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Exclusively Exotic: Two fabulous new dolls go in one era and out another!
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:52

This past weekend, we all packed up and scrambled into the old minivan to make a 4-hour drive to visit my niece’s new home. Now, 4 hours is not 40 hours or 4,000 miles, but it did try our patience because of unexpected thunderstorms (traffic slowed down), bumper-to-bumper gridlock (we got caught in the start of rush hour, due to the rain delays), and the presence of Cam in the backseat.

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Days of Thunder: What do Suri Cruise, a future queen, a North Korean dictator, and a wannabe star have in common? More than you think!
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Tuesday, 10 July 2012 15:21

There are some days when the “end of days” really do seem to be upon us. Today I discovered such a bizarre confluence of events that I think an army of Apocalyptic horsemen might be right around the corner. There is really no rational explanation for some of the items that have popped up on my radar screen this week:

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Looks to Diet for: Would you rather be a Barbie booster or a Princess Di diehard clone?
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Tuesday, 03 July 2012 20:19

Last weekend was an eye-opening experience for me. I was visiting a friend’s home, which is filled with knickknacks, figurines, assorted porcelain trinket boxes, and a myriad of mohair Teddies. My friend, Lynda, loves to acquire items that she perceives as having “value.” For Lynda, the value can be sentimental or aspirational. For her husband, Steve, it should be financial, not inspirational.

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Who Rules the World? Beyoncé is right. It’s “Girls.”
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Tuesday, 26 June 2012 19:46

About a year ago, I wondered why there weren’t any “Sex and the City” dolls. The highly fashionable and powerfully libidinal ladies would appear to be ideal candidates for a vinyl or resin set. Super sultry and incredibly flexible character Samantha Jones (played by Kim Cattrall) would be especially great to see as a BJD. (Keep your minds out of the gutter, readers. I’m talking jointing and construction here—nothing else.) However, the fact that the women were so much about the “facts of life” most likely prevented them from being licensed and manufactured. They were too hot to handle.

 

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The Monroe Doctrine: Gentlemen prefer blondes, but what about collectors?
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Tuesday, 19 June 2012 21:30

It’s been a sort of Marilyn Monroe month for me, so far. I’ve seen Miss Monroe’s countenance and quotations cropping up on the DOLLS Facebook site, honoring the Tonner Monroe doll release. I also attended a back-to-back showing of the flicks “My Week with Marilyn,” starring Michelle Williams in an Oscar-nominated performance of the perennial sex goddess, and “The Prince and the Showgirl,” the light comedy that the Williams film dissects and exposes. (The behind-the-scenes conflicts between Monroe and her director/costar Laurence Olivier were a battleground for a classically trained, respected actor who wanted to be a movie star, and a movie star who wanted to be a respected, classically trained actress. Neither one would achieve his or her desire in this period-costume piece of fluff.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJygETCXpR8

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In the Nick of Time: Stevie Nicks’s vulnerability may be the seed of her doll collecting.
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Tuesday, 12 June 2012 20:34

Last week, the onetime supergroup Fleetwood Mac was all over the news again. It wasn’t for a jubilant reason: induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame or a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for treasured pop icons. No, the musicians were popping up all over the Internet Web searches because of the suicide of one of their past bandmates, Bob Welch. Sadly, self-inflicted deaths seem to be an offshoot of the performers’ lifestyle: allowing yourself to be so visible and vulnerable in a public manner can often lead to depression and nihilism. So, what does this have to do with dolls? Well, an awful lot, in fact.
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Seeing Green: Could a Cee Lo Green doll be a potential money-maker?
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Tuesday, 05 June 2012 16:06

Of course, there have been male dolls: Barbie has been tormenting poor Ken with her on-again/off-again coquettish ways for more thanCee-Lo Green 50 years now, and Midge—the devoted second fiddle and vinyl president of BFFs—has been the happily married spouse of Alan since 1991. But none of these guys were ever anything more than plastic human-sized accessories to their more popular and powerful gal pals. Think of them as the vinyl equivalents of Oprah’s Stedman. (And, interestingly, Ken, Alan, and Stedman are all bona fide single-namers. You know instantly who they are!) With 2012, almost halfway over—I know, it doesn’t seem possible—I am proposing a boy doll. Not just any boy doll, but a doll to be the solo sensation of his own clothing line, accessory outlets, and circle of friends. I am nominating the exciting, scintillating Cee Lo Green be made as a full-fledged fashion doll.

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Glowing Through the Decades: “The Dark Crystal” celebrates sculpting, dreaming, and 30 years of design brilliance.
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Tuesday, 29 May 2012 18:18

It’s difficult to believe, but puppeteer Jim Henson has been gone now for more than 20 years. The versatile visionary died of organ failuredarkcrystalposter1 back in 1990, and departed the world before the onset of CGIs and motion-capture animation ruled the movie screens. Back in Henson’s heyday, snippets of felt and cleverly positioned Ping-Pong balls created quirky and endearing characters. Plus, there were the very talented men and women who manipulated the puppets, lending them movements, voices, and personalities.

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Collectible Carell: Steve Carell is the go-to guy for embodying the highs & lows of collecting
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Tuesday, 22 May 2012 21:04

dinnerforschmucksWell, I don’t know the proper protocol, but when I set out to blog this morning, I learned that it is World Goth Day. Are you supposed to wish someone a “Happy Goth Day,” or is that counterintuitive? If a whole movement has sprung up around dark-colored garb, fascination with the dark side, and an interest in the dark arts, can the phrase “happy day” be freely given? I certainly don’t want to wish anyone a “Sucky Goth Day” or a “Miserable Goth Day.” Maybe, it should be a “Dark and Stormy Night … World Goth Day”? It is a dilemma.

 

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Go-Go Girls: Why do star athletes look more like pole dancers than pole vaulters?
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Thursday, 17 May 2012 14:01

While watching “30 Rock” this week, I chuckled when the always droll Tina Fey trumpeted what feminism had promised: (1) womenWallis Simpson and Edward could go into whatever career they desired, and (2) fatter dolls.

Well, the so-called more solid dolls—representations that are more realistic than idealized—have come to pass, but they certainly haven’t eclipsed the popularity of the more slender, more stylized, more stylish counterparts. And in a way, this makes perfect sense. 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.”)

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