He's A Doll
By Michael DeMartin
OK, at first I was skeptical ... a Brian Wilson 1966 doll? Why? Well, why not - if it's done right? Last week, we put up information about the doll - err - action figure on Brian's website and I was surprised by the reaction. Some people were happy to hear about it and ready to pony up $75 for the doll in a box and $150 for an autographed version. Sounds like a lot, but these are a very limited edition, and surely they'll be collectors items before long.
There were more than a few negative posts on Brian's message board about the doll: many wondered about preserving Brian's dignity, etc. And, of course, there was one wiseguy who wondered aloud when there would be a Taylor Mills blowup doll (Taylor, if you don't know, is the ridiculously beautiful singer in Brian's band). Plus, the composite photos on the site do not exactly reflect the quality of the product - which is actually beautifully crafted. If you're a fan of Pet Sounds and know the photos of Brian at the Zoo photo shoot with the other Beach Boys, you'll be impressed that Brian's coat and pants are perfectly accurate to those photos.
Fact is, it's a beautiful collectible, and I really would recommend it. People have been asking how they can buy it, and here's what's happening. We're in the process of setting up a shopping cart with PayPal, and this should be ready to go by very early next week. If there is still any doubt about its quality, we're having some professional photos that will put it to rest (the photo above is one I took in our office with a digital camera). We'll also have an address if you don't want to purchase it online.