I have really enjoyed the dolls I have gotten from the ITBE line - Shimmering Copper Luchia/Isha, Second Skin Vanessa, Night Strike Monogram, and Gold Glam Adele. For the price, they are a joy to redress.
The mainline FR2 dolls this year, with the exception of Montaigne Market Elise, have been a big disappointment. Touch of Frost Eugenia had to take a trip to the spa to have her eyes corrected. Although I received one of the better Fashion Explorer Vanessa dolls, her hair line is a little high on her "five head" and her screening makes her look like she is scowling.
When my City Prowl Eugenia arrived, you can't imagine how I felt when I opened her box to find that she had escaped her ribbon ties and was all messed up - one lash was barely hanging on. Here is a photo.
Here is a photo of the doll in the the box.
In the case of City Prowl Engenia, I actually had to take her outside.
I guess I'm being so picky because this was the "replacement" doll. If I owned a business and someone received a damaged item, I would make sure the replacement was excellent. I don't like messy hair or eyes that are off. I'm torn between putting her in the box and selling her or trying to fix her hair and redressing her.
Today, "Exploding Agnes" arrived. This is the nickname given High Visibility Agnes. Without informing collectors, Agnes and all future FR2 dolls have a body where all the limbs are removable. Supposedly this is to help with redressing our dolls. Had I known this was going to happen, I don't believe I would've purchased these dolls. I still prefer the tall FR body, so the enhancement just makes me even more reluctant to continue collecting Integrity dolls.
Here is High Visibility Agnes still in her box.
(Please know this post reflects my personal opinions and reviews of the dolls shown. The photos are property of this blog and are original. I do not mean to offend anyone, but I am just becoming very discouraged by a manufacturer whom I gave very strong support for many years. I have been able to capture wonderful photos of dolls in my collection but something is just off with the current production of Integrity dolls; I apologize that the photos are not very good.)