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Helen Kish Receives the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award
Written by Linda White-Francis   
Monday, 04 October 2010 20:56

DOLLS magazine has recognized the legen­dary Helen Kish this year with its 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award. The Gala Awards Breakfast, where Kish was honored, was held Oct. 2, 2010, in Winston-Salem, N.C. at the 2010 Doll Teddy & Bear EXPO. Kish, with more than 30 years of dedication to the craft, astonishing genius as an artist and major success to her credit, was without a doubt the ideal pick for this year’s winner.

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Escape Artist
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Tuesday, 27 July 2010 19:10

One of the most exciting aspects of being a doll collector is that owning a doll can help you escape your daily woes, your everyday travails. Less costly than an airplane ticket, easier to book than a cruise, a doll is a vehicle for transporting us to different mind frames and unfamiliar terrain.

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Swan Song
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Friday, 11 June 2010 18:54

When “Gene Marshall” made her debut in 1995, it sent shock waves through the doll-collecting community. Her ascendancy from “obscurity” to “mega stardom” was akin to the breakout screen roles that launched Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren or Audrey Hepburn from mere film supporting-player to gold-plated superstar. It was an unveiling that trumpeted a message, loud and clear, through the ranks of adult aficionados: Here was a doll that was designed to be unboxed, undressed and unleashed. It was a revolutionary concept, and the doll world has never been the same.

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Mattel Launches New Barbie Basics Line
Written by Chris Varaste   
Monday, 07 December 2009 19:22

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DOLLS writer and photographer Chris Varaste visited Mattel headquarters in El Segundo, Calif. He met with Mattel designer Bill Greening and Melissa Terrick in marketing to talk about the brilliant new line, Barbie Basics. Without further ado, we bring you the special interview the three conducted among themselves.

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Integrity Dolls - Available at these fine retailers

USA

AMC COLLECTION
www.amccollection.com

ANGELIC DREAMZ HOME
www.angelicdreamz.com

BG'S DOLLHOUSE AND HOSPITAL
www.bgsdollhouse.com

CHERISHED FRIENDS
www.cherishedfriends.com

CHERISHED FRIENDS, TOO!
www.cherishedfriends.com

CHERYL'S DOLLS
www.cherylsdolls.com

DREAM DOLLS GALLERY & MORE
www.dreamdollsgallery.com

ETC. AGAIN / IDEAS ETC TOYS ETC LTD.
www.ideasetctoysetc.com

FABRIC FRIENDS & DOLLS
www.fabricfriendsdolls.com

FANTASTIC PLASTIC TOYS
www.fantasticplastictoys.com

GIGI'S DOLLS & SHERRY'S TEDDY BEARS
www.gigisdolls.com

HAPPILY EVER AFTER
www.happily.com

JOE BLITMAN'S FASHION & CELEBRITY DOLLS
www.joeslist.com

JOHN ROBERT COLLECTIBLES
www.JohnRobertCollectibles.net

MARL & B
www.marlbe.com

MARSHA'S DOLLHOUSE
www.marshasdollhouse.com

ML'S DOLLS AND STUFF
http://mlsdolls.com/

NICE TWICE DOLL SHOP
www.nicetwicedollshop.com

PAT'S POTPOURRI
www.patspotpourri.com

PATT AND BILL'S DOLLS AND BEARS
www.pattandbilly.com

STILL PLAYS WITH DOLLS
www.stillplays.com

SUSAN'S SHOP OF DOLLS
www.susansdolls.com

THE DOLL PEDDLAR
www.dollpeddlar.com

TONI'S COLLECTIBLES
www.toniscollectibles.com

TOONAROONA
www.toonaroona.com/store/

TREASURE DOLLS
www.treasuredollsinaustin.com

WINDY CITY DOLLS
www.windycitydolls.com

ASIA

AZONE, INTERNATIONAL COMPANY LTD.
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KOSAF CO., LTD.
www.jigmaree.co.kr

R&D FASHION DOLLS
www.rnddolls.blogspot.com

CANADA

MY FAVOURITE DOLL, INC.
www.mfd.net

VOGUE COLLECTIBLES, INC.
www.41vouge.com

EUROPE

GALERIE SEEBAER
www.scheithauer.de

LAUREBELLECOUTURE
www.laurebellecouture.com

TEDDY'S DOLL SHOP
www.teddys-doll-shop.com

 
Pop Culture Perfected
Written by Karla Klein Albertson   
Friday, 13 March 2009 20:43

"Edward Cullen" and "Bella Swan" are the first character figures available from Twilight, the phenomenally successful book and movie saga about love between a human girl and vampire boy. Strong preorders at $139.95 each ensure the series will expand to other members of the Cullen family and vamp villains.Once upon a time, girls played with dolls and boys played with action figures. For the gen-X and millennial generations, however, that gender division has been erased. Whatever you call them, pose­able character figures with detailed costumes are essential for pop culture collections. Fans want accurate images, authentic gear and lifelike movement.

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Hooray For Hildegard
Written by Robert Haynes-Peterson   
Thursday, 01 January 2009 00:00

“Lydia,” Günzel’s anniversary porcelain doll, is named after thHildegard Günzel’s Latest Dolls Fill our Hearts with Joy

Hildegard Günzel has done it again. Celebrating 35 years of dollmaking this year, the German artist’s creations continue to smile and jump and laugh and take us to where the livin’ is easy.

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The Girls from Dream City
Written by Carie Ferg   
Saturday, 01 November 2008 00:00

One of the Gene Marshall dressed Convention Collection dolls, chic and cosmic Integrity Toys’ Celestial Convention Collection “Slips the Surly Bonds of Earth”

In the doll-collector community, “Gene Marshall” is synonymous with “classic.” Mel Odom launched his 15½-inch fashion doll in 1995, forever changing the face of doll collecting. Depicting an actress’ life throughout the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s, the mini-icon with a big backstory took hold in doll collectors’ hearts the world over, creating an unprecedented market for fashion dolls for adults. Prior fashion dolls had largely been children’s playthings. Dozens of mimicries followed in her wake, but 13 years later, Gene continues to captivate collectors with her archetypical allure. They anticipate each new incarnation Odom and his team at Integrity Toys will dream up.

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Ready, Set, Action
Written by Sharon Verbeten   
Saturday, 01 November 2008 00:00

The Live Action dolls, led by Barbie, debuted in 1970 and embodied the “mod” era, especially in fashion. These dolls could “move and groove,” thanks to a special stand. “Barbie®”of the 1970s Could “Move and Groove”

In 2007 when Mattel introduced its Pivotal body for the “Barbie®” doll, fans of the legendary doll were thrilled. With 12 points of articulation, the posing possibilities were endless. Debuting on the Jazz Baby dolls, the articulation was the most seen—up to that point—on any Barbie doll.

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Legend of Yesterday, Promise of Tomorrow
Written by Carie Ferg   
Wednesday, 01 October 2008 00:00

“Opening Night at the Grand Ole Opry” has starlet allure with her glamorous ensemble. The 16-inch doll is limited to 175 pieces and comes with the guitar. Many licensed dolls are included in the fall 2008 collection, which is unusual at Alexander Doll Co. It may be the 85th anniversary of Alexander Doll Co., but for company president Gale Jarvis and vice president of sales David Morgenstern, 2008 has been another year to challenge themselves—building on the quality tradition that is synonymous with the company’s name while pushing into new territories.  “You have to outdo yourself every single year or else your collectors are disappointed. It’s nice that it’s the 85th year, but we didn’t work any harder this year because [of that],” Morgenstern says. “We have to work harder because our collectors are expecting more and more of us every single year.” 

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