Saturday, August 22, 2015

A Veritable Poppy-Palooza

Integrity Toys has a private membership group called "The W Club".  There are many benefits to joining this club each winter (they have a window of opportunity to join that lasts a few weeks and then closes for the year).  In addition to being on the "First To Know" list for doll releases and convention information, members get the opportunity to purchase special edition dolls as "upgrades", membership specials, and lottery opportunities.  Many collectors purchase multiple memberships just to enhance their chances of getting a special doll.

The first official W Club Membership doll this year was a Poppy Parker gift set called Mood Changers.  Below is the photo by Integrity Toys that introduced this purchase opportunity.  I have always preferred Poppy as a redhead, so I knew I was going to purchase this gift set.  It cost $160 and I knew I would be able to sell the other heads and clothing pieces.

This set utilizes the "Quick Switch Feature" which allows the collector to transfer heads on one doll body.  That means one body and three heads.  Fortunately, shortly following the release of this collection, Integrity Toys offered additional Poppy Parker bodies for purchase.

Everyone in the W Club has been anxiously awaiting the arrival of this gift set.  Here is a photo of the actual production package.
WOW!  There were three separate outfits, two pair of shoes, two bacelets, two pair of earrings, one purse, three sets of hands (including one painted with black gloves) and two pair of hose.  Many wondered why there wasn't a pair of shoes and jewelry for each ensemble, but since there was only one body, the doll couldn't wear more than one pair of shoes anyway!   (Not that a doll can wear four sets of hands!)   It would've been nice to have a pair of matching shoes for pants ensemble though.  Not that I'm complaining because I believe this is one of the best offerings for the cost ever.

Here is a photo of each doll on a separate body.  I added the earrings and shoes to the pants ensemble,

One of the coolest things about this gift set is that each ensemble was inspired by an actual 1960's fashion.  (I can't take credit for finding these, but I created the collage).

I did not expect to like the doll with lilac hair as much as I did.  She's gorgeous!  I've seen several photos of collectors who have relaxed her hair, but, for now, she's fine the way she arrived.

Many collectors have referred  to the Louis Feraud pantsuit as "pajamas", but they are lined and extremely well made.  I am surprised I like these so much more than I expected.
I did pull this doll's raven hair into a high pony.   I just thought she needed more volume.  I didn't expect to like this doll either.
The one doll I expected to love was everything I hoped she would be.  I totally love this one!
When they start arriving three at a time, it even causes Agnes Von Weiss to shake in her shoes!