Finally I can show you my new Sindy. I’ve been trying to finish this post since before Christmas but needed the original cape for the comparison photos. I didn’t find it till yesterday.
Like many collectors I’ve been eagerly awaiting the arrival of my Kid Kreations Sindy. The Australia/ NZ Sindy Facebook page has been full of happy people showing off their new dolls and unhappy people saying “Mine isn’t here yet.” I was one of the latter. My doll took longer to get from Sydney to Sisters Beach than to get from China to Australia! I was tracking it of course and there were 8 “lost” days when there was no tracking information. It was “in transit” from Sydney to Launceston on 12 December then for 8 long days no new information. When I popped around to the shop today for the mail she was there. I looked up the tracking information when I got home and she was in Burnie on the 20th and delivered to here this morning. Launceston and Burnie are maybe two hours drive apart.
Needless to say I could not wait to get the box open but I did stop to take pictures as I went.
I did like the packaging, a nice sturdy cardboard box with a lift off lid, three small boxes to hold the accessories. There was not the usual excessive amount of plastic and cable ties before I could get to Sindy.
Sindy came with a stand, a little style magazine showing pictures of vintage and new dolls, credit sized card with her batch number and a plastic heart . Outfit accessories are a vinyl shopping bag, a black wet look vinyl handbag and enormous sunglasses.
Now, let’s have a look at Sindy. She is very nicely made, she has rooted eyelashes, this particular doll has brown eyes and red lips. Her head turns but does not have the ball joint of the later Pedigree Sindy’s so she doesn’t really have an up and down head movement. She has no marking on her head that I can see.
She has joints at elbows, wrists and knees and a twist waist. She has flesh coloured molded panties with the word Sindy at the front of the waist band. No markings on her back. She has silver “pearl” earrings and a silver bracelet.
The City Chic outfit is based on the 1963 Houndstooth check cape but this one is shorter and has a mandarin type collar. Underneath it Sindy has a simple white top with flared sleeves that does up at the back with Velcro and black leggings. She wears black ankle boots to match.
I thought that it would be interesting to see how she looks with some of my other Sindys as I felt that she was smaller than they are. I had a look at her specs and she is shorter, 10 3/4 inches or 27cms, more like a mini Sindy. Certainly she doesn’t feel as heavy a the original Sindy’s but she doesn’t feel cheaply made like many modern dolls.
Here she is with a couple of my older Sindy’s. I set them all up without stands to make the comparison a bit more accurate. On the left my recently acquired Sindy from the mid 70s and on the right, my hard head HK Sindy. Of course she has big hair which makes her look taller.
Here you can see one of my mini Sindy’s wearing the original houndstooth check cape. It is much longer. Neither of the dolls are on stands so you can see that while they are the same size new Sindy has the larger head of the full sized dolls.
Here they are again with my much larger 1963 Sindy.
Here is City Chic Sindy in the vintage dress I bought recently. I think I got it the right way round this time. She is wearing her own leggings and boots.
I’m very happy with this doll. She wasn’t cheap for me to buy although compared to say, an Integrity Doll, she was very well priced at just under UK 80 pounds. It is just that our exchange rate is terrible and then of course there is postage. Some of the people in the Facebook Group had bought more than one or even the whole set. I would not have done that anyway as I would not have wanted the dolls with pink or blue hair. I think that Kid Kreations did a good job of recreating the classic Sindy look. If I could afford to buy another I think “Shopping Look” would be my second choice. If the team were to make any more Sindy dolls or fashions I would certainly be interested.
For those of you who don’t know these dolls can only be ordered online through this website. They are limited edition, only 1,963 of each doll will be made. You can’t buy them in the shops. Possibly they will turn up on the secondary market but if you like them and can afford the shipping I would get one now. I don’t believe they will get cheaper.