Saturday, May 26, 2018

Hold That Tiger Poppy Parker - 2018 Number 6

I had to break one of my guidelines to acquire this doll.   There were several reasons that I initially passed on the purchase of Hold That Tiger from my regular dealer.  I told myself that I already had a couple other black Poppy Parker versions.  I definitely did not like the ensemble (I was a pre-teen in the 70's, so I can remember these fabrics and how it felt on your skin to wear them).   Then I was afraid the production facility would mess up the hair.  Apparently, it's very easy to mess up short hairstyles.

When IRL photos started showing up, I began kicking myself.  I knew this doll was going to be added to my collection, and I knew I was going to have to pay secondary market prices for her.  The search began.  I started scouring ads and auctions.  I wanted one with great eyes and hair, but at a reasonable price.  I finally tracked one down.

Here is Hold That Tiger Poppy Parker in her box.
And a closeup photo.
I love this doll's eyes.  The lip color is perfect.  The hair is amazing.  The accessories weren't too shabby either.
I love the lime green purse and how the matching shoes are constructed.  The enameled jewelry complements the fabric colors.  The faux fur coat is quite adorable.

How does she look out of the box?
What do you think?
I have been waiting for a version of Poppy Parker that could wear my Misaki clothing.
I only have one doppelgänger in my collection (Paparazzi Bait Adele Makeda); however, I am seriously considering adding another.  Hold That Tiger Poppy Parker impresses me that much!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Candy Cutie Nippon Misaki - 2018 Number 5

My very first Misaki was Honey Harajuku from 2006.  I remember how I hunted that doll down.  It was the most I had spent on a doll, but the heart wants what it wants.

"Honey" became a character in my collection.  I imagined that she was studying in France and had two roommates (Perfect in Paris and Dreadfully Cute).   They lived in a loft and were studying design.

Honey found a purple poodle named "Henri" and there was a quest to locate the owner.  There were several weeks worth of stories.  Misaki has always held a special place in my collection.   I continued to add to my Misaki collection, with the last being added in 2011 (Rebel Spirit Amelie).

After 2011, IT seemed to lose interest in the line.  There were no Misaki dolls produced in 2012 and only two in 2013. For me, the dolls started losing their edge while the prices continued to climb.

You can't imagine how excited I was when IT included Misaki, for the first time, at the 2017 Fairytale Convention.  Although neither doll interested me personally, I hoped that this foreshadowed a renewed interest in the line.

In early 2018, another Misaki was announced "Candy Cutie".   A tan Misaki with pink crimped hair!   This took me back to when Misaki symbolized Kawaii and creativity.  It got my attention in a major way.  I also found that Fabric and Friends, a U.S. seller, had started carrying Misaki.

Here is Candy Cutie in her box.
And a closeup.
Yes, those are lavendar eyes!  A change in production is that eyelashes are now being applied.  The original line had rooted eyelashes.  I actually prefer the rooted eyelashes; however, if a mistake is made during the rooting process, it totally ruins the eye and cannot be fixed.

This girl comes with some great accessories.
I love the little pink heart purse.  The shoes are awesome!   The jewelry includes earrings, necklace, three bracelets, and a headband.

Here she is out of the box.
I love the ensemble!  The little pink bobby socks are adorable.  Oh what I will be doing with that lavendar sweater!  There is so much mix and match potential in this doll!
My girl looks like she may have tried to trim her own bangs.  When I feel courageous and have more natural sunlight, I'll get out the scissors and straighten them a little.

Here is a closeup.  How adorable!  She is truly a cutie!

Since the release of this doll, IT has had its second U.S. exclusive (this time for W Club Members through a lottery) - photo property of Integrity Toys.  She was called Mint Cool.
Although I'm not a fan of the fit of the pants, I love everything else about this doll.

And another Misaki was just recently announced for presale in Japan - Spun Sugar.  (Photo property of Integrity Toys).
Yes, I broke down and ordered both.  Looks like Misaki is back on a roll!  And I couldn't be happier.