Saturday, May 30, 2009

My growing FR Nippon wish list

If only these FR Nippon dolls were easier to obtain in the states, I'd be much better off, I think.
My wish list is getting only a little bit out of hand. The regular Fashion Royalty dolls in my curio are quaking with fear, as I ponder which of them to sell or trade up to obtain the dolls on my list...
  • Bonjour Amelie, a limited edition of 250 (new release June 2009 and still available, as far as I know, from Doll-Collectible.com)
  • Pretty Party, LE 300, an exclusive from Toy and Goods Trading (and she's still in stock and pricey, but gorgeous)
  • On The Go Destination: New York (LE 300--the platinum doll)
  • On The Go Destination: London (LE 300--with yellow hair), and this one was a gift set
  • Chao Japan, Dolly-Style convention exclusive, LE 500 (I just love the Campbell Soup dress. I just saw this doll on sale at the DollExpo store yesterday for a pretty penny!)
Photos courtesy Integrity Toys.








FR Nippon Posh Girl

FR Nippon Posh, originally uploaded by alington.

Posh Girl is a limited edition 500 FR Nippon doll that has also found her home with me. She's got an adorable face--complete with freckles--and soft auburn curls. Her outfit is a hip black and gray wool (mini houndstooth) dress with gray tights.

A couple of things I should point out about the outfit--Integrity spares no expense when crafting these dolls. This doll is actually flat-footed. She has a hinged ankle, which slid in easily to these amazing black patent shoes. (I didn't even need to retie them.) (The Wu logo is printed on the bottom sole.)

In addition, check out her coordinating bag. It's really amazing! I just love the details. It snaps closed, and it has purse charms (or perhaps her keys?) attached to one of the rings. Perfectly scaled and very well done--I'm very impressed.

Be sure to check out the rest of Posh Girl's photo shoot on my Flickr photostream or my Mobile Me gallery.

I love these (pricey) dolls so much, I am seriously considering pairing down my current Integrity collection to include only my historical reimagined dolls, and then freeing up the budget to add more of these lovely Nippon dolls. They are so wonderful and quirky--but not only do you have to count on paying (full) retail price for these dolls, you usually have to pay international shipping as well.

FR Nippon On the Go Destination Tokyo

One of my latest additions, FR Nippon On the Go, Destination: Tokyo. She's one of a set of four Destination dolls, and a limited edition of 150. (Do you think she makes me want to get the other three very badly? Yikes!) She has such a fun red outfit (which zips in the front), and a shock of soft blue curls pulled up in a ponytail under that red patent cap.

Fashion Royalty Nippon dolls are for sale only in Japan, but I bought this one (and one other) at about MSRP on the secondary market from a another collector. Mostly, they are hard to find, but I just love them.

See the rest of Destination: Tokyo's photo shoot on my Flickr photostream or my Mobile Me gallery. 

Thursday, May 28, 2009

To bookmark: The Doll Index Page

This is a Geocities site, The Doll Index page, with lots of doll stories as well as real-life photos of Barbies, Tonner Dolls, Franklin Mint dolls and others, that you must check out before Geocities stops running. I'm trying to talk the owner to port her site over to another hosting service--I think the site is really fun!
My favorites are the candid photos of the dolls (under Requested Doll Pictures). You can only get so much from a promotional photo of a doll, I think, and what is a better gauge is a real-life photo of a doll de-boxed and in use, posed and in play! That's what you'll find on this site--complete with entertaining story lines
So go check it out, and then come back and leave a comment or request a photo. Maybe Gina will read your comment and see she needs to port her site over to Blogger.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

New Misaki Dolls from Doll-Collectible



















Save 10% from Doll-Collectible.com in Japan. (They have great customer service, and they ship to the US also.)
Plus, you can order these adorable 2009 new Misaki FR Nippon dolls also. Check them out. Three choices of Misaki dolls and one Amelia sculpt are available. The bodies are smaller than regular Fashion Royalty bodies, and they are on flat feet. So cute, and perfect for summer!
Photos courtesy Integrity Toys.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Still Plays with Dolls - Preorder savings on DollHeart

One of my favorite online stores, Still Plays with Dolls, is now carrying DollHeart, a high ends, extraordinarily detailed line of clothing for SD, MSD and YOSD sized ball-jointed dolls, both boys and girls. Through May 27, for Players Club Members (free to join when you spend just $100), you can take advantage of their special Club pricing, which will save you about 10% off their retail prices of pre-ordered items.
The items require a small deposit, and most will be delivered in June and July. I'm thrilled to see that the Alice Fantasy outfit (originally created in 2007) is being reissued!
DollHeart often uses Peak's Woods dolls for its models, which is how I was originally introduced to my own doll--and then I saw Sky in two issues of Haute Doll as well.

Also, while you're there--check to see if they happen to have any resin Goodreau dolls on sale still. I saw a resin Secret and a resin Whisper listed for just $155! (These girls are MSD sized dolls, and come with interchangeable eyes, and are wonderful. They retail for $310.) Don't forget to order a wig and an outfit for them, though--as they come nude and bald.
Photos courtesy Doll Heart.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Antoinette™ Update...



If you've been thinking of ordering this new fashion doll from Tonner doll, but don't have your name down on any pre-orders, you might want to reconsider. (She's due to ship the beginning of June.) I just happened across the Tonner Doll website today, and was amazed to find the following information (listed for retailers--so she may still be available for pre-orders at your favorite doll dealer, but don't delay):

Dressed Dolls
  • Idyllic -- sold out (wait list only)
  • Hypnotic - limited quantities remain
  • Symphonic - limited quantities remain
  • Obsessed - limited quantities remain
  • Dramatic - limited quantities remain
  • Sensual - sold out (wait list only)
  • Emphatic - limited quantities remain
Outfits
  • Enlightened - sold out (wait list only)
  • Optimistic - sold out (wait list only)
  • Serene - limited quantities remain
  • Influential - sold out (wait list only)
  • Frivolous - sold out (wait list only)
  • Sinuous - sold out (wait list only)
  • Brilliant - sold out (wait list only)
  • Posh - sold out (wait list only)
  • Prim - limited quantities remain
Shoes
  • Rouge - limited quantities remain
  • Mineral - sold out (wait list only)
  • D'Or - limited quantities remain
  • Balance - limited quantities remain
  • Cosmic - limited quantities remain
  • Sandstone - limited quantities remain
Mannequins
  • Bloom - limited quantities remain
  • Cameo - limited quantities remain
  • Honey - sold out (wait list only)
  • Spice - limited quantities remain
Photos courtesy Tonner Doll Company.

Friday, May 22, 2009

New Jonathan Adler Sofa Set...



So adorable--and tempting--the Gold Label Jonathan Adler Sofa Set is a hot pink fabric sofa with white piping, including a blanket, decorator pillows and other accessories. It will ship in August 2009, and retails for $59.99, and is available for pre-order from your favorite Barbie dealer now.

I think it would go wonderfully with the Jonathan Adler Barbie and Furniture set, which is shipping around the same time, for $49.99 (also a Gold Label item).
Photos courtesy Mattel.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Interview with Nancie from Nankatts - Magic Wands: Fashions for Dolls

Gypsy Madam Zola: repaint by Karen Kay, wardrobe by Nancie of Nankatts. Photo by Karen Kay.

New patriotic fairy ensemble available now for MSD-sized dolls (Mori Moth is modeling) with red/white/blue/silver theme, including pale blue wings with silver stripes, mock puffy sleeves, flag necklace and matching hairband.

Just added: fashions for 12.5" BJDs, such as Berdine Creedy, though Ani is shown modeling, this adorable outfit is available now. White stretch-knit bodice with high collar and skirt made with lace and sparkly white and pink netting, closes with snaps. Adorable kitty hat, matching bloomers and white sparkling stockings finishes the ensemble.

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Nancie, owner and founder of Nankatts, Magic Wands Fashions, after reading a review of her business on the (amazing) BJD Collectacy website. Be sure to check out that article as well, for some additional amazing photos of Nancie's work. The first thing I noticed about Nancie's work is that her ensembles are truly ensembles--each outfit contains many pieces of clothing as well as accessories. I love the detail she puts into each outfit, as well as the affordable prices!

About her business...

Nancie started in the doll clothing business for craft shows when her girls were young in order to earn extra money. During the 1950s, her church had two annual fairs, and she would sell complete Barbie outfits. She added additional crafts as time went on: cat-related items, such as counted cross stitch, decoupage, dream catchers (for use on cages at cat shows), and so forth. In the 1980s, she discovered Gene and Tonner, and began selling clothing on Ebay. In recent years, Nancie has used doll message boards for sales as well.

For Christmas in 2007, her good friend and great customer Karen Arnold (Karen Kay) from Texas gifted her a full-blown website, which is the base of her current site, Nankatts.biz. Karen helped Nancie get on her feet with the programming aspects, so now she is able to maintain it herself. Those are Karen's repaints in the Archives and in the Recent Commissions sections.

Nancie does all the cutting, sewing and finishing for her designs herself. She creates all the hairpieces, purses and wraps, but she will sometimes get feedback from her husband or brother for accessories, such as a pirate hat, sword or goggles. She sews for Tyler, Gene and American Model (these ladies may soon be getting their own website), but has been lately focusing more on ball-jointed dolls, since they have become popular.

She gets much her inspiration from the materials she selects, and she creates a combination of commissions and stock items. Usually she has some of each going simultaneously. She loves Gracefaerie patterns and Patchwork Pansy (to name a few) and uses her own interpretations of them herself. A couple of Nancie's proudest accomplishments are the outfits for Jayne Mansfield, and the Little Mermaid, "Princess Coral," a former Living Dead Doll, a collaboration with repaint artist Karen Kay, which was entered into an art exhibit and competition.

When she suffers from creative block, Nancie resorts "to style magazines, award shows and always a new commission request (sometimes from a picture or a drawing) with a unique style" for inspiration. It sounds like she won't stay blocked for long this way! Nancie loves fairy tales, princess stories, the Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland, and loves working ensembles with those characters. In fact, many of her outfits contain elements of those characters.

For Nancie, the most rewarding part of sewing an outfit is seeing the completed outfit and setting it up for a photo shoot. The least rewarding part is taking apart something that just didn't quite come together properly. Nancie quotes her grandmother, "For 'ere ye sew, so shall ye rip."

To contact Nancie, visit her website at Nankatts.biz or email her at bcube@capital.net directly for commissions.

About her collection...

Nancie claims to have far to great of a collection. (I claim there is no such thing!) She started with antique dolls from her aunts, mother and mother-in-law, as well as a few auctions. These are considered treasures and are not redressed or changed into other outfits. She also has a collection of porcelain dolls from "Rustie" and Jan McLean, as well as many Genes and Tonners.

Currently, her favorite dolls designers are BJDs, including Goodreau, Creedy and Dollzone. She doesn't have themes in her collection, but she loves sparkly designs (she sounds like my kind of lady!) and holiday creations.

As far as grail dolls goes, her Pipos Baha Kitty and Bobo Mouse are a couple of her favorites, though she really enjoys all her collection. The thing that attracts her most about a doll is a sweet face and the ability to stand alone and pose well without a lot of kicky-ness.

For favorite outfits--sparkling materials, dressy prom gowns, sexy and cute modern styles, and little girls fancy party dresses fit Nancie's styles. It's a fairly eclectic collection, I would say!

Nancie is currently working on a commission for me--an Alice in Wonderland outfit for my American Model and my 5" Goodreau BJD. I'm very excited about it, and I'll of course be posting photos of the finished work. I can't wait to show you all when it's complete. Thanks for a lovely interview!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Exclusive Dynamite Girl Pop Susie

This company is located in Taiwan (I haven't ordered from them before, but they do claim to ship world-wide). And they have an upcoming exclusive Dynamite Girl with an adorable little face! Pop Susie--she's a cutie. She's an R&D Exclusive.

She's wearing a red plaid pleated mini skirt, yellow vest and black shirt (I think), matching yellow shoes and black fishnet stockings. She also has a red cap and sunglasses, and white lace fingerless gloves. She retails for $45, and you can pre-order her with a $10 deposit.

She's limited to just 400 dolls, and I think she's due to ship in June.
Photos courtesy Integrity Toys.

New FAO Exclusive Lana Turner Hollywood Royalty

A new exclusive is available through FAO Schwarz. She's a limited edition of 300 dolls, and she retails for $225.

She's called Portrait of an Era, and she includes Lana Turner (with a gorgeous blonde hair style), and she includes a mini wardrobe, that give you a chance to mix and match. I love the faux fur coat, and that she includes two pairs of shoes. (She even includes Lana's signature pink sweater!) Gorgeous!

Unfortunately, I just checked, and Ebates is no longer offering a rebate option with FAO Schwarz. So you can't save anything with them. Too bad. But she may still be worth it--I just think this Lana is a gorgeous sculpt. (I sort of wish I didn't already have her!)
Photos courtesy Integrity Toys.

Valia Pivoine in stock at Haute Doll

The exclusive Jason Wu Valia Pivoine doll by Integrity Toys is in stock now, and should ship today. She is a limited edition of 200, and retails for $375, or $350 for Haute Doll Club Members.
This doll has a lovely new resin body with 15 points of articulation for maximum pose-ability, and is 12" tall. She is wearing a gorgeous 1950s style black and white checkered dress accented with a gorgeous red belt, red gloves, a red feathered hat, and a heels with black and white diamonds to match the dress. She also includes matching jewelry.

I've actually been dying to get myself a Valia doll--but her price tag is just a tad high for my budget at this point. She's just lovely though! So tempting!
Photos courtesy Integrity Toys.
Secret (my 17" resin Goodreau BJD) and Innuendo (originally China Blossom, my 16" vinyl Goodreau BJD) have swapped outfits, and are loving it.
Both are part of my Alice in Wonderland collection, currently. Secret is wearing China Blossom's blonde wavy wig, and is dressed in an exclusive one-of-a-kind outfit handmade by Michele Hardy.

Innuendo is dressed in Come Home Alice, by Goodreau, and is wearing the black and blue Cher wig, also by Goodreau Dolls.

I think they make a lovely pair. BJDs sure are fun to play with and redress! I'll have to post some more photos later--I've changed Innuendo's wig again since I posted these photos, too. You can see the full-size photos in my Mobile Me Gallery.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Feelin' Fierce Dani Exclusive

Another new exclusive to Vogue Collectibles in Canada--Feelin' Fierce Dani--and she's another terrific Dynamite Girl, who retails for just $39.99. She's due to ship in July.

This girl is a brunette with bangs, wearing a a tulip-petal hot-pink and black mini dress and black jacket and coordinating fingerless gloves and fishnet stockings, plus her adorable pink and black pumps. She also includes Sophie--her adorable doggie accessory.

Dynamite Girls are great for the beginning collector--a great price and excellent quality. Their hands pop off for easy dressing, too.
Photos courtesy Integrity Toys.

New Dynamite Girl - Feelin' Fierce Jett

Don't know how I missed her--she retails for $39.99, and she's due to ship in June/July. A gorgeous Feelin' Fierce Jett, blonde with glasses and a classic silver trench coat--she's really cute!

Yikes, am I tempted. Jett has been one of my favorite sculpts for quite some time--and she's gorgeous. I love her pink lips and pink bag and beret. Glam at its best!

Adeline Joy has arrived!

I got my very first 8" Goodreau doll last week, Adeline Joy. I wasn't sure I'd like her--I've been more of a larger BJD collector so far (MSD and SD sizes), and I was afraid she'd be too small. But I just love her! She's so much fun, and she's just adorable.

Incredibly detailed and gorgeous, she can stand on her own. I also (of course) bought the Alice outfit as well. She's really pretty. (The last photo shows her with Sky, my Peak's Woods BJD (an SD size, about 23 inches).) You can check out her full photo shoot on my Mobile Me gallery.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Save $13 off any purchase at Wilde Imagination

Save $13 off any purchase of $75 or more at Wilde Imagination, using the code SPRING at checkout. Offer valid through June 1, 2009 only. Plus there's lots of great new items there, including these terrific new items:

Pop Goes Oz:
  • Dorothy, retail $139 - in stock now. She has brown hair and blue eyes, and includes a designer saddle stand. Her outfit includes the white blouse, gingham jumper and matching hair ribbons, slip, stockings, designer Toto necklace, basket, and awesome ruby red boots. Limited edition of 500.
  • Glinda, retail $149 - estimated to ship June 1, 2009. She has gorgeous red curls and blue eyes. Glinda is sporting a gorgeous pink gown, matching hair ribbons, slip, designer layered jewelry, sparkling pink hose with matching gauntlets, crown and butterfly tattoo, and pink boots. Limited edition of 500.
  • Wicked Witch of the West, retail $139 - in stock now. Raven hair with brown eyes and green skin, the witch is wearing a top, pleated skirt, belt and jacket, arm gauntlets, hat, boots and a winged monkey accessory. Limited edition of 500.
Evangeline Ghastly
  • Eternal Evangeline, $135. Vinyl ball-jointed, raven wigged doll, 17", with violet inset eyes.
  • Eternal Evangeline, Too, $135. Vinyl ball-jointed, platinum wigged doll, 17", with grey-green inset eyes.
  • Moonlit Shadows, $185. Vinyl ball-jointed, red rooted green eyed doll, 17" tall, fully dressed.
  • Two new full outfits, plus 11 new separates and one new complete set, which fit both the 17" vinyl and 19" resin Evangeline dolls.
Ellowyne Wilde
  • Baroque 'N Dreams dressed doll, LE 1000. Brunette Ellowyne, with green eyes, with decorated skirt, sash, velvet shirt, jacket, stockings, period-style shoes. $139.
  • I Wait Alone dressed doll, LE 1000. Long red curls with green eyes, white lace gown, slip, stockings, matching boots and hair ribbons. $139. (I love this girl!)
  • Two new outfits, and lots of new separates and accessories.
Photos courtesy Wilde Imagination.

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