Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Fall Preview: Wearing of the Green



Gene gets ready for a St. Patrick's Day celebration, wearing Sandra Stillwell's Fall Preview fashion. This rich green outfit was part of Sandra's 2014 Toast of Manhattan Convention.



I tried hard to resist purchasing any of the fabulous outfits Sandra posted on her site, but this one, based on a 1950s Modes Royal design, won me over.



For today's last image, Gene switches out the Fall Preview hat for her J'Adore chapeau:



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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Gene 20th Anniversary Convention



Yesterday it was announced that there would be a 20th Anniversary of Gene Marshall's release with a grand celebration at the Warwick Allerton Hotel in Chicago, May 22-24, 2015. The Gene community has been wondering for months if there would be any kind of acknowledgement of this momentous occasion.



Not only acknowledgement, but so far it has been announced that there will be an official 20th Anniversary Release of Miss Marshall by Jamieshow; I cannot wait to see what she looks like!



This party would not be complete without the man who started it all, Mel Odom; naturally he will be there as well. To register today, go to the Convention site.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

More Tonner GWTW



Today, the Tonner Doll Company released some preview images of their upcoming 2015 Mainline Collection. The ones I was most interested in were the two "Gone with the Wind" dolls. And then I saw the photos. The doll titled "I'll Never Be Hungry Again" is a rehash of the Franklin Mint Muslin Battlefield doll, which now fetches very good prices on ebay.



On the Tonner version, the pattern of the dress is out of scale as well as the size of the dress itself. Just too much darn fabric. This seems to be a consistent issue with most of the Scarlett releases I have seen from Tonner.



The doll used in the preview photos looks as if it is wearing a wig, despite the fact that the description says it has rooted hair. Wig or rooted, it is ghastly.



Here's what the dress looks like in the movie:



…and how the Franklin Mint interpreted it.



A+ for Franklin Mint for scale as well as matching the pattern. D+ for Tonner. No thanks; I'll save my $200 for this limited edition of 500.

Next up is "Shanty Town," also a limited edition of 500, but this one goes for $215.



The doll and hair look MUCH better; the dress isn't bad, either.



Until you look at the detailed shots, showing the faux buttons that serve no purpose:



Compare with FM's version, with buttons that actually fasten the top together.





This time, the Tonner Doll wins, but once again, FM walks away with the best outfit.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Smart Set



Here's yet another outfit that I can't believe it has taken me so long to photograph! Doug James' Smart Set is a circa 1948 sheath and jacket released in 1998. The shoes and earrings shown here are not original to this outfit. The mini painting by Mel Odom DID come with the set; what a cool accessory!



Gene holds it up so that you can get a better look at it:



In this photo, Gene is holding an Eight Ball; what do you think it tells her about her future?



Reminiscing about her childhood, Gene pulls out her Shirley Temple doll, Viewmaster set, and a Barbie board game. Those were the days!





The hat that comes with Smart Set is a cute black felt number with a white felt feather. Unfortunately, it's a bit big for Gene's scale. I shrunk it with Photoshop to make it look more appropriate.



From the story card:

In the darkly atmospheric suspense thriller Montage, Gene Marshall led spellbound audiences into the labyrinthine coils of the European art world--a coterie of sinister forgers, cunning thieves, and murderers, where nothing is what it seems and no one can be trusted.

Filmed on location in Rome, Gene plays the lovely, innocent daughter of a renowned painter, enjoying the sophisticated roundelay of society balls, galleries, and art salons of Europe's cultured intelligentsia. Her carefree life takes a sudden and frightening turn when her father mysteriously vanishes without a trace. Gene is convinced the key to his disappearance lies in the haunting, surreal portrait he painted days before--a portrait that someone is willing to murder for.

Audiences will never forget the terrifying moments when Gene, clutching her father's enigmatic painting, fearfully hurries down the shadowy, twisting streets of old Rome, stalked by a menacing figure in a black trench coat. The vivid red of her fitted sheath suit and pleated bolero jacket seems to flash a warning as the camera captures every hair-raising moment of suspense during this unnerving, deadly game of cat-and-mouse among the dark colonnaded piazzas of Rome.

By the end of the film, the killer is revealed, the father is safe, and Gene's suit was copied for the fashion runways of Paris as "Smart Set".




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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Lucy Meets Tom of Finland!



In 2003, the Rebel 001 action figure was released by the Tom of Finland Foundation, a huge name in erotic art. 12 years later, the Rebel met Lucy Ricardo and as you can see, it looks like it might have been a very hot encounter. I wonder how long Lucy was able to hold onto that cup of coffee?!?

The 13" Rebel figure was designed by Norman Franklin Lloyd, a professional and experienced toy sculptor and CEO of Adult Action Figures.



Although the sculpt is supposedly based on James Dean, the finished product looks more like Steve Reeves.



Not only is this figure articulated, but it is anatomically correct and comes with a choice of 3 male genitalia, depending upon your preference.

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Warmest Wishes



Released in 1998, "Warmest Wishes" was one of my first Genes. I cannot believe it took me so long to post about her! Tim Kennedy's circa 1948 design is a favorite of mine. Part of an FAO Schwarz release, she comes with a wrapped Christmas package that has a miniature nutcracker inside.



From the story card:

Shopping for the holidays on New York City's Fifth Avenue! What a wonderful way to feel the holiday spirit, amid the festive hustle and bustle of the city. Gene happily hummed the refrain of the new carol "Sleigh Ride" as she made her way along the sidewalk, smiling at all the rosy faces smiling back at her.

The dazzling lights, colors, and whirring mechanical motion in a toy store's window enticed her to stop and stare with childlike delight at the marvels within. And that's when she saw him...a toy soldier, tall and proud, so dashing in his crisp white soldier's uniform with a red shako hat, polished black boots, gold braid, and black epaulettes. With his snowy-white hair and beard it reminded Gene of Henry, the gentlemanly doorman of the posh hotel she stayed at when in town. Over the years he had become a gallant friend, handling Gene's mail, messages, and fans with the same calm efficiency that had made him a decorated soldier in the war. A bullet in the left leg left him with a bad limp, but nothing would ever daunt his pride at serving his country. Now, wearing another uniform, he guards and serves the hotel's guests in all kinds of weather, with the same dedication and loyalty he gave to the army. What a perfect gift that toy soldier would make for darling Henry!



"Besides," Gene later thought impishly as she walked out of the store, gift box tucked under her arm, "I never could resist a man in uniform!"



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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Trent is "Live"!



The Jamieshow website has now been updated to offer the incomparable Trent Osborn for sale. SO many great things to see here! Trent looks amazing in his first resin incarnation.



On top of that, a second wig cap (blonde in color) gives you TWO Trents for the price of one.



Here's our blonde haired leading man:



As if that's not enough, Trent comes in a fashionable trunk:







Other clothes are available for purchase, too, including this pinstripe suit:





A pinstripe shirt:



A coat:



A paisley robe:



and paisley slippers:





Oxford dress shoes look beautifully detailed:



Run, don't walk to JAMIEshow to order now!

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