It’s that time again! World Doll Day is Saturday, June 10th, 2017. Started by Mildred Seeley in 1986, the day is one of celebration for doll collectors. World Doll Day began with a letter, which is copied below. (Keep reading for information on our first ever World Doll Day Toy Drive!)
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.
Mil and Vernon Seeley
P.S. This letter may be copied and copied again and again until the world knows about World Doll Day.
I know it’s only the tail end of March and June seems quite far away, but trust me, World Doll Day likes to sneak up on you (or me, at least). In celebration of the day, Confessions of a Doll Collectors Daughter, in connection with the Pullip and Dal Doll Lovers Event (PUDDLE), will be celebrating by collecting new, in box dolls, toys or Amazon gift cards for the Marillac St. Vincent Christmas Store.
For over 60 years, Marillac St. Vincent has been opening its doors to families in need during the holidays with their annual Christmas Store. What is the Christmas Store, you ask? Every year Marillac St. Vincent Family Services invites parents, grandparents, and child guardians that they serve throughout the year, to sign up for the Christmas Store. On the Saturday before Christmas, registered families get to “shop” for toys, stocking stuffers, books, games, clothes, and stuffed animals for each of their children, have their gifts wrapped, and finally, leave with a full bag of food – enough to make a big meal on Christmas day complete with a turkey!
The Christmas Store is a fun shopping experience for parents and grandparents, giving them agency to choose the toys that best suit their children’s interests. Their Christmas sale serves over 250 families, which accounts for 800-1100 children, who may not have received holiday presents otherwise.
In honor of World Doll Day, I will be opening a special mailbox for the donation of dolls and toys for ages 0-12. Marillac St. Vincent Family Services has an Amazon.com wishlist to give you an idea of what they are looking for. However, any new doll or toy is fine! (Please stay away from ‘weapon’ type toys, per Marillac St. Vincent Family Services).
In an effort to give you time to find good prices and/or sales, the donation window is pretty long– May 1st thru June 30th. If you’d prefer to forgo shipping costs, you can also e-mail or snail mail me a gift card to Amazon. (I’ll use the gift cards to order toys directly from the site to my house for this cause.) Please leave your name and mailing address somewhere inside your package or e-mail. Donations are tax-deductible, so save those receipts!
But, wait, there’s more! Are you attending the Pullip and Dal Doll Lovers Event, aka PUDDLE? If so, you can donate directly at the event! Jane (of PUDDLE) has agreed to give one free raffle ticket to anyone who brings a doll or toy for donation! We’ll have a donation bin handy for you to drop your donation off in the main convention room. PUDDLE is a great day to donate, because it falls literally on World Doll Day! If you’re going to PUDDLE, but would rather send your donation off early, that’s fine, too, but please remember to let me know that you’re attending the show so we can get you a raffle ticket.
As this is my first time hosting a toy drive, I’m not sure of what kind of goal to set. If we can get at least 50 dolls and toys for this great cause, I’ll be happy. Keep your eyes peeled for another post with information on the mailing address and e-mail for online gift cards, which will be posted early April. Until then, keep this in the back of your mind and if you see an amazing deal (like a $3.00 Prettie Girls: Tween Scene), consider picking it up for Confessions of a Doll Collectors Daughter’s World Doll Day Toy Drive!
In the meantime, what plans are you concocting for World Doll Day? Share them in the comment area!
While at Target recently, I picked up a second wave Shibajuku Girls Suki. Suki is my favorite of the second wave dolls. Unlike the bright outfits seen on other dolls in this line, Suki has a more pastel aesthetic to her look.
Suki has a mixture of long light blue, pastel pink and white hair. She has a nicely rooted head of hair that is soft to the touch. Suki wears her hair down, with bangs. I personally think these dolls look better with bangs than without. Suki wears ear muffs, which are stuck to her head with tabs. She also comes with four barrettes, a staple in this doll line.
Suki has pale skin. I like this dolls eye make up. She has a silver and white theme going on with her make up. Above her eye is silver glitter and around it is black and white liner. Like the other girls, she has ‘real’ eyelashes. Suki has grey/blue eyes.
If you recall my past Shibajuku review, you’ll remember I had one problem with her– she was lacking an undershirt or tank top under her zipper hoodie. Because of that, I was interested in seeing if Suki, who is also dressed in a zippered jacket, suffered from the same wardrobe malfunction. I’m happy to say that unlike the first wave doll I reviewed earlier, Suki does have a white tankini sort of top under her jacket.
Her pastel jacket is shades of purple and green with pink and yellow accents. The zipper is ridiculously tiny and, I found out while trying to redress this girl, not really a working zipper. It goes up and down, but to really redress her, you’ll have to pull the jacket off her without unzipping it completely. (It’s still pretty easy to get off her that way, but it seemed worth mentioning!)
She’s wearing a pink tulle skirt. To complete the look, she has on polka dotted white and blue knee socks and pink shoes. Overall, the look is super cute and allows her points of articulation to move freely.
Speaking of articulation, the Shibajuku body is kind of like a Pullip dolls. Suki has shoulder, elbow, wrists, hip and knee joints. While this type of body doesn’t allow the doll to stand on her own, it does allow for posing.
Overall, I like the Shibajuku Girls line. They are one of the more interesting dolls in toy stores at the moment. Suki, in particular, is a cute one with a nice color scheme and youthful, fun vibe to her. What do you think of Suki or the Shibajuku Girl line? Share your thoughts below!
Don’t get too excited. Alas, I wasn’t able to afford a trip to New York City to attend the esteemed toy trade show that is New York Toy Fair. (I’ll be going to New York City later this year for Blogger Bash, though, which has a mini toy fair called the Sweet Suite!) The past week or so, I’ve been searching YouTube for videos from New York Toy Fair. Below are a few that might be interesting to you! (And I definitely plan on going to 2018’s NYTF. I feel like there should be more booths getting coverage than what is out there on the internet as of this writing. That, or it will be a pretty lackluster year for toys. Lottie, The Queen’s Treasures and A Girl for All Time were there, but I don’t see many videos from their booths on YouTube yet. Tonner was also there with Phyn & Aero, but seemed to have had a very small collection of items. He livestreamed from his booth.)
The best video that I found was a live stream from the Doll area. (The trade show floor is split into different themed areas.) It features Lottie, A Girl for All Time and Tonner. They go through the doll area and chat with vendors.
This video isn’t from New York’s event, but Hong Kong’s. It features Kurhn dolls! They don’t show at New York Toy Fair. That reminds me, I need to add a new Kurhn to my collection soon. It’s been too long!
Here’s a tour from Madame Alexander. No audio from the company, so your guess as to price, name and release are as good as mine on these dolls. I do see many things that were on display last year, though. I have an e-mail out to the company, so maybe we’ll be hearing more about them later!
Spin Master’s Luvabella will either win your heart or creep you out. Check out the video to see why! She’s a robot baby that has some pretty awesome head movements!
I love the Barbie hologram machine!!! It looks like it will be pretty cool. It doesn’t look like they have their new thingmaker, the 3d printer, on display this year. I wonder what’s going on with that?
My Ballerina Dolls was back (and still not in the doll area, it seems). From the looks of it, they didn’t have anything super new to show. It looks like they’re re-working Clara a bit so she can be more of an ‘anything’ character. (They mentioned that in another Toy Fair video.)
Shibajuku Girls debuted their new smaller sized dolls in their booth! I still prefer the big ones to the small ones, but they look cute!
This is just a sampling of what was on display at Toy Fair. If you haven’t, I suggest going to YouTube and searching Toy Fair 2017 and seeing what else people posted. (Look up Hasbro, Mattel and Funko– they usually have great stuff on display!)
There are some videos of the new Monster High dolls out, but honestly, the dolls don’t look very exciting. Also, bad news for Ever After High fans, it looks like they had zero new dolls on display for that line. There look to be a lot of fun new dolls coming to the DC Superhero Girls line, some of which are characters I actually know thanks to the CW’s current love affair with DC themed entertainment.
Did you see anything exciting at Toy Fair or through coverage online? What was it? Let me know in the comment area!
A few weeks ago, my mom and I went to Walmart. Usually, we miss all the big sales, but this time, we stumbled upon a treasure trove of toys at super cheap prices. Within those aisles, we found three Prettie Girls Tween Scene dolls, Lena, Valencia and Kimani. In total, we paid $5.00 for all three. (What a deal!)
Prettie Girls Tween Scene are articulated 16″ vinyl dolls. Sold at Walmart, they made their debut in 2016 and were made in collaboration with the Tonner Doll Company. They use the same body that Tonner Toys used for their Maudlynne Macabre and Little Miss Matched Girl line. For the most part, the articulated body is done really well. She has shoulder, elbow, hip and knee joints. The one point of articulation I feel is missing is a wrist joint. There are so many times I want to just move the dolls wrist, but can’t, because none of these dolls have one.
All three Prettie Girls are nicely rooted. I love the variation of hairstyles on Lena, Valencia and Kimani. Lena has super straight black hair. It’s soft to the touch. The same goes for the other two girls. Kimani has dark brown hair with lots of curl. Finally, Valencia has a light brown/caramel blonde sort of hair color that is styled in two pig tails. Were this line to grow, I’d love to see a more natural sort of hairstyle or a short cut on one of these dolls. Pictured below is Kimani.
To me, Lena and Kimani have very similar faces. I almost assumed they were the same character, just different waves. I peg that on their eye makeup. Both Lena and Kimani have the same color above their eyes and similar paint around their eyes. Even their lip color is very similar. I wish they would have switched up the face paint a little more, so each character could stand out more. Valencia, with a lighter skin tone and more sporty look, has more natural colors on her face, where the other two girls, both with darker complexions have cool, bright colored make up. Don’t get me wrong. I love the make up on them and think the faces look great as designed, I just think they could have done more to separate their unique characters. Pictured below is Lena.
If you’re looking specifically for a black/AA doll, then this is a line to look into. Lena and Kimani have different complexions, which is great and not always something doll lines do. Kimani is definitely darker than Lena when it comes to skin tone. I tend to like dolls with really dark skin tones, because, let’s be honest, they’re pretty rare when it comes to play line dolls. Valencia, who is Hispanic, has tan-colored skin.
All three dolls have super cool outfits! I’m torn between liking Lena’s red/orange dress or Kimani’s crop top/flower pants combo the most. Both outfits are just too cute. The sporty track suit on Valencia is my least favorite of the three and maybe of the entire line. Each doll came with an extra top. Strangely, though, I don’t think the tops they came with match very well with the outfits they are currently wearing, but maybe they expected to sell more fashion packs? Pictured below is Valencia.
To be honest, I’m not sure what the status of Prettie Girls: Tween Scene is. Last year, One World, the creative team behind this line, merged with Tonner, creating Tonner One World. However, nothing has really come out of that partnership yet, nor have we seen any new waves of Tween Scene. Their website teases a new line, Prettie Girls NYC, which features new girls who “are diverse in cultures & personalities, from the Chic, rocker Stone; to the sophisticated, classy Knox; the fun, funky Kiyo; the performing, princess Mayla; to finally the sporty, spunky Anja.” The image from the site, who I assume is Stone, is pretty awesome. I hope we eventually see this line one day!
Even a new wave of Prettie Girls: Tween Scene would be appreciated. This line really is a great size and one you don’t see very often on play line dolls. Not to mention, there’s quality to this doll line. They are well put together dolls. (They photograph really well, too!) And of course, we can’t forget the diversity factor. This line prides itself on having dolls from varying ethnicities. Not pictured in this review, for example, are Dhara, Alexi and Hana, who all come from different ethnic backgrounds.
What do you think of Prettie Girls: Tween Scene? Do you own any? Were they on clearance at your local Walmart? Share your thoughts in the comment area!
Boy Story is a line of 18″ boy dolls. They have multiple points of articulation. Boy Story’s Action Dolls have ball joints at the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip and knee. Action Dolls come with a certificate of authenticity. They come dressed in some pretty nice looking fashions, which vary depending on your doll, but include underwear, a shirt, a second layer, jeans and shoes. Action dolls have a vinyl head and limbs that are connected to a cloth body. They use ball joints, but aren’t strung, which may eliminate problems with loose limbs after years of active play.
They have molded hair and inset eyes. Currently, there are two styles available: Mason, caucasian, and Billy, black/AA. Both have unique face molds and outfits. They retail for $99.00 or $115.00 if you want the doll to come with a book starring the character Mason or Billy. Baseball loving military kid Aspen and Asian character Kenji are two other dolls we may be seeing in the future.
There are three things I really like about this line. First, I love the ball joints, which offer 11 points of articulation. I’ll admit, the knee joint looks really strange to me, but overall, they look like they’ll allow the doll to pose well.
Second, I like the outfits. There are so many pieces to them and they look authentically male. My problem with some male 18″ doll fashions (fashions for most of the dolls on the market, 18″ or otherwise) are that they often times look too girly. Mason’s button down the front shirt and Billy’s striped hoodie look interesting and authentic. The doll’s shoes look pretty nice, as well! Third, I love the inset eyes and unique face sculpts. Boy Story did a good job crafting the faces of their dolls.
Boy Story launched their Action Dolls in 2016 after a Kickstarter campaign that saw over $28,000 from 238 backers. The brainchild of sisters Katie and Kristen, the ball was set in motion when Katie, pregnant with her second child, went in search of a doll to give her oldest son to help introduce the idea of having a new sibling. When she couldn’t find anything that fit her criteria, she and her sister decided to create their own brand in this niche market.
On April 13th, 2016, the idea found its way to Kickstarter, got funded and the momentum hasn’t died down since! Just this February, the line found its way into the Launchpad, a section of New York Toy Fair that focused on new and exciting brands that were making their debut appearance at the trade show.
Not attending New York Toy Fair this year, I missed my chance at seeing these dolls in person, so my thoughts, at the moment, are based on the promo shots. I’d love to see what these guys look like against other 18″ doll brands. In the promo photos, for example, the dolls look like they are very big, in terms of proportions. It would be interesting to see how they measure up against other dolls of this size.