Thursday, November 4, 2010

Archive Links

Updated on January 27, 2011
I added tabs at the top of the blog for the main references (heads, skintones, hands, and soon an overall body types). 
Here are the rest of the pages (individual body/line reviews, etc.) :

FR2 vs FR body type comparison

The Dark Romance convention 2010 launched a new line of Integrity Toys 6th scale fashion dolls. The new line is called FR2 and features a new body type with more articulation.

The twist-and-turn torso joint of FR dolls is replaced by a similar one of AG dolls. There is one joint below the breasts and another one in the hips. The hip joint can twist around at least 90degrees sideways as well as bend and crouch enabling a much more movement in the torso region. Also the elbows and knees have been renewed and seem to pose much further than their FR counterparts. The body type also features new hands and feet sculpts. The hands sculpt has been much criticised for it's petal like appearance reminding of those horrible beaver tale hands of Mattels pivotal body. The good side is all the fingers are separate so you could (with effort) make real gloves for the dolls, and the hands are hands-speak-system so you can always replace them with the more elegant FR sculpt if preferred. The feet are bigger and have an higher arc than FR and I've heard they closely resemble Valia's feet in shape and size - good news for all Valia collectors starved for more shoes. The toes are all tightly together (FR has a cap between the big toe and others) limiting the range of shoe styles a bit. The feet do make these 13" amazons a tad taller than FR who already were towering over barbie, ken and other fashion dolls. However, I'm happy tell that IT's Homme are still holding their own against the new fashion creatures and can pose together quite comfortably.

The FR2 collection features 3 head sculpts so far: Elise, Dasha and Dominique. Elise is the familiar face from the last convention where she debuted as a part of the FR line. Dasha is a completely new sculpt (possibly created as a by product of the Veronique revival, as the creation of the Lana Turner doll brought us the twins, Jordan, Tatyana and Dania in addition to the 2 Lana dolls.) The character of Dominique debuted in the last years convention as well, but used the Josephine Baker sculpt. However, the FR2 Dominique seems to resurrect the old favourite from Integrity playline. Janay. It is probable that the old mold has been tweaked a bit, but those high cheekbones and exotic nose are very recognisable and people have been requesting comeback for Janay for a while now - and IT provided.

What comes to sharing clothing, so far I haven't heard of any trouble. The bust size is closer to FR Monogram than FRs, so the newcomers might be able to wear the whole range if IT fashions from FR, monohgram and NU.Face as well. Two FR2 dolls were sold at the convention: Always Polished Dasha and a centrepiece doll Dark Swan Elise. In addition, the prototypes of at least 9 more FR2 dolls (3 of each character) were on view there, but the time table for their release is yet unknown. All in all I must say that FR2 has a fair chance of rekindling my fading passion for 6th scale fashion dolls. The outfits are chic, accessories are back and I love the sculpts of the new body and faces.

- Pale White - ELISE (all - 3 so far) - new skintone - a bit more yellow than MM0, a bit more grey than FR1 Japan/Agnes skintone - darker than FR0 porcelain skintone - I will take comparison pictures in the next photoshoot.
- Caucasian - FR2 - DASHA (all - 3 so far)
- Light AA - DOMINIQUE (all - 2 so far) - new skintone - for comparison pictures see

Now for the comparison photos provided by Christina aka Shuga-Shug:

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Amanda Lepore

I was asked to add a neglected chapter to the Skin Tone Data Base: Amanda Lepore, a highly exclusive 6th scale celebrity doll. "This doll is made from "realskin" resin which has the feel and touch similar to porcelain. It has the durability of vinyl. This is the first doll made with this material, and she is anatomically correct. Her head and body are also unique to this project. The mould will be destroyed and never used again."

Amanda Lepore is a wigged doll designed by Jason Wu of Integrity Toys. There were three dolls made, limited edition of 100 dolls each, as a charity benefit on behalf of The Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS. The dolls were unveiled at Jeffrey boutique, New York, 2006. These three dolls are (I will try to get photos of the dolls later):

Trannytale (Photo by Michael Williams)
Couture Baby (Photo by Michael Williams)
Look Better Naked (Photo by Michael Williams)

Amanda Lepore head sculpt (Photo by Ayukislove)

Body comparison to FR Adele (Photo by Ayukislove)

Elegant curve of legs (Photo by Ayukislove)

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Brides of Dracula - New Body Type

The new Brides of Dracula Couture Fantasy line is a collaboration between Ashton-Drake and Integrity Toys.  (NOTE: The new BoD II on 2011 was a IT project without the involvement of A-D) The Brides of Dracula Collection features a new body type that I have been waiting for a long long time: A FR bust with a beautifully sculpted new torso without the twist and turn waist. These new girls will look exquisite in lingerie as JennFL's (Jeanette Howard) wonderful comparison shots illustrate. Thank you Jenn for allowing to use your photos!

As you can see from the photos the skin tone of these new vampires is the same ultra pale as Tatyana's and FD Agnes'. The new torso is a bit longer than the FR's and as they are about the same height their legs a a tad shorter, which gives them a beautifully proportionate body. I can't say for sure , but it seems to me they have the same thigh parts as Poppy (and Misaki) and a new pair of gorgeous chins with high heel feet. I especially like the elegant curves of their waistline, hips and buttocks and all in all Integrity did a wonderful job with this new body type. I'm getting horrible urges to bodyswap all my FR's to this body type, but for now it's only available for my Tatyana and FD Agnes. I love the way Contessa looks in lingerie and Mina is definitely now on my wishlist!

 See more of Jenns photos of this beauty at her flickr!

Added note (Autumn 2010):
On convention 2010 the FR line included the new Brides of Dracula sculpt into the main FR line. The Contessa / Mina sculpt became Kesenia.
The Lucy sculpt is still unique;  and not the same as
the one used for Aston-Drake Dark Hunter line's Simi, who became Anja in the FR line. 

Handspeak System:  The Old Dracula gals have the handspeak system; and can change hands with the FR dolls; but the skintone of the FR that match are only FR0: Porcelain.  So far only Festive Decadence Agnes has been produced with that skintone.  Probably 2011 Kesenia has it as well.

2nd added note (Spring 2011):
Spring 2011 IDEX launched a new BoD II collection where all the ladies have the same open mouthed head sculpt and leaving out the Simi/Anja sculpt. The new line also featured a male doll: Count Dracula with a completely new head sculpt.

I just body swapped my FD Agnes to a Mina body.
I just adore this beautiful tummy!