Toy Head Quarters in the early nineties, and I understand that the THQ dolls smelled pretty raunchy. I think Lime may be one of the lesser known characters, as Wikipedia's list of characters has her listed in the twelfth spot. For a comparison, Miss Emily's pet character Blueberry Muffin got the third slot, and Orange Blossom (whom I adore) got the seventh slot. Oh well, I'm not in this for popularity anyway! According to the same list, Lime is a ballerina who loves to dance and spin. She's apparently pretty flighty (like me) and her pet parrot Parfait is implied as the smarter of the two. So let's take a look at my little poppet. If you know me fairly well then it should be fairly obvious why I chose Lime Chiffon over Orange Blossom. She's green, and I LOVE GREEN!!! Interestingly, the only thing lime-colored about Lime is her hair!
hennin, but according to the original artwork it's apparently supposed to look like a cake! See?
Well...maybe it's supposed to be a cake. It could also be one of those nasty sugar-free ice cream cones; it's got a diamond pattern that's similar to the pattern on one of those cones.
Either way Lime's hat is clearly meant to look like some sort of sweet. It's topped with a soft green bow that matches Lime's hair.
As the Etsy description promised, the hat does a fantastic job of covering Lime's thinning hair. Now to the face. These Kenner dolls have very minimalist faces.
Lime's eyes consist of a crescent of green paint highlighting the pupil and three little eyelashes. Freckles were common with this bunch, and Lime is no exception. She has one cluster of freckles on her nose, and a cluster on each cheek. The cheeks are also lightly blushed, though my doll has a slight rub on one cheek, which I was aware of before purchasing this doll.
Lastly, the mouth. It too is painted simply, being a reddish brown line of paint done up in a pleasant, friendly smile.
Less is definitely more with these dolls. I originally thought that they might have looked better with larger eyes, but having seen the THQ dolls I've changed my mind. The THQ wave is cute, but those dolls look a little TOO banjo-eyed for my liking! My Lime isn't 100% perfect herself; if you look very closely, you can see that her eyes are ever so slightly off-kilter.
The majority of these dolls wore dresses, and Lime is no exception to that rule. Her dress is...well what a shock, her dress is green! Fittingly, it's the same shade of green as the baked good that is my doll's namesake: lime chiffon pie.
In addition to the dress and hat Lime is wearing the striped footwear that was so dear to Strawberry's circle of friends. Some of the dolls wore socks, and Lime belongs to the tights camp. Her tights cover everything from waist to toe.
These are knitted and have held up very well over the years. They appear to have faded a bit in places, but the elastic and the fabric are still holding strong. Topping off the look are these pink shoes.
These are one-piece mary-janes with a molded bow. They are made of molded vinyl and are very squishy; I love playing with these little shoes, in fact! They're a little tricky to get on Lime's feet when she's wearing her thick tights, so that squishiness also comes in handy.
Now that we've discussed clothes, the body. These dolls don't have much of a body to show. They're slender all over and fairly leggy. Notice that my particular doll has one leg that's slightly longer than the other.
I wouldn't expect a doll this small to have a lot of joints, but Lime does have the five that keep her from being a figurine: shoulder, shoulder, hip, hip, neck. Her shoulders have simple rotational movement, as do her hips.
Front-back splits are easy for Lime, as is a basic sitting position.
Lime has to brace herself with her arms when in a sitting position, because she's a bit top heavy with that big noggin. I thought that her neck might have some pivoting motion, but it doesn't. It just rotates.
The first wave of these dolls had flat hands, but I don't think Lime was released until the second wave. Thus her hands are curled, like they were meant to hold something. I particularly love Lime's left hand; her little pinky finger is up!
Lime has reasonably big feet, bigger than those of dolls taller than she is.
killing her forever.
Surprisingly, despite the size of her feet Lime is a little unsteady when in a standing position. Again, this is probably because of her large head...and probably also because one leg is a little longer than the other. So overall, this doll's body has no major flaws, surprises, or disappointments. Her joints are tight and her limbs are molded in a way that complements her cutesy little girl personality. The body is about what I expected, very average for a doll body.
In the past I've talked about dolls that came with pets, and I've often mentioned that a pet can be left out in favor of some other accessory, but with Parfait I'll make an exception. He's very cute. He's made out of green vinyl that is moderately soft, not unlike the vinyl that is used to make cheap squeaky toys for dogs and kids. His beak, feet, and wing feathers are all painted pink. His eyes are kelly green and ringed with white, floral-shaped feathers. Unlike most green parrots, Parfait has a white topknot.
The paint has a few rubs here, which I was expecting. The seller was very honest about any flaws this duo might have, so again, there were no nasty surprises here. I love Parfait's expression, by the way. He looks cheerful and noisy, just like these blabbermouth birds tend to look. So in Lime Chiffon's case I'll gladly accept her little pet for the cute figurine that he is. All of these dolls have cute pets, by the way. My favorite of them is probably Lemon Meringue's pet frog, Frappe, though being a cat fan, I also like Strawberry Shortcake's kitten, Custard. Now that I think of it, picking a favorite pet may be just as hard as picking a favorite character!
This normally would be the place where I'd do good stuff/bad stuff, but the only bad thing I can muster up is the thin hair. My particular doll's eyes are a smidge wonky, but not terribly so. From what I understand, thin hair was the norm for these dolls, and if I had been the maker that would've been the one thing that I changed. Other than that my little Lime is a fabulous doll. Very simple, yes, but simplicity often makes for a good plaything. Simplicity means no extraneous bits and bobs to lose, no batteries to replace, no parts that can break, just a cute doll that can let a kid's imagination run wild. In addition to being cute and simple, these dolls smelled nice when new, and my doll still has traces of her original scent. When I put all that together I can see why these toys were so popular with children of the early eighties.
Hugs and kisses,
Hugs and kisses,