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March 2021 – Graphic-sha released, The Dictionary of Fashion Dolls Revised Edition.
If you’re curious about the book then come with me while I explore what’s inside.
What Is It?
The Dictionary of Fashion Dolls Revised Edition is a 264 page collection of fashion dolls released around the world between 1951 to 2020.
Taira Megumi, first released the book in 2004. 17 years later this revised version contains new dolls and updated information.
It’s organized like a dictionary with the dolls arranged in alphabetical order.
Starting with A – Alex (created by the Alexander Doll Co. Inc) and ending with Y – Yukko-chan (created by Tommy).
How to Use the Book
There are 2 parts to the book: Dolls Major Size (Part I) & Dolls Chibi-chibi size (Part II).
- an introduction by the author
- a section on how to use the book and
- 3 segments covering the history of fashion dolls
A doll’s profile consist of 2 pages:
The 1st page is an up-close, front view of the doll.
While the 2nd page is an up-close back view of the doll.
Also on the 2nd page is the doll’s details like: name, height, maker and release year.
And at the bottom of the 2nd page, there’s a brief summary about the doll and the manufacturer.
On some doll pages, there’s also a tiny wallet icon. A red wallet mean regular sales. A blue wallet means limited sales.
Most of the text is in Japanese. But with a translator app you can get a “basic” understanding of what’s happening on the page.
There are over 200 images of dolls. So you’ll probably spend most of your time looking at the pretty dolly pics versus reading text.
You can flip through the book from beginning to end (this is what I did the first day it arrived).
Or if you know the name of a particular doll you can go straight to that page.
On the other hand, if you know the release year of a doll, you can use the index to locate her profile page.
Who Is the Book For?
If you’re obsessed with fashion dolls or simply enjoy learning about the different dolls then this is a wonderful book to add to your dolly library.
It’s also quite handy when you want to identify dolls you come across online or in person.
Where to Buy
Over to You
What dolls are you familiar with and do you also collect them? I look forward to chatting with you.
Is there a doll book you’re curious about? Let me know in the comment section below. I may feature it in our next curious article.