Tuesday, April 22, 2014
My wallet was worried; there was opportunity for Tonner to out-do the Franklin Mint version of this "Gone with the Wind" outfit.
The doll's likeness to Vivien Leigh is great, but the recently released photos of it have assured my wallet that there will be no purchase.
Although not completely shown, the undergarment doesn't appear to be as screen accurate or as rich looking as the Franklin Mint version. As is typical with Tonner GWTW outfits, there is an abundance of fabric. TOO much. It really throws off the scale and makes the outfit look as if it belongs on a larger doll. The trims used just do not look as rich as the FM version, either.
You can see more details on the Tonner website.
Here's a shot of the FM version for easy comparison, to which I added the hair comb and earrings (Tonner also left these out, too):
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Tuesday, April 8, 2014
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:
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
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
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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