Apparently the biggest storm is over the perceived change in Vanessa's sculpt. Even before I read the pages and pages of troubled and unhappy comments I had her on my pre-order list. At first I thought, oh good, now my addiction to that sculpt is over and I don't HAVE to have every one anymore. And then as I looked at her more, I realized that it was only her hair that I didn't like. It was in the style of Shirred Not Shaken. Remember her?
|Shirred Not Shaken|
Most of us have multiples of particular sculpts - all painted differently with differently colored and differently styled hair. Many collectors re-root brand new dolls; others tweak their looks slightly with paint or just by restyling the hair. If no one had told me that this version of Vanessa was redone "in order to keep the family resemblance" (with Veronique) going, I wouldn't have known the difference. I would have thought that they chose to paint her lips without the teeth showing. She's got the same huge eyebrows, the same nose, the same everything. I don't think she looks like Vero II. I didn't think the original looked like Vanessa either.
And if I am wrong (!?%#*!?* ) then the designers are shooting themselves in the collective foot by messing with the most popular character ever since the beginning of Fashion Royalty and one has to wonder what the thought process is or if anyone is even thinking.
Last year when I was still carrying on a one-woman protest about the retiring of Veronique's sculpt, I sarcastically posted that they should just go ahead and retire Vanessa at the same time. Whoa!!! There was a small uprising from the rank and file...no, don't change Vanessa, blah, blah. It was obvious that no one wanted to see her change.
Let's look at the rest of the new Fashion Royalty line which will have applied eyelashes although not for the purposes of photography. There are 12 dressed dolls and two separate fashions.
Three female and two male dolls are new characters! Someone has definitely been working overtime.
|Quiet Storm Annik™ London Mist Imogen™ Easy Elegance Korinne™|
|Silent Partner Romain Perrin™ & Fast Track Victor James™ $125. each.|
|It was fun looking for this picture.|
|In The Trenches and True Blues Luxury Wear™ Fashion $75. each.|
|Pencil Me In Eugenia Perrin Frost™ Scene Stealer Isha™ Porcelain Beauty Kesenia™ High Brow Adèle Makéda®|
|Leading Man Lukas Maverick™ Dress Code Vanessa Perrin® Breaking The Mold Véronique Perrin®|
Estimated delivery of all dolls appears to be the Second Quarter of 2011. (April, May, June)