Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Doll-A-Day 2017 # 53: Daredevil Dexter

  Today's doll is one of my childhood dolls.He's Daredevil Dexter.
His price is still there:$1.87!

Dexter is from a series of dolls called Small Shots.

Small Shots were made by Mattel from 1971 to 1973.

Dexter is one of the first dolls,which were available in 1971.

Dexter measures 3" tall without his skates,and 3 1/2" including the skates.The skates are made of die-cast metal.
There were four dolls available separately, and two available with a playset called the Skate 'N Race Set.

The dolls were designed to be able to use the Hot Wheels race tracks.The back of the package also came with a ramp.

The dolls and skates are perfectly balanced and skate heavy,and won't tip,even while flying down the ramp.I've never actually tried Dexter on a Hot Wheels track.

In 1971 I was 8 or 9 (depending on when I bought him),but as I have said before, I was an obsessive compulsive, anal retentive person,even as a kid. I saved Dexter's package,(Well, it did say to on the package itself!),and took pretty good care of it all these years.Luckily I kept him in it,not only for his own good, but if he hadn't been in it I'm sure Mom would have thrown it away! Today a Dexter in his package sells for over $200! It helps that these dolls are collected by Hot Wheels enthusiasts as well as doll collectors.

 The dolls can actually be removed from the skates, and the clothes are removable too.

Small Shots were Mattel's attempt to attract girls to their Hot Wheels toys.You can watch the original Small Shots commercial (featuring Jodie Foster!) HERE

  In 1972 more dolls were released, with either a soap box scooter or a wagon.In 1973 dolls were released with twist waists. I've never seen any of the last line of dolls anywhere.I can't even find a picture of them online.The first series of dolls,and sometimes the second, seem to be the only ones anybody ever sees.That's kind of strange, because it would make sense for the last line of dolls to be produced in smaller numbers than the first.(That would be why there was a second and even third line, but not a fourth.)
  See you tomorrow for another doll.

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