Sindy 50th Birthday

by Dutch Fashion Doll World

I remember from my childhood that there were girls who played with Barbie and girls that played with Sindy. As a collector my focus is on Barbie and especially the Silkstone collection. But for props I love vintage Sindy furniture pieces. I love the classic style and with some paint and new upholstery they look great with my Silkies.

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Source : Wikipedia

Sindy is a British fashion doll from 1963 created by the company Pedigree Dolls & Toys.A rival to Barbie, Sindy’s wholesome look and range of fashions  and accessories made it the best selling, toy in the United Kingdom in 1968 and 1970. After Marx Toys  unsuccessful attempt to introduce Sindy in the United States in the late 1970s, Hasbro bought the rights to Sindy and remodelled the doll to look more American. As a result, the doll’s popularity declined and Barbie manufacturer Mattel filed a lawsuit for copyright infringement, which was settled when Hasbro agreed to remodel Sindy’s face. During the 1990s, Barbie’s share of the doll market continued to grow while Sindy’s diminished, which led to Sindy being delisted from major retailers in 1997. Hasbro returned the doll’s licence to Pedigree, and the doll was relaunched in 1999, manufactured by Viivid Imaginations . Sindy’s 40th anniversary in 2003 saw a new manufacturer, New Moons, and another relaunch and redesign.

This year Sindy is cellebrating her 50th anniversary.

And the Doll Company Tonner is doing a reproduction of the vintage Sindy Dolls. Last weekend there was the annual Sindy Convention in the UK. And during this convention Robbert Tonner showed some great sketches from this collection.

You all know that I love Doll artist sketches so I had to show them here.

Source : Vintage Sindy Facebook page

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I love the sketch from the green ball gown. So maybe my Silkstone Francies are getting a new girlfriend this year.

Vintage Sindy Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/VintageSindy/info

Tonner Doll Company:

http://tonnerdoll.com