Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Beautiful Cissy's

A Collection of Beautiful Dolls have being listed in my Ebay Store, Stop by and enjoy, Thank you...

Friday, November 13, 2009

Lee Middleton Dolls

Following the trend of most major doll companies to have a mid-year release line, on July 9, Lee Middleton Original Dolls unveiled 17 new Artist Studio(tm) collection baby dolls. "I just have a feeling that there will be something that I just can't resist," remarked one avid collector on the Lee Middleton Original Dolls, Inc. Collector's Club discussion forum.

Lee Middleton Collector's Club members (and retailers) were allowed to , view the new additions online one day early, on July 8. Due to lower edition sizes, ranging from 500 to 1, 000 dolls per style (as opposed to edition sizes that in the past have usually been about 2,000 dolls), the company expected the new releases to sell out quickly. Collectors we warned to place their pre-orders early with retailers so they are not disappointed.

"We are always looking for ways to create excitement in the industry and among our collectors who seek out the more exclusive dolls with lower editions," said Mark Putinski, Lee Middleton Original Dolls, Inc. Vice President. "Lower edition sizes on these new releases will mean quicker sell outs, and it will bring back the 'thrill of the hunt' in collecting." In addition, while maintaining the same quality in the dolls that collectors have enjoyed for many years, Lee Middleton Original Dolls continues to maintain the reduction in pricing for Artist Studio(tm) collection dolls that was recently announced. The suggested retail prices, which were $188 to $208, are now $125 to $139.

President Tim Voss said the price reduction is permanent. The Classic Miniatures (little, darling 8-9" dolls which are smaller versions of popular, larger Lee Middleton dolls) are also now sold at a reduced suggested retail price of $49. "These steps were taken in recognition of today's economy and collectors inability to complete all of their desired additions to their collections," says Voss.

The 17 new Artist Studio(tm) collection dolls aren't the only new releases back then in July mid-year releases. Lee Middleton Original Dolls has also expanded its line of doll accessories. For years, many collectors have requested shoes for their baby dolls. Now, Lee Middelton Dolls is providing 9 new shoe styles to choose from, with different looks and colors to match outfits.

Other new accessories include the new baby stroller, car seat, infant seat, wooden cradle, and carriage. All of the new pieces match with pastel Gingham fabrics and white wood. There is even an accessory for Lee Middleton Original Dolls "mommies." The "25 Years of Love" Anniversary Throw is a 68-inch by 50-inch cotton blanket that features a portrait of the Lee Middleton 25th Anniversary baby and 25 roses.

Beautiful Dolls, I hope you enjoy this week selection, Thank you for taking the time to read my Blog, Enjoy.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Chatty Cathy Dolls (one of my many favorites)

Mattel was well-known for their talking toys and doll in the 1960s, and Chatty Cathy was the doll that started it all for them. Although there had been attempts at "talking" dolls for 60 years (since the time of Jumeau's Bebe Phongraphe) Chatty Cathy was the first sure-fired talking doll hit. With her pull string talking mechanism and phrases such as "Please brush my hair," she captured the hearts of an entire generation of little girls.

Mattel also re-issued Chatty Cathy dolls twice, in 1969 (with the voice of Maureen McCormick from the Brady Bunch) and again in 1998 and 1999 for collectors.

Mattel, best known for the Barbie doll, produced Chatty Cathy Dolls. All Chatty Cathy dolls are made of vinyl. The dolls have a soft vinyl face, except for the later dolls made in 1964 which have a hard plastic face. Collectors generally prefer the soft vinyl face. All Chatty Cathy dolls are 20 inches tall.

You can find lovely Chatty Cathy dolls in excellent condition (but generally mute) for $300 to $400. Dolls with flaws sell for much less. Rarer Chatty Cathys, including truly mint dolls, black dolls, Canadian dolls and #1 Chattys (which have no marks) can sell for considerably more, with mint Black Chatty Cathys often selling for over $1,000 and mint in box Chatty Cathys often selling between $600 and $900. Pigtail hairstyles are also desirable.

Mattel based all of their talking dolls in the 1960s on a pull-string mechanism. Chatty Cathy's mechanism was truly innovative--it allowed the doll to say a phrase completely at random when the string was pulled. The internal system consisted of a needle, small turntable, and record. Over time, the governor belt (a glorified rubber band) in most of these dolls has snapped, rendering the phonograph system inoperable and the doll mute.

If one talking doll is a hit, then a family of talking dolls is better! Or, so Mattel thought. After hitting a home-run with Chatty Cathy, Singin' Chatty, Charmin' Chatty, Tiny Chatty Baby, and Tiny Chatty Brother were also produced. None were as popular with children in the 1960s or with collectors today as the original Chatty Cathy.

All Chatty Cathy dolls are marked on their backs. Marks include the copyright date and generally the doll's name (Chatty Cathy, Chatty Baby, Tiny Chatty Brother, etc.) Only the #1 Chatty Cathy has no body marks.

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