First, I want to post a link to a wonderful flickr page. There have been many naysayers about the clothing used in this year's convention line. This awesome doll sleuth uncovered the inspiration behind several of the ensembles. Enjoy the photos:
I promised last week I'd post something about the Color Infusion Lab at the Convention. As this was my first Convention, I was disappointed that there wouldn't be a Dynamite Girl Build-A-Doll Workshop this year. Actually I was disappointed that there were no Dynamite Girls at all.
When you pay for convention registration, you get an e-mail with the official convention information several weeks later. This information included details about workshops. At that time, we were notified that there would be 14 different Color Infusion Dolls - 10 girls and 4 boys. There were also 4 girl outfits and 2 boy outfits. Later there was an ordering process for reserving dolls. You could reserve as many as you wanted and would pick up a ticket when you arrived at the convention. The price was $65 per doll/ensemble combination. Attendees with tickets were given preference in line and dolls were first come/first serve.
At the convention, they didn't ask to see the tickets when you got in line, but you had to have them when you paid for the dolls. When I arrived after breakfast, the line was all the way up the stairs - some attendees got in line at 3:00 a.m. The convention management put a limit on purchases - you could only buy one of each version up to 14 tickets. Most individuals in line were able to get the dolls they wanted. After lunch, they opened the sale of CI to all attendees and anyone could buy whatever dolls they wanted. Several sold out almost immediately.
I reserved 10 dolls. These dolls were nothing like what I expected. I expected a lot of avante garde color in faceups and odd hair colors. Surprisingly, the dolls themselves do not fit the description of Color Infusion at all. There were five female molds with two different skintones of each mold. They were labeled A - J. The first doll to sell out was Model I. She was a beautiful Asian doll.
Although I didn't like Model F, I liked Model E - who was another sell-out.
There were also 4 Male Dolls. They are all created from the Chip mold. I was shocked to see such handsome faceups using the Chip mold. We'll start with model K who has wonderful locks and a hispanic skintone. He also has facial hair.
Ensemble 5 is really cool. You can't tell from photos, but that black and white checked jacket is vinyl.