Blog posted on my old Blog site in March of 2010:
On March 11, 2010 the Middleton Doll Company
was purchased by the Alexander Doll Company, aka- Madame Alexander® Dolls.
The business assets of Lee Middleton Dolls have been acquired by Alexander
Doll Company. The acquisition was made official on Thursday, March 11,
2010. CEO of Alexander Doll Company, Robert Porell states in press
release, ” the shop and former factory in Belpre was not acquired as part of
the business, but is under consideration as a separate purchase.”
As a Lee Middleton Doll retailer- collector- and lover of these unique
artist sculpt dolls, I am pleased that Alexander Dolls is planning to
continue selling the Middleton dolls under the Lee Middleton Doll label.
The falling economy hit hard and Middleton Dolls managed to introduce
only eight new Artist Studio Dolls in Spring of 2009 -Lovebirds
Twins, In Dreamland, Ireland, Blossom Fairy, Bunny Hugs, Baby Cassidy,
& Sweet Jasmine and one doll in the fall Precious Hope an exclusive
sold by Quality Dolls.
Middleton Doll Company placed a freeze on shipping stock from the warehouse
on Tuesday the 9th. and plans to resume as soon as the two “book keeping’
systems can be worked out between the two companies. Middleton doll retailers
are still waiting for information on what will happen next.
Playbabies and Newborn Nursery babies are being manufactured as soon as
possible and should be available by late summer. The manufacturing of the
NOW (artist dolls for older children) and ASC dolls (artist dolls for
collectors) is not known. I have only heard speculation on the possibility
of their return sometime next year.
There are many question that have not been answered, for I’m sure there are
many decisions to be made. I am trying to reserve judgment as to how this
will effect the future of our ‘beautiful little babies’. For the
collector I see this as a time the value of the dolls introduced up to this
point will climb.
This Blog is written and maintained by Susan of Quality Dolls™.
Quality Dolls is listed by the Middleton Doll Company as one of their
top 10 retailers. Quality Dolls offers the full current line of Lee Middleton dolls
via of two websites; www.lee-middleton-dolls.com
Our hope is to share with you reliable information
with updates being posted as new information is made available. Your
comments and questions are welcome.