|Commissioned Vinyl Franklin Mint Scarlett O' Hara for Beth Wilder of Louisville, KY|
Whenever I repaint a Franklin Mint Scarlett O' Hara doll, and end up staring at how the sculpt has been made, I feel a certain feeling of regret. When news of Franklin Mint decision to discontinue the production of their dolls came out, it was not news that came with a lot of good reason -- especially with doll collectors. It cannot be denied, the attention to detail Franklin Mint dolls have are known to superb. The quality of the vinyl is almost like porcelain. You know Mattel's Silkstone -- well the FM vinyl seems close to that.
The Franklin Mint Scarlett O' Hara vinyl doll is one perfect example. The sculpt IS Vivien Leigh. When repainting this doll there is not much need to blush, shade, contour to achieve a Vivien Leigh-ish shape of face.
I think it is a sad thing that Franklin Mint gave up on a good thing.
There has been no news of them continuing one of their good points.
There is also no good news to justify the discontinuation of the doll line.
So till they come back -- and we're all still feeling they will -- hang on to your Franklin Mint Scarletts.
Perhaps if we write them more, we'll find some way to ge the dolls back.
After all, tomorrow is another day!
(Below the un-photoshopped pictures of the doll. If Franklin Mint does come back, I hope they consider "softer" hair)