Monday, May 18, 2015

Integrity Toys 2015 Spring Reveal - FR2

I wanted to dedicate an entire blog entry to this collection.  After all, FR/FR2 is the focus of my collecting right now.  Members have been waiting almost a year for the debut of a new FR2 collection and they were not disappointed (at least I wasn't).  According to webinair, the designers were encouraged by Jason Wu to reach into 1960's debutante fashion for this collection.  It truly represents retro style with a modern twist.  I was thrilled!  (Again all photos are property of IT.  Shipping dates are approximations.)

The first doll is
Item #91367
Style Notes Isha/ Latino Skin Tone/ Dark Espresso Hair Color
Limited Edition 700 Dolls
Shipping August 2015
Price: $135
I cannot begin to express how much I love this doll.  The dress looks like something right out of Mad Men.  This is the first ethnic Isha we've received in years.  She was a "must buy" for me.  She is so sleek and has that easy style that will redress beautifully.  LOVE!

Next up:
Item #91371
Prestige Natalia Fatale/ Latino Skin Tone/ Walnut Hair Color
Limited Edition 700 Dolls
Shipping Date Mid July 2015
Price: $135
I really like this doll; however, she reminds me of Heat Seeker.  She is very nice, but she isn't different enough to merit selling a doll I already have.  I would love to pick up the pink purse and shoes on secondary market though!

The third doll:
Item #91373
Decorum Eugenia Perrin-Frost/Japan skin tone/ Caramel Brown Hair
Limited Edition 800 Dolls
Shipping Date Early August 2015
Price: $135

Eugenia is my girl, but I have to be careful because I own so many of this sculpt.  Unfortunately, she reminds me Bittersweet (who is still in her box) with Spring Forward's hair color.  The weight of the fabric looks like it may be a little heavy for the scale.  I may regret it, but she was a pass.

Bringing us to
Item #91372
Refinement Vanessa Perrin/FR White (Caucasian) Skintone/ Ash Blond Hair
Limited Edition 800 Dolls
Deliver Mid July 2015
Price: $145
I believe IT added $10 to the price of the dolls with coats.   Had this ensemble been any color other than black, she would've been a must have.  Unfortunately she reminds me too much of Sheer Sensuality and Love Roulette.  A collector pointed out that she looks a great deal like Cindy Crawford (I agree).   Another doll I may regret pre-ordering in the long run, but my budget won't let me purchase everything.

They keep coming …
Item #91374
Fine Print Elise Jolie/ Cream skin tone/ Red Amber Hair
Limited Edition 800 Dolls
Delivery Early August 2015
Price: $145
This is one of those instances when I am completely confused.  I usually love red hair and pale skin, but I don't care for the cream skin tone.  The face up with the hair reminds me of a Victoire doll.  The dress is a color variation on the fabric used for the W Club Agnes upgrade doll.  I LOVE the coat, purse, and brown gloved hands!!  I didn't preorder but am truly fidgeting about my decision.

Not just "another bleach blonde"
Item #91370
Fame Fable Kyori Sato/FR White (Caucasian) skin tone/ Bombshell Blonde Hair
Limited Edition 700 Dolls
Shipping Mid July 2015
Price: $135
This doll has been called the "Platinum Nightshade".  There were so many white blonde dolls released last year that collectors don't want another, BUT there wasn't a white blonde Kyori Sato.  Ginza and Quicksilver are my two most favorite Kyori dolls.  For some reason I favor her as a blonde.  I had to give this one a try.  She was pre-ordered.

Get ready to be "wowed"
Item #91369
Timeless Adele Makeda/ Dark A-Tone skin tone/ Black hair
Limited Edition 700 Dolls
Shipping Early August 2015
Price: $135

I almost started to hyperventilate.  This doll is all that and more.  She has rooted curls on top and flocked hair on the sides.  This may be my favorite version of mold 3.0 Adele ever released.  Pre-ordered and confirmed!  I cannot wait to see this doll in person and hope she looks as good as the promo.  (I may need to have the lips touched up, but that's an easy fix!)  I think she will display beautifully with After Tonight Eugenia and Midnight Star Elise from The Premiere Convention.

A little surprise
Item #91377
Perfect Reign Tatyana Alexandrova/Japan skin tone / Honey Blonde Hair
Limited Edition 700 Dolls
Shipping late August 2015
Price: $135
This doll has me completely perplexed.  She looks like a new mold.  The screening is amazing and I can't get over it - probably the best Tatyana ever.  She looks young and fresh.  For some reason she reminds me of a combo Dania Zarr/Dasha in a very good way.  I think I like this doll the best of the whole bunch, but I can find no love for the ensemble.  Hopefully I'll be able to pick her up nude at a great price.

And the Event Doll is … (drum roll please)  If you've been keeping up, I bet you can guess.
Item #91368
Royal Treatment Veronique Perrin/Cream skin tone/Pale Blonde Hair
Edition size determined by orders received
Shipping Fall 2015
Price:  $225
I'm just not sure about this one.  There has been a stir about the cost.  Most collectors aren't willing to cross the $200 purchase threshold for a single doll.   Although the doll is not a bad screening, I don't care for the clothing choices.  As many have pointed out the evening dress is a cross between Escapism and Spectacular.  The tweed coat looks dowdy.  I don't need any more black lingerie (after all Madame Jolie's was better).

I like the yellow dress and think it would look much better on a different skin tone.  I hope to pick it up at a great price but am doubtful of that happening.  There doesn't appear to be much love for this gift set.  Had she been a different skin tone, I may have been nudged.
Summary:  Nine beautiful dolls in a very cohesive collection.  Again, I believe the designers outdid themselves.   The diversity is amazing.  There are four distinct ethnic groups represented.  There are several different hair colors and styles.  Beauty marks made a return.  The jewelry, shoes, and handbags are wonderful.  I believe these dolls will display perfectly with the club Dania and Agnes that are coming.   I wish I had a money tree, but I don't.  I am fortunate to be able to pre-order what I did.

My favorites from the entire reveal in order of preference (and the only dolls I've pre-ordered):

1) Midas Touch Poppy
2) Style Notes Isha
3) Timeless Adele
4) Fame Fable Kyori
5) Spring Song Poppy

Not ordered, but am feeling remorseful:

Fine Print Elise
Out of this World Poppy


Anonymous said...

"Latina Skin Tone" is a so wrong term...

Some European Latin people.

Troy said...

The line turned out to be quite good. It was a good mix of gowns and "ladies who lunch" looks. Loved the big handbags and the coats. Some people are complaining about all of the beauty marks, but I really like them. Initially, I only pre-ordered a few of the dolls, but then the others grew on me. This is my first year in the W Club, so I'm more used to seeing secondary market prices. Buying them now and perhaps regretting one or two -- who could be sold -- would be better than regretting not buying them later and paying more for them. I pulled out the wallet and hit the pre-order button again. I've seen that some of the ones from the second order have now sold out for most dealers, so that validated the decision (or I'm telling myself it did!).

15nanoseconds said...

The new Adele doll is spectacular! How can I pre-order??

15nanoseconds said...

The new Adele doll is spectacular! How can I pre-order??