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Puppet Power: Raise your hand—preferably with a puppet on it—if these charmers have carved out a place in your life!
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Written by Stephanie Finnegan   

A recent poll has revealed that most people meet their future spouses by the time they are 16. I don’t know the validity of that research, but I can tell you that I met my lifelong love before I was even 7 years old. This was an affection that began as a crush, an innocent, unrequited puppy love devotion. Once I was able to actually interact and use my hands, it became a full-fledged passion. I’m talking about puppetry, of course.

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Raggedy Ann Rules
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Raggedy Ann Rules: The quintessential cloth doll is anything but a softie. Learn about her surprising, adventurous, badass background.

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Inner Internet
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Did you know that by downloading a few easy questions, you can find your perfect doll match?

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Monster Mash
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What do you get when you blend high-school angst with horror-film superstars? Mattel thinks it knows.

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I Spy: iPods and eBooks are eliminating the need for clutter. What does this mean for collectors?
In the Spotlight
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   

Last week, I read and then posted a comment directly upon associate publisher Carie Ferg’s provocative blog, “Do doll magazines have a future?”

Rather than just viewing this as a rhetorical pondering or a brain-teasing hypothesis, I began to unravel what was at the heart of Carie’s query. (Try saying that three times fast!)

After a heavy-duty bout of deep thinking and intense soul-searching, I’ve emerged with an answer to the question, and it goes something like this . . .

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Freaks and Gleeks
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Freaks and Gleeks: A TV show that’s equal part “To Sir, With Love,” “Fame,” and “Room 222” has made it cool not to be cool! Bring on the dolls!
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What Is the Fate of Doll and Toy Publications?
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Few people would argue that the doll industry is a shadow of its former self—that its heyday of the ’80s and ’90s is long past. As a relative newcomer to the doll industry, I wasn’t around in those days. But have I heard stories. So many long-time doll industry people remember packed-out shows with collectors rushing to get through the doors to buy up dolls. And they remember doll magazines being as thick as Cosmopolitan, and the high demand for collectible dolls driving up doll prices.

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Mad About the Men: Why are so many red-blooded males weak-kneed about the “Mad Men” dolls?
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What do Rush Limbaugh, Rainn Wilson (“Dwight” from “The Office”), and Drew Carey all have in common? Hint: It has nothing to do with their appearances, their professions or their ethnicity. Give up? All three are big fans of the TV program “Mad Men,” and they are eagerly collecting the Mattel versions of the advertising characters.

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