Here is a back view of Mickey to show the snaps on his shirt. Other Disney characters available in this series include Donald Duck, Goofy, Mini Mouse, Pinocchio, and Dumbo.
Hanna-Barbera Characters, 7 inch figures (unknown manufacturer), 1980 - 1982
Inspector Gadget, 12 inch doll by Galoob, 1983
Here he is with his feet and neck pushed back into place. This specific doll was purchased at Toy City which used to be at Westgate Mall, here in Ottawa, ON. My mom bought it for me, I think it was a birthday present. I recall that I had kept the box for a while but eventually it got thrown out which is too bad. This doll mint in the box is worth $200 to $250. Luckily I didn't loose any of the pieces for mine, so it's still worth at least $100. I certainly would never sell it for less than that, if I ever did sell it, which I wouldn't! :)
Robot arm with umbrella.
Robot arm with hammer.
Helicopter blades and handles
Here's Gadget without his jacket, which is quite detailed. There are two plastic snaps inside the jacket to keep it closed, and no less than TEN white buttons sewn on! The belt has Velcro at the end to keep it closed, and a small plastic belt buckle for detail.
Get Along Gang, 6 inch doll by Tomy, 1984
Originally there were six figures in the collection, with the other five being Bingo "Bet it all" Beaver, Woolma Lamb, Dotty Dog, Zipper Cat and Portia Porcupine. At least three more figures were added to the series before it was discontinued.
Snoopy, 8 inch doll by Another Determined Production, possibly from 1984
Here is a very awesome Snoopy doll with moveable arms and legs, fabric ears and tail, and a loose black plastic collar. I found him at a nostalgia show in the 1990's wearing only the green pants shown. I've pictured Snoopy next to the Mego 8 inch Spider-Man for size comparison.
Here is Snoopy without the green pants.
A side view to show the shape of Snoopy's snout and body.
This Snoopy doll has a black spot on his back and a fabric tail.
I haven't been able to find any images of this Snoopy doll in original packaging online, so I don't have any "hard evidence" for a date that this doll was made. The bottom of the right foot is marked "© 1958, 1966 United Feature / Syndicate, Inc. / ANOTHER DETERMINED / PRODUCTION/ KOREA" however I'm doubtful that this doll is from 1966, and here's why...
There are three other very similar dolls to this one. The easiest way to tell all of these apart is the loose black plastic collar that the Snoopy shown above is wearing. Knickerbocker did an extensive series of dress up dolls in the 1970s called Snoopy and Belle. The dolls for that series have similar fabric ears but do not have a collar, and the bodies are taller and slimmer than this Snoopy. The mouth is also drawn differently, being more of an evenly drawn line, while the above Snoopy has a "sketched" looking mouth.
I have also seen a Knickerbocker version with essentially the same body as the doll shown above, but the collar is red plastic, and the head is quite different with the ears being sculpted and painted as part of the head. The nose is also much lower on Snoopy's snout. This doll is marked "©1958, 1966 United Features Synd" on the bottom of the foot with the Knickerbocker logo. It has an older look to the style of the head, so I suspect that it is the original doll that started this line of dress up dolls. The "Determined" company may have just used the body from this earlier Knickerbocker doll and made a new head for it. That's my theory anyway.
More recently, in 2015 the Tonner doll company produced similar Snoopy dolls, however the hands are quite different, with the right hand in a fist, plus the eyes are thinner lines, and the mouth has a different "sketched" line shape.
According to the website linked below, the "Determined" Snoopy doll series has six different outfits. The doll for each is the same, only the outfit is different. The outfits are: Golfing, Tennis, Baseball, Roller-skating, Sailor, and Cassette player. The green pants on my Snoopy seem to be from the Golfing outfit. Unfortunately there are no photos of the dolls in original packaging, but the author of the blog listed these Snoopy's as being made in 1984. Here is the link:
To make this more confusing, the same blog also has a post showing the above Snoopy doll along with a doll of Belle as a Bride and Groom set (so this is the seventh outfit for Snoopy and the second of three Belle dolls, not counting her outfits):
Popeye, 18 inch (estimate) dolls by presents, 1985
In the mid 1980's Presents did a remarkable job marketing several collections of larger sized dolls based on comic strip and cartoon characters. The dolls were all made in the same style incorporating plastic heads, hands and shoes with detailed clothes and stuffed bodies. The clothing was made as separate pieces that were sewn in place over top of the doll's body. Buttons, snaps and belts could be undone and the clothing removed, however the feet or hands for these dolls are generally too big to completely remove the clothes. The plastic shoes were flocked to provide a plush effect. Most of the dolls were sold with white metal doll stands which are often missing.
Above are three of the dolls from an extensive series based on Popeye. Shown here is Popeye, Olive Oyl, and the baby Swee' Pea. They even gave Popeye some "smoke" in his pipe by gluing some synthetic stuffing to the inside! It's not surprising that this well made doll series became so popular in it's day.
Additional dolls in the Popeye series include Brutus (who is essentially the same character as Bluto), Wimpy with a hamburger in his hand, Poopdeck Pappy (Popeye's dad), Sea Hag, and Eugene the Jeep. Pappy is essentially the same as the Popeye doll but with a white flocked beard and a different coloured outfit. The Sea Hag reuses the same hands and feet as Olive Oyl, while Brutus and Wimpy shared the same feet. Eugene the Jeep is the only plush toy in the set and is made with short fake fur.
The Popeye series of dolls proved to be so popular that a second smaller sized series of dolls was made using the same format and design as the larger dolls. The smaller series included Popeye, Olive Oyl, Swee' Pea, Brutus and Wimpy. This smaller series was not as well proportioned as the larger set, as some of the heads are too small. Hand puppets of Popeye, Olive Oyl and Swee' Pea were also made using the larger sized doll heads.
Conservation tip: When displaying or storing the Sea Hag doll keep her black fabric outfit from contacting the plastic surface of other dolls as the black dye can transfer leaving a stain on the plastic. This happened to the face of a talking doll that I especially liked, which really sucks! As punishment I banished the Sea Hag from my collection and sold her at a nostalgia show! :) Another tip is to store Olive Oyl with a clear baggie over her head to keep her rooted doll hair from getting messy.
Presents also made five additional comic strip character dolls series at the same time as their Popeye series, including:
- Archie (Archie, Jughead, Betty, Veronica and Reggie.)
- Beetle Baily (Beetle Baily wearing a grey helmet and Sarge. Several toy companies, such as Sugar Loaf in the late 1990s and Toy Works, have made similar dolls with plastic heads based on Beetle Bailey. These sets include additional characters such as General Halftrack and Miss Buxley.)
- Blondie (Blondie and Dagwood)
- Dennis the Menace (Dennis, Margaret, and Joey. Apparently their dog Ruff was not made as I have yet to find one from this set.)
- Hi and Lois (Hi, Lois, Trixie, and Dawg)
Collectors who are interested in variations might be interested to know that there is a version of this doll that doesn't have the black lines above the eyeball (where the white part of the eye is).
Disney plush dolls, 10 inch dolls by Applause, 1990s
Applause also did a series of Aladdin plush dolls. Here is Prince Aladdin in his white wedding outfit and Abu the Monkey. Both have plastic heads, and Aladdin has plastic hands. His hat is removable. I've also seen an Aladdin from this series that is wearing the city outfit (purple vest and white pants). That doll has the upper half of the body in plastic, and only the legs are stuffed. Other characters in the series include the Genie (10 inch and 16 inch dolls were available as well as a doll-like hand puppet), Princess Jasmine in her white wedding outfit (I have yet to see an applause doll of her in the more common light blue two piece outfit), Rajah the Tiger, Iago the Parrot, and the villain Jafar with a removable staff. All are done in the same style with plastic heads and stuffed bodies. Below are closer views of the faces for Aladdin and Abu.
Disney's Aladdin, 12 inch doll by Mattel, 1992
Above is Aladdin which came with his Prince outfit and his city outfit. I found this doll second hand so I'm missing the fabric boots, the lamp, and the plastic figure of Abu the Monkey.
Disney's Peter Pan, 10 inch doll by Mattel, 1997
This Peter Pan doll came with strings to be hung up across a room so that the doll could "fly". The plastic feather in his hat is shaped like a hook to glide along the string.
Quest for Camelot, 12 inch doll by Hasbro, 1997
The other flaw is with Garrett's hair. I bought this doll new from the store when it went on clearance, so I'm the original owner. When I took the doll out of the box I noticed that the doll's hair was cut very unevenly on one side. He's supposed to have long hair, but the left side of his head has short, badly cut hair as compared with the right side. This really ruined the doll for me, which is too bad as it's quite a nice doll otherwise. I like having this guy in my collection, but I've rarely taken it out of the box over the years because of the messed up hair.
Here's a back view of Garrett's uneven hair cut, the result of a production flaw.
Hasbro made Garrett with the same doll body as their New Kids on the Block dolls, only the legs and briefs are coloured blue.
A closer look at the figure of Ayden the falcon.
Here is Garrett in his original box, more or less the way he came packed.
The back of the box shows Garrett in a slightly different coloured costume, and shows other dolls that are available.
The box also has Garrett's background story in three different languages.
Kayley is the only other 12 inch doll that was made.
The rest of the dolls in the series are plush toys of the creatures.
Text and photos © Mike Artelle 2011, 2013