Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Virtual Raffle WINNERS!!! we said below...we have the winners...just no prizes until Julie gets back from vacation next week. So we'll post the prizes when she returns. Thanks to all who participated in the blog...we had a blast bringing it to you virtually! If the winners would please email us at to confirm your shipping address, we can have that info ready for Julie when she gets back.

Jennifer in Massachusetts
Dave DeCaro
Dorene Zebarth
Tina Morgan
Janice Rugar
Lara Shema
Anita in TN

Congrats to the Winners!!!

Convention Product Extras are now LIVE!

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Still More to Come!

Our apologies for getting a little on the busy side...but got you the doll pics, which is what most wanted to see. We do have more coverage with images and video. We will have the Virtual Raffle Winners posted later today...but won't know what you won until next week when Julie returns (she has the prize list and is on vacation this week). Promise to do better on the next blog!!! Thank you all for joining us here!!!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Competition Entries & Winners

Miss Piggy's Purple Passion Parade

The Tonner Convention came to a close at the Sunday Breakfast and charity auction for A Friend's House. 7 gorgeous one-of-a-kind dolls were offered up for the charity auction. Tamara Casey, winner of this year's People's Choice Award, offered her winning entry for the charity. Total receipts from the generous donations and bids came to over $11,000! Each table was graced by the presence of Miss Piggy, herself (Swined & Dined - LE100)...along with none other than Kermit the Frog (A Fly in His Soup - LE100) formally dressed in his finery. Kermit will be offered later in the line, but this formally dressed version was only done for this event. The event souvenir, the new 10" Miss Piggy (shown bottom), will be offered as variations in the Tonner line.

Stay tuned for video exhibit/competition coverage - AND - the winners of the VIRTUAL RAFFLE!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

The Moon Banquet

Robert Tonner brought in live music to charm attendees at The Moon Banquet; as dinner came to a close, the lights were turned up on the 't' runway for a selection of models wearing items from Robert Tonner's Spring and Fall Collections. Upon the finale, our very own Laura Domholt replaced a no-show model to wear a shimmering dream gown of black and silver to ovations before Robert and all. The tables were adorned with glittering 'moon' base centerpieces with rotating tables, displaying the centerpiece Antoinette doll, Lumina (Antoinette sculpt in silver lurex/chiffon and platinum hair - LE100). The souvenir doll was a one-time sculpt for this event, scaled to the Antoinette body, Celestial (Lana Lang Sculpt in white organza and auburn hair - LE300).

Firefly: The Browncoats Breakfast

Robert hosted fans of Joss Whedon's Firefly for the Browncoat's Breakfast. A line-up of Jayne Cobb's paraded their hats...and attendees smuggled their way through the event for a chance to win one of 8 Artist Proof Inara - 'Sihnon' dolls. The Nathan Fillion as Malcolm Reynolds Centerpiece (Captain Malcolm Reynolds - Browncoat - LE50) included the Mal doll to later be offered in the Firefly line to the public; however, the included Browncoat accessory will be sold separately. Also, the Co-Pilot's Chair (LE35) was made only for this event and will not be later available to the public (if extras are available of this LE35 edition, they will be sold on after the convention - a waiting list is not being taken). The souvenir doll, Morena Baccarin as Inara Sera (Sihnon - LE200), is only available at this convention in this outift; a variant in another outfit will be available in the Friefly line).

Robert Tonner: Mister Robert's Neighborhood (Edited)

You asked for got it!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Effanbee 100th Birthday Party

Happy 100th Birthday, Effanbee! Robert hosted a birthday party with fun music, kazoos, confetti galore...and CAKE! Carol Yeager hosted a display of special Effanbee Dolls from her personal collection...and attendees received Centennial Patsyette in hard plastic with blink eyes (LE150) - everyone was entered into a drawing for three prizes - the grand prize being a complete registration to either the 2010 Tonner Halloween Convention in Burlington, VT - OR- the 2011 Tonner 20th Anniversary Convention (location TBD).

Steampunk Gone Wilde

Ellowyne Wilde goes Steampunk during Friday night's special Wilde Imagination dinner - Steampunk Goes Wilde - Ellowyne Wilde - Letting Off Steam (LE300 - Shown at Bottom); Rufus Rutter - Steam Punked (LE125); Amber Stanhope - Steamrolled (LE150 - Shown Middle). All dolls feature inset eyes...a first for Rufus. This is Amber's debut. Note: Rufus will include the goggles and cap; but they were unavailable at convention time and will be sent to attendees - extras, if available, will have the goggles and cap included.

Unforgettable - The Revlon Event

Unforgettable Revlon - Robert introduces his new 13" Revlon doll (Shown Last Below: 13" Glamorous Red - New Sculpt on New 13" Fashion Body - LE200) as the event souvenir (and currently appearing on the newest issue of DollReader Magazine) - he complimented the tables with a 16" version centerpiece (Shown First Below: 16" Glamorous Red - Breathless sculpt on Antoinette body - LE100).


Registration receive your special Tonner Convention Bag...specially designed for this event and your convention pin. The bag is filled with many goodies from retailers, magazine publishers...and a complete peignoir set from Wilde Imagination for Ellowyne Wilde.

Set-Up & Registration

Big apologies to all who have been waiting for blog entries...but here we are...
Set-up is always an important part of organization...and makes everything go smoothly from event to event.
Lining up the Thursday Night Souvenir for signing...
Robert pre-signs dolls to save attendees line-standing time...

The whole Company is involved in the set-up process...lots of work...but a big relief to have it all behind you...

Melanie preps wigs for the staff for Thursday night's 'Let Them Eat Cake' event - Eric gladly helps as a wig stand.

Opening Night: Let Them Eat Cake!

At the Opening Night Reception - Let Them Eat Cake - Attendees were greeted with a balloon-filled banquet room with desserts, cake and dolls! The event souvenir was a new sculpt (referred to as Duchess) on the Antoinette body (Takes the Cake - LE350); the Centerpieces were Madame a la Menthe (Green - with Daphne sculpt - LE100), Madame a la Framboise (Pink - with Kit sculpt - LE100), and Madame et le Citron (Yellow - Sydney sculpt - LE100). The three dolls stood on gold bases amongst the revelry of the event. Staff members dressed in 'Let Them Eat Cake' tee shirts, periods wigs and make-up. And...if you're lucky (and technology cooperates) we'll post Robert dancing to Single Ladies a little later!

Monday, May 10, 2010

WELCOME TO THE 2010 TONNER CONVENTION BLOG!!! Here's where you will post your information to be considered for the VIRTUAL RAFFLE!

Post your comment here if you want to considered for our free virtual raffle; please only post once; all we need is your name and an email at which we can reach you. Don't know how to do it? Here's how: At the bottom of this post, you will see a posting date. To the right of that, you will see a comments line annotated with the number of comments (example: 2 comments). Click on 'comments' and a new screen will appear. You may receive a warning "Do you want to view only the webpage content that was delivered securely?" Answer 'Yes' if this box appears. On the right hand side of the screen, you will see where you can type your comment (name and email address); if you have a Blogger/Blogspot account, sign in with that; if you do not, you can sign in Anonymously (but be sure to give us your name and email so we can identify you). After you've typed your comments in, then click on 'Publish Your Comment'. If you receive the security warning "Do you want to view only the webpage content that was delivered securely?" Answer 'Yes' if this box appears. You should then see your comment at the end of the thread. If you don't, then wait a few minutes and check back. If you have questions, please let us know.

You have until 5PM May 20, 2010 (CST) to post your comment to be considered. Thanks for joining us online! THEN join us for exciting video and image converage of the 2010 Tonner Convention - May 20-23, 2010!