Thursday, July 29, 2010

Bratz Are BACK Baybee!

NEW YORK — New Bratz dolls are heading to stores after a federal court overturned a ruling that their maker, MGA Entertainment, had to turn over the brand to Mattel Inc.
Two new lines of the doe-eyed dolls should hit stores such as Toys R Us, Target and Walmart by the end of August.
Bratz, the pouty-lipped, provocatively dressed rivals to Mattel's Barbie, have been scarce as Mattel and MGA battled over their rights. Last week an appeals court overturned a lower court's ruling upholding Mattel's claim that Bratz's designer was actually working for Mattel when he created them and Mattel should get ownership of the trademark. The case may be retried.
MGA, which launched the doll 10 years ago, is shipping several new Bratz products:
_ "Passion for Fashion" dolls that retail for $9.99 and come with extra clothes and accessories;
_ "Party" dolls, which retail for $19.99 and come with both day wear and party wear.
_ a pair of twins, Roxxi and Phoebe, in a two-pack for $24.99;
_ two Bratz Boyz at $10.99 each; and
_ play sets such as a spa for $49.99 and a club lounge for $34.99.
The new Bratz have less makeup and more ample clothing and are more flexible than earlier versions, said MGA CEO Isaac Larian. They have been in development since December, when the appeals court put on hold the order for MGA to hand over the trademark to Mattel.
The Bratz franchise was once worth as much as $1 billion and was MGA's biggest brand. But its popularity peaked in 2005 and sales have been sliding since. Meanwhile, MGA launched its "Moxie Girlz" brand. SpinMaster also introduced "Liv" dolls. And Barbie, who long ruled the roost of fashion dolls, has been experiencing a resurgence.

While Bratz will be at all major toy retailers, it is unclear how much shelf space they will get.
"I think retailers are going to expect some special accommodation to be changing their shelf space allocations at such a late date," said Needham & Co. analyst Sean McGowan.
MGA said retailers set aside shelf space for the line in January, however. And Toys R Us spokeswoman Kathleen Waugh said the new Bratz dolls are "being accommodated within the normal flexing of space in the fashion dolls area for the fall set."
MGA is a privately held company based in Van Nuys, Calif. In addition to Bratz and Moxie Girlz it makes Little Tikes, Rescue Pets and Zapf toys.

New Wicked Dolls

New Wicked Dolls to Be Released By Madame Alexander
The Alexander Doll Company will add two dolls to its Wicked collection in the fall of 2010, according to the Madame Alexander website.
Both dolls are available for preorder on the website. The Citizen of Oz doll is expected to ship in October, while the Citizen of Emerald City doll is set to start shipping in November. Retail price for each doll is currently $124.95.
The two colorful characters will join Elphaba, Glinda and other dolls in both the Wicked and Wizard of Oz collections released by the Madame Alexander line.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Haute Doll Joins Doll Reader

Dear Valued Partner: We wanted you to be among the first to know that after many wonderful years of publishing Haute Doll, we have decided to turn the publication over to Madavor Media/Doll Reader. Our last issue will be July/August, 2010. We have decided to retire and go on to new adventures. We know that Doll Reader will provide a great home for Haute Doll and will continue publishing Haute Doll within the pages of Doll Reader as a special supplement. Doll Reader has a strong reputation and following within the world of dolls and has the largest circulation of any doll publication. Their editorial content is written by world-renowned experts, and they keep the doll enthusiast up-to-date with the latest happenings. The first issue will be included in the October issue of Doll Reader. Madavor is committed to serving all current subscribers and will provide you with additional audience of passionate, enthusiastic and loyal doll subscribers within their Doll Reader to expand your reach. Madavor Media publishes other titles and manages trade shows including IDEX - the premiere trade show for dolls, bears and other fine gifts. These publications and shows are No. 1 in their respective fields in the collectible, sports, music and enthusiast markets. Through its print and digital magazines, trade shows, Web sites, e-mail newsletters and other partnerships across the publishing industry, Madavor offers unique ways to communicate with passionate consumers who are eager to learn more about products and events that support their interests. We thank you for your support of Haute Doll over the years and have enjoyed working with you. We are excited that through Doll Reader, Haute Doll will be able to continue to provide excellent content and beautiful photos of the most fashionable dolls in the industry. If you have any questions about your subscription, please contact Madavor Media's subscription department at 1-800-437-5828 or 617-706-9110. Warm Regards, Marlene Mura and Karen Caviale Publishers, Haute Doll

News From Madame Alexander

Tonner at Comicon

Saloon Lilah

SALOON LILAH is 16" tall and features a new sculpt in the likeness of Megan Fox, 13 points of articulation, rooted hair, and hand-painted face details.

Limited to 200 Pieces and Comes With a Certificate of Authenticity Hand-Signed By Robert Tonner.

Available in TONNER Booth #4148

What's Comic Con without the freebies? Stop by to see us to get your very own TONNER silly band!

Pick up a SHOW EXCLUSIVE, be the FIRST to see our NEWEST licenses and PREMIERE editions, get your FREE TONNER silly band, enter our DRAWING for a set of our DC Deluxe Character Figures!

Doll Reader

DOTY Award Winners Announced!
The public votes for their favorite dolls of the year
The public has spoken, and Doll Reader is pleased to announce the winners of the 2010 DOTY® Public’s Choice® Award Program! Congratulations to:

• Lola, by JC Toys Group• Pretty in Pink, by Ashton-Drake Galleries• Blossom, by Ashton-Drake Galleries• Simply Alice, by Kimberly Lasher• Click here to find out who else won!

Sponsored Content

Senson Hits the Great Outdoors
Ruby Red Galleria offers new summer outfits

Mui is hitting the links and Yasmin’s gone horseback riding (shown here). Making the most of these long summer days, Ruby Red Galleria’s new summer-themed outfits for the articulated InMotion Girls are available now online. Check out others like Bridget "My Soul, My Music," Umiko "Flyer High,” and Rhianna "Sunshine Flowering."
Lennon Sisters Meet Their Fans
My Doll Castle welcomes the singing duo

Celebrity sisters Kathy and Janet Lennon made a personal appearance at My Doll Castle in Claremore, Okla., recently to share their awarding-winning Best Pals dolls, music, and play sets. “Think entertaining, pleasurable, and a warm fuzzy feeling,” said Gloria Pierce, owner of My Doll Castle. “The event was a delight to host.” According to Kathy Lennon, “We have so much fun meeting fans—the ones that have grown up with us, and the ones that are just finding us for the first time.” Read the full story.

Above: Gloria Pierce with Kathy and Janet Lennon
Andrea Arcello Attends Artist Signing
The Doll House hosts a series of artist signings
The Doll House in Edmond, Okla., recently hosted its artist signing with baby doll artist Andrea Arcello of Andrea's Dollhouse. “We had a nice group for the signing,” said The Doll House’s Debbie Rose. “We gave away door prizes, Andrea signed her dolls, and we had a good time visiting with Andrea and asking questions.” The next artist signing with Hugo and Tinneke Janssens will be held Aug. 29 from 11am-4pm.
Hidden Treasure?
Taking curiosity to the next level
If you’re a collector, you’ve probably wondered about the value of your collection. If you’re interested in taking this wonder to the next level, appraisals can often reveal more about your doll, its origins, and its current value. Here are some Web sites to get you started.

Value My Stuff Now Simply upload a doll photo along with any other relevant info and an in-house expert will respond with 48 hours with a valuation. Prices start at $4.59 for valuation.

National Antique Doll Dealers Association This non-profit, founded in 1986, boasts some of the premier authorities on antique dolls and is a great resource for finding a local expert for appraisals.

Appraisers Association of America Search the database to find a property appraiser in your area. Plus you can further refine your search to “Collectibles” for contact info.

American Society of Appraisers This international organization allows you to search on its site for accredited appraisers by location or simply by selecting “Dolls and Toys” to narrow your search.
Raggedy Ann Turns 95
NY museum launches a digital birthday scrapbook
Now through Sept. 7, The Strong Museum of National Play in Rochester, N.Y., is hosting a two-month Raggedy Ann birthday celebration in preparation for the doll’s 95th anniversary on Sept. 7. During this time a digital birthday scrapbook encourages fans to create their own pages with stories, memories, and photos. After Sept. 7, registered users will be entered into a drawing, and five will win a commemorative 95th Birthday Raggedy Ann doll.

Above: Trademark of Hasbro, used with permission. All rights reserved. Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy were created by Johnny Gruelle.
In Brief
News from the doll industry
Alexander Doll Co. has stopped weekend factory tours and is no longer a stop along New York’s Sightseeing Hop On, Hop Off bus tour. The company now hosts only weekend “Behind the Scenes’” tours and parties by appointment only.

• Thanks to Synapse Publishing of Lancaster, Pa., Jan Foulke’s “Guide to Dolls” will soon be back in print! Fans can expect a second edition in time for the holidays. Read the full story.

Horsman just announced the launch of its new series of Modern Classic Furniture for 12- and 16-inch fashion dolls.

• After 30 years, doll artist Regina Sandreuter announced her retirement. Her last five dolls were recently shipped to The Toy Shoppe.

Upcoming Events
are subject to change, please call ahead
Jul 24, Palm Beach Gardens, FL: Christmas in July! Dolls, Bears, Antiques & Collectibles Show and Sale

Jul 24, Cleveland, OH: National Barbie Convention

Jul 29-Aug 1, Albuquerque, NM: Enchanted Doll Artists Conference

Aug 1, San Diego, CA: Crossroads Teddy Bear and Doll Show

Aug 5-7, Austin, TX: Ball Joint Doll Convention 2010

Aug 6-8 Monroeville, PA: Steel City Con Toy Show

Aug 6-8, Ashville, NC: Doll & Bear EXPO 2010

Aug 7, Eagle River, WI: Enchanted Doll Club of the Northwoods Doll Show & Sale

Aug. 7, Bronxville, NY: Day with Dolls 2010

Friday, July 16, 2010

Dolls Magazine

Colliii Awards 2010 Registration Is Now Underway!To enter, start by evaluating which category is most appropriate for you by clicking "Categories" on the Web site—OOAK dolls, reborn dolls, play dolls, collector dolls or doll kits. Click here to read more

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Vote For Us!!!

Follow the link above to vote for Happily Ever After
in Philly's Hot List for Best Toy Store!

Jason Wu Plays Dolls

Jason Wu, the fashion designer best known for creating first lady Michelle Obama's inaugural gown first made a splash designing dolls, so its no surprise that he's back in the dollhouse working on a collection for revered toy maker Madame Alexander. Wu has reimagined Madame Alexander's Cissy dolls, in couture. There's also a NEOCissy collection. Is it just me, or does L'Enfant Terrible (she's the doll in the black bustier bodice with fishnet sleeves and black taffeta mini skirt... mon dieu!) look a bit like Reba McEntire dressed as a dominatrix?

Wu has been doing more than playing with dolls. Not only did he recently lend his name to a digital camera, but the wunderkind designer tells Vogue UK that he'll soon be launching a line of leather goods. The designer says, “[My eyewear collection] is only the beginning of my accessories range, stay tuned for later this year — there is more to come. Now that I have an established ready-to-wear business it seems to be the natural step to expand into the world of Jason Wu. There is so much more I would like to do to complete the vision."
As long as that vision includes fewer dominatrix Reba dolls, we'll be happy.

Steiff To Open First Gallery in USA

Steiff North America announced today that it will open its first-ever boutique in the United States. Steiff NA president Jim Pitocco says, “It is our goal to make this store a wonderful destination and introduce Steiff to a whole-new generation.”

The store will be located in the up-scale Atrium Mall in the Boston suburb of Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. The grand opening will take place Aug. 5 and will feature several not-to-be-missed events.

During the first two weeks of operation, the store will showcase nine historic items from its museum, including the first modern teddy bear ever made—the famous “Richard Steiff” bear. It will be the first time this Teddy will have ever been shown in the United States.

Also included in the exhibition will be the first Mickey and Minnie Mouse ever mass-produced for the Disney Studios. Walt Disney himself selected Steiff as the manufacturer of Mickey and Minnie Mouse dolls because of the company’s reputation for quality. The Disney dolls that will be on display at the Steiff Gallery date from 1931 and 1932. During the two-week gala, the company will have a special gift (while supplies last) for any visitors born in those years or who are 31 or 32 years young: a Steiff miniature collectible five-way-jointed mohair teddy bear. Everyone will receive Steiff balloons in addition to the opportunity to view plush history.

The company wants to make sure that its dealers are comfortable with the new store. A company spokesperson says that the new Steiff Gallery will be a flagship, much like the Prada and Coach stores on Park and Fifth Avenues in New York City. By raising the visibility of the Steiff brand, she says, everyone will benefit.

As Aug. 5 nears, visit Steiff USA for more information.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

HEA Exclusive Sold Out

The Happily Ever After exclusive doll by Kimberly Lasher sold out in a record time.
"Rosie" was announced via HEA's newsletter on Thursday with only a sketch by the artist.

"We are thrilled at the response!" squealed HEA store manager Glenn Lash. "Ms Lasher's dolls are the hottest thing in the doll world so the sell out should not be a total surprise." added Mr. Glenn almost hyperventilating.

Just before passing out, Mr. L shared that he and Mr. Ferry had lunch with Ms Lasher while at IDEX in Orlando, Florida to discuss the exclusive. "It was poolside," and Mr. G. fell gracefully to the floor.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010


A few weeks ago, we sent out a sneak peek of our upcoming Predators Action Figures series 1, which we can now reveal below! These are some of the most detailed figures we have ever created, each Predator stands close to 8" and are fully poseable. Series 1 includes Classic Predator, Falconer Predator, and Berzerker Predator.

Fashions from Marbeled Halls

Connie Lowe has designed some incredible outfits for your 14" dolls. We have the Chrysalis dolls by Helen Kish modeling the outfits. Aren't they the coolest?!?!?!

I've Got a Monkey On My Back
Our Price: $150.00
Logo tee, knit sweater, knee pants, tights, leggings, red mary janes, monkey hat and sock monkey.

Tattered Ballerina
Our Price: $125.00
Corset top, gauze vintage style ballet skirt, bloomers, tights, leggings, ballet slippers and warm up logo hoodie.

She Sells Sea Shells
Our Price: $150.00
Vintage style swim dress and pants, stockings, hat, lace up boots, anchor necklace, beach umbrella, sand bucket with shovel and shells.

By the Sea
Our Price: $150.oo
Polka Dot vintage style swim dress and pants, stockings, hat, two strap mary janes, anchor necklace, beach umbrella, sand bucket with shovel and shells.

Alderfer Auction

August 4 and 5

501 Fairgrounds Road
Hatfield, PA 19440

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Saturday, July 3, 2010

NEw Seine by Doug James

Bracelet for Flash of Lightening
The Seine "Entrance" LE 10
fashion doll is wearing a coral lace net one shouldered sheath dress that is underlined with dark red silk. It has an open front over skirt with layers of burgundy tulle.
The shoulder of her dress is embellished with 3 blood red rhinestone brooches. She has dark red satin shoes and a dark red silk evening bag. To complete this evening outfit she has 3 gold bracelets. Seine's lips are a soft coral pink and she has hazel brown eyes and a long, curly mahogany colored wig.
Like all the Seine dolls, she comes with stand and in her exclusive leatherette carrying case and a numbered card of authenticity.
Retail Price: $595

Seine "Flash of Lightning" LE 7

has blue eyes, deep red lips and raven black hair. Her evening dress is black silk chiffon with rambling rows of tiny steel blue sequins. It's lined with plum colored silk chiffon and has plum chiffon straps.
The detail on her dress is made from vintage metallic silver ribbon and a silver and crystal drop. Flash of Lightning has 3 custom jeweled and silver bracelets and silver heeled shoes with organza ties.

Retail Price: $595

Friday, July 2, 2010

DOlls Magazine

Dear DOLLS subscriber,
Your September 2010 issue of DOLLS is now available.Click here to get instant access.
See the newest magic from Tonner Doll Co.!
Discover the enchanting world of miniatures.
Admire Dutch artist Gerda Schaarman-Rijsdijk's inspiring works.
Plus, take in the soulful BJDs made by a Puerto Rican dollmaker.
We sincerely hope you enjoy your issue of DOLLS, and we look forward to hearing from you about this innovation for our readers.
See you this fall!
Carie FergAssociate Publisher/Editor DOLLS

Philadelphia Inquirer Interview with Glenn from HEA

Deadline for Cami & Jon Tonner Dolls is TODAY

We must place our order today for these lovely dolls. Call 215-62757 or email us at

Tonner is only making enough dolls to fulfill orders so . . . get your order in today!

Summer Nights - OUTFIT ONLY
Be sure to shine on those warm Summer Nights, in a lighter-than-air charmeuse gown with a dainty ribbon sash around the waist.

Beaded necklace, bracelets, and faux leather strappy high-heeled shoes also included.
Fits 16" Antoinette™ Body
MADE TO ORDER (Shipping in October)
Our Price: $84.99 List Price: $89.99

Cami - Platinum
Shirred bralette with matching panties. Faux leather, strappy high-heeled shoes also included.

16" Antoinette™ Body w/ Blue Eyes and Cameo SkintoneMADE TO ORDER (Shipping in October)
Our Price: $80.99 List Price: $84.99

Jon - Redhead

Shirred bralette with matching panties. Faux leather, strappy high-heeled shoes also included.

16" Antoinette™ Body w/ Blue Eyes and Honey SkintoneMADE TO ORDER (Shipping in October)
Our Price: $80.99 List Price: $84.99

In the Moment - OUTFIT ONLY
Style is in bloom, with a sweet, floral cotton blouse, paired with slim-cut twill cropped pants.

Wrap it all up in a soft, knit cardigan with rippling ribbon trim with beads, beaded bracelet and necklace, and faux leather strappy high-heeled shoes.

Fits 16" Antoinette™ Body
MADE TO ORDER (Shipping in October)

Our Price: $84.99 List Price: $89.99

Food For Thought - OUTFIT ONLY
Get cooking in a delicious twill chef's jacket with petite ribbon trim, and slim-fit twill pants. Matching cap and faux leather pumps also included.
Fits 16" Antoinette™ BodyMADE TO ORDER (Shipping in October)

Our Price: $65.99 List Price: $69.99

Work is budding in a versatile knit bodysuit with ruffled lace trim at the sleeves, and slim fit jeans.

Keep pruning supplies handy in a tie-back apron. Scissors, floral cutters, and wedge-heel sandals also included.
Fits 16" Antoinette™ BodyMADE TO ORDER (Shipping in October)

Our Price: $65.99 List Price: $69.99

Charisma abounds with a diaphanous mesh bodysuit under a chic pegged skirt and beguiling sequined camisole.

Top it off with a silky tie-front vest with undulating ribbon trim, beaded bracelets, and faux beaded slides.
Fits 16" Antoinette™ BodyMADE TO ORDER (Shipping in October)

Our Price: $84.99 List Price: $89.99

Thursday, July 1, 2010

2010 Maggie at Longwood Event Doll

On Saturday, June 26th, HEA hosted a luncheon at Longwood gardens for Maggie Iacono - felt doll artist extraordinaire! Everyone had the very best time. The food was delicious, the gardens were gorgeous, the Iaconos were entertaining . . . and we're doing it all again next year!!!
The event doll was a lovely 11" girl named Jennifer.

We are offering her for a limited time only at the event price of $419. Includes your choice of a table favor (either the bunny or the bird). The new price will be $469.

Contact Ed or Glenn at 215-627-5790 or