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,