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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Tonner's newest arrival...and I'm lovin' it!

Finally, Sindy's available stateside!!!  Thank you, Robert Tonner!  Well okay, Sindy was available here in the U.S. once before, but it was several years before I was born.  Since I'm not British and not a product of the 1970's, I've never seen a Sindy doll with my own eyes.  I do own one dress, but it is on one of my decrepit old Barbie dolls at the moment.

Oh wait!  Who is Sindy, you ask?  Here's what she looks like.
Sindy was released in 1963 by some crowd called Pedigree, whom I assume had nothing to do with dog food.  She was marketed as an alternative to Barbie, and bore a strong resemblance to Ideal Tammy.  Sindy's image started out simple enough as a "girl-next-door" type (in other words, average), but soon ditched the Plain Jane appeal when the Mod Revolution struck.  She remained a staple of the British doll world until about 1995, when her appeal started to fade.  Giving the doll a makeover only earned her and her handling company (Hasbro by that time) a lawsuit from Mattel, who attested that the new Sindy looked too much like Barbie.  Did she?  You tell me!
I can see the differences between Barbie and this 1990 Hasbro Sindy (not my doll), but I can see enough similarities that Mattel was justified.  But then again, Mattel's always getting their panties in a wad over something.  Just ask the Bratz.

Anywho, Woolworths eventually bought the rights to sell Sindy.  When Woolworths tanked in 2008 that was the end of her, though there was a revival for her fiftieth anniversary.  I'd heard nothing about Sindy since, though I'll admit that I didn't look too hard.  That's why this announcement from Tonner comes as a complete (and welcome) surprise for me.  

Unfortunately the Tonner website has very little up right now regarding Sindy's release.  Luckily for all of us, Rhonda F has that covered.  It looks like she may be as excited about this new release as I am.  According to her blog post, Tonner's spin on Sindy will be a modernized one.  Sindy will have the same general appearance as the old Pedigree dolls, but her clothing will be modernized.  That is a very teensy disappointment for me since I love vintage style, but hey!  SINDY'S COMING BACK!!!  She could wear a burlap sack and shoeboxes on her feet and I wouldn't complain much.  I am curious about one thing, though;  will Tonner Sindy be able to wear Pedigree Sindy's clothes???  I hope so, but I can hear my wallet going "PLEASE, ANYTHING BUT THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!"  LOL, either way it'll be interesting to see.

Oh yes, I haven't forgotten that I still owe you a review on my Cami doll.  I've been promising that for the whole year and STILL haven't gotten it done yet.  With the beginning of fall has come a mass redressing of dolls and Cami was one of them, so that allowed me to get some pictures for the body review done.  Stay tuned...

Happy First Day of Fall,


  1. Oh, that is exciting news! I am a child of the '70's, so I do remember this doll although I never owned one. That could change though!

    1. Never owned one either, so ditto on that part. I love these remakes; their faces are so soft!