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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?
In the Spotlight

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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Doll-ars and Sense: Can a famous soccer player, a plastic brick, an average Joe and a GI Joe save the economy?
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Politics makes strange bedfellows and none stranger than the former U.S. military man and the make-believe Hasbro doll that he chats about. What I’m referencing is the unusual campaign that happened recently in South Carolina, where a total unknown named Alvin Greene

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Anne Rice’s Doll Auction: Is it a stake through her heart?
In the Spotlight
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   

Anne_Rice-1As I wrote in my last blog, this REALLY is shaping up to be the summer of the vampire. This week, however, it’s a vampire that I have a personal connection to. Before you become alarmed and start worrying that I’ve succumbed to a succubus, the answer is no, I haven’t. I eat enough garlic on a weekly basis to keep all fanged intruders away from my threshold and windowsill. What I’m talking about is my relationship with Anne Rice and her many immortal, iconic creations.

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Forever Young: We have multiple Snow White dolls but no Betty Whites. Are we afraid to grow old?
In the Spotlight

July 2010 is certainly shaping up to be the summer of the vampire. In addition to all the Twilight dolls and associated paraphernalia inundating store shelves, there’s also the eagerly anticipated arrival of “Lucy” from the Integrity Toys/Ashton-Drake Brides of Dracula line.

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Living Dolls: Could Your Life Stand Up to the Doll Challenge?
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While promoting the latest installment of the Twilight series, actress Kristen Stewart (Bella) and actor Taylor Lautner (Jacob) were asked about the merchandise that swirls around their teen box-office sensation.

 

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