Hard Metal Lillith is a part of ITBE (Integrity Toys Basic Edition) Line. She’s not officially named as Lillith, so technically it might as well be Eden, but everyone still refers to her as Lillith because of her raven hair.
Lillith is the first twin to be produced with a caucasian skintone, which makes her extra special.. Initially I was rather shocked by the prices she was going for on the secondary market, especially taking into consideration her retail price which is only $60, but then, when her edition size was finally revealed, it pretty much explained the craze.. She is limited to only 300 which is same edition size as this year’s convention centerpieces, which means that not all convention goers were able to purchase this doll.
She uses dynamite girls body which very close to nuface, but it’s made of inferior quality vinyl and it does feel very lightweight and generally not as smooth as regular nuface bodies..
She comes in a simple belted dress made of metallic-looking fabric:
The shoes are actually not as bad, (I expected the worst tbh), but they are neatly made, so nice surprise there. No jewelry or other accessories included, just a stand.
Shot of her NRFB:
Lillith uses the very same screening as last year’s NuFantasy Gretel. Here is a side by side comparison:
Gretel appears to have thicker eyeliner, but it could just seem like it because of her thicker lashes. And unfortunately both share the same flaw which is slight wokny eye..but they’re still beautiful either way..
Even though I love dolls with pale lips, I have a feeling like they’ve been overused on twins lately..I’d love to see this sculpt with more dramatic lips.. it’s a been a looong time since Elements of Surprise:)
This is probably my last Kesenia, I’ve been trying to warm up to this character, but I guess it’s not meant to be. I discussed my issues with Kesenia sculpt earlier, so I won’t be repeating myself again this time… Your Kind of Model is probably the prettiest Kesenia so far, and for the first time she uses japan skintone instead of porcelain.
A big reason why I preordered this gal was her outfit. I’m sensing since she’s one of the less popular characters, designers dressed her a bit more generously comparing to say, Dania from the same collection. Her look consists of a black fur jacket, 2 dresses layered on top of each other, jewelry set, a purse and shoes.
Really love the jacket, of course it prevents proper arms articulation, but that’s not unusual for doll jackets.
As for the top layer dress.. well lets just say it’s not up to par with the rest of the outfit quality-wise.. From a distance it looks great, but if you take a closer look you’ll notice all the frayed edges, poor construction, and the fabric which doesn’t have an expensive feel to it…
The dress she’s wearing underneath is much nicer.. it only needs a belt:
Shoes and accessories are pretty amazing, the purse does open and close, shoes are easy to put on and fit nicely and the jewelry set is lovely too if you don’t count those 2 bangle style bracelets that’s been overused in last couple of years. Love the bracelet covered with crystals though.
When Kesenia was first announced she was somewhat associated with Poesie Vanessa… tbh I don’t see it that much anymore.. except the blue sideglancing eyes and yellowish blond hair, they don’t share as much in common..
Agnes ready to display Kesenia’s outfit:)
Elise is one of my favorite characters, so obviously, I had to have Midnight Star. Tbh It’s been a while since I was THAT excited about an FR doll..she’s a real stunner!
Midnight Star is a convention souvenir doll, since there is no certificate included inside the box, her edition size is a bit of a mystery. (The email all wclub members received didn’t state the edition size either..)
Her outfit was inspired by a runway look from Jason Wu 2013 spring/summer collection:
I love the 1/6 scale version too. I think it looks more striking in person than in photos.. The straps do look kinda sloppy though, but the rest of the dress is really lovely. The tulle is not as stiff as it sometimes can be, so it’s pretty flowy and it even rains glitter..
Her skintone is actually japan, looks like she’s the first Elise to use this skintone since the debut Blue Blood. Her head vinyl is, luckily, not translucent, but still it’s rather poor color match for the body.. or vice versa? The arms look tad dark next to the torso part too.
Here is a pic taken with a cellphone in regular tungsten light:
The hair on my doll is rather messy..quite alot of stray hairs, visible rubberband and not loving the overwhelming amount of stitches holding the wave in place either..so I’m seriously considering taking her hair down but I want to see how long it really is first..
I didn’t put on the jewelry she came with.. mainly because I didn’t feel like anything was missing anyways, and I didn’t love the pieces all that much tbh.. the earrings when inserted resemble Frankie Stein’s neck bolts and I’m bored to death of bangle-style bracelets already.. I think what would’ve worked for this look would be some massive futuristic looking wrist cuff.. oh and I totally love the neverbeforeseen indigo blue nailpolish.. glad it wasn’t the too obvious red.
Engaging vs. Midnight Star
It’s impossible not to notice her resemblance to 2011 Engaging Elise. These two dolls use very similar color palette, but very different screening.
I personally prefer Midnight Star.. as I never was too much of a fan of downwards pointed eyeliner, Midnight has larger eyes and more prominent silvery accents near her inner eye corners. I think I like Engaging eyebrows better though, along with her skintone and the fact that her head actually matches the body…..
Midnight Elise’s hair color is original brunette, so one shade lighter than black, and Engaging hair is 100% raven.
Both are stunning, but I think they’re too similar to keep both in one collection.. just imho.
The ‘old’ vs ‘new’ FR2 body comparison
I thought I’d do a separate post on this one, but honestly, it seemed pointless, as there are barely any differences between the two ‘generations’ of bodies.
The Wclub email we got earlier this year referred to it as ‘newly refined’ and ‘renovated’ version of the FR2 body. But all the innovations that were actually introduced were:
1. Redesigned knee joints:
2. New FR2 bodies use standard Fashion Royalty hand sculpt.
That’s it. I inspected both bodies closely and couldn’t spot any more differences. I just have a feeling that older bodies were manufactured with greater attention. Say, the seam lines are more neatly treated on the older body, but they generally feel similar.
Elise came in new smaller size box, the dimensions are close to Poppy Parker boxes. I understand these are Integrity ‘special occasion’ boxes, modest but quite elegant. Collectors are generally happy with them, as they are cheaper to transport comparing to the standard 1kg/2lb FR boxes.. But again the absence of COA is upsetting.
Few more shots:
Glimpses of Elise:
yep it kinda failed.. it looks like I was drunk when filming it lol
Surprisingly, this Dania looks even better in person comparing to her promo shots. A little different, too. In person she seems rather fierce looking. Probably it’s her pale japan skintone combined with red lipstick and dark eyeshadow that creates the whole ‘vamp’ effect. Wide-spread cateye eyeliner/shadow works really well for this mold too, so I’d say she looks pretty refreshing, not like any other Dania we’ve seen so far. I’m not sure about the shade of blond that’s been chosen for her, as it’s a bit too yellow especially next to her pale skintone. I’ve seen Danias on Flickr with hairs better than mine..On my doll, some of it is straight, some of it is curly, a slightly inconsistent mess you can’t really see from the angle pictured:p But still, I think she’s quite stunning, especially as for Dania (which is not my fav sculpt tbh).
Now when it comes to the outfit.. what’s the nice way to put it… it’s dreadful.
The cape and purse are probably the only nicer items from the bunch.. The dress is made of this unpleasant stiff fabric, it’s bulging around the chest area, you can see it pretty well in the pictures.. At first I was very excited about the shoes, as I was happy to see something that wasn’t sandals for a change and these also came with chrome heels, but my excitement vanished as soon as I took those out of the package. These shoes are not very nicely done. Mine are even shaped differently (one shoe is ‘flatter’ than the other). The purse is actually the only item from the set that isn’t flawed in any way. And the cape/stole has interesting mixing and matching possibilities. The brooch does come out and you can use it on anything else you want, it’s not a part of the closure on the cape.
Even though retro look is her ‘thing’ and a part of the concept, I feel like every doll from recent collections might as well been called ‘Nostalgia’ ..getting tired of this style already..
Leonie is my first and only Ficon doll. Before she was released, I was considering getting a Ficon, but I was afraid I wouldn’t like certain things about them in person. Still, I decided to take a risk with Leonie, as I just loved her edgy look too much.. I got this girl shortly after she was announced, so I haven’t seen too many pictures of her before buying, just the promos by AlexForbes
So when I got my doll I was a bit disappointed with a slightly different eyebrows shape she had comparing to the prototype.. The prototype has more straight and thick eyebrows and the production dolls have lighter and more rounded/’surprised’ eyebrows, so that one was a bit of a let down..
I loove her makeup! It’s not that often that you get to see dramatic black smokey eye on a doll. The eyeshadow is not airbrushed, but it’s executed nicely and I also love the way her lips are done.
She comes with short platinum blond wig.. It’s a well-styled wig with a great fit.. but taking into consideration that it’s also a signature hairstyle of the most obnoxious Hollywood celebrity right now, I guess now it’s safe to say that it was a horrible hairstyle choice for Leonie..:p
I think she looks best in black.. but other colors look great on her too.
So here she is in Sybarite Godiva wig:
A small problem with wigs is that Ficon head is alot smaller in comparison to other 16” dolls.. (I was afraid it would bother me, but it doesn’t.. maybe because it’s actually closer to human proportion). But because of that, there’s a hassle of finding a right wig for this girl, everything is way too big and simply slips off her head.. smaller AG wigs might fit OK, but probably best possible solution are custom hard cap wigs.. that she wouldn’t be able to share with other non-ficon dolls…
Her skintone is very pleasant looking, pale and fresh. Her body is made of resin, but it feels closer to plastic rather than porcelain, and I do happen to like that, as she is rather lightweight and doesn’t feel too fragile which makes her more approachable and fun to play with.
I’m not a big Ficon expert, but from what I know, her body is of older generation, as last year Ficon introduced a new body along with Icarusia doll.
So the articulation range on Leonie’s body is pretty standard, although if you take into account the fact that her arms/legs are doublejointed, it probably could be wider.. so no, she can’t cup her boobs and she can’t sit on her ankles.
No waist joint, which means she’s got a nice belly sculpt and uninterrupted hip curves..
The chest joint has a pretty good range, (I actually almost missed that, at first I got the impression that it barely moves and wasn’t happy with that at all, but then I discovered that if you push harder, it does bend pretty far into any direction)
The face sculpt is something I would tweak though.. it has a nice jaw outline, beautiful lips.. but the eye area just seems slightly off.. with the way the eyes are positioned, it creates a bit of a fishface look, there’s just something unrealistic there..
and guess the nose could be a bit narrower too..
So, the outfit:
Not too crazy about the jacket.. I just don’t really see any self respecting biker wearing it.. it looks more like a race car driver jacket to me.
So I got her a much more decent biker jacket also by Ficon, it completes her look so much better:
The sleeveless top looks white in photos, but in person it looks almost grey and very grunged up, almost dirty. I see what was the idea here, but probably not the best look for a doll outfit..
and I love all the ficon jeans.. seems like they’re the only ones who can get them right..
She also comes with a cool helmet covered with crystals.. too bad she can’t actually wear it.. not wigged or bald, the shape is completely different..but it’s a nice touch either way..
The boots look tad oversized.. Ficon feet aren’t articulated and they’re sculpted for high heeled shoes, so guess flats won’t always look right on them.
Few more closeups:
- I think this is the first time i see actual collectibles in store..
Silkstone Barbies in toys section @ Selfridges, London
Too bad selection isn't that great tho:p ×0
- last year we got Wclub registration emails on 20/12..so could still be a couple of weeks till we see the registration dolls for 2014 ×0
- This years final Wclub Doll 'A Touch of Frost' Eugenia
I ordered her without being completely certain about her.. everything looks great.. it's just her eyes that make me uncomfortable..it's like shes channeling that you're dead to me look..and thin and arched eyebrows don't help..hope the production doll looks softer.. ×0
- 3 new Sybs were released on Superdoll site yesterday..
I was considering Madame V, and if I had the extra money I prob would've ordered her.. it's hard to judge only by one photo, she seems gorgeous, but her left eye eyeshadow looks much lighter than right..it prob just lighting situation, but still i didnt want to risk it, since frocks dont do returns.. and now she's sold out anyways ×0
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- Premiere Convention dolls edition sizes:
Item # 93032, Interlude, FR: Monogram™ Welcome Doll Registration/Welcome Bag Edition Size: 500
Item # 91330, Nightfall, Agnes Von Weiss™ Dressed Doll Thursday Dinner Giveaway Edition Size: 500
Item # PP056, Especially For You, Poppy Parker™ Dressed Doll Friday Lunch Giveaway Edition Size: 500
Item # 91332, Dangerous to Know, Kyori Sato™ Dressed Doll Friday Dinner Giveaway Edition Size: 500
Item # 93033, Completist, FR: Monogram™ Accessory Pack Giveaway Saturday Dinner Giveaway Edition Size: 500
Item # 91334, Midnight Star, Elise Jolie Dressed Doll, Official Convention Doll Saturday Dinner Giveaway Edition Size: 500
Item # 76011, Night at Ciro's, Victoire Roux™ Fashion W Club Lunch Giveaway Edition Size: 300
Item # 91329, After Tonight, Eugenia Perrin-Frost™ Dressed Doll Thursday Night Centerpiece Edition Size: 300
Item # PP055, Elegant Evening, Poppy Parker™ Dressed Doll Friday Lunch Centerpiece Edition Size: 300
Item # 91331, Bellissima, Natalia Fatalé Friday Dinner Centerpiece Edition Size: 300
Item # 76010, Story Of My Life, Victoire Roux™ Dressed Doll W Club Lunch Centerpiece Edition Size: 300
Item # 91333, Black Orchid, Vanessa Perrin™ Dressed Doll Saturday Dinner Centerpiece Edition Size: 300
Item # 91323, October Issue, Agnes Von Weiss™ Dressed Doll Convention Collection Edition Size: 450
Item # 91324, Paparazzi Darling, Adèle Makéda™ Dressed Doll Convention Collection Edition Size: 400
Item # 91325, Bittersweet, Eugenia Perrin-Frost™ Dressed Doll Convention Collection Edition Size: 450
Item # 91326, Breathless, Veronique Perrin™ Dressed Doll Convention Collection Edition Size: 450
Item # PP054, Star in the Making, Poppy Parker™ Dressed Doll Convention Collection Edition Size: 450
Item # 91327, Brazen Beauty, Natalia Fatalé™ Dressed Doll Convention Collection Edition Size: 450
Item # 91328, Bewitching, Véronique Perrin™ Dressed Doll Convention Collection Edition Size: 450
Item # 76012, Victorious Glamour, Victoire Roux™ Workshop Doll Workshop Edition Size: 300
Item # 91314A, W Cosmetics Hair Care, Fashion Royalty® Workshop Doll Workshop Edition Size: 300
Item # 93034, Shining Star, FR: Monogram™ Workshop Doll Workshop Edition Size: 300
Item # PP058, Poppy’s Makeup Makeover, Poppy Parker™ Workshop Doll Workshop Edition Size: 300
Item # PP057, Tricks Up Her Sleeve, Poppy Parker™ Dressed Doll IT Direct/Salesroom Excl. Edition Size: 400
Item # 86007, Fashion Creature, Tulabelle™ Dressed Doll IT Direct/Salesroom Excl. Edition Size: 300
Item # 91336, Fashion Royalty Shoe Set IT Direct/Salesroom Excl. Edition Size: 400
Item # 15020, ITBE - Hard Metal IT Direct/Salesroom Excl. Edition Size: 300
Item # 15021, ITBE - In Sequins IT Direct/Salesroom Excl. Edition Size: 400 ×0
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MissJay on ITBE Hard Metal LillithGood luck hunting her down! esp at affordable price:)
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