Crissy Dolls - An Introduction:
Crissy was the doll with hair that "grows and grows" from the late baby boomer era. She had a long ponytail of hair which you could pull out of her head by pushing on a button on her tummy. The same hair would retract back into her head by twisting the knob on her back.
Crissy Dolls - Years of Production:
Crissy was produced from 1969 through 1975, with a few re-issues of the doll in the early 1980s.
Company That Produced Crissy Dolls:
Crissy dolls and her family of friends were produced by Ideal.
Material and Size:
Crissy dolls are 17.5" tall and made of vinyl. They have sleep eyes and are jointed at the neck, hips, and shoulders (Movin' Grovin' Crissy had a twist waist as well).
Prices and Secondary Market for Crissy Dolls:
Most played with Crissy dolls with replaced clothing can be found inexpensively through dealers and online auction sites such as eBay for $30.00 or less. Mint in box dolls generally sell for over $100 dollars, with more for rare outfits and the first edition Crissy with hair down to the floor. Prices for other family members MIB can range widely with certain rarer dolls bringing prices between $200 to $300. The secondary market for Crissy and family dolls is strong thanks to baby boomers.
Marks on Crissy Dolls:
Generally, (c) 1969 /IDEAL TOY CORP. / GH-17-h329 on the head and on upper back or behind, with copyright and patent number, and sometimes also with IDEAL TOY CORP.
More About Crissy Dolls:
Many a late baby boomer whiled away hours of fun play with Crissy and her family of friends--Velvet, her little sister, Cinnamon, Velvet's little sister, and Dina, Brandi, Mia, Tara, Harmony and the whole bunch. There was also popular Baby Crissy. All of these dolls (except Harmony) had one thing in common--their growing hair! There were also outfits available separately for the dolls.
Little girls were fascinated by their growing hair, which allowed hours of hair play. Even though the dolls were based on a gimmick, they were quality dolls made of good vinyl and with pleasing face sculpts. They might have lasted longer on the market except that they came out during a time of turbulence in the doll industry, when companies were trying to cope with new overseas production of dolls and changing American tastes. Fast forward 35 years later, to 2005, and the dolls are popular collectibles today.