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Hey sinick!! Looky at what rubyloot showed me!

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sinick
Oct. 20th, 2005 03:01 am (UTC)
That is ADORABLE! Especially the Yule Ball version, with ickle Hedwig!

Wow, I thought I was clued in on the merch, but I've never heard of this company before! Thank you so much for the headsup!
foomf
Oct. 20th, 2005 03:53 am (UTC)
The Tonner company does those godawfully expensive fashion dolls we showed you some time back. At least, they're part of the surviving bit of that trend. The Ashton-Drake "Gene" line has gone, sadly, to hell.
sinick
Oct. 20th, 2005 04:23 am (UTC)
I imagine boy dolls have always been a lot less popular than girl dolls.

Anyway, I'll certainly be keeping an eye on that company, waiting for those dolls to be released! Much obliged!
foomf
Oct. 20th, 2005 04:42 pm (UTC)
Yes, but as many of the designers in the mid-1990s fashion doll resurgence are gay men, boy dolls were considered necessary ... and in fact, they were treated with extra special care, although they were seldom given anything NEAR the number of costumes and fashions as the females. I assume it's because of the "You dress up a woman but undress a man" thing.

More dish: Gene from Ashton-Drake had a leading man "Trent" who was the much-enhanced Mary-Sue of the designer, Mel Odom. The initial costumes and sculpt of Gene has a startling similarity to him in drag (though he did change the face to resemble Gene Tierney) and Gene's film rival Madra Lord is a dead-on copy of Mel's ex-boyfriend in drag. Sadly, the 'ex' happened by the time Madra was released. Sadly, Ashton-Drake used some stupid marketing practices (like stuffing the market with more dolls and outfits than anyone could buy, their third year), which killed the market for the doll.

However, Robert Tonner, who was already a doll designer, came out with his fashion doll series of more-modern looking fashion dolls, and he has had more sense than to alienate his customers. Tonner also did a recent release, with Effanbee doll company, of Brenda Starr (the long-running comic strip adventure-soap about a newspaper reporter) and did a very good version of her romantic partner Basil. There was an earlier try at that one in a larger format, and they had given both Brenda and Basil a much more 'athletic' sculpt than the released version had, and I much preferred the samples. They actually looked like the characters.

Overall, boy dolls have been about 1/3 to 1/4 as popular as girl dolls, and in the 'fashion doll' world, boy dolls have been maybe 1/10th to 1/5th the market, mostly because they're considered accessories rather than something to own for themselves.
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