Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Super Teen Skipper, Scott, and Starr

Just because I did not receive any dolls as birthday presents doesn't mean I didn't buy myself any pressies. Over the last few months I have been purchasing some long coveted dolls from Ebay.

In 1980, I wanted these three dolls soooooooo much. For my 9th birthday I received  Super Teen Skipper and her boyfriend, Scott paper dolls, but not the actual dolls. The paper dolls were wonderful and had so many outfits. Starr was marketed as the ultimate teen doll. Instead of being a Barbie friend, Starr had her own line of friends, clothes, and even a car. She was fashionable and in tune with the feel of 1980. when I look at her, it's like looking at a doll version of P.J. Soles from Rock 'N' Roll High School.

Here are my three birthday purchases in their boxes.

I decided to unbox and set them up on Tuesday, a couple of days before my birthday. I had no idea that they would be all shook up less than an hour later by one of the few earthquakes that have hit our area. Luckily, nothing fell over.

So at last, 31 years in the making, Skipper and Scott get to go on their first date.

Now, they are eternally 13 years old (or there about) so an ideal first date location in 1980 would be the local McDonald's.

Looks like Starr has a part time job working the counter, and yes, that hunky customer she is helping is Shawn Cassidy (my original 1970s doll, ripped shirt and all).

After the date, Skipper shows off some of her skateboard moves while Scott gazes on adoringly.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Monkeying Around

My birthday was this weekend. I didn't get any new dolls from my family, but I did get this awesome Sock Monkey!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Mandy, part 3

As a young girl, I thought that Mandy was the perfect doll. She was a girl, not a baby. She would hold the poses I put her in. She had the sweetest face, and was blond, like me.

There was a girl in my Sunday school class who also had a My Friend Mandy. She even brought it with her to church. (This shocked my little mind.) Most surprising of all, this girl (whose name was Amanda, and sometimes went by Mandy), looked just like the doll, turned up nose and everything. Her clothes even matched. I was sure that she was the girl the doll was modeled on.

Friday, August 26, 2011

My Friend Mandy, continued...

My Friend Mandy was produced by Fisher Price and released in 1977. She is 16 inches tall and has a cloth body with a vinyl head and limbs. She was designed to be machine washable for easy cleaning.

Later dolls in the series were Becky (red head), Jenny (Asian Brunette), Mikey (boy), and Nicky (African American).   

These are photos of the Mandy outfits I own and a picture of Mandy (taken yesterday) in her overalls.                                                        

As you can see, she has held up well over the years.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Trial Post - My Friend Mandy

This is a photo of me and my brand new Fisher Price My Friend Mandy - Christmas Morning, 1978.
She looked lovely in her red shiny trunk. In side the trunk were her: winter coat, hat, and boots; nightgown; and her overalls, clogs, shirt, and head scarf. I remember this fondly as one of the best Christmas presents, ever, of my childhood.