Category: doll collecting 101

Breaking News – GlamourOz Dolls Confirmed to Production

I have had a truly fucked fall. And as is true of most Tommydoll posts, this will include a fair amount of Tommy Drama…so deal with it… Not since my being laid off from Tonner in 2010 have I felt so disparaged by the doll world. Not that they haven’t been supportive in some ways, mind you…but also in other ways that totally and … Read More Breaking News – GlamourOz Dolls Confirmed to Production

What Makes a Doll Haute…Really.

That’s right, Puddings…we’re back… Beauty is in the eye of the beholder – that much we know to be true. You might see something that appeals to your tastes, and yet – it can easily repulse another. People brave enough to stand by their artistic convictions have a damn strong point-of-view, and loads of self-confidence. Those that bully others into feeling something isn’t ‘good … Read More What Makes a Doll Haute…Really.

The More You Know – How a Doll is Made…Really.

Class is in session, Puddings… How many of you actually know how a doll is made? Surprisingly, not very many – and that is unfortunate, for one to be so engrossed in a hobby both financially and passionately, it’s almost unfathomable to comprehend how few really know what the process is. This isn’t it, Mattel. The scores of talented and skilled individuals that come together … Read More The More You Know – How a Doll is Made…Really.

What Type of Doll Collector Are You?

We all know them, and pretty much any of us can find a fit with one or many of these folks. Despite the satire associated with this, I must emphasize that it is because of people like these that doll collecting is what it is – sometimes a pain, mostly a joy. It’s an exciting hobby that invokes such imaginative and colorful people, that … Read More What Type of Doll Collector Are You?

Things Only Doll Collectors Would Understand…Really.

They’re mostly simple expressions doll collectors hear in the course of their hobby activities – but imagine a non-doll collector eavesdropping while you and your doll friends sat around over a glass of wine at some chic bistro…imagine, indeed… Is no one checking quality control anymore? Wow…a friend just PM’d me with a NRFB BJD with a set of MIB FBR and 2 IT … Read More Things Only Doll Collectors Would Understand…Really.

Top 20 Things Doll Collectors Are Doing All Wrong

We already know how to play with our dolls from here. I’ve been personally involved in each and every one of these things…so I know what it means to not love your dolls correctly. Yes, it’s true…guilty, guilty, guilty – as charged! We learn from each other to foster more mutual respect within our community, and to keep us from looking like dicks. This … Read More Top 20 Things Doll Collectors Are Doing All Wrong

The Best Doll Concepts…Really.

Let’s sit down for a little history lesson, shall we? This post has taken months to write. There are dolls here of which I know a great deal, yet others – not as much. In my search to find the best doll concepts, I found that they didn’t have to be separated into fashion dolls and everything else – because – only fashion dolls … Read More The Best Doll Concepts…Really.

What Not To Say To A Doll Collector…

I just love all these lists that run about the internet telling us what not to say to each other. They are generally sanctimonious at best – but they do impart one general message – respect and tolerance for one another. I highly doubt anyone would deign to write such a list for doll collectors, so I’m taking it under my generous wing. Doll … Read More What Not To Say To A Doll Collector…

How To Attend A Doll Convention…Really.

The convention organizers got their marching orders here – now it’s time for the attendees to jot a few notes onto your pad. And it’s so very easy, really…it just takes some considerate thoughtfulness, medication, free will…and a whopping sack of cash. After just returning from the Barbie National Convention, I found myself as an attendee at a high profile doll event for the … Read More How To Attend A Doll Convention…Really.

The Top 25 Things That Changed Dolls…

The idea for this post came to me during the course of a few previous posts – the thought that dolls have changed over the centuries, and even more dramatically in modern times. But what caused those changes? I sat down and went through a dozen books on doll history, and I scoured the internet looking for common themes. Behold, the top 25 biggest … Read More The Top 25 Things That Changed Dolls…

How To Collect Dolls…Really.

So you’ve made it this far in my blog, and now you say to me, “Hey, Tommy – how can I collect dolls, too?” Well, puddings…let’s lighten things up a bit, and get down to the basic nitty-gritty of doll collecting. Even if you’ve been collecting for years, chances are likely you’ve been doing it all wrong – so sayeth me. I used to … Read More How To Collect Dolls…Really.