When I started this blog, it was going to show a direct progression of my doll collecting this year. I was going to open each arrival in the order in which they showed up on my doorstep. I was going to follow my resolutions and stay on track. HA!
I managed well enough with the first eight dolls added to my collection this year. Then someone got moved to the head of the class ...
She is Heart of Glass Aria from the Plastic Inevitable Dynamite Girl 2011 Collection. She is made by Integrity Toys. I knew when I saw this doll in the Spring preview show that she was going to be a doll for my collection. She has such an exquisite expression. I loved the edge to her outfit which is incredibly detailed. The jeans are very stylized with grays, silvers, golds, reds, blues, etc. They snap in the back and have pencil legs. They are a fantastic fit. The jacket has all sorts of little button details. It is one of the best DG pieces ever produced in my opinion. Under the jacket she is wearing a lace blouse with sewn in bra.
One thing I did note right away. This year's DGs came with pierced ears. I thought that was a wonderful surprise.
The first doll is Feelin' Fierce Dani (farthest to the left). She is one of my favorites of the earlier girls and is on the original body (pre-2010). The original DGs had legs similar to the second generation FR girls. Collectors did not like the way the knees looked in photos.
The design team at Integrity listened and decided to come out with an improved knee. The second doll is last year's Vintage Vinyl Sooki. You can see the leg length is a little longer than the original doll body. The new DG body can still share pants with Poppy, Misaki, Barbie, and the earlier DG models. The NuFace leg is even longer and is somewhat "thicker", which prevents them sharing slacks. They can still share skirts, dresses, and most blouses.
I believe Aria is exceptional. She is definitely #9 now in my collection. One of the best things about the DG girls (and guys) are their price. IT has managed to keep their prices down. The Plastic Inevitable dolls were retailed at $59.00. For the quality of doll and clothing, you can't beat that price anywhere! Unfortunately, the production numbers were very low and they sold out almost immediately in pre-orders. One of the male dolls has been fetching as much as 5 - 8 times his original price.. Fortunately, I have a great relationship with an incredible dealer and was able to pre-order all of the dolls I wanted this year. But Aria didn't have to wait; she moved directly into her place in my collection.