Electroman by Ideal (1977)

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Jun 172013
 
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Ideal’s Electroman was sold in 1977. He is 16″ tall, all hard plastic and jointed at the shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees and ankles. His red plastic helmet is molded onto his head, and has a light with motion detector on the front. He takes 3 “C” batteries and on his back is a switch to set it to Guard, Radar or Stun. He wears a synthetic jumpsuit with attached silvery belt with plastic buckle, and cape. A stylized, silvery letter “e” is attached to his chest. He wears rubber boots (to protect himself from electric shocks, no doubt) with embossed lightning bolts down the front. He has painted blue eyes and his hands are cupped to hold objects.

Electroman’s adversary, is Zogg the Terrible, a monster with a large reflector on his forehead. A “laser” gun, sold separately, could be used to knock Zogg out if Electroman was busy.

These dolls, excuse me, action figures, were not big sellers and Zogg in particular is very hard to find. Ideal apparently used up extra Electroman jumpsuits for some of their other dolls, as Tiffany Taylor and Magic Hair Crissy have been found wearing it.



Copyright 2013 by Zendelle Bouchard

Jun 062013
 
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Ideal Cardboard doll house 1963

This cardboard doll house is very similar in style to Barbie’s original Dream House, but it folds out to make three separate rooms, with the living room in the center, the kitchen on the left, and the bedroom on the right. It was made by Ideal in the early 1960s, and I believe that by not putting Tammy’s name on it, they meant it to be used for either Barbie, Tammy, or any of the other similar sized fashion dolls of that era. A couple of years later, Tammy came out with her own house, but that one was quite different.

When it’s all folded up, the house measures 24″ x 13.5″ x 8″. When you open it up, it folds out to be about 52″ long and 21″ deep. The furniture is all cardboard, with tab and slot construction. This house is a wonderful display piece for any ’60s fashion doll, if you have the room.

I have not been able to find a mint in box or complete example to know exactly what pieces came with this house. It is not documented in any book that I am aware of. If you have further information, please leave a comment.

Ideal Cardboard doll house 1963

Ideal Cardboard doll house 1963

Ideal cardboard doll house 1963

Ideal cardboard doll house 1963

Ideal cardboard doll house 1963

Ideal cardboard doll house 1963

Ideal cardboard doll house 1963

Ideal cardboard doll house 1963

Ideal cardboard doll house 1963

Ideal cardboard doll house 1963

Copyright 2013 by Zendelle Bouchard





Wake Up Thumbelina by Ideal

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Jan 022013
 
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Wake Up Thumbelina is a baby doll made by Ideal in 1976. She was the last of the moving Thumbelina dolls made by Ideal, continuing the line that had begun in 1961 with the original Thumbelina. The earlier versions moved by means of a pull string; but Wake Up Thumbelina requires 2 D-cell batteries. When you press the switch in her back, she raises her head and arms, and turns over.

Wake Up Thumbelina doll by Ideal


Photo courtesy of eBay seller dreamalong.

Body Construction
Wake Up Thumbelina is 18″ long, and has a vinyl head with rooted hair and painted eyes. She has a very unusual body construction with hard plastic torso and arms, and stuffed cloth legs which are part of her sewn-on outfit. She is jointed at the neck and shoulders. She has a battery compartment in her rear end with the switch in her back. She was sold as a white doll with blonde hair and blue eyes, or a black doll with brunette hair and brown eyes.

Wake Up Thumbelina doll by Ideal


Photo courtesy of eBay seller dreamalong.

Markings
She is marked “©1976 // IDEAL TOY CORP. // WB-18-H-251” on the back of her head and “©1976 // IDEAL [in an oval] // HOLLIS N.Y. 11423” on her upper back.

Wake Up Thumbelina doll by Ideal


Photo courtesy of eBay seller dreamalong.

Clothing
Wake Up Thumbelina wears a one-piece non-removable sleeper. The white top is a nylon knit, with the yellow bottom part of synthetic flannel. The legs of the sleeper are soft stuffed to form the doll’s legs. The “trap door” in back accesses the battery compartment. A pink ribbon in her hair matches the pink ribbon on the front of her outfit.

Wake Up Thumbelina doll by Ideal

Packaging
She was sold in a cardboard box with all over graphics illustrating and describing her movements. She came with a sheet of operating instructions.



Copyright 2013 by Zendelle Bouchard.

Ideal’s Vinyl Shirley Temple Dolls

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Dec 082012
 
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12" vinyl Shirley Temple doll by Ideal Toy Corp.

This 1958 12″ vinyl Shirley Temple doll with extra outfits was sold in a box resembling a TV set, tying in to Shirley Temple Black’s children’s television show.
Photo courtesy of Withington Auction, Inc.

17" vinyl Shirley Temple doll by Ideal Toy Corp.

17″ vinyl Shirley Temple doll wears a cotton dress which may have been a Sears exclusive. This size was made from 1959 to 1963.
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Ideal made their first vinyl versions of the Shirley Temple doll from 1958-63. They had rooted blonde hair with Shirley’s famous curls and hazel sleep eyes. Some of the larger dolls had “twinkle eyes,” also known as flirty eyes, which could move from side to side as well as open and close. The 12″ version had lots of extra clothes that could be purchased; the 15″, 17″, 19″ and very rare 26″ sizes were sold in a variety of outfits but no clothing was sold separately. Most of these outfits were not from Shirley’s movies, but reflected typical little girl fashions of the period. 1950s Shirley Temple dolls came wearing a plastic pin of her name in script. The 15″ version was reissued in 1972 as a Montgomery Ward exclusive.

15" vinyl reissue Shirley Temple doll by Ideal Toy Corp.

15″ vinyl Shirley Temple doll reissued in 1972 for Montgomery Ward was available in this outfit only.
Photo courtesy of Lisa Hanson. Check out her eBay listings.

The Shirley Temple Playpal doll sold only in 1960 is 36″ tall and has the same blow-molded jointed vinyl body as Patti Playpal, with a Shirley Temple head. She most often wears a nylon dress but was also available in a Heidi outfit.

In 1973, a new 16.5″ vinyl version of the Shirley Temple doll was sold wearing her red and white polka dotted “Stand Up and Cheer” outfit. There were four additional outfits sold separately. This doll was available through 1975.

In 1982-3, Ideal made 8″ and 12″ versions of Shirley Temple with pale vinyl resembling porcelain. With this Collector’s Edition series, they returned to dressing Shirley in outfits from her 1930’s film roles. In 1984-5, a 16″ Shirley was made, available in three different costumes.

1984 16" vinyl Shirley Temple doll by Ideal Toy Corp.

16″ vinyl Shirley Temple doll, the final version made by Ideal, wearing outfit from her 1934 film “Stand Up and Cheer!”







Copyright 2012 by Zendelle Bouchard.

Mary Hoyer Doll Co.

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Oct 292012
 
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Vintage composition Mary Hoyer doll

Composition Mary Hoyer doll in crocheted outfit.
Photo copyright Withington Auction, Inc.

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Mary's Dollies knit and crochet patterns for Mary Hoyer dolls Before she started in the doll business, Mary Hoyer was a designer of knit and crochet patterns for children’s clothing. In the 1930’s, she opened her own yarn and craft shop in Reading, PA. Soon she added doll clothing and patterns to her inventory. To create a market for her doll designs, she purchased composition dolls from Ideal to sell along with the patterns. These dolls were 13″ tall with a double jointed torso known as a “body twist.” These early painted-eye dolls have Ideal markings. Photo courtesy of Nancy McKee.

Composition Mary Hoyer doll Composition Mary Hoyer doll When Ideal discontinued the style of doll she had been using, Mrs. Hoyer hired renowned doll designer Bernard Lipfert to sculpt a doll for her. Lipfert’s design, manufactured by the Fiberoid Doll Co., was slightly bigger at 14″ tall and also had painted eyes, but did not have the jointed torso. The earliest dolls are unmarked, but soon the Mary Hoyer logo in a circle was added to the back of the doll. Dolls with sleep eyes were also added to the lineup. The same model was used for both girl and boy dolls. Photos copyright Withington Auction, Inc.

Hard plastic Mary Hoyer doll Hard plastic Mary Hoyer doll In 1946 Mary Hoyer switched from composition to hard plastic dolls, using the same design. She continued to market her knit and crochet patterns, and sold finished outfits and sewing kits in her shop as well as by mail order. Photos courtesy of Nancy McKee.

Gigi by Mary Hoyer Doll Co. In the mid-fifties, Mary Hoyer decided to branch out by adding other dolls to her line. The first was Gigi, an 18″ hard plastic girl. She has the same markings as the 14″ doll, and several outfits available for her. Photo courtesy of Nancy McKee.

Vicky and Margie dolls by Mary Hoyer The company then decided to try vinyl dolls; they marketed high-heeled glamour dolls that were reportedly made for them by Ideal. The larger sizes were quickly discontinued, but they sold 10.5″ Vicky (similar to Ideal’s Little Miss Revlon) for a couple of years. The glamour dolls are unmarked and very difficult to identify. Margie, a 10″ vinyl toddler, and babies Cathy (10″) and Jamie (8″) were also offered.

The company had continued to sell its 14″ hard plastic doll throughout the fifties, but in the early sixties, they switched to a new vinyl doll called Becky. Mary Hoyer retired in 1972, but her company was resurrected in 1990 by her granddaughter, Mary Lynne Saunders. They continue today making high-quality play dolls for children and collectors. Mrs. Hoyer passed away in 2003 at the age of 101.

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