Add another item to RagingMoon1987's list of eccentricities: in addition to loving vintage dolls, this chick loves vintage toy commercials. YouTube has tons of them, and one was an advertisement for 1964's Suzy Cute. The commercial features the doll, cute kids playing with the doll, and...Louis Armstrong??? Yep, good ol' Satchmo is dancing and singing right along with a trio of little girls, extolling the virtues of the pint-sized baby doll and appearing to enjoy it. The combination surprised me a bit until I learned that Satchmo loved kids. Suzy's jingle is downright catchy too! It was catchy enough that I walked around singing it for three days before finally finding and buying a Suzy Cute doll for myself. I was fortunate enough to get a doll that came with a bunch of accessories, so this review should be interesting. Here's what the child looks like.
recently reviewed, Red.
Lalaloopsy Diaper Surprise dolls. Blossom didn't have an expressive bottle mouth, which I found disappointing given the cheerful visages of her fellow Lalaloopsy dolls. Suzy does have an expressive bottle mouth, proving that it can be done. Just for grins, here's how Suzy and Blossom compare.
Oh yes, Suzy's eyes. I forgot those.
Now to the body. Being a baby doll, Suzy has a baby body. Big surprise there (LOL, NOT). She has the five joints that prevent her from being a figurine: hip, hip, shoulder, shoulder, neck.
As with most dolls of the sixties and seventies, Suzy had a fair amount of accessories that one could purchase. There were items like a swing, a crib, a stroller, and of course, little clothes. When I was shopping for my doll I ran into several eBay listings that offered the doll along with various accessories, and indeed I ended up with one of these sets myself for a very reasonable price. My particular doll came with a carrying case, a little bag of toys, and several outfits. Not a bad haul for thirty-five bucks!
came in black as well. Both colors have Suzy's image printed on the front, along with her name and her slogan.
Back to the case. Unfortunately the plastic is cracking at the corners...
apparently what she came in. It's a pale blue smock top with a matching pair of bloomers
The rest of Suzy's clothes appear to be factory-made as well, as I've seen online pictures of these in their boxes. The blue dress that she wore for most of the review is unfortunately showing a lot of wear, having loose seams and holes galore.
I'm not going to go into the rest of Suzy's clothes too deeply since they're all constructed similarly, but I'll at least show them for the sake of completion. She's got a yellow duck-themed outfit that's similar to the elephant dress, a red snowsuit, a little pink romper, and an after-bath set consisting of a hooded robe and a diaper. The diaper is interesting, because it closes with a snap, but it also needs a small safety pin to hold it closed, just like real cloth diapers do...did...does anyone use cloth diapers anymore?
don't mix too well.
Ahem...where was I? Oh yes, that takes care of the clothes, and to keep this review from being any longer I'll just give the toys a quick looksie. Most of them are just plastic bits and bobs anyway.
came with the red snowsuit, for example.
That concludes Suzy's stuff, so it's time for good stuff and bad stuff.
*Hair is frizzy and thin in places
*Arm gimmick doesn't work
*One dress is coming apart at the seams
*Case is also showing age, though not a lot
*Cute face with lots of character
*Hair, once washed, is a nice shade of blonde
*Sturdy; except for the arm gimmick this doll is showing few signs of age
*Well dressed; if she hadn't come with a ton of cute little clothes I don't know what I'd do, because I don't have a lot of small baby doll clothes.
*Clothes are reasonably well-made; one dress has holes as I said above, but the others are holding up
*Case and accessories are holding up as well, aside from a few cosmetic problems
Y'all never would've imagined that I suffered from a nasty case of writer's block when I typed this up, would you? I was desperate to tie this in with last week's review somehow, and I'll have to find some way to tie it into next week's review as well. Whaaaaat, y'all thought I was done with Topper and Deluxe Reading? No way, Jose! Anyway, Suzy is a deceptively simple little doll. She's essentially your everyday drink-and-wet baby doll, only on a smaller scale and with a cuter face. She's got two minor problems with her thinning hair and her arms that won't move when activated, but I can overlook that. She makes up for it with her impishly cute smile and her cache of accessories. The add-ons show some signs of age here and there, and unfortunately I don't know how to mend the cracking plastic on the case. My only option for now is to treat it gently and not stress it. But overall this is a great little doll; I really had to nitpick to find flaws with her, and one of those flaws isn't even with the doll herself! So if you like vintage dolls and baby dolls, Suzy Cute will be perfect for your collection. She's relatively easy to obtain, unlike some other dolls I've got on my wish list. Seriously, I've never even seen an Ideal Trilby listed for sale, and even if I did I sure wouldn't get her for thirty-five bucks!
Brief commentary on the state of my family. First Uncle had a lidocaine shot in his hip to get some relief from the pain, and I'm hoping that'll calm it down enough so that he can work out whatever kink he's got. Mama is weaning herself off pain meds, which make her sick to her stomach and light-headed, but she still doesn't have much of an appetite. She voiced a desire for corn dogs, so tomorrow night we'll go and do that. Grandma is no better or worse, though to hear Second Uncle talk she's on death's door. One of my bosses says that she may feel useless now that she's retired, and that it would be wise of me to make her feel more needed than ever, so that's what I'm going to try to do. I know that I certainly WANT her still, even though she and I will be ninety and thirty come our respective birthdays in the fall. Not very many young men and women can say that they still have a grandparent at the age of twenty-nine so I'm grateful for that, but I'm still not ready to let Grandma go. I know it's coming eventually, but it'll still be a bitter pill to swallow when it does happen.