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Sometimes when they say "the end of an era," it actually IS
Shinyuu Layne
So Tonner is discontinuing everything except the franchised/licensed character dolls, and is embarking on a completely new Thing with an SF-style name that already went straight out of my head.

I thought some time back that there wasn't much creative love being poured into the Tyler line or its various offshoots, or even the Wilde Imagination line, despite the fact that the prices were getting higher all the time. The move toward all fully-dressed dolls, with just a tiny handful of outfit-only choices (and those at eye-widening prices, too), seemed like a downshift to me . . . but I told myself that I was just not as interested in Tonner as I used to be, so naturally I wasn't seeing anything that grabbed me. I guess my instincts were right after all.

But it was the Tyler Wentworth line that turned me into a grownup doll collector, and paved the way for my beloved BJDs. It's a pity to see it end. I may not be adding Tylers and Sydneys to my collection regularly these days, but there are still a few I would pounce on if I saw them turn up for sale, and it's still fun to fiddle with the teeny shoes and separates when I have time to play. Plus, Tonners photograph like a dream -- I will always think that it's easier to make a Tonner look alive for the camera than any other kind of doll, BJDs included.

Ah, well. I did know these are weird times we live in.

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Ugh -- I'm sorry, hon :(

Eh, it's a small thing, really. And I'm glad I have the earlier Tonners I do, because obviously he wasn't interested in taking those lines anywhere exciting again. Just one of those odd little nostalgic moments. You know!

Edited at 2016-12-22 10:47 pm (UTC)

I get it -- but I'm sad to see Ellowyne and Evangeline go. They had some of the most *spectacular* fashions (and I can squeeze my Chibis and flat-chested Unoas into Ellowyne stuff), and I *adore* so many of the over-the-top amazing Goth outfits that were produced for Evangeline!

(I actually have a doll who might fit into some of it, a bit too late.)

You might enjoy this interview my friend Jillian did, back in 2012: http://gothic-charm-school.com/charm/?p=752


I know Tonners were big with people who liked to customize dolls along with doll fashion designers. It's sometimes weird how things come in to style and then go out. Reminds me of what happened with Fashion Royalty dolls. Liked them at first and then they started trending towards more commercial looking dolls so I stopped buying. Then found out the bodies discolored and Integrity failed to offer replacements. Instead charged money for new bodies for a very brief period of time. I have no idea what they are making now. I've really cut back on doll buying and seeing what's out there now.

It's good you still enjoy them. That's the important part.

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