After I completed my last blog entry, I told myself that I may feel less overwhelmed if I started deboxing.
The doll that I have been most excited about is Feeling Wild Giselle Diefendorf. She was one of three 2017 IFDC dolls from the Dollton Abbey Collection. I feel I need to mention that I am a huge Downton Abbey fan and never missed an episode.
Here are the promotional photos (all are property of Integrity Toys and are being used for informational purposes only).
First we have Never Predictable Adaline King (mold 2.0). She is obviously representing Lady Mary.
Next up is Touch of Whimsy Finley Prince. I immediately got the connection to Cousin Rose.
And last is Feeling Wild Giselle Diefendorf taking on Lady Edith.
I thought I was "safe" from the temptation of purchasing any of these dolls ... until IRL photos started showing up. All of them are quite lovely! I like Never Predictable a great deal but I am not a fan of the eye screening with the lower lashes, nor do I care for the sheerness of the gown. Although I love the boots and jacket from Touch of Whimsy, I don't like the hair at all. I'm not sure how Feeling Wild changed so much from promotional doll to production doll, but all I have to say is, "Lady Edith would've been the star of the show had she looked like this!"
Here is Feeling Wild in the box.
First, I never throw anything away, especially those clear rubber bands that often come with play line dolls. It is too easy to destroy a doll's hair when redressing her. If I plan on leaving the doll's hair alone and it is wavy, I take a couple of these rubber bands and put them on at the waves. you see them from behind, but they "fit inside" the wave from the front. Here is a photo from behind.
Personally, I am a big fan of how the newer bodies come apart. I pull the legs off to put the shoes on!
I use magnifying glasses and tweezers. (When I put gloves on my dolls, I actually use spare sets of hands I have here and leave the gloves in the hands for storage!) With the removable legs, you could actually switch off the whole leg with a doll of the same skin tone! The pedicure wouldn't match, but who cares - you wouldn't have to worry about destroying the shoes.
It takes me a long time to remove a doll from her box and dress her properly. But the result is always worth it. Here she is ... Feeling Wild is feeling pretty regal if you ask me!
I know this doll is going to redress beautifully, but I think I am going to enjoy her in stock for a little while.