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Disney Doll and Teddy Bear Convention 2005 : Part 1
Author: HumanX | Monday March 21, 2005

The best Doll and Teddy Bear Convention this year. And we have a first hand look at all the exciting events. Best of all, it is from the perspective of a man! Part 1.

Disney’s Doll and Teddy Bear Convention 2005

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Another year and another DDTC (Disneys Doll and Teddy Bear Convention), and the more things change, the more things stay the same. Let’s start with what changed.

If you are not familiar with the processes behind DDTC, then you should read my article from 2002 which describes the original event. To quickly summarize, originally, collectors and retailers lined up outside of the event building in an order which was established by random placement. The doors opened and the buyers ran to the artists’ tables in hopes of getting low numbers or products from a limited series.

This was exciting and had the guests’ adrenaline pumping by the time the doors opened. But there were pitfalls; it was possible, for instance, to get caught behind someone at a table who was taking his or her time picking a product, leaving the guest with less time to reach other tables before his or her competitors.

This year, Disney opted for a new system, which had some old timers a little on edge. Instead of the mad dash, attendees filled in a product request form and prioritized their wants. Disney matched all of the forms together and each attendee was then matched to his or her winnings by first his or her wants and then by random number.

Example. If you wanted a particular Steiff first and then a Muffy, you would list those items on your form in that order. If another attendee had the same wants in the same order, you would be moved further up the ladder if the random number you were given came first. All of this is transparent to the attendee and handled by Disney.

So the question is, does it work? I think it is a good process as we managed to get nearly every item on our list but one. As a matter of fact, this system betters your chances of getting the majority of the items you are seeking.

There was only one mistake Disney made for this event, which I think may have cost the artists. When the attendees visit the showroom to fill out the product forms, the artists are absent from their tables. In the past, the artists were always there. In my opinion, part of buying the product is buying the story of the item, and that takes the artist’s presence. This also adds to the excitement and the want to buy more.

The first year we went to the DDTC, I met Sandy Dineen from Sandy’s Bearly Bruins and she gave me some of the background information behind “Teddy Doodle Dandy”. Without that conversation, that purchase would have not been made. A nearly identical event happened with the charming ladies from Koto Bears. Without their presence, we would not have bought one of their bears. In essence, if asked by Disney, I think I would stress the importance of the artists’ presence at the initial viewing of the products. We’re not just buying bears, but some of the passion of the artist.

The Teddy Bears

Best in show this year in my opinion was “Winnie the Pooh with Hermann – Teddy Foundling” Hermann –Teddy Originals. The pooh is 13”, is made of old gold mohair plush, and is wearing a red felt vest with button. The 8 ¼ “ foundling is made with antique light brown mohair plush. Though last years Pooh was quite similar in design, this year’s Pooh is something special with his little pal attached.

The Man Award goes to “Riley” by Zucker Bears. This limited edition, masculine bear with rotating head via tail handle could keep guys company on camping trips, hiking trips or any other man like activities!

And once again, as in past years, I have to give the bizarre award to Ancestor of Cheeky Minnie Mouse. Cheeky bears to me are like a bad after taste. The first time you try it, you wince and cringe. But there is something that draws you back, as if you have a desire to explore that which made you wince. The second time you try it, you begin to like it. Every time after that, your affection only grows. The items are so distinct, that your brain has to rethink bears. And once you have evolved, welcome to the world of Cheeky. These little gems are true art in the world of Teddy Bears.

Some of my other favorites:

1. “Tigger”, “Sorcerers Apprentice”, “Snow White” collection by Muffy.
2. “Nelson” by The Deans Ragbook Company
3. “Disney Bear” by Steiff
4. “William” by Sandy’s Bearly Bruins

Special Mentions:

1. “Dreaming of a Happy Easter” by Gaby Schlotz.
2. “We’re Friends Forever, Too!” by Rosalie Frischmann (One of a kind)

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