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Monday, August 31, 2009

Wonderful Sybarites

One of my favorite fashion dolls of late has become the delectable Sybarites dolls from Superdoll. Over the course of the past few years Charles and Des, the SuperGuys, seem to have put out a collection of dolls that resonates with collectors because of their cutting social commentary and dead-on killer fashions.

Here is model Venus d'Royce as Trapeze wearing bits and pieces from various fashions

What I love about the Sybarites are the gorgeous fashions and eye-catching face-ups. Superdoll gives me the edgier fashion dolls that I crave. I tend to want less classic styles and more of what I see on the runways from my favorite designers like Galliano, Westwood, Gaultier, etc.

I resisted these dolls for a long time because of their 16" size, but finally caved and purchased a few of them last year. Now, I wonder why I ever waited. Unlike any doll I've ever owned; these are more like art pieces. There is so much attention to detail -- down to the smallest miniaturized safety pins to the amazing haute heels and bags. Just gorgeous.

The Sybarites always live up to their name. These exquisite creatures have ushered in a new era in fashion doll collecting.

To find out more about the Sybarites check out their very own forum inside the Dolly Daily Community. There are lots of dazzling photos that will have you stalking the Supersite for new releases.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Blythes on vacation

I came back from a vacation last week. As expected, a couple of my Blythe also went along with me. It is strange how I have somewhat transformed from this 'shy about taking dolly pics in public' to 'proud to be taking dolly pics and public and enjoying the attention' person LOL.

It is most definitely a conversation starter. People see other people with dolls, they look, nudge, smile. Some brave souls venture closer, some even braver ones start talking. Nice dolls, where are they from, what kind of dolls are they and soon enough we are chatting away.

Oh well, just wanted to tell you how much fun I have taking my little one on vacation with me. Here's one more photo of Max and Grace enjoying the view of San Fran.

Barbie Fashionista Video

August 26, 2009 06:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time
NEW YORK--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Today, Barbie premieres her first music and dance video – titled “Do ‘The Barbie’” – to celebrate the launch of her new Barbie® Fashionistas™ dolls. The new dolls feature 12 points of movement and more than 100 plastic-fantastic poses so Barbie can bend her elbows, twist her wrists, move at the waist and roll her head. To show off these new movements, Barbie has teamed up with one of the music industry’s hottest names to choreograph and produce a music video featuring a new dance – appropriately called “The Barbie” – set to a new, re-recorded version of the 90s hit song “Barbie Girl.” Barbie looked to famed choreographer JaQuel Knight, the talent behind Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” (“Put A Ring On It”) dance craze, to choreograph the “The Barbie,” a series of doll-like moves and dance grooves.

“Barbie’s first music video is an epic moment that further solidifies her place as a pop culture and entertainment icon”
The Barbie video makes its world premiere today on the Barbie YouTube channel:

“It was really fun to work with Barbie and create a dance for her. Barbie is the biggest icon in life and I am so excited to have worked with her on her first music video,” said choreographer, JaQuel Knight. “I have had the privilege of working with celebs like Beyonce and Britney Spears, and I am thrilled to add another B to the roster!”

The music video, shot in New York in July, stars three Barbie Fashionistas dolls – “Sassy,” “Cutie” and “Artsy” – and features a cameo from “Hottie” Ken®. In the video, the dolls break out of their toy boxes to “come alive” and dance “The Barbie” alongside real, life-size Barbie dancers. “The Barbie” dance is comprised of doll-like moves that can be performed to any song and ends with a signature Point, Twist, Snap.

“Barbie’s first music video is an epic moment that further solidifies her place as a pop culture and entertainment icon,” said Stephanie Cota, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Barbie. “Barbie’s celebrity status and role in pop culture allows her to partner with the industry’s best, and we love the signature dance JaQuel created. It’s surprising, kicky and catchy – everyone will want to try to do ‘The Barbie.’”

Knight, 20, is nominated for a 2009 MTV Video Music Award (Best Choreography for “Single Ladies”/ “Put A Ring On It”), and is currently on-set choreographing the theatrical live action “Burlesque.”

The Barbie® Fashionistas™ Dolls will be available in October for an average retail price of $11.99 each.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Integrity Toys announces new AvantGuards dolls

Two new "DayGlo" AvantGuards dolls have been announced. Here are juicy details...

This beautiful girl is a Chelsea's Collector Cottage exclusive in Australia. She wears a black mini-dress with green accent trim, and features a vibrant face-up in greens and blues. She is limited to 300, retails for $305AUD, and will be available mid-Sept.

No Exaggeration
This girl wears a modern interpretation of a pantsuit that would put MC Hammer to shame. This girl is pure high-style with her airbrushed electric purple face-up. She is limited to 400, retails for $220US, and will be available at your favorite AvantGuards dealers in late October.

Run, don't walk to get these beautiful girls on pre-order!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Jeffrey turns 10

Luxury retailer Jeffrey in NYC turns 10 this year, and to celebrate he's found more than 50 of the world's top designers to create some very special dolls from Integrity Toys and Jason Wu for display and auction.

The dolls went on display on 10 August, 2009, and the shop is accepting bids via silent auction until they're sold on 17 September, 2009. Proceeds benefit the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure to support breast cancer research and the Atlanta AIDS Partnership Fund.

It's interesting to note that Integrity Toys supplied the new Monogram dolls in a variety of hair colors for the promotion. Some of the designers used both male and female dolls while others designed only for the female doll. Who's your favorite?

Check out the links below to find out more about these gorgeous doll. Both feature an article and lots of pics.
The Moment blog

Friday, August 21, 2009

Wal*Mart : New Dolls & Clearance.

I've been shopping ALOT this week !! Along the way , I've hit Wal*Mart stores in the tri-county central Arkansas area . ( Little Rock , Benton , Bryant , Hot springs ) The sales varied from store to store as did the new stock .

SO , make sure and get out to your local stores this weekend !! Some stores had moved the mark-down dolls to the clearance area ( usually near pets/ garden) other stores had the dolls on the shelf with red price stickers.....OH , here's a tip : always take a few mark-down dolls to a scanner , often they will scan cheaper than marked !! Best of luck to all the bargain hunters !!

Here are a few low price points I saw : Red Corvette Barbie $25 , Scotland $20 , France $ 20 , Julia Repro $30 , MFBD Repro gfitsets 1959 & 1971 $ 30 .

Of course the clearance dolls made rooom for some new stuff : SpongeBob Barbie , Camping Barbie , Ken , NEW Skipper and the Kelly & Stacie set .

The only "new" CE dolls were Harley and "Ballet" Lucy and Goldie Hawn .

HAPPY HUNTING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Are you coming to BlytheCon?

The first Blythe Convention is being held in Atlanta GA this year on October 17th. Although this event has been solely planned by Blythe fans and has no participation of Blythe manufacturer Takara, the excitement and the buzz is unbelievable.

It is a one day only event, but fans and collectors from far and wide are visiting. I know of friends who will be here from South America, Europe and of course the whole of North America. And of course there will be guest attendees, including Gina Garan.

There will be raffles, prizes, vendors, room sales and the works. And although small and not anything near the grand galas that we are used to hearing about with the other doll lines, this will definitely be a fun event. This will also be the first doll convention that I will be attending, which makes me even more excited. We will have live coverage of the event at DollyDaily so, don't forget to check the forums.

Check out the official BlytheCon website

Monday, August 17, 2009

So much new stuff

There's so much new out right now that it's bound to make a collector giddy with excitement or distraught with not being able to afford it all. Sometimes I wonder if the doll companies realize that we're even in a recession!!! LOL And why do they come out with some of their best stuff right in the midddle of said recession!!!

Mattel has just released their Jonathan Adler Barbie doll collection. They're so cute. I've always wanted mini Jonathan Adler products for my dolls. Now I get the chance to have them. And did you see the Edward and Bella dolls they're doing? Lots of buzz about them in the Dolly Daily community.

Integrity Toys is currently shipping their final releases from their February Toyfair announcements including the new Boogie Beach Dynamite Girls, and the long awaited Poppy Parker collection. The FR convention is just around the corner. With about a month and a half to go until the big event, collectors are beginning to get excited about what's in store for them in Chicago.

Tonner Doll Company has recently debuted their fall collection, and collectors are excited about what's to come. The Sinister Circus collection seems to thrilling collectors with an edginess not seen from Tonner before. There have also been more Twilight dolls announced -- James, Victoria, and Laurent, plus Edward and Bella at the prom as an exclusive.

There's plenty more dolls to chat about including new Momoko dolls, new Pullip and Blythe dolls, some new Sybarite accessories, and new Gene dolls -- both regular 16" size and the 1/6th scale. Why not sign into the Dolly Daily community to find out what's going on in the doll world.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Barbie Fashionista

Barbie has a whole new look-and it's all fashion all the time. Strike a pose and express your fashion personality with the Barbie Fashionistas! The Fashionista dolls wear the trendiest fashions! Each doll has 12 points of articulation, more than 100 different poses, and a distinct personality (Glam, Cutie, Girly, Wild, Sassy, and Artsy) that is reflected in their clothes and accessories. Each doll comes with a purse and a fashion accessory. Girls will love playing with the doll that best fits their own personality! These dolls are really gorgeous and reflect today's girls' awareness and appreciation of fashion. The Barbie folks have really gone all out to create dolls that work as play dolls-and even as entry level collectibles. Plus, the lower price delivers great value without cutting corners on high style.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

New Pink label from Dressmakers Details

New from Dressmakers Details is the pink label collection, a more affordable, but quality line from DD. The quality that you have known from Dressmakers Details remains and the sets come with shoes and jewelry.

I only was able to score these two but I love their updated vintage feel!

First Eden in black and white lace dress (This dress only fits smaller busts)

And next is Agnes, in a gold shirt dress (this will fit bigger busts)

To view/buy the collection you can find them here

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Gene doll to debut in 1/6th scale

Extra! Extra! Read all about it!!!

Integrity Toys announced today that Gene Marshall, the brainchild and baby of artist Mel Odom, will be the next doll in the Hollywood Royalty collection (previous dolls include Lana Turner and Josephine Baker).

In the collection, Integrity Toys recreates some of Gene doll's popular looks and outfits from her early years (albeit with different names).

Blue Caprice

Each doll in the collection is limited to 250 pieces, and they're expected to arrive in November 2009. Pricing is still being finalized.

Red Desire

Both Blue Caprice and Red Desire will be available from authorized Gene Marshall retailer, and an additional doll, Midnight Lace, will be available via lottery to W Club (Integrity Toys collectors club) members.

Midnight Lace

How exciting for Gene fans everywhere to finally see Gene Marshall immortalized in 1/6th scale.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Wonder Frog spends the weekend in Palm Springs, CA

Wonder Frog took a weekend trip to Palm Spring, CA and saw a few of the sites.

Here he is in front of the "Palm Springs" sign:

While at the sign, he also found the seal of the city:

Then he went to Elvis Presley's "Honeymoon" house:

Finally, he took a swim in the pool to cool off from the heat:

Wonder Frog wishes you could have joined him, but he hopes that at least you could share in his fun. Be sure to check out the Wonder Frog posts in the Dolly Daily community.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Monday, August 3, 2009

The Black Butler

Fans of the Black Butler (Kuroshitsuji) Pullip series will rejoice when September 2009 rolls around. The makers of the popular Pullip dolls has announced a second series from the Black Butler: Sebastian private teacher version and Ciel robin version.

Sebastian (private teacher version):

Check out his red "cat" eyes

Ciel (robin version):

Here is an image of the first three dolls in the Pullip Black Butler series that are already available:

This series is pretty cool looking, but I find it strange that the makers of Pullip family of dolls chose this particular series where all of the three characters they chose to do are male (and Taeyang is the only male doll). Why not Pullip as Madam Red?

Check out The Valley of the Dolls for more info and preorder, and check out the Pullip forum in the Dolly Daily community to chat about all of the wonderful Pullip family of dolls.

Check out Wikipedia to find out more about the Black Butler manga and anime series.

Photos used courtesy of The Valley of the Dolls website.