If Victoire Roux fans left the collecting table feeling more than satisfied, Poppy Parker collectors were absolutely stuffed! I was very worried about 2014 because I've had a "love/hate" relationship with Poppy Parker. I started collecting Poppy with her very first releases in 2009. Unfortunately Poppy Parker causes quite a frenzy with collectors and individuals can get quite mean when it comes to their favorite girl. The secondary market values on some Poppy dolls made it impossible for me to enjoy mine, so they found new homes.
I swore that I wouldn't add any Poppy girls to my collection in 2013 but fell completely in love with the World's Fair theme. I purchased every single doll from that collection! Since this was the fifth anniversary of Poppy Parker, I was afraid I was done for.
That didn't happen.
(This blog uses many images that are the property of Integrity Toys since only one Poppy came to live with me this year.) The mainline theme for Poppy Parker this year was spy related - not my cup of tea (or should I say not my "shaker of martini"). The year started with the W Club upgrade Poppy, The Girl from I.N.T.E.G.R.I.T.Y. Although I passed on this version of Poppy, I think she was probably the best of theme.
Next up was Spy A-Go-Go.
These three dolls were instant successes and demand high prices on the secondary market. With such beautiful Poppy dolls being released, collectors couldn't wait until the Convention to see what was offered. Some of them may have been a little surprised that the theme turned to 1970's disco.
The luncheon centerpiece was Angel in Blue. 300 attendees got the opportunity to purchase this doll.
Best of 2014