Baby Crissy's remarkable sculpt-work is so very reminiscent of the Playpal family of Ideal dolls. This is because they are sculpted by the same artist.
Another thing to note when collecting Baby Crissy...right up through the 80's issue dolls, she NEVER was issued with shoes and/or socks!
Above: Baby Crissy, "born" in 1973. This is a pretty early outfit...made by an outside manufacturer of real baby clothes...Baby went to market faster than they could produce outfits for her...so they had to "buy" clothes for her!
The instructions for the same for both the seventies issues as well as the eighties issues. The copyright date didn't even change on the instructions found in the eighties boxes.
Early black dolls usually wore lavender diaper sets with the white doll in pink, but you will occasionally find the white doll in lavender. Soon after she was released, Ideal finally started making their own outfits at their Hong Kong facility.
Above you can see some color variation of the lavender diaper set worn by the black Baby Crissy. Some are rather blue-ish in color.
Above: This is a very late dress, perhaps as late as 76 or 77. It has lace beading and baby blue ribbon trim. Not as easy to find as the common pink or lavender set.
Baby kept right on being released in different versions, some grew hair, some did not, right up through the early nineties. Above are some of these dolls.
Isn't this little charmer just adorable?? She looks a bit different doesn't she, with her longer than normal ponytail. But that's not the only unusual thing about her...
There could be several reasons. One is that she may have been a prop for photo shoots, perhaps for department store catalogs. This type of doll would not need to grow hair. Or perhaps she was a model for Toy Fair, where several examples would be displayed, but not necessarily be picked up by potential toy buyers. Maybe she was a salesman's sample. Many samples did not function. There are photographs in the archive depicting dolls, such as a Look Around Velvet, that did not actually function. This Velvet was a straight-waisted, dressed doll (in her Look Around issue outfit) in the actual box. However, the box had a sticker on it with a stock number that also indicated that enclosed in the box was a non-functioning sample. So, this Baby Crissy could be any of the above, or something completely different. Aren't we glad that we are able to enjoy such a neat doll!?
Here is Baby Crissy as she appeared in the 1973 Alden's catalog.
1974 JCPenney catalog
1973 Sears (US)
1981 Sears (with Baby showing off a play stroller!)
1974 Simpsons Sears (Canada)
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