Keene thing about this doll.


I had to give her a chance because I loved Katy Keene when I was a child.


Her hair is separated into three distinct curled, uber-gelled segments. It is not a cohesive style. That is the only defect and it's a result of a poorly trained or poorly instructed factory worker.



6/28/2015

Integrity Toys' Excellent 2015 NuFace Collection

Long anticipated by NuFace collectors, the 2015 collection went live for W Club members on Saturday, June 27. The designers did a great job providing adorable outfits with accessories on attractive dolls. There are no weird hair bumps or outlandish eyeshadow colors to contend with. The collection is focused and stylish.
Each outfit comes with a jacket, handbag and simple jewelry. A lot of black was used but black is always in style. If I were a NuFace collector I'd definitely be ordering Erin and Nadja. I would like to have Giselle's dress and Nadja's top and skirt for my Monogram dolls. 
I don't remember seeing a closed edition of 1000 in a long time. Giselle must be the one they expect to wow the crowd. I think they may have underestimated the popularity of Nadja. 
What's your opinion? Will you be ordering any of these gals? Which ones?
Voltage  Erin S.™ Dressed Doll
LE  800
Retail Price: $135.00 + Shipping & Handling
Head Sculpt: Erin 2.0
Body Type:  Nu.Face 2.0
Skin Tone: Japan
Hair Color: Strawberry Blond

Polarity  Nadja R.™ Dressed Doll
LE  600
Retail Price: $135.00 + Shipping & Handling
Head Sculpt: Nadja 2.0 (New Sculpt!)
Body Type:  Nu.Face 2.0
Skin Tone: Dark A-Tone
Hair Color: Midnight Black
Power House Ayumi N.™ Dressed Doll
LE  800
Retail Price: $135.00 + Shipping & Handling
Head Sculpt: Ayumi 3.0
Body Type: Nu.Face 2.0
Skin Tone: Japan
Hair Color: Dark Brown

Electric Enthusiasm Dominique Makeda™ Dressed Doll
LE  600
Retail Price: $135.00 + Shipping & Handling
Head Sculpt: Dominique Makeda 2.0
Body Type: Nu.Face 2.0
Skin Tone: Light Honey
Hair Color: Luscious Blond

Energetic Presence Giselle D.™ Dressed Doll
LE  1000
Retail Price: $135.00 + Shipping & Handling
Head Sculpt: Giselle D.
Body Type: Nu.Face 2.0
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Brunette

6/27/2015

Integrity Toys' ITBE and Jem Dolls Revealed

Five new ITBE dolls were revealed to W Club members on Friday morning June 26. Each will be available by lottery only. The winners will pay $99. each plus shipping.
Each doll is an edition of between 310-375 and will ship upon receipt of payment. 
They have the first generation FR2 body, the Monogram body or the NuFace 1.0 body.
As for the fashions, we've seen them all before in other colors.


 From left to right they are:

"Night"
Limited Edition Size of 375 Dolls
Head Sculpt: Minx
Body Type:  Monogram
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Black
(The dress is very unflattering.  Shorten it and put on some chunky jewelry to bring the volume up from her knees to her neckline. I'd cut her hair, too. Too much trouble. She's a mess.)



"Rare Jewel"
Limited Edition Size of 315 Dolls
Head Sculpt: Rayna
Body Type:  Nu.Face 1.0
Skin Tone: Dark A-Tone
Hair Color: Black
(Not only is her dress a repeat, her name is as well.)
  

"Flawless Impact"
Limited Edition Size of 325 Dolls
Head Sculpt: Dania
Body Type:  Nu.Face 1.0
Skin Tone: Dark A-Tone
Hair Color: Black
(My favorite.)

"Ignite"
Limited Edition Size of 310 Dolls
Head Sculpt: Janay 3.0
Body Type:  FR2 (First Generation)
Skin Tone: Cream
Hair Color: Cherry Brown
(I want her shoes.)


"Media Sensation"
Limited Edition Size of 320 Dolls
Head Sculpt: Alysa 3.0
Body Type:  FR2 (First Generation)
Skin Tone: Cream
Hair Color: Red
(Anyone getting this doll wanting to get rid of the body...contact me.
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It always cracks me up to read this line they put on their offerings:
"We are always thrilled to be able to bring you these opportunities! "
They're even more thrilled when everything sells. 
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TWILIGHT IN PARIS™ JERRICA BENTON/JEM Doll 
Approx. Retail Price: $149.99 US ($162.00 w/ CA Sales tax incl at the show)
Available at Hasbro's Booth #3329 at Comic-Con International in San Diego
Following the convention, a limited number will be available on HasbroToyShop.com.
 "This Truly Outrageous 2015 Comic Con and HasbroToyShop.com exclusive comes with all of the components to turn JERRICA BENTON into JEM via Integrity Toys' QuickSwitch system that allows users to easily pop the head sculpts on and off, as well as the clothing components required to turn JERRICA BENTON into JEM in a few minutes! But that's not all. As a bonus, this highly sought after collectible is brought to fans intricately packaged in a custom souvenir box that turns into a 30" tall diorama of the Eiffel Tower to use as a background to display JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS! Doll stand and certificate of authenticity included."

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Anthony Julian™ Dressed Fashion Figure
Retail Price: $130.00 US + Shipping and Handling.
The JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS™ Collection
Limited Edition Size of 500 Dolls
Body Type: FR Homme
Head Sculpt: Anthony (New Head Sculpt)
Skin Tone: A-Tone
Hair Color: Black


6/25/2015

Rebel Princess "Precious"

Here is the listing on Superdoll's page that just went up. I love the outfit on this one!  
241.89 British Pounds equals $380.60 US Dollars.  Postage to the US $67.58. Isn't that how much is used to cost for the resin Sybarites? It seems quite high although DHL, the service that delivers here, is excellent. They do not run over the packages with their trucks and that's a good thing. Total cost with shipping to US $448.18.




PRECIOUS - GEN X - DD_088

After years in development we are delighted to present
our ALL NEW Vinyl formula. version T-5 sample.

REBEL PRINCESS Generation_X
Clone: 1000 Venus d'Royce

*please note different monitors may show colours differently.
*production may vary individually and from prototype shown.

Dreamy vanilla caramel eyes, arched for attitude brows in blonde with shadow of rose and muted blacks. Lids in translucent dark grey. Lips the colour of geranium infused rose.

Huge blonde wig bearing center parting, in a 'voluptuous' state; cascading down either side of her face and swirling into waist length big loose curls.

Today would be a day out with the gurls. Shopping? Lunch? High Tea?, and Venus has no intention of getting back to her ivory tower before daybreak, so she decided on her leopard and paisley 'girly pentagram' puffed sleeve smock frock; a pair of 'off beat' fishnet track pants. And just in case it gets a bit nippy on this summers eve, a huge big yellow fur wrap! She has this day to night to day feeling! Wrapping her neck in bling  'gold' chokers to accentuate her cute organza collar and bow, she also added an arm full of white lacquer bracelets. and finally adding that 'what the heck is Boho anyway?' slouchy fringed shoulder bag of olive, trimmed in real leather with England smiley, made her feel she had all she needs in a purse.

She walked through the palace hallway, heading straight for the open door of her unmarked tinted window auto with her chauffeur closing the door, she murmured to herself, "see ya later".
Venus was heading out till tomorrow!

Additional accessories: her cute flower and princess crown headpiece and her stiletto golfing slip-ons in bronze, gold and hologram.
of course she comes with the following standards:
-manic_cure hands (see booklet for hand change instructions)
-booklet
-stand

ED:100
Please allow 40 days and 40 nights for delivery
In stock and ready to be delivered
Price: £241.89 (Excluding VAT at 20%)


Photos and text are the property of Superdoll Collectibles. I did fix the spelling in a few spots.

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SHANTOMMO's Haute Couture 2015: Three New Looks

If you are not on his mailing list, get it done! Ryan Liang has been creating edgy fashions for quite a while but I just received my first last month and I'm a total fan. This dress, modeled by Veronique on an FR2 body, is from his Dark Fantasy Collection. It's made very well and I love it.

Ryan's new collection consists of three fashions for your 12" dolls as seen below:


They sold out very quickly but it you get on the mailing list, you may be able to snag one or more for yourself next time.

http://www.shantommo.com/collections

6/19/2015

Emma Jean's "Dramatic Entrance" Outfit

Described as a "simple black knit dress beneath a stunning rich and creamy coat trimmed in faux fur and a velvety collar," this is the one and only item from the Deja Vu line that I have ordered. I don't own any Deja Vu dolls but I fell in love with the look of this ensemble and rightly assumed that the roomy coat would fit any of my 16" dolls.

Modeling here is Tonner's Cami. The dress, which I don't show, is slightly on the tight side as I couldn't snap all the snaps. I did not put on the black hosiery and the shoes, although they fit, have a more of an arch than Cami's feet have.

 The large collar can be turned up.
On Cami, the hat is too large so a straight pin was used to take up the slack. If I had wanted to put the hat all the way down to her eyebrows, it might have been the correct diameter.


The ensemble really should have come with earrings. It wouldn't have been a big deal to make matching jet bead studs.

I like the construction of the coat but this very visible spot needs attention. Where is the other half of the triangle?

The promotional photo below doesn't look like my coat. I wonder if they are all this way. I need another triangle to replace the half that's there...or something.
Instead of placing the triangles this way, the appliques should have been shifted around so no triangle had to be halved. That's a design flaw. Perhaps the factory made the decision.


Here is what the shoes look like on Cami.

In spite of everything, I like the outfit and will be putting it on one of my BJDs.