This doll character was so close to becoming Number 1 in my countdown. If I didn't love my Number 1 choice so much, I could have switched the two characters easily.
2014 was definitely the year of Vanessa Perrin. It started when she was announced as the W Club upgrade doll. According to the release, she was a preview of the theme for the mainline. If you are a completist, she was a must purchase. Unfortunately, when Fashion Explorer Vanessa started arriving, it quickly became apparent that the quality control at IT was seriously suffering. Collectors were receiving dolls with all sorts of problems with the predominant being eyelash glue globs on the iris and cornea area of the doll. Fortunately, my girl arrived pretty much perfect.
I mentioned earlier that Second Skin Vanessa has received the most views on Flickr. The next doll has received the most "favorites" from my posts. To everyone's surprise, mold 1.0 Vanessa Perrin showed up at the Gloss Convention Welcome Banquet. Sheer Sensuality Vanessa Perrin was a no-brainer purchase for me.
If you were counting, you realized IT produced six version of the character Vanessa Perrin in 2014. Two were using mold 1.0 (which was retired but has always been a favorite with many collectors) and four used mold 3.0 which went from the "bastard stepchild" to the top of many lists this year. It must be nice for IT designers to have their "I told you so" moment. Choosing among the six was near impossible, but I have to go with the most dramatic of the six ...
Best of 2014
Illustrious Vanessa Perrin