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Middleton started making dolls in her home in 1978. The vinyl dolls
commenced production in 1984. The new soft-feel vinyl "Breath of Life"
baby dolls began production in the second half of 2004.
dolls today are made of high-quality vinyl. All dolls are hard
the Breath of Life Babies, which
are made with soft-to-the touch lifelike vinyl. The majority of dolls
are 19" to 22" and are baby and toddler dolls, although the company
also produces some taller standing children. Starting in 2003, the
company also added a "Classic Miniatures" line, which are miniaturized
versions of popular, previously produced dolls. The Classic Miniatures
are 9" tall.
Middleton Dolls Sculptors and Artists: Current Lee
Middleton Original Dolls artists include Reva Schick, Eva Helland, and
and Secondary Market
For Lee Middleton Dolls: Some
of the earliest dolls designed by Lee herself have gone up in value on
the secondary market, but the majority of the dolls have not had enough
years to create a track record with collectors, and are available at
retail. Overall, initial retail prices of the dolls were reduced in
Lee Middleton Dolls
have been synonymous with the best
in baby dolls nearly
since their inception. One of the last major doll companies to move
production overseas, the dolls are treasured by collectors for their
workmanship and their huggable, realistic baby designs. Most of the
dolls have soft bodies, and the latest "Breath of Life Babies" also
have soft, huggable vinyl and individually rooted baby hair that
realistically mimics the hair on a very small infant.
company also produces toddler dolls. The toddler dolls tend to have
more vinyl, with less of the body of the doll being cloth. This enables
the doll to wear a wider variety of clothing.
of Lee Middleton Dolls tend to be very devoted, often with entire rooms
devoted to their adopted charges. The dolls also are given to children
as a special doll (one that the child may well have to pass on to their
children some day). The Treasured Child line of baby dolls is, in fact,
made for children, and it features a posable body and a lower price
point (suggested retail, $69.99). Certain stores throughout the United
States have "adoption centers" for the limited edition baby dolls,
where the collector or child can "choose" their baby from a "baby
nursery" with a baby nurse in attendance.