The final evening gala's centerpiece is Starlet Elyse Jolie, who now apparently has changed the way she spells her name. Again, eight guests were given the opportunity to purchase this limited edition of 450.
The convention doll is a new character (though they didn't say "new sculpt") called Karolin Stone, and she appears in an elegant black gown as Making an Entrance. She's limited to 600.
Convention extras will be offered for sale to W Club members later this month.
Some minor details about the convention:
- The number system they set up last year worked quite well, though my group went shopping right after lunch, and was running about 15 minutes late.
- The banquet hall was significantly less roomy this year than previous conventions. Those attendees who bought centerpiece dolls were given a ticket after payment, and then picked up the doll after dinner in the lobby.
- The food was pretty good--ranging from steak (a little overcooked in my humble opinion) and salmon or roast for dinner, and pasta and chicken sandwiches for lunch. There was plenty of food, for sure, but no wine was offered with the last event.
- I didn't do much room shopping, but I helped a friend with sales, which seemed a little slower than prior years.
- Overall, it seemed that while the dolls looked nice, it felt like the prices of some of the salesroom exclusive dolls seemed a bit too high to me, considering few included accessories like bags or purses. The Color Infusion collection was probably the best deal--I think dolls were $50 and outfits $35, which was a real bargain, but I don't collect this size, unfortunately.
- There seemed to be less news this year than in prior years. I noticed no mention of FR:16 or Poppy Parker Fashion Teen dolls, nor of Dynamite Girls, American Horror Story, or Homme collections.
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