When did you start collecting dolls?
It depends on how many dolls make up a collection. :) I had dolls as a child and loved them, but unfortunately none of my childhood dolls made it into adulthood with me. I had a rough brother, nephew, and niece who pretty much destroyed most of my dolls, and my mother would sometimes donate my old toys to the Children's Medical Center. I bought my first doll as an adult in 1989 when I was 19 years old. That doll remained on my shelf alone until around 1994. After 1996, I really started to have a little bit of a collection. In 1998, I started ordering dolls on the internet. In 2005, I started ordering on eBay, and that's when things really took off.
What was your first purchase as a collector?
My first doll purchase as an adult was Fun-To-Dress Barbie 1988. I bought her at a local TG&Y store while shopping for picture frames. It was a few years before she even had clothes to wear, so I didn't even know if her name was accurate for a while (and it was). A couple of years ago, she got a new(er) body.
My next purchase as an adult was Menelik from Olmec Toys.
After that, I purchased 1996 Holiday Season Barbie (Special Edition).
She has a different hairstyle these days and she is redressed for most of the year, but she still dons her original attire around the holidays.
And then of course I had to get a male friend for her, but I purchased another Barbie at that time also. So I had to go back and get another Ken. And then I saw an articulated Barbie that I had to have. So I had to get her a male doll with some articulation, and I made my first action figure purchase on Amazon.com. And I just kept going and going and going.
How many dolls do you own?
Today I counted just so that I could more accurately answer this question. I have 277 dolls give or take (more like give, because I may have missed some of my smaller dolls).
What is your favorite doll and why?
My favorite doll is probably High and Mighty Darius Reid.
I don't even have any photos that truly do him justice. He's just a good looking doll with great clothing and accessories, and he has articulation!
I watched him and bid for him unsuccessfully for over a year on eBay auctions before I finally won him. By that time, I had become a little eBay savvy and I had decided to wait until the last few seconds of the auction to place my bid. So I did, and I was thrilled to win! I looked at the bidding history and saw that I had won by 2 cents! Another bidder had entered a bid in the last few seconds also, and my max bid was only 2 cents higher than theirs. I was thrilled to finally have this doll at a price that I was willing to pay, and I was even more thrilled when he arrived at my home in perfect condition (brand new in his shipper, never removed from box). I kept him put away for a while and did not remove him from his box, but that didn't last long.
What doll or dolls are not your favorites and why?
I'm not crazy about reborn dolls because some of them make me shudder when I look at them. They look so life-like, and yet they have no life >>shudder<<. I'm not crazy about most big-headed dolls, but I do have a few in my collection. I'm not really a fan of dolls that are easily breakable (I had enough broken dolls in my childhood to last me a lifetime).
What is the biggest challenge about collecting dolls?
I don't have enough space to display them all the way that I want to.
How do you display or store your dolls?
Several of my dolls are posed and displayed on shelves in my home. I need to buy a curio or some sort of display case (maybe if I'd quit buying dolls, I could buy a curio). I have a few dolls at work on my desk. Most of my dolls are currently stored in an armoire in my bedroom.
Here are some photos from back in the day of some of my dolls on shelves.
No, but I would love to go.
When you travel, do you look for dolls?
Always. I have dolls from the majority of places that I've visited as an adult.
What is your latest purchase?
A Ken clothing pack.
What doll is on your wish list now?
Back to Brooklyn Remi.
And a bunch of expensive Hot Toys figures.
What do you wish you didn’t purchase?
Hmmmm, I pretty much like all of my dolls to some extent. I did purchase an Afro Samurai figure (bloody version) for my husband that I'm not fond of. But he likes it, so I don't even regret this purchase.
What is your favorite doll related item?
I have a white couch that pops up in my photos time and time again.
How often do you photo your dolls and what doll is the most photographed
I try to take photos of my dolls as soon as I receive them, and I take photos of my older dolls sporadically. I've probably photographed my Calista doll more frequently than any other.
Do you talk to other collectors in person or just on the web?
Just on the web.
If you had the chance to speak to Mattel or other toy makers, what
would you say?
Someone please make some articulated chubby dolls (all ages, male and female).
What doll do you wish would be reissued?
The Boy Scout dolls (Bob Scout, Dave Cub Scout, and their friends).
combined? (Muff style question)
I would combine my Booty Babe statue with a Triad Alpha. I would love to have a doll with the body, looks, and hair of the Booty Babe with the articulation of the Triad Alpha.
If there is something I didn't ask that you would like to say, you can put
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Do you have any dolls with a face that only a mother could love? Yes, Dragon Jennifer.