The days of quiet beginnigs for the W Club years seem to be over. Instead of a warm welcome email and a lottery here and there while we wait for the main collections, this time we were ushered into the new club year by the anticipated “The Industry” collection, of whom, so far, we had only seen Tulabelle, the leading lady, in her “Lady Stardust” incarnation.
OOPS: Actually, there are two versions of Tulabelle so far. There’s Lady Stardust and there’s a more recent version, from last year’s Supermodel Convention, which totally slipped my mind until I read Stratos Bacalis’ excellent review of “The Industry” collection this morning. Thank you for the reminder, Stratos! You guys can check his review right here! You can also check his review on Supermodel Convention’s Tulabelle right here. Sorry about the beginner’s mistake guys! Back to the review!
The line was designed by David Buttry, who’s responsible for the popular Poppy Parker doll line, and both stories are connected since Tulabelle is Poppy’s granddaughter. There are new connections between both lines now that the line has grown, but there will be more about that further on. Let’s take a look at the dolls first, shall we?
Of all of Integrity Toys’ doll lines, “The Industry” is the one which connects with the younger styles and trends in the current fashion scene. Hence the current street style clothes, the bold hair cuts and colors and the tech trendy accessories. The main character, Tulabelle, is a fashion blogger, and the new characters in the line are a designer, a stylist, a make up artist and a fashion editor.
What I like the most about the line as a whole is the fact that all sculpts (except Tulabelle’s) are new. It would be very disappointing to recognize old sculpts in new characters. I also love the new accessories, and how adequate they are for each career, from Cabot’s make up case to Tulabelle’s cup of coffee. It’s easy to imagine her grabbing it on the run from one front row to the next. There are exceptions, but more about them ahead.
What I like the least is the make up palette. I don’t think it helped at all in selling the dolls. The pink lipsticks didn’t go well with the eye shadows and hair colors on the two first girls, and the red lipstick aged the third girl too much. I also don’t like the fact that the outfits are nice, but all in all, they’re nothing new.
Of the five dolls, there are three that I didn’t like and two that I liked. Let’s take a closer look at each doll, and talk more specifically about them. First up is Tulabelle, our main character. All the following data about the doll was taken from the W Club email:
Tulabelle True™ Dressed Doll
Tulabelle is one of the girls that didn’t tempt me in the least. This is mostly due to the make up palette. The pink lipstick and blue/gray shadow is the worst of the 80’s in my honest opinion, and it made her look like a cartoon character and not like a current trend setter. I love red hair and green eyes, but the make up really ruined it for me. Her jacket is nice and her LBD is cool too, but not enough to make me buy it. I like her necklace, but it looks too chunky with this dress. The chunky bracelet looks nice on her naked wrist too, but it wouldn’t look that good with the jacket on. Her tights are beautiful and remind me of Chanel’s Pre Fall 2016 lace patchwork tights – only Chanel’s were more complex. Her boots are something we’ve seen before many times. Her bag though… I love it! It’s quirky and just the thing a young IT girl would be seen carrying around! It will be even more perfect if her smartphone fits in! I hope it does! The coffee cup was brilliant too! Just what she needs between fashion shows! I’d rather have these creative accessories than an extra pair of hands and the same kind of jewelry all the time. Well, on to the next doll!
Liu Liu is one of the two dolls that appealed to me, but not enough to bring her home. I love her bold hair color and cut, and her eye shadow too, but not her lipstick. It ruined it for me. And though I like her sculpt, it kinda bothers me that lately all of IT’s girls seem to be a bit big headed. Liu Liu is not as bad as #Fauxlette, who has all her facial feautres scrunched up in the middle of her face and a lot of extra plastic around, but I feel it here too. Her dress looks like a Poppy Parker dress, only it’s done in sequins and faux leather collar. It’s nice but not that nice or a new design. I love her bag. It’s something that I don’t remember seeing IT do before. I love it that she has flat feet. Both low heeled shoes make a lot of sense for a stylist that walks and stands the whole day from fashion show to fashion show. I love her boots. The sandals are nice. Not my personal style, but I could create some nice looks with them. Her jewelry is very simple and reminds me of “And Another Thing” Kyori from a few years back. Again, I love the smartphone. It’s well thought for a stylist and better than just silly extra hands. Her fur hoodie is very on trend right now, but the hood doesn’t seem to drape properly. Maybe it’s the hair that’s pushing it in the wrong direction, so I could be wrong on this one. She’s my favorite girl from the three.
Binx also didn’t appeal to me at all. I like new sculpts, but she looks a lot like Dominique, only with a bigger head. Her hairdo and lipstick made her look much older too. The coat is a blue version of a cut IT has reproduced so many times already. The dress is nice, kinda Versace, but it really didn’t appeal to me along with that coat. I like colorful socks, but not with this kind of shoe. All the different lengths put together (coat, dress, socks and shoe straps), sliced her silhouette and shortened her legs while the long coat lengthened her torso. Not the best combo by far. I like her brooch and her black jewelry and glasses, though we’ve seen all of them before. Her tablet is cool and so is her bag! Very business like, but not predictable.
Now, this is the doll that’s coming home! I’m confirmed for him and I’m very very happy about it! His history connects with Poppy Parker’s line too, through his grandmother, Tina Tanaka, that adorable Ayumi 1.0 from The Girl From I.N.T.E.G.R.I.T.Y Collection. His face painting looks nice, his facemold is gorgeous and both Jo and I are fans of Japanese culture and sculpts too! We love Takeo, Kyori and Ayumi, and we love Tate too! I really like his coat, sweater and pants, though we’ve seen all of them before, only in different colors and fabrics. The pants are very similar to London Caling Kyu’s and In The House Tenzin’s pants. So is the fur hooded coat, although this one is more detailed than Kyu’s. The whole outfit put together looks very Balmain-ish, and I love Balmain for men. I love his shoes and bag and I love that he comes with a tablet too! His watch is great and his jewelry is simple and nice though nothing new again. His glasses are the white framed version of “Be Daring” Imogen’s. I like them too.
Cabot, the doll which closes the Collection, is another unappealing doll to me. His eyes look lifeless. Whereas Tate’s face paint makes him look like a stunning young man, Cabot’s face paint makes him look like what he is: a plastic doll. He is inexpressive. The bleached hair didn’t help at all. His outfit is a repetition of coat, shirt and pants typical of the FR Hommes and it’s something that is old by now, no matter the fabrics they’re done in. I’ve also never seen a make-up artist dressed like that, especially backstage, dealing with all kinds of things that would ruin the fur and fine clothes in no time. Give him something closer to Pat McGrath’s simple and elegant style and credentials, and he’ll look more realistic being backstage. He’s wearing very very nice shoes! I love them! His make up case is the high point of this doll in my opinion. It’s not a new model. IT has done it before, for the “Successful Ascension” fashion, or “Dark Swan” Elyse for instance. But his is very well done, though it doesn’t seem to have a tray for the pencils. He also needs a bigger palette to make it look more like a pro make-up artist, and more different pencils. Here’s to hoping that other versions of him will have more “upgrades” to his case.
Well, that closes it. All in all it’s a nice collection, a brilliant concept and incorporating modern trends and elevated street style is a great idea, and the accessories are all very well thought of. Jo and I both missed a hair expert, a model and a photographer, but I believe we might see them as the line progresses. The flaws I see aren’t specific of this one line, but something common in all IT’s latest products like big heads and the use of the same patterns over and over again. I’ve seen improvement in that, especially in the bags and in Tate’s jacket. I absolutely love the new accessories and how they relate to the characters. I hope this is something IT will expand to all the other lines too. I’m looking forward to seeing new incarnations of these characters along with new ones, more different accessories to complement the ones from the first line and new ones too. I wish “The Industry” all the best! I can’t wait to fall in love with more dolls from this line!
I hope you like this review too! It’s the very first time I write about the prototypes only and I really enjoyed doing it! Now let’s wait and see the real dolls, right?