Friday, June 23, 2017

Doll-A-Day 2017 #174:Movie Icons Stan Laurel

  This post is a little late,as it was supposed to coincide with the 127th birthday of Stan Laurel,who was born on June 16th, 1890. But better late than never. So here is today's doll. (You can call him an action figure, if that makes you feel better.) He's this Stan Laurel figure.

 Stan was a gift from Emma a few years ago.She knows I love Laurel and Hardy. If you've been reading the blog for a while you'll remember a couple of other Laurel(and Hardy) dolls I posted about previously. You can see them HERE and HERE.

He was made in 2005.

He's made by SD Toys.There was also an Oliver Hardy figure to go with him.

The pamphlet that came with him describes him as a 6" figure, but I measured him as just over 7".

He comes in this cool film canister.

He has a stand that looks like a film reel.

He attaches to the stand by a peg on the reel that fits into a hole on the bottom of his right foot.

Unfortunately there is no articulation in this figure. It would have been nice if his arms could have moved.

 Instead of articulation, Stan comes with two different right hands...

This is his head scratching hand.

And this is his hat tipping hand.
  ...a clapper board...

I think it would have been better if the clapper board had been filled out with the most common people who worked on Laurel and hardy films, like their producer Hal Roach,and  their frequently used director,James Parrott.
...and a pie in mid throw.

It would have been nice if he could have held the pie,as if he were throwing it,(In which case it should have looked more intact.),or it could have attached to his head somehow,as if he'd been hit.

While pie throwing was not uncommon in early film comedies,Laurel and Hardy's films were less known for pie throwing than the comedies of Mack Sennett. Having said that, Laurel and Hardy starred in what is often called the all time greatest pie fight in movie history,1927's "The Battle of the Century".

 "The Battle of the Century" starts with Ollie trying to cause Stan an injury so he can collect on the insurance. When a pie maker slips on a banana peel intended for Stan,the pie maker throws a pie that starts what turns into an all out war,eventually involving the whole street. According to the Guinness Book of World records, as many as 10,000 pies may have been used for the pie fight,although the amount is usually stated as 3000. That's still a lot of pies,especially since in those days they were still actual pies, and not just the aluminum pans of whipped cream that are used now.

For years the only bit of the film that was known to exist was a condensed version of the pie fight,seen in Robert Youngstons's 1957 compilation film "The Golden Age of Comedy". In 1979 most of the first reel was discovered. (Short films in the early days of cinema were what were referred to as 'one reelers' or 'two reelers',a reel of film being approximately 15 minutes long.) In 2015 it was discovered that Robert Youngston had kept a 16mm print of the entire second reel,which contained the pie fight,made form the original negative.So there now exists a practically full copy of the film.

Stan's clothes have some fabric detail.

I especially like his shoes.

 Tomorrow is Shrunken Saturday,so we'll be looking at a mini doll.

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.