The first 50th anniversary Skipper was a blonde. She sold out in a couple of days. I think I prefer the brunette anyway. For some reason, she's still available. Mattel must have made more of the brunettes, or maybe most people who wanted one of the anniversary dolls had already bought the blonde.
She came in a brown shipper box, and was packed with plenty of packing peanuts. (I have to also mention that the packing peanuts are the biodegradable kind made from corn I believe. Good for Mattel.) Straight out of that box her real box was covered with tissue paper.
Her box is shoe box style,and very pink. I know that's the Barbie thing, but Skipper is not Barbie. Also, it's an anniversary doll, so maybe the box should have reflected the vintage style a bit more.It might have been nice to have a reproduction of an original Skipper box, like the boxes produced with the 35th anniversary Barbie dolls.
Better yet, a miniature reproduction Skipper box, like the ones provided with the 40th Anniversary Ken and Barbie dolls. They even came with tiny reproduction dolls!
Those would have appealed to someone like me, who loves miniatures, or sets up dioramas. But I guess Skipper might not play with a doll of herself.
Of course, people do...
And anyway, Skipper had a doll of her sister...
She comes with a certificate of authenticity.
And there was this card...
...with Ken's own personal message.That's a neat touch.
The plastic just lifts out, and now we can touch the doll and all the cool little accessories.
|She has a wrist tag, just like the original.|
Skipper comes wearing a reproduction of the vintage Skipper fashion 'Happy Birthday'...again. Some people have complained that Mattel reproduced the Happy Birthday fashion for a second time with the blonde 50th doll. (It had previously been used on the 30th Anniversary porcelain Skipper.)
|And by the way: eww!|
But maybe they could have put a different outfit on the brunette, just for the sake of variety, because now it's been available as a repro three times. Of course, again let's be fair: The brunette is just a different hair colour for the same doll. It's still the 50th Anniversary Skipper. Redoing another vintage outift would have been another entire project, so that would have meant new costs. I get it.
So anyway, getting back to the subject at hand,all the little do dads are attached to the backing with various clear rubber bands,clear soft plastic belt type things, and t-ended plastic ties.(And then those are all covered with tape!)
Skipper herself is attached by lots of the same. She had one of the clear belt things through her dress, and it was difficult to get out.
Pretty good reproductions. I hope people don't get away with selling them as the originals. Here's a comparison with the originals.
|Originals on the top, repros on the bottom. Keep in mind the cake originally came with brown or yellow decoration. I just have the yellow version.|
|It's easy to tell the repro here. The original, (on the right), is a piece of wood covered with gold paper.The repro is a gold plastic box.They got the flower pretty close to the original though.|
|Back of the present.The shape where the ribbon is to fit is molded into the box.|
|Old on the left this time, (Sorry!) It's made of tissue paper and tied with thread. The new ones are molded plastic with painted ties, and they're a lot bigger.|
|The new cake on the doily,with the plastic candles fitted into the holes in the cake. If Skipper is supposed to be about 10, why does she only have 6 candles on her cake? They look more like lipsticks.|
|There are four paper napkins and they actually unfold.|
|Her hat sits up strangely on her head.|
She looks very good. Way better than the Knitting Pretty red haired repro.
For one thing, her bangs don't look soaked in hair gel to make them lay down.
|She looks a little cone headed here.|
|Her bangs are a little choppy.|
|It's quite long and thickly rooted. I could hardly wedge her headband in it.|
|...with a two tone brunette...|
|...and the dark brown haired girl we saw last week...|
|...and a pink skinned straight leg for comparison of colouring.|
I'm noticing she seems to be just ever so slightly more jowly than her companions.
The closest comparison to her lip colour amongst my Skippers seems to be this brunette Sample Skipper, (Who needs her hair combed...):
I read someone's comment that these dolls have legs that don't feel 'vintagey'.They were right.But the arms feel right. Also it's good that there is no big mold seam down the legs like there has been on the repro Barbie dolls.
When I had a good look at her gloves, I noticed they're kind of shoddily made.
|The hem is already coming out. It isn't sewn around the top, so it's unfolding, and unraveling.|
|And the other one has a popped seam.|
But on the plus side, her dress embroidery is very nice!
|Not bad. (And please ignore vintage girl's droopy drawers.)|
|The ribbons and the embroidery on the new doll's dress are slightly darker.|
|And the original's bodice is more fitted.|
|Obviously Mattel ties bows better than I do.|
|The holes are bigger in the older slip, (on the right.)|
|The new shoes, on the left have less pointy toes and aren't as shiny s the old ones. The new socks are more stretchy.|
|The bottoms of the new shoes.|
|New on the left, old on the right. The new one is actually made of a similar 'straw' type stuff to the old one.(And yes, I need an upgrade to my vintage one.)|
|But, the old one has one thing the new one hasn't...|
|...the satin covered wire thing to hold it on her head. It has to just balance on top of her head. And don't breath or it will fall off.|
|Notice the mold date on her neck says '2013'.|
Ivy commented that she's a bit too pink to look like a vintage Skipper.
|...and her arms are a little too shiny. Minor points compared to the accuracy shown otherwise.|
I really like her. I think she's very accurate for the most part, and I'm very pleased with her. She's the next best thing to a brand new vintage doll.
That's all for today. See you again tomorrow for another doll.