Shimmering Copper ‘Isha/Luchia’ is a part of ‘refreshed’ ITBE series and was offered through a lottery along with Gold Glam ‘Adele’ and Light Strike ‘Natalia’. A portion of the dolls was also set aside for the public lottery, how many exactly is unknown, but I’m under impression that most of the dolls went to Wclub members (SO happy to be one of the lucky ones this time lol)
I’ve always loved the old Luchia, so I was really bummed when she got ‘cancelled’. That’s why I’m really excited to see her back, especially in such a gorgeous incarnation.
The ITBE dolls don’t have official character names, since they are supposed to be some sort of an experiment, so she can as well be Isha. It’s just Isha is supposed to be an Indian character, so she usually comes with a tan while Luchia typically came pale, that’s why I personally see more Luchia in Shimmering Copper rather than Isha..
But anyways, I absolutely love this girl! Even though she’s a part of a budget line, I don’t feel like the quality of the head was compromised in any way. She has a decent amount of hair, neatly done centerpart, the head is made out of beautiful non waxy/translucent vinyl, it matches the body perfectly and the facepaint is amazing too. Like, sometimes you end up wishing that the doll would have just slightly different shade of eyeshadow or lip color here and there, but not this time. Colors they used on Luchia are just perfection, very delicate palette with both matte and shimmery colors.
One thing I wish she had is at least some lashes. Her eyes are on the small side, so I guess lashes could balance out her features a bit, but she’s still gorgeous nonetheless.
The body itself is where the difference between the lines becomes more apparent, as it doesn’t feel as ‘refined’ as typical FR body, but it would probably be pretty hard to find her a donor since this is a rare color, so I’m not sure if I want to try. Her skintone is extremely pale. It’s not the same tone that early Tatyana, Festive Decadence Agnes or Monogram Bemused had, it’s more like an improved version of it. I haven’t compared them, but it’s probably very close to 2nd gen brides of Dracula dolls.
Her dress is pretty modest, the cut is very similar if not identical to Ready To Dare Natalia dress, except it comes with a belt that has a bow on it. It’s definitely not the best dress in the universe, but I’m sure for the bargain price of $75, even if she came nude, nobody would really complain much.
And she also comes with shoes and stand, no jewelry, certificates or other ‘fancy’ stuff.
From what I can remember, October Issue Agnes wasn’t too well received during the first day of convention. I didn’t like her that much either. She seemed bleak, tiny-eyed and washed out.. But her unpopularity didn’t last too long and once everyone saw more flattering photos of her than the ones taken with a flash in a dimly lit room, this doll quickly earned her grail status.
There have been some nice deals on this Agnes, but I’ve slept through all of them, so I kept waiting till the price would go down a bit.. but that just wasn’t happening.. Finally I got an idea to maybe try to obtain Agnes through a trade, and to my surprise it actually worked out, so I’m really lucky to have her without putting even bigger strain on my current budget:)
October Issue looks a bit like Drama Behind the Drama Agnes that I’ve never had an opportunity to get my hands on. I think I prefer October Issue, I just really love her well coordinated fall coloring. I still think there is something odd about her makeup screening though, I kinda hate when eyeshadow ‘layers’ overlap and the little ‘gap’ in the upper inner eye corner looks distracting.. but more ‘from a distance’ she does look gorgeous..
Unlike Drama Behind the Drama, October Issue’s outfit is rather underwhelming… I wanted to like it, but I think Agnes deserves better..
It consists of high-waisted pencil skirt with a slit on the side and a loose fitting jacket made out of the same fabric.
Her blouse looks poorly made with frayed threads sticking out here and there.. Even my Monster High doll’s chiffon is better finished than this..
I just really love her stockings lol and shoes, but the ‘problem’ is that they won’t fit over her hose, so she can’t wear them together.
And the jewelry set is rather modest, simple stud earrings and squared crystal ring:
I entered the lottery for this girl mostly for the FR2 body and her outfit, while also not fully excluding the possibility of keeping the head if I happened to like her in person. Well she did turn out to be very beautiful (well, duh she’s a Eugenia afterall), but my doll didn’t come with perfect faceup and now I’m not sure what to do with her, sell her or return her to CS, (which I’m not too enthusiastic about after my last ‘horror story’ experience with them, even though in the very end they did make it up to me big time). But anyways here she is:
The colors are not very accurate in photos, her lips are ‘pinker’ in reality. She reminds me of World On A String Eugenia a little bit, this Eugenia’s hair is much more intense shade of ginger and I like how her eyebrows completely match the hair color. I just wish she had some painted lashes.
Her hair has rooted centerpart, so it most probably can be taken down without any complications, her ponytail is pretty thick too.
Her outfit is rather basic and consists of dress, shoes, earrings and bracelet. No purse. The dress is nice, not very fond of this exact shade of green, as it appears a little dull, I expected it to be lighter and more intense I guess, but it still works for me, don’t have that many fr2 fashions to be that picky.
The shoes are cute, I love the ultraslim heel, the paint job on mine doesn’t look so great though ..and I just realized I put them on wrong feet lol..
Bracelet and earrings. Now that the packaging comes with gold lining, all silvertone jewelry probably will look like gold in box:
PART 2: The ‘refreshed’ packaging overview.
Since this is my first ‘FR3′ doll, here is my general impression of the newer style packaging:
Well, the new boxes have their upsides and their downsides.. the first thing I noticed was their lighter weight. The shipper with nrfb doll weighted 800 something grams, while older were around 1kg, so if I’m going to save a couple $$ here and there on shipping, then I guess it’s a good thing. The box still fees sturdy, so dolls should be well protected in these boxes.
Now as for the general aesthetic impression.. my very first thought was.. if there were FR knockoffs, that’s exactly how the fake packaging would be like. The surface of the box is extremely ripply, there are even air bubbles trapped under the laminate.. not fancy at all.
The papers wrapping the inner insert are gone (well I actually have always found them annoying lol not sure which exact purpose they served, but they just added a bit to the overall ‘expensive’ feel. Well, not anymore)
And the inner insert is now gold-toned. It does look pretty, I’d prefer silver/platinum because there would be no yellow color cast onto the dolls when they’re still nrfb. As mentioned before sometimes it might cause confusion (silver reflects gold and looks gold instead of silver) and just in general looks less flattering on dolls skin and clothes.
That little box with accessories, shoes and replacement hands now has a black cover made out of paper, yep flimsy completely non-durable paper..and same goes for the tag, no longer made of cardboard, but something very thin and non-substantial
Certificates still come numbered by hand.. but they are no longer printed on cardboard, more like very thick paper
And the stand comes with the new fr logo printed in gold (it looks black there but it’s really gold)
So yeah, it’s a shame seeing what it once have been (magnet closures, storycards, cute little accessory drawers and just overall finer finish) and what it came down to..
Officially titled as ‘W Cosmetics Hair Care’ Elise was a Premiere convention hair workshop doll limited to 300 pieces. Being a workshop doll, she came nude in a ‘budget’ black box with a narrow plastic window, similar to Hard Metal Lillith’s box I featured earlier.
She looks very different from every other Elise out there. She is the first and so far the only Elise with a Caucasian skintone. She also has new style makeup screening, same one as Midnight Star Elise has, just in very different colors.
She has unusually thick wavy hair, seems like no product or gel was used to style it, so it’s slightly unruly but it gets a bit better with time..
Actually since she’s so dramatic I wouldn’t mind if they released her with her traditional pale ‘cream’ skintone, I’d love a softer caucasian Elise along the lines of ‘Metal Maven’ Vanessa, but I’m completely happy with this one either way:)
She is wearing: 12″ AG MiniClone Aphrodisiac jacket, Color Infusion style lab lace dress, Urban Outfitting Nadja bra, FR2 convention accessory set shoes.
Purity Dasha was one of the Wclub exclusives offered last year. Her certificate says her edition is 875. She is the very last doll to be produced in FR2 line.
Like I must’ve said a few times before, I seem to have a love-hate relationship with this sculpt, but this is probably the least tranny looking Dasha I’ve had:) Love her eye makeup, pretty simplistic, but done right. I’m just not too crazy about her eyebrows, those could’ve been softer. Her skintone is FR2 Porcelain, but her face is not as translucent as some of the older FR2 dolls with the same skintone, which is a big win, hope that waxy vinyl type gets discontinued altogether.
I just have to admit I don’t love the way she was stylized. It’s a really big shame that she, just like the overwhelming majority of other FR2 dolls had to have a boring updo.
Her hair is very short when taken down and even if you’re ok with the length, she still needs a center part. Since her haircolor is a mix of brown and auburn, it would be really hard to match the color properly, so the best option would be to reroot it completely.. My dream vision = razorcut, waist length, brown shade as close to original as possible, parted in the middle. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll see her on ebay or show and sell site:) Can’t afford to do it myself..
She’s wearing this strange-ish hooded dress, I don’t like how the collar makes her neck ‘disappear’ and below the waist part is pretty bland, won’t even mention the ‘classic’ FR FrayingBelt™. Her shoes and accessories are cute but nothing to write home about.. So yep, beautiful face, but she needs some work done to really shine.
- Being a photographer is awesome when you want to quickly hide your doll collection...
eh what dolls??
and i know.. my display arrangements are just awful:p ×0
- Ahh look who's here!
Although.. I'm not too happy with the facepaint on my doll, so I'm seriously considering sending her off to IT for an exchange..:( ×0
My Shimmering Copper Luchia has finally arrived! She's so beautiful!!! ×0
- So I ended up preordering two DG boys - Auden and Cruz:
I've always wanted Auden like the debut one but with caucasian skintone, so guess this one is as close as it gets.. and had to grab cruz as well, although im a bit on the fence about him.. love his long hair but not the beard and skintone, so we'll see if he stays..
I hardly collect any of the lines shown yesterday..(though pretty disappointed tere was no Freja in fr16) so waiting for the webinar in April:)
and finally hauntlywood MH made it to my local sainsburys! (yep i still collect them) so i picked up Elissabat today, i didn't feel like ordering her online, because i wanted to pick out the prettiest one by myself in the store.. buut this one was the only one i could get my hands on.. they had at least one more Elissa but dem bitchez put MH dolls on the top shelf, so i couldn't reach her, i mean i tried and tried, but in the end i pushed the box even further away lol but this one is really cute anyways, well maybe the bangs could be more perfect, but the eyes are nice and even so I'm happy:)
(i've no idea why she turned out so pale in the pic.. her skintone is pretty close to draculauras which is dead on pink) ×0
- Yay I won Luchia! Also entered for Adele and pretty much expected to win her and not Luchia(my chances were really slim with just one ticket), but I'm so happy it was the other way around, as Luchia was the one I wanted most:D ×2
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So excited I managed to get the elusive October Issue Agnes through a trade! ×0
LuiZ on October Issue AgnesWell if you do, share some pics ;)
MissJay on October Issue Agnesyep she has a centerpart and her hair does seem thick enough to be taken down.. i'm actually thinking about it:)
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