Thursday, March 19, 2015

Susie R&D Dolls

Dear Readers,

Did you ever like a doll instantly, like a "falling in love at first sight" kinda feeling?

I don't think I did.  Until now.  Most dolls took a while to impress me.  Even my favorite doll, the DAL dolls, did not wow me until after seeing them a few times.  I can be curious about certain type of dolls and then try to find out more about them until I really get interested.  But only in one occasion so far did I fall head over heels in love with a type of doll.

And this one occasion is when I saw the Susie R&D Dolls!

The first time I saw one, I was so intrigued that I looked for her everywhere for days and bought the first one that I could find.  She is a Riviera Breeze Susie (the blond version).  Once I received her, the feeling only grew and grew.  I just adore her faceup and her outfits were so well done!  And ever since then, I got hooked on Susie dolls.  Here below are a few of her pictures.

She has a very elegant beach outfit!

Her skintone is a gorgeous sunkissed tan color!

Her bathing suit is designed like a corset!

She has a very subtle face-up.


A Susie doll from R&D Collectibles (which are the initials for their creators: Randi Turuel and David Wu) is a jointed fashion doll from Taiwan with a distinctive face that you may recognize in the newly Dynamite Girl Susie Doll.  She is indeed the same doll.  Susie was first born in 2003 when she was produced by R&D.  She is now been marketed as a Dynamite Girl by Integrity Toys, famous for their Fashion Royalty Dolls.

The Dynamite Girl Dolls are around $70 (initial price) and are thus more affordable than the other Fashion Royalty dolls but the price tag can go quite higher once the dolls hit the second-hand market.

I love the most recent Susie called Freedom Susie.  Her face has a young and edgy look and I love her long black hair and trendy clothes but I prefer the older models by R&D.  They are however extremely difficult to find because they were only released in very small quantities.  Most models are produced in quantities of 300 and some have only 100 releases or less.  So my chances of getting the models I wanted for a reasonable price were slim.

But once again I got lucky.  A few doll collectors were downsizing their Susie collection and sold them for super cheap.  I had to put a cap on my dolly spending and told myself to only get one new doll per month from now on.  But when I saw so many Susie dolls going for one fraction of their original price, I couldn't say no!

Some of them were sold without their clothes but I did not mind at all because they were almost in new condition.  Some even had their hair still enclosed in their hair net.  And best of all, they were the models I most wanted! :D 

Also important is that Susie dolls can wear many type of clothes, most notably Momoko, Takara Jenny and some Barbie clothes.  They can wear the Fashion Fever and Fashionista outfits very well so finding outfits for their closet won't be too difficult.

Susie is described as being a fashion designer and a fashion model as well.  She has quite a mixed heritage: her mother is Chinese American and her father is Spanish American.  She travels all around the world for her fashion photoshoots and each Susie release is named after a city.

If you want to know more about Susie dolls, there is a very good list of Susie Dolls on the Barbie Girl website HERE.

For photos, there is a Flickr Pool for Susie Dolls HERE.

I only have 10 dolls so far but I really wished I could own them all.

I will introduce each one of my dolls separately in subsequent posts and I hope I will do justice to their incredible beauty!

7 Susie R&D (some have been redressed)

18 comments:

  1. How fun! I'm so excited for you that you were able to buy some of them at a fraction of the cost. Isn't it great when someone is ready to downsize their collection? :-) I look forward to the introductions. The ones you show here look really pretty with nice clothes. Congrats on a wonderful new find! xo Jennifer

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    1. Thanks Jennifer! It took about one year to get the collection to his size. I remember telling you about finding a good deal many months ago but never had the time to post about it! Well I guess later is better than never! LOL

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  2. Quelle élégance ! C'est une très jolie poupée !
    Bisous. Joce

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    1. Merci Joce! J'aime bien son style rétro!

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  3. Gorgeous dolls! I love their face up, it makes them look so sweet and friendly :D

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    1. Exactly! That's what I like about her! She is a model but has this friendly face instead of a mean stuck up face LOL

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  4. Je n'avais jamais entendu parler de cette poupée, elle est très jolie. Leurs tenues sont vraiment élégantes, j'aime beaucoup celle en vert, ses cheveux sont magnifiques

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    1. Bonjour ma belle! Celle en vert porte en fait un ensemble de Barbie ;-) Je t'avoue que c'est elle ma préférée!!! Elle a de très beaux cheveux et son maquillage est parfait!

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  5. Congratulations to 10 wonderful dolls! I'm looking forward to all the introductions. I really like their soft looking faces - very pretty but friendly at the same time! Also I must say that I love learning about these dolls. I never heard about them before - thank you for your informations :)

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    1. Thank you Kyra. They each have a distinctive faceup and hair so it's really fun to collect them!

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  6. Those are rather pretty. Love learning about new dolls. xoxo

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    1. Thank you Danzel! I love finding new dolls too :D

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  7. Hello from Spain: Fabulous dolls. They are very pretty. Nice photos. Keep in touch

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    1. Thank you Marta!!! They are super cute!

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  8. Very interesting, I've not seen them before now- I quite like the simplistic make up design of the face, it's fresh and pretty ^_^

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    1. Yes yes! That's what I like the most about them! They have a different face from the usual dolls!

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  9. I'm so happy for you! It's wonderful when you get the doll you want! And such luck to get several of them for a good price, I tried one doll a month too, but didn't succeed =) But now I haven't been buying as much dolls for a couple of weeks =) As long as they make me happy, don't mess to much with our economy and don't take over the house, I'll keep getting some every now and then =)

    I think Susie is very beautiful!! I think she reminds me of both Momoko and Integrity Toys dolls. =) She has such a sweet face! I really like how she doesn't have a lot of "make-up" she looks more natural, that is beautiful! Thank you or telling us so much about her!
    Hope you will get all the Susie dolls you want! =)
    Hannah

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    1. That's exactly what I am trying to do: not mess up with my budget LOL I like dolls too much so I may go overboard which is why I have to restrict myself a little bit!

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