Sunday, February 18, 2018

Vanity & Glamour Nadja Rhymes - 2018: Doll 1

I think it will help me organize my collection better if I label each purchase in my blog.  It took me a few weeks to debox this girl, but she was the first to arrive in 2018.

Everyone went crazy for this doll when she was previewed in 2017.  She was part of the mainline NuFace collection called "The Heirloom Collection".   She retailed for $120 and there were 725 dolls in the edition.  She was sold prior to the Integrity Convention, so she was the first blonde Nadja Rhymes, even though Sweet Dreams was the first to make it into collectors' hands.

I couldn't be happier with this "basic" doll.  (There really isn't anything "basic" about her!)

Here is a photo in the box.
Gotta love those hose (unfortunately mine had a little hole in them and I had to report it to Customer Care).   Here's a closeup.
The makeup pallet is a little odd, but somehow it works.   Here are the accessories.
The silver mirror is Nadja's heirloom accessory.  I love the buckles on the shoes!

I have been a fan of Nadja Rhymes since the beginning and mold 2.0 hasn't failed once in production (there have been 5 releases).
I own all five versions and am wondering which to let go; however, they are all very different from each other.  This girl takes extraordinary photos!

To support the Doll Diva Photography Challenge, I had to come up with a "Be My Valentine" picture.  Here she is wearing the Barbie Sweatshirt.
I think Vanity & Glamour is a wonderful start to 2018.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Best of 2017 - Number 1

I first want to write that this was probably the most difficult year to choose a Top 10 since I've been doing these countdowns.  Integrity Toys really went all out with their production dolls in 2017.  It's been a very long time since we've seen so many beautiful versions of so many different molds!  There is usually enough wiggle room in my countdown for at least one Mattel doll ... but not in 2017.

Many dolls that I truly love were not included in my countdown.  In an effort to diversify my list, I made a conscious choice to not include more than one version of any mold (which was a very hard decision to make).

In 2017, collectors received the NuFace Reckless Collection that was previewed in 2016.  There were 7 dolls in that collection, and not one bad apple in the bunch!  I Slay Nadja Rhymes, Smoke & Mirrors Lilith Blair, and Total Betty Ayumi Nakamura were all worthy of positions in my Top 10.

By choosing AKA Gigi for my countdown,  I eliminated Majesty,  Sister Moguls, Wanderlust, and, most regrettably, Feeling Wild.  If you're counting, that's five Giselles in 2017!

Since I'm writing about NuFace, other notable absences to my countdown are Charmed Life Imogen Lennox, Heiress Erin Salston, Changing Winds Eden Blair,  Rarest of All Ayumi, and Natural Wonder Rayna.  That's five more NuFace dolls that were notable contenders.

21 NuFace dolls were produced and shipped (or made available at convention) to collectors.  There's no wonder my countdown was heavy with NuFace (5 out of 10 places this year)!  Congratulations to Jessy Ayala for an awesome design year!

It's nice that 2017 was the year of NuFace since 2016 was the year of Poppy Parker.  Only Poppy shows up on my countdown this year even though 15 were produced.   This isn't a reflection of the designs or quality of production because I really love Popster, Sign Of The Times Blonde, Taste of Champagne, Sunny Slickers, Through The Woods, and Fairest of All.   There were just so many great dolls this year.

Although I chose Constance Madssen to represent Victoire/East 59th lines, Evelyn Weaverton was not a mold to be ignored.  Chris Stoekel did a fantastic job with his classic designs.

I also struggled with leaving AA Tulabelle (from the Fairytale Convention's "The Industry" line) off my list.  There were 13 dolls produced for "The Industry" in 2017.  I wasn't going to add a doll with this body type to my collection, but I loved the AA Tulabelle so much!

And I don't even collect Color Infusion or Jem dolls!

This brings me to the regular FR2 lineup which had 13 dolls produced for collectors in 2017.  Already representing FR2 are Vivacite Eugenia and Exquise Adele Makeda.

"After seeing this list of dolls, how many "bite-sized" pieces do you think I should cut this into?"
Don't worry Agnes ... You've nothing to worry about.   There's no need to start poisoning the other contenders.  You've appeared on my countdown numerous times, but never at the Number 1 spot.  But, 2017 is definitely your year!

"Well, it's about damned time!"

I couldn't have described my idea of a perfect Agnes any better had Jessy Ayala asked me, "What do you want in a version of Agnes Von Weiss?"   This dolls reminds me so much of a refined Wicked Valentine.  I did not have a brunette, brown eyed, short-haired Agnes Von Weiss in my collection until this version.

Here is Queen of Everything Agnes Von Weiss in her box.
She was a table centerpiece at the Fairytale Convention.  Her edition size was 420.  And here's a close up.
Her accessories were minimal, but I didn't care.  There were some phenomenal knee boots, another set of hands, and pair of red jewel stud earrings.

This doll is just everything.    I'm not a collector whose dolls stand around in gowns, but this one is not bad.  I love the chain at the neck under the black ruff.  (The apple did not come with her, but it really should have!)
"Mirror, Mirror on the wall ... Who's the fairest of them all?"
Does she even need to ask?
And can she redress well?  What do you think?

Number 1 of 2017 - Queen of Everything Agnes Von Weiss!