Viola Studio Dolls made their debut in 2008. They are soft body dolls made out of high quality materials. These plush dolls caught my eye because of their unique, playful look. The designer, Viola Hale, has a fantastic eye for color and design.
My two favorites are Pepper, the doll in yellow with a panda purse, and Harper, the doll below in the red hoodie and owl purse.
For more pictures, check out my flickr album. Viola’s Etsy page sells outfits, so you can dress your Studio Doll in new clothing whenever you’d like. Currently, I don’t see any Studio Dolls on Viola’s Etsy page, but there are miniature versions of the dolls seen above. This one is done in a different style, but I adore her! Viola also makes clothing for children.
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The toy industry gathered together in New York last week to show off their wares during this years annual ‘Toy Fair’. Although I didn’t attend (but plan on weaseling my way in next year!), attendee reports have been hitting the web at feverish rates. Here’s a quick run down of what we’ll be seeing from Mattel and some new Doctor Who tie in dolls from a UK based company.
Mattel: I think it’s safe to say that Monster High was the biggest draw in for the visitors to Mattel’s booth. Seen for the first time, con goers were treated to prototypes of new characters Robecca Steam, Venus McFlytrap, and Rochelle Goyle. Also on display were the Halloween dolls (Ghouls Rule) being released alongside Mattel’s first Monster High direct to DVD movie, a new male ‘Create a Monster’, basic Jackson, and the exciting ‘Create a Monster Lab‘ playset.
On the Barbie end, Mattel debuted the Photo Fashion Doll. This doll is equipped with a digital camera that shows off the pictures you take on her graphic tee. Pictures and a more detailed product description can be found here.
The last bit of news comes from MattyCollectors end– they days of hoverboarding are upon us! Everyone that has seen Back to the Future II will agree– if you take nothing away from the film but one thing, that one thing would be, ‘wow, I really need a hoverboard’. Assuming Matty gets enough pre-orders, this 1:1 scale replica of the iconic hoverboard will be shipping out late 2012. If I wasn’t sure this was going to be super expensive, I would so be on the list of recipients. Unfortunately, I know MattyCollector and don’t think this awesome prop will come cheap!
Links to Check Out:
Big Chief: Big Chief is a company based out of the UK. They’re currently working on the Doctor Who Franchise. I’m most excited about their 12″ Doctor, a limited release debuting sometime around April. This action figured, modeled to look like the 11th Doctor (Matt Smith) looks fantastic, comes with many extras, and will have expansion sets available so you can easily change your doctors look without having to buy a new doll. The doctor will be around $200.00 US.
Also exciting is there anime style 10th Doctor, modeled to look like David Tennant. This 9″ figure will retail around $99.00 US. I’ve already pre-ordered the 11th Doctor’s figure, but if I find this statue of the 10th doctor reasonably priced, this is mine!
Links to Check Out:
Idle Hands– Information and lots of photos of the Big Chief figures
Here are a few more links that might come in handy. Hopefully, next year I’ll be able to go in person and give you a real Toy Fair post with my own pictures and vids.
AF Collector- Tonner Doll Booth (check their main page for more vids!)
AtamiDolls- Winx Club Dolls (check their main page for more vids!)
Time to Play- Jakks Pacific Booth (check their main page for more vids!)
Pop Culture Network- My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (check their main page for more vids!)
What are you looking forward to picking up when these new toys hit store shelves?