The two sleeping beauties in this photo are Olivia, my tiny Elfdoll fairy (an Asian BJD), and Destini, a American BJD by Berdine Creedy (Butterfly Child). Both are resin dolls.
Destini actually has three faceplates, and this is her sleeping face. It's fun to be able to switch them out and change her expression.
For a size comparison: Destini is 12-3/4 inches tall. Olivia is about 5.5 inches. Both have removable wigs. Neither of their faces includes eyes, however, since their sculpts don't include eye openings.
Monday, November 30, 2009
The two sleeping beauties in this photo are Olivia, my tiny Elfdoll fairy (an Asian BJD), and Destini, a American BJD by Berdine Creedy (Butterfly Child). Both are resin dolls.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
This year, we've added a new kitten to our household, so we've only decorated the tree with non-breakable ornaments--all in silver and clear. It's gorgeous, actually. (Lily likes to climb the tree and play with the ornaments.) Plus, it makes for some fantastic photos, as well.
You can see the rest of Olivia's photos on my Flickr photostream. Enjoy the rest of the holiday weekend!
Thursday, November 26, 2009
The discounts are only good on in-stock items, and not on pre-orders, special orders, Angelic Dreamz exclusives or items already on sale.
Also, when you spend $75 on orders, you can get free UPS or FedEx shipping within the continental US.
Plus on Thursday and Friday only, Angelic Dreamz exclusive Antoinette angel Heavenly will be on sale for $175.99 (usually $249.95).
Photo courtesy of Angelic Dreamz.
The 15% applies to "virtually everything," according to the latest email promotion, and there are some gift-with-purchase opportunities, as well:
- By a Fancy Nancy or Little Sister dressed doll and receive a Fancy Nancy accessory for free
- Order Full Throttle or Classic Lara Croft and receive Excalibur accessory for free
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
And while the box was open, I went ahead and tried on her outfit--just to make sure everything was included. And since she was already dressed, I took a few quick photos. Hey, I can always package her back up and wrap up the box, right?
Her name is Melin, and she's another Doll-Zone resin ABJD. She's MSD-sized (about 17") with pink skin (or perhaps normal--it's very lovely). Her eyes are nearly shut: you can see the golden yellow just barely through her lashes. She's got a double-jointed body, also, so she poses like a dream.
Her outfit is amazing. It's inspired by Alice in Wonderland. It includes the chiffon dress with a sequin halter strap and crocheted overlay, a blue cotton and mesh petticoat, matching floral chiffon bloomers with ribbon trim, a ruffled choker, hair bow, pink hose, and adorable platform shoes.
You can see more photos on my Flickr photostream. Enjoy!
Please note this does not apply to pre-ordered items or lay-aways, and offer is good while supplies last on in-stock items only. First come, first serve. Regular shipping applies, and Dreamcastle reserves the right to decide what is reasonable and make a counter-offer when applicable. Payment must be made within one hour of price acceptance, or the offer is void.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
The Twilight Edward Cullen dressed Tonner Character Figure™, previously exclusively available through Amazon.com, is available from Tonner Direct for just $89.99 (retail $139.99). Edward comes to you dressed for Forks' High School prom, in his black twill suit with working buttons, and a white oxford shirt, sleek tie, socks and dress shoes. Of course he also includes his signature Cullen crest bracelet as well.
Turn Me Bella Swan is the other special sale exclusive. Also originally retailing at $139.99, she is on sale for $89.99. Bella is also dressed for prom in a rich blue chiffon gown, mesh leggings, an embroidered ivory cardigan with ribbon flowers, beaded bracelet, pantyhose, knit socks, canvas sneakers, and a removable leg cast.
Check out the other great sales as well.
- Ann Estelle is taking a vacation right now.
- Mary Englebreit (the 16" doll) was sidetracked and eventually dropped.
- As much as he likes Kitty Collier, he thinks he did as much as he wanted with her.
- Tonner never says never about a character. (Take Mei Li as an example.)
- On Dr. Who: The samples were approved by the Dr. Who group many months ago. Now they are waiting on the BBC. Recently they received positive news that they are about at the end of that process (possibly even before Christmas).
- Rita Hayworth would be a great addition to the movie star line, but there aren't any plans as of today.
- About an UltraBasic™ version of Daphne: There aren't plans for her now, but they eventually get around to everything.
- Tonner is a huge Joss Whedon fan (Firefly and Buffy the Vampire Slayer). Those characters got a lot of votes on the last poll (yay!), but he's not going to spill his guts right now.
- He has considered doing a resin version of Ellowyne Wilde, but nothing is in the works yet.
- He is very excited about what will be released at IDEX. He hinted that if you love Cinderella, you should go, but didn't say much more. He said he "has big plans for the Cinderella head, but not quite the way it was." Also, he will be unveiling Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" and Disney's "Prince of Persia."
- In response to his favorite doll, he is currently loving one of the new ones to be released at IDEX, and also Ellowyne.
- The human-sized clothing gig is going great, and he's having a good time with it!
Monday, November 23, 2009
The eyes are by Peak's Woods, and they are acrylic, and a hazel shade. Quite lovely, if I do say so myself. The wig is a Tibetan lambswool wig by Michele Hardy.
The outfit, as are all the DollHeart outfits I've seen so far, fantastically detailed. If you're on the fence about splurging for one of these, my recommendation is to just go for it. You won't be disappointed. The details are just amazing.
Enjoy the photos!
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Her face-up has a surprising amount of pink tones in it, especially considering she has reddish eye brows, but I truly think she is lovely. Here, she is wearing a Paris wig by Monique Gold, in Carrot. She's dressed in a one-of-a-kind outfit created by Jen of JennyGrey, sort of a hippie-style blouse and vest.
Her random eyes are light violet. They are very pale, and sort of creepy looking (especially in photos), but I like them. I did get some other pairs (I think she'll look more natural in a darker shade), but I am really liking these weird ones.
Amy's sculpt is very serene. She's my first ABJD in this size--about 17" tall. Her body is easy to pose, and she stands and sits easily. I love her hands and feet! Her feet are especially cute. She is just calling out for body blushing, however.
You can see more photos of her on my Mobile Me gallery, or on Flickr. Enjoy!
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
This is a one-of-a-kind set, created from male and female ABC bodies (these are vinyl chunky ball-jointed dolls with changeable eyes and wigs, 12" tall) by doll artist Paulette Goodreau. If you buy this set, you'll own the only one! The retail price is $345, which includes both dolls and outfits.
The dolls' face-ups have been repainted by hand (by Paulette). Plus Ann has had her ears pierced. The outfits are handmade by Gale Torres from the Wee Wardrobe. The dolls' wigs, eyes and shoes are also included.
Holly full set for $185, and she's as cute as can be. I adore the 8" resin dolls by Goodreau--they are such sturdy dolls with great figures (great for beginning BJD collectors, and wonderfully affordable).
Holly (this limited edition version) includes a repainted face (also by Paulette), blonde wig with a floral bow decoration in it, a gorgeous red holiday dress with ribbon and tulle trim, fun white socks trimmed with red jingle bells and black shoes with red bows. Holly is shown posing with a stuffed white horse, but it doesn't say whether this horse is included. I love this girl! (I'm not sure, but I think Holly might be the Emersen sculpt.)
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
This doll is crafted from environmental resin, and she stands 41 cm tall (about MSD size). She has double joints for maximum posability. Her retail price is $210 for the nude doll, and $296.50 for the dressed doll.
The dressed doll comes with shoes, and a fantastic Lolita style dress with apron, choker with attached chain, hair band, and socks.
- We Wish You a Merry Piggy by Tonner Doll Company. Retail price is $199.99, and she's currently in stock.
- Disney Princess Tote by Madame Alexander. Retail price is $54.99, and the item is available for pre-order (ship date estimated at 11/25).
- Also by Madame Alexander, the Wizard of Oz Dress-Up Tote. Retail Price is $54.99, available for pre-order (ship date estimated at 11/25).
Monday, November 16, 2009
The limited Honey full set retails for $489, and is a LeekeWorld D-Type (26 cm) size doll. She wears a 6-6.5" wig and 14-16 mm eyes. Included with this price are:
- pants (bloomers)
- dress (possibly, her bracelets are also included)
- doll with limited edition face-up
- eyes, 14mm (random color)
- doll case with cushion
- two brooches
- bracelets (I'm pretty sure "handdress" means bracelets)
- 14mm acrylic eyes (random color)
- doll with limited edition face-up
- case with cushion
Sunday, November 15, 2009
This lovely fortune teller is a limited edition of 150 pieces. She includes both fashion feet and flat feet. She will come to you dressed in a shimmering knit bodysuit with attached chiffon shawl with decorative fringe, brocade corset, and a voluminous tiered skirt crafted of chiffon and lace. Her graying hair is pulled back with a chiffon scarf. Accessories include gold hoop earrings, chain and faux leather necklace, hose, and faux leather boots.
I have to admit, I'm rather taken, and sorely tempted!
Saturday, November 14, 2009
The outfit is adorable, and it has many intricate pieces. I have to admit, DollHeart outdoes itself time and again in quality. The outfit includes:
- red hat with stuffed printed heart trimming
- long (bell) sleeved cotton shirt with velcro closure and button front trim
- printed collar with snap closure
- long necklace with puff heart trim
- triple chain belt with floral trim
- floral print skirt with attached corset with zip closure
- red skirt with snap closure and elegant pin tuck embellishment
- white petticoat with lace trim
- cotton bloomers with lace trim
- lace socks with pom pom trim
Friday, November 13, 2009
Seine is a newly released fashion doll by Doug James of JDJ International. She's 19" tall, crafted of break-resistant resin. She's highly articulated, with joints at the neck, shoulders, bust and hips, plus double joints at wrists, elbows and knees, which allows her to have a high range of movement.
She's a wigged doll, and wears a 5-6 size wig. She's similar in size to CED dolls (with a slightly smaller size shoulders and rib cage), so she should be able to share most of their clothes.
Midnight, the first in the Seine Fashion Doll Collection, includes the gorgeous blue gown, silk balloon shrug, gold shoes, necklace, three bracelets, cocktail glass, handbag, carrying case, and plexiglass stand.
Her retail price is $595. Happily Ever After will be carrying her (I saw her there first--and they are a great place to order from), and I believe Cherished Friends may also be carrying her as well.
As an aside--this doll seems to be marketed toward the fashion doll collector, and not towards the ball-jointed doll collector. Perhaps if you enjoy Sybarites, this doll might appeal to you, as her price is some less than Sybarites. However, her fashion is definitely not as edgy as the Sybarites'. She doesn't have interchangeable eyes, like normal BJDs, nor is she described as a strung doll. And her scale is larger than the other 16" tall dolls. I wonder who will be most interested in her.
I do find her promotional photos very lovely, however. I personally am interested to see real life photos of her!
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Ultra Basic™ dolls include a knit body suit, but do not include a stand or shoes. This basic Mei Li doll has bendy wrists and 13 points of articulation, long raven rooted saran hair and blue eyes. Her skin tone is closest to Antoinette's "Bloom" skin tone.
A note on Mei Li... This sculpt hasn't been seen since 2003: Manhattan Magic Mei Li was the last doll produced with this facial sculpt.Ultra Basic™ Esme and Sydney are also available for pre-order (you pay the full $59.99 now, and the dolls will ship mid-December).
Monday, November 9, 2009
Tyler is a brown-eyed beauty with a natural face-up (save for her signature red lips), with her brunette hair in a ponytail. Her taffeta blouse has interesting rhinestone buttons, and her microsequined skirt has a black tulle layer over the top, which gives it extra dimension. She's wearing black hose, rhinestone stud earrings, a black satin belt with a rhinestone buckle, plus black t-strap shoes.
She's close to the original version which made her famous, but I love this glammed up version. It fits my collection much better. You can see the rest of her photoshoot on my Mobile Me gallery. Enjoy!
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Check out the blog for full details, but I'd be remiss to forget to post the souvenir doll and the companion doll on my blog. The event was Saturday, November 7, 2009. The two dolls:
- A Perfect Ten (LE225), a limited edition original sculpt brown-eyed Tyler with her hair in a complicated up-do. She's wearing a gorgeous black evening gown, with one-sleeve styling, an oversized flower trim on the shoulder, and lots of gorgeous black satin ruffles and lace. A few of these are left for sale from TonnerDirect for $195.
- It Was a Very Good Decade (LE150) is the centerpiece doll. She has flowing auburn hair and brown eyes, and is dressed in a long sleeveless gold microsequined gown with a train and a high front slit. It has gold chiffon floral trim. The lining of the gown is a contrasting purple for some fun interest. Tyler is wearing matching gold beaded jewelery and strappy gold sandals. These are available for sale from TonnerDirect for $295.
Updated Monday, November 9, 2009.
Photos courtesy Tonner Doll Company.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
This is a letter I've been writing in my head for quite some time, but have not been able to actually put down on paper. It's a tough letter to write and I've been pretty emotional about it. (Big breath) I've been feeling lately like it's a perfect time for Gene and her friends to retire. I've been working on Gene since 1991. That's when the first drawings of her are dated and I'd probably had her in my head for some time before that. The point is, she's been a consuming interest of mine for close to 20 years. It's been the most detail intensive project of my life and certainly the most fun. I've been given much because of Gene; acclaim, financial security and the best bunch of friends and collectors anyone could ever expect from their profession. It's been an amazing journey for me- completely different than what I had imagined.
This year, we've had a really wonderful collection, with awards and popular triumphs and a great sense of energy among you guys. I've really enjoyed it. It's been amazing. And the Hollywood Royalty minis being a hit was just the sprinkles on the cupcake for me. I just think it's always better going out a winner, while you are on top.
This is the thing...I want to do something else. I'll be (gulp) 60 next years and feel like there are other things I can accomplish if I can devote my full attention to them, like I have done with Gene. I've practically ignored my first loves, drawing and painting, for far too long. For twenty years before Gene, I was known as an illustrator and graphic artist. I don't think I can go back to being an illustrator; that's over for me. But I'd like to be known as a painter and I'd like to maybe teach art. As some of you know, I've been knocking on the doors of art galleries with my paintings for the past few years and am not about to give up on that particular dream of mine. I feel like I have enough time for one more great phase in my career, even though I'm not positive what it is.
Gene is in my head and heart and nothing I can ever do will change that. She's always been with me in some form and will stay with me and very probably morph into another phase of whatever it is I do, paintings maybe. But I've always had to change every so often, like when I stopped focusing on illustrating and created a fashion doll. This is one of those times. So Gene and I are pulling a Garbo, and retiring, but not without a fabulous sendoff.
I have gone over my plans with Integrity and we all want to make sure that we have a proper celebration for Gene and her friends (both plastic and human). I have really enjoyed working with Integrity and making these past few years some of Gene's best ever. The Integrity team and I are planning one last, big blowout for all of us- a 15th Anniversary convention to celebrate Gene and all her friends, to be held in early June in Philadelphia. And for this special party we're creating one more collection, "The Stardust Collection", a curtain call of sorts for all of our characters, and get this... including Trent. Ashton Drake is graciously allowing us to use the original molds to create one more classic Trent for the party. So, Trent will be there and Oona and Ivy and Violet and Madra. I'll be there and hopefully everyone will be there, to celebrate 15 years of the coolest thing to happen to fashion dolls since high heel feet.
Facts and forms will be forthcoming, but I wanted to tell you all this personally. There will also be a special Gene happening in early 2010; you'll be privy to the information later on. It'll be fine, you'll see. Gene will be a perfect 15-year long phenomenon in the doll world, a story with a humble start and surprise ending- a beautiful arc of stories, characters and costumes that changed the doll world. And as long as Cher and Barbra Streisand are in this world, there's always a chance of a comeback somewhere down the road.
I'll still be blogging; the W Club has happily agreed to continue to send all of you my "Mel Mail updates", right through the big party in June. Later on, I'll be blogging from my own website www.melodomart.
Play nice Kids,
Friday, November 6, 2009
Congratulations, designers! Excellent work this week! I'd have a difficult time choosing a winner (or even my favorite) this week. So many excellent entries!
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Like the Tyler UltraBasics™, the dolls will be exclusive to TONNERDirect.com, unfortunately, which means I can't buy them from my favorite Tonner dealer. If you'd like to be notified as to when the dolls will be available for sale, join TONNERDirect's email list here.
All proceeds from this auction will benefit employee Carol Dwyer, who is battling breast cancer. These additional items will be auctioned off at the event. One more special one-of-a-kind prototype doll will still be announced.
The dolls up for auctions are three never produced prototypes:
- Wicked Witch A Most Gratifying Day (perfect for you Oz fans)
- Pirate Lord (for the pirates among you)
- Pirate God (for our Johnny Depp fans)
The Royal Mermaid Mera prototype is still live on Ebay. Still with one more day to go, this auction is up to $997.26. Wow! That's fantastic!
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
- Favorite to Win - in stock
- Sweet and Haughty - in stock
- Beauty - in stock
- Belle - middle of December
- Mirror, Mirror on the wall - in stock
- Pearl Shoe Pack - in stock
- Festive Shoe Pack - in stock
- Skins Shoe Pack - in stock
- Exceptional - middle of December
- Extravagant - beginning of December
- Confidential - in stock
- Striking - end of November
- Forest Frolic - in stock
- This Dish is Too Hot - in stock
- Glutton for Gingerbread - middle of December
- Insatiable Sweet Tooth - beginning of December
- Belle Watling™ - in stock
- Hollywood Prowl - in stock
- Sizzle on Sunset - in stock
- Rave Reviews - in stock
- Acceptance Speech - in stock
- Blue Flame - in stock
- Dinner at the Roosevelt - in stock
- Mambo Maven - in stock
- Jermey Voss™ Ultra Basic™ Raven - end of November
- Jermey Voss™ Ultra Basic™ Blonde - end of November
- Girl Friday - in stock
- 2009 Men's Dress Shoes - in stock
- 2009 Men's Tennis Shoes - in stock
- 2009 Men's Sneakers - in stock
- Billie Burke as Glinda, the Good Witch - in stock
- Captain Norrington - in stock
- Ring Mistress - to be decided
- Teezer - beginning of December
- Giggles - beginning of December
- The Waif - in stock
- Victoria - in stock
- Laurent - in stock
- James - in stock
- A Night to Remember - beginning of December
- Corporate Couture - in stock
- Convertible Cocktail - in stock
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
My favorite is a new basic doll, Essential Ellowyne, Too Wigged Out. She is a wigged doll (and includes three wigs: a long wavy blonde, short raven bob, and long dark red with bangs) with inset acrylic blue eyes and applied lashes. She comes dressed in a shirred floral bodysuit with matching stockings and slippers, and a stand. Her expected shipping date is December 5, and she retails for $114.00.
There's lots of other great items, including Ellowyne in Whine, a Modern Doll Convention debut, several other dressed dolls, four new outfits, and lots of new accessories. While you're visiting, don't forget to check out the end of edition specials for some great deals.
Image courtesy of Wilde Imagination.
Monday, November 2, 2009
- A slate blue Italian Renaissance gown with white chemise for Tyler
- Catherine Parr's outfit (a Tudor-era replica, based on Henry VIII's sixth and last wife) for Tyler
- A wonderfully full blue and black lace Civil War era gown for Ellowyne Wilde
- An Elizabethan era gown in black and white for Tyler
- Katherine Howard's gown (a Tudor-era replica of a Hans Holbein portrait, based on Henry VIII's wife) for Tyler