Sunday, 31 July 2016

Problems With Collector Like Me

Lately I just realize I have a problem with collecting toys and dolls. And the problem is (beside knowing there are so many mean collectors out there)...


'Some' of my variation dolls

While my other fellow collector friends limit (or loyal) to one brand, I happen to one of those collector who loves all kind of toys and dolls.

Everyone knows how obsess I am with Integrity Toys and this brand itself has few doll lines, such as Fashion Royalty, Poppy Parker, NU.Face, Color Infusion to name the few. And I happen to LOVE all of them, especially Fashion Royalty, Poppy Parker, NU.Face, The Industry and Victoire Roux (See there are so many that I love from only one brand?)

I also love Barbie, Groove doll, Monster High, Ever After High, Licca, Jenny, Blythe and some other newer dolls brands like DaniDolls and Love Tones Dolls.

I think it's the best to love them all, but my wallet is crying pretty hard these days.

Top 6 Characters

My Top 6 characters in Fashion Royalty and NU.Face universe.

L2R - Dasha, Eugenia, Dania, Agnes, Isha and Nadja

And some history why I like these characters more than others.

At first, I was only going to get her just to complete my characters collection (still don't Anja, Korrine, Kesenia, Luchia Z, Tatyana and Tatyana 1.0 in my collection). And it was until a friend of mine whatsapp me a pic of Dasha as Anika as part of IFDC this year. Am a sucker for cream skintone, with darker lips and silver or platinum blonde hair. And after my husband surprised me with this doll, one look at her face and am all in. Instant favorite. Now need more of her! Currently only have one version of her which is Dasha as Anika Luxottica.

Eugenia Perrin-Frost
One of the reason why I LOVE Eugenia, is because she looks like a younger version of one of my favorite Integrity Toys' character, which is Victoire Roux (will talk about my other faves later). Then I did some digging on her character and found out she's British. Love, love, and love! But I must admit that I ONLY like Eugenia as a blonde or redhead. Currently I have three version of her. World on a String, As Dusk falls and my favorite, Regaining Grace.

Dania Zarr
I might love other characters because of their faces, but this lady... I love her because of her background first. I am a writer and been working with fashion industry before I switch to become a children writer. Somehow I can relate this character. Then she also has one of the most versatile face. Just change her make up and she looks like a complete new person! What's not to love? Currently I have for version of Dania which are, Flawless Impact, Careless Love and my favorites, Always on Her Mind and Rare Appearance.

Baroness Agnes von Weiss
What's not to love for the baddest mean girl in Fashion Royalty history? The most fierce Baroness Agnes von Weiss. That face. That attitude! And her background story is too much drama, which I LOVE! I love this lady so much, I would buy any version of her but who am I kidding? She is super pricey and I only manage to get only two version of her so far which I equally love, High Visibility and Aristocratic. Desperately need more Agnes and I'm praying this year's online event will be another Agnes or Dasha.

Isha Narayan Kalpana
Isha is my first love. Felt in love with Fashion Royalty because of her. As much as I love blondes, I have a major weakness for Indian dolls. And once I knew Isha is a Bollywood actress in Fashion Royalty universe, I was in love. In love with her face, her stories and how she is actually the nicest person ever who loves couture. Among all six favorites, I have Isha dolls the most, cause duh, I LOVE her and couldn't get enough of her and HOPE to get some of my Isha holly grails like Purple Pose, Final Cut Cannes Edition, Shimmering Chopper, Scene Stealer and Go North. For this characters, I have seven dolls. Age Of Opulence, Riveting Premier, Something Cool, Rare Find, Final Cut Hollywood, Style Notes and while this doll is more Luchia Z 1.0 than Isha, I still think she's Isha : Ombres Po├ętique Mademoiselle Jolie.

Nadja Rhymes
If Isha was my first love, Nadja Rhymes is my second love. Knew this NU.Face girl from a former great friend of mine. He loves Nadja as much as I love her. The trouble spoil rich brat who took amazing photo shoot as model but bring problem everywhere she goes. LOVE her exotic look and love the face her face is unusual. Not perfect but roundish. And Integrity Toys decided to change her look which gives me WTF moment. For me Nadja 1.0 (that's what they are calling her now) is perfection! Don't get me wrong. Nadja 2.0 is beyond fabulous and model-esque but how I wish she was a different character instead of Nadja. But I still LOVE Nadja, no matter how I make her. Currently I have all three original Nadja 1.0 and one Nadja 2.0. Only need Out of Sight Nadja to complete all Nadja dolls, but still not sure if am willing to forks out more money for the new Nadja which am not feeling that much. My current Nadja dolls are, Hard Act to Follow, Polarity, and two of my favorite Nadja, Urban Outfitter and The Illusionist.

What are your favorite FR and NU.Face characters??

Dasha as Anika Luxottica

This is my first entry for my blog specially for dolls and toys. And there's no other doll suitable to be review than Fashion Royalty Dasha as Anika Luxottica.

Two reasons I chose this doll, it's because:

1. Dasha is one of my top 6 characters in FR / NU.Face universe
2. My husband bought her for ME. I was so surprise to get her since I lost right-to-buy lottery for this amazing doll. Husband bought her, used express shipping and voila, surprised me with this fabulousness! Is he the BEST husband or what???

This is when I first got her from my husband :D

Without further ado, here is what I think about this doll:

The face:
Simply AMAZING! Integrity Toys should do make blench eyebrows. Love her make up, her lips are perfection and her silver hair is just chic! Although I have to make comment about that sticker eyes, which am a bit torn. One way am a bit disappointed because the older dolls have hand painted eyes and it looked so much better. The other way, I sort of... don't mind? I mean, as long as they look great tho. If nobody told me about this, I wouldn't guess that they used sticker for Dasha's eyes. But Integrity Toys SHOULD warned their customers about this tho. It's shitty to change feature without heads up.

The Cyborg

The body:
LOVE, love the extra cyborg limbs and arms. What's not to love about them? Integrity Toys should explore more on this. 

The dress

The Dress
I love the idea that they used classic science lab coat to make sort of Qi Po look alike white dress. Also love the silver dots details. The only downside was, how I wish they pick different fabric. The dress looks fabulous on picture, but in real life, it was looking? Overall, the dress could have been better.

The accessories:
She came with a ring, a bracelet, earring, hair cuff and shoes. The ring, bracelet and earring are the same ones from Elyse Jolie J' Adore La Fete Giftset, minus the necklace, which I don't mind since for Dasha, the color is white. And the silver hair cuff is just fabulous, suitable for 'robotic' theme for Dasha. But what I LOVE the most from the accessories is, the shoes! Such a KILLER shoes! Integrity Toys make the best shoes, but these shoes are the best!

The packaging:
She came in this special edition 'Love Mission' theme package and it was super cute. Although I prefer the black normal FR box, but the box will do. But her stand is a little bit meh for. Too simple? Maybe I just prefer the glass square FR new stand more.

Redressing her with polka dots couture from The Royal Treatment Veronique Perrin Giftset.