Saturday, January 7, 2012

Best of 2011

In order to be fair, I need to state that this list is from my personal collecting habits this year.  Although I have seen many dolls first hand, there were many I did not.  (Integrity Toys put over 110 dolls into collectors hands this year alone!)

The most important part of a doll for me is his/her faceup.  Next would be hair, followed by the clothing and accessories.  When all of these things were considered, this is my top ten list for 2011. 

Number 10:  Representing Mattel is a Barbie Basics Target Exclusive:

Number 9:  I really do like this doll.  Her hair is a lovely color and set.  She came in a nice giftset; however, the pieces of clothing weren't so great.  Had her clothing been better choices, she would've been much higher on my list.  Number 9 is Point of Departure Eugenia.

Number 8:  Another doll who suffers from a poor wardrobe choice is Number 8, Regal Solstice Anja.  I really disliked the colors and cut of her evening dress.  This was one hot mess and one of the worst outfits ever produced by Integrity in my opinion.  But ... oh that face!

Number 7:  It pains me to put this doll as Number 7, but she came only wearing lingerie.  I'm not a fan of bangs on dolls, but this doll's face up is exquisite.  Number 7 is Bare Essentials Dania. 

Number 6:  This is another doll that I would prefer to have higher on my list, but her outfit and accessories put Carol Roth at Number 6.  She also has the Anja face mold.
Number 5:  I guess it would be almost impossible to make a list without one Poppy Parker on it.  The giftset clothing and accessories on this doll was nothing short of perfection.  From the Baby Doll pajamas and slippers all the way to the textured hose that came with the red jumper, I Love How You Love Me Poppy was fantastic.  (Her hair has been relaxed.)

Number 4:  This doll does not fit the typical definition of beautiful, but she is so striking that I could not leave her off my list.  She is from a new Integrity line called Les Silhouettes Collection.  She is the first doll in this line and is called Fauboug Saint-Honore Victoire Roux.  This line was exclusive to the Integrity Convention and sold out there quickly.  The outfit is very tailored and the little fur stole is wonderful.

Number 3:  I was very surprised for the next doll to have made it so high on my list. I didn't expect it.  her outfit was simple but quite lovely. Her hair mirrored that simplicity.  However, her faceup is remarkable.  The only Fashion Royalty doll sold through dealers to make it on my list is Number 3, Breaking the Mold Veronique.

Number 2:  I have never collected Male dolls, but I simply cannot ignore this doll.  His presentation was total perfection.  His outfit, hair, faceup.  He can stay in the box and still look incredible.  My Number 2 is Most Beautiful Boy Auden from Integrity Toys' Dynamite Girls line.

Number 1:  The minute I first saw this doll, I knew she was the perfect doll for me.  Everything about her screams "Old Integrity".  She has all the qualities that first attracted me to collecting Fashion Royalty dolls.  She is total class:  two-toned hair in a perfect style, gorgeous tailored outfit, great accessories, and an incredible face-up.  I scored a NRFB version (#17 out of 150).  My favorite doll of 2011 was No Reservations Kyori.  

 What a gorgeous creature.

Like I said, these reflect my personal taste.  I know many will disagree, but that is alright.  We all have our own favorites, which makes this hobby such a joy for all of us.


divafan said...

Robyne, love your choices! We really do have very similar taste in dolls. The only thing we differ on is Regal Solstice Anja -- I loved her dress but was underwhelmed with her shoes & hairstyle. But it's differences in taste that make this hobby so interesting! HUGS

Dollz4Moi said...

I enjoyed your list. My top 10 would be somewhat different for me. I never thought about it and may have to chime in somewhere..LOL.

Diversity is a great thing in this obsession..ahem hobby of ours. Happy New Year :O)

Marta said...

Hello from Spain: I love your list. To me it is also important to the face and hair of the doll. The second clothing and accessories that brings. Right now my favorite is Poppy and I see that you have them. We remain in contact blog blog