Thursday, December 18, 2008

Steiff Bears 2008 Christmas - Better Late Than Never. . .

Today we here at Beacons Glow Collectibles received in a substantial shipment of Steiff Bears 2008 Christmas items from their Christmas Special '08 catalog.

It is a shame that they were so late in coming for this holiday season, but as is always the case with Steiff Bears, there are some very exceptional and exquisite pieces that are worth mentioning.

The Mohair Teddy Bear Nutcracker by Steiff Bears (EAN 037269) is a working metal nutcracker and is the first of its kind for Steiff Bears. This Steiff teddy bear Nutcracker was created by both Steiff and the famous wood artists of the classic nutcrackers from the Erz Mountains in Germany. His classic red and blue jacket is fastened with a genuine leather belt with gold buckle and his jacket can be opened with a Velcro closure to crack a nut. His screw action nutcracker, specially made for Steiff, was made in the Erz Mountains as part of the traditional handicrafts made of local beech wood. When the nut is placed in the nutcracker, turning this bear's head to the right cracks the nut. This Nutcracker is a wonderful holiday addition.

Then there is the Teddy Bear Smoker Shepherd with Lamb by Steiff Bears (EAN 037153). He is the first Steiff teddy bear that can actually smoke. This adorable Teddy Bear incense Smoker is made of the finest wavy, sand-colored mohair and is wearing a distinguished cape made of mottled wool felt. There is a beech wood insert inside his body that was especially developed and produced for Steiff by the experts on incense smokers from the Erz Mountains in Germany. In order for this shepherd teddy bear to smoke his pipe, simply remove his head, place the incense cone inside the metal holder in the insert, light it and then reinsert the insert into the body. Inside this shepherd bear's head is also a wooden cylinder with an air hole for the pipe that enables him to smoke his pleasant-smelling pipe and spread the wonderful Christmas fragrance in his owner's home.

We have to mention the Heavenly Choir by Steiff Bears (EAN 037115) . This is an incredible white plush cloud that plays the melody 'Hallelujah' and comes with 5 miniature mohair teddy bears. There is a robust and stable, handcrafted wooden display behind the 'floating' cloud that grounds all of the angels and it even allows one of the angels to fly. . .comes from a limited edition of only 750 pieces.

And last but not least, we have received the vibrantly orange colored mohair elephant, the Circus Elephant Replica 1931 by Steiff Bears (EAN 402081). The original of this new edition was born in 1931 when he elated his owner, Klara Steiff, Margarete Steiff's third cousin, as a prototype elephant with an unbelievable range of motion and fabulous tricks. Thanks to a special neck mechanism that was developed in 1931 by Hugo Steiff, the elephant's head can be moved in a circle by turning his tail. When the elephant is especially hungry, he snaps his mouth open and closed and so that he can emphasize his point, he can stand on his strong hind legs with help of an integrated snap-lock mechanism in his body. Quite the animated elephant!

Beacon's Glow Collectibles also received in several other new Steiff pieces. These pieces mentioned above are just the highlights.

Please take a look at these new Steiff Bear pieces when you get the opportunity. We are sure that you will not be disappointed.

Quote of the Day -
"There’s a miracle of friendship that dwells within the heart
And you don’t know how it happens
or where it gets its start
But the happiness it brings you
always gives a special lift
Any you realize that friendship
Is God’s most perfect gift." - Anonymous

Friday, December 12, 2008

Just in Time for Christmas Holiday Shopping - NEW Jim Shore Figurines

Beacon's Glow Collectibles just received in a large shipment of Jim Shore Figurines just in time for holiday shopping!

There are several new Jim Shore Figurines added to Jim Shore Christmas items, as well as a new category named 'Jim Shore Nursery Rhymes' which includes figurines from such nursery rhyme favorites as Humpty Dumpty, Mary had a Little Lamb, Mother Goose, and Three Little Pigs to name just a few.

We hope you are pleased with our expanded selection of Jim Shore's wonderful hand-painted stone resin works of art.

Quote of the Day - "All your life you are told the things you cannot do. All your life they will say you're not good enough or strong enough or talented enough; they will say you're the wrong height or the wrong weight or the wrong type to play this or be this or achieve this. THEY WILL TELL YOU NO, a thousand times no, until all the no's become meaningless. All your life they will tell you no, quite firmly and very quickly.AND YOU WILL TELL THEM YES." - Nike Ad

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Madame Alexander Follow Your Dreams Angel Doll and Matching 2008 Hallmark Ornament

Back by popular demand, Madame Alexander Dolls has re-introduced their 'Follow Your Dreams Angel' which was first introduced by the Alexander Doll Company in 2004. This timeless angel was selected as the much anticipated 2008 Hallmark Christmas ornament and because of this is being brought back into this year's holiday Collection. She comes with her own Christmas ornament - a boxed Hallmark replica of the doll, which is Hallmark's 13th in the Madame Alexander series.

As is always the case with all 8 and 10 inch Madame Alexander doll purchases purchased at Beacons Glow Collectibles, a doll stand is also included free of charge with the purchase of this Follow Your Dreams Angel Madame Alexander Doll.

A truly beautiful Madame Alexander doll and Hallmark ornament to pass along during the holidays for generations.

Quote of the Day - "None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone. " - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Steiff Cosy Friends by Steiff Bears Now at Beacons Glow Collectibles

Just in time for the holidays - Beacon's Glow Collectibles has started carrying Steiff Cosy Friends by Steiff Bears. This wonderful collection of plush is of the same high quality the world has gotten to know with Steiff Bears and their hand-made mohair and alpaca creations.

This new line includes several baby-appropriate plush items as well as soft plush teddy bears. We are excited that we are expanding our line of Steiff products.

Quote of the Day - "Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened." - Dr. Seuss

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Boyds Bears Are Back on QVC

It was great finding out that Boyds Bears was back on QVC on the afternoon of November 28, 2008 (Black Friday). David Miller, Vice President of Design presented the various Boyds Bears for the show. Did you know that it had been over 12 years since Boyds Bears had been on QVC?

We here at Beacon's Glow Collectibles were sure to watch. David presented many different types of teddy bears on the show from a few members of the "From the Heart" Collection; recent 2008 Fall Introductions to include Angelique, Peace and Hope; a few bears from the 2008 Bundle Up Collection, just to name a few.

The highlight of the show was the introduction of two new Boyds Jim Shore bears named "Bless This Home", "America the Beautiful", and "All Aboard". All of these bears are quite detailed and just beautiful. We expect to be receiving these bears in early 2009, so please stay tuned.

We look forward to seeing Boyds Bears again on QVC.

Quote of the Day - "If you do things well, do them better. Be daring, be first, be different, be just." - Anita Roddick

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Steiff Bears Flurrie, the 2008 Swarovski Bear Has Arrived

We are pleased to announce here at Beacon's Glow Collectibles that we have received in the very special Steiff Bears 2008 Swarovski Bear named Flurrie. This piece, incidentally, is an exclusive distribution by Steiff Retailers in 2008.

This is the fifth historic collaboration between Steiff and Swarovski. Steiff, renowned around the world for their German hand-made teddy bears, and Swarovski, renowned around the world for their crystal pieces, make a great team.

This year's bear features the snowflake-shaped Swarovski 2008 annual edition ornament. The bear itself is 10 inches tall and made of silvery-blue tipped mohair. It makes a wonderful gift item or a festive addition to your holiday decor.

Quantities are quite limited to the year 2008, so please order yours before these incredible bears are gone.

Quote of the Day - "Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it." - William Arthur Ward

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Jim Shore Birthday Angels Now in Stock

Beacons Glow Collectibles has received in the full set of Jim Shore's birthday angels. This set of 12 angels are sure to be popular. Each birthday angel is a perfect 6-1/4 inches tall and holds a basket of birthday-themed flowers and wears her appropriate birth month crystal necklace.

As with all of Jim Shore's figurines, each piece is made of stone resin to resemble hand-carved wood, and is hand-painted.

A bit more detail on each birthday angel is as follows:

Month, Birthday flower, Birthstone
January, carnations, Garnet
February, violet primrose, Amethyst
March, daffodil jonquils, Aquamarine
April, daylily sweet peas, Diamond
May, lily of the valleys, Emerald
June, roses, Pearl moonstone
July, water lily larkspurs, Ruby
August, gladiolas poppies, Peridot
September, morning glories, Sapphire
October, calendula cosmos, Opal Tourmaline
November, chrysanthemums, Topaz
December, narcissus holly, Turquoise

We have not received in the stands to display all of these 12 Jim Shore birthday angels but hope to receive them shortly.

Quote of the Day - "Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country." - Anais Nin

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Marie Osmond Too Sweets Tots Now Complete

Beacons Glow Collectibles received in the rest of Marie Osmond's Too Sweets Tots dolls and that completes the set. (Well, with the exception of the retailer exclusive but we still have not heard anything from Marie Osmond Dolls on that quite yet. . . )

The new Marie Osmond Too Sweets Tots that came in just the other day are:

1. Marshmallow Cream
2. Peanut Butter
3. Lemon Cream
4. Turtle
5. Swiss Chocolate
6. Raspberry Cream

QVC had previously advertised these dolls with a 2-tier white candy dish plate to sit the dolls on, but some of our customers have informed us that these plates are no longer in stock. Might we suggest a nice Lenox 2-Tier candy dish plate as a replacement? The dolls should look and fit quite nicely on this substitute.

Please stay tuned for that Marie Osmond Too Sweets Tot retailer exclusive. . . .

Quote of the Day - "So many Gods, so many creeds, so many paths that wind and wind, when just the art of being kind is all this sad world needs. " - Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Monday, October 27, 2008

Boyds Bears Fluffwees Have Arrived

Beacon's Glow Collectibles is pleased to announce that the long-awaited Fluffwees have arrived from Boyds Bears. These adorable 4-inch creatures feature a glitter covered nose; antique sparse style fur; floppy style jointing; bean filled body; and a hang tag with personality traits.

Designed and created by award winning teddy bear artist, Janet Wilson, she has created these adorable teddies just for Boyds Bears. As quoted by their creator, "each Fluffwee is a magical little creature sent to earth on a falling star with noses made of magical stardust. The Fluffwees are very unique in every way from having their own personality traits highlighted on the hangtag to their very own poem."

Three Fluffwees were introduced this year by Boyds Bears: Raindrop, Rose Petal, and Twig, and have been featured both on the cover and in an article in the popular magazine 'Teddy Bear and Friends'.

We anticipate Boyds expanding their line of Fluffwees in the coming year.

Quote of the Day - "Happiness is a small and unworthy goal for something as big and fancy as a whole lifetime, and should be taken in small doses. " - Russell Baker

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Cute Madame Alexander Halloween Dolls

Since Halloween is just around the corner, we thought that we would create a list of all of the Halloween Madame Alexander dolls that we currently have in stock. All of these dolls are quite adorable and have Madame Alexander's usual attention to detail and excellent workmanship.

Halloween dolls currently in stock are:

1. Fright Night Fun Wendy
2. Gone Batty
3. Maggie Visits Halloween Town
4. Pumpkin Full O Treats
5. Pumpkin Patch Pirouette
6. Pumpkin Perfect Maggie
7. Endora from Bewitched
8. Samantha from Bewitched
9. Tiny Betty Halloween
10. Wendy's Wicked Ways
11. Wendy's Witchy Web
12. Witches Brew
13. Witching Hour Wendy

Have a wonderful and safe Halloween, and enjoy this beautiful Fall weather!

Quote of the Day - "Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Steiff Bears Joseph Has Arrived

Steiff Bears Joseph (EAN 037238) has arrived at Beacons Glow Collectibles and he was well worth the wait.

Joseph is very similar to his Steiff predecessor, 'Phantom of the Opera', as he has a detailed music box contained within that has various options to play songs from the popular musical 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat'. Joseph's integrated music box is voice-activated and plays well-known compositions from this wonderful musical.

For those of you who have not seen 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat', Joseph has charmed audiences all over the world for more than 40 years because of his determination to never give up.

Steiff Bear's rendition of Joseph is magnificent - he wears a colorful cotton coat that is sewn on to his chest and lined on the inside with the same colors. This incredible teddybear is hand-made from the finest ecru-colored mohair , is five-ways jointed, and has flat soles so that he stands well. His blue eyes give him a very friendly, open character.

Steiff Bears Joseph (EAN 037238) is limited to 2008 pieces worldwide and features a gold-plated 'Button in Ear' trademark. He stands 12 inches tall.

Quote of the Day - "None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Steiff Bears

In order to help simplify the organization of Steiff Bears on the Beacons Glow Collectibles site, we have now combined both the previous Steiff Bears North American Exclusives and Steiff Bears Worldwide Classics into one major category aptly named "Steiff Bears".

New categories contained within the Steiff Bears category are as follows:

  • Steiff Bears North American Christmas

  • Steiff Bears North American Exclusives

  • Steiff Bears Worldwide Classics

  • Steiff Boutique

  • Steiff Club

  • Steiff Pets and Farm Animals

  • Steiff Replicas

  • Steiff Teddy Bears

  • Steiff Wild Animals

  • Steiff Worldwide Limited Editions
Any comments or suggestions as to how this new change works for you is greatly appreciated.

Quote of the Day - "The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up." - Mark Twain

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Jim Shore Inventory Expansion

We at Beacons Glow Collectibles are pleased to announce that we have greatly expanded our line of Jim Shore Figurines. We have added many new Jim Shore angels, Halloween and Thanksgiving pieces, as well as Christmas, Disney Traditions, and a new category of Jim's Wizard of Oz pieces.

The owner of Beacons Glow Collectibles really enjoys watching Jim Shore on the shopping network, QVC. QVC showcases many of Jim's collectibles and it is interesting to listen to Jim explain the background of many of his pieces. Jim appears to be a truly wonderful man who has extremely high ideals and is devoted to his family and love of life.

If you do not see one of Jim Shore's pieces on the site that you would like, please do not hesitate to email us or give us a call and we will do our best to track it down for you.

Quote of the Day - "The man who radiates good cheer, who makes life happier wherever he meets it, is always a man of vision and faith." - Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Madame Alexander Tiny Betty Dolls are Here!

After a much anticipated wait, we have received in all of the brand new Tiny Betty Dolls by Madame Alexander Dolls.

These dolls were first introduced in 1935, and Tiny Betty's face has been used numerous times over the years for many of Madame Alexander's smallest creations.

Each Tiny Betty doll comes costumed in a beautiful recreation of her original vintage outfit befitting to special occasions and holidays.

As with the originals, each Tiny Betty features a sweet, wistful facial expression and painted face, panties, socks and shoes. All dolls are vinyl and stand 7 inches tall.

This new collection includes:

  1. Tiny Betty Easter

  2. Tiny Betty Christmas

  3. Tiny Betty Halloween

  4. Tiny Betty St. Patricks Day

  5. Tiny Betty 1st Communion

They were definitely worth the wait as the whole collection is just adorable and reasonably priced at $24.95 each.

Quote of the Day - "Autumn is really the best of the seasons; and I'm not sure that old age isn't the best part of life. But of course, like autumn, it doesn't last. " - C.S. Lewis

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Madame Alexander Fancy Nancy Dolls

Fancy Nancy, the very popular children's book written by Jane O'Conner, has taken the world by storm. For those of you that haven't ready any of Jane's books, Fancy Nancy enjoys all things glamorous, frilly and fancy.

Madame Alexander has already introduced two Fancy Nancy dolls - Fancy Nancy 8-inch vinyl doll and Fancy Nancy 18-inch Cloth doll.

Five more Fancy Nancy dolls and friends should be arriving in early September.

They are:

Fancy Nancy 29-inch Cloth Doll by Madame Alexander dolls
Fancy Nancy 18-inch Snowflake Cloth Doll by Madame Alexander dolls
Fancy Nancy Bonjour Butterfly 8-inch vinyl doll by Madame Alexander dolls
Fancy Nancy 9-inch vinyl doll and Posh Puppy by Madame Alexander dolls
Fancy Nancy Frenchy the Posh puppy 6-1/2-inch plush dog by Madame Alexander dolls

Please check back in September for their availability.

Quote of the day - "An Investment in Knowledge Always Pays the Best Interest." - Ben Franklin

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Boyds Bears are Back!

We have recently been receiving in several of the new Boyds Bears from Enesco. As we had previously discussed, this union between Boyds Bears and Enesco marks a new and energized beginning for Boyds Bears. The financial issues are now behind them so the folks at Boyds can now concentrate on creating those teddy bears and plush animals that we have come to know and love.

This past week we received in pieces from the following new Boyds Bears lines from the 2008 Fall-Winter Collection. These Fashion Families include:

  • The Bearamericans

  • The Heart of All Great Things. . .

  • Blessings from Above

  • Bundle Up!
Additionally, we are getting in new Fall 2008 Uncle Beans Treasure Boxes and Boyds Bearstones. All pieces so far have been 1E editions, so we hope that that continues.

Quote of the Day - "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." - Eleanor Roosevelt

Friday, July 18, 2008

Marie Osmond Too Sweets Tots

This year marks the beginning of a wonderful new collection of dolls from Marie Osmond Dolls. The Too Sweets Tots Collection consists of twelve tiny 3-inch seated porcelain dolls each dressed and named for a type of chocolate. (For those of you that do not know, one of Marie Osmond's favorite foods is chocolate. . . )

Previously introduced on QVC, each Tiny Tot comes dressed in adorable little dresses and the detail on each porcelain doll is just incredible. A great way to display these adorably tiny dolls is to place them on a tiered candy dish. Wouldn't they look great in your kitchen or on your formal dining room table?

Here at Beacons Glow Collectibles, we have received in the following Too Sweet Tots from Marie Osmond Dolls:

Dark Chocolate
Mint Truffle
Orange Cream

Please stay tuned as we receive in more of these adorable Tiny Tots. We are still awaiting Lemon Cream, Swiss Chocolate Cream, Peanut Butter Cup, Raspberry Cream, Chocolate Marshmallow, Turtle, and a retailer exclusive that we have not seen yet.

Quote of the Day - "Spread your wings and prepare to fly, for you have become a butterfly. Fly abandonedly into the sun. If you should return to me, we truly were meant to be, so spread your wings and fly butterfly." - Mariah Carey

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Jim Shore Figurines and Disney Traditions

While unpacking our brand new Jim Shore Figurines inventory, we came across this insert within one of the Jim Shore Disney Traditions pieces by Enesco that we thought might be of interest to you:

"We have proved," said Walt Disney, "that the age-old kind of entertainment based on the classic fairy tale recognizes no young, no old." Generations have been touched by the timeless enchantment of the Disney classics - wonderful animated tales treasured the world over. The romantic princesses, noble heroes, and magical beings who dwell in the faraway places and mythical lands of Disney animations also live in our hearts, illuminate our dreams, and inspire our hopes. Such cherished characters as lovely Snow White and lively Pinocchio are well-loved members of our families.

Now the most wondrous of Walt Disney's creations weave their spell once again as charming sculptured figures from Disney Traditions designed by Jim Shore. These beloved Disney characters are sure to touch your heart, lift your spirits and make wishes-come-true seem like a reality. . . so that young and old alike can experience the golden glow of happily-ever-after.

Quote of the Day - "Your hopes and wishes are your own - you cannot ever let them be defined by others." - Anonymous

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Fancy Nancy Dolls by Madame Alexander Back in Stock

We are pleased to announce that after a lengthy delay, the very popular 8-inch Fancy Nancy Dolls by Madame Alexander are back in stock. This 8-inch Fancy Nancy Madame Alexander Doll was created from the children's book, Fancy Nancy, written by Jane O'Conner.

Beacons Glow Collectibles also has the cloth 18-inch Fancy Nancy in stock from Madame Alexander.

We also expect to be getting in the 26-inch Madame Alexander Fancy Nancy doll in the next couple of months. These were at the Madame Alexander display at Toy Fair in New York City in January and many Fancy Nancy fans expressed interest in this larger cloth doll.

Quote of the Day - "A happy woman is one who has no cares at all; a cheerful woman is one who has cares but doesn't let them get her down." - Beverly Sills

Friday, June 20, 2008

Jim Shore Figurines Have Arrived!

We are very pleased to announce that we are now an Authorized Retailer of Jim Shore Figurines distributed by Enesco.

It has been so enjoyable opening up each and every Jim Shore Heartwood Creek item. Jim's figurines are so very colorful and intricate, and as most of you already know, each figurine is made of stone resin to resemble hand-carved wood.

And we have finally gotten them all out on the site and categorized as follows:

1. Jim Shore Angels (one of Jim’s most popular collections, his angels are truly inspirational and highly detailed).
2. Jim Shore Animals (this collection includes cats, rabbits, geese, and pigs to name just a few).
3. Jim Shore Boyds Bears (a culmination of effort between Boyds Bears and Jim. Inspired by Jim’s boyhood teddy and his love of traditional folk art designs).
4. Jim Shore Circus (inspired by Jim’s own childhood memories of the circus)
5. Jim Shore Disney Traditions (as Jim states, “Disney Traditions represents all that Disney and Jim Shore enthusiasts have come to love – creativity, warmth and nostalgia).
6. Jim Shore Garden (indoors or outdoors, these pieces are meant to last and withstand the elements).
7. Jim Shore Holiday (Jim’s most popular collection to include Christmas, Halloween, Harvest and Thanksgiving).
8. Jim Shore Seashore
(includes lighthouses and tropical fish).

We are still receiving in several more Jim Shore pieces so please check back occasionally to see what has been added. As always, comments or special requests are always welcome.

Quote of the Day - "Keep your face to the sunshine and you will never see the shadow".
- Helen Keller

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Jim Shore Heartwood Creek to be Arriving Soon!

For those of you who have not heard, Enesco has bought out the Boyds Bears Company. It happened just recently. Boyds will maintain their design and research staff while collaborating with Enesco. We here at Beacon's Glow Collectibles believe this to be a very good thing. In fact, we should be receiving in Boyds new 2008 catalogs shortly, and can't wait to see all of the new teddybears. Please stay tuned as we shall keep you posted as to when new Boyds inventory will arrive. In the meantime, most of our Boyds Bears inventory has been put on sale for the month of June; and we expect to continue this through July.

Since we are now an Enesco customer, we have decided to start carrying Jim Shore Heartwood Creek figurines. Our initial order has been placed so it is just a matter of time before Jim's wonderful figurines start arriving. We watch him on QVC and just love his work. (And, Jim seems to be a sincere and wonderful person).

We hope that you are surviving these hot spells throughout the country.

Quote of the Day - "When one of your dreams come true, you begin to look at the others more carefully." - Anonymous

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Boyd's Collection Now Owned by Enesco

We received word yesterday that Boyd's Collection, Ltd. (located in Gettysburg, PA) has been bought out by Enesco Enesco is a very successful company that carries a wide array of several popular brands: Cherished Teddies, Beatrix Potter, Heartwood Creek by Jim Shore, and Walt Disney Classic Collection, to name just a few.

This long-term agreement between Enesco and Boyd's was made public on May 6, 2008. Enesco will continue to exclusively carry Boyd's plush, resin, ceramic, and other materials.

It is our understanding that the warehouse transition from Boyd's to Enesco will be completed by June 1. At that time, Enesco will begin shipping Boyd's orders.

Please stay tuned for further details. This could mean that Beacon's Glow Collectibles will begin carrying several of Enesco's products, other than Boyd's.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Steiff's Alpaca Classic Teddy Bear Leopard (EAN 420696)

Beacon's Glow Collectibles received in a quite unique and distinctive piece by Steiff yesterday that we wanted to tell you a bit about. This Alpaca Classic Teddy Bear Leopard is a classic ambassador of the Teddy bear species, but at first glance looks as if he just escaped from the jungle.

His beautiful leopard-like patterned fur looks so real. This leopard is 16 inches tall (40 cm) and his soft tan fur is made of alpaca and his leopard spots have been painted by hand by one of Steiff's wonderfully talented German artists. His mouth and nose are hand-sewn and hist\ paws are made of felted wool. He even has one of Steiff's classic growler mechanisms contained within.

This Alpaca Classic Teddy Bear Leopard is the first of three unmistakable bear representatives that were created by the artist, Peter Lorenz, from Leverkusen, Germany, on the occasion of the 2005 Teddy Bear Parade in Giengen, Germany. Incidentally, the original was made of a fiberglass synthetic material.

In the future, Steiff will be introducing this Leopard's friends - Teddy bear "Tiger" and Teddy bear "Zebra" that will soon follow in the Steiff footsteps of this lovable Teddy bear Leopard.

Alpaca Classic Teddy Bear Leopard (EAN 420696) is from Steiff's Classic Collection and comes from a limited edition of 2008 pieces worldwide. Of course, he comes with Steiff's classic "Button in Ear' trademark tag.

Quote of the Day - "Cherish your vision and your dreams as they are the children of your soul; the blueprints of your ultimate achievements. " - Napolean Hill

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Marie Osmond Olive May 50th Anniversary Doll

Beacon's Glow Collectibles is pleased to announce that late yesterday we received in "Olive May 50th Anniversary" from Marie Osmond Dolls.

She is absolutely exquisite and a perfect collectible must-have for any Osmond fan admirer. Olive May 50th Anniversary comes from the Toddler Collection and is from a limited edition of 5000 collectible dolls. She is a 12-inch seated porcelain doll.

Marie brought this wonderful Olive May sculpt out of retirement exclusively for this doll.

Please take a moment to read Marie's description from Olive May's "Certificate of Authenticity":

"It’s with great honor that Marie Osmond presents a very special tribute doll that was 50 years in the making! “Olive May 50th Anniversary” commemorates the incredible milestone of the Osmond Brother’s 50 years of entertaining. She’s “golden” through and through with gold-colored silk, lace and embroidery accents adorning her detail-enriched dress, including the names of each member of the famous Osmond family embroidered around the hem of “Olive May’s” skirt. Featured on her Certificate of Authenticity are the signatures of each of Olive & George’s nine children, which are Virl, Tom, Alan, Wayne, Merrill, Jay, Donny, Marie and Jimmy. For the Osmond family admirer, “Olive May 50th Anniversary” is a collectible must-have, to be cherished for 50 years (and more!) to come! "

Quote of the Day - We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty." - Maya Angelou

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Madame Alexander Fancy Nancy Soft Doll Has Arrived

Who would have ever thought that the Madame Alexander Fancy Nancy dolls would all become an instant hit? We have been receiving several requests for these incredibly cute dolls, both vinyl and cloth versions.

We here at Beacon's Glow Collectibles have just received in a shipment of 18-inch cloth
Fancy Nancy Dolls and they are selling quite quickly. But we have several on back-order and hope to get those in shortly also.

We just recently received information from our wonderful MA rep that the Alexander Doll Company will be introducing a 29-inch Fancy Nancy cloth doll. Come to find out, she was on display at the New York Toy Fair and she was an instant hit. We expect to be receiving her in mid-July. (By the way, we will let you know when we receive in the 8" Fancy Nancy dolls that are on backorder.)

Enjoy this incredible Spring-like weather!

Quote of the Day - "Dreams are today's answers to tomorrow's questions. " - Edgar Cayce

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Madame Alexander's Walt Disney Sleeping Beauty Dolls

Beacon's Glow Collectibles has received in the full set of this year's Madame Alexander's Walt Disney Sleeping Beauty dolls, and they are quite a wonderful set.

Sleeping Beauty, a classic animated feature produced by Walt Disney in 1959, was the last animated feature produced by Disney to be based upon a fairy tale. Who can forget Princess Aurora and her good fairies; Flora who gives her the gift of beauty; Fauna who gives her the gift of song; and Merriweather who gives Aurora the gift of virtue.

Each character from this famous animated film have been beautifully recreated by the Alexander Doll Company:

Sleeping Beauty (a limited edition of only 350 pieces)

All of these magnificent dolls are sure to become collectible classics.

Quote of the Day - 'When one of your dreams come true, you begin to look at the others more carefully." - Anonymous

Saturday, February 16, 2008

First Ladies Collection by Madame Alexander

We are pleased to announce that the Alexander Doll Company is reintroducing their famous First Ladies Collection in 2008. Each of the 3 dolls to be introduced this year are 8" Wendy Madame Alexander Dolls specifically chosen because of their popularity. They include: Dolly Madison, Mary Todd Lincoln, and Eleanor Roosevelt. Each comes with a descriptive bio card.

As her contribution to America's Bicentennial, Madame Alexander premiered the First Ladies Doll Collection in 1976 to honor the women who helped shape our country, dressing each doll in reproductions of inagural ball gowns.

In fact, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Museum of San Marcos, Texas, will be exhibiting a personal collection of First Ladies this year on President's Day as a tribute. (Incidentally, the Alexander Doll Company is the only remaining major manufacturer of handcrafted dolls in America, and is celebrating their 85th anniversary this year).

We here at Beacon's Glow Collectibles will be anxiously awaiting the introduction of Lady Bird Johnson, who holds a special place in the heart of Texans.

Quote of the Day - "If nothing ever changed, there'd be no butterflies." - Anonymous

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

2008 Boyds Bear Country Exclusive Is In!

Beacon's Glow Collectibles has received in the first 2008 Boyd's Bear Country Exclusive Bear named Ivan Minksley. He is an incredibly soft deep brown teddy bear with sable-like fur and brown suede-like paws. He stands 22 inches tall and has the Boyd's Bear Country Exclusive Edition sash tag sewn across one of his bear paws.

Quote of the Day - "The best time for you to hold your tongue is the time you feel you must say something or bust." - Josh Billings

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Adora My Dolly Belle from Marie Osmond Fine Porcelain Collector Dolls Has Arrived

Late yesterday Beacon's Glow Collectibles received in Marie Osmond's Retailer Exclusive, Adora My Dolly Belle. She is just adorable and limited to only 350 collectible dolls.

Marie Osmond created this special doll specifically for her fellow doll lovers. Adora My Dolly Belle holds her favorite doll and comes dressed in a pink floral old-fashioned dress with ivory accents. A matching pink bow adorns her curly blonde hair.

She is hallmarked on the back of her neck with Marie's classic signature and is hand-numbered, as are all of Marie Osmond's Fine Porcelain Collector Dolls.

Order yours today. . . with a limited edition of only 350, we expect that they won't last very long.

Quote of the Day - "The experienced mountain climber is not intimidated by a mountain, he is inspired by it. The persistent winner is not discouraged by a problem, he is challenged by it.
Mountains are created to be conquered; adversities are designed to be defeated; problems are sent to be solved. It is better to master one mountain than a thousand foothills."
- William Arthur Ward

Thursday, January 10, 2008

85th Anniversary of Madame Alexander Dolls

2008 marks the 85th Anniversary of the Alexander Doll Company. To commemorate this very special event, Madame Alexander is introducing some incredible dolls:

1. For the 21" Cissy collector, only five new designs are being introduced this year. Three of the five designs are limited to only 85 pieces in celebration of their anniversary. Each Cissy doll is very different and far more elaborate in detail and construction than any Cissy dolls previously produced.

2. As a result of the overwhelming success of last year's Captivating Swashbuckler Cissy doll, Madame Alexander will be introducing a 16" Swashbuckler Shadow Doll!

3. In regards to 8" Wendy, a new collection of Sleeping Beauty Fairies (Flora, Fauna, and Meriweather) are being introduced, and sure to be a favorite of collectors. New popular Disney favorites include Bambi, the Jungle Book, and a special hand-carved wooden Pinocchio. And, if that isn't enough to whet the Wendy collector's appetite, the Alexander Doll Company will introduce a new collection of 8" White House Presidential First Ladies dolls.

4. Additionally, there will be Ugly Betty dolls; Fancy Nancy dolls; Strawberry Shortcake; Care Bears; and Where the Wild Things Are dolls. For most of these new dolls, 8" Wendy dolls will be produced, as well as 18-inch cloth dolls.

(For those of you who hadn't heard, currently Fancy Nancy is one of the hottest children's literary characters on the market).

This is going to be an incredible year for both the Alexander Doll Company, as well as collectors. We here at Beacon's Glow Collectibles hopes to start receiving in some of these incredible dolls in the next several weeks. Please stay posted for further information.

Quote of the Day - "Attitudes are contagious . . . is Yours worth catching?" - Edie