Friday, December 13, 2019

Doll-A-Day 2019 #346: Tommy as The Munchkin Mayor

  I have been a bit remiss in not posting more Wizard of Oz dolls,as this year marks the 80th anniversary of the classic movie. I'm trying to make up for that. Today's doll is a brief one, in more ways than one, He's this guy.

He's the Munchkin Mayor,as portrayed by Kelly doll's friend Tommy.

Check out that mustache! He's the only Tommy with facial hair, I think.

He's 'brief',as in, he's short,and also as in, this is a short post.

His hat and shoes are made of felt.His hat is stitched to his head, and his shoes to his feet.

It has to be. I have to drive to Indiana tomorrow to get Ivy. (And no, her room is still not finished!)
He has the giant pocket watch. It's made of fabric and completely flat.They could have at least made it out of plastic.
The Munchkin Mayor was made in 1999. Fuzz has one too, bit this one is Ivy's. Sorry about his dirty face!

His hair is a sculpted part of his head. He has the mayoral spit curls.
  That's today's doll.See you again tomorrow for another one.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Doll-A-Day 2019 #345: Raspberry Herbert/Strawberry Patches

  ** This post has been updated.Thanks to Raging Moon for supplying the name of the line so I could research it!**
  Today's doll is this little guy.

He's from a line called Picka-berry Circus. There were six characters,and they were all clowns. They were obvious Strawberry Shortcake clones.I'm confused though. The back of one package I found online gave the name of the guy dressed like this as Strawberry Patches. Then I found an Ebay listing for one dressed like this guy,in package, and his name was Raspberry Herbert. Most things I've found seem to call him Raspberry Herbert. (He was raspberry scented when new apparently. This guy has no smell any more.) The berries on his shirt look more like strawberries to me, but what do I know?  More mysteries lie ahead too.
 As you can see,he's a clown,but he also seems to be made with the Strawberry Shortcake molds.

He has a face the same shape.

His hands are even like early Strawberry Shortcake hands. At least, the right one is.

He even has strawberries on his shirt.

What I read said they were made by Fishel Toys Limited,but this guy is made by New Bright Industrial Toys.

That's their lamp logo and slogan. It says,'symbol of quality' and Hong Kong.

His outfit has buttons on the front...

...and a snap in the back.

 The rubber band you see belongs to his tie,which is held on by a rubber band around his neck

He has a little gray fedora,but he's had a hat-ectomy.

Ahhh! Life in Ivy's room was tough on this guy!

  There was also a French version, which was called,Les Bonbon Circus. Those were made by Delavennat.
New Bright,founded in 1966,is,these days, 'the world's leading manufacturer of radio and remote control toy vehicles',according to their website.
  That's today's doll. We're coming down to the wire on Ivy's room makeover! She'll be home Friday night,and I still have a lot of work to do! See you tomorrow for another doll anyway!

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Doll-A-Day 2019 #344: Petal Pixies Mermaids

  Today's doll is two again. They're these pretty girls.

These dolls are Barbie Fairytopia Petal Pixies Dolls Mermaids.

They have flowers on their foreheads,
That's quite a long name for such tiny dolls.

They are 5 inches tall,but of course they can't stand up on those tails.They can sit though.

These mermaids were made by Mattel in 2004,the year the Barbie movie "Fairytopia" was released.

Here's Mattel's description of the Petal Pixies dolls: The Petal Pixie™ dolls come in a beautiful flower with open petals that reveal a flower vanity for the adorable mini sized pixies and mermaids. There is one set of Petal Pixie™ dolls dressed in enchanting dresses in shades of pink and lavender with hair of the same hue with flower hairclips and special wings. There are two Petal Mermaid™ dolls wearing costumes of aqua, green and coral with pastel colored hair and clips, too.

Amazon photo.
The mermaids came in  a big plastic flower. They came with 3 accessories each, which included a brush,a perfume bottle, and a 'seashell' mirror

The green mermaid is wearing her top,but the orange girl has lost hers. Sorry about the plastic nudity.

The sleeves have long streamers. I'm guessing they would look good floating when she's under water.

Their long hair has sparkly strands amongst the orange or green hair.

Those are today's dolls.

See you tomorrow for another one.

Monday, December 9, 2019

Doll-A-Day 2019 #343: Elly May Clampett

Today we're visiting with an old friend from the 60's. She's this lady.

She's Elly May Clampett.

Elly May was a character from the popular TV show,"The Beverly Hillbillies",which ran from 1962 to 1971.

The cast of the original Beverly Hillbillies. Elly May was portrayed by Donna Douglas, far right.
She is made using the retro Barbie sculpt.

Not just the face,but the body too.

I think they made new molds for the retro Barbie dolls,because the original molds were no longer usable.

They got a lot of things right with this doll,including her jeans and rope belt...

...her unnaturally fitted button up blouse...

...and her twin ponytails with pink ribbons.

One thing they did not get right is her shoes.

Elly May wore penny loafers,not wedge heels. I'm sure her character would have objected strongly to them. Elly May was definitely a Tom Boy,and you can't chase 'critters' in wedge heels. I realize you also can't keep penny loafers on those high heel Barbie feet. But still...

Her jeans are so tight that this is as far as she can sit down!
   Elly May is from the 2010 Barbie Collector Pink Label series of dolls, which also included Samantha from "Bewitched", and Jeannie, from "I Dream of Jeannie",both also in the vintage Barbie sculpt. (You can see Ivy's Jeannie doll HERE.Elly May is hers too. And yes, she loved both shows.) I think it would have been a good idea for them to also have done Lisa,from "Green Acres",who was played by Eva Gabor.

Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor,Zsa Zsa's little sister, in "Green Acres".
Not as iconic maybe, but she was made to be portrayed by a Barbie doll.
  Elly May has been a doll a few times. The first time was in 1964, during the run of the show. Officially the doll was called Calico Lassie,but she bore a striking (and unlicensed), resemblance to Elly May. Her hair was in two ponytails,and she wore a fitted button up shirt, and jeans with a rope belt. The doll was available as a mail-in offer from Kellogg's Corn Flakes. She looks similar to Ideal's Tammy, the Horsman dolls of the era,like Mary Poppins,and most of all, Shelley by Eegee. (You can see my Shelley HERE.)

The second Elly May doll was sold in 1997,when Premiere/Exclusive Toy Products,who do a pretty  good job with their male dolls,made a really ugly Elly May for it's three doll "Beverly Hillbillies" line. (The other two dolls in the series were Jed and Jethro.) Premiere/Exclusive Toy Products made several dolls I have featured on the blog,including Ingrid Bergman from "Casablanca", Laurel and Hardy, and the Gilligan's Island dolls.
   The Beverly Hillbillies was still popular when it was cancelled in 1971,when CBS decided to cancel all of it's 'rural programming',in what was to become known as the 'Rural Purge'. This included "Green Acres", the 'Andy Griffith Show' replacement, "Mayberry RFD",and "Petticoat Junction, which had already met it's fate the previous year. The idea was to do away with the programs set in a rural environment, and replace them with more sophisticated shows.Trivia: Green Acres, Petticoat Junction, and The Beverly Hillbillies were all connected, and many of the stars of the shows appeared on the other shows. Green Acres and Petticoat Junction were all based around a town called Hooterville. The Beverly Hillbillies were from a nearby area, and showed up on the other two shows ocasionally. Bea Benederet,the voice of Betty Rubble and Lucille Ball's first choice for the role of Ethel Mertz,originally appeared as Jethro's mother,Mrs. Bodean,on The Beverly Hillbillies. Eventually the character was dropped,and Benederet went on to Petticoat Junction as Kate, owner of the Shady Rest Hotel. 

 Donna Douglas passed away in 2015, at the age of 82.
   That's the doll for today. Tomorrow we'll look at another doll. Remember too, that review of a new doll is coming soon!

Doll-A-Day 2019 #342: Mimi and the Goo Goos

  Today's dolls are some very tiny ones.

These are Mimi and the Goo Goos dolls.

Sorry this one is a bit grungy. I found it at the last minute and I should have cleaned it up. Remember these things have been kicking around in a load of old toys for years.
Mimi and the Goo Goos were made by Mattel. In the UK they were made by Bluebird, which also made the original Polly Pocket sets. That's kind of obvious when you look at the tiny playsets that Mimi and The Goo Goos came with. The dolls are a little over an inch tall. They came in tiny common objects, or in larger sets that included things like cars and houses.

They were a mid 90's toy, being made between 1994 and 1996. Emma, who was born in 1991 had some. I always bought cool toys on clearance when I found them,to use for future Christmas's, birthdays, or special rewards. I think I ended up with   Mimi and the Goo Goos set that Emma never got,which explains why Ivy,who was born in 1999, has some.

She has a little pony tail.

The girl in pink came inside a teddy bear,and was also available in the Fun Phone Gift Set.

 The second kid is from the Fun Fair Playset I think.
There is a very detailed site on Mimi and the Goo Goos you can see HERE.

Their heads turn, but everything else is a solid piece.

  Those are today's dolls. See you again tomorrow for another one. Review of a new doll coming soon!