Friday, August 15, 2014

Who's That Girl?

In Hollywood, not all stories are fully documented. Some remain mysteries and as such provide dollectors with a canvas onto which to project a wonderful world of intrigue, drama and fun. In the richly developed world of Mel Odom's Gene Marshall, Oona stands out for the absence of a biography. The best rumors (started by a trustworthy source) is that she was an alien saved by Violet Waters and an unidentified man.

Regardless of her origins in our vast universe, Oona is a beauty. And to us, Oona makes the ideal character to portray a facet of Hollywood that is as iconic and perhaps sometimes more fun than its mainstream. For in this Dolldom exclusive, Oona embodies the Queen of the B-Movie. Subversive and unabashed, Oona took on projects that Gene Marshall and Madra Lord could not - due to their established personalities at Monolithic Studios. From science fiction to exploitation films, Oona did it all and loved every minute of it.

Mel Odom's Oona joins Gene Marshall, Madra Lord, and Violet Waters in JAMIEshow Dolls' realm of  beautifully-crafted resin ball-jointed dolls.

Come discover the world of purple-eyed Oona and find out why she has such a cult following...

As Ermenegilda the gypsy fortuneteller in Feline Folk, Oona played a woman who turned into a tigress when her libido was aroused.

Her wardrobe was designed by Liz Cole for Retros. Wig from the Anne Harper line by Tonner Doll Company.

The Prince and The Pussycat

In this comedy of errors, Oona played a strip-tease artist who captured the heart of a charming prince. Wardrobe by Retros. Jewelry by StrayCat. Wig by Ilaria Mazzoni for Time of Doll.

Cheery Cherries! For a pin-up poster, Oona donned a playsuit by Byanca of Houston and a wig by Ilaria Mazzoni.

 Dark and moody... horror flick!

For The Creature from The Deep Creek, Oona sported figure-hugging couture that accentuated her dynamic dimensions.  Polka dot dress by Byanca of Houston. Two piece bathing suit by Liz Cole for Retros. Jewelry by StrayCat.

Oona auditioned for the role of Lola Foley in The Night, Nurse. The part went to her friend Gay Carrington, so no hard feelings arose.

Oona enjoyed doing wardrobe test photos in the famous uniform by Liz Cole for Retros. Wig by Ilaria Mazzoni.

In between film projects, Oona modeled sensational jewelry by Joy Jarred.

The beautiful scale of the baubles suited Oona's big personality. Wig by Ilaria Mazzoni.

Even when going to the liquor store, Oona exuded high glam.

She-Devil? Absolutely.

Her favorite role was one of her most controversial. No one expected her to take over hell in Hot Punishment!

The movie was banned in many cities which only exacerbated the desire of all to witness what happens when poor unfortunate souls descend to the depths of despair.

Oona was thrilled to work again with Liz Cole for Retros.

Everyone knows Tura Satana made Faster, Pussycat, Kill, Kill! figurative and literally. But Oona was a close second choice for Mr. Russ Meyer who decided on Miss Satana due to her natural gifts.

Oona's figure was artificially enhanced by a trendsetting brassiere created by Byanca of Houston. The contraption made the point loud and clear.

In a planet in a galaxy far away...

Queen Amígdala reigns supreme.

Oona's foray into the science fiction genre, Planet of the Babes was a feast for those who love comets and curves.

Whoever Oona really is matters little. Her ability to camouflage and metamorphose makes her inhabit a special place in our hearts.

Resources for readers:
Liz Cole for Retros
Time of Doll Wigs
JAMIEshow Dolls
Joy Jarred Jewelry
Byanca of Houston

Thursday, August 7, 2014

She's Gonna Start A Revolution

"The Face of 66" as Twiggy was called in The Daily Express has become ingrained in our collective conscious and subconscious. Which is why when Integrity Toys released "She's Not There" Poppy Parker, Dolldom took notice.

Iconic looks, such as the one championed by Lesley Hornby, provide the opportunity to revisit a sensational time and place in fashion history.

 It all starts with the hairstyle. Integrity Toys got it right.

And then it's all about hems as in Michelle McClusky's (e-Bay seller minifashions5) velvet and Lurex minidress. Jewelry from "The Barbie Fashion Model Collection."

Classic gold links remind of Courrèges! Gold links mini by Francesca Pigliapoco.

Sometimes it's all about vintage. This Hong Kong clone number is perfection in gold and green. Emerald ring by Joy Jarred.

Gold brocade never looked better.

The Face of 66? You be the judge.

Closing the fashion show is a black and silver Lurex knit mini with silver orb decoration found at a thrift store. Lucky find! "Apostrophe" chair by Maryann Roy for Welcome Home.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Délice en miniature

When artist Joey Versaw set out to create the latest version of his doll character Mary Magpie, the first 3D printed fashion doll, he was envisioning the multiple possibilities that this technology afforded him. How about creating Mary Magpie not only as an eleven and half inch doll but also issuing a miniature version, as small as the vintage Dawn doll by Topper is?

And so the mini version of Mary Magpie was born. At her reduced size, Mini Mary is also hand painted by Mr. Versaw, a painstaking process when one considers that her head is less than an inch wide. Boasting molded shoes in the style of vintage doll goddess Bild Lilli, Mini Mary is ready to wear many fabulous fashions created by Mr. Versaw or borrowed from Dawn's closet.

Yet, the fun of Mini Mary does not stop at redress. Boasting a wardrobe of 3D printed wigs in a myriad styles and colors, Mary does more that just look pretty in a different fashion. With a white pompadour wig, Mini Mary becomes Marie Antoinette. What fun! What versatility!

To prove the point, Dolldom's editors dressed Mini Mary in a new gown by fashion maven Liz Cole, whose Retros label packs our editorial closets. In a gown of verdant green to match Mini Mary's hand painted eyes, Mini Mary acquires a different persona by virtue of her wig change.

You be the judge!

Mini Mary welcomes you to her wig party in a shantung silk and tulle cocktail dress by Retros and her original bob style wig.

Falling in Love Again? A bit of Miss Dietrich, perhaps?

Maleficent? Could be!

Lauren Bacall? Absolutely!

No More Cake! Just petits fours for this lady of the court.

Coquettish Charm! The side buns impart a playful attitude.

1940s Fantasy. This deep red wine up-do has a sensational widow's peak.

Romantique. This side-parted style with cascading curls is pure 18th century elegance.

Waving Away! The Undulation Marcel gives off a decidedly 1930s vibe. Shades of Mrs. Simpson?

For more on Mini Mary visit her at her fabulous boutique

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Operation: Action Hero

What to do when the man doll arrives with a factory flaw? A rubbed spot from paint not yet dry. Find someone with an airbrush? Or go bold and have the man doll flocked à la Action Man and G.I. Joe? Dolldom chose the later to impart a "Men's Club" Trent Osborn doll (from the very last Gene Convention hosted by Integrity Toys) with the vigor and life force required to excel as Monolithic Studios man's man.

The idea of giving Trent a full head of flocked hair is not new as at the aforementioned convention, Alain Tremblay, marketing wiz at Integrity Toys, created a limited (ninety-one) number of Trent Osborn dolls flocked by him. Named "A Man's Do," the dolls were only available for purchase at Mr. Tremblay's flocking seminar at the Gene Marshall 15th Anniversary Celebration Convention in June 2010.

Mr. Tremblay went all out and did what is know in the business as electro-static flocking. No flat glued-on flocked fibers for Trent, no! Mr. Tremblay gave Trent the look of vintage G.I. Joe - fresh out of the box and a signed certificate of authenticity. Sadly, Integrity Toys does not produce Mel Odom's Gene Marshall anymore. What to do?

Ray Cairo of Flock Concepts is the man to go in the USA for professional electro-static flocking. Although primarily serving the G.I. Joe/Action Man community of collectors, Mr. Cairo also accepts commissions for other types of action figures that are in need of hair help.

Dolldom wishes to thank Mr. Cairo for his professionalism, incredibly fast turnover, and exacting hand. Thanks to Flock Concepts, Trent Osborn is able to escape a life of cap and hat wearing and be a full-fledged action hero type!