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As far as TLSM, in collaboration with “Sindytectives”, can say there were eight different wardrobe with boxes produced by Pedigree.
- In 1965 the first Sindy’s (Own) Wardrobe was released and had all white doors with a dark pink cabinet and legs.
- Sometime between 1966-67 the second Sindy’s (Own) Wardrobe was released and two pink letters S were added to the front of the white doors, in the same dark pink colour as the cabinet and legs. The inside of the wardrobe had no changes. It also seems like a sticker was added to the box saying “and EXTRA CLOTHES”. What clothes it referred to is unclear but we believe Pedigree used what was left in stock and therefore could vary.
- In 1968 Sindy’s (Own) Wardrobe changed colour to be completely white and instead of the dark pink letters it now had, a bit more romantic, golden ornaments. But the moulding was the same and the inside of the wardrobe had no changes. The box illustration had a tiny change where the sticker-like circle was added showing the customers how many hearts
- In 1974 the Wardrobe was the same but the box changed to a much more modern design with a photo of Sindy choosing clothes (new clothes, released this year) and also photos showing all of the bedroom furniture.
- In 1976 both the Wardrobe and the box got new designs. The photo of the wardrobe, used both in the 1976 Sindy Brochure and on the new box, shows a “new” model. But we believe it’s just a prototype and that they simply used the old wardrobe cabinet, since the hinges are parted in three like on all the earlier wardrobes. The new model had shorter, two parted hinges, that were fastened a little bit away from the top/bottom of the cabinet. The legs were also removed, the ornaments on the doors changed and the new decorative pediment on the top was added.
- In 1979 the box design was changed and so were the hinges on the wardrobe. They still were the two parted model but they were moved so they started at the same line as the top and bottom of the cabinet.
Sadly I must confess that I don’t think Pedigree managed to keep the “spirit” of Sindy in this product. I just don’t get the Sindy vibe. I’m not even sure if I would’ve guessed it to be a SINDY Styling Head…
Anyway! I like that the head is the same size as a human head and not tiny as the earlier one from 1974. Much easier for the kids to make lovely hair styles and play that they own their own hair salon.
While searching for more information about this Styling Head I found great photos, taken by Trace and Trev, on their Etsy page and they allowed me to use them here (marked with Photo: Trace and Trev)! They also have a website you can visit: www.twistedtoys.co.uk .
Thank you truly Trace and Trev for being so kind and helpful!
Name: Michele Jassie
Lives in: Lincoln in the UK
Occupation: Commissioned portrait artist and miniature rooms and miniature clay food maker.
Known for: Making miniature food!
Favourite Sindy: I’ve a soft spot for my first rebuy of a blonde basic Sindy as that’s what i had as a child.
Questions and Answers
1) Q: How did you first discover Sindy? A: Sindy was the doll of my childhood. Around the late 70s, early to mid 80s was my era.
2) Q: How old were you when you got your first Sindy? A: I would have been around 8.
3) Q: What model was your first Sindy? A: She was a basic blonde, 1978/79.
4) Q: What kind of Sindy/Sindy item did you dream about as a kid? A: I wanted a ballerina, my parents werent wealthy so i only had one doll. Though I luckily did have the majority of the furniture accumulated over birthdays and Christmas’s .
5) Q: What kind of Sindy/Sindy item do you dream about now? A: I’d love a Gauntlet or Trendy. A doll from before my time.
6) Q: What led you into your Sindy career you have today? A: I started making food,in March 2021, as I was trying to source miniature food and what I found didn’t suit my needs. It was all mostly glued together and to the plates or the wrong scale. I wanted it loose.
7) Q: Can you mention three people you think helped you there? A: My daughter encouraged my ideas but I think along the way. My customers have played a huge part with helping me with suggestions and just positivity.
8) Q: Do you have a special goal for your Sindy work? A: I’d like to expand the food, I’ve loads of ideas, for more for special occasions. Also I want to branch out into jewellary, household objects, using resin.
9) Q: Can you mention three people you think of as doll influensers? A: Ooh, there are so many wonderful doll pages it’s hard to choose! Their scenes and stories and own crafts and beautiful dolls. I cant pick just three!
10) Q: What do you love/like/appreciate about Sindy? A: I love everything about Sindy. I’m so glad I started recollecting after years of thinking about it. So many happy memories. Finding and buying the outfits and furniture I had as a child was like being a child again. The Sindy Community are wonderful, full of amazing people, always happy to help. I love that there are so many of us. It was a revelation when I found all the pages, so many people. I wasn’t weird after all!
Anything else you’d like to share with us? I love that Sindy is so appreciated, that she is loved as vintage and as new lines. I love that she is back as well.
THANK YOU Michele for your amazing work and for taking the time to answer all the questions!