Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Year's Resolutions

Ah, it is that time again. To look back on the old year, in this case, 2011, with a mixture of amazement, amusement, and disbelief at what happened. In my case, it was, "I can't
believe I passed the 100 mark of Tonner dolls in my collection."

The century mark! Kalypso Hart, formerly Egyptian Gold Betty Ann

This was something that did, indeed, invoke, amazement, amusement and disbelief! I
knew the count had been sneaking up on me, but still...

I also realized at some point this year that I had, for the third year running, not kept to my New Year's resolutions, at least with regards to my doll collection. I don't make regular New Year's resolutions for myself like most folks, because I got tired of the pressure of trying to live up to something I don't really want to do in the first place, which takes actual effort, forethought and discipline. Why resolve to lose x many pounds? All those little "rewards" I give myself for losing a pound, such as the chocolate I had been denying myself in order to lose that pound, always causes that pound to return to the scene of the crime, (which I sit upon) and that pound always seems to bring three or four friends with it.

Increase my doll collection? Pfft. No problems, except for where to get the money, and
which ones do I target for acquisition? I have also never actually made this particular resolution, it just happens. I blame Robert Tonner, since the man has a GIFT for knowing what dolls I am looking for, even if I don't know it myself.

But the resolutions I have been making for my doll collection have been to throttle back on the number of dolls I have been acquiring - okay, you readers can stop giggling at any time! - and start getting more things for them, such as clothing, furniture and other props. This is not to say that I am going to give up acquiring dolls, oh, no! But for a while, it was starting to look like I had the Animal House sorority on my desk, with all the dolls wearing Togas. All that was missing were the scale booze bottles, kegs, and the lampshades on their heads.

L-R Eshalya, Neysa, Siobhan, Valerie
(Super Stripes Angelina, Bohemian Beauty Angelina, Sun Kissed Sophisticate Shauna, Ultra Basic Stella)
So, to see if I can actually follow a New Year's Resolution plan, I will set my New Year's Resolutions for 2012 into writing, and see if I can actually follow it:

1. More clothing for my dolls.
2. More props for my dolls.
3. More furniture for my dolls.
4. Bodies for the poor souls trapped in the Bluebeard Drawer, making them, to paraphrase Pinnocchio, "Real live dolls."
5. A Cute, Fuzzy, Doll-Seeking Missile of Mass Destruction-proof case to store my dolls, to protect them from Stormcloud the Moscow Marauder and Camas Houdini Meadows.

Stormcloud the Moscow Marauder, left, and Camas Houdini Meadows, right
The Cute, Fuzzy, Doll-Seeking Missiles of Mass Destruction

Tune in this time next year, to see if I can actually do it.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Doll Duels - you must play with this site!

Tonner Doll Company has released a really fun part of their new website, due to be released in full on January 3, 2012. Doll Duels is a giant photo library of owner photos of Tonner-only dolls. You can see

  • Real life photos of actual owner dolls, sorted by category, including repainted dolls and link to their websites and eBay stores,
  • Pairs of two random photos, side by side, in which you can vote for your favorite picture (or choose "Draw," if you just can't decide),
  • The Leaderboard, which shows you the most popular photos of the minute, and
  • You have to option to submit your best photos of your favorite Tonner dolls.

Go play! I have to confess, I can't stay away! Read more about it on Tonner Doll's blog (that's my photo of DeeAnna Denton!), and visit the site yourself (and vote for my photos, LOL!) at

I'd love to hear your comments!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Honey, I shrunk Abby!

I recently created a mini wardrobe for a Peak's Woods Cue, at the request of friend, and fellow FDR blogger, Kathie. The doll was a Christmas present for Kathie's daughter, Sarah, who loves the show NCIS, and especially the character Abby Sciuto. As soon as a wig and boots were found by Kathie, it was up to me to dress her in clothes that Abby would wear.

New Year's Resolutions

I've been working on my New Year's resolutions, and I've started (yet again!) with my doll collection. It's time for me to pare down and regain some focus. I've started listing a few more dolls, auction style, on eBay.

More will come soon, but please check out my current auctions at my eBay store. A couple of items that might interest you:

Thanks for looking, and thanks for your support!

And the winner is...

Congratulations to Elisa E. in California! You've won a free copy of my book, Ball-Jointed Dolls for Beginners, just for posting a comment on the blog.

If you could contact me--perhaps through Facebook or leaving a comment on this post, I will send your book out right away. Thanks so much for playing!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

Youthquake by alington
Youthquake, a photo by alington on Flickr.
and a happy new year to all our readers and contributors. Have a wonderful, warm and safe holiday.

Warm wishes from Youthquake Poppy Parker, in vintage Barbie fashion #3404 Glowin' Out, her hair perfectly restyled by Roberta Marino.

[Updates on the Google followers drawing will come tomorrow!]

Friday, December 23, 2011

BJD for Beginners book winner is...

Keilee L. from Arkansas!

I know I'm a little late, but better late than never! I got a little distracted yesterday.

This is from our Facebook fan page drawing. If you didn't win, you still have a chance. Just enter your first name and last initial and state or country in a comment on this post. I'll do the drawing as soon as our Google followers reach 300. (They are at 299 today!)

If you link back to either of my blogs (this one or BJDs for Beginners), you get two extra entries!

Rose of Versailles

Rose of Versailles by alington
Rose of Versailles, a photo by alington on Flickr.
This amazing outfit has made its arrival. I am so excited!

It includes:
  • the platinum wig
  • the straw feathered hat
  • lace and ribbon choker
  • the cotton dress
  • a petticoat (cleverly designed)
  • satin shoes
  • pearl earrings
My model is Masquerade Sydney, who is wigged.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

All I want for Christmas... and I even have a picture!

This is the time of year when most Americans seem to lose their minds, and spend like there's no tomorrow. Yes, we as a people throw financial caution to the wind, especially when offered irresistible door buster sales opportunities. January should perhaps be renamed "Resmorseuary," because that is the time the credit card bills start coming in, and most Americans realize that they will get their credit cards back down to reasonable balances just in time for NEXT year's Black Friday.

Doll collectors have this problem all year long, but I digress.

I have decided I want to rectify this situation with a very simple wish list, which includes only one item. Thankfully, Mabel, one of the members of my doll club, showed up with a beautiful simulacrum of the item I want. I am posting a picture of this item, and I will not caption the picture, since it should be obvious what it is, and why I want it. I have never seen one of these in reality.

Thank you, Mabel. You have made the acquisition of the thing I want most at this moment in time possible through your incredible artistry. Now I can show my family and friends EXACTLY what I want, without fumbling for words to describe it.

ADDENDUM: A last minute addition, but Mabel informed me that another member of our club, an equally great lady named Bobbi, helped her create this simulacrum. I always like to make sure that credit is given where it is due. So any kudos for this piece of artistry belong in equal terms to Mabel AND Bobbi.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

More new images from Tonner Doll

Midas Touch outfit for 13" Revlon fashion dolls

Tonner Doll Company has released additional photos of newly released products.

Midas Touch is floor-length micro-sequined gown for Tonner's 13" Revlon fashion doll. It's limited to 500 pieces, includes a gold bracelet and gold shoes. Retail is $84.99.

Sequin detail

Next, from the Gowns by Anne Harper collection, it's the outfit Matinee Luncheon. This outfit is limited to 300, and retails for $99.99. It's designed for a regular bust Carol Barrie or Tyler Wentworth.

It includes a pink suit with black "fur" trim and attached organza sleeves and collar, a pink belt, pearl necklace, black hat trimmed with feathers and flowers, and black shoes.

Both outfits are ready for pre-order from your favorite dealer.

Matinee Luncheon outfit from the Gowns by Anne Harper collection
Detail of Matinee Luncheon

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Ho-Ho-Holiday Extravaganza at TonnerDirect

Save 20% off your order and get free shipping--or save 25% percent when you spend $500 or more at TonnerDirect. Use the code HOHOHO11 at check out. If your order is more than $500, use SANTAPANTS11 instead.

No exclusions, but must be for new and in-stock items only. The offer expires at midnight, December 18, 2011.

International customers should email their order number to receive a $9.95 shipping credit.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

ATTN: Great specials at Vogue Collectibles

Be sure to check out the great deals offered at Vogue Collectibles today. They are offering some current Integrity Toys dolls at discounted prices, plus lots of great Barbie specials. Additional, don't forget to check out the clearance prices on Tonner items, including some hard to find items!

These deals are particularly good for our Canadian readers, as Vogue is located in Canada. I've done business with them as well, and they have great customer service!

Drawing #2 - One more chance to win: Facebook followers

Get a second chance to win a copy of my book, Ball-Jointed Dolls for Beginners, for free!

For this drawing, I'm waiting till the number of Facebook fans on our webpage has reached 400. At the time of this post, our followers are 392.

To enter, leave a comment below this post, including your first name and last initial, and state or country you are located. International players are welcome, too.

Again, get a chance for more entries if you have links posted to either of our blogs on your website. Post a separate entry for each link. Use the graphics provided, or a text link to The Fashion Doll Review or the BJDs for Beginners blog. (Contact me if you need assistance.)

Only one link per drawing is needed, so if you're already linking to our websites, just post them here as a separate entry!

WIN at the Fashion Doll Review - through Google

It's time for another prize drawing.

I've noticed our Google followers have reached 296. When the total number of followers reach 300, I will raffle off a free copy of my book, Ball-Jointed Dolls for Beginners. This is a free drawing, no purchase necessary!

Receive an extra entry for the drawing for linking to The Fashion Doll Review from your blog or website.

Receive one more entry for posting a link to my BJD-related website, BJDs for Beginners, on your blog or website. Feel free to download the graphics provided, or use a text link. If you need help posting a link, let me know.

To enter, leave a comment below this post, including your first name and last initial, and state or country you are located. International players are welcome, too.

If you've posted link(s) on your blogs, post a separate entry for each link, including the website where my link is posted.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Update on Cami&Jon by Tonner Doll

Jon Wigged Basic, Too by Tonner Doll Company
Photos are up of the new wigged and acrylic-eyed Jon, from Tonner Doll's latest release. Jon uses the Jac head sculpt on a honey-toned Antoinette body. This lovely wigged version includes the wig above and also a dark brown one.

She's available to pre-order from your favorite dealer for $109.99 retail. She'll be arriving late December.

Holiday Savings from Ellowyne Wilde

Save on some amazing specials from Wilde Imagination through Monday December 19. Get free shipping with the code HOLIDAY04. International customers, use the code HOLIDAY04INT to get a $9.95 shipping credit.

Some examples from their website:

Several dressed Ellowyne dolls are listed at just $69 each and Evanegline has several outfits and pieces on sale.

Friday, December 9, 2011

A Direct Appeal

Dear Mr. Tonner,

Earlier in 2011, you released, as exclusives to your authorized dealer, the excellent Cherished Friends, two new characters on the Antoinette body, those of Rose and Chrys. Needless to say, with my doll club, Chrys was an immediate hit, because there are a grand total of five of them amongst our membership.

In a review I posted a few months ago, I made a rather unsubtle reference to you, sir, craftily choosing a sculpt (Stella) that you KNEW I would be unable to resist, despite my doll budget going down in flames every single month for a Tonner doll or dolls.

I know you are a busy, busy dollmaker, with probably hundreds, if not THOUSANDS of folks writing odes to your dolls, and did not see this post. My intent was to let you know that if you so desired to release MORE Chrys dolls upon an admiring public, that you would probably acquire more sales of this lovely doll. So, I thought I would take the direct route, and ask one of our youngest members, known affectionately as Evelyn Twist to make a statement, which you can read across the bottom of the attached picture.

Thank you, not only for your time, but your beautiful, beautiful dolls.


Lynda-Marie Hauptman, OCD Member and Tonner-holic

Evelyn Twist, OCD member

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Christmas sale at Angelic Dreamz

Check out Angelic Dreamz for a terrific sale on various doll-related items, including 15% off all in-stock Barbie and Integrity Toys, 20% off Tonner, 50% off Madame Alexander.

All orders over $100 ship for free! Items are marked at sale prices.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Incredible deal on jewels for your dolls...

From Facets by Marcia!

Each day, starting December 13 and ending December 25, one necklace set will be featured on Facets by Marcia at $20 (instead of $25 and up). Quantities are limited, and specials are limited to single colors shown. If the item sells out, a surprise set will be offered in the same color(s) as the feature set.

You also have the opportunity to pre-order all 12 sets for just $200. It's a fantastic deal! Marcia's jewels are top-quality and the most gorgeous on the market. Attending conventions this year? What a fabulous table gift these would make!

Platinum Luxury

Platinum Luxury by alington
Platinum Luxury, a photo by alington on Flickr.
Another recent addition to my collection, and one of my most exciting arrivals to date, I'm pleased to introduce Platinum Luxury American Model to you. She looks like she waked off the set of Boardwalk Empire.

She arrived in a super sized Tonner Box, and I was so excited to open her up. I haven't allowed myself to purchase an American Model since La Belle Grande, just because of storage and display space. (They compete with my BJD collection.)

My jaw dropped when I saw her beautiful face. Her brown inset eyes and eyelashes are just perfect. I adore her sweet wigged hair. Her red lips seem to almost be smiling.

And her gown--two layers--a simple shimmering gold tank, worn under a long-sleeved chiffon number trimmed with beaded lace. Her sleeves are trimmed with super long loops of marabou.

To finish her look, a simple pair of mary jane pumps, and the most gorgeous layered and beaded necklace you can imagine.

Her articulated hands look different than Tyler's or Antoinette's. They have another delicate pose.

I adore this doll! Plus, it turns out that she can share DollHeart clothes (at least one older outfit I have, Lofty Grey), and my Peak's Woods Skiya can share clothes with her! More photos to come.

And you can see more photos on Flickr.

Full length shot


Displayed together with Classic Elegance Sydney

Classic Elegance

Classic Elegance by alington
Classic Elegance, a photo by alington on Flickr.
The lovely Classic Elegance Sydney is in stock and on sale at Toni's Collectibles, brand new in her box with free shipping (everything over $100 has free shipping!). She's from 2007.

I know this doll got a little grief for being a little warmer (pewter and antique gold) than her icy promo photo. But I think these warmer colors give her a more antique feel. She is perfect.

Her rhinestone jewelry and and lace gloves add the finishing touches to her multi-tiered 1920s inspired, lace, embroidered organza and metallic chiffon gown. (Whew!)

[Hey, did I just see this girl in one of your recent blog posts? you may be asking yourself. In fact, you did!]

See more photos on Flickr.

Delightful Antoinette

Delightful Antoinette by alington
Delightful Antoinette, a photo by alington on Flickr.
I've redressed Spring Kissed FR:16 in Delightful Antoinette's outfit. It fits very well, though the shoes are a little wide for her feet.

In between the shots, I've taken some nude body posing photos for those of you who are interested in her new body style. You can see them on Flickr.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Bring a lovely Peak's Woods girl home for the holidays!

If you frequent The Fashion Doll Review, you have undoubtedly seen some lovely Peak's Woods girls. In order to help with funding of further dolly / holiday purchases, I am parting with one of my own Peak's Woods girls - a Fairy of Colors Yeru.

Yeru is a charming little lady! She is an older Peak's Woods girl with the S-hook loop in her headcap and she has also yellowed a bit. In spite of her yellowing, she is very lovely. I worked a lot on buffing some of the yellow out of Yeru, and I think she is just fine as she is! She is very tightly strung, but as a result, she stands like a rock! Yeru has a beautiful custom face-up, and would love to come home with you for the holidays!

Since she isn't quite as pristine as a brand new dolly, I am only asking $400 + shipping for her. This is nearly $200 off the original price! If you might be interested in bringing Yeru home, send me an email at

A little holiday shopping with a point?

Have you gotten all your holiday shopping finished already? Not me!

In fact, if you want to take a quick breath for your dolly friends, check out my latest auction additions, including this lovely Midge and vintage Enchanted Evening outfit. They are in excellent and very good condition, and you can qualify for free expedited US shipping from all the items in the Fashion Doll Review's store!

Also, 25% of all sales will be donated to the Toys for Tots foundation.

Thanks for your support!

Do you love Marilyn Monroe?

If so... today is your day to click on over to Joe's List and open Advent Calendar #6!

There is a wonderful collection on sale today! Check it out!

Stardoll® by Barbie are available from BarbieCollector

Have you heard the hype about the new Stardoll Barbie? Inspired by avatars from the hottest online fashion and gaming fashions, these new dolls step out of the virtual world and into the world of doll play.

That, in itself, requires a whole new essay.

The dolls 8 new sculpts using something close to the model muse bodies (with larger feet, more delicate hands, and slightly larger rears), and also can use three different accessory packs.

From BarbieCollector, Bonjour Bizou, Doll Space, Fallen Angel and Pretty n' Love are available in Style 1 or Style 2 for $20.99 each. Each style (except for Doll Space, it appears) as an accessory kit available for $15.99, including at least one dress, one extra mix-n-match piece, two pair of shoes, a bag and a clutch, jewelry, hair accessories and other accessories.

The prices aren't bad; what concerns me is that feet are bigger, the dolls aren't articulated well, and I'd want to know if this brand is meant to stand alone for an older chill audience, rather than collectors. I do like the demographic make-up of the dolls. It's nice to see dolls that aren't all blue-eyed and blonde.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Tonner Two Decades of Fashion and Design

This commemorative book, written by Pat Henry, covers the twenty year history of the Tonner doll company as well as a biographical sketch of Robert Tonner himself. Chapters include the early Tonner years, the evolution of Tyler Wentworth, Tonner's Theatre of fashion, expansion of the Tonner brand, famous faces on the big and small screens, Antoinette, Wilde Imaginations, Sinister Circus, and the future of the Tonner doll company. I found the history of Robert Tonner's design career particularly interesting. There are gorgeous color photos throughout the book. Softcover. 146 pages. The book is available for sale in my Ebay store.

Joe Blitman's Advent Calendar

Joe's Advent Calendar
It's that time of year--every day from now through December 24, Joe at Joe's List will have a new special! This year's theme is "A Hollywood Christmas." Eeek!

Why you should care? First, it's incredibly fun and addicting to visit the store first thing in the morning to see what's on special.

Second, Joe carries top-quality products for every type of fashion doll collector, whether you collect vintage Barbie, contemporary Barbie, Integrity Toys, Tonner Dolls, Dawn, celebrity dolls, and more. His products are priced reasonably, and he has some wonderfully hard-to-find items, priced for every collector.

Third, you'll get great customer service and fantastic deals.

Fourth, it's a little game. Go play!


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