My On The Rise Elise has arrived and I’m very relieved because this one won’t be going back to patient care.
Comapring to Agnes and Eugenia which arrived earlier, she’s very lovely and doesn’t have any mold, bad smells, facial paint or messed up eyelashes issues, so I’m happy.
Here are just a few pix while she was still in the box:

Her eyes seem to be looking in different directions (left one is looking up the other one just to the side), but I have a feeling that’s just the way the screening was done on all/most of them

Dress fabric closeup:

Accessories:

I still need to wash her hair as it’s very stiff from the product and put some paint over the eyelash glue, so more detailed out of box pictures will be coming later:)

Elusive Creature Natalia also arrived a couple days ago.
(With only 2 weeks between the 3 shipments, why couldn’t they all just arrive at once? Would save me so much on shipping, as the dealer was unresponsive about withholding the shipments to consolidate them into one package..)

She is fine quality-wise, but I am not keeping her.. She just looks different from promo pics. She seemed much softer and youthful for some reason and I thought her hair would be more platinum, instead it’s darker, almost dirty blond yellow.

Her makeup reminds me of Hot Property alot:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/51265969@N07/5001079441

If her face was like that I wouldn’t hesitate to keep her. In comparison to HP Natalia, you can tell how dramatically the quality and deatil of facial paint slipped over the years.
So right now I’m really wondering why my money went on this Natalia instead of much better executed version from 2008..

I also don’t like the ultrawhite paint that was used on the eyes, it looks very unnatural

Her vest is made of the same bulky fabric which was used for Agnes’ skirt and corset..

Obviously, the best part of her outfit would be her huge straw hat which you can’t really see in box

The accessories:

same old, same old bangles, and new sunglasses which I totally don’t get. The lenses are just made of bland brown plastic. It looks so strange. Miss those days when the glasses lenses were actually transparent

The boots:

Dealer posted the doll in just shipper, and the box has arrived with a slight dent, which never happened to me before.

But I’ve seen much, much worse on Flickr.
On that photo, the box got so smashed, the doll got damanged as well.. I don’t think it’s the dealers fault though. The new boxes are just not as sturdy to withstand the longer journeys well. And the cardboard does feel more squishy, so not happy about having one more thing to worry about.

I got two of my preorders, High Visibility Agnes and City Prowl Eugenia today.. and what can I say, they are just awful.. Agnes is all wonky and Eugenia also has a very obvious flaw and a moldy corset.. One good thing is that they at least don’t smell with basement or anything like that, as was reported by some collectors. And Agnes is completely mold free as far as I can tell.
So here is Agnes:

Guess this picture speaks a thousand words. Seems like Integrity is using new type of lashes on the FR dolls. These lashes have this glossy shine (I prefer the matte finish of old lashes) and there is a difference when it comes to the fiber type.. The old lashes were possible to reshape, you could raise or lower them, but the new ones always revert back to their original shape. The problem begins when one of the eyelashes is glued at the wrong angle. And both of my dolls come with one eyelash covering one eye and other lash is pointed in a different direction. And it’s not the only problem with Agnes.. one of her eyes is bigger and the other one is smaller/narrower and the lip paint is way, way off. Really disappointed.. Also her skintone is darker than typical Japan tone, it’s closer to  ‘japan 2.5′ which has a bit greyish tint. I don’t have the doll to compare anymore, but as I remember Flight Pattern Kyori came with a similar skintone, though Agnes has a different head vinyl quality..  One good thing I can point out though is that she doesn’t have the smooshed head syndrome, her head shape is just perfect.

As for the outfit, I’m just happy it’s not moldy and I don’t have to wash the whole bunch of delicate clothes. Some pieces are better than others, but I haven’t really played with everything yet because I’d rather wait until the replacement head arrives.. I’ve no idea when that might happen though because I might have to wait until Natalia and Elise arrive before contacting the patient care.


I like the rusted copper jewelry, but the sunglasses are just plain ugly



The shoes look promising in their packages..


That notorious ultra thick corset


The drawer barely fits in the box..but that’s the least of my concerns.

And here is Eugenia..

She has a strange dot of white paint on her right eye..and again, those unevenly glued lashes

Her skintone is Caucasian, but the body is more dark and yellow comparing to the head which is more or less true to the typical caucasian tone.



Eugenia’s corset was my most anticipated clothing piece from Safari collection. And it does look good on the outside.. but if you turn it over..

Disgusting!!!

It seems like all of Eugenia’s budget went on her corset, hardly any fabric left for the skirt..



The accessories and shoes are nice.. not a big fan of tacky silver thread for laces though

I’m just too furious to play right now.. and having to wait till others arrive to send the heads back is also annoying, so I decided to vent here.. When/if I get the ones I’d be happy with, I might do a proper review then. Next time I’ll think a million times before preordering anything.

Costume Drama Giselle is probably the most rerooted FR doll ever. I should know, because this one has been rerooted 3 times..
To be honest, now I wish I never bothered with it, as overtime I actually started liking her cute short hairdo.
Not all of them came with a perfect haircut, mine had uneven hair length which really bothered me..

The reroot artist which would have done a perfect job on her wasn’t available for the commission at the time, so I went with a different person I never dealt with before.
What they did was a big disappointment.. The shade they used was two tones darker than what I requested, the reroot itself was messy and even my directions regarding the style were completely ignored. So this was the moment when I realized I had to learn how to reroot myself to save my poor Giselle..
So then I came up with this..

At first I was fairly happy with it, but overtime I realized that it was just terrible (it was my first attempt afterall, would be strange if it was otherwise) and that I still used a wrong color, as the platinum I had was just a little darker than her original (it makes no difference in pictures but it was noticeable in person).

That’s when her original look started growing on me, so I bought another Costume Drama Giselle..
Even though her hair looked great, my first one still had a prettier face, even with her semi ruined lashes.

So I decided to reroot her again, this time in Snowwhite platinum. I didn’t even have a distinct look in mind, tbh I just wanted to fix her..
I parted her hair in the middle without too much consideration, mostly because the holes were already there :p just then I realized how big her forehead really is, so the centerpart is probably not the best look for her, but it was too late either way.. I also gave her a razor cut and I guess layers helped somehow, so now I don’t hate it as much.. and at least the color is just perfect for her now.
Even though I have no way to compare it, I’m pretty sure it’s the shade she originally had. I noticed that my second Giselle actually comes with warmer platinum blond. Guess sometimes Integrity does this.. there are 2 versions of Baby It’s You Poppy as well, some come with icy platinum, others with warmer shade.

So I guess this is where I’ll stop tweaking her, enough is enough:)

Power Game Natalia is a 2009 Iconic Convention doll (LE350), she was a part of a giftset which was given to all the attendees. I got her just wearing her lingerie which is my favorite look out of the three. It is rather unusual for this character to come in caucasian skintone. Natalia usually uses a range of tan skitones, so the ‘paleness’ of this incarnation makes her pretty unique.

Her hair is gorgeous! It was taken out of her original style, I like it much better this way:)

Quick Updates:

  • I was hoping to wake up to an email with promo pics of the convention dolls today.. didnt happen.

    the following dolls are still stuck in customs and haven't made it to the convention yet:
    Wild Thing Poppy
    Le Smoking Adele table gift
    Grandiose Natalia
    Color Infusion
    One of the workshop dolls

    well that's just wrong.
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  • OOAK Dark Matter Giselle Diefendorf
    *photo by JennFL2

    woah a ooak Giselle, the doll is amazing but i already hate the new nuface body..
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  • OMG so many dolls!
    Flickr accounts to stalk during the convention:
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/jennfl
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/nevraforever
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/16864995@N05/
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/lady_scorpio/
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    https://www.flickr.com/photos/angelicdreamz/
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  • ghoultalk1
    Got the MH Ghoul Talk set in Sainsburys last weekend:)
    Tbh i mostly wanted it for Rochelle.. she looks so cute with bangs and ponytail and mint green lips.. as for Catrine, I had the debut one but sold her after I got the New Scaremester one which got purple eyeshadow i liked better than pink.. and this one comes with pink eyeshadow again.. they both are pretty awesome though.. had to go through maybe 8 sets or so to find one with most decent facepaint

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  • wow check out these amazing vector artworks of some of the FR and monster high dolls:
    https://www.flickr.com/photos... Love this portrait of BOD Lucy!
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  • New FR Vanessa based on 2013 Integrity Toys Design Competition winner 'Edge' By Lisa Ramsammy.

    Original doll: https://www.flickr.com/photos/...

    For the first time ever, there is no preorder limit, anyone can preorder as many of this doll as they want.

    Item # 91354
    Edge
    Vanessa Perrin Dressed Doll
    The Fashion Royalty Collection
    2013 Design Competition Award Doll by Lisa Ramsammy
    Edition Size: TBA (Based on all orders received, see ordering information below)
    Suggested Retail Price:
    $150 public/$135 W Club Members (+ Shipping and tax if applicable)
    Estimated Delivery Date: Approximately Late Fall/Early Winter 2014


    Doll Tech-Specs:
    Head Sculpt: Vanessa 3.0
    Body: FR 2013
    Skin Tone: FR White
    Quickswitch Feature: No
    Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied
    Hair Color: Luscious Blond

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