Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Ken To Turn 50 in 2011

Following his famous ex-girlfriend, Barbie, who turned fifty in 2009, Ken is finally celebrating the big 50 himself. With a new movie and a new twitter page, the world’s most famous boy toy remains on top and shows no signs of slowing down!

Ken Carson, named after his creator’s son, was first introduced to the world at the American International Toy Fair as Barbie doll’s boyfriend March 11,1961. The Wisconsin native was donning plastic hair and a red bathing suit but that wouldn’t last. Just like Barbie, Ken became a style icon, adapting to the times with fabulous looks. By the 70’s Ken’s hair was rooted and he was sporting a golden tan. Ken’s ever-changing look took many more turns. Some of his most memorable styles include Rapping Rocking Ken, Cutie Ken and in 2006 when famous stylist Phillip Bloch gave him a Hollywood makeover!

Stylish and smart, Ken has taken on so many roles throughout his years including businessman, Olympian and pilot. It doesn’t look like Ken will retire anytime soon because he has just taken on a new title: movie star. In Toy Story 3, Ken starred as himself and true to character had a total of 50 costume changes!

With so much going for him, this Pisces man has the ability to charm any doll. But Ken still holds one lady close to his heart, Barbie. The couple that first met in 1961 on a commercial set had a love affair that lasted more than four decades. It wasn’t until Valentines Day, 2004 that Ken and Barbie announced they were going separate ways and Aussie Blaine took Ken’s famous spot on Barbie’s arm. No need to worry, rumor has it that this famous couple may be rekindling their romance after being spotted during New York Fashion Week in 2009.

Ken is turning fifty and he’s as fabulous as ever. He’s definitely a far cry away from his $3.50 original version that was available in blonde or brunette. Just this year he has launched his own Facebook page and is making appearances at fashion events like Fashion’s Night Out in September. With so much going on what more could Ken wish for this birthday except Barbie back!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Colliii Award Winners

2010 Colliii Awards Winners Announced!The winners of the world’s largest online dollmaking competition, the 2010 Colliii Awards, have been announced. This year saw 300 registered participants and new OOAK fantasy and adult, reborn and doll kit categories. Click here to read more

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

There's a New Man In Town

"Sebastian" by Doug James
He's 18" of manly resin. Holds a pose like a dream!

Contact HEA for more info: 215-627-5790 or heastore@aol.com

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Holiday Guide

It’s Finally Here…

The 2010 Holiday Gift Guide

Doll Reader and Teddy Bear & Friends partnered to bring you the best holiday gifts of the 2010 season. With stocking stuffer ideas to the latest creations from your favorite teddy bear and doll artists and even crafting projects, this 60-page resource has something for everyone—and just in time for the holidays!

Categories include:

• Dolls on the Smaller Side
• Bear Friends
• Dolls for Artist Collectors
• Bears in Limited Editions
• Do It Yourself
• Stocking Stuffers
• Dolls & Bears for Kids

Click here to view the Holiday Gift Guide or visit dollreader.com

Human Dolls by Alex Sandwell Kliszynski

Alex is a wedding photgrapher with a twist…when asked about his work, he had this to say:
My work deals with aesthetic, personal and social themes. Recently I have been exploring, amongst other subjects, notions of sexual fantasy and the objectification of the body.
Well,ever which way you look at it. Great work Alex, would love to see some more of these!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Dolls Magazine

Dear DOLLS subscriber,
Your December 2010 issue of DOLLS is now available. Click here to get instant access.
Turn to page 20 to read about and see the stunning beauty soul survivor Joe MacPhale creates from listening to the whispers of his heart.
Keep flipping to page 26 to key into the debate about what is and isn't doll art.
And be sure to check out the far-out art of Jill Penney on page 36. You won't believe your eyes.
Hope you enjoy the latest issue of DOLLS!
Carie FergAssociate Publisher/Editor DOLLS

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Creepy Porcelain Dolls

This will be an irregular feature . . . a creepy porcelain doll of the week.

Artist Jessica Harrison made a macabre series of porcelain dolls that will make a great Christmas present for your nightmares. If “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” had action figures, they'd probably look like this.

Friday, November 5, 2010

New Tonner Releases

Jacqueline Frost

Perseus from "Clash of the Titans".

Tiny Betsy Wicked Witch

Tiny Betsy as Glinda!
Call 215-627-5790 or email heastore@aol.com for info. We're offering 15% off and free shipping within the continental US!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Fashion Royalty Convention Dolls

For those of us who were unable to attend the fabulous convention by Integrity TOys, here are the convention dolls to drool over!

Ask Any Girl Poppy Parker Gift Set

Shadow Of Your Smile Poppy Parker

Tears Go By Poppy Parker

Wild At Heart Lillith and Eden Gift Set

Scarlet Woman Adele Makeda

Provocatrice Anja

Night Vision Count Adrian von Lamberg

Fine Romance Eugenia Perrin Frost

Always Polished Dasha

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Paper Dolls

Meet Violaine, dark-hearted heroine and one of 20 misfit characters in Emily Martin's "The Black Apple's Paper Doll Primer," due out Tuesday from Potter Craft books.
Martin's 160-page paper-doll extravaganza is loaded with tongue-in-cheek figures such as the conjoined twins Hazel and Olive and the mysterious Tom, who "might vanish for days at a time and then suddenly appear at the very diner where you just so happen to be having a cup of coffee and a piece of pie."

"All of these characters are facets of my own personality," the illustrator said from her studio in Portland, Ore., this week. "Violaine represents a time in my life when I was holed up in my darkroom, listening to the Cure and crying about no one understanding me."
An obsessive crafter who is a top seller on Etsy, Martin wanted to create a book unlike any other. "The thing that attracted me to making the book was that it was such an excessive idea," she said. "The average picture book is 32 pages long."

Included in the mix: apparel and accessories, beautifully painted scenes to use with the Black Paper Theater, a flip book and stationery.
Obsessive? Perhaps. Fun? Definitely. The book inspired my 12-year-old daughter to invent her own cast of misfits.

"I hope people are drawn in by how different it is," Martin said.
Curious to see what a character like Violaine might wear? Keep reading ...