You probably know what a doll is ever since you were a kid. You might have own a few ones as you grew up. Dolls have been an important object in our life when we were young because in some ways, it helped with our cognitive and social development.
But do you know about the origins of your dolls? Who and where it was made? Chances are, you know little about doll manufacturers. When we buy things, especially dolls, we neither inspect the manufacturers nor try to know the skillful hands that made the masterpiece that it is.
Let us take a look at a few renowned doll makers around the world:
1. Alexander Doll Company
Alexander Doll Company is an New York-based manufacturer of collectible dolls. Founded by Beatrice Alexander in 1923, the company has continued to build up its name in the doll industry up until now.
Madame Alexander, as she is fondly called, started styling dolls that replicated famous personalities, characters in books, films, music, and art. One of its notable creation, “Cissy”, is the company’s first produced fashion doll. During that time, the competition was tough. Four years after releasing the doll Cissy, Barbie has started to build a name for itself.
As to continue to improve the Alexander Doll Company’s products, Madame Alexander started to make hard plastic dolls in the 1960s.
As of 2016, the company has produced 6,500 dolls.
2. Europlay Corporation
Europlay Corporation is the head company of the oldest German doll company, the Käthe Kruse Doll Studio. Withstanding the test of time, the doll studio continues to produce high-quality dolls and toys fit for infants and even adolescents.
Each doll is carefully handcrafted and is passed through the hands of 8 to 10 artists to produce toys in exceptional qualities.
Other sub-brands of the Europlay Corporation is Selecta toys, which is also one of the most famous manufacturers of toddler toys in Germany.
3. Playmates Toys Inc.
Playmates Toys Inc. is well-known for its dolls, figurines, and action figures that are based on pop culture. Based in China, the manufacturing company continues to build a name in the doll industry by constantly keeping up with the trends.
The range of doll characters ranges from Ninja Turtles, Ben 10, Disney fairies, princesses and princes, and other characters.
4. YNU Group Inc
What sets the YNU Group Inc. from most of regular doll companies is their cultural relevance. To cater those kids of different colors and race, the company dedicated designed each doll with varying skin tone.
Each doll features are carefully planned to get the natural proportion of the human body. The company aims to bring out a more realistic doll characters.
5. Bestever USA Inc.
Considered as one of the best makers of dolls and plushies, Bestever USA Inc. creates their toys using the finest quality materials that are guaranteed to be safe for kids. The quality workmanship, attention to detail, and the strict compliance explains why Bestever USA has become one of the industry leaders when it comes to producing kids’ toys.
In addition to a range of products, the company owned factories that are able to customize items with the same levels of quality standards.
The company is also involved in both manufacture and wholesale distribution of products.
6. Corolle Dolls
With more than 30 years of effort in producing Corolle dolls, the French-based company are passionate in creating dolls that make the best playmates for children. The Corolle collection of dolls are usually manufactured with key considerations on design and fashion.
The clothing and the accessories of each dolls are tailored to fit each child’s age and growth development.
7. R. John Wright Company
Established in 1976 by John and Susan Wrights, R. John Wright Dolls, Inc. has since been delighting kids and doll collectors worldwide with beautifully designed and handcrafted dolls and animals.
The company is known for their realistic approach in the creation of their dolls. Each character is strictly produced in a limited number and is packaged with a signed and numbered certificate.
Silke, an associate brand of Kosen USA, Inc. has been in the doll industry for more than 90 years already. The traditional brand is famous for producing high quality dolls and children’s toys. Its iconic design involves simple shapes, clear-colored dolls that are made of durable and safe for kids textiles.
The SILKE brand has been receiving awards from independent toy evaluators like Creative Child Magazine.
9. Mattel Creations
In 1945, Ruth and Elliot Handler founded Mattel Creations, the company that introduced the Barbie dolls to the world.
The idea sparked when Ruth watched her daughter, Barbara, playing with paper dolls with her friends. Ruth then realized it was an important part of growing up because it challenges a kid’s imagination in such a young age.
Several years later, Mattel introduced Barbie, a doll inspired from a teenage fashion model where kids can play dress-ups or anything. But before it became as famous as it is right now, buyers were initially skeptical to buy Barbie dolls at the annual Toy Fair in New York in the year 1959. This was because the dolls were completely different from the baby and toddler dolls that were prominent back then.