Friday, November 30, 2012

OOAK Resin Tyler

OOAK Resin Tyler by alington
OOAK Resin Tyler, a photo by alington on Flickr.
Tonner Doll's resin fashion doll BJD Tyler Wentworth has returned from her spa day with Beesou at Overnight Flight, and I adore her amazing transformation.

I think her new soft lips change her look completely! She's wearing a wig from Miss Briarwood. You can see more photos on Flickr.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Shipping schedule update from Tonner Doll Company

Tonner Doll has updated its shipping schedule, which can be seen at this link. Additional, the following items are listed as sold out and limited:

Sold out at Tonner:

Deluxe Goth Basic American Model
American Model Glamour Basic
Court GOwn
Cami Basic
Jon Basic
Steam Funk Cami
Soho SHeer
Radical Red
22" Batgirl
DeeAnna Denton Susan Wig
2012 DeeAnna Denton Wigged Basic
2012 Peggy Harcourt Wigged Basic
Scarlett's Wedding Day
Madame de l'Amour
Freedom for Fashion Akemi
Finishing Touch Pink and Champagne
Nu Mood High Heel #2, 5, 6
Nu Mood Jagged Cut Bright Red
Nu Mood Tyler Fashion


Miss Briarwood
Nu Mood Ankle Boot #1
Nu Mood Ballet Skirt - Black
Simply Precarious
Party Girl
Swing Time
Anything Goes

If you're interested in these items, pick them up from your favorite dealer while you can, as they won't be available much longer!

Gorgeous new dolls and accessories from JAMIEshow

Gorgeous new JAMIEshow items have been added to Angelic Dreamz website, just in time for the holidays. Shown above, the lovely Ginny sculpt makes an appearance as Revelry, a dressed doll in  gorgeous red silk designed by Madeline Rose Couture and red shoes. She includes a red rooted bee hive head cap. She's limited to 50 pieces, $475, with a delivery date for December.

Visit the site for a selection of fabulous furniture and additional rooted head caps as well.

Photos property of Angelic Dreamz.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Tonner exclusives from FAO Schwarz

Looking for something special for the holidays? Let me help you!

Tonner has released three exclusive dolls, via FAO Schwarz, just in time. You can find them here. They are limited to just 100 dolls each, and retail for $224.99 (with free shipping on orders of $99 or more--up to $20).

The Parakeet uses a raven Cinderella head sculpt in a gorgeous pale blue dress and feathered head piece. I think she's my favorite.

The Swan uses a platinum Duchess head sculpt on the Antoinette body, in a fabulous white feathered frock. She includes pearl earrings.

The Macaw is redhead Antoinette sculpt in a gown and shawl reminiscent of the Peacock centerpiece.

Sign up with Ebates for an additional $20 off (with coupon code) and 8% cash back on your purchase!

Photos are property of Tonner Doll Company/FAO Schwarz.

W Club Seasonal Essential Winter exclusive doll

The final W Club exclusive Seasonal Essential doll, Winter, has been announced. She is limited to 250 dolls and retails for $50. She is scheduled for delivery on December 10, 2012, and is being offered to current W Club members via lottery.

She will make an incredible addition to your collection.

Photos are property of Integrity Toys.

Cyber Monday specials from Doll Market

While supplies last, The Doll Market is offering the following weekly specials. (No promo code is needed.)

Additionally, you can check out specials on:

Save 20% on all DOLLS Magazine products

Flying Dragon Ling Lan, photo property of DOLLS Magazine

Today only, save 20% off all products from DOLLS Magazine. No coupon code is needed for this promotion, and it is valid only today, November 26, 2012.

This includes the lovely Flying Dragon Ling Lan JAMIEshow exclusive dressed fashion resin doll. She is marked down to $380, from her $475 retail.

Toni's Collectibles Cyber Monday specials

Many pages of special deals on a variety of dolls are available from Toni's Collectibles, today only. 

Items appear to be listed at 30% off retail and more--and I see merchandise from Tonner Doll, Madame Alexander, Marie Osmond, Adora, Helen Kish, Lee Middleton, Xenis Collection, Heidi Plusczok, Kewpie, Integrity Toys (check the last page!) and more!

Toni offers free shipping on orders of $125 or more (excepting lay-away and international orders).

Angelic Dreamz Cyber Monday sales

Check out Angelic Dreamz for Cyber Monday deals!

Lots of sales on holiday items, Barbie, Monster High, Integrity Toys, Tonner Doll, Bratz, Barbie, KIO, Franklin Mint, Pullip, Marbled Halls, JIE Doll, Madame Alexander, and additional markdowns on clearance items.

Free shipping on all continental orders over $75.

Cyber Monday at

Use the promo code VIP25 and take 25% off your entire order from, plus get free shipping on all orders over $25. There will be some 70% off doorbuster sales as well.

Cyber Monday at Tonner Doll

Use the code CYBERMANIA at Tonner Doll and take 20% off all in stock merchandise. No exceptions, and valid through tonight at 11:59 PM (probably EST), for US orders only.

International Friends: Email your order number to and get a $9.95 shipping credit.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thankful to be Obsessively Collecting Dolls!

Well, this wraps up the Thankful For posts here on Fashion Doll Review, at least for me. There is one more post on my own blog, Random Doll Blathering, which I will attend to once I am done here.

It's a short saga from a bunch of folks who knew and admired each other online, to actually getting together face to face. I knew Sonya, A Queen of All Trades, from the Yahoo! group we belong to, Cheery About Agnes Dreary. I mentioned that I lived (at the time) in Auburn, WA, and it turns out I lived under 5 miles away from her. We met up at one of the doll shows in Puyallup, and we really clicked.

Sonya mentioned we should get together again, and also meet some of the other folks who lived here in the state, whom she had known from Prego, and also knew from shopping at the local JoAnn Fabrics.

In February of 2011, the day after my birthday, we all gathered together at the regional library in Federal Way, and have been meeting there ever since, the second Sunday of the month!

On the right, in the pink top, is Sonya's Mini Me
Doll clubs are both fun, and something of a nuisance - fun, because you get together with, and talk dolls for a good portion of an afternoon, and a nuisance because of all the enabling! Dolls I never gave a second thought to, I VERY suddenly started to "seriously covet."

I keep teasing George Gonzalez of Angelic Dreamz about the undercover JamieShow sales reps he has sprinkled among our membership. We started out with Wil showing off his lovely JamieShow dolls, and the next thing you know,  three more members bought the dolls, and some of us want to catch up!

We have had our ups and downs, as most organizations tend to do, but the one thing we ALL have is friends who truly understand what it is to forever Obsessively Collect Dolls, although one member has suggested that we change it a little to Obsessively Covet Dolls.

My own personal joke is that if I were to win a big lottery, I would buy a nice parcel of land, build houses on it for the other members and myself, and we could start our own cult. We have enough "graven idols" to make it plausible, I think!

To Fashion Doll Review's American friends and readers, I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving, and the hope that the calories got lost on their way to your extremities. To our overseas friends and readers, well, I will wish you to have as great a day as we are having here!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thankful for the mom

Another pair who help light up doll club meetings are mom and daughter, Kristi and Evelyn. Since I am more or less profiling each member one at a time, I will start with Kristi (mom) here, and pay tribute to daughter Evelyn on my own blog.

Kristi, like most of the OCD, is a multi talented lady. How she does so as the mom of two kids is a mystery - well, to me, anyway. I have problems managing being "meowmie" to three cats!

Kristi's kids, whom she does not have to run after
Perhaps I should back up and explain in a little more detail. Kristi manages to keep up with two lively children, her husband, her mother, who has recently moved closer to her AND manages to keep up with  full social schedules - her own, those of her children, her mom, and her husband - and does so all while looking great and keeping her spirits high and sense of humor intact. Plus, she collects, as you can see, all sorts of different dolls, which, as always, look fantastic.

How does she do it? I would be MOST thankful if she would share the secret!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thankful for great taste

One thing I always envy of my friends in my doll club is that they ALL have such great taste in clothes, dolls, or displays. Angie, the subject of this "Thankful for" post is no different.

Angie is many things - she is a jewelry maker, with her own Etsy store, from which she sells human sized and doll sized jewelry. She is also a talented craftsperson, and has tried her hand at, successfully, wig making, furniture making, and even rerooting. Angie also makes me insanely jealous of her skill at taking such great pictures of dolls. I even ask her to take one or two of my dolls, and place them in her setting or against her background to take pictures.

Frankly, it ought to be illegal to be this talented, and a sweetheart to boot, but somehow, Angie carries it off quite well!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Thankful for seriously coveting

Ah, yes, the time of year when we load up on turkey and other goodies, then sit back and hopefully give thanks.

This year, I am giving thanks for my friends in my doll club, the OCD, which is short for Obsessively Collecting Dolls.

This first entry belongs to Margaret, a lovely lady who has coined one of our favorite phrases, "Seriously covet." Something she manages to provoke just about every single meeting with her drop dead gorgeous dolls and outfits, such as this one.

Tonner's Au Naturale Ashleigh wearing Black Hills Doll Design

I "chided" Margaret for making me drool like a baby over this dress, and Margaret "chided" me in return for provoking her on a number of occasions to "seriously covet" dolls from my own collection.

"Seriously coveting" easy on the eyes, murder on the budget!

Top 12 sellers from Tonner this week!

Dr. Seuss dolls debut from Tonner Doll Company

Sam I Am by Tonner Doll Company
A fantastic blend of pop culture and fashion, this new line of dolls uses the Monica Merrill head sculpt on a cameo skin tone Tyler Wentworth body. The dolls have inset eyes, rooted lashes, and are limited to 500 dolls each. Each retails for $189.99 and are scheduled for delivery in December. Dolls are available for preorder from your favorite Tonner dealer.

Shown above is Sam I Am. She has yellow rooted hair and green brown eyes. She is dressed in an orange shantung top with blue faux fur trim, rainbow ribbon skirt, blue lace tights, and yellow boots.

Truffula has orange rooted hair, green eyes, and comes dressed in a pink shantung top with faux fur trip and orange ribbon, a purple and yellow skirt, pink lace tights and orange pumps.

The Cat's Hat has blue rooted hair and violet inset eyes, a yellow dress, red faux fur vest with corset belt, red and white tights, blue belt, and the classic red and white feathered hat.

Photos are property of Tonner Doll Company.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Out Sass Vanessa Perrin - A new W Club exclusive by Integrity Toys

The third W Club exclusive doll, offered to all W Club members, has been announced: Out Sass Vanessa Perrin. She is $125 and scheduled to ship in the late winter/early spring 2013.

She uses the new Vanessa Perrin sculpt that was unveiled at the Tropicalia convention, and she has fiery red hair. Her outfit includes an olive jacket, plum skirt, lace blouse and purple faux fur shrug. 

She's got some some fabulous accessories: a purple belt, two bracelets, long earrings, a ring, ankle boots, purse and hat. I love the bright colors of her outfit.

Gorgeous Peak's Woods dolls available from a great seller!

Peak's Woods Shaia
My friend and fellow BJD enthusiast Stephen has a few wonderful Peak's Woods dolls listed for sale. Pick them up--at fantastic prices--while you can. These girls are large BJDs (58 cm), and are usually hard to find.

Created for a limited time for last year's New Year's event is Suntan Shaia. Stephen is offering this lovely girl with her limited edition face-up (including the gold glitter eye liner) for just $600. He is including a long auburn wig and fashion with this price as well.
Peak's Woods Goldie
Goldie is a hugely popular sculpt by Peak's Woods, and I'm sure you can see why. Stephen has her listed for sale for just $600. (She is also a 58cm large BJD.) She will include a long blonde wig and a DollHeart fashion.
Peak's Woods Briana - Sweet Dark
Sweet Dark Briana is listed for sale for $650. She includes her default raven wig and eyes, and gorgeous face-up by Peak's Woods. Stephen is also including a DollHeart fashion with this auction as well. (She might be my favorite, and I only have a tan Briana. Someone buy her, quick, so I am not tempted!)

Not only is Stephen a great and reliable seller, he's a fantastic guy and sings great karaoke!

All gorgeous photography is by Stephen Parker.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Tonner's Top 12

Shipping update from Integrity Toys

New shipping dates (earlier ones) have been announced for the following dolls:

Item #91303 Kyori Sato Gift Set "...And Another Thing!" 
Item #82043 Lillith and Eden Gift Set "Lead Singles"

They are scheduled to arrive in mid November.

Sunset Boulevard Commemorative Collectible Doll announced by Integrity Toys

According to Integrity Toys latest promotional release, this latest addition is inspired by Norma Desmond in the movie Sunset Boulevard, just in time to celebrate the release of the Paramount film on Blu-Ray.

Norma Desmond
Sunset Boulevard Commemorative Collectible Doll
Limited Edition of 500 Dolls
Suggested Retail Price: $119.00 USD
Estimated Date of Arrival: Week of November 19, 2012

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Brazilian Banana Bonanza Barbie by Bob Mackie

Bob Mackie's latest addition to the Barbie family has been announced - $150 retail with a Nove,ber 15, 2012 release date: Brazilian Banana Bonanza Barbie.

Interestingly, she was designed by Robert Best for the Bob Mackie collection, unless this is a typo. She's a Gold Label collector doll, and she's quite cute. I saw a real-life version of her at the National Barbie Collectors Convention, and she's pretty impressive.

She's a Barbie Collector direct exclusive, and you can see additional photos on

Photo is property of Mattel.

New items for sale on the DollPage

Truly Madly Deeply Agnes von Weiss gift set
I've listed a few more items for sale on the DollPage Show & Sell site this week--swing by and check them out and see if there's anything you need to add to your collection!

I'll be adding a few more this week--I've just got too many dolls in too small of a space. Ack!

High End Envy Erin S.
Peak Season Kyori Sato
Hot Dots Poppy Parker gift set

Friday, November 9, 2012

Interview on DollObservers

Check out the interview about my book, Steffie: Out of the Box, at DollObservers. Simon was kind enough to ask for one, and feature it on the site.

If you're not already a member, go join! It's a fun place to keep up-to-date on the latest and greatest in the doll world.

Doll Observers scheduled for maintenance and upgrade

From Simon at
Just wanted to give everyone a heads-up that we need to perform some simple but necessary maintenance on on Saturday November 17. We’ll need to take the site down at 6am GMT for about 15 minutes, during which we’ll simply show a message asking ya'll to check back later. Thanks in advance for your patience while we tune up the site!
Nothing to panic about, as I tell myself regularly.

Tonner Toys is shipping City Girls!

Tonner Toys has announced the following dolls as in stock and available for shipping. You can find them from Tonner Direct. Can I just say--look at their knees!

Basic Houston doll - $39.99 - she's my favorite.

Color Block Astor dressed doll - $49.99 - I love the bracelets!

Taxi! Billy dressed doll - $49.99

Deluxe Golden Swirl Astor - dressed doll - $59.99 - She reminds me a bit of Romantic Gold Precarious--and she's got earrings!

Cape Town fashion pack - $24.99 - Love this outfit!

Gray Haze fashion pack - $24.99 - This is something Cami would wear.

Networking fashion pack - $24.99 - Those polkadot hose are just killing me.

I might be mistaken, but I think I remember reading these girls would be able to share clothing with Ellowyne. Their waists look very small, however, and their knees and hands at least are very different. I'm excited to see them in person!

Photos are property of Tonner Toys.

Tonner Doll and Wilde Imagination Factory Sale

Saturday, December 8, 2012
Holiday Inn
503 Washington Avenue
Kingston, NY 12401

You can reserve your room with the code TON at this link, or call 877-834-3613 to reserve your room on the phone. It looks like they are $95 per night.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Dreaming of dolls

In my book, Ball-Jointed Dolls for Beginners, I mention that dreaming about your first BJD is completely normal and to be expected. I have had many doll-related dreams in the past years, and I notice that with stress, my dreams about dolls seem to increase.

Last night, I had this very strange dream about Tonner Doll's Intriguing. I had a dream I took down her beautiful blue hair, which I threatened to do (much to Carolyn's dismay and horror) at our local doll meet. However, in my dream, when I took down her hair, only the front of Precarious' hair was blue--like it was painted somehow--and the rest was brunette. It was very strange.

Not only that, but I had totally ruined the style by taking it down. Since her hair was painted in front, there was no way to get it back in the original style--at least not by me.

It was a rather silly and unnerving dream.

About a doll.

I think I need more and better sleep.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Save the date: Tonner's convention dates announced!

From Tonner Doll Company:

May 16th-19th, 2013
Westin Lombard Yorktown Center
70 Yorktown Center - Lombard, IL 60148

Registration to open in January 2013 - Watch the website for more details!

Friday, November 2, 2012


Intriguing by alington
Intriguing, a photo by alington on Flickr.
Intriguing, one of the Precarious dolls from the 2012 Tonner Doll collection.

There is nothing I don't adore about this doll. She is amazing. I'm thrilled to see a blue-haired girl from Tonner. Just wonderful!

Free shipping from Tonner Doll

Free shipping today only when you use the promo code FREESHIPFRIDAY at checkout. This code is valid today, November 2, 2012 only, and ends tonight at 11:59 PM EST.

Sock Tutorial: Cardigan & knee-highs for SD13 ball-jointed dolls


2 ladies crew socks or 1 ladies knee sock (I recommend pre-washing socks to set colors and pre-shrink the fabric before sewing)

Pattern (scaled from the image included at the end of this post)



Needle and thread

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Shoes, shoes, shoes.

So... would the real Alice in Wonderland please stand up?

Probably not in these shoes! But who says you can't have a little fun with your designs? These are Rogita's shoes and stockings, also by DollHeart. I just adore them.

If you're staying away from traditional BJDs because you're attached to high heeled fashion shoes, let me introduce you to Absolute Beauty, the new body by Peak's Woods. She has both flat and heel feet--and yes, they are easy to change! Plus, they fit DollHeart's SD13 high heel shoes perfectly.

It's all in the details!

Deboxing Rogita by alington
Deboxing Rogita, a photo by alington on Flickr.
Oh my! So maybe I'm still a little in love with Alice in Wonderland--and Christmas has arrived a little early. (I had to peek, and unfortunately, dolls have a really hard time going back in the box. It's like putting toothpaste back in the tube!)

This is Rogita's hat--part of her Red Alice outfit created by DollHeart. From the cameo charm, to the beaded ribbon detail, to the chiffon roses on the top, I think it's perfect.

You can see Rogita (and the rest of her outfit) on my post over at BJDs for Beginners.


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