Monday, January 27, 2014

Lil Fairy - Azone - Second production!

If you missed out on those adorable Lil' Fairy dolls released last month by Azone, you have another chance to preorder them!

Ewnoe, the little blue maid, is available now for preorder from Hobby Search. And you can also pick up the little brown maid Lipu. It looks like they will be released in the summer.

I have to confess, I reserved Ewnoe, since little Lipu needs a friend, after all. There will be one more coming out, wearing a black dress. They stand only 16 cm tall, and they are super cute!

Photos are property of Azone.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Cherry Pie

Cherry Pie by alington
Cherry Pie, a photo by alington on Flickr.
Cherry Pie Sahra a la Mode (Azone)--one of Lauren's wonderful Christmas gifts--has been redressed in a gorgeous dress by MegannArt and a lingerie overcoat for Tiny Kitty, yellow pumps from a Sabrina set, I think (Integrity Toys), and bracelets from Tracey Balanger.

Isn't she just so cute? I love how her eyes pop in green!

See more photos on Flickr.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

CCS 14NY Momoko & Ruruko

Check out this Momoko has been out for a few days.  She comes with floral print overalls, brown top with ruffles at the shoulder, ballet flats, headband and pigtails.  It's a little hard to tell, but she is a honey face with blush on her nose.  She has coral-pink nail polish and PetWorks notes her hair is champagne brown.

This Momoko is available for preorder for only a short while longer.  She is 18,900 yen and can be purchased from doll retailers and possibly the PetWorks Global Store.

There is also a Ruruko doll that just came out sporting the same floral print.  Ruruko is a new doll to PetWorks and has been gaining quite a bit of popularity.

Want some special designs for your Momoko and other dolls?  I provide lots of dolly attire and a pattern book for DIY MegannArt designs.  Support an artist!  Visit my website (MegannArt) for an Etsy shop, Twitter, Facebook (with occasional discounts), Pinterest page, and much more.
Pictures courtesy of PetWorks.


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Spring cleaning part 1

At the risk of jinxing it, I've been feeling much better lately, and started the grueling process of spring cleaning. I've just finished posting my first batch of for-sale dolls on the DollPage, including (above) Midnight Star Elise Jolie and (below) Quick Curl Cara.

Some of the dolls I'll be posting are very difficult for me to sell, I find, but my collection has just been moving into another direction.

I have posted Fashion Royalty dolls and quite a few Barbies, including several Steffie dolls that appeared in my book. I hope they can find a new home!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Real life fashion dolls - Jason Wu

Jason Wu Ready-to-Wear fashion from Bergdorf Goodman
So, in my window shopping endeavors the other day, I made a few discoveries. Of course, you're familiar with Montaigne Market's Fashion Royalty exclusive that I mentioned a few days ago. I found the original design that this doll is based on, ready to order today from Bergdorf Goodman.

Unlike the doll, the people-sized fashion here shows a sequined bias-cut skirt (but you can also find a similar dress in silver, here) with the cropped trench jacket. Now, seeing the prices of these designer fashions, I wonder, does the 150 Euro price tag of a designer doll seem quite so high?

I have to confess, I'm even impressed with the shoes and the clutch--pretty nicely reproduced, at least in the promotional photos.

Daphne suede clutch 
d'Orsay ankle-wrap sandal in dove gray
Miniature versions of the designs

 And check out the video attached to the fashion--Jason Wu answers our 5 Questions. It's really cute. (Click the more button, and then you will see the link to the video.) I hate to admit how often I've worn acid-washed jeans... as a child of the 1980s, of course! Not recently! LOL!

Montaigne Market exclusive
Photos are property of Bergdorf Goodman and Integrity Toys.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Lil' Fairy Lipu

Lipu by alington
Lipu, a photo by alington on Flickr.
And darn it, the next one in the series, Ewnoe, is sold out already!

She's my first Picco Neemo in this body style--she is 1/12 in size with the D-body (larger hands and head), and I didn't think I'd like her. But her anime features are perfect. She includes extra hand poses, so she can easily hold her broom (and cleaning rag).

Her outfit is removable, and under the apron, she is wearing a cute brown short-sleeved dress (the lace-trimmed sleeves are detached). She includes tights, mary janes, bloomers, and a head piece, too.

See more photos on Flickr. Ack, she's cute!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Smoldering Seduction

Smoldering Seduction by alington
Smoldering Seduction, a photo by alington on Flickr.
She's always been a grail of mine. Smoldering Seduction Daphne is from the 2006 Effanbee collection and was limited to 250 dolls. Her original retail was $229.99, which was fairly expensive. I believe her higher price point is probably due to her outfit. It's made of silk chiffon fabric, plus an embroidered gold and purple embroidered micro-sequined overlay. She also has a rhinestone trim at the bust, rhinestone jewelry, and gold bow-trimmed sandals.

She uses the a pale bending wrist body body (instead of her usual tan skin tone) and has platinum curls. She has blue forward-glancing eyes, not her usual green. I think she is even prettier than her promotional photos.

You can see additional photos of her on Flickr.

Surprisingly, I was able to find this doll NRFB from Just Imagine Dolls, a Tonner/Effanbee dealer.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Barbie Fan Club

The 2014 Barbie Fan Club is open for registration as of today as well. Membership gifts start shipping in early February, and club spots are limited to 8000. It's a pretty good deal--$24.95 per year--and a must if you plan to attend Barbie convention.

Benefits include:

  • $80 in club benefits (these are passed out $20 per quarter, so the $24.95 fee pays for itself quickly)
  • A free BFC card case--new this year (I have to say--these accessories have been a huge hit with my hairdresser and her staff!)
  • The opportunity to purchase (4) club dolls, which are previewed online
  • Designer sneak peeks, chats, videos, special membership access, and more!
Another exclusive - I really dig the laser cut features of her dress, and can't wait to see this in person!

Photos are property of Mattel--and I am sneaking screenshots from their website in the hopes that you will sign up for the fan club!

Montaigne Market Fashion Royalty Exclusive

An exclusive Fashion Royalty doll will be released and sold at Montaigne Market, based on a Jason Wu design that will be displayed as part of his Paris Fashion Week collection next month.

Priced at 150 euros (about $200), this limited edition of 300 (not 250) will be on sale around March 1.

She's wearing a sporty cream jacket with a belt, over an elegant sequined dress, and she includes tiny Montaigne Market shopping bags in addition to the Daphne clutch, one of Jason's designs. I particularly love the shoes!

Photos are property of Integrity Toys.

San Diego Comic-Con 2014 update

SDCC has updated some policies to the 2014 Comic Con, including some rather important details regarding registration on their website. Read it for all the details, but here's what I've gathered:

  • If you attended last year and still have your 2013 badge, you can participate in 2014 badge preregistration. If you're eligible, you'll be notified via email 48 hours before the pre-reg starts.
  • Open online registration for the general public (including professionals and guests, exhibitors, volunteers, staff, and press) will happen at a later date.
  • Only single-day passes will be sold in 2014, and you can only purchase the preview night (Thursday) if you purchase Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday badges.
  • When you preregister, you can register for up to three people, including yourself, as long as each person has his or her own eligible member ID.
  • Prices have increased, I have heard, over last year. Thursday, Friday and Saturday are $45 for adults, Sunday is $30, and preview night is $30. (Discounts are available for juniors, seniors and military, plus kids under 12 are free with a paying adult.)
See all the info for yourself on the SDCC website.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

W Club registration is open now!

Fashion Explorer Vanessa Perrin
Don't forget--Integrity Toys W Club registration is open now through January 21, 2014. This is a fantastic deal if you're a fan of IT dolls--in fact, it's starting to be one of the only ways to be able to get these dolls in a timely fashion and at retail prices, since you'll be notified of newly released dolls first as a W Club member. Follow this link for the complete registration information (it's open to all countries) and to sign up.

Benefits include:
  • the opportunity to purchase several W Club exclusive dolls - two Fashion Royalty dolls, one Poppy Parker, one Victoire Roux, and one Jem & the Holomgrams doll
  • exclusive member-only W club forum access
  • exclusive W Club newsletter subscription
  • free digital subscription to DOLLS and Haute Doll Magazine
  • members only coupons to various IT dealers
  • on-line events, exclusive to members
  • plus additional limited right-to-buy lotteries, exclusives, and more!
Three upgrade dolls are available, and you can purchase them along with your membership, if you like--one each, and in any combination. You can read all about the options for your membership on the IT website, but the deadline for signing up is firm, so don't delay!
The Girl from I.N.T.E.G.R.I.T.Y. Poppy Parker
Countess Danielle Du Voisin™ (JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS™)

Photos are property of Integrity Toys.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Tonner Virtual Factory sale is starting now!

Wow--lots of stuff at really cheap prices from Tonner Direct. If you dare, go shop! I'm unfortunately seeing quite a few items from my own collection. Ugh.

Monday, January 6, 2014

New Wizard of Oz dolls from Tonner Doll Company

Check out the latest releases from Tonner Doll - surprise! - They use a new body type for Tonner (it's a 19" Evangeline Ghastly body with new face sculpts, which is made from hard plastic with a vinyl head, including larger hands and even more curves and articulation!). I love the outfits.

Two new dressed dolls are available. Glinda the Good Witch™ has rooted red curls, painted blue eyes with applied lashes, and check out that dress! She includes pink glitter shoes, a resin crown and wand, gauntlets, and lots, and lots, of pink tulle. Limited to 500, she retails for $249.99. She will ship on 1/17/14.

The Wicked Witch of the West also uses the new body, is limited to 500, and ships today, 1/6/14. She retails for $249.99. She uses the light green "wicked" skin tone, has brown painted eyes with applied lashes, and rooted raven hair. Her dress is black taffeta, sequin tulle, and cotton net--it's pretty cool!--and her hat is awesome, too, with chiffon draping.

I'm just noticing that stands are sold separately for $15. This might be because the dolls may be able to stand alone, but I wouldn't count on it.

If you can call them basic, two basic dolls are also available. Absolutely Wicked Witch of the West is available, limited 500, $149.99, no stand included, shipping today. She is a rather fabulous "wicked" skin tone doll with painted blue eyes, applied lashes, and raven hair. Her outfit includes a black taffeta bodysuit with a cotton net overlay, skirt, and black ribbon trim, plus tights, and black sandals. I think she is adorable.

Only a sketch is posted so far of basic Glinda, who is called Absolutely Glinda the Good Witch.  She uses the same cameo skin tone, red curls, and blue eyes as the dressed doll, and is limited to 500 for $149.99. She also appears to be in stock. She wears a pink shantung bodysuit with sheer sleeves, a butterfly decoration on the bodice, and a glitter tulle overlay, and skirt. She also includes pink tights, and pink faux leather shoes.

Castle Stroll outfit is available today for $139.99 and is limited to 200. It's actually a green satin dress with black crinkle chiffon overlay, with a matching bolero. It includes faux leather shoes as well.

Keep in mind that these new girls can wear outfits from Wilde Imagination's Evangeline Ghastly fashions--oh me, oh my!

Photos are property of Tonner Doll Company.


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