Oct 012013

Maskerade Magic doll by Eegee, 1976

Eegee’s Maskerade Magic is a fun set that includes a 14″ boy or girl doll with five different masks for the doll to wear. Four different sets were pictured in the catalog, but the sets with the boy dolls seem to be rare or nonexistent. It is possible they were not produced beyond the prototype stage.

Maskerade Magic doll by Eegee, 1976

Body Construction
The doll has a vinyl head and heads with a soft stuffed cloth body. He or she has painted eyes and rooted hair. The clothing is part of the body.

The doll is marked “EEGEE Co. // 12D // Made in Hong Kong” on the back of her head.

The girl doll wears a blue skirt over her purple, blue and green cloth body. The boy doll’s body is made to look like a striped shirt and rust colored pants. His feet are black.

Maskerade Magic doll by Eegee, 1976

The girl doll is most often found with the set that includes a nurse, red haired and black haired princesses, majorette and blonde bride masks. She was also packaged in an alternate set that included the majorette and one of the princesses, plus clown, bear and bunny masks. The boy may be packaged with firefighter, doctor, pirate, football player and cowboy masks; or with the clown, bear, pirate, a Frankenstein and a character with blue skin and a gold (?) helmet. I don’t recognize that last one but he may be a comic character.

Maskerade Magic doll by Eegee, 1976

Although the catalog illustrations shown picture the doll packaged on the left side of the box, with the masks on the right, all the actual sets I have seen have the doll in the middle with the masks on either side.

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Dolls by Madison, Ltd. (1970s-80s)

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Jul 222013

Madison, Ltd., marketed a variety of dolls and toys in the 1970s and 1980s. They were headquartered in Hackensack, NJ, but the dolls were made overseas.

Tracy is 11.5″ tall, all vinyl, dressed in a floral print dress with attached, lace-trimmed apron, and matching bonnet. Her rooted hair is styled with a sausage curl on either side of her face. She has blue sleep eyes with long lashes. She is marked “Hong Kong” on the back of her head, and “Made in Hong Kong” on her back. The illustrations on her box are obviously meant to invoke Holly Hobbie.

Sweet Susan is a bent-leg vinyl drink-and-wet baby. She is 11″ long and has bright blue sleep eyes with long lashes. She has molded hair underneath her rooted hair. Susan wears a lace-trimmed, flocked nightie and comes in a gift set with two other outfits plus accessories. She is marked on her back “Hong Kong // BLUE BOX”. Blue Box was the name of another doll company at this time – so either Madison purchased the dolls from them and dressed them; or else Madison and Blue Box were somehow related.

Rag Mop Kids are a boy and girl with vinyl head and hands, cloth body and yarn hair. They have painted blue eyes and freckles. Their bodies are made of red and white gingham, to look like shirts under her jumper and his overalls. Their red felt shoes are part of their bodies. They had extra outfits which would also fit Cabbage Patch Kids.

Dolls of All Nations is a series of twelve 9″ vinyl girl dolls wearing various international (mostly European) costumes.

Li’l Jenny is a drink-and-wet 8″ girl doll with her hair in braids. She has blue sleep eyes with long lashes.

Happy Clown is a dark skinned clown with rooted green hair. There may have been a white version as well.

“String Puppets” are marionettes including Donny and Marie Osmond; super heroes Wonder Woman, Superman and Batman; and Disney characters including Mickey Mouse and Goofy. These are sought after by collectors.

Action Soldier is a GI Joe knockoff. He had extra outfits available.

Galaxy Fighters are similar to the Masters of the Universe action figures, with big muscles.

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Apr 122013

While Uneeda is best known for their glamour, fashion and pocket-sized dolls, they also made a huge variety of vinyl baby and child dolls over the second half of the 20th century. This is a very partial list which will be added to as information becomes available.

21″ girl and 18″ boy, all vinyl with molded hair, stuffed one piece body. 1948-52. In the late fifties, they produced another vinyl molded hair girl doll, with a different hair style.

Pri-thilla is a 12.5″ vinyl girl, rooted blonde hair, sleep eyes, wears a checked short sleeved shirt, solid color pants with checked cuffs. She has some type of mechanism that allows her to blow up balloons. 1958.

Wiggles is an 18″ infant with an unusual body construction. She has a vinyl head and torso, but her vinyl limbs, rather than being connected to the torso, are attached to a body sleeve that she wears over her torso. This makes her limbs very floppy. Some Blabby dolls were also made with this construction. See photos here. 1958.

Baby Dollikin is a 21″ baby with jointed knees, wrists and elbows in addition to the usual joints. She has a hard plastic body with vinyl head. 1958.

Uneeda made a 32″ Bride doll, she is the same doll as their Princess but with natural hair color. Other 32″ dolls include a black girl, same as Bride; and Freckles, a different face mold with orange hair green eyes and (of course) freckles.

Toddles is a 36″ doll, initially made to compete with Ideal’s Patti Playpal in the early ’60s, but Toddles was made for a much longer period of time. This is from Uneeda’s 1975 catalog.

They also made a 31″ talking doll with growing hair. You can see lots of photos and find out more about these dolls at the Crissy and Beth website.

Saranade is a vinyl doll with hard plastic torso containing a speaker. She came with a record player made by Westinghouse that transmits a radio signal to the speaker in her torso. Rooted dark brown hair in a ponytail with bangs, blue sleep eyes with molded lashes. Red dress with white trim. The record player plays four different speeds. 1962.

Uneeda’s Purty doll scrunches up her face and cries when you squeeze her.

In the ’50s and ’60s, Uneeda made a series of dolls that do things when you squeeze them. Purty (above) is 15″ tall with a cross expression, squeeze her and she shuts her eyes and cries, circa 1955 (not to be confused with the 1973 version).
Blabby is a 17″ baby doll, press her tummy and her mouth moves as she cries. 1962
Sunny Face is 15″ tall, grins and giggles (shuts her eyes) when you squeeze her, 1964

Coquette is a pretty 16″ girl doll, dimpled chin, platinum blonde hair with bangs. 1963.

Weepsy Wiggles is a newborn baby doll with a wiggling motion, a wind-up music box and she cries tears as well. These dolls seem to be very rare, I couldn’t find an example online anywhere. Advertised in Toy & Hobby World, 1963.

Ventriloquist dummy molded side parted brunette hair, plaid cloth body, blue pants 23″ tall, blue painted eyes. 1963.

Baby Trix is a 19″ baby doll with soft foam body, wired for posability, black eyes, closed moth, rooted hair. Black and white versions were made. Advertised in the 1965 Montgomery Ward catalog.

Baby Go Go is a beautiful 17″ drink and wet baby with dark brunette hair and blue sleep eyes. She wears a deep pink dress with narrow white lace trim at the neck and across the yoke. Her packaging is made to look like she is riding a scooter. Circa 1965.

22.5″ Walking doll in red satin dress. Click here to read more about here.

Sarabelle is a 15″ girl doll, rooted hair, sleep eyes, wears a faux-patchwork “colonial” outfit. 1960s.

Deb Teen is a 17″ vinyl girl doll (not teen body) smooth short lemon blonde hair, sleep eyes, pink checked dress with attached white pinafore. A leash around her wrist attaches to a cardboard poodle which is part of her box. 1965.

Uneeda’s Mod a Go Go doll is 19″ tall, with side glancing sleep eyes. She was sold in a variety of mod outfits with gogo boots. Click here to see a closeup of her face.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller franklin2000.

Bumpkins and Baby Bumpkins are both drink and wet vinyl babies, made in a few different versions over the years beginning in 1967. There is a 10″ size with molded hair, 11″ and 17″ dolls with rooted hair. All have sleep eyes. There is also a small version with painted eyes which came out in 1982.

Drink and wet Baby Sweetums has been made in at least three different sizes and a variety of outfits, since at least the early 1960s. Most often found is the 19″ version that has the same face as Baby Dollikin. There is also a 15″ version, with box dated 1968. There is also an 11″ version with painted eyes wearing a christening gown and bonnet. Another version was packaged with plastic blocks and teddy bear. The most recent versions are just called Sweetums.

Bareskin Baby is a 12.5″ newborn baby, has a swivel waist which is very unusual for a baby doll, sleep eyes, painted hair. Came with a shaggy rug. 1968.

Bitty Bathtub Baby is a small vinyl drink and wet doll in yellow plastic case molded like a bathtub, with cute accessories including a rattle and rubber duck. 1969

Bye Bye Baby has painted side glancing eyes, comes in wardrobe trunk with extra outfit and accessories. 1970s.

Purty 11″ chubby toddler, rooted hair, painted side glancing eyes 1973.

Lil Agatha is a 10″ vinyl doll with painted eyes and rooted hair. Described on her box as “A doll from a collection of early Americana.” 1975.

Agatha Bride is a 16″ vinyl girl doll with sleep eyes and rooted hair, dressed in a white wedding gown. The box graphics feature a spinning wheel, so she continues the Americana theme of Lil Agatha.

Granny and Me are a 16″ gray-haired granny doll with painted-on glasses, and her 7″ granddaughter. 1977.

Jenni is a 15″ doll in fancy gown part of the “Showcase Collection”. 1978.

Baby Glee is a 22″ baby with a big smile and molded tongue, molded hair. Vinyl head on cloth body. 1978.

Baby Toodles drink and wet baby, rooted hair and sleep eyes, lavender pjs. 1982.

Jack and Jill are 12″ twins packaged together with pink plastic pail Dressed in matching red and white outfits. Platinum blonde hair. Open/closed mouths.

Baby Jennifer has sleep eyes with molded lashes, rooted hair, 1982

Just Clowns is a set of 2 dolls 10″ and 7″, various matching outfits, bright red curly hair, red painted noses. 1982.

Tickin’ Tot is a baby doll with molded hair and a beating heart. 1986. Photo courtesy of Martin Auction Co.

I See You Dolly is 15″ tall, vinyl head and hands, soft cloth body. Unusual eyes appear to follow you in any direction. Kinda creepy actually. Black and white versions. 1988.

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Apr 122013

Uneeda made a few character dolls from comic strips and movies over the years, including a few tie-ins with Disney.

Orphan Annie cloth doll by Uneeda Orphan Annie cloth doll by Uneeda This all cloth Orphan Annie doll has a molded mask face with painted features. She came with white socks and black shoes, and likely dates to the 1920s. She was an exclusive for Walgreens stores.

Disney's Pollyanna doll by Uneeda Disney's Pollyanna doll by Uneeda Pollyanna was made in 10.5″ and 32″ versions, and possibly also a 17″ version. Dressed in red and white checked dress and pantalettes with straw hat. Tie in to the Walt Disney film of the same name starring Hayley Mills. 1960.

Other 32″ dolls include the Princess from Babes in Toyland, another Disney film tie-in, she has a similar face to Pollyanna but with a closed mouth and pink hair. See the video below.

Popeye is the famous comic character with soft vinyl head and arms and cloth body, made in 8″ and 16″ versions. His hat and pipe are molded as one piece with his head. 1979. Olive Oyl and Swee’Pee dolls were made as well.

Uneeda Comix, a series of adult-oriented comic books published in the 1970s, are no relation to the Uneeda Doll Co.

Dolls by Remco

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Feb 132013

Remco is one of the best known toy and doll companies of the vintage era. Their slogan “Every boy wants a Remco toy…and so do girls!” was widely advertised in television commercials. Some of their best known dolls are the Littlechap Family, Heidi and Jan, and the Finger Dings.

There is very little information available about the company itself. Founded by Sol Robbins, Remco was prolific during the 60s and early 70s, but the company invested a lot of money developing dolls that didn’t sell well. Remco filed for bankruptcy in 1971 and was acquired by Azrak-Hamway International, Inc., a toy company, a few years later. In 1997, Jakks Pacific acquired Remco from Azrak-Hamway International.

Most Remco dolls are well marked, aiding in identification. Click on a photo to view a larger version.

Among collectors, Remco is especially well-known for the Littlechap Family, a family of four fashion dolls with very well-made outfits. They are a little larger than Mattel’s Barbie, so they can’t wear her clothes. The scan at far left is from the 1963 Sears catalog. Judy Littlechap photo courtesy of eBay seller franklin2000.

Remco made two different types of dolls of the Beatles. The Mascot, dated 1964, is 30″ tall and all cloth. Visit the Beatles Mascot page for more information.
The other Beatles dolls Remco made are a set of 4 vinyl figures about 4.5″ tall. Each doll has the same body but the heads are different. They are dated 1964 as well. A set of dolls of the Dave Clark Five was also produced. Ringo photos courtesy of eBay seller art-in-mind.

As well as the pop group dolls, Remco made TV characters in doll form too. Pictured at far left are Uncle Fester, Lurch and Morticia from The Addams Family. Near left are Grandpa and Lilly from The Munsters. While the pop groups have unique heads on the same body, these characters have unique bodies too. Photos courtesy of eBay seller art-in-mind.

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5″ Heidi and her “Japanese playmate” Jan were very popular in the mid-sixties. They came packaged in plastic pocketbook cases, and had many outfits and playsets. Besides the more common version that waves “Hi” when you push a button in her belly, there were also Winking and Growing versions of Heidi. A black version was made as well. Other dolls in the Pocketbook series include Heidi’s siblings Hildy, Herby and Billy; and friends Pip and Spunky. Jan was one of the few Asian-American play dolls available in the 1960s. Bar-B-Que play set photo courtesy of eBay seller dreamalong.

Outfit for TV Jones doll by Remco TV Jones is a vinyl dog fashion doll. Like Heidi and Jan, he came packaged in a plastic case that was meant to look like a portable television set. He had four extra outfits that were sold separately. 1966. Photo at far left courtesy of eBay seller franklin2000.

For cat loving kids, TV Jones has a kitty companion named Pussy Meow. She has four extra outfits too, including a Schoolgirl Outfit, Secret Agent Outfit and Evening Gown. 1966.

Remco also made Mr. & Mrs. Mouse and their twins Elly and Andy. There was a plastic house for the family and playhouse for the twins. Other animal dolls Remco made are Hana Hippo, Ellie Elephant and Patsy Panda. They are hard to find.

Remco’s 1967 Little Orphan Annie rag doll measures 16″ tall. She seems to have been the only all-cloth doll they made. Photo courtesy of eBay seller king-auctions.

Baby Sister Grow a Tooth came out in 1969. She is 15″ tall and has a “Magic Bottle” and pacifier. Photo courtesy of Martin Auction Co.

_daisy (4K) _rose (4K) Finger Dings are 5.5″ finger puppets, introduced in 1969. They have a vinyl head, arms and torso without legs. They wear a sort of a leotard with an open back, and you put your fingers inside the leotard legs to make the dolls walk, dance, skate, etc. Besides the regular line of Finger Dings, there were also Finger Ding Animals and Flower Kids. Photos courtesy of eBay seller your-favorite-doll.
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Jumpsy doll by Remco Jumpsy doll by Remco Jumpsy is a mechanical doll who jumps rope. She is 15″ tall with a hard vinyl head and hard plastic body. Her hands are shaped to grip her jump rope (actually a long thin spring fitted to plastic handles). When her arms come down, she hops a bit and skips over the rope. Jumpsy has rooted blonde hair and wild looking painted blue eyes with spiky painted lashes. She wears a two piece blue playsuit. The shorts are not removable.

Remco produced 3 members of the ’60s pop group The Monkees as dolls, with the same construction as the Finger Dings. Dolls in the likenesses of Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz and Mike Nesmith have been found in plain cardboard boxes, indicating that these were probably sold through mail order rather than in stores. (Peter Tork, the fourth member of the Monkees, had quit the band by this time.) Davy’s name is misspelled “Davey” on the boxes. Davy and Mickey were also sold packaged together as Clever Finger Dolls with no mention of their names or the Monkees name. 3 dolls photo courtesy of eBay seller franklin2000. Clever Finger Dolls photo courtesy of eBay seller king-auctions.

Adventure Boy had the same contruction as the Finger Dings and the Monkees dolls. The dolls were sold in play sets including the Spacecraft pictured at left, Snowmobile and Motorcycle. He dates to 1970. Photo courtesy of eBay seller art-in-mind.

Dune Buggy Baby, dated 1972, is an 11″ doll with long blonde hair who comes with her own dune buggy, operated with a wired remote controller. See pictures of her here.

The song “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony)” was a huge hit in the early 1970s. It began as a jingle for Coca-Cola and was then recorded for commercial release with the references to Coke removed. The multicultural theme of the song was something new at the time. Remco introduced their 18″ singing doll Mimi in 1973, capitalizing on the song’s popularity. She could sing it in six different languages and had an outfit for each language. Pictured above are her German, Israeli and Polish outfits. She also had Spanish, Scottish and Italian fashions. A black version of Mimi was also available. Photos courtesy of eBay seller art-in-mind.

A series of McDonaldland characters was produced in 1976. They included Ronald McDonald, the Grimace, the Hamburglar, Mayor McCheese, Captain Crook, the Professor and Officer Big Mac. The dolls ranged from about 6″ to 8″ tall. The Grimace is plush with vinyl feet; the rest of the characters are posable vinyl with fabric costumes. A McDonaldland Playset was also available. Photo courtesy of eBay seller den268.

Baby This ‘n That came out in the late ’70s. She is a mechanical doll who moves her arms when you squeeze her toes. She comes with accessories to hold such as a spoon and straw. A new version was offered in 1990 as Sweet Baby This ‘n That. Photo courtesy of Martin Auction Co.

Remco’s I Dream of Jeannie doll came out in 1977. She was a tie-in to the animated series produced by Hanna-Barbera, not the original show starring Barbara Eden. As such, she would be considered a character doll rather than a celebrity doll. She is 6.5″ tall and has her own fashions which were sold separately. She can also wear Dawn sized clothing. Photos courtesy of eBay seller franklin2000.

Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids was an animated children’s television series produced by comedian Bill Cosby. In 1985, Remco made dolls of four of the characters from the show: Fat Albert, Little Bill, Greg (pictured) and Hank. They have vinyl heads and cloth bodies and are 21″ tall. Photos courtesy of eBay seller den268.

The Baby Sitter’s Club dolls were produced in 1991. They were licensed from the best selling series of chapter books by Ann M. Martin. Each baby sitter doll was 9″ tall and sold together with a 4″ little girl doll. The sets were Kristy & Karen, Claudia & Jenny, Stacey & Charlotte, and Jessi & Becca. There was also a Deluxe Gift Set with all eight dolls. A couple of years later, the four baby sitters were produced by Kenner in 11″ and 18″ sizes. Photos courtesy of eBay seller den268.

Other Remco dolls include:

  • Snugglebun – baby doll came with a lamp table with light up bottle warmer (1965)
  • Baby Walk Alone – mechanical walking doll, about 15″ tall (1966)
  • Tippy Tumbles a somersaulting doll that was a big hit; she was reissued by Ideal in 1977 (1968)
  • Bottle Babies – small vinyl dolls in clear plastic bottles (1967)
  • Ragmop – Cloth head and torso with vinyl limbs (1968)
  • Growing Sally has a torso that lengthens to make her taller. She comes with “little girl” wig and outfit and “grown up” wig and outfit. Extra clothing sets were available. There was a black version made. (1968)
  • Kewpie licensed from Cameo (1968)
  • Tumbling Tomboyaction oriented doll who came with a remote control go-cart (1969)
  • Baby Know-It-All in her Feeding Chair and Magic Slate – show her pictures on her Magic Slate and she reacts to them (1969)
  • Bunny Baby “A Tricky Whistle Doll” whose movements are activated by the sound of the whistle. She rides a Bunny Swing. (1969)
  • My Three Sons Triplets – 3 vinyl drink and wet babies, painted eyes and molded hair, tied into CBS TV series starring Fred MacMurray (circa 1969)
  • Li’l Baby Polly Puff comes with inflatable nursery furniture (1970)
  • Li’l Winking Herby Hippy, a 16″ doll with a winking mechanism
  • Sweet April, a crying baby doll with lots of extra outfits and furniture (1971)
  • Dune Buggy Baby has a plastic remote control dune buggy which you can decorate with stickers (1971)
  • Baby Laugh a Lot – very strange laughing doll. Sounds like something out of a creepy horror film. (1971)
  • Laurie Partridge, character played by Susan Dey on The Partridge Family, is 18″ tall with a teenage body and long straight brown hair. A good likeness, although the doll’s head is oversized compared to her body. (1973)
  • Look ‘n Love Dolly – Mechanical baby urns and nods her head (1978)
  • Hello Dolly – this 12″ talking doll came with a phone that plugged into her side – when you talk on the phone, her lips move and she “talks” along with you (1978)
  • Proud Family – Father, Mother and Baby. Mother can go through various stages of pregnancy (which the box refers to as “motherhood”) (1978)
  • Giggly Jigglies – “The Happiest Dolls in the World” 10″ tall, soft body with vinyl head/ molded hair “No batteries required” but what do they do? There was a pogo stick for them sold separately (1979)
  • Baby Cry & Dry – Drinks, wets, then cries and kicks her legs until you change her. Just like a real baby! 13.5″ long, rooted blonde hair in loose curls. Watch the TV commercial on YouTube. (1979)
  • Rainbow – a fashion doll who came with her own “Electronic Fashion Computer” to help you pick out her outfits (1979)
  • Pretty Penny Chatterbox – pull her braid and she says something. Her upper body is vinyl and her lower body is cloth. She sits in a stuffed chair. (1988)
  • Splashy and Her Floating Vanity – a bathtime fun doll

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