I just returned home from a fun (but surprisingly lightly attended) IFDC convention. The theme was loosely based on James Bond, and Integrity Toys sponsored the convention doll, which can be seen above in real life.
The doll is called Anika Luxottica, and she uses the Dasha face sculpt in the Japan skin tone. She includes a set of clear plastic cyborg arms and legs, which are quite detailed and impressive. I had been wondering for some time about the new FR body, and why we'd want to remove the arms at the shoulder, but this makes sense to me now.
The story line, Mission Love Joy, of this year's convention dolls (and believe it or not, there is a story!) goes something like this:
Agent 355 (the Anja sculpt available in the sales room as the IT exclusive) is the protagonist. Her mission is to save the "mansel in distress," Professor Young (played by Marius Lancaster, new to IT) from a love-struck cyborg, Anika Luxottica.
Several things I'd like to point out:
Like the Girl from I.N.T.E.G.R.I.T.Y. collection, these Integrity Toys characters are making appearances as other characters, as though they are in a movie. While I'd agree the timing of releasing dolls with weapons couldn't be worse, I haven't heard the same rancor about, for instance, the current list of summer hit movie releases (well, Finding Dory aside). And these dolls have probably been in the works for at least six months now.
Second, I'm quite impressed that it's the guy who needs saving. I'm actually happy to see that IT dared to put a woman in a powerful, protagonist role in their pretend movie with their pretend characters.
Finally, I'd like to point out that dolls are a hobby for most people. That means when a company releases dolls or a collection that you don't particularly care for or object to, there is absolutely no need to buy them. I too have to remind myself that I do not actually need dolls to function--as much as it seems that way from time to time. There really is no such thing as a doll company shoving products down its collectors throat. It just doesn't apply, since we collectors hold our purses quite closely to the chest. When a doll company does something I don't particularly care for, it's absolutely fine to withhold my money and my support.