Tressy's hair, which is ironic considering that Ideal turned down Tressy's prototype (a Patti Playpal-sized doll named "Suzy Snippet") on the grounds that no one would "want a doll with a hole in its head"! Then after American Character tanked, Ideal bought all the patents and the seeds for Crissy were sewn. Rather ironic, I think, that the company that assumed no one would buy a doll with a hole in its head would be the company that made a killing. Or at least I THINK Crissy sold well; she was around in some way, shape, or form until 1983, and she had a bootle of friends and family members (one friend was even named Tressy). Given those factors and the amount of information that is available online, I think it would be fair to say that Crissy was popular. They weren't the prettiest dolls on the planet, but apparently that hair was fun to play with. After all, it did grow.
fringe cut rather than a bob, and it's really not bad at all.
right down to her toes," as the commercial put it, while all dolls from the second wave onward had their hair shortened to about hip level. The slogan was changed too, with Crissy now having "hair that grows and grows." I love those commercials, by the way; they're very dated for today's sensibilities, but they're also very cute, and they show the kids actually playing with the doll and acting like they're having fun. Remember that I took issue with that back when Moschino Barbie was a thing, with those little kids gushing on and on about a doll they can't actually play with. Digression over, Look Around Crissy is one of those later dolls with hip-length hair. Here her fall is fully extended and hanging loose.
Tressy's review. Now notice how Crissy's fall hangs when it's fully retracted. Due to her haircut the fall does not hang seamlessly over the base hair like Tressy's does...and due to age Crissy ends up looking like a sheepdog when she wears her hair like this anyway.
MiM doll Hailey's eyes are, and that's saying a lot! I assume the eyes are supposed to look brown, and I guess in certain lighting they do look brown, but I'm still not a fan. The eyes aren't moldy though, so that's a good thing. These Crissy dolls can sometimes get this icky-looking white mold on their eyes, and guess what? IT'S CONTAGIOUS!!! The mold can be removed and eradicated with little fuss, but I'm glad I don't have to contend with that and I hope I never will.
Moving lower, Crissy's cheeks are lightly blushed, and her open smile consists of pale pink lips and a narrow band of white paint for teeth. She's got some nice molded smile lines too.
Speaking of preteen, great time to segue into the body. Crissy is of similar height to dolls like American Girl and My Life...
that talked. To me the talking gimmick is better than the "look around" gimmick, at least for a child. Talking dolls tend to make games of make-believe a little more interesting.
It should be fairly obvious by now that Crissy is made of hard plastic, with the exception of her arms (and her head, of course). Her hands are among the most expressive I've ever seen; they're slender and delicate, molded into some very graceful positions.
Crissy's legs are not as expressive as her hands, but then again I don't guess legs are supposed to be terribly expressive. She has little kneecaps visible, with a mild but not terrible case of cankles.
Since my Crissy doesn't have a waist joint or a neck joint, her repertoire of poses is very limited. She has rotational movement in her shoulders and hips, but that's it. She's largely restricted to standing, sitting, and slightly robotic arm motions, like so.
Xenia sits??? She's gotten better with time, but she'll never be a champ sitter.
Now to clothes. When I bought Crissy, and when she first appeared in the blog, she was wearing a sage-green dress. In the time that I've owned this doll I've managed to acquire her original dress, but not her shoes or panties. Both those would've matched her dress; the shoes were forest green, and the drawers were made out of the same fabric as the dress.
stock photos show it standing up like an old-fashioned high-neck dress.
Christmas gown I have for Felicity, though; it's made out of taffeta like Crissy's dress is. I'd better take care of it so it doesn't get holes like this.
The dress (and indeed, the outfit as a whole) is strictly for Crissy, as it's very fitted and would have no chance of fitting over the chunky American Girl/My Twinn bodies or the slightly slimmer My Life bodies. Even my next-slimmest girl Ana Ming can't wear this dress.
When the tables are turned Crissy doesn't have too many options either. B.F.C. Ink clothes are too small, and most of everything else is too big. Xenia's pajamas are too big...
never took her out of until now)...
looks better on Ana Ming.
Crissy's dark vinyl and would look great with my Crissy's red hair, but these dresses are hard to find in decent shape. That lace tears like mad, apparently...but all is not lost! Jan's Doll Closet offers a reproduction of the apple green dress, and it's affordable! I've seen other things at Jan's Doll Closet, so a dolly dress discussion may be in the not-too-distant future. The shop also offers a dress for Crissy that somewhat resembles a Dollheart fer, so that one may also go on my wish list. By the way...why, OH WHY do Dollheart fers only come in SD sizes??? I'd love one or two in MSD size for my girls.
Lastly, I don't have any shoes that will fit Crissy...AT. ALL. My Life shoes are too big...
That squares it away, so let's wrap this puppy up!
*I BROKE HER LOOK-AROUND MECH!!!! That isn't a huge loss really, but the principle of it irks me. I don't usually break dolls.
*Eyes are too dark; they look a little lifeless.
*My particular doll has thinning hair around her fall.
*Posing is poor
*Can't share clothes with any of my other dolls
*Dress is showing wear, though that's due to age, not shoddy construction.
*Hair-grow mech still works. I'm not sure how sturdy that mech is, but I'm glad it works.
*Face is expressive, but not too much so; not all dolls have this level of character in their face, and some of Crissy's friends and family have too much!
*Hair is in decent shape. It's a little thin in places and the fall is a little frizzy, but otherwise this hair is in good condition.
*Dress is nicely constructed and fits Crissy like a glove
*Arms are graceful; I don't normally see hands that are this nicely sculpted.
*Clothes are fairly easy to find or make if one knows where to look. The internet has patterns, and online shops have a few ready-made outfits.
This doll is worth the effort for those who like hair-play dolls, or for those who like to sew, or for those who owned a doll like this and want another one. Word of caution to those who may want a Look Around doll though: don't try to turn the doll's head! I suspect very strongly that that's how I broke my doll's look-around feature, and I'm still kicking myself over that. Also, if the dark eyes give you the creeps, I'd skip this one and go with a Velvet or one of Crissy's other friends; their eyes look more alive. Despite Crissy's dark eyes, stiff limbs, and current difficulty to dress, I can see why these dolls were popular way back when. They have sweet, approachable faces, and what little girl doesn't love to play with their dolly's hair?
As a last little tidbit, here's something cute I took for a Facebook group.
I think it was during the taking of this picture that I broke Crissy's look-around mech. I turned her head to see if it would turn, and I guess I broke the mech that way. No great loss, I guess.