The last few Skipper Highlight Reel posts have been about doll cases, so I thought I’d break it up a bit with this installment and talk about two of Skipper‘s lesser known best friends. We’ll start with Living Fluff. Making her debut in 1971, Fluff was the first new Skipper friend since Skooter and Ricky were discontinued in 1967.
Fluff’s blonde hair is styled in two pigtails with curly bangs/fringe. She has a Living Skipper body, which when compared to previous bodies is more articulated. The ‘Living’ body is prone to melting, especially around the shoulders and hips. My Fluff, for example, has some pretty annoying melt marks around both shoulders and hips. Thankfully, they don’t hurt the arm movement. Fluff’s colorful swimsuit doesn’t help much, leaving little room for her shoulder and hip joints to breathe.
One of my favorite things about Fluff is her adorable face with ‘real’ eyelashes. I love Fluff’s long thin smile and round brown eyes. For reasons unknown to me, Fluff was only on the market for one year. She was available as a single doll and in a Sears exclusive Sunshine Special gift set. The exclusive included Fluff (in her traditional yellow swimsuit) and two hip outfits.
As 1972 rolled around, Fluff made a quick exit and was replaced with Pose ‘n Play Tiff. Tiff, described as Skipper’s ‘tom boy’ friend, was the best pal of Pose ‘n Play Skipper. She shares the same body and face mold as Fluff, not to mention the depressingly short release window.
Unlike Fluff, Tiff has painted lashes and straight brown hair. Playing on the tom boy theme, Tiff (in her original outfit, not the one pictured above) wears a white tank top and jeans with decals that read ‘Stop’, ‘Help’ and ‘Go’. Her accessory of choice? A skateboard.
By 1973, Tiff disappeared. Nowadays, she’s one of the rarer Skipper dolls to find, especially with her original outfit and/or mint in box. Both Fluff and Tiff may not have lasted long in the line when compared with friends Skooter and Courtney, but they definitely made an impact with their adorable face mold and interesting looks!
Do you remember Fluff or Tiff? Do you have one in your collection? Share your thoughts on these two in the comment area!
One of my (many) side collections is Liddle Kiddle Skediddles. This collection is something my mom started me on and has pretty much funded. Most every birthday or Christmas for the past few years, I’ve received a Skediddle, some in played with condition, others brand new mint in box. The Skediddles in my collection are all themed around big, well-known properties, like Charles Schultz’s Peanuts gang, Disney’s Mickey and, finally, Warner Bros. Bugs Bunny. Below is a picture of the Sears Christmas Catalog from 1969. The dolls featured in this post are seen in the middle right of the page for a whopping $2.99! (Browse Wishbook Web for more catalog pages like this!)
According to the web, Skediddles were made between 1968-1970. What makes Skediddles unique among the Liddle Kiddle line is their ‘Skediddler’, a pusher that makes their arms, legs and head move when you push the Kiddle forward on a flat surface. Most websites says that Mattel produced 13 original Skediddles. However, that number doesn’t take into account the cool Skediddles I’m about to show off here.
We’ll start off with my the Peanuts gang! Charlie Brown, Lucy and Flying Ace Snoopy were released as Liddle Kiddle Skediddlers in 1968. Sold separately, these Skediddlers are fantastic representations of the comic/cartoon characters created by the legendary Charles Schulz. In 1970, a three pack, the Peanuts Skediddler Clubhouse, was released with Charlie Brown, Lucy and Snoopy. I’ve never seen this three set mint in box, save for one Japanese site with Peanuts collectables.
In 1969, Linus was added to the mix, as well as a cool catalog exclusive (or so the internet says) featuring Snoopy and his Sopwith Camel. (I’m still on the hunt for this Snoopy/Sopwith Camel gift set!) Linus is the rarest of the quartet. I wish I had more hard evidence as to why Linus is rarer than the other three, but I wasn’t able to hunt anything down. My best guess is that Linus is the rarest, because he was produced towards the end of the Skediddler line, unlike the other three, who were out on shelves a year earlier. (Notice that Linus is not pictured in the 1969 Sears Christmas Catalog, pictured above.)
Ironically, Linus fell into our laps. We were at the Kenvention one year, browsing the room sales and Linus was just sitting there with all his accessories. Being a Barbie convention, the vendor didn’t care so much about the lone Liddle Kiddle in the room and my mom was able to snatch him up pretty cheaply! (I didn’t receive Linus until a few months later for my birthday or Christmas– they’re so close together, it’s hard to remember!)
The second series of Skediddles I have found in my possession are themed around Disney’s Mickey Mouse! Arriving on store shelves in 1968, along with the Peanuts gang, were Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy. Since the Peanuts gang were released in a three set, I’d imagine these guys were, too, but that’s speculation at the moment.
The third series, if I can call it that, centered on the Warner Bros. property, Looney Tunes. Hitting stores in 1969, Mattel only produced one Kiddle in this series and that Kiddle was none other than Bugs Bunny.
Certain websites will say that Mattel produced Daffy Duck, as well, but as of this writing and lots of googling, I have yet to see an actual picture of this supposed Daffy Duck. My guess is that one site confused Disney’s Donald with Warner Bros.’s Daffy and the rest became internet history. Because Bugs was only produced for a year, he is also considered hard to find. I would have loved to see more characters from this collection, but alas, it wasn’t meant to be.
One interesting thing to note about these Kiddles is that they were featured in an episode of Family Affair! Family Affair was a sitcom that ran from 1966-1971 about a bachelor who was forced to take in his nieces (Sissy and Buffy) and nephew (Jody) after tragedy took their parents. The show was quite popular and even inspired Mattel’s iconic Mrs. Beasley doll.
How is this related to the Little Kiddle world, you ask? Well, on February 5th, 1970, an episode called ‘Inheritance‘ aired. In the episode, the kids find themselves with a small inheritance and, of course, decide to go to the toy store to spend it. The toy store set they visit throughout the episode is filled with Mattel products (and only Mattel products) from the late 60’s. It’s like a ‘Where’s Waldo’ (or Wally, for those outside the US) of Mattel products. In one shot, behind the young boy Jody, you see some of the very Skediddler’s in this post, mint in box! Watch the episode here. (Look at the bottom left corner of the screenshot below.)
For more fun, see if you can spot your favorite Mattel doll in this 1966 episode, “Mrs. Beasley, Where Are You?“. Buffy loses Mrs. Beasley and Mr. French takes her to the Mattel showroom, I mean, a well stocked, totally generic toy store, to find a replacement. The scene is about 10 minutes into the episode.
So, that’s a quick look at my Liddle Kiddle Skediddle collection. I think they’re really great representations of popular characters. Even more so, I love the variety! Do you have any of these in you collection? Do you remember seeing them in stores? Have you ever seen or heard about this Daffy Duck Skediddler? Share your thoughts in the comment area!
Just a quick note to alert all My Ballerina Dolls fans that both the Prince and the Snow Queen are available for pre-order on their website. Here are pictures of the two 22″ Nutcracker themed dolls taken at New York Toy Fair.
I love the Snow Queen’s eye sculpt. Her wig also seems more manageable than Clara’s.
I still think the Prince would look great dressed as Howl from Howl’s Moving Castle. This line may not be perfect, but honestly, I really, really like the look of My Ballerina Dolls. (The price doesn’t hurt, either!)
You can follow My Ballerina Dolls on Facebook here. Do you plan on pre-ordering one or both of these dolls? Share your thoughts in the comment area!
Recently, I acquired one of my favorite Skipper doll cases. Made in 1965 by Standard Plastic Products, this case features Skipper and her friend Skooter running on the beach. This case was released in blue and yellow vinyl. (A single doll case was also created, it seems, using this graphic. After doing some googling, I found an image of that one, too!)
Since it’s a double case, there’s lots of room to store your dolls and clothing inside! The graphics are fantastic, as is expected with these vintage cases. The way the artist captured Skipper and Skooter is right on and very artfully done. Some cases feature Skipper in a more passive pose, but this particular case has a far more interesting graphic. I love cases that have ‘action packed’ poses, like this one!
Do you own this case? Have you recently picked up a cool vintage case? Share your thoughts in the comment area.
It’s been a while since I’ve down a Walking the Toy Aisle post. It’s not that I don’t like doing it, I actually really like doing them. The problem recently has been this: there’s been nothing very new, exciting or interesting on the shelves for a long, long time. Recently, my mom and I took a shopping trip to our local toy stores. Surprisingly, the shelves were stocked with a few new items that I thought warranted this Walking the Toy Aisle post!
Let’s start with Flynn. How cool is his face mold?! I love how screen accurate they got his angular face. It even has his roguish grin! For a doll, he’s quite handsome!
This is a Barbie/Skipper 2 Pack. I’m happy Mattel has decided to start giving Skipper different clothing, because as you know, much of what past releases wore was far too similar for my tastes, but I still wish Mattel would take a few more chances. It’s about time that Skipper got a new hair-do or at least some different make up. Also, does it seem like her head is too big for her shoulders or that she’s losing her neck?
Hasbro’s Disney Princess Magical Story Skirt dolls definitely fall under the ‘interesting’ category. I really like the concept– that you can use the water wand to fill in the white portion of the princess’s skirts. Not to mention, Merida is just plain adorable with her round face and wild hair!
Shoppies, the fashion doll spin-off of the ever popular Shopkins, did better than I expected during their first wave. Here are three new Shoppies to collect. The second wave of these dolls seems much cuter than the first, in my opinion.
Usually when I place a styling head on these posts, it’s because the size or look of it is laughable. However, I kind of adore this Pinkie Pie Sweet Style styling head! At the My Little Pony Fair, I saw a handful of customs made from this large, full body pony. They were amazing looking. What I love about this styling head is that Pinkie has a body and is sitting in a position that could easily make her work as far more than just a styling head. How cute would she be sitting on a writers desk, for example!
I could very easily fall into collecting the mini Equestria Girls. They’re adorable and would look perfect hanging out with my Pinky ST characters.
Barbee0913 did a review on the Make It Pop line. I’m interested in seeing what happens with this line.
As promised, the new body types for Barbie are getting some outfits, as seen in these doll/outfit packs. I’m not crazy about all outfits or, to be honest, all the new body types. These doll/outfit sets are nice, though, and I can see them being great birthday gifts.
So, there you have it! As we move into fall, I expect we’ll be seeing a lot of new and exciting things. One thing that has surprised me over various shopping trips has been the lack of new Monster High and Ever After High dolls. It’s almost like Mattel figured that it would be a good idea to dial down the old style Monster High releases for 2016, so the new rebranded ones weren’t so shocking to casual shoppers. As of this post, I have seen a few blogs and facebook groups saying that the new ‘Welcome to Monster High’ style dolls have been seen in or around their town, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see what the rest of 2016 brings.
Have you seen anything interesting or cool at your local toy shop? Share it in the comment area!