Friday, February 19, 2010

Tonner Launches DR. Who & Torchwood

Tonner Doll Company, renowned worldwide for their collections of award-winning dolls, have recently unveiled their new range of high-quality Doctor Who and Torchwood collectable character figures of the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant), Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman), Jack Harkness (Captain Jack) and Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles)!
The dolls were originally announced a year or so ago, however they’ve finally released pictures, which you can check out above.

I took the photos below while at Toy Fair in New York this past Monday. Enjoy!

Miniature? REALLY?!?!?

The King’s Study at Versailles is one of the most opulent rooms in the world, – featuring a genuine marble fireplace, Swarovski-crystal chandelier & gold-guild wallpaper.
However, now being sold for £250,000.00, this one is actually a model created by Susie Rogers & her partner, Kevin Mulvany!

Taking 3 months to complete, it is extraordinary in its detail, an exact replica of the one in Versailles. At a recent exhibition of their work, A presumptuous woman, craning into the Versailles room, said, ‘Just one thing I must point out to you. You have made a little mistake here.’ At those words, the world stopped temporarily for model-maker Kevin. The bustle of the doll’s house exhibition ceased. ‘Oh really,’ he said. ‘What is that?’ This woman knew her architectural history. ‘Well, in the 18th century they didn’t have the technology to make huge sheets of glass, so all the mirrors would be split in at least one place.’ Mulvany smiled and asked her to look a little closer. There, almost invisible, was a thin line that separated the panes of glass. Perfect to the tiniest detail.

Jason Wu - Poetic Mood

Post-show climax, the US womenswear prodigy Jason Wu (he's 27)
ran the length of his pink-carpeted catwalk to thunderous applause.

So, at least, we read. Unfortunately, at that moment, The Times fashion team was at 30,000ft, New York bound. Yet we could not miss Wu: he's the man Michelle Obama chose to dress her for Barack's Inauguraton Ball. And even though he's near the start of his career, Wu made around $US10 million ($13 million) in sales last year - ovation-worthy when his T-shirts start at $US295 and his USP (beautiful evening wear) can cost around $US5000.

We met Wu at his new showroom near the Garment District, where he revealed the Irving Penn moodboard that helped him to conceive the show and the masculine menswear look that was inspired by Penn's wardrobe. "It's a new silhouette for me," Wu says, "but it felt to me that fashion is going to swing away from this overtly sexy aggressive mood of the last few seasons. I'm feeling alone and moody and poetic."

That moodiness translated into clever, screen-printed splashes of PVC paint on cashmere dresses and coats. As well as men's tailoring, some of that new silhouette came from sportsgear: Wu has padded some clothes puffa-style, giving delicately exteriored parkas serious presence. The poetry came in his evening wear.

He's pioneered a new way of laser-printing on to tulle, which ripples and blurs and shimmers against the material beneath. Elsewhere he's used guinea hen and peacock feathers to makes beautiful skirts and dresses that are far sturdier, he says, than they look. There's alpaca so fine it looks like a fur and gowns that Wu says aren't concieved for bridal wear but could be. Expect to see Wu at the Oscars, where, despite the mood, there should be room for overtly sexy.

Madame Alexander Winner

COLLEGEDALE, Tenn. -- A 7-year-old girl from Overton County, Tenn., has won a Little Debbie look-alike contest sponsored by the snack cake company.
Rhea Lynne Conner of Monroe will have her face featured on the backs of select cartons of Little Debbie snack cakes for a limited time.

Rhea, a student at A.H. Roberts Elementary School in Livingston, Tenn., won a $5,000 college scholarship, Little Debbie snacks, a Madame Alexander Little Debbie 50th Anniversary collectible doll and a $50 gift card.

She was chosen from 10 finalists and more than 900 girls between 4 and 8 years old.
She would like to become a veterinarian.

Collegedale-based McKee Foods, which makes Little Debbie snack cakes, is celebrating its 50th year in business.

Barbie Nerd

Toy maker Mattel has given Barbie, an iconic fashion doll since 1959, a new career -- this time as a computer engineer.
For the first time, the company took an online vote, asking people to select the Barbie doll's 125th career by choosing between architect, computer engineer, environmentalist, news anchor or surgeon. And voters chose the high-tech job.

Barbie's 125th career move: computer engineer.
Mattel polled fans on Facebook and Twitter for Barbie's next big career change.

Jason Wu’s Collection for TSE Will Definitely Keep You Warm

The fox-fur coat, flannel tailored jacket and chiffon dress, and cashmere sweater.Photo: Imaxtree

With snowflakes falling on the streets of New York yesterday, the setting couldn't have been any better to reveal Jason Wu's new capsule collection for Tse. It was full of warm, winter-friendly items that could have come in handy while trudging through the snowstorm. But Wu expanded his collaboration beyond the basics to include flannel blazers, cashmere sweaters, and chiffon dresses. There was even a fox-fur coat, which made our temperature rise a few degrees just by looking at the model sweating in it. "It was really about pushing myself as a designer, and pushing the knitwear material to that next level," Wu told us at the presentation. "It was really about highlighting the material instead of just being a solid knit-only collection. Tse's heritage is about that great cashmere sweater and I wanted to expand on that — make a great tailored jacket, dress, and really bring it all back together."

The cashmere tops, which came in red and beige dual-tone, gray, and black hues, felt as soft as they looked. "I love to wash all my sweaters, so we washed a lot of the sweaters to give them that extra feel," he explained. "I washed the chiffon after cleaning them to give them that just-washed, velvety look." And that doesn't mean throwing them in the washing machine. Wu has never, and would never risk it. "I wash them by hand and hand-dry them — I have that down to a science." As far as showing two collections in one week (his runway collection showed on Friday), he didn't seem frazzled by the schedule. "It’s exhilarating, because I felt really challenged creatively and that was really great," he said. "It was a really positive experience to do something that’s completely outside of character for me and it was really a great experience." What's his secret? "I mean, it’s time management."

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Lottery for W Club Members

Special W Club Priority Lottery Opportunity!
We are very excited to announce the very first W Club lottery opportunity of 2010, an opportunity that many of you have been anxiously waiting for!

As part of Fashion Night out, Jason Wu made a gorgeous color variation of his Jeffrey New York Auction doll. While some of you were able to secure a doll through Jeffrey, 2010 W Club members will have first dibs for the remaining dolls called FR Monogram: Blue Chip. This doll is wearing a miniaturized version of one of Jason's women's collection fashions.

The edition size of "Blue Chip" is 200 dolls total. We have approximately 180 dolls available through the lottery.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

NIADA Fund Raiser

Go to this link:

to see all of the artist donated goodies!

Get Your New Dolls Magazine

Dear DOLLS subscriber,
Your April 2010 issue of DOLLS is now available.Click here to get instant access.
This issue is designated exclusively to 50+ artists and manufacturers sensational 2010 premieres.
We sincerely hope you enjoy your issue of DOLLS and we look forward to hearing from you about this latest innovation for our readers.
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Alderfer Auction

“Spring Awakening” Doll Auction
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Hatfield, Pennsylvania

This auction features two collections of note. From Columbia, South Carolina, June H. Timmerman began collecting dolls seventy years ago when she was 13. June said “she never saw an ugly doll”. An accomplished lady, June is the retired owner of the two Timmerman Schools that she started 55 years ago, one still in operation today. She also had a children’s show on public television from 1962 to 1970, “The June Bug Show”, similar to the “Art Linkletter Show”. The other featured collection came from Merritt’s Antiques of Douglassville, PA. This is the end of the doll department at Merritt’s and they are now concentrating on their antique clocks. These two collections along with several other consignors, represent some of the finest dolls Alderfer has had the privilege of offering in recent years.

For more information about the auction, to request a free color brochure or to order the catalog package, call 215-393-3036 or visit or email

Gene Body Swap

For the price of $30 each (plus shipping and handling), you can now order as many Gene replacement bodies as you would like, starting today and up until Sunday, February 28th, 2010 at 5PM ET.This offer will be open to all Gene collectors, however, as a courtesy for W Club members, you may pre-order during this 24 hour confidential period.
After the confidential period is over, everyone will be able to take advantage of this opportunity. A $10 non-refundable pre-order deposit will be required immediately with the balance due at the time of shipment (currently estimated to be June 2010).
Shipping charges will be calculated at that time as well and you will be contacted when the bodies are ready to ship. *Please note that this offer is for the standard sized 16" Gene (and not the 12" mini version). This is your one and only opportunity to take advantage of a great deal that won't be repeated, so don't delay! Click on the link below to pre-order now!! Reminder, the offer is only valid until Sunday, February 28th, 2010 at 5PM ET. Please ask any questions before submitting your pre-order deposits!
Here is the ordering link for the Gene Marshall replacement bodies offer (if the link is not active, just copy and paste it into your browser):
Get ready to start body swapping!Thanks!The W Club

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Kish Gives To Haiti Relief

Dear Friends,
I have exciting news from IDEX! Helen has decided to offer a one of a kind doll for auction. We wanted to give you the opportunity to have her for your very own. By bidding you'll be helping the relief efforts in Haiti as all proceeds from the winning bid will go to Team Rubicon. Read on to learn more.
To take a peak at Baby Aisha click here: , or just visit the Photo Section and look for her name.
Baby Aisha
Is a new sculpt that was meant to debut at IDEX dressed as an angel. Instead, this first sample from the master mold is being offered for auction to the highest bidder. Aisha has been hand-painted by Helen in a pale teal dress accented in pink ribbon with shoes by Boneka. Her wig was hand-made by Helen and is tied with small pink bows. One hundred percent of the highest bid will be sent to Team Rubicon to aid in their relief work in Haiti.
To learn more about Team Rubicon and their relief efforts please visit:
If you can't afford to bid, consider contributing just a few dollars towards this worthy cause.
Bidding will close at 2pm EST Sunday
Bids – but not payment information - should be privately submitted by e-mail to . Please include your first and last name, phone number and your bid amount.
The above e-mail address should be used for bids on Baby Aisha ONLY. All other personal correspondence should be sent to .
The winning bidder will be notified on Sunday.
Got questions? Just reply to this message and I'll answer them as quickly as I can.
Best Regards,
Katherine for Kish & Company

New Avant Guards!

This doll is called "On Edge"

And this is Hot Trot - even I was tempted to order her! And
I collect only male dolls!!!!