Thursday, June 30, 2022

Doll Collection Cycle 2022 - Number 20 Mademoiselle Annik Vandale

One of the reasons I always encourage readers to join the W Club is the purchase opportunities offered throughout the year.  This year members were given a lottery offering for a rarely seen NuFace character, Annik Vandale.   Since her introduction in 2011, Annik has only been offered in three other versions.  

For every fault Jessy Ayala has a designer, he has about 10 strengths.  That's why I often have a weakness for his NuFace girls.  I was thrilled to win the opportunity to purchase this version and was thrilled by the production doll.

Here is a full length of Mademoiselle Annik Vandale in the box.

And a closeup in the box.

This doll came with some pretty amazing accessories.  (Photo property of Integrity Toys)

I love this handbag!  The twisted jewelry watch is out of this world!  The ensemble consists of baggy pants and over-sized matching jacket.  There is a little light blue bustier.  Which brings us to ...  I guess sometimes you just need to rip the bandage off ... so ... here is an IT promo photo of Mademoiselle IT vs. the Mattel promo photo of Model of the Moment Marissa.   

They really could be sisters!   I actually still have this Marissa on an articulated body.  She is one of my favorite versions of Barbie.   The similarity cannot be denied.   Integrity's quality, though, easily surpasses the Mattel version.

So here is a photo of Mademoiselle Annik Vandale out of the box.

And another closeup.

Although I've owned previous versions of Annik and "The Awakening" still resides here, I quite prefer Mademoiselle.  I would even go so far as to write that Mademoiselle Annik Vandale is the best version of this mold yet.  I love her in this color.  She redresses beautifully.  

Here is something more "sweet and innocent" - Annik is wearing the blouse from Coated Glamour Elyse Jolie with a Mattel Silkstone skirt.

A little more "street" look - This is a Joe Tai halter and a pair of Hazelstreet Designs denim pedal pushers.

I have wanted the slacks from the American Horror Story: Coven Madison Montgomery doll for some time.  Someone recently sold them for $20, so I was able to add them to my collection for a great price.  This is a playline Barbie top.

Mademoiselle Annik Vandale fits right in with my very favorite NuFace dolls.  She has easily solidified her place in my collection as my very favorite version of this mold.  She is a dream to redress and has so much character.  I believe this doll will continue to grow in popularity as more collectors get the opportunity to redress and post photos.  She's Number 20 of 2022 added to my collection and a real "keeper"!

Thursday, June 9, 2022

Collection Cycle 2022 - Like A Phoenix Rising From The Ashes

After the hair disaster I experienced with Fall 2020 Elyse Jolie, I was not looking forward to Glamour Coated Elyse, a W Club Lottery doll from 2021.   This doll had an edition size of 1500.  Here is the promo photo by Integrity Toys (IT).  There is a A LOT going on with this ensemble.  As a matter of fact,  I entered the lottery at the last minute because I wanted the ensemble.   Not the ensemble as presented, but the pieces that were used to create the ensemble.  

Here is the IT photo of the accessories.   

As you can see, IT is beginning to up its game relative to purses.  I'm also very happy to see them creatively exploring other options for jewelry instead of reusing the same choices.  The shoes are quite interesting and unique as are the mint green gloved hands.

This doll arrived recently, and I was very nervous about opening the box.  Here is a closeup of the doll I received.

WOW!  Look at those eyes and the shade of red lips!  Even though this is described as "Japan" skin tone, it is much less gray and more luminescent.  This is one beautiful version of Elyse!  And a full length shot ...

I didn't realize there was a random pattern to this skirt!  I thought my favorite part of this ensemble was going to the swing coat/car coat, but I've said for years that IT should produce more knitwear.  That sweater is just amazing!  Here is a closeup out of box.  (I had to apply some Got 2 B Glued to get her hair to stay down, but I like it better out of her face.  It didn't require a lot of product and it set easily.)

Now let's have some redress fun, shall we?

Let's start with the sweater and maybe the pants from Wild Feeling Rayna Ahmadi (2020).  The shoes are also Rayna's, but the purse is one of those little "Mini" blind ball purchases.  I changed out the earrings also.

Since I had out Wild Feeling Rayna's ensemble, let's try the skirt.  Not bad.  It appears this sweater will get quite a bit of redress opportunities.

Now for the skirt.  Let's try pairing that with Fresh Perspective Agnes's top (2019).  We'll add a shrug from the Jamieshow Muses collection and the shoes from The Faces of Adele.  I can get on board with this.  I mean if you are going to look naked, you might as well look truly naked, right?!   

That car coat needed something different, maybe a sheath.  I've been waiting a long time to take this ensemble apart from the 2007 Kyori Sato A Brighter Side.

This just screamed East 59th Street to me, so Lady Aurelia Grey offered to model it.

Again, this is another piece that will get a lot of camera opportunity.  There are so many mix n match possibilities with this ensemble, but the true star is this version of Elyse Jolie.  After the previous two versions, it's fair to say that she is like a phoenix rising from the ashes.  Number 19 of 2022 is Glamour Coated Elyse Jolie and I couldn't be more pleased with her.