Monday, January 24, 2011

2011 Helen Kish - Alisha Debut

Shown with Lark and Ollie the Dog, 8" Alisha makes her debut.

Hand painted Alisha is $234 and factory face up Alisha is $159.

2011 Helen Kish - Olivia & Effie

New 12" dolly Olivia has her own dolly named Effie.

The hand painted set by Helen Kish is $454 and the factory set will be $379.

2011 Helen Kish - Bethany Pocket Puppy & Princess

12" Bethany is a good Mommy to her doggies!

I find many doll collectors to be animal lovers too! Also many of them are accountants.

2011 Helen Kish - Bethany Loves Beagles

12" Bethany Loves Beagles! Too cute!!!

Factory face up $279 or hand painted by Helen Kish for $354.

2011 Helen Kish - Phoenix Half-Pipe

Next is 14" Phoenix - Half Pipe.

The dolls get more exercise than me!

Factory face up $339 or artist face up $414!

Phoenix sold out quickly last year so phone now to add him to your collection! 215-627-5790

2011 Helen Kish - Raven High Flying

14" Raven - High Flying is ready to go!

The Raven sculpt always makes me think of a Helen as a little girl.

2011 Helen Kish - Song Heart

Next up is 14" Song - Heart!

Option for factory face up $339 or hand painted by the artist for $414.

Free shipping on all orders placed before Thursday!

2011 Helen Kish - Lark Sophisticated

14" Lark is first to show.

Helen is offering two price points.

$339 for a factory finished doll or $414 for the doll to be hand painted by Helen herself!

Very exciting. Phone us at 215-627-5790 to place your orders now.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Liverpool Fashion Design - Dolls

Designer Kirsty Doyle is on the look out for new fashion talent of all ages in Liverpool.
The designer, who has created clothes for Coleen Rooney, is joining up with the Museum of Liverpool for the display Made Up: The Liverpool Look.

Budding designers are being asked to submit doll sized fashion designs which reflect the trends and styles of Liverpool people.

Kirsty Doyle will be hosting two design workshops as part of the project.
The fashion designs will be on display in the Museum of Liverpool when it opens in the summer.

Lizzy Rodgers, curator of community content for the Museum of Liverpool said, "We had the quirky idea of showcasing designs by asking applicants to create outfits for fashion dolls, based on a particular Liverpool style, 'style tribes' or replicas of outfits they've seen on the streets of the city."

Liverpool born Kirsty Doyle won Project Catwalk competition in 2005
"The fashion style of Liverpool people is unique and distinct, and we want the local community to play a major part in creating a display which demonstrates personal style, the style of the city and the style of our various fashion exports."
Kirtsy will be hosting the workshops to support people in producing an entry. The sessions will take place from 1000-1600GMT on Sunday 23 and 30 January 2011 at World Museum in Liverpool.

The outfits should be for dolls approximately 30cm in height. The competition is free to enter and will be judged by a panel of local artists, designers and curators.
The deadline for entries is Friday, 4 February 2011.
For more information and to download an application form visit the Liverpool Museum website.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Salute To Silly Sausage

Berdine Creedy's 2011 Collection

Berdine Creedy's 2011 Collection is most exciting. Not only is she using American seamstresses and an American company for the eyes, but she is also handpainting all of the faces!

The editions are 25 per doll. All are resin, double jointed and fully poseable with mohair wigs.
Call 215-627-5790 or email your preorder to
Mei Li
Outfit by: Glae Torres

Outfit by: Diane Lemieux

Outfit by: Diane Lemieux
Fei Yen
Outfit by: Gale Torres

Outfit by: Gale torres

Outfit made by Gale Torres

Outfit made by Gale Torres

Dress by Diane Lemieux

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Doll Photographer

Like all accomplished war photographers, Mark Hogancamp puts himself at risk. He shoots fugitive moments of violence, anguish, and bravery. But Hogancamp’s work differs from others’ in one key respect: The combat zones he enters don’t entirely exist in the real world. It’s the battlefield of his emotions that he’s trying to capture on film.

“Marwencol’’ is a documentary about this peculiar man and the fictitious, painstakingly-detailed, 1/6-scale town he built in his yard. Set in Belgium during World War II and populated with dozens of buildings, military vehicles, and more than 100 foot-high, poseable action figures, Hogancamp’s simulacrum is called Marwencol.

“Everything’s real,’’ Hogancamp gushes at one point in the film, demonstrating how a tiny pistol in one soldier’s hands has a working hammer and replaceable clip. “That all adds to my ferocity of getting into the story. I know what’s inside every satchel,’’ he says. Those contents include a stamp-size deed proving that Captain “Hogie’’ Hogancamp, the real man’s 12-inch alter ego, owns the doll-house-size, make-believe bar in this make-believe realm.
The fine line separating real from imagined is the focus of this provocative documentary, winner of the Jury Award for best documentary at the SXSW Film Festival. “Marwencol’’ opens at Kendall Square Cinema on Friday.

“I was immediately taken by the world and wanted to know more,’’ says director/producer/editor Jeff Malmberg in a recent phone interview. Malmberg first saw Hogancamp’s photos in an art magazine. “At first glance, Mark could easily be judged as hermetic and creepy,’’ the filmmaker adds. “He’s a grown man who spends his days playing with dolls.’’

But Hogancamp’s sphere, and his story, is no child’s play.
Marwencol — the name combines Mark with two significant women in his life, Wendy and Colleen — is overrun with Allied and Nazi soldiers. As the story comes alive in Hogancamp’s head, the dolls torture each other, cat-fight, and fall in love. Their brutal and sometimes beautiful shrunken-down world ultimately becomes a realm for loss and recovery.
What led to Hogancamp retreating into his fantasy world is barbaric. Ten years ago, when Hogancamp was 38, he was beaten by five men outside a bar in his hometown of Kingston, N.Y. — badly enough to cause coma and brain damage (the motive for the beating is revealed in the film). Returning to “real life’’ proved difficult. He suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and was understandably suspicious of the world. Worse, he couldn’t remember who he was before the attack.

“When the teenagers kicked my head to pieces,’’ Hogancamp says in the film, “they wiped away everything.’’ What was I like, he asks; was I mean? He has to start over.
To recover his motor skills and, hopefully, overcome his emotional trauma, Hogancamp creates what he calls “my therapy.’’ Having been a talented artist before his brain injuries, he buys dozens of historically accurate toy soldiers and civilians and, with a god-like hand, inserts each one into WWII Belgium. He paints their faces with scars, blood, dirt, and fatigue. To weather the tires of his army jeeps, he drags them behind him during long walks.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

February Edition of Dolls Magazine

Dear DOLLS subscriber,
Your February 2011 issue of DOLLS is now available. Click here to get instant access.
This issue is extra special for DOLLS because it features the debut of DOLLS magazine's very first exclusive doll-"I Love How You Love Me Poppy Parker" by Integrity Toys. Turn to page 24 to learn all about her and if you like her, make sure to order her! She'll be available for sale on Jan. 10, 2011, and more details are included in the article and will be posted on
Hope you enjoy the latest issue of DOLLS!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

BJD Event!

Join us at IDEX Premiere 2011, January in Orlando, FL- IDEX Premiere is the ultimate trade show for the doll and bear industry! For Exhibiting information, please contact Kathy Dolly at or visit

Desperate Housewives Doll Episode

Gaby can't let go of her memories of Grace, even though all she has is the look-a-like doll to hold onto. Until Juanita and Celia get their hands on it and tear it up pretty bad. Gaby takes the doll to the doll store for repairs and gets a lesson on why some people are so attached to their dolls.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Atlantic Reader Photoshop Contest

Meet the new Atlantic reader. It's the result of our holiday Photoshop contest in which we invited you all to play with a paper doll advertisement that we'd run in 1988.
That ad had posited a very specific vision of an Atlantic reader. Though it noted he could be dressed "in a custom tailored suit and handcrafted shoes" or "bermuda shorts, sandals, and nosecoat," the idea of our readership it presented felt limited. Most obviously, the paper doll model (above left) was a strong-jawed white guy with a mid-80s preppy look.

Several of the entries that we received took that problem on directly, using the available doll clothes to include the broad range of people who read our publication. The best of those came from our eventual winner, Callie Porter-Borden.

"I've made the Atlantic Reader a little more gender-ambiguous, because ladies love the Atlantic, too, and so do less burly men!" Porter-Borden said. "I'm all for fitness, but I figure a lot of Atlantic readers spend so much time in front of their computers and reading that they probably don't have quite as much time to maintain that strapping physique."

Her Photoshopping was impressively subtle. It took me a while of staring at the old and new dolls before I could figure out all of the little changes she'd made. (See, for example, the way she changed the haircut, thickened the thighs, and moved the doll's waist lower.)
So, thank you to all the entries we received. We know it was a silly little contest, but we hope you had fun remembering 80s fashion and mores.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Danish Rocker Sues Mattel

(CN) - Mattel ripped off the persona of the lead singer of the HorrorPops, a Danish rockabilly band, for its "Hard Rock Café Barbie Doll," right down to her tattooed bass, singer Patricia Day says. Mattel paid Cyndi Lauper, Debbie Harry and Joan Jett to use their personae in its rock and roll Barbie line, but stiffed Day, who as a feminist objects to being made into a doll and subjected to "the erotic male gaze ... a vision that runs contrary and antithetical to everything for which Mattel's Barbie line stands," she says in her federal complaint.

Day is a citizen of Denmark who lives legally in the United States on a non-immigrant visa. The HorrorPops were founded in Denmark in 1998 and have toured around the world, headlined a Warped tour, and cut albums, including "Hell Yeah!" from the cover of which, Day says, Mattel ripped her persona. She sued Mattel and others in Indianapolis Federal Court.

Day says her fans recognize her from "her black hair meticulously done in 50's pin-up fashion; her retro hairstyle juxtaposed against conspicuous and heavily applied black eye shadow and liner and deep red lipstick; her form-fitting '50s-style pencil skirts that go just past the knees; her full-color 'sleeve tattoos' on both upper arms; and, most importantly, her distinctive instrumental extension of her personality: her giant tattooed upright bass. This final element - the giant tattooed upright bass (also known as a bass fiddle or double bass) - has become a singularly distinctive hallmark of Day's public persona."

Her entire persona, including the bass, was featured on the HorrorPops' first album, "Hell Yeah!" from which Day says Mattel ripped the design of its Hard Rock Barbie.

Day says the Spring 2010 edition of Mattel's Barbie Collector magazine features four recently release rock and roll themed Barbie dolls: the Debbie Harry Doll, the Joan Jett Doll, the Cyndi Lauper Doll, and the Hard Rock Café Barbie Doll, "made in the image of noted musician Patricia Day of the HorrorPops." (This citation is in italics in the complaint, but not within quotes, so it is unclear whether the Barbie Collector catalogue uses those precise words or not.) Day says Mattel "obtained permission from, and provided compensation to" and "paid for licenses to use the likenesses of" Harry, Jett and Lauper for the dolls.

But not to Day. Day points out that Mattel has vigorously litigated any infringements or presumed infringements upon its Barbie doll, the best-selling doll in the world: "As a multibillion-dollar corporation with a long track record of vigorously protecting and enforcing its intellectual property rights to the maximum extent allowed by the law, Mattel is fully aware of the need to obtain licenses for the use of any individual's right of publicity, including their likeness, for commercial purposes - a fact evidenced, inter alia, by their acquisition of licenses for the use [of] the likenesses of Debbie Harry, Joan Jett and Cyndi Lauper for the musician-themed Barbie line."

In addition, there is a payback aspect to the suit based on a confrontational history between Mattel and Danish rock bands. In the 1990s, Mattel sued the Danish band Aqua over its 1997 hit "Barbie Girl," claiming copyright infringement. Judge Matt Byrne in the U.S. Central District of California then wrote an opinion thumping Mattel's position and its attack on what was clearly a parody.

The new litigation says, "Conspicuously, however, the so-called 'Hard Rock Café Barbie Doll' lacks any direct acknowledgment of the female musician - Patricia Day - whose likeness it appropriates.

"Indeed, Patricia Day has provided no authorization to defendants for the use of her likeness in any manner, let alone for the creation and sale of a Barbie doll." Day's killer detail is her upright bass, "adorned with unique artwork or 'tattoos' on the face of the instrument, including: (1) a blue bird in flight on the upper right; (2) a blue bird in flight on the upper left; (3) a red five-point star on the bottom left; and (4) a red heart on the bottom right." She says that the Hard Rock Barbie, "not coincidentally, holds a giant tattooed upright bass adorned with the following artwork or 'tattoos' on the face of the instrument: (1) a blue bird in flight on the upper right; (2) a blue bird in flight on the upper left; (3) a pink five-point star on the bottom left; and (4) a pink heart on the bottom right."

Day says the doll also copied sleeve tattoos, her pencil skirt, her hairdo, eye shadow design and lipstick. But unlike the other rock and roll Barbies, the Barbie based on her persona does not mention Day by name.

She adds: "It is not surprising that defendants never approached Patricia Day about the Hard Rock Barbie, since Day is a feminist musical pioneer - an intelligent, outspoken, anti-establishment female artist still dominated by the erotic 'male gaze'. ... As an artist, Day has always expressed her desire to redefine women's roles in the rock 'n roll scene - a vision that runs contrary and antithetical to everything for which Mattel's Barbie line stands. ...

"Since the release of the Hard Rock Barbie, Day has been repeatedly approached by fans who have been perplexed by the striking resemblance of the Hard Rock Barbie to Day's likeness and persona and who have expressed disappointment in their (mistaken) belief that Day would permit such a use of her likeness and persona for a purpose that is so at odds with her values and the values of her fans." (Parentheses in complaint.)

Day seeks costs and punitive damages for violation of her right of publicity and false endorsement. She also wants sales of the Hard Rock Barbie stopped, all the dolls recalled and destroyed "under court supervision," and all the profits the defendants made from them.

Also named as defendants are Wonderama Toys, Rainbow's End Collectibles, and Hard Rock Café International. Day is represented by John Tehranian.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

New Monograms from Integrity

FR: Monogram Accessory Set
Limited Edition of 300 Sets Worldwide
Suggested Retail: $75.00 USD
Hinted at last fall in the pictures we released for "Escapade" and "Extravagance" in late summer 2010, we are pleased to finally be able to bring you this wonderful accessory pack, which features a finely sculpted miniature wig stand/bust cast in the finest resin. Perfectly accessorized with all of the trimmings needed to spruce up the look of any of your favorite dolls, this accessory pack also includes a brunette wig and sophisticated designer hat, purse, shoes, jewelry set and certificate of authenticity. Designed to fit 1:6 scale dolls, no doll included.
FR: Monogram Dressed Doll
Limited Edition of 300 Dressed Dolls Worldwide
Suggested Retail: $160.00 USD
A vision of couture and pure beauty, what better way to start the new year? Jason Wu and his team have surpassed themselves with this "Magnificent" rare bird. Clad in an elaborate dual toned, intricately draped evening gown, this stunning new creation will surely become one of the show stoppers of your Fashion Royalty collection. Includes FR: Monogram brunette doll, gown, shoes, jewelry, doll stand and certificate of authenticity.

FR: Monogram Basic Dressed Doll
Limited Edition of 300 Basic Dolls Worldwide
Suggested Retail: $99.00 USD
Based on the success and the positive comments we received for the first basic FR: Monogram doll Disclosure, we decided to revisit her and offer a companion doll that would perfectly complement her if the two were to take a stroll down the catwalk. Now, this glamorous duo is ready to take the runway by storm and show what tasteful color coordination can do to a wonderful design! Includes a tanned FR: Monogram brunette doll, sexy lingerie set, shoes, jewelry, doll stand and certificate of authenticity.

W Club Registration Now Open

Registration for the 2011 W Club is now open! We have some very exciting information, so please read this email for information on how to re-register for another exciting year in the W Club!
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You may remember from past years that our deadline is concrete, so make sure you register well in advance of the deadline. Every year things come up at the last minute, so please register as soon as possible.
As in years past, there are no limits on registration- you can register for as many memberships as you like at any time prior to the 1/21/11 deadline.
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Also, please make sure that the memberships are under the correct names and if you are purchasing memberships for other collectors that you put their names in the comments section. If a name is not registered, that person will not be recognized as a Club member.IMPORTANT!!*Please note that if you purchase multiple memberships so that your spouse or partner can attend any of the W Club exclusive events, this person's name must be included in the comment section of one of these multiple memberships!* If you purchase multiple memberships but do not include your spouse or partner's name on one of those memberships, they will not be able to attend any of the W Club exclusive events.
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Library Hosts Art Doll Exhibit

Warwick - Local artist and Warwick resident Lillian Alberti will be exhibiting her art dolls at the Albert Wisner Public Library in the glass cases on the lower level of the library throughout January.Alberti ’s work has been featured in various doll-related publications and more recently in the November issue of ORANGE magazine and on Cablevision’s Neighborhood Journal. She has been sculpting her one-of-a-kind creations for more than 25 years. Using skills acquired in her years in the fashion industry, she designs and hand-sews all the dolls’ clothing and accessories.

She currently teaches various doll-making workshops locally and across the country. For more information about the artist and her work, log onto