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It seems that a company called HeroBuilders, based out of Oxford, Conn., has decided to capitalize on the candidate’s teenage flirtation with the occult. Her admitted dalliance with the devil—to impress a boy she was dating—has turned into an Internet and radio call-in sensation. Some people are wondering why the GOP couldn’t have supported a more viable, less eccentric politician, while others are glad to have one more solid fact to demonize the Tea Party movement with. Whichever side of the aisle you belong to, you have to admit that a televised self-proclaimed confession of being a practitioner of the “dark arts” is a comedy gold mine.
Being an intrepid snoop, I immediately went in search of HeroBuilders and clicked on its Web site: www.herobuilders.com. The lineup of available dolls is a rogues’ gallery of current event darlings and past event villains. It’s like a resin time capsule of folks who have enjoyed their 15 minutes of fame and others who wish they could have fled from the press’ unblinking focus.
Along with Christine “Bewitched” O’Donnell in her Halloween garb, there is also the “Executive Action Figure” model—a much more staid and ordinary replica of Christine in a mundane office-sensible ensemble. Right beside this new lightning rod for controversy is America’s tried-and-true poster girls for senseless partisan attacks and undeniable self-promotion: Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachman.
Bachman has only one figure, and it labels her a “Great Republican.” Palin, however, has four depictions. They run the gamut from traditional business suit to slutty schoolgirl to sexy workout to superhero costume. The latter actually looks more like Muhammad Ali’s boxing trunks meet The Matrix.
In addition to the Conservative coterie, there are also Democrat targets: Michelle and Barack Obama are praised and parodied; Joe Biden is on hand, as are John Edward and Tim Geithner, along with other progressive and Liberal members of the Cabinet and U.S. Congress.
What is fascinating about the dolls is that they are rather clunky, and would never pass inspection by a doll aficionado or a panel from NIADA or the UFDC. However, these likenesses aren’t being peddled for the collecting connoisseurs. They are most definitely novelties, or perhaps a step up from that. They are three-dimensional renderings of what we are gabbing and blogging about on any given day.
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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.