Sunday at Third, we did "Barbie Roundtable" and we should have noted that earlier in the week but we all forgot. I passed it on to the others when Megan e=mailed to remind me about the roundtable and also to ask me if I ever played with Dawn dolls. She writes that no one ever remembers them.
I do remember them. They were really too late for me.
But I did play them with the daughter of one of my boyfriends. They were small dolls. I'd guess them to be seven inches tall maybe. The guys had molded 'hair.' They were sometimes cute. I remember a White guy with dark hair and a Black guy as cute. There was a blond haired guy that I didn't think was good looking at all.
The women. I remember one named Cinnamon. But that might not be her real name. She was blond but white blond or platinum blond. And her hair was real short. Like Barbara Bain on Mission Impossible. Dawn had long blond hair (straight). Ginger (or that's what I called her) had long red hair with a side part and always looked to me like the red head on Land of the Giants if anyone remembers that show.
There was a whole series of them and they were small so they were cheaper than Barbie (who is 11 inches). They even had their own playsets. I remember a fashion house and also a penthouse for two of the women.
Their bodies were hard plastic on the torso and arms but the legs were lighter rubber that could bend.
The toy company that made them went bust -- due to other toys, I believe. Dawn sold. But I think they would have died regardless. Most fashion dolls were made Barbie size. That's because they can share clothes. Dawn was half Barbie's size. They couldn't share clothes. While Dawn was a lot cheaper, to have a sizeable collection of clothes or dolls you had to become a Dawn collector.
While she was around, she was hugely popular. I remember Dawn lunchboxes (lunchboxes for kids with Dawn on the front).
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"