I found this information about Canada’s Reliable Toy Company which includes some photos of their dolls and toys.
via Reliable Toy Company.
Another of my favourite Barbie Basics, this time it is Black Basics 002 aka Maddy. When these dolls came out she went straight on my “Must Have” list. I love her hair and eyes. I also think she would make a good Jaclyn Smith to Sarah’s Kate Jackson. You’d think I was a Charlie’s Angels fan but actually I wasn’t. However, I would like to do a diorama of them if I find a good Farrah Fawcett or Cheryl Ladd one day.
Anyway here is Maddy.
I took today’s photos in my Barbie dollshouse except for the last one which I took at my sister’s place with her props.
I am quite fond of Metti and Netta dolIs because I grew up in Adelaide where they were made. I reblogged this article from Vintage Cobweb who knows way more about these dolls than I do.
Lately my blog has focussed on my fashion dolls so today I would like you to meet Ronnie, one of my baby dolls.
I bought Ronnie at a doll show in Adelaide in the late 1990s or early 2000s. Ronnie has no markings so I don’t know where he is from or how old he is. I just fell in love with his happy face. He is wearing the outfit that I got him in and like most of my baby dolls he has been given a toy of his own to love.
Ronnie doesn’t cry, talk, eat or use the potty. He’s just a regular doll for imaginative play. I don’t think he was intended to be a collectible doll either.
This week’s doll is Octopussy. I don’t often buy Barbie Collectibles but decided to buy this one on the spur of the moment as she was available at a very good price. Because she was cheap I didn’t feel guilty about de-boxing and redressing her.
Octopussy arrived dressed in this gorgeous cream coloured robe which is belted and split to the thigh. On the back is an octopus graphic. I think I really bought this doll to get the robe :-). She also has white panties,gold sandals and a gold bangle.
I think that she is very striking looking although I’m not really a fan of her expression. I prefer more friendly looking dolls as a rule. As children my sister and I would have said she looked mean and she would have been the villain in our plots. However, for the character she portrays in the film her expression is appropriate. For those who don’t know Octopussy is the name of the a mysterious woman smuggler and circus owner in the movie of the same name.I think the doll captured something of her look. I read the synopsis of this movie while researching Octopussy and it reminded me of why I don’t like James Bond movies :-S.
I renamed Octopussy Angelica and after a photo session I redressed her in a black OOAK gown which was given to me as part of my birthday present. It was made by a talented eBayer and I think it suits her very well.
I’ve written before about how frustrated I sometimes get looking for nice clothes for my Barbies. Well poor old Ken has an even worse time. I have a few Ken’s in my collection. My sister has a lot and she often complains of how hard it is to dress them the way she wants them to look. Like me, she generally resorts to buying outfits from de-boxed dolls and eBay sellers who create clothes for Ken.
I find it very odd that Mattel makes so few outfits for Ken. He is often jokingly referred to as one of Barbie’s accessories but he really can’t keep up with her in the way of fashions and accessories. Not only are there very few outfits released for him but our fussy Ken dolls would not be seen dead in more than half of them.
Most of the playline Ken outfits that are released are either tuxedos or beach wear. There isn’t much in between and some of the combinations that have been released in the past are truly bizarre. I am thinking of one particular from some years ago now which paired check shorts with a striped shirt and tie. A lot of playline Ken’s tend to be either Bridegrooms or Princes and lately the princes have been coming with painted on “tights” instead of real ones. There is also the extremely annoying habit they have of making “all in one” outfits which may make them look less bulky but I always feel so cheated when I take Ken’s jacket off to discover a sleeveless shirt attached to his pants!
Can you imagine the conversations in the Dreamhouse as Barbie and Ken get ready to go out for a casual dinner or a movie? “You are not going out like that are you?” “But Barbie I like my board shorts.” And really IMHO the only place that a pink suit jacket should be worn during the day is to Jane McGrath Day at the SCG!
It wasn’t always that way. I have an old Barbie booklet from the 1960s and in it Ken has a suitable outfit to accompany Barbie to any event. Why did Mattel stop doing that? Don’t children who have Ken want to dress him up too? I expect that if they did start making matching outfits they would be way too cute for my taste but children would enjoy them and we adult collectors would have a bit more to work with at least.
Occasionally a playline doll will come out with a decent outfit. The Basics line at least had clothing that could be mixed and matched and Ken shoes have certainly improved over the years but by and large he remains a dag except when in evening dress.Unfortunately from my point of view the evening dress is often spoiled by silly pink accessories.
Given that the current Barbie playline fashions are not great I don’t expect this situation to change very much. After all my sister and I have been complaining about it since the late 90s. I remember that around that time Mattel released an outfit for Ken which featured blue jeans and a leather jacket. I think we bought about four of them. Occasionally they turn up on eBay today and boy have they shot up in price!
Except where credited the photos in this post are mine and the Ken’s are from my own collection.
My models today are:
Jewel Girl Barbie
Released in 2000 Jewel Girl was a forerunner to the Fashion Fever dolls.
She had a redesigned body which featured the “Everflex Waist”. Her torso is made of a rubbery vinyl and jointed under her breasts so that her body is more poseable. Well that was the theory anyway. I was not keen to put it to the test as I felt that twisting her really hard would probably damage her. She reminded me of the rubbery Tutti’s of my childhood!
Jewel Girl’s outfit was designed to be mix and match and she came with “jewels” to decorate her clothing, or her owner’s! Her instructions stated that her body should be wiped with a damp cloth after play, probably because she seemed to pick up dust rather easily.
Looking through my photos I don’t seem to have taken many of Stella, my Jewel Girl. She was given to me as a gift and I’ve always liked her a lot so I think I will have to get her out and take some new ones.
Here is a link to the commercial Mattel released for her. I love the comment “Dolls and Fashions do not move on their own.”
Blonde Jewel Girl Barbie was the only one released in Australia but there was also a Jewel Girl Teresa and Jewel Girl Christie.
Today’s dolls are Swappin’ Heads Fashionistas from 2011. I have two of them. The dolls are fully articulated which makes them fun to pose but they do feel a little fragile and I can’t help wondering how many will end up being cast aside with their hands broken off.
The dolls came in categories called Sporty, Artsy, Sweetie, Sassy and Glam. Miranda, at the top of the page, is a Glam. Here she is with her original head but I prefer the less formal hair style and red lipstick.
Miranda is wearing an outfit from one of my favourite Fashion Fever Closets. The props belong to my sister.
Sandy is my other Swappin’ Heads Fashionista. She is a Sweetie style. Here she is in her original outfit. You can see her spare head above.
Today I thought I’d mix things up a bit with a cutie from 1966. Barbie’s little sister Tutti.
Tutti was introduced in 1966 along with her twin brother Todd. The unusual feature of these dolls was the rubbery material they were made of. Their bodies were wired inside to make them poseable. Unfortunately this meant that the dolls didn’t age well as the wires would snap and sometimes even poke out of the doll and corrosion meant that the dolls often ended up with green marks on their bodies.
Nevertheless Tutti was a cute doll. I had one myself and so did one of my cousins. I have a couple of Tutti’s and a Todd in my collection today. This blonde Tutti in is in her original outfit except for the shoes. She looks just like the one my cousin had.
Red is my favourite colour and I like to dress my Barbie’s and their friends in red outfits so today’s photos are of some of them.
I took the following photographs over a period of several years from about 2005 to the present. Lisa, Teri, Barbie and Midge were photographed at my house while the rest were taken at my sister’s place with her props.