What Is a Momiji Doll?

Little friendship doll

A Momiji doll is a cute little friendship doll that you can give to friends and family. If you turn one upside down, inside you will find a tiny folded card that you can write a secret message on. They look like Chinese and Japanese dolls, but the Momiji doll is a modern creation of Artforum, a company based in the United Kingdom.

Inspiration

The  inspiration for the Momiji is a traditional Japanese folk art doll called Kokeshi. Kokeshi dolls are handmade from wood that has been seasoned for 1 to 5 years. They have simple bodies (no arms or legs) and an enlarged head with just a few thin lines to depict the face. The bodies are painted with floral designs in red, black or yellow.

Characteristics

Like the Kokeshi, Momiji have big heads and small bodies. They are hand painted in vibrant colors in their own individual styles. No two Momiji are exactly alike. The dolls have names and things that they like. A one-sentence story that comes with the Momiji explains a little bit about its character. The Momiji combine popular aspects of Japanese culture  into a strangely addictive, well-designed little doll.

Collectibles

Momiji are highly collectable. Each doll is part of a collection-“The Randoms” is one example-and they are only produced for a certain amount of time. They sell out quickly, which makes it a challenge for avid collectors to try to get their hands on them all. New Momiji dolls are launched regularly so there is always something for collectors to look forward to. The makers of Momiji work with artists from all across the globe to come up with fun, unique designs. The Momiji doll is also featured on t-shirts, mugs, and keychains.

Gifts

Its also used as a gift to someone special and they all have their individual messages. They are quite nice girls doll and fashion dolls.

Doll Collecting – How To Get Started

Dolls can be babies or high fashion models, sweet little girls or vampish sirens. There are almost as many kind of dolls as there are collectors, so whether you find yourself lingering amongst the pink boxes of the Toys ‘R’ Us doll department or gazing at the magazine photos of lifelike Ashton-Drake baby dolls, if you’re reading this article you’re probably thinking you’d like to start a doll collection.

Where to start?

First of all, collecting dolls can be an expensive hobby, so be sure you know where your “dolly dollars” are going to come from. Many doll collectors support their hobby by sewing, knitting, or crocheting doll clothes to sell, either on ebay, a Website, or at craft fairs. Dolls can be like potato chips — it’s impossible to just have one — so be aware of your budget and space restrictions. You might not want dolls taking over your home!

Second, think about what kind of dolls you’re attracted to. Some collectors are eclectic and like to own many different types of dolls. Others prefer to specialize in one main type, such as baby dolls or fashion dolls, while still other choose to concentrate on one brand or line. So while one collector may own several Barbies, a Ginny, a Madame Alexander doll, a few antique porcelain dolls, and a reborn baby doll, another may own Barbies, Genes, Kitty Colliers, and even a few Bratz, and yet another collector may choose to own only Sasha dolls. In short, no two doll collectors — or collections — are alike, and each doll collection is a unique expression of its owner’s tastes.

If you’re not familiar with all the different types and lines of dolls out there, the best thing to do is a lot of research. The Internet has really revolutionized doll collecting and is a seemingly endless source of information on the hobby. Many brick-and-mortar doll shops are also online, but many shops are Internet-only. Read, read, read — pore over the doll magazines and thumb through collectors guidebooks. Look at lots of photos and read lots of descriptions to see what interests you. It’s important, if you can, to attend a doll show or visit a doll shop to see dolls in person — seeing dolls “in the flesh” is very different from seeing them in photos, and you may find yourself surprised to be pulled toward a doll at a show that you hadn’t looked at twice online.

A doll show will expose you to a wide variety of dolls. You’ll see, of course, the popular vinyl fashion dolls like Robert Tonner’s Kitty Collier, Tyler Wentworth, and Betsy McCall, but you’ll also see vintage Barbie and Ken dolls, as well as dolls by the venerable older companies like Effanbee and Madame Alexander. You’ll see antique French and German dolls, play dolls, American Girl dolls, Bleuette, and even paper dolls. Take it all in — this is your education.

Once you’re ready to start purchasing dolls, the doll show and the brick-and-mortar doll shop are great places to begin, but the Internet has taken hold as a wonderful resource for doll collectors. Browse eBay for deals, but depending upon the dolls you want to own, you may want to gravitate toward online shops. Building a relationship with a doll dealer can work well for a collector, as once the dealer gets to know you and your collecting interests, she can let you know when something comes in that she knows you want.

If you’ve done your homework, you’ll have a sense of what to pay for your dolls. New dolls’ prices are often fixed, and it can be hard to get a bargain, but if you’re buying dolls on eBay or elsewhere on the secondary market, you may be able to get some good deals.

It’s exciting to bring your first doll home, and you may find that you want to share the fun with other collectors. Look for doll clubs in your area — the United Federation of Doll Clubs http://www.ufdc.org can help steer you toward a local club. Also check Yahoo Groups http://groups.yahoo.com to see if there is a doll collecting group that appeals to you. These online discussion groups can be excellent sources of information and friendship.

As a doll collector, you can learn about fashion, history, and culture, but above all, you should just have fun!

The Story Behind Integrity Toys’ Fashion Royalty Line

Integrity Toys is one of the companies in the market today that produces a wide selection of fashionable dolls. The collections available are reminiscent of haute couture, golden age Hollywood glamour, and other modern-age high fashion themes. The dolls are mostly ball jointed and each has their own exquisite array of wardrobes. Integrity Toys had then hired Jason Wu as a freelance doll clothing designer when he was still sixteen. Jason Wu later created the Integrity Toy’s doll collection called Fashion Royalty and he was later named as the creative director of Integrity Toys a year after.

The story line behind the Fashion Royalty line revolves around the competition between two huge cosmetic companies who are fighting over market shares in the European market and eventually global dominance. Their world had then become ever more challenging with the entrance of a third huge company ready to complicate the competition. Thus, collectors of the Fashion Royalty line will be introduced to the companies “W” (owned by Veronique Perrin), “V” (formed by Baroness Agnes Von Weiss), and Missima Cosmetics (headed by Natalie Fatale).

For doll collectors who are interested in fashion and creative designing, the characters of Fashion Royalty will provide you inspiration. Famous characters of this line are Veronique Perrin, Vanessa Perrin, Adele Makeda, Isha, Luchia Z., Baroness Agnes Von Weiss, Kyori Sato, Natalia Fatale, Eugenia Perrin Frost, Darius Reid, Pierre DeVries, and Francisco Leon. The Fashion Royalty collection of Jason Wu was first unveiled at the International Toy Fair in February 2001 in New York City. Every year there is an exciting new look for almost every character with new wardrobes in line. An accessory that should be part of every collector’s line-up is the story card portfolio which only had 1000 of these produced.

In 2009, the Future Perfect Collection was introduced with a new exciting feature. The dolls’ bodies came with a “handspeak system” wherein the hands can be removed to make wardrobe change easier. They also came with additional hands that are posed to hold with accessories. In 2010, Integrity Toys launched the Foundation Dazzle Collection which showcased haute couture and the fashion of the swinging 60s for W Cosmetics’ new fashion ad campaign. The sophisticated look of this collection reminds collectors of the original inspiration for these dolls which is the Gene Marshall.

Collectors of Jason Wu’s Fashion Royalty dolls will never cease to get excited as new lines and repaints are introduced each year. Every year, there is also a set of limited edition dolls of 180 figures to at most a thousand figures produced for a single character or design. Thus, collectors of the series will surely appreciate the exclusiveness and rarity of some doll models perhaps after a decade or so.

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