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Two for a Make Over

I recently found this pair on eBay for a song and I couldn't resist bringing them home to have a make over! Their faces looked almost as good as the day they were made and they still had most of their original clothes and their earrings, which are usually one of the first things to disappear.

I had absolutely no idea at all who the dolls they were, so I began to research. Information on the gal on the left was quickly found. She's a 1993 My Pretty Topsy Tail made by the American company Tyco. Standing 34cm (approx. 13.5") tall with decal or painted eyes, she's quite a sweetie. I have all the clothes for this doll as shown in the photos below, but not the accessories for styling her hair.


I found the photos below on the internet and you can see the original Topsy Tail had beautiful long blonde hair that could be styled. I am hoping with a good wash and added conditioner I can smooth her fuzzy ends. My fingers are crossed the hair will respond well and be simple to restyle.



Looking at the two boxes, there may have been two separate releases of this doll. Although the one on the right in the bottom photo, who's hair looks like it may have been played with, could have just been repacked in a different box.

TYCO HISTORY: Tyco is well known amongst collectors for it's steam engines and train sets. By the mid 1980s, Tyco dominated the market in electric racing, also producing "slot trucks" as well as radio controlled vehicles. It made a hit in 1991 with their Disney's Little Mermaid dolls that were released in conjunction with the movie. Tyco's Sesame Street line increased dramatically in popularity in 1996, when the plush doll Tickle Me Elmo became the most sought-after toy of the Christmas season. When Tyco was purchased by Mattel on March 27, 1997, it was the third largest toy company in the United States. The Tyco brand survived into the early 2010's as a division of Mattel.

The other doll I purchased, proved to be much more of a challenge, and it took quite a while to find anything at all relating to this doll. However, my persistence paid off and the research finally produced results. She's a 1993 Pretty & Me Doll by ToyBiz.

This very cute doll was seen in the 1993 J.C.Penny Xmas catalog. She stands 36cm (approx. 14") tall, and comes with pink earrings, coloured streaks in her beautiful blonde hair, acrylic fixed eyes with real lashes, eye shadow, painted lips, toe nails and finger nails.

Her original outfit consisted of pants with printed hearts, a pink top with heart centre front, an over skirt and matching pink sandals as shown in the photo. Mine, unfortunately, is missing her pants and sandals.  As the doll herself is quite a rare find, I will probably have to make replacements myself.

TOYBIZ HISTORY: ToyBiz originated in Montreal, Quebec as Charan Industries's American brand. ToyBiz later went on to become ToyBiz/Marvel Toys, in 2007 they dropped the ToyBiz branding which to me seemed rather odd as it was in January of 2007 that the Marvel licence was obtained by Hasbro. Marvel Toys continued to produce non-Marvel trademarked brands until late 2007, after this time, the division quietly dissolved with their website going down in 2008.

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  1. I just love the idea of restoring old dollies! So glad to see these retro cuties in your possession, and can't wait to see how you'll fix them up!

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    1. I was going to restore them, but when I saw the clothing and hair IRL I decided it wasn't on the cards. So these dolls will look quite different when their finished Irene.
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  2. It's always such a treat to see dolls from a bygone era and compare them to dolls made today. It's a shame though to read most of these companies have gone belly up over the years. But I guess with the amount of toy companies around these days, it's hard to compete unless you produce something very different from what's already out there.

    I hope you will be able to restore these two to their former glory. You'll have to let us know how it goes.

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    1. I'm looking forward to playing around with these two Alasse, they weren't expensive, so if I stuff up I won't feel too bad. Yes, I agree but I guess that's just progress, all the little companies, and sometimes big companies get taken over by the giants of industry.

      Not restoring now, just seeing how I can make them look better than what they did when they arrived today. :)
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  3. I will eagerly await photos of your makeovers!
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    1. Knowing me and how slow I am at doing them, you'll probably have a long wait Sharon . . . unless I get inspired. LOL!
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  4. This is a bit new for me, with this kind of dolls. We have Skrållan and similar, that can be restored. I'm glad that you found these two and now I will check out what you will do with the girls. Hugs!

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    1. It's new for me too Niina, but I love experimenting and as these cost so little it doesn't matter if I can't make them into divas.
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