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Seasoned Greetings: Toys and dolls and bears can brighten a lonely senior citizen’s day.
In the Spotlight
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   

There are some indisputable truths about Christmas in New York. The first is, traffic multiplies in a way that would defy StephenchristmasinNY1 Hawking’s ability to calculate. The second is, tourists descend from all over the globe with digital cameras and Flip video recorders en masse, and I am always the “kind stranger” selected to shoot the group for posterity. And third, my friend Cam is bound to telephone and ask me to accompany him to some “new and magical” wonderland.

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Bounty of Baby Dolls: A Thanksgiving Tradition Continues
In the Spotlight
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   

katharineheiglcabbagepatch--1436179659358148271Thanksgiving is certainly ushers in my happiest, cheeriest, most sustained moods. A few times throughout the year, my spirits will spike (my children’s birthdays, their good report cards, family trips, a “Walking Dead” episode with lots of zombie attacks and subterfuge), but usually I am on a pretty even keel: a little tired, a tiny bit tense, a tad anxious, and a bit goofy. Come the third week of November, though, I am suddenly on a month-long sugar high. I love the kick-off of the holiday season, and Thanksgiving makes me grateful for what I have, who I know, and where I live. And, as usual, the world of dolls teaches a valuable lesson about thinking of others and reaching out from your own heart.

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Keepin’ It Real: Kim Kardashian answers the booty call of brides, books, and Barbies.
In the Spotlight
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   

On August 20, 2011, reality star Kim Kardashian proudly proclaimed “I do,” and skeptics everywhere snickered. Now, less than threewedding_invitati123 months later, Ms. Kardashian has revealed that her made-in-media-heaven marriage has gone kaput. Despite telling correspondents how the nuptials were the moment for her and her rent-a-groom, Kris, to shine, the ceremony has only ended up being the punch line for a thousand late-night comedy monologues. Not since Barbie and Ken parted ways has the breakup of two such plastic people been reported!

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Mackie Monsters Meet Maximum-sized Mini Men: Happy Halloween!
In the Spotlight
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   

Halloween is the second most celebrated holiday in the country—only Christmas trumps it. So, naturally, dolls of a ghoulish silhouetteCountess Dracula levitate and mummy-step down the runways in October. Bob Mackie—the genius stylist behind Cher and Carol Burnett, two contrasting personalities and personas—has a “Countess Dracula” doll available for adult Barbie collectors. It’s a rather unusual vision of what Dracula’s wife would look like—or maybe it’s Drac’s mom? In that case, it’s one spicy and sexy mama.

 

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Tattoo You: Barbie puts her stamp on the fuss over “how far is too far.”
In the Spotlight
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   

Oh, Barbie! Whereas most other ladies your age are figuring out how to cope with empty-nest syndrome, you keep filling newspaperstokidoki-barbieface1 and magazines with gossip, outrage, cries of “the end is near,” and sociological lamentations. When other 50-plus-year-old women are being issued their AARP card and ushered into a more gentle, leisurely lifestyle, you are showing it’s never too late to be a “hard body” with a “badass” attitude. This week’s cyber universe was abuzz with Barbie blasts—complaints and condemnations that once again tried to tie the “Plastic One” with the demise of civilization as we know it.

This time, the link was due largely to ink.

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The Artful Dodger: Can someone explain what distinguishes a doll maker from a figural artist?
In the Spotlight
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   

The other day, my daughter, who is 6 going on 36, announced that she had to write a paragraph in school about her future plans andpixiehollowfairy1 ambitions. That’s a great deal of forward-thinking for a bunch of first graders. Jane was very pleased with herself because she poured out her energy into composing a look at her life as a chemist/scientist.

However, as she was regaling me with her futuristic résumé, she seemed to be smiling like the cat who devoured the proverbial canary—or maybe the cat who lapped up the cream. It’s a much nicer simile.

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Narnia No More: Is there a chance of the C.S. Lewis dolls making a return trip?
In the Spotlight
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   

Is necessity the mother of invention? I was brought up hearing that maxim, and on face value, it certainly seems true enough. But being anarniaposter1 mother—and with that, a part-time inventor of road-trip games, Halloween costumes, and blue-ribbon-worthy science projects—I don’t think it’s really “necessity.” It’s more likely “creativity.” Necessity makes you run out to Walmart and Target when you’re in a fix; creativity urges you to stay up late at night with a glue stick, a glob of glitter, and a gut feeling that a unicorn’s horn can be constructed from an empty paper towel cylinder.

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Character Clones: Despite some facial slip-ups, the collecting force is strong.
In the Spotlight
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   

One of the lessons I learned rather late is that “life isn’t fair.” I hadn’t really known that until I was 21 years old and employed at astar-wars1 scientific trade journal. Suddenly I saw how hard work, competency, and smarts didn’t always reap rewards. That was eye opening. Another lesson I picked up at that job was life doesn’t offer do-overs. That is, unless you’re George Lucas.

On Friday, September 16, Lucas—the mighty maven behind the Indiana Jones quartet, “American Graffiti,” and countless technical breakthroughs—is going to release his most famous work, yet again, on DVD and Blu-ray. The newly restored “Star Wars” saga—all six films—is going to be re-released. Or, should that be re-re-released. Or, more accurately, re-re-re-released. Well, you get the point. Mr. Lucas can’t seem to leave a good thing alone.

 

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