Size of the Gene Marshall Dolls
Gene is 15 1/2" tall. Gene is the doll that started the modern larger sized fashion doll craze which includes Gene, Tyler, Alexandra Fairchild Ford, Clea Bella and many others.
Years of Production
The first three Gene dolls (Red Venus, Monaco and Premiere) were produced in 1995. The doll is still in current production, but made by Integrity Toys. Towards the end of Ashton Drake production of Gene dolls in 2004, mainly dressed doll sets were created and sold.
Over the years Gene Dolls have been produced as limited edition dressed dolls, and as "Simply Genes" ready to dress. Numerous outfits have also been produced for Gene.
Material and Characteristics of Gene Marshall Dolls
Gene dolls are made from ard vinyl that has a porcelain-like feel. The early dolls only have joints at the neck, shoulders and hips. Later dolls also have knee, elbow and waist joints for better posablility. Gene dolls have painted eyes and applied eyelashes, and rooted hair.
Companies That Have Produced Gene Marshall Dolls
Artist and illustrator Mel Odom designed and created the Gene doll for Ashton Drake Galleries. The dolls are currently produced by Integrity Toys.
All About the Gene Marshall Dolls
Gene took the doll industry by storm with her introduction in 1995. It was so exciting for fashion doll collectors--a larger (than Barbie) fashion doll with an extensive wardrobe of clothing.
The majority of clothing produced for Gene has a vintage feel, with clothing generally from the 1930s-1950s era. Gene is an actress, so she also has theatrical costumes available from different eras. Separate accessories and even furniture has also been made for Gene by Ashton Drake.
There are additional characters in the Gene Series, including Madra Lord (who joined Gene in 2000) and Trent Osborn (16"; joined Gene in 2001) and Violet Waters, an African-American singer.
Gene has also inspired many collectors to repaint and otherwise redo Gene and other fashion dolls into their own creations.
Gene has even had two books written about her -- "Gene" by Carolyn Cook and "Gene Marshall: Girl Star" by Mel Odom. Both books are wonderful for anyone who collects Gene or is thinking of collecting Gene. Ms. Cook's book is more practical, with a straightforward look at the collection, and Mr. Odom's book has outstanding photography of the dolls and outfits and the "true" story of Gene.
Many collectors who collect Gene also collect other similar sized larger fashion dolls, although the dolls have differently shaped bodies and the outfits cannot always be shared. Secondary market prices for most Ashton Drake Gene dolls are at or below retail because of overproduction for a few years; however, certain items are scarce (such as convention dolls, certain early hard to find dolls and some Gene dolls produced in very limited editions) and command premium prices.