Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Holiday Barbie 2013 -- 25th year anniversary of a Christmas classic - Nashville Doll Collecting Examiner
Holiday Barbie 2013 -- 25th year anniversary of a Christmas classic
Barbie doll is still the undisputed most popular doll in the world, and perhaps the most popular Barbie series has been the annual Holiday Barbie. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Holiday Barbie doll as she celebrates Christmas in her silver anniversary gown.
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2013 Holiday Barbie Doll celebrates 25 years of Christmas Barbies - National Barbie Collecting Examiner
2013 Holiday Barbie Doll celebrates 25 years of Christmas Barbies
A wintry world of silvery snowflakes, family and friends await Barbie this holiday season as she celebrates Christmas in her silver 25th anniversary gown.
Article at: 2013 Holiday Barbie Doll celebrates 25 years of Christmas Barbies - National Barbie Collecting Examiner
Monday, December 2, 2013
It's Cyber Monday today -- the day set aside to do your holiday shopping online from the comfort of your home or office! I am hoping you will consider shopping Cyber Kathryn today for all your holiday needs! Here is my Cyber Monday Sales List for your shopping convenience.
Liv Doll Katie Tagged Christmas Green Hoodie Jacket Hood Fits Barbie Jenny Etc | eBay
MGA Bratz Let's Talk Cloe 10th Anniversary Boxed Talking Doll 11 5 inch VHTF |eBay
MGA Bratz Let's Talk Cloe 10th Anniversary NUDE Talking Doll 11 5 inch VHTF
Barbie Basics Doll Model 7 Collection 3 Orange Swimsuit etc Model Muse | eBay
Barbie Basics Accessories Look1 Orange Beach Set Silkstones ModelMuse | eBay
1995 Mattel Songbird Barbie Doll with Bluebird Sparkling Blue Gown | eBay
1995 Mattel Songbird Teresa Barbie Doll w Songbird Sparkling Purple Gown | eBay
My Big Sister Kelsey Jodi by Kid Kore 1999 Barbie Chelsea Sized Dolls | eBay
Eden Madeline Small 8" Doll Figure Toy in Plaid Christmas Dress | eBay
Ty Girlz Sweet Sammi 2007 Doll Nude Great Condition | eBay
Ty Girlz Preppy Paige 2008 Doll Nude Brunette Good Condition | eBay
Cherry Merry Muffin Mattel Doll Pink Hair w Glittery Streaks Sparkly Leotard | eBay
Pale Pink White Tiered Lace Skirt for Moxie Teenz Marley Gene Tyler Dolls | eBay
Craftsman Doll Apron Tonner Matt Harry Potter Cullen Trent Moxie Teenz Gavin | eBay
Hasbro Sindy Doll 100 Stickers Upper Deck 1995 Never Removed Factory SEALED Box | eBay http://ow.ly/rnsQk
Original 1998 Electronic Furby Tiger Electronics Model 70 800 | eBay
Henry Cavill as Superman Man of Steel RARE Sears Promo Poster 8 1 2 x 11 | eBay
Superman Man of Steel Sears Limited Edition DC Comic Book 1 NRFP | eBay
Unusual 2002 NASCAR's Dale Earnhardt Jr Promo Sign 7" x 11" for Drakkar Noir
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Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Dia de los Muertos dolls and figures invade Cheekwood
The hispanic Dia de los Muertos festival returned to Cheekwood's beautiful grounds for its 14th year on Sat., Nov. 2 bringing Mexican and Aztec dancers, Mariachis and a variety of other Latin music forms, arts, crafts, food and dolls for visitors to enjoy.
Article at: Dia de los Muertos dolls and figures invade Cheekwood - Nashville Doll Collecting Examiner
THIS IS NOT A TOY: An Exploration of Urban Vinyl as Design and Art Form
Pharrell Williams Guest Curates First Large-Scale Designer Toy Exhibition
at the Design Exchange
Photo Credit: Terry Richardson
On February 7th, 2014, Canada's Design Museum, the Design Exchange (DX) launches the world's first ever large-scale exhibition dedicated to urban vinyl as contemporary art. On display until May 18th 2014, visitors dive headfirst into the realm of designer "toys" as the Exhibition Hall is transformed into a life-size dream world, filled with figurines ranging from tiny trinkets to enormous free-standing pieces. World-renowned international works, including some from the collaborations and personal collection of singer, songwriter and producer Pharrell Williams, beg for examination and exploration.
"Pharrell personifies this century's renaissance man. His influence on music, fashion, design and contemporary art is profound. From penning and performing 2013's hottest songs to the furniture he designed for Emmanuel Perrotin Gallery, to his BBC/Ice Cream streetwear, he is truly ubiquitous. But it was his amorous relationship with urban vinyl and contemporary art that precipitated this collaboration with the DX... I am thrilled to host another first for the Design Exchange, Canada's Design Museum." - Shauna Levy, President of the DX
This Is Not A Toy takes its name from the disclaimer found on packaging for objects geared to adults or which might be harmful to young children - they may be called toys, but they are not intended for play. With roots in late 1980s graffiti culture, the subversive and cult-like art form of urban vinyl is as rebellious as it is fun. Lying at the intersection of fine art, marketing, pop culture, product and graphic design, toys are highly collectible objects for a post-Pop world, often selling from hundreds to tens of thousands of dollars.
PLAY & EXPERIENCE
This Is Not A Toy, conceived and co-curated by John Wee Tom, co-founder of the Templar Hotel, with DX Associate Curator, Sara Nickleson and American music and fashion icon, Pharrell Williams, features works that demonstrate conceptual sophistication, rigour and execution.
L to R: Sushi & Octo by Huck Gee; False Friends by Coarse; Superflat Museum by Takashi Murakami; Passage by Coarse
Urban vinyl in numbers:
- 1,000 - the original release price, in dollars, of Yoshitomo Nara's Sleepless Nights Sitting in 2007
- 50,000 - the Buy It Now price, in dollars, on eBay for Yoshitomo Nara's Sleepless Nights Sitting
- 26,000 - the number of diamonds and gems that cover seven white, yellow and rose forms of Pharrell's everyday essentials, as part of The Simple Things: the six foot sculpture created by Takashi Murakami, Pharrell Williams and Jacob the Jeweler in 2009
- 1998 - generally recognized as year zero of the urban vinyl scene
- 500 - the number of three inch production Kidrobot Dunnys - every single edition produced - that will be assembled behind a glassed-in display wall for This Is Not A Toy
- 13 - the number of designer toys acquired in 2008 by the Museum of Modern Art for their permanent collection
8 - the height in feet of a monumental AD-AT sculpture to be unveiled by Bill McMullen, commemorating the 10th anniversary of the original release of his Star Wars AD-AT Walker X Adidas Shelltoe shoe mash-up toy
3 - the number of larger-than-life plush pieces from DOMA that will be at the DX, including Master Control (left - a gang of four giant creatures); Stupid Tank (middle - a stuffed tank with a long cannon that can be tied in knots and wrapped around fixtures, people, architecture and columns); and Carne (right - a butcher shop-style display of hanging stuffed toy meat cuts)
"These are toys in name only. They play with perceptions, imagination and expectations of what a toy is. They lure you in with their design and personality, touching on a memory from your childhood or some other intuitive emotion while revealing - or concealing - their true nature. You don't need an art history degree or design background to appreciate these small sculptures - everyone 'gets' them because of their accessible aesthetic qualities. But unlike ordinary toys, they also have something for the sophisticated designer or art critic because of their underlying, subliminal messages. They're just cool - for kids, adults, jaded teens, hipsters, grandparents, fashionistas, musicians, designers, artists and culture hounds alike." - John Wee Tom, Exhibition Initiator and Co-Curator
Video screens and projections will accompany the displays, showcasing the development of the movement by comparing contemporary works. Expect interviews with designers along with related fashion and music content that complement the culture.
With popularity beginning in Japan and Hong Kong, the movement has travelled west and this medium of creative expression has attracted prominent artists from around the world. The designs created within this realm range dramatically, from representations of renowned fashion designers like Vivienne Westwood to (pop-culture icons from Star Wars to the work of artists from all disciplines and backgrounds).
International heavyweights inject the show with iconic characters and highly charged pieces. Works by New York-based graffiti-turned-painting-and-sculpture artist Brian Donnelly, known as KAWS, (provide the axis for critical discourse on the accessibility of art, art as consumer product and the positioning of so-called lowbrow art within the contemporary art context). FriendsWithYou, a fine art collaborative of Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III, aim to spread the positive message of Magic, Luck, and Friendship™ through colourful paintings, sculpture, large-scale experiential installations, public playgrounds, and more.
Additional artists on display include:
Takashi Murakami, Yoshitomo Nara, DOMA, Misaki Kawai, Bill McMullen, Frank Kozik, Coarse, Huck Gee, and other influential toy artists, plus producers Kidrobot and Medicom.
The Canadian component includes custom toys by:
Douglas Coupland, Castor Design, Bruno Billio, Bruce Mau Design, Julie Moon, Sid Lee Collective, Doublenaut Design, Team Macho, Rhed and Blok Design.
"Increasingly, contemporary artists are creating products without compromising their vision or body of work. The toy may come first but it doesn't take long before fans are attending gallery openings of new sculpture and painting. These small objects welcome people into an art world that they once felt had no place for them." - Sara Nickelson, DX Associate Curator
Designer toys are made in limited editions, the best often scooped up by collectors at record prices. This Is Not A Toy aims to highlight these coveted pieces, otherwise only viewable in private homes by friends and family. Contributors include Pharrell Williams with his The Simple Things, Canadian fashion icon Jeanne Beker, owner of Toronto's 'Lost and Found' Jonathan Elias, Nicolas Caldas from Puerto Rico, and co-curator, John Wee Tom aka Johnnyvinyl.
With a goal of raising $75,000 from November 26th to December 26th, 2013, this is the first time that a crowd-funding platform has been used to raise funds for an exhibition of this scale by a public institution in Canada. The Kickstarter platform was chosen because of its metrics and demographics: its audience comprises the very same tech-savvy, social-media hungry, pop-culture vulture audience with a taste for the new that are typically fans and collectors of urban vinyl.
A giant glass structure will be designed to house more than 100 blank Kidrobot Munnys, each toy representing one person who has donated to the exhibition's Kickstarter campaign at the $500 and $1,000 tiers. Over the run of the four month exhibition, visitors will have a turn to shoot a paint ball gun at the group, creating a continuously-changing design. At the end of the exhibition, each unique figure will be sent to their respective donor - the Kickstarter reward created for supporters of the exhibition BY visitors of the exhibition along with curators Sara Nickleson and John Wee Tom with interactivity artists Eliot Callahan and Andrew Lovett-Barron.
At the next donation tier ($1,500), a component of the rewards package includes one of 10 custom 18" Munny designs, created by Canada's top designers and architects, as listed above. The first person to donate at this level will receive the first pick of the custom Munnys to take home, with the other nine donors following suit.
DESIGN EXCHANGE (DX): EXPERIENCE DESIGN AT CANADA'S DESIGN MUSEUM
Established in 1994, the Design Exchange (DX) is Canada's only museum dedicated exclusively to the pursuit of design excellence and preservation of design heritage. At a crossroads of multiple disciplines, from furniture and architecture to graphics and fashion, DX exhibitions and talks are curated to reflect the popular zeitgeist and contemporary culture, while demonstrating the relevancy and importance of design to everyday life. Under the leadership of President, Shauna Levy, and a renewed strategic vision beginning March 2012, the DX has hosted renowned traveling exhibitions from prestigious cultural institutions across the globe, including Stefan Sagmeister's The Happy Show from the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia and the Christian Louboutin retrospective from Design Museum London. Educating and awareness-building from its downtown Toronto location in the historic and original Toronto Stock Exchange building, the non-profit charity attracts thousands of visitors of all ages each year.
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Happy Halloween from the Moxie Teenz dolls
Halloween is here and the Moxie Teenz dolls and their friend Pauline Pumpkin are decked out for a Halloween party in their favorite spooktacular ensembles.
Details & photos at: Happy Halloween from the Moxie Teenz dolls - Nashville Doll Collecting Examiner
Friday, October 4, 2013
Moxie Teenz dolls go to a Harvest Ball
The Moxie Teenz dolls know how to enjoy life and that each season is special in its own way, but they particularly love the colors, cooler weather and events that autumn brings. Now Tristan, Bijou, Arizona, Leigh, Melrose and Gavin are looking forward to October parties including Halloween and the formal Harvest Ball. The Moxie Teenz dolls are fabulously festive for fall dressed in sequins, satin and silk.
Continued: Moxie Teenz dolls go to a Harvest Ball - Nashville Doll Collecting Examiner
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Toys 'R' Us announces the 2013 Holiday Hot Toy List
Toys "R" Us has just announced their 2013 Holiday Hot Toy List, so if the young one in your home has not told you what he or she wants, the chances are good it's on this definitive list.
Read more: Toys 'R' Us announces the 2013 Holiday Hot Toy List - Nashville Doll Collecting Examiner
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Famke Janssen spooked by 'The Lonely (Lenci) Doll' book (Video) - Nashville Doll Collecting Examiner
Famke Janssen spooked by 'The Lonely (Lenci) Doll' book
Famke Janssen has appeared in her share of supernatural movies playing somewhat spooky characters such as Jean Grey/Phoenix in the "X-Men" film series and the wicked witch Muriel in "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters." However, Janssen was recently spooked by a children's book called "The Lonely Doll. "
Continued at: Famke Janssen spooked by 'The Lonely (Lenci) Doll' book (Video) - Nashville Doll Collecting Examiner
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
|A Gene for Every Holiday|
Every day's a holiday for Gene Marshall dolls
Gene Marshall is back and she's better than ever, at least her wardrobe is! The Every Day's A Holiday Gene Convention took place in Kansas City, Missouri, Aug. 22-25th, 2013, and by Aug. 28, several of the fashions were on display for local doll lovers to enjoy in Nashville at Demos' Restaurant.
Article at: Every day's a holiday for Gene Marshall dolls - Nashville Doll Collecting Examiner
Monday, September 2, 2013
|Betsy McCall & Madeline Dolls|
Doll Collecting 101: What are Betsy McCall dolls?
McCall's magazine had a noteworthy and long run from the late 1800s until personality Rosie O'Donnell became editorial director, renamed the magazine after herself and ceased publication in 2002 when she couldn't totally remake the magazine in her own image. But prior to the magazine's ruin, it had became one of the most popular magazines in the world by the 1960s. One of the most beloved aspects of McCall's magazine was Betsy McCall, a paper doll that first appeared in the magazine in May of 1951.
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Thursday, August 29, 2013
Moxie Teenz dolls go hiking for health
The Moxie Teenz dolls know who they are and they’ve got a style that shows it. With an eye for fashion, beauty and the latest trends, the Moxie Teenz know that exercise, eating right, getting enough water and sleep, and using good skin care products are important to anyone's style.
Article at: Moxie Teenz dolls go hiking for health - Nashville Doll Collecting Examiner
Stardoll outfits fit Barbie, Liv, Moxie Teenz, other dolls
Recently the Mattel Stardoll outfits were marked down at Toys R Us and other stores. Closely related to the Barbie doll, it may come as no surprise that the clothes fit the pink plastic princess, but it was a nice surprise to discover the shoes fit the Moxie Teenz dolls that can be hard to find footwear for.
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University Cheerleaders dolls by Best Pals, 2002 with UT Vols doll - Nashville doll collecting Examiner
University Cheerleaders dolls by Best Pals, 2002 with UT Vols doll
In 1996, Mattel came out with a line of college cheerleader Barbie dolls with uniforms that matched their real-life counterparts. Six years later, Best Pals, Inc. issues their own line of somewhat smaller cheerleader dolls wearing licensed "Real Authentic Gear" from seven U.S. universities including Tennessee's own UT Vols cheerleader.
Continued: University Cheerleaders dolls by Best Pals, 2002 with UT doll - Nashville Doll Collecting Examiner
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Doll Collecting 101: What are Madeline dolls?
The Madeline dolls are based upon a 1938 children's book written by Ludwig Bemelmans about a little girl who attends a Catholic boarding school in Paris, France. In 1996, the Eden Toys company was granted the rights to create Madeline dolls based upon the books.
Continue: Doll Collecting 101: What are Madeline dolls? - Nashville Doll Collecting Examiner
Monday, August 26, 2013
Back to school with Moxie Teenz dolls
Nashville schools started back in session on Aug. 1 and high schools and colleges across the country are gearing up for the school year. The Moxie Teenz dolls are enjoying the opportunity to hang out with their friends wearing the latest trendy fashions.
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Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Cherry Merry Muffin dolls from Mattel--a look back
|Sweet Scents on L; Cherry Merry Muffin on R|
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Friday, July 26, 2013
Invasion of the (doll) body snatchers starring Liv, Jackie Evancho & Moxie Teenz - Doll Collecting Examiner
|Body swapping Liv and Jackie Evancho dolls|
I am a big fan of both Liv dolls and Moxie Teenz dolls, so I am now making hybrid "Moxie Liv" dolls. Here's the scoop!
Recently, as I reported in "Jackie Evancho: the little doll with the big voice," the 14" fashion dolls went on clearance at Toys R Us. These dolls look a lot like the Moxie Teenz dolls in the body. In fact, the Evancho dolls and the Moxie Teenz dolls can exchange clothes, accessories, even shoes. However, the cute, smiling face of little Jackie Evancho just does not display well with the more sophisticated Moxie Teenz dolls.
In the face, the Liv dolls are similar to the Mozie Teenz dolls. The heads are close enough in size to where the Liv World dolls and the Moxie Teenz dolls can exchange wigs. The Liv dolls also feature inset glass eyes like the Moxie Teenz. However, Liv dolls are about 2 inches shorter with smaller torso dimensions. Until now...
Taking the clearance Jackie Evancho doll and using the boiling water technique to loosen the vinyl around the neck, I removed her head and did the same with a Liv doll. Quickly swapping heads while the plastic was still soft, I created a Liv-Evancho hybrid I call my "Moxie Liv." The proportions were excellent, and I prefer the Evancho head on a Liv body.
|Moxie Liv on left with Moxie Teenz Leigh and Gavin|
Although the Liv dolls were discontinued, they are easy to find at yard sales and thrift stores for 99¢ and under. If you like the Moxie Teenz dolls but don't want to pay the inflated prices charged by scalpers on Amazon and eBay, make your own Moxie Liv doll with a Liv head and the Jackie Evancho doll body!
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Jackie Evancho: the little doll with the big voice
The Jackie Evancho Collectors Edition doll also known as "Jackie Evancho--When You Wish Upon a Star" was released in 2011 from JE Touring, Inc. under license from Bravado Merchandising. The doll has button on her stomach that plays a couple of lines of Jackie singing the "When You Wish Upon a Star" song.
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Thursday, July 18, 2013
Laiko Real Teen Dolls a little-known 1990s fashion doll
Laiko International Co., Inc. was based in City of Industry, CA when it made its line of "Real Teen" fashion dolls in the 1990s. At the time, the website for the Laiko dolls was realteen-dolls.com. The website described their 14-inch Limited Edition Teen Doll as "young, pretty and...always dressed trendy (with) beautiful, long and silky hair."
The dolls came with different hair color, fashions and face paint, and some I have seen had stars painted in their eyes. They had big eyes, big grins and dimples. Fashions included plenty of shorts sets as well as some dresses with socks and boots for footwear. The Laiko dolls are a little over 14 inches tall and stamped on the back of the torso and back of the head with 1993 Laiko International Co., Inc China.
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Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Moxie Teenz wigs on clearance at Toys R Us
The cute and colorful interchangeable Moxie Teenz dolls wigs have gone on clearance at Toys R Us. Regularly $4.99, these wigs are now only $2.98 each.
Read more at: Moxie Teenz wigs on clearance at Toys R Us - Nashville Doll Collecting Examiner
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Beverly Hillbillies Elly May Clampett Barbie Doll Vintage Face | eBay
The 2010 Beverly Hillbillies Elly May Barbie doll is one of the prettiest Barbie dolls produced by Mattel for her vintage face mold and elaborately touseled blonde curls. Dressed in blue checked shirt and jeans, Elly May carries her trademark slingshot. The doll became infamous when actress Donna Douglas sued Mattel over her likeness being used on the box without her permission.
Buy the doll on eBay
Find out more at: Donna Douglas sues Mattel over "The Beverly Hillbillies" Elly May Barbie doll (Photos)
Superman Man of Steel Comic Books, Posters, Toys & Dolls
A few weeks before "Superman: Man of Steel" with Henry Cavill, Russell Crowe and Kevin Costner came out in theaters, action figures, toys, movie posters, special edition comic books, costumes, trading cards and a variety of other movie merchandise began to appear in stores and online.
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Sunday, July 14, 2013
Pale Pink White Tiered Lace Skirt for Moxie Teenz Marley Gene Tyler Dolls | eBay
Brand-New Layered Lace Skirt with three tiers in pale pink & white from All Dolled Up
Find it here: Pale Pink White Tiered Lace Skirt for Dolls | eBay
Monday, July 8, 2013
Barbie Basics Collection accessories fun for collectors
The Barbie Basics line has been one of Mattel's most successful series in recent years. In 2011, Mattel issued a set of accessory packs to go with the Barbie Basics Collection swimsuit line of dolls. The packs came in colors that coordinated with the Barbie Basics dolls and their swimsuits.
Find the auction on ebay: Barbie Basics Accessories Look 1 Orange Gold Beach Set Fits Liv Silkstones | eBay
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Thursday, July 4, 2013
Independence Day is here and your favorite dolls are ready to put on their best patriotic outfits. Barbie, Liv and Moxie Teenz dolls show their patriotic ferver in cute red, white and blue clothes. Check them out in the following articles:
Monday, July 1, 2013
Hooray for the red, white and blue vintage Bicentennial Barbie dolls - National Barbie Collecting Examiner
Hooray for the red, white and blue vintage Bicentennial Barbie dolls
For the 4th of July, Barbie and her Malibu friends Ken, Francie and P.J. have dressed up in vintage Bicentennial patriotic outfits.
Article at: Hooray for the red, white and blue vintage Bicentennial Barbie dolls - National Barbie Collecting Examiner
Friday, June 28, 2013
Liv it up for the 4th of July with Sophie dolls & friends
Who doesn't love the 4th of July? Celebrating our nation's birth, July 4 brings to mind picnics, parades, parties, patriotic clothes, fireworks and more, and the same holds true for the Liv World dolls.
Read more: Liv it up for the 4th of July with Sophie dolls and friends - Nashville Doll Collecting Examiner