Apr 132013
 
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Dollikin by Uneeda

Scan from 1958 Niresk Industries catalog.

Uneeda’s 19 inch Dollikin is perhaps the most fascinating of the glamour dolls. (The ad above must be including the height of her hair.) Her ultra-posable body, featuring no less than 16 separate joints, makes for a realism, both in play and display, that no other fashion doll of the late fifties can match. A rare 15″ Dollikin was also sold in 1958. The name was also used for a posable Barbie-sized doll in the late sixties, and a 6″ multi-jointed doll in the early ’70s.

The 19″ doll was also available as Dollikin Ballerina, Miss Twist (in fringed flapper dress), or in a set with a baby doll as Mommy Dollikin and Her Lovable Baby.

Body Construction
Dollikin has a hard plastic, strung body and soft vinyl head with sleep eyes in various colors with brush lashes. She is jointed at neck, waist, hips, shoulders, wrists, elbows, knees, ankles and upper arms. Click here for a photo of a nude Dollikin showing her multiple joints. There were some molding changes with the doll throughout her period of manufacture. The size of the head was decreased toward the end of production, and at some point her hands became smaller and more dainty, and her eyes were made larger.

Dollikin‘s rooted hair, available in various shades, originally came styled in either a short or long wavy or curly bob with bangs, ponytail with bangs, or chignon with widow’s peak or spit curl. The later issue dolls had short straight hair parted in the center. Her hair is not very high quality, so that it is difficult to restore a doll with played-with hair to original condition. Generally, dolls with the spit curl style had pierced ears and pearl drop earrings, while dolls with the other hair styles had unpierced ears.

The Dollikin Ballerina, and also Miss Twist, generally had black hair and black eyebrows, as well as black eyelashes painted on the outer corner of each eye.

Markings
She is marked “UNEEDA/2S” on the back of her neck. The Dollikin head with these same markings was also used for dolls with regular glamour bodies that didn’t have all the extra joints.

Clothing
Dollikin’s clothing is not tagged, but may be identified by the factory snaps with white “donut” outer half and the words “SK LIKITS RAU” inscribed on the inner silver half. While other manufacturers used these snaps as well, it is a fairly good bet that if your doll is wearing an outfit with these snaps, it is original.

Outfits the dolls were sold in include the following:

  • Black velvet pants, white long sleeved shirt with lace trim down front and on cuffs, red necktie, black elastic-strap sandals
  • Blue, green and white plaid pants, white blouse, red felt vest with lapels to match pants, black elastic-strap sandals. See photo here. This outfit was also available in a variation with a predominantly red plaid.
  • Red, blue and green plaid pants, white long-sleeved blouse with matching plaid placket and cuffs.

  • “Lotus Blossom” outfit of white blouse and pants, long vest with oriental fan print, white shoes. See photo above. This outfit was copied by Valentine for their Mannikin doll – see that page for keys to telling them apart.

Packaging
Dollikin’s original box had a gold lid, which when opened, showed her displayed in a seated position facing left, with graphics all around her highlighting her poseability and play value. She was available later on in a blue box with a cellophane window. The doll was seated in the same position as in the first issue box, with drawings of outdoor scenes decorating the interior.

To see more Dollikin photos, visit Michele Collishaw’s site.



Copyright 1997-2013 by Zendelle Bouchard.

  7 Responses to “Dollikin by Uneeda (1957-62)”

  1. I found this site very helpful in determining what my doll is. It appears that she is a Uneeda Dollikin jointed doll, but of the rare 14″ size. She is in the black pants and white blouse, but is missing one shoe and the other shoe’s elastic has died. She is in pretty good shape except that one wrist has been glued. I cannot find any of this size Dollikin for sale on ebay to get a sense of value. How would I find out her value? She belonged to me as a child, but has been in an undisturbed box under the eaves of my parents house for over 50 years. Many thanks for any guidance anyone can give me.
    Kind regards,
    Christy

    • Christy, Actually dolls that are for sale don’t really give you an idea of value anyway – because anybody can ask any price they want, and it may or may not be realistic. But if you search for Uneeda Dollikin on eBay, and then click on “Sold Listings” in the left hand column, then Sort by Highest price first, you will find a couple of them that have sold recently. One is listed as a 15″ doll, and one is 13″ but they are both the smaller size Dollikin. (It’s hard to accurately measure the height of a doll with jointed ankles!). You can compare the condition of yours to those to get a better sense of your doll’s value. Of course the original outfit would add more value, but a glued wrist would subtract some. I found a few other sold examples on Worthopedia ranging from $270 to $616. She is definitely a desirable doll.

      • Hi Zendelle,
        Thank you so much! I did a bit of research and found on dollreference.com that the smaller doll of the Uneeda Dollikins is supposed to have only 14 joints as opposed to the 16 of the 19″ dolls. However, my 14″ doll has all 16 joints. Do you know anything more about this anomaly? Is that reference site wrong, or is my doll unique?

        I must say it is quite exciting to find that my old toy from so many years ago may have some value!!

        Kind regards,
        Christy

        • Christy, I have never owned a 14″ version so I can’t speak from experience. The dollreference site says that the doll lacks upper arm joints, however, the two dolls shown on eBay both appear to have those joints, even though one is described as having only 14 joints. I found a catalog ad here for both sizes that describes them both as having 16 joints. So perhaps the one with only 14 is the anomaly. Perhaps someone who knows more will post a comment.

  2. I love all the dolls from my childhood (50′s-60′s) but one of my favorite is my 21″ Dollikin. When I got her as a child, they were calling her “Miss Marvelous” so it took me awhile to figure out that she was the Dollikin doll. You can see my doll on my website in a number of different outfits that I or my Mother made for her. http://tomberlincollective.squarespace.com/behind-the-seams/doll-clothes/

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