Last week Emerson went back to the vault-that-was-Mommy's-past-toys for her Show-and-Tell item. She decided to take "Stacey" for Show-and-Tell. I LOVED this doll growing up, her face alone would melt your heart. I fondly remember playing with her, but old age has taken over in my brain and I can't remember her name. So, when Emerson asked me her name, I said Stacey. I remember having a doll named Stacey and I thought she just might be it, but I have since remembered that this wasn't my Stacey doll...that's another doll tucked away in the vault. So, even though Emerson is calling her Stacey, I decided to do some Internet research to find this dolls real name.
Wow, did I open up a can of worms! I knew "Stacey" was a collectible, but I never knew I would find so much information on the doll. According to Wikipedia, My Child Dolls were created by Mattel from 1985 - 1988 to compete with the ever famous Cabbage Patch Kids (at the time made by Coleco but later taken over by Hasbro and then eventually Mattel, go figure). I also have a ton of Cabbage Patch Kids in my vault...I am sure they will make a Show-and-Tell appearance in the future. Okay back to "Stacey", these My Child Dolls have a huge following: collectors websites, restoration websites, a Facebook fan page (which I joined so that I can find out her name), and even a petition to get them re-released (would love for that to happen!!). These people are crazy about these dolls and restoration is a serious business. Whoa. Actually, with all my research, I came to find that my doll is in pretty good shape (remember, I told you I LOVED her) and in very sellable condition. Selling is also a big business too, some of them going for more than $200! There are websites devoted to restoring these dolls with tips and tricks from getting their hair back to its original condition, to dealing with a "sagging neck" or "melting eyes". Check out some of these restorations:
A very old photo of the My Child Doll line
(aren't they just the cutest!!)
BEFORE and AFTER
(source: My Child Workshop)
My Child Doll
May 14, 2010