Out of all the Integrity Toy lines, I find the Dynamite Girls to be the most accessible. Fashion Royalty and the AvantGuards are beautiful, but they strike me as being snooty supermodels or impossibly hip club kids. And I’m not a Jem and the Holograms fan. But the Dynamite Girls represent the trendy young things on the street. They better represent pop culture with their funky, hip, and stylish ensembles. With the New Year already upon us, it won’t be long before Integrity Toys announces the 2014 Dynamite Girls line. So this is the perfect time to acquire some of the 2013 line. They’re sold out on the Integrity website, but many online doll sites still have them, and some of them have marked them down.
The 2013 Dynamite Girls line is called London Calling. It features four girls and two boys, all dressed in stylish street fashions. The line features lots of sweaters, turtlenecks, and parkas, because, of course, London is chilly much of the time. I purchased four dolls – three girls and one Dynamite Guy – from The Doll Peddlar. Right now The Doll Peddlar has the London Calling girls on sale. I bought Dayle, T.J., Holland, and one of the two guys, Kyu.
Holland is a new Dynamite Girl who makes her debut with this line. Will we be seeing more of her in 2014? I hope so, because of all the London Calling girls, she’s my favorite.
What I love most about the London Calling line is their outerwear. I’m a sucker for winter coats.
Kyu, the Dynamite Guy, wears an extremely detailed green parka with faux-fur trim. Out of all the London Calling Dynamite Girls and Guys, this dude is really prepared for the cold.
The fashions are all very well-made, right down to the exceedingly detailed boots they all wear.
Removing their coats will reveal the cutest outfits. Sweaters worn over blouses, and in Holland’s case, an adorable turtleneck worn underneath a retro-style belted jumper. IMO Holland’s and T.J’s outfits are so cute it’s almost a shame that the jacket hides them. Each of the girls’ outfits incorporates the same fabric, a wavy-striped jacquard, in different colorways. With Holland it’s her orange jumper. With T.J. it’s her blue miniskirt (I love the extra ruffle at the waist. Again, attention to detail!) With Dayle it’s her grey shorts. And with Dani it’s her green trousers. Underneath his parka, Kyu wears a mustard knit sweater and red shirt, paired with jeans and lace-up boots.
If you’re thinking of adding some or all of the London Calling line to your collection, don’t hesitate. Last year I admired the Back to Brooklyn 2012 line of Dynamite Girls when they were all readily available at retail, but I decided against it. Now I’m kicking myself as I see these dolls selling for over twice the retail price on eBay, and are nowhere to be found on any of the doll dealer websites I buy from.
Do you collect Dynamite Girls? Do you have the London Calling dolls? We’d love to hear your thoughts.