Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Poppy Parker overview

Above: One of the original promotional images of the first three dolls produced when Poppy made her debut in 2009. Photo property of Integrity Toys. Shown from left to right are "Pillow Talk," "Reluctant Debutante," and "Summer Magic."

Poppy Parker debuted in 2009 from Integrity Toys, the makers of the Fashion Royalty dolls, headed by fashion designer Jason Wu. Poppy's background story is that she is a teen model in the 1960s, and her wardrobe is a rich mix of vintage '60s fashion.

Poppy was designed by David Buttry for Integrity. Poppy uses an original face sculpt with the FR Nippon Misaki body. The body is super-articulated, having bending wrists, ankles, elbows and knees. The bodies even have a torso joint for flexibility, so the dolls can sit naturally without having that "stiff-backed" look.

Poppy's hands are interchangeable. The hands can be pulled out (gently!) at the wrists to make it easier for the dolls to be re-dressed into clothing with tight sleeves.

Height: 11.5 inches / 29.5cm tall
Materials: Plastic/vinyl with rooted hair

The first two Poppys ever produced were "Pillow Talk" and "Summer Magic." "Pillow Talk" was a blonde wearing a pink nightie, while her friend was a redhead wearing an aqua-and-white striped swimsuit. They were followed later in 2009 by "Reluctant Debutante" and "Portrait in Black," and two fashion-only packs called "Three Hour Tour" and "Poetry in Motion."

Poppy's original promotional stories
(Quoted from the Integrity Toys web site):

1. "Poppy Parker: A sweet girl from the Midwest! New York City is just a couple hour's plane flight from the Midwest, but for 1960s teenager Poppy Parker, it might as well be in a different universe. She has traded hanging at the local malt shop and school dances for the glamorous life of a teenage fashion model in the Big Apple!"

2. "You can take a girl out of the Midwest, but you can't take the Midwest out of the girl. Under her fashionable hair, perfect makeup and fancy couture clothes, Poppy is just a simple girl. Will she be able to dazzle the city that never sleeps? So far, the answer is 'yes'!"