Towards the end of December, the reports started to come in. Tyler's
outfits were the first to arrive, then the dolls. "Tyler is here!"
was the message of many emails that flew across the web. Tyler arrived
to enthusiastic accolades. "She looks just like the prototype!" was the
resounding first response to the doll.
There were a few problems: Fashion Design Weekly Awards arrived with
a few beads missing and loose shoulder straps according to some;
Gallery Soiree caused staining; Tyler's eyes are a little plain,
her hair is a little thin, and there is a hole in her head. However, these
were three negatives experienced by a few people as opposed to an
overwhelmingly positive response by the vast majority of collectors.
My personal take on Tyler? She is a lovely, elegant doll, much
more realistic than Gene but perhaps slightly less artistic. Her face is
plain in comparison to both Gene and Willow's exotic mien, but that is
in keeping with the more natural look of the new millennium. I
still like Julia's proportions better. When you stand Tyler next to Julia,
Tyler's head looks big. Now, next to Gene, obviously Tyler's head looks
right in scale! Tyler's head is also softer than the porcelain-like
vinyl used for Gene's head. Tyler's hands are extremely well sculpted but
a little large in comparison to Julia, Gene and Willow. Tyler's has excellent
mobility and pose ability due to her knee joints which work better
than Gene's and her rotating arms.
Several people on the Internet have observed that Tyler resembles
a big Barbie doll, and I do see that resemblance. Barbie doll collectors
who have shied away from Gene due to her large head and "headlight" eyes
will do well to give Tyler a careful examination as all her proportions
are in keeping with a larger Barbie sporting a Mackie face. However, Tyler
is definitely a Tonner doll and has his trademark elegance.
I received the Fashion Design Weekly Awards dress with my two dolls,
and mine arrived with no missing beads and fit in the shoulders perfectly.
I think the dress is understated and stunning. I am also pleased with the
signature outfit -- what nice workmanship! The craftsmanship of Tyler's
modern wardrobe is excellent and in keeping with the quality put forward
by Ashton-Drake for Gene.
Now the creative folks at Tonner are putting out Tyler's new line,
to be premiered at Toy Fair with a live fashion show featuring real models
on the runway wearing Tyler togs. An early sketch has made the rounds on
the Internet featuring two likely dresses. If the new line lives up to
what Tonner presented with his first line, fashion doll collectors are
due for another good year in 2000.
** September 9 -Doll, Bear & Miniature Show at Holiday
Inn Conference Center, Morristown, TN. From 9-4 .
-22nd Annual Doll Show & Sale at
Eureka Springs, AR, Inn of Ozark Convention Center, HWY 62W, 9-4pm, $3,
Ruth Chase, 327 Combs Ave, Fayetteville, AR 72701, 501/442-4596
October 20 - 22 -Gene Convention at the Arlington Heights Hilton
(just outside Chicago). The Registration fee is $325 per person. The fee
includes seminars, workshops, a special signing with the Gene Team, competition,
one of a kind doll, auction, Friday night welcome party, three meals on
Saturday including a banquet dinner, souvenirs including a limited edition
Gene doll made exclusively for the convention by Ashton- Drake, and more
Registration is limited to 700 conventioneers and will be done on a
first come, first serve basis. There is no absentee registration. You must
attend an event in order to receive your souvenirs, no one may pick up
souvenirs for you. Registration is not transferable. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
** October 21 -Rebel Doll Show at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds
December 9 -Kitty Collier...Enchanté' in Washington,
DC. Capitol Studio will be presenting its debut event..."Presenting Kitty
Collier...Enchanté" on 9 December 2000 at the Belmont Mansion in
Washington DC...Robert Tonner is scheduled to attend...and Capitol Studio
is producing the very special souvenir Kitty: A basic blonde Kitty
Collier wearing a cocktail dress based on an 'original Regina Wentworth'
design. Our charity for this event is to benefit 'For Love of Children
The event cost is $170.00 and a portion of the proceeds will go to
the charity. There will be five OOAK Kitty Collier Dolls to
be auctioned for chairty...and five OOAK Tyler
Wentworth Dolls to be raffled for the attendees (one will be raffled
exclusively for onliners). Online friends will get a chance to attend
'virtually', including their own special happenings free of charge...and
there will be additional gifts, doorprizes, exclusive catering. The
event is limited to 100 attendees.
March 2 & 3 - Portland
Convention at the Double Tree Hotel, Jantzen Beach, Portland,
OR. Frida: continental breakfast, Robert Tonner Company programs, raffles,
salestables, workshops, & music. Brenda Starr presents a premier dinner
for her friend Gene. Attendees receive a special Brenda Starr Doll. Saturday:
a look at Gene's life and her plans for the future. Programs, raffles,
salestables, lunch. A special Gne doll. $300. Call Sue at 360/696-0372.
May 3-6 2001 - The First
Robert Tonner Doll Company Convention, in Arlington Heights,
IL. Celebrating Robert's 10 years in the doll business and Betsy McCall's
50th Anniversary, the convention will celebrate ALL Robert's dolls in a
variety of special themed events, dolls, surprises and loads of goodies!
The convention will run from Thursday to Sunday. RTDC Doll Club
Members will have dibs on registration priority; however, you need not
necessarily be a member to attend. For club membership details, contact
August 31, September 1 &
2 -First Annual
Chicago Fashion Doll Festival, Chicago, IL.
BMAA Award Presentations
Seminars & Special Guests
Special Room Rates
SEVERAL Exclusive Limited Edition Fashion Dolls for each Registered
If you are interested in attending please feel free to phone (262) 658-1004
fax (262) 658-0433 or email Murat
Caviale, Inc., Publishers Barbie Bazaar Magazine, 5711 8th Avenue, Kenosha,
* First Thursday of every month
Meade Plantation Belles meets at 7 PM at Shoneys, Bellevue.
This club is predominantly for Barbie collectors but also includes Gene,
Jenny and other fashion doll collectors.
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