Tag: madame alexander

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

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

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 Ghosts of Toy Fair Past…

Now that Toy Fair is over…I am drawn to the memories of Toy Fair past. Attending as a non-exhibitor was a very different experience as was when working for the doll industry. Gather around the bonfire, puddings…Tommy has a story to tell… This story is something that happened…so I don’t really care how much of it you believe (and I’m not going to even … Read More The Ghosts of Toy Fair Past…

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

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Saving Mrs. O’Neill

Many of my friends in the doll world will tell similar stories about the strong friendships they have made over the years – and that some such friends are held in familial reverence. This doesn’t surprise me at all. We all know non-blood relations that we feel are part of our families. My doll family began with the Madame Alexander Doll Club, and that … Read More Saving Mrs. O’Neill

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A Treatise On Dolls…

I remember when I first fell in love with a doll. Her name was Barbie, and she became my secret best friend. You see, this little lady almost always looked glamorous – except when my sister, Barbie’s rightful owner, got a hold of her. In the aftermath of my sister’s hands, Barbie and I would weep together as we brushed her hair and redressed … Read More A Treatise On Dolls…