7/11/2010

How Many Alices Are There in Wonderland?


 Has the Alice in Wonderland theme been overdone? Yes, it's been going on forever. It's the definition of a classic. The story is an ageless one that has enchanted children and adults alike since it was written in 1865.  The story embodies the battles of good vs. evil, apathy vs. involvement, greed vs. generosity and on and on. Who doesn't identify some opposing characteristics in their own personality?

When I saw the numerous Wonderland dolls at IDEX in January, I was impressed by how many different companies and individual doll artists chose to do Alice themed dolls this year. It was not that surprising due to the Alice in Wonderland movie but seemed rather odd that there were so many.

Has one company 'done it right' above all others? No. With the variety of Wonderland themed dolls out there, it's foolish to compare.

I understand that some collectors have an irrational loyalty (also known as ass-kissing) to some manufacturers and so their praise for that company is endless. These people need to become educated about what's out there.

I have already posted the new Integrity Alice.

Tonner has produced several Wonderland character dolls and stunning fashions. 



This is Mattel's latest Alice:


Some others that may be available at different sources on the internet:


Madame Alexander Cloth Alice

Madame Alexander Alice


Living Dead Doll - Alice

Vogue Marge Meisinger's Alice Vintage Repro Ginny Doll



 Azone's Sahra in Wonderland



Pullip Fantastic Alice  (12")



Gwen Stefani "Tick Tock Gwen"

This is just a small sampling of Alice in Wonderland dolls. I've not even touched on the fantastic OOAK and artist dolls which are gorgeous and very pricey such as Maggie Iacono's "Painting the Roses Red" for $1,695.00 or R. John Wrights "Alice in Wonderland for $1,180.

 Doll Reader magazine has published several issues with cover stories that depict artist dolls that are Alice themed. 





There's no comparing one with the other. But...if a company decides to do Alice, one hopes that it's different from any Alice that's been done before and not just another run of the mill blond in a blue dress with a white apron.

2 comments:

  1. LOVE the cat picture from the movie. I have liked Alice themed items for along time before the Tim Burton movie version. It has been popular with the Japanese for some reason for quite some time.
    LauraLA

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  2. I was a bit disappointed with the convention's jumping on the bandwagon Wonderland theme.

    I prefer fashion over fantasy.

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