2019 Dolly Goals

It’s nearly February already. Where did January go? Just like we set personal goals around the New Year to be fitter, make more time for family, read more books, whatever the case may be, it may not be a bad idea to take some time and evaluate what goals you have for your collection in 2019.

2018 wasn’t a great year for doll collecting, in my opinion. Having lost popular lines Monster High and Ever After High in 2017, I can’t say there’s been many interesting doll lines released in their absence. The sad demise of the only big box toy store, Toys R Us, didn’t help matters, making it even harder to experience and see new dolls in person; not to mention harder for smaller companies to find a home for their new dolls and toys. It was also the year that we saw Madame Alexander go dark (they’re back now, thankfully) and the Tonner Doll Company slow down production and eventually close down completely.

My mom and I also said goodbye to one of our local doll shops, Shirley’s Dollhouse. All in all, I can’t say anything really exciting happened in the doll world at all in 2018 from any of the major players in the doll world.

My favorite collection additions from this past year came from unexpected sources. The Life Size Baby Groot from Hot Toys is one of my favorite purchases of the year. I’ll share him here on the blog soon. Finding a Tintair Honey Doll in minty fresh shape was also a highlight of 2018.

I also added a beautiful Arrenbee from the 1950’s to my composition/hard plastic collection, seen 14 minutes into the video above.  I ended the year on a high note, receiving my newest BJD, the adorable Kikipop Kinoko Juice.

One of my goals in 2019 is to save money, so I need to be extra careful about what I add to my collection this year. I am also running out of space. (Well, a more accurate statement would be I ran out of space years ago and ignored that fact, but I really can’t ignore it anymore!) So, the question needs to be asked– what do I want to concentrate on for 2019 in terms of adding or enhancing my doll collection?

1: Composition and Hard Plastic dolls from the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s

I’d love to add one really good large composition or hard plastic doll to my collection in 2019 from Arranbee or Madame Alexander. Both companies have such pretty vintage dolls. Most likely I’ll end up with Arranbee, assuming dealers bring them to the doll shows in our area, since 18″ or taller Madame Alexanders tend to be very pricey.

2: More Anime Eye Skippers and Teen Skippers

I think I’ll definitely be concentrating on finding more of the Skipper dolls I’m missing from the late 80’s to early 2000’s. I’m not missing too many of them, so it can’t be that hard to close the gap this year! I’m also going to work on finding more outfits for all generations of Skipper dolls.

3: A Friend for my Kikipop Kinoko Juice

For sure, I am going to add another Kikipop to my collection, specifically one with a smile. They’re just too cute. I adore them!

4: More Kurhns

Kurhn dolls have always been one of my favorite brands of dolls. I want to add more to my collection in 2019.  To be honest, if it came down to adding a Barbie to my collection or a Kurhn, I’d choose Kurhn. I think they’re so pretty and unique looking. Plus, I know the quality is there, since I own about 10 of them now and none have disappointed me.

5: Another Little Miss No Name

This is probably a pipe dream, but you never know! I’d love to find another Little Miss No Name to re-root. They’re my favorite kind of doll to give hair to, along with Giggles, but they can be hard to find at good prices. Just finding one good Little Miss No Name that was clean, unbroken and just in need of hair would make my day!

Those are my broad goals for 2019. I’m sure I’ll expand on them as time goes on, but if I can hit these targets by this time next year, I’ll be a happy collector! The space problem is still something I’m working out, so hopefully that will have been sorted by then, too. (Likely not, though!)

What are your goals to grow, expand or enhance your doll collection in 2019? Was 2018’s doll selection as disappointing to you as it was to me? Share your thoughts in the comment area!

January 21, 2019. Tags: . Uncategorized.


  1. Anonymous replied:

    I honestly didn’t think this year was too bad. I was able to add a life size Moana and Repunzel doll with jointed limbs that hold great poses. Our Generation dolls have really stepped it up lately with some new face sculpts. An inexpensive doll that IMO is better quality than American Girl. Those are just 2 examples.
    Would really love to add more BJD’s into my collection but they are pretty pricey. At least the ones I want LOL.

    • kewpie83 replied:

      True, OG really did step it up this past year!

  2. kimberley replied:

    this is such a great idea, to do collection goals!

    • kewpie83 replied:

      It’s always good to have a goal in mind, especially when collecting!

  3. kenaiqueen replied:

    I own 2 Kurhn and I agree, they are great quality. I love the clothes for Momoko, but they are just overpriced jmho. I have 2 Momoko also, so I think that’s enough for me. There’s a Disney parks exclusive Aurora I’d like to own and maybe a girl Iplehouse FID. Otherwise, I can’t think of anything else. Maybe that baby Groot because he sounds very cute LOL!

    • kewpie83 replied:

      I’ve always wanted a Momoko doll, too, but you’re right about the price. Too much money for me to spend on a doll that size. And Baby Groot is 100% worth it. He’s adorable.

  4. jsornber replied:

    I’ve been looking for a reasonably priced (and perfect!) 14 inch Tonner porcelain Betsy McCall for a few years, and this year she was my most exciting purchase. I found her at a doll show for only $50 and I just love her. Another favorite acquisition was a Poor Pitiful Pearl doll that my sweetheart gave me for Xmas. I wanted one when I was a girl, but my mom didn’t approve of her poor, pitiful look. Karl and I found her in good shape at an antiques store. This year I’d love to get a 30th or 50th anniversary porcelain Skipper to add to my Skipper collection. I hadn’t seen the Kurhn dolls before reading your post and looking them up. They’re gorgeous and affordable, and I’d love to have a couple of them. (I’d love to see a video sometime of your Kurhn dolls!) In 2018 I also got my first American Girl dolls–Addy and Nellie and would love to have some new outfits for them. I’d also love to get my hands on the AG doll’s typewriter that was an accessory for one of the dolls.

    BTW, I love your videos. I’m about your mother’s age, and when I watch you gals’ videos, it’s almost as exciting as getting new dolls myself. I feel like a little girl again! Thanks so much!

    • kewpie83 replied:

      Sounds like you had a good doll collecting year! I always thought Poor Pitiful Pearl was cute! I’ll add another Kurhn video to my to-do list. I have done reviews on a few, so if you search my channel for Kurhn, you’ll see a few. But it would be nice to do one with all of my dolls so far! Also, thank you so much for the kind words about me and my mom’s videos! It’s a labor of love, so we love hearing that people enjoy them.

  5. Melissa Smith replied:

    I agree, 2018 was a bit drab in the doll world. I don’t actively collect dolls, but I keep an eye out for things I like. Most playlines this year were just… eh. Kurhn is a lovely doll, I have two. Also love anime eyed skipper dolls. So collect what you love

  6. Taswegian1957 replied:

    It was disappointing to see the end of TRU and that it is getting harder to buy dolls in stores. I do prefer to see them really. Mattel is not making a lot that I want so I think that 2019 might be a year to complete collections, find those missing bits from vintage outfits and a few vintage dolls that are on my wish list. I also have dolls that I should sew and knit for I haven’t done that in a long time. I’d like to see my displayed dolls all nicely dressed by the end of the year.

    • kewpie83 replied:

      Sewing/Knitting for your dolls is a great 2019 goal!

  7. Anonym replied:

    I agree 2018 was a dry year and I doubt 2019 would be any better. I focused mostly on Licca currently, but I would also like to try Pretty Cure dolls and Kurhn.

    • kewpie83 replied:

      The Pretty Cure figures look adorable. I wonder if they’d fit in with my Pinky ST figures, size wise? I would highly recommend adding a Kurhn doll to your collection. They’re so pretty!

  8. coffeeanddolls replied:

    Luckily for me, 2018 was a very good year, dollywise. I’d dreamt of my own doll collection for about 7 or 8 years and I finally did it! I also love the big-eyed Skipper dolls so my plans are to expand in that area. I’d love to add Teen Time Courtney, Cool Crimp Skipper and any AA Skipper with the 1987 sculpt to my collection. I also hope to get my dream version of Magic Moves Barbie from the Philippines. I love your collection in general and the Skipper section in particular! Good luck with your dolly gols for 2019.

  9. dreamsabundant replied:

    Is anyone here aware of existing button doll makers…or am I the only one? I’ve taken the almost forgotten old craft and brought it up to date with themes of fairies, Angel’s and witches I sometimes incorporate crystal beads and charms held between the hands to convey sentiments. I’m near to launching my website Wings of Enchantment with a ten piece Dragonfly Fairy collection. I’m wondering if there is a market for these kinds of doll and any advice from you doll collectors would be much appreciated.

    • Judith Sornberger replied:

      Your dolls sound fascinating! I would be very interested in visiting your website. Please let us know when it’s up and running! In the meantime, can you post any photos?

    • kewpie83 replied:

      Good luck on your collection!

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