Barbie Fan Club "We're Sorry For Making You Wait" Reward

Those of you who faithfully send your $25 every year to the Barbie Fan Club are being rewarded for having to wait so long this year. According to those in power "the launch of the 2017 Club is part of a newly optimized website experience...and we want to get everything just right for you." The last time they "optimized" the website, all hell broke loose. It still freezes for me on a regular basis.
Even the link:

included in the email announcement, takes one to a blank page. They need help.

In any event, they're offering a "one-use" discount that will be good all year. Unfortunately, one must spend money in order to 'save.'

One detail to note is that the "free standard shipping offer with $100 minimum purchase" is valid even with this offer.


"BomBom" A New Modsdoll is Revealed

Yian Lee  sent out photos of her new modsdoll "BomBom" this evening. She uses the Miao sculpt and has the same body as "Sasha." 
BomBom will be released on March 27th at 9AM (Korea time).

I love the look of her accessories - the jacket and the purse. That bag is so adorable! The ruffle at the bottom of the dress is a shade of aqua which neatly ties the bag into the outfit. The open-toed boots are darling. It all works well together and lends itself to mix and match. 

I predict this girl will sell out quickly. 

9:00 AM Korea Time = 8:00 PM the previous day EDT (New York)

There is no DST in Seoul, So. Korea.

There are more photos on Yian's Flickr.


"Eric Raymond's No. 1 Henchman: Zipper!" A new JEM character debuts.

According to Integrity Toys, there are very "few items left before the Jem and the Holograms line is officially retired." That's definitely not an issue for this collector. However, as I've said many times previously, most of the male dolls throughout the years have been exceptional. This new doll is another interesting addition to the "Hommes."
Zipper comes with rooted and flocked blonde and jet black hair. Yes, there are two to choose from. He wears jeans, a white t-shirt and a cute faux leather jacket and also comes with a hoodie and sweatpants which are called a "thief outfit." No weapons this time although there is something that looks like a coil of thin rope.

If I were going to order, I'd get the Jet Black one. IMO the sculpt looks better with the black hair.

Each doll is an LE of 200 with a price of $130. plus shipping.
They will be sold only through IT Direct:

Item # 14094A (Blond) or 14094B (Jet Black)
Approximate Ship Date: Now In-Stock (Shipping shortly after payment is received)
Suggested Retail Price: $130.00 + Shipping and Handling Per Figure
Head Sculpt: Zipper (New Sculpt!)
Body Type: Homme 1.0
Skintone: FR White
Hair Color: Blond or Jet Black (Depending on version)
Eyelashes: No


"La Vie en Bleu" Elise Jolie

I was lucky to find a collector who attended the IT convention last year offering this lovely Elise doll. She is wearing a miniature version of one of Jason Wu's designs. The box she came in actually said Jason Wu on it!
I am not a huge fan of the pale face and tiny eyes but the gown is stunning. The fabric is beautiful. The construction is detailed and well executed.

The doll herself is almost perfect. IT used a new finish on the vinyl that feels wonderful and looks great. There is something strange going on with her hip and knee joints. As I moved the legs, I could swear they clicked into place. Uh oh. I might have to take her to my orthopedist.

Whatever it is, it's better than loose hips.

Her shoes are too small. Sigh. The last time I warmed up shoes, the glue wound up melting and the entire shoe came apart. Obviously I left it in the heating pad for too much time. So with these pretty shoes, I got her foot in but I couldn't get her heel to meet the sole. I hate tight shoes.

Here is one of Jason's gowns in the same style using different colors.

Here is the original dress on a flat-chested, sick-looking model. I do not see the beauty of this model in any way.  The gown looks better on the doll.

I wish they would have painted more open eyes.

Elise is my favorite sculpt and although I have most of them, I did not pursue the ones that have slitty eyes. But this one's fashion outweighed her looks. I had to have it.


Integrity Toys New Collection Announcement: The Industry

Members of the W Club received notification of the new Industry product release on Thursday.  The collection consists of three female and two male dolls. Each is an edition of 600 dolls and retails for $125. All were available for pre-order at authorized IT dealers at the time of the announcement.

Come Thru!
Head Sculpt: Tulabelle
Hair Color: Light-Auburn
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied
Body Type: The Industry 1.0
Foot Sculpt: Traditional High-Heeled Feet
Skin Tone: Japan


Style Savior
Head Sculpt: Liu Liu Ling (New Sculpt!)
Hair Color: Pale Pink
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied
Body Type: The Industry 1.0
Foot Sculpt: Flat (Articulated at the Ankles)
Skin Tone: FR White


Zine Queen
Head Sculpt: Binx Barone (New Sculpt!)
Hair Color: Brunette
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied
Body Type: The Industry 1.0
Foot Sculpt: Traditional High-Heeled Feet
Skin Tone: New Hispanic


Believe the Hype
Head Sculpt: Tate Tanaka (New Sculpt!)
Hair Color: Raven
Eyelashes: No
Body Type: Homme 1.5
Foot Sculpt: Homme
Skin Tone: Japan

Beauty Boss
Head Sculpt: Cabot Clark (New Sculpt!)
Hair Color: Platinum
Eyelashes: No
Body Type: Homme 1.5
Foot Sculpt: Homme
Skin Tone: FR White

The back-story behind this line of dolls is the world of the fashion industry. 
Bloggers, designers, fashion stylists, hair and makeup artists, as well as photographers and many other creative artists meet to set the trends and dictate what the next big looks will be. Tulabelle True and her friends know how to navigate The Industry like no other and you are invited to follow their adventures!
That's a wide open field for the designers at Integrity. My first impression of this collection is that the male dolls are fabulous. Their hair, clothes and accessories are very attractive. 

Thinking of the history of male dolls that IT has released, they have all been pretty great except for Chip, Poppy's boyfriend, and Perry the Vampire in all his incarnations. 

The female dolls are just average. I'm not quite sure about Style Savior's huge fur coat.  It  would need to be worn by a doll with a sleeker hairstyle. 

What I really love are the accessories. Tate Tanaka's bag with the footprints is adorable. His entire fashion is really great. The iPads and iPhones are essential. Tulabelle's neckpiece and clutch bag are very cute. If I were adding 12" dolls to my collection, I'd definitely get the two male dolls. 


Beautiful Fashions and Accessories by Pure Icon Paris

I recently had the opportunity to photograph a few of my 12" Fashion Royalty dolls wearing Pure Icon Paris fashions and accessories. 
The clean lines of the fashions are extremely versatile and can make a perfect wardrobe foundation for a doll. Doll collectors can add scarves, jackets, shawls and furs to create multiple looks. 
Links are at the bottom of this page. I recommend you visit Pure Icon to see what they have to offer your beautiful dolls!

Adele is wearing a red gown, carrying a matching clutch and on her wrist is a chunky black bangle.

Elise models a perfect little black dress.
She's added a black and gold metal belt, dramatic red neckpiece, earrings, bracelet and ring.

Elise wears this long sleeved red dress to work and out for dinner.
It's accessorized bit a red and gold metal belt and bright gold jewelry.

Detail of gold jewelry.

Elise is dressed for date night in a sleek, strapless LBD. For jewelry she's chosen silver and ruby red accented earrings and neckpiece. Red bangles and ring complete her look.
Look closely at her hands. Her acrylic nails are gorgeous!

Kyori is on her way to a fashion show in a stylish print sheath circled by a red and silver belt.
She's wearing silver jewelry and carrying a roomy black handbag.

My Mini LiveWire doll is wearing a dark red gown with a deep V neckline.
Her accessories are all sparkly silver.

Jewelry detail.

Pure Icon Paris is a handmade, luxury fashion brand for 12” Fashion Royalty dolls. The business was founded in Paris in 2014 by a skilled designer. Previously, the artist was developing technologies with which to work extraordinary quality fabrics including custom-made materials. In each collection, Pure Icon Paris presents a sleek and luxurious Parisian style with lifelike, refined cut fashions, perfect details, high quality, unique jewelry and handbags. The designs are made for FR2 and CI bodies, presented on self-made OOAK dolls to create a complete Pure Icon Universe. The designer’s goal is to create outstanding perfection with care in design.
The creations are available in the Pure Icon Paris Boutique on Ebay. Earlier collections can be viewed on the brand’s Facebook page. Inquire about ordering personalized items. Pure Icon’s other speciality is permanent acrylic nails applied to doll hands in several sizes, shapes and styles.
Each Pure Icon Paris design is created to satisfy the needs of a demanding customer with refined taste.
Everything made in Paris.

Pure Icon Paris on Ebay:

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