There are several dolls in my collection that don't fit into any of the page categories on this blog but are still very awesome and deserve to be featured, so I've added them all here....
Happy Pee Wee, 3 3/8 inch doll by Uneeda, late 1960s to early 1970s
Fighting Furies, 8 inch doll by Matchbox, 1974
This series of pirate dolls by Matchbox is not very well known, though very well made. Above is Captain Hook who was depicted as the villain in some of the packaging artwork, but in at least one case was shown as a companion to the hero Captain Peg-Leg. I love that this doll has one tuft of rooted doll hair on the side of his bald head! He also has a button on the side of his torso to operate the doll's arm for "knife throwing" action. His only hand is shaped to hold his sword and looks very similar to the hand on Kenner's Craig Cub doll, shown below. I'm missing Hook's vest, sash and sword. The small yellow dagger seen on his waist is from one of the many costume accessory sets.
In addition to Hook and Captain Peg-Leg, Matchbox completed this set with the Ghost of Captain Kid, which is an awesome looking figure and glows in the dark. A very impressive pirate ship playset was also produced. Matchbox also made a western series under the Fighting Furies brand, with characters Black McCoy, Crazy Horse, and Kid Cortez. Sundance the horse was also made as part of this set.
Official Scout High Adventure, 9 inch doll by Kenner, 1974 - 1975
Here is a toy that Kenner made many years before they became known for their popular Star Wars action figures. This is Craig Cub from the "Official Scout High Adventure" collection. This Craig Cub doll is wearing the costume for the Steve Scout doll (which has brown hair), that is also from this series. The Craig Cub outfit is dark blue. Bob Scout and Dave Cub dolls were also made for this series along with adventure vehicles and playsets. Each of the dolls have a saluting action arm and the hand is shaped in the official scout salute position. (It's been many years since I was in scouts, so I can't recall what the name of the salute was.) This is a lesser-known series and in my experience the dolls are not easy to find, even on e-bay. This is a neat collection and I wouldn't mind completing the set someday. Below is a closer view of the face, hand and costume.
In the 1970s it was very common for toy companies to use comic book advertisements to promote their "dolls for boys" collections as well as smaller sized action figures. Here is a comic book ad I found for Kenner's Official Scout High Adventure series. Click on the picture to see a larger image.
DC Comics, Kamandi Vol.4 #26, Feb 1975, p.5
The Ultra Corps!, 12 inch dolls by Lanard Toys, 1999
Here is Burnout from the "Gen 13" doll series based on the Gen 13 comic books. If I'm not mistaken the comics were published by a subdivision of DC Comics. Three dolls were made in this collection: Burnout, Fairchild and Lynch (see photos below). I recall Burnout was a pricey doll. I bought him brand new from the comic book store for about 55 dollars. Back in the late 1990s collecting superhero dolls was not taken as seriously as it is today (it's common now for companies to offer dolls priced at $300 and up), but at the time 55 dollars was a rare price point aimed at collectors. So although nothing is mentioned on the box, it's my impression that this doll was made as a limited edition collectable.
Here is the doll without the costume (oh my goodness he's buck ne'kid!) to show the muscular detail and how the doll is jointed. It's interesting that the arms are painted red. The hands on Mego dolls were made in different coloured plastic to match the costume, but the arms were often skin tone which showed at the end of the sleeve. Painting the arms like this will solve that issue. Collectors appreciate this type of extra detail.
Burnout's one piece doll costume is reminiscent of the 8 inch Mego superhero doll costumes and is very well made. The quality of the stretchy, spandex-like fabric is top notch, far better than I've ever seen on any superhero doll. The only negative about the costume is that the triangle and shoulder circles are decals that were painted onto the fabric, so they crack if the fabric is moved or stretched too much. Additionally, painted details like this on doll clothes tend to stick to things, such as the plastic of window box packaging or other toys, so the doll needs to be wrapped in cloth or tissue when put away in storage to avoid any damage.
Here is the back view of the doll which has a strip of Velcro all along the opening.
Gen 13 Burnout doll in the original box. The design of the box for this doll is amazing! It's perfect!
Back of the Gen 13 Burnout doll box.
Here's the text panel from the back of the box. Click on the image for a larger view.
Burnout artwork from the back of the box.
This is the image of the Fairchild doll from the back of the box. Below is the Lynch doll, which seems to have the same doll body as Burnout.
Burnout artwork from the sides of the box. I edited the two sides together to complete the figure. (Always wanted to do that! :)
Here are the components of the box packaging. There's the window box, the insert showing some awesome artwork, and a plastic formed tray that holds the doll in place. Unfortunately this tray has yellowed over time, it used to be completely clear.
Here's a better look at the background artwork on the box insert, which shows Burnout as he appeared in the comics. Awesomeness!
I really think this Burnout doll is awesome. It's easily among my top ten favourite dolls. The folks at the Wildstorm company did a super-amazing job on this one!
Wild Ones Adventure Crew, 7 inch dolls by b-bel, early 2000s
Text and photos copyright Mike Artelle, 2011, 2015