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:
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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:)

Even though it was my biggest childhood dream, I never had a doll house growing up. My parents just couldn’t afford it. The house I wanted was a pretty modest ‘Fold’n’Fun’ suitcase house. What I liked about it is that it came with the furniture, as opposed to ‘Pink’n’Pretty’ one that was almost completely empty (but of course it wasn’t advertised as such in catalogs).


Those were the only two options I know of that were sold in Barbie store where I lived.

Sometime after I started collecting Fashion Royalty, I actually found a nrfb Fold’n’Fun house on ebay. It cost me a fortune along with the shipping from US.. and when I finally got it, of course I was excited about the dream coming true, but to be honest, I wasn’t really that impressed with it… the whole structure was really flimsy and the foldup furniture was kinda ugly and afterall it’s just a studio home without a bathroom. It still probably would’ve made me happy as a kid, but now it just didn’t cut it.

Fastforward a few years, when I saw a showcase video for the 2013 Barbie Dreamhouse it actually made me very excited, its size is impressive and it comes fully furnished, has two elevators and lots of cute touches here and there like working doorbell and some lights and sounds, so I thought this would be my chance to finally have that perfect Barbie house experience.

So.. I got it :) And this one didn’t disappoint me.

It is gigantic! Especially when it’s fully extended. It has 6 decent sized (as for a doll house) rooms that cover all the basic life necessities, a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, dining room, living room and a walk in closet. And it comes with a good amount of furniture and accessories. So yep, life pretty much complete:)

Sure, there are hundreds of ways how this house could be improved on. It would be nice if rooms actually had finished white ceilings and I’d love to see a variety of different materials, such as metal or wood instead of all solid plastic.. and I cannot stand the fake stickers Mattel is always trying to pass as 3dimensional objects, so this is no way any close to collectible standard and all that. But since I am unable to build my own house or even a diorama, I’ll take it:)

So here is a house tour along with little insights into Barbie’s perfect life.. starring

The Great Pretender Lillith as ‘Barbie

All American Auden as ‘Ken‘, Barbie’s gay boyfriend

Take it Easy Cruz, as.. Cruz, Barbie’s secret lover

Rocking Ever After Lillith as ‘Teresa‘, Barbie’s BFF

Power Game Natalia as Barbie’s hot maid

Giselle, as herself.. just a girl who likes to keep her friends close and her enemies closer

The bedroom:

It’s probably my favorite room in the house.
Obviously, I would have preferred a double bed with a a real mattress and fancier bedding.. but I appreciate that the bed at least comes with fabric curtains and a soft pillow.

There’s also an option to hang the chandelier above the bed:

Barbie checking how many new Facebook fans she got today

The Kitchen:

Natalia making dinner for Barbie and Teresa

The kitchen comes with a dishwasher, oven with working light that only lasts for like 10 seconds, recycling bin, a fridge full of food items and a blender that makes ‘blending noises’..so it can be just as annoying as a full scale one. One thing that seems to be missing is washing machine, though Barbie does seem like a girl who wouldn’t wear the same outfit twice, so not sure if she really needs it.

Dining Room:

Barbie and Teresa just being classy bitches having dinner slash tea party. Alot of the ‘clutter’ in my house came from the Barbie Special collection sets. Posted about them here.

Barbie about to go upstairs in the elevator. Praying it wouldn’t get stuck between floors.. because it always does..

What I hated about the elevator is that it comes with this waist holder ring like some of the doll stands do, so it’s a little too low for FR waist, and I’m not sure if Mattel Ken could fit properly into it either. And there’s no way to remove that holder part because that’s where the wire is attached..


Barbie and Cruz having a moment on the terrace

Ken dropping by unannounced and surprising Barbie with roses..

..now Barbie is really regretting giving him a spare set of keys to her home..

Living Room:

Giselle strumming guitar that Barbie never plays anyways

The TV thing is rather lame. You can change the slides so you can ‘watch’ 3 tv stations, one being a game.. and that so easily could’ve been amazing if they just made an opening on the side of that tv set big enough for cell phone to slide in.. this could be a legit working tv set that way.

The closet:

The walk-in closet room seems a little dull at first, but once you start filling it with clothes and accessories, it actually gets much more fun to look at..

Ken enjoying an issue of Paris Soir from like, 7 years ago

Thought the toilet was a cute and almost unpredictable touch from Mattel.. First they sculpt panties on their dolls so that they could never get fully naked, and then they put a toilet in Barbie’s house..

It also makes a flushing noise, except mine doesn’t when I press the button.. the whole left wing of my house is a little weird with some things not aligning or working the way they should..

Haters gonna hate…

The bathroom:

The bathroom is a bit oddly located, as it’s technically right in the bedroom without any dividers separating the two rooms.. It would make more sense if they put the closet room next to the bedroom instead.

Bathroom comes with ‘extra’ features like a button which will play a tune while Barbie sings in the shower or a wall light which lights up while the cheesy music is playing.. What it’s missing is a stfu button.. because those get set off by accident alot.
Tbh I’d much prefer the house to have continuous working lights in every room rather than some of those sound features.

Barbie taking a shower, and in the meantime…

..Teresa is reading Barbie’s journal in her bedroom, because it’s what real friends do!

Barbie walking in on Ken researching her sizing so that he could buy her a perfect birthday gift. Or so he said.

House exterior from the back:

The notorious assembly instructions:

This house is getting alot of hate from parents because of how unclear they are.
Putting this together was really not that bad, ground and first floor actually come preassembled, so all you have to do is attach the pillars, set up the second floor and wire one of the elevators. There’s no wrong way to do it, because each part has a unique shape and won’t fit anywhere else except where it’s supposed to go.
I could even say I actually had fun building it, though the elevator part was confusing, but once you figure out where both ends of the wire go, it gets pretty obvious from there anyways.
Now the big question is whether it can be disassembled.. I haven’t tried it yet, but hope that with the help of hairdryer and alot of strength this could be accomplished..

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    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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  • 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.

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    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


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    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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  • First photos of club event Agnes: http://www.ebay.com/itm/2014...

    Also club members also got a 'surprise' FR doll announcement today:)
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  • Third 2014 W Club Exclusive Doll Ombres Poétique Mademoiselle Jolie

    Item # 91352
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    Mademoiselle Jolie Dressed Doll
    2014 W Club Exclusive Mini-Gift Set
    Limited Edition Size: TBA
    Special W Club Suggested Retail Price: $150.00
    Estimated Shipping Date: Approximately Late Fall/Early Winter 2014

    Doll Tech Specs:
    Scale: 12-inch / 1:6
    Head Sculpt: Isha 1.0
    Body Sculpt: FR 2013
    Skin Tone: FR White
    Hair: Silver Blond
    Quick Switch Feature: No
    Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied

    The doll is inspired by a OOAK created by Jason Wu in 2006. You can see pictures of that doll here:
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  • Shipping update from Integrity:
    Shipping to Dealers Starting Approximately the Week of September 2nd, 2014:
    Tulabelle
    Item # 86008 French Kissed Tulabelle Doll

    Fashion Royalty
    Item # 91344 City Prowl Eugenia Perrin
    Item # 91346 Faded Desert Kyori Sato

    Poppy Parker
    Item # PP066 Brother in Arms Sebastien Havoc Figure
    Item # PP067 Mayhem in Monte Carlo Poppy Parker Doll
    Item # PP068 Code Name: Arm Candy Chip Farnsworth Figure

    Shipping to Dealers Starting Approximately the Week of September 15th, 2014:
    Item # 91342 Natalia
    Item # 91348 Adele

    Shipping to Dealers Starting Approximately the Week of September 22nd, 2014:
    Item # 91343 Elise
    Item # 91347 Veronique

    IT Direct Shipping Approximately the Week of September 15th, 2014
    Item # 76017 La Grande Seduction Victoire Roux Club Doll
    Item # 91349 High Visibility Agnes Von Weiss Event Doll

    IT Direct Shipping Approximately in Early October, 2014
    FR White Bodies
    Japan Tone Bodies
    Item # PP070 Joyous Celebration Poppy Parker Doll

    Also club members were shown another generous teaser:
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