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East of Eden: A friend struggles with an uncontrollable urge to own a Jeannie doll or two.
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 16:08

A few days ago, I received an e-mail from a friend, who wishes to remain anonymous, becausenelsonandjeannieinhandThumb of an impulsive purchase that he felt only I would understand. (Yes, it was a male pal, and that’s the only identifiable info I’ll divulge.) He was extremely distraught because he was looking to purchase one thing—just one simple NECESSARY household thing—on eBay, and instead he ended up buying a trio of “I Dream of Jeannie” dolls. As he wrote to me, “I think this could end up becoming a nightmare!”

Bratty Behavior: Two Major Players Clash in a Courtroom over Bratz Dolls’ Beginnings.
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Thursday, 20 January 2011 19:20

For those of us who collect dolls, they are more often than not sources of joy, pride, and wish fulfillment. In some cases, they cause extreme exasperation (when you miss out on a limited barbieaslegallyblondeSMALLedition, for example) or financial consternation (did I really just spend $300 on a BJD . . . again?). When people play with their dolls, I imagine it’s a sense of revisiting happier days of yore—really coming home again emotionally and spiritually. So with all of these good vibrations and happy feelings floating around, why can’t Mattel and MGA Entertainment get along? Is it too much to expect them and their company lawyers to play nice?

Desperate Housewife on the Verge of a Doll Collecting Breakdown
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Friday, 14 January 2011 13:52

Late on Sunday nights—after the kids are sound asleep and the hubby has retreated to the bedroom to read Popular Science magazine—I settle down on the couch with my loyal cat, Annie, and my trusted remote control in hand.

The Year in Review
Thursday, 23 December 2010 22:00

What the heck is “Auld Lang Syne,” anyway? And will it become a doll? Oh, 2010, you came at me like a bat out of hell, and you’re flying away like a pigeon with a clipped wing!


Christmas Memories: A Window on What Makes You Tick
Friday, 17 December 2010 16:20

As a New Yorker (yes, I know I reside in N.J., but my heart is forever with my hometown), I think the most beautiful time of the year is Christmas. During the week after Thanksgiving, leading right up to the Epiphany, Manhattan is decked out like a debutante with a million fancy-dress balls to attend.

Buy a Doll, Save the World?
Friday, 10 December 2010 16:02

When it comes to Internet surfing, I’m like the Big Kahuna of the cyber waves. There isn’t a byte of information or a massive thread that I’m not willing to throw myself into (or onto, if we’re talking successful surfing). Recently, I came across a columnist from Chicago who was wondering if dolls were still wished for by anyone: Were there still little girls out there asking Santa for a “Betsy Wetsy” or a "Barbie" to call their own?

Tonner Trends: Can a Doll Be a Sexual Pioneer?
Thursday, 02 December 2010 19:45
Earlier this week, I read a press release from Robert Tonner (one of my most favorite doll artists in the world) and I said to myself, “This is either the bravest decision ever, or the most foolhardy.” Mr. Tonner unveiled the debut of a new snazzy doll, a handsome fellow named “Andy Mills.” The “dapper Dan” isn’t your typical plaything. No, in creating this newest arrival, Tonner swung open the closet door and issued Andy out into the bright spotlight of public scrutiny. You see, Andy Mills is gay.
Funny Thing About "Funny Girl"
Wednesday, 24 November 2010 15:06

An internationally lauded singing star is most at home with her couches and her dolls.

Barbie, Bling and Bleeps
Friday, 12 November 2010 16:48

I like the bold new world of social media. I really do enjoy “talking” to people I’ve never met, and most likely will never meet. It’s liberating to strike up conversational threads with people who live across the country and even on the other side of the world.

I Spy with Doll Eyes
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Tuesday, 02 November 2010 20:30

Espionage has long fascinated many of us. History is filled with acts of treachery and betrayal, and even MAD magazine chronicled the often disastrous exploits of “Spy vs. Spy” for more than three decades. People love the intrigue of cloak-and-dagger, and the world of duplicity and danger seems a far cry from the realm of dolls. Or does it?


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