sticker burrs (which I hate).
Speaking of dogs, I wasn't originally going to review my little Pepper Parson doll since Miss Emily did it way better, but it's been five years since this line was in our lives, so I may as well review her anyway. Hey, it's either that or call this Thursday a loss, because I am OUT of things to review for Thursdays! I've said that before, but this time I MEAN IT!!! The series isn't coming to an end permanently, but posts will be more sporadic as old/new dolls come into the Moon House. Anyway, here's Pepper Parson and her pet, Saltine.
King Charles spaniel. Each doll is colored more or less authentically for a King Charles spaniel; Pinkie Cooper and her friend Li'l Pinkie are colored like the blenheim variety, Ginger Jones and her corresponding puppy Sprinkles appear to have ruby markings, and Pepper and her friend Saltine are obvious tricolors. The group centers largely around fashion (what a surprise) with some globe-trotting thrown in. The concept is great, but it's not 100% original. In the 1960s there was Peteena the Pampered Poodle (whom I've mentioned a couple of times in the past) and in the nineties there were the Catwalk Kitties. Neither Peteena nor the Kitties were around long; indeed, a decent Peteena goes for a pretty penny on eBay. I had hoped that the Pinkie Cooper line would do better than Peteena did, but before the line could turn a year old it was discontinued. Pinkie herself saw four releases (first wave and three for the Travel Collection), while Pepper and Ginger only saw the first wave.
According to online sources my little Pepper hails from New York City. She is a disc jockey, she loves adventure and the color blue, and she's not afraid to break fashion rules (I'll bet she wears white after Labor Day, LOL). Her puppy, Saltine, came from an animal shelter (three cheers for shelter dogs!), and she's the most dog-like of the puppies, being fond of rolling in the dirt when she's in the mood for it. So it looks like I chose wisely; I love music, I love going against fashion norms, I love the color blue, and I love shelter pets. I got my chinchilla from an animal shelter, if y'all can believe that; I'm used to seeing dogs and cats at shelters, but not chinchillas. Anyway, the NYC thing is the only thing I don't have in common with Pepper, as I live closer (a LOT closer) to Pinkie's hometown of St. Louis than I do the Big Apple. Another thing that leaves me scratching my head is favorite cities; each character has one, and they don't always coincide with the city where the character lives. That wouldn't have been a big deal except that the second (and ultimately final) wave was city themed, and Pinkie was the only character in the line. She represented Beverly Hills, Paris (Ginger Jones's favorite city), and London (I adored the London set, by the way). I know Pinkie was the lead character and all that, but why on Earth couldn't Ginger have represented Paris? Or why weren't they just separate little outfits, and any character could've visited any city? Yeah...Bridge Direct could've done that second wave a little better, but I'm getting massively off the subject, as usual.
Pepper is eight inches tall, a little smaller than Olivia Hope and my rebodied Licca-chan.
Tuesday Taylor's hair, having a black side and an auburn side.
DO have. I'd heard that they were called "kiss marks," but I googled that and got a bunch of stupid pictures of dogs slathered in lipstick marks.
have these cute marks, regardless of what they're called. Heck, even dogs that are no particular breed have them. My Sonic is a mutt, and he has them! His sister Bella probably would have had them too were she not tan all over.
Sonic and Bella had their second vet visit two weeks ago, by the way. They both got a clean bill of health, and they've both grown a lot since their first visit. Anyway, Pepper's snout is authentically colored black, and she has the split upper lip that all doggies do, plus some spots for whiskers and a teensy bit of blush on her cheeks. The lips are very detailed in a paint style that is similar to that of some ball-jointed dolls, right down to the glossy, slightly translucent finish.
some real dogs!
Now to the body. Pep's body is trim but not overly sexualized or curvaceous, with a plastic torso and vinyl limbs.
among King Charles spaniels. It usually looks more worrisome than it is, and it can be easily fixed...provided the dog in question is not PLASTIC!!! LOL, anyway I like this little touch, as it makes Pepper more believable as a dog. I'm not entirely thrilled to see underpants that are molded on but not painted, though.
Being any sort of personified animal usually means a mix of human features and the features of the animal in question, and Pepper is no exception. At first glance she has very humanoid arms with ball-and-socket shoulders...
Now to legs. Pepper's legs are made of vinyl like her arms are, and they have the same strange blushing around the knees.
the flapper look was coming back! LOL, in truth the British and Target versions of these dolls DID look a little more flapper-esque, as they had little hats that looked like the head-hugging chapeaux that flappers wore. Anyway, Pepper and her buddies have/had blushed knees, but the effect isn't quite as jarring here because the knees are internally jointed. The range of motion isn't great, though. The knees click twice...and THIS is the full extent of their movement! The front leg in this picture is bent as far as it'll bend, and the back leg is extended.
As with a great many of my dolls, Pepper is well dressed...in an outfit that I can't picture any human being wanting to wear. Honestly, these doll companies tout these dolls as "fashion dolls," and yet I've never seen anyone wear fashions like Pepper's, or Barbie's, OR the Bratz...unless y'all count those slaggy young female musicians that are so popular, and I don't because they barely wear clothes on stage as it is. Ahem...anyway, Pepper's dress is hardly what I'd call stylish, and it also doesn't match what Pepper was wearing in her box art, but it's cute and colorful.
some dolls out there.
Regarding accessories, these little poochies are fairly well endowed, though I will admit that I've managed to lose or misplace two of those accessories. The hairbrush is in storage somewhere, and God only knows where Pepper's purse is. It was a cute purse but not particularly functional, so no great loss. Now...regarding the accessories that are useful, all of these dolls wear small bracelets in silver or brass-colored plastic, with Pepper belonging to the silver camp.
magnetized bracelets that quack doctors used to hawk for arthritis when I was a kid. I even had one...and I think it worked, but that may have just been me pretending it would work, as these bracelets have absolutely zero effect on arthritis. Anyway, that's what Pepper's bracelet reminds me of. The plastic flexes enough to make removal easy, but I wouldn't recommend getting too happy with the bending lest the plastic break. This bracelet is big enough to slide up and down Pepper's arm as she's manipulated, and I love this. It makes me think of my own bracelets and how they like to slide around and make noise. I try not to let them do that at work, though (LOL).
Topping off the look are what else but shoes. Pepper has an extremely high arch to her foot, so these shoes have to be extremely high heels.
Vi and Va are discontinued...
Lalaloopsy Girls are discontinued...
Only Hearts Club is discontinued (fit is baggy anyway)...
Notice above that I said "most" Kuu Kuu Harajuku clothes. This last outfit is Baby's stock outfit, and while I was able to cram Pepper into it, I do not under any circumstances recommend it. WAY too tight. Baby's cute little hair clips work nicely in Pepper's hair, though.
Just for giggles, let's take a look at Elly-chan, who I think is a bit leery of this overly eager new friend.
Licca-chan clone, and for the most part she can share clothes with Licca. Thus Elly's clothes would probably be too big for Pepper, but shoes are another story. Elly has ridiculously tiny feet with ridiculously tiny shoes to match. They are close in size to Pepper's feet but the arch is a lot lower.
Hepzibah and a Bratzillaz pet, Wingzy. For grins I also threw in my Puppy and Kitty in My Pocket figurines (Wuppy, Fluffy, and Mimi) and Bratz Catz Jade's purple companion.
Bratzillaz pets were this gimmicky and bland, thank goodness. I really should've just saved my money with Wingzy though, as he's next to impossible for his companion doll to interact with.
Tangent over, Saltine is not as gimmicky as either Hepzibah or Wingzy, nor is she fuzzy like the Puppy and Kitty in My Pocket figures, NOR is she jointed like Catsy. But in the personality department she has them both beat hands (paws?) down. Hepzibah is capable of having personality, but that all depends on the skill (or lack thereof) of the person drawing her face, Wingzy just has a blank stare, and the others merely look cute or vaguely saucy like Catsy. But Saltine? Saltine looks like she just won Best in Show at Westminster, so smug is she!
Boston terrier, has never won Best in Show either, nor have some other extremely popular breeds like the golden retriever and the Labrador. Other spaniels have won in the past though (most recently in 2009), so we may see an English toy spaniel win in the future. Heck, Stump (the dog in the link) was the first of his breed to win, so who knows?
Jeez, me and my tangents! Saltine only has one joint, that being her neck. She can turn it all the way around, but she can't tilt it. She can't move or pose her legs at all, which is a bummer considering that Catsy can move her legs.
dyed one of her dogs pink. If what I've read about the Osbournes nowadays is true then that dye was probably safe for animals, but once again I digress. The molding on these legs is pretty good; see the tasseled fur on her legs? That is also authentic to English toy spaniels.
Paris Li'l Pinkie, who came with the second wave, and they also look silly. These ears do come out in a manner similar to Pepper's...
a fair amount of accessories, most of which I have somewhere in storage and couldn't be bothered to drag out. Pepper came with a small gray tiara, a bowl of dog food that wasn't very nicely painted, and a stand for said dog food, all of which serves little purpose other than standing around during play. Saltine is wearing the items that I felt most important, those items being the jacket, the leash, the hair bow, and the bracelet.
made for Pepper.
overly accessorized pooches from my adolescence. Not that the late, great Tinkerbell appeared to mind, but I never have understood the trend of dressing dogs up unless it's cold outside, and even then a sweater usually suffices in Midwestern winters. But...this is a toy, and as I've said before toys are not subject to the laws and rules that we humans have to follow. Plus I could always take off or add pieces at will, always a perk of having multiple outfit pieces.
I think that about covers it, so let's wrap this up.
*Knee joints aren't the greatest.
*Pepper's belt came undone. This is repairable, but keep your eyes peeled for loose belts.
*Saltine's ears look silly, and the paint job on her tail is a bit unfortunate.
*Saltine's posing is poor. She can only turn her head.
*Watch for possible paint flaws. My dolls escaped this problem, but be wary.
*VERY cute and kid friendly.
*Clothes are reasonably modest and well-made, though I don't recommend pulling on the tulle.
*Switchable ears allow for an easy and simple style change.
*Can wear a fairly wide range of small doll clothes.
*This is just me, but I love the color scheme of this particular doll. She's got dark coloration with blue clothes, and I love it.
I would've recommended these dolls to anyone with kids, and if anyone fancies a hunt on eBay I still recommend them. They can wear a surprisingly wide range of other doll clothes and make great models for said clothes. They also fit nicely in the hands of a small child, and their shoes don't fall off at random...or at least my doll's shoes don't. If you're the diorama type Pepper fits in surprisingly well with other cutesy dolls like Licca-chan and Penny Brite, or whoever else you might have that's cutesy. And of course she and Saltine are perfectly capable of being characters on their own.
feasts for the eyes. The Cabana Cool line would have seen the canine cuties in brightly colored maxi-dresses and curled hair, and would have featured places as far-flung as Cape Cod, Rio de Janeiro, and St. Tropez. The equally cute Resort line featured the same three locales but was more deluxe, featuring the dolls, two outfits, and the smaller pets. Apparently some vendors were so certain that these dolls would be released that they started advertising them; Amazon still has a few of these advertising pages up, in fact. What a shame that these dolls weren't produced, as bright and colorful and fun as they looked. Let's just face it, the toy world can be a fickle one, as can the business world, and this fickleness is probably the main reason why we'll see Pinkie Cooper and her friends on websites like Ghost of the Doll in the future while other dolls like Lottie, Licca-chan, and the Calico Critters continue to persevere. Granted, Lottie hasn't shaken up the doll world like the Bratz did, but she's also not disappearing, as we'll see in weeks to come!
And that, my friends, concludes the auction, both on this post and on Throwback Thursday as a steady, every-week series. If any of y'all super-duper liked Throwback Thursday, don't despair. I'll always be bringing in new/old stuff, and if it happens to be vintage or discontinued (or both) I'll set it up as another throwback. But for now, all I can say is keep your eyes peeled for new posts. They'll be more sporadic, but they won't stop. I guess it's a good thing that this series ended when it did though, because I am now getting serious about writing a book. This is something I've been wanting to do since my adolescence, and now I'm finally getting around to doing it. This book will NOT be about dolls, but rather something else that I've always been fascinated with. I have a the beginnings of a rough draft cobbled together, and I'm hoping that I can get it done by 2027, the centennial of the event that I am documenting. We'll see how that goes!
Love to all,