Dollton Abbey: IFDC convention dolls by Integrity Toys take a creative spin on the theme

The IFDC convention was held in Las Vegas, celebrating its tenth anniversary at the Orleans hotel. The theme this year was Dollton Abbey, a celebration of the British tv series Downton Abbey that was very popular on both sides of the Atlantic. I was really curious to see what Integrity Toys would do with their convention dolls, from the moment the incredible Jim Pharaone, heart and souls of IFDC announced they would be dong them again this year. I must say I was kind of expecting Poppy Parker to be used as the basis of the dolls, as she usually is for bygone era clothing. Or maybe the new sculpts from the East 59th street line. On Saturday night. members of the Integrity Toys team presented the trio of dolls as part of the NU. Fantasy™ Collection, created by Vaughn Sawyers, based on this year's IFDC convention theme. It was not a literal interpretation of the era, but a modern take on it. Which is a shame, as I would really love to have some outfits from the first decades of the 20th century (the series begun at 1912 and ended right before the big recession of 1929) on Integrity dolls. Just imagine if each doll had an outfit of a different decade on her. And it was an era with major shifts in fashion and style for women, freeing them from corsets and conservative looks to define the essence of modern woman. Remember that Coco Chanel started back then.

Remember that these dolls were available only at the convention and a very small number was reserved for W Club members, where a lottery will take place for the right to buy them. Members have until the 17th of July to participate. Let's see how the dolls look like and how close they came to giving us a taste of Downton Abbey. 

 

Item # 75023

Feeling Wild

Dressed Doll

IT Direct Exclusive

IFDC 2017

Approximate Ship Date: IN-STOCK (Ships after winners' payments are received)

Limited Edition Size: 500 (Total edition size, including those sold/given out at IFDC)

Price: $150.00 + Shipping and Handling

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**IMPORTANT**THIS IS AN IT DIRECT EXCLUSIVE!THIS DOLL WILL NOT BE SOLD THROUGH IT DEALERS!

Doll Tech Specs

Head Sculpt: Giselle D.

Body Type: FR 6.0

Feet: High-heeled

Skintone: Cream

Hair Color: Burnt Sienna

Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied

Quickswitch: No

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Feeling Wild is a 12.5-inch fully articulated doll that features fully rooted hair. She comes dressed in an intricately constructed, off-shouldered chiffon evening gown which features delicate embroidery at the bust. A veil, jewelry and shoes complete her look. A doll stand and a certificate of authenticity are also included. For adult collectors ages 15 and up only.

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Very beautiful version of Giselle, with a Fashion Royalty body. From real life convention photos, one can see that the hair is fuller and not as stiff as the prototype photos show. I like the dress but it does not give off any Downton vibes for me. It looks more like modern couture, something that Taylor Swift would wear to the Met Gala. I love the jewellery but for the $150 price tag, she should have had a nice evening bag to compliment the outfit. And a chocker necklace too.

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Item # 75022

Never Predictable

Dressed Doll

Official Companion Doll

IFDC 2017

Approximate Ship Date: IN-STOCK (Ships after winners' payments are received)

Limited Edition Size: 500 (Total edition size, including those sold/given out at IFDC) 

Price: $150.00 + Shipping and Handling

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**IMPORTANT**THIS IS AN IT DIRECT EXCLUSIVE!THIS DOLL WILL NOT BE SOLD THROUGH IT DEALERS!

Doll Tech Specs

Head Sculpt: Adaline King 2.0

Body Type: FR 6.0

Feet: High-heeled

Skintone: Japan

Hair Color: Auburn Sugar

Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied

Quickswitch: No

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Never Predictable is a 12.5-inch fully articulated doll with fully rooted hair and comes dressed in an embroidered gown, designed to mimic the fineries of a time gone by. She wears long opera length gloves, shoes and jewelry. A doll stand and a certificate of authenticity are also included. For adult collectors ages 15 and up only.

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Now that's more like it. The silhouette, colours and embroidery draw heavily on the first decades of the 20th century while being brought up,to date by the hairstyle, textures and sheerness of the fabric. The sculpt is not to my liking but makes for a very interesting doll. The dress is stunning and so are the gorgeous shoes. Again, a bag should have been included in this price.

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Item # 75021

Touch of Whimsy

Dressed Doll

Official Convention Doll

IFDC 2017

Approximate Ship Date: IN-STOCK (Ships after winners' payments are received)

Limited Edition Size: 500 (Total edition size, including those sold/given out at IFDC)

Price: $175.00 + shipping and handling.

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**IMPORTANT**THIS IS AN IT DIRECT EXCLUSIVE!THIS DOLL WILL NOT BE SOLD THROUGH IT DEALERS!

Doll Tech Specs

Head Sculpt: Finley

Body Type: FR 6.0

Feet: High-heeled

Skintone: Cream

Hair Color: Golden Blond

Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied

Quickswitch: No

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Touch of Whimsy is a 12.5-inch fully articulated doll features fully rooted hair and comes dressed in a unique and thoughtfully decorated hand-painted overcoat, created just for the occasion. Her original look is completed by long thigh-high boots, a hat and jewelry. A doll stand and a certificate of authenticity are also included. For adult collectors ages 15 and up only.

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 Again a modern take on very early 20th century fashions, with a touch of late Victorian influences. The result could have been better, while still being quite impressive. She could have been starring in Ripper Street (another great British tv series taking place in the late 1800s) as a hooker in Whitechapel. I'd prefer the sleeves and front part of the overcoat in navy blue like her panties, instead of white, and a navy blue ribbon on the white hat. There are four different fabrics on her. Overkill. Adding a pair of lace fingerless gloves and a drawstring pouch would have made her perfect. The light pink lipstick does not flatter this face sculpt. In real life photos the hair looks fluffier and looser, which is not good for this hairstyle. I looooove the boots. Love them. Even though they look like they will be a pain in the ass to put on the doll, no matter the zipper at the lower part. The price is a bit higher for this one, $175. Is it for the boots? I can't find anything that justifies it. She has only a pair of earrings, the boots, a hat and the outfit, which is not very intricate. Is the fabric expensive? Inquiring minds want to know.

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So what do you think about the IFDC dolls by Integrity Toys? Let me know in the comments.

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 2017 and may not be reprinted or disseminated without express written permission. 

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Doll Photography by Jayme Thornton.  Layouts, Graphics and 3D rendering by Alain Tremblay, Marketing.

IFDC 2015: the convention dolls

The International Fashion Doll Convention, organized by the incredible Jim Faraone (if you do not recognize the name, you have a lot of reading and searching to do regarding fashion doll collecting), took place in Las Vegas, this past weekend, with the convention dolls being offered once more by Integrity Toys. They are usually very covetable dolls, as they are limited editions, and only available to attendees, with a very small portion offered via lottery for sale to the W Club members. The convention theme was "42nd Street - Dolls on Broadway, so the IT design team picked the famous musical "My Fair Lady"and interpreted some of the costumes for the convention dolls. Let's see how they turned out. They are using Nu Face sculpts and bodies as part of the Nu Fantasy line.

Item # 75015
Without You
The Nu. Fantasy™ Collection
2015 IFDC Convention Companion Exclusive
Limited Edition Size of 500 Dolls
Suggested Retail Price: $150.00 + Shipping
IFDC / IT Direct Exclusive


Doll Tech Specs:
Head Sculpt: Erin 2.0
Body Type: Nu. Face 2.0 
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Brunette
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied
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Without you is a 12.5-inch fully articulated vinyl doll with long rooted hair and hand applied eyelashes. She wears a long, lace overlaid, ultra fitted gown with contrasting band at the hem. Exclusive to the 2015 IFDC Convention, this doll also includes a doll stand. For adult collectors ages 15 and up.
Someone mixed their song titles - Without You is the song Eliza sings almost at the end, where she feels totally free and independent from Professor Higgins, the day after the ball. In the film, she is wearing the pink frilly dress, whereas here we see black lave overlaid on nude lining. Great outfit apart from the white lace hem (why?), it does not particularly remind me of any outfit from the film (and most Broadway productions imitate those outfits. Beaton had done the original theatrical London and Broadway costumes as well), except the striped detail at the leg slit and the shoes that is lifted off the horse-race scene magnificent Beaton dress. Another Erin though? There was one already at the latest Nu Face release. And she reminds me a bit of the Erin from last  year's convention. Love the huge ring.



Item # 75016
Wouldn't It Be Loverly?
The Nu. Fantasy™ Collection
2015 IFDC Convention IT Direct Exclusive
Limited Edition Size of 500 Dolls
Suggested Retail Price: $150.00 + Shipping
IFDC / IT Direct Exclusive


Doll Tech Specs:
Head Sculpt: Eden
Body Type: Nu. Face 2.0 
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Brunette
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied


Wouldn't It Be Loverly? is a 12.5-inch fully articulated vinyl doll with rooted hair and hand applied eyelashes. She wears a pink dress with embroidered bodice and tulle overlaid skirt. Exclusive to the 2015 IFDC Convention, this doll also includes a doll stand. For adult collectors ages 15 and up. There;s a warning from Integrity Toys about the doll's hair:even though they are fully rooted, IT does not recommend taking her hair down as they cannot guarantee that the hair cut will be even and that taking the hair down may ruin this look and will void her one-year warranty. So be careful with that.
Again the song title does not match the outfit inspiration. This pink creation clearly is inspired by the pink fluffy confection worn by Eliza at the aforementioned "Without You"scene, while she is wearing the flower lady outfit (in green) while singing this song. The dress looks very sixties (the hair style adds to this feeling) and the colour looks like a match with the film outfit - but that's where any similarities end, One of the twins finally makes an appearance - which makes me wonder why they did not use Lilith for the previous outfit instead of Erin. She looks a bit awkward posing like that, I wonder how the dress looks if the doll is posed in a more normal position. Too simple shoes compared with the other dolls though.



Item # 75017
Danced All Night
The Nu. Fantasy™ Collection
2015 IFDC Convention Exclusive
Limited Edition Size of 500 Dolls
Suggested Retail Price: $175.00 + Shipping
IFDC / IT Direct Exclusive


Doll Tech Specs:
Head Sculpt: Giselle Diefendorf
Body Type: Nu. Face 2.0 
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Brunette
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied


Danced All Night is a 12.5-inch fully articulated vinyl doll with rooted hair and hand applied eyelashes. She wears a white and silver gown. Exclusive to the 2015 IFDC Convention, this doll also includes a doll stand. For adult collectors ages 15 and up. Again, Integrity advises collectors against taking the hair down for this doll as it is not cut even and will void the one-year warranty.
Easily the best doll of the bunch, and not because of the sculpt. Of course it is inspired by Eliza's white outfit at the ball. The dress cut and the hair do and make up are perfect. The fabrics used not so. I'd much rather see this in a white fabric like the yellow one used for On The Rise Elise from last year's FR collection and, instead of micro-sequins, the top band could have bead embroidery like the collar of Nostalgia Dania. The higher price of the doll is not justified for me looking at the complete set, unless the fabric for the dress is that much more expensive (which I doubt). I love the shoes.



These are pictures of prototype dolls. As always, the exact colors and the actual production dolls may vary slightly.All photos and information contained herein is copyrighted Integrity Toys, Inc. and Intercap Merchant Partners, LLC 2015 and may not be reprinted or disseminated without express written permission.