A guide to Princess Diana&Catherine Dolls

In 1997 there was alot of speculation of what the Franklin Mint’s first Diana doll would look like. Here is the first advertisement  for the Diana in the Elvis gown she is the doll that started the porcelain series. Notice how they superimposed Diana’s face on the  doll. Boy oh boy  did that start an uproar.

Advertisemnet From 1997 From Dani’s collection of clippings

Then they released one of the vinyl Diana
This one had the nicer face sculpt to me and the hair looked almost like a strawberry blond. But it was the face sculpt that really appealed to me.

Diana the People's Princess Prototype ad

This little trick from the Franklin Mint made collectors very skeptical to order the dolls sight unseen because you never knew if your doll would come to you looking like the ad or something else all together. The Franklin Mint was not he only company to have done this Ashton Drake did it as well. But their version  of Diana upset collectors  so much that they started being   called the  Chucky DIs.










In recent years the Fm has held off until their actual dolls were completed to take a photo shoot for the the ads. Which made things a lot better for those of us who could not wait to see the next Diana doll. In 2011 they did the same thing with the Kate Middleton doll superimposing her face on the ad. But this time around we all waited to see the real thing.

Early Ad of FM KATE

Another Company that came under fire with their Diana dolls not looking up to the par was Gadco.

Their advertisement  showed a beautiful Diana  doll. Well the doll was a disgrace when she  appeared in person the company’s response was even worst,  they claimed that the company who was painting the dolls had a vendetta against them and made sure to do a horrible job on the dolls to bring them down. Well I am not really sure about that  but one thing collectors were able to savage was the gown and the jewels  and thankfully it fit the Fm  Diana doll.

It is tricky business relying on the doll companies to produce what they advertise but sometimes it just pays to wait and see.

We would like to know,   Do you order from the Ad  alone or wait for “real” photos to be posted of the actual doll  before you place your order?

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Most of the photos on this website came from the personal collection of Dani Deininger who has purchased a majority of them through ebay auctions over the last three years . A majority of the Franklin Mint Doll ads were given to her by Jody Brittian. Some of them may have come from the web in the form of web searches . The actual photos of some of the dolls are also Dani's unless other wise noted.
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