Friday, January 9, 2015

Nia and 2001 Integrity Toys Multicultural Products

Nia by Integrity Toys 2001, item #11000

Nia is one of Integrity Toys' 2001 playline dolls, my second doll purchase of 2015.  After seeing several versions in the booklet that came with African Dancer Janay, I wanted to add at least one of IT's original playline toddlers to my collection. She arrived in a distressed box where she will remain.  I removed her, still attached to the liner, to photograph.


Nia's black rooted hair with bangs is styled in a side-swept ponytail with multiple braids.

She stands12-inches, has black rooted hair styled in a side-swept ponytail with braided ends, has brown sleep eyes, and the cutest little pug nose.  Integrity gave her gold tone stud earrings, which is not something often seen on playline dolls these days.  Her head, arms, and legs are vinyl.  She has a soft stuffed body.  A blue beaded string hair accessory is attached to the box liner as well as a pink brush.  Nia is dressed in a pale blue floral-print romper with attached white sleeves and eyelet collar.  She wears white vinyl shoes with mock laces.


Including Nias two versions, the back of the box illustrates multicultural 12-inch toddlers.  Kam, Yeelin, Briana, Teresita, Mariana, Chilali, and Aria were available in two versions. Not since Shindana, during late 1960s through early 1980s, had any major toy company provided a large variety of dolls for everyone.  Integrity made strides with their efforts during the 1990s and early 2000s. 

Like African Dancer Janay, Nia came with a folded brochure of the 2001 Integrity Toys dolls.  These included babies, toddlers, an 18-inch doll (Nakia), and fashion dolls Janay and friends (Alysa, Jordan, Jade, and Alejandro).  Scans of the front of the brochure (with all pages folded) and the four unfolded pages are shared below:









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14 comments:

  1. Awww, you got Nia! She's a cutie. I hope more Nias find their way into your collection. So what are we getting from the new brochure?

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    1. Yes, Nia is here, Vanessa, and I only need one. I think Nakia, the 18-inch doll, is cute but she won't be coming to live here.

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  2. She's a cute doll! I hadn't realized these were soft-bodied and not vinyl-bodied - good to know!

    And that brochure is fantastic on it's own as well - thank you for scanning it!

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    1. I believe all the babies and toddlers have soft, huggable bodies.

      I think the brochure is pretty cool. It illustrates IT's evolution from affordable multicultural play dolls to high-end fashion dolls.

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  3. Just thought I would ask since it's sort of related, but did Integrity Toys downsize so that they only produce FRs now? The brochures you've shown had a variety of items but by the time I started collecting, the Integrity website was all about FRs. I know lines come and go but they seemed to carry so many different sizes and things and I don't see those available anywhere... new releases I mean.

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    1. Hi Muff,

      I don't know if you would call it downsizing or just a decision to focus their attention toward creating products for the high-end fashion doll collector. In the early 2000s, they made the decision to discontinue their playline (baby and toddler dolls). Their fashion dolls included both playline and "collectible" fashion dolls and giftsets. Eventually they axed the play dolls (fashion) all together and focused on high-end fashion dolls and have never looked back.

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  4. Muff,

    The Dolls of All Colors website (last updated it appears in 2001) is a good resource for the products Integrity offered at that time. This was near the end of the playline era. http://www.dollsofallcolors.com/index.php Click on the different categories and subcategories to see the dolls they offered.

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    1. Cool! Thanks for that link, Debbie. It's neat seeing all these older dolls.

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  5. Nia is pretty! I like quite a few of the dolls in the brochure, especially the Holiday Janay with the red hair. I need to check out eBay to see what I can find. Thanks again for sharing the brochure,

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    1. Thank you, GG. I did an eBay search for another set that is not in the brochure. Found them on D7ana's Pinterest board and confirmed that they were actually produced at the Dolls of All Colors website. They have been added to my saved searches. As collectors, there's always that one other doll that we think we need, right?

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  6. Thanks for sharing the brochure. Neither of my InStyle guys - Alejandro and Jordan - came with booklets. Wonder if InStyle Jade has one? Now I am wondering ;-)

    I have a Pinterest board for Janay and friends. There are photos of some of the playline fashion dolls there.

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    1. That is interesting that the guys did not come with brochures.

      I have visited your Pinterest board as well as the website source of most of the dolls. Both are quite helpful. Thanks for creating your board.

      Integrity should include their little known history of being a major source for multicultural playline dolls on their website.

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  7. Great buy. I love the old Integrity dolls.

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    1. MDW,

      I couldn't pass up the price for a doll that was there waiting for me when I searched.
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