The meeting was good, but a little unfocused. It was one of our "play date" meetings without a theme and I'm not really sure how much I like those. It's not like we're very militant with our themes, anyone can bring anything they want to share. I tend to bring Joe a lot and there's very rarely a theme that he fits. Sure I try to dress him to be theme appropriate, but I usually just bring him because I want to and I have never felt he was unwelcome. However, I have long accepted the fact that it's not always all about me so if people like them they can keep doing them.
Anyway, per usual there were a few stops made on the way up to Raleigh. We were going to stop at the flea market we pass on the way up but it was overcast and there were very few vendors so we skipped it. Which ended up being a smart choice since we were a few minutes late to the meeting. (It didn't help that we managed to hit every red light along the way). We did stop at our usual two thrift stores, the PTA thrift store was a bust. It was all baby dolls and "collectible" porcelain dolls. At the other one I found a Rio doll from the Jem line. I quickly grabbed him so it wasn't until after I bought it I found out he had a mouse chewed foot and face! I'll probably be dumping him on E-bay and getting rid of him. I do have a small Jem collection, but don't want one with a chewed up face. At least he came with some clothes, they'll be worth something.
Sweet Sixteen didn't make a big splash. I'm pretty sure she was discontinued after one year. Even now those dolls can be found very cheaply online. She doesn't turn up all the time, but when she does she really don't go for a lot since there's really not a lot of interest for her. However, I like her. I have three of her including the first one that I re-rooted. (Never doing that again, btw). I am surprised that she was popular enough back then for another company to clone her. I guess the competition decided to one up Mattel by making an even cheaper copy of their cheap doll!
The clone doll is marked in two places. She has "Hong Kong" molded into the back of her head and "M. & S. Shillman. Inc Made in Hong Kong" written on her upper back. It's ironic that she's so well marked, I guess Shillman didn't want anyone knocking off their doll, no honor among thieves, right? She is a very simple clone doll. She has the usual thin clone hair and hair style with the center part that covers most of her scalp. Her bone straight, shoulder length, almost so light blonde it's white hair is very reminiscent of the actual Sweet Sixteen. She just has a center part compared to a side part on the actual doll. She has simple face painting again done in the style of the actual dolls. The biggest difference is that Sweet Sixteen has brown eyes with a streak of brown eye shadow and the clone doll has blue eye with no eye shadow.
|Sisters.... or more likely cousins|
When I found her she still had the plastic band wrapped around her hair. She also came with what I
I don't think she's an exact copy of Sweet Sixteen's head. I think they reverse engineered the doll, making the mold from the original doll. It would explain why her head is a very close match with some slight differences and smaller. But it's very obvious who she's supposed to be. I did some research into her, but couldn't find another doll like her. I think she's a fairly uncommon doll, but not particularly rare. It would be hard to find another one of her, but if I did she wouldn't cost that much. However that's not a big issue. I don't plan on selling her. She's joining the Sweet Sixteen collection as an interesting side note to her history.