Integrity Toys Luxe Life 2018 Convention: the highly anticipated Menswear Collection Launch did not live up to the hype.

Friday afternoon at the convention continued with more shopping and workshops, but many convention guests (and many more not attending the convention) were eagerly anticipating the Menswear Collection Launch Event and Party. The new Hommes body and line have been in the pipeline for many years (five if I’m not mistaken) so everyone that collected the Male Integrity Toys dolls were holding their breath. The importance was such that the reveal had  replaced the very popular Friday night bazaar and masquerade ball.

Unfortunately, even though guests got to hear about the design and inspiration behind the newest line, named The Monarchs, from Integrity Toys designer Vaughn Sawyers, something was amiss. All attendees received the Undercover Declan Wake Male Doll. More information on the line will be revealed to W Club members by email, and some prototypes were shown on a slideshow, with one also sent by email to Club members that is under strict no-show order. There was no centerpiece for the event, just an empty acrylic base with the new line logo, that was raffled instead. One can imagine how disappointed people were, as they were expecting to be able to purchase a dressed male doll from the new line, as the convention package mentioned. The doll was nowhere to be seen. Because of that mishap, the unveil lasted only a short time and the only information people managed to get out from Vaughn was that attendees would get first dibs on a dressed male doll sometime soon.


Item # 21008

Undercover

Declan Wake™ Fashion Figure

The Monarchs™ Homme Collection

2018 Luxe Life Convention Exclusive

Edition Size: 500 Dolls

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The doll shown was offered to everyone who attended the launch event for "The Monarchs". The formal introduction to the new line will take place later this winter, with a full reveal of the new storyline, characters and looks.

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So this is the body that took Integrity Toys five years to redesign. Other than making it skinnier and more defined, I do not see an actual improvement over the old one. No improved articulation, no better neck joint. Cosmetic changes are all nice and well, but real redesign should have made for a better articulated body, with a neck allowing male dolls to move their heads better and make them look more expressive.

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None of the old, first wave of Hommes will be part of the new lin up: no Pierre, Francisco, Darius or Takeo. Which is a pity to hear, as they are very special and beautiful sculpts. I’m a Declan fan but this looks like his best ever version too much to be considered great. His hairstyle does not help - it looks like some third rate Mediterranean lover boy would sport while out cruising the tourist traps. Easy pass. And no, having a semblance of a penis will not make a doll better. Nice bag though - the big one. The other can simply disappear into the eighties it came from.

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Integrity Toys first 2017 news - streamlining the doll bodies

Integrity Toys through their W Club sent new information about updates to their doll bodies and finalised their naming so that everyone can understand which body they are talking about. They also announced that this year is the last one with the Jem And The Holograms line, the status of the Hommes update and that the mix-up with the skin tone of Agnes from the Sister Moguls set was a typo (so the two dolls had the same skin tone from the beginning). Let's see what's up then:

The Future of the JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS™ License 

IT officially announced that their licensing agreement for the brand will come to an end at the end of 2017. To complete the brand there will be a final wave of four collectibles, released throughout the year and the W Club has obtained the right to continue offering first dibs to its members ahead of the general public. An as-promised accessory set will be included as well.

FR2013 and NU. Face 2.0 Bodies

-The silhouette and proportions will remain the same, with the exception of the knees.
-Based on collector feedback, the knees are being refined to a more natural and realistic rounded shape.
-The waist articulation is being phased out completely (again based on feedback).
-In addition to the current lower legs which will still be used, new lower legs which feature new articulated flat feet are being created. This will now allow the FR and NU. Face girls to wear flat shoes and sandals. New dolls will come with either flat (the new style) or arched (the currently used style) feet/lower legs. You will be able to swap the lower legs with currently existing ones.

Poppy Parker 1.0 Body

-The sculpt/silhouette will remain the same. THIS IS STRICTLY AN ENGINEERING UPDATE.
-Starting with the next Poppy Parker doll that is unveiled, it will be possible to completely take the body apart down to its base components. Feet will be removable.
-In addition to the current articulated ankle and coming removable feet, Poppy will now have the possibility to wear high-heels like all of our other dolls, since she will be able to share the lower legs featured on "The Industry" branded dolls.
-Since the current foot can now be removed, a new flat foot sculpt is being developed (slightly different from the FR one, to be more in proportion with Poppy's height). Poppy will be able to wear new flat shoes at some point in the future.

Homme 1.0 Body

-The sculpt/silhouette will remain the same. THIS IS STRICTLY AN ENGINEERING UPDATE.
-Starting with the next male doll released, it will be possible to completely take the body apart down to its base components. This will make repairs and replacements (whenever needed) even easier than before, as bodies will no longer need to be returned should any issue arise with a body part.

The Industry

-No actual change to the body itself. 
-The new lower leg that features flat feet will also fit this body and will be used from time to time, if the style of clothing calls for it. As per above, this will be shared with the Poppy Parker body and will give the design team more possibilities in terms of styles and looks that can be created.

New Body Reference Names Coming in 2017

With all the new updates coming and to allow everyone to keep track of the changes, we have decided to rename all of the different bodies. This was implemented to help everyone easily keep better track of what's what.

The newly revised FR2013 body will now be known as "FR 6.0"

The newly revised NU. Face body will now be known as "NF 3.0"

The newly engineered Poppy Parker body will now be known as "PP 1.5"

The newly engineered Homme Body will now be known as "FRH 1.5"

THE INDUSTRY body will be referred as "TI 1.0" since no actual changes to the sculpt or otherwise have been made, except for the use of the optional flat feet, which will be featured from time to time depending on the style being offered.

Status of the New Homme Line

The new body is still being developed. For the time being, the current male silhouette will remain in use (with the addition of the "pop-out" feature).

Informational And Other Errors

This below is the exact, un0edited text from the W Club email, explaining the mix up with the Agnes skin tone from the Sister Moguls set.

We want to add in here a reminder explainer that the W Club is a separate entity from Integrity Toys and is run as such. As we mentioned earlier, our team acts as the collectors' voice at the table, bringing the Company information and feedback as a representative of the collector base. We also manage specifically the running of the Club and our leadership does provide some consultative services to Integrity, as well.
As part of our agreement with Integrity- and with you- is to provide you with first to know information as well as updates, we do get our information directly from Integrity. Being that many on our Club team, including our founder, are very "attention to detail oriented" (a nice way of saying "Type A"), we always ask to confirm information at least three times-- usually more. As there are a number of humans involved in each step of the process (design, production, marketing, shipping, etc.) and humans are prone to make a mistake from time to time, that information sometimes is or becomes incorrect without any of us knowing. This frustrates us, as we strive to always be helpful and accurate and because we know it is frustrating to you as a customer.
If there is a change in a product, it's typically not because Integrity decided on a whim to change something and not tell anyone. It's usually a communication error in the factory, whose employees speak a different language. It's not an excuse or excusable per se, but that's the reality. It's one that the Integrity team is aware of and is focused on fixing. While they will strive for 100% accuracy, I would expect that, with humans involved, that will not be the case.
If an informational error, such as us being told that Sister Moguls' Agnes was Cream instead of Japan skin tone (which you as collectors found out in receiving your items before anyone at the W Club staff did) creates a problematic issue for you, your first step is to contact Patient Care (patientcare@integritytoys.com). This is run directly by Integrity Toys to solve any product-related issues. Please note that while we all live online what seems like 24 hours a day, the Patient Care team, led by the lovely Veronique Lambert, can take several days to respond depending on email traffic, so please give them a few business days for a response. The team always does everything to answer as fast as they can.
If the issue is just annoying but you are still happy with your product and don't need any action taken, rest assured we all know of the annoyance and are in constant communication with Integrity to try to minimize those types of issues from happening again in the future.
If you are having problems getting a satisfactory response from Integrity after a few days or just want to tell us what's on your mind, you can reach out to the W Club Liaisons at wclub@integritytoys.com. We are just that- liaisons- to follow up and to pass on information on your behalf to the company, but we are always happy to try to make you happy.
You can also contact us if you think there may be something that shifted to get an updated piece of information.
We, as the W Club team, are busy working on our registration to come soon and other fun offerings for W Club members, as well as continuing to pass on real-time feedback to Integrity, so we hope that you find our offering valuable and we look forward to continuing in your service.


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IFDC 2016 Integrity Toys convention dolls: Agent 355 - Mission Lovejoy

The International Fashion Doll Convention 2016 - or IFDC as most people know it - took place this weekend in Las Vegas, with a spy/James Bond theme. Integrity Toys, which created the convention dolls once again, did an incredible job and brought to us some great dolls - one of which is almost perfection. Alain Trembley styled all three of these winners and boy, did he do an amazing job. I love the fact that instead of a male spy saving the woman scientist, it is  the other way around, plus the villain of the story is a woman too. These were all available for convention attendees but W Club members also get the privilege to enter a lottery for a limited number of them, so if you are a member, check your email right now! 

Item # 75020
Anja™ as Agent 355
IFDC 2016 IT Direct Exclusive Dressed Doll
Approximate Ship Date: After Winners' Payments are Received
Limited Edition Size: 500 Dolls Worldwide
Suggested Retail Price: $150.00
IFDC / IT Direct Exclusive
 

Doll Tech Specs: 
Body Type: FR2013
Head Sculpt: Anja™
Quick Switch Feature: No 
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Brunette
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied


Anja™ is wearing a sequined tuxedo and high-heels, but her ensemble also includes a gun, a camera, a map, a picture of the mysterious Professor Young and a mission brief. Anja™ is a fully articulated 12.5-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. The rope shown is just a prop and is not included with the doll.


Even though many collectors adore the micro-sequined suit, I cannot bring myself to like it. I do understand though that another simple one would be too much, since we have got one in almost every convention collection these past years. The doll's make up looks fantastic and I love that she's wearing a choker, a very of the moment detail. She could be starring in any 70s Bond film as an equal partner to Roger Moore. The camera and map in scale are amazing.

Item # 75019
Marius Lancaster™ as Professor Young
IFDC 2016 Exclusive Companion Fashion Figure
Approximate Ship Date: After Winners' Payments are Received
Limited Edition Size: 500 Dolls Worldwide
Suggested Retail Price: $150.00
 

Doll Tech Specs: 
Body Type: FR: Homme
Head Sculpt: Marius Lancaster™ (Brand New Sculpt!)
Quick Switch Feature: No 
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Blond
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied


Marius Lancaster as Professor Young is a brand new character making his debut in the family of Integrity Toys male figures and comes dressed in a classical, slightly geeky look, complete with red silk tie, handkerchief, argyle socks and oxford shoes, black reading glasses and a watch. He comes with his half of the formula of the love potion that he invented and a set of colored test tubes in a rack, a never seen before accessory created just for this set. Marius Lancaster is a fully articulated 12.5-inch fashion figure with fully rooted hair. For adult collectors ages 15 and up only. This doll cannot stand alone; a doll stand is included.


I can see that the huge wide head trend in Hommes is continuing and this worries me about the main line. If they decide to make new faces for the new Hommes to be unveiled in the near future, and they have this huge wide head, I will not be buying them other than for body replacements. Other than that, the rest of the doll is amazing - great outfit and lovely, detailed accessories. The shoes and socks are TDF.

Item # 75018
Dasha™ as Anika Luxottica
IFDC 2016 Exclusive Convention Dressed Doll
Approximate Ship Date: After Winners' Payments are Received
Limited Edition Size: 500 Dolls Worldwide
Suggested Retail Price: $175.00


Doll Tech Specs: 
Body Type: FR2013™ (Includes two sets of limbs, transparent and solid).
Head Sculpt: Dasha™
Quick Switch Feature: No 
Skin Tone: Cream
Hair Color: Silver
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied


Dasha™ is dressed in a futuristic lab gown and techno heels, and comes complete with two full sets of limbs that can be switched at will and her half of the mysterious love potion. One set of the limbs is semi-transparent and robotic, as she is supposedly an "enhanced" human in the spy scenario. Dasha™ is a fully articulated 12.5-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. Test tube not included.


I love this doll. Everything is perfection about her, from the hair and make up to the dress and shoes to the transparent set of limbs. I am entering the lottery for her and hope I win - I have never won an IFDC doll in a lottery before. Keeping fingers crossed.


The dolls pictured in this release are prototypes. 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. Agent 355 and related characters are trademarks of Integrity Toys, Inc. ©2016 All rights reserved. All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. Graphics and Layouts by Alain Tremblay Marketing. Photography by Alain Tremblay.

Fashion dolls and my favourite music

Every year since 2007 I am part of a countdown that takes place in December: Greek music lover bloggers post their favourite 20 albums for the year in their blogs, beginning at December 1st and going up to December 20th with their number one. In the end, there's a tally and the best albums of the year are announced. Each participant usually makes a special presentation for the albums, using photos, videos or whatever they think best represents their relationship to the music they love. This year I decided to unite my love for fashion dolls with my love for music and use my doll collection in my presentation. At first I thought I'd do photos with the dolls holding the albums. Then I saw there were some albums that their covers could be reproduced using the dolls. So I decided that each album would be a different animal to confront, depending on its cover and the music inspiration, as well as the artist's image. So here are the photos I made as a slideshow. If you want to see them in all their glory, you can visit my music blog here. Enjoy!

 

Integrity Toys Gloss Convention Part VI: IT Direct dolls and more

The dolls presented here were not part of the Gloss convention collection. They were IT Direct items, available for purchase to all attendees of the Integrity Toys 2014 event. They are enough to make up a separate ensemble themselves, although they are varied enough to avoid being part of the same collection, both in style and in size.

Item # 78013
Afterhours
Hanne Erikson™ Dressed Doll
The 2014 Integrity Toys Convention: Gloss
Limited Edition of 300 Dolls


The only big gal of the convention, Hanne is part of the FR16 team - and the most produced sculpt of them all - this is her fifth incarnation, if you take into account her Platinum version and the three Obsidian versions (each with different hair colour and style but same outfit). She's tanned and wearing a slinky sequinned night blue outfit that rocks. 


Item # PP069
Wild Thing
Poppy Parker™ Dressed Doll
The 2014 Integrity Toys Convention: Gloss
Limited Edition of 600 Dolls 


There was a fourth Poppy available in the sales room (if you count one in the collection and two at the luncheon). Again a 70s styled doll, she sure looks like a wild thing - and probably wins the fluffiest outfit award. 



Item # 76019
Dial "V" For Victoire
Victoire Roux™ Dressed Doll
The 2014 Integrity Toys Convention: Gloss
Limited Edition of 500 Dolls 


A mini-giftset was featuring Victoire Roux as she plays a jewel thief in her latest film. Two outfits included and a lovely red headed Victoire. 



Item # 15059
Jolt!
Dressed Doll
The 2014 Integrity Toys Convention: Gloss
Limited Edition of 500 Dolls


Don't let the name fool you. This is the Ayumi 1.0 sculpt on a Poppy Parker body. She's part of the ITBE line along with the following two dolls. Although it is one of my favourite sculpts, I do not like her colouring or dress.


Item # 15060
Zing!
Dressed Doll
The 2014 Integrity Toys Convention: Gloss
Limited Edition of 500 Dolls 


This is the Amelie sculpt from the Misaki line, on a Poppy Parker body and part of the ITBE line. I guess this was an effort to do something including something from a line that's almost extinct. The following doll has the same sculpt.


Item # 15061
Oomph!
Dressed Doll
The 2014 Integrity Toys Convention: Gloss
Limited Edition of 500 Dolls 


They could have made this a brunette or a redhead just to make her a bit more different than the previous one - they're almost twins! Unless that was the idea behind it.


Item # 85067
Time Served
Official Workshop Fashion Figure
The 2014 Integrity Toys Convention: Gloss
Limited Edition of 400 Dolls


Last, but not least, we have the watch workshop doll - he has the Chip sculpt and a style that veers toward a latin lover - Mediterranean go-go boy look. Or George Michael in his Wham days.


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