Sunday, August 30, 2015

The Royal Treatment?

I had to use a question mark in the title of this blog entry.  This gift set has me confused in many ways.  Whenever Integrity Toys (IT) has an online reveal of new dolls, the W Club members are given an opportunity to purchase an exclusive gift set.  Last year it was High Visibility Agnes Von Weiss.

High Visiblity Agnes, though not a favorite for me personally, came with a purse, hat, two pair of shoes, three bracelets, earrings, sunglasses, a long mermaid skirt, a pencil skirt, a brown crop jacket, and a bustier.  She cost members $135.
This year's offering was Royal Treatment Veronique Perrin.  She came with an evening gown, teddy, sheath, coat, a pair of earrings, one bracelet, a purse, one pair of shoes, and a gloved pair of hands.  Her cost was $225.
Many W Club members complained about the rise in cost for a gift set with such minimal accessories;  others were uncertain about the doll.  When both combined, less than 400 were sold.  This is quite shocking for an exclusive doll that is made to order based on purchases.  The actual production doll has a nice face up in my opinion.
This gown has received no fanfare.   It is unlined (unless you count the polka dot underskirt as lining - there is a chiffon overskirt).  It does have a satin slip sewn in.   The chiffon overskirt is sewn directly onto the black hemline which, in my version, is sewn incorrectly.   I believe the pattern was too complicated for the unskilled labor who tried to duplicate it.
I added a crinoline underskirt (from Talking Drama Adele) and replaced the thin belt with a black ribbon and bow.  It helped, but I think I will be contacting Patient Care about this garment.  I don't care for the earrings she came with, so I added a different pair.
Many collectors are looking for the sheath on secondary market - I bet they'll be looking for a long time since most who purchased the collection wanted the sheath as well.  The belt is a real booger to close.  It's best to stretch the fabric and thread as much as possible off the doll before trying to close it around the waist.  It's quite a well made, lined, sheath.
The box coat is a nice light weight tweed but doesn't seem to go with the summer yellow dress.  I added a hat and pin to help the look a little.
The lingerie is quite good!  But a pair of thigh high black hose would've been a nice addition.
For me the worth of any doll is how she looks redressed.  Here she is wearing her sister Full Spectrum's red dress.
I wanted to show you the hairstyle from the side.
I think she looks great in black. She borrowed Dovima's Woman Who Thinks black dress.
And since so many are comparing her to Agnes, here she is with Aristocratic (released earlier this year).

I think she actually holds her own and the two complement each other.  My final thoughts, for what they are worth:

I believe IT missed an opportunity here.  It wouldn't have been a major cost to include another pair of shoes, some hose, better jewelry (including a pin for the coat), and a hat.  That would've tipped the scale.  I believe the Royal Treatment is a lovely doll, but they overcharged for a gift set that wasn't executed well.  It's left a bad taste in the mouths of their loyal collectors.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

A Veritable Poppy-Palooza

Integrity Toys has a private membership group called "The W Club".  There are many benefits to joining this club each winter (they have a window of opportunity to join that lasts a few weeks and then closes for the year).  In addition to being on the "First To Know" list for doll releases and convention information, members get the opportunity to purchase special edition dolls as "upgrades", membership specials, and lottery opportunities.  Many collectors purchase multiple memberships just to enhance their chances of getting a special doll.

The first official W Club Membership doll this year was a Poppy Parker gift set called Mood Changers.  Below is the photo by Integrity Toys that introduced this purchase opportunity.  I have always preferred Poppy as a redhead, so I knew I was going to purchase this gift set.  It cost $160 and I knew I would be able to sell the other heads and clothing pieces.

This set utilizes the "Quick Switch Feature" which allows the collector to transfer heads on one doll body.  That means one body and three heads.  Fortunately, shortly following the release of this collection, Integrity Toys offered additional Poppy Parker bodies for purchase.

Everyone in the W Club has been anxiously awaiting the arrival of this gift set.  Here is a photo of the actual production package.
WOW!  There were three separate outfits, two pair of shoes, two bacelets, two pair of earrings, one purse, three sets of hands (including one painted with black gloves) and two pair of hose.  Many wondered why there wasn't a pair of shoes and jewelry for each ensemble, but since there was only one body, the doll couldn't wear more than one pair of shoes anyway!   (Not that a doll can wear four sets of hands!)   It would've been nice to have a pair of matching shoes for pants ensemble though.  Not that I'm complaining because I believe this is one of the best offerings for the cost ever.

Here is a photo of each doll on a separate body.  I added the earrings and shoes to the pants ensemble,

One of the coolest things about this gift set is that each ensemble was inspired by an actual 1960's fashion.  (I can't take credit for finding these, but I created the collage).

I did not expect to like the doll with lilac hair as much as I did.  She's gorgeous!  I've seen several photos of collectors who have relaxed her hair, but, for now, she's fine the way she arrived.

Many collectors have referred  to the Louis Feraud pantsuit as "pajamas", but they are lined and extremely well made.  I am surprised I like these so much more than I expected.
I did pull this doll's raven hair into a high pony.   I just thought she needed more volume.  I didn't expect to like this doll either.
The one doll I expected to love was everything I hoped she would be.  I totally love this one!
When they start arriving three at a time, it even causes Agnes Von Weiss to shake in her shoes!