I had made plans earlier this year to attend this convention, but life got in the way. Since my husband and I chose to pursue retirement plans, we agreed that I could buy a couple dolls on secondary market to make up for my missing the convention.
This entry will not include the ITBE dolls, Color Infusion dolls, or the convention collection that was sold to attendees. It will focus on those dolls actually presented to attendees because these are the only official photos released to W Club members from Integrity Toys so far. All photos are owned by IT and are used with permission.
When attendees arrive for the convention, they get a registration bag of goodies. In the past, the bag usually contained an ensemble as a teaser for a future doll. This year the attendees actually got a doll. She is an ITBE version of Erin Salston. (There apparently isn't a name since one wasn't included in the official release; she is being referred to as "Souvenir Welcome Doll".) The vest, hat, and jewelry were in an accessory set attendees received later. Edition size was 500.
The first event was the Welcome Dinner on Friday Night. Attendees were greeted by the table centerpiece, Sheer Sensuality Vanessa Perrin (mold 1.0). We are getting down to business now. When I saw this doll, I actually swooned. Vanessa mold 1.0 is a favorite mold around here. With forward glancing brown eyes and this gorgeous hair color, I knew she would be my first secondary market purchase. There were only 350 in her edition size and table numbers were drawn to determine which attendees could purchase her.
Saturday's luncheon is exclusive to W Club members only. There was a lot of excitement this year because attendees were eager to see the unveiling of the revised NuFace body. The centerpiece was Sensuous Affair Giselle. Every attendee had the opportunity to purchase her (edition size 400).
It's hard to judge a collection without having them in front of me. I personally believe there was something for everyone at this convention. There was fun, hip, sophisticated, elegant, casual. You name it, you went home happy. It's nice when the offerings are so diverse.
Upon reflection, I should've taken the proxy route. (It seems like MANY collectors did that this year - it would be interesting to see how many proxies were in attendance.)
Since I don't have deep pockets, I have only purchased three dolls (so far). Sheer Sensuality Vanessa Perrin, Intrigue Elise Jolie, and Le Smoking Adele Makeda. I can't wait for them arrive! Each of them brings something new and special to my collection.