IMOGEN Repaint by Juan Albuerne

This is a seriously talented man. Juan Albuerne posted a few pictures of his Imogen repaint today on Facebook. Take a look at these!

There's so much depth in Juan's repaints. He approaches each one differently...no cookie cutter formula redo anywhere.


Dioramas by Amber Park

Posted on the doll boards today were photos by Amber Park of some of her amazing diorama creations.

Click here to see the entire set of images. You will not be disappointed!


Magia2000 Party at NBDCC 2011

Rebecca Berry posted fantastic pictures of the Magia2000 products offered at the National Barbie Doll Collectors Convention.  They are gorgeous!

Dark Phoenix, 2011 SDCC Exclusive

Dark Phoenix LE150, the Tonner 2011 San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive, will be available for purchase on Tonner Direct.com beginning Friday, July 29th.  Normally priced at $187.50, it will be discounted by 20%.

Use Promo code SDCC2011 to get 20% and free shipping.
You may also place an order via telephone at 1.800.794.2107.

Handmade Wigs by Anthony in Hawaii

Anthony calls this new collection Forbidden Gardens of Babylon. They are sold out now but I wanted to show you what I think is the most creative and beautiful handmade doll wigs I've ever seen. These are all saran - no silk flowers were used. He made three of each and they flew!

Click here to see the original post on Prego. You must be a member (free) to log on to Prego.


Randall Craig's IFDC Fashion Collection

Earlier this evening, Christina Goodison aka Shuga-Shug posted this delightful picture of her Poppy dolls wearing the fashions Randall Craig designed for IFDC 2011. She is selling an additional set of NRFB fashions on eBay.

See more of Shuga-Shug's photographs.

Everything Changes or Needs To

Our house went live on MLS earlier today. I'm numb. It's such a leap into the unknown to sell a house. I have to admit that dolls are not in the forefront of my mind right now but I am still here. The sum of my doll play in the last few days has been admiring those that still populate my showcases. I miss letting the world go and sitting down with a doll to redress her.
In order to remind myself of my pre-orders I created a chart on one piece of paper which has a little picture of the impending doll and how much I paid for it. I still have 8 on the way.  In addition, the exclusive Comicon Ghoulia is joining the tribe courtesy of Christina. EEK.
So...if I feel deprived I just have to look at my chart. Unfortunately I have no time to feel deprived right now. Less time to shop - although I managed to squeeze in a few separates from OOAK designers. LOL.

I never got around to giving a little review of two new dolls Integrity Toys surprised everyone with last week, "Follow the Line" Kesenia and "Current Pursuits" Vanessa.

"Follow the Line" Kesenia
Click on the images to see how they've been Photoshopped. Sadly, no amount of Photoshopping can change the true appearance of this doll's mouth. A snap-on face plate to change her looks would have been helpful. I haven't made a secret of my opinion of Kesenia's sculpt. It's too bad because the rest of the doll looks very nice. I'm not sure if the outfit is black but it's a nice pant suit.

Vanessa (aka Fauxnessa by many devotees) is absolutely a doll I do not need. I could almost not believe it myself. I am a Vanessa lover and have all of them - some multiples as well. I ordered "Dress Code" Vanessa in spite of the cold reception she received.  I ordered the W Club Vanessa, too, mainly because I think the fashion is beautiful.  But when I saw Current Pursuits, the spell was broken. She looks like so many other recently released IT dolls.

"Current Pursuits" Vanessa

She's pretty. The outfit is cute but how many shorts with little jackets or trench coats and white shirts does one  need? I understand themed lines but there's very little variety here.

The shorts (or in the case of the DG, mini skirts), little jacket, blouse trend crosses all of IT's lines this year.  It has yet to show up on the Monogram dolls but I wouldn't be surprised.