One of the dolls Naomi brought round for me to ID that we initially thought was a Sindy clone turned out not to be.
When I had seen her in the past I’d said to Naomi that while I was not sure if she was a genuine Sindy or Tammy if she was a clone she was a very good one. The reason I was not sure was because she had no markings on the back of her head. Pedigree have always been shockingly inconsistent about doll marks.
I decided to give Sindy’s hair a tidying as it was rather dull and sticking up here and there. When I picked her up I realised that she had a very hard head. Clone dolls usually have soft vinyl heads but some Sindy’s have extremely hard heads. I have a couple so I knew that. I went to my favourite Sindy reference site and started to search for Sindy’s made in Hong Kong. Sure enough some of them were made with no head markings, just the “made in Hong Kong” on the back of the doll.
While Sindy did have a small head her body did not seem as small as the mini Sindys I have seen. Comparing descriptions I decided that this doll might be a New Zealand Sindy. These dolls were composite dolls, Pedigree would send doll parts which probably were made in Hong Kong factories, to the Lines Brothers factory in New Zealand. They would assemble the dolls which were sold in Australia and New Zealand. Lines Brothers was a major toy manufacturer at this time and Pedigree was one of their subsidiaries.
The dolls were made up from whatever parts they had on hand so sometimes you might find a mini Sindy head on a standard body and so on. Naomi’s Sindy is the normal height but when I put a Sindy blouse on her the sleeves were a little long as if her arms were shorter. Luckily I have both standard and mini Sindy’s in my own collection and was able to loan her a spare set of “Weekenders”.
Naomi also has a Paul and a Patch.
While redressing Paul for his photo shoot I discovered that the jeans that belong to my Paul were much too long for him. This means that Naomi’s doll is the 1967 doll which is considerably shorter than the 1965 and 1966 Paul. Here you can see the two of them together. 1967 Paul looks like my Paul’s younger brother.
Patch is marked Hong Kong on her back. There are a couple of versions of Patch who was made in three different sizes, another thing Pedigree was inconsistent about. Patch will go and say hello to my three Patch dolls and all four of them will be measured to see if there are any differences.
Look at these mischievous faces. Here you can see that they are all the same size. Naomi’s Patch is the brunette next to blonde Patch.
Although you can find these links elsewhere on my blog I am including them again for people who may not have visited before and for those of you who are in a hurry .
http://www.petradolls.co.uk/ – Although this site has not been updated in some years it is an excellent reference for Sindy ID’s