Sunday, February 28, 2010

Mari as Mod Alice

Mari as Mod Alice, originally uploaded by alington.
Yay! It only took me three tries, but now, I know how to restring BJDs for real. (It pays to do a little research before you take your doll apart.) Watching a video tutorial really helped. I love the one on BJD Collectasy's site--it's perfect.

I was so excited that I restrung my Bobobie and one of my Elfdoll tinies, too.

Anyway, Mari has been restrung and sueded (check out her pose!), seam lines sanded, blushed very subtly, given new eyelashes and eyes... and several photo shoots. You can check them out on Flickr.

This is my favorite look. She's wearing a OOAK outfit by Nancie from Nankatts, Lacey wig by Leeke, shoes and socks by DollHeart, and is trying out some new acrylic eyes in aqua.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Mari, sanded with new lashes

Mari, sanded with new lashes, originally uploaded by alington.
Cutie Angel Mari (my latest addition Asian BJD) has had her seam lines sanded, plus I gave her new longer eye lashes and am trying out some aqua acrylic eyes.

She still needs some better elastic--she doesn't stand very solidly, in spite of her sueding. And I'd still like to add some body blush.

But I think she's very sweet.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Chris in blue

Chris in blue, originally uploaded by alington.
Another shot of Impldoll Christopher, my white skin elf. She's wearing a wig that was included with Cutie Angel Mari (it's slightly too large), and a one-of-a-kind Mod Alice outfit by Nancie of Nankatts.

She's just serene and lovely. I'd love to add another ImplDoll to my collection. I think Chris is feeling a bit isolated lately. She needs a more mature friend.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Cutie Angel Mari

Mari, originally uploaded by alington.
So meet my newest addition, Asian BJD Mari by Cutie Angel. She's an SD size, and she's just adorable. You just want to give her a little hug and make her feel better.

I got her on a great sale from Denver Doll. She had a little shelf wear, so she came with a wig (a different one), the outfit and some fantastic boots. This wig is by Leeke, called Lacey in Baby Brown, and I just love it on her.

I do have a couple of projects I'd like to do with this doll. First, she needs serious help with her seam lines. Sanding first! I think I'll take her apart for this task, since she also needs restringing--she's pretty loosely strung, and my tightening attempt didn't help her arms. And I'd like to suede her, too.

Her eye lashes are just painted beautifully, but I think I'll give her longer real ones on top, also.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Tuesday Tea for Two

Alice Kingsleigh, originally uploaded by alington.
It's been a little while, but I've got a fun new tea-ppropriate doll to share for Tuesday Tea for Two again. This fun event is sponsored by Wanda Lee of The Plumed Pen--check out her lovely, artistic blog!

Above you'll find Alice Kingsleigh, the first release of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland line by Tonner Doll Company. She stands 16" tall with lovely dark blonde curls and brown eyes. And I even got her to stad on her own--without her included doll stand.

I just adore her little boots. I'd totally wear them in my size. You can see the rest of Alice's photoshoot on Flickr.

Just a note on the photo: I took this in my son's room, since I love the mellow color of his wall. David is ten. He was pestering me the entire time, "Are you done yet? Can you get that doll out of here?" Makes me sort of want to go pose my doll in his room while he is at school as a nice little surprise... and maybe to tease him just a little bit.

Don't forget to visit The Plumed Pen today. And you can participate as well, if you have a blog. It's really quite fun!

Budgeting issues...

Are you having issues with sticking to your budget when newly released dolls come out around IDEX or Toyfair? I do. I'm always tempted to buy or preorder every new doll I see. Let me show you how NOT to handle your budget.

Since publishing the article, I have come across several additional Don'ts:

  • Troll around on doll message boards or for-sale sites, especially when you don't have money burning a hole in your pocket.
  • "Browse" around on Ebay, just for the sake of window shopping. There is no such thing as "window shopping" on the internet!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Meet Alice Kingsleigh

Alice Kingsley, originally uploaded by alington.
Eeeeek! Meet Alice Kingsleigh, the first arrival in the Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland collection by Tonner Doll Company. In my opinion, the doll looks older than actress Mia Wasikowska, but I find her endearing and wonderful on her own. Honestly, I haven't been this enchanted by a Tonner Doll in a long, long time. I think she's absolutely fabulous.

Her dress is blue organza with blue button details down the front, black embroidery at the hem, and lace detailing at the collar. The sleeves have intricate pin tucks. Her soft cotton petticoat is trimmed with black and white bias ribbon. She's wearing white and blue striped tights and matching fingerless gloves. Accessories include a gold necklace with a red jewel and the most fantastic white and black lace-up boots with tiny button details I've seen from Tonner. They look like mini Fluevogs. Adorable!

You can see more photos of her first shoot on my Flickr photostream. Let me know what you think of her. I was so pleasantly surprised--I'd seen a few photos of her from IDEX and Toyfair, I was sure I'd be disappointed. But I think she's lovely.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Fantasia by ImplDoll

A new exclusive ball-jointed doll, limited to only 50 pieces, has been announced by ImplDoll, and she's a lovely fantasy character. Fantasia stands 63.5 cm (25 inches) tall, and includes a pair of glass eyes (random color). She has lavender skin. She includes elf hands and feet as well as human hands and feet (both flat and high heel). And she can stand in her elf feet as well. In addition, her elf ears (more like mermaid ears than elf ears) are magnetic.

Base price is $405 for the doll. Face up is additional $38. If you want, you can also add blushing to her elf hands and feet for $60, and her outfit for $36. It's not stated, but I think the wig may be included.

I have to confess, I'm sorely tempted. I own Christopher, a white-skin the elf, and she is simply lovely! I just love this doll--she's so... purple! Of course, she is available from your favorite ImplDoll dealer. Go check out more photos on ImplDoll's website. Let me know what you think! Is she weird? Am I?

Photo is the property of ImplDoll.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Alyce redressed in Death Becomes Her

Alyce redressed, originally uploaded by alington.
This is Alyce, Tonner's Reimagination Alice in Wonderland doll (a small-bust Stella sculpt) who has been redressed in a new outfit--Death Becomes Her.

The necklace and earrings were included with the outfit. (Love them!) See the rest of her photo shoot on my Flickr photostream.

Did you know that some Tonner Doll dealers will actually split the outfit and the doll for you, and sell you just the doll (nude) and the outfit separately? This is a great way for you to get just the outfit or doll you want. One of my favorites is Dreamcastle Dolls. (Carol is just awesome.) It's a great way to stay in your budget, too.

2010 MetroDolls Garden Party

MetroDolls is having a Garden Party event on Sunday, April 25, 2010 from 10 AM - 4 PM, at the Hilton Woodbridge in Iselin, NJ. The cost to attend is $210, and absentee packages may be available. For more information and to register for the event, visit the MetroDolls website.

There will also be a live charity auction, featuring many one-of-a-kind fashion dolls and ball-jointed dolls from many talented artists, which will benefit the Susan G. Koman for the Cure Central and South Jersey.

The event doll is an exclusive Sydney Chase (and they have been fantastic in the past), plus additional MetroDolls items. You can see some past souvenir dolls here, and they still have some available to order.

Save the date: Tonner Halloween Convention

Per Tonner's calendar:
October 29-31 – SAVE THE DATE!!! The 2010 Tonner Halloween Convention inBurlington, Vermont - expect ghoulish goodies, fun and amazing souvenirs as Robert Tonner throws a fiendishly fun party for Halloween lovers everywhere!
Also, the event is on Facebook. You can add it to your calendar.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Looking to add to your doll budget this year?

Happy Valentine's Day, dear readers!

And along that note... here is a link to a lovely blog post from Shuga Shug's blog, in celebration of today's romantic holiday.

All I can say is this: Girls like guys with skills.

Real-life photos of Tonner Doll at Toy Fair

Check them out at Tonner Doll's Facebook page. (You don't have to be a member to see the photos!) Just a note: These were taken with a camera phone.

I noticed a few items of interest:

Friday, February 12, 2010

Dr. Who™ and Torchwood™ have finally been approved!

Hooray for Tonner Doll Company! The Torchwood™ and Dr. Who™ character figures have finally received studio approval from the BBC, and promotional photos are finally up on their website.

The Tenth Doctor is a dressed doll, sculpted in the likeness of of David Tennant. He's dressed in a two-piece suit, and includes a shirt, tie, socks, shoes and a Sonic Screwdriver. He retails for $179.99. He's a limited edition of 2000.

Martha Jones™ is sculpted in the likeness of Freema Agyeman, and she's dressed in a knit top, under a faux leather jacket and jeans. She includes jewelry, hair trim, hose, shoes and display stand. She's a limited edition of 2000 and retails for $174.99.

Time Lord's Coat is a Tonner Direct Exclusive, and retails for $49.99. It's made of faux suede, and is fully lined.

From the Torchwood™ line, Jack Harkness™ is sculpted in the likeness of John Barrowman, and he comes dressed in a tee shirt layered under a long-sleeved cotton shirt, belted trousers, and a long duster coat. He also includes shoes and socks and a display stand. LE2000 $199.99

Gwen Cooper™is a limited edition of 1000, and retails for $169.99. She comes dressed in dark denims, a shirt under a cute shirred jacket. She also includes hose and boots, and a display stand.

Photos are property of Tonner Doll Company.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

And one more Tonner Update - Jacob Black!

Coming soon -- from Tonner Doll, Jacob Black, the newest addition to the Twilight™ line.

I don't have an estimated date yet, but I believe the retail price will be $149. He'll be available from your favorite Tonner Doll dealer.

I hope he looks as convincing as his promo photo. He's pretty good!

Tonner news!

I have some interesting Tonner Doll updates for you.

I hear that both Dr. Who™ and Torchwood™ have finally received approval from the BBC (!!), and images should be coming shortly.

Second, the remaining promo photos from the Cami & Jon™ Line have been posted, if you haven't seen them already. Jon is short for Jonquil, and I'm rather pleased to see she's a gorgeous Jaq sculpt on a honey skin tone Antoinette body.

Also, earlier, I mentioned that all the Cami dolls would be released with green eyes (which I was sure was listed on Tonner's website). But that's been updated. The redhead has brown eyes, the blonde has green eyes and the brunette has blue eyes.

The remaining two outfit photos have also been posted, and they are pretty amazing. Mood is a layered outfit, consisting of a pale blue knit cami under a silk tank, tied with a rose-colored sash. The top is paired with capri jeans and studded t-strap shoes. A pastel trench covers it all, and the look is finished with faux pearl jewelry.

With a Twist consists of a knit bodysuit trimmed with ribbon around the neckline and a flowing tiered skirt, topped with furry tie-front jacket. Sparkling jewelry, socks and faux leather boots complete this look.

From the Gone with the Wind collection, the 22" Twelve Oaks doll has been added, complete with a new sculpt.

To the Effanbee line, Patsyette has been added.

Check out the remaining Antoinette images, also. I have to confess, I like the new Antoinette Muse Basics.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Sydney On the Rocks

Sydney On the Rocks, originally uploaded by alington.
This is probably my all-time favorite Sydney Chase--a Chelsea's Collector Cottage exclusive, Sydney On The Rocks. She was a limited edition of 300, created for the 2006 Dolls In Oz event.

I bought mine new, but I can't seem to find her jewelry. I still love her.

I should have gotten a photo of her shoes--they are adorable. Next time! This photoshoot was interrupted by my kids--coming home from school. But you can see some of the rest of the photos on Flickr.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Marvelously Morose - My Dark Valentine

Marvelously Morose, originally uploaded by alington.
This is one of Tonner Doll's Halloween convention dolls from 2008, Sister Dreary Marvelously Morose. She's been redressed in a one-of-a-kind Mod Alice (rather wonderfully dark) outfit, that is convertible to fuchsia--specifically for my Valentine's Day display.

I love this girl.

The outfit was created by Nancie at Nankatts, and Nancie does fabulous stuff--she designed this for me based of a photo and my descriptions. She knew exactly what I wanted, and did a wonderful job.

See the rest of Sister Dreary's photoshoot on Flickr. Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Meet Adel!

Adel, originally uploaded by alington.
My newest ball-jointed doll has arrived, and she's a cutie!

Meet Adel, a special edition Elfdoll tiny with human ears from 2007. I bought her used on Den of Angels. I couldn't be happier.

And she included two extra head caps. With these dolls, you glue the wigs onto the head caps to switch them. Now, I have two extra options of my little girls to wear. Hooray! And, now I have an extra pair of high heel feet, so I can restring Sylf, if I'd like her to be able to stand.

Adel is so sassy and classy. She's only 5.5" (about 14 cm) tall. So cute and tiny.

Visit my Flickr photostream to see her box opening (the seller even wrapped her up so nicely!), her first photo shoot, and also Adel posing with the rest of my tiny family.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Lan in Frivolous

Lan in Frivolous, originally uploaded by alington.
It turns out my slim MSD Lan BJD (by Bobobie), who can share clothes with Tyler Wentworth, actually shares clothes even better with Antoinette. She's slimmer than Tyler, so this outfit, Frivolous, designed for the 2009 Antoinette collection (Tonner Doll Company), fits perfectly.

Shoes are a bit snug--they are for an American Model--but they do just fine. Her wig is Faith by Monique Gold.

You can see the rest of this shoot on my Flickr photostream.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Tonner Doll dealer rumors...

No links or photos... but I did hear some interesting talk from one of my dealers. In the special dealers-only room, possibly:

  • New line of smaller Harry Potter dolls, with better character likeness (Hermione especially!), waiting for studio approval
  • Jacob in Twilight series is next on the release list
  • Tron figures and licensing is still in the works
  • Tim Burton dolls are really fabulous--just waiting on studio approval
  • I hear the Lord of the Rings prototype dolls are also fantastic. Just waiting on studio approval
  • Cami&Jon™ - Jon is actually a Jac sculpt in Honey skin tone on Antoinette body--if you hadn't caught that yet. You may be able to catch a sneak peek of her on some Flickr photostreams.

New shipping schedule from Tonner

Tonner has updated its shipping schedule as of February 2, 2010. Contact your favorite dealer today to place any pre-orders!

These dolls are in stock now:

  • Fifth Avenue Piggy
  • Tranquil
  • Organic
  • Wanton
  • Formal Affair

Here are the estimated shipping dates:

  • Wolfsbane - middle February
  • Belladonna - middle February
  • Hemlock - middle February
  • Black Magic - middle February
  • Sealing the deal - middle February
  • Harley Quinn™ Deluxe - beginning March
  • Cristal - beginning March
  • Falling for Her - middle February
  • Spot On - beginning March
  • 57th and Fifth - beginning March
  • Minty Fresh - middle February
  • Backstage Invitation - middle February
  • 2010 Miss Piggy Basic - middle February
  • Alice Kingsley - beginning February (that's, like, soon!)
  • Glowing Muse Basics (both) - end April
  • Vivacious - middle March
  • Alabaster Mannequin - beginning March
  • 2010 Mannequins (all) - beginning March
  • Intoxicating - middle February
  • Decay and Decadence - beginning March
  • Dance of Death - end of March
  • All Dressed Up Like Racehorses - middle February
  • Dancing on a Cloud - middle February
  • And the Award Goes to... - middle February
  • Fame and Fortune - middle February
  • Woman of Passion - middle February
  • Monica Merrill™ - "It" Girl - middle March
  • Flipped Out - end April
  • On the Fringe - end April
  • A Gimlet for the Lady -  middle February
  • Monica Galore - middle February
  • That's All She Wrote - beginning March
  • Track Shoes - middle February
  • Hiking Boots - middle February
  • Casual Sandals - middle February
  • Super Casual - middle March
  • Onyx - middle February
  • Basic Black Mei Li - middle March
  • Centennial Rose Patsy™ - middle March
These dolls have a to-be-determined shipping date:
  • Brother Dreary
  • Next to Nothings
  • Cami Basics (all)
  • Jonquil Basic
  • All Cami & Jon™ outfits
  • Powergirl™ Deluxe
  • 2010 DeeAnna Basic Platinum
  • Tarrant, the Mad Hatter (need studio/actor approval)
  • Iracebeth, the Red Queen (need studio/actor approval)
  • Mirana, the White Queen (need studio/actor approval)
  • Cinderella (need studio/actor approval)
  • Princess Tiana (need studio/actor approval)
  • Jessica Rabbit™
  • Instinct and Flirty Shoe Packs
  • Willful
  • Juxtaposed
  • Incendiary
  • What's My Lamb Gonna Wear?
  • Twelve Oaks (need studio/actor approval)
  • 8" Scarlett O'Hara™
  • Strider, Ranger of the North (need studio/actor approval)
  • Arwen Evenstar (need studio/actor approval)
  • Sweet Somethings
  • 8" Dorothy Gale
  • The Painted Lady
  • Sheehee
  • The Bearded Lady
  • Keiko
  • Marina
  • Quimby
  • Sterling Nights
  • Power Play
  • Centennial Rose Patsyette™

Anya in pink

Anya in pink, originally uploaded by alington.
I'm getting ready for Valentine's Day and converting my dolls to pink outfits and hair, where I can.

This is Anya, newly sueded (I'm working an a blog post to explain sueding for my Dolls blog) and blushed. She's wearing Morphoa's pink wig today, and it's a bit big, but really cute.

I am so excited to tell you I've seen real-life photos of Kim Lasher's 2010 dolls, including Simply Alice. If you have the funds, and have been considering a doll, you might want to check out her website today and over the next few days--they are wonderful. Also, she previewed a smaller doll, Violet, who might be YoSD sized. So adorable. (Must have!)

My family will be eating rice and beans for the rest of the year if I'm not careful! See the rest of Anya's photoshoot on Flickr.


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