Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Doll-A-Day 2017 #109: Sun Colors Kocoum

Today's doll is Sun Colors Kocoum.



He was made by Mattel in 1995.



Kocoum was the character who wanted to marry Pocahontas in the first Disney Pocahontas movie.



He was part of the 'Sun Colors' line of Pocahontas doll, which also included Pocahontas,her friend Nakoma, and John Smith.

He came with a bow and arrows in a quiver,a necklace, and his wrap style 'skirt' thingy.



The bear paws on his chest are permanent.



But when he's placed in the sun, symbols appear on his clothes.



It was a pretty overcast day, but they're trying!



Pocahontas and Nakoma both had clothes that changes in the sun too. All John Smith had was a compass that flickered.


He has those annoying bent arms. His hair should stick up more in the front, but this guy's having a bad hair day.


I'm pretty sure this is the only doll made with this head sculpt.



You can see his sticky-up hair better here.


He has quite a set of abs.


Apparently there was another Kocoum intended for release.'Color Splash Kocoum' is pictured on the back of the boxes for the other dolls in the line, but accompanied by an announcement that he is 'not available'. The Color Splash dolls all have a color change feature. When put. in water the girls get colour streaks in their hair,and John Smith's chest tattoo changes olour.


  I liked the Pocahontas movie, but the inaccuracies annoyed me. For one thing,Pocahontas was about 11 or 12 years old when she saved John Smith from being executed by her father, and she was never in love with him. I am also seeing at the time that Disney animators used a Hawaiian lady as the model for Pocahontas. They couldn't find a Native American for that job?! They think Hawaiians and Native Americans are identical? On the positive side, there was a great environmental message,and Pocahontas was seen as a strong character,even if alot of the things in the film weren't historically acurate. 
  There is some historical debate about whether or not Pocahontas was actually married to Kocoum. The current tribal belief is that they were married and had a daughter. The marriage ended,as was tribal tradition, when Pocahontas was captured by the English in 1613. Some historians don't believe Kocoum existed at all.




See you tomorrow for another doll.

4 comments:

  1. Kocoum may have crazy hair, but that face is to die for!

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    1. He has a very unique face. It's a shame they never used it again.

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  2. I just love him! I re-bodied him and updated him a little! I just need to put the bear tattoos on his chest! I posted other dolls and him here. http://i-luv-dolls.blogspot.com/2015/11/november-and-native-americans.html

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    1. He's so unique,he deserves the upgrade to a more articulated body. And you got rid of those annoying bent arms. He looks great. What body did you use?

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