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by Ruby Lane

You Are A Child Of The 1970s If You Played With These Dolls

1. Dawn by Topper Toys: 6-inch dawn and her friends were made of vinyl with rooted hair and long lashes.  They had large wardrobes and amazingly tiny high heels.  Other dolls in the family were Angie, Dale, Gloria, Long Locks and Jessica, Gary, Ron, and Van.  Palitoy made the English version named Pippa.  Their rivals were Mattel’s Rock Flowers, and other copies made by assorted companies.

Dawn Doll Fashion Twinkle Twirl #8114

Dawn Doll Fashion Twinkle Twirl #8114

2. Malibu Barbie: her tanned skin and light blue bathing suit gave her a distinctive look; no Barbie looked like her before.  She came with sunglasses and a yellow towel, and soon, other Malibu friends followed. Malibu Barbie was made between 1971 and 72 and was marked:  © 1966 Mattel, Inc. U.S. Pat. Pended U.S. Pat. Pend. Made In Japan.

Mattel 1978 Sun Lovin' Malibu Ken in Best Buy Outfit!

Mattel 1978 Sun Lovin’ Malibu Ken in Best Buy Outfit!

Malibu Barbie Beach Party Case and Doll

Malibu Barbie Beach Party Case and Doll

Vintage Sun Lovin Malibu Barbie in Original Box

Vintage Sun Lovin Malibu Barbie in Original Box

3. Peachy and Her Puppets:  Produced in 1972 by Mattel, Peachy was a hard plastic and vinyl doll with rooted blonde hair that had her own puppets, could talk and did puppet shows.  You might say she was an “uber” doll, or a doll’s doll.  She wore a yellow dress, and had side glancing eyes. Like her earlier sister Chatty Cathy, she was a pull string talking doll.

Whitman 1974 Peachy & Her Puppets Paper Doll Book Uncut!

Whitman 1974 Peachy & Her Puppets Paper Doll Book Uncut!

4. Crissy and Velvet:  These dolls were part of Ideals 1970s growing hair family of dolls.  They were around 17.5 to 18 inches.  A knob in their abdomen grew and shortened their hair when turned.  The dolls were also made in African American versions. Crissy also had a little sister named Cinnamon who was shorter and a life-sized Baby Crissy version.  They all had fun, mod 70s wardrobes that included distinctive T-strap shoes.

Ideal Growin Hair Crissy Doll in

Ideal Growin Hair Crissy Doll in “Turned On Mini” 1969

5. Leggy by Hasbro:  At 10 inches, these slim teen girls had excessively long legs, hence their trademark name.  The dolls had long rooted hair and painted features. Four dolls besides were in the series that were named Jill, Nan, Kate, and Sue, and there was an African American doll as well. Polistil of Italy and Shiba of Japan made similar dolls.  Their wardrobe came separately in packets called Fashion Assortments.  Leggy dolls were made between 1971-73.

Via Patty is Timeslip

Via Patty is Timeslip

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