As I mentioned on Friday this Paul has been on my wish list for a very long time so I was very pleased when Naomi got him for me.
Naomi warned me that he had a few issues. The seller had told her that he smelled a bit smoky. She didn’t think he was that bad but gave Paul and his clothes a wash before she gave him to me. I certainly could not smell anything nasty when I got him.
Paul did have a couple of other issues though. His hair was a bit matted and he had a purple ink mark on his face. Also one of his legs was longer than the other.
A shampoo and conditioning improved his hair and Oxy 10 removed the marks on his face. They are still faintly visible so I might give him a couple more days but it has worked very well on the whole. I wish I could say the same for my poor green ear Barbie.
I was intrigued by the leg issue though. I wondered if Paul had been Frankendollied or if it was a design fault so I did some reading and also compared him to the two Paul’s I already have.
1968 was the last year that Paul was made before he was revived by Hasbro in 1987 with a completely different look. According to the information I found he should be marked made in Hong Kong on his neck but with an unmarked torso. My Paul has markings on both his neck and torso.
While I was looking at the other Paul’s I found that one of them also has one leg longer than the other although it is not so pronounced as on 1968 Paul. So while it is possible that both of these dolls have been repaired I’d say it is equally likely that they were made that way.
While I was examining Paul I could not help thinking that his arms looked a little out of scale to the rest of him. He is the same height and build as my other two Paul’s unlike Naomi’s much smaller 1967 Paul.
Sure enough when I compared him to one of the others his arms are definitely shorter.
It has been noted that the limbs of the 1967 miniature Paul do not fit him very well so it would not be a great surprise to find faults in other dolls as well especially as a lot of them were put together in other countries such as South Africa and New Zealand from parts sent to them from the Hong Kong factories. That explains a lot of discrepancies amongst dolls. Once it was known that Paul would cease production they would have just used up whatever parts were available so a regular sized Paul could end up with mini Paul arms.
Although it makes ID’s a headache sometimes I do rather like Pedigree’s “Waste not want not” attitude.
Identifying Paul: http://www.petradolls.co.uk/paul_dolls_information_page.htm