Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Tyler Wentworth's 15th anniversary

My own Signature Style Tyler Wentworth, dressed in a Gene Marshall outfit.
Photo by Stratos Bacalis

Dressed to the nines. As Tyler Wentworth should always be. Ready to celebrate her 15th anniversary. as dear Tommy Courtney (who spend a decade with her, making her look glamorous and fantastic through his photographs for Tonner Doll) kindly reminds us in his lovely commemorative article. On the 14th of December 1999, the first Tyler Wentworth dolls shipped to retailers. And thus begun a dream story, with a core idea so simple, yet so powerful: The power of play.

A version of Tyler that became a classic throughout her career - and embodied her "life" and story more than any other is the Signature Style Tyler. The first one, in 1999 (above), had some problems at first, but quickly became the darling of collectors. And while the doll progressed through the years. the style became a staple that kept on being re-released as a basic dressed doll version of Tyler - and a great entry doll for those seeking to discover Tyler's world. Fashion designer extraordinaire. She even got her own design desk and atelier accessories. I hope I will be able to find a set one day for my signature style Tyler. Yes, my one and only Tyler Wentworth doll is a BW (bending wrist) Signature Style with raven hair from 2004.

Signature Style Tyler through the years

Of course through the years she came with a magnificent wardrobe, lots of accessories, many friends (and a boyfriend, who finally married her) and furniture - even a piano! She even got released in a resin BJD version (with inset eyes even). She got to wear some of the best designs Tonner has ever released, from suits to gowns to casual wear, from pret-a-porter to haute couture - even goth! I am a proud owner of some, even one from the first ever collection in 1999: the Central Park Benefit Luncheon suit, exquisitely made.

Central Park Benefit Luncheon, outfit only, 1999

Even her body evolved. From the original one with articulation only at the shoulders, hips and knees, she gradually became articulated at the elbows, waist, wrists, bust and even got interchangeable feet: high heeled, flat and even ballet arched ones. She even got a new sculpt in 2007, with a slightly more angular face. The power of play indeed. 

Fifteen Years Dressed Doll, 2014

Fashion Design Weekly  Awards, outfit only, 1999

Chicago Sophisticate LE 500
United Federation of Doll Clubs (UFDC) "Fin du Millenaire" Convention

Standing Ovation Gold - Special Edition
Tonner Doll 10th Anniversary Celebration Convention, May 2001

Papillion, 2002

Cinema Satins Tyler Centerpiece
Special Edition, Collector's United, 2003

Anniversary Gala, 2004
I'm a lucky owner of this amazing outfit

Red Hot
Tonner Doll Company Convention 2004

Grand Tour. 2004
One of a Kind
Tonner Doll Company Convention; Auctioned for Children Affected by AIDS Foundation

Femme en Noir, 2004
Cherished Friends Exclusive

Toscano, 2005

Ski Retreat, 2005

Wild Spice, 2006

High Style Grand Finale, 2006
Reverie Publishing Exclusive Edition
First Tyler doll with applied eyelashes

Winter Fantasy Centerpiece, 2006
Boston Winter Fantasy Extravaganza

Casino Jade, 2007

Autumn Gold, 2007
Wigged doll

Versailles & Versailles Courtier
Paris Fashion Doll Festival, 2007

Au milieu de l’hiver, 2008
Special Tyler exclusive for Kathy Moreau’s Boutique Museum in Paris, France

Mademoiselle à la Mode, 2008
Paris Fashion Doll Festival

Ultra-Basic Goth, 2008
Tonner Doll Nightmares Halloween Convention
Shown wearing the table favor set

A Perfect Ten, 2009
Tonner Direct Exclusive, 10th anniversary

Tyler's wedding to Matt O'Neil, Sydney and Marley are bridesmaids
Tonner Doll Collector's Convention - On Film 2009

2010 Ultra Basic - Raven, 2010
Tonner Direct Exclusive
I think this is the first pale Tyler, Lily skintone

Signature Statement, 2011

Fire Opal, 2011

A Whole Nu Mood, 2012
IDEX Event Website Exclusive
There were only basic Tyler dolls in 2012

Classic Elegance, 2013

All photos (except the first one) courtesy of Tonner Doll

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Happy Holidays from Superdoll - with four outfits fit for celebrating!

Superdoll have four new outfits available for Sybarite dolls, holiday themed, just in time for the season's festivities. If you buy them all together, you even get a discount. You can shop here. They are all heavily decorated and frilly. I think my favourite one is Emerald Oyster but if Bitter Pill had no beading, I'd go with that one. 

ETIOLE SYB/770 Price: £120.00 (Excluding VAT at 20%)

I'm guessing this should have been named Etoile (star in French). A column of black guipure lace lined in nude. The hemline and décolletage have an intricate border design in the "classic" Superdoll temple design. Upon this column is a large star of baguette and pin-dot "diamonds" which holds yet releases a huge flowing train of black organza. Accessories include beaded spiderette neck-piece, hose and slip on towering perspex heels.

DREAMSCAPE SYB/768 Price: £120.00 (Excluding VAT at 20%)

Lined in old rose pink, this voluminous gown of iridescent sequin has a side bust, with a swirl of pale organza swooping and rolling asymmetrically down the gown to the hemline. This burst of organza is held in place with a multitude of corded vines & poinsettia contrasting rose. Atop each "bloom" sits a tiny pile of sequins, pearls and diamanté. Accessories include a Superdoll "classic" headpiece, hose and slip-on towering perspex heels.

EMERALD OYSTER SYB/769 Price: £120.00 (Excluding VAT at 20%)

Lined in nude, this is a flowering leatherette big statement of a gown. It has a straight neck satin bodice on mini corded straps adorned in "diamonds" & "emeralds", that give the illusion of a Superdoll staple, the reverse neck. To further trick the eye, the under-bust of this gown is set with a guipure lace motif adorned with further "emeralds". Accessories include opera length gloves, hose and slip on towering perspex heels.

BITTER PILL SYB/767 Price: £140.00 (Excluding VAT at 20%)

Organza cascading and undulating around a column. The bodice and underskirt are accent by a hot pink satin bow at the waist which convulses into the most dramatic of overskirts. It mixes everything from gleaming turquoise to unusually hot pink accent matte "pearls". Accessories include classic Superdoll gold leaf plume and bow headpiece, hose and slip on towering perspex heels.

All photos and information copyright Superfrock Ltd,

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

FR Nippon releases two new Misaki dolls

FR: Nippon fans were delighted to find out that Azone International is releasing the next two dolls in this rare doll line. They are ready to ship this month. The dolls will go on sale starting Tuesday December 9th, 2014 (Tokyo time) and are limited to 300 dolls each only. If you are interested, please visit http://frnippon.com on December 9th and once you see that the dolls are up, please contact Chiaki via email (the email will be on the site) to place your order and he will get back to you as soon as possible.

Item # 81072
Darling Girl
Misaki Dressed Doll
Limited Edition of 300 Dolls
Price: JP/17,000 + Shipping from Japan (about $140.00 US + Shipping from Japan)
Ship Date: Week of December 15th, 2014
Available for pre-order starting on December 9th, 2014 from http://frnippon.com

Item # 81073
Party Girl
Amelie Dressed Doll
Limited Edition of 300 Dolls
Price: JP/17,000 + Shipping from Japan (about $140.00 US + Shipping from Japan)
Ship Date: Week of December 15th, 2014
Available for pre-order starting on December 9th, 2014 from http://frnippon.com

**Please note that the photos are of a prototype doll and subject to changes and modifications. All photos and information contained herein is copyrighted Integrity Toys, Inc. and Intercap Merchant Partners, LLC 2014 and may not be reprinted or disseminated without express written permission.**