A New Doll Project


One of the dolls who has been patiently waiting for new clothes for a long time is this walking doll.

Mystery walking, talking doll.

Mystery walking, talking doll.

It is at least a couple of years now since I got her and I can’t remember now if I bought her or my sister did. I think what happened was that she spotted the doll in her local Op Shop and took me to see her. I bought her for the grand sum of $5 and took her home on the bus. She was dressed in much too large children’s clothing and had a few issues but I liked her face and she has some interesting features. This is how she looked when I got her.

Op Shop Walking Doll

Op Shop Walking Doll

I am still trying to work out exactly what doll she is. I’ve not found a picture of one exactly like her. She is about twenty inches tall and made of hard plastic. I estimate her to be from the mid 1960s but that’s a bit of a guess. She is marked “Made in Japan” on her back and has the number 11 on the back of her neck just below her hairline.

I know she is not a Chatty Cathy, I don’t think she is a Mattel doll actually. She just doesn’t have a Mattel look to her to me. I did think that she might be an Ideal doll. She reminds me a little of Goody Two Shoes although her face is different from the ones I found online.

Her legs are attached with large metal joints and all her various openings have large, Phillips Head screws. She’s almost like a robot in doll form. I’ve never named her but thinking about this I think I’ll call her Roberta from now on.

Here is a close up of her face.

Here is a close up of her face.

 

Although she doesn’t work now she is a battery operated walking, talking doll. She has a couple of large compartment’s in her back.One large one that looks like it is meant for two “D” sized batteries and one small which might take a single “C” sized one.  There is a knob on her back which may have been for a pull string and an on/off switch. On her chest she has a large, intrusive looking lever.  Her feet are large and the shoes seem to be permanently attached to her feet. The underside looks as if something else might have been attached, perhaps just soles or perhaps something like skates. I don’t know.

This is her back view.

This is her back view.

Speaker on her front.

Speaker on her front.

Her feet close up.

Her feet close up.

 

Roberta’s body has been taped together so it has probably either split or been opened at some time in the past. This is one of the issues that I need to look at although I’m not sure if I want to repair the splits myself. I may soak the tape off and see what happens. It will take an expert to get her walking and talking again though.

My project will be to gussy her up a bit with a hair do and a new outfit.  I’ve tried different dresses on her in the past but because of her extremely large hips she is hard to fit. I’ll probably have to make something for her but I haven’t decided what. I’d also like to find out a bit more about her so I can dress her in something appropriate to her era.

Naturally I’d be thrilled to bits if anyone can tell me a bit more about Roberta. When I’ve smartened her up I’ll post about her again.


Photo Fun at Seven Mile Beach

Midge at Seven Mile Beach, Tasmania

Midge at Seven Mile Beach, Tasmania

Every now and then I try my hand at photo editing. I really like the idea of putting my dolls into the real world. I’m still learning to do it though. This one is of Midge, my Aviator Barbie against the background of Seven Mile Beach which is a sandy beach not far from Hobart airport. I don’t think I really got the scale right but I do think she stands out well against this background.

Asha and Steven – Friends of Barbie


Asha from 1995 with a Steven from the 1990s

Asha from 1995 with a Steven from the 1990s

Asha and Steven have been constant companions on the doll shelf for some years now. Mattel brought out a series of African American dolls in the 1990s independent of the Barbie world. They were Shani, Asha, Nichelle and Jamal. Later Shani was used as a friend of Barbie.

This Asha is from 1995 and still has her original headband. She was one of my early buys and when I tried this dress on her I thought that it suited her went with the headband quite well. Steven is the African American friend of Ken and has been around since the 1990s also.  I bought him loose and nude so I couldn’t be sure which one he is as there were several similar looking ones released. Steven is wearing the outfit that belongs to Bennetton Ken because I think it looks better on him.


Fashion Doll Friday – Night Shift

Sweet Dreams Sindy 1978-89

Sweet Dreams Sindy 1978-80

Sweet Dreams Sindy in Emergency Ward

Sweet Dreams Sindy in Emergency Ward

Sweet Dreams Sindy, often referred to as “Sleepy Sindy” because of her sleep eyes was not a popular doll. Here she wears “Emergency Ward”. I think she might have been on the night shift.

Fashion Fever Closets-Part Nine- Wave E Closet -Mauve themed closet


The Complete Closet

The Complete Closet

This may be the last Fashion Fever Closet for a little while. I have about three others all ready to go except that each is missing one piece of clothing. Guess where that clothing is? Yes, it’s at my sister’s house 140km away and I won’t be spending another weekend there until December probably.
Anyway today’s closet is from Wave E and the theme is mauve. After pink this is probably one of the most popular colours for Barbie. This closet has some summery mix and match pieces and a party dress.

The Models:

  • Marissa – Fashionista Raquelle
  • Nicola – Denim Basics Barbie -05

The Fashions:

  1. Marissa in a floral print top and a pleated mini skirt.
  2. Another summer top with the skirt. She wears the mauve heels and carries a matching bag.
  3. Nicola in the party dress and a white lacy knit jacket.  The shoes are not from the closet as she wanted nothing to do with either pair. They just would not fit her.
  4. Marissa in denim capris with the floral print top and pale blue sandals.
Marissa wears the pleated skirt and print top with heels from the closet.

Marissa wears the pleated skirt and print top with heels from the closet.

Wave E Closet 02

Top, skirt, heels and matching bag.

 

Nicola in the party dress and a white lacy knit jacket.

Nicola in the party dress and a white lacy knit jacket.

Marissa denim capris and print top.

Marissa denim capris and print top.