|Little Stars Shine Bright|
“It’s been a wonderful challenge that Alina has enthusiastically participated in time and time again. Her ideas and wishes motivate and inspire me,” says Treffeisen of her pint-sized partner.
Although the beaming beauties of the line are play dolls, their expressive faces, high-quality construction and designer wardrobe draw adults to collect them as well. “It is my desire that they bring fun and joy to young and old alike,” Treffeisen says.
Indeed, the innocent and friendly expressions and confident personalities Treffeisen has captured in her gems are most alluring. Harnessing children’s character is what motivates her when she’s creating. “To me the art is the description of the childlike character and not just the depictions of a child,” she says. “Children are truthful. They show their feeling immediately in their facial expressions and bearing. This expressiveness of the child fascinates me.”
The 12½-inch playmates are constructed of phthalate-free vinyl in accordance with the EN71 standards that ensure child safety. They feature rooted hair, and full eyelashes frame their wide eyes. The dolls are jointed at their necks, shoulders and hips for maximum flexibility during play.
The Stars come in a wide array of costuming, from classic to modern. “While I continue to offer my original sporting designs, like horseback riding, tennis, golf, ballet and gymnastics, I like to present a fashion design through unique outfits. For costuming, I regularly draw on my life experiences and impressions,” Treffeisen says.
Treffeisen first sketches the costumes she envisions and then picks which dolls she thinks will fit best with the outfits.
Although some of the dolls sport collector-oriented limited-edition numbers not sold separately, many of their outfits are, so young collectors can build their Star’s wardrobe.
Whatever the costume, Treffeisen uses only high-quality materials and fabrics. “I personally autograph and custom-design shoes, and I use pure silks, wools, furs and genuine, natural linens,” she says.
The high-quality materials and fabrics used for costuming on her play dolls, she says, are a good way to introduce young people to treating and caring for collectible dolls.
Treffeisen’s efforts have been rewarded, as the little personalities have already grabbed the hearts of many. “They’ve attracted a new, young collector clientele, evidenced by their smiles and attention they devote to these little beauties.”
She adds, more “little friends to come are sure to join them.”
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The Jones Publishing Lifetime Achievement Award is bestowed upon one recipient per year. This award was created in 2002 in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the introduction of the teddy bear, with the first recipient being Steiff, a German-based plush toy company known for its high quality and prices.
The Lifetime Achievement recipient must be or have been involved in some aspect of the doll and/or teddy bear field for a minimum of 25 years. The recipient may be an individual, partnership, corporation, company, author, artist, marketer, historian or any other industry professional. Lifetime Achievement Award nominations may be made by previous recipients or members of the LAA committee.
To qualify as a nominee, entrants must meet the following criteria:
The Lifetime Achievement Award has been presented to the following individuals and companies since its inception:
2003 Hildegard Gunzel
2004 Alexander Doll Company
2005 R. John Wright
2006 Wendy Lawton
2007 Virginia Turner
2008 Toy Shoppe
2009 no award presented
2010 Helen Kish
2011 no award presented
2012 Maggie Iacono
2013 Heidi Plusczok
2014 Jack Johnston
August 8, 2014 - Blackall Associates Inc. is proud to announce the winner of its Summer Heat Photo Contest. The contest drew entries from around the world. Masterpiece Doll collectors sent in a special photo showing how their Masterpiece Dolls were enjoying the summer heat.
You haven’t seen a toy show until you’ve seen this one. Six buildings! Over six hundred exhibitors! Exclusively toys and dolls and children’s playthings on display everywhere! This is the show everyone always says they intend to visit, and now is the time to do just that. Collectors say the Chicago Toy Show really is the largest in the entire world. They are correct. Collectors say they find toys at this show that are never seen anywhere else. Correct again.
19 April 2014 – 5 October 2014
A special exhibition will take place at the Toy Worlds Museum Basle to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Japanese-Swiss diplomacy and friendship.