Tonner Convention: “Flights of Fancy”

Flamingo - Cami/Cinderella This was the souvenir doll.

It's a good thing I'm not at the convention because when I saw these centerpiece dolls I wanted some of them.
Take a look at these beauties:
Cardinal - Antoinette
Parrot - Antoinette   ( I want those shoes!)
Raven - Precarious     I want this one.


Amazonia Event! Tonner Convention

Another cool set of dolls:

Centerpiece is 22" Amazonia Wonder Woman

Souvenir is Amazonia Wonder Woman 16" Doll

I like the 16" doll very much. I must find out what sculpt is being used for her.

Tonner Convention: Let it Sew!

The breakfast this morning featured Amelia Thimble. Guests were asked to wear their most hilarious holiday fashions. Wish I could have been there to see them.

Tonner and Staff and Santa
The table favor was:

Centerpiece doll. Christmas Morning Patsy.

I added this after the post above was made. I'm guessing this was a companion doll available for purchase to all convention attendees.


Tonner Convention: Animal Magnetism

 Gentlemen Prefer Blondes - Friday Night at Tonner

Here is the new 16" Marilyn doll called "Animal Magnetism." She was the break-out event souvenir.  I read on Prego that she uses a combination of the Tyler bust and the curvy hip bodies. (Starting to sound like Integrity Toys with the mix and match bodies.)
I'm not sure but isn't it unusual for Tonner to do an open lip doll? I remember that Pin Up had sort of open lips. Who else?

Tonner Convention: The Marilyn Centerpiece

Here is the highly anticipated Marilyn doll that's been hinted at for months. The biggest surprise is that she is 22" tall.  That's a lot of doll! I think she may be unique, not for her fashion but for her size.  I don't have any dolls that size except for Cissy.
I'm guessing there will be gorgeous fashions replicating her famous costumes. I wonder if there are enough collectors willing to go this large. There is already the 22" American Model market collectors so this may not be so far out.
What do you all think?

The Madame Alexander Marilyn is 16"

The Matttel MM is 11"

Below: three others I found. The first two are from the Franklin Mint and the third is from the Estate of MM and Twentieth Century Fox.  I do not know the measurements of the last one.

Vinyl Portrait Dress-up Doll; 15 1/8" tall; Original Price $110

Porcelain, 19" tall; released 1991, original price $200.

The real doll!

Tonner Convention Part 3 Friday Brunch

This are the dolls from the Wilde Imagination event.
Evangeline "Dark Angel"
Lissette "Time Flies"
Ellowyne "Flights of Fancy"

The following is the convention schedule copied from the Tonner blog.

Thursday, May 17, 2012  7:30 pm:  “Welcome Aboard!"
This event is included in the convention package.
Ladies and gentlemen, on behalf of Captain Robert Tonner, Tonner Air and the entire flight crew, welcome aboard!  Prepare to take to the skies with Tonner as we take flight for the opening dessert event on Thursday evening!  Meet old friends and make new ones as we take off, gliding through the Tonner skies!  You’ll soar into the heavens with glee, as you discover your very special souvenir!  So, ladies and gentlemen, Captain Tonner has turned on the Fasten Seat Belt sign, so put on your aviator sunglasses, leather bomber jackets, Captain’s hats and stewardess ensembles, and make sure your seat is in the upright position for take off!  
Flight Attendants and Cabin Crew, please prepare for gate departure!

Friday, May 18, 2012 11 am:  “A Wilde Flight”
This event is a meal only event and is included in the convention package.
Ladies and gentlemen, Captain Tonner has turned on the fasten seat belt sign again. We are now crossing a zone of turbulence. Please return to your seats, and be prepared for audience participation!  Looks like things could get a little Wilde on this flight…  Join us for a little fun as we maneuver through the heavens, where brunch will be served and where Special Guests Evangeline Ghastly, Ellowyne Wilde and Lizette Dionne will be making an appearance, too!
Please note:  The special dolls for this event will be sold separately.

Friday, May 18, 2012 6 pm:  “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” Breakout Event
This is a breakout event – Cost is $199
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, and what you’ll find at this amazing dinner event is truly a diamond in the rough!  Take a walk down memory lane with us, past peroxide bottles and beauty marks as we celebrate one of the most iconic Blondes in the history of the world!  Join us for the introduction of Tonner’s very first NEVER BEFORE SEEN Marilyn Monroe sculpt.   And even more special will be the stunning centerpiece, which is guaranteed to take your breath away...not to mention your gold-digging souvenir…wink, wink!  *Blows kisses seductively*

Saturday, May 19, 2012 8am:  “Let it sew, Let it sew, Let it sew…” – Breakout Event
This is a breakout event – Cost is $175
Get into the Christmas spirit with 4 inches of Yule Tide joy:  Amelia Thimble!  Wilde Imagination’s tiniest ball-jointed stitch is celebrating Christmas in a BIG way, and she requests your presence at her breakfast event!  Come decked out in your finest Christmas attire (a hideously-festive sweater, a fun Christmas hat, etc), and prepare to be judged!  And because you’ve all been good little boys and girls, she wants to make sure you leave this event with a very special souvenir, tailored just for you:  An Amelia Thimble Gift Set!  Sew, (!) it seams (ha! -  oh someone stop us!) that this is not an event you would want to miss! 

Saturday, May 19, 2012 12noon:  “Amazonia” – Breakout Event
This is a breakout event – Cost is $199
Experience the one-shot Wonder at this highly-anticipated Wonder Woman luncheon event!  Don your finest red, white and blue and enter into an alternate reality in another time and place!  Come and explore a non-canon story of this DC Comics legendary heroine, and you’ll leave with an impressive souvenir of one of Wonder Woman’s many incarnations!   You’ll also get a chance to catch an incredible presentation of the fascinating, fashionable history of costumes of Super Heroines that you won’t want to miss.  Join us in celebration of one of the greatest champions for women’s liberation of all time!

Saturday, May 19, 2012 6pm:  “Flights of Fancy”
This event is included in the convention package.
As they say, birds of a feather flock together, so come and flock with us at this lark of a banquet dinner!  Put all your eggs in one basket and join us for a fowl of a good time!  Rare and exotic birds are the name of this game (Get it?  Game??), so find a crest of your finest feather, or panache of plume, or even a tuft of tail (faux, of course!) with which to adorn yourself for an evening full of cock-a-doodle-doo!  You know what they say:  A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, so come on down and shake your tail feather, where we will have a glorious night of dinner and dancing!  Get a bird’s eye view of the delicate but sophisticated souvenir and the intricate centerpiece, and your heart will be as free as a bird! If you miss this fabulous occasion, we can assure you, your goose will be cooked, and you’ll be as mad as a wet hen!

Saturday, May 19 9pm:  “Angry Birds Pajama Party!!”
This event is included in the convention package.
Come and party down with Team Tonner, but do it in the utmost of comforts:  Your pajamas!  And the more festive your pajamas, the better, since there will be our famous PJ Contest, judged by the man of the hour:  Mr. Robert Tonner!   Here are the categories:  Birds, Aviation (anything that flies will fly!), and Superhero!  And don’t forget about the remarkable Raffle drawing, put together by the phenomenal Raffle Committee!  Be there or be [ ]!

Sunday, May 20, 2012 9am:  “Bon Voyage”
This event is included in the convention package.
Think famous goodbyes, departures and takeoffs for this Sunday morning breakfast buffet!  We’ll all dine together one last time, and then of course, we’ll begin our infamous Charity Auction!   You’ll get to oooohhh and aaaahhhhh over the many wonderful OOAKs, and some of you will be lucky enough to even leave with one!  Worry not, dear Collect-Os, you won’t be leaving empty-handed, there will be one more parting gift from Tonner!  And then we’ll say our farewells….so long, and Bon Voyage!

Tonner Convention Part 2

Dreamcastle Dolls posted excellent pictures of the first set of dolls. I'll be watching her site for updates to keep you informed.

Shelly looks and reminds me of Gene Marshall with the period hairstyle and the coloring. This is a very pretty doll. I have read that she is the Supergirl sculpt. That just happens to be my favorite Tonner sculpt of all time.
Judy (this is not the volunteer doll)
Some great staff photos:

Captain, Oh Captain...
I'll go anywhere!
Why does Michelle look amazing in everything she wears, including costumes?
We need to put Jack on a calendar. Whew!

2012 Tonner Convention Part I

I will be attempt to keep updating this throughout the weekend. Here is a link to the centerpiece dolls from the Thursday night opening event.  They are the "Welcome Aboard" centerpiece dolls.


Here are links to several other Tonner videos posted today. They are all quite short.





You can see many still images on the Tonner Facebook page as well. 



Italian Doll Convention Charity - Fondazione Blu

Thirteen  OOAK dolls and doll items have been contributed for this year's Italian Doll Convention charity auction event which is underway on eBay. 
"Fondazion Blu in partnership with the Italian Doll Convention is proud to introduce this Charity Auction.
100% proceed will help Fondazione Blu Onlus and its Project Monobitan
With a free donation, you can support this project and sponsor a child's participation in educational and recreational activities within Monobitan Park.
Beneficiaries :Boys and girls in situations of hardship aged from 3 to 14 years.
Goal: Offering to all children from impoverished areas recreational and educational activities within the Monobitan Park - Calcutta.
The educational integration or reintegration programs are supplemented with activities held in this magnificent green oasis.
How: Groups of about 50 children are accompanied in the park and its facilities to supplement the educational process with days full of fun and games, as well as to get the children back in touch with the elements of nature."

If you want to learn more about Fondazione Blu and its mission go to http://www.fondazione-blu.org/

There are wigs from Ilaria Mazzoni, a doll from Matt Trujillo, a stunning creation by Ninimomo and several others.


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