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Hit Videos & Collectibles
(256) 830-6654
4003 Holmes Ave Nw
Huntsville, AL
 
Kb Toys
(256) 837-1516
5901 University Dr Nw
Huntsville, AL
 
Moss Valler Railroad Company
(256) 536-3303
320 Church St Nw
Huntsville, AL
 
Brook's Dolls More
(256) 539-3656
1509 Locust Cir Se
Huntsville, AL
 
Hobbytown USA
(256) 971-5080
6275 University Dr Nw Ste 21
Huntsville, AL
 
Kb Toy Hobby Shop
(256) 837-1516
5901 University Dr Nw
Huntsville, AL
 
Hobby Lobby Creative Center
(256) 837-3328
1030 Old Monrovia Rd Nw
Huntsville, AL
 
Phoenix Gaming
(256) 382-1031
7200 Governors Dr Nw
Huntsville, AL
 
BC Products
(256) 885-0050
1233 Willowbrook Dr Se
Huntsville, AL
 
Toys R US
(256) 533-3723
1001 Memorial Pkwy Nw
Huntsville, AL
 

American Beauty Doll

Written by Lori Lawton   

Apples and oranges and fashion dolls. To compare them, I think that Barbie and Tyler are apples to Gene’s orange. Barbie is melons (obviously) to the grapes of Bratz. As a consumer and collector, I appreciate them all and I am glad that the manufacturers have given us a wide range of styles from which to choose. But two of these dolls have informed my life. Barbie may have brought fashion dolls into my world, but Tyler brought them back.

Apples and oranges and fashion dolls. To compare them, I think that Barbie and Tyler are apples to Gene’s orange. Barbie is melons (obviously) to the grapes of Bratz. As a consumer and collector, I appreciate them all and I am glad that the manufacturers have given us a wide range of styles from which to choose. But two of these dolls have informed my life. Barbie may have brought fashion dolls into my world, but Tyler brought them back.

Upon her introduction, I had to pass on Gene due to my circumstances at the time. But I was instantly struck by her and that there was an artist who had created something to embody my ideals of the Golden Age of Hollywood and 20th century fashion. Mel Odom is to be praised and thanked for his accomplishment and artistic gift. He shared his dream with us. Gene may be retire, but her world will remain so we can revisit it like old Hollywood movies. But Gene is unique and cannot be compared to the modern girl as fashion icon.

Similarly, I don’t believe that a Bratz can be compared to other fashion dolls. I think they have been a cartoonishly fun addition to a collector’s options and could not have been made to be taken so seriously. Their controversial reign many end but, right or wrong, Bratz grabbed a permanent place in our cultural landscape. Like Blythe, but with more time and opportunity.

Although fifty, Barbie proved long ago that she will live forever. Her face and profession may have changed many times over the years, but she is eternally Barbie. As much as the TNT Barbie sculpt is the icon of my childhood, the Mackie Barbie sculpt is sacred to me as a reborn collector. When you fall in love with a face, that is the one you want to see forever. It might age but it’s still that face. The TNT and Mackie sculpts represent two generations of a beautiful family.

Tyler may be relatively young, but as a tool of fashion and fantasy, she is similar to Barbie as a perfect representation of modern style and sensibilities. Tyler’s classic style has flowed from one season to the next and she has changed face sculpts only once. For me, early Tyler is the personification of a perky preppy as she begins mature into an elegant Grace Kelly. She’s the Hitchcock blonde and a true princess with taste and style all her own. She appears to be self-possessed, wealthy, genetically blessed and, because we admire her character, we forgive her perfection and love and adore her.

Apples and oranges and passion fruit. Of course Tyl...

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