|The Buzz about Goodreau BJDs|
The first time Goodreau Doll designer Paulette Goodreau held a ball-jointed doll (BJD) in her hand at a convention, she “announced to the whole room, ‘I’m going to make these.’” People thought Goodreau was kidding, but several years later she followed through with her declaration in a big way. Goodreau was so captivated by that first BJD because “you can pose them; you can change their eyes; you can change their wigs, so they become entirely new dolls. I take my dolls apart anyway, so for me, it was a win-win situation.” She likes the way resin warms to the touch, too. Together with her sister, Annette, who owns and operates the company, Goodreau launched two play doll lines—Nono and then Snappy dolls—taking the duo from long-time doll collectors to dollmakers.
The year 2007 saw the introduction of the American BJDs. They were such a hit with collectors that the Oakdale, Calif., company introduced a new 2008 line that includes vinyl in addition to resin dolls. Two dolls from the line sold out just three weeks after release. Also new in 2008 is the American BJC (ball-jointed critter) line. One collector who caught onto the Goodreau buzz is Tina Gaunt of Pikeville, Ky. She’s a fan of the Goodreau family and the dolls (she has every one of them). “I find their faces soft compared to most BJDs. To me they have a more realistic appearance.
I also enjoy her (Goodreau’s) costuming. They’re very original designs.” Goodreau didn’t sculpt her 2007 BJD line because “I didn’t know I could sculpt.” But in 2008 the artist, who has a degree in life drawing, tried her hand at it with “Hint” and “Schemer,” basing their sculpts off her nephews, as well as the body of “Julia.” She also sculpted the entire BJC line, which she says was easier.
Goodreau has made a home for 17 rescued pets. “I love animals. I got to do the best of both worlds—an animal head with a doll body. It’s fun to put clothes on them.” Ball-jointed dolls aren’t typically available in vinyl, but Goodreau offered her 2008 line in that medium for several reasons. Some people can’t afford a resin doll, she says, or would like to see what a ball-jointed doll is like before investing in one. Another reason for the vinyl is to make them more affordable for teenagers.
Goodreau’s BJDs are simultaneously sweet and funky, and Goodreau says she loves scouring teen fashion magazines as well as stores like Hot Topic and Forever 21 to get inspiration for their costuming. “I really like a funkier wardrobe … not to the extent of the dolls but sure, I have quite a wild wardrobe,” she laughs. The inspiration for Goodreau’s BJC line is personal, too. The animals represent the charities she and Annette give time and money to. Also, “Aidyn,” a little girl who is part of the line, brings awareness to spina bifida, a condition her niece was born with, but she is now repaired. “We did the BJC line to give people something new and exciting that’s different and so they have a companion for their BJDs. They’re also to create a little animal awareness,” Goodreau says.
But whatever the latest ball-jointed creation Goodreau is designing, she says, the important characteristic about BJDs is “with other dolls, the artist’s personality shines through, and with BJDs, the collector’s personality shines through.”
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The 2015 DOLLS Awards of Excellence Industry’s Choice winners (DAEs, also called the Diamond Awards) were announced at the International Doll & Teddy Bear Show in Asheville, N.C., June 6. The Industry's Choice winners will go on to become the nominee's in the Public's Choice voting, set to begin in late June.
Without further ado, here are the winners of this year's Industry's Choice Diamond Awards!
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
2010 Helen Kish
2012 Maggie Iacono
2013 Heidi Plusczok
2014 Jack Johnston
2015 Kaye Wiggs
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.