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Tonner Doll Company Closes Up Shop

Tonner Doll Company was one of those toy companies that, since the start of Plastic and Plush, I have always reported on. We followed them at the height of their licensed Tonner Collectible Doll phase. Caught up with them at various Comic Conventions and Toy Fairs throughout the years. But as I have seen over the past 15 years slinging toy news...all good things eventually come to an end. 

The statement below comes from Robert Tonner, the founder of the company. The lone bright spot in this story is that he will continue to produce dolls over at Phyn & Aero (although it looks like the focus will not be on the licensed products that interest many of our readers).

My Dear Friends,

I was lucky enough to start Tonner Doll at a point when it seemed that everyone was collecting, making, buying or selling dolls. At the same time, the Far East was willing and eager to produce whatever we wanted at a price that couldn’t be beat. High demand and inexpensive, quality production led to the golden age of collectible dolls and great success for Tonner Doll.

It’s often said that the only thing you can count on is change; I whole heartedly agree with that statement. I could go on and on about the changes in the collectible doll industry, but in short, the business model that I used to build Tonner Doll is no longer viable or sustainable. Therefore, Tonner Doll Company (including the Tonner Doll web site, doll hospital, phones and emails) was closed as of December 31, 2018.

However……

“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end.”
― Jenna Evans Welch, Love & Gelato

I’m very excited that Phyn & Areo will continue with a brand-new business model, one that addresses some of the changes mentioned above and we will be exploring new ways of doing business. Through Phyn and Aero, I’ll be working directly with our favorite retailers to create unique and exclusive dolls (look for the first Ellowyne out this Spring). I will continue to design for and attend events throughout the year (Dollology, Shaker Doll Club, Doll Circle and UFDC to name a few). At Phyn and Aero I will also continue to develop new product; we’ll be doing small batch, design driven products. Rayne, a new character with unique (and I mean unique) accessories will debut around Toy Fair. In addition, I am working on design projects with other companies (I just did a huge amount of work for FAO; that was both a challenge and a delight). I think it’s going to be a very busy, very exciting 2019!

Over these past 28 years I have had to honor to meet, work with and befriend some of the most wonderful people there are—doll collectors, doll lovers and doll retailers. I want you to know how deeply I’ve appreciated our journey together—and here’s to a bright, exciting, shiny, new future!
Warmest,

Robert

P.S. Starting today, please visit our website at www.phynandaero.com or call us at 845-802-5552. You can also reach us through info@phynandaero.com

Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) Tonner Doll

Tonner Doll Company has released their Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) Doll from the Fantastic Beasts license. Limited to an edition of 300 pieces, you can pick one up for $250.00. The figure comes dressed in his movie accurate outfit - a bow tie, white cotton shirt, wool tweed vest and pants, brushed Shetland jacket, trousers, weathered boots, a blue wool coat, and a knitted striped scarf with fringe. Standing at 17 inches in height, the Newt character figure also includes a fashionable briefcase.

In addition, it can currently be pre-ordered from Sideshow Collectibles for the same $250.00.

Tonner’s Wonder Woman Gray Suit

Tonner has announced a new outfit available for their Wonder Woman doll. The Wonder Woman Gray Suit (outfit only) is alternate attire for Diana Prince to wear on the streets of London and for her visit to the Ministry. Limited to an edition of 150 pieces, you can pick up the outfit set for $125.00.

The Wonder Woman Gray Suit Outfit features the following:

  • Jacket
  • Shirt
  • Skirt
  • Brown belt of pleather with gold buckle
  • Brown pleather boots
  • Wool hat
  • Glasses
  • Nude stockings

New Annora items from Phyn & Aero

Phyn & Aero has announced several new items from their Annora doll series.

The Hello Mellow - Annora Basic with Two Wigs is pictured above. Limited to an edition of 250 pieces, the doll stands 16 inches tall and includes the following: Blush stretch lace onesie; Blush pleather sandals; Black acrylic wig; Auburn acrylic wig; Sky blue eyes; Cameo skin-tone; Acrylic stand. You can currently pre-order this (Q4 2018 estimated shipping) for $145.00.

The Annora American Beauty (Debut) is a limited edition of 200 pieces. The 16-inch tall doll features the following items: Red lace dress; Red flower hat; Nude pantyhose; Red faux suede shoes; Red crystal necklace; Dramatic makeup; Hazel eyes; Jet black hair; Acrylic stand. You can pre-order her (Q4 2018 estimated delivery for $235.00. Also,  There is an American Beauty Red Knit Cape (shown above right) that can be purchased additionally for $80.00. It's limited to a run of 50 pieces.

Also, there are a pair of new outfits available. The Frill Thrill (Outfit Only) includes the following items: Black strapless taffeta dress; Black tulle and stain petticoat; White dotted mesh top; Black velvet sash/bowtie; Nude and black lace stockings; Black short boots; Faux pearl necklace. It's limited to a run of 100 sets and can be pre-ordered for $119.00. Also, the Mystic Allure (Outfit Only) is available for pre-order and includes: Satin and chiffon burnout lace gown with gem brooch; Gauntlets; Nude stockings; Seafoam green shoes with jewel embellishments. It's also a limited edition of 100 sets and can be pre-ordered for $119.00. Look for both of these to begin shipping in Q4 of 2018.

Tonner’s Wonder Woman #1

Tonner Doll Company has  announced their new Wonder Woman #1 16-inch tall character figure based on the likeness of actress Gal Gadot. The warrior Princess from Themyscira is engineered of injected plastic and vinyl. The totally new body has 15 points of articulation and saran hair. She comes dressed in battle armor consisting of a molded breast plate with a genuine leather battle skirt. Her armbands and gauntlets are made of real metal. Wonder Woman carries her golden lasso in a genuine leather harness. Her boots are made of detailed vinyl and resin. And the figure comes with changeable open hands, fists, and gripping hands. If you pick up the bundle ($310.00), that includes a figure stand as well as a shield and sword set. You can also purchase these separately (stand - $50.00; shield/sword - $50.00; Wonder Woman - $225.00). This is a limited edition of 500 pieces and will begin shipping around December of 2017.

Action Lab Comics x Phyn & Aero – Doll Face

The folks from Action Lab Comics teamed up with Robert Tonner of Phyn & Aero to debut the Doll Face ball-jointed resin doll at San Diego Comic Con. Doll Face (aka Lila) is an all resin ball-jointed doll capturing the Witch Hunter as pictured in the comic. Standing in at 18 inches tall, the doll has 16 points of articulation. As with many BJDs, Doll Face has eyes that can be easily changed out for unique looks (though, the yellow with hearts are pretty amazing). She also sports a wig made of fine acrylic fiber that can be combed and styled. And Doll Face includes her iconic black and white satin baby-doll dress, white knee-high stockings, and Mary-Jane shoes.

The Baby Doll is currently available to pre-order from Phyn & Aero (linked above) for $550.00. It's a limited edition of 100 pieces and expected to begin shipping in November 2017.

Phyn & Aero – Annora Monet

Phyn & Aero is a new collaboration between Robert Tonner and Andrew Yang. The first character introduced - Annora Monet (designed by Tonner) - is available to pre-order. The Kadira figure (designed by Yang) will arrive later this year. as well as some other yet un-named characters. All have been created using some new techniques, both in the product development process and in production. 

The above pictured resin ball-jointed figure (Annora Monet #1) is available to pre-order for $350.00 (LE of 100 pieces). The Deluxe Basic figure (left below) runs $550.00 and is a limited edition of 75 pieces. And the Strength Of Character ball jointed figure (below right) is a limited edition of 100 pieces is available to pre-order for $475.00.

Tonner’s 2017 Spring Update

 

Tonner Doll Company has announced several new projects that are currently in the works. Among those, there's the Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman doll. That doll should be in production very soon and shipping from China in July or August of 2017. There's Claire and Jamie from Outlander in development. There are also Jazz Jennings (I'm assuming the YouTube personality) and the the classic actress Mary Astor which should hit later this summer. And there will be some surprises in early Fall from Fantastic Beasts, The Wizard of Oz, and Gone with the Wind that should be revealed in summer 2017.

 

Amelia Whistle-Wickham Ghastly

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Wilde Imagination has released the newest doll from their Evangeline Ghastly line. The Amelia Whistle-Wickham Ghastly is a limited edition of 225 pieces, retailing for $225.00 each.

And while I could attempt to describe the doll, the folks over at Tonner use all sorts of adjectives that aren't in my lexicon. 

Apparitions have never been as fashionable as Evangeline’s ghostly Great-Great Grandmother, Amelia Whistle-Wickham Ghastly. Her dearly departed doppelganger has returned and is on a mission to help her. Her removable wig is a subdued blend of lavender and silver stylishly pulled back with a blue faux floral décor which matches the trim along her waist. Her big grey eyes offset her grey shantung bodice and the crinkle chiffon and sequin lace of her ethereal dress and bodice overlay. Matching satin shoes ensure that she is a true vision to behold! Alabaster skin tone.

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