Saturday, January 28, 2012

Doll Reader magazine & DOLLS magazine to merge



Doll Reader magazine & DOLLS magazine to merge

The Doll Collecting industry continues to streamline and merge as advertising dollars have fallen off. Back in the day we had Barbie Bazaar Magazine, Millers Fashion Doll Magazine, Vicky's Dolls in Print, Doll World, DOLLS, Doll Reader, then Haute Dolls and more magazines and publications devoted entirely to dolls.

More at: Doll Reader magazine & DOLLS magazine to merge - Nashville Doll Collecting Examiner

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Life in the Castle: Tonner Marley & Malfoy dolls


Life in the Castle: Tonner Marley & Draco Malfoy dolls

The Robert Tonner Doll company recently released their 12" dressed character Draco Malfoy doll. This limited edition of 300 dolls comes with platinum saran hair, the Tonner highly-articulated child body and Tom Felton head sculpt with hand-painted details including his blue eyes.

More: Life in the Castle: Tonner Marley & Malfoy dolls - Nashville Doll Collecting Examiner

Sunday, January 22, 2012

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Bald & Beautiful Barbie -- Will a Bald Doll Sell?



The past few days I have been flooded with calls and Facebook posts from friends who want me to jump on the Bald Barbie Bandwagon. "A lot of people are doing it," a friend told me on the phone. "It's been on the news and Facebook."

I pointed out that Mattel has already done a OOAK bald Barbie in 2011 for a little girl, Genesis Reyes, who is battling cancer, and that Mattel had probably already considered doing a bald Barbie. Personally, I think it is a nice idea, but for a company -- is it a VIABLE idea?

The Problem with Diversity

More and more lately, various demographics and minorities have clamored for a Barbie in their image, and Mattel has usually aquiessed. African Americans demanded more dolls of color and Mattel obliged even though historically the African American dolls do not sell as well and remain on the shelves until 1st or 2nd markdowns. doll makers and doll sellers alike lose profits when dolls go to markdown.

In May 1997, presumably after some clamoring from disability groups, Mattel introduced the $20 Share a Smile Becky in her hot pink wheelchair as a Toys R Us exclusive.  However, there was soon an outcry because the doll would not fit into the elevator of Barbie's Dream House and Mattel had to redesign the house to accommodate the doll - a doll sold in comparatively lower numbers than a basic Barbie doll.

The Future of Bald Barbie

What does this mean for a "Bald Barbie?"  In all likelihood, Mattel will issue one to appease the public. When the doll is first issued, some buyers and collectors will snap them up either because they know someone who has lost their hair, or because the doll is a novelty or just to show how diverse and PC they are. After that, the chances are very good the rest of the Bald Barbies won't sell well unless they come with cute wigs. More than likely they will sit on shelves until they are marked down or clearanced out.

I think the Bald Barbie is a great idea, but I will let Mattel make up their own minds. I also think everyone who signs the petition should be 100% obligated to buy a Bald Barbie at full price to put their money where their mouth is.


For more thoughts on this topic, read:

Bald & Beautiful Barbie petition -- but will it sell?

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Plantation Belles Doll Club celebrates New Year with club dolls, special program - Nashville Doll Collecting Examiner



Plantation Belles Doll Club celebrates New Year with club dolls, special program

The Belle Meade Plantation Belles Doll Club in Nashville presented their 2012 club dolls to club members in a special ceremony on Thursday night, Jan. 5. When members arrived at the party room at Shoney's in Bellevue, three tables were full of the club dolls in their sparkling gowns.


The unique club dolls were dressed in elegant special-order full-length white silk gowns trimmed in silver sequins to celebrate the New Year.

Actress & singer Samantha Newark brings Jem to Bellevue - Nashville doll collecting | Examiner.com

Nashville actress and singer Samantha Newark, best known as the voice for both Jem and Jerrica on the highly popular animated television series "Jem & The Holograms" was the special guest speaker at the January meeting of the Plantation Belles Doll Club. More at:
Actress & singer Samantha Newark brings Jem to Bellevue - Nashville Doll Collecting Examiner

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Samantha Newark, Star of ‘Jem & The Holograms,’ Talks Beauty





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Samantha Newark of "Jem & The Holograms" talks about what makes someone truly beautiful.



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Actress & singer Samantha Newark brings Jem to Bellevue

Monday, January 2, 2012

Samantha Newark, voice of 'Jem & The Holograms' to speak at Bellevue doll club - Nashville doll collecting | Examiner.com

Samantha Newark, voice of 'Jem & The Holograms' to speak at Bellevue doll club

Presented by the Belle Meade Plantation Belles Doll Club at Shoney's Restaurant in Bellevue, TN, Nashville recording artist Samantha Newark, the voice of Jem and Jerrica on the hit 80's animated television series "Jem & The Holograms," will talk about her career as "Jem," other characters, and her music career at the January 5 meeting. (See Samantha Newark of Jem & The Holograms to speak at Jan. 5 doll club meeting)

Read more at Samantha Newark, voice of 'Jem & The Holograms' to speak at Bellevue doll club - Nashville Doll Collecting Examiner

Also see:

Jem and The Holograms Dolls - Truly Outrageous!
One of the iconic TV shows of the 1980s was "Jem and the Holograms," an animated series about an all-girl rock band -- The Holograms. The show ran from 1985...

Samantha Newark of Jem & The Holograms to speak at Jan. 5 doll club meeting

As previously reported in Belle Meade Plantation Belles celebrate Christmas with doll displays & gifts, recording artist Samantha Newark, the voice of Jem and Jerrica on the hit 80's television series "Jem & The Holograms, ...

Patricia Alice Albrecht adds Pizzazz to Plantation Belles doll club meeting

Actress and poet Patricia Alice Albrecht was the special guest speaker at the September meeting of the Belle Meade Plantation Belles doll club on September 1 at Shoneys in Bellevue. Several guests joined regular club members to hear Albrecht talk...

Jem & The Holograms' Pizzazz Patricia Alice Albrecht to speak at doll club

Patricia Alice Albrecht -- the Voice of Pizzazz Patricia Alice Albrecht, best-known as the voice of Pizzazz on the 1980s animated television program Jem & The Holograms, has just announced will be the special guest speaker at the September 1...

Jem & The Holograms: Hasbro doll line & TV series

Jem and the Holograms is a colorful line of rock 'n roll dolls which began production in 1985 and which spawned a television cartoon series that ran from 1985 to 1988. The animated "Jem and the Holograms ...