Tuesday Taylor and friends

I owe my childhood Tuesday Taylor and Dodi dolls to my older sister, a nifty gimmick (well two in Tuesday’s case) and the power of good marketing.

Made by the Ideal Toy Corporation and released around 1976/77, Tuesday Taylor was a twelve inch version of the 18 inch tall, Tiffany Taylor doll. Ideal loved a hair-play doll – their Crissy family and friends dolls had grow-hair features – and Tiffany Taylor was no exception (though unrelated to Crissy).  Tiffany had a rotating scalp, half rooted in blonde hair, half in brunette, allowing the doll’s hair colour to be changed with a twist.  This groovy gimmick was translated to the new smaller version, renamed Tuesday Taylor.  There were several issues of Tuesday Taylor, some with the rotating scalp and some without, but mine had an extra gimmick.  She’s Suntan Tuesday Taylor, put her out in the sun and watch her tan. As soon as I saw her advertised and in person, I wanted her.

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My sister bought Tuesday and her little sister Dodi for me and I think she was as fascinated by them as I was.  Tuesday came in a stylish 70’s, white bikini and a groovy orange and yellow caftan and has white sandals and big gold sunglasses too.  Dodi came in a cute little red floral bikini, and both dolls have ‘sun doodles,’ little stickers that you can stick on them, then once they’re tanned, they have decorative white patches.  The dolls tan really well and every so often, I put them out in the sunlight to see if whatever magic made them tan still works.  It does, and it still fascinates me.

Of course, I loved the idea of a doll with changeable hair too, but that aspect of the doll is problematic.  I quickly learned, after two or three scalp twists that it took a lot of brushing or combing to get the hair to sit right once the scalp had been rotated, and the hair quickly started to frizz.  I was a bit disappointed but being the sort of child that liked to look after her toys, I decided that Tuesday would remain a brunette – with a few blonde streaks at the back of her head, as there really wasn’t enough of either colour to cover the other.  There were other things I loved about Tuesday too.  Not only does she have bendable legs, but bendable arms and movable wrists too.  This gave her much more flexibility than most of my Barbie dolls. She also has rooted eyelashes, something that most Barbie dolls had dispensed with.

Both Tuesday and Dodi have frizzy hair, so I gave them a quick treatment with the hair straighteners. Neither is perfect, but their hair is a lot smoother and shinier.

Being roughly the same height and build as Barbie, Tuesday was able to borrow from her wardrobe, although she did have a range of fashions of her own.  I only had one of these as a child, blue pants and a yellow tee shirt with ‘Tuesday’ printed across the front.  As far as I know, poor old Dodi didn’t have any extra fashions, so had to share with Skipper.  In fact, poor old Dodi was short changed on several fronts.  For a start, she wasn’t really a new doll. Her name, face mould, arms and body were recycled from Ideal’s Tammy dolls range from the 60’s.   Tammy’s sister, Pepper, got a friend called Dodi in 1964 and Suntan Dodi is basically this doll with a 70’s re-vamp.

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Suntan Dodi and Dodi (1964) from the Tammy range of dolls. Both use the same face, arm and body mould, although their legs look to be a little different.

There was another doll in the ‘Suntan’ range, Tuesday’s boyfriend Eric, and Tuesday also had a best friend, Taylor Jones.  I don’t think either of these dolls were sold in Australia, but if they were, it must have been in limited numbers.  I don’t recall ever seeing them.  I’ve now added them to my collection and love them.  Eric is a big doll, much bigger than Ken (and he weighs a ton!), and came wearing an orange one-piece swimsuit.  Like Tuesday, he suntans, has bending arms and legs and moveable wrists.  He’s blonde, with a somewhat goofy expression and every time I look at him I’m reminded of an old ad for Masseur sandals featuring Sven the masseuse.  These dolls are prone to joint melt, and unfortunately my Eric has a bead of melt at his neck joint that I haven’t yet dealt with.

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 Taylor Jones, Suntan Eric, Suntan Dodi and Suntan Tuesday Taylor make a nice little collection.

Taylor Jones is really just a black version of Tuesday, with the same rotating scalp feature but this time with black and red hair.  This was one doll I bought NRFB (never removed from the box) and – I still feel a bit guilty about it – opened.  As much as I love rescuing pre-loved dolls, it’s so nice to get that childhood feeling of opening a new doll again, and have a pristine doll.  Taylor came in an orange swimsuit with white trim and a matching white skirt with orange waistband, so she fits in nicely with the Suntan dolls.  I have so far resisted the urge to spin her scalp, though I am curious to see her as a redhead.  Her hair is so silky smooth though, I really don’t want to ruin that.

Suntan Tuesday Taylor and Taylor Jones share the same face and body moulds.  Both are gorgeous dolls, but Taylor Jones is especially beautiful.

Tuesday had a couple of nifty structures released for her.  One is the Summer/Winter Vacation House, a beach house that converts to a two story chalet and a Penthouse Apartment with a day-to-night feature.  I’m not sure that they were sold here, though if they were, again, it was in limited numbers and I’m guessing they would have been expensive.  Both look fabulous with lots of accessories and features, I would have loved these as kid (who am I kidding, I’d love these now!).

I loved these dolls as a child.  They worked well with my Barbie dolls and now, form a nice little collection on their own.  I also love the Suntan aspect.  Growing up here in Australia, sun worship is almost a part of our culture.  Although we now know something that Tuesday and friends didn’t.  The importance of slip, slop, slap.  Just where is her bottle of sunscreen?

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Suspect Dance and Flex dolls

Today’s topic presents a dilemma.  In fact, I’m not even sure how to describe these dolls – clones, pirated, stolen?  Whatever they are, I find them irresistibly intriguing, despite the dilemma they present.  Let me explain.

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These dolls were sold at a few discount stores here in Australia, around, I’m guessing, 2003/2004.  They use the Dance and Flex Barbie body, but with a variety of different head moulds and hair colours.  I’ve seen several of these dolls (though have only photographed three) and some are fairly ordinary, blonde or brunette dolls, but some, like these three, have interesting hair colours – something that collectors love.

Now to the dilemma.  There is no doubting that these are real Mattel Barbie heads and bodies – they all have the correct Mattel markings – but obviously, they are not sold by Mattel.  There are several theories as to where and how these types of dolls come to be: that they are seconds or production over-runs that the manufacturing factories keep and sell; that they are seconds or production over-runs that manufacturing factories throw out that are then stolen/rescued/re-cycled (depending on your point of view) and sold on; or that the manufacturing factories make a few extra dolls on the side to sell.  It’s probable that none of these options has Mattel’s blessing, so quite clearly their intellectual property/copyright/trademarks are being infringed.  Insert law suit here.  And this is where the dilemma arises.  I have had my copyright infringed, my work stolen and reproduced without permission, credit or payment and it sucks.  On the other hand, I find dolls like this, well, as I’ve said, irresistibly intriguing. Firstly, they present a mystery – and I love a good mystery, and second, the mix of head moulds and hair colours is brilliant.  But to buy them means I am doing to Mattel what has happened to me.  Of course, some people point out that Mattel is such a huge, multinational company, with enormous mark up on their products that its almost social justice to buy dolls like these.  Others will tell you it’s theft, pure and simple.  And it’s not just Mattel’s dolls that this happens to.

I often wonder why the companies involved don’t crack down on this problem, but then again, I suppose it’s not easy.  A few dolls here and there that are sold in faraway places like Australia, may fly under the radar, so to speak, although a few years ago now, it was rumoured that Mattel had approached Aussie authorities about cracking down on pirated goods and it did seem that clones were harder to find at that time.  Some of these ‘dilemma dolls’ are readily and easily available on online auction sites, so you’d think that it would be fairly easy to target the sellers, but no one seems to.  So, do the big companies not care?  Does chasing up these things take more time and money than they’re worth?  That still doesn’t make buying them right, but if they are out there for sale and no one else is doing anything about it, why should potential buyers?  See, dilemma.  So what to do?  To buy or not to buy? That is the question.  Well, I’m not going to tell you, you’re going to have to make your own decision there.  What I will do though, is show you these dolls.

All three of these dolls use the Dance and Flex Barbie body from 2003.  These bodies are fully articulated, but have no visible joints.  Mattel first used a body like this on the vintage Tutti dolls back in the 1960’s.  This Dance and Flex version is similar to the Takara Jenny PG (photogenic) or Natural body, first used around 1999.  This type of body does allow a wide range of very natural poses, and is great for photographing as there are no ugly joints showing, but it’s also possible to achieve some very unnatural poses, making the dolls look like a road accident victim.  I’m also guessing that like the vintage Tutti dolls, eventually the wire armature inside the limbs will break and the dolls will no longer hold poses.  Still, they are fun.  All three of these dolls do seem to have a fault of some sort on their bodies, giving weight to the factory seconds theory.

The Dance and Flex body allows for some very natural and unnatural poses with no visible joints, making them great for photographing, but also a bit disturbing!

All three of these doll’s bodies do have faults: marks in or on the vinyl, gouges in the vinyl and/or armature poking through wrists.

Three different head moulds are used on these dolls. The first is the Barbie head, but rooted with bright blue hair; the second looks as though it may be the AA Dance and Flex Barbie head which used the Asha mould, but rooted with pale blonde hair; and the third is the Shakira doll head which uses the Lea/Kayla mould, rooted in bright orange and pale blonde hair.

One doll has the Barbie face with blue hair, the second looks to be the AA Dance and Flex face but with pale blonde hair and  the third is the Shakira doll head that has the Lea/Kayla face with orange and pale blonde hair.

The clothes the dolls are wearing are fairly cheaply made outfits – and not very fashionable at that – although the shoes look to be genuine Barbie shoes or at least clones of them.  The dolls came in plastic bags simply marked ‘Dong Da Wan Ju’ and ‘NO. 168’, and cost the grand sum of $3.  I know some people bought and sold them for much, much more on online auction sites.  Wherever you stand morally and ethically on these dolls, they certainly make doll collecting a lot more interesting.

The doll’s outfits are very cheaply made and not at all fashionable, but the shoes look to be genuine Barbie or at least cloned Barbie shoes.

Childhood Doll Shopping

Last week, a post on a Facebook doll group got me thinking about where my childhood dolls came from.  Many were Christmas and birthday presents, but quite a few dolls and lots of fashions and accessories, I bought myself.  I used to get weekly pocket money which I saved, and I also owe thanks to my grandfather for many of my purchases.  Nana and pop lived in the country but would come to town on the train and stay for several weeks.  Pop often sat by the kitchen door, reading, and every so often as I passed by him he’d hold out his hand and say ‘here, I wrote you a note,’ and a folded up one, or if I were really lucky, two dollar note would be pressed into my palm.  At other times he’d say, ‘here take this weight off me,’ and he’d hand over all the loose change in his pocket.  I’d save every penny and then when I had enough, spend it on dolls.

Quick Curl Cara (in a Best Buy fashion and in original outfit) was my first black doll and is still a favourite.  She has the beautiful Steffie face mould.

Deluxe Quick Curl PJ ( in a Best Buy fashion and her original outfit) uses the Steffie face too.  She may be blonde, but has brown eyes, which in the 70’s was unusual.

Mr C, who ran the local toy shop, knew my passion for dolls, and often when I wandered in, he’d pull a doll out from under the counter where he’d put it aside to give me first dibs on it.  He knew I liked dolls that weren’t your average blonde haired, blue eyed Barbie and I can still remember the day he placed Quick Curl Cara before me on the counter.  I fell in love instantly, she’d become my first black doll, even though I usually I had to put the dolls on lay-by and pay them off over a few weeks.  It was in this way I added Deluxe Quick Curl PJ to my dolly ranks too.  I remember seeing The Bionic Woman Bubblin’ Bath and Shower there, and although I would have loved it, it was very expensive and after agonising for ages, I decided to spend my pennies on dolls instead.

Ideal’s Beautiful Crissy was a must have doll, as she has lovely red hair and reminded me a little of the bigger, grow hair Chrissy dolls, not to mention her fabulous stand that allowed her to ‘skate.’

Superstar Barbie (in Get – Ups ‘n Go ‘Silvery Spark for After Dark’ fashion and original outfit)  was the most glamourous Barbie I’d ever seen, and she came with a child-sized, gold star necklace, which I couldn’t wait to wear.

I can vividly remember going to the local Coles Variety Store and poring over the Barbie Best Buy fashions, moving the ones that I really wanted, but couldn’t quite afford yet, to the back of the rack, hoping they’d still be there when I’d saved enough.  I occasionally bought dolls there too. I can still remember how thrilled I was to find Beautiful Chrissy and her Ice Skating Rink, a Barbie sized doll by Ideal who had gorgeous red hair and came with a stand that allowed her to ‘skate’.  I was even more thrilled when I looked at the price tag, only $1.99, I wouldn’t have to lay-by her.  I got Superstar Barbie there too, the edition that came with the child-sized necklace.  She was just so glamourous.

Hawaiian Barbie (in original outfit), who again, sports the wonderful Steffie face, was another ethnically diverse doll that I just had to have and Mego’s Farrah Fawcett doll (in original fashion).

There was another, bigger, toy shop in the next suburb and it was always a good day when I got to have a look around in there. They often had things that the other shops didn’t, and it was here I found Mego’s Farrah Fawcet doll – she was expensive, about $7.99, but luckily I had enough saved – and Hawaiian Barbie (again I was rapt to get another non-white doll and she came with a sailboard!).  The Toy Shop chain, Children’s Palace often had pre-Christmas sales at the Showgrounds.  It was at one of these sales that I bought not only The Sun Set Malibu Ken, but could also afford The Sun Set Malibu Skipper, my first Skipper doll that wasn’t a hand-me-down.  Any two-doll-day was a very good day indeed.

The Sun Set Malibu Ken in his original swimming trunks, seems to be getting more tanned as he ages.  His head also seems to have shrunk a little.

My first brand new Skipper, The Sun Set Malibu Skipper in a Best Buy fashion.  Unlike Ken, her face and body seem to be paling slightly as she gets older.

A big Kmart store opened close by in the early 1970’s and it was a good source for doll accessories too, although the Best Buy fashions sold much more quickly there, no matter how hard I tried to hide the ones I wanted at the back of the rack.  I remember seeing the Barbie Beach Bus there and dropping hints and hoping it would be mine at Christmas time.  I was so excited to see a Beach Bus sized present under my Aunt and Uncle’s Christmas tree, but oh, the disappointment when it turned out to be a hydraulic car jack for my cousin, and I got a doll-sized patio furniture set.  It was a great set, but couldn’t appease the let-down feeling at not getting the Beach Bus.  Luckily, I got some Christmas and birthday money and it wasn’t long before I was able to buy the Beach Bus myself and somehow that makes it that little bit more special.

I often wish for a time machine to go back to those times and buy all the things I couldn’t afford.  But then, don’t we all?

Quick Post: Aussie Celebrity Doll Review

I have quite a few celebrity dolls and a tiny, sub-collection within them is Australian’s as dolls.  There aren’t many Aussie celebs that have been made in dolly form, but here is a review of the ones that I own.

Kylie Minogue – World Music Awards

Jakks Pacific made two Kylie dolls in 2003, Silva Nemesis and this one, World Music Awards, both based on actual outfits worn by Kylie.  Now, there’s no doubting that this doll does look exactly like Kylie – rumour has it that her face was scanned to produce the doll’s face sculpt – it’s just that it’s an exactly unflattering likeness. The problem with scanning and reducing something 3D in size is that sometimes the angles become a bit too pronounced and sharp and need to be softened to look right.  And that seems to be the problem with this doll.  Just a little softening of some of the features, I’m sure, would make a huge improvement.  Softer face paint would help too, those eyelashes are very caterpillar-y. I have seen some re-paints that really bring this doll to life, although the angles of the face still remain a little sharp.  I also can’t help wondering if Kylie will start to look more like this doll as she ages and the lines of her face deepen (although perhaps not if she finds a good cosmetic surgeon).  This doll has a strange body.  It’s moulded in one piece, although there is some jointed movement at the shoulder.  The arms are bendy, but not posable and the legs don’t move at all, so one pose is about its limit.  The outfit and hair are very good mini representations of the real life look though. Despite the shortcomings, I love having Kylie in my collection.   Score: 5/10

Cinderella Lady Tremaine – Cate Blanchett

A collaboration between Mattel and Disney, this doll was released in 2015 and there’s no doubting who this celebrity is.  Even though the face paint is fairly plain and simple, it still somehow perfectly conveys Cate Blanchett’s features.  Of course, again I’ve seen re-paints that elevate the likeness to another level, but for a play-line doll, this one does pretty well.  The outfit is a good scaled down version of the real thing, although the jewellery is a bit of a disappointment and the gloves are moulded as part of the doll’s arm.  Neither the arms nor legs bend, though the arms are bent in a position which display nicely, but would seriously limit play possibilities.  The hair was also a disappointment, it looked nothing like the hairstyle in the movie and had to be restyled (see here).  Overall though, this doll conveys its celebrity well.   Score: 7/10

The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2 – Gale – Liam Hemsworth

Made by Mattel, this doll was released in 2015 and annoyingly, wasn’t sold in Australia, so I had to get it from overseas.  It really looks like Liam Hemsworth (though again, re-paints make it more so) and it’s painted very simply, so they’ve really got the face shape right.  The outfit is also pretty spot on to the uniform worn in the movie, complete with weaponry.  The body is fully articulated, so it’s perfect for posing and playing.   Score: 7/10

Alice Through the Looking Glass – Mia Wasikowska

This doll was released in 2015 by Jakks Pacific and as far as I know was only sold through Myer stores, though other versions were at Toys R Us.  It was also ridiculously expensive, so I waited until it hit the clearance bin, and even then it’s a real disappointment.  It sorta, kinda looks like Mia Wasikowska – if you squint a bit, but I have seen it re-painted and it looks spot on.  The arms bend a bit, not enough to get the doll into any sort of decent pose, so I don’t know why they bothered.  The legs don’t bend at all and the hair is too light a blonde colour for the  character’s.  Still, I love the outfit.  It’s pretty spot on to the costume from the movie, so at least they got something right.   Score: 5/10

Official AFL – Nick Riewaldt

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I know nothing about Australian Rules Football, I don’t follow a team and really don’t care anything about it.  But when I came across this doll (well ok, ‘action figure’) on sale at a toy shop I couldn’t resist adding another Aussie to the doll cabinet.  Apparently the Australian Football League had some of the most popular players made into dolls by Bluebox in 2005 and this is number 12.  I don’t know how accurate it is to the player in question, but I’m guessing not much.  The face is fairly generic and doesn’t quite look as though it’s the right size for the body.  Needless to say, he hasn’t come out of the box.  Cute little football though.  Score: 4/10

So there you go.  Varying results on various Aussie celebrity dolls.  I’d love it if there were more to collect but it’s nice to have at least a few locals in the doll cupboards.

Tiny Kitty

Ok, I have to confess, I don’t know much about Tonner dolls, mostly because at 18 inches tall, they’re much too big for my collection.  I only have two Tonner dolls, a reproduction ‘Summer Fun’ Sindy doll (see here) and a Tiny Kitty Collier.

Kitty Collier started life as an 18 inch doll around 2000, and I’m not sure when the 10 inch, Tiny Kitty versions were first released.  They have the same aesthetic as the larger dolls, but where the larger dolls have inset eyes, the Tiny dolls have painted ones.  I liked the Tiny Kitties when they first came out, but they were a little pricey for me and I couldn’t really see where they would fit into my collection.  Fast forward a few years, and all that changed.  I was browsing through an old Haute Doll magazine and found an article on Tiny Kitty redressed in vintage Barbie clothing, and I decided I really would like one. I made a mental note to do a bit of research into price and availability, while keeping an eye out at doll shows and sales.

Before I could research at all, I saw one snapped up at a doll sale before I even noticed it was on the table.  It was a lovely blonde, non-articulated version.  Nice, but I decided I probably wouldn’t have bought it anyway, she just didn’t quite appeal to me. A little while later one was for sale at my doll club meeting and she was perfection, ‘Captivating Kitty,’ with brunette hair styled in an elegant, 1940’s-esque chignon with a curl at the temple, gorgeous face paint and an articulated body.  She was nude, but that was ok, as thanks to the Haute Doll article I now knew that Barbie fashions would fit her.  I grabbed her and didn’t let go.  Even better, she was a great price.

The gorgeous ‘Captivating Kitty’ wearing Barbie’s Fashion Model Collection ‘The Interview’ fashion.

I settled on a Barbie Silkstone fashion for her to wear, the suit from ‘The Interview,’ which I had bought minus the doll at a previous meeting.  It suited her to a tee, but she has quite big feet, so finding shoes was a challenge.  Luckily, I had come across three pairs of gorgeous shoes (that I have no clue about), at a doll show for $5.  I thought they might be ok for Integrity-type dolls, and they fit Kitty perfectly.  I made her a bracelet and she was done.  And I was in love.

Last week at a doll and toy sale I came across a Tiny Kitty fashion called ‘Turquoise Treat.’ Deciding Kitty really did need a change of clothes and perhaps she’d like something of her own instead of wearing Barbies gear, I bought it.  It’s minus its shoes, bag and jewellery, but that’s ok.  I don’t really have shoes to match, but I’m sure I’ll trip over a pair at some point.  The outfit came with a hat and I wasn’t sure it would suit Kitty’s hair do, but worn at a jaunty angle, it looks fine.

Kitty in her new fashion, ‘Turquoise Treat.’

Both the doll and outfit are quite high quality.  The fashion is made from lovely fabrics and has some nice beaded details.  The dolls face looks to be hand painted with lovely long lashes applied, and although her articulation isn’t great, it’s still possible to get her into some natural looking positions. Being that bit smaller than Barbie, I’m still not sure where Kitty fits into my collection, but I don’t care.  She has become one of my absolute favourite dolls. I may not have many Tonner dolls, but I’m very happy with the ones I do have.  Especially Tiny, Captivating Kitty.

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Kitty plays Pin Up girl in Barbie’s convention gift bathing suit.

Tressy Serendipity

Have you ever been in the situation where the universe provides exactly what you ask for?  Well, it doesn’t happen too often to me, but it did in the case of a Tressy doll.  Tressy was first released by the American Character company in 1964.  She had a grow hair feature, with a retractable strand of hair flowing out of the top of her head, providing endless hair play fun.  She was released under licence in various guises by several companies around the world including Palitoy in the UK, Regal in Canada, Bella in France, Novo Gama in Spain, Lili Ledy in Mexico and Schildkrot in Germany.  Here in Australia we got the Palitoy version released under licence by BX Plastics (Australia) Pty. Limited in late 1965.  She was the most expensive of the teenage fashion dolls at the time, selling for 37/6 ($3.75), while her eleven outfits ranged in price from 17/3 ($1.75) to 31/- ($3).  She was heavily advertised before Christmas, starring in her own thirty second Australian commercial.

Above: My first Tressy, the Canadian Regal version in original outfit with ash blonde hair and very bright, mauve eye shadow.

Above: The doll the universe provided, a brunette Palitoy Tressy wearing ‘Winter Journey.’

My first Tressy doll was the Regal version of the doll that a friend found in Canada.  These Regal dolls are a little different to the first American and British dolls in that they tend to have mauve eye shadow, the first issues, especially so.  I love the Canadian doll but was looking at a friend’s fairly extensive Tressy collection when I decided I really would like the Palitoy version that was sold here in Australia.  I commented that I’d love a brunette one and I’d have to start keeping an eye out on eBay.  A couple of days later, I walked into my local op shop and there on the shelves was a brunette Palitoy Tressy.  They knew she was an older doll and she was priced accordingly – a whole $5.  She was even wearing a Tressy dress, the pinky-purple shift from ‘Winter Journey.’  I handed over my five dollars quick smart and floated out of the shop.  She was in great condition too.  Her hair was in good nick, just needed a wash and re-style.  One hand has a few chew marks on it, but it’s not very noticeable and just goes to show that she was played with.  Her face is lovely, the Palitoy dolls have such lovely coloured eyes.  They also tend to shave shiny, almost waxy looking faces and my girl is no exception, but that’s part of their charm.  I was a bit annoyed when I went back to the op shop a couple of days later and found the coat to ‘Winter Journey’ at the bottom of the toy box.  Obviously some little gremlin had taken it off the doll and although they charged me $2 for it, I can’t complain at a Tressy doll and outfit for a grand total of $7.  And not just any Tressy doll, the very doll I was wishing for.

Above: The slightly strange looking Mary Make Up by American Character in original outfit and her special offer make up kit flyer.

Above: The first issue American Character Cricket doll with straight hair and fringe wearing ‘Kitchen Cutie’ and the later grow hair version in ‘Sweet Treat.’

A few more Tressy dolls have since made their way into my collection. I have Tressy’s friend, Mary Make Up by American Character, who has a somewhat strange, bland facial screening, as she is designed to have make up applied to her.  Mine isn’t too strange looking, she actually has much darker face paint than a lot of other dolls.  Also by American Character is a first issue Cricket (Tressy’s little cousin or sister depending on which marketing you read) that has straight hair with a fringe and brown side glance eyes, and a later issue with the grow hair feature.  I was also given a second issue Palitoy doll by a friend and she is very different to the previous dolls.  She has centred eyes and her hair style is a little different too.  Mine has very soft hair which is hard to style and she’s a challenge to photograph, as she seems to have a cast in her eyes or is slightly cross eyed.  She’s a very pretty doll though.  Finally I was given the fourth issue Palitoy Tressy.  This doll is quite different to the others.  She has a new face mould and body with hands that grip.

Above: The second issue Palitoy Tressy with centred eyes and slightly different hair style wearing ‘Wild Enchantment.’

Above: The fourth issue Palitoy Tressy in OOAK fashion, the original Palitoy Tressy box back and Mary Make Up wearing ‘Shopping in Town’ with a Tressy case that’s perfect for storing Tressy fashions.

Tressy seems to have had a longer life in Europe than she did in the US, but I’m not sure how long she sold in Australia.  I think it’s unlikely we got any dolls after the first issue dolls in 1965.  If anyone has any information I’d love to hear from you.  Almost all you need to know about Tressy can be found at http://www.tressydoll.com/ and I’ll live in hope that the next time I wish for a doll the universe provides again.

Above: Tressy and Mary Make Up wearing OOAK dresses made by me, featuring fabric I printed with pictures of Tressy’s fashions; and these Integrity shoes are great for use with Tressy.  Her own plastic mules are very hard to find and often split.  These shoes are perfect once the ankle strap is cut off (as in the black shoe) and look similar to her original mules.

Quick Post: Scottish Doll

Just a late, quick post this week as my stash of articles is empty and I’ve not been well enough to write or take many photos, so I’ll introduce you to my latest acquisitions. Last weekend, although I was tired after my writing group and an afternoon of shopping, I decided to call into an op shop (thrift store) that I hadn’t visited for quite a while.  I haven’t had any good doll finds there, but have found a couple of mini bears and doll sized bits to use in dioramas over the years.  It was late in the day and I wasn’t expecting to find much at all, but was rapt to find a gorgeous Scottish doll in a cabinet at the counter.  She was marked ‘over 50 years old’ and was priced at $15, but had been reduced to $5.  Now, as I’ve said before, I don’t really collect dolls in national costume, but as I’m Scottish on my father’s side, I couldn’t resist her, and I was sure mum’s Welsh dolls would welcome her to their group.

She stands at about seven inches (19cm) tall and is made from hard plastic.  Her hair is mohair and is glued on.  She has inset eyes with eyelash ridges but they are not sleep eyes.  Her wee boots are painted on.  Her outfit is stitched and glued on, so I can’t see if there are any markings on the doll, but she looks very much like a Pedigree or at least a Pedigree clone.  Her little face is gorgeous, she has the most serene expression.  One arm is bent and I’m wondering if she originally would have carried a staff of some description. I just love her and the Welsh girls don’t seem to mind an interloper.

I’ve also added to the Welsh ranks with a Rexard doll that came up on eBay.  I bought her as she’s similar to but also quite different from a doll I found at an op shop earlier this year, which I’m guessing may be a Faun doll. I thought it would be nice to have the Rexard/Faun variations.  However, I’ve since discovered at least another two Rexard/Faun variations and it really would be nice to have them all.  So maybe I need to rethink that ‘I don’t really collect dolls in national costume’ line!

1 Welsh Rexard Faun doll 2 (1024x985)