Dolls and Fashion Toys from the 1960s, 70s and 80s

1984. France. Pif Gadget.

Many will be familiar with famous doll brands like Barbie and Sindy, but how about Kenner’s Glamour Gals or Dusty and Skye? Or Mattel’s The Littles? Or even Mattel’s doll of French singing icon Chantal Goya? What about ABBA dolls? And how about those lifesize fashion doll heads upon which you could apply make-up and create hair dos?

Below are some scans of a number of doll adverts I’ve been collecting over the past few years. Don’t forget to check out TVTA’s awesome Barbie section packed with retro Barbie goodness!


Barbie Magic Hair. 1960s. France.


Barbie et Skipper. Benelux. 1970.


UK. Prima. 1987.

Barbie. UK. Prima. 1987.


Olivia. France. Cora Christmas catalogue. 1988.


Tammy. 1960s. France.


Doll World. Aug 1984. Contains a feature on the large size action figure range from Kenner.


USA. Superman 296. 1976.

Dusty and Skye. USA. Superman 296. 1976.


France. Pif Gadget. 1979.

Olivia. France. Pif Gadget. 1979.


France. Pif Gadget. 1982.

Mademoiselle. France. Pif Gadget. 1982.


France. Pif Gadget. 1979.

Vanny. France. Pif Gadget. 1979.


France. Pif Gadget. 1981.

The Littles. France. Pif Gadget. 1981.


France. Pif Gadget. 1979. Mattel created this special doll and accessories after French singer Chantal Goya.

France. Pif Gadget. 1979. Mattel created this special doll and accessories after French singer Chantal Goya.


Denmark. 1978. ABBA dolls licensed by Matchbox. These dolls came with a range of fashion accessories.


Charlie’s Angels dolls by Raynal. 1977.


French Miro-Meccano Motta ice cream promotion featuring the Star Wars large size action figure dolls.


France. Pif Gadget. 1980.

Petites Amies. France. Pif Gadget. 1980.


Sindy. Denmark. Anders And & Co. 1981.


Sindy. US. FAO Schwarz catalogue 1980/1981


Line doll. 1960s. France.


Fleur dolls. Speelboom Journal. 1987.


France. Pif Gadget. 1983.

Cabbage Patch Kids. France. Pif Gadget. 1983.


France. Pif Gadget. 1983.

Glamour Girls. France. Pif Gadget. 1983.


France. Pif Gadget. 1983.

Glamour Girls. France. Pif Gadget. 1983.


Brazil. Zé Carioca N° 1693. 1984.

Strawberry Shortcake. Brazil. Zé Carioca N° 1693. 1984.


US. 1977. Jaime Sommers Bionic Woman large size action doll and accessories.


Jaime Sommers, Bionic Woman. 1977. France.


France. Pif Gadget. 1981. Joué Club advert featuring the Carolle Bébé Chéri and the Bébé Pitchoun dolls.

France. Pif Gadget. 1981. Joué Club advert featuring the Carolle Bébé Chéri and the Bébé Pitchoun dolls.


France. Pif Gadget. 1988.

Petra. France. Pif Gadget. 1988.


Matilda. Denmark. 1980.


Monchhichi dolls. FAO Schwarz Fall Winter catalogue 1980/81. US.


Beautiful Crissy. Ideal. 1972. US.


Thanks for looking 🙂

Glamour Gals / Glamour Girls

GGals logo tiny

Kenner’s Glamour Gals. These four-and-a-quarter-inch fashion doll figures were sold by Kenner in the US between 1980 and 1982. The dolls came with numerous accessories, playsets and cool vehicles like the Fancy Firebird, and the enormous Ocean Queen cruise ship!

In the 80s GG Cruise shipAbove photo courtesy of In The 80s

Above photo courtesy of fitbudha.com

In the 80s GG lineupAbove photo courtesy of In The 80s

FASHION STAND REHASH

In 1981 the dolls were able to parade on their very own Fashion Stand – a rehash of Kenner’s earlier action display stand for the first twelve Star Wars action figure line.

Ron Salvatore SWCA Above photos courtesy of Ron Salvatore SWCA

FRENCH PRODUCTION

In France the line was marketed by Miro-Meccano and underwent a slight name change from Glamour Gals to Glamour Girls. Miro-Meccano often advertised the toyline in conjunction with prize offers. The following French adverts from 1983 show promotional tie-ins with Glamour Girls vinyl records and Milky Way chocolate bars.

France. Pif Gadget. 1983.

France. Pif Gadget. 1983.

France. Pif Gadget. 1983.

France. Pif Gadget. 1983.

France. Pif Gadget. 1983.

France. Pif Gadget. 1983.

Not to be confused with …

  • the female Professional wrestling tag team Glamour Girls
  • the classic Nigerian film Glamour Girls
  • search engine typo trip-up The Golden Girls TV series
  • Galoob action figure line Golden Girl

However, if you do like the Galoob Golden Girl line then TVTA has a devoted advert section: Golden Girl

You can also check out Totally Jem for lots of great Glamour Gals catalogue photos!