8/18/2015

Jamieshow's Alejandro and Marlena "On Michigan Avenue" Dolls

At the end of May, 2015, the new "On Michigan Ave" Jamieshow dolls debuted. I ordered Alejandro and Marlena at the convention in Chicago. They arrived three days ago.

This Alejandro differs from my other one in that he has facial hair screening. I know they're supposed to have the same sculpt but I see a difference in the nose. My new one appears to have a narrower, longer nose. I guess it's possible that the casting changed a bit. His eyes look different as well. I like them both.
Here are closeups side by side. The new one is on the right. Both are wearing Chewin wigs.



The pink jacket, blue shirt and ripped jeans are all Jamieshow products which were available separately a while back. The quality of these items are far superior to what he came dressed in. Someone reminded me that he is only a basic doll and one can't expect much. What I do expect with a $400. doll is a stand. George Gonzalez, an owner of Jamieshow Dolls, says that the reason the male dolls don't come with stands is because they're anatomically correct. That is not a good reason as far as I'm concerned. All my dolls are on stands unless they're sitting down. I'd never display a resin doll without a stand. His junk doesn't keep the stand from working in any way especially when he's dressed.

Marlena has an unusual look with her very pale resin and sharp features. When I started playing with different wigs, I saw more possibilities. In these photos, she is wearing a Chewin wig meant for Sybarite dolls. Her fashion is a Superdoll outfit called "D-I-V-O-R-C-E."  It fits pretty well except in the bust area. Marlena has a smaller cup size.




She has a look that can kill. With those piercing blue eyes and thin, mean lips she is not a doll for the faint of heart. I enjoyed putting a flowered hat on her. It's so opposite from the vibe she gives off.


9 comments:

  1. Terri, thanks for your review of Alejandro and Marlena. I still have not received both of these dolls, plus Tatum. I'm hoping maybe today. As always, your styling and photography are superb.

    I'm really looking forward to seeing you in New Jersey in early October!

    Wayne

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    1. Thanks for your comments, Wayne. I hope yours arrive today!
      Terri

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  2. Huh. I didn't realize the JS men didn't come with stands. What kind of stands do the Tonner men come with? Is it the same saddle stand the female dolls get? Thinking it over, those big acrylic saddles may look sort of weird with pants, but Kaiser stands have their own appearance issues...

    Marlena looks so iconic! I got my Sofia this weekend as well. It's interesting having little resin folk with less idealized, but still beautiful, features. I love looking at Kingdom Dolls, for instance, but sometimes they seem *too* perfect.

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    1. One type of stand that comes with Tonner males was the waist gripper metal type. I hate those but if put on correctly, they are fairly invisible. I have a bunch of Tonner guys on wooden stands which you can't get anymore.

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  3. I assumed that the lack of a stand was due to them being able to stand pretty well on their own. A stand would really be appreciated for additional stability.

    Alejandro is a terrific doll. He's handsome rather than pretty (like the Kyle I have), which I like. The outfit he came in was okay, but fortunately the Urban Sophisticated outfit arrived soon after he did, and it came out of the package and onto his body immediately. It's a great look on him!

    Marlena is one of my favorite JS dolls. She has a haughtiness to her that doesn't impact her beauty, much like some Fashion Royalty dolls. She looks stunning in the outfit and wig you selected for her. One of the major draws of your blog is seeing how you style the dolls; it opens up so many possibilities for them and stimulates the imagination.

    That does bring me to a question, because it seems you do quite a bit of mixing and matching to achieve your stellar results. Do you try to keep outfits and accessories together, or do you end up keeping things separate? If the former, how do you keep track of who has what and where it goes back to when the dolls are redressed? I've been thinking of keeping a notebook/journal as I do try to keep things together, but Ipart of me thinks it might be better just to keep similar things together so it is easier to select things to use. I would love to hear how other collectors approach this issue.

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    1. The best way to remember what an ensemble consists of is to take a picture of all the parts and keep it in or on the plastic bag in which you store the fashion.
      T

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  4. i totally agree with the need for a stand regardless of whats in the junk of the doll. a $400 doll falling off a display case would be heart breaking.

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  5. I've seen stands for male dolls in other scales that slide up one leg of the pants. I'm not sure what goes on when it gets to the top though! Maybe something that doll makers could consider for this scale too?

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