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Fannish Dolls are dolls made by fans to look like pre-existing characters or, sometimes, objects associated with the fandom such as video game consoles. Characters with speaking roles are the most common inspirations, but there are also a lot of dolls made for "mascot" type characters, such as animals or objects. They may be crocheted or knit, made of cloth or other materials. Such dolls may also be called "plushies," particularly in anime, manga, and webcomic fandoms.
A fan-crafted Vincent doll from Beauty and the Beast, available for $199, is described as being "approximately 18 inches tall, his head, hands, and boots sculpted and fired in porcelain clay, 'Vincent' is poseable and huggable and is dressed in the finest "tunnel toggery," complete with hooded cloak and leather belt and appointments. He wears a white rose in a leather pouch hung around his neck. Garments are created for each doll and will differ from doll to doll. If you have a preference of outfit, please state at the time of ordering which episode and scene, and we will do our best to duplicate that outfit (though some modifications may occur due to scale). Expect a three-month wait. We do not have dolls made up ahead of time and these things take time. If Vincent will forgive the metaphore [sic], we make each doll from scratch," from Solstice Press.
In the early 80s, US-based fan, Francine Ellison, created fabric unicorn and Pegasus Christmas ornaments, sehlats, and Star Trek baby character dolls of Vulcans and Andorians in diapers. Ian McLean commissioned her to fashion a three-armed, three-legged baby Edosian (Star Trek: The Animated Series), which was then sent to his home in Australia.
Fan Lori Custer sold miniature character sock monkeys through eBay for many years. They were often dressed as superheroes and TV icons. Ian McLean's Custer-created sock monkey resembles a Star Trek Andorian redshirt and has travelled Australia (and the world) and visited many fannish locales.
Sometimes fans dress up existing dolls in clothes that make them look like characters from shows. Other popular activities include posing Ken Dolls in suggestive positions or using dolls to enact episodes (for example, Wobblevision). The annual Shore Leave convention in Baltimore conducts a costume competition for its official Bunny mascot. Con attendees create costumes which are displayed in the foyer.
a Vincent doll
a Vincent doll from Solstice Press
Vincent in repose, Beauty and the Beast
Patrick Stewart dolls for sale (1995), flyer printed in Beyond Farpoint USA #5
A knit doll of singer Zac Hanson
C is for Clara (Edward Gorey tribute) by Woodedwoods (2011)
Aziraphale and Crowley dolls by c_nilsen (2020)