Thursday, October 30, 2014

September and October Dolls

The dolls featured here (among others) arrived in late September and October.  I recently took the opportunity to enter them into my Excel spreadsheet and decided to photograph and share their photos here.

Moxie Girls Amorie and Cameo
MGA Entertainment Amorie and Cameo are Target-exclusive Moxie Girlz Friends.  I believe they were either $2.99 or $3.99.  They are approximately 5-1/2 inches, all vinyl, with rooted hair.  Both have the signature over-sized Moxie Girlz eyes that I dread, but because of their size, I brought them home with me that day while shopping at Target.

Evie Kishlet from 2003 (left) and the 2003 IDEX Convention Evie On Top of The World (right)

Evie Kishlet (the doll on the left) arrived in her plastic cylinder near the end of September.  She is a 4-1/2-inch resin doll by Helen Kish, released in 2003.  The other Evie is an IDEX 2003 convention doll that stands atop a globe.  It was the newer Kishlet that I "thought" I was purchasing when a certain doll shop had the dolls reduced by 50% in 2004.  They sent me Evie On Top Of the World by mistake, which had not been reduced in price.  When I inquired about the mix-up, original Evie was sold out.  I have wanted her since then.  The newer-to-me doll wears a pink Boneka dress that has embroidered flowers at the bodice, white molded-on socks and mauve molded-on shoes.  Tiny thread-like fibers create her copper hair.  Evie has brown painted eyes.  I am happy she is finally here.  Note:  Evie On Top of the World has been rewigged in a brown Heidi-style wig. Her original wig, which I still have, is identical to the original doll's wig.

Anastasia by Medline, 2007

Anastasia by Medline has a box date of 2007.  Representing an anesthesiologist or anesthetist, Anastasia wears navy blue scrubs, stars and stripes surgical bouffant, surgical mask,  and light blue plastic shoes.  She has a decal of a stethoscope, canvas medicine bag with Anesthesia Department on front, and holds a paper chart.  Medline released a full line of dolls representing surgical healthcare professionals beginning in 2005.  The dolls are generic Barbie clones.  

Asha appears on the back of Anastasia's box.  How were they able to do this?

The back of Anastasia's box illustrates Mattel's Asha as Anastasia, dressed in lighter blue scrubs with the Medline logo on the shirt.  I wonder if Mattel knows Asha modeled for Medline.

There is a Pinterest board of illustrated Medline dolls that can be seen here; and as seen here, a Google shopping search for Medline dolls shows a few dolls available through various online sources.

African American action figure body (wide shoulders) includes three extra hands, thigh plates, and extra neck knob.
This action figure body was preordered in 2012 from Cotswold Collectibles with plans to use it for a Michael Jordan head purchased as a gift for someone.  After a several-month wait without the figure in stock, I cancelled the order.  Instead of a refund, Cotswold issued a credit to my account.  I happened upon the receipt for this 2012 credit recently and called Cotswold to check availability.  It was in stock and I had them fill the order. 

GI Joe Adventures of Save the White Tiger figure stands next to the action figure body from Cotswold.  The body is almost as tall as the action figure.  The possibility of rebodying this handsome guy to add to his height exists.

My fuzzy headed, bearded, handsome GI Joe arrived nude.  According to this website he is part of the Save the White Tiger Adventures of team.  At approximately 11-1/2 inches, he's a shorty, which is why the option of rebodying him with the action figure body is a consideration.

Dressed in a blue turtleneck, black pants, and black sneakers with blue stripes, he poses with Janay, who dwarfs him even further.

I might leave him as is to display with one or all three Keyshias as their father.  I think the latter option is the way to go. 
Keyshia seems to like the idea of having this guy as her dad.

Shauntee by Rainbow classics, circa 1990s
After discovering Rainbow Classics Shauntee through another collector, I have had her name in my eBay saved searches for over a year   I only wanted one.  These two, however, were offered in the same auction with a beginning bid of 0.99 (that's right, ninety-nine cents).  I was the only bidder.  The final price with shipping was about $11, and I would have been willing to pay that for one without shipping.

Shauntee has a deep ebony complexion identical to my only other dolls by Rainbow Classics, Special Friends, which can be seen here.

Shauntee, close-up view
 Shauntee's head sculpt resembles Grace Jones to me.

The doll on the left, stock #11510 has an extra fashion.  The doll on the right, stock #11590 does not.  Both have an original Toys R Us sticker price of $6.99.  As a collector of black non-Barbie fashion dolls from any era, I am happy to finally own Shauntee as well as Medline Anastasia. 

The other September and October doll acquisitions are welcome as well.



Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Guest Post by The Pattycake Doll Company

Why Do You Do What You Do?
Guest Post by The Pattycake Doll Company

            When we asked Debbie what kind of post she thought her readers would like, her answer was along the lines of “just tell them why you do what you do.” 
            It’s an interesting question: Why Do You Do What You Do?
            Why do Adrienne and I run The Pattycake Doll Company?
            Let’s start with how we got started. Believe you me, when we were children and someone asked: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” We never said: “Be the country’s largest online specialty doll store owners.” 
            So we have to admit that how we got here was as much of a surprise to us as to anyone else. But to make a long story short, we tried something else, (gift baskets for parents of new babies) failed miserably, (never sold a one), and before we shut down the store, tried selling some of the stuff ‘inside’ the gift baskets separately. Surprisingly, an Asian rag doll named ‘Ling’ by the Russ Berrie company, sold out almost immediately.
            We made a few ‘customer service’ follow up phone calls and asked: “Why’d you buy the doll?” (This was back in the very early days of the internet, and not so strange as it would be today, when you get emails after you buy.)
            We got the same answer several times: “We just got back from China with a little adopted girl, and couldn’t find any Asian dolls in the stores, so we came online and found Ling.”
            Aha! Here was a need!
Ling by Russ Berrie inspired the owners of Pattycake Doll Company to sell a large line of multicultural dolls.
            So instead of continuing along with what we wanted to do - sell Baby Baskets - we decided to do what ‘they’ wanted us to do - sell multicultural and ethnic dolls for children. And then a few years later, we discovered that there was a pretty big demand for boy dolls so we added them too. 
            So that’s how we got started. And we found that we loved it! 
            The other part of the question of “Why do you do what you do?” is probably: “So why are you still doing it?”
            There are three parts to that answer:
            First: We had a family to support, we loved our work, so yes, part of it was to make a living so we could support our children.
            Second: We love what we do because we understand that we’ve helped create happiness and joy for thousands and thousands of people! 
            When a child unwraps a doll, and sees its face for the very first time, the sheer joy and pleasure that child feels was - just a little bit- caused by us. And the smile on the face of the Mom, or Dad, or Grandma, or Auntie when they see their child’s joy; well... we’ll take a little credit for that as well. We’re in the happiness business.
            And finally, Third: We donate 10% of all of our company’s profits to charities that help children. So in addition to the thousands of families that have purchased and gifted our dolls, there are hundreds of children who needed help who got help from our tithe. So the bigger we build our business, and the more doll happiness we can create, the more charity we can give to children who need it. 
            That’s why we do what we do.

Your friends,
Peter and Adrienne Laudin
The Pattycake Doll Company
America's Specialty Doll Store
Black, Asian, Hispanic, Biracial and Multicultural Dolls
Dolls for Boys, Learn-to-Dress Dolls, Musical & Animated Dolls
And the softest, cutest, most adorable plush dolls in the world!

Adoption Certificates, Stationery and Gifts

Helping Children to Sleep

In addition to doing all they do to serve the doll community and giving back, Peter and Adrienne also maintain The Doll Blog where you can find a guest post from me today.  Thank you, Peter and Adrienne for sharing your story with us and for allowing me to share my passion with the readers of your blog.  


Thursday, October 23, 2014

♥Jazlin and James♥

Jazlin and James, photo courtesy of fellow collector, Dawn

Fellow doll collector, Dawn, shared the photo on the left of Jazlin and James, 14-inch anatomically correct, all-vinyl dolls made in Spain.  Jazlin and James are two of the 34 dolls purchased by Harpo Studios from Pattycake Doll Company that were used on several recent episodes of  Iyanla Fix My Life.  Even though I no longer collect baby dolls, I am so impressed with their actual appearance that I am quite tempted to order a pair for myself.  Prior to purchasing James (before discovering Jazlin), Dawn wrote, I believe this doll is going to be talked about years from now like the black doll used in the [Doll Test] color experiment.

I too believe the dolls will become historically significant, but more than that, I think they are precious!  I find their ethnically correct facial features quite impressive.  It is apparent the doll maker took extra measures to ensure the dolls look authentically black.

When browsing the Pattycake Doll Company's website, after publishing a previous post about this pair, I saw another doll that interests me because she looks like a real little girl.  Her name is Kayla.  See her here

Kudos to the makers of these dolls and to Pattycake Doll Company for offering them and so many other multicultural dolls from which parents can choose for their children, ages newborn and up.  Their store is proof that dolls for all children are available if you know where to look.

Thanks again Dawn!

(Jazlin and James are $34.99 each.)