Whenever Integrity comes up with an ultralimited exclusive featuring a popular sculpt, there’s bound to be alot of drama.. Montaigne Market Boutique exclusive Elise limited to 300 pieces wasn’t an exception.
European collectors often do feel ‘neglected’ by the company since all their marketing is very US-centric. We don’t get any conventions or events, there are barely any EU-based dealers, so alot of times we have no other choice but to buy dolls in the US and pay the ever-increasing shipping fees and import customs on top of those.
But whenever we finally get a special exclusive, it just turns into a mess.
At first in the reveal email which didn’t state exact time the doll would go on sale, we got a notice to stay tuned for more information, which never really came, so we had to rely on bits and pieces of sometimes conflicting information provided by other wclub members who got in touch with the store staff. First they said we were supposed to place our orders via telephone, then it was email then she was supposed to go live on the website on friday morning which later changed to saturday. But then the doll went up for sale on friday afterall….
I was lucky to not be asleep that day and I was just checking the store just in case, so basically was in the right place at the right time and actually managed to grab Elise before she was gone. Then she sold out in like 6 minutes but then she came back in stock and sold out several more times.. which could serve as a reminder to never give up on what you want even when it says it’s supposedly gone..
Some collectors in France managed to buy dolls in the boutique and quickly put them up on ebay.. the first two ones sold for shocking $1009 and $1111, something that never really happened before to a newly released doll with this edition size.
It was really nice of IT to set aside 50 dolls for the lottery in Wclub, but according to my vague calculations, no more than 1316 club members entered the lottery so the chances of winning one were approx 20-26 to one..
The shipping cost of 40 Euros was also outrageous even by European standards.. most of the time when shopping in European stores you get to pay around 10-20 Eur, and if you spend enough money some will offer the shipping for free, so it’s the first time I had to pay so much to ship something so small and rather light (Elise comes in a smaller sized lighter box, same as last year’s convention Elise came in)
Sure, they used some overnight express service, but since she was shipped on the third day after the purchase I personally didn’t really get to fully experience the express part anyways.
My doll unfortunately wasn’t the best version of herself due to several issues with her faceup, so I decided to return her to IT..so right now she’s on the way there, but I’ve decided to take some pix before mailing her out, so it would be easier for me to wait till she returns.
But anyways, both doll and fashion are just gorgeous!
It felt like I got to experience just a bit of the old school FR, almost every piece in the set is just amazing.
Elise has gold glittery eyeshadow, which to my knowledge never really been used on Fashion Royalty dolls before. I was afraid it would look tacky, but I think she managed to pull it off.
Her skintone is officially ‘japan’, as stated in doll specs, though it looks a bit darker than typical japan tone. I compared her to Midnight Star Elise and MM has somewhat more greyish body and face..it’s sometimes less or more noticeable depending on the lighting, but I think it would have been nicer if she was paler.
Her fashion is based on 2014 Spring/Summer Jason Wu runway look, or more like 2 looks.
I am glad that unlike the model, Elise doesn’t come with short hair.
Her outfit consists of stylish safari jacket with oversized pockets, I think I even like the doll version better than the original.
It’s a bit of a bitch to put on and off though with the way the belt works
As for the dress, I totally loved it until I took the jacket off, the top part does not drape very well, the bulky sequins are probably to blame.. the human version is much more elegant, I also like the semitransparent bottom of the runway dress, too bad they didn’t try to replicate that part in 1/6 scale.
I love the extremely detailed purse with tiny stitching:
And the paper shopping bags with Montaigne Market logo were a very clever touch..
I think for the price of 150 Euros though, they could as well come filled with stuff.. or at least an extra pair of shoes or sth:p
The shoes don’t align very well with the arch of fr2 foot, otherwise they’re lovely and well made.
And she comes with simple gold stud earrings, and a gold hair clip, just too bad it is already tarnished and mine features a prominent fingerprint of whoever handled this doll before me…
And finally, animated gif video made with phone cam:)
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.
Since I usually feature just dolls, I thought once in a while it would be fun to focus on strictly fashions.. or fashion pieces.
And no, this blog is probably not getting a weekly column, doubt I’d be able to keep up, just if I happen to do a post on fashion, I’ll just schedule it to be published on the nearest Tuesday:p
So, today I’ll be showing off a Sybarite Fashion called Will, it was a part of a mini collection of 3 outfits: Will, Love and Testament. So here is my Avalon modeling Will:
Apart from the fact that it’s not suitable for long term displaying because of the risk of staining, this fashion is just amazing with lots of sometimes quirky touches.
The vest is decorated with miniature safety pins and a lock of black nylon hair
And it comes with a flip cellphone which even has numbers printed on its buttons
Just like Love and Testament, Will comes with a big elaborate hat
Gorgeous curved heel wedges.. that I couldn’t put on properly without unlacing them..but I was just too lazy to do that:p
The sweater is also excellent, both in quality and detail:
And a closeup of Avalon, just cause:)
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:
Elissabat is a new Monster High character. She is a 1601 year old vampire / actress.
At a first glance she looks alot like Draculaura, they have similar pinkish skintone and their faces seem alike, but actually she does have a sculpt which is unique to her. Elissabat has smaller lips and better defined eyelids.
Tbh I like Elissa much better than Draculaura, there is just something SO cute about her:)
It’s weird that she has ‘bat’ as a part of her name, yet there is nothing ‘batty’ about her look.
She just has a pair of fangs and pointy ears like Draculaura and that’s where it ends.
Her hair is a mess. I washed it, but it’s still really greasy.. Her head seemed hard when I tried to squeeze it, so my first thought was that mattel started using harder vinyl on monster high dolls, but later I found a dot of epoxy glue in her hair and realized what actually caused the ‘hardness’.. they put glue inside her scalp to set the hair.. just awful. So her face is still soft.. and I noticed the head vinyl is slightly more translucent than usual.. (you can see it gets darker around the hairline) and I’d say the facepaint is unusually glossy too. (my doll is made in Indonesia)
Her outfit is a bit of a gothic cliche, guess designers could’ve been a bit more creative there.. but at least the dress is neatly made and the fabrics are nice
Dawn of the Dance Draculaura vs Elissabat comparison:
Similar facial outline, yet different lips and eyes
She also comes with a movie award, diary and dvd:
- The names of the dolls in the main convention collection are now available!
Nocturnal Glow - Véronique Perrin
Grandiose - Natalia Fatalé
Nightshade - Kyori Sato
Cold-Shoulder -Eugenia Perrin Frost
Adorned - Vanessa Perrin
Dark Moon - Poppy Parker
La Ville Lumiere - Simonetta Bertorelli
- The sneak peek doll was yet another Victoire. Whoopdeedoo.
Item # 76014
Sous Les Tropiques
Victoire Roux™ Dressed Doll
IT Direct Exclusive
Limited Edition of 600 Dolls
Estimated Ship Date: Directly after payments are received from lottery winners.
Suggest Retail Price: US $80.00 + Shipping and Handling*
*(+ applicable sales tax for Maryland residents only).
Doll Tech Specs:
Body Type: IT/Victoire
Head Sculpt: Victoire Roux™
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Sun Kissed Red
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied
- hope i don't forget to try for those shoepacks today.. ×0
- am i the only one who gets really annoyed when ebay sellers keep nagging you about leaving them feedback?
i mean there are plenty legit reasons why i might want to wait with leaving feedback and it has nothing to do with me being dissatisfied with the purchase
i might prefer to leave feedback for several things at once so i wouldn’t have to waste time logging onto a different account each time just so that i could leave that one feedback
or i might not be a big expert on that item..and want to give it a test drive or do a little research to make sure everything is working correctly or i might not even have the item in hand, someone could've accepted it for me while i'm away
or i might prefer to not leave any feedback at all. sometimes you end up buying something personal or very expensive and you don't want a permanent record attached to your profile revealing that you bought that item through the feedback system
but no they have to keep spamming me with those copy and paste reminders of theirs. just that alone makes me want to leave them a neutral..wouldn't do that, but they sure aren't getting any stars ratings from me.
- So to sum up the latest newsletter from Integrity,
On August 14th the following dolls will be shipped to dealers:
Item # 86009 Touch of Grace Tulabelle Doll
Item # 86010 Player Slayer Tulabelle Doll
Item # 86011 Front Row Tulabelle Doll
First Week of September 2014:
Item # 86008 French Kissed Tulabelle Doll
First Week of September 2014:
Item # 91344 City Prowl Eugenia Perrin
Item # 91346 Faded Desert Kyori Sato
Item # PP066 Brother in Arms Sebastien Havoc Figure
Item # PP068 Code Name: Arm Candy Chip Farnsworth Figure
Item # 76017 La Grande Seduction Victoire Roux Club Doll
Item # 91349 High Visibility Agnes Von Weiss Event Doll
FR White Bodies
Japan Tone Bodies
And they showed us a teaser..
it could be anything.. including jem or another movie collab thing, so i'm not getting excited over it until i see what it is.
The FR and Poppy shoepacks will go on sale on August 13th, first come first served. Each pack is LE500 ($30.00), so during the first 24h they will be offered to members of wclub, 1 pack per membership. If they don't sell out after a day, they will make them available to general public ×0
- you only live once right lol
- omg this is so scary..
Mandarine on 2013 Barbie DreamhouseHa! I know exactly what you mean about pining for a real Barbie House and not getting one. I actually managed to nab a classic orange...
Sybarite Rosa Gloriosa Fashion NRFB
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