I preordered this Poppy with an intention to try and turn her into Bergdorf Goodman.. buut by the time she came out I caved in and bought the real deal:p So now I’m not sure if I *need* this Poppy in my collection.

She did look like a bad replica of Goodman to me at first, but now she seems lovely in her own way.. I’m just not sure what I’d want to do with her. I’m not a fan of her updo, but taking the hair down would make her resemblance to Goodman even more apparent.. Maybe bangs could work for her..but that’s just too much work.

He eyes appear even darker in person, the gold paint looks pretty dull, almost brown , I think it looked lighter in promos.

No comment about the dress because I want to be nice

And here is Joyous Celebration vs. Bergdorf Poppy comparison:


Bergdorf is just a very well executed doll with a sophisticated well thought out palette done with quality paints.. Joyous Poppy is just not as polished.. The eye screening seems to be the same on both dolls, the eyebrows though, are not. JC has thinner eyebrows.. BG eyebrows appear darker but the paint is nice muted brown which matches her hair color really well. JC eyebrows are more reddish brown and the paint on this doll is glossier in general. As mentioned JC’s gold eyeshadow is very dirty looking gold, BG eyeshadow is much lighter.. JC underline eyeliner is alot darker and the lip and eye color difference is pretty obvious. Goodman also has a bit lighter shade of Caucasian skintone. Both are beautiful, but without a doubt, Goodman wins on many levels:)

On The Rise Elise was the doll from Safari collection I’ve been looking forward to the most and I’m so happy she did not disappoint. I just love everything about her! (Must be the reason why I took way too many pix of her)

I’m glad she has her own unique look and doesn’t really resemble any other Elise released to date.

Her info said that her skintone was japan and yet it’s completely different from High Visibility Agnes’s skintone (which also was stated as ‘japan’). It’s much paler and porcelain looking, while Agnes’s skintone is more grey toned. I’m glad they didn’t use the grey version on Elise.

The lashes on my doll are unusually short, but at least those are the matte lashes that fr’s typically come with (I cannot stand those cheap looking glossy lashes used on CP Eugenia and HV Agnes)
Another thing I found disappointing about all of the dolls I got recently is the ultraglossy paint used on the elements which are not supposed to be glossy, like the eyeliner, which looks extremely glossy and reflective.


I wasn’t a big fan of her yellow dress at first, but in person the color looks really beautiful on her. If I wasn’t so broke after the convention, I wouldn’t even mind keeping it.


Cute golden tube clutch, doesn’t really open, but very well made

I liked how the shoes looked from the side in packaging, but as for the front part, hm..not sure..

Not keeping the outfit, so didn’t bother with the jewelry..

My On The Rise Elise has arrived and I’m very relieved because this one won’t be going back to patient care.
Comapring to Agnes and Eugenia which arrived earlier, she’s very lovely and doesn’t have any mold, bad smells, facial paint or messed up eyelashes issues, so I’m happy.
Here are just a few pix while she was still in the box:

Her eyes seem to be looking in different directions (left one is looking up the other one just to the side), but I have a feeling that’s just the way the screening was done on all/most of them

Dress fabric closeup:

Accessories:

I still need to wash her hair as it’s very stiff from the product and put some paint over the eyelash glue, so more detailed out of box pictures will be coming later:)

edit: out of the box pictures of Elise here

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:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/51265969@N07/5001079441

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.
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Update:
My Agnes replacement head arrived in December. It was shipped from Canada. I was told Eugenia will come from Asia, though I’m still waiting for it.. (as of Feb 2015), but at least they never requested the heads to be sent back to them..
The new Agnes head is better than the first one, at least she doesn’t look drugged..though the lip paint is still not perfect.. the eyes are fairly even so guess she’s as good as she can get:)

Quick Updates:

  • whole lot of 6 new dolls and nothing really extraordinary..
    even though i'm glad to see vanesssa v.2 back, I just never really liked Monaco Royale, and Love Roulette is the same screening + the orange spraytan skintone = pass for me
    the new 'Finley' sculpt is a bit of a misunderstanding... if i needed a fashionista barbie, i think i'd much rather get one for 1/10th of the price from mattel
    I did enter for Anja, but now i'm thinking she only stands out because the rest of them is a bit meh..if only she was a Kyori v.1, I'd just die
    Luchias lipstick is Second Skin Vanessa all over again, totally wrong color for the complexion
    And Kesenia is... well Kesenia. I'm sure the fans of the sculpt will appreciate her
    Veronique looks actually promising, I have a feeling in person she will look much better, but I'm just not a huge Vero fan, so will not be trying for her.
    The price hike is a bit outrageous.. from $75 to $100 in a year.. if only my earnings were increasing as quickly as IT prices..
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  • a little underwhelmed by what was behind the teaser.. ×0
  • a new teaser from Integrity..
    itteaser
    "Stay tuned, the full reveal of these dolls (including ordering details) will be sent to W Club Members soon!"
    So it's going to be more than just one doll
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  • Attending Paris Fashion Doll Festival is on my bucket list and who knows maybe one day I will be rich enough to afford it.. but for now out of curiocity i just researched the event info..
    This year PFDF will taking place during March 13 - March 15
    Registration cost is 125 Euros
    Registration for the Superdoll event is 550 Euros with the doll and 45 Euros without the doll
    Registration entries are accepted by email *slight eyeroll*
    Here is a detailed festival events breakdown.
    And looks like we will see another Gen X Sybarite doll on PFDF(source here)
    official event site: http://dollexpo.fr/
    official blog: https://dollexpo.wordpress.com/
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  • quite astonishing results of fixing yellowed fr bodies by kingkevin on flickr
    all you need is some hair bleach and a uv light
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  • somewhat functional cached(?) version of thedollpage. Might be helpful in salvaging some of your listings information:
    http://66.240.238.142/ads/
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  • listed a bunch of odds and ends on my sales page..
    Superdoll Jeans


    Poppy Parker shoepack


    DG Starry Night Fashion


    and more!
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  • gave this site a little facelift. wider layout so that i could share bigger pictures:) ×0

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