Francesca and Bettina
Francesca came from Toys R Us circa 2005. Her cousin, Bettina was the African American version of the same face mold. Their dresses are from a late 1970s Barbie that would purse her lips to kiss when you pressed a button in her back.
I had the African American version of that doll and have kept the peach dress all these years. I paid $1 for the pink dress at the May 20th doll show.
I bought the white wicker love seat at the May 5th doll show.
Remember the sling-back shoes? They were (and still are) a pain in the butt to fasten and the straps had a tendency to break.
Fire and Ice
This tempestuous beauty was originally a ballerina. I bought her at Kmart circa 2005. She did a very spirited reading of a villainess role for her screen test and is now on a fully articulated Mattel poser body with a pivotal waist and arched feet. I am very impressed with the cut of this slinky blue dress which I bought for $1 at the May 20th doll show.
Candace was a Kari Michelle doll I found in Dollar General. She upgraded to a fully articulated Mattel body with a pivotal waist and arched feet.
The gown probably came from a Dolls of the World Barbie. I paid $1 for it at the May 20th doll show.
I also got Beauty, Barbie’s Russian wolfhound there. I bought this dog when it originally came out in 1979 but left it behind when I moved away from home. For $8 I was re-united with her at the May 20th doll show.
The sleigh was an eBay purchase circa 2005.
Blanche was a Chic Boutique Snow White. Her aristocratic bearing landed her a part as a noblewoman in an upcoming episode of the “Playscale Crafting” show even before she had upgraded to her current Liv body.
I paid $1 for the gown at the May 20th doll show.
Like Mimi, Brooke was a teen fashion doll from Wal-Mart. She earned an upgrade to a fully articulated Mattel body with pivotal waist and arched feet for her roles as the governor’s daughter in “Firehouse #5,”
and as a student in “Homage to Leon Damas.”
The intriguing combination of plaid and pleats makes a surprisingly feminine gown.
I’m guessing it dates from the 1980s because it fastens with metal snaps. I paid $1 for it at the May 20th doll show.
That brings me to the end of the casting call but I still have new treasures to show in upcoming posts.