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Valley of Dolls
Eleven years ago, Ayano Tsukimi returned to her home in Nagoro. Confronted with constant departures, she has populated the village with dolls, each representing a former villager. Around 350 of the giant dolls now reside in and around Nagoro, replacing those that died or abandoned the village years ago.

In a recent documentary titled The Valley Of Dolls, Fritz Schumann explores Tsukimi's world, highlighting the time and artistry that goes into making the figures, and explaining her motivations. In it we're shown around a local school, once filled with children and teachers, that now houses dozens of dolls, sitting statically, waiting for class to begin.

posted by infini on May 3, 2014 - 13 comments

"It's black, like me.": Black dolls and politics

Every so often, ethnic dolls make the news, like this recent piece on Nigeria's Taofick Okoya who started his own line of Nigerian dolls after giving up his search in frustration. Okoya sells between 6,000 and 9,000 of his "Queens of Africa" and "Naija Princesses" a month, and reckons he has 10-15 percent of a small but fast-growing market. But the history of dolls outside of 'mainstream culture' exemplified by blonde blue eyed Barbie has been rife with prejudice and stereotypes. As the African middle classes emerge, is this an opportunity that gives rise to domestic toy industries?
posted by infini on Jan 29, 2014 - 19 comments

"The prettiest people are the blandest."

Greer Lankton, darling of the 1980s East Village art scene, made glamorous and grotesque dolls that reflected her struggles with anorexia and drug addiction as well as her fascination with sexuality and gender in all their mutable permutations. She died of an overdose only a month after completing her final masterpiece, a recreation of her Chicago apartment inside Pittsburgh's Mattress Factory. [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Jan 23, 2014 - 2 comments

Gagadoll

Lady Gaga satirizes the objectification of celebrity while cashing in on it with a series of creepily lifelike gagadolls. You can even rent one for an event. Several models to choose from.
posted by adamrice on Dec 27, 2013 - 35 comments

Should have gone to IKEA

How to make a doll lamp (video, maybe not safe for children) Philofix is a popular tv series for kids age 7-13 on Swedish TV network SVT. In a recent episode, shown this Monday at 7:30 PM, host Rakel Wärmländer showed viewers how to make a lamp out of a doll. Viewers were not happy. [more inside]
posted by iviken on Nov 20, 2013 - 33 comments

I put a mask on a monkey, mask on a monkey...

Street apes of Jakarta
posted by flapjax at midnite on Oct 21, 2013 - 30 comments

HUGO: MAN OF A THOUSAND FACES

This memory was added on: May 3, 2009
gotta love him!..I found him in the attic recently and was reminded of the times my friends and I would take him out with us to concerts, culbs and parties in the late 70's early 80's...he does not have his disguises .. just his beautiful bald head and blue eyes...I was tempted to sell him..but i know he would haunt me in my dreams...he's here right next to me now giving me the unhairy eyeball just talking about it...I hear Hugo...and I obey....
posted by not_on_display on Jul 1, 2013 - 7 comments

And there's a creepy doll, that always follows you

Amongst the canals of Lake Xochimilco, south of Mexico City, there are artificial islands called chinampas. Chinampas were invented by the Aztecs as a way to increase agricultural production, and while most have been converted for residential or commercial use, there is one that stands apart: Isla de las Munecas (The Island of the Dolls). Home to hundreds of terrifying, mutilated dolls, their severed limbs, decapitated heads, and blank eyes adorn trees, fences, and nearly every available surface. [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Feb 17, 2013 - 42 comments

Don't fail your New Year's Resolution!

A Daruma doll will always remind you of your goal. First read it here then watched it here. Nana korobi yaoki!
posted by xicana63 on Jan 31, 2013 - 11 comments

Let's Pretend We're Marionettes

When artist Troy Gua wanted a new project to cheer himself up with, he hit on the idea of making a tribute to his favorite musician. Le Petit Prince, a 1/6 scale doll of The Purple One, was born.
posted by BoringPostcards on Mar 22, 2012 - 19 comments

This fine-art project is definitely going to give you cancer (or has already given you cancer).

The Hairpin shows us how to how to make a doll into a wine glass in 23 quick steps.
posted by item on May 16, 2011 - 35 comments

She can move out of her car and into your home for a mere $95!

In the 1980s, American Girl dolls became an obsession for many young girls. The early options were limited, but the "family" of dolls has expanded to have Native American, New Mexican, African-American, and Jewish girls represented. Reaching across to a new un-tapped demographic: American Girl has released a homeless doll. Gwen Thompson, the homeless girl, retails for $95.
posted by grapefruitmoon on Jan 31, 2010 - 109 comments

I Brought You Some Coffee! Is It ... Boiling Hot?

On a Friday in the waning months of the 20th century, a Macromedia employee was getting ready to meet with the creator of Beavis & Butthead the next Monday to demonstrate Flash v.4's new feature, synchronized audio tracks – a feature he needed to learn over the weekend. So he put together the simplest model he could: a floating skull sans lips, tongue or physique. The meeting was postponed, so the employee continued to spitshine the animation and put it on his website. His friends e-mailed their friends, and soon, everyone met a heavy-metal animated floating skull demon and his adorable little devil pal. Sparks had created Radiskull, who will kill you one by one. (Atom) [more inside]
posted by MikeHarris on Dec 22, 2009 - 38 comments

"And there's a creepy doll..."

Sleep tight. (I recommend you listen to this while viewing the link.)
posted by grumblebee on Aug 27, 2009 - 10 comments

Mad Men on Acid

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA..!!.. [more inside]
posted by Christ, what an asshole on Aug 18, 2009 - 56 comments

He keeps Bopping his Boppo!

In 1961 Albert Bandura published a study titled "Transmission of Aggression through Imitation of Aggresive Models," better known as the Bobo Doll Experiment, in which young children were shown video of a woman beating up on an inflatable Bobo doll in various ways, the video of the woman and the results is quite interesting/shocking and sums up the general experiment quite nicely if you don't want to do too much reading.
posted by Del Far on Jun 1, 2008 - 29 comments

Where the wild things are

Build your wild self using a flash game from the New York zoos and aquarium and the wildlife conservation society. [more inside]
posted by FunkyHelix on Oct 23, 2007 - 18 comments

"Tiny shrunken heads peering down."

Originally made by Native American tribes, applehead dolls are now considered a form of downhome Appalachian folk art. The late Mary Winsheimer won numerous awards for hers, which can still be purchased online from her son. You can easily learn to make them yourself; apparently one can even earn a living at it.
posted by GrammarMoses on Sep 27, 2007 - 16 comments

Make them fight to the death! Wheeee!

Illustrator Rob Nance presents: The Do-It-Yourself Posable Paper David Hasselhoff and Pope Benedict.
posted by miss lynnster on Sep 26, 2007 - 10 comments

Fisted!

Home Made Sex Doll. Enough said, really. NSFW.
posted by parmanparman on Jul 16, 2007 - 88 comments

A horror movie in the make

More companion robots! Another in a series (see PARO, previously) of healing toys for Japan's rapidly greying population, Yumel the Healing Partner from Tomy. Like some kind of unholy cross between a Cabbage Patch Kid and Teddy Ruxpin, you can see a promotional clip of the doll here, or read a list of translated stock phrases (thank you Harper's). Also, an interesting article from the Economist about WHY the Japanese love robots so. (Hint: it's Shinto)
posted by ikahime on Apr 3, 2007 - 3 comments

Once you go plush you never regain your self-esteem.

Teddy Babes love dolls are available in a number of sexy characters. (NSFW)
posted by bigmusic on Feb 26, 2007 - 58 comments

Personalized Bobbleheads

Obviously, it's never too soon to start thinking about ideas for next year's Christmas gifts. How about your own custom-made bobblehead?
posted by mr_crash_davis on Dec 26, 2006 - 12 comments

A short hop from (Klaus) Barbie to (Lynndie) England?

Barbarism begins with Barbie — the doll, that is. Research done at the University of Bath (UK) posits that prepubescents' pre-eminent plasticine plaything provokes disproportionate punishment. According to the study, which originally focused on the effects of branding on young consumers, the statuesque Mattel mini-miss seems to attract undue savagery. "The researchers had not intended to focus on Barbie, but they were taken aback by the rejection, hatred and violence she provoked when they asked the children about their feelings for the doll. Violence and torture against Barbie were repeatedly reported across age, school and gender. No other toy or brand name provoked such a negative response."
posted by rob511 on Dec 19, 2005 - 46 comments

Dr Who - The Second Key

Dr Who - The Second Key. Original Dr Who strips made with photographed dolls and speech balloons.
posted by nthdegx on Nov 18, 2005 - 20 comments

Share Fun Times With Someone Special

My Twinn: The one-of-a-kind doll created to look like the special child in your life.™
posted by fungible on Jul 29, 2005 - 18 comments

Unintended Surrealism with Action Figures

When boys play with dolls, the results can be a bit startling. Some terrorists/insurgents are GI Joe fans. and here is an extensive collection of Little Nazi Dolls. my little nazi dolls via Mofi
posted by theora55 on Feb 2, 2005 - 26 comments

Hello Dolly!

NSFW: Realdoll vs. Superbabe. A side by side comparison of top of the line ($5000.00 plus) pleasure dolls. Realdoll has a removable tongue but Superbabe has no tongue at all.
posted by Secret Life of Gravy on Oct 26, 2004 - 53 comments

Perfect for that bombed-out Walmart toy

Elite Force Aviator: George W. Bush - U.S. President and Naval Aviator "This fully poseable figure features a realistic head sculpt, fully detailed cloth flight suit, helmet with oxygen mask, survival vest, g-pants, parachute harness and much more. The realism and exacting attention to detail demanded by today's 12-inch action figure enthusiast are met and exceeded with this action figure. " (via Tom Tomorrow)
posted by XQUZYPHYR on Aug 7, 2003 - 46 comments

Ebay Doll

Doll for auction on Ebay? It's haunted too? Don't even leave its pictures on my hard drive, you say? Well then...Firewalls at full-throttle, crew!
posted by LexRockhard on May 18, 2003 - 22 comments

corky cuteness

Mamiko picked up a cork that had rolled on the floor at the restaurant where she worked. From it she made her first tiny cork doll. She is often asked where she gets all of her corks. "I don't drink so much, but all of my friends who can drink quite a lot keep many corks for me." The pacifist is my favorite.
posted by iconomy on Feb 19, 2003 - 21 comments

Buy a bush?

The Dubya Doll is making its way through commercial America. With 17 slogans and phrases, such as "We will continue putting food on your family." what red-blooded American wouldn't want one?

"My Daddy was President you know." not included.
posted by Tryptophan-5ht on Dec 9, 2002 - 17 comments

Cop a corpse for a couple of C-notes

Cop a corpse for a couple of C-notes Spring is in the air, and the cadavers are in bloom; one of the more charming cottage internet industries is the production of life - er, deathlike rubber deadguys. Have a stroll through these charming storefronts, and pick a necrophiliac lovedoll of your very own.
posted by Perigee on May 23, 2002 - 1 comment

Someone dispatched a Ninja to kill you? No problem. You can retalliate with voodoo from pinstruck.
posted by plinth on May 3, 2001 - 6 comments

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