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2015 Year in Blogging

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WordPress sent me a summary of the year’s statistics for A Doll’s Day, so for curiousity’s sake I thought I’d share:

A Dolls Day Year in Blogging 2015

Not much in the way of posts from my end due to family issues, but great to see the comments and hits mounting up, thankyou to everyone who has visited, shared links, left a message or just generally been involved with the blog over the year!

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Kidz n Cats Minis

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Kidz n Cats Doll with minis

Earlier in the year I mentioned that the Kidz n Cats range for 2015 now includes mini dolls for your dolls to play with, perfectly sized as you can see in the photo. Well, they’ve been available for a while in the UK now, along with some outfits.

There are four dolls in the range, Lenchen in pink, Lottchen in blue, Finchen in yellow and Gretchen in green, each two piece outfit also includes ballet slippers and a hair ribbon. They are made entirely of vinyl and have five ball joints for full poseability. They can sit and stand on their own. Like the bigger Kidz they have acrylic-glass eyes, eyelashes and hair that can be combed. But they are only 21 cm (8¼”) tall. The dolls are available individually and also in a few special edition sets with a full size Kids n Cats doll together with a mini.

Kidz n Cats Minidolls

I was pleased to discover that doll clothes maker Nellie Rose is making oufits for these wee cuties, so there’s plenty of play potential there.

Kidz n Cats minidolls are available from your usual sources (see sidebar for online shop links).

Images © Sonja Hartmann

Ghostly Voices From The Past..

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In 1890 when sound recording was in its infancy, the days of wax cylinders, Thomas Edison produced a very short lived range of dolls containing hand-cranked mechanisms. Each had a recording of a child reciting a nursery rhyme.

Edison Talking Dolls from 1890

Wax is a fragile substance and its only recently that a way has been found to get the audio recordings safely off the cylinders without damaging them, reports The New York Times.

Three recordings are up online in the article, and I can see why the dolls weren’t popular, they look really creepy and the voices aren’t exactly the most comforting either, which has a lot to do with the limits of the recording process. Still, its fascinating to see attempts for “interactive” dolls that far back – I think I still prefer the kind that just allow your imagination to run wild, and hopefully don’t cause nightmares!

Read the full article at the link: Ghostly Voices From Thomas Edison’s Dolls Can Now Be Heard

Image ©Collection of Robin and Joan Rolfs

Our Generation Dolls now at Smyths Toy Shops

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Our Generation Doll Ayla

Our Generation Doll Ayla

Great news, the Our Generation range of dolls and accessories are available nationwide at Smyths toy shops, as well as via the Smyths online site. The shop seems to be selling a good number of the 18″ posable dolls I first mentioned here along with several horses, the scooter and various items of furniture and other cool items. They also have the mini dolls – with the weekend coming up it could be an ideal time for a quick trip to your local shop to view the delights on offer.

Thanks to reader Beth Gould for telling me about this!

Smyths Toys website

Another Year, Some Great New Dolls

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2015 looks to be shaping up as a great year for us doll lovers, with the new ranges by Kidz n Cats, Gotz and the rest being unveiled in catalogues and also at the Nuremburg Toy Fair this past weekend. Now I’m not lucky enough to attend the fair, but Maxine of My Doll Best Friend was there and has a great report in the blog with images of some of the lovely new faces and ideas we can look forward to: I’m really excited about the new Kidz n Cats face mould, their new boy doll Robert, and also the new Finouche range of dolls from Sylvia Natterer.

Here’s a couple of images to whet your appetite, then do go and enjoy Maxines post!

Nuremberg Toy Fair 2015 at My Doll Best Friend’s Blog

New for 2015, Robert 18" doll from Kidz n Cats

New for 2015, Robert 18″ doll from Kidz n Cats

New for 2015, Julika 18" doll from Kidz n Cats

New for 2015, Julika 18″ doll from Kidz n Cats

Lydia, Your Georgian Girl from A Girl for All Time

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Lyda, Your Georgian Girl

Great news, there’s another family member due to join the historical dolls from A Girl for All Time. Following on from the success of Mathilda (Tudor), Amelia (Victorian) and Clementine (1940s), Lydia’s look, outfit and story are clever time capsules of history for young girls to learn and play along with.

According to the press release:

Lydia, Your Georgian Girl, wears a gorgeous yellow dress in the robe a l’angaise style, popular of that era. Her life is turned upside down in an accompanying book telling the story of how she must leave England and her beloved home, seat of the Marchmont family for over 200 years, to start a new life with her family in the American colonies. Additional historically-inspired costumes are now also available for Lydia, including a stunning blue party dress and meticulously detailed riding outfit.

The new doll will join her sisters later this year.

Find out more about the A Girl for All Time range (with historical outfits, novels and accessories) at the website.

Images of Aletta, Kidz n Cats Wunschpuppe

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Having reported about the latest Kidz n Cats Wunschpuppe here I’m pleased to say the dolls are finally available in various combinations of the three eye and hair colours possible. I think my favourite is the blonde hair with green eye version..

Kidz n Cats Aletta, blonde with green eyes

For lots of photos of the various dolls, info and links to the shop to buy your favourite version of Aletta please do visit the detailed post by Maxine at her My Doll Best Friend blog.

Image © My Doll Best Friend