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April 30, 2007

Kit Movie Open Auditions

Check out the Kit movie information on the AmericanGirl website . . . auditions for girls 8 yrs. to 12 yrs. will be held at each of the three American Girl places on specific dates in May (listed on the website).

Girls have to be available this summer for filming . . . they say the movie will be released July 2, 2008. Movie title is: Kit Kittredge: An American Girl Mystery
Hope it follows her book "Danger at the Zoo" - it was a good one. Can't wait!!

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April 27, 2007

Doll Repairs and Doll Hospitals

We often receive emails and phone calls asking about the repair of a favorite doll . . . whether the doll is 50 years or 50 days old. We have found that it is best to rely on professional help from doll hospitals. But where to find them?

If you are lucky enough to have an American Girl Doll or a doll from Madame Alexander, Effanbee, or Tonner Doll Companies - your problems are easy as they operate their own doll hospitals! Contact them directly for guidance and be prepared to describe the doll problem. In most situations you will need to send the doll to them and pay for the repair.

Most other companies - such as Corolle, Gotz, and Ginny - do not have a doll hospital. What they will offer, is to replace the doll if it was a recent purchase and the injury was not due to rough play. For all other repairs, you will need to take your doll to a doll hospital.

To find a good doll repair place, first ask your local doll or toy store for a recommendation. You might also check out your local phone directory for a doll repair or hospital listing. A third option is to search the internet by going to a search engine such as google.com and entering doll hospital. I tried it and found lots of entries! Speak with them if possible in order to get an idea on the price of the repair.

A common repair is called "re-stringing" and involves the re-attachment of doll arms or legs. It is a fairly simple procedure so should not require major experience or dollars to achieve. In fact, if you have a doll making store or doll show in your area they should be able to help you so that you can quickly bring home your good as new doll!

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April 24, 2007

American Girl Doll - Julie Pictures!

One of our valuable blog contributors just sent pictures of the new Julie books . . . not lots of information but some good clues. In this picture of Meet Julie, it looks like she's on a Cable Car in San Francisco!

Looks like Hippie styles to me so probably Julie's stories take place in the late '60's, early '70s.

Julie's Jouney . . . on horseback!

Julie is Saving the Eagles . . . with the help of her Asian friend - that might be Ivy

Happy New Year Julie appears to be taking place at the Chinese New Year's Parade . . .

Let us know your ideas too!

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April 22, 2007

DollReader May 2007 Issue

Just received my new DollReader magazine issue - lots of good stuff including the 2007 Doll of the Year Awards! In case you weren't aware, the public can vote for the Public's Choice Winners among 14 different categories. Most of the dolls are collector dolls with high prices but you'll recognize names like Madame Alexander, Tonner, Lee Middleton and Effanbee. The Public Choice winners are announced at the IDEX Exhibits in Las Vegas on June 30, 2007. Click for more information on IDEX.

Lots of beautiful dolls out there!

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April 19, 2007

DollCloset.com April Newsletter

This is our new Corolle Doctor Set as discussed in our Newsletter in case you missed it . . .

Sign up on the lower right corner of the DollCloset.com home page to Learn and Save!

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April 17, 2007

Molly's Birthday is Coming!

Molly McIntyre will be celebrating her birthday with us from April 20th through April 25th . . . and ALL of her special items will be reduced 20%! Actually - we'll reduce Emily's items too just for you.

We've been busy adding brand new items to our website for Molly such as the Magnetic Mini-World shown above. Also new is a group of mini-puzzles that features a picture of each historical girl from the books. Coming soon is Molly's new mystery: The Light in the Cellar . . . watch for it and the Birthday Sale!

PS: Molly and Felicity's Birthday's are so close that they will be sharing the same sale days

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April 12, 2007

New Movie about Kit!

Abigail Breslin To Star In 'American Girl' Movie
Academy Award nominee Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine) will star as Kit Kittredge in the first theatrical adaptation from the "American Girl" series, as an HBO Films production to be released by Picturehouse.

The film tells the story of the clever and resourceful Kit Kittredge, a nine-year-old girl growing up in 1934 during America’s Great Depression.

“Abigail was our very first choice for this role, and her enthusiasm and passion for this project is simply infectious,” said Colin Callender, president, HBO Films.

Introduced in 2000 as the seventh "American Girl" historical character, Kit Kittredge will be the first one to have her story adapted for a theatrical film.

PS: Abigail wrote to us in our blog about being Kit - we also heard from the actress who will play Ruthie. It's sure to be a winner - can't wait!!

Note: Kit's Paper Doll Set is pictured above - it includes Ruthie too

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April 10, 2007

Addy's Birthday

Addy's Birthday Specials end on April 11th!!

The next American Girl Birthdays to be celebrated will be Felicity and Molly's at the same time . . . with some brand new products added so check the Birthday Page, April 20th through 25th for some cool deals.

We introduced our new Birthday Bear in time for Addy's celebration - Ivana Party is shown below:

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April 08, 2007

Doll Identification Help

We get quite a few requests asking for help in identifying a doll or in determining the value of certain dolls. Unfortunately we do NOT have that expertise . . . but Jan Foulke's does!

She has published 16 editions of the Blue Book of Doll Values over the last 30 years. The latest book, published September 2006, is the most comprehensive and includes over 500 color photos.

The book is divided into the Antique and Vintage section which covers bisque, china etc and the Modern section which covers composition, hard plastic, vinyl and artists' dolls.

The book lists dolls alphabetically by maker, by material and sometimes by trade names; it covers dolls from all over the world and is an essential reference for doll collectors.

You should be able to find Jan Foulke's books at most on-line Book companies or request it at your local book store or library.

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April 06, 2007

Engel Jointed Dolls

We are very pleased to introduce our newest Dorothy pictured here - such a pretty outfit! All of our Engel dolls are back in stock and ALL are on sale in honor of Mr. Engel who passed away last month. He will be missed not only by his family and friends but in the doll community. Fortunately his son will be continuing to offer their fine dolls. Our Engel Doll sale will continue through April 12, 2007.

These dolls are designed and made in Bavaria, Germany by the Engel Doll Company . . . they are one of the few dolls not made in China.
DollCloset added Engel Dolls last year because of their fine workmanship, the availability of BOY dolls and the wonderful poseibility of the jointed dolls.

They are a true treasure!

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April 04, 2007

Julie, the Historical Doll in 2007

The Julie Mystery continues as we all wonder about the newest Historical Doll! Here's more information from an American Girl Doll Fan Website:

American Girl will be releasing the following titles with a publication date of August 20, 2007:

Meet Julie
Julie's Journey
Julie Tells Her Story
Julie and the Eagles
Happy New Year, Julie!
Changes for Julie
Good Luck, Ivy

We can also learn from the isbn.nu (Note: Book catalog entries) entries that Julie and her friend Ivy will be 20th century historical characters. The category under which these books are listed is "Juvenile Fiction - Historical - United States - 20th Century." There's plenty of speculation about which decade the girls are from, as well as what ethnicity and culture, as the book titles, like Kaya's, differ from the standard AG character main book titles.

PS: The picture above is from the American Girl Minute Mysteries Book!

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