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Discover Harper Lee’s Legacy for Collectors, Doll Artists, and American Girls
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Thursday, 03 March 2016 21:47

A bit of our shared American childhood died Feb. 19, 2016. On that day, Nelle Harper Lee passed away at the age of 89. As we all know, Lee was the author of To Kill a Mockingbird and won the 1961 Pulitzer Prize for that debut offering. In 2007, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her contribution to American literature. This accolade was based upon her one and only book up until that point.

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Toy Fair: Entering the presidential race, doll candidates have something to say about US, us!
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Thursday, 25 February 2016 19:40

My fellow Americans, it wasn't so long ago that the idea of a female president of the United States was a punch line for a TV sitcom. We're not talking about the Dark Ages here! If a producer wanted to get a big belly laugh from his studio audience, he could have his show's heroine (imagine Chrissy Snow in "Three's Company" or Lucy in any of her outings) engage in a dream sequence where she's making tough decisions, frantically vetoing bills, and henpecking a male staff at the White House. Of course, the said heroine would wake up, heave a sigh of relief, and then roll over on her pillow, knowing the world was back to normal again. Everybody was safe; there was a man in charge. If a woman resided at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, it would only be as first lady, first daughter, or first mother-in-law!

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Swooning for Superheroes? They’re soaring everywhere at Toy Fair
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Thursday, 18 February 2016 16:56

Like with every other Toy Fair gathering for the past century, it snowed — and it snowed heavily — when I arrived at the Javits Center for the 2016 edition of the annual playfest. I don't know why the toy gods are so insistent that I have to always be garbed in snow boots when I walk the miles of aisles, but my sense of fashion was definitely "mountaineering chic" as I cut through the cavernous Manhattan convention site. Because the Toy Fair is such a crazy and quirky place, it's fitting that there is always some kind of wondrous revelation waiting around every corner. For me, I discovered a lot of superhero significance, and athletically coiled dolls that are keeping it real — but in a fashionable and attractive way, of course.

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Like RuPaul Says, Love Yourself . . . and Your Fashion Doll Will Follow
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Thursday, 11 February 2016 16:25

In my previous blog, I brought up the heartfelt (somewhat heated) exchange that I endured with my good friend Mickey. Mickey is a firm believer in acquiring dolls that are pure wish fulfillment. He’s found his perfect “home away from home” in the virtual world of the W Club, where he can buy long-legged, long-haired, long-waisted fashion dolls from Integrity. 

 

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Could You Live Your Doll’s Life? And Should You Want That?
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 19:53

There’s been a lot of talk this past week about Barbie and her brand-new body. I’ll discuss it at length next week in my blog. For now, let’s just say that as happy as many collectors are about the more realistic figures, there are some die-hard folks who want glamour, fantasy, and unbelievable silhouettes. Case in point: my friend Mickey.  Mickey is in his early 50s, loves dolls, adores Hollywood, and has never missed a Turner Classic Movie marathon. He is absolutely irrepressible and opinionated. (He’s also not really named Mickey, but has chosen that as his pseudonym because his height falls “somewhere between Mickey Rooney and Mickey Rourke, AND Mickey Mouse has to rank among America’s greatest contributions to the world.”)

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Boy, Oh Boy!
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Thursday, 28 January 2016 14:01

Boy dolls are the king of mayhem in the Hollywood horror world. What’s up with that?

It’s a new year, and I am thrilled to be blogging once more for The Doll Chronicles. If you’re like me, as the weather starts to get colder and more unpredictable, you can easily predict where I’ll be: curled up in front of the TV, binge-watching a series or falling asleep as an old TCM film noir flickers before my eyes. My family knows that I really throw myself into “my shows,” and I often morph into not just a reserved viewer but rather a super fan.

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Barbie Blockbuster: Toyland’s Golden Girl Goes for Film Stardom—for real!
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Monday, 28 April 2014 13:29

So, I woke up this morning and grabbed a cup of semi-warm coffee from my Keurig. I don’t know how it’s happened, but as time has passed, so has my machine’s heating abilities. What used to jolt me awake—a steaming brew of java—is now a lukewarm cup of brown water. Still, I need caffeine to function well, or even to function somewhat well, so I downed the dredge. I needn’t have worried about café or heating coils, because the news of the day really got me wide-awake and raring to go.

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Dangerous Curves Ahead: Catwoman Makes Her Mark
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Friday, 11 April 2014 14:37

The songwriter Jim Steinman—best known for putting the words right into singer Meat Loaf’s mouth—once observed that “good girls go to Heaven, but bad girls go everywhere else!”

COSMO magazine founder Helen Gurley Brown said something very similar, so if a rock-n-roll titan and a publishing maven agree—well, it’s just gotta be true! When it comes to the ultimate bad girl, very few can hold a candle to the feline charms of Catwoman.

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Big-Screen Goldmine: Jem and the Holograms are next, but the Cabbage Patch Kids/American Hustle mash-up could be really big!
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Monday, 24 March 2014 16:18

We’ve seen how the Transformers toys have transformed themselves into a mega blockbuster franchise. We’ve witnessed the board game favorite Battleship converted into a film thriller. Now we’re preparing to see Hasbro’s latest foray into the Hollywood toy box. The toy manufacturer is teaming up to produce a big-screen version of the adventures of Jem and the Holograms.

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Leaders of the Pack: Dolls are easy riders and easy on the eyes!
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 14:58

I love parties. I think it’s because I like getting that unexpected note in the mail—a little promise of future fun held within an entertainment envelope! It’s something I’ve always appreciated—going way back to my active grammar-school party days. Wow, we had a lot of birthday celebrations from first to eighth grade! Those occasions would begin with “Pin the Tail on the Donkey,” offer a chance to be super competitive in “Musical Chairs,” and then put prepubescent courage to the test with “Truth or Dare.” (Personally, I’d rather be the donkey getting pinned than have to blurt out an embarrassing confession or do one of the mean-spirited dares!) These juvenile get-togethers were great because they let our inner party monsters go wild!

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