Strawberry Shortcake’s 13 in. high vine-covered gazebo, 1981, was made by American Greetings, who feature the dolls on their greeting cards. Inside are two hammocks and a closet for hanging outfits.
Lloyderson of Spain produced a line of soft sculptured Sweet Cheeks dolls in 1984. They have a vinyl-molded head covered in cotton knit with painted features and round plastic eyes. This one, Caramel, is dressed in velvet with leather-like boots. Lloyderson said their old world craftsmanship would be a “joy forever,” and I think they are right.
Kimberly, 17 in., by Tomy, 1981-1985, looks like a little schoolgirl. She has long thick nylon hair, painted blue eyes, a five jointed and strung body, and many outfits sold separately, such as the roller-skating one shown. In 1984 the smiling Gettin’ Fancy Kimberly was introduced. Both are in their original outfits.
These 12 in. wire and cloth dolls of the 1960’s and 1970’s were not playthings but were made for a dressing table. They have painted plastic faces, individual wired fingers, and are dressed like Southern Belles. Different Asian firms made them and INESCO was an importer. Their legs are glued to stands.
Smurfs, figurines of about 2 in., were made by Schleich, a German toy company, in the 1970’s-1990’s. The small blue creatures were based on cartoon and TV characters who lived in mushroom-shaped houses in the forest. Their names reflect their characteristics, such as Jokey Smurf. They all wear a Phrygian or Liberty cap from antiquity.