Thursday, June 22, 2017

Doll-A-Day 2017 #173: Lenci Bettina Reissue

 The doll today is this little girl.

She's Bettina.

She's a reproduction of a vintage Lenci doll from 1928.

I guess technically she's a 'reissue'.

Lenci was an Italian company,founded in 1918.

The astute amongst you will see that she couldn't stand unsupported.

Most of  the original dolls had heads made of cardboard,covered with pressed wool felt. Others had stuffed heads.

The faces are hand painted.

Although Bettina has centered eyes,Lenci dolls are famous for their side glance eyes and serious expressions.

She definitely has the 'serious' thing covered.

Her arms can actually lift up,but they can't stay that way. She isn't poseable at all. Her head can't turn and her legs are unmoveable, so she can't even sit down.

She can put her hands in her pockets.
 Bettina measures 14" tall.

She has a bunny,also made of felt.

Her dress and shoes are made of felt too.



The front of her dress has felt flowers,and her pockets are decorated with felt too.

And she even has a felt flower in her hair.

But her slip and onesie are made of cotton.

Look at her blushy little knees!

Her shoes and clothes are removeable.Her dress buttons on the back.

Blushy elbows too.
Original Lenci dolls had hair made of mohair or human hair.I'm not sure what her hair is.

 It's not mohair. Human hair? Eww. Actually, I don't like her hair at all. It looks really dry,and the hair-do looks the one my Mom wore. And it's gray. Why does a little girl have gray hair?

Some of you may be familiar with Dare Wright's Lonely Doll books. The books told the adventures of a doll named Edith. Edith was a Lenci doll. I loved those books as a kid,so even though I didn't know what kind of doll Edith was,I guess she influenced me. I love Lenci dolls. I got this one for a really good price.I have a weakness for cute children's clothing,and her dress and onesie are so sweet. I don't think she has the charm of the originals though. Her face isn't as sweet, her eyes aren't as appealing to me, and I really don't like that hair. For those reasons,she is just passing through.

I'll be letting her go.It was nice to have her though,even if just for a while. I never got to handle a real Lenci,other than looking at some auction dolls I was afraid of damaging.

She seems a bit offended I'm getting rid of her.
 Tomorrow we'll check out another doll.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Doll-A-Day 2017 #172:Star Darlings Scarlet Starling

  The doll for today is this girl.

I have this one in a box, but I recently found a loose,used one that is mint,so she's the one I'm going to show you.

She's Scarlet Starling.

This is her original outfit,minus the silver belt.

 She's from the Star Darlings line by Disney.

The Star Darlings are 'wish granters',and live on a star called Starland.

These rocks look alien,right? They're from Kentucky actually.
 According to the Disney Star Darlings site "Starland is the brightest star in the sky, where all wishes go to be taken care of by Wish-Granters until they are ready to be granted. When these wishes are fulfilled, they release Positive Wish Energy that powers all of Starland.

The Wish Granters travel to 'Wishworld',which is Earth,and grant the wishes of wishlings',which are what they call Earthlings.

She's 10 1/2" tall.

The Star Darlings have pretty inset eyes.

Scarlet has cute little freckles too.

Her hair is purple,with a pink streak.

It's fairly soft and combable.

They are articulated at the neck,shoulders,elbows,wrists,hips, and knees.

In spite of the articulation, Scarlet is not very posable.

Her arms have some flexibility...

...but her legs aren't very posable at all. Even though she has knee joints she can hardly bend her knees. She can't cross her legs.

The knee joints do allow the legs to swivel at the knees,so she can be pigeon toed or duck footed. But who wants that? Her skirt is so tight that it's hard for her to even sit down. The skirt also makes it impossible for her legs to move out to the sides too,which makes it hard to balance her to make her stand on her own.

I finally managed to get her to stand. It wasn't easy.One leg seems shorter than the other.

Without the skirt she can move her legs out to the sides enough to halfway do splits.

As you can see, she has molded on underwear,with a little bow.

The shirt and skirt are separate, and both close in the back with Velcro.

There is a Star Darlings animated series. You can see the Star Darlings YouTube page HERE.

Tomorrow is another doll.See you then.