Saucy Makes Faces Doll
In 1973, Mattel released a silly little one-of-a-kind doll named Saucy. Saucy stands about 15” tall, has blonde, slightly curly rooted hair and blue eyes that move from side to side. She has a rubber face with painted on features, and plastic arms, legs and torso. Saucy wears a pink and white checkered dress with matching shorts, and white socks and shoes. The thing that makes Saucy one-of-a-kind is that she makes faces.
Gabbigale, by Kenner – She’ll say everything…
Talking dolls were all the rage in 1972. So, in 1972 Kenner came out with a very unique talking doll. Her name is Gabbigale. Gabbigale stands 18 inches tall and has a fully jointed body made of hard plastic. Her head is a soft vinyl with painted on eyes and a smiling painted mouth. And Gabbigale says everything.
In 1975, Kenner introduced the somehow cool and very creepy Hugo, Man of a Thousand Faces. Born with a base face only a mother – or a 5-11 year old child – could love, Hugo was popular in the mid ’70s. To say he grows on you would be stretching it. Some think a relationship with this bald-headed, barefaced, bland, bad boy is a love him or hate him proposition. BLiPPEE is glad that Hugo comes with something to cover his face.
Front cover of a 1973 Blue Chip Stamps catalog.
There was a catalog lying on coffee tables throughout America back in the 1970s. Children around the country would pick up the catalog and browse through the toy section. Imaginations ran wild with thoughts of, “If I had a million dollars…” “For Christmas…” “I’m getting this for my birthday…” “I want…” and “Can I have…” The Blue Chip Stamp catalog was used to redeem the popular trading stamps for TOYS (if you were a kid) and lots of other stuff if you were an adult.
In 1973 Ideal decided to expand their already uber-popular Crissy doll fashion line, by producing a new version of Crissy. The new version was known as Baby Crissy. Baby Crissy was supposed to be a life size version of the Crissy doll, only in the form of a baby.
Kenner's Nancy Nonsense Doll
“I wish I were a chocolate cake that goes oink! Oink!”
“That’s nonsense, Nancy!”
No, that’s Nancy Nonsense.
From 1974, Nancy Nonsense is one of Kenner’s cool, she-does-something-unique dolls. Nancy Nonsense spouts 216 different phrases. In keeping with her eclectic appeal and obvious name, many of Nancy’s phrases are pure nonsense like, “I think I saw a little pig flying in the sky!” However, some phrases Nancy speaks make perfect sense – “I wish I were a pretty girl like you!” With Nancy Nonsense, you never know what she’s going to say next.
Kenner, Baby Won't Let Go
In 1977 Kenner released a unique doll called “Baby Won’t Let Go”. She isn’t the cutest doll, but she does something – she has the ability to hold onto your fingers like a real baby. When she does this, you can “teach” her how to walk. This is an interesting feature, because with all the other toy companies out there vying to make the most life like doll, this is one thing real babies do that many people don’t think about; at least they don’t think about it as it relates to dolls.
In 1971, Kenner introduced us to Madcap Molly, the Do-It-All Dolly.
Merriam Webster dictionary defines “madcap” as, marked by capriciousness, recklessness, or foolishness. The key word here is “or” because Madcap Molly is neither reckless nor foolish. She’ll graciously accept the label, “capricious”, thank you vey much. “Impulsive”, “unpredictable”, “changeable” or “volatile” – this girl knows who she is and where she’s going. Molly is a girl on a mission.
In 1961, Ideal produced one of their cutest dolls ever. Her name is Kissy, the new kissing doll, and she is as lovable as can be. When you gently squeeze her arms together she puckers her lips and gives you a loud sweet kiss! There were four versions of the Kissy doll produced between 1961 and 1968. All versions have the same kissing feature, with the exception of Cuddly Kissy.
Have a party with Crumpet!
Crumpet by Kenner, close up
Released in 1971 by Kenner-General Mills, Crumpet is the perfect hostess for every little girl’s tea party. She turns and bows to greet her guests, pours the tea and serves it, too. Crumpet comes dressed in a gorgeous red velvet dress with matching red shoes. Under the dress is a cute, long-sleeved white shirt printed with pink and red flowers and matching panties. The shirt cuffs and collar are pretty, white lace.