Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Return of Madra and Violet



Today's post is hopefully better late than never, as last Friday night, JAMIEshow announced the release of two new dolls in their Gene Marshall line, Madra Lord and Violet Waters.

The Madra doll, titled "Spotted in Manhattan," sports the hairdo seen in Mel's original drawing.



Here are a few more of the publicity shots from the JS website:







If you want your own Madra, you better act fast; she has been released in a very small limited edition of 150, and JS owner George Gonzalez has stated that she is the ONLY Madra that they will be creating. Here's the link to the site:

http://www.jamieshow.us/JAMIEshow-Madra-Lord-Spotted-In-Manhattan

If you're a Violet fan, then unfortunately you missed your chance with her. The limited edition of 50, titled "Satin Doll" sold out immediately.









As they say in life, if you snooze…you lose. Many thanks to George and JAMIEshow for keeping the Gene flame burning. Here's hoping that Trent will be appearing soon!

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Tonner 75th Glinda



Today's post shows my prize for the People's Choice Wizard of Oz Photography Contest, a 19" Glinda 75th Anniversary Wizard of Oz doll. As you can see, she is absolutely gorgeous.



Blue painted eyes with applied eyelashes, strawberry rooted hair, and an articulated Wilde Imagination's Evangeline body.



She poses very well as the photos here show.



I could have done without the glitter shoes; pink satin would have been just as pretty, and wouldn't have left a tell-tale trail all over the place.



My doll was signed by Tonner himself.



She arrived with a certificate attesting to my win:



As well as a signed artist proof by Tonner.



Thanks to all who voted; it is very much appreciated!

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Tonner 2014 Mainline Collection



The Tonner 2014 Mainline has recently been unveiled, and there are a few releases that are right up my alley. From the "Gone with the Wind" collection, Scarlett's green robe from the "No more babies" scene has been announced, but so far, photos are still to come. Above is the sketch from the film's costume designer, Walter Plunkett, and below is the fragile piece as it looks today:



The detailing on this piece is amazing, especially when considering it was only seen on-screen for a few moments.



As the scene from the film starts, Mammy is attempting to get Scarlett cinched into her corset. When she discovers that her waist is no longer 17", she vows to tell Rhett that she will not be having any more babies!



She puts the beautiful green robe on before telling him.



The Franklin Mint also created this outfit, back when they were producing Scarlett O'Hara dolls. Obviously, the detail of the original would have to be simplified for cost reasons as well as for the purposes of miniaturization/scale, and FM did a very admirable job with this. The gown underneath the robe was beautifully detailed, too.



Gene Marshall models the FM outfit, with a haircomb borrowed from Rose of "Titanic" fame.



According to the Tonner website, here is the description of what they will be selling:

•White cotton dress with lace trim and a gold brocade corset
•Green velvet robe with gold trim and gold satin sleeves lining
•Nude pantyhose with attached panties
•Matching green faux leather shoes

There is an opportunity for Tonner to improve upon the Franklin Mint version. As you can see here, Scarlett (Vivien Leigh) is wearing a lovely hair comb, a piece of jewelry that FM chose not to make for their set. They could also pick up a bit more of the lovely embroidered detail...



As well as create a more accurate undergarment that more closely matches what Ms. Leigh was wearing. Here's hoping!



Tonner is also releasing two dolls that celebrate the hit comedy show "The Big Bang Theory." Photos of the Sheldon Cooper (played by Jim Parsons) doll show a sculpt that is letter perfect.





Shots of his companion doll, girlfriend Amy Farrah Fowler, have yet to be released. The big news for me is that Tonner plans to release two dolls from the 1966 "Batman" TV series. Sadly, photos have yet to be released of the Batman (Adam West) and Catwoman (Julie Newmar) dolls; if the sculpts and clothes are accurate, they could have a real blockbuster on their hands!

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Tonner Wizard of Oz Contest



I was very excited to see the Tonner Doll Company announce their Wizard of Oz Doll Contest; of course I had to enter. The first photo shown here is the one that earned a spot in the final top 3. Below are my other 2 submissions.





I have other Tonner Oz doll shots, such as this one, which uses a little Photoshop magic to close Judy Garland's eyes.



This is probably one of my favorite Oz doll shots, showing the Billie Burke Glinda. Still, I didn't think Glinda could carry a win in the contest, so I didn't submit it.



I would be SOOOO appreciative if you'd vote in the contest...for my entry! Tomorrow (Friday) is the last day to vote, so please visit and submit your vote today. Here's the link: http://bit.ly/1dJCCv3. You will be asked to pick one of the three photos, as well as one of the three new endings to the original tale (which I did not submit). Many thanks in advance!

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Friday, February 28, 2014

Urban Vita: Rodeo Drive



When I first saw photos of Rodeo Drive, I decided to take a pass on it. I didn't care for the doll's face, and the faux monkey fur cape turned me off a bit. After getting Equestrienne though, I changed my mind. I think I should have listened to my first instincts.

Whereas the Equestrienne face had a pleasing vintage look, Rodeo Drive's looks like she is either constantly perplexed or even a bit annoyed. The eyebrows are painted too low for where the doll's physical brow is sculpted. I knew immediately that this doll was headed to ebay; I had planned on keeping one Vita, assuming that both dolls would be the same. I made the unfortunate choice of selling Equestrienne before receiving Rodeo Drive.



On the plus side, I do like this outfit; it just screams vintage in its styling. The shoes are absolutely beautiful and so is the purse. The jewelry seems to be well made, too.



On the negative side, as it was with Equestrienne, I found the tailoring to be poor. The buttons on the top were placed too far to the right, meaning that when fastened, you could still see them. For most of these photos, I removed them digitally.



The monkey fur seemed like an odd choice, too. This "negative" is probably more a matter of taste; perhaps it is truly authentic to the time period. In the future, when Gene wears this outfit, I will most likely swap the monkey fur out for one of her regular black furs.



I'm not sure what is next for Vita, but I will be keeping my eye on her. I do so badly want her to succeed, as it would be nice to have another option when it comes to well-made articulated 16" vintage fashion dolls. Hopefully Horsman can improve her with each release.

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Friday, February 14, 2014

Gene: Be Mine!



Today's tribute to Valentine's Day starts with an image of Phoenix Gene modeling the Ashton Drake outfit, Ransom in Red. Phoenix's original platinum wig has been expertly restyled by Kathy Johnson. She's got the best doll salon in town!

Trent hands over the goods to his sweetie, beginning with a box of flowers from Etta's:



Gene opens the box and reads the card inside:



Boy do they smell good!



Trent didn't just stop at flowers, though. A huge red heart-shaped box of candy is also part of the deal:



To maintain her girlish figure, Gene only eats one. Talk about willpower!



Looking into his eyes, Gene lets Trent know that he's the best boyfriend ever!



Happy Valentine's Day; hope you all find the romance you are looking for.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

A Celebration of Shirley Temple Black



Sadly, America's Legendary Sweetheart of the 1930's has passed away. Shirley Temple Black was a ray of sunshine for a Depression-weary nation, who helped people forget their troubles while she sang, danced, and solved the problems of everyone around her in less than 80 minutes. Actress, wife, mother, and politician, she lived a very full life during every single one of her 85 years. In the doll world, the Shirley Temple doll is still legendary, 80 years after it was first introduced by the Ideal Toy Company in 1934.

With expressive eyes and soft blonde mohair curls, Shirley's likeness flew off the shelves at a time when people didn't have the money for frivolous items such as a doll. The desire to have a little Shirley at home overcame any financial reservations, and the sales put the Ideal Toy Company back in the black.



Today, a vintage composition Shirley Temple doll represents warm memories and happiness to so many.



In later years, Shirley licensed the manufacturing of the doll to the Danbury Mint, who released a whole slew of porcelain Shirleys for new generations to cherish and treasure. This 75th Anniversary Shirley, representing her as she looked in "The Little Princess," is one of my favorites.



Over the years, there have been large Shirleys (36") and small Shirleys that measure less than 6":



Some of the dolls, like this 1980s vinyl edition by Ideal are downright creepy:



While others are so lifelike you almost expect to hear them say, "Oh My Goodness!"



It will be interesting to see if new Shirley Temple dolls will continue to be released now that Shirley is gone, or if their popularity has merely peaked. I would think that as long as her movies are made available to new generations, Shirley Temple will continue to charm with her message of love and positivity.

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