|Who's That Doll?|
|A site dedicated to the discovery and identification of miniature 6-1/2" fashion dolls.|
|Main Fashion Page
What IS that outfit, and
where did it come from?
February 6, 2013
|What's new at "Who's That Doll?"|
|A WORD FROM THE WEBMISTRESS:
Well, now that Yahoo has fixed what was broken, I can get back to updating this site.
First of all, I'd like to announce (if you didn't already know) that "Who's That Doll?" is now on Facebook. Just search for "Who's That Doll?" and you'll find it there. It was a move out of desperation when I wasn't sure if Yahoo would fix the broken program or not. This website will continue to be here, and I will continue to add to it as I come into new things and new information to share. I'm currently building pages for the stock fashions Topper made and sold on boxed dolls. With a bit of luck, I should have those pages ready in a couple weeks, so stay tuned!
Please report any broken links to me at: email@example.com
Thank you, everyone, for your continued support!
|It is my hope that you find this site entertaining and informative. I do not claim ownership of everything seen here. If you are the owner of any of the photos/dolls/fashions on this site and you wish it to be removed, please contact me. I will remove it, or credit you with ownership if you like.
The purpose of this site is strictly informational, and not to be construed as an attempt to sell anything seen here. Thank you.
|Topper Dawn Dolls|
|Mattel Princess Tenko
Guardians of Magic
Fashion World Dolls
Cindi Joy Dolls
by Day-Fran and others
|The beginning of the modern, miniature fashion doll as we know her. Starting with Topper's Dawn doll in 1970, the 6-1/2" fashion doll was at the height of her popularity in the decade of the 1970's. Many toy manufacturers jumped on this money-making band wagon, and produced either their own version of Dawn, or made fashions and accessories to fit her.
Below are many of the dolls I have identified; some had their own complete line of fashions, etc., and others were one-shot "clones" or knock-offs of Topper's most popular girl. Many, but not all of these dolls are in my personal collection. If you see a photo here that belongs to you and you wish it removed, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Mego Dizzy Girl|
|The 1980's and 1990's|
|The 21st Century...2000 and Beyond|
|Uneeda Little Miss
by S.S. Kresge
"I Dream of Jeannie"
Britney Spears, etc.
|Ideal Derry Daring|
|H17 and K17 "Longlocks headmold" clone dolls|
|Other "Clone" Dolls|
|Ban-Dai and Irwin
|Mattel Family Corners|
|By the end of the 1970's, the enthusiasm for miniature fashion dolls had slacked off considerably. Several toy manufacturers attempted to recreate the miniature fashion doll phenomenon with limited success. Mattel produced not only the Family Corners dolls, but Princess Tenko as well. Jaks Pacific Incorporation (JPI) made a few attempts with their Freshlook Friends (not shown here) and Fairytale Favorites, but were most successful with the Starr Modeling Agency line of dolls. Both Ban-Dai and Irwin Toys (Canada) made a series of dolls in many sizes based on the popular "Sailor Moon" anime cartoon.
Disney began to market their Princess line of dolls in the early 1990s and continued well into the new century.
But these attempts were sporadic and of limited success. Production soon ended, and once again miniature fashion dolls were relegated to flea markets and doll shows, and soon, on-line auction sites.
|In 2000, Checkerboard Toys purchased the rights to reproduced Dawn dolls, and once again, life was breathed back into the miniature fashion doll. Not only did they produce reproductions of the original four Dawn dolls (Dawn, Angie, Dale and Glori), but they updated her look, gave her new friends and new fashions, and attempted to appeal to the new generation of little girls...girls whose mothers used to play with Dawn themselves. Unfortunately, success slipped away from Dawn once again. The problem was lack of advertising from a financial standpoint, and a broader appeal from the target market. Checkerboard didn't have the deep pockets of the major toy manufacturers and sadly, the CB Dawn didn't last much longer than her predecessor.
Mattel, on the other hand, knew the value of tie-ins, and created a line of miniature Barbies, all connected to the direct-to-VHS and -DVD movies in which she starred. In Japan, the Takara Corporation (which had been making Barbies to sell in Japan) broke away from Mattel and began manufacturing their own version of the popular fashion doll, which they named "Jenny" and her half-sized cousins, the Compact Dolls.
Sadly for the miniature fashion doll, even these couldn't compete with the oh-so-hip-and-trendy (**cough**trashy**cough**) Bratz dolls. Why would the techno-savvy girls of the 21st Century play with Princess dolls when they could play with the junior version of America's Next Top Model? So for now it looks as though once again, the miniature fashion doll will only be found in yard sales, doll shows and on-line auction sites.
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A new forum board for sharing
discussions, photos and information.
The place to go to learn about all things Pippa.
The Beckoning Dawn Doll
On Facebook; if you're not there already, you're missing out on a lot of fun!
It's A Small Doll World
Another Facebook group not limited to Dawn alone. Another great place to meet.
A place to share photos and information with other Dawn enthusiasts.
|Gigi's Dolls & Sherry's Teddy Bears
If you're ever in Chicago, you MUST visit this fantastic store!
In Elgin, Illinois; a wonderful place to pick up dollhouse supplies and miniatures. The hyperlinks on this site are broken, so please call them for store hours before you visit.
Shirley's Doll House
971 North Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling, Illinois 60090
They don't have a website, but I've found some great miniature dolls here, though you have to dig through a lot of larger stuff to find them. This is where I found my Little Doree doll.
|ON THE INTERNET|
|Featured Pages at "Who's That Doll?"|
A list of the most popular doll sites around the web.
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|L-R: Standard Glori, Curly-Hair Side-Part Glori, Straight-Hair Side-Part Glori, Straight-Hair Center-Part Glori.|
|"Tiny Dolls": 4"-tall Miniature Fashion Dolls|
|Most popular during the 1980's and 1990's, the 4" doll was even more compact than Dawn. Because of their diminuative size, much detail was lost, and fashions were often limited to swatches of cloth covering pre-molded body parts. Inexpensive to make, affordable and very portable, the 4-inch doll rose in popularity with little girls during the glitz and glamour of the 1980's.|
|Gary's of Chicago
If you have photos you'd like to share of your favorite fashion, whether it's Topper, clone or custom, and you'd like to see it here, please contact me for information on how to submit your photo for inclusion here.
|Pride Fashion Doll|