Tag Archives: dolls

Play Ballet Dancing Ballerinas

Play Ballet Dancing Ballerinas was a line of 6 ½ inch dolls presented on decorative stages which could be glided across a surface to enable the dolls to spin and twirl. The dolls could also be removed from their stages for individual handplay. Characters were sold individually or in couples known as the Play Ballet Dance Partners, of which there were 6 collectable sets. Stages could be connected enabling each couple to dance together. Images are from the 1992 Galoob trade catalogue.

I’m not sure how successful these ballerina dolls were, but I think they’re pretty adorable, and the catalogue photo designs from Galoob are beautifully made… though I must admit the darker side of me can’t help but conjure a few images of Aronofsky’s Black Swan

Black Swan. Darren Aronofsky. 2010.

Picture courtesy of Marlena Lovett – Fanpop.

Thank you for performing your ‘Fouetté en tournant en dehors’ with us 🙂

Tammy, the doll you love to dress

Advertised as “The Doll You Love To Dress”, Tammy was a 12″ teenage fashion doll produced by Ideal between 1962 and 1966. Tammy was produced in three versions: a straight legs version, a bendable legs version, and a “Grown Up Tammy” version which also featured an African American version. Tammy inspired the UK’s bestselling teenage doll, Sindy, which was released in 1963, one year after Tammy. Pedigree Toys who owned the license for Sindy obtained permission to use Tammy’s tag line, “The Doll You Love To Dress”.

The selected pages below have been scanned from an early Ideal Toys catalogue. The drawings are quite a charm, and the catalogue includes a checklist of what accessories were available at the time and also a price list.














Thanks for looking!

Monchhichi / Chic-a-boo / Kiki / Bølle

“Don’t make a monkey out of me”

The cute thumb-sucking plush monkey called Monchhichi was created by the Japanese Sekiguchi Corporation in 1974. The doll came in male and female form with a wide range of clothing and accessories available. Other characters included two Grandparents, a Policeman, a Guardsman, and the “Friends of” series such as Kitty-boo the cat, Hoppy-boo the rabbit, Larry-boo the lamb and Honey-boo the bear.

In the UK and US the doll was renamed Chic-a-boo. In France as Kiki, in Italy Mon Cicci, in Denmark Mon Chhichi then later Bølle, in Hungary Moncsicsi, and in Spain as Virkiki. As well as dolls, Monchhichi also appeared in a number of TV series, music recordings, and household items, including a range of special pencil toppers given away in French washing powder packs – which we will take a look at later in this post.

Denmark. Note here the doll is named ‘Mon Chhici’, a difficult pronounciation for many Danish kids. The name was later changed to Bølle.

Denmark. Bølle.

US. FAO Schwarz catalogue 1980/1981

US. FAO Schwarz catalogue 1980/1981


KIKI Pencil Toppers

Kiki pencil toppers that were given away free with Bonux washing powder in the eighties

Kiki pencil toppers that were given away free with Bonux washing powder in the eighties

Kiki: bright colours and varied costumes

Kiki: bright colours, costumes galore and interesting accessories from surfboards to puppies to a fish!

Who's your favourite Kiki? Mom, can you please buy another box of Bonux?

Who’s your favourite Kiki?


KIKI 45 RPM record

La chanson de Kiki, 45 RPM record, 1978

La chanson de Kiki, 45 RPM record, 1978

Do you recognise any of these Kikis? Back cover of record sleeve shows some of the Kiki dolls available at the time.

Do you recognise any of these Kikis? Back cover of record sleeve shows some of the Kiki dolls available at the time.

"C'est mon Kiki!"

“C’est mon Kiki!”

1981 advert for the record

France. Pif Gadget. 1981.

That’s all for now vintage ad fans, thanks for looking!

ABBA Dolls by Matchbox

Swedish pop legends ABBA didn’t escape the eye of the toy industry. In the 1970s, British company Matchbox launched a set of dolls based on Agnetha, Benny, Björn and Anni-Frid. The dolls measured 23 cm (9 inches approx) and came with their own costumes. Additional costumes were available to buy separately. The dolls were sold in the UK and other European countries. The below ad is from Denmark, 1978.

Denmark. 1978.

Matchbox made a great job of designing the clothes, even reproducing the famous ‘cat suits’ of Agnetha and Anni-Frid.

ABBA in cat suits, Bengt H Malmqvist. This well-known picture is taken at the Swedish Television building at Gärdet in Stockholm. Owe Sandström designed the wonderful cat suits worn by Anni-Frid and Agnetha. Photo and info taken from abbathemuseum.com

Bonus trivia: so far as TVTA is aware, ABBA is the only group with a palindromic name to score a hit with a palindromic title, namely SOS.

Vanny… and now you are going on your potty…

1979 French baby doll Vanny, complete with expression of absolute surprise / horror as the little girl prepares to sit her on her pot.

France. Pif Gadget. 1979.

France. Pif Gadget. 1979.

CABBAGE PATCH KIDS

Cabbage Patch Kids was created in 1978 by Xavier Roberts as a line of dolls entitled ‘Little People’. in 1982 the name was changed to Cabbage Patch Kids, and the toy company Coleco began mass-producing the dolls. At their peak, the dolls were a must-have toy for Christmas. Stories of fights breaking out at department stores between parents battling over rare or exclusive dolls were commonly reported at the time.

Official site: The Cabbage Patch Kids

France. Pif Gadget. 1983.

France. Pif Gadget. 1983.

France. Pif Gadget. 1983