Saturday, 25 July 2015

Guide to 16" Fashion Dolls

Repost from my doll blog...


16" Fashion Doll Guide

Researching and putting together my 1/12 scale dolls post reminded me just how much I love making lists. So, to prolong the list-y goodness, here is a guide to (roughly) 16" fashion dolls, past and present. A fair few MSD (medium super dollfie, a generic term for 1/4 scale ball-jointed dolls) fall into this size range, but I've only listed mature, slim bodied dolls which at least have a chance of swapping clothes with their fashion doll brethren.

The more common, childlike or otherwise chunkier MSD, can be found from companies like: Bergemann DollsBFC Ink Pen PalsBlue Fairy, BobobieDikaDollDoll in Mind, DollZoneIplehousejakzjewelz, Kaye Wiggs, LutsMarbled Halls, RosenLiedVolks, etc.


*All pictures come from Google search, I claim no credit for them.*


Angel Egg

Beautiful dolls by Marmite Sue. The 38cm filigree dolls are the best known, but AE have made a range of dolls. Check out their Tumblr, blog, and website for more information.




Ashton-Drake

Vinyl and porcelain dolls galore, from realistic babies with beating hearts to 16" fashion dolls. Delilah Noir - pictured - is one such doll, articulated and made of vinyl, selling for $150 (£88). Check out the full range HERE, and an owner review from the Toyboxphilosopher HERE. Other 16" dolls include some of the Cindy McClure and Nene Thomas fantasy dolls, a ball-jointed fairy designed by Amy Brown (see HERE), Romeo and Juliet, and portrait dolls like Princess Diana - obligatory, surely.




Batchix

Doll artist who specialises in robotic looking dolls. Lagoon (pictured) is 16" tall, there is more detail about her at the Batchix website, along with their other 16" dolls Machina Epsilon and Machina Gamma.




Brenda Starr

Based on the Brenda Starr, Reporter comic strip the Effanbee Doll Company (then a subsidiary of Tonner Doll) introduced this 16" doll in 2003. Her apprentice Daphne Dimples joined the line in 2004, while Basil St. John and Betty Ann came along in 2005. For more info check out the Tonner Brenda Starr pages HERE.




Circus Kane

Awesome BJD company that makes dolls on the weird and wonderful side. Pictured is Nexeven, a 15" BJD. For more info about Nexeven and other CK dolls, check out the blog and the webstore.

Clea Bella

15.5" doll launched in 2001. Originally lacking anything more than basic articulation, a fully articulated body was later introduced in 2007. Other characters, and a resin doll named DeeDee were also introduced to the line. The official website is HERE, and there is a blog HERE.




D.A.E. Originals

D.A.E. produced 16" 'Miniquins', Vivian and Monty. Check out the official website, the facebook page, the Flickr pool, and the lareba.com gallery for more info.




Daisy and Willow

16.5" Daisy Fields and Willow Sommers, otherwise known as 'The Mod British Birds', came to collectors right out of the Swinging Sixties in 1999. They have some of the most amazing retro outfits - definitely worth an Ebay search. For more info on these girls try HERE and HERE. Recently Doug James, their creator, has added another two additions to the line - Violett Somers and Gabby Field - through his CED Dolls company.




Dark Tales Dolls

Designed by French artist Delfine, the 42cm tall BJD Mayfair went on sale through JpopDolls in early 2013. Read more HERE. The artist also has an Etsy shop and a Flickr where you can see her other 16"-ish dolls.




DeMuse Doll

Seriously awesome 16" BJD designed by Nigel Ghia. His website is HERE and the webstore is HERE.




Deva Doll

Thai company which sold 16" male and female BJDs. There are some owner pics / reviews HERE, HERE and HERE. Lots of posts about past releases can be found at Fashion Doll Empire.




Disney

Disney has a finger in every pie, and the 16" doll scene is no exception. The picture shows the limited edition 17" Frozen dolls. HERE is a whole collection of 17" limited edition dolls, with more info HERE and HERE. Their talking and singing dolls are often 16" or 17" too, read more HERE.




Dollcis

16" models and couture by Paul Pham, priced at around $675 (£395). The official website is at dollcis.com, the Flickr pool is HERE, with owner posts HERE and HERE.




Dollmore

Dollmore are a Korean ball-jointed doll company that sells dolls in a huge ranges of scales. They also market their own 16" fashion doll, selling for around $300 (£175) each, along with wigs, shoes and clothing. You can check out their 16" range HERE. Dollmore also sell a lot of MSD lines, like Kid Dollmore and the beautiful Sohi doll.




Ellowyne Wilde

16" doll designed by Robert Tonner. For more info check out the Wilde Imagination website HERE, and owner reviews HERE, HERE and HERE.




Emperis

16" resin ball-jointed dolls from a UK company. Their first doll, Escada (see HERE), was released in April 2014 for £420 ($718). The official website is emperis.co.uk.

Fairyland

Korean BJD company that sells dolls in a variety of scales. Pictured is a doll from their ChicLine range, but their MiniFee dolls also fit this scale. Check out their website for more details.




Fashion Boulevard

The 16" Christina St Clair was introduced in 2001. Later another female doll, Felice, and a male doll, Robert Bandacourt, were introduced to the line, along with a resin ball-jointed version of Christina in 2007. For more info click HERE, HERE and  HERE.




Fashion Doll Agency

15.5" dolls which are made in very limited editions. You can check out the official website HERE and the web shop HERE. More info HERE, HERE and HERE.




Ficon Doll

Gorgeous 16" resin BJDs, selling for around $700 (£410). Their official website is ficondoll.com, and there are reviews HERE and HERE.




Franklin Mint

The company manufactures a large range of collectibles, including dolls made of porcelain and vinyl. Among these are a number of 16" dolls, including Princess Diana (info HERE), Lucille Ball (info HERE), Kate Middleton (HERE and HERE), Marilyn Monroe (see HERE), and plenty of Gone With The Wind dolls. It's mind blowing that there is no reference website for these dolls, but maybe my Google-Fu is just failing me.




Garden of Dolls

BJD company that makes three relevant dolls - Narah, Nabiya (pictured) and Nabi Kiss. More info available at their website.




Gene Marshall

Created by illustrator Mel Odom, this 15.5" tall doll has been around since 1995, and really popularised the scale. First produced by Ashton-Drake, Gene later moved to Integrity Toys, and then to JAMIEshow dolls in 2013. The Integrity Gene website is HERE, and there is a dedicated Gene (and friends) Wiki HERE.




Goodreau Dolls

Dolls designed by Paulette Goodreau, including a 16" resin, and later vinyl, BJD called Whisper (see HERE). Goodreau also designed MIM - Make it Mine - 16" ball-jointed play dolls. You can take one home for $89 (£52) from mimtoy.com. Toyboxphilosopher has reviewed them HERE and HERE.




Inamorata

16" BJDs by Emilia Couture with 21 points of articulation. The official website is HERE and a seemingly older version HERE. For more info click HERE and HERE.




Integrity Toys

Integrity are best known for their 12" (i.e. Barbie size) dolls, but they also have some 16" lines - AvantGuards (see HERE), FR:16 (Fashion Royalty 16"), 16" Poppy Parker (see HERE) and Tulabelle, Poppy's future granddaughter. Their website is integritytoys.com, but it's quite out of date. You can see the FR:16 dolls HERE and Tulabelle HERE. Dressed dolls cost around $140 (£82) new.




JAMIEshow

Debuting in 2009, these are male and female 16" resin ball-jointed dolls. The picture is of Marlena, their latest release as of July 2014. You can read reviews of them HERE, HERE and HERE or check out their website at jamieshowdoll.com.




KiezKinder

16.5" BJDs, sold through their website for around £425 ($725). Dana, pictured, is one of five female and two male dolls available.




Kingdom Doll 

British company selling 16" resin ball-jointed fashion dolls. Their official website is kingdomdoll.co.uk. You can see past releases HERE.




Kingstate

Micki and friends were minimally articulated 16" fashion dolls in the late 1990s / early 2000s. There doesn't seem to be much online about them, but HERE and HERE shows some of the dolls and fashions, and there are some old QVC pages for them HERE and HERE.




Lillycat Cerise Dolls

One of my favourite BJD companies, they make dolls in a range of scales. Millie Choupei, pictured, is currently available for about £395 ($675). Check out her and all their other gorgeous dolls at lillycat.net.




Limhwa Dolls

Beautiful handmade resin BJDs by Korean artist Ji-Youn Jung. Their dolls come in a range of sizes, from 60cm to 26cm, but you can find their 40cm range HERE. You can also purchase the dolls through The Junky Spot.




Lumedoll

Resin BJDs in a range of sizes, pictured is Atik, who just edges onto this list at 45cm. More info at lumedoll.com.




Madame Alexander

This brand has been producing dolls since 1923, and in response to the popularity of Gene Marshall dolls introduced the 16" Alexandra Fairchild Ford and friends. You can purchase the dolls HERE, with prices ranging from around $75 to $200 (£44 - £117). In 2010 she was given a makeover by Jason Wu, see HERE. MA also have a 16" Neo-Cissy line, an updated version of their ever popular 21" Cissy doll. Read more HERE.




Magnetic Duckling

Resin 17" slim MSD, available from their website magneticduckling.com. They also have a Tumblr blog, and a Flickr group.




Mazarine Blue Doll

17" resin ball-jointed dolls that sell for around $650 (£380). You can catch current releases at mbluedoll.com, or read the blog HERE. There's some info on previous dolls HERE, and an owner review HERE.




Modsdoll

Korean company producing 16" BJDs. You can check out their Flickr HERE, and their official website at themodsdoll.com.




Narae

16.5" doll by Korean artist Bimong. There is also a larger doll called Narin. More info on both at the official website.




Noble Dolls

BJD company run by a French doll artist. The doll in the picture is the 40cm tall Raspberry from 2012, you can see the tan version of her HERE. You can check out their other work at their blog and Etsy shop.




Spellbound Dolls

Collection of seven 16" dolls (the 'Butterfly Ring') designed by artist Sandra Bilotto. Find out more HERE and HERE. Sandra Bilotto is also the hand behind various other dolls, including THIS 17" Marie Osmond tribute doll.




Sybarite

High end resin 'Superdoll' with 17 points of articulation. They launched in 2005 and have only continued to up their game in the fashion stakes. Dolls cost around £350 - £400 ($600 - $685) new, but the secondary market is as painful as ever. There is a buyer's guide HERE, and an in-depth review by the Toyboxphilosopher HERE. Alternatively you can check out the official website at superdollonline.co.uk.




Tyler Wentworth and Tonner Doll

Tonner was founded in 1991 by doll artist Robert Tonner. Their first 16" doll, Tyler Wentworth, debuted in 1999. You can view the Tyler Wentworth archive up until 2010 HERE. For current dolls, click HERE. Building on the success of Tyler, Tonner has become somewhat synonymous with 16" fashion dolls. Over the years they have produced a huge range of film/TV/etc tie-in dolls - see their archive - in addition to original lines like Antoinette, Cami & Jon (see HERE) and, my personal favourite, the pictured Deja Vu line (more HERE).




Unoa

Very popular brand of BJD. The Unoa basic and Unoa Second are the best fit for the 16" world - more info on the latter HERE. For the former try HERE, HERE and HERE.




Vita

Plastic 16" fashion doll from Horsman. Her main selling point is that she is one of the most poseable dolls available in her size range, and the decision to use hard plastic for the body makes her cheaper than most of her rivals - a nude doll costs just $85 (£50). You can read reviews of her HERE, HERE and HERE, or check out the Horsman website.




Withdoll

Cynthia, pictured, is from their 41cm range. For their other dolls check out withdoll.com.

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