Friday, 7 May 2021

Doll Magazines

Doll Magazine Guide

AKA magazines about dolls. There aren't as many as there once were, but there are still plenty of titles out there to suit all kinds of doll aficionados...

Being a notorious cheapskate I very rarely buy magazines these days, though I do like to keep up with the online titles. It's good to know what's out there though, and potential places to check for competitions, submission requests, etc.

(If you're looking for magazines *for* dolls, check out my mini mart review series!)



AIM Artisans in Miniature Magazine

Artisans in Miniature 

Free monthly doll house miniatures e-magazine launched in 2009. Now closed (2019) but the huge archive is available to read.
 


American Miniaturist Magazine

American Miniaturist

The leading miniature magazine, American Miniaturist publishes on a monthly basis. A print subscription will set you back over £100 a year, but the digital version is pretty reasonable at £30. Check out their website for free sample issues.

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Antique Doll Collector Magazine

Antique Doll Collector

ADC has been around since 1999 and is still going strong. This monthly magazine covers all kinds of dolls, from wooden to bisque to plastic, just so long as they're, you know, old. You can get a print subscription from $85 in the UK and digital for $35. They have free sample digital issues to try them out too. (Formerly Antique Doll World.) For broader coverage you can also try out Antique Toy World.

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Art Doll Quarterly Magazine

Art Doll Quarterly

Publishing is kind of sporadic, but it is still going as Art Doll. Issues contain over 100 pages and cover artisan made dolls of all mediums. Print issues are around £20 for international customers, or you can get digital issues for around £5.

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British Doll Showcase Magazine

British Doll Showcase

Launched in 2004, British Doll Showcase is an A4 magazine with 50 pages, published quarterly. An annual subscription, including postage, is £21.

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Discover Dolls

Discover Dolls

This UK based magazine is published three times a year, and focuses particularly on reborn dolls. You can get a print subscription for £30, or digital - which includes access to the online archive - for £10. 

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Doll Advertiser

Billed as 'the UK's premier doll magazine', it is A4 sized with 64 pages and is published twice a year, in April and September. It covers all kinds of dolls, from antique to modern. A UK annual subscription is £15.   

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Doll Castle News Magazine

Doll Castle News

Established in 1961, I think this must be a contender for longest running doll magazine! It's still family run too. <3 The magazine is published bi-monthly, and UK subscriptions cost $60. There is also a bi-monthly email newsletter anyone can sign up for.      

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Dollhouse Miniatures Magazine

Dollhouse Miniatures

"The world’s leading dollhouse magazine features 84 stunning pages of content from maker profiles and photo galleries to mini projects and more." Originally launched as Nutshell News back in 1970, it is now published six times a year, a UK print subscription will cost you £69.99. Digital subscriptions are £29.99. 

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Doll News

"DOLL NEWS is the official journal of the United Federation of Doll Clubs and is well respected world-wide. The magazine is published quarterly and is filled with original research and informative articles about all areas of dolls and doll collecting." Paid up UFDC members can read it online.

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DOLLS Magazine

DOLLS

DOLLS magazine has 48 pages and covers all kinds of dolls, though is particularly associated with BJDs. Published eight times a year, you can get a digital subscription for $9.95 or a print sub for $29.95 plus postage. 

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Dolls Beautiful Magazine

DOLLS Beautiful

The quarterly e-magazine of the Doll Artisan Guild. Membership costs $42.95 a year.

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Dolls House and Miniature Scene Magazine

Dolls House and Miniature Scene

The UK's best miniatures magazine - if they say so themselves! Part of the Hobbies and Crafts magazine range, you can buy the print magazine in stores for £4.99, or get an annual subscription for £47.99. The digital subscriptions offer access to their entire digital archive, going back 10 years or so.

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Dolls House Nederland Magazine

Dolls House Nederland

Launched in 2005, this Dutch doll house miniatures magazine is published monthly. Even if you don't speak Dutch, you can still enjoy looking through their online back catalogue which is all available in pdf format. Another Dutch title to check out is Poppenhuizen & Miniaturen.

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Dolls House World

Dolls House World Magazine

"The world's leading dolls house magazine features 84 stunning pages of content from maker profiles and photo galleries to mini projects and more." It was the UK's first miniatures magazine and still publishes monthly. You can get a print subscription for £69.99 or a digital for £42.99.

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Dollslife Magazine

Dollslife

Free e-magazine by and for the Instagram doll community.

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Dollybird Magazine

Dollybird

Japanese doll magazine - I don't understand a word but it sure looks pretty! Other Japanese titles worth checking out include Dolly Dolly and My Doll House.
 
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Endora Fashion Doll Magazine

Endora

Newly launched free fashion doll e-magazine! It was seeing their announcement that gave me the idea to do this post. :)

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Fashion Doll Quarterly

Fashion Doll Quarterly

Launched in 2003, this title actually folded last year. I'm including it on the list as it was very recent and you can still buy back issues and download free sample issues online.

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International Doll Artists Magazine

"IDA magazine is dedicated to promoting the doll industry and the many artists and styles that make this industry so diverse and incredible. Our main focus is on art dolls, sharing the creative musings from artists from all over the world. Articles inside will include artist tutorials and articles on topics that are important to doll makers." Issued four times a year, a print subscription is $75.00 or $19.95 for digital. 

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Miniature Gazette Magazine

Miniature Gazette

The publication of the National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts, currently published six times a year. Digitised issues more than two years old are free to read online HERE.

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Shrunk Doll House Miniatures Magazine

Shrunk

The magazine for modern doll house miniatures. Launched in 2020 following a Kickstarter campaign, this is one magazine I do actually intend to buy at some point - it is, after all, very relevant to my interests. Print issues are £7, digital are £3.99.

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Stand Lookbook

STAND Lookbook

"Celebrating the variety and diversity of ball-jointed and fashion dolls, this bi-monthly, curated publication features some of the most talented photographers and artists from around the globe." They are designed to be more coffee table art book than magazine, and cost $21 an issue - or you can flick through some of it online for free.

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Toy News Magazine

Toy News

Toy trade magazines are great for keeping up to date with what's happening in the world of playline. Plus you can read them for free online. :)

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Toy World Magazine

Toy World

"The business magazine with a passion for toys." More licensing and toy retail news than you can shake a stick at. Relevant businesses can apply for a free print subscription, everybody else can read it online via issuu.

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Toys n Playthings Magazine

Toys n Playthings

"Toys n Playthings magazine is your essential monthly trade update, packed full of features, news and insights." You can read it online for free.

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DEFUNCT MAGAZINES

★ American Girl Magazine. (1992 - 2019)
★ Annie's Fashion Doll Crochet Club Newsletter. (1995 - c. 1998)
★ Australian Doll Digest. (c. 1985 - 2002)
★ Australian Dolls, Bears and Collectables. (1994 - 2017)
★ BAMBINI: The Friendly Little Doll Magazine. (1974 - 1982)
★ Barbie Bazaar / Collector. (1988 - 2008)
★ Blythe Living. (2016 - 2017)
The Cloth Doll. (1982 - 1994)
★ Contemporary Doll Magazine / Collector. (1990 - 2012)
Creative Miniaturist. (2014 - 2015)
★ Doll Artisan, for the porcelain doll maker. (1977 - 2003)
★ Doll Artistry. (2011 - 2013)
★ Doll Crafter and Costuming. (2006 - 2010) / Doll Costuming. ('01 - '05) / Doll Crafter. (1983 - 2005)
★ Doll Life. (1991 - 1994)
★ Doll Maker. (2002 - c. 2004) / Doll Maker's Workshop (1986 - 2002)
★ Dollmaking. (1996 - 1998 ) / Dollmaking: Crafts & Designs. ('94 - '96) / Doll Designs. ('87 - '94) / Dollmaking: Projects & Plans. (1985 - 1994) / National Doll World Omnibook. (1979 - 1987)
★ DollPro: solutions for the modern doll artist. (c. 1993 - 1999)
Doll Reader. (1978 - 2012)
★ Doll World. (1992 - 2003) / International Doll World. (90 - 92) / National Doll World. (1977 - 1990)
★ Dolls' Houses Past and Present. (2009 - 2020)
★ Dolls in Miniature. (1991 - 2003)
Gildebrief. (1987 - 2015)
★ Haute Doll. (2004 - 2016)
★ Hello Dolly. (2009 - 2010)
★ International Doll Revue. (1978 - 1979)
It's a Doll's Life. (2013 - 2014)
Lifelike Dolls. (2008)
★ Living Dolls, the international doll collectors' magazine. (c. 1975 - ?)
★ Milady In Miniature: Doll Fashions and News. (1964 - 1973)
★ Miniature Collector. (1977 - 2018)
★ Miniature Magazine. (1976 - 1982)
★ The Miniature Way. (2010 - 2011)
★ Miniatures Showcase. (1986 - 1993)
★ PUPPEN & Spielzeug. (1978 - 2019)
★ Puppenmagazin. (1987 - 2012)
★ Sindy Magazine (c. 1986 - 1988)
★ Soft Dolls and Animals. (1996 - 2017)
★ THAT Doll Magazine. (2013 - 2014)
ToyFare. (1997 - 2011)

Haute Doll Magazine

PARTWORKS:

★ At Home with Hello Kitty - RBA Coleccionables.
★ Discover the World with Barbie.
★ Disney Dollhouse - Hatchette.
★ Dolls' House Step by Step - Del Prado. 
★ Porcelain Dolls - Deagostini.
★ Ultimate Doll's House - Deagostini.
★ Victorian Dolls' House Collector.
★ The Wonderful World of Sindy - Hatchette.
★ Your Dream Doll's House - Del Prado. 



If you know of a title which should be on this list, please let me know in the comments section!



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