Thursday, June 28, 2012

Jem and The Holograms - by Integrity Toys and Hasbro

Inspired by the characters created by Hasbro over two decades ago and cherished by fans and collectors alike ever since, this nostalgic retro doll line is designed to pay homage to both the animated series and its original companion doll line, which was originally marketed from 1985 to 1987. Created for fans by fans of the rock ‘n shock pink haired pop-culture icon and her outrageous world, this classic commemorative line will feature the high-end details, quality accessories and ultra-limited edition sizes that fans of Integrity Toys have come to appreciate through the years. Hasbro in collaboration with the creative team at Integrity Toys, Inc., proudly presents a glamorous series of high-end fashion dolls based on the 1980’s ground breaking animated series JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS!

Hollywood Jem is the first doll in a series of characters based on the hit 80’s animated series JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS. A long time fan favorite, Hollywood Jem is ready to be added to your collection at long last! Based on a costume worn in the two-part episode of the same name, Hollywood Jem comes complete with a totally 80’s, screen accurate look which includes:

* Fully articulated, highly detailed 12” (30.5 cm) fashion doll with cotton candy pink hair and hand applied eyelashes
* Screen accurate costume with couture like finish
* Miniature Jemstar earings
* Miniature Hollywood Star award plaque
* Shoes, Bracelets and realistic microphone and stand
* Doll stand, instructions, souvenir post card and certificate of authenticity.

This special edition doll will be available from the Hasbro Toy Shop at booth # 3329 at Comic Con International in San Diego and the approximate retail price will be US $125.00

The doll looks great in the promo photos, as far as looking exactly like the cartoon character goes. Luckily it is not at all my style so I will not be getting her. But I am sure fans of the series will crave her, even though the price is high.

She reminds me of Olivia Newton-John in the 1985 video clip for Culture Shock:

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Mad Men dolls: here come the guys for the season finale

In my previous post you read about and saw the gorgeous dolls that Michael Williams made for the female characters of the 5th season of Mad Men, the incredible series of AMC. Now, as the season's finale is upon us, he presents the men of the series. Again, he accessorizes them with all the necessary props they used in this season.

Don Draper is of course the star of Mad Men. For him, Michael used a Silkstone Ken, the unfortunate victim ex-flame Andrea is a Barbie Basics leg wearing a Silkstone Red MaryJane pump, and the car is a Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen car that only cost $10 at a dollar store 10 years ago. He photoshopped it from turquoise to red.

Roger Sterling, the wise-cracking partner of SCDP: Again he is a Silkstone Ken, he is holding a Barbie baby and the accessories include a My Scene phone, a Re-Ment repainted table, a VITRA miniature chair and custom-printed paper paraphernalia.

The man everyone loves to hate: Pete Campbell. To make him. Michael put a vintage Allan head on a VOLKS Neo-Go Guy Color articulated body. He wears a vintage Ken Special Date navy suit and his accessories include a repainted pencil sharpener film projector, a pair of generic fashion doll skis purchased at a doll show, a custom-printed lobster bib and book jacket.

Michael Ginsberg is the new guy on the show. Actually he is a Wedding Day Sparkle Ken groom, with a Misaki Destination Milan necktie and Barbie Loves Frank Sinatra jacket. His accessories include a College Student vintage Ken typewriter, a RE-MENT Hotel Buffet warming tray with RE-MENT French Restaurant and Fun Meals Lobsters, a Barbie Generation Girl Lara artist easel with custom-printed story boards and a One Modern Circle Ken portfolio.

Once again Michael has done an incredible job of bringing the Mad Men characters to life in a most iconic and ironic way through his dolls.

All photos ©Michael Williams/

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Mad Men: The doll versions Mattel would not approve

Michael Williams is a very talented guy - if you read the blog, you will have seen his incredible photography and styling in the post about Jonathan Adler, one of the most popular posts ever in my blog. He is a fan of Mad Men as I am and had done an incredible photoshoot re-creating characters and sets along with many other talented people for Haute Doll magazine in 2010. But after last weeks incredible 11th episode of the 5th season of Mad Men, he was inspired to present all female stars of the series as they have evolved now.

Michael's layouts are ironic and stylish, presenting very cleverly the series' characters in doll form. Let's start with Joan Harris - the femme fatale of the series, who makes a major move - for her career, her life, her reputation. He restyled Dusk to Dawn Silkstone Barbie and she wears a OOAK little black dress from Marirose with a black fur coat from Coquette Cissy. The stroller is the Sindy baby carriage from the UK, repainted black.

Next up is the Other Woman (the title of the crucial episode in the series), Peggy Olson. Peggy is the BFMC Continental Holiday Silkstone Barbie in a Randall Craig cardigan sweater, Something Cool Isha Fashion Royalty convention bodysuit, Tiny Kitty "Perfect Knit" wool skirt, thermos from a Beverly Hillbillies Lunchbox keychain re-covered in custom plaid print; Jason Wu Event III FR Dark Medley Missima Luxury Accessory pack handbag, RE-MENT popcorn, Barbie Generation Girl Lara artist easel, custom-printed story boards.

Meghan Draper is the third star of the series: the doll is Kate Spade Barbie on a Dynamite Girl body wearing vintage Barbie Lemon Kick minidress that was photoshopped (not dyed) black; accessories include a RE-MENT sherbet and Isha script.

The Ex Mrs. Draper is Betty Francis. She is the Mattel Betty Draper Silkstone wearing Ken Rally Day coat, Barbie & Kelly Children's Doctor scale, Alfred Hitchcock The Birds purse, BFMC New York Yorkie scarf, Fashion Royalty skirt, RE-MENT whip cream and sundaes.

And finally little Miss Draper, Sally. Michael used the 1969 Dramatic New Living Skipper doll wearing Skipper Dreamtime #1909 pajamas with Skipper Me 'N My Doll miniature Barbie. What a gal.

Michael once again had done an incredible job - his photography and styling are impeccable and make me drool and want these dolls.  And, as Joan below proves, humour is always a major element of his work.

As a final note, here are some photos of his previous Mad Men photo session, for Haute Doll Magazine. The doll posing as Joan is the same used in the photos above.

Photos ©Michael Williams/ (for the Mad Men ladies) and © Michael Williams/ for Haute Doll Magazine for the last three photos.