Thursday, April 24, 2014

Amber Disquietude

Well, I like to go back and forth between talking about Integrity Toys dolls and Robert Tonner dolls (among others), so today's Picture Candy is Amber Disquietude from Wilde Imagination, a Tonner company. 

She's from 2012 and sold out, so it'd be silly to do a whole review.  I have to say, though, she is the first Amber doll I've gotten, and I'm totally won over.   She's part of the Ellowyne Wilde line, which includes the peripheral characters Lizette, Prudence, Rufus and Amber.  Is it a crime I like Amber and Lizette more than the main character, Ellowyne?  LOL!  I'd love to get a Lizette one day, but for now, it's just mopey little Disquietude. 

There's something about this sculpt that looks sad.  At least a little bit.  Maybe she's depressed I don't have her friends here to keep her company.  Maybe I need to cheer her up by buying her tons and tons of clothes.  *Grin.*

I'm totally enamoured of her hair, which is photo-snap perfect from every direction.  Her eyes remind me of a Siamese cat ... they're that exact same shade of intense blue.  They look like they're made of glass, but more probably it's a glass-like acrylic.  Her eye style and size make her look a bit like a resin Asian ball-jointed doll, only the eyes aren't changeable and the body is not strung.

She shares a body with Ellowyne, which is ABSOLUTELY AWESOME for finding clothing for her.  I actually just ordered two outfits for her, so she may be doing a modeling shoot later.  I really dig the Ellowyne body.  It's aesthetically pleasing, the articulation and posing are superb, and I even appreciate the little things, like the fact the neck isn't too skinny.  With that flat chest and baby face, she looks to me like she's only about 14 or 15, though.  I have no idea how old these characters are supposed to be, but mine apparently just started high school.  She must be the best-dressed person in her class.


Saturday, April 12, 2014

More MegaPoppys: Spring Morning and One Fine Day

One purchase and one trade later, I've now added to my 16" Poppy Parker Fashion Teen collection.  I've managed to get a hold of 2013's "One Fine Day" and 2012's "Spring Morning."  It was interesting to get to see one of the original 2012s next to the newer dolls.  For one thing, "Spring Morning" (the luscious redhead in these photos) seemed floppy compared to the newer 2013s.  Her joints were just a bit looser, which made it trickier to pose her.  She also had an issue where her removeable hands fit a little too loosely in the wrist sockets.  The hands weren't so loose that they were falling out, but they weren't *quite* as snug as they should be, either.  Apparently this issue was corrected for the 2013 collection, because none of mine from 2013 have the problem. 

Left to right:  Spring Morning, Winter Wowzers and One Fine Day.
Another thing I noticed was "Spring Morning's" face shape is slightly different. ... She's slightly more wider-faced than the 2013s.  Her hairline is lower, too.  A while ago, I'd contacted Integrity Toys to ask if the newer Poppy 16s have a different face sculpt, but was assured it's the same sculpt. 

Getting ready for Easter.

I have two theories as to why "Spring Morning" has a wider face.  #1:  Perhaps it has to do with how the soft vinyl heads were pulled out of the molds, or #2: perhaps the mold used for the 2013s may have been different.  From my limited understanding, companies have more than one mold of the same face.  (Therefore, if one mold breaks or gets worn out from use, they'll still have another.)  The 2013s may have been cast with a different mold, even though they are the same sculpt. 

Anyway, I think the 2012 dolls are every bit as beautiful as the 2013s.  I mean, look at that face!  I had to get "Spring Morning."  I wanted to get her before she was completely sold out everywhere.  Plus, she's the only 16" Poppy so far with left-glancing eyes. 

I washed the gel out her hair, though.

"One Fine Day" comes with a pair of really beautiful earrings; a bracelet, a wonderful hat, sunglasses and a bright red hard-shell bag.  The sunglasses are cute but seem a bit fragile.  Everything else is so amazing!  The bag really opens.  The shoes are basic red pumps with bows on the tops.  They would have been a lot more versatile for redressing if Integrity had left off the bows.

I seriously love these earrings.

I ended up plucking out the bangs on my "One Fine Day."  The bangs are set far back from the hairline, which I personally loved, because it meant I could use tweezers to pluck them out without disrupting the hairline or doing a partial re-root.  Yay!  I think she looks amazing without the bangs.  It only took about 15 minutes. Now she looks even more like Michelle Pfeiffer than she did before.  LOL.  She also makes me think of Samantha from the TV show "Bewitched."  Might just be the curled, retro hairstyle, though.

Needing a new hairdo.

No more bangs!  20% cooler in 10 seconds flat.

And now for a few random pictures, because I can't help myself.  Please click on them to see them bigger. 

Wearing a Gene Marshall dress.