Thursday, April 27, 2017

Doll-A-Day #117: Baby Sitter's Club Mallory by Kenner

  Today's doll is Mallory, from The Baby Sitter's Club.

She's 19" tall.

She has attached earrings.

And mine has an unfortunate mark on her forehead. I tried to remove it,but only managed to make it go from black to brown.

She is supposed to have silver glasses,but I got her at an auction and they were missing.

She does otherwise have her complete original outfit though.

The shirt collar is attached to her yellow sweatshirt,but her skirt is a separate piece. The skirt does have built in underwear.

Her socks are ribbed just like real socks,and her shoes have molded lace detail.

The Babysitters Club dolls are strung,so their legs can swivel and swing out to the sides.

Her arms don't have quite as much movement.

And an interesting note: These dolls squeak alot when they are posed!
 In spite of being so poseable, they are hard to make stand on their own. The balance is weird. It can be done, but it takes a lot of messing about to get them to stand without falling.

 She has a beautiful mane of auburn hair.

And a lovely face.

There were 7 19" dolls in the line,produced in 1993, as well as a line of 10" dolls.

Apparently Mallory was originally going to have bangs.

You can see the commercial for the 19" dolls HERE.

The Reluctant Reviewer and Kewpie83 did a great review, with lots of details on all the dolls in the series,which you can see HERE.

The dolls were based on the characters from the popular scholastic book series.How popular was the book series? Between 1986 and 2000 there were 213 Baby Sitters Club books published! The books also inspired several spin off book series', a graphic novel,two CD Roms, a 13 episode 1990 TV series and it's accompanying soundtrack, and a 1995 theatrical film.

That's it for today. Come back and check out tomorrow's doll.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Doll-A-Day 2017 #116: Penny Wooden Jointed Doll

  Today's doll is this wooden lady.

She measures 7 1/4" tall.

She seems to be the Penny Wooden doll sold as a nude doll or in kit form by Historical Folk Toys. The kit contains the pre-made and painted nude doll, a pattern,and all the fabric,lace, and snaps for the dress and pantaloons.

Penny dolls got their name because they were originally sold for a penny in the 1800's.
She's jointed with elastic.
She has plain round hands, but carved and painted shoes with heels.

So she is posable. She can't hold all poses or stand on her own, but she can sit. She was a little dangly,but I tightened her stringing and she can hold her arms up now.

At first she was frightened by the rabbit...

But she eventually warmed to him...
...and they became the best of friends.

She has a very simply drawn face and hair.

She kind of reminds me of Miss Hickory.

You can read my post about the book "Miss Hickory",and see my childhood homemade Miss Hickory doll  HERE.

My lady loved the bunny,but like squirrels,bunnies might chew on her.
 Sorry about the quality of the pictures. We were facing the possibility of no internet for a couple of days or more, so I ran out to do some very quick pictures, and this is how they turned out.

 Check back tomorrow to see if I managed to post a doll!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Doll-A-Day 2017 #115: Vietnamese Water Puppets

  Today's dolls are these Vietnamese Water Puppets.

They're about 6 1/2" tall.

The art of  múa rối nước,or Water Puppetry dates back to 11th century Vietnam. When the rice fields flooded, the farmers would entertain each other with Water Puppetry. Today, Water Puppetry is performed in waist deep water using bamboo rods and string mechanisms, which are operated by puppeteers from behind a screen which is behind the water 'stage'.

 The puppets are made of lacquered wood. Themes of the shows are life in rural Vietnam,and often reference Vietnamese folklore. Most common subjects are the rice harvest, fishing, and festivals.

These water puppets have some moving parts,which are operated by their strings.

This lady has a string coming out of the base.

The other lady has a string in her...umm...bottom.

Her little hat can't actually go on her head, by the way. The string is too short.
The strings operate their arms.

Here is this lady with her arms raised by pulling the string.

She might be a water fairy.

When this lady's string is pulled she raises her basket.

She might be fishing, or gathering rice.
You can watch some water puppetry HERE. There's even a puppet with a basket, just like one of mine.
A good page to read about Water Puppetry is HERE. Another good page on Water Puppetry can be found  HERE.
  See you tomorrow for another doll.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Doll-A-Day 2017 #114: Mary Hoyer Lookalike,Cindy Lou?

  Today's doll is one I found at an antique store the other day. She was the amazing price of $4.50!

As you can see, my lilacs are in bloom. They smell so good!

I'm not positive who she is. She definitely has the Mary Hoyer doll face.

From what I have been able to find out, the Mary Hoyer dolls were marked 'Mary Hoyer' in a circle on their backs. Mary Hoyer sold their molds to several other companies,one of which was the Richwood Toys company, which made the 14" hard plastic Cindy Lou dolls.

Cindy Lou might have only been available on the east coast,so she's not as well known as the Mary Hoyer dolls.
  Cindy Lou was marked with 'Made in the USA' inside a circle on her back.

And so is my girl, which leads me to think she might be Cindy Lou.
She's hard plastic.

Cindy Lou was available as a walker and a non walker. My girl is not a walker doll.
And she's 14" tall, the same size as some of the Mary Hoyer dolls,and Cindy Lou.

She has green sleep eyes with 'real' lashes.

The lip paint on the Richwood dolls is often brighter than the Mary Hoyer dolls. This girl's lips are bright red.
And she has a synthentic wig.

Her hair is mostly still in it's original set.

She has both of her original barrettes.

 It doesn't show as much as it might in these pictures, but she's sort of a honey blonde.

The Richmond Cindy Lou dolls had 'hip pinned legs', which could be why I hear a metallic sound when I move her legs.

Her arms seem to be strung,which allows her to move her arms out to the sides as well as up and down,and her head can tilt up and down and to the sides.

Her legs can move out to the sides a bit too, which allows her to balance and stand on her own.

She can sit and her head can tilt side to side,as well as up and down.

She has a belly button. Seems so ridiculous that when Mattel gave Barbie a belly button fits were thrown. Even back when this girl was made nobody cared.(That I've heard of anyway.)

And here you can see her leg joints.
I don't think this is my girl's original dress. I suppose it could be, but I would think she would have come in something more sophisticated.

It's a cotton dress with something like Swiss dots,(except they are double dots.), and a velvet sash.

She has very faintly blushed knees.

You almost can't see it at all. There's more blush on her hand...

...but only the one. The other is super faintly blushed.

There's no blush on her feet.

Her little face is beautiful.

She has little or no blush on her cheeks. This is also common to the Cindy Lou dolls.

But she does have some smoky eye shadow.

 She's a pretty doll,but there are other dolls I'd rather have,so she may not be staying.

Tomorrow we'll look at another recent find.