So I thought I’d just post a few boxed pictures of my new Dynamite Boys Take it Easy Cruz and All American Auden.
I got them a while ago, but they are still my latest IT arrivals and probably will be in a while since I haven’t had much luck with lotteries (entered for all 3 IFDC Poppies and won nothing) or even ebay auctions lately, so I don’t even have anything else on the way right now. Not saying I’m out of things to blog about, but I guess it’s always more exciting to talk about the very last thing you got.

Anyways, I’m very happy with both of these guys. Their face paint colors are just right and their lips don’t look like they have lipstick on. The clothes are well executed and very stylish, so I don’t feel like redressing them anytime soon.

Auden’s face is pretty much perfect. He looks very similar to Beautiful Boy Auden, except he has caucasian skintone which I think looks more flattering on him. I do like debut Auden’s hair much better though. All American Auden’s hair has fallen a victim to the current shaved sides trend, so he has flocking on the sides. I never really liked the idea of flocking in the first place, and in this case it looks unnaturally lighter than his hair and has a texture of pubic hair, so yeah, I do wish he was rooted all over.

And Cruz, to be honest I got him ‘just in case’ I didn’t like him that much on promo pics.. but in person he totally won me over!

I do love the fact that he has long hair, but the execution turned out to be quite a fail.. I’m hoping to tame this nightmare with a boilperm, I’ve seen some successful makeovers on Flickr, we’ll see how mine goes.
As for the beard, I’m kinda tempted to ‘shave’ him, though I have to admit it is actually not horrible (coming from me it is a huge compliment because I don’t really like facial hair period and especially on dolls, since paint will never look like real hair anyways)
But aside from these things, they both are just awesome! :D

High Profile Eugenia was a 2012 Tropicalia convention centerpiece doll. Her edition size is only 200 pieces.
Most of the Troplicalia fashions were somewhat questionable, but Eugenia’s dress just takes the trophy as the most hideous dress ever made by Integrity.
So I dressed her in something more worthy of her beauty – she is wearing Red Blooded Woman Kyori gown from 2004 along with some of her ‘own’ jewelry.

She has a striking faceup and gorgeous raven curls, one thing I wish was different about her is the skintone.. Somehow I didn’t mind it as much on Force of Nature Agnes, but I guess it just has a different appearance next to black or brown yeah, she could use less tan I guess..

Closeups of jewelry and shoes:

Ever since I got this doll I had the following visual in my head, was nice to finally bring it to life:

Remember AvantGuards? I found some of these pics when going through my old SD card. Androgyny is wearing AG Goldmine dress. It has always been one of my favorites. The lower part is made out of tiny metal plates, so it feels like an armour of some sort. The downside was that it tarnished rather quickly after the release, but it’s still an incredible dress. The wig comes from AG Lush doll and the cuff has unknown origin, bought it a long time ago with other 16″ doll jewelry

So these are just arrival nrfb photos of Touch of Frost Eugenia.. tbh I’m leaning more towards not keeping her.. because if I do, she might kill me in my sleep.

Actually, everything about her is beautiful, except those evil eyes. But I don’t feel like I have a right to complain because that’s exactly how she looked on promos, so I knew what I was getting into. I just hoped that production would somehow turn out softer. I think the only difference there is that the prototype seemed to have darker eyes, but it’s not what bugs me the most.

If only she came with a sideglancing look, I’m sure she wouldn’t look even half as bitchy. Some painted lashes would also help, since she doesn’t have thick eyeliner her eyelids look too ‘naked’ to me.

This Eugenia comes with japan skintone, raven hair and pale pink lips, same combination as Venus Eugenia had, so A Touch of Frost is now officially the best candidate for Venus makeover. I think until now it was either Spring Forward or Pencil Me In, because these two were the only Eugenias with japan skintone(if you don’t count After Tonight centerpiece) but either of those two would require a reroot and a Touch of Frost already comes raven and has a pretty big edition size (1130 according to the certificate, 1100 according to Wclub).

I’ve seen that her dress has been getting alot of hate, but tbh I can’t really see why. The fabrics have interesting texture and the embroidery is for once tastefully done. Sure, it’s not the best match for pale skinned Eugenia, but I think we’ve seen much much worse by now and this dress is among the better ones.

And her accessories are amazing too, love the rose gold jewelry set, the purse with pearlescent finish and the matching sandals:

Eugenia also comes in once again updated packaging, now the box and inner insert have matte finish and I was pleased to see the accessory drawer to be made out of cardboard again

So yeah, amazing doll, if it wasn’t for the grumpy cat face..

1. There are 4 new Tulabelle dolls, each one is limited to 400 pieces

As per usual I love the fashions (especially the goth inspired ones) but don’t care for the sculpt..

2. In Tulabelle’s timeline, her grandmother Poppy is not dead yet, Tulabelle just borrows the clothes Poppy can no longer wear.

3. 12 inch version of Tulabelle most probably won’t be happening

4. More popular doll lines went up in price, while not as popular ones got a bit discounted.

Suggested retail prices on Poppy Parker line have never been so high: $120 per doll with no special extras (except the candy colored guns). Last year To The Fair Poppies retailed at just $89
We all know that Poppy Parker dolls very rarely sell for under $100 on the secondary market. Even when all that is up for sale is a nude doll alone. Perhaps it has something to do with it..
Fashion Royalty line prices also went up $5 in comparison to the last year’s Classic collection with SRP of $130
At the same time, Tulabelle dolls are now $10 cheaper comparing to last year and now their SRP is $140

5. Poppy started her own TV series called The Girl From i.n.t.e.g.r.i.t.y which is heavily inspired by James Bond movies of the 60′s

6. The Girl From i.n.t.e.g.r.i.t.y Poppy collection consists of 8.5 dolls (0.5 being a Quickswitch 2.0 Poppy head option:p)

There are 3 new Poppy dolls, 3 Poppy friends(Tina Tanaka (Ayumi 1.0 sculpt), Jolie James (original Colette sculpt), and Loni Lawrence and 2 male friends – Chip and Lex Lawrence (Francisco Leon sculpt)

7. Loni comes with QuickSwitch 2.0 feature which is a newly improved head interchanging system.

The rest of the dolls in Poppy and Fashion Royalty line come without the quickswitch.
They didn’t make any changes in the QS dolls head sculpts, which means that Quickswitch 2.0 heads are 100% compatible with regular bodies which come without the quickswitch system.
They have updated the neck knob on the body which is supposed to hold the head more tightly in place. They did admit that the quickswitch 2.0 neck joint has a more limited range of motion comparing to regular type bodies that come without it.

8. The golden trench coat of Front Row Tulabelle is the same one that Poppy Spy-A-Go-Go is wearing. The only difference is the scale

9. New shoespacks are going to be available soon through IT Direct. One is for Poppy and one is for FR2 feet

These shoepacks will be limited to 400 pieces and retail at $30 and will be available sometime late summer/early fall

10. There are 4 new Jem dolls:

11. Clash Montgomery is another doll which comes with a Quickswitch 2.0 system. She is supplied with 2(!) additional heads.. Excellent value for $125..
If only they’d applied the same marketing tactics for the event Agnes doll that “nobody likes at all”..

12. Ironically, the blond haired girl has blue eyebrows and blue haired one doesn’t..

13. There are 7 (8 if you count the Wclub Vanessa) dolls in the long awaited 2014 Spring Collection. The names of the characters which would appear in the collection have been known for a while:
1. Veronique 2.0
2. Kyori 2.0
3. Elise
4. Vanessa 3.0
5. Natalia 2.0
6. Agnes
7. Eugenia
8. Adele 2.0

..AKA ‘The Core 8′. Other Fashion Royalty characters might be reintroduced, but the main focus will be on these 8 characters from now on.

14. This year’s Fashion Royalty outfits were inspired by urban safari trend:

All Fashion Royalty promo pictures and official info are posted on this page

15. Kyori’s purse is based on Jason Wu human scale ‘Jourdan’ bag:

16. A new designer artist worked on the face paint along with Jason Wu.

Tbh I wasn’t too crazy about certain elements of the facepaint on the new dolls.. Kyori and her neverending eyeshadow flick must be my least favorite one.

17. Just like two years ago, the unveiling event doll was Agnes who came in a mini giftset along with an extra pair or shoes and a long skirt.

18. Upgraded NuFace are currently still under development, so it is unknown when they will be revealed.
(crazy thought.. instead of putting the line on a hiatus for two years straight, why not just release them on the old body while the new one is in the works?..)

19. Refreshed Homme body will also come later.. Most probably sometime in winter.

20. There will be more ITBE dolls, they just have no idea/didn’t feel like telling when

21. There are no plans to offer FR2 bodies separately..
(discoloration issues of old bodies were not mentioned)

22. There have also been questions about FR luggage, fashion packs and furniture.
Luggage would be way too expensive to manufacture right now, as production costs increased considerably since the last time IT released luggage sets.
Furniture is probably not coming back either, although they’ve been looking into it.
Seems like it wouldn’t be worth the hassle with the more complicated process when importing it from Asia to US.
Fashion packs are getting more expensive to produce also, so they don’t plan on releasing any.
And they intend to release some convention information very soon:)

You can view all of the promo pictures of the new collection on these pages:
Fashion Royalty Spring 2014 Collection
2014 Poppy Parker Girl from I.N.T.E.G.R.I.T.Y Collection
2014 Tulabelle Collection
2014 Jem and the Holograms

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  • 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.

  • OOAK Dark Matter Giselle Diefendorf
    *photo by JennFL2

    woah a ooak Giselle, the doll is amazing but i already hate the new nuface body..
  • OMG so many dolls!
    Flickr accounts to stalk during the convention:
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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

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

    Original doll:

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

    Item # 91354
    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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