|Oscar Opus: A cyber awards show made for collectors to feel like a red-carpet winner!|
Watching it this year, I began to think how great it would be if we could all have an evening of unadulterated air-kissing and sublime sucking-up. Wouldn’t it be marvelous if you could go out in your personal life and sport an outfit to-die-for, and have people clap wildly as you entered a room and then smile and take notes as you explain what you are wearing. (“It’s from Kohl’s, Joan. I got it for 60% off, plus $20 in Kohls bucks, so I only really spent $40 in cash for it! It’s a designer knock-off, Melissa!”)
We all should be able to feel like Meryl Streep for a night: revered and cheered. So, with that in mind, I am launching the cyber Finnies, an award for doll lovers who represent excellence in collecting, showcasing, buying, browsing, and sharing their passion for the hobby. The Finnies (an abbreviation of my last name) are shaped like an 11 ½ -inch fashion doll dipped in gold. They are not anatomically correct, and even the rooted hair has a shell of gold emblazoned across it. If Donald Trump were a collectibles magnet instead of a real-estate baron, this is an award he would covet to use as a paperweight in his boardroom. Yes, the Finnie is that golden and that desirable!
As you imagine the Finnie and cradling one for your very own, please picture Angelina Jolie as she struck that bold and provocative pose on the Oscars stage. Earning a Finnie means that YOU are top of the line in the doll world, and if life were fair, you’d be canoodling with Brad Pitt tonight. (Or Ryan Gosling, or Matthew McConaughey, or George Clooney, or Jean Dujardin. Fill in your own heartthrob!) So, put your arm on your hip, throw your mane back, and flash an acre of legs! These are your awards, and you’ve earned every inch of the sparkling prize. You go, golden girl!
So, stop the presses! Stop the mold making! The Finnies will be shaped like a world-famous movie star’s right gam! Like the dad in “A Christmas Story,” who won a fishnet-stocking-clad leg-lamp, that is what these MAJOR awards will be. They are testaments to having a collectible leg to stand on, in the face of all else.
Most Selfless Collector of the Year: If you’ve debated buying a new pocketbook for yourself, but then decided that a piece of duct tape strategically placed across the tear—and maybe decorated with your daughter’s scrapbook stickers (you like fairies and flowers)—could do the trick, you’ve earned this Finnie. You’ve delayed sprucing up your own wardrobe and accessories so you could buy that new Goodreau BJD or a brand-new outfit for a doll from Marble Halls. Your sacrifice for your doll’s greater good has been acknowledged and awarded. Flash that leg!
Most Athletic Collector of the Year: Viewing a room that is awash with collectibles, you’ve not let the lack of space get you down. Armed with a feather duster and a mild case of vertigo, you scale the back of your couch and clean the heck out of the top of the TV armoire. You realize that if you move the smallest dolls to the top of this furniture, you can open up more space below. Risking life and limb, you are willing to climb on top of all manner of household appliances to show off your collection. If there is a footstool or an ottoman that can give you a boost, you’re on top of it! You’ve reached new heights in collecting. Flash that leg!
Most Enthusiastic Collector of the Year: If you have your calendar marked for when DOLLS magazine arrives in your home mailbox and in your digital in-box, you are a true-blue doll fan. When you get the magazine, do you devour it from start to finish? That means you are in the running for this nod. Now, here’s the tiebreaker. In addition to a cup of tea, a piece or two of chocolate, and a comfortable chair, does your DOLLS reading require a calculator? If it does, you’ve grabbed this honor. You know that you have to start adding up how much your wish list would cost you; how much your real list will cost you; and how much your birthday, Christmas, Valentine’s, and maybe Groundhog Day gifts will cost everyone else for you. You are enthusiastic. Flash that leg!
Most Confident Collector of the Year: When asked by an exasperated visitor, “Why do you collect?” you don’t delve into the sociological or psychological reasons for acquiring inanimate objects. You don’t get frazzled or frantic. You don’t lose your temper or your cool. You stare your questioner down, and in your best Clint Eastwood sotto voce voice, you turn the tables on him: “The question should be, why DON’T you collect? Huh, punk? Why don’t YOU?” That’s magnum steel bravado! Flash that leg!
And finally . . .
Most Improved Collector of the Year: You’ve watched episodes of “Hoarders” and have vowed never to let that happen to you. You’ve gone into your basement, or up into your attic, or into your “junk” closet, and have pulled out the dolls from your past that have been languishing and collecting dust. You’ve successfully sold some on eBay; donated others to charity; and gifted a few to young children who have the potential to be good stewards in the future. And when the sun has set, and a new day has begun, you’ve looked at the state of your current collection, and you know it still has room for one or two more dolls . . . or maybe three or four. You are going to buy with quality in mind, but you won’t beat yourself up if it spirals into quantity. Don’t waste your time being angry at yourself for such a fleeting, fun pastime. Life is too short—your doll collection shouldn’t be. Go ahead, and flash that leg!
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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.