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Sitting Pretty With Tiny Kitty
|Written by Louise Fecher|
|Friday, 01 August 2003 00:00|
Good things come in small packages. Less is more. We’re all familiar with the clichés that teach us that, well, bigger is not always better! If you need further proof that small is best, here it–rather, here she–is! Tiny Kitty Collier, the latest fashion doll from the Tonner Doll Company, is pretty and poseable, yet small enough to sit in your hand. Just ten inches tall, the little looker is Robert Tonner’s smallest fashion doll to date. Tiny, yes, but not short on style: Tiny Kitty boasts a wardrobe that any fashion doll would covet. Unlike her larger cousins, however, Tiny Kitty has a magical, sprite-like quality that makes her most endearing. Think Tinker Bell in haute couture, and you pretty much have the picture.
“She is just adorable and is her own little person,” says fashion doll enthusiast Leslie Smejkal from Goleta, California. Smejkal purchased “My Heart’s in San Francisco” Tiny Kitty because she was attracted by the doll’s petite size. “I found her totally engaging,” the collector says. “She makes me smile, and that’s really what doll collecting is all about for me.”
Tiny Kitty Collier seems to be making lots of folks smile these days. She is one of the hottest sellers for the Tonner Doll Company this year, with sales figures approaching that of Tyler Wentworth, Tonner’s most popular doll. Lynn Fenstermacher, owner of Cherished Friends in Laureldale, Pennsylvania, describes the response to Tiny Kitty as “overwhelming,” adding that many customers have ordered the entire line. At Cherished Friends, the three basic Tiny Kitty dolls sold out in just a few months, well before they had arrived at the store. Other speedy sellers, Fenstermacher reports, include the “Sharply Suited” doll, who is costumed in houndstooth check, and the “Bridal Bliss” gift set, a darling combination of a bride doll and a peignoir tucked inside a hatbox. “It’s to die for!” she says.
Much of the inspiration for Tiny Kitty Collier was Robert Tonner’s personal fascination with 1950s glamour fashion dolls (such as Miss Revlon and Toni), which he avidly collects. “In the ’50s, manufacturers often did miniature versions–maybe about ten inches tall–of their larger fashion dolls,” he explains. “I found myself looking at the small dolls and thinking, ‘This is a really neat size, especially for vintage-look outfits.”
In 2000, Tonner introduced the 18-inch Kitty Collier doll. A homage to the fashion dolls of the 1950s, Kitty has sweet, all-American good looks and a classy wardrobe. In 2002, when Tonner was thinking about introducing a small fashion doll, he realized that it made perfect sense to create a miniature companion– or “shadow”–for Kitty. Tiny Kitty Collier is not, however, simply a shrunken-down version of her big “sister.” “We did a brand-new sculpture, with a different face and different proportions,” Tonner notes. The two dolls have different e...