Thursday, September 27, 2012
From the left: Hot Dots Poppy Parker, All in White Now Collette, Haute Société Véronique, Lady in Red Erin, Main Event Adele, Peak Season Kyori, Sweet Victory Natalia, Infallible Dasha (FR Squared).
At the Tropicalia convention in Orlando - conventioneers are given a chance to purchase a lovely limited edition Victoire Roux doll, Place Vendome.
She is dressed in a full-length taupe gown, strapless lace, decorated with roses, with pink gloves and lace shoes. The doll has raven hair, and is an IT Direct exclusive, and are limited one to attendee.
Monday, September 24, 2012
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Probably my favorite Poppy Parker doll from this year's collection, I adore her cropped blonde hair and blue eyes. I know, I may be one of the only fans of the white eye liner, but wasn't it sort of a fad in the 1960s? (I actually still use it--or silver--sometimes, too.)
I also think her nude lips are fantastic.
My one complaint/warning would be that her stockings run--so be careful when and if you put them on--notice her boots already look a little pink, and that's just from transfer from my hands. She didn't ship with them on, fortunately.
I think she'll be fun for redressing, too.
More photos on Flickr.
Monday, September 17, 2012
Sunday, September 16, 2012
|The debut of Barney the Bear's OOAK artistry was a rousing success|
I have used her for a wig model
Mint except for:
Hair has been cut off
Thumb missing on one hand
Fingers missing on the other hand
Slightly played with by bears
Bite marks on head and body
Smells like Bears
Hairspray on Face
She is kind of dirty but could be cleaned up with a magic sponge or NOT
No original box
Questions please email.
Sorry the bear is not included in the auction. It would cost an enormous amount to ship and he doesn't want to leave the mountain.
On Sep-05-12 at 06:49:19 PDT, seller added the following information:
COA included with doll and signed photos from Barney. He has sacrificed his beloved doll for auction and hopes the winner will be delighted with her. With a little TLC she might look better or maybe not. Barney is thinking of offering another one of his dolls from his private collection for auction at a later date.
|Who you calling big and hairy?|
|Barney at work on his first OOAK project, a Tyler Wentworth doll|
|Hey, no photos until I'm done!|
|Ugh! The stupid brushes always fall just out of reach of my paws!|
|A closeup of Barney's painstaking work|
|Not quite mint, but not bad, either!|
|Better start running, I want to look my best for the auction!|
|Jude and Barney's second auction - a Miss Piggy doll by Tonner|
The questions asked on this auction were pretty funny, and it seems that the potential buyers understood the humor Jude and Barney intended. Here are some of the highlights:
Q: You mentioned in your listing that were a few stray hairs and this Tyler was used as a wig model.
What size wig does she take. I suppose the stray hairs are what I see on her face. Since you said "Mint
Condition" I assume they can just simply be brushed off and she is pretty well cleaned up. Or (reading
between the lines) is the damage to her face so bad that she has filed for workmen's (women's)
compensation and her face needs extensive plastic surgery if she wishes to appear normal in public again.
A: She wears a 5-6 wig as you can also find in my store. Barney is taking wig styling so Mr. Barney may have some great creations on the horizon. Yes, she has been a model for about 6 years and that hair is embedded with hairspray. You might be able to clean it off with a power sander. That is a thought. She should file for some kind of compensation. She is bearly able to have any spa treatment at the time. Sad isn't it?
|Barney has left the building!|
And that wraps up this edition of Fashion Doll Review. I would like to thank Jude and Barney for their gracious consent and use of their valuable time to be interviewed. All photos are by Jude, and starring Barney the Bear and Tyler Wentworth. All auction text is by Jude.
Friday, September 14, 2012
Would you mind downloading a free copy of Steffie: Out of the Box for testing? I'd love to hear your feedback.
I don't own a Kindle Fire, but I'd love to hear your opinion on several devices. This is my first attempt at a digital book--and you'd think the portability would be easy. But graphics, well--not so much. I've decided that, at least for the iPad reader, the photos are too small. However, I probably won't be able top upload the corrected version today, as my computer is being "fixed." (My DH is off work today.)
So--I believe I was able to upload a new Kindle file, which should be live by tomorrow morning. Perhaps for you Apple iPad/Kindle Fire viewers, it might be best to wait till then to view. I'll keep you posted.
The issue is a small problem with the preview application versus what I see in my word processor versus what the device will actually show. I'm hoping it's all fixed now! :) There is a reason I didn't major in software engineering, I see.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Pink Diamond™ Barbie is a one-of-a-kind doll created by The Blonds. She is available now on charitybuzz, and as of the time of this post, her auction price is at $1500.
Proceeds of this doll will benefit the MAC Aids Fund organization.
Photos are property of Mattel.
Tonner Doll has released promotional photos for the new release Forever Edward, limited edition 500, retail $189.99, from the Twilight series. Shipping date is still to be announced.
Additionally, don't forget about Tonner Tuesday on a Wednesday, which will begin today at noon, EST, and last for 24 hours only. The first 50 orders will receive a free 2011 convention tote, which will appear on your shipping notification and final invoice, not on your initial sales order.
According to Tonner Direct's Facebook page, there have been issues with Paypal, so you will have to plan to pay with Visa, MasterCard or American Express today.
Photos property of Tonner Doll Company.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
I have some nude dolls for sale as well as some limited edition convention items, too.
Also, I have quite a few items I'm looking for in trade, and I might be open to other outfits for my larger fashion dolls (16" girls) as well.
Thanks for looking!
Here, she is dressed in Madame de l'Amour by Tonner Doll Company and the wig from the Rose of Versailles outfit.
As you might have guessed, the lady wants for nothing--except perhaps for a new pair of shoes.
See more photos on Flickr.
Be sure to subscribe to James' blog, OOAK Zoo, and also his fabulous Flickr photostream, to see his wonderful repaints.
She is wearing BJD Sydney's wig and a necklace by LVNV Dolls.
You can see more photos of her on Flickr.
Monday, September 10, 2012
So here she is, in all her glory. For those of you curious about her hair--she has a perfect updo in golden blonde. Her dress--simply fabulous. Her belt is separate as well.
I love her delicate makeup, golden eyeshadow with blue liner just in her lower waterline of her eye. I just love this doll.
You can see more photos on Flickr.
Pending licensor approval, Tonner Doll has released its promotional photo of its new steampunk Scarecrow, Not Afraid of Anything. He's pretty cool, I think, and I'm not even a huge Wizard of Oz or (I hate to admit to being so uncool) steampunk fan.
He will produced in an edition of 500 dolls, and retail for $189.99. He uses the Matt O'Neil head sculpt and body with wigged hair.
Interestingly, I noticed that while it says he includes a sword holder, I'm noticing the resin sword is missing from the description. I'm wondering if this is a typo or a change.
Tonner's licensing agreement allows them to ship this doll (and Dorothy, now called Tornado Traveler) within the US, to Russia, the UK, France, Spain and the Netherlands. No shipping date has been announced for these dolls yet.
The prize: One of my latest publications, Steffie: Out of the Box. This is an unauthorized soft cover visual reference book on Mattel's Steffie sculpt. I use all my own photography, and it could be considered to be a little, well, artsy.
We had nine participants in our drawing last week. Thanks so much for reading The Fashion Doll Review and participating!
According to the theme, I thought I use a Barbie cup for the container. I seem so organized, don't I? Just don't look at the rest of my house, or notice how closely cropped my photos are.
Oh--the anticipation. I have to include one of these photos, of course.
And our winner is... Ada in Romania! I believe one of our wonderful contributors had the pleasure of meeting Ada in person at the Italian Doll Festival this past year. Ada, if you would contact me at alison at fashiondollreview dot com (well, with the @ symbol and . of course) with your mailing address, that would be great! I'll get your book out ASAP!
To the rest of you, thanks ever so much for participating. I realized today that drawings are one of my favorite things about doing this blog and I don't do enough of them, so keep your eyes peeled.
Also, if you would like to purchase a copy of my book, you can contact me at the above address. The retail price is $20 plus shipping. It's also available on Amazon.com, and also on Amazon Europe, so that might be a cheaper option for some of you as well.
Incidentally... in the last week, we've had about 10,000 page views (and no, I don't count my own). That's fantastic!
Our most popular post is on Monster High dolls. Would you all like to see more posts about these dolls? Any other requests?
Also, are you aware of our sister blog, BJDs for Beginners? I've moved all the BJD-related posts over to that blog, since I was clogging up the fashion doll section a little heavily with BJD items.
Sunday, September 9, 2012
It Girl Raja is a recent acquisition for me, and a trade (really a great trade from Em at the Toy Box Philosopher!), and I've just received her back today after a really fantastic makeover.
My instructions to James were--whatever you like.
His inspiration was Barbie--and she's now a sunkissed goddess. Simply fabulous!
See more photos on Flickr.
Visit James' blog, OOAK Zoo, and his amazing, awesome photostream on Flickr.
What do you think of her new look?
Kitty Korner, the newest reproduction Francie Silkstone giftset, created by Mattel, has arrived. I think she's quite adorable.
She has platinum hair, applied eyelashes, and blue eyes. She comes wearing a sleeveless shift trapeze dress in brown, sky blue and white, knee-high lace stockings, and grey t-straps. She also includes gold hoop earrings and a pet kitty. Her second outfits includes a printed chiffon shortie night set, long yellow robe, pink "Francie" hanger, brush, "Francie" diary, blue closed-toe shoes, and a blue stuffed kitty.
You can see a few more photos of the kitties on Flickr.
Saturday, September 8, 2012
The third doll in the IT Direction Seasonal Essential series has been announced and is available as a W Club exclusive lottery. She is called Fall, limited to 250 dolls, and retails for $50.
She features bubblegum pink hair, applied eyelashes, and a full articulated body. Her black satin dress looks similar in style to Summer's. She includes shoes and stand.
I'm not sure, but her face looks a lot like Rufus Blue.
She's got an estimated delivery dat of September 12, 2012--which means she must be in stock or nearly in stock. W Club members have till that date at 10 AM EST to enter the lottery.
Photos are property of Integrity Toys.
Passport to Pink, a gorgeous giftset designed by Bill Greening from the 2012 Barbie Convention, has finally arrived. I think she's adorable.
The set features a platinum American Model reproduction doll, dressed in a printed shell, pink suit and matching hat, pink scarf, white gloves, and pink spikes. The set also includes a second classic printed dress with a bow, white open-toe shoes, pink sunglasses, a white clutch and a camera.
Friday, September 7, 2012
|Crystal Celebration Daphne Dimples|
Photo property of Tonner Doll Company.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
|Yuletide Yummies™ Barbie® - photo property of Mattel|
Yuletide Yummies™ is designed by Bill Greening with a vintage face, and she's wearing a lovely tea-length green satin dress with lace trim on the sleeves and and oversized plaid bow. She includes a beaded chain necklace, gold earrings, and red sandals. Her golden blond hair is pulled into a curled ponytail with a plaid bow.
She retails for $75 and is a Gold Label doll.
Ellowyne Wilde has a new outfit available called Checkmate, plus two new packs of tights in the accessories section.
There is a new Heart of Darkness basic Parnilla available to order, a new outfit called Mourning Tears, and a couple of outfits that are on sale.
Photo property of Wilde Imagination.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
You're trying to take semi-serious doll photos and boom! Someone uninvited shows up in your background.
It seems like every photo session I have an eager "helper."
Kisha is the doll shown above--a Peak's Woods BJD dressed in Val Zeitler and Leekeworld wig. Bear is on the coffee table, and Chanel is walking in front of her.
Monday, September 3, 2012
Sunday, September 2, 2012
Woo hoo! (And no, I actually do not track my own pageviews.)
It's time for a prize!
This week, I'll be giving away a free copy of my new book, Steffie: Out of the Box, signed.
All you have to do is a leave a comment on this blog post, if you're interested in receiving one. Make sure you leave a piece of identifying information on there--like your first name, and maybe your location. Something like this:
I'd like to enter! Alison in San Diego.
You have till Sunday, September 9, at midnight PST to leave a comment. Monday, I will put all the names in a pot and announce the winner, and have you contact me with your shipping information, and I'll send you a book.
International readers are, of course, welcomed. (Authors of this blog, you don't qualify for this drawing, but I'd love for you to have a copy of this book. So if I've flaked and not sent you one yet--please email me.) And let me know if you have any questions!
Thanks so much for reading The Fashion Doll Review!