Sunday, July 28, 2013

Staying Power Darius Reid! 91210 2010 --Another Grail Doll!

Hey Gang!

I have another Grail Doll!  I told you when I started working my new job that 
I wanted to purchase some of my Grail Dolls.  Those purchases for me 
make me feel like I'm not just a rented mule!  

So the next doll on my list was Darius Reid.  I was't sure which one I would 
get but this guy came up first.  He was the lowest price I have seen for one 
thus far and he was fully dress!  

Darius Reid was an adaptation of the previous Tariq Integrity Toys doll. 
 I.T. had done several complexion and screening variations on this head 
sculpt before revamping the body and head of their dolls altogether for FR.

Here is a close-up of that dolls head sculpt

Some say that the head sculpt was modeled after model Tyson Beckford.  
What do you think?

Alrigh back to the doll!  It looks like there were three versions of this doll for FR!  
High and Mighty (1), Darius Reid- Playing It Cool (2), and Staying 
Power (3) which is the one I purchased. I only found two sets of pictues 
of all three together but there might be more.  Here is the  first set of pictures  
I found on flickr.  The second set I found on Terri Gold's blog.  It does appear 
that Darius got light with each reincarnation.  Most photos of Staying Power 
make him lighter in complexion that what he is in person.  I would say that he 
is about the same complexion as my  other AA homme guys Remi and Victor.

The seller, let me use her ad photo for this post.  That was a good thing
 because I couldn't get him out of the box soon enough.  I forgot to take
 pictures and my camera battery charger was MIA too.

So this is what Integrity Toys had to say about him.
Limited Edition 500. Feeling hot, hot, hot!! Enough said. This dapper specimen of masculinity knows how to show off a suit to its best advantage. A little swagger and sway of the hips and we swoon! Includes: bullet 12.5 Inch/1:6 scale black flocked hair African American fashion figure; bullet Navy blue suit with subtle light grey pinstripe throughout and white shirt with double removable collar; bullet Navy blue shoes and sophisticated burgundy briefcase; bullet Doll stand and certificate of authenticity.

He is a great looking guy!  If Mattel could do their males the justice 
of Integrity Toys they could really make money.  I know a few people 
have had problems with I.T. items.  I am satisfied with all the items
I have purchased thus far.

Ok, it is time for my photos! So here he is!


 His shirt has great detail.  More that I have seen on most male dolls and definitely Ken doll fashions.
His shirt comes with an extra collar which I don't understand but OK!
I might have liked a tie instead.

 His pants have a real zipper!! 
 With great back pocket detail which you might not be able to see because of my
picture taking and the pants are very dark.
 Right now he has on Ken shoes in black.  I didn't feel like fussing with small shoe strings right now.
 The shoes he came with are blue leather and patent leather.  They are very stylish
 I got extra hands which I don't think I got with Remi.
 He has a great jacket too!

Fully lined...

 and the pants too are fully lined.
 He has on black sock that are well made for doll socks.

 Fully dressed!  His suit may look black but it is a deep navy blue with a striped texture.
He has a fux leather briefcase.

 It has really great detail too!
 It looks like something I would have purchased for myself.  I looks that real!
He has a stand.
 The base is frosted.  Some of the newer bases are clear.

 Complete doll package!

I wanted to show you the old face compared to the new.  I included these shots too.
 The biggest difference is the neck and how it fits on the body.
It isn't flat and the new head can pivot.
 He has that slim but muscular body that I.T. males are known for.
 He tells me he wants to keep his suave look!  That will be a bit
difficult around here because he is taller than Ken and Ken
isn't know for suave clothing.
 Find me something Ms. Leo!
So he will revert back to the name Tariq with the last name Beckford.

My FR Hommes!
Remi, Tariq and Victor
I think Remi likes that shirt!

OK. Thanks For Looking!


Brini said...

WOW!! I'm so happy for you. He is Public enemy #1 for me. I will arrive in Dotsville one day, one DAY. Now I have another spot to get me fix. I NEVER miss him when he makes and appearance in Morristown. That Darius Reid by far is a GREAT ADDITION to anyone collections. Ok I have to go now, it time for a shot of Hateraide because I'm happy and envious of you!!

Black Doll Enthusiast said...

Congratulations Ms. Leo. Darius Reid has been on my wish list for a while, where he will remain unless one falls from the clouds or I find one at a price I cannot refuse.

I always thought/knew the original Darius was modeled after Tyson Beckford. I asked Percy Newsome that when I met him in 2004 or 05. He neither confirmed nor denied. The lips are dead-on. I never was able to figure out which Icon the Janay doll in that series was supposed to represent. Some people said Whitney Houston but I never was able to see that.

Congrats again on Darius Reid. I like his original clothing and think Tariq Beckford should continue wearing it.

As always, I enjoyed your comparisons.


D7ana said...

Congratulations on getting your third Integrity man, Ms. Leo.

Congrats on the new job, too.

Thanks for breaking down your Darius' complete package.

Vanessa said...

Congrats! You and your ladies will enjoy having him around. He's great eye candy. Oddly enough, my Darius is darker than yours. Mine seems more the complexion of the original.

limbe dolls said...

Congratulations on getting one of your grails and thanks for all the detailed photos.

Carrickters said...

Congratulations on getting one of your grail dolls - it does make you feel like working is worth it. He certainly is good lookingI it is interesting seeing how the skin colour has varied on the different models. Thank you also for the detail shots of the clothes - I always find them fascinating.

Ms. Leo said...

Thanks for your comments Brini, dbg of BDE, D7ana, Vanessa, limbe dolls and Carrickters!

Brini, He is loving it here but he seen to be more of a diva than some of the ladies!

dbg of BDE, Yes, he really looks like Tyson. The first two dolls I think even more so. Too bad you couldn't get a yay or nay from him.

D7ana and limbe dolls, I'm glad to have him to show!

Vanessa, I thought they were about the same complexion. I lighten my photos so that you can see him. It was a bit dark when I took the pictures. I looked at mine next to MM Nikki and I think they are about the same. I am use to see yours with Nikki.

Carrickters, The clothing on the FR Homme are really special! Down to the last detail. They seem to change the face sculpt more than every 10 years to.