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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