In the months leading up to her introduction, Galoob
ran a series of Brilliant ads on the back covers of the
trade publications. They were intended to tease the
viewer each month. The first showed a series of close
ups of Baby Face's eyes. The second was just mouths.
And the last, which appeared around Toy Fair, was a
series showing the complete faces of the nine original
The caption on this ad proved Prophetic, It read:
Introducing Baby Face Dolls.
That says it ALL!
Every antique doll collector has seen the occasional
doll, that attempted to stray from the Unspoken Rule,
and portray an emotion, often, without success! I recall
seeing "antique" babies, with their bisque faces twisted
in the throws of a never ending tantrum, or forever,
crying their eyes out at the pinnacle of extreme
discomfort. These attempts must have struck someone
as "cute" at the time, but I always found them, painful
to look at, and un-easy on the eyes!
Then along came Baby Face, Born out of lack of experience, rather than cliche! For a brief
moment, she embodied a fresh new look! Now, her shoulder has been peeked over time and
time again, and her look has become "Tradition" too!
Well, "That's All Folks!" This is the First Day of a New Millennium, and Baby Face is part of
the last. It was time for me to "put her to bed", And like a good "father", I did it with a story
and a goodnight kiss. I only wish, for all of you who have "adopted" her, and taken her to
heart, that the story could have had a "Happy Ending"! As far as we're concerned (Baby Face
and I), Dear Readers, Just knowing that you are out there, keeping the memory of her Alive, is
Happy Ending enough for us!