Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Tonner Direct Links of Interest

A couple links of interest for you Tonner Doll collectors out there:
  • Warehouse Finds - When Tonner finds unusual, retired or other dolls in the warehouse, you will find them at this link. As of this post, there is an Artist's proof of High Sea's Elizabeth Swann ($279.99), Cynders ($139.99), Deliciously Deco Louise ($99.99), Snowflake ($99.99), and a Ultra Basic™ Trio of Sydney, Esme and Mei Li ($165.00).
  • Going, Going, Gone - You'll find all the last editions here, the final pieces, and an occasional good deal. When your favorite dealer is sold out, check here! Plus some exclusive dolls can be found here, as well. Most of these are retail, but you'll find some sale prices, too.
Use the code MUSE10 and get free shipping. MUSE10INT will save you $9.95 on international orders. Valid through April 4, 2010, on in-stock items and new orders only.

    Monday, March 29, 2010

    Peak's Woods Sky in new wig

    Sky wearing a new wig, originally uploaded by alington.
    Here is my Peak's Woods white skin Sky, who is wearing a brown London wig by Monique Gold. It's very mod, though I'm not sure she's happy about the bow.

    Her outfit is a custom one-of-a-kind outfit by Nancie of Nankatts.

    See more photos of Sky on my Flickr photostream.

    Sunday, March 28, 2010

    Meet Wake-Up Cue

    Wake-Up Cue, originally uploaded by alington.
    Let me formally introduce you to Wake-Up Cue. She needs a real name. Though she looks a bit like Marie Antoinette, I already have an SD-sized doll name Mari. So--I was sort of toying with the name Georgiana (after the Duchess of Devonshire). But I haven't decided yet.

    She's a large-bust, white-skin Peak's Woods BJD, with a special artist face-up, eyelashes enhanced with glitter. I still need to sand just a few seamlines, and she needs body blush (of course), sueding, and possibly to be strung a bit tighter. (She doesn't stand very well.)

    The fabulous gown was included. (I had to take her home with me when I "met" her at the BJD meet yesterday. Ms. Cholong from Boutique Doll had her for sale. No, I do not want to "Boutique Doll" a recurring transaction, darn it!! Stupid Quicken, quit asking me that!)

    I just adore her. She came with a different wig, but I think Lynea (by DollHeart) suits her better. Plus DollHeart also has a powder white one that would be totally cool as well.

    See the rest of her first photo shoot on Flickr. I took outdoor photos this morning!

    Saturday, March 27, 2010

    San Diego BJD Meet

    San Diego BJD Meet, originally uploaded by alington.
    I went to a BJD meet in my local area today. It was really fun. I was so excited to meet so many fun collectors and their dolls, and also to feel like I actually belonged to a group.

    And... I left with a new doll. I've had my eye on one for a long time--a Wake-Up sculpt from Peak's Woods, and Cue was at the top of my list for the last year. And indeed, she came home with me. I couldn't pass her up in her one-of-a-kind Rococo gown.

    You can see more of the doll photos on my Flickr Photostream. So many gorgeous dolls!

    Friday, March 26, 2010

    Dollzone Christmas Babies for sale!

    Denver Doll is offering the Dollzone Christmas Babies, which were formerly exclusively a gift-with-purchase item only, for sale now, at a bargain price of just $99 for the blank doll, or $129 with a face-up. Mine is shown here (face up by me).

    I believe I have the Baby Girl B, white skin, and she is only jointed at the shoulders and hips, but she's very tiny--only 8.5 cm (3.3 inches)--and she doesn't really require any other jointing.

    DollMarket is now carrying Planetdoll BJDs!

    I'm excited to announced that one of my favorite places to shop for doll items, the Doll Market, is now carrying Planetdoll! They are currently all special order dolls, meaning they will order the dolls for you, but that's terrific--since you'll save international shipping costs. Prices are comparable to other dealers, also, and face-ups are also available.

    They are carrying both MSD and mini sizes, too. Riz is the sculpt on my list. Though Roseanne and Tara are also adorable.

    Saturday, March 20, 2010

    Evangeline Ghastly

    Evangeline, originally uploaded by alington.
    At the doll meet, I encountered my first vinyl BJD by Wilde Imagination, Evangeline Ghastly, with rooted raven hair. Her acrylic eyes aren't changeable. But she is still quite a gorgeous doll. And her outfits were meticulously done.

    Her hands a bit larger than some dolls, but she has lovely sculpted fingers. I find her wonderful and spooky.

    Friday, March 19, 2010

    Prince Charming and Luna

    Prince Charming and Luna, originally uploaded by alington.

    More photos from the doll meet last weekend.

    Tonner Dolls in the back row: Supernova Luna (the golden skin and golden-haired doll) uses the Samantha sculpt. Prince Charming Groom is dressed in the white tuxedo.

    Then we have... a NuFace doll. I know who this is. Possibly Nadja R? (I need a brush-up on my FR and NuFace models.) And then... is it a 12" Joe Tai doll perhaps, wearing Dressed to Thrill from the Jason Wu event I (2005).

    Thursday, March 18, 2010

    Tyler Wentworth and Backstabber

    Tyler and Backstabber, originally uploaded by alington.

    Another photo from the doll meet on Sunday:

    Career Raven Tyler Wentworth (I think, with bangs cut), dressed in Capital Investment (a Tonner outfit from 2002) on the left

    Backstabber (she may be a Supergirl sculpt, but again, I'm not positive), who is absolutely amazing. She's a Sinister CIrcus Tonner Doll exclusive from the Modern Doll Collectors Convention. I love her hair.

    Tuesday, March 16, 2010

    Classic Elegance Syndey

    Classic Elegance Syndey, originally uploaded by alington.
    This is a gorgeous Classic Elegance Sydney, dressed in Sterling Kagiso's gown, both by Tonner Doll Company.

    I saw this doll and snapped photos at a doll meet on Sunday. The theme of the meet was Red Carpet and Mod looks.

    You can see more photos on my Flickr photostream, if you like.

    Monday, March 15, 2010

    DollZone baby BJD

    DollZone baby, originally uploaded by alington.
    So... she's not over 12", but she belongs (officially now) to my SoulKid Amy. This is my newborn baby DollZone girl, who was a free gift with purchase of Melin last year. She came completely blank, and I believe she is now finished.

    I'm pleased with how she turned out. I've blushed her body, and added some highlights to her face. I finally used some Liquitex gloss to her lips, eyes and cheek to make some tears. I think it's very cute, even though (as I now recall) it's a few days before your newborns actually make tears of their own.

    My friend Jen made a little diaper for her, so she doesn't have to be naked anymore. I need to find her a little onesie, too. Cute little baby!

    You can see some more photos, including my progress photos, on my Flickr photostream. (And don't be a chicken like me when it comes to adding pastels to your blank dolls. Once you get going, it's really fun.)

    Saturday, March 13, 2010

    Mari in Lynea

    Mari in Lynea, originally uploaded by alington.
    Cutie Angel Mari is my SD-size BJD, who is trying out a DollHeart wig called Lynea. I think it suits her quite well.

    She's dressed in a one-of-a-kind Mod Alice outfit by Nancie of Nankatts.

    You can see more photos on my Flickr photostream.

    Friday, March 12, 2010

    Glam Goldie

    Glam Goldie, originally uploaded by alington.
    Here is Peak's Woods normal skin regular bust Goldie, trying out some Glib hazel (or green and gold) acrylic eyes (18mm) and a Leeke World wig called Lacey in Baby Brown.

    She's dressed in ImplDoll shoes, and a dress and jewelry by me. This is my very first attempt at a gown; like many of my sewing projects, the gown didn't come out as well as I'd hoped, but it could have been worse. It's black crushed velvet with green beads sewn on.

    See more photos of Goldie on my Flickr photostream. I'm still trying to find a wig and eyes that don't suit her. She's pretty amazing.

    Thursday, March 11, 2010

    New Yeru the Soul sculpt at Peak's Woods

    I was thrilled to hear that Peak's Woods is offering a new sculpt - a half-closed eye Yeru called Yeru the Soul, available to order now, in the Fairies of Color size (58cm or about SD size). She's available in normal or white skin, with a large or regular bust. Additionally, the regular Yeru face is still available with her full open eyes.

    Plus, now all Fairies of Color will include an extra pair of hands (which will have completely separated fingers for easy ring wearing and better posing). No price increase.

    Oh, as if I needed another sculpt to tempt me into getting another Peak's Woods doll! She's lovely!

    Wednesday, March 10, 2010

    Kerli's new "Tea Party" video, featuring Goodreau Dolls

    Be sure to check out Kerli's new "Tea Party" video for a peek at some one-of-a-kind Goodreau Dolls, customized by Paulette Goodreau herself, outfits by Connie of Marbled Halls. The song is on the soundtrack for Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, also.

    Tuesday, March 9, 2010

    Virtual Factory Sale at Tonner Direct

    There will be a 24-Hour Virtual Factory Sale on Thursday, March 11, 8:30 am EST through Friday, March 12, 8:30 EST at Tonner Direct. Items will be for sale as is, and on a first come, first serve basis. According to their promotional email:
    Items placed in your shopping cart aren't guaranteed available until you complete the checkout process.  If only a few pieces remain of a particular item and other customers have them in their shopping cart and complete checkout before you, they may disappear from your cart. 
    Also, they recommend that you check your login and password prior to the sale, as the site will be running more slowly than usual.

    Tonner Doll's shipping schedule update

    Tonner has updated its shipping schedule as of March 8, 2010 as follows:
    • Powergirl™ Deluxe - middle of April
    • Glowing Muse Basics - middle of April
    • Juxtaposed - end of April
    • Dance of Death - middle of April
    • "What My Lamb Gonna Wear?" - end of April
    • Amanda Evert - middle of April
    • On the Fringe - middle of April
    • Centennial Rose Patsyette® - middle of April
    The following dolls are now in stock:
    • Wolfsbane
    • Belladonna
    • Hemlock
    • Brother Dreary™
    • Black Magic
    • Sealing the Deal
    • Harley Quinn™ Deluxe
    • Cristal
    • Falling for Her
    • Spot On
    • 57th and Fifth
    • Minty Fresh
    • Backstage Invitation
    • 2010 Miss Piggy Basic
    • Alice Kingley
    • All Antoinette Mannequins
    • Intoxicating
    • Decay and Decadence
    • All Dressed Up Like Racehorses
    • Dancing on a Cloud
    • And the Award Goes to...
    • Fame and Fortune
    • Woman of Passion
    • A Gimlet for the Lady
    • Monica Galore
    • That's All She Wrote
    • Track Shoes
    • Hiking Boots
    • Casual Sandals
    • Onyx
    Jacob Black's shipping date is to be determined.

    2010 BJDs available for pre-order at Goodreau Doll

    Get them while you can--they are in limited supply. Goodreau Doll has listed some of its brand new resin BJDs on its website. The dolls are tentatively scheduled for a May 2010 release date. Photos are on Goodreau's website. You can reserve them in several ways:

    • 25" Aimee is available nude (random wig, with a face-up and random eyes) for $595. Seams are already sanded and doll is assembled. You can pay in full or reserved with a $100 deposit. Only ten are available.
    • Aimee as Dark Alice. She includes the Cheshire Cat created by Art Rogers from Chatham Village Bears. Outfit by Gale Torres from the Wee Wardrobe. Face-up by Leah Lilly. This doll has glass eyes and a synthetic mohair wig. $895, which can be paid in full or reserved with a $200 deposit.
    • Aimee as Light Alice. She includes a Flaming created by Art Rogers from Chatham Village Bears. Her outfit is by Gale Torres of the Wee Wardrobe. Face-up by Leah Lilly. This doll also has glass eyes and a synthetic mohair wig. $895, which can be paid in full or reserved with a $200 deposit.
    • Aimee as Blue Alice has already sold out.
    • The Light and Dark Alice set has also already sold out.
    • 17" Frannie is a BJD dressed in a Red Riding Hood outfit, with a wig, eyes and face-up. She can be reserved with a $90 deposit or paid in full for $395.
    • 17" Zoey comes dressed in an Alice in Wonderland costume with a wig, eyes and face-up. She can be reserved for $90, or paid in full for $395.
    • 5" Anya comes dressed in a random outfit with a random wig and random eyes. She includes a face-up. She can be reserved for $40 or paid in full for $140.
    • 5" Gayla comes dressed in a random outfit with a random wig and eyes, and includes a face-up. She can be reserved for $40 or paid in full for $140.

    New promo images released by Tonner Doll

    Tonner has released the promotional photos for several dolls from the 2010 line. Check out the website for the full details, and visit your favorite Tonner dealer to pre-order these dolls.

    From Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland line:

    • Iracebeth, The Red Queen $199.99, LE 1000. She's 16" with a pale skin tone and blue eyes, and an extra large head. She wears the Queen's gold and red gown with a flocked bodice, sparkling stomacher with contrast stitching, and high collar, lamé sleeves with ruched overlay and ribbon trim. The skirt is made of red brocade with gold heart embroidery. She also includes a petticoat, gold boots and jeweled crown.
    • Mirana, the White Queen $189.99, LE 1000. She's a platinum-haired doll with a unique pale skin tone as well. She's wearing her shimmering white and silver snowflake trimmed gown trimmed with mesh and ribbon, complete with an apron tied with a chiffon bow in the back. She's wearing a rhinestone necklace trimmed with net ruffles, and is white faux leather boots.
    From the Lord of the Rings collection:

    • Strider, Ranger of the North $149.99, LE 1500. He stands 17" tall with blue eyes and brunette hair, complete with a costume replicated from the film. He's wearing a cotton shirt. faux leather jerkin, trousers, belt, boots, glove, and detailed leather coat. He also includes a sword.
    • Arwen Evenstar $144.99, LE 1500. She's 16" tall, with blue eyes and flowing brunette hair. She's dressed in a pale blue crushed velvet gown with lace sleeves and metallic sleeve drapes. She is also wearing faux suede boots.
    Photos property of Tonner Doll Company.

      Sunday, March 7, 2010

      Sky in J-Rock

      Sky in J-Rock, originally uploaded by alington.
      Peak's Woods white skin Sky wanted to try on a wig that ImplDoll Chris usually wears. It's a brown and purple JRock wig by Monique Gold.

      Plus now she can show off her new 18mm gray acrylic eyes by Glib.

      I'm pretty seriously considering giving her some new eyelashes--I just don't think these short ones are long enough for her. But I'd hate to wreck a perfect face-up because I'm being, well, anal, about my dolls. But wait! Isn't that what doll collecting is all about?

      See more photos on my Flickr photostream.

      Saturday, March 6, 2010

      Lan after face-up

      Lan after face-up, originally uploaded by alington.
      My Bobobie Lan has returned after a wonderful face-up by Leah Lilly from Froggy Duds. I have to say--I am so impressed!

      I liked Lan before--both for her affordability and size--but now, she's just amazingly gorgeous. She came out even better than I was expecting. I'm so happy with her!

      See more photos in my Flickr photostream.

      Thursday, March 4, 2010

      MetroDolls Tyler in Jen

      February Doll Meet, originally uploaded by alington.
      This is MetroDolls Tyler Wentworth, dressed in an outfit designed and created by Jen Eugley of JennyGrey. You can check out her Etsy shop and purchase this dress from her for just $15. It also will fit MSD-sized dolls (such as Goodreau Dolls) as well.

      The dress is made from silk and has delicate lace trim. Currently, there is only one of these in stock at her shop, but I bet when she sells out, she would gladly make you another.

      The quality of Jen's items are really amazing--I have a lot of her items. I highly recommend her professional service, as well!

      Tuesday, March 2, 2010

      Queen Elizabeth I on sale!

      The Doll Market has Queen Elizabeth I by Madame Alexander on sale for $189.97 (retail $259.95), from the History of Fashion - Couture Series. I have to confess, she was one of my hopefuls for a while, when I was collecting the Tudor wives. I thought she'd be a great addition to Henry VIII's wives, actually, as Anne Boleyn's daughter.

      I think her outfit is more than lovely, and actually, appears to be historically accurate. I think she's quite wonderfully done as a doll as well. Madame Alexander 16" sculpts seem to have a very serene feel to them.

      If you haven't ordered from the Doll Market before, I can recommend them. They are very nice to work with, and they also have flexible lay-away plans, too. Additionally, they've recently added quite a selection of ball-jointed dolls and Pullip to their robust line of inventory.

      Monday, March 1, 2010

      Mari as a raven

      Mari's new body, originally uploaded by alington.
      Here is my Cutie Angel Mari as a raven. She's borrowed the random wig that was included with my Peak's Woods Sky, and I think she's lovely in it as well.

      One of the things I like best about BJDs is that you can change their eyes and wigs for new looks almost instantly. And once you have a few dolls of similar size, they can switch off easily.

      I also have full-body shots of her new look in my moderated photos (they are tastefully done) in my Flickr photostream, if you'd like to see her body blushing.


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