August 2007 | Vol. VI - No. 8
Calin Cheerful Bright by COROLLE DOLLS
Thanks to its cuddly soft beanbag body, Calin Cheerful Bright can be posed just like a real baby. The 12" doll has blue sleeping eyes, can wear fashion from the Mon Premier collection, and can have a number of accessories added to it from the Corolle line.
— "Probably any of my Calin from Corolle" serve as the best-selling items in dolls, according to Mary Sisson, owner of Kazoodles in Vancouver, Wash.
— “We sell different styles [of Calin]. About 30 a month,” Marilyn Walker, owner of PlayFair Toys in Boulder, Colo., told TDmonthly in January 2008. 6/14/2007 (MSRP: $26.99; Age: 2 and Up)
Berenguer Boutique - 2007 Mini La Newborns by DOLLS BY BERENGUER
Although small in size, the Mini La Newborn is big in its true-to-life appearance. These all-vinyl baby dolls come packed in assortments of eight dolls which include three unique facial expressions. All dolls come in a cute pink or blue knitted romper with matching hat, diaper and receiving blanket.
— “Mini La Newborn from Dolls by Berenguer is only 9.5", yet … has the realistic features and wonderful detail found in larger dolls. In addition, Mini La Newborn is available two ways — as an anatomically correct doll or in a non-sexed version,” Mark Putinski of Dolls by Berenguer told TDmonthly. “This baby is especially popular because it is available in multiple ethnicities, including Caucasian, African American, Hispanic and Asian.” ( Watch Video) 7/6/2007 (MSRP: $19.99; Age: 3 and Up)
Taffy Reborning Kit by SECRIST DOLL COMPANY
Taffy is a cute little preemie baby, and is just 17” long. She is one of the newest kits from the Secrist Dolls Reborn line. She comes as a blank, unfinished doll kit ready for a reborn artist to bring to life. Secrist also offers reborning supplies and an instructional DVD so that newcomers can learn to make their own lifelike newborns. Launch date: 2006. 11/8/2006 (MSRP: $29.99)
Tamara by Dawn Donofrio by MASTERPIECE DOLLS
New Masterpiece Dolls artist Dawn has created an adorable little girl named Tamara, who has a twinkle in her eyes and wants to be picked up and loved. Tamara at 20” has arms sculpted above the elbow and legs sculpted above the knee that go into the hip joint on her cloth body. She has a brunet human hair blend and blue eyes. She is dressed in a pretty pink shirt accented with a floral design on the bodice. Her blue skirt has a pink rose design that coordinates with her shirt. Tamara comes with a little pink bunny and has a pink headband and no socks, as shown. This is a limited edition of 350 pieces. 6/29/2007 (MSRP: $159.00)
Tiny Miracles - Emmy by ASHTON-DRAKE COLLECTIBLES
Now little girls can cuddle one of the tiniest miracles ever with the captivating and exclusive Tiny Miracles Emmy doll. It's the first So Truly Real® doll ever created in a 10” size, brilliantly sculpted by renowned master doll artist, Linda Webb. It has RealTouch™ vinyl skin, micro-rooted hair, wispy eyelashes and hand-painted fingernails and toenails. Emmy was honored with the 2007 DOTY® award.
— "We sell a lot of the Ashton-Drake," said Gary Green, owner of Collector's United in Chatsworth, Ga., when asked about top-selling dolls.
— Two of 62 retailers named Ashton-Drake as a favorite collectible doll item for customers.
— "Tiny Miracles Emmy is a unique doll designed by Linda Webb. It's patented RealTouch vinyl is part of what gives Emmy her true-to-life look and feel," said Don Vaccarello, general manager for Ashton-Drake Collectibles. 6/15/2007 (MSRP: $59.99)