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Well, I wasn't going to do a review of this item for a variety of reasons but reading the interesting comments on the doll boards and reproducing them here was just irresistible. Heads may roll.
"Mommie Dearest" Gift Set is being produced in a surprisingly large edition of 800. The price is $150.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Mommie Dearest is a memoir and exposé written by Christina Crawford, the adopted daughter of actress Joan Crawford. The book, which depicts Christina's childhood and her relationship with her mother, was published in 1978.Movie Clip
In the book, Christina Crawford claims that she was a victim of child abuse during her mother's battle with alcoholism and that her mother was more concerned about her motion picture career than the well-being of her four children, suggesting she may have adopted them for publicity purposes. She also suggests that Joan had a long list of affairs with men whom Christina was required to call "Uncle" and rarely "Daddy", and claims Joan also had many affairs with women.
Christina recounts several evenings where Joan's behavior was unbalanced, and at least one encounter with her mother where Crawford attempted to strangle her. In another, Joan reportedly discovered Christina's clothes hanging in a closet on wire hangers, instead of higher-quality padded hangers, and launched into a violent tirade on the subject.
No Wire Hangers (Warning: this is a very disturbing scene.)
Rodeo Queen ("Don't fuck with me fellas.")
Above, in the clips I have embedded from the movie Mommie Dearest, Faye Dunaway plays a chilling role as Joan Crawford. I can barely watch the hanger scene without cringing. It's terrifying. The outfits are the outfits that are reproduced in the gift set.
The woman portrayed in the movie was a raging, obsessive-compulsive, alcoholic, abusive, egocentric person. The doll is a sweet, pleasant faced thing.
With this doll, IT introduces their "Quick Switch" system:
They note, however:...a new, ultra-convenient neck post that will allow collectors to switch between head sculpts without the need to pre-heat the vinyl first! Simply pull, switch and click on a new head for a dramatic new look!
How do you make something higher than room temperature without heating it?The QUICK SWITCH system will work best at room temperature or slightly higher. If you live in a colder climate, please wait until your doll has reached room temperature or slightly higher before attempting to switch heads.
Here are a bunch of positive and negative comments made by collectors. The negative outweighs the positive by far but some of the remarks are hilarious. (I highlighted my favorites in purple.)____________________________________________________
-the doll doesn't really look like Joan Crawford, either with blond hair or darker hair. She doesn't look like Faye Dunaway playing her either.
-the doll just doesn't seem right, its a bit off and I cant put my finger on it, perhaps its the face
-the extra head and the hanger is a riot.
-Not one single thing about her thrilled me - can't believe I'm saying it - but I'm going to pass as well. I didn't like her clothes, her shoes, her hair, the additional crazy head...nothing.
-I will pass on her too. Not buying any old movie thingies any more. I don't relate at all and worse, don't want to.
-love the new neck system
-wish it came with the can of Ajax and a Brillo pad
-I have no interest in the extra head, (the whole "Mommie Dearest" thing does nothing for me)
-LOVE Joan Crawford! Both the real actress and the character Faye Dunaway played.
-the whited faced face is actually the prettiest of the two
-Recently we got footspeak, we now have Headspeak!
-I guess as great as this series is I also want to recognize the characters. I want to see Joan with her iconic lips, why are they not there?
-I like the headless swap idea
-I am amused by the two heads, and actually prefer the head with the beauty mask, but still not buying her. I was surprised at the edition size of 800 dolls.
-if only her second face wasn't this white.
-I think I like her...but then the dolls don't capture the drama of the character.
-Interesting doll, but not my taste. Don't think she looks anything like Joan or Faye.
-it was Bon Ami powder...I will only clean my bathroom with it!!
-I will have to be with the "this doll is not for me at this time" camp. I was so excited about Sunset Boulevard and was completely let down. Although I can't wait to get my hands on the new "neck knob" mechanism in a body, the BOD/Victoire body is my least favorite and I have enough black suits already. The one thing about IT is that something else is "right around the corner".
-I am THRILLED with this set! It's a dream come true! I'm hoping the production doll doesn't disappoint me like the Sunset Blvd doll did... I ordered 2 sets so I can fully display both outfits and heads...
-I LOVE this doll! I love the movie Mommy Dearest -- unfortunately, I was raised by a woman just like this character.
-All I really want are the nude doll and yes, the white face head! Maybe she's recreating an Al Jolson movie -- Mammy Dearest?
-I'm waiting for a 'Mrs. Bates' gift set (dead and alive heads, a butcher knife, a little blood stained shower curtain and a gray wig) with a skinny Homme as 'NORMANNNN'...
-Love the Quick Switch head - yabadabadoo!!
-this doll should have been older OR in a scene from a younger years.
-I like the idea of interchangeable heads, though I have to say, the promo pic with the two of them looks creepy.LOL
-Went to You tube and watched some clips from the film... Gosh! It's awful, these wire hangers... Sorry, but this doll is a definite pass for me.
-NO MORE HEATING PADS!!!
-... So long as the new neck fits the previous/current heads. Plus I'd like to know what's up inside the new heads that can clip on. Will there be a new obstruction that will make rerooting a problem?
As to the doll. I love this head sculpt, but there are better choices this year for her. Plus I'm not into black outfits anymore. I have too many already, and I no longer display them. They look like shadows in my doll collection.
I'd prefer that IT committed to the Joan Crawford makeup on this face.
I'll be passing on her too.
- While I enjoy the movie as a camp classic, I don't have any interest in this doll not even for the head swap feature (Yes I'm going against the grain). I don't rebody my dolls unless it's a necessity...
-I´m a big fan of Faye, and believe me this doll is neither Joan nor Faye. If she would be I would buy her twice!
-She is pretty and I have to thank Integrity to realize a doll with character and a story which is not the typically "Doris Day" -Mr clean Image!
-I´m a big fan of Faye, and belive me this doll is neither Joan nor Faye. If she would be I would buy her twice!
She is pretty and I have to thank integrity to realize a doll with character and a story which is not the typically "Doris Day" - Mr. Clean Image! I think some dolls are, like eating to much sugary cake. Too much of Barbie-ish smile can cause sickness...I think this Joan doll will be like half bitter chocolate!
-What will we see next? I'm hoping for "boobswap." I can't keep track of all the bodies and I'd love an adjustable bust so ALL fashions fit. Something inflatable/deflatable. Come to think about it, I'd like that for me, too!
- Great to have on display as a conversation piece, but that's not really what my doll collecting is about.
-It might be a little funny but it is uber-tacky in my opinion.
-I think it is inappropriate and done in poor taste.
-She doesn't look anything like Crawford; more like Vera Miles... Tonner's Joan was spot on.
-Sorry to be negative, but she looks just like any other Integrity doll.
-So campy! I don't think it is meant to be taken seriously, it's fabulous!
-The movie was bad enough...the doll is even worse. The fact that they chose...where she beats the heck out of Christina is just plain wrong.
K’nex Brands has partnered with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products to create a new line of building toys inspired by the animated comedy series Family Guy. The partnership combines the K’nex building system with characters and elements from Family Guy, including Peter, Stewie, Brian, the Griffin Family station wagon, and Stewie’s time machine. Family Guy, [...]
Item # 14025
Official Collectible Doll Gift Set
Limited edition of 800 dolls
Suggested Retail Price: $150.00
Approximate Ship Date: Early July 2013
Things are heating up at Red Robin this spring! The gourmet burger expert will bring back the 5 Alarm Burger® after giving guests a chance to decide which of their most beloved burgers of the past should return to menu through “Bring My Burger Back.” This fiery fan favorite won the burger competition, receiving more than 56,000 votes... [Continue Reading]
Griffon continues to monopolize the world of Touhou PVC with their latest youkai cutie, Rumia. Luckily for fans she isn't surrounded by her cloud of darkness, so you'll get a good look at her without any annoying obstructions in the way.
As far as Touhou figures go though, she does seem a little bland. I'm not sure if Griffon just didn't put as much effort into this one or if it's just by virtue of her simple design. Either way, this human-snacking girl seems to be missing some of the appeal of Griffon's other forays into bullet hell. Fans will be able to grab her for around ¥7,350 in July, and I certainly wouldn't mind being schooled on her appeal if there's anyone in the audience ready to break out their wallets!
[ Pre-order at AmiAmi ]
I've just released Amairo Clock [天色＊時計] (Amairo*Clock) for iOS which features the cuties from the eroge Amairo Islenauts. Just like the other app we made called DRACLOCK, you can interact with the characters through touch communication and depending on which part of their body you are communicating with, they will say something different.
Tap on the time and the characters will read out the time to you in Japanese. You can also set the clock so that the characters read out the time to you at intervals - can be every 30 mins, hour or even every minute - you will be able to tell the time in Japanese in a jiffy! All voices are by the original voice actresses too.
This time, Apple approved the bikini versions too - but in order to do so we had to set the app rating as 18+ ><
Check out the video below to see the clock in action which was developed together with Ken Lee.
We added a new feature in the clock which enables you to use any background of your choice from your photo library or even take a new one on the spot - you can even take a photo with one of our lovely heroines ^o^
Unfortunately, there is no Android version at the moment and I'm not in charge of developing one for a simple reason - I dont have any Android developers! If you think you are a dab hand at making Android apps then leave links to your previous apps on Google Play. You need to at least be able to program apps to the same spec as DRACLOCK.
Or send me mail at [jobs at mirai dot fm] with links to your apps. We can discuss renumeration depending on project spec.
In the meantime you can still download the Android version of DRACLOCK from the Yuzusoft website - it has all the Japanese learning functions of Amairo Clock but was developed by another team.
Anyway - get the app for free!
I do have an app for Android folks called MiraiClock3 featuring my mascot character Mirai Suenaga which was developed by Cybernoids. While she does not teach you Japanese - she is a great companion to keep you company while you learn Japanese ^o^
MiraiClock3 is available for the Android and iOS below.
Oh, how I love Kakashi and his many expressions. From MegaHouse's G.E.M. line, Naruto's Kakashi Hatake is now available for pre-order. Fixed in a crouching position, this Kakashi PVC figure does have many features for a non-moveable figure.
Most of these features involve undressing him! Yes, you can take off his headgear, his vest, and you can even change his hair. Kakashi will also come with his adorable dog, Pakkun, who you can rest on his shoulders.
Just looking at both of their expressions makes me think this has to be the happiest figure ever made. Knowing his character, this is of course what I expected, it's just funny seeing. Available in September, this Kakashi PVC figure is priced at ¥7,800.
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I just LOVE designing fabrics and love it when some of the graphics I create for other purposes ends up creating wonderful fabric designs. Such was the case with some of the graphics I created for some of my needle felted creations this year. I decided to call this fabric line my Holiday and Seasonal Designs Fabric Collection.
There are 14 fabrics in my Holiday and Seasonal Designs Fabric Collection based on the following designs:
I can hardly wait to start creating with my seasonal and holiday fabrics. Wish me luck!
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What a shock, you guess what’s in the Dinoco Extra Motor Oil Box … Nope, not actual cans of oil, well, let’s knife this box open (not literally, just photos of the CARS so far) … Ta-da! Looks decent enough. Without rehashing every detail so far – just re-read the older posts (with prototype photos) [...]
"Toy prototyping and production is my specialty as a freelancer, but due to the heavily protected IPs (intellectual properties) I work on, it’s not often that i can share images of what i do online. I thought Bartholomew Punchyface was the perfect opportunity to show you the process of creating a plush from sketches and ideas on paper, through patterning to a finished product." ~shares Holly Stanway aka A Little Stranger.
"Scott and Luke approached me as the factory was having problems getting the characters form right as their design had some complicated elements and a huge range of textures and finishes. Working closely with Scott and Luke’s sketches I brought their Bart Bear character to plushy life! May I present to you Bartholomew Bear. Designed by Luke Chueh and Scott Tolleson, prototyped by Holly at A Little Stranger and produced by 3dRetro."Read more of the journey of the Bartholomew Punchyface plush from design, through prototyping and into production here on ALittleStranger.com.
Last seen at Super Festival 62, Shamrock Arrow will be releasing this specific colorway of MOTUKO at "Pop Soda" on May 12th, with online sales details TBC. Price is 6,800 YEN (approx US$67) with no specific quantities revealed. Stay tuned to further details via @shamrockarrow Twitter.
Designed by LAMOUR Supreme (inspired by "Masters of the Universe", if you could not figure it out by now ;p) and produced in vinyl by Shamrock Arrow in Japan, I have been gagging for this figure since it's early mono-colored days, and now in this spectacular full color, I can only but paw at the laptop-screen, dammit!
After 21 years of entertaining children around the world, The Wiggles will head out on their “Taking Off” family concert world tour this summer. The Wiggles are an entertaining group of people and characters, including the blue, red, yellow, and purple Wiggle, Dorothy the Dinosaur, Captain Feathersword, Wags the Dog, and Henry the Octopus. For [...]
A reader sends this along: I need help! I just purchased this figure. It’s not any known color variant. I’m not sure if it’s a custom (it doesn’t appear to be) or a prototype. I haven’t received it yet so I’m not sure if it has any tm/manufacturing stamps. do you know any experts? Any [...]
The owner of DollObservers.com, Simon Farnsworth, interviewed me and the results were published today. Here is the interview:
Interview With a Fashion Doll Lover: Terri Gold, Blogger ExtraordinaireFor most of you, our latest member to be featured in an interview needs little introduction. For Terri is possibly one of the most prolific and well known fashion doll bloggers on the Internet, with her blog Collecting Fashion Dolls by Terri Gold. I'm sure all of us at one time have read one of Teri's insightful reviews or been in adoration over her stunning photography. So it was a special treat to see that Terri become a DollObservers member and even start a group dedicated to her blogging pursuits.
Recently Terri also kindly agreed to an interview, giving us a real insight into her creative process, collection and life in general. I hope you enjoy it!
DollObservers: What made you join Doll Observers?
TG: I had seen it on Facebook and I think a specific doll was featured that interested me.
DollObservers: When did you start collecting/playing dolls?
TG: I began playing with dolls as a child. My first dolls were Toni, Little Miss Revlon and Ginny. By the time Barbie hit the scene I was outgrowing dolls and I never got involved with them. Many, many years passed during which I did not play with or collect dolls but I never got tired of little things. I built scale model furniture and created rooms - which I still have - although some of my dolls have now stolen items from those miniature rooms.
My first experience with a Barbie doll ended badly. She was a skier. (Ski Fun Barbie?) My young son got a hold of her and brushed her hair. She looked awful after that and I threw her away. One Halloween weekend a bunch of years ago, my husband and I were in Manhattan for a photography convention at the Javits Center. While wandering around Toys-R-Us in Times Square and I saw the Bratz dolls. I don’t know why they appealed to me so much. I started collecting them. I discovered a Bratz group on Yahoo. From there I found other doll groups and doll boards, one of which led me to the Tonner Doll Company. The wild coincidence is that I lived only 11 miles from Tonner’s offices. I went to what they called a Trunk Sale and bought my first Tyler dolls. I had already been buying Tiny Kitty dolls. The doll doctor, Noreen, predicted that there would be no going back. Who knew she was right?
DollObservers: The dolls in my collection:
TG: The most numerous dolls in my collection are from the Tonner Doll Company. I have a very large collection of Tiny Kitty dolls, their furniture, cases and props. My other Tonner dolls are the 16-inch Tyler types and Antoinette dolls. I love Tonner’s fashions and often buy back items that I sold years ago. I can gaze at my showcases every day and not get tired of the dolls inside. The next largest group of dolls are those manufactured by Integrity Toys. I had at least 100 of them at one time but in the last three years, I’ve whittled them down to my very favorites.
I got into Gene for a while and currently have a nice selection. I love props and the Tonner Doll Company and Ashton Drake have made wonderful furniture for the 16 inch dolls. It takes up a lot of room but it’s worth it. I have a lovely collection of Silkstones and Madame Alexander Cissettes. The Monster High populates a big shelf and there are several boxed vinyl Barbies. I have a few big Cissy dolls and a collection of Somers and Fields Daisy and Willow dolls. Rounding out the collection are my resin BJDs. They range in size from 4.5 inches to 17 inches and are from different manufacturers namely Soom, Fairyland, Jamieshow, Ficon and Superdoll.
DollObservers: You write an incredibly successful fashion doll blog. What made you start the blog and what is it that you most enjoy about owning a blog?
TG: I just looked back at my first post, which was 10/20/06. It shows two pictures of the first re-root I ever did and was written during the Fashion Royalty convention, which was held in Baltimore. I suppose I needed to connect to the doll world in a more complex way than just being involved on doll boards.
Two years later I moved the blog from Yahoo to Google Blogger so there are two dates on those early posts. Approximately a year ago, I changed photo servers and many of the images on the blog are blank. Other than the work involved in ‘housekeeping’ a blog I like being able to do research and give background information on dolls. For a few years I did a popular weekly “Photo of the Week Award” in which I featured a great picture and the collector who created it.
One of the best things about writing a blog is the people who write to me - usually off the blog - about all sorts of issues. It’s amazing who’s out there and the feedback I get is really great. I love it. According to many people I am the only blogger who is willing to tell the truth about certain products. This has also created a group of haters. Do you know what they say about how to start an argument? Post an opinion.
Having written for so many years has created a wonderful diary. I do recommend it.
DollObservers: Any tips for members who might want to start their own blog?
TG: Make it personal but create boundaries; it is the Internet and your personal family issues, economic situation and very personal problems do not belong in a blog.
Put yourself into the blog with your opinions and feelings. Give people a reason to keep coming back. Develop a style uniquely yours. Be a reporter and develop a certain distancing diplomacy because if you are honest and post opinions the haters will come out of the woodwork. Don’t slander people and don’t break the law. Post great photos and edit your own to show only one or two of the same doll. It is unnecessary to post 10 pictures of the same doll in slightly different posts. Pick the best and store the rest.
DollObservers: Your doll photography is phenomenal. What top tip do you have for budding doll photographers?
TG: Read your camera manual. Put your camera on a tripod if your pictures are out of focus. Comb your dolls’ hair. Simplify the settings. There are many how-to pages on the Internet. Read a few.
What does your family make of your love of dolls?
TG: My husband is very supportive. He attends conventions and other doll events with me. The young children in my family love the dolls. The rest don’t care. The only questions I’ve ever been asked by a family member is, “How many dolls do you have?”
DollObservers: Other than playing with dolls what else do you do to relax?
TG: Yoga, gardening, reading, cooking and TV. We’re a few months into a new home so there is a load of stuff to do. It’s not exactly relaxing but it’s necessary.
DollObservers: Lastly how would you describe yourself in 3 words?
TG: Irreverent, hungry and fun-loving.
|Terri and Robert Tonner at IDEX 2013|
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If there is one thing I am proud about concerning this blog, it's the fact that so many people contribute cool stuff and that helps to add diversity to the site. I mean, I'm always working on bringing new material to these pages but then someone sends something to share and it's out of left field, BAMM! Here's a great example:
The other night we got these cool pics in our email box. Here are some photos of some recent BATMAN AND ROBIN Tattoos that a Bat-Blog Fan named Aaron had done. The one of Batman has a "comic book art" look about it but judging from the cowl it is obviously Adam West-inspired. That's on his upper arm.
Then, on his lower wrist, he got a great drawing of Robin, The Boy Wonder. This one has a more "Golden Age" style to it and it's a great choice. See the photo down below for a better idea on placement.
They're both very well done, deep-dark sharp black with a clean minimal style... nice! ( Thanks Aaron for sharing your bat-tats with us ).