I’m still working on the big box of Op Shop dolls and today I will show you a batch of smaller dolls. A couple of them are Kelly/Chelsea, a couple are Simba and the rest are mostly clones.
I know these little dolls are popular with small children so we can either sell them on their own or pop them in a bag with a Barbie and a couple of outfits. Although they are small some of them have thick hair and they will take as long as a larger doll does to detangle.
I didn’t take “Before” pictures of all these dolls but they had no real issues apart from their hair and a lack of clothing for some of them. I did a little swapping around of outfits as each doll was finished. Some still need some work.
I knew that Kelly had gone through a few changes since she was first issued in 1994 but as I have never collected her I didn’t realise just how many versions there are. I think that is worthy of a post on its own some time. This doll is Kelly, not the more recent Chelsea. She is shorter than the current doll. When I looked up Kelly faces on Kattis Dolls I thought that this one might be an early “bottle mouth” Kelly from 1994. What do others think?
There are two Simba dolls, one blonde and one brunette. Simba made this doll as a little sister for their Steffi Love doll. Her name is Evi. Evi was sold both separately with her own playsets and with Steffi. She is a little chubbier than original sized Kelly but well made. The little blonde one has articulated legs. She will be going with Steffi for a “Happy Family” type set. The other little girl still needs a dress. I made her panties and those of Baby Love from a balloon.
This little brunette doll with crazy curls I first thought was a Kelly friend but when I checked her out she was marked M&C China. I don’t usually expect to get much joy researching made in China dolls but it turns out that M&C make a lot of fashion dolls and they had an excellent page of examples of their Kelly sized doll Paula. Paula comes with all sorts of different playsets and frankly I thought they were nicer than anything Kelly/Chelsea has had lately. I could not see a Paula with hair as curly as this one but I am certain that she is Paula. I’m not really sure what to do about her hair. It is very tangled but if I comb it out too much the curls will come out and I’d have to reset it with tiny rollers. I do have tiny grips (bobby pins) but it would be a time consuming job. I’m still thinking about whether I want to do it. Originally I’d thought about a reroot as well but I don’t have the tools for it at present and I like her hair. It’s just messy. I’ll tell you what I decide later.
Generic Kelly Clones
This brunette with bunches is also a Kelly clone but no markings I can check out. She needed a spot taken off her face as well as having her hair tidied and a new dress.
The blonde is a cheaply made Kelly clone. Her hair is quite sparse so I put it in a ponytail.
Now here are a couple of dolls who are not Kelly types.
The redhead one has a cloth body and is a Strawberry Shortcake doll, she is about 16cm tall and I think she was made about 2012. She is marked American Greetings and Hasbro. Her little friend is also marked American Greetings and I believe she is a Strawberry Shortcake friend Lemon Meringue. Strawberry had some scratches which I tried to smooth out with an emery board but she has lost a bit of paint from her lip. Their larger friend has a similar look but is not Strawberry Shortcake, probably a knock off. Her hair was very frizzy so I gave the ends a trim after I’d finished washing and conditioning it. I didn’t have an outfit for her so I made one out of a balloon.
The next doll is a strange one. She has a body the same size as Kelly but with a huge head and big eyes. I quite like her face but I don’t like such a big head on such a tiny body. I feel like she’d fall over when she tried to walk.
Apart from Paula who obviously needs a lot of work and the couple of dolls that need clothing these gals are just about ready to head back to the Op Shop.