Monday, 6 October 2014

Dateman Books

I've mentioned Dateman before, as one of my favourite sources for miniature books. Anyway, this weekend I had an email to say their new website is now up and running - take a look HERE. You can search by type of book, or by period which is great if your house is set in a particular era. Most books are 1/12 scale, though they do make some bigger 1/6 scale (A4) books too.

Integrity Toys Darla Daley (Colour My World) with standard sized Scouting For Boys.

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Thursday, 2 October 2014

Clone Thursday: Eegee Shelley and Lil Sister

Eegee was (and is) a trademark of the Goldberger Toy Co, adopted in 1923 and standing for the company's founder, Eugene Goldberger. Mostly known for their child dolls, they did branch into the world of 1950s glamour dolls, and then the slimmer 12" fashion dolls. The first of the latter was Bild Lilli clone Babette - later known as Miss Babette - who was produced between 1957 and 1965.

She was followed by Annette, produced 1961 to 1963. As a ponytail swimsuit doll she came in reddy blonde, brunette, and platinum blonde. You could also get a bubble cut version, as seen HERE.

Nurse Annette with two babies from 1961.

Annette also had a boyfriend named Andy, produced 1961-63, who gained a snazzy quiff in 1962 (see HERE). In addition to his basic swimming trunks and socks + shoes combo, Andy had several separate outfits available (making 12 in total): striped pyjamas, terry cloth robe with matching towel, bermuda shorts and multi-coloured shirt, charcoal grey overalls, ?. (Info sourced from HERE and HERE.)

Marked Eegee - see HERE.

In 1963 they were joined by a pretty Tammy clone named Shelley - though not to be confused with an 8" child doll with the same name also produced that year. 12" Shelley had grow hair and came dressed in a simple red or black dress.

Eegee also made a clone of Tammy's little sister, Pepper - imaginatively named 'Lil Sister'. Lil Sister was just over 9" tall and came complete with freckles and a copy of Skipper's swimsuit.

Nude pic HERE.

The doll came with a centre part hairstyle in blonde or reddish brown (see HERE), or in the same colours with a fringe, as pictured below.

She also appears to have been produced in a blue swimsuit, see HERE.

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Sunday, 28 September 2014

Elf on the Shelf

Christmas is still months away, it's true. But. Knowing that I'm going to be having a baby just days before, and the fact that moving is already a struggle, I decided to spend my free time the last week getting all my Christmas shopping and wrapping done. 

That out of the way I turned my attention to Christmas decorations. This year will be my first Christmas living with OH, and my first Christmas in years spent in my own place. In practical terms this means I can finally have the 1950s-esque silver tinsel tree (and not just in sixth scale!), and all the vintage ornaments I can get my hands on. 

Searching for vintage decorations, I came across the Elf on the Shelf. Apparently it's an American thing where Father Christmas sends magical elves to keep an eye on children and let him know if they've been naughty or nice. Every night, when the kids are asleep, the elf goes back to Father Christmas' workshop to report on what he's seen - then in the morning the kids find him in a new spot in the house. Often the elf has been up to some mischief or other: see HERE, HERE and HERE.

I think it's such an adorable idea. They're quite expensive in the UK, £30 ($49) officially, but the basic white boy elf was on sale by a couple of pounds and, what with the potential added Christmas magic and the cute doll-ness of it all, I just couldn't resist ordering one. Even though the baby will only be a few days old I want to take some photos this year to make it seem as though the elf was sent as soon as they arrived, and then build on it as they get older. :)

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Clone Thursday: Kellog's Calico Lassie

As a company, cereal giant Kellogg's needs no introduction. Suffice to say that as part of a 1963-65 US marketing campaign they offered the chance to send off for Jaguar, Mustang or Corvette sports cars (sadly not the real thing), or '12 inches of hillbilly charm' in the form of a Calico Lassie doll.

You can see a full box scan with this ad HERE, and another ad for her HERE.

Lassie was made by Elite Creations and stamped 'Unique' - for all that she actually looked as much like the Ideal Toy Corporation's Tammy doll (comparison HERE) as Ellie Mae Clampett from The Beverly Hillbillies. The basic doll cost $2, plus two cereal box tops.

In addition to her basic outfit of blouse and jeans, she came with a Square Dance Outfit (yellow) and the imaginatively named Skirt Blouse Outfit (green and red gingham).

You could also get another three outfits for $1 and two box tops:

[Larger Image and ad scan HERE]

For pictures of the outfits 'in the flesh', click HERE for Flannel Sleeper, HERE for Party Outfit, and HERE for Hootenany Costume.

Monday, 22 September 2014


Mattel Ricky head on 21cm Obitsu body shows off on a fingerboard...

I can't say that I've ever really grasped the point of the fingerboard, a skateboard for your fingers. Not as anything other than a miniature prop at any rate (1/12 scale adult or 1/6 scale kids'). Over the years I've amassed quite a few of the tech deck and other boards, though I don't like to handle them much. The top of the board is rough like an emery board which sets off my chalk phobia - I'm very lucky that my fingernails grow into a nice shape with just clipping as I could never file them!! Then this month I picked up 5 smooth topped Ben 10 boards on eBay for £1:

Now the others can just be put in the scene and stay there, untouched. :)

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Thursday, 18 September 2014

Punkinseed Doll

Terri DeHetre was a doll artist who founded the Legacy Dolls company. A bunch of reproductions of her original dolls were produced for the company in 1987, usually in kit form - you can see some examples HERE, HERE and HERE.

My aunt gave me mine when I was about eight or so, and it's spent the intervening years sat in various places collecting dust. Anyway, I've been sorting through all my old stuff these last few weeks and my mum suggested it would look sweet in the baby's room. I gave it a good clean and washed its outfit for the first time in who knows how long... I think it scrubbed up rather well!

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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Clone Thursday: Fab-Lu Randy and Mary-Lou

Fab-Lu Limited, otherwise known as Luften Ltd or Faber-Luft Ltd were a New York based toy company. They are perhaps best remembered today for their 1960s clone dolls, which were sold through Chad Valley in the UK - the company who bought out Fab-Lu after legal troubles got the better of them...

First up was Babs, who was proud to be known as a cheap Barbie copy. There are excellent pages about Babs and her fashions HERE and HERE.

Then there was Babs' boyfriend, a Ken clone doll named Bill. You can see a boxed doll, all nine boxed outfits, and Bill's booklet HERE at KenCollection.

Next came Babs' little sister, a Tammy clone named Randy. Fab-Lu even used an actual Tammy with drawn on ink spot in their clothing booklet - and were sued by the Ideal Toy Corporation accordingly. You can read the original legal notes HERE, and those from the 1966 appeal HERE.

Randy came with an updo...

...or a bubblecut in brunette or blonde.

Randy had 18 outfits, including her basic Bermuda shorts and overblouse (more variations HERE):

See Special Occasions Only HERE, and Queen of the Courts HERE. The latter also came in a variant style, see HERE and HERE.

See Everybody's Sweetheart HERE and HERE, and Tea for Two HERE.

See Outdoor Girl HERE, Sleep Tight HERE, and Home Alone HERE.

See Beauty and the Beast HERE and HERE, and Park Avenue HERE.

See Bermuda Bound HERE.

In the UK Randy was renamed Mary-Lou, to avoid the sexual connotation of her real name, but kept all the Randy outfits.

But, just to make things more confusing, Fab-Lu had also issued a 9" Pepper clone named Mary-Lou:

She also came in blonde - as seen HERE.

Back of an outfit box - HERE is the front.

Fab-Lu also made a range of even cheaper looking clones, called Ronnie (Barbie), Boyfriend (Ken), and Peggy (Midge).

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