|Mommie Dearests: The Mother of all Doll Collections|
Motherâs Day is fast approaching, and I know what I want. Itâs not a charm bracelet with my childrenâs heads duplicated in gold (I have a lovely necklace that approximates that); itâs not a mug; itâs not a frame; itâs not breakfast in bed and a bouquet of balloons. No, itâs not a late-night jaunt down to the local tattoo parlor as I pay the ultimate homage to myself, with my husband immortalizing it all with his flip phone. No, what I want for Motherâs Day is the new Mattel release: Ghoulia Yelps, a gal with an anemic complexion that only a mom could love.
Pale-skinned, blue-haired, and garbed with exquisite retro catâs-eye glasses, Ghoulia is a zombie, and arenât we all a little bit âzombieâ deep down? I know that I certainly am inarticulate and slow-moving in the mornings, and even after my third cup of coffee (served in the Worldâs Best Mom mug), I still kind of plod and putter along rather than race and leap.
Over the past year Iâve watched all the press that the Monster High dolls have garnered and itâs clear to me that their appeal has really hit home with women, aged 35 to 44. Iâve looked at feedback on different Internet buying sites, and the REAL real-life housewives of your major city, artists, teachers, nurses, and all other grown women have left high ratings about these high-school outcasts.
Why would Monster High become such a triumph for us older gals? Well, I think itâs because Mother Hood is sometimes a very, very scary place to dwell. One moment youâre living life for your own enjoyment, your own benefit, your own advancement (and your husbandâs, too, donât want to forget dear dad here)âand then bump . . . wow! Suddenly youâre a mom, and your thoughts are never yours alone again. You have morphed into a different person: a transformation that might have made you better, more selfless, more caring, but you are never your old self again. Enter the popularity of the MH dolls: they are fashion dolls with a quirky, comedic twist. Recognizable yet unusual. Bizarre but welcoming. They have touched a spark with women who have seen themselves cast and re-cast in many roles throughout lifeâsome expected and some right out of left field!
I imagine Motherâs Day is a big day for the gifting of dolls to the collectors among us. I am sure the vignette sets that feature âadoring mothers and childrenâ are popular as presents on this big day. My tastes are a bit more off-beat. I think if Ghoulia hadnât caught my eye (and she came a-calling via an Amazon.com suggestion in my in-box), I probably would want one of the Joan Crawford dolls from Robert Tonner. One of my favorite movies is âMommie Dearest,â and I got the DVDâso appropriatelyâfor my Motherâs Day gift last year! To me, it is so bad, it approaches pure genius, and Faye Dunaway does such an over-the-top job as Joan, that I am sometimes confused as to who was the real screen legend. Tonnerâs Joan Crawford dolls are monuments to her more gentle and genteel screen peronas. However, all it would take is a handful of doll hangers (NOT wire, of course) to turn her into the campy creation. Slather on some eye and chin cream, and the Joan doll can pass as a doppelganger for that cult favoriteâs âheroine.â
Recently, I subscribed to HBO specifically to watch the miniseries of âMildred Pierce.â What a total disappointment. Yes, I concur that it was very true to the book, and Kate Winslet gave a studied and egoless performance. But THAT was the problem with the whole show. It was so relentlessly dreary, so accurately melancholy and downtroddenâthere was no star turn. Joan Crawfordâs 1945 vehicle was so much more passionate, emotional, and memorable. Long-suffering Joan and saintly Mildred are a motherhood combo that canât be beat.
In one of my earlier blogs, I wondered if there should be a âdoll dayâ here in America. Other countries have national holidays that honor the art of the doll; the USA votes absent on that. Iâm now thinking it could be Motherâs Day.
Perhaps this year, we could all do that. We still have a few days before our holiday, and maybe we can ask our kids, our godchildren, our grandchildren, and our hubbies to become a part of our hobby for that day. It doesnât have to be an ironic choice; it doesnât have to be a hip or avant-garde selection; it doesnât have to cost an arm and a leg; it just has to be a doll.
I look forward to hearing from you if you follow through on this request. Doll collecting needs a shot in the arm, and I would love to think we could all come together to help keep this passion healthy and thriving.
Yeah, itâs ironic that Iâm betting on a zombie to keep the doll world alive and well, but zombies are this yearâs hot new thing. Donât take my word for it: just google âzombie literature.â From Jane Austen to Ben Franklin, theyâve all been zombie-fied, I rest my case.Happy Motherâs Day, everyone, everywhere!
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The 2015 DOLLS Awards of Excellence Industryâs 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 havenât seen a toy show until youâve seen this one. Six buildings! Over six hundred exhibitors! Exclusively toys and dolls and childrenâs 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 â 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.