The Industry is a much anticipated new line from Integrity Toys - Tulabelle goes 12". There were many collectors who loved the Tulabelle line but were afraid to venture into the 16" doll world. So now there is a line that transfers the audacious Tulabelle style into 12". There was only one doll unveiled, which looks like testing the waters to me. She is probably sold out from pre-orders in the official dealers right now but if you want one, contact them pronto. She looks nice but a bit tame for me. I was expecting her a bit more outrageous in style. The sculpt looks interesting, much better than her 1:4 scale incarnation.
Item # 88001
Tulabelle™ Dressed Doll
THE INDUSTRY™ Collection
Approximate Ship Date: Late Summer 2016
Limited Edition Size: 500 Dolls Worldwide
Suggested Retail Price: $120.00
Doll Tech Specs:
Body Type: THE INDUSTRY™ (New Sculpt)
Head Sculpt: Tulabelle™ (12-inch / 1:6 Scale)
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Ash Blond
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied
Tulabelle wears 70s gaucho pants, platform boots, a sheer chiffon blouse and a black and white striped "fur" trimmed coat. A silver clutch, studded bracelets and thunderbolt earrings complete the outfit. Tulabelle™ is a fully articulated 12-inch doll with fully rooted hair and hand applied eyelashes. For adult collectors ages 15 and up only. This doll cannot stand alone; a doll stand is included. David Buttry, the doll's designer, notes that as a design choice (not a budgetary decision), they chose to use a very fine, micro-velcro closure on the front placket of Tulabelle's shirt. The reason given for that is that the fabric is very sheer and they did not want to have a visual distraction with the use of hooks and loops, so the decision was made to use velcro. I know some collectors who immediately associate velcro with cheap playline clothes so it will be interesting to see the reaction. It looks nice in the photos.
THE INDUSTRY doll has a brand new, freshly engineered body sculpt. This new body can be completely disassembled and has interchangeable hands. This feature was decided to help dress dolls in tight, form-fitting clothes and eliminate unnecessary closures that add bulk to scaled clothing whenever possible. THE INDUSTRY body is a completely new body sculpt, except for the hands. The arms, legs, torso, and bust are all new sculpts. THE INDUSTRY shares Poppy's hands. The foot is not the same as the Dynamite Girl foot but a new more delicate, detailed foot with a slightly different arch, although within the same size as the Dynamite Girl foot. The new foot allows her to share shoes with other fashion dolls currently on the market. The bottom leg is removable and in the future, some of THE INDUSTRY dolls will have a brand new articulated ankle and foot. This will enable some dolls to have flat feet and others to have a high heel foot in the same collection. The bust size is similar to the current NU. Face bust size. The doll will have a brand new packaging style designed by Alain Tremblay that includes a portrait picture of the doll with each new release. Below is a photo of the nude body:
It looks like a fusion of Nu-Face and Poppy or Dynamite Girls and Poppy bodies. From the very top of the head to the toe, the body is almost 12 1/4" tall. The body is slightly shorter than current NU. Face but taller than Poppy Parker.
Lady Stardust is a direct reference to David Bowie and his song from his 1972 album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Her outfit also references the one Bowie is wearing in this seminal photo by Terry O' Neill while preparing the artwork of his 1974 album Diamond Dogs in London.
The doll pictured in this release is a prototype. Final fabrics, colors and textures may vary slightly. All photos and information contained herein is copyrighted Integrity Toys, Inc. and Intercap Merchant Partners, LLC 2016 and may not be reprinted or disseminated without express written permission.