In mid July, Integrity Toys announced the initial details about their special online event that will take place in p;ace of the traditional online convention structure for this year only. Currently expected to take place sometime later this Fall (exact start dates will be shared closer to the launch of the special event), Integrity Toys will be breaking news about some new dolls that will be unveiled each day, which will be available to W Club members via a variety of methods (RTB lottery, made-to-order, etc.).
So this year’s theme is “Stay Tuned”: every doll shown during the event will be inspired by different TV show genres of the ’60s and beyond. Everyone in the W Club gets the chance to participate, no registration fee is required and nothing will be immediately time sensitive. No pre-registration fee is required to participate: all 2022 W Club members will be able to attend.
Here's what attendees can expect during this event:
Daily unveilings: a short “newsflash” and/or presentation each day unveiling a new doll or dolls from the various Integrity Toys brands (exact brands to be announced, not all IT brands will be present at the event);
Dolls will available via a variety of purchase methods: the dolls offered during the event will be made available either via a right-to-buy lottery or will be made-to-order, on a case-by-case basis. Depending on the purchase method of each doll, attendees will be guaranteed access to some items, while others will be more limited and available via the right-to-buy lottery method. Exact details will be outlined in each offer email on the day of release of each new event doll;
Limit one per membership: each product offered will be limited to either one pre-order per doll per membership, or one lottery entry per doll per membership, depending on the purchase method.
Stay Tuned... more details will be sent closer to the event. I am guessing this is to streamline the doll presentations and purchases, based on previous online conventions. Truth is that they tried to give the online events the feel of the convention but it never worked out. I hope this runs more smoothly and - since many dolls will be made to order - people will be more satisfied.
To kick things off, Integrity Toys gives us the first preview doll connected to this year’s theme; Poppy Parker as she would have looked had she starred in her very own TV series simply called “We Love Poppy” (I Love Lucy is the inspiration of course), at a time when every TV set in the nation was in black and white!
Designed by Integrity Toys designer Mark Tinkey (who for years has been closely working with David Buttry), this Poppy Parker doll features a special "grey gradient” colour scheme* to simulate the way an early 1960s TV audience would have seen her in their living rooms for the very first time. Every W Club member got the chance to pre-order this doll.
*Note: Only this first doll related to the special event will be done in grey gradient; the other dolls will have various skin tones and coloration.
Item # 77239
We Love Poppy
Poppy Parker® Mini-Gift Set
The 2022 Integrity Toys Event: Stay Tuned
Edition Size: TBD
Expected Ship Date: Late Spring / Early Summer 2023
Head Sculpt: Poppy Parker
Body Type: PP 1.5
Foot Sculpt: High-heeled & Articulated Ankle
Skin Tone: Pale Grey
Hair Color: Silver
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied
MSRP: $195 + S & H
Special W Club Price*: $175 + S & H
Sales method: These dolls are guaranteed made-to-order for 2022 W Club members only- 1 per membership. Should any products remain after the final payment deadline has passed, they may be made available to the public and/or for purchasing extras at the MSRP.
($50.00 NRD deposit due now, $125.00 + S & H due in approximately late Spring / early Summer 2023);
*Special W Club pricing is limited to one per membership
Grey-toned, 12-inch articulated doll with rooted hair and hand-applied eyelashes;
Grey-toned outfit composed of a polka dot bodysuit with detachable bow detail and matching pleated skirt with alternating panels of dark grey and polka dot fabrics;
Black Capri pants;
Black neck scarf and black belt;
Grey-toned high-heeled shoes with bow detail;
Grey-toned slingback kitten heels;
Small black patent pleather purse;
Simple button-style earrings and grey-toned bangle bracelets complete the look;
Pair of lower legs with articulated ankle feet;
Pair of lower legs with high-heeled feet;
Pair of "Poppy Parker" hands;
Alternate pair of "grip" hands;
Certificate of authenticity.
WE LOVE POPPY
POPPY PARKER® MINI-GIFT SET
SPECIAL W CLUB PRICE $175 + SHIPPING AND HANDLING
(deposit of $50.00 USD per doll to pre-order)
Purchasing this doll is a standalone bonus offer and does not include any other item from the special online event. However, there is no need to pre-order this item in order to participate in the event later this year.
The idea of the “grey” doll is not new of course. And no, I’m not talking about Monster High you people! If you remember, there was a similar version of Gene Marshall presented back in 2007, during the “Rare Deal” Gene Marshall convention, organised by Integrity Toys and Mel Odom. They had asked doll designers to make OOAK b&w doll clothes for Gene, to be auctioned off on dolls for charity during the convention - but nobody knew what the dolls looked like. The dolls turned out to be a grey-scale version of Gene (from this blog), much like Poppy looks like in this incarnation. Due to their being so rare, they are much sought after. JamieSHOW did a resin version for the 2015 convention and Gene’s 20th anniversary. Two years later they did a similar Trent for their “East Meets West" convention. It looks otherworldly but she’s beautiful and different enough to warrant getting her - if she was in normal colours, I would definitely pass. She does remind me of Lucille Ball back in the day and also has a hint of Wandavision about her! Mark Tinkey photographed her along other Poppies to show how she looks in real life.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Prototypes shown, final product may vary. "Screen test" sign and acrylic blocks in the accessory pictures are display props only and are not included with the doll. This collectible is meant for adult collectors ages 15 and up only.
All photos and information contained herein are copyrighted Integrity Toys, Inc. and Intercap Merchant Partners, LLC 2022 and may not be reprinted or disseminated without express written permission. POPPY PARKER and all other character marks followed by ™ or ® are trademarks of Integrity Toys, Inc. Chesapeake City MD USA 21915. All rights reserved. The W Club is a trademark of Intercap Merchant Partners, LLC. All rights reserved.
Photography by Bill Peck and Shaunessey Smith. Layouts and graphics by Alain Tremblay, Marketing.