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Sindy diorama created by David Ganson Stevens

A later Sindy doll in a diorama created by David Ganson Stevens from Edinburgh, Scotland

The Sindy doll is the British United Kingdom's fashion doll equivalent of the Mattel Barbie doll.  Marketed as "The Doll You Love To Dress!"  She looks similar to Ideals Tammy doll, in fact Pedigree got licensing permission to copy her as long as they changed the dolls name. 


The first dolls have short usually brunette hair, sorta a bubble-cut style, painted eyelashes, she's jointed at the neck, shoulders and hips, Sindy was sold boxed and wearing "The Weekenders" outfit consisting of a red, white and blue jersey pullover top, jeans and white vinyl shoes. 


Sindy has lots of fashions that were labeled with a paper tag until 1984, then they went to a fabric tag.  The earlier tags being paper were easily destroyed.  She has a boyfriend Paul introduced in 1965, a sister Patch in 1966 and of course no fashion girl is complete without houses, cars and more to accessorize her lifestyle.


In 1968 Sindy got an updated look with real eyelashes, a twist n' turn waist, side parted hair style in several different hair colors.  In 1969 a new see through acetate box was introduced.


From 1978 to1979 Louis Marx manufactured Sindy for the American market, by 1986 the rights to manufacture Sindy were sold to Hasbro when Pedigree went bankrupt.  In the 1990's Mattel brought a lawsuit against Hasbro as they had redesigned Sindy's face which Mattel felt it was too similar to their Barbie doll, as such, she was no longer sold in the USA.  Vivid Imaginations is still selling Sindy products in Britain today.


There is a Sindy doll book by Colette Mansell - The History of Sindy, Britain's Top Teenage Doll 1963-1994

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