Saturday, January 4, 2014

New Years Resolution - Number 1

New Year's Resolution Number 1 - Become better organized, so I can make good decisions about which dolls stay and which dolls leave for homes with other collectors.

I saw that some individuals I follow on Flickr had designed pages of all their dolls.   I thought that was a very cool idea.

I was halfway to being able to complete this organization because my husband had already suggested that I make all of my dolls nude, so I wouldn't be influenced by their clothing in choosing which ones to sell.  I still have several dolls in boxes, so their head shots have a the backgrounds from their boxes.  I did include the regular FR characters that were presented at the 2013 Convention on FR2 bodies since they already had a character history attached.

I decided to group them according to character.  The first two characters were introduced in 2001/2002.   Veronique was the first FR doll I ever owned, which I purchased in 2004; she was Flame Rouge.

Released with Veronique Perrin was her best friend Adele Makeda.  Although I have owned a couple Adele dolls with the first Mold, I've never liked the mold.  I started my collection of Adele with Graphic Language.

In 2004, Integrity Toys introduced two new molds.  It turned out that Veronique had a sister named Vanessa.   Vanessa 1.0 is one of my favorite molds.   You can see why. (Current Pursuits and Dress Code are switched in the list.  Sorry!)

We also learned that Veronique had an enemy.   Kyori Sato was not to be trusted.

She worked for the evil Natalia Fatale!

Another character introduced in the early days of Integrity Toys was Isha.  She was released on a taller body as two characters - she remained Isha on the taller Indian body but became Luchia Z with Caucasian skin tones.
In 2006, Integrity Toys changed the bodies of their dolls and improved articulation significantly.  At the chagrin of many collectors, it involved increasing the height of the dolls by .5 inches.  We got another personal favorite character that year, The Baroness Agnes Von Weiss.  This dolls serves attitude with a side of disdain.

The only other doll I have collected en masse is Eugenia Perrin Frost.   She is my very favorite of all the characters/molds and was introduced in 2007.  

2008 was a strange year for collectors.  Integrity Toys introduced the Hollywood Royalty Line with a Lana Turner doll.  The mold was not well-received as collectors complained that it looked nothing like Lana Turner, so back to the drawing board and second mold.  The original mold became another character called Tatyana the same year.   The second mold, though better received, still did not sell well and became a third character, Dania Zarr.  Talk about confusing!

In 2009, collectors got two new characters.  First up was a new African American doll named Jordan.  The other 2009 character, Elise Jolie, was never released again as a FR doll.  She is, however, very popular in the FR2 line.  Also in 2009, IT also added another doll to their Hollywood Royalty Line, a mini- Gene Marshall.  I don't believe this line was fully realized as the dolls were so incredible and line short-lived.

In 2010, we met Kesenia  and Anja at the Integrity Convention.  Both dolls improved in future releases.

In 2011, we added Korinne and Rayna.  Rayna has appeared as both a regular character and a NuFace character.

So, have you been keeping up?  (Remember I am not including FR2, NuFace, Poppy Parker, or Dynamite Girls)  If you wanted to collect just one of each character mold in the FR line, you would have 29 dolls!

Veronique - 2 versions
Adele - 3 versions
Vanessa - 3 versions
Kyori - 2 versions
Natalia - 3 versions
Lana Turner - 2 molds
Dania Zarr
Josephine Baker (not shown)
Mini Gene

I have 122 FR dolls in my collection.  The scary thing is that I have sold 60 over the past few years.  My goal was to cut my number down to about 75.  I'm not sure how that would be possible.  They are all so lovely!  


D7ana said...

Picking my jaw up - so unladylike - wow do you have a FR collection. Congratulations! They are lovely. I would have a hard time losing any ;-)

Good luck with your New Year's goal.

Anonymous said...

WOW thanks for this!! Is a dream come true for collectors like me who have OCD! Lol


toto said...

Great collection, I would not sell any, they are all beautiful!!!!

Eve*Sparkle said...

Oh. My. Goodness. Please keep every one, they are FANTASTIC. If only I could own one of these dolls. Your husband had a great idea too. Love your shots. What an awesome collection! :)

Vanessa said...

I have just one word....WOW! What a collection and I know this is only a small part of it.

Andreia Guerrero said...

Thank you! This is very informative. I love the stories! I wish there was a site I could read their stories.