Aug 22 2011

Prince Namor: 2006 Club Doll by Annette Himstedt

Prince Namor - Annette Himstedt 2006 boy doll

Prince Namor - Annette Himstedt 2006 Club Doll

Over her career, Annette Himstedt create many more girl dolls than boy doll, but the boy dolls were very special in themselves. One was the 2006 Annette Himstedt Club doll, Prince Namor. As part of the Children of Atlantis collection, Prince Namor shared many of the unique characteristics from this underwater theme. His clothing was designed by Annette herself and contained real, hand-painted, golden-iridescent shells in it. According to Annette, over 60,000 shells were painted for the outfits in this collection. His face had the gold accents hand painted on it (collector’s choice). His face and hand are very expressive. Prince Namor has a fully jointed body which means he has jointed upper arms, elbows, and knees. As a Himstedt Club doll, you had to be a member of the club to purchase Prince Namor and one of the benefits of joining was getting a free Kleine doll of one of the Club Dolls either Prince Namor or Princess Mera.

The theme for Annette Himstedt‘s 2006 collection was Children of Atlantis which she took literally to make a collection of doll who lived under the sea! There were a total of 36 dolls in this collection including the Club dolls Prince Namor and Princess Mera. Annette photographed her dolls beautifully together and at play. The centerpiece for the collection was the impending “Pledging Ritual” of Prince Namor and Princess Mera to which all the dolls dressed in their finest outfits and attended.

Prince Namor and Princess Mera in the Pledging Ritual - Annette Himstedt 2006 dolls.jpg

Prince Namor and Princess Mera in the Pledging Ritual with Annette Himstedt's 2006 Children of Atlantis dolls

In Annette’s 2006 Catalog, she wrote a great deal about the storyline for her undersea collection. It obviously took great imagination to depart from her traditional dolls and create something so special. And 36 dolls… that would be a lot for anybody company to make! She wrote this about the mermaids but I think it might have been about herself after the dolls were made:

When all the work was done the mermaids sank exhausted into their shell chairs and looked happily and proudly upon their works of art.

Prince Namor, Lisa Lu and Tikiri -  Dolls by Annette-Himstedt

Prince Namor, Lisa Lu and Tikiri - Part Of The Children Of Atlantis Dolls by Annette-Himstedt


Aug 19 2011

Tawni: A Very Special Artist Doll By Annette Himstedt

Tawni Annette Himstedt Puppen Kinder Doll

Annette Himstedt’s doll Tawni is from the 2005 Children's World Summit Collection

We don’t often think of cultures when they originate in the USA, but Annette Himstedt looked deep into many countries to find inspiration for her dolls. In the United States she found Navaho Native Americans. Her doll Tawni is a beautiful doll that represents this culture.

Tawni stands about 34 inches tall and wears an outfit inspired by the Navaho’s but designed totally by Annette. The colors she chose for the outfit are rich and inviting: dusty purple with accents of deep red and teal. There are also feathers tied into the outfit. On her feet are brown moccasins.

Annette Himstedt dolls are always dressed perfectly, but it is the faces that she sculpts that are truly captivating. Tawni captures your eyes and that face is a delight to look upon. Her hair is set in pigtails tied with ribbons and loose bangs.

Tawni was one of Annette Himstedt’s Puppen Kinder – vinyl play dolls based on children. Tawni is from Annette’s 2005 collection called World’s Children Summit and very popular doll from the series.

You can see more of Tawni at The Toy Shoppe located in Richmond, Virginia. They were the first shoppe to offer Annette’s dolls in the USA in the 1980s and continue to have the best selection of Himstedt dolls. Click here to see them all.


Jul 28 2011

Announcing AnnetteHimstedtDolls.com

Hi everyone!

Annette Himstedt Doll Artist

Annette Himstedt Doll Artist working on one of her early porcelain dolls.

This is the start of a new website devoted to the beautiful dolls by Annette Himstedt, a German doll artist who recently closed her manufacturing plant in Padeborn Germany and retired from doll making. Her dolls (also known as Himstedt Kinder) are very special and doll collectors everywhere in the world love them. So come back and see what new things we can find to discuss…