Let's start with a line that I do not collect. Integrity and Hasbro continue to forge ahead with their Jem and the Holograms line - this time giving us the Misfits. If there was less hair and no art makeup (lightning flashes, etc) on the faces, I could be tempted. I do love the little guitars this time around though. The dolls will be produced in edition sizes of 1200 to accomodate "cross collectors". Each doll is priced at $119 and is expected for delivery the end of May.
Here is Phyllis "Pizzazz" Gabor:
Next up is Roxanne "Roxy" Pelligrini:
And finally, we have Mary "Stormer" Phillips:
Having just ordered the first W Club offering, The Young Sophisticate Poppy, I was afraid that Integrity was going to "reel me back in" with these Poppy dolls. Here is a photo of the first W Club doll:
At the W Club Convention, attendees were told that this year's Poppy offerings were going to be based on the 1964-65 International World's Fair. In December, the W Club upgrade Poppy was announced. She had my hopes really high that we would be getting Poppy styled in mid 1960's clothing to represent the magazine stories from that time showing what attendees of the World's Fair would be wearing. Here is a photo of the W Club Upgrade Poppy, To The Fair:
First we have the Indian Pavillion - Irresistible in India.
Next up is Spicy in Spain
The third doll in the collection is Sweet in Switzerland
Doll number four is Pretty in Polynesia.
I'm putting it out there to my readers ... if you do not want this outfit, I know a St. Tropez that is really dieing to get her hands on it! This necklace was another of my favorite pieces from the reveal.
This doll uses the Reluctant Debutante faceup. As I already have Reluctante Debutante, I couldn't justify the purchase. I hope her forehead isn't this low.
And the final Poppy is Joyful in Japan
This doll also has the cat eye screening.
So, I was a little disappointed that we didn't have dolls in 1964-1965 clothing. It did wind up saving me money. I have heard collectors refer to this collection as reminiscent of the "Barbie Dolls of the World". I didn't order anything - but am definitely looking for that Polynesian outfit!
This brings me to the final collection revealed. It is the mainline FR girls in a grouping called "Classic".
First up was Notalgia Dania Zarr. She is an edition of 600 and sells for $130.
Attendees of the reveal were told that Integrity was borrowing inspiration from some of its earlier editions from the past 10 years. I'm not sure where this dress is from. My guess is that the pinstripe with red accessories may be vibing off AFL Vanessa; the doll has a similar faceup; I guess if you took that elaborate hairdo down, it could be imagined this would be how it may look. A similar stole came in the AFL giftset.
The next doll revealed was Captivating Anja - Edition Size 800 - Price $130.
The fourth doll was quite a surprise. She is Ambitious Kesenia. This doll is quite dramatic. The outfit may be inspired by Successful Journey. The jacket is black wool. I wish the ensemble came with a hat.
I love the black jacket! One of my favorite pieces of the whole reveal. I'm not sure about the taupe in the shoes. I don't believe this ensemble has a previously issued inspiration.
The doll however, is obviously a tan version of Optic Clash Dania.
This is my personal opinion of the FR Classic line (excluding the fact that those lower lashes must go!):
If I've learned anything from collecting IT dolls, it's that you can't judge a doll from its promo photos. I wasn't feeling the Dania last year until collectors took her hair down; then ... WOW! Following last year's reveal, I didn't order Eugenia, Veronique, or Kyori. After seeing them live at the Convention and later redressed by collectors, I went crazy for them. I followed the old "Better safe than sorry" and ordered one of each of the FR Classic dolls. I figured I could sell what I didn't like after the fact.
The nods to previous editions were very interesting. I'm betting this reveal is a foreshadowing of what is coming at the 2012 convention (at least that's what the storylines in the e-mail elude to). These dolls are the first pieces to the puzzle, and IT wouldn't want them to outshine what is offered at the convention. I think we'll see all the older favorite characters make an appearance at the convention, following the same idea of re-imagined dolls from the past 10 years. That when it will all fall together and everyone will start scrambling for the dolls revealed this weekend to complete the collection.