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Robert Tonner’s 2nd Project/Company Phyn & Aero Also Set to Close

Back in early January we brought you the news that Robert Tonner’s long-running fashion and pop culture doll company ‘Tonner Doll Company’ was closing immediately.  Within the text of that announcement letter there was news of Robert picking up with a new partner and continuing some of his projects under a new company called ‘Phyn & Aero’.   Over the weekend came this new announcement that at the end of this month that project/company will also be closing down.  See below for Robert’s letter and more details.

Urgent News Regarding Phyn & Aero – Please READ


My Dear Friends,

As I stated back in January, the only thing you can count on is change, and I’m afraid I must change course yet again.  As much as I’ve always loved manufacturing, on-going production issues have continued to wear me down, and as a result, Phyn & Aero will cease operating as of March 31st.  Please know, when I refer to production issues, I’m referring to continuing rising costs and ever-growing lead times.  I’ve always been proud of the fine work done by the factories—they care about the product every bit as much as I have—and the wonderful people we work with are as disappointed as I.  Please know that this was not an easy decision for me or for us, nor a decision made lightly.

This decision, however, does create an opportunity for you to secure the last of any Phyn & Aero product.  This includes Lila, Annora, Kadira and Nancy Ann—some of which have just arrived.   Look for discounts on the product, but please note there will be no returns nor refunds.  Also, should you order a Kadira item look for a little “freebee” in your box!

Please note, the Phyn & Aero website will be accessible through April but mainly to print off any images or descriptions you may want to retain.

As strange as this may seem under the circumstances, I am introducing a new doll—Rayne.  I’ve attached our sell sheet from Toy Fair to explain what she is all about.  The Shapeways store will be open, with at least a couple of pieces to order, by the end of the month (please refer to the sell sheet—this will make more sense).  The dolls will be available thru a select group of retailers that are listed on our website, (be sure and click the link at the bottom of our site).

My new portfolio web-site, showcasing my current and past doll/figure designs and sculpting, will be up in a few days.  Please check it out.  (

Some great news—just because I’m closing P&A that doesn’t mean that Kadira will be going away.  Andrew Yang will be continuing to promote and develop Kadira and would be thrilled to hear from you.  He can be reached at

So, you may ask, what the heck am I going to do now that I’ll be out of the doll business?  Well, I may be out of manufacturing, but I’m certainly not leaving the doll world.  I’m working with various companies on freelance projects—and I’ve even signed a deal to do human (not doll) handbags and jewelry.  So, I’ll be around.  Be sure to check out my new web-site and friend me on Instagram.

I can’t tell you all what a wonderful ride this has been.  The events, the parties, Toy Fair, the Magazines, and mostly you—the collectors—have made this entire doll world experience more than I could have imagined it to be.  I sincerely thank you all from the bottom of my heart for the fun, friendship and the mutual love of this hobby—doll collecting.