May 28, 2005
Did You Know? (Part 1)
A. Tonner Dolls is NOT producing any 18" Ann Estelle dolls for 2005 . . . in spite of the fact that they were pictured in the 2005 catalog! My personal favorite was the "Hippie Chick" outfit.
B. American Girl Inc., the division of Mattel Inc. that formerly was Pleasant Co., announced that it has signed a lease on a site in Los Angeles that will be home to the third American Place retail and entertainment store. The 40,000 square foot site is scheduled to open in The Grove shopping district in the spring of 2006!
May 25, 2005
What is a Doll?
Basically, a doll is a representation of a human. (So, YES, that includes GI Joe and "Action" figures such as the Star War characters! Millie)
All dolls are initially sculpted or molded in some material, and then embellished (eyes, wigs) to resemble a human being. The next thing that most dolls have in common is clothing . . . it is a rare doll that is sold nude. Even dolls that are purchased for dressing and redressing have some basic clothing, whether it be a chemise for a French Fashion Doll, underwear for a Ginny, or a bathing suit for a Barbie doll. But, what makes a doll stand out . . . what makes her outstanding either as a plaything for a child, or a collectible for a doll collector, is often the doll's accessories.
To Be Continued
By Denise Van Patten, About.com Doll Collecting
Pleasant Rowland Update
Many of you may be aware that Pleasant Rowland was the creator of Pleasant Company and the American Girl dolls. For a recent article about what she has been doing in her "retirement" (after selling the company to Mattel) go to this link:
May 20, 2005
23" Doll Trunks!
Yes! We can get doll trunks suitable for My Twinn Dolls . . . they are on order and we hope to have within two weeks. As soon as we know they are on their way, we will put up the product under Doll Accessories so you will be able to reserve one. (You won't be charged until the trunk is ready to send via FedEx Ground)
The white trunks are made in the USA and very similar to the Doll Trunks shown for American Girl dolls.
May 15, 2005
New "Vintage" Ginny Dolls
Just heard from Vogue Dolls that the 2005 Vintage replicas will not be here until end of June . . . were initially expected end of May. Sorry everyone!
May 12, 2005
Why Buy a Doll?
A doll is one of the most open-ended toys available. A doll is an object of affection which can provide an emotional outlet and can encourage children to develop their imaginations, care for others, experiment with different roles and create fond memories.
May 11, 2005
American Girls Felicity and Elizabeth
The next American Girl TV movie will be "Felicity: An American Girl Adventure" starring Marcia Gay Harden and John Schneider (Felicity's parents). Felicity will be played by Shailene Woodley. The movie will include Elizabeth, Felicity's friend from a loyalist family.
A new American Girl doll, Elisabeth, will be introduced this fall to coincide with the TV movie and the holidays.
May 10, 2005
Vintage Ginny Dolls
For those of you who are wondering about the "new" Vintage Ginny dolls (replicas of '50s Ginny dolls) I received the following info:
Height is the same (7.5" vs the non-Vintage that are 8") but today's Vintage has a thicker neck, round eye sockets and slightly chubbier body, arms and legs. Older Ginny dolls have longer arms and slightly larger nose. And, of course, older Ginny dolls are made of hard plastic with seams and newer Ginny dolls are vinyl.
Doll Trunks for American Girl dolls
Coming VERY soon! Just received notice that our next supply of white doll trunks is on it's way . . . these are the quality ones made in the USA. Click to see the doll trunk Perfect for 18" dolls!