a long wait filled with rumors about whether or not the doll would even be
Mattel's African American Silkstone Barbie has arrived!
She is the first African American doll
in the Silkstone series, and #5 in the Lingerie Model Collection,
which is designed by Robert Best. Online prices vary.
Long Legs are
12" Fairies. Violet is a little fairy girl dressed in
lavender, Forrest is her male counterpart who wears an earthtone
outfit. Also from Daddy's Long Legs are little Fairy Babies.
They are the latest
in the Daddy's Babies series. They have jointed arms and legs and
are 3 1/2" tall, seated.
USA by Helen Kish: 12" Liberty
Belle and 16" Freedom. Both
are limited to 300 pieces each.
(red shoes) retails for $249, and
Freedom (wearing beret) retails for $319.
Heath has a new company, and a new collection!
Paradise, and Marisol, from the Contrast Collection by Philip Heath.
Using one portrait, Philip has changed the color of the
skin, eyes, and hair to create two different dolls. Both dolls are
28" tall. The suggested retail for Paradise is $715, and $670
Jewel - Lost/Found
Jewel Lost & Found is the "portrait" of a little girl from
Zaire. "Jewel Lost", reflects her anger, tiredness and distress of her
condition. "Jewel Found", is the same girl but her hair, grown thick and luxuriant, and her clear, alert eyes reflect new life and hope.
a look at these babies!
The artist of these dolls is Lorna Miller-Sands, a native of the Bahamas
who began creating dolls in 1990.
Today her extremely realistic babies are the talk of the doll world.
Her One-of-a-Kinds command prices of $2000 and up (she uses human
hair...her children's...on each doll!)
You can also purchase her resin
babies which are limited to 100 pieces each for around $600.
Speaking of realistic dolls, Big Beautiful
Dolls are full-figured fashion dolls of three different ethnic
backgrounds. Dasia is the African American doll. The dolls are
12" tall, jointed at neck, shoulders and hips. They retail for
Dolls by Doug James and Laura Meisner
Meet the CED
fashion mannequins of DLD Doll International- Cara Emil Duncan,
Constance Erin Dash. The CED is their shared monogram. It is all
about a mood and posing and fashion and fashion and fashion and
Doug and Laura are considering patterns for later in the year,
probably a basic sloper type, to allow the collectors to adapt
them into different styles. The dolls larger proportions seem to
make designing a little easier for the couturier in all of us.
This is a fashion doll
created to celebrate fashion. The designers have continuously
sought out the finest silks, wools and laces for each ensemble.
Cara and Constance are 19 inches tall.
Since they are so humanly proportioned, they are more like
miniature fashion mannequins, and work surprising well on the
shelf with 16 inch dolls, particularly when posed on their chair.
While Cara Emil Duncan is of Indonesian heritage, and Constance
Erin Dash is of Hispanic origin, we still believe that black doll
collectors will be interested in these dolls. There are
rumors that an African American doll, Colin, will be next in the
series. They retail
for $350 each and available only from CED dolls.
Constance Erin Dash.
Last but certainly not least, we
are proud to announce the promise of a new Black doll book! Black
Doll-E-Zine's co-editor, Deb has been contracted to fulfill this
promise. The book is scheduled for publication in the fall of 2003.
At the current time, Deb is soliciting 35-mm glossy, portrait-quality,
black-doll photographs in the following categories:
first Black doll -- the one that incited your collecting mania
(antique or modern)
Manufactured Play Dolls (Mattel, Tyco, etc.)
Artist Dolls (cloth, polymer, porcelain, resin, vinyl)
created/sculpted by African American doll artists
and Sister Dolls
dolls, OOAK (one of a kind), Reborn, rare or unique dolls
additional information regarding picture requirements including submission
deadline, picture documentation, and required permission form, please
visit http://hometown.aol.com/medolls/bkpic.html or contact Deb at