main
side
curve
  1. Welcome to the new boards! Details here!

Female SW collectors

Discussion in 'Collecting' started by Princess_Tina, Nov 16, 2003.

  1. PadmeLeiaJaina

    PadmeLeiaJaina Jedi Grand Master star 6

    Registered:
    May 23, 2002
    Thank you! BTW I got an announcement in my email today that Robert Tonner is getting back to making Fashion dolls and he'll be working w/ Sideshow!

    No idea what sorts of lines that he'll be doing, but you can sign up here to find out what's up when they reveal the new lines.

    Tonner made the dolls used as bases for my 2 custom Padme dolls and my Leia
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2020
  2. wobbits

    wobbits Jedi Grand Master star 4

    Registered:
    Apr 12, 2017
    My Loungefly Child backpack arrived today and I just ended up doing a pre-order for the Clone Wars Anakin Hot Toys figure.
     
    PadmeLeiaJaina likes this.
  3. PadmeLeiaJaina

    PadmeLeiaJaina Jedi Grand Master star 6

    Registered:
    May 23, 2002
    So there are some preview pics of Robert Tonner's new Atomic Misfit collection up at Sideshow you can peek at here.

    I'll have to see what's up w/ the dolls. They kind of look like they have wigs. The basic doll DOES have wigs. If that's the case they're not great for customizing. The bangs on all of them also isn't great for turning into SW girls.

    The first dolls might have wigs because Sideshow doesn't have a way to do rooted hair dolls yet.

    That being said, if they do a version of this doll w/ hair that can be rerooted, I think the new face sculpt will work for turning her into a Rey doll (which I've been thinking recently that I'd love a ROS version of her.) I don't think the sculpt is right for Leia or Padme.

    Here's an interview w/ Tonner from Sideshow.



    My takeaway is I know that Tonner took a break from dollmaking because the manufacturing has been difficult. If Sideshow can fully add a new plant/process for making dolls - the possibilities for this are ENDLESS. Sideshow themselves have license for Star Wars - maybe they can partner w/ Robert Tonner to make the SW dolls that we want.

    OK I just started perusing one of their floor videos and saw these dolls - left upper behind the Jem dolls. I think they're about 12" size, I don't know what they are the camera blasts past them. I'm going to try to find out more and get back to you all

    [​IMG]

    I feel a write-in campaign is needed.

    I also believe that Mattel needs to try to go after making SW dolls. Hasbro failed spectacularly twice at that. Give that license to a company that knows how to build girl-play empires.
     
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2020
  4. cathiecat

    cathiecat Jedi Grand Master star 4

    Registered:
    Mar 24, 2005
    @PadmeLeiaJaina !! Do you have enough free time to write a letter and we can all add our names, and promote it and get others to sign? I can do it if you can't, but my first choice for writing the letter is you, then of course we can all write our own letters as well.

    I am definitely up for a new campaign!!!

    :amidala::padme::leia::ahsoka: I can't find a Rey emoji?

    HEAR! HEAR! TO THE GIRLS!!

    HEAR TO THE GUYS THAT SUPPORT FEMALE DOLLS BEING MADE AS WELL!!
     
  5. cathiecat

    cathiecat Jedi Grand Master star 4

    Registered:
    Mar 24, 2005
    I loved the Tonner interview!
     
  6. cathiecat

    cathiecat Jedi Grand Master star 4

    Registered:
    Mar 24, 2005
    I just wanted to share how I have been passing time the last few days, I did get one sheet stuck in the printer, that was scary! I am looking for more images to add to it.
    [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2020
    Findswoman likes this.
  7. PadmeLeiaJaina

    PadmeLeiaJaina Jedi Grand Master star 6

    Registered:
    May 23, 2002
    Ok this...is...EXCITING! Mattel has announced they're doing a Black Widow Barbie for Amazon.

    There's also an 11.5" Widow doll coming to ShopDisney.

    Marvel = Disney.

    Disney = Star Wars.

    Crossing fingers and toes that ACTUAL screen accurate Barbies for SW are on the way from Mattel!
     
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2020
    Princess_Tina likes this.
  8. Princess_Tina

    Princess_Tina Chosen One star 7

    Registered:
    May 10, 2001
    PadmeLeiaJaina likes this.
  9. PadmeLeiaJaina

    PadmeLeiaJaina Jedi Grand Master star 6

    Registered:
    May 23, 2002
    I'm hoping things are looking up for us. Marvel has had some girl merchandise the last few years from Hasbro after the FOD line tanked for SW. I'm really hoping someone will decide that it's a worthwhile cause to market to females. We've never had anyone truly work out a huge marketing plan for girls. I really, REALLY wish that Mattel can get this. We've learned here that they don't have distribution issues (note: you can always find their plush Child toys everywhere) and they know they know how to build girl friendly toy empires. They built the Disney princess line (that Hasbro stole from them) from the ground up.
     
    Princess_Tina likes this.
  10. wobbits

    wobbits Jedi Grand Master star 4

    Registered:
    Apr 12, 2017
    I'm not normally a Barbie person but that 11.5" Widow looks pretty awesome. The costume is more detailed than the Amazon version.

    I liked FOD but their faces just weren't my cup of tea. I enjoy dolls and figures who resemble the actor/actress as much as possible. Hot Toys really does a great job. Even after all this time it's as if the toy companies and marketers don't realize how many women enjoy Star Wars so they have no idea how to tap into something that will resonate.
     
  11. PadmeLeiaJaina

    PadmeLeiaJaina Jedi Grand Master star 6

    Registered:
    May 23, 2002
    The problem is that Hasbro doesn't really have a full female toys development division. They have the Disney dolls - they were a GIFT when they got the license taken away from, Mattel. They've tried twice to market to girls and both times flopped thanks to production timing. No one there has ever sat down and mapped out a strategy for marketing Star Wars toys for girls. NO ONE.

    I've been a fan since practically day one - day one when it came to collecting. (I was in Australia when the movie came out and returned home to the madness and of course caught the fever.)

    I've spent my whole life collecting merchandise that's made for boys. There were only a very few times we've had toys really focused for females (Portrait series, Queen doll series, TPM FAO exclusives, FOD.) That's pretty much been it. The cheaper dolls are all affordable. The FAO exclusives - unless I win the lottery I'll never get those.

    I want Mattel to get the license for dolls.

    They're already proving that they can fulfill w/ merchandise needs w/ their adorable Child that they can fulfill market needs and quickly deliver merchandise - which Hasbro has always had a problem with.

    I understand the SW fashion Barbies - they're not exact replicas of the SW characters so Mattel isn't infringing on Hasbro's rights to the characters. I just wish that Hasbro would realize that dolls for the franchise aren't their specialty and allow someone else to use it. Mattel could do wonders w/ making toys for girls. They could do a very young girl, line, a playline, and a collector's line. I hate that thanks to no one in the toy industry really seeking and knowing that there are female fans who collect - we don't have a broad selection of dolls available to us. All that you have to do is think of Darth Vader or Luke Skywalker - someone can literally fill an entire house w/ merchandise based on either of those characters. You can't do that w/ any of the female characters. We've had to wait nearly 40 years...40 YEARS...to get our first Bespin pantsuit Leia in 12" form and just under that to get an Endor Celebration dress doll. The Hot Toys Bespin Leia is also expensive and could easily be out of the range of many collectors. There are still Padme costumes that haven't been mass produced in any form - many from AOTC and ROTS - with only a handful of dolls ever made of her. She's got a wardrobe that's 8 times larger than Leia!

    If anyone is interested - I have my fanboard link in my signature . I haven't done anything on those boards in eons. I'll start re-promoting them, let's use that platform to work on setting up a fan petition to Lucasfilm and Disney. It needs to start there. If they can get word to Hasbro and have Hasbro do something - I'm fine w/ that. But we'll really only get heard if it's from the top. Long, long ago I helmed a fan petition to DC Comics regarding Smalliville and it resulted in getting the show's producers fired and the series to finally move towards Clark becoming Superman and not wasting away on his farm doing nothing.

    I need a new crusade. This is one that I passionately believe in. My wallet is less enthusiastic...but too bad!

    We can do this. Everyone is welcome to help.
     
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2020
    wobbits, cathiecat and Princess_Tina like this.
  12. cathiecat

    cathiecat Jedi Grand Master star 4

    Registered:
    Mar 24, 2005
    I am spending today thinking on this, and researching.
     
    PadmeLeiaJaina likes this.