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 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
For many doll makers, the doll convention represents something that is equal to, or even more important than, the release of its primary collections. And since new doll collections have mutated into a non-event for the collector as makers scatter their release timings across the calendar, any anticipation that comes therein is undeniably destroyed. Hence, we are left with companies’ annual conventions – events … Read More How To Host The Perfect Doll Event…Really.
I’ve been a Gone With The Wind fan since I first saw the film in 1982 – since then, I’ve seen the film countless times (even have much of it memorized), I’ve read the book several times, and I have read many, many books on the subject of the film’s production and its behind-the-scenes stories. It’s one of the most fascinating films in all … Read More Frankly My Dear, I Do Give A Damn…
She is known as a toy, collectible, icon, harbinger of doom…she is diminutive, stylish, robust…she is multi-racial, experienced, powerful…she is hated by feminists, loved by Ken, and cherished by little boys who have wanted to be little girls since 1959. She is Barbie. And if you don’t know who Barbie is, you need to get your head out of your ass and run away … Read More Why Barbie is Important – For Dummies
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…
I love writing a blog, because it gives me the chance to respond to stupid statements. I won’t identify the where or who involved in this discussion, but when it was implied that one doll company has little to no other competition; least of all, from those that make striking similar products – or those made from expensive resin…my blood started to boil… A … Read More Apples and Oranges
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…