Monday, October 15, 2018

Fancy Nancy Best Friend Bree

Prototype image of Fancy Nancy Best Friend Bree by Jakks Pacific

After seeing picture-posts of Fancy Nancy Best Friend Bree, I wanted to eventually add her to my collection.  Her 10-inch size would be perfect, I thought.  This doll is a Walmart-exclusive that can be ordered online for store pickup only.  Recently, while ordering some items to pick up at my designated Walmart store pick-up location, I added Bree to the cart.

Photos taken of the actual doll with captions follow:

Bree and her Bag of Fancy are visible in this photo taken prior to opening the box.

This image of the back of the box shows a little girl playing with Bree.  The text on the back instructs how to make Bree fancy using the enclosed special bag of fancy to decorate her outfit or create your own design.

I removed the tape from the outer box and removed Bree still attached to the box liner.

Bree wears a two-piece light blue dress that has snowflakes at the neckline, at the hem of the top, and as the design on the skirt.  Her panties are molded on.  She wears purple flats.  
I might decide to free her later, but for now, Bree will remain in the box.



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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Reclaiming Her Time With Dolls

Congresswoman Maxine Waters is seen in a 1995 photo with her collection of black dolls (Ebony magazine, January 1995)

Congresswoman Maxine Waters is featured in the article, "Black Collectors African American Professionals Reveal the Passion Behind Their Prized Collections" (Ebony magazine, January 1995). The article reads as pictured below:




Waters has served as US Representative D-CA in three different districts since 1990.  After my first book was published, I became aware of our shared black-doll-collecting passion and contacted the congresswoman to inquire if she would like a complimentary copy of The Definitive Guide to Collecting Black Dolls.  The answer was, "Yes!"  The copy was immediately forwarded to her.

The caption of the above Internet captured-photo reads:  In a rare moment of relaxation, Waters dresses a doll from her large Black doll collection  And when congressional responsibilities and community engagements permit, she makes leisure time for reading, swimming, and shopping for antiques.

The congresswoman is seen above in an undated photo admiring one of her beautiful baby dolls.  Whether or not she remains an active collector is unknown.  If, however, she still owns and is enjoying her collection, I am confident that her dolls aid in reclaiming her time and provide solace away from the busyness and often treacherousness of today's US politics.

See this outspoken, passionate woman exhibit tenacity in getting to the crux of issues in videos at the embedded links.  In the first video, she reclaims her time from U. S. Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin who evaded her question with a lengthy nonsensical answer and in the second she implores the Black community to speak out against the injustices they continue to face.  Her passion for her constituents and her outspokenness are among the reasons the African American community has affectionately hailed her as their "Aunty Maxine."

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Malville Toys' Imani and Alexis



DHL shipping envelope and boxes used for my two Malaville Toys dolls are shown in the above two photographs.

Malaville dolls have been on the market for about three years now. I was not moved to purchase any until the first images of the second wave of dolls were shared online.  The newer dolls use a new (improved in my opinion) head sculpt and were released last year or earlier this year.  Imani (the doll with the deepest complexion) and Alexa (described as Malaville's first fashion doll with albinism) were my two choices of the four new dolls.

My dolls were purchased directly from the Malaville Toys website (find the link at the end of this post) where free shipping is now being offered.  Shipping appears actually built into the price now as the original dolls were slightly less than wave 2 but shipping was extra.

The dolls arrived swiftly from South Africa, delivered by DHL in their cardboard shipping boxes which were inside DHL's yellow plastic envelopes as illustrated in the first two photos.

Imani
Imani is presented in her white Malaville logo'd and personalized box which has the initial of her first name on the side of the box.  The doll and her extra fashion can be seen through the front see-through panel.

The letter "I" is on the side panel of Imani's box.  The meaning of Imani and the doll's story are shared on the back of the box, an image of which is next.
The text on the back of Imani's box includes the meaning of her name, her occupation as a magazine editor, her favorite color, and her hobbies.

Imani's features and fashion
Imani has an authentically textured, rooted Afro hairstyle and brown painted eyes.  Her elbows are articulated; the waist is not.  She has click-bend knees.  She is dressed in a green madras plaid, off-shoulder sleeveless sheath.  A white belt is worn at the waist.

The extra fashion includes a white off-shoulder blouse and skirt made of the same material as the dress.

A closer look at the sheath is shown above.

White T-strap ankle straps with a mock bow on the toe complete this editor of Malaville Magazine's stylish look.
Alexa
Like Imani, Alexa is presented in her white Malaville logo'd and personalized box which has the initial of her first name on the side of the box.  The doll and her art supplies and apron can be seen through the front see-through panel.
The letter "A" is on the side panel of Alexa's box.  The meaning of Alexa and the doll's story are shared on the back of the box, an image of which is next.
The text on the back of Alexa's box includes the meaning of her name, her budding-artist endeavors, her favorite color, and her hobbies.
Alexa's features, fashion, and accessories
Alexa has a blonde rooted Afro, dark painted eyes, white eyebrows, and eyelashes. Dressed in a pink hoodie with the letter A on front...

...Alexa wears cuffed light blue jeans.  Accessories include an easel, paint palette, three tubes of paint, a paintbrush... 

... and an apron.

White mock-lace sneakers complete her casual fashion.

About Malaville Toys

Mala Bryan, a fashion model, born on the island of St. Lucia in the Caribbean, is the founder and creator of Malaville Toys.  As described on the back of both dolls' boxes, she is happy to have found her passion in dolls and has a goal of bringing love, joy, peace, and harmony to the world, "one beautiful doll at a time."

This direct quote from the founder of Malaville Toys is included on the back of Imani and Alexa's boxes.

Visit Malaville Toys here.

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Friday, October 5, 2018

More Black Dolls on Film




As a followup to my original post, A Chronology of Black dolls on Film, the following additions are noted in screen captured images and descriptive text.


The Inkwell
Drew (Larenz Tate) is seen holding his handmade doll during a discussion with his parents (played by Joe Morton and Suzzane Douglas).

Handmade doll used in The Inkwell

The Inkwell, 1994.  "Set in the summer of 1976, the film follows the adventures of Drew Tate (Larenz Tate), a shy 16-year-old from upstate New York, when he and his family spend two weeks with affluent relatives on Martha's Vineyard. Eventually, all the incidents happening there lead to a life-changing event for Drew as well as his parents.” (Edited Youtube description by vade Alexi).  Drew has a handmade doll named Yago that is his constant companion until his family takes their two-week trip to Martha’s Vineyard when Drew is forced to leave Yago at home.  A couple of online references indicate Drew’s doll’s name is Lago. I viewed the opening scene of the movie where Drew is talking to the doll and I clearly heard him say “Yago.” 

Inkwell Historical Fact:  “Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard, part of Massachusetts’ Cape Cod Islands, is one of several historic African American summer resort communities along the Atlantic seaboard founded in the 1890s. The “Inkwell” or Town Beach in Oak Bluffs is the name of the popular beach frequented by African Americans beginning in the late nineteenth century. The strand was pejoratively called “The Inkwell” by nearby whites in reference to the skin color of the beachgoers.  It is the most famous of beaches across the U.S. to transform this odious nickname into an emblem of pride.” [BlackPast.Org]

A Saintly Switch
Siblings in A Saintly Switch are in the process of conjuring up a spell on their parents using the male and female dolls shown above in the front center of the photo.

Close-up of the dolls used in A Saintly Switch

A Saintly Switch, 1999, “is an American made-for-TV comedy film directed by Peter Bogdanovich and produced in 1999 by Walt Disney Entertainment, first exhibited on ABC's The Wonderful World of Disney. The plot revolves around an aging NFL quarterback and his stay-at-home wife switching bodies.” [Wikipedia]  After their two children tire of their parents’ bickering, the older child uses a potion and dolls to cause the parents' body switch.  The dolls used are Olmec’s Melenik and their original Imani.

Funny Valentines

Funny Valentines, 1999.  “Upon discovering her husband's infidelity, Joyce (Alfre Woodard) abruptly decides to move her daughters (Megalyn Echikunwoke, Kajuana Shuford) from New York to her hometown deep in the heart of the American South. Reuniting with her cousin Dearie (Loretta Devine) and her ailing aunt Ethel (CCH Pounder), Joyce and her long-lost relatives confront demons from their past, notably the year Joyce left for the big city. In repairing her relationship with her family, Joyce learns about herself” and a well-kept family secret [Google].   

Dearie B. and Gail play with two fashion dolls in Funny Valentines.  They are seen in close-up photos next.



In Funny Valentines, Loretta Devine’s character, Dearie B. plays dolls on a front porch swing with her cousin’s daughter, Gail.  The dolls could be Olmec’s Imani or Integrity Toys’ Janay, which were both popular non-Mattel fashion dolls in 1999.

Girlfriends
Toni receives a portrait doll gift from her boyfriend, Todd...

...and she looks genuinely happy with Little Toni.

Girlfriends, Season 3, 2002-2003.  In episode 11, “Santa vs. Monica” of this situation comedy, Todd gives Toni a portrait doll for Christmas.  Little Toni, the doll, has a weird effect on Toni that Todd is able to help her overcome at the end of the episode.


Clearly, a fashion doll, Toni's doll appears to use Mattel's 1990s Teresa head sculptWatch the episode at the link below.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Titus is seen in a screen capture of an Instagram compilation of images posted by Instagramer, StaceyMcIrby on May 25, 2017.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, 2017 (a Netflix series).  Thank you April for letting me know “on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Titus Andromedon collects dolls, including The Prettie Girls fashion dolls.” Titus is shown with the dolls above in a screen capture of an Instagram compilation of images posted by StaceyMcIrby on May 25, 2017.  See the full post at the link below.  According to Stacey’s post, the Prettie Girls dolls were on the Season 3 opening of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.  McBride Irby is the designer of the Prettie Girls dolls.   



Sunjai Williams Doll

The Sunjai doll is seen in an Internet-captured photo.

Not a doll on TV but the Sunjai doll is a portrait doll of a former dancer on the Lifetime TV reality show, Bring It! Designed by Stacey McBride Irby, this 12-inch, articulated doll is the first in the IamU Uniquely Beautiful doll collection, available to purchase in a limited edition on Amazon.

Life-Size 2

Tyra Banks gave a sneak peek of Life-Size 2 with this photo posted on Instagram on October 4, 2018. The doll Tyra holds appears to be a one-of-a-kind portrait doll of the movie's star, who also executive produced the movie.

"Life-Size 2 is a 2018 American fantasy-comedy television film directed by Steven Tsuchida and starring Tyra Banks and Francia Raisa. It is the sequel to Life-Size starring Banks and Lindsay Lohan, which originally premiered in 2000 on ABC as part of The Wonderful World of Disney." Wikipedia.  Life-size 2 will premiere on the Freeform channel in December 2018.

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Facebook-friend Angela Real Young  informed me about the dolls used in The Inkwell and in the episode of Girlfriends.  Willena Nanton of Male Doll World shared the information about the dolls in A Saintly Switch and Funny Valentines.

Links
Girlfriends, Season 3, Episode 11, “Santa vs Monica”
Stacy McBride-Irby's Instagram post of May 25, 2017

The movies, A Saintly Switch and Funny Valentines were also available for viewing in full version on Youtube at the time this post was published.   Now that Youtube has monetized movies, these free versions will probably not be there long.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

MCDC 25th Anniversary Doll by Goldie Wilson


Held September 15, 2018, the Motor City Doll Club of Detroit, Michigan celebrated their 25th anniversary with a luncheon, appropriately titled, "Celebration - It's Our Birthday."

MCDC 25th Anniversary Luncheon - Celebration - It's Our Birthday Souvenir Doll by Goldie Wilson

The luncheon souvenir doll is a 14-inch porcelain doll with cloth body by Goldie Wilson, shown above, still in her box, and below in a close-up photo prior to removing from the box.

She has brown inset eyes with upper eyelashes. 



The rest of her facial features are hand painted.  She has black hair with side bangs.  Her jewelry consists of pearl stud earrings and a pearl necklace.

The hair is pulled back into a curly bun.

She is dressed in a full-length white dress with white pantaloons.



The shoes are fired-on pearlized gray slippers.




The front bodice of the dress is embellished with clear, sewn-on beads. A pink sash with decorative ribbon flower in the front and pink bow-tie in the back accent the waist.

Three pearl buttons close the back of the dress.

Full-length view from the back

This lovely doll wears a fascinator made of crinoline with a decorative pink floral ribbon in the center that matches the floral ribbon on the sash of the dress.

Close-up of the fascinator
Made in an edition of 85, a photo greeting card with envelope and a certificate of authenticity were included with the MCDC 2018 Luncheon doll.


At the time of this post, limited quantities of the MCDC 25th Anniversary Doll by Goldie Wilson remain.  If interested in adding one of these dolls to your collection, send and email inquiry to: Motorcitydollclub@yahoo.com


Goldie Wilson with some of her beautiful doll creations is shown in this photo found on Facebook, (photographer unknown).

Goldie Wilson has been making dolls for decades.  Known for making her own molds and for creating several limited edition event dolls annually for her own doll club, Maryland Society of Doll Collectors, and for other doll clubs and organizations, Wilson is a renowned artist in the doll community.  She has been commissioned to make the 2019 club doll for my doll group.
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Addendum, Posted 10/06/2018:
Goldie Wilson follows this blog.  After she read this post, she sent a short, but sweet email, which I captured in the following image. 

My heart smiled.

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