Tag: fashion dolls

Making Goodness…

Because we at Tommydoll have an affinity for making pure 100% American goodness, it should come as no surprise that our brand of goodness vastly involves talented individuals in other countries. And as you wait patiently for me to complete the big lens images of Red…(catch-up here, dear)…please take a moment from your morning tea to indulge in pure teasery… The fine folks at … Read More Making Goodness…

A Summer Photo Session with Elizabet

Will save the words…and let the images speak for themselves. Good fun with a dear friend playing dress up with Elizabet Bizelle by Jozef Szekeres’ GlamourOz Dolls – and you can pre-order here. A triumphant return to plastic and vinyl…and good, old-fashioned fashion doll play. Thank you Jozef for the opportunity to play…and Nancy for bringing all the swell stuff!

May I Have The Envelope, Please?

“Cynicism is an unpleasant way of telling the truth.” –Lady Ev, Emerald City At this risk of looking like a sore loser, and/or an ingrate…I sincerely hope this is received with both good humor – and constructive criticism – if not – to hell with it…here goes… The 2017 Doll Observers Fashion Doll Awards (DOFDAs) nominations recently were released and voting has begun. Skipping 2016, … Read More May I Have The Envelope, Please?

2015 – The Year That Was in Dolls

What an interesting year for dolls, indeed. Whereas we were missing the pomp and circumstance of big anniversary passages in 2014, 2015 still delivered all the goodies. Mattel, on more than one occasion, left us scratching our heads with new promotions, Integrity unleashed its usual round of 4.5 trillion dolls, Superdoll continued to amaze and delight, virtually nothing happened with Madame Alexander, and Tonner … Read More 2015 – The Year That Was in Dolls

Are Fashion Dolls Over?

It is true that only fashion dolls matter – not just because of their reach, but also because of their ability to take reality and transform it into different eras, ethnicities and fantasies, all while maintaining the one thing that unites them as a genre – the clothing. Baby dolls can’t say the same thing. But it is also evident that not all fashion … Read More Are Fashion Dolls Over?

2014 – The Year That Was In Dolls

  2014 was an interesting year for dolls, no? You had true magnificence and devastating disappointments, as we always do in the doll world. There is no question we are much more impassioned about our hobby than say…stamp collectors. Be that as it may, we cheer along with the grandest, and repress conniptions when we feel that age-old turn of the marketing machine’s thinking we’re some … Read More 2014 – The Year That Was In Dolls

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…

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…

The Top Ten Doll Blogs

Well, I hope you’ve all enjoyed the positively Bacchanalian excess of throwing Lent away for Easter…I did. But then it was time to wrap up my latest post…which has taken a lot of time to research and write…and reading a lot of crap, too. Other bloggers get to open doll boxes and review fabulous little morsels of dolly world heaven…I have to read shit … Read More The Top Ten Doll Blogs

What A Fashion Doll Is…Really.

In the world of Tommydoll, a fashion doll is an adult representation of a human being or otherwise anthropomorphic creature that wears clothing and accessories to an often sickening level, and knows how to sissy her walk. It does not include child character dolls, but sometimes may include older teenagers, as was the case with Barbie (and the unfortunate Janet Lennon). Skipper, Betsy McCall … Read More What A Fashion Doll Is…Really.

Details Matter…

Details, details, details…this detail talk is spoiling all the fun at every party this spring. I get so bored, I could scream! Yet another retailer pulls Mattel and Tonner from its inventory – this one was a big one, but not the only big one. The bulletin boards are all aflurry with the regular handful of people who discuss such things online…as opposed to … Read More Details Matter…

It Only Looks Expensive

Despite my rantings here…it’s now time to present the other side of the story… Look, I wore alot of hats when I worked for a doll maker over the course of ten years. So I can safely say there’s a great deal I know about doll design, production, marketing, the lot. In fact, one of the things with which I actually had little involvement … Read More It Only Looks Expensive