OOAK Barbie of the day: Azalonian Princess

I know I must have been driving you mad with all the posts about the OOAK dolls made for the charity auction at the Madrid Fashion Doll Show, but this girl is everything! :X Her name is Azalonian Princess and she was made by “Monlew” (Lewis Couture and Monica N del Castillo).

She has arrived from The Azalonian Planet, well known for its golden fruit trees and pink seas and she trully is a princess. She will be auctioned at the Gala Dinner of the Barbie Spanish convention “Madrid Fashion Doll Show” and if you want her ….. you have to go and bid in person. ;)

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Photos are made by the talented Jose Rodriguez (MadKenPhoto).

The winner of the aution will be one happy collector. :X

Madrid Fashion Doll Show Charity: White Swan Brunette Silkstone

Some time ago I have told you about the OOAK doll designers from The Black Swan Company. Francesco Catalano, the principal designer, has donated a beautiful Silkstone OOAK doll for the charity at the Madrid Fashion Doll Show and he has also gracefully accepted to answer some questions for me.

I hope you’ll enjoy them as I did.

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Hello everybody, I am Francesco Catalano, owner and designer at the Black Swan Company. I am a collector since the age of 5, I own a doll museum and I founded the Black Swan Company in 2010. During the university years I started creating dolls for myself and thanks to the hard lessons of my grandmother I learned all the tricks of tailoring.

Tailors like my grandmother have real high standars, she realized that I was natural in sewing and she expected very much from me, pushing me over the limits. The Black Swan Co. maybe would not even exists without her lessons.

Mary Deneb, my beautiful mother and business partner, had a strong passion for hairdressing since she was very little so she decided to put her talent on my dolls.

The final result is The Black Swan company.

What happened next was unbelievable, the Black Swan doll was a worldwide success but the White Swan reached even higher records. The first prototype was sold for 1.300 dollars and since then our dolls have been requested all over the world. Sometimes I think that I didn’t found the Black Swan company, the company has been founded by our customers who gave us the name “the guys of the black swan”.

1. How did you get involved with MFDS?
I have been involved in Madrid Fashion Doll Show by my dear friend Monica del Castillo. She is the event organizer of the Convention and she introduced me a couple of months ago in her Facebook club “Coleccionistas de Fashion Dolls en Madrid”. From the very beginning, something special happened between me and the members of the group, impossible to describe with words. They are very warm people and they know how to make you feel home, I have never seen such support and true passion in my life. Today this group is one of the firsts to know about our new dolls and we always make sure that all the Black Swan company dolls are posted there. When Monica told me about the Madrid convention last month I was excited, for personal reason I could not be there in person but when Monica told me about charity auctions I fell in love with the cause.

2. What inspired you to create the doll for the charity auction?
This year we released for the first time the White Swan in Silkstone but we produced only blonde versions. We decided to donate a special occasion doll, for the first time on a Silkstone body we realized a rare Brunette version. The White Swan and Black Swan are dolls who completely changed our lives, this inspired us to choose one of them in order to change the life of someone else, even only for one night. I would love to do a personal consideration. The heart of a child is the base of what he will become as an adult, childhood is the most important part of our lives and a lot of our future depends on it. I was a very lucky child but there are children who don’t even have a toy or a gift for Christmas. I strongly believe that the initiative of Madrid charity auctions to raise money to buy toys for children in need just makes me feel a shiver who runs down my spine. Dear children, I am very sensitive to your pain: this White Swan, symbol of purity and unconditional love, is dedicated to you.

3. How long did it take you to create this doll? Tell us more about the process of creating a doll like this.
Actually we did the doll very fast. We worked day and night and we had to stop all the orders from our site and say sorry to customers who already commissioned dolls from us. I was not even able to go on vacation this year, not even for a day, because of orders and that is the reason why we start working on the donated doll only one week ago. We were very late! Monica told me that a lot of collectors who are attending the convention want to see the doll in person, so we put together all our efforts to make this possible. We were like an assembly line, every one of us did a different part of the doll. Mary Deneb did the hairdressing, I did all the outfit and other two assistants helped me apllying the Swarovski Crystals and enhancing the embroidery. When the doll was completed I personally cared of the facial make-over and painted her face. I am particularly proud of the work I did on her lips and we all are proud of the entire work as well.

4. Any sneak peaks about future plans for The Black Swan Company?
Talking about our future plans, we have a big project to carry on. We want to explore the entire world of classical Ballet and Prima Ballerina, with big attention to all details and trying to respect the authentic story and original costumes and tutu. Something that nobody knows about me is that from the age of 10 until the age of 24 I grew up inside a conservatory of music. I am a pianist and flautist and I had the chance to hang out at Opera, theathers, concerts and Ballets. This influenced me as much as being a collector and then a designer. I also noticed during my years of collecting that the world of Prima Ballerina has never been explored enough by any other artist or brand and it is a big honor for us to bring something new to the collectors world with a complete inspection of all the Prima Ballerina characters.

Prima Ballerina is not our only particularity. Like our logo suggests, feathers are part of almost every new creation and characterize ourself and our dolls. It is the “fabric” that we most love and use and this is why we are happy to announce that we are launching two new lines of dolls: a new series of “Showgirls” (some of them will be inspired by Bob Mackie drawings) and “Carnivals” who gonna be a series based on the majestic costumes worn by Rio de Janeiro Brazilians during Mardi Gras.

5. Tell something about you and a hello to my readers.
Hope you enjoy our future projects and stay tuned with us!

Someone says it is just plastic… but this plastic can really contain an entire life…

I hope you enjoyed this interview and stary tuned ’cause I have lots more interesting ones for you. ;)

2014 Barbie Collector News

Via Ľubo Holík and Cheryl’s Dolls & Collectibles we have some info about four new 2014 Barbie Collector dolls.

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The four dolls are:
1. 2014 BARBIE Fashion Model Collection Pre Order BCP81
2. 2014 BARBIE Birthday Wishes Doll Pre Order BCP64
3. 2014 BARBIE Vintage Wizard Of Oz Glinda Barbie Doll Pre Order BPC76
4. 2014 BARBIE Vintage Wizard Of Oz Wicked Witch Barbie Doll BCP77 Pre Order

Oh, my. How…boring. Oz dolls again… Why? I don’t even think that the new The Wizard of Oz™ Fantasy Glamour Dorothy doll will sell very soon. Please, please Mattel. No more Oz dolls. And no more Model Muse bodies. And no more dolls without articulation. Pretty please? With a cherry on top? :D

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Zombie Girls by Jakks Pacific

Ok, so I had to rant here also about the new line of dolls called Zombie Girls by Jakks Pacific. What the …. is wrong with you people?!

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I get the zombie/undead thingy and that everyone wants to produce dolls that appeal to Monster High collectors, but this is TOO MUCH! How can you create a doll that has a stand that looks like a tomb stone, with the date of birth and the date of death written on it? Really now? Am I the only one that finds this kind of sick?

I usually don’t get all worked up over a “controversial” doll but this a “bit” too much for me. I can only image a girl going to her mommy and saying: “Mommy, mommy, look how beautiful my new dead friend is! She died in 1993 but she looks so nice.:| Can we just stop now with all the zombie dolls and COME UP WITH A NEW IDEA? Enough is enough. Move on, people. Move ON!

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New Barbie sale website and a new Michael Augustyniak book

You all know Michael Augustyniak, the amazing author who wrote Barbie books such as Collector’s Encyclopedia of Barbie Doll Collector’s Editions or Barbie Doll Photo Album 1959 to 2009. I love his books and I know you love them too. It looks like his sister is also a Barbie doll lover and she has just launched ZiggyLady.com, a website where you can find a unique Barbie or Ken vintage collectible, a great read, a family-friendly movie, a nostalgic board game from the past or just wish to browse the virtual shelves of their eclectic offerings.

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Above you can see an image of one of the gems available on the website. On this website you can also find some of Michael’s books and the author has just told me that he’s working on a new book!

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Right now he’s finishing an exhaustive book on all Ken dolls (and all male members of Barbie doll’s family) and their complete wardrobes from 1961 through 2013. The book is called “Collector’s Encyclopedia of Ken Dolls and Fashions 1961-2013” and will be available in 2014. Isn’t this exciting? Ken does deserve a book just about him and his friends. I’ll keep you updated on the progress of this book but, in the meantime, be sure to check ZiggyLady.com.

IRL images of JLO Red Carper Barbie doll

I’m officially dissapointed. :( When I woke up today I saw on Sandra’s The Doll Cafe page the IRL images of the new JLO Red Carper Barbie doll and believe me I went from :D to :( . SUCH a disappointment! The promo images looked so nice and sophisticated and the real doll looks nothing like them. :( The actual doll looks cheap, with no resemblance to the real JLO. Also, when I fist saw the promo images, I thought the face mold is a variation of the Steffie mold. Turns out it has nothing to do with it. :(

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But this is just my oppinion. If you like her you can preorder her from Joe’s List and other Barbie dealers.

About my Barbie collection in Unica magazine

Unica magazine is one of the oldest running glossy magazine from Romania. I’ve been reading this magazine for some years now and I was very honored when they asked me to pose in their September issue and talk about my Barbie collection. Together with some other extraordinary women, we talked about our hobby, our collections and why we love them.

Here’s a small snipped from the article. I was actually very surprised that they put my picture first as the other women in the article are beyond amazing and well known in my country. Well, go, go Barbie! :))

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Photo by: Andreea Goia

Third Sybarite Monoglam doll: Chiffon

The third doll in the Monoglam Sybarite collection is now available on Superfrock.com. She’s a gorgeous Voltaire sculpt dressed in a elegant yet sexy lace dress.

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Voltaire clone: 0801, Default skintone!
THE CURRENT COLLECTION “MONOGLAM”

HAPPY AS A LEMON!

Eyes of burnt ginger, dusted in tangerine, lemon and warm chocolate eyeshadow. double liner to top lid in netalic silver, yellow and black. Lips of transparent coral.
Sporting a one piece yellow custom dyed guippure lace slash front dress with multi layer hemline and divinely delicious ribbon bows that peek a boo between the layers of the hem.
Hair of matching yellow in mohair, simply gathered in portions that hang free, frame her face and tie back. Wig is trimmed in silk ribbon bow and whispy centrepart fringe that add to the beautiful aura of summers nonchalant times.
Accessories consist: Custom print silver ‘leather’ bag, ribbon and grosgrain belt , AW tag earings and the daintiest, most delicious yellow stiletto courts ever to grace the Sybarites!

Includes dollstand and applied eyelashes.

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Price: £355.00 (Excluding VAT at 20%)

Gawd, I do need one of these dolls! :((

Fairy Tale High Teen Dolls

I have just stumbled upon these dolls on the TimeToPlayMag.com and I was a little bit suprised. I know a lot of companies copied the Monster High dolls and it looks like Ever After High has now it’s own clones. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to offend anyone and I think these dolls are cute, but please, please create original dolls! Not copies…

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From their official Facebook page:

This collection of beautifully designed 11.5-inch fashion dolls includes teenage versions of Snow White, Rapunzel, Belle, Sleeping Beauty, Little Mermaid, Alice in Wonderland, Tinker Bell, and Cinderella, each sporting today’s trendiest clothes, hairstyles and designer shoes.

I quite like Cinderella and the Little Mermaid and thank God for articulation! The dolls do remind me a bit of the Winx dolls and that’s in a good way. You can order them from Amazon and Toys’R Us for $17.99 and $19.99 each.

Here’s a video review of the Cinderella doll:

And here’s an official commercial:

One more thing… Is it just me or do these dolls look way, way to skinny? :S

Anyway, I think I might get one if they will be available in my country. You can find more about these dolls by visiting their official website and YouTube chanel. These dolls are made by S-K Victory.

New Barbie book “For The Love Of A Doll”

A new Barbie book is coming out this September. Gene Foote, a well know and respected Barbie collector, is the author of “For The Love Of A Doll”, a hard cover 12.5” X 8.5” coffee table book with 128 pages of glamour photos of our favorite girl, her family and friends, with a story of a girl named Barbie who becomes an American Icon, and will cover the years from 1959 to 1989.

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The price of the book will be $75.00, but you can preorder her now for $70.00 including postage within the Continental US, until September 15th. Postage will have to be determined and added for foreign requests. You can send your request at Footsala [@] aol.com.