10/13/2017

Tragic News to Report

A lot of us remember The Doll Pages, a site that served the doll community for years with free photo hosting and a place to sell goods. This site was run by Steve Malarkey and Rae, his wife.
The shocking news I received last night was that the two were found dead in their burning home on August 10, 2017.


According to police, Steve shot Rae, set the house on fire and then shot himself.
I can't believe it. I know that we never truly know what goes on in other people's families and homes but this is really messed up.
According to my source who spoke to Rae on a regular basis, they were selling the contents of their parents' home in a flea market and had much cash in their house.
There are criminals who know how to set up scenes to look like suicides and attempt to cover up evidence of the true crime with arson. That's what it sounds like to me.

News Report

News Report 2

News Report 3

Obituary

Many of you probably are aware that quite recently a photo sharing site was opened by the couple. using their original website to host this service. As with most web domains, the subscription will end unless renewed. I suppose that info is available through their webhost server.

http://www.thedollpage.com/

9/28/2017

Gibraltar Sybarite/DD_0126

I almost got away with not ordering this gorgeous doll because I forgot to put it in my calendar. Then I went on Facebook late in the day and there she was in all her glory.

I love this doll. Superdoll is killing it! I love everything about her from her fascinator to her wig to the makeup and all the way down. The colors are absolutely stunning.
I hope those bangles open up and I'm dying to see her "uncomfortable stilletto-heeled" court shoes.

Here's the description directly from Superdoll's website:
Venus is fabulous as could be in her strelitzia Extravaganza, a late night rendezvous calls for coiffure, blossoms and very high heels.
She probably not paying attention to anyone other than herself this evening!
From the top. A gorgeous headpiece of banana yellow guipure asymmetrically sprouts from her flaming blunt red banged wig. A statement just as we get started ...fabulous!
Her eyeshadows in the spectrum of shocking green and smoke surround her eyes of translucent pistachio and blind fern with lids of unripened vanilla. Lips of fluorescent coral Macaw and beyond.
Her 1 piece frock; an ode and a nod; in electric blue sinuous silk satin custom printed with deconstructed strelitzia embellished in laser organza petals and piece d' resistance..... a beaded Massaii corset finished with a flourish of jungle bouquet. Probably not something you would wear for pre rendezvous cocktails.. unless you were a D'Royce; of course.
Venus loves twilight and loves nothing more than oozing around in skin tight satin as the moon comes out.
Always accessorised to the twenty sevens, Venus has a discreet electric blue clutch trimmed in stuff that matches her corset, opera length gloves in almost not there yellow illusion tulle, and totally uncomfortable stiletto heeled courts in magical 'just the right' blue.
Huge inspired gilt bracelets are her final accessory!
Venus knows once the beats start beating she's gonna shimmy all night long.
Could someone please hand her, her sunglasses?

Clone: 1000 Venus d'Royce
Skintone: COSMETIQUE
Of course she comes with the following standard accessories:
-manic_cure hands (see booklet for hand change instructions)
-booklet
-stand
PRODUCTION MAY VARY FROM PROTOTYPE SHOWN.
Price: £279.75 (Excluding VAT at 20%)


279.75 British Pounds equals $375.90 US Dollars
Tonner has announced his newest DC Comics character, Wonder Woman #1. Why the #1?  There have been several Wonder Woman dolls from the TDC. Maybe this is the first Gal Gadot sculpted likeness. in a forthcoming series. 
The costume looks great but I like to see Tonner's dolls in person before making a decision.  I hope the finished product is prettier. I like the stand as opposed to the usual awkward saddle type. This is much more attractive. I hope it's heavy enough to support her.
I wonder what is  so "totally different" about this body besides the fact that she comes with several different types of hands.



This is the company's description:

The warrior Princess from Themyscira takes form as a 16" character figure of expertly engineered injected plastic and vinyl.  The totally new body has 15 points of articulation and Gal Gadot's likeness is captured in exquisite detail.  The finest saran is used to create lifelike hair set off with an accurate, highly detailed crown.

 Battle armor is a must for Wonder Woman and the extreme detail of this set is made for a Goddess.  Accurately sculpted depicting her movie costume, the WW armor consists of a molded breast plate with a genuine leather battle skirt; her armband and gauntlets are made of real metal.

Wonder Woman carries her golden lasso in a genuine leather harness.   Boots are made of detailed vinyl and resin.  Figure comes with changeable open hands, fists and gripping hands.

 Limited Edition 500 Dolls 

T17DCDD02 - Wonder Woman #1 - $225.00



From the Movie

9/23/2017

"The Forum is on a Time Out"

I'm stunned by the notice I've just read when I went to log in to the WClub just now.
ALL members are being punished by having the forum shuttered because a handful of people don't follow the behavioral guidelines.

Why weren't those in question suspended instead of everyone losing privileges?
They say that this is the only way everyone can know where they stand on the issue.

This could have been done another way.


Hey, I found this really awesome Etsy listing at https://www.etsy.com/listing/161647048/time-out-stool


For sure I won't get the opportunity to buy the twins gift set now because I opened my mouth about this .


9/21/2017

W Club "Right to Buy" Lottery for Lillith and Eden Gift Set

Many W Club members are keeping their fingers crossed in the hopes that they will be chosen to buy one of these really cute gift sets.  I am hoping to be one of the lucky collectors.

"Poetic Beauty" Lilith and Eden Blair Twin Doll Gift Set
The Heirloom Collection - 2017 Nu.Face Collection
LE 925
Price $199. plus postage.
Body Type NF 3.0
Skin Tone: Cream
Hair Color: Mahogany (Lilith) and Pale Honey (Eden)


I adore their outfits. Look at those boots and handbags! Their earrings are tassels. Absolutely adorable! I'm glad to see that their outfits are different enough from the other's outfit to make them distinctive looking.
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Lilith and Eden have always been among the most sought after dolls. They are sometimes released at the same time although not aways in a gift set.

In reverse time order, we've seen:

Lilith "Smoke & Mirrors" and Eden "Trouble"  (Not a gift set.)



Lilith "Editorial Edge "


Eden "High Frequency" and "Sneak Peek" (Not a gift set.)
Lilith OOAK and Eden "Up All Night" (Not a gift set.)


Eden "Wouldn't It Be Lovely" 

 Lilith and Eden Giftset "Never Ordinary" Gift Set


Lilith "Hard Metal

Lilith and Eden "Lead Singles" Gift Set

Eden "Gretel Sweet Nothings"


Lilith "Rocking Ever After"


Lilith and Eden "Wild at Heart Gift Set



Lilith "The Great Pretender

Eden "Style Mantra"


Lilith and Eden "Elements of Surprise" Gift Set





Have you entered the lottery? It closes tomorrow 9/22/17.  (BTW This is only open to W Club members.)



9/11/2017

Facets by Marcia Launches "Facets Boutique"


Facets by Marcia is excited to open "Facets Boutique!"
This is a brand new website for Facets.

The new Boutique is the premiere source for all of your doll accessory needs. Facets Boutique features a shopping cart, streamlined product categories and an account history.

Enjoy your enhanced shopping experience at Facets!



Personally, I have shopped at Facets for many, many years. There is barely a doll in my collection who is not wearing a wig, shoes and/or jewelry purchased there. I know for a fact that Marcia has been working on this new website for a very long time.

Now you can shop and pay directly on-line!

I picked photos from several of the many categories of items sold for illustration. There is so much to choose from.



I want this! :-)





You can read about Facets in their blog here: http://www.facetsboutique.com/blog.asp
Sign up for their newsletter here: http://facetsboutique.us14.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=78505d9a54bac2f50bd2db2cb&id=4b4978a6a4


BTW The Facets 15th Annual Doll BBQ has been scheduled for Sunday, September 17th, 2017. It is great fun with doll friends, food and a lot of dolls. You can see pics and videos from last year's BBQ here: http://www.facetsboutique.com/Annual-BBQ_bc_2.html

Email Marcia if you are interested in being on the list for next year.


9/09/2017

The Avant Guard Makeover

 Through the years my attitude toward having dolls repainted has changed. At first I resisted thinking that I wouldn't even buy a doll if she needed to be altered. What a difference having a doll repainted can make. I loved the changes so much that I re-bodied these gals as well.

Left:  IT outfit; Ficon sneakers; Monique Wig; Superdoll Glasses
Right: Nigel Chia suit; Patta wig; Jamieshow shoes

The doll on the left above, was originally "Lush," a sculpt also used by Androgyny and other AGs.


I had the green eye shadow changed the lips darkened. I love her now.

Fashion: Modsdoll Aurum
Fashion: Integrity Toys for FR16; Superdoll Wig

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The doll with the blonde wig at the top of the page was originally either "Attention" or "On Edge." They all used the same open mouth sculpt along with my favorite, "Goldmine." 


Below is the original "Goldmine."



My "Goldmine" had yellowed and deteriorated and Vin recreated her for me.


The FR16 bodies can wear Kingdom Doll, many Gene and most Tonner Antoinette fashions along with the original Avantguard fashions, of course. Their wig size is generally a 4/5.  That also depends upon the wig. 

It's unfortunate that Integrity Toys ruined the line by using messed up face-ups with exaggerated colors and weird outfits. They were beautiful sculpts. Like they've done with other dolls, the bodies could have been upgraded to a more stable design. The Tulabelle and FR16 sculpts never came close. 

Repaints by Vin Trapani.



9/04/2017

New Sybarite: BARONNE

I was surprised this morning to get an email picturing this lovely doll and the enticing word SHOP just beckoning for my little finger to click upon. I did and it didn't take long for me to make the decision to purchase this lovely gal. I love her fashion and I am also a big fan of short hair.




All photos in this blog post are the property and product of Superdoll.
Here is the complete text from Superdoll's promotional:


BARONNE SYB/DD_0125
Venus is fabulous as could be in her green raffia, vine and embroidered silky rose headpiece and print on print daytime ensemble, but just guessing by her mood.... 
She probably not paying attention to anyone other than herself today!

From the top. A gorgeous headpiece of raffia sprouts symmetrically from leaves and a large green rose.. Delicately balancing just so atop her head...
Her gorgeous short platinum and pure black wig is modern yet glamorous and hugging her jawline... fabulous!
Her eyeshadows in the spectrum of rose and violets surround her eyes of translucent lemon and lime with lids of icy yellow.. Lips of rich coral.
Her 1 piece frock; a confection in printed satin overlaid in the mirror print tulle, a custom print reminiscent of rolling Bougainvillea over a Mediterranean balconette, bearing vines on the bodice... just screaming sundowners on the terrace.
It is always fun to spend a late afternoon among your best friends , but Venus giggled, and of course is having none of that as she sipped on a tall cold drink.
Always accessorised to the nines, Venus has a cute metallic handbag trimmed in metallic studs and raffia, a wide wrap belt in green matching raffia that knots around her waist 'just so', and gorgeously delicate green gladiator sandals that stop just short of her knee.
Hot Pink tulle gloves trimmed in matching pink raffia fringing are her final accessory!

Venus has no intention of doing anything other than lounging in the sunset this evening...
Could someone please hand her, her sunglasses?


Clone: 1000 Venus d'Royce
Skintone: COSMETIQUE

Of course she comes with the following standard accessories:
-manic_cure hands (see booklet for hand change instructions)
-booklet
-stand

PRODUCTION MAY VARY FROM PROTOTYPE SHOWN.
 In stock and ready to be delivered
Price: £269.75 (Excluding VAT at 20%)

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She will make a delightful addition to my collection of beautiful dolls.




9/02/2017

2017 W Club Second Doll is Announced

METAMORPHOSIS



The second W Club doll this season is Nu Face Erin. Erin has come a long way from her early looks. I was a big fan.





The modern Erin appears older and more sophisticated. One wouldn't know it was the same character as the sculpt has changed to an open mouth and the nose was narrowed. She looks stunning, below with her dark hair pulled back. Her rich vinyl "Hungarian" tone is perfect for this incarnation.


The gown is lovely but not something we haven't seen over and over again in different colors. The white top and shorts are admittedly edgy but I must admit that I don't get the train thing with the jeans shorts. It looks pretty in the photo; however, if I were to purchase this doll, I'd be looking for something other than shorts or maybe not. Hmmmm.... 


She could run out to the grocery store and sweep the aisles looking edgy as hell.  She could go clubbing and trip everyone on the dance floor—a good way to meet people. What gala event could she attend in this fashion? How about the Met Gala? Maybe if the shorts were sheer...


I want the shoes.

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Here is the promo text from the W Club announcement:


Item # 82088
Metamorphosis
Erin Salston™ Dressed Doll Gift Set
The Heirloom Collection
2017 W Club Exclusive
Pricing: $175.00 US + S & H

Doll Tech Specs:

Head Sculpt:
ERIN 2.0
Body:
NU. FACE 2.5
Foot Sculpt:
HIGH-HEELED
Skin Tone:
HUNGARIAN
Hair Color:
MIDNIGHT BROWN
Eyelashes:
Yes, Hand-applied
Quickswitch:
No


Erin Salston makes a noted cameo on the runway of designer Jessy Ayala as she models two fresh looks from the 2017 Heirloom collection! Light and breezy, everyone's favorite heiress looks absolutely stunning in these couture creations, designed just for her. By incorporating one of her most cherished family heirlooms, the Salston butterfly crown (handed down amongst the women of her family since Victorian times), our bad girl completely transformed these picturesque works of art and made them truly her own! With her new, delightful, ultra-feminine looks, Erin emerges from her cocoon and soars high like the most beautiful creations of nature!

Erin Salston is a 12.5-inch fully articulated fashion doll with simple, yet ultra-sophisticated fully rooted, long braided hair that can be transformed into many hot looks! This sensational gift set includes an intricately layered custom printed chiffon gown and a second outfit composed of a one-sleeved white satin top that features an extravagant floor-length train, coupled with unexpected, ultra-edgy denim micro-shorts. The set also includes Erin's precious golden butterfly crown, jewelry and two pairs of shoes. For adult collectors ages 15 and up only. This doll cannot stand alone; a doll stand is included. A W Club members-only exclusive.

Note: Please note that the doll, clothes and accessories pictured in the photo are prototypes and as always, final production colors and textures may vary slightly.
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Update on source of hi-lo fashion. It looks better on the doll than on Kendall Jenner.




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