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But something changed recently. I saw Tonner’s “Jacob Black” Twilight character at the recent Tonner Collectors’ Convention in Lombard, Ill., and I practically salivated. He was exquisite and perfectly represented the masculinity the character possesses.
Then yesterday as I was pouring over the Tonner article for the September issue of DOLLS and saw two upcoming characters—“Aragorn” from The Lord of the Rings and “Prince Dastan” from Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time—it happened. I started wanting every beautiful, masculine movie character doll that comes out—to the point where when I think of acquiring them one by one and placing them about my apartment to perpetually admire and enjoy, I get a happy, anticipatory feeling.
I mean, what could be better than having doll representations that capture leading men in all their male glory? Not to mention they’ll behave nicely on shelves, with none of the complications their living, breathing counterparts seem to possess.
So I have the gene after all. It just was latent, waiting to be triggered by that perfect thing.
The new Prince Dastan by Tonner Doll Co. is based upon the character played by Jake Gyllenhaal in the movie, Prince of Persia: Sands of Time. He cuts an irresistably rakish figure that would behoove my computer desk well I think.
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The 2015 DOLLS Awards of Excellence Industry’s Choice winners (DAEs, also called the Diamond Awards) were announced at the International Doll & Teddy Bear Show in Asheville, N.C., June 6. The Industry's Choice winners will go on to become the nominee's in the Public's Choice voting, set to begin in late June.
Without further ado, here are the winners of this year's Industry's Choice Diamond Awards!
The Jones Publishing Lifetime Achievement Award is bestowed upon one recipient per year. This award was created in 2002 in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the introduction of the teddy bear, with the first recipient being Steiff, a German-based plush toy company known for its high quality and prices.
The Lifetime Achievement recipient must be or have been involved in some aspect of the doll and/or teddy bear field for a minimum of 25 years. The recipient may be an individual, partnership, corporation, company, author, artist, marketer, historian or any other industry professional. Lifetime Achievement Award nominations may be made by previous recipients or members of the LAA committee.
To qualify as a nominee, entrants must meet the following criteria:
The Lifetime Achievement Award has been presented to the following individuals and companies since its inception:
2003 Hildegard Gunzel
2004 Alexander Doll Company
2005 R. John Wright
2006 Wendy Lawton
2007 Virginia Turner
2008 Toy Shoppe
2010 Helen Kish
2012 Maggie Iacono
2013 Heidi Plusczok
2014 Jack Johnston
2015 Kaye Wiggs
August 8, 2014 - Blackall Associates Inc. is proud to announce the winner of its Summer Heat Photo Contest. The contest drew entries from around the world. Masterpiece Doll collectors sent in a special photo showing how their Masterpiece Dolls were enjoying the summer heat.
You haven’t seen a toy show until you’ve seen this one. Six buildings! Over six hundred exhibitors! Exclusively toys and dolls and children’s playthings on display everywhere! This is the show everyone always says they intend to visit, and now is the time to do just that. Collectors say the Chicago Toy Show really is the largest in the entire world. They are correct. Collectors say they find toys at this show that are never seen anywhere else. Correct again.
19 April 2014 – 5 October 2014
A special exhibition will take place at the Toy Worlds Museum Basle to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Japanese-Swiss diplomacy and friendship.