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Holiday Stars
Written by Christopher Varaste   
Monday, 01 December 2008 00:00
Settling down to open presents as her Christmas tree twinkles is Ankaa, a closed-mouth Series A female with alabaster skin. Photo by Paul Wilson.  Eva Wilson’s Lume Dolls Bespeak Light and Perfection

Dolls have always been a part of Eva Wilson’s life, whether collecting or making them. Her interest is perhaps a hereditary trait passed on from her great-grandmother whom she is named after. Wilson’s great-grandmother was a dollmaker who owned a vast collection of dolls. Wilson’s interest in dolls peaked at an early age when a fascination with the human anatomy propelled her on a quest to create her own miniature “little people.”
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The Eyes Have It for Niki-a-la-Mode
Written by Joshua M. Bernstein   
Monday, 01 September 2008 00:00

Niki as "French Punk" is chic in edgy leather and denim with a pink beret that softens the look. Her Left-Bank style keeps her one fashion cut above the rest of the pack. Photos by Sarah Gloystein Peterson.Eye Manufacturer Branches Out with Its First Fashion-Forward Line

Attendees at January’s IDEX doll extravaganza in Orlando, Fla., were positively perplexed. There, amid the mazes of rosy-cheeked porcelain beauties and precious toddlers from expected exhibitors like Gregg Ortiz and Madame Alexander, sat a stand of dolls manned by Pabol International.

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"Rini" Steeped in the Past with a Nod to the Present
Written by Vicki Steensman   
Monday, 01 September 2008 00:00

The latest Horsman doll, brand-new Rini Elegance, designed by Melissa Windham, depicts the grace of an elegant woman in the 1950s. Her exquisite ensemble consists of a beautifully detailed Wedgewood blue dress, black lace jacket, black petticoat, black spike heels and black gloves (not shown).Horsman’s MBJD Combines the Best of Both Worlds

Edward Horsman began his doll import business in 1865—the same year the Civil War ended. When one realizes how much in the world has changed since then, it is affirming to know that good things indeed last more than one lifetime. What began as a company that brought German-made dolls and toys to this country changed when Edward Jr. joined the firm in 1905. He had an eye for design, and soon the company was producing American-made dolls unlike anything the old country ever created. Though there have been the ups and downs, relocations, transitions and changes in ownership that all long-standing companies experience, Horsman has stood the test of time and has once again re-invented itself to serve today’s doll enthusiasts and collectors.

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The Buzz about Goodreau BJDs
Written by Carie Ferg   
Tuesday, 01 July 2008 00:00
Schemer dressed as “Little Eddie” has attitude and money to spare–note his velvet coat and short pants. He’s a 17-inch BJD with 16 points of articulation.They Entice with Beauty and Heart

The first time Goodreau Doll designer Paulette Goodreau held a ball-jointed doll (BJD) in her hand at a convention, she “an­nounced to the whole room, ‘I’m going to make these.’” People thought Goodreau was kidding, but several years later she followed through with her declaration in a big way.
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Hitting the Mark
Written by Joshua M. Bernstein   
Tuesday, 01 July 2008 00:00
bollywoodFabulous Fashion, a Magical Fairy, Chrysalis and Characters—Collectors Are Going Crazy over the Latest Creations

Instead of scanning the runways for the latest in haute couture, dash to the doll shop and check out the newest luxe looks from Fashion Royalty—the Glamorous Collection, Integrity Toys’ line of cutting-edge fashion dolls.“We’re going back to glamour,” says Alain Tremblay, Integrity’s executive marketing director. “Our entire theme is jewels or minerals.”
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Wizard Behind the Pullip Curtain
Tuesday, 01 July 2008 00:00


new pullip dollsThe Jun Planning Cuties Designed by Mango Park Are Stealing Hearts Everywhere

Mango Park of Seoul, Korea, is a designer for Jun Planning, the maker of Pullip dolls. The company also produces lines such as Taeyang, Dal, Ai Doll and J-Doll. DOLLS’ plucky Pullip cover girl is “Another Queen” from Park’s Another Alice series, inspired by Alice in Wonderland. The series combines Park’s modern interpretations while incorporating some elements from the classic tale.

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Any Way You Want It
Written by Carie Ferg   
Tuesday, 01 July 2008 00:00

Enchantment Doll’s innovative BJD debut is “Machina,” a robot girl designed by California artist Batchix. She’s 44 centimeters and double-jointed, making her highly poseable. Currently she’s available in blue or white with many more colors scheduled to come. Pictured is a special OOAK gunmetal version made to show her versatility. Ball-Jointed Dolls Are Limited by One Thing—Your Imagination

Ball-jointed dolls (BJDs) have flexible identities. They’re palettes that transform to a buyer’s wishes—heads, makeup, hair, clothing, eyes, resin color—choosing some or all of these are decisions collectors make when purchasing a BJD. Any way you imagine a BJD, you can have it, and therein lies their beauty and the secret to their popularity says Catherine Sanders, owner of Dollfair International, a U.S. partner with and distributor for Korean BJD artists.

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Boulevard of Doll Dreams Come True
Written by Wil Peterson   
Tuesday, 01 July 2008 00:00

Christina St. Clair wears a pink gown that might make an appearance at the Red Carpet Glamour Fashion Doll Event. Attendees will be able to dress convention dolls in a variety of evening wear.Doris Mixon Designs Dolls and Fashions and Calls the Shots at Her Own Doll-Clothing Factory

Spend just a few minutes talking to Doris Mixon, of Lake Elsinore, Calif., and you’ll soon realize you’re in the presence of an avow­ed doll lover—and a colorful, down-to-earth straight shooter.

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Dolls Gone Wilde
Written by Pune Dracker   
Saturday, 01 December 2007 00:00

The “Bitter Green” dressed doll is priced at $139 and limited to 1,000 pieces.Have you met Ellowyne Wilde? So what if she’s suffering from a permanent case of ennui—this girl’s got a killer wardrobe! Read on, if you dare.

Imagine you’re a fly on the wall at the ultimate tea party—VID (very important dolls) only, of course. A certain 11½-inch So Cal blonde is networking center stage; the American Girls have formed a circle and are working at various arts and crafts projects, while the Bratz pack are text messaging their boyfriends.

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Star Quality
Written by Pune Dracker   
Monday, 01 October 2007 00:00

Zac Efron (left) stars as Link Larkin and Nikki Blonsky (right) stars as Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray. (Photo ©2007 David James/New Line Cinema)Kamela Portuges, celebrity doll sculptor and artist behind the new Hairspray dolls, has all the right moves.

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock since the original movie first came out in 1988, you’ve no doubt heard of Hairspray—the feel-good tale of a pleasantly plump teen from Baltimore whose dream is to dance on the Corny Collins Show.

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