Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
I love the look of Fashion Royalty bending wrists and super posable bodies, and I happened to have two extras from the Eden & Lilith gift set. And I saw this look on a Hershey Collector Barbie and was inthralled, so I figured I'd give rebodying a try.
I started with Barbie Collector Alice. I didn't use a hair dryer first, for fear of frizzing Alice's nylon hair. I just rolled her head in my hands for a while first, to soften her head slightly and remove it off the original body. Then, I popped her head onto a white (probably a shade too pale) Fashion Royalty body.
Now she can pose like a fashion model! She looks a little slimmer, probably because she is a half and inch taller than she was. And this doll already had a slight bubble head. But my daughter (who owns Alice) loves her new look. Check out more photos (and before photos) of this doll in my Flickr gallery.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Another photo shoot of Destini, my Berdine Creedy doll, who is just simply craving a friend. She's found one here, in Innuendo, my vinyl Goodreau doll (16"), dressed in Gothic Lolita wearing a Snow Kai wig.
Destini is sporting her red wig and sleeping faceplate in these photos, which my two daughters (ages eight and five) simply adore. They were thrilled to get up this morning and see Destini had gone to bed last night, too. She's so sweet.
Check out the rest of her photo shoot on my Flickr account.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
It's my newest Fashion Royalty doll, from Japan. She arrived from Doll-Collectible. I ordered her on April 14, and she arrived 10 days later, April 24. That's pretty fast, I think, for an international order. I took advantage of a sale they were having (plus, if you sign up for their mailing list specials, you will get a coupon for savings to use at a later date). I have to say, I was impressed with their order updates--they told me when my order was being counted, packaged, then shipped. They seem very organized. I paid with Paypal.
So on to my doll. It's a Fashion Royalty Nippon Misaki doll called Red Rabbit. These dolls are not sold in the US. They are shorter than FR dolls, because they stand on hinged flat feet (not high heeled feet). Also, I think this is the body sculpt that Poppy Parker will be using--a slightly smaller bust and narrow hips.
Her outfit fits my Alice in Wonderland theme (she's the "white" rabbit with her pocket watch), in a gothic theme. Her outfit is wonderfully detailed, with an attached watch, chiffon sleeved blouse with pleats and buttons, and a pleated red skirt. I love her thigh-high stockings, too. Her corset-style belt buckles in three places, and the buckles work. I used tweezers to get her shoes on and real laces tied. The doll is very high quality--and she's wonderful. Check out the rest of her photo shoot on my Flickr album!
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
My resin Secret, 17", by Goodreau has arrived! She's wonderful. She's currently dressed in Come Home Alice, another Goodreau purchase, and I believe the wig is That Girl and in black mary jane shoes. I bought her from Sweetheart's Dolls, on sale.
She can stand on her own while wearing these shoes, which I think is pretty nifty. (Yes, I just used the word "nifty" on my blog.) And she's posing in front of my accent wall, painted Sky Blue 6, which nicely accents her blue eyes. She makes a great addition to my Alice in Wonderland collection.
You can see the rest of her photo shoot on my Flickr photostream.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
This little resin girl stands own her own easily at 12.75" tall. She includes three interchangeable face plates--she's smiling here. She also has a serious face plate--for which I have a top secret plan--and a sleeping face plate. The plates are delicately painted and have real eyelashes.
She also includes two sets of eyes (since you don't need eyes for the sleeping plate!), and I got turquoise and hazel. I put in this hazel pair side-glancing, which was harder than it looks, but it came out cute.
In addition, she comes with two wigs--this one, and also a slightly shorter red wig. I had a really hard time getting the wig on--she needs a wig cap (I do a cool glue gun wig cap technique, or a thin coat of Aileen's Tack It Over and Over), and I think that would fix the problem.
Destini's outfit consists of: panties, two pairs of stockings (red or white), shoes (they zip, for easy wear), red t-shirt, plaid pleated skirt and zip hoodie. See the rest of her photo shoot (in my blue family room) on my Flickr album. She's a cute little thing! (Certainly will not be my last Creedy...)
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
- Exclusive charity dolls--there are two resin dolls that are just plain adorable. 100% of the profits go to charity. The dolls are 8" tall, fully ball-jointed, and only available online. (I'm so tempted by Adeline Joy! I'm sure she will be my first 8" resin doll...)
- Several outfits that were previously only available on a dressed doll, such as China Blossom, are now available as an outfit only, at an reasonable price.
- Terrific prices on previous season's outfits--check out Mermaid Elegance, listed for just $36, and Santa Baby for just $24! So tempting!
- BJD bodies and heads are available separately, so you can build your own doll. The new bodies are resin, and are listed for $155-$230 for 16"-17" tall dolls. Very reasonable! Heads are listed separately, and are sold with face-ups and eyes set. You choose the sculpt you want, listed at $70 each. Incredible prices for resin BJDs!
- Fun new wigs are also available, listed for $15-20 each.
- The new 8" complete dolls and new outfits are listed online, also. The bodies are unisex, for extra customizability.
- Extra 8" resin heads are also available on the site--listed for $40 each, for extra play for your dolls.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
The other half of the giftset is Lilith, who is probably my favorite of the two dolls. She's sporting a gothic faceup with super dark lips and really dramatic smokey eyes, and pale skin.
Her motorcycle jacket is hiding a sexy purple lace bra, and she's also wearing over-the-knee laced boots over her riding pants. Her accessories include black lace fingerless gloves and gunmetal hoop earrings, in addition to a high waisted patent belt. Check out the set on Integrity's website if you like it well enough to buy it.
And you can see the rest of her photo shoot on my Flickr account. I have a fun time shooting Lilith and her twin Eden. I noticed Eden in the 2009 collection, but I haven't seen Lilith yet. I hope she also makes an appearance!
From The Heist giftset, "Elements of Surprise," I've finally been able to take pictures of Eden and Lilith, from the 2008 Jason Wu convention.
Both dolls are NuFace models with a slimmer bust size than regular Fashion Royalty dolls, and the same excellent posing capabilities. I love Eden's soft blonde hair and her dramatic red lips.
This giftset is still available from Integrity Toys for $225 plus shipping. (Be careful when you put on Eden's hoop earrings, though--pre-pierce her ears with a pin first, so you don't break the hoops!)
Monday, April 20, 2009
Isha is actually one of my favorite sculpts--from her skin tones to her facial structure, I think she is just gorgeous. Something cool has the perfect up-do. And her coloring goes perfectly with the Dressed to Thrill outfit. The sunglasses included with this outfit (and her original outfit) are of an extremely high quality, also. I'm really impressed.
Check out the rest of her photo shoot online. Do you own Isha? In your opinion, which is the next Isha I need to own? I'd love to hear your feedback. Leave me a comment!
My second Vanessa was a giftset called Foreign Affair. Totally cute, this was all packaged in a rounded travel case, and included Vanessa, two outfits, and pajamas, lots of accessories and jewelry, and also two suitcases (that actually zip and buckle) and several purses. I have to say Integrity knows how to do a giftset!
I bought this set from the secondary market, and the woman who sold it to me knew I was new to Fashion Royalty. She also included a calendar, which has a ton of terrific photos (and now, a bunch more dolls I'd like to add to my collection!) at no extra cost, which I thought was incredibly sweet.
My first short-haired Fashion Royalty doll (and hopefully not my last), and also my very first Kyori sculpt, Fierce Subject has arrived. She's on the original body style, which I'm surprised to see is slightly shorter than the newer FR bodies. I'm tempted to upgrade her already, except for her lovely fingers, just to get rid of that extra upper arm joint.
Kyori has lovely hair and striking eyes, though I still need to rinse the gel out of her hair. It did lie very nice and flat without static for this photo shoot, I must say. You can see the rest on my Flickr account.
This is China Blossom, the vinyl Innuendo sculpt 16" ball-jointed doll by Goodreau Doll, dressed up in the Gothic Lolita outfit, also by Goodreau.
My favorite thing about BJDs is how customizable they are, and how a wig can change their look instantly. Innuendo is wearing the Kai wig in Snow (also by Goodreau). (I really like her eerie look, with her pale white skin and white hair!) You can see her full photo shoot here, and you can see her in her original outfit in my Flickr album also.
This outfit also includes the little doll, and also adorable pink and white maryjane shoes, which allow this doll to stand up on her own, in some poses.
This is a Tonner doll I ordered from Two Daydreamers several months ago. I haven't gotten around to posting her picture online for some reason, but she's one of my favorite Alice in Wonderland dolls.
She's an older version of Alice, a Stella sculpt, on a slim-bodied high-heeled bendy-wrist Tonner doll. I believe she's from the 2007 Tonner ReImagination line (if I don't actually go back and look).
Her outfit is very cute--it's a hoop skirted blue cotton dress with pleated detailing and a white ruffle at the hem and white apron and collar. She includes white arm bands (which are easier to put on if you pop off her hands first), opaque black tights, black maryjane pumps and a black headband. She has gorgeous blonde hair pulled back in a headband.
- This convention celebrates Jason Wu's tenth anniversary with Integrity Toys. In celebration of this anniversary, the brochure states, "we have decided to shake things up and slightly depart from our usual convention formula. We are offering you... many new features... that will allows us to revisit some of your most treasured Jason Wu-designed dolls in an elegant new setting that is sure to delight everyone!"
- New location has been announced: the Renaissance Hotel & Convention Center in Schaumburg, IL (outside of Chicago). Thirteen miles from O'hare aiport, with an inexpensive shuttle service, and $125 per night (for a room that sleeps up to four guests).
- Convention includes three sit-down dinners and a sit-down lunch.
- Design competitions are included in the convention package at no additional charge.
- Design your own Dynamite Girl (this really sounds fun!) and take her home that day.
- Official convention bulletin board has been set up.
- Convention dolls will be composed of "reimagined" fashion royalty favorites from the past--can't wait to see them!--plus a few more surprises--with edition sizes reduced significantly.
- No absentee packages are available.
- Limited to 350 attendees.
- $350 for the package, if you're staying at the hotel or $400 if you're staying elsewhere.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
- First, a ball-jointed doll refers to a doll with ball-socket joints for articulation. This allows for realistic posing, for the most part.
- ABJD stands for Asian ball-jointed doll, as most of these dolls are currently manufactured in South Korea, China and Japan.
- Most BJDs are cast in resin, a hard plastic, and strung together with string, which can usually be adjusted. Goodreau has started to manufacture some of these dolls in vinyl, a much less expensive process than resin, and makes a more durable doll, and the trend is catching on. You can also find BJDs cast in porcelain.
- Some BJDs are anime inspired, and some are very realistic-looking. The dolls range from 16" to 60" tall, though some can be a mere 4" tall. You can find fashion dolls, babies, young children, adults, women and men, animals, and all sorts of figures for your collection.
- BJDs are known and popular for their customizability. They usually have removable wigs, and heads that can open and acrylic, silicone or glass eyes that can be removed and swapped. Some dolls have additional arm and leg parts that be added to make the doll taller or shorter, flat feet or high heeled fashion feet, additional posing hands, and additional face-plates that can make the dolls look happy, serious, or sleeping.
- Because of their casting process and their (usually) high demand and low edition sizes, these dolls are usually more expensive than your average doll. Prices range from $100 to over $1000, with an average of about $350, depending on the manufacturer. Outfits vary.
- Some dolls include a face-up (or painted face), and others come blank, with the owner expected to find his or her own makeup artist. Many collectors choose to customize their dolls further by obtaining blank dolls with custom face-ups for a truly one-of-a-kind (OOAK) look.
- You can order your BJD from a doll dealer or from the doll manufacturer directly. Most dolls are made-to-order, so the wait time can be lengthy--sometimes 6-8 weeks or even longer. When you're spending so much money on a doll, it might make more sense to go through a dealer who offers a smaller 30% deposit to order a doll, and the collects the balance upon the doll's shipment--and this is something to keep in mind when placing your first BJD order. Also, your doll dealer has placed many orders with the doll company before, so already has some pull with the company, and may get better (and faster) service than a single individual.
- The outfits available for your BJD are abundant. There are companies who exclusive create intricate outfits for dolls that sell out before their release dates (such as Doll Heart), but you can see the amazing detail that goes into these outfits. And there are individuals (such as Michele Hardy) who create outfits by hand in small edition numbers for these dolls that are truly unique and one-of-a-kind. Any design or outfit you can imagine can be created for your doll--and all you have to do is decide how much you're willing to spend.
- There are even conventions dedicated just to BJDs, including the GoGa Doll convention in San Francisco this year. (I'd love to attend one, actually--maybe I could swing it this year!)
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
- Another Alice, which is a limited edition doll of 500, who is available at Valley of the Dolls for $148. I like her unique golden take on the traditional Alice.
- Isolde, who is the gorgeous curly-haired blonde with the fluffy gown. She's an ultra-limited edition of 300 pieces. Currently, she is for sale at Valley of the Dolls for a mere $800.
- Aquel is another Pullip from 2007 who is still in stock at Pullip Style for $84.95. She's not supposed to be Alice, but I thought she could pass for one. And with her pink hair, she might make a punky version of one, too!
- Fantastic Alice is sold out just about everywhere. I'm sure I could find her on Ebay, if I wanted to pay a lot of money. But still. She's the full-sized Pullip doll in the traditional Alice costume.
- Blue Alice is a little Pullip, and just adorable. She's only about 4-3/4" tall. She's in stock at Pullip Style for just $32. She might be an ideal first Pullip for me. I'm tempted!
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Another (out of my budget range) Alice has been added to my wish list. She's a lovely BJD LittleFee Lishe doll, with the full package outfit, face-up included. She's a mere $360 (not too bad, considering), being offered by Fairyland.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
- On the bookshelf, I've got five Tonner dolls, displaying A Brief History of Fashion. Paris Fashion Doll Festival Mademoiselle a la Mode Tyler, La Belle Mademoiselle Sydney, Tyler Bordeaux, Deco Dance Sydney and Milieu de l'Hiver Tyler.
- On the top shelf of the glass display case, NuFace models Colette (Odd Girl Out), Lilith & Eden (Convention 2008 giftset), and Fashion Royalty Adele (Paparazzi Bait)
- Isha (Something Cool), Vanessa (Foreign Affair), Luchia (Bewitching Hour), Lana Turner (Club Exclusive)
- True Royalty Vanessa and Queen V Veronique
- Goodreau dolls are on the bottom shelf, China Blossom vinyl Innuendo (dressed in Gothic Lolita and the Snow Kai wig), and Gothic Alice, resin BJD.
- Outside the display case, American Model La Belle Grande.