1/14/2016

Tonner's Deja Vu Line Expands

Four male characters have joined the Deja Vu line.  http://www.tonnerdoll.com/tonner/fashion-dolls/deja-vu on the site. Unfortunately one has to click through a few layers to get there. Main page/Fashion Dolls/Deja Vu.
I don't know when this new addition was announced because I received no notice.


The guys have the Matt O'Neill body and to my eye, the Matt sculpt as well.
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Black Tie Matt O'Neill 2004

Does his head look enormous?  I do love the tails.
Absolute Elegance $189.
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I'll let your people go...

A lot more Yul as Ramses would have appealed to me.
Ani $179.99
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Blech
 
Great costume but it leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
Halvar $249.99

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The 18th Century was a dandy era but does he have enough snuff?
Gerard $194.99
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There's no end to the variety that Tonner & Co. produce. Hopefully, for them, collectors will like these enough to add them to their collections. I predict they will want the fashions more than the dolls.







13 comments:

  1. I think I got an email from Tonner on this... yesterday? So you didn't miss much, time-wise ;)

    It's weird, but while I'm fine with the big-headed girls (Ellowyne and Deja Vu, her derp-face notwithstanding), I just don't like it with the male dolls. Something about my aesthetic expectations of male figures, I guess! :p

    Their outfits are pretty great, though. I only have one male doll of this size range -- Phin, from the Imaginarium collection -- and perhaps if I see a Gerard outfit for grabs, I'll nab it for him :p

    Also: where's the Deja Vu who goes with the Viking fella? :)

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    1. I haven't gone through the new Deja Vu gals. Who knows? Their might be a big Brunhilda singing oper for all I know.

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    2. Forgive the typos ..... Opera and there

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  2. What a letdown. I was hoping for a handsome new headsculpt. 18th century dude looks too OLD, and they all look too girlish. I've not been wowed by any Tonner items lately; I also don't think their sales are what they used to be. Going back to the 12" crowd; hoping the articulated Silkstone is amazing.

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    1. I only hope she isn't impossible to get.

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  3. Hello Terri,
    These guys just don't have "IT". (Clara Bow reference in deference to their 1920's Emma Jean doll). The Deja Vu girls have very distinctive, and exaggerated bodies and heads (to my mind they look like Monster High knock offs) but I really them. These fellows seem to have large heads but none of the style and fluidity of the gals. They just look stiff to me.
    I do like the cut away tuxedo.....if it actually fits the guy right.
    As always love the blog.
    -Will C.

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  4. The sculpt leaves me cold. Too generic, no personality. And the rooted hair on 18th-century Gerard would work SO much better as a removeable wig, perhaps with rooted dark hair underneath, or maybe with flocked hair underneath and both white and dark wigs to choose from. In general, I adore the costumes in the Deja Vu line but am not a fan of Emma Jean's vacant, stunned, and even depressed (depending on the position of the eyebrows on each doll), expression. And what's with the splayed fingers? Then again, who knows? If I happened to aquire one of these dolls, I might fall in love. It's happened before...;-)

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    1. I'm in agreement regarding many of the fashions designed for Deja Vu. They are cuts, especially the ones from the 1920's. I don't know if collectors were asking for male counterparts but IMO they didn't get more than Mtt O'Neill lookalikes in costume.

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    2. Using this phone to enter comments causes problems. Above 'cuts' should read 'cute' and 'Mtt' should read 'Matt.'

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  5. I agree that the heads look way too big on the slenderly built Matt body. I want the Egyptian to make into Yul Brenner. But I'm waiting to see actual owner photos before taking the plunge because I don't trust that the prototype is always an accurate representation of what the production doll will end up looking like. ;)

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  6. Do like Halvar the Viking. The outfits on the 1920s Absolute Elegance and Gerard are great. Ani, see repainters going for this guy. The sculpt is okay, but could have seen the Phineas sculpt from the Imaginarium line. He was cute, and would have worked better with the Deja Vu line.

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  7. I think the DV guys look like they have a swollen Matt 2 sculpted head on the original Matt O'Neill body. The convention/event males of the past few years (Captain Paul the pilot, Jay the Great Gatsby doll, and the Victorian Social...the one in the barbershop quartet suit and straw boater with the kind of silly painted on mustache) all used a Matt 2 sculpt and that sculpt can look good with the right sort of effort from Tonner (decent face paint and hair being where they usually stumble though sometimes the clothes are iffy in quality too) Absolute Elegance (Randolph the 1920s doll) looks more like Matt 2 but looking at Gerard, maybe the sculpt is a bit different than Matt 2 (and to my eyes not in a good way)

    I might get a full Absolute Elegance but I'll need to see the actual tails and the doll's face paint and hair. If the tails are good I'll for sure go for them from someone separating the dressed doll.

    I had thought that the idea/ story behind the DV line is the female doll of a given era keeps falling in love with a male from that era and then something bad happens to her and she time travels to repeat the experience in a different period of history.

    I'd be okay with the whole DV male love interest / companion line if they'd thought about doing a new sculpt (and reusing it for the DV males) that looks immediately different. This wasn't what I would have made though.

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