Tonner Doll Company DOlls
Tonner Doll Company, Inc. is a collectible doll design and distribution company located in Hurley, New York. Founded by Robert Tonner in 1991, Tonner Doll designs and markets original doll lines as well as a number of licensed dolls for movies such as Harry Potter, Spider-Man 3, and Twilight. Its original products include the Tyler Wentworth, Kitty Collier and Antoinette series.
Tonner Doll Company, Inc. was founded in 1991 by Robert Tonner under the original name Robert Tonner Doll Designs (RTDD). Originally the company had only three employees: Tonner, his partner Harris Safier, and a part-time seamstress. In February 1991, RTDD made its public debut at the American International Toy Fair in New York City. Multi-jointed porcelain fashion dolls and jointed porcelain child dolls were displayed at the fair in limited editions ranging in price from $650 to $1500.
Through the marketing of Safier, newly hired publicist Rebecca Plasker, along with Robert Tonner's quality of designs, RTDD saw exponential growth in its first year. By the end of 1992 RTDD was well on its way to becoming a prosperous enterprise. However, the massive demand would be overwhelming for the very small RTDD and only a fraction of the original orders would be filled.
In 1995, Tonner Doll gained licensing rights for the recreation of the 1950s paper doll Betsy McCall, for reintroduction to the collectors market. To keep the cost down, Tonner decided to produce the doll in China. Made from vinyl, the Betsy McCall license was one of the initial mainstream commercial successes of the company.
Tyler Wentworth is a 16" fashion doll created by Robert Tonner produced by the Tonner Doll Company, Inc. for adult collectors. Tyler Wentworth dolls are constructed of vinyl and hard plastic and have rooted hair or wigs. The Tonner Doll Company produces an extensive selection of ensembles and boutique pieces for the Tyler Wentworth doll made from the finest silks, French lace, chiffon, wool and scale knits. The Tonner Doll Company strongly encourages adult collectors to play with their dolls.
The first Tyler Wentworth collection debuted at American International Toy Fair in 1999. Subsequent collections have debuted each year at Toy Fair from 1999 until the present. Beginning in 2002, Tonner Doll Company began releasing "Mid-Year" or "Fall / Holiday" collections during the Summer. Tyler Wentworth has an elaborate backstory and several friends that have been produced as dolls for the collection.
Tonner Doll has the licensing rights to design and develop dolls based on many American television, cinema, comic book, and video game franchises. Since the 1995 issue of the Betsy McCall doll, Tonner Doll has gained the rights and recreated doll designs for movies such as 1997's Titanic (Kate Winslet), and 1999's Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (Natalie Portman). In 2006, Tonner Doll gained licensing rights to recreate the cast of the Harry Potter series, as well as Memoirs of a Geisha.
Tonner Doll has licensed comic book heroes and villains from DC Comics for their DC STARS Collection. The line includes 13, 17, and 22 inch dolls, including various versions of Aquaman, Batgirl, Batman, Black Canary, Catwoman, Donna Troy, Dove, Green Lantern, Harley Quinn, Hawkwoman, Huntress, Joker, Lois Lane, Mera, Poison Ivy, Power Girl, Raven, Starfire, Supergirl (Linda Danvers), Superman, Wonder Woman (Diana Prince), and Zatanna.
In the company's history, Tonner Doll has also licensed the Twilight Saga, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider: Legend, Chicago (2002 film), Dreamgirls, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Golden Compass, Mary Engelbreit's Ann Estelle, Fancy Nancy, Thèâtre de la Mode, Dick Tracy, Get Smart, Disney Princesses, Mary Poppins, Davy Crockett, Pirates of the Caribbean, Ava Gardner, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Gone With the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, Miss Piggy, Miss America and characters from the comic strip, For Better Or For Worse by Lynn Johnston. New licenses in the works include Tim Burton Alice in Wonderland (2010 film), Lord of the Rings, Disney's Prince of Persia, and Disney Princess Tiana, from The Princess and the Frog, Disney's first African-American Princess.