Integrity Dolls are confusing, so I wrote this blog post to try and break them down. Integrity Dolls are divided into lines similar to the way designers create a line of clothes. Fashion Royalty is most well known of these lines. I used to think of Integrity Dolls as the company and Fashion Royalty as their line of dolls, but there are many more lesser known lines. Poppy Parker is the largest and most popular line of dolls. All dolls in the Poppy Parker line are of the character Poppy Parker. Her storyline was she was born in the Midwest and is a simple country girl at heart just like Jennie Garth. Veronique Perrin is another name of a line of dolls. All the dolls in this line of the character Veronique Perrin. Unfortunately there is real person named Veronique Perrin and can’t find a biography for the doll. Maybe they stopped making her because of that? There are very few Veronique Perrin dolls compared the Poppy Parker. Veronique Perrin are created by Jason Wu who was working for the company and he left at one point, but now does continue to make a few dolls here and there for IT (which is short for Integrity). The rest of the lines can contain a variety of characters with names and backgrounds. Nuface and Color Infusion are lines according to the Integrity Dolls Reference Website and you can view all the photos of the past doll lines. Fashion Royalty dolls are a different size then NuFace Dolls. They can not mix and match clothes or shoes. You can buy many handmade outfits and shoes for these dolls online, but the size difference means you can’t mix and match outfits from different lines.
Other smaller lines of Integrity Dolls
The Jem and the Holograms line is my favorite line of IT dolls. They made all the characters in the tv show even the minor characters. The demand was so great they continued to created newer dolls even after the line ended with a Farwell Doll in 2017. The created outfits worn by the characters in the show and even dolls that represent a single music video such as the “I am a Giant” Misfits. I am still waiting for them to create a Love Sick Pizzazz Doll.
“Meteor Dolls” are mostly an AA line of dolls. “The Monarchs” are a line of male dolls who are fashion photographers and designers who work in the Fashion Industry in which other of the dolls are models. “The Industry” is a line of dolls as well. I assume it means the Fashion Industry, but it is not clear as not all of the dolls in this line are fashion models. “East 59th” clearly refers to the location in New York City. These dolls are reported to be from the 1950s as the time in which they are dressed and made up. “Ru Paul” are dolls of Ru Paul that I assume were created by Ru Paul or with his approval. IFDC (International Fashion Doll Convention) are dolls that are only available if you go to the Convention. But you can also buy them aftermarket on Ebay but they will always cost more then regular releases. The IFDC line of dolls can be viewed here and there are two Alice and Wonderland Dolls The Red Queen and Alice and also dolls from the Wizard of Oz. If you like you can also view IT dolls year by year from the Integrity Doll Reference Website. Past dolls are no longer sold by IT, but if you google the name or check sites like Ebay you can buy any of these older dolls, but often at greatly marked up prices. Some people think IT dolls are too expensive because of this, but if you had bought them new they around $200 dollars. There are many clothes and outfits that are often hand sewn because the detailed work on small outfits can not done by machine. Eye lashes may be hand applied and faces are hand painted. I am not sure if all the faces are hand painted, but I know they could have been. You can also buy the outfits on Ebay and people also hand sew and created outfits to fit IT dolls which can be found under custom outfits for IT dolls. The hands are removable and interchangeable and some of the heads come off, but I found I did not like the Quick Switches Heads. They are hard to change and keep falling off. In this way you can change the hand position of the nail polish by changing the hands. Removal of the hands help you to dress a doll with tight sleeves that could damage the outfit or rip it if you did not remove the hands before dressing.
Dynamite Girls were an older line of dolls that had a more vintage look to them. I think they ran from 2007 to 2014. I have seen dolls on ebay from 2003 that have a twist n turn waist. This is the worst feature a doll can be given because it creates structural weakness in the body and result the the doll cracking or coming apart at the waist. I don’t know why IT would like to bring back a waist that did not appeal to anyone even back in the 60’s. The twist n turn waist was a marketing idea that was supposed to appear to children who wanted to make the doll dance. But I doubt anyone liked this feature not even the children it was designed for. I see it as just a scam to make people want to buy a newer doll that is less stable. Thankfully they are not doing this anymore, but there was controversy in which they made the dolls like Barbie who wore plastic panties because they thought the parents wanted the Barbies to appear always dressed. The panties could be white or pink and often embossed with designs of flowers, but they were part of the doll’s body. People argued it was an articulated waist online, but to me it was just tacky and tasteless. It reminded me of those horrible cheap Barbies. I never got one of those dolls and had an unpleasant surprise. Image paying over $200 dollars for a $5.99 Barbie Doll. Other than this, IT dolls are all very well made. They are too thin and look like alien insects without clothes, but once they wear clothes the thinnest is no longer an issue.
Janay and Friends is also an older line of dolls, but have been newly updated. Janay was the first doll ever made by Integrity. Janay was made again for The Love Sick Collection in 2018. One issue is I am not a member of Club W. I did not want to join when I found out it was not free. I was not sure if I wanted to commit to losing money if I decided not to buy any pre-ordered dolls. Clearly I could reviews these dolls better if I had more access to what was going on with them. I am writing this for people who are not Integrity insiders because the lines are very confusing and not much information is released by Integrity.
They should create Love Sick Pizzazz. In the Jem storyline Pizzazz finds herself transformed into Love Sick Pizzazz because she can’t have Riot. Her hair and make up is different and this could be easily accomplished by a quick switch head rather then two dolls, one for each look. Hopefully they will get the bugs worked out the quick switch heads.
Integrity Dolls are sold in a club called Club W. To join the Club (it’s like buying health insurance) you have to wait for open enrollment which happens in February. You have to pay $25 to join which locks you into buying at least one doll because you get the $25 dollars back. It goes towards a doll of your choice. Integrity releases photos of the dolls they are planning and if you put in an order you can get one. This is so they make just enough dolls of each kind and never have to put them on clearance. But I am not in the club yet, but I have bought some of the dolls from resellers on Ebay. Like most dolls on Ebay Integrity doll are overpriced. Some people join the Club W and buy dolls to later resell them at a profit. It makes sense to join the club if you want to find a doll at a low price rather than pay more later for her or him. I found a loophole in the “got to join a club” rule. There is a website that will take preorders of dolls called Sideshow. But Integrity never just sells the dolls they only take preorders. So if you miss the preorder be prepared to pay a lot from ebay resellers who mark them the dolls several hundred dollars above retail pricing.
There are celebrity dolls that do not use the names of the celebrities such as Undercover Angel which is clearly a Farrah Fawcett doll. The The Poppy Parker Enlightened in India Doll looks like on of the Beatles’ Wives going to visit Maharishi Yogi in India with her husband. I am thinking Jane Asher, but since the doll is blond she could be Cynthia Lennon. David Buttry created her and I think she was a convention doll. I found the doll and her outfits all on ebay.
Integrity Toys Japan is a separate branch of IT? I am not even sure of that. They are selling a doll this year called the Beast Girl. You can not find the Beast Girl by David Buttry which is now sold out. Azone makes the doll which likely means joining a separate membership club in order to buy. David Buttry took IT in a different direction from Jason Wu. His dolls have larger eyes and I assume are made to appear to the Japanese market which is influenced by Anime. I hope they decide to create to Sailor Moon Dolls or other anime characters but I know the cost of doing so will be expensive for them to licence these characters.
Disclaimer: I am not employed by IT and this blog post can be considered a consumer review of their products. April 9, 2021
Updated on April 24, 2021
16 Inch Dolls
I discovered that in the past Integrity made a lines of 16 inch dolls. The AvantGuards started in 2008. The dolls costed about $200 dollars when they were new. These were dolls that looked like models for high fashion magazines such as Vogue. Tulabelle is another 16 inch doll and she is a fashion blogger and came in a different hair colors. I just recently learned more about the AvantGuards. There were only two face sculpts done for the AvantGuards one has closed lips and one shows a small amount of teeth. I normally don’t like dolls that show teeth and sadly most of the Avantguards did show teeth. I am not the only one, many other doll people agree that teeth remind them of Barbie’s incipient smile. The Avantguards can be found hanging out in smoke filled underground club having fancy cocktails. And finally the Avantguards are said to be designed to compete with Sybarite Dolls, but I did think they look anything alike, until I saw the D’Royce dolls. The dolls have names such as Venus and Irvoy. Sybarite Dolls are handmade 16 inch mannequins. Some of the Sybarites Super Dolls are strung and made or resin, but later lower priced vinyl dolls were released and finally both types were produced for higher budgets and lower budgets. Reference Wikipedia Page for Sybarites. So what happened to Sybarite Dolls? They seemed to be doing well in 2015, but their Twitter Account has fallen silent since 2015. I think they may be still accepting custom doll orders and you can try the website. Note: I found several websites for these dolls.
There are many lines and extensions of Integrity that I may never be able to figure out without reliable online references. Robert Tonner also had a line of 16 line dolls, but Tonner Dolls have gone out of business. I recall Tonner Dolls hosted a lunch or a convention type day that I could have gone to but just to go was very expensive, and Tonner Dolls did not appeal to me. I would have gone if it had been free, as some of friends reported back that it was a lot of fun. In the beginning I did not care for the look of Integrity Dolls, but since they started the Jem Line Integrity has improved their appearance dramatically with bigger eyes and large lips as well as more hand applied eyelashes. Integrity dolls are only getting better over time. Hopefully they continue to thrive in the future, and not go out of business like Tonner Dolls. Their business strategy is they release dolls in limited number and sell to people who want them and preorder them. This should keep them in business. Gene Dolls all look the same to me. They have the same face and it’s not pretty one. Getting into 16 inch Dolls was a bad idea. The only people who would collect larger dolls are the people who collect BJDs. They collect these dolls based on Anime and not on high fashion like Vogue.
I do like the glossy lips, but at time certains dolls in the Poppy Parker lines have fish lips. These extra full lips look unnatural. Many celebrities have similar lips. But, exaggerated lips are likely to go out of fashion soon. Once a style goes out of fashion the dolls appear dated. One reads fashion advice about collecting classic clothes that will not go out of style rather than collecting clothes that are fads, the same advice could be used about selecting dolls.
Holy Copycat Gene’s backstory which you can read on Wikipedia is the same as Poppy Parker’s. Wikipedia also says “Between 1995 and 2005 the dolls were manufactured by the Ashton-Drake Galleries. From 2005 to 2010 the dolls were produced by Jason Wu and made by Integrity Toys.” Maybe Integrity made some sort deal to use the same backstory? A small town girl or a farm girl grow up to become a fashion model and It Girl in a big city like New York or Los Angeles or even Paris who knows?
More Forgotten Lines
I am discovering so many unknown Integrity lines that I am updating when I find them.
Monsieur Z Dolls were a limited line of dolls in bathing suits from 2005. They look like Disney Princesses crossed with Kiraz Repo dolls. Future World Jade Dolls were a science fiction line from 2001. The dolls came in a light skin doll with pink hair and a darker complexion doll with blue hair. Both dolls wore jumpsuits.
More IT News
I have been looking at the characters. These are dolls that have elaborate back stories. I was looking for the biography of Victoire Roux. All I could find was “Welcome to the world of Victoire Roux! Emerging victorious from the second world war, Victoire Roux, armed with a killer couture wardrobe, is on a mission to make the world re-discover Parisian Couture.” I expected a long biography such as the one for Pierre DeVries. Then I noticed that Jason Wu honored a popular IT doll blogger. I I found his Word Press Blog. The Blog referred me to his website because he decided to stop his blog and have a website. But now his website is defunct. Many people want to make more money from their blogs and they decide to get a website, but the cost of a website is too high unless you are selling doll items. Sales will offset the cost, but one could sell items on Etsy without the cost and hassle of maintaining a personal website or a vanity blog. So, at least I know now that after I die, if I don’t take down my blog it will at least stay online even when my auto payment stops working. It really freaks me out to think about what happens to a Word Press Blog after one dies. I worry about the blog and I make updates because if I die I could not update the blog and I would have leave it as is. One can die at anytime and no one will know why their blog or website went dark or just stopped having any more posts.