a number of sizes and variations, but all had the same gimmick. Ideal tried to make their dolls' gimmicks fairly obvious from their names, and so it is with Kissy; if you gently press her arms together she'll pucker her lips and make a kissing sound. Most Kissy dolls (including mine) function this way, with the sole exception being Cuddly Kissy, whose mech was activated when one gently squeezed her tummy.
Some Kissy dolls were younger babies like Cuddly Kissy is, and the last edition was modeled to look like a child of about four, but mine is designed to look like a toddler and she's sized so as well. Here's how she compares to her Ideal comrade Crissy and to Denise, one of my American Girl dolls.
Regarding hair, I've seen Kissy dolls that had dark hair, but mine is a little blonde. It's straw-colored and appropriately short, with a left side-part.
a bow in her hair, so I think she may have had one.
Now to the body. Like Crissy, Kissy has a vinyl head on a hard plastic body, and that plastic body is where the gimmick "lives," so to speak. But that's where the similarities end. Being a toddler, Kissy has an appropriately shaped toddler body with a rounded torso and stubby, chubby arms and legs.
Regarding clothes, Kissy is another one of those dolls that's a special shape, but don't have to worry terribly about dressing difficulties for a number of reasons. One of those reasons is that this particular doll has most of her original outfit.
The back of the romper opens up and is held shut with three stainless steel snaps. The loose fit of the garment can be adjusted with the sash.
Children today might get more excited over characters from Frozen, Cars, or Dora the Explorer, but for me, it's all about Winnie-the-Pooh, Big Bird, Charlie Brown, and Bugs Bunny. See Pooh and Piglet?
Ahem...where was I? Yeah, despite Kissy being built similarly to an older baby, she isn't the same size as one, and this outfit is WAY too big for her. It's impossible to see her cute little leggings, in fact. If she were a real little girl I'd just say "No biggie, she can grow into it," and toss it into the closet for a month, but Kissy is NOT a real little girl so I can't do that.
Lemonade from lemons, though. Poppy Elizabeth, my biggest Cabbage Patch Kid, can wear the one-year outfit without it looking too stupid. It's still a little bit too big, but Cabbage Patch Kids are goofy-looking anyway so no problem.
Further, Kissy can wear Poppy's onesie, which has one of my favorite critters on it: frogs.
It's sized for a six-month-old and is thus still a little roomy, but the fit is better. Besides, who likes to sleep in too-tight pajamas??? Still, it would probably be wise to at least try another size smaller. I don't mind experimenting on the smaller end of the spectrum because if a zero-to-three-month outfit proves to be TOO small, Sally the Creepy Baby can wear it. Here's the Winnie-the-Pooh outfit again, because I want that to work sooooo bad for Kissy!
I couldn't find this outfit in a zero-to-three-month size, so I got a three-to-six-month sized outfit instead. The fit is not perfect, but it's not as ridiculous as the one-year outfit. There are other options too, if one doesn't care for the hit-and-miss sizes and styles of baby clothing. Jan's Doll Closet has several cute dresses for the various sizes of Kissy doll, including a few that have her name on the bodice, and a few in yellow, and a few with polka dots. There's even a replica of Kissy's original outfit!
Time to wrap it up, and this is one of those times where I can't muster up much criticism. My main problem with Kissy is that she's fragile, more so than most of my other vintage dolls. I'm not sure how these joints are attached, but the connection is fairly loose and I have to be careful with how I pose this doll. Otherwise Kissy is a great doll. Her mech still works, her eyes are bright, her paint is nice, and she's fairly easy to dress. She's a very pleasant doll to own, and I'm glad Mama kept her nice.