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Talking doll helps black kids learn their roots

First there was the golliwog, then there was black Barbie. Now the creators of a new talking doll say that after 140 years of racism and negative stereotyping, toys for black children have finally come of age with a doll that helps them learn their roots.

Monday, 8 October, 2012, 4:43am

Exhibition duo make a date with the dolls

The LCX X Maysum Backstage Exhibition at Harbour City comprises a mock backstage area with make-up mirrors and clothing racks to showcase the many talents of make-up artist May Sum.

Among the items on display are her Subi Mcdolls and lipstick sculptures inspired by art, lifestyle and, apparently, cats.

8 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

New Yorker's quirky handmade rag dolls take him to fashion riches

A year ago, New Yorker Andrew Yang was a young and penniless aspiring artist. Today, he is collaborating with top fashion pros from Milan, London and Hong Kong, thanks to his quirky handmade rag dolls.

20 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

From second-hand to first-rate

In Prudence Mak Ngar-tuen's childhood, Lunar New Year wasn't a very extravagant occasion. But when her family could not afford to buy sweets to fill their red candy box, the young Mak came up with her own imaginative solution.

Using old cloth and melon seeds, she filled the box with colourful decorative sweets.

18 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

A children's story in a time warp

Little Plum Rumer Godden Published by Macmillan Children's Books ISBN 978 0 330 4513 7

27 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Glimpse of innocent age leaves novel stranded in a time warp

Little Plum By Rumer Godden Published by Macmillan Children's Books ISBN 978 0 330 4513 7

12 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

It's time to letyour creativity flow

Playing with Blythe dolls is no silly girlish act - it's more about discovering your inner creativity, says Junko Wong, creative producer of Blythe and founder of CWC Group.

'When you play with Blythe, you can be creative. Blythe brings people together because they can share their creativity with others,' says Wong.

16 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Big-eyed Blythe dolls celebrate comeback with an exhibition

In 1972, it was an unpopular toy that was the brainchild of a now-defunct company and was yanked from the shelves after one year. Now they are highly prized by adult collectors, with numerous famed designers willing to come up with their own versions.

11 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Valet of the dolls

A scene of carnage awaits on the first floor of a shop on Manhattan's busy Lexington Avenue, in New York. Discarded limbs litter the floor, heads spill out of a large wall cabinet and, in a shadowy back room, torsos hang from the ceiling on pieces of string. Look closer and there's a tiny fingerless hand and - perhaps spookiest of all - a mound of staring eyes.

8 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Surrogate dolls giving comfort and advice to old and lonely

Elderly Japanese whose children have flown the nest are turning to surrogate dolls for companionship and even advice, with impressive sales figures encouraging toy firm Tomy to look to other ageing societies for potential new markets.

1 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Toys to treasure

Top 10 gifts for Christmas

Toy kitchen

24 Oct 2004 - 12:00am


If you have friends with inflated egos or a sense of humour, Photoguide65 could provide some interesting gift options. A tiny shop tucked away in a Causeway Bay mall, Photoguide65 makes 30cm-tall stuffed dolls in a person's image - all you need to provide is a photograph.

15 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

Packed with action

A few years ago, three designers were playing around with action figures just for fun.

But today, William Tsang Chi-wai, 43, Kenny Wong Shun-ming, 35, and Winson Ma Che-hung, 39, consider these 'toys' to be their closest work partners.

Since they launched their first action figure series, Brothersworker, things have changed.

8 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

Retailers gear up for Lunar New Year boom

Consumers are expected to spend more this year than last to celebrate the new year, as shops and restaurants all over the city swell with people amid hopes of an economic rebound.

Retailers report shoppers are already buying Lunar New Year food, accessories and flowers more freely than they did last year.

19 Jan 2004 - 12:00am

Top sellers in toy town

ONE OF THE most successful Christmas toys was invented by accident. Philadelphia-based naval engineer Richard James was conducting an experiment on coiled tension springs when he dropped one to the floor and it began to 'walk'. He took it home and showed his wife, Betty, who found a Swedish name for the invention that translates as stealthy, sleek and sinuous.

20 Dec 2003 - 12:00am