minocin 100mg mexico super kamagra next day delivery levitra vs cialis cost cialis import singapore lopid side effects phentermine 37.5mg adipex p appetite suppressant canadian antibiotics no prescriptions tizanidine hcl 4mg tab how long to take prometrium during pregnancy letrozole side effects letrozole cialis patent biaxin antibiotic for ear infection alendronate sodium side effects westhroid and nature thyroid domperidone for gastroparesis warnings luvox and weight gain loss price for propecia 1mg mircette generic equivalent kamagra tesco thailande cialis soft tab for sale rhinathiol expectorant cough syrups buy online pharmacy of australia lopid 600 mg triglycerides and cholesterol propecia acquisto online pahrmacies mexican pharmacy no prescription needed antibiotics for ear infections in infants cefabiot cefuroxima dosis maxalt medication canada permethrin 5 cream for lice cialis by mail tamoxifen drug interactions list cheap flovent midamor medication information clobex lotion over the counter terramycin for dogs amazon nizagara ingredients for lasagna cialis ohne recept vitamix soup recipes healthy zyrtec allergy medication augmentin antibiotic for sinus infection evista 60 mg generic allegra d coupons printable therapy appointment scheduling kosovarja tele vizio shqip radio shqiptare tirana chat link lasix medication side effects canadian pharmacy no rx elavil effexor side effects trazodone medication for pain how to take levitra for best results celexa side effects medication weight gain cialis through the mail vendita online viagra lipitor recall 2013 dopareel tablets adderall and cialis thuoc renapril 5mg percocet januvia medication prescription drugs for acid refux pfizer patient assistance program for lyrica kamagra now complaints etodolac side effects in dogs leukeran drug testing kamagra oral jelly singapore imitrex side effects long term how to get generic viagra viagra side effects long term use insurance auto auctions inc most trusted pharmacy online roaccutane dosage calculation neurontin for pain reviews cialis canada no prescription viagra stopped working for me levaquin online luvox side effects in women tramadol hcl 50 mg usestrazodone prozac for anxiety vytorin cholesterol drug recall how much are viagra pills cialis amazon what is iraplax orlistat 120mgiscover associazione culturale haloperidol mechanism of action patients cefixime 400mg can i take viagra with effient 5mg cialis price healthy man promo code generic viagra sold in us brand viagra overnight delivery doxycap tablets sale buy amoxicilin fast delivery what is rabeprazole aciphex pharmacies that sell domperidone fluoxetine 20 mg side effects rapidtabs reviews for 50 lipitor side effects muscle pain and weakness precose medication polarmeds pharmacy celexa reviews for weight loss fake viagra side effects viagra uk multiple orgasm male viasek sildenafil pulmonary bactrim ds dosage for skin infections microzide hydrochlorothiazide 25mg medicine dicyclomine 10 mg capsule exelon patch cost canesoral price is right can evecare heal a viginal discharge viagra auf rechnung bestellen revatio 20 at discount price kosovarja gazeta shqiptare tirana chat link erlamycetin ointment sunsuria bukit jelutong golf tab viagra 100mg buy synthroid paypal pramipexole 0.25 mg tablet purchase actos online amoxil 500 mg suspension nimesulide tablets india zyvoxid 600mg to grams levoxyl generic alternative somac good side effects meclizine for vertigo dosage zofran without perscription asian pharmacy online clomid success rate 50mg uses for tofranil medication chewable levitra vantin antibiotic dosages tegretol er and pregnancy sildenafil nebenwirkungen dutasteride avodart hair loss cabgolin medicine dictionary tenormin 100 mg blood pressure medication on internet cheap doxcycline usa no rx google viagra pills for sale aspirin vs ibuprofen canadian online pharmacy buy permethrin zineryt acne doxycap doxycycline mono winex 400 cefixime capsules jasmine waltz twitter cenveo jobs pa phentermine information doctor rhinathiol syrup for kids salep acyclovir anxiety symptoms in women pilex ointment good for fistula viagra price in delhi prednisone dosage for children augmentin no script drugs ed medicine online sildenafil pharmacy in cyprus united pharmacy viagra costco superstore canada viagra online kaufen ohne rezept vigora tablet in hindi supradol ketorolaco sublingual no perscription need paxil fast canadian pharm doxepin for sleep long term lialda pharmacy savings card biorezonanta magnetica florica munteanu rx pharmacy ciallis primox tablets computers navidoxine meclizine hydrochloride dogs levobiotic 500mg reminyl er 8mg rogaine side effects impotence low cost viagra generic paracetamol side effects ativan withdrawal success storiesatorlip canadian health care mall reviews cytotec for abortion viagra pillen canesoral duong atarax hydroxyzine for dogs haldol decanoate injection dosing segurex 50 sildenafil 50 mg zentel medicine for children cataflam dispersible sore throat lidoderm patch cost topiramate 50 mg recall tylenol dosage chart adults buy ortho tri cyclen online cefaclor side effects dose tadapox reviews of 50 viagra professional online kaufen dynamogen buy online uk aldactone medication hair loss in women ritalin vs adderall children cozaar 100 mg tablet ipratropium bromide on line billig cialis kaufen diltiazem cd side effects apetamin and weight gain online pharmacies in canada value pharmaceuticals port vila vu tamoxifen breast cancer chinese pharma online doxycycline hyclate uses medication rxdiler store supply warehouse avodart 0.5 mg generic is prednisolone available in america vistaril 50mg medication clomid and twins cycles cual es el precio de viagra en mexicali canada toronto drug store detrol side effects medication buy cialis online in nz sildenafil 100mg tablets benemid contraindications to tpa how many mg levitra prilosec otc canada elimite lotion side effects ranbaxy lipitor recalled lot numbers ritalin la side effects allopurinol 100mg dosage singulair for childrens allergies viagra price australia order compazine danazol treatment drugdecadron levothroid side effects levothyroxine 88 pharmacy support group where to buy peniclien in toronto dutasteride without a prescription acyclovir no script vitamix soup recipes vegetarian non prescription paxil on line cialis black reviews pyridium 200mg not working buy cheap propecia lotrel side effects cough buy generic sildenafil tablets on line toprol xl generic drugs elocon cream mometasone furoate redustat diet pills medication hydroxyzine pamoate vistaril for itching xanax withdrawal symptoms bactrim suspension dosing chart diane lane movies estradiol valerate injection 20mg chlamydia medication online usa lasuna jewelry making protonix medication classification generic acyclovir from india advantage car rental orlando ovral generic designer drugs for sale cheap nexium 40 mg diclobru tablets for kids glucophage dosages tadalafila manipulada cholesterol ratios calculator lisinopril hctz get 800 mg gabapentin online evista for osteoporosis buspirone hcl 15mg avodart side effects forum buy tri mix gel online doctors prescribing amitriptyline birth control pill levlen doxylamine succinate vs diphenhydramine hcl amphetamine salts er doxycycline hyclate dosage top viagra store on line vasotec contraindications definition tadalafil expedited how to use viagra for best results avelox side effects itching viagra chops can you get clomid from gp viagra in usa //--> viagra in india biaxin side effects bad taste in mouth cymbalta price increase i want to purchase some stomectin pills fanegada definition of leadership cialis jelly prescriptions in canada vitamix reviews consumer reports rollbox 46385 cheap mexico no rx doxepin fempro tablets computers polar meds coupons pay pal buying medcine flomax side effects tamsulosin hydrochloride appearance of cefalexina mexico cialis generika per paypal crab farts dalacin cream take lamisil with juice drink buy z pak online feldene without a prescription google prescription drugs discount cos ritalin generics plendil er philippines does clomiphene citrate make you bleed cataflam 50mg tablets dosage zopiclone tablets 7.5 mg viagra north american tretinoin cream 005 no script st charles seminary finpecia free shipping cialis sources fastest delivery viagra usa buy caverta acnelyse krem gynopharm estrotab erexin capsules yohimbe benefits rythmol propafenone dosage anxiety disorder motilium dosage for adults order effexor marcumar drug emporium wholesale drugstore buy levitra next day delivery prescription drugs viagra buying vigara on line pinamox caps 500mg amoxicillin every 8 similar to aciphex research grade nolvadex pharmacy product lisinopril tabs nexium coupons medication prilosec places that sell lotrel buy prednisone cats comprar viagra de forma segura dalacin c capsules 300mg viagra dealers mail order prednisone my canadian pharmacy legitimate enalapril for dogs kidneys ed cialis professional india ornidazole & ofloxacin tablets ip motrin vs advil for period cramps nolvadex for sale gyno zovirax ointment no prescription xenical philippines promo buy uk tretinoin 0 05 misoprostol 200mcg uses walgreens pharmacy locations san antonio exelon patch treatment drug price mobicool mini fridge f15 fighter canada deltasone medication anafranil drug side effects flagyl precio trental medication side effects reliable online bupropion cialis costco price lisinopril price without insurance best viagra prices 100mg cost of viagra 100mg costco canadian cheap cialis buy fluoxetine hcl germany online pharmacy lipothin 200 fenofibrate 54lipvas avalide and dosage tegretol 200mg information ospamox 1000mg cena review mexican pharmacy online insurance companies rating colospa retard side effects fempro software applications epogen injections for anemia cheap metformin seroquel medication for children buy lasix 500 mg online oracea patient reviews albuterol nebulizer treatment dosage for children phenergan dosage in children precose dosage for infant minoxidil 2 spray clavamox for humans cialis without a perscription xenical reviews florinef medication price can we trust cialis online does the viagra you buy online work flexeril generic clomid online no prescription bonadoxina pfizer english need to by clomid online floxin ear drops price zyrtec coupons 2015 yasminelle pill wikipedia simplotan tablets online pharmaci minoxidil foam vgr 100 facts buy cheap cialis and viagra on line uroxatral 10 mg patients first tallahassee adipex side effects 37.5 yasminelle ulotka wyborcza online pharmacy that accept paypal european pharmacy ritaline troy hill pharmacy diltiazem er 120mg viagra for working out biaxin by amazan ezetimibe 10mg tab reglan side effects in babies ativan dosage dose digoxin side effects medication discount viagra colchicine tablets availability ampicillin purchase std online pharmacy shipping worldwide uroxatral generic version usos de la terramicina oftalmica baytril for rats online where to buy elocon reminyl drug testing pain medication online viagra sample free atarax 25mg medication viagra paid by paypal account 5 mg tadalafil lo ovral mexico saroten 25mg ephedrine clobex spray side effects of the scalp nuvigil provigil difference mestinon medication cost clozaril protocol cefabiot cefuroxima 500 obat nexium esomeprazole over counter walgreens deltazone bonadoxina dosis pediatrica vitamin b12 injections weight loss betnovate buy pink viagra for men buy viagra paypal accepted cheaper alternative to flovent viagra online paypal canada lasix medication for fluid retention haldol decanoate uses generic tadapox midamor amiloride hydrochlorothiazide duphaston side effects weight gain amoxicillin without prescriptions uk i want to order viagra online bonadoxina medication mobicool mini fridge f0510b2705 cardinal health jobs ortho tri cyclen without prescription decadron injection for poison ivy proventil hfa 90 mcg inhaler coupons canadian health care mall cart metazole tablets with windows where can i buy eurax cream ciprobay ciprofloxacin dosage mexitil contraindications navidoxine dosage misoprostol over the counter cvs eszopiclone prices arcoxia prospect pret inderal for anxiety in children cymbalta side effects medication clindamicina prospect tonic water or quinine water for leg cramps avana apartment san jose ca artane dublin 5 map viagra cialis on line sales cuvarlix capsules 120mg to ml tadalafil 100 mg tinidazole 500mg and pinworms children ordering propecia online cialis daily review finasteride without prescription canadian pharmacy shop item sildenafil citrate professional bevispas medication information pyridium medication otc mexico no prescription ceftin 500mg canada pharmacy real propecia does neurontin help a meth comedown nasonex nasal spray side effects in children super cialis order tamoxifen side effects weight loss artane industrial school pictures new fast acting viagra buy cialis online weight loss drug levitra 20 mg bayerlevitrafreelevobiotic hydroxyzine pamoate vistaril medication viagra dapoxetine online purchase 259 vibramycin 100mg craigslist london stanozolol tablets dosage doxylamine succinate 25mg info pantoprazole substitute remeron withdrawal symptoms last tadacip online pharmacy uses of ketazol cream carprofen side effects breathing where to buy cheap viagra online rxrelief discount card procalisx reviewed vs auditedprogesterone increasing and decreasing functions worksheet
Home Articles
The Half-Time Report: A look back at the most discussed and commented-upon blogs of January to June
A Facebook petition launched a doll company’s acknowledgment of the reality of cancer and the millions of women and children who live with this illness on a daily basis. Mattel was asked to create a “bald Barbie.” They eventually did in a limited capacity for charitable fund-raising. MGA Entertainment also released a version with their Moxie dolls.
Barbie has been an astronaut among other high-flying occupations. Collectors clamored to see the doll in a more down-to-earth and truly challenging role.
A Steve Jobs doll ignited a “cease and desist” order from the computer pioneer’s heirs. They found the very flattering re-creation to be an invasion of Apple’s intellectual property.
Meet the Middle East’s version of Barbie and Ken: Sara (the girl) and Dara (the boy) are more bundled up than their Malibu counterparts.
Proving every inch a “Glamazon,” the RuPaul Work-Out doll was an innovative fashion doll from Integrity. It was lionized as the world’s “first transvestite doll.”
Behind every great man, there is a great woman. In RuPaul’s case, they are one and the same.
The YA franchise became a movie franchise which begat a doll franchise.
The character of Katniss is normally seen in fighting/survival gear. Here, she is showcased in her “Girl on Fire” gown. Will this be a wardrobe choice in the Hunger Games doll arsenal?
Designer Stella McCartney unveiled her Olympic togs for the British athletes. The uniforms unveiled a lot of the athletes’ torsos, too!
Doll creator Jodi Norgaard created a line of athletic dolls (the Go! Go! Sports Girls) to show off real-girl bodies and real-girl attitudes.
Stevie Nicks has long been a fixture on the rock music scene. The pop princess, known for her doll collecting, still has a siren’s allure for her fans.
This repaint of Stevie Nicks by artist Laurie Everton was one of the most forwarded and “liked” images of DOLLS 2012 blogs. The other big image of 2012 will be revealed in 2013!
A Facebook petition launched a doll company’s acknowledgment of the reality of cancer and the millions of women and children who live with this illness on a daily basis. Mattel was asked to create a “bald Barbie.” They eventually did in a limited capacity for charitable fund-raising. MGA Entertainment also released a version with their Moxie dolls.
start stop bwd fwd

It’s always good during the frenetic holiday season to take a step back and ponder the past year’s triumphs and failings, personal gains and professional stumbles. It’s a “day at the spa” for one’s soul to sit down and figure out what has brought you great joy and what has peddled despair or sadness to your doorstep. If you can calculate what has been the happiest moments, perhaps you can work twice as hard at embracing those during the upcoming year. If you know what has given you grief or has added heartbreak to your days, then maybe you can learn to sidestep those issues or ward off their reoccurrences. It’s important to review the past so the future can be better and brighter.

With that in mind, I sat down and read through 2012’s blogs. Since I write for DOLLS on a weekly basis (unless forces of nature like Hurricane Sandy or my daughter’s concussion stand in my way), I had a lot of columns to ponder.

For the last blog before 2013, I’m presenting condensed versions of the first six columns of 2012 that got a lot of feedback, forwarding, comments, and criticism. I have chosen one from each month of January to June, and these blogs pretty much define the world of dolls. I’ve edited them down so the heart of the issues continues to beat noticeably. For anyone who thinks it’s just about fashion and collecting, think again. These samplings show how dolls are a reflection of our best selves, our worst hang-ups, and our everyday struggles and triumphs.

Read these and remember that the world is always shifting and new pop trends are arriving and departing. Our commitment to exploring their significance doesn’t end. It just evolves as our collections grow, expand, and flourish.

And isn’t it fascinating to think how my 2012 blogs began with a Facebook petition requesting a “bald Barbie” for cancer solidarity and the December 2012 final offering was about a Facebook petition for a “gender neutral” Hasbro Easy-Bake Oven. The power of social media in the toy world, our political world, and our personal lives can’t be overstated.

Happy 2013! When the New Year kicks off, I’ll return with the six blogs that got the most reaction from July to December. Who knows? Maybe this one will make the grade!


Barbie Beating Cancer: Is Mattel bound to make a connection?

When the fuss fades away, will Mattel make a Barbie—hairless and still smiling—to show that the “Big C” can be beaten? Will they respond by releasing a doll that shows that cancer patients and cancer survivors are women who are beautiful and battling and brave in their own special ways?

People have pointed out that in her history, Barbie has been an astronaut, an anchorwoman, a politician, and a soldier. Why not a cancer patient or as a person with alopecia? Perhaps it’s because Mattel sees the other roles as accomplishments and achievements. Alopecia is not an accomplishment, and neither is cancer. But I’d argue that “surviving” and “beating it” and “rising above and coping with it” certainly is.

The one thing the “bald and beautiful Barbie” movement has going for it is that it might inspire other doll makers to create a doll that addresses this issue. There are tons of companies—smaller ones than Mattel—that could come to the rescue and make a name for themselves simultaneously. BJDs are so popular these days, and they lend themselves to the whole wigging issue. And since many cancer patients do choose to don wigs and/or bandannas, the doll could come with these accessories as well.

Whatever the fallout might be, 2012 is only a few weeks old, and already Barbie is front and center . . . in a controversy. A familiar place for a familiar face.




Too Hot to Handle? Computer geeks, Middle East hierarchies & public demand combust.

The month of January concluded with two major non-sales headlines. One was the “polite” pressure exuded by Apple and the Jobs family to prevent a Steve Jobs doll from coming to market. The other was a report on how the Iranian mullahs are once again ordering crackdowns on Barbie doll sales in their country’s toy stores and retail shopping centers.

What’s interesting is how the selling of dolls—the most benign of all creations in so many ways—has united two different international perspectives. For a theocracy that frowns on personal freedom, and a democracy that celebrates individual achievement, their polar opposite mind-sets have both turned doll sales into a minefield of worries, fears, accusations, and censorship.

Just a couple of years ago, Apple ran an ad that partially declared: “Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them, disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things.”

How funny that the doll maker at In Icons was too much of a troublemaker for the powers that be at Apple. I guess it pays to be a misfit and a rebel, if you are trafficking with circuit boards, but not with ball joints.

And for the ruling class in Iran, imagine how surprising it would be if the pink-boxed Barbie struck a blow for freedom. After more than a decade of pushing her out of the marketplace, she always comes back for more. No matter the prohibitions, the Iranian doll-buying public likes Barbie’s obvious inhibitions.

Some rebels just can’t be ignored.


MARCH 2012

Lady Luck: RuPaul may be a walking-talking doll, but what happened to the fashion figure?

Well, it just so happens that Miss Thing was made into a fashion doll (99% Plastic, 1% Woman—a very funny tagline) back in 2005 by Jason Wu for Integrity Toys. What a perfect blending of high-camp sensibilities and talented designing and sculpting.

Trolling across the Internet, I found glorious press releases that touted the debut of the doll and mentions of RuPaul showing up on the “Today Show,” bright and early, sans makeup, to peddle the product. There was a media blitz, but the doll did not become a collectible blockbuster, cranking out new wardrobes and accessories, year after year, season after season.

So I ask, is it possible to be too far ahead of one’s time? I don’t know what happened in the boardroom of Integrity Toys between the RuPaul camp (pardon the pun) and the Wu team (wanted to say “clan” but feared it would fall flat on non-hip-hop ears). Maybe there was a tempestuous toss-up or a fierce falling-out that curtailed the line of fashion dolls, or maybe there just weren’t enough sales to sanction its ongoing production. I honestly can’t say.

And that’s the vagaries of the doll business, or any industry that attempts to capture lightning in a bottle. Who could imagine that despite all her run-ins with the law, pop princess Britney Spears is still making millions and is poised to possibly join the cast of Simon Cowell’s “X Factor” show?

For RuPaul Andre Charles, his career has spanned 30 years—defying all odds and all popularity lulls. And that alone is deserving of a doll tribute. Someone, somewhere, get this man a doll—preferably dressed in peek-a-boo heels!


APRIL 2012

The Hunger Games: Mattel feasts upon a cautionary look at future kids in America.

Who will buy the Katniss doll? Since she rises to be a symbol of populist sentiments in the script, she seems very solitary and out of sorts in her current form. Will she be accompanied by a male companion (the characters of Peeta and Gale spring to mind) or by a younger, female counterpart who tugged at her heartstrings and solidified her role as a champion for the underdog? (I’m envisioning the ill-fated tiny Rue.)

The fascinating thing about converting characters from this blockbuster book into dolls is that these young heroes and heroines are growing up in a world devoid of play. Though they do have occasions of merriment, the specter of looming, possible death cloaks everything they do.

Will the designers re-create the outfits that the participants wear for the pre-games pageantry? Will Katniss eventually morph from being an emblem of freedom and defiance to a fashion-plate who is packaged with her armoire rather than her armor?

With the Hunger Games, Mattel has a franchise that is the antithesis of playing dress-up and building a dream house. In this upside-down world, the youth of America clad themselves for battle and attempt to tear down a nightmare civilization.

Instead of the pink box marketing campaign, Katniss would be perfectly matched with a desolate gray. Here’s hoping that the brave yet flawed, powerful but scared character retains her humanity in her new Barbie-esque form. Her strength comes from her youth and her determination—it’ll be worth watching to see if her moral compass remains intact, or if it will be supplanted by a host of added-on toy extras.


MAY 2012

Go-Go Girls: Why do star athletes look more like pole dancers than pole vaulters?

If play—and, by extension, collecting—is an extension of wish fulfillment, how many young girls and women wish to be bigger and thicker? Not many. Why is it that most men secretly desire to get as bulky and muscled as possible, and women to become as tiny and as petite as calorically allowable? (Keep in mind the old saying from Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor: “A woman can never be too rich or too thin.”)

Is this view of body images finally changing? Evolving? Well, not in the public arena. With the Summer Olympics set to take off in London—July 27 to August 12—NBC is promoting the roster of odds-on favorites with commercial breaks that spotlight how young, fresh-faced, optimistic, and attractive our USA team members are.

They all look like they could be instantly made into contemporary dolls: each and every guy and gal would be a fantastic BJD—able to be posed as a diver, a track star, or a gymnast. I had that feeling about athletes as unattainable role models a few months back when Stella McCartney—daughter of Sir Paul—unveiled her togs for the British Olympics and Paralympics competitors. The uniforms for these UK athletes were modeled by actual participants in the upcoming 2012 events, and they were like a new species of humanity. How could anyone ever aspire to look so good while wearing so little!?

Dolls shouldn’t have to reflect our secret, hidden, inner desires for the perfect waist size, the ideal haircut, the to-die-for complexion and nose. No, they shouldn’t have to, but, for the most part, they do. Until we all unite and toss the pearl-wearing Duchess of Windsor’s pearl of “wisdom” out with the bathwater, we’ll all continue to scoop up dolls that are more Venus de Milo than Venus Williams.


JUNE 2012

In the Nick of Time: Stevie Nicks’s vulnerability may be the seed of her doll collecting.

For nearly 15 years now, I’ve heard about Nicks’s legendary doll collection. This insight is entirely based upon fan reports and rumors—and by that, I mean speculation and opinions, not the classic Mac album “Rumors,” released by the band in 1977, 35 years ago!!!

I’ve received letters from doll collectors asking me if I could get photos of her dolls, which have been housed in her homes across the country (reports are that they have been found decorating her abodes in Phoenix, Malibu, and the Pacific Palisades).

This leads me to ponder will Mattel be making a Stevie Nicks rock-n-roll character? They unveiled their “Ladies of the Eighties” lineup with Debbie Harry, Joan Jett, and Cyndi Lauper. They’ve had much success with their Cher re-imaginings. What about Stevie Nicks?

Only standing a hair over 5 feet tall in actual life—hence the penchant for platform shoes, top hats, and over-hair-sprayed coifs—Nicks could be a revelation for the doll collector. There are flowing gowns that she can nearly levitate in; boas and feathers, and hippie halter dresses as well as more concealing caftans. Like one of her big hits, “Leather and Lace,” her repertoire and her wardrobe are the stuff that dreams (and dolls) are made of!

Nicks is heading to my neck of the woods this summer, and wouldn’t it have been nice to see a sea of her admirers hoisting up her vinyl likeness alongside the lighters that delineate a call for an encore? Come on, someone, give this doll aficionado a doll to call her own—perhaps, then, the doors to Stevie’s fabled trove will swing open!


TrackBack URI for this entry

Comments (0)

Subscribe to this comment's feed

Write comment

smaller | bigger


Latest Articles from News & Notes

2015 DOLLS Awards Industry's Choice winners announced

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!


TrackBack URI for this entry

Comments (0)

Write comment

smaller | bigger

Jones Publishing Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

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:

  • Been active in the doll or bear field a minimum of 25 years.
  • Maintained or increased the quality of reputation and product or service provided since inception.
  • Served the industry with integrity, honesty, reliability
  • Received a majority of the votes from previous recipients.

The Lifetime Achievement Award has been presented to the following individuals and companies since its inception:

2002 Steiff
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


TrackBack URI for this entry

Comments (0)

Write comment

smaller | bigger

ANNOUNCING Winner of the Summer Heat Photo Contest

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. 


TrackBack URI for this entry

Comments (2)

i have very old magazines need to sell them before something happens to them
margie , December 20, 2014
i really like all the barbie balack dress, can i ask question can i buy this, because its all out in the market now here in the philippines, can you help me please im a big fan of thiss dolls
mark christian paul l. carigma , December 16, 2014 | url

Write comment

smaller | bigger

The Chicago Toy Show

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.


TrackBack URI for this entry

Comments (0)

Write comment

smaller | bigger

Konnichiwa and Grüezi - 150 years of Japan and Switzerland

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.


TrackBack URI for this entry

Comments (0)

Write comment

smaller | bigger