Reminder: World Doll Day is June 13th

The second Saturday of June is World Doll Day.  Started in 1986 by collector Mildred Seeley, I first discovered this unofficial day of celebration two years ago.  For those who are new to World Doll Day, the idea came about when Mildred wrote a note and sent it to her friends and colleagues in the doll world.

World Doll Day Logo

World Doll Day Logo

The letter read,

“So, you have not heard of World Doll Day? This is not surprising as of an hour ago, I hadn’t conceived the idea. To make it happen. I need cooperation of every doll collector, every magazine editor, doll newsletter, doll shop, library, doll maker, mother, grand­mother, father, grandfather, and all the stray aunts and uncles. The first World Doll Day is the Second Saturday of June 1986. Give a doll to a grownup, child in the family or just a friend. If you don’t have a child to give a doll to – find one. There are many children with no dolls.

Think of it this way and ship a doll to another country. I have always felt that the common doll could be an instrument of world understanding. From the first time I started writing books on doll making, I had the hope that dolls would help make friends all over the world and develop a little love among all.

World Doll Day will also be a day for doll exhibits. It is my hope that all libraries will have a special doll exhibit. Museums will publicize their doll exhibits and have special doll exhibits at this time. Magazines will put out special editions. Doll stores will put on campaigns weeks ahead. Doll Makers will make special dolls for World Doll Day. There will be doll competitions with World Doll Day awards, plaques and trophies.

The logo is made from artist Boots Tyner’s doll representing a child. The child carries a German bisque doll to represent this doll collectors gift. Feel free to copy the logo or have one made.

Everyone can enjoy the fun as there are no fees, no permission needed, no obligations, nobody owns the day, no club, no company. It’s a free- for- all, take up the day, its ideas and fly with it. Lets do it now. World Doll Day.

If you think World Doll Day is a good idea, then appoint yourself a committee of one to do something about it–only then can it become a reality. Would you tell five people, ask them to tell five people, and each of them tell five people and so on. World Doll Day’s birthday is June 14, 1986.

Sincerely,
Mil and Vernon Seeley

P.S. This letter may be copied and copied again and again until the world knows about World Doll Day.”

With another World Doll Day fast approaching, I thought I’d toss a few suggestions your way on how you might celebrate.

Give A Doll: Take inspiration from the World Doll Day logo.  Give a doll to someone.  It can be anyone!  Do you know of a child who may like a doll?  Have you been friends with a fellow collector for years and want to say thank you by giving them something you know they’ll cherish? Or maybe you want to give a gently used doll to a charity, like The Broken Doll or another local donation group, to help make a child in need’s day.

Barbie drives in style!

Barbie drives in style!

Host a Party or Meet Up: Not everyone is lucky enough to know many collectors in real life.  If you do, why not host a party?  You can do something simple, like a quick meet up at a local restaurant (dollies invited, of course) or you can go all out and host a themed event like a paper doll party or Monster High mash.

Hujoo/Junky Spot Anthro's (1/6th and Nano)

Go on a Dolly Hunt: Grab a friend of two and hit up your usual dolly hotspots. Make a day of stopping from store to store looking for new or cool items.  Or, better yet, is there a doll shop you’ve been looking at visiting in or around your area?  Why not check it out, assuming it’s open on Saturday. Document your day and share your findings with others via your favorite social media site, if you’d like!

OOAK Up a Doll: Most of us have dolls waiting in the wings to be customized. World Doll Day seems like a great excuse to get into action. Re-root that doll head, give your blank bjd a face up, take out your sewing machine and whip up a new outfit for one of your favorites.

Stacie Reroot

Stacie Re-Root

Blog About It: If you write for a blog, share your day with your readers!  Whatever you decide to do, let people know about it.  Blog topics are endless– is there a doll in your collection that was gifted to you that you cherish? Why not write about it? Seeing as the original concept of the day circled around giving a doll to someone, that seems like a great tie in.  If you have a photo based blog, why not set up a cool World Doll Day themed photo shoot?  As I said, the options are endless because there is no ‘set’ way to celebrate.

For those who tweet, I’ll be tagging my World Doll Day Posts with #WorldDollDay as the hashtag.  Feel free to do the same.

What will you be doing this World Doll Day?  Have some other great ideas?  Share your thoughts below.

May 25, 2015. Tags: . Articles and Doll Histories, Uncategorized. 8 comments.

‘Love, Shirley Temple’ Collection from Theriault’s

Currently, a collection of memorabilia owned and collected by the lovable, iconic Shirley Temple Black is being displayed in a limited time, traveling exhibit around the United States. I don’t know about you, but I’ve watched and loved my fair share of Shirley Temple movies. Shirley added light to the darkness for many people during her days as a child actress, which coincided with the Great Depression in the United States.

The picture used in this post were found from various sources.  If you would prefer I remove an image, please e-mail me: taps1223@sbcglobal.net.  I will gladly remove any images if asked.

At the mere age of 3, Shirley Temple was spotted by two producers who worked for Educational Pictures.  They loved Shirley and gave her her first on screen credits in a handful of satirical shorts starring toddlers.  She gained popularity relativity quickly.  In 1933, after Educational Pictures went bankrupt, she was hired by Fox Studios for the feature film Stand Up and Cheer, singing and dancing to’Baby Take a Bow’, where her future in film was forged.  In her career, Shirley starred in 43 movies for multiple studios and won the heart of generations.

Shirley Temple and her Doll Collection

Shirley Temple and her Doll Collection

While her films have left a lasting impact on the entertainment industry, Shirley also made an impact in the doll collecting hobby.  Dolls have been made of Shirley Temple since 1934.  The first Shirley doll was created by Ideal and was, from all accounts, a joint effort between Ideal and the Temple family.  Taking inspiration from Stand Up and Cheer, Ideals’ Shirley wore a polka-dotted dress similar to the one the real life Shirley wore in the movie.  This doll, which was sold in four sizes, started at $3.00.  Keep in mind this was the Great Depression.  $3.00 was a lot of money.  Shortly after, Ideal started releasing outfits sized for their Shirley line and the demand for this original release and other companies Shirley dolls has never wavered.

Shirley herself had a bit of a doll collection.  Costume designers would create doll sized dresses to match Shirley’s on screen outfits for the young actresses own personal collection.  The little starlet also had a soft spot for Lenci dolls. I don’t know how much truth there is to the story, but apparently, a producer suggested Shirley start a doll collection.  From then on, fans would send her dolls.  According to the source I found (which is just a tumbler), Shirley would end up passing many along to charities, only keeping a small few.

If you’d like to see some of Shirley’s personal items, including some of the dolls and/or outfits she saved over the years from her film career, you might be able to.  There are tour stops in California, Texas, Kentucky and Missouri scheduled through July 13th.  The Theriault’s auction itself is July 14th in Missouri.  You don’t know how disappointed I was to not see Illinois on this list, but, alas, that’s how it turned out.  You can follow the tour stops on Facebook, where you will also find some amazing photos.

For those looking to savor this bit of history, you can purchase the hard bound catalog, “Love, Shirley Temple, Collector’s Book”.  It’s a little pricey, but this wonderful collection will soon be getting split up and I wouldn’t doubt that a number of these items will never be shown in a public setting again.

Credit: Unknown

Credit: Unknown (I LOVE the doll she’s holding in this– what is it? Do you know?

Do you own a Shirley Temple doll?  What made you purchase it?  What’s your favorite Shirley Temple movie?  Did you get to see this exhibit? Share your thoughts below.

Below are some links you may find interesting.

http://www.shirleytempledolls.com/photos.php

http://www.shirleytempledolls.com/articles.php

http://miss-shirley-temple.tumblr.com

http://www.shirleytemple.com/

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000073/

May 23, 2015. Tags: , , . Articles and Doll Histories, Uncategorized. 2 comments.

Toy Review: Paper Punk Urban Fold and Kitty001

At Toy Fair, I got to experience a craft product called Paper Punk.  What is it?  Well, it’s a product that allows you to make fun paper sculptures with no wet glue or hassle!  There are a number of Paper Punk products to choose from including animals, robots, snakes, unicorns, cars, as well as licensed characters like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Urban Fold and Kitty001

Urban Fold and Kitty001

Urban Fold

Urban Fold

For review, I received two sets: Kitty001 and Urban Fold. We’ll start with the Urban Fold set, which allows you to build your own paper block city.  What drew me to this set was the open ended play element it had.  This set includes 48 punchable, foldable shapes, 697 stickers, 1 poster and planning mat and 1 storage box.  Half the fun of this set is putting the pieces together.  Inside the box you’ll have a few pages of perforated cardboard shapes.  Punch them out and follow the numbers– put tab 1 into slot 1, tap 2 into slot 2, etc.  It takes a while to put all 48 shapes together and little kids might not make it through the whole process. This is definitely something you’ll want to do as a family.

Storage box

Storage box

Inside Storage Box

Inside Storage Box

Perforated shapes

Perforated shapes

After you’ve built your building blocks, it’s time to go to work building your own cardboard city.  Use the blocks to build towers, homes, bridges– whatever you’d like.  Add extra elements, like bikers or buses, by attaching stickers to the blocks.  There is no right or wrong way to play with the Urban Fold kit.

What I like about this particular set is that these easy to fold shapes work well as background elements in photography.  These are sized just right for 1/6th scale dolls like Makies. They are also light enough for jointed dolls to hold without giving their limbs trouble.  For those looking to use this more traditionally, the blocks, while not weighted, do stack relatively well.

Shapes

Shapes

Shapes

Shapes

Shapes

Shapes

The pieces included in this set vary in size and shape.  They are all brightly colored and stay together well. No tape required.

stickers

stickers

The stickers packaged with this set are super cute and offer you a wide range of options- from cars to bikers to dinosaurs; A lot can be said using the stickers provided.

Instructions/Playscape

Instructions/Playscape

Color Key

Color Key

The biggest disappointment in this set has to be the black and white instructions.  Doubling as a playscape for your blocks, the instruction side of this oversized document is in black and white.  It features already made patterns for you to create with your blocks that resemble landmarks you may be familiar with around the world (ie: the Duomo in Florence).  Great.  Love the idea.

However, the color key that you use to find the blocks you need is in black and white.  I don’t know many 6 year olds who would be able to ‘see’ blue (sky) on a key that shows it in light grey, if you know what I mean. It would have been easier if they had printed this element in color.  Overall, though, this set is great for those kids who enjoy open ended play.

Ktity001

Ktity001

The second product for review was the Kitty001.  The Kitty is more of a display piece.  I think it’s really cute! Built from 16 foldable paper shapes, this cat is super colorful.  This set also comes with over 100 stickers and 40 adhesive dots.  Plus, you can reuse the folder the pieces are packaged in for whatever you’d like.

Folding the shapes for the Kitty can get tricky- some are very small. Once they’re folded together, follow the instructions provided (again, black and white) and use the glue circles to start making your Kitty.  This set comes with a lot of glue dots, so don’t worry about using multiple circles on your pieces.

Kitty001

Kitty001

Kitty001

Kitty001

The age range on these two sets is 6 and up and the younger set may need some help in folding and placing the pieces. However, I think these kits would work great as rainy day/vacation projects.

Shapes

Shapes

Shapes

Shapes

Shapes

Shapes

Here’s the video review:

You can find Paper Punk online, on facebook and on twitter. Do you have a favorite Paper Punk product?  What do you think of this new paper craft toy?  Share your thoughts below.

This product was received for a fair and honest review.  All opinions stated are my own.

May 19, 2015. Tags: , , . Introductions & Reviews. 1 comment.

Dolly Review: JC Toys Berenguer Boutique La Newborn

Earlier this year, I posted pictures from the JC Toys booth at Toy Fair.  While I’m not a baby doll collector, I left the booth impressed with these realistic vinyl baby dolls.  There are a number of different baby dolls produced by JC Toys.  Made in Spain, these baby dolls come in both genders and diverse skin tones. Many of their vinyl dolls are anatomically correct and all are highly detailed.

Berenguer Boutique Le Newborn

For review today is the Berenguer Boutique La Newborn Layette Gift Set from JC Toys (Amazon link).  Unlike many of their dolls, which are 100% vinyl, this La Newborn is made with a soft body and vinyl limbs. She’s 15.5″ tall.

Berenguer Boutique Le Newborn

Berenguer Boutique Le Newborn

This baby girl is adorable. Her inset, steely grey eyes have specs of silver in them.  They look really, really nice and are my favorite thing about this doll.  Her glassy gaze is just enchanting. Berenguer Boutique Le Newborn

Adding to that, she has the cutest  expression on her face.  Her half-open eyes, chubby cheeks and open mouth make her look like she’s actually looking up at you.  There’s a sense of wonderment in her expression that isn’t seen on lesser quality baby dolls. Her head is blushed to make it look like she has hints of hair.

Berenguer Boutique Le Newborn

One thing I gushed over at Toy Fair were the details on the arms and legs of the JC Toys baby dolls and this La Newborn is no exception. Her hands and feet are incredibly detailed, with unique hand molds that include baby wrinkles, fingers that are sculpted in multiple positions and finger nails.

Berenguer Boutique Le Newborn

Her legs are just as detailed, with little wrinkles around the thighs, the cutest knees and darling little feet.  I love the little wrinkles around her ankle and her cute little toes. Berenguer Boutique Le Newborn

Also worth noting is the body blushing, which is really well done.

Berenguer Boutique Le Newborn

This baby girl comes dressed in a striped onesie, pink socks and a pink hat. Her outfit is fastened with velcro, so you can easily remove it and redress her.  While her torso is stuffed, her arms and legs move up and down well.  They even hold poses.  Her head doesn’t turn as willingly as her arms and legs. Berenguer Boutique Le Newborn

Also included in this set is a baby blanket that you can tie around your baby doll, a birth certificate, pacifier, bottle and pacifier holder.  Both the pacifier and bottle fit in this girls open mouth well.  The hands are even molded in a way that makes it look like she’s realistically holding them. Berenguer Boutique Le Newborn

Berenguer Boutique Le Newborn

Berenguer Boutique Le Newborn

Needless to say, this baby doll stole my heart almost immediately. She’s not the most affordable baby doll around, but if you’re looking to gift a quality baby doll to someone, you want to check out JC Toys. Berenguer Boutique Le Newborn

Berenguer Boutique Le Newborn

Berenguer Boutique Le Newborn For more information on JC Toys, visit their website, facebook or twitter. Also online is their 2015 Catalog.  You’ll find lots of fun baby dolls of all shapes, sizes and colors.  All the pictures above can be found on Flickr.

Contest: That’s not all, though!  JC Toys has agreed to give one lucky US reader a La Newborn of their very own! To win a doll just like the one I reviewed, fill out the google form below!  Earn extra entries for liking JC Toys on Facebook, and/or following them on Twitter. The contest ends June 6th and is US only.  (Sorry, international readers!) What do you think of this adorable Berenguer Boutique Baby doll? Share your thoughts below!

This product was received for a fair and honest review.  All opinions stated are my own.

May 19, 2015. Tags: , , , . Introductions & Reviews, Toy Fair 2015, Uncategorized. 8 comments.

Stills and Trailer from Jem and the Holograms: The Live Action Movie

Once upon a time, Hollywood decided to adapt a book from my favorite series into a big budget movie.  All signs pointed to said movie being a complete and utter disaster. From casting announcements, to rumored story changes, it would have been easy to write the movie off before seeing it. But, throughout the production of the film and up to the release, I kept a ‘cup half full’ mentality on the whole thing. I didn’t want to color the film with negativity before seeing it– that would be unfair to the actors and crew people behind the film.  In the end, the film did suck, but I’m happy I went into it with an open mind.

Why am I writing about this? Well, USA Today recently released photos from the new Jem and the Holograms movie!  I’ve seen a lot of ‘cup half empty’ responses to this film.  But, I implore you, don’t judge this until you see it.  A lot of people put their heart and soul into making this movie, so, for their sakes, keep an open mind.

Let’s be honest, even though we love the source material as is, it needed an update to relate to the children of today.  I’ve tried to sit my cousins down in front of Jem before and, let’s just say, they were not impressed. For this re-boot to work, changes needed to happen.  For me, as long as they keep the messages and themes alive in this new Jem movie, I’m fine with a little re-writing.

Universal Pictures, Jem and the Holograms, borrowed from USA Today article

Universal Pictures, Jem and the Holograms, borrowed from USA Today article

Not only are their photos, but the USA Today article also tells us some juicy tidbits about the film.  Directed by Jon M. Chu, the film stars Aubrey Peeples (Jem/Jerrica), Stefanie Scott (Kimber), Hayley Kiyoko (Aja), and Aurora Perrineau (Shana). Until now, no one was really sure who Juliette Lewis was playing. Turns out, she’ll be playing Erica Raymond (a female Eric Raymond). Molly Ringwald (Breakfast Club, anyone?) will be playing the four girls guardian. Ryan Guzman (Pretty Little Liars) plays Rio.  No word yet, that I’ve seen, on Synergy.  It would be a shame if she wasn’t part of the movie concept, but then again, cup half full.

The story seems to be taking the same route, or a similar route, to the comic book, giving Jerrica a case of stage fright when it comes to performing, even though she’s amazingly talented.  I like this concept, because right off the bat you know this movie will be promoting self-confidence in this crazy, social media crazed world.  For more information and photos, check out the USA Today article.  Universal’s Jem and the Holograms is set to hit US theaters October 23rd, 2015.

(And in case anyone is wondering, the movie I referenced in the first paragraph is The Seeker, adapted from The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper.  So many things went wrong, including the script writer essentially saying there was nothing he could salvage from the original story that would work for today’s youth. Don’t take an adaptation job if you don’t see anything in the source material that’s calling out to you, dude.  Just saying.)

Edit: Here’s the trailer!

May 12, 2015. Tags: , , . Articles and Doll Histories. Leave a comment.

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