Over the past few weeks my Longlocks doll has been popping up quite a bit, so now it's time to shift my attention to a toy company that I've not yet talked about. Longlocks is one of the many friends of Dawn, a six-inch fashion doll created by Topper Toys. Dawn was introduced in 1970, outsold Barbie for a brief period, inspired numerous clones (Palitoy's Pippa is the most remembered of these), and by 1973 she was gone, felled by Topper's going out of business. My little Longlocks has seen a long, hard life of use and abuse at the hands of children, and she was a free gift with a purchase anyway so reviewing her doesn't seem very fair. So I got a Glori doll to compare her to. Don't ask how my twisted mind works.
Original Four," as the first four girls are sometimes called. The Original Four consisted of blonde, blue-eyed Dawn, brown-eyed brunette Angie, green-eyed redhead Glori, and African-American Dale. As the series progressed more friends were added, including three boys (Gary, Van, and Ron), a set of majorettes that were super cute, a handful of fashion models, and a ton of clothes.
I did say I wouldn't fully review Longlocks, but she will be popping in and out to compare hair, facepaint, and body shape. Believe it or not, these dolls occasionally had different bodies, and we may get to see an example of that, but for now let's look at Glori.
K11," and that's the mark my doll has.
an H17 or a P17; mine has the former.
without bangs, but mine has 'em. Most K11 dolls do.
vary a lot in position. Notice that Glori's eyebrows are higher than Longlocks' are.
lemon-colored lips are testament to that.
Not visible in the picture above are ears. The dolls have flat little ears with no earrings or holes for earrings. Earrings would've been a cute little touch, but that would've been tricky to do on such a small scale.
Wikipedia (not the best source) claims that dolls with thicker legs have knees that turn green, while the Dawn Doll Archive attests that it's the dolls with slimmer legs that get green knees. I find it hard to believe that I'll get two dolls with drastically different bodies given my short time collecting, but if I do then I may be able to tell which site is accurate.
Now below the waist. When Glori arrived I thought that she had thicker legs than Longlocks did...and indeed she does.
nasty dark shade of green like some corrosion-damaged dolls have, but it IS visible, particularly on the left knee (seen below).
Sock it to Me." It is missing its pink shoes and pink tights.
"City Slicker") has this same problem with elastic.
Of the two pairs of shoes I have for these dolls, the only pair made by Topper are Longlocks' pink rain boots. Needless to say they fit perfectly, and they too have holes in the soles to accommodate the pegs on the doll stand.
FashionDollStuff, and Etsy store that specializes in sparkly doll shoes. Longlocks usually wears these.
In addition to the FashionDollStuff shoes and the Topper dresses I've got two crocheted dresses from another Etsy shop called Bender's Vintage Rose.
The dress that Longlocks wore for part of the review was made by me. It's my first stab at making a Dawn-sized outfit.
Good stuff/bad stuff time!
*Hair is thin in places and a little frizzy, both probably due to age.
*Glori's eyes are wonky.
*Eyes are a little creepy, due in part to the thick eyelashes.
*Joints are loose, though again that's to be expected from Dawn dolls this age.
*Knees are broken and in Glori's case, turning green.
*Elastic on clothes wears out.
*The dolls' small size likely means that shoes and other accessories were easily lost.
*Longlocks escaped errant paint, and Glori's paint is mostly good except for that eye.
*Well molded. I don't always comment on that, but these dolls are so tiny they had to have been hard to mold into shape.
*Interesting body variations. I didn't get a doll with a navel, nipples, or collarbones, but I did get two that are different below the waist.
*Fairly sturdy, especially for such a small toy.
*Clothes are cute and well-made.
*Given these dolls' past popularity, it's easy to find handmade stuff for them.
*Can share clothes with multiple other small dolls of the era, like Pippa and Mattel's Rock Flowers.
*Perfect props for ball-jointed dolls and American Girl, if you're into that.
I'm not entirely surprised that these dolls were popular given their tiny size, which allowed them to fit into a pocket or the palm of someone's hand. Plus, they had everything Barbie had for a fraction of the size, and probably a fraction of the cost too. Not that Glori and Longlocks don't have their problems. Most of my particular dolls' problems are related to age, or to little brats abusing their toys (again), or due to my own tendency to nitpick, but the weak knees are a problem that Topper needed to rectify. Maybe they did attempt to rectify said problem; maybe that's why they tinkered around with different body shapes. If that's the case, then it unfortunately didn't work. Both of my dolls have broken knees, but that's really the only problem that these dolls had straight out of the factory. So...my verdict? These are worth the effort if you're interested in seeking one out. They're not hard to find; eBay has plenty, and Etsy has several as well, including some that are customized. The customized ones are pretty pricey, but as is they're usually not very expensive. If you're more into big dolls, these will still make good props for the bigger dolls.
Regarding my family, Mama is continuing to recover, and her first post-op checkup is tomorrow. I have another Dolly Dress Discussion waiting in the wings, so I'll fill y'all in with what the doctor says then. However, Grandma is continuing to weaken; she cut her leg while trying to get into the library yesterday (which was an effort even without the bloodshed), and she happened to do this in front of her/my/our boss. She told Boss Lady that she was quitting right then and there, and Boss in turn gave me Grandma's old position. So an era came to an end yesterday; no more of me running into the library to kiss Grandma and drop off some sort of food item or magazine. At the same time a new era has been born...one which I'm very nervous about. For now I am head librarian at Malden Library, something that I don't have a lot of experience in. Running Campbell wasn't a huge deal because it was a fairly small library, and Holcomb's library had almost no patrons at all, but Malden's library is big and busy. I do have one coworker who is willing to teach me the ropes, and my boss is being very kind about the whole mess, but I'm still nervous. Time will tell how well I do.