Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Photos By Berdine Creedy

Young At Heart Doll Club Of New Jersey 2008 Holiday Party

November Rothman Doll Show 2008

Thank you Berdine!

Ed & Glenn

Goodreau Goes To Oz!

They are only prototypes, and they are not yet completed. Toto is already out in a 5 inch resin. And the tinman and scarecrow are coming. Retailers we are accepting orders. Not priced yet! Just got them yesterday evening. P

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Twilight dolls by Robert Tonner

Sculpted in the likeness of the film’s character, EDWARD CULLEN (as portrayed by Robert Pattinson). This TONNER CHARACTER FIGURE™ is approximately 17” tall and includes 14 points of articulation (neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, chest, hips, knees, and ankles). He features hand painted features and rooted saran hair.

EDWARD comes dressed straight from the movie in a t-shirt, jeans, socks, shoes with working laces, and tailored coat. Pricing information to be announced at a later date. Shipping Spring 2009

Sculpted in the likeness of the film’s character, BELLA SWAN (as portrayed by Kristen Stewart). This TONNER CHARACTER FIGURE™ is approximately 15” tall and includes 15 points of articulation (neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, bust line, waist, hips, knees, and ankles). She features hand painted features and rooted saran hair.

BELLA comes dressed straight from the movie in a tank top under an embroidered peasant top, boot-cut corduroys, socks, shoes with working laces, and detailed jacket. Shipping Spring 2009

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Avant Guard Dolls By Integrity

Integrity has announced that the Avant Guard dolls will be shipping by December 2008! Live Wire and Eclectic will be available through Happily Ever After at $220 each. Call now to be placed on the list!

2009 Heidi Plusczok Dolls

Hello everybody!

Go pick a friend!!!

For Heidi's 2009 Collection, we present the first three girls - Mia, Inka and Lea, Each thirty inch vinyl doll is handcrafted in an edition of only 120 pieces.

The body is twenty-four inches, the head is six inches and the circumference is fifteen and a half inches.

The full vinyl bodies have joints at the head, shoulders, elbows, waist and thighs for different poses. The fingernails are so elaborate that you might expect them to grow and the eyes are so lively that you just can´t resist. The two Caucasian girls and their Hispanic friend will soon team up to conquer collector´s hearts!

Heidi´s 2009 collection is her largest collection ever with twenty-two dolls. The theme for this new line is "Ring around the Rosie" with the intention to unite children from different cultures, continents and religions. Heidi hopes to make a connection between past and present because this game has been played for over 150 years all around the world and is still popular today.

This line has five groups: romantic, contemporary, antique, specials (an oriental dancer of 21,5" and 2 little Chinese girls of 12") and the three girls above.

The clothing will underline Heidi´s intention to unite. There are romantic dresses, contemporary and antique-like ones.

Phone Happily Ever After at 215-627-5790 now to order your dolls today!

Mia in White - $1.158

Lea in Red - $1.213

Inka in Green - $1.232

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Wizard of Oz - Casting Dorothy

Wizard of Oz - Casting The Wicked Witch

Meet Me In St Louis - The Trolley Song

Summer Stock - Get Happy

Singing In The Rain - Moses Supposes

Trilogy of Terror - Amelia Part 3 Of 3

Robert Tonner - Doll House Of Terror - Part 2

Robert Tonner - Doll House of Terror - Part One

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Thursday, October 2, 2008

2008 Alexander McDonald's Dolls

Alexander doll has annouced the fall 2008 McDonald Happy Meal dolls - all from OZ!

Alexander Doll Company is pleased to once again partner with McDonald’s Corporation for their Fall Happy Meal promotionThe dates for this year's program are September 12th - October 9th. The designs for the 4 1/2 inch mini plastic dolls are replicas of dolls from past and present MA/The Wizard of Oz™ Collections and will include a total of 12 dolls—Dorothy™, Glinda the Good Witch™ , Wicked Witch of the West™ , Scarecrow™, Tin Man™ , Cowardly Lion™, Winged Monkey™, Oz Flower Munchkin, Lullaby Munchkin, Lolllipop Munchkin, Winkie Guard and The Wizard of Oz™. One of these dolls will be available in each Happy Meal purchased at participating McDonald’s in the US and Canada.

For those who already collect the extraordinary 8 and 10 inch Madame Alexander dolls, these mini dolls will add a new dimension to their collections. It is also a great opportunity to introduce young collectors to the world of Madame Alexander and start them off on their own collections. Local Alexander Doll retailers are always ready to greet new collectors and help them select their first doll.

To check the Madame Alexander / Wizard of Oz™ Happy Meal® dolls out in action, please visit http://www.happymeal.com/ Visit the McDonald's® Web site for some interactive fun!

Mikki Klug Wins URSA Award

Baby sugar glider by Mikki Klug - Winner of URSA Award from Bears and Buds magazine

Congratulations to Mikki Klug of Cripple Creek Creations!

I've been an animal lover as long as I can remember. I still live on the farm with my husband, Ronald, and all our animals: Llamas, cats and dogs. My love of these animals has enabled me to create felties, with unique poses, expressions and personalities.

A special thanks for the on going support of Ron, my sisters, Maggie and Cookie (Susan) and Felicia Hymer of the Bear Scout who sells my creations. I spend about eight house a day needle felting which I Love!

Competitions like Bears&Buds' URSA Awards are extremely rewarding and challenge me to continually improve my skill and a vehicle to introduce my work to many of which have become my loyal customer and friends.

Thank you for voting for me.

2008 Maggie Iacono dolls from Modern Doll Convention

Here are photos of the dolls some very lucky people were able to add to their collection from the 2008 Modern Doll Convention in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

2008 Gene Convention Dolls

Go to the Integrity web site to purchase any remaining dolls from the 2008 convention!

Farewell from the Annette Himstedt Puppenmanufaktur

Dear Collectors,

Over the years you have lived through many changes with me, which generally tended to have a very positive outcome. This time I unfortunately only have very sad news for you.

In 1986 I introduced my very first vinyl collection. Now – 23 years later – I will close my manufactory towards the end of the year 2008.

There have been tremendously successful years, but there were also very tough ones. Either way, one thing was always of utmost importance to me: the joy and the ambition to always create increasingly better dolls.

Through the years I’ve gone through a lot of changes, partly deliberate, partly because I had to. The world of dolls is constantly changing, for which I’m in part responsible. To get better, to work more elaborately and to achieve higher quality standards, has made collectors and retailers alike more and more demanding as a result. The dolls became more and more expensive in the making, due to the material and wig costs on the one hand and the need to employ more and more members of staff on the other. In the last few years I employed between 50 and 80 members of full time staff.

In addition people’s financial situation has got more difficult in the last two years. Economic problems the world over, rising energy costs, and more recently the credit crunch, the crashing property market and many other factors have contributed towards people becoming less inclined to spend their money as easily as they could in the years before. Times got harder and the unfavourable US exchange has not helped the situation.

For the five years between 2003 and 2007 we have unfortunately experienced very big losses as a result of this. Because we have compensated for the bad exchange rate by charging a much lower rate to our American collectors. But because the dollar got weaker and weaker, in 2007 the losses were so enormous that we simply couldn’t sustain them anymore. We had to increase the doll retail price in the US this year to get closer to the real exchange rate. For our American collectors this meant of course a lot of money. But we just couldn’t keep calculating our dollar prices based on an exchange rate of $1.15, where in fact it was closer to $1.60 to the Euro. The simple truth is that to sustain a company like mine that produces high quality dolls in Germany a set amount have to be sold each year. Unfortunately the orders we’re getting aren’t enough any more.

As a result I have no choice but to close my manufactory by the end of 2008. We will fulfil all orders of the Sommer Kinder, the Club Minis as well as all orders that will get to us by mid November.

I think that the last collections will become as popular as my first collection in 1986 was at the time. I am sure that they will increase in value.

I have spent nearly a quarter of a century in my manufactory and worked there with passion, much discipline and a lot of idealism.

I have enjoyed working with my team, whom I would like to thank once more for their hard work and commitment. Some of them have been with me since the very beginning.

I thank my collectors and retailers for their faithfulness over the years.

I have experienced many highs as well as a few lows during this time but the pleasure I have been able to bring to collectors worldwide has always been the central driving force for me.
I hope that Himstedt collectors will continue to cherish all the different dolls that were created and lovingly crafted from the manufactory here in Paderborn.

I am sure that I’ll remain in the world of dolls in some shape or form, but how exactly this will be I don’t know yet. One thing is certain though: it won’t be with a manufactory.

I wish you all the best.
Take care, Annette Himstedt