For many years now, Integrity Toys has been giving a doll in the Welcome Package. Some years there have been "build-a-giftset" dolls and ensembles. I really like this concept because it's a lot of fun getting the little pieces and putting everything together.
When attendees picked up their registration materials this year, they were treated to a doll from the new line "The Industry". This doll is simply called The Industry Tulabelle. A pink shorts suit and funky fur outfit were given at other events to complete the giftset.
I really like the pants, but the doll's pink face-up is just too pink for me (and that's saying a lot).
Strangely enough, the welcome party included Poppy Parker dolls. The gift to attendees was Big Eyes Poppy Parker. As much as I adore this doll, I already have She's Not There who is similar. Both dolls remind me of Twiggy.
The centerpiece was Legendary Natalia Fatale. This gown was based on a Versace Couture dress. This is the only mainline doll I have purchased from the convention. I had to have this doll and this gown. Natalia is hungarian skin tone. Even though the screening is similar to the retail doll, the skin tone, hair, and gown were must-haves for this collector. I LOVE this doll.
The sales bazaar is now a regular function for Friday nights. This eliminates one dinner and two doll opportunities. The W Club luncheon was Saturday and is a separate purchase for W Club members only. The gift was a Colette with a new mold 2.0. Her names was Checking In Colette. (Ensemble inspired by Azedinne Alaia's Tati collection - 1991) Many collectors loyal to the original mold have been resistant to this doll and it is also easily attainable on secondary market.
The centerpiece was Full Speed Erin - channeling Helena Christensen from the 1991 American Vogue "Wild Ones" photo shoot. (There was a 1:6 scale motorcycle that attendees were able to purchase if they were one of the lucky 40 numbers called.) This doll has been very popular with collectors.
The banquet centerpiece was Tweed Couture Dania Zarr. This time the fashion nod was to John Galliano's 1997-1998 Haute Couture collection for Dior. For some reason, I just don't care for this doll as it reminds me of the earlier Lana Turner dolls.
It turns out that Diva Dasha was supposed to be in the Convention Collection, but the Event doll didn't make it through production in time. Here is a photo of the five in their Versace dresses.
All attendees were given an opportunity to purchase Jason Wu's La Vie en Bleu Elyse Jolie from his very own collection.
The only doll that was a "must have" for me was Legendary Natalia. However, I will probably be tempted by Elyse Jolie and Kicks Poppy Parker will be joining my collection if I can ever find one at reasonable price.
All of these dolls are really quite extraordinary. Again, the collection was well-rounded and included quite a bit of diversity.