Sunday, April 22, 2018

Fetish Fatale Veronique Perrin - 2018 - Doll 4

I was a little upset recently with the way the W Club announced it's "mini capsule" of dolls called "Boudoir".   Three of the dolls were dealer-direct purchases and the announcement of the collection was actually when dealers started taking orders.   I didn't even know about the collection because my computer security is set to filter out potentially "naughty" material.  (Anyone who is a teacher will understand this concept.)

Although I missed the initial ordering from my dealer, I was able to pick up two of the dolls from Couture Doll.  They always announce when they their sales go live so all collectors have a fair chance of acquiring dolls.  Kudos to this dealer!

One of the dolls from the Boudoir Collection, Fetish Fatale Veronique Perrin, was offered through lottery in an edition size of 715.  I wasn't going to enter the lottery for this doll because I knew the flyaway hairs would drive me crazy (and they are), but this doll reminds me so much of Flame Rouge Veronique from 2004 that I couldn't resist.  Here is a photo of Flame Rouge.  I wish I could Fetish Fatale's hair in these luxurious curls!
I think we've gotten so far away from the story cards that we've lost the entire backstory for this collection.  I may be the only one bothered by this doll's name; but it's only because I have collected IT dolls from the beginning.  Veronique's arch nemesis is Natalia Fatale.  Why would she use her rival's last name in this version?  But that's just my OCD.

The doll arrived quickly after purchase.  Here she is full length, NRFB.
And a closeup.
Here are the accessories.
I really like the jewelry with the ruby accents.  (The choker is a little too tight, so it helps to add an extra jump ring to it before trying to put it on.)  The shoes are quite well made.

And a photo out of the box.  The feather boa was borrowed from Red Desire Mini-Gene.
And another closeup.
My version has very long bangs, but I like them this way.  Many collectors have compared this version to Betty Page.  There is a strong resemblance.

As with all dolls in my collection, most do not remain in their original ensembles.  The deciding factor for a doll staying in my collection rests in how well they redress.  How about the blue dress from the Silkstone Grace Kelly?
I I can get her hair tamed completely (I may be using some serious produce in it), I think I can grow to love Fetish Fatale Veronique Perrin.  In my opinion, this is one of the best versions of the Veronique 2.0 mold produced yet.   If I had a steady enough hand, I would add a beauty mark.  

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Merveilleuse Agnes Von Weiss - 2018 - Doll 3

Some doll purchases are just a "no brainer".   One of the perks for joining the W Club is that members get a "Sneak Preview" of all lines before the general public.  These previews are often presented through a webinar by the design team, hosted by the W Club founder Carol Roth.  Following every preview, there is a special event doll offered to members only.

The 2017 theme for the FR2 doll line was "La Femme" and the event doll was Merveilleuse Agnes Von Weiss.   This doll was so well received that she has an edition size of 1225.  She was received in early 2018.

Here is a photo of Merveilleuse still in the box.
And a close-up.  Short blonde hair!  Very chic!  She has aqua colored eyes.  I believe this is the first time Agnes has been produced in the Caucasian skin tone.
Here is a photo of the accessories.  I like the new enamel necklace very much that came with the simple matching earrings and ring.  I really wish there had been a bracelet.    The color of the enameling matches her eyes!  She also comes with a cute animal print evening clutch, an extra pair of hands, shoes with very long ties.  (Photo property of Integrity Toys)
So, out of the box ...
And another close up.
Everyone is comparing this doll to Carolina Herrera which was her obvious inspiration (the designer Jessy Ayala has confirmed this as well).  I immediately thought of Grace Kelly when I opened the box and had to put her in Eugenia's Reigning Grace ensemble.  NOTE:  This blouse does not have hooks, velcro, buttons, anything.  I had to take the arms off the doll to remove the blouse.
I think Reigning Grace Eugenia just got voted off the island ...

Because I voluntarily joined the 52 Week Doll Diva Photo Challenge, I find myself deboxing my girls more.  This week's theme was St. Patrick's Day Green.  Now we head to Lana Turner territory ...

Merveilleuse Agnes has quickly moved up to my second favorite FR2 version of this mold (she's right up there with Queen of Everything from last year's convention).   Such a beautiful doll!