|Seeing Green: Could a Cee Lo Green doll be a potential money-maker?|
Let’s face it: Mr. Green is big stuff when it comes to wearing outlandish and eye-popping attire. The same way that Mattel has had huge success with Cher and other Bob Makcie-inspired ensembles, Cee Lo could raise the bar for outlandish and out-there wardrobe choices.
Over his award-winning, ratings-grabbing, and venue-filling career, he has been swaddled in sequins, festooned with feathers, luxurious in leather, and draped in damask. Not afraid of color—primary, pastel, two-toned, and animal-inspired—Cee Lo rocks whatever he wears. And this year would be a great time to honor him with a doll likeness because he’s landed on the radar of the first-ever “Big Daddy Awards,” an online way to vote for the fathers who have made a difference in the fields of entertainment, politics, business, and in their own backyards.http://www.bigdaddyawards.com
The 38-year-old Green is a dad and a stepdad—and some Websites suggest he’s even a granddad—and he’s known for his generous, child-friendly ways. He could be a “platform shoe-in” (pardon the pun) for this year’s “Big, Beautiful, Bald Daddy,” the category he seems to have been born to own.
What would be great about a Cee Lo Green line of dolls is that the designers could meticulously copy what he’s worn in actuality, or could imagine even more garish get-ups, and he wouldn’t mind! Plus, like all good Barbies before him, he’s a pet lover, too. Just like Barbie has played the role of vet or has been packaged with all breeds of felines and canines, Cee Lo has made a point of appearing on his show “The Voice” with a fluffy, gorgeous, completely spoiled cat known as “Purrfect.” And to top off the insanity of wanting to appear like a real-life Bond Villain on a weekly basis—that’s the reason behind his decision to sit and stroke the feline—Purrfect isn’t even his real cat! He rents it for the show’s tapings. Unbelievable, eccentric, and just so Cee Lo. (Music fans, look for a remix of the “Meow Mix” jingle, courtesy of Cee Lo and Purrfect. I kid you not.)
In addition to the animal accessories that could come with Mr. Green, there are also his band of friends: Jack Black, Gwyneth Paltrow, Patti LaBelle, Janelle Monae, and naturally the co-judges from “The Voice.” There are so many people who have dueted with Green or have appeared with him at various red-carpet events that he could have his own coterie of superfriends.
Now, for anyone who thinks that all of this is too frivolous and just all too froufrou, Cee Lo can also appeal to the more macho members of the doll-collecting world. Any man’s man who liked GI Joe, Cee Lo is your guy as well. He’s worn camouflage to premieres, but it’s been cut to fit and tapered across the shoulder. And though the Cee Lo doll wouldn’t sport a “kung fu grip,” like the “Real American Hero” did, his doll could come with an embedded music chip that wails “Kung Fu Fighting,” the theme song he crooned for the “Kung Fu Panda” film. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OpPwcM_NJwWill Mattel make my 2012 wish come true? Who knows? They might see Cee Lo Green as a temporary trend, a fleeting bolt of lightning captured in a bottle. But even if his current success is a flash in the pan, what a flashy pan it is! If a line of Green merchandise wouldn’t bring in the green, then perhaps some innovative artist could come up with a paper doll version. Not as sensational as an action figure or a fashion doll, but still a cut-out version would be a fabulous tribute to this ever charismatic cut-up. If not, well, forget you!
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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.