As a doll designer it’s important for me to know what’s going on in the world of dolls and toys. To stay up on new releases I frequently walk the toy aisles at Toys R Us and Target, but I also like to follow the blogs of fellow doll enthusiasts. Some of these websites feature collectible fashion dolls and some play dolls. Some are photo-centric, others tell stories of their doll’s adventures or offer in-depth design reviews. Some help me understand the needs and desires of collectors, and others inspire me with thier originality and beauty. I like them all for different reasons. Here are a few of my favorite doll blogs.
A Few, Fabulous, Collectible Fashion Doll Blogs
If you like fashion dolls you will love Dolldom, the inspirational doll photo journal of the incredibly talented Ernesto Padro-Campos.
An elegant overview of the world of fashion dolls, Dolldom is a showcase for ideas intended to inspire, amuse, and guide the modern collector. Fashion, art, décor and gastronomy, it’s all here for you and your friends…
It’s also photographed so beautifully that the dolls seem to come alive.
Simon Farnworth, fashion doll aficionado and columnist for Haute Doll Magazine, writes The Doll Observer. The blog is part of a social networking site for fashion doll lovers. What I like about it is Simon’s obvious love for fashion dolls as well as his positive attitude. He only writes about the dolls he likes. It’s a fun, uplifting, doll blog full of the most beautiful contemporary collectible fashion dolls.
Alison Rasmussen edits The Fashion Doll Review. It’s a collaborative blog for the eclectic doll collector. The blog features photos and simple reviews of newly released and vintage fashion dolls such as Barbie, Integrity Toys, Fashion Royalty, Poppy Parker, Tonner Doll Company, Monster High and more. I like the fact that each post includes a photo and a short description.
The Doll Cafe is another great blog written by a doll collector. The blog focuses on Barbie and other collectible fashion dolls.
The Doll Lovers Blogs
Confessions of a Doll Collectors Daughter is a fun blog by a doll collector about collecting. Doll reviews and trips to toy conventions are part of the mix. The author doesn’t just write about high-end collectible dolls though, play line dolls are also reviewed in detail, something I really enjoy.
The Toybox Philosopher is written by a self-described toy enthusiast and avid doll collector named Emily. She only reviews dolls she has purchased with her own money so that she can freely express her opinions. The dolls and toys reviewed on the blog are ones that have caught her attention or joined her collection over the years. I enjoy the honesty of her well-written reviews. She writes about a lot of different kinds of dolls as well, including play line fashion dolls and large dolls.
My Froggy Stuff is another fun doll collecting blog but this one features easy doll DIY projects too, like the one above for fairy wings.
An American Girl’s Online Journal
Super Inky is the name of an online journal written by a little girl with a passion for her American Girl doll, or at least it seems that way. The photographs are all of the doll, and it’s written in first person, as if the doll were talking. Here’s what the author has to say about her blog:
Hi! I’m Inky. I’m a 10-year-old girl who loves ballet, Ugly dolls, National Parks, red pandas, space travel, and having fun. Join me on my adventures!
I find the website completely charming.
In addition to the doll blogs discussed here, I’ve also written about my favorite fashion illustration blogs as well as the best design and illustration blogs. If you like finding new blogs to enjoy be sure to check them out.
Do you have a favorite doll blog I haven’t mentioned? If so let me know in the comments. I love finding great new blogs.