Monday, July 27, 2015

I Guess I DO Collect Poppy Parker

I bet a lot of my followers have been waiting for this entry.  It's official.  I can no longer claim to "NOT" collect Poppy Parker.  I have become completely smitten with Angel In Blue.
My very first Poppy Parker was actually the very first released, Summer Magic.   I had been collecting Misaki dolls for a couple years and was hoping she was the "American counterpart".  Unfortunately, they did not photograph well together.   I thought about selling her, but in some ways she reminds me of myself when I was younger.  I have brown eyes and had red hair that I wore in a bob with bangs.  Although I sold  all of my other Poppy Parker dolls from 2009 - 2011,  I was unable to part with Summer Magic and one other.
That other was I Love How You Love Me.  Those who have been collecting these girls since the beginning, know this doll fondly as the subject of "Poppygate".   She was an exclusive and collectors crashed sites repeatedly trying to acquire her.  She was so difficult to get that I could never sell her.  (Also, I relaxed her hair out of this style - which I regret)
In 2012, I had to have She's Not There wearing the Bus Stop Darla Daley ensemble.  She looks just like the Twiggy museum mannequin.  She's never been redressed.  I consider her a miniature piece of pop art. 
I also kept Hot Dots Poppy as a souvenir from the only doll convention I've ever attended.
Four dolls does not a collection make - at least that was my reasoning.  After all, I had sold thirteen other Poppy Parker dolls from that period.  I was definitely less of a Poppy Parker collector than someone who collected them, right?

Then in 2013, we got the "1965 International Fair Collection".  I had to have all of them plus the To The Fair tour guide.  This was a mini-collection that was truly remarkable.   I was definitely teetering on the edge of becoming a full fledged Poppy Parker Collector.   The photo below is of Irresistible In India with To The Fair.
Fortunately, I was able to avoid the entire 2014 Spy Theme.  I reasoned that if I could resist an entire line, I wasn't a true, red-blooded Poppy Parker collector.  Since it was Poppy's 5th Anniversary, I did allow myself the W Club Exclusive, Joyous Celebration:
and recently was able to pick up That Holiday Feeling:
I was very disappointed when my number wasn't drawn in the lottery to purchase That Holiday Feeling, but when dolls started shipping, I was glad to have missed her because many of the dolls had very bad hair.  You can't imagine my happiness at finding this one on secondary market at an incredible price.  And her hair is PERFECT!
When Integrity Toys revealed the 2015 line, I knew there were three dolls that were coming to live here.  There was no way I was going to pass on the first African American Poppy Parker, Midas Touch.  She arrived last week but hasn't had an official deboxing yet.  Here is a special preview photo!
Spring Song arrived a few weeks ago, but she had an eye screening problem.  As you can see, it looks like she had a heat stroke while waiting on my porch in the hot June sunshine.  She is the first doll of 2015 that required me to contact Patient Care for a replacement.  (The left eye screening is way messed up!)
The replacement Spring Song arrived this weekend after being reported to Patient Care on June 17.  (Not bad turn around!)  Since Integrity Dolls are produced by hand in an assembly-line, each doll can look very different.  it has never been more apparent to me than with Spring Song.  Here is the original with the replacement.
And from behind:
Other collectors sometimes laugh at me because I have waited long periods of time to purchase a doll that was "better" than others in the edition.   This was especially true for  Shapeshifiter Natalia, Paparazzi Bait Adele, Soul Deep Adele, and Ginza Kyori.

Here is a full length of Spring Song with her replacement head attached.
This bright blue has "Stain Alert" written all over it.  The ensemble is lovely, but my Poppies like to dress more current.
And here is another sun dress.  Not bad for $1.96.
While waiting for her replacement, I got carried away with the convention collection from last year and was able to pick up Angel in Blue (above), Wild Thing (previous post), and Dark Moon (below) at great prices from one seller.
Out of this World hasn't arrived yet.  Mood Changers is expected this week, and I purchased extra bodies so each could be independently dressed.

I guess, I "DO" Collect Poppy Parker.  I really do.


Anonymous said...

One of us, one of us, one of us . . . give up, resistance is futile. No one can refuse Poppy! Goodness knows I'm in over my head! Regards, Laura

Lisa Neault said...

I have long been a Poppy fan and there is something about this line that takes me back to the 60's and the 'look' of that time, that no other doll has been able to compete with. I like alot of the FR2 dolls, but hate, simply despise, those exploding bodies they have come out with. I like the Victoire body and the vampire body, they are the most desirable bodies to dress for me, instead of those huge feet and too tall Suzies. Poppy is the perfect height, her feet are wonderful to stand, and she's just so darn, fashionable, sweet, sexy and cute at the same time. They got her scale right too. I love your Twiggy look-alike- she is one Poppy that is hard to get!

Black Doll Enthusiast said...

Your dolls are lovely and your photos impeccable!

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Jocelyn Earle said...

I so love this post! I have just started 'collecting' Poppy myself, and now have three ๐Ÿ˜ the perfect number, right? I don't think that passing up on dolls that don't particularly 'grab' you means you are not collecting - I think it just shows good taste and discernment ๐Ÿ˜‰ I have Mood Changers Red Hair (my first ❤️ ) and Mood changers Raven (on the way to me from France!!!) and I have just added Corie from the Barefoot in the Park/ Bratter Lovers Giftset (on the way to me from Italy❤️). I love all three because, as Lisa says, they embody the 60s so perfectly. For me Red is late fifties/early sixties, Raven is mid sixties Mod and Corie is late sixties into early 70s. Love the blog - I visit it so often! ❤️ Big kisses ๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹

Jocelyn Earle said...

Also, I LOVE I Love How You Love Me Poppy not surprised she created the frenzy she did ❤️ She is my perfect Betty Draper/Mad Men doll ❤️❤️❤️ I think the cinematic convention Poppy just revealed (platinum hair and green eyeshadow - swoon) may create a lot of waves too!!