HOW BABY FACE
25. Eye Trouble
& Facial Expressions
heads go through several steps from wax
to finished doll, and with each step they
shrink a little more. There is a next to
last Vinyl head, which is the most
perfect head. Shrinkage on this head is
the most controlled. This head will be
molded one more time [and the 5% smaller
heads made from those molds will become
the final dolls]. And This Perfect, Next
to last head, is The Head which is
photographed for the boxes!
doll inside is something else. It shrinks
a little more and distorts a little
more,and If it is heated a little too
much, in order to insert the eyes, the
space between the eyes shrinks too much,
and the eyes move too close together, and
sometimes they tend to bulge. If
Natalie's mouth appears too large on the
box, it's bigger still on the doll inside
if you like the eyes of the doll on the
box, and think they're beautiful, cross
your fingers for luck, and hold your
breath as you open up the box! For the
eyes photographed on the box are the same
expensive German ones, that I used on my
first dolls, But the eyes inside the box
are "affordable" copies that
Galoob had fashioned in China! They
shouldn't be that bad, and if you're
lucky they aren't bad at all! But if you
happen to get one of the first couple
hundred thousand dolls, made before they
finally heard and heeded my incessant and
unwelcome Screams, the eyes on the doll
inside the box, will not be the deep blue
you see on the cover, but, the pale and
tell tale hue of "Kentucky Blue
in China had done a pretty good job of
copying the German Plastic eyes. The two
piece white styrene eyeballs were
perfect, and the pop-in lenses weren't
bad. They were a little flatter than the
originals so they didn't create the quite
the same degree of magnification and
magic. That's the sort of thing I would
have caught and corrected, if I had been
consulted, but it's also the sort of
thing that, perhaps only I would notice,
or care about. The sad thing about this
small detail and the big one, that
blighted hundreds of thousands of dolls
was that: It Wouldn't have Cost a Penny
More to Do It Right!
done the hard part decently, they now
Ruined hundreds of thousands of eyes,
simply because the Idiot who Specified
the Colors, Couldn't Match Color! And the
rich and Realistic colors of the German
eyes, as shown on the boxes, Became Pale,
Washed Out and Weird! The brown eyes were
OK, but the Blue became Powder Blue, and
Bizarre pastel shades of Lime green and
Pale Lavender were introduced. This
caused the Irises to pale out and the
black pupils to Dominate, and each be
perceived as separate elements, rather
than as a Whole! They looked like a cross
between "Village of the Dammed"
and "Rosemary's Baby"! The
stereotypical Horror movie closing shot,
Where we get a close up of the children's
eyes, and Realize that They are "Not
of This World"!
would like to suggest that the
advertisment at the top of this page is
the perfect "replacement guide"
for Baby Face eyes!!
Bitched and cried out in the wilderness,
unheeded, until I made such a nuisance of
myself, that they, finally, promised to
change the eyes "as soon as they
used up the several hundred thousand they
had already made"! I wondered if the
doll would ever be successful enough to,
someday, get those new eyes!
She was! And she did!
Face #8 DeeDee has been the most dramatic
example of variation in eye color. The
first production dolls have lilac color
eyes or a very pale blue. The later
production dolls have vivid blue eyes
similar to what is shown on the box. As a
result, the "blue-eyed DeeDee"
has been recognized as a distinctly
different doll and is sought after by
collectors. Also, the prototype Denny
doll had vivid blue eyes so some
collectors use the blue-eyed DeeDee to
make their own Denny reproduction.
FAIR, The Alberts had set up a nice
display, with actual Prototype dolls,
like those, that had been photographed
for the boxes, posed in a playground
setting. I recall one "So Shy
Sherri", in particular, who, stood
out from all the others. When the heads
shrink, what happens then, can be either
Tragic or Magic! In this case it was
"Magic"! She seemed so
Beautiful and so Alive, I couldn't
believe I played a part in her creation.
At that instant, she became, and has
always remained, my Favorite!
There was a lot of Talk about Baby Face
at Toy Fair! Some thought She was Great!
And others couldn't understand why anyone
would bother, or Dare, to make a doll
that didn't do anything!
Two Tidbits of reaction, that you might
who was heading up the Cabbage Patch
division at Hasbro, which was the dolls
new home after Coleco, confronted Andy,
at Toy Fair! And he was Livid with Anger!
He accused "Kiscom" Of Ripping
Off "His" Idea of using facial
Expressions on dolls!
Another bit of information was freely
admitted to Kiscom and everyone else for
that matter, by Mattel. Mattel lives by
testing, over and over again, they test
and retest, usually their own product.
But this time, they were so caught
unaware by Baby Face's use of facial
expressions, that they Tested Baby Face!
And the results, which they were only too
eager to share (especially with Kiscom)
Proved that Facial Expressions, didn't
mean a thing! Mattel had spent a
considerable some of money, as testing is
expensive, and had come away convinced
and satisfied, that expressions on dolls
didn't amount to a "hill of
They also admitted that they were
"Mystified", Because Baby Face
was selling! So just to Hedge Their Bets,
even though they "didn't think it
mattered", Mattel, now, added Facial
Expressions to their Magic Nursery dolls,
"Just in Case"!
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