Reviews by Laura Duval Bird
Latest trends, collectables and discoveries.
Hsing-Chi Hsu talks about the future of his remarkable
and struggling company
Learn about Hsing-Chi Hsu & Hsin-ween Hsu and their company ASMUS Collectibles with Laura Duval Bird
Talking Toys with Todd McFarlane
Learn more about the world of Todd McFarlane and his remarkable creative staff.
For My Mattel Eyes Only - A rare private look at the 2001 Toy Odyssey you experience as the Mattel Toy company presents their latest Barbie and Toy line at The New York Toy Fair.
Mattel Showroom 1999 part 1
MEL ODOM’S 6TH Anniversary of the Gene Doll Collection at FAO schwarz 2001
Un-Cut Footage by Ira Gallen
The Mel Odom Gene Doll Line for 1999 at The Annual Toy New York Toy Fair, Javits Center
Mattel Showroom 1999 part 2
MEL ODOM’S presenting Gene at The New York Toy Fair 2000 with Laura Duval Bird
The Fans of Mel Odom and his creation of the Movie Star Doll Gene Marshall NY Toy Fair 2000
The Story of Madame Alexander
as explored by Laura Duval Bird
Beatrice Alexander, known as Madame Alexander, created the world's most successful dolls, until Barbie came along. Hers is a remarkable American rags to riches story, especially for a woman in 1923.
Madame Alexander Doll Designer Timothy J Alberts talks about his latest line of creations at the 2001 New York Toy Fair at the Javits Center with Laura Duval Bird
She honed her craft in New York, designing and sewing low-end cloth dolls. But she saw a market in a untapped higher-end collector market.
Styling herself as "Madame Alexander," which would became her iconic trade mark and the name for her dolls, Alexander went on to create dolls replicating famous personalities and characters in books, films, music, and art.
Among her notable creations were dolls replicating the Dionne quintuplets, Scarlett O'Hara, and the royal family and attendees at the 1953 coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
Three Little Pigs Dolls, ca. 1939
EFFANBEE DOLL COMPANY
EFFANBEE DOLL COMPANY at New York Toy Fair
with Laura Bird 2001
The Wonderful World of Mattel Toys
2001: A Toy Odyssey! Experience a rare private peek as the Mattel Toy Company presents their latest Barbie and toys at N.Y. Toy Fair
Mattel Showroom 2001 part 1
Mattel Toy Showroom New York Toy Fair Javits Center 1999 Part One
Mattel Showroom2001 part 2
Mattel Toy Showroom New York Toy Fair Javits Center 1999 Part Two
The Evolution of the Barbie Doll & Mattel
Barbie Collectable Dolls in the Market Place
The World of Barbie Doll collectables on CNN BIZ BUZZ with Ira Gallen 8 minutes
Barbie's creator, Ruth Handler at the Mattel showroom
Barbie Membership Club
Barbie & Stacy Talking Dolls
Barbie Twists & Moves
Matty Mattel, Sister Bell,
and Casper talking plush
Barbie TV Talk Show host
Barbie's little sister Skipper
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