Kahn Lucas Acquires Madame Alexander Doll Brands

Kahn Lucas Lancaster, Inc., acquired all intellectual property and select assets of Alexander Doll Company, Inc., makers of the Madame Alexander play and collectible dolls. Kahn Lucas has been a long-time licensing partner of Alexander Doll under Kahn Lucas’ Dollie & Me brand of matching girl and doll apparel and related fashion accessories.

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Candy Spelling’s Extensive Madame Alexander Doll Collection to be Auctioned

Earlier this year, Aaron and Candy Spelling’s chateau in the Holmsby Hills area of Los Angeles was sold, and on Sunday, November 20, Candy Spelling’s collection of Madame Alexander dolls will be auctioned at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.

Conducted by Theriault’s, the world’s largest auction house for antique dolls, toys, and teddy bears, the auction will feature 350 dolls, including the rare early portrait models Victorian Bride, Pink Champagne lady, and Deborah Ballerina, along with dolls from the biblical series, a number of Wendy models inspired by Gone with the Wind, dolls created exclusively by FAO Schwarz during the 1950s, and more.

The complete collection will be on exhibit at the Waldorf-Astoria on November 20 starting at 9 a.m., followed by the auction at 11 a.m. Both the viewing and auction are open to the public. On November 19, Madame Alexander and Theriault’s will host a gala reception allowing doll enthusiasts and collectors to meet Candy Spelling; Stuart Holbrook, president of Theriault’s; and Gale Jarvis, president of Alexander Doll Company.

To RSVP for the reception, email info@theriaults.com.

FAO Celebrates The Smurfs with Activities and “Blue-Tique”

The Smurfs opened in theaters nationwide today, and viewers will see the legendary FAO Schwarz Fifth Avenue store prominently featured in a chase scene in which the Smurfs encounter the evil wizard Gargamel. To celebrate the store’s role in the movie, FAO Schwarz hosted daily themed activities during a special Smurf Week (July 25 to July 29), highlighted by an appearance by Hank Azaria, who plays Gargamel in the film.

In store, customers can bring The Smurfs home with FAO’s assortment of toys, games, and more items in the store’s “blue-tique.”  The main attraction of the “blue-tique” is the Smurfalator, a machine used by Gargamel to extract the Smurfs’ magical essence. Also featured are images from the movie, toys from Jakks Pacific, a classic assortment of Smurfs from Schleich, collector dolls from Madame Alexander, and apparel from Junk Food Clothing.

FAO.com is also receiving a “Smurfy” makeover and Facebook.com/FAO will join in the celebration.

Madame Alexander Celebrates 90th Anniversary of Miss America with Event

Madame Alexander is hosting a special event to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Miss America Pageant. The event, to be held January 29th at the Rosen Shingle Creek Golf Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, will feature a meet and greet with the newly crowned Miss America 2011, as well as former Miss America 2004 Ericka Dunlap.

Attendees will receive a limited-edition Cissette doll commemorating Miss America’s milestone, a light breakfast, and a raffle ticket to win the opportunity to purchase a Cissy centerpiece.

Admission costs $105. To pre-register (required), click here, or contact Nancy Richards at nancyr@alexdoll.com. Registration form and payment must be received by January 25.

The 2011 Miss America Pageant airs Saturday, January 15 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

Pearson Signed as Exclusive Publisher for StinkyKids

Stone America Licensing has announced that Pearson has been appointed the exclusive publisher for StinkyKids soft and hard cover story books.

StinkyKids is a doll line that was launched in fourth quarter 2009. The dolls are sold at 110 Nordstrom stores, Nordstrom.com, and FAO Schwarz New York. StinkyKids recently signed Madame Alexander to refill doll reorders, and to expand the program to additional specialty, mid-tier, and mass retailers.

Madame Alexander Launches New e-Commerce Website

Alexander Doll Company, Inc. has launched a new e-commerce website, madamealexander.com, for Madame Alexander doll collectors.

The site, which is categorized by collectible, play and baby doll, size and age range, and more, allows Madame Alexander fans to purchase the dolls from one central location. Special features include zooming and a 360-degree viewing capability for detailed close-ups of Madame Alexander dolls’ artistry and costumes.

The company’s authorized retailers are also participating in the e-commerce site as Madame Alexander/Shopatron fulfillment partners. Additionally, visitors can get an in-depth look into the history and features of the company.

Madame Alexander Doll Club Convention to be Held in St. Louis

The Madame Alexander Doll Club will hold its annual convention from June 23-26 in St. Louis, MO. The 2010 convention, themed “Meet Me in St. Louis,” will feature all of the traditional club convention activities and a special speech by Gale Jarvis, president of Alexander Doll Company, Inc. and St. Louis native. Jarvis will keep attendees up to date on news from the Madame Alexander doll world.

Convention guests will have the opportunity to attend seminars and workshops, participate in design competitions, enter to win Madame Alexander dolls, and attend the “Meet Me at the Fair” Cissette dinner. Other activities include an interactive display of five St. Louis landmarks, the Parade of Living Dolls, and a workshop for designing and creating doll clothes.

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Madame Alexander Appointed as StinkyKids Manufacturer

Stone America Licensing has appointed Alexander Doll Company, the creator of Madame Alexander Dolls, as exclusive manufacturer for StinkyKids’ soft-bodied dolls.

StinkyKids are a group of 10 diverse “little stinKers” who learn to make right choices through mistakes. The children live by the motto, “Always Be A Leader Of Good.”

The property’s doll line launched in fourth quarter 2009 in Nordstrom stores, Nordstrom.com, and at FAO Schwarz New York.  Madame Alexander plans to expand the program to additional specialty, mid-tier, and mass retailers for Christmas 2010.

Stone America is also in negotiations with publishers to produce the property’s first book.

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Madame Alexander’s New Pink Ladies

Madame Alexander introduces a trio of collectible dolls – Frenchy, Sandy and Rizzo, also known as “the pink ladies.”  The dolls stand 10 inches tall, have an SRP of $99.99 each, and are being sold at specialty and retail now.

MADAME ALEXANDER -- Rizzo Frenchy Sandy 09-09