Beatrice Alexander: Creating an Industry

Beatrice Alexander elevated the craft of doll making in the United States and around the world. Crowned the “First Lady of Dolls” by FAO Schwarz, her dolls are highly valued by collectors and museums alike.

Tippy Tumbles from Remco (1968)

In 1968, Remco released Tippy Tumbles, an acrobatic doll operated by a hidden remote control.

Dixie’s Diner from Tyco (1989)

“I love this place!”

Where’s the Fun From? – Barbie

In this installment from his YouTube series, Where’s the Fun From?, guest contributor Tim Walsh reveals the inspiration behind the Barbie fashion doll and how Mattel continues to evolve the Barbie brand.

Bionic Woman with Mission Purse from Kenner (1977)

In 1977, Kenner released a second-edition Jaime Somers doll in its ongoing promotion of the Bionic toy line based on The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman television shows.

Vintage Toy Demonstration: McDonaldland Happy Meal Girl from Hasbro (1997)

Dave of the Lucky Penny Shop YouTube channel showcases the McDonaldland Happy Meal Girl released by Hasbro in 1997.

Bruce A. deArmond, Vintage Dolls

Bruce A. deArmond collects Madame Alexander dolls. In this edition of Collector Spotlight, Bruce discloses the advice his mother gave him that serves as the philosophical foundation of his collection and explains why his collection rarely sees the light of day.

Casper the Talking Ghost from Mattel (1961)

Mattel released the Casper the Talking Ghost doll in 1961, a toy based on the Casper the Friendly Ghost character created in the 1930s.

The Sunshine Family from Mattel (1974)

Mattel released The Sunshine Family line of posable dolls in 1974. The line centred around a wholesome family of three living life in the country.

Francie, Barbie’s Modern Cousin from Mattel (1966)

In 1966, Mattel released Francie Fairchild, a new fashion doll representing “the swinging teenage world that every little girl wants to join.”

Pee-Wee Herman Talking Doll from Matchbox (1987)

In 1987, Matchbox released the Pee-Wee Herman Talking Doll, part of a line of products based on the Emmy Award winning TV show, Pee-Wee’s Playhouse.

The Rock Flowers from Mattel (1971)

Released in 1971 by Mattel, The Rock Flowers were Barbie-like fashion dolls that appealed to a generation of children fascinated by flower power, rock music, and the lively fashion styles of the times.