Attending an Integrity Toys Convention is not for the faint of heart. Collecting these dolls is not a cheap hobby. I know many individuals choose to eat-in rather than dine out, buy less expensive items rather than name brand, and try their best to stretch their dollars as far as possible to be able to afford their collections. But, oh the joy of a new Integrity Toys doll!
The registration fee for the IT Convention is $550. That fee includes one lunch and two dinners, the Convention doll at the banquet, any gifts at the Welcome Dinner, and any gifts from the "Poppy Parker" luncheon. Sometimes there is welcome doll. There was also an upgrade cocktail party for an additional $85 and a W Club Luncheon option for an addition $130 (which guaranteed an extra NuFace doll).
When guests arrived they received the box for their "Build-A-Doll" giftset. This is always a favorite of collectors. At different events you get different parts of the giftset! At the Welcome Dinner attendees received the doll, Sweet Dreams Nadja Rhymes, wearing a blue dress. At the Poppy Parker luncheon on Friday, the sleeping head and lingerie were received, and the final pink ensemble was given out at the Banquet. She represents Sleeping Beauty
The theme of the Welcome Party was "Snow White". All convention attendees received Fairest of All Poppy Parker as Snow White. It seems there were 600 attendees this year and that is the edition size of each gift doll.
Since we have Snow White, we need the Evil Queen. At every meal there is a centerpiece doll. It is produced in limited quantity and each person is assigned a number at their table when they sit down. Numbers are drawn for each meal and the corresponding attendee gets the opportunity to purchase the doll (almost always $150). One number is identified as the individual who can purchase the actual centerpiece and then additional numbers may purchase a doll NRFB. This year the table centerpieces were limited to 420 dolls.
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Agnes Von Weiss as "The Queen of Everything".
Following the Welcome Dinner there was an upgrade Cocktail Party. It cost $85. The dolls were from the East 59th Street Collection that debuted earlier this year. The doll received was Constance Madssen representing Lady Tremaine, the wicked stepmother from Cinderella, wearing "Wicked Glamour" (edition size of only 200).
Cinderella was not available at the convention, but she will be represented by Evelyn Weaverton wearing "Midnight Glimmer".
The next day is typically the "Poppy Parker Luncheon". It is included in the registration price. I was wondering how they were going to get around the fact that most fairytales have an element of evil and there is just no way to make Poppy Parker evil! The solution was simple. The centerpiece doll was Poppy Parker as Little Red Riding Hood wearing "Through the Woods" (edition size 420, cost $150).
So, who's the big bad wolf? Eugenia Perrin Frost shows up in "Bite Out of Life". Each attendee received her as free gift.
On Friday Night they have a big sales bazaar, so there are no convention items that night.
The next day is the optional luncheon for W Club members only. It costs $130 to attend, but each member gets a doll. The theme was NuFace and the dolls were from Aladdin. I squealed when I saw my first photo of the table centerpiece, Rayna Ahmadi as Jasmine in "Natural Wonder". Edition size 420, cost $150.
I held my breath. Aladdin was portrayed by Giselle Diefendorf wearing "Wanderlust". This was the doll included in the price of the luncheon.
There's always time for a last minute visit to the salesroom and room sales to spend any last bit of cash before the Farewell Banquet!
As guests entered the banquet hall, who should be waiting for them but Adele Makeda (mold 2.0 - my favorite!) as the Ice Queen dressed in "Frosted Glamour".
And the moment everyone has been waiting for ... By this time, everyone has figured out it must be Elyse Jolie or Kyori Sato since they were the only dolls in the "core group" who has not made an appearance. Since we have Sleeping Beauty in Nadja Rhymes, it's only fitting the missing Evil Queen, Maleficent, be the last to show up. (Maybe she wasn't invited.) Here we have Elyse Jolie wearing "Malefique".
As a recap:
Hommes: 4 from the Industry + 3 Color Infusion from the salesroom = 7
Color Infusion Females: 2 in the salesroom
The Industry Females: 4
Poppy Parker: 2 Convention Collection, 1 Salesroom, 1 Centerpiece, 1 Gift, + 2 Style Lab = 7
NuFace: 2 Convention Collection, 1 Salesroom, 2 gifts, + 1 Centerpiece = 6
Misaki: 2 doll giftset in salesroom
East 59th: 2 dolls
FR2: 4 Convention Collection, 2 Gifts, + 2 Centerpieces = 8
Grand total: 38 dolls
I think this deluge of dolls is one of the things that may be burning out collectors. I have already received 22 dolls this year and have still six on order. That's added to all the dolls I've purchased and held onto in the past 10 years. Why do I feel like I need more? I need counseling.