become a doll collector - why playing with dolls is good for you

Playing With Dolls is Good for You

become a doll collector - why playing with dolls is good for youWhen I first embarked on my fashion doll journey, sometime back in the late 1990’s, collecting dolls was rather straightforward; you collected them, and you either unboxed your dolls, or you didn’t. That was about it. At least that was all that anyone at the time was prepared to admit to. Maybe that was because we didn’t have Facebook and the permission to share it now gives us!

Since the advent of the Internet with its copious blogs, boards, forums and countless social media sites – not to mention DollObservers.com – the doll collectors’ world has expanded exponentially. Collectors have also felt the pinch of the economic downturn. This has pushed them to seek out new ways to add value to the collection that they already have, resulting in an explosion of creativity. What is even more evident is the obvious pleasure that adult collectors can get from actually playing and interacting with their dolls.

Fashion dolls are now no longer relegated to just standing on shelves, silently imploring their owner to play with them. They are now proudly displayed, redressed, repainted, restyled, furnished, sewn, crocheted and knitted for, written about and photographed. Heck, with the growth of the ‘frankendolly’ they are even given a whole new body or blessed with a brand new head!

playing with dolls - grand opening of the grocery store

The latest edition to Dom’s town is the Grocery store Ialou. Photo courtesy of domidoll.blogspot.com

When it comes to fashion doll creativity and play, my dear friend and force of nature Dom Cossu, is the
embodiment. She weaves a whole world for her dolls and has built a detailed townscape for them to inhabit in her Spanish home. The depth and breadth of this world of 16” fashion dolls she has created is truly a wonder. Dom herself states that she “I have no interest in keeping my dolls in boxes for the purpose of reselling them.” Be certain to check out her website Domi-Doll Stories and prepare to be amazed.

Playing With Dolls: The Science Part

What’s more than the ability for dolls to give collectors new opportunities is how our hobby can be doing us good. Another good doll friend, Viktor Zavadsky, recently brought an article to my attention via DollObservers.com, which stated how hobbies helped people live longer, richer lives. The Washington Post piece described a 2007 review paper by Gutman and Victoria Schindler which examined studies looking into how an interest in arts and crafts relates to human health and well-being. They discovered that those who took part in such activities were at less risk of stress-related illnesses and had a slower decline in brain function.

Another 2012 study by Professor Yonas Geda of the Mayo Clinic looked at the effects of taking part in a variety of hobby based activities, including play. They found that those who did were 30 to 50 percent less likely to have mild brain impairment to those who didn’t. The reason for this, it seems, is the more time spent on hobby based activities, the more stimulation the frontal brain cortex gets. Therefore, delaying its degeneration. The camaraderie of being among like-minded individuals who share a common interest, either online or at conventions and get-togethers, is also known to be of immense benefit to mental well-being.

So what are you waiting for? Play with your dolls and hit the boards: not only will it exercise your brain, but may just live longer into the bargain.

The original version of this article was first published in the now defunct Haute Doll Magazine in January 2015

#PFDF2015 Coverage With DollObservers.com

Well dear reader, the time has come for this year’s Paris Fashion Doll Festival – set to kick off tomorrow at Novotel (or NovoHell as some would have it!) with the Superdoll Cocktail event. After the recent hullabaloo over the recent #vinlydebut this is set to be an historic event, not to mention doll. The theme of this year’s event is ‘Cabaret’ and all the fun that that entails, especially with the proposed photo booth!
Be sure to follow the goings on via this blog from tomorrow and our social media channels, Facebook and Twitter using the #PFDF2015 hashtag!

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Kingdom Doll at PFDF 2015

Kingdon Doll, the 16″ Resin Fashion doll brand and recent #DOFDAs Winner, will be at the Paris Fashion Doll Festival in March. This is the first time they will be there and to mark the occasion they will be bringing with them a new girl, Dauphine. She is the same sculpt as Chaucer and will be a limited edition of 25. She will only be fully revealed at the Paris salesroom table. There will also be some exclusive outfits on sale.

It will be good to see The Kingdom dolls in person for the first time and I look forward to congratulating them on their #DOFDAs win for Best Resin/BJD Fashion Doll.

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Gone in 60 Seconds

Well perhaps it wasn’t quite 60 seconds but it certainly wasn’t very long after 6PM GMT yesterday when the 75 Solitaire dolls went up on the Superdoll site that she sold out, leaving several eager collectors with empty shopping baskets and refunds.
Here some gorgeous pics from the site:

Here is the description which accompanied her:
“After years in development we are delighted to present our ALL NEW Vinyl formula. version T-5 sample.
the DEBUT Generation_X
Clone: 1000 Venus d’Royce
Ginger and marshmallow coloured eyes, zef brows in rust and charcoal with shadow of deep red and muted blacks. Lids in icy translucent white. Lips the colour of blood.
Blonde wig bearing hand rooted centre parting, in a ‘bedhead’ state with backstage Queen of Hearts playing card set.
2 piece ‘shrunken’ suit consists amazing miniature tailoring with concealed shoulder pads and pocket kerchief. Pocket flap detail and functioning centre front buttons. 3 button detail to jacket cuffs. Trousers have beltloops, working front slash pockets and bum welts on back.
Further accessories include ‘patent’ belt, ‘patent’ B*TCH elongated purse with gold foil interior and the cutest hugest hot pink ‘fur’ pompom ever!
The piece d’resistance of course is her huge double baguette pillow cut ring that gleams like a solitaire rock in the midnight sky or is it the slither of velvet spot netting she has in her purse?
‘Patent’ strappy stiletto sandals with the highest heels ever on a sYbarite (sans platform)
Necklace and cuff set in silver ‘leather’ and chained bead detail.
and of course she comes with the following standard:
-manic_cure hands (see booklet for hand change instructions)
-booklet
-stand
ED:75″
The sale price was £274.00. Did you manage to get her? Let me know in the comments below…

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Solitaire on Sale TOMORROW!

Superdoll just unleashed a video reveal of their latest Sybarite creation, Solitaire, who sports the new Generation_X body and Venus_1000 sculpt. Not only is the video a stunning creation the doll herself is AMAZING! A beautiful edgy blonde bombshell with one bitching purse, all in all classic Superdoll! If you don’t believe me check out the video below. Oh and she goes on sale tomorrow at 6PM GMT… so stand by your PCs!

So what do you think? Let me know in the comments below!

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Here She is: The Sybarites’ #vinyldebut

This was what was posted on the Superdoll Instagram page over the weekend. There was a series of pictures which when viewed as a whole revealed the very first incarnation of the vinyl version of the Sybarite.
So what do you think? Let me know in the comments section below.

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money saving tips for doll collectors

6 Money Saving Tips for Doll Collectors

For my first post of 2015, I thought it might be useful to give some money saving tips given that most of us will be pretty broke post festive season. Also given these cash-strapped times – and with the seemingly endless bleak economic outlook – it is perhaps timely that we take a look at ways to help us doll collectors save our hard earned pennies.  After all, even when we are economising, we should still be able to reap the joys of collecting- just without breaking the bank!

1. Do You Really Need That Doll?

One of easiest ways to save money is to actually make money! There are bound to be dolls, clothing or accessory items that you no longer need or want. It is easy to lose track of a large collection; particularly if you store away your dolls. Perform a collection audit by carefully going through your dolls and selecting any doubles or ones which no longer appeal or go with the current direction of your collection. It may be helpful to sort them into piles (not literally of course!): ‘keepers,’ ‘maybes’ and ‘sell’, for example. Be sure not to rush into any rash decisions – I talk from experience here – so be sure you are really ready to part with those items before hitting eBay!

2. Watch Out for Those Hidden Costs

Whilst we’re on the subject of eBay – sad to say it isn’t always the goldmine it once was and recent hikes in fees have put off many collectors. Be sure to check out alternatives such as Mister Dollface and other online forums. These alternatives charge less to list and some are even free. They also tend to be friendlier and far less draconian in their treatment of everyday sellers.

3. Swap Shop

Another great way of unloading unwanted items and getting your hands on those secondary market grail dolls is to swap with other collectors and doll friends. This is made even easier with the proliferation of the internet but is extra fun if done at real life dolls swaps and meet-ups. When swapping online be sure to check out credentials and recommendations before agreeing to ship your precious dolls.

4. Reap What You Sew

As well as saving money you could also combine a new or existing hobby by sewing, knitting and generally getting creative for your dolls. New outfits, hats, accessories and even wigs can be created at home thereby expanding and breathing new life into your collection. Patterns, tips, and advice – as well as craft materials – are easily purchased online or at doll shows.

5. Try The One Doll Rule

One of the issues I have over the last few years with some doll manufacturers is the lack of separate outfits and the tendency toward producing only dressed dolls. If you love to dress and redress your dolls, you could always splurge on a dressed doll and purchase loose outfits on the secondary market to give yourself hundreds of mix and match possibilities. Add wigs and accessories for even more ways to customise. This method also helps if space is an issue. However, the knack here is to stay strong and not to cave into those impulse doll purchases!

6. Stick to Your Budget

Just like other areas of our life it is just as important to stick to the budget you set for yourself. In auctions try not to go over the amount you set for yourself. Another exact item will come by soon enough. Be sure to shop around if you are purchasing new and be sure to keep an eye on shipping charges. For overseas purchases be sure to factor in those dreaded import charges!
Well, I hope you find this useful and be sure to share your own money-saving tips in the comments section below!