I want to share with you an article about the World’s most expensive dolls ever aside from Barbie or Bratz dolls. I am a Barbie doll fan and I used to play Barbie dress up games a lot. This is how the idea of making an article about expensive dolls took place. Without further ado, here they are.
Information: An 11 inch tall fashion doll, with an oversized head and large eyes that change color with the pull of a string. It was created in 1972 and was initially sold for one year in the USA only by toy company Kenner.
Price: USD$60 for the Ashton Drake versions. USD$400 for the limited edition Takara NeoBlythes.
Fashion Royalty Dolls
Information: The Fashion Royalty line was conceived and created by designer Jason Wu in 2000 when he was living in Europe and from where he drew much of his inspiration for the line. The dolls celebrate the glamour and excitement of the fashion industry, bringing in a uniquely diverse collection to the fashion doll arena. Fashion Royalty Dolls seem to make a statement with their clothing much like super models in reality. The Fashion Royalty doll collection also includes male dolls that are produced with the same high-end fashion sense.
Price: Priced around $80 while others cost nearly $400. Average are in the $200 range.
Information: 1/6 scale (27 cm, 10.6 inch) Japanese fashion doll. This doll has visible joints and good flexibility, able to tilt and rotate her head, bend and rotate the elbows, bend the knees, slightly flex and bend near the waist, flex the wrists and ankles, and so on. The Momoko doll is able to stand on her own without help, though a white metal stand is included.
Price: Between $100 and $150 but can be found for less. Some Momoko dolls cost around $60 each.
Gene Marshall Dolls
Information: Gene Marshall is a 15.5 inches tall collectible fashion doll inspired by Hollywood’s Golden Age. It was created by the illustrator Mel Odom. Each doll features an intricate movie-styled theme based upon fashions from the 1930s, 40s and 50s as well as Hollywood’s version of historical costuming.
Price: Many of these dolls cost around $75 but are usually no more than $140 (Depends on the dealer).
Information: Created by doll collector Robert Tonner, these dolls have meticulous face that are hand painted. Many Tonner Dolls look realistic and all of them are made with rooted hair. Tonner Doll collections range from classic girly dolls, high fashion characters and even characters from pop culture. It is easy to familiarize yourself with many Tonner dolls that are inspired from comic books and movies. Popular Tonner Dolls include Alice in Wonderland, Mary Poppins, Harry Potter dolls and DC stars (Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, etc.)
Price: They are also sold by retailers that specialize in collectibles and cost around $150. It is a bargain to find Tonner Dolls for $120, as many of them can easily cost around $199. A nice Tonner Doll can be found for $90 if you search through many of the available collections.
Goodreau Ball Jointed Dolls
Information: Range in size from about 60 centimetres (24 in) for the larger dolls, 40 cm (16 in) for the mini dolls, and all the way down to 10 cm (4 in) or so for the tiniest of the tiny BJDs. They are predominantly produced in Japan, South Korea and China. Some Goodreau Ball Jointed Dolls are made from resin material while others are created using vinyl.
Price: Dolls from the vinyl collection are much cheaper at around $160. Goodreau Ball Jointed Dolls cost over $300 at most, if not all stores that sell them.
Joe Tai Dolls
Information: Joe Tai Dolls are made with high quality vinyl and over ten joints. Collectors can dress up or pose Joe Tai Dolls any way that they choose. Joe Tai Dolls are also manufactured in limited quality and weigh more than the average fashion doll. The expensive dolls are produced in a studio to assure that they meet certain standards of perfection. This standard of quality is applied right down to the hand painted makeup.
Price: Joe Tai Dolls cost between $65 and $130 depending on the doll.
– Guest post by Ron Leyba.