Saturday, January 30, 2010

New Avant Guard - Hot Trot, On Edge ... Their killer Shoes!!

While I am wondering what doll companies would offer us in 2010 after a bad economy year, I saw some new dolls lined up in Angelic Dreamz website this morning. Although Tonner seems paying more attention to the male doll lovers’ needs, yet it is still too conservative and not inspiring enough to me. Out of my surprise, the only one who caught my attention is from a doll that I have negative comments towards – Avant Guard by Integrity.

I like the style of Hot Trot, a pre-order doll which to be available in Mar./Apr. this year. (Oh, that means it would be available this Summer as the releases are always delayed.)


I think bob wigs, short cut wigs are kind of trend lately. I have seen Chewin making some bob wigs with different cuts. The color are mainly pale mixed ones. But this Hot Trot has a bold flame red color bob wig which goes with her eye shadow. What I like most of this dressed doll is her shoes – it is the black and yellow color combination and that lace up style that I love. I am not sure the product description in Angelic Dreamz is officially from Integrity of not. But it describes the shoes as “strappy skyscraper platform”. Although Avant Guard doll is kind of disappointment to me, it does offer some cool shoes lately. Such as the “floral embellishment” shoes from the other pre-order doll, On Edge. I would love to add those shoes in my collections! Maybe I should look for a split partners on these girls.


Production Description from Angelic Dreamz website.:
ON EDGE:
It wears a structured little-black-dress, covered with a fantastic hot pink feathered cape that closes with a satin bow. Her raven wig, black platforms with floral embellishment, jewelry and gloves create the ultimate chic ensemble.
US240 – Angelic Dreamz price

HOT TROT:
It wears a gorgeous black gown with a burst of orange feathers peek-a-booing out of the front fo the gown, which flows from above the knee to a train in the back. Her flame wig complements the fiery accents of the gown, while the strappy skyscraper platform and black gloves and jwelery finish the ensemble.
US240 – Angelic Dreamz price

Picture credit: Integrity, Angelic Dreamz

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Monday, January 25, 2010

My Very First 2010 Doll - Hum...She is Acutally an Action Figure

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It has been more than 20 days since 2010 has started. I have been thinking of what to write here to make it a good start. Looking back in 2009, most of the dolls in my blog are 16” fashion dolls. So, as a kick-off article for 2010, should I go for a review of a male fashion doll, continue artist interview, or select a 12” fashion doll for some reviews? While I was still struggling on the theme, out of my own surprise, I have bought an action figure but not a fashion doll. What’s more, it is a female action figure but not an armed action figure, which I came across by incident and felt in love at the first sight.

This Cuban American action figure is by Hottoys (www.hottoys.com.hk) a renowned Hong Kong action figure manufacturer. They are famous in reproducing characters to human likeness. Such as James Dean from The Giant, Marlon Brando from The Street Car Named Desire, Michael and Lincoln of The Prison Breaks, Jack Hillman of Wolverine etc.. The articulation and face sculpture are second to none of any action figures that I have seen so far.




In December of 2009, HotToys released 2 female action figures – Caucasian, Cuban American. They have 28 articulated joints and stand 11” with felt feet, 11.5” with high heel feet, It also included 2 pairs of expressive hands, 2 pairs of feet (felt heels, high heels), a doll stand (it has broken already).


The interesting part is that she has a rubber skin jacket on her upper torso (excluded the hands and arms) to give her a very real touching and human likeness upper body. That also helps to hidden the articulated joints on her adnominal and neck. She has articulated adnominal which enables her to crunch forward and twist to both sides naturally. When I was taking her pictures, I found that l if you do not post it properly, she shows love handle when crunching. LOL!! It is a pity that she could not bend backwards as much as I wanted.

(Oops! She shows a love handle when crunches)

What I like most of this Cuban American doll is probably her gorgeous sexy squeeze full breasts. They could also be moved in different directions. I tried to roll over her skin and found that there are actually inserted with 2 black hard plastics cups inside. No wonder the touching and feeling is so wonderful!

The rubber torso “jacket” also covers her neck joint. Her neck could turn in 360 degrees and lean downwards, upwards, both sides to big angles, yet without looking awkward. Her fingers are sculpted in details and flexible. Her double jointed elbows enable her to touch her own face without sweat. The toes sculpt is elegant with natural look. The inadequate point is the she could not cross her legs.


(the black plastic cups under her breasts)

(Interesting structure of head...seems could face-off)

Her look is so breath taking and 95% looks like Lindsay Wagner to me! It really reminded me of the Bionic Woman action figure that I have when I was a kid. However, there are some tricky points of her head. I pulled off her head and found that it is not possible to have her hair re-rooted. And it seems that if you want to re-root her, you have to first face her off along the hair line, and also take out the white piece of plastic inside the head hole. I wonder why it is designed that way.

In general, this Cuban American girl has an athletic body. Of course, she is supposed to be a female action figures which ready for actions instead of looking gracefully on the catwalk. Anyway, girls will be girls, so she needs clothes. Since this girl’s body shape is so different from the main stream fashion dolls, I thought that my 12” dolls wardrobes would have nothing to fit her. Her body measurement is very similar to ZC girls and Amoury action figure (www.armouryfigure.com I tried to locate Amoury’s website but it is no more existed.) Totally out of my surprise, she could fit in Barbie’s stretchable swimwear. Since her feet are interchangeable, there is no problem in putting on boots of Barbie, My Scene, MZ of Integrity.

I know she is meant to be an action figure. However, when I was taking pictures of her, I subconsciously trying hard to look for her feminine side, which ended up quite erotic! This Lindsay Wagner likeness Cuban American action figure is my 2010 very first doll and is now being transformed from an athetlic female action figures into a fashion bombshell! And doubtless, became one of my favorite girls !!!






Picture credit: All by Cliff Chan
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