Monday, October 31, 2016
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
So this isn't really a Barbie-themed post, but you have to meet my friend Peteena!
Here's lovely Peteena, the brainchild of Hasbro in 1966. Peteena is part dog.. part fashion doll... a true fashionable French Poodle through-and-through.
She came wearing a green and yellow polka dot bikini, and had a wardrobe of a variety of mod and sporty outfits.
I'm not sure who thought she was a good idea, for by all accounts she was a total flop. However, despite her short time on the market, she's become very popular with collectors today, and she's pretty scarce and minty examples of she or her outfits can command high prices.
I'd wanted a Peteena for a long time, but I never had any luck finding one, until I got her in a box lot full of mostly junk at a doll auction last autumn. Yay!
Here she is! As you can see, mine isn't in the best of shape. Her hair is a little matted. Her vinyl is a little discolored. And she's missing one set of eyelashes. Her nose is chipped. Not to mention she's missing her tail. Peteena's tail was removable to aid in dressing her... so most dolls no longer have their tail. This is par for the course, most Peteenas are in rough shape when they do show up.
Peteena's shown here wearing Ideal's Tammy's outfit Walking Her Pet from 1964. It's a really cute outfit... with lots of sweet details. Most of Tammy's clothes fit Peteena pretty well, but as you can see the skirt is a little long on her. (She's 9" tall compared to Tammy's 12".)
The heart charm on the sweater is marked "Japan". Several of Tammy's outfit had this heart charm. The other side has a floral design. It's often missing from the jacket.
It also had an oversized purse. Tammy's clothes were nice quality, but the accessories often weren't as accurate or well-scaled as Barbie outfits. This purse is big enough to be a laptop bag (before laptops!) on both Tammy and Peteena. But it does really open and the chain strap is a nice touch.
Here's Tammy's goofy-looking unnamed dog, which I guess can hardly be considered weird, since he is being walked by Peteena. The dog is filled with wires and is very bendy, but doesn't look much like an actual dog.
But then again, neither does Peteena.
Walking Her Pet for Tammy included these items:
- Red leather-like skirt that snaps closed in the back.
- Blue-and-red wool sweater with pocket flaps made out of same fabric as skirt. Gold medal heart marked "Japan" hanging from right pocket.
- Red vinyl purse that really opens on gold medal chain
- Red shoes marked "Japan"
- Bendy white dog with brown ears, red tongue, silver tinsel flecks.
- Leash with gold chain, red handle
- Red scarf (not shown.)
I hope you enjoyed this quick look at Peteena and a nice Tammy Doll outfit.
PS. The title of this article is a tribute to Titina, a silly song from the 1920s. :)
Sunday, September 18, 2016
I was delighted to find this vintage Barbie polar fleece fabric at Jo-Ann's for half off! (Which ended up being about $7 a yard.)
It's furry and fluffy and I'll probably make a blanket.
Plus, it features actual Barbie outfits!
Here Barbie wears Swirly Cue #1822.
Here she's in her original swimsuit #1160 from 1966.
They can't really make "silver" for the top, but she's wearing Zokko! #1820.
And All That Jazz, #1848
The fabric is made by Cranston fabrics and is probably available at your local Jo-Ann's as well.
Sunday, July 31, 2016
Fresh from the fleas is this lovely ponytail Barbie:
Her nails also have some of the fading-to-orange look. She wasn't wearing this when I bought her.
The guy at the flea market (really, more of an antiques/collectibles show) had a large number of nice vintage Barbie dolls for pretty cheap. I'm wishing I would have bought a few more now, but I only had so much cash on me.. ugh.. I am kicking myself in the butt right now!
ANYWAY.. this pretty girl, I'm going to call a #3/#4 transitional doll. She has the rubbery-type arms and legs, nice soft brows, and the solid-body torso. She has the typical faded-to-orangey lips that are often seen on #1s, #2s, and #3s. Blue liner. Torso might be slightly faded/blotchy white in parts.
No green.. just a few flaws. Nice thick hair, flocked scalp... little curly soft bangs.
She's a beauty and was not that expensive. So, I'm glad.
Obviously I haven't cleaned her up yet but she's very lovely.
Her nails also have some of the fading-to-orange look. She wasn't wearing this when I bought her.
Not a very good picture of her face showing the bit of orangey fading to the lips, but otherwise her face is not bad.
Re-styling the ponytail will be the worst part....I've done it before but never on such a nice doll.
What dolls did I leave behind?
Sadly, the guy also had a lovely and in pretty-good-shape lemon blonde American Girl Barbie which I'm wishing I would have bought now. The price was pretty reasonable.
Also, he had a Color Magic midnight/redhead which unfortunately her poor hair was chopped down to super short, basically ruined. Too bad because I don't have a Color Magic in my collection and would have bought her in a minute if it weren't for the chopped hair.
He had a couple of nice bend-leg bodies, some TNT dolls and mod-era Kens. A Barbie head on a Francie body... etc.
Besides the Ponytail shown here, the Lemon American Girl was probably the best in the lot. Sadly, not many clothes or accessories or anything, which is really my main focus collecting-wise right now.
Oh, and he had a ton of Dawn dolls & accessories/clothes too. I'm trying to cut back on my Dawn collecting unless it's very cheap or something I really want, because I have soooo many Dawns now! Haha. :)
Anyway this guy was really nice, willing to cut me a deal and wearing a "Han Shot First" T-shirt. Such a refreshing change from the sorta-kinda-jerks I sometimes have to bargain with at the flea market.
I hope he's there next time and hasn't sold the American Girl because I'm really sorry I didn't buy it.
-_- I wish I had given him my card.
I don't have a nice American Girl in my collection. I have one, but she has a broken knee and faded lips (my fault.. I treated green ear and inadvertently bleached out her lips.)
I have a couple of bend-leg Midge dolls that are willing to sacrifice a body if I ever find a nice American Girl head, though.
They always say it's what you don't buy that you regret. I guess that's true.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Am I the only person out there who likes to take a few dolls along when she goes on a trip? I simply can't leave everyone at home..
From my earliest days of having a Dawn doll in my pocket in the car, to now... I gotta have a doll along for the ride!
I like to use this little travel case made by Ponytail, which yes, did manufacture early Barbie cases and vinyl items... but also manufactured their own line of products, including cute kid-sized luggage like this "hatbox" design. It's just the right size to hold a few dolls and their things, and the graphic is oh-so-cuuuute.
Of course, I'm not sure how well it would work on a plane, but since I'm strictly a road-tripper, it's a perfect little box to take some dollies with me.
Here's the lovely doll that usually comes with me... a pretty Skipper I snagged for $10 at a yard sale years ago, wearing the rare dress from the Perfectly Pretty gift set.. I imagine she is the doll from the gift set as well. (Oh, if only they had the rest of the outfit!)
She's with a 1980s Barbie teddy bear, and vintage non-Mattel luggage.
A note about the luggage, it's part of a 4-piece set. It included 3-sizes of suitcase in the Samsonite style, and a train case with a removable tray, which Skipper is sitting on. It came in a multitude of colors, the most common being this teal color, and an off-white kind of ecru color.
I believe it also came in a bright lime green color, a navy blue (?), bright yellow, a peachy tan, a brighter white, and red. Possibly more colors.
If you come across the set in any color other than teal or ecru, it is definitely rare. If you find it in red, it is VERY sought after by collectors! (My mom has the human-sized in Samsonite red!)
Red is scarce, and definitely the most prized.
The luggage was made by Payton Products of Brooklyn, NY. Apparently they were founded around 1951, and defunct by 1980. They also manufactured other dime-store type toys and games, toy cars, army men, farm animals, and the like. I don't where this cute luggage set was sold. But it turns up often enough that it must have been widely available. Probably in dime and toy stores everywhere.
|(Image above from This Ebay Auction, please check it out if you are interested, via This Ebay Seller)|
Here it is new in package! Note that it uses the actual trademarked Samsonite name. I wonder if you could buy it at the airport gift shop?
Note the three suitcases have faux "wheels" on the bottom, while the train case has little nubby feet. All of them are hinged and have faux closures at the top, looks just like real Samsonite!
Beyond being adorable, you can really use this luggage!
It can easily hold a few dresses for Skipper (and this isn't even the largest size.)
Here's the inside of the train case.
Here it is with the tray removed.
All of these cute little extras were able to fit in the train case... I seem to be missing a purple shoe..
Here's Skipper with her sleeping bag and footie PJs from 1974-1975, Get Ups N' Go #7713 - Sleep Set, which also came with a cute green sleep cap, which I've misplaced somewhere.
Getting ready for bed with Chris doll, who is wearing #3616 - Pinky PJs from 1968 - 1969.
Mattel of course, was never blind to the fact that kids want to travel with their dolls. Oodles of doll cases were available over the years, perhaps the easiest vintage Barbie item to find in the history of ever, though of course some are rare or very rare.
Barbie, Midge, Ken, Skipper, Francie, Tutti... they all had their own special doll cases. Some cases have even been made specifically for collectors to keep their dolls safe and sound on the road.
I'll write more about traveling with your dolls at some other time, I just thought I'd give you this little glimpse of a collector on the go!
Occasionally, I've traveled with even more doll friends, haha! (Picture from 2009)
Sunday, July 17, 2016
Continuing the series on Ken's mod outfits, let's look at a few more of them, hmm?
In 1969, Ken got 4 new outfits, plus one gift set. In 1970, he got 6 additional outfits. He also got a new friend, Brad! Brad was African American and known as Christie doll's boyfriend. He came wearing his own unique outfits. Brad was Mattel's first African American boy doll.
There seems to be some debate over whether Ken's mod PAK items were available during 1970 or only 1971. Perhaps they came out late in the year for Christmas. Since they seem kind of scarce, I'm thinking they weren't available for long. I'll discuss them in a later article.
Here's a list for you for 1969 - 1970 outfits:
- Breakfast at 7 (#1428) - (1969 - 1970) (See previous article)
- Rally Gear (#1429) - (1969 - 1970)
- Town Turtle (#1430) - (1969 - 1970)
- Guruvy Formal (#1431) - (1969 only)
- Fabulous Formal Gift Set (#1595) - (1969 only) (Sears Exclusive with Barbie)
- Talking Ken Original Outfit (#1111) - (1969 only)
- Play It Cool! (#1433) - (1970 only)
- Big Business (#1434) - (1970 only)
- Shore Lines (#1435) - (1970 only)
- Bold Gold (#1436) - (1970 only)
- Casual All Stars (#1514) - (1970 only) (Sears Exclusive) (NOTE: Some pieces came in several color variations.)
- Talking Ken Original Outfit (#1111) - (1970 only) (Same stock number as 1969, but different outfit.)
- Bendleg Ken Original Outfit (#1124) - (1970 - 1971)
- Bendleg Brad Original Outfit (#1142) - (1970 - 1972)
- Talking Brad Original Outfit (#1114) - (1970 - 1973)
- Red, White, And Wild Gift Set (#1589) - (1970 only) (Sears Exclusive) (NOTE: Not to be confused with a later 1972 outfit that has the same name)
ANYWAY: I'm going to share pictures for as many outfits as I have in my collection! I'm not going to go in any particular order, sorry.. just whatever outfit I felt like putting on Ken at the time, haha!
|Play It Cool! (#1433)|
Here's Ken's lovely Play it Cool! (#1433) from 1970. What a crazy pair of pants, huh?
The pants are made out of a very loose knit that is prone to threads pulling from the weave. The shirt and socks are a soft knit that tends to get pilly and is also prone to tearing at the seams. The shirt closes with snap in the back and has raglan sleeves.
The jacket is a very nice, high quality felt-like material which seems to hold up really well. A really nice imitation of camel hair.
|YKK zipper and knit-weave close-up.|
The pants have a YKK zipper fly and a hook-and-loop closure. Here you can see the loose knit close-up. Mine are pulling a little around the top, probably from aggressive pulling by some kiddo of the past. These are difficult to get onto Ken's sticky bend-legs, so remember that baby powder if they won't pull on, and avoid rips or damage to the fabric.
|The coat is the only tagged piece.|
Also, do you notice something above the tag?
|Close-up of pull-string hole.|
|Squishy-style JAPAN dress shoes.|
|Outfit without coat.|
Here's Ken wearing the outfit sans coat. Those are some pants! These pants were in my collection for a long time when I was a young collector and it took me a long time to identify them. The print is so large, but trust me, guys really did wear pants like that.
Here it is with the coat, with my chopstick holding down the collar with the snapped thread. (Oops!)
A really nice thing about this coat is that the sleeves are generously cut so that the sweater sleeves don't get all wrinkled and bunched-up when you put it on over top.
Play it Cool! as pictured in the Barbie booklets.
Next up, here's Rally Gear (#1429) from 1969 - 1970.
|Rally Gear #1429|
The jacket's collar is folded up, it should be folded down. It's made out of a faux-leather-like material that doesn't hold up very well. You can't really tell here, but it is double-breasted and has two rows of buttons.
The pants are a cotton-like fabric with a YKK zipper and hook-and-loop. The shirt is a nice, crisp high-quality shirting-type fabric with three buttons. It closes with hook-and-loops.
No socks were included. The cowboy boots are squishy and should be marked JAPAN, though later boots are nearly identical and may be marked with other country names. Uhm, I don't think mine are an actual pair since the color isn't the same.
|Showing the tag and hole for talking string.|
The shirt is the only tagged piece. As you can see, it has a hole in the back of the neck to accommodate the talking string. Remember, it's not a flaw, it's a clever design element!
|Showing the slit for the talking string in the jacket.|
Here's the slit in the back of the jacket for the talking string. You might think this is a flaw, but it's supposed to be there.
It's a bit difficult to get the jacket over the sleeves of the shirt without wrinkling them something terrible, which is why I haven't put this on a doll for you.
Here's Rally Gear in a Barbie booklet from the era. See how the jacket is double-breasted with a fold-down collar. The pockets are real, by the way. Note the talking ring sticking out of the back.
I hope you enjoyed Part II! I'll be back with more MOD KEN soon.
Click here for MOD KEN PART 1