Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Tonner Dolls and Beyond

I've been playing with my new dolls.  There was a sale table at the luncheon.  Almost everything was on sale for 15% below the website prices.  And no shipping, of course! 

 Here some more shots of Liz in her most excellent sailor outfit---

With my sweet Ellowyne: Feeling Drained, too.
And the big surprise was Maudlynne Macabre.  I bought her as a show gift for my daughter at a friend's suggestion.  When we opened her, she was so awesomely cool!  Her body is fairly articulated and posable.  With those cute eyes, very reminiscent of Susie Sade Eyes.  And there are even patterns already out on the market for her.  I hope Robert expands this line.

The shoes are great little rubbery mary janes.
Awwwww, those eyebrows. . .

I also got my first Evangeline at the show.  Fittingly, I opened the box and took her first pictures in a popular local graveyard.

We'll take more at the graveyard soon.

While I have been trying to switch to collecting more small dolls (to go in our small house), I caught or renewed this big doll virus at the Luncheon, and I came home with all tall dolls.  No Amelia Thimbles, not one. 

There was a table with a large display of American Models, and oooooooohhhhhhh. . .
(more on that later)

Another parting shot of Ell

Monday, January 21, 2013

San Francisco Tonner Luncheon Review

A happy collector receives her Luncheon Exclusive during the registration process.

I am very excited to report about the San Francisco Tonner Luncheon.  They told us early on not to take pictures.  So I did as told.  Although I will pepper this post with photos of the dolls I bought at the show.

My Patsy Luncheon Exclusive

This was my first Tonner event, and it was a lot of fun!  Robert is a very handsome, well dressed and intelligent man.  He is both charming and witty.  He had prototypes of the very popular Patsy Dolls and her outfits for 2013 on display.  There are several new dolls coming!  And more so very cute outfits!  There was one that was a light blue snow suit complete with earmuffs that had me set to pre-order.  And there was a super cute rain coat set with ladybugs on the clear rain coat,  oooohhhhh.  I wish that I could have taken pictures for you to see.  There was a lot of the new Wilde Imagination line available for viewing and pre-order.  And another major display was of the upcoming American Models line.  I had not seen much of this line before, and I abso fell in LUV.  I cam home and found one to order.  She is on her way!  Stay tuned for a post on her, but back to the luncheon. . .

I did speak to Robert several times.  I put in a request for the much desired elbow joint on Patsy.  And I mentioned that there is still very large and active Yahoo! Group for the Ann Estelle 10ers.  He politely said that he hoped enough of us continue to buy the Patsy line so that he can continue to expand it.  I think he definitely felt that he was taking a big risk in introducing another 10" child doll to the market.  He said plainly in the Q & A period that child fashion dolls simply don't sell, and he has to follow the market to survive as a company.  I think that Ann Estelle just got played out (so to speak, maybe pun intended).  And he said that Mary is not producing as much new work for him to reproduce anymore.  Also, he said that he needed to produce something in the Effanbee line to retain the copyrights, ergo Patsy.  The molds for the original either don't exist or he doesn't have them.  But he needed to use something from the line, so he sculpted a new doll for Patsy.  I know there has been some confusion about why he named her Patsy, rather than something else when she was so different from the original.  That's the answer.  While Robert is an artist, he also has to be a businessman, and copyright laws are difficult seas to navigate.  From the Q & A period, it became quite clear how much that determines what he is able to produce.

Essential Lizette - Wigged Out, Too in Bay Breeze Outfit
On a very happy note, he said that if the surprising success of Patsy continues he is willing to consider more dolls in a Patsy "family" line, with dolls like Lilah or Betsy McCall.  And he said he stopped making furniture because he lost the connections to the means for production.  But now he may have solved that problem.  He hinted that there may be furniture for the Patsy line in the near future!  I personally am very excited about that.  I have all of the Ann Estelle furniture and I love it!

During his presentation, Robert spoke about dolls still in preproduction and planning stages that will be the newest additions.  He has secured the rights to do a new Sindy doll: Britain's popular version of Barbie.  And he is very excited about a line he has long been interested in-- a doll based on Carmen Dell'Orefice, the oldest working model.  And a new line based on the book and upcoming movie Warm Bodies.  I saw the prototypes for the two lead characters, and they were very cool.  But, well, uhhumm, I'm kinda into the zombie thing. . .

So there was a lot of news.  And he showed us some very funny videos that he had made for the last Wilde Weekend convention.  It was so exciting to see the new line and fun to connect with other collectors.  I find myself wishing that I could attend the Tonner Con in Chicago in a few months.  It just doesn't really seem possible.  But here's to dreaming. . .
Parting shot:  Robert Tonner's signature on Patsy's little bum!

Monday, January 14, 2013

A Mannequin for Barbie


Barbie: "Be A Real Fashion Designer"

I bought this set for my daughter at Toys R Us a few days ago.  You get 5 dresses inside with embellishments to decorate them for $24.99.  I was very happily surprised to find a mannequin hidden inside!  If you look carefully at the pictures you will see the girl playing with it.

As the reviews note, stickers, gems and ribbon don't stick too well with the "peel back off" type adhesive.  We ended up using our own fabric glue and sewing, too.  It was a good springboard for the beginning to learn to sew lessons.  The five dresses we got were slightly different.  They are actually pretty as they are delivered, but there is some criticism of the quality.  I think that the fabrics were chosen with the functionality of the stickers in mind. We used some of our own ribbons, etc.

But for me the real find was the mannequin!  My daughter gets to keep the dresses.  I get the mannequin.

 And the stand comes apart at the bottom for easier dressing.  I really like that feature.  Even slim skirts can be easily taken off and on.  No more stabbing Barbie's with pins.  It's a happy day for Barbies at our house.

And seated with the yellow ribbon belt, is the doll in the dress that is my daughter's very first design!  Cut and sewn entirely by herself, at 8 years old.  Let the play begin!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Tonner San Francisco Luncheon Dolls

Well the preorder page for the Luncheon dolls is up.  I guess that we are allowed one of each.  Delivered at the Luncheon.  Here are the released promo pictures. 

Does This Make Me Look Too Happy?   Ellowyne  LE 300
Disenchanted Evening Evangeline Ghastly  LE 130

I already ordered the Patsy. . .

Patsy’s New Year  LE 150

See You There!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Mystixx Vampires

A new vampire doll caught our attention during the end of the Christmas shopping rush--  Mystixx Vampires by Playhut.  They even already have their own music video on YouTube.  Toys R Us has them on the shelf right next to Monster High dolls.  And of course, Bratzillas are directly across from that.  So... kind of hard to miss.

Anyway, they have a body that is very similar to Monster High, although, Mystixx are slightly taller and the elbows and knees don't bend.  Pretty lame that, though. 
There is a Flickr Pool with lots of comparison shots.

  The concept is that the doll is a normal girl during the day and a vampire at night.  Like Delilah Noir, I guess.  So there is a face on the front and back of the head and the head turns around, to change the faces.  They have really great outfits and are packaged with an extra outfit and wig in the box with the doll.  They are a good value at $19.99, if you get them at TRU, but they are being scalped at high prices on Amazon and EvilBay.  A fun way to spend those TRU Rewards dollars from Christmas that are due to expire this month!

Happy New Year!